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Washington Capitals news and notes: More on the 24-team playoff proposal voted on over the weekend, the NHL’s plans to attempt to reopen and more.

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  • The NHLPA voted Friday night to move forward on negotiations on that 24-team playoff proposal. [WaPo, NBCSW, ESPN]
  • Making sense of the NHLPA’s statement after the vote was complete. [NBCSW]
  • The proposal may have earned player votes, but count Lars Eller as someone who is concerned about just how safe this proposal will be. [NBCSW]
  • And count the Hurricanes as one of two teams voting against it, which is understandable given their position in a dominant division. [Canes Country]
  • Reactions to the proposal have been... mixed. For good reason. [BSH, PPP]
  • With the players giving the green light, the NHL released their full Phased Return to Sport Protocol yesterday, which allows for small group workouts and outlined health and safety precautions. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • The NHL’s protocol? Also bad. [RMNB]
  • If players do start to return to their teams, NHLers from other countries won’t face any barriers to reentering the US. []
  • This 24-team playoff would be both good and bad for the Capitals. So... basically the same as any other postseason ever. [NBCSW]
  • So which play-in scenarios would prove to be the most exciting and/or chock full of schadenfreude? [PHT]
  • If and when the NHL starts things up again, the Caps have a roster that gives them a shot at another Cup. [THW]
  • We just passed the two-year anniversary of the Caps’ Eastern Conference Final win over the Lightning - and likely the best two-game stretch in team playoff history. [NBCSW]
  • T.J. Oshie is a known shootout master, but he doesn’t think they should have any place in the playoffs going forward. Smart man. [NBCSW]
  • Reflecting on the greatest coaching upgrades over the course of the Caps’ history. [NoVa Caps]
  • For many living that quarantine life, NHL20 has offered a hockey lifeline for players and fans alike. [ESPN]
  • The Caps and Stingrays’ affiliation is up this year, but it’s looking good for the two organizations to renew their deal soon. [NBCSW]
  • Still seems unbelievable that we can even compare two very recent DC championships, but here’s a look at the parallels between the 2018 Caps and 2019 Nats. [StarsandSticks]
  • Looking back on the career of Hall of Famer and former longtime Cap Mike Gartner. [THW]