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Washington Capitals news and notes: Ovechkin wins his ninth “Rocket” Richard trophy, potential roster “black aces”, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • In case you missed it, the Rink team weighed in on the 24-team proposal in a roundtable this week. [Rink]
  • While NHLPA’s executive board approved the 24-team return-to-play proposal on Friday, there are plenty of other hoops to jump through before hockey can resume safely. [WaPo]
  • Ilya Samsonov did an interview with Russian hockey site AllHockey, where he discussed his rookie NHL season, returning to Russia for quarantine, and more. [NoVa Caps]
  • In a Revolution Ventures virtual roundtable on Friday, Ted Leonsis said that “innovation will be a necessity” if sports are to happen without fans. [The Athletic]
  • New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced during a Sunday press conference that professional sports leagues can begin holding training camps in New York. [NY Post]
  • How is the NHL going to handle immigration and visas for the league’s large group of international players? [The Athletic]
  • Along with the playoff format, the NHL announced the new draft lottery procedure for this year. It’s a bit confusing, so let’s take a deep dive into it. [THN]
  • Canada’s quarantine restrictions could pose a huge roadblock for the Canadian cities pushing to be hubs for the 24-team format. [CBC]
  • Braden Holtby’s expiring contract has been a hot-button issue for the last few months. [LWoH]
  • The NHL has reportedly told players that Phase 3 of the return-to-play plan, AKA training camps, would not start until at least July 10. [CBS Sports]
  • Lars Eller joined ABC7 News’ Scott Abraham to chat about his family’s Health Cleanse Portal donation last week. [ABC7]
  • The NHL officially announced the regular season awards on Thursday; congratulations are in order for Alex Ovechkin, who shares the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy with David Pastrnak! [NHL]
  • Let’s take a look back at all of the career milestones various Capitals reached during the 2019-2020 season. [NoVa Caps]
  • In the most recent edition of 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly about all of the return-to-play news from this week. [Sportsnet]
  • Who might the Capitals call up as “black aces” to fill out an expanded playoff roster? [The Athletic]
  • Well this is a fun one: what would happen if, theoretically, each of the 24 playoff teams could draft one player from the seven eliminated teams? [The Athletic]
  • Caps’ prospect and OHL phenom Connor McMichael joined Mike Vogel on his latest Break the Ice podcast, where he discussed his explosive OHL season, quarantine, and more. [Podcast, NoVa Caps]
  • Look! Ice! At MedStar!

This week’s entertainment: these incredibly endearing photos of Sergei Ovechkin meeting his little brother Ilya for the first time. Absolutely adorable.