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Caps Clips: Plans Made

Washington Capitals news and notes: The NHL officially rolls out their plan for a return... eventually.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Rink team weighs in on the initial 24-team proposal in our latest roundtable. [Rink]
  • With the NHLPA on board, the NHL rolled out their full plan to return to play, including playoff format and potential hub cities. [NHL (and again), Caps, Rink, WaPo, NBCSW, PHT, The Score, AFP]
  • Those hub cities have been a popular part of plans for a number of pro sports leagues, providing the ability to control environments while avoiding the risk of travel. [WashTimes]
  • Winners and losers of this new proposed format. [THW]
  • Time away from family is, understandably, a hot topic for many players as the NHL tries to plan a return to play. [AP]
  • Here’s how the Eastern Conference would shake out. [NHL]
  • Understanding that round-robin (also known as “give the top seeds a reason to stay competitive while waiting for those other guys”) tournament. [NBCSW]
  • All of those questions facing the Caps before the season hit the pause button? Yeah, they’re still there. [NBCSW]
  • The 2019-20 regular season is officially in the books, which means the Caps have captured their fifth-straight Metro title and the captain has snagged another Richard... [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • ...or not, as the NHL has for some reason not yet figured out how stats would work during the preliminary round-robin tournament and play-in games:
  • If he does win the Richard, it will be Alex Ovechkin’s ninth overall and seventh in his last eight seasons. So what happened the years he didn’t win it? [Caps Outsider]
  • Unfortunately some of his teammates will fall short of some milestones that were in reach when the season came to a premature end. [NBCSW]
  • Imagine Alex Ovechkin in the 1980s going up against 1980s goaltenders. Hoo boy. [Caps Outsider]
  • Chatting with the esteemed radio voice of the Washington Capitals, Mr. John Walton. [Fox43]
  • More info on Lars Eller’s extremely generous and thoughtful donation to help protect the homeless population. [Caps]
  • Puppies and babies and cook-offs, oh my! Check out what the Caps have been up to during the hiatus. [NBCSW]
  • Oh, and one last bit of late-breaking good news...

Mazel Tov!