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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The NHL and players move one step closer to a season, exploring more goaltending options and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It’s (almost) official: The NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement to start a 56-game season on January 13. [NHL, NHL video, CBS Sports, Newsday, WashTimes, NBCSChicago]
  • We offered up our take on this earlier this week; now others give their thoughts on the Caps’ goaltending options without Lundqvist. [The Athletic ($), NBCSW, PHT, The Score, THW, QMI]
  • Could one of those options potentially be a trade for another former division rival and frequent playoff foe? [SinBin Vegas]
  • More aftershocks from Lundqvist’s big announcement. [NBCSPhilly, Newsday]
  • A big year for Ilya Samsonov now looms even larger - so what are the expectations for the Caps’ sophomore netminder? [S&S]
  • Post beatwriter Samantha Pell is on hand to answer pressing Caps’ questions, from which player could be Seattle-bound to what the team’s plans are for the blueline. [WaPo]
  • Happy 47th birthday to Andreas Salomonsson, and happy 50th to Robert Lang.
  • Finally, they may not be able to be there in person, but a few of the Caps were still able to spread holiday cheer for some MedStar Health patients: