Your savory breakfast links:
- Ted Leonsis issued a strong statement standing against racism and police brutality on his blog this week. [Ted’s Take]
- Michal Kempny was named the Capitals’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Tuesday. [RMNB, NoVa Caps]
- What does Phase 2 look like for the Capitals? [Stars and Sticks]
- Things were looking iffy for Todd Reirden before the NHL pressed pause. Did the stoppage help swing things back in his favor? [NoVa Caps]
- The NHL announced on Thursday that training camps, AKA Phase 3 of the return-to-play plan, are scheduled to open on July 10. [NHL, NHL again, WaPo, SI, CBS, THN, NoVa Caps, Stars and Sticks, RMNB]
- The NHL gave the green light for Phase 2 on Monday, but the Caps didn’t start their small-group workouts until Thursday when John Carlson, Lars Eller, Braden Holtby, and Evgeny Kuznetsov all skated at MedStar. [RMNB, NoVa Caps]
- Alex Ovechkin wasn’t at MedStar on Thursday, but he was skating with several other Russians at Pines Ice Arena in south Florida. [NoVa Caps]
- In this week’s 31 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman touches on the next steps for the return-to-play plan and more thoughts on diversity in the NHL. [Sportsnet]
- In addition to discussing the Phase 3 announcement, Pierre LeBrun gives an update on current CBA negotiations. [The Athletic]
- Alex Ovechkin has only dropped the gloves four times in his career, so what does his short fight card look like? [NoVa Caps]
- Monumental Sports announced on Thursday that they would be implementing salary reductions for some of their employees beginning on July 12. [WaPo, The Athletic, RMNB]
- Take a look back at John Carlson’s record-breaking season. [Stars and Sticks]
- Check out Adam Vingan’s Norris Trophy voter guide, with five “standout candidates” who have proven their worth this season. [The Athletic]
- Should the NHL consider getting rid of neutral zone faceoffs? [Sportsnet]
- J.T. Brown, who became the first NHL player to do a silent protest during the national anthem three years ago, is happy to see the support from the hockey community right now. [The Athletic]
- Greg Wyshynski at ESPN put his “Alternative NHL Awards” for the 2019-2020 season together this week, and they’re pretty spot on. [ESPN]
- We put a hold on the puzzle series these last two weeks, but if you’re looking for some Caps-related entertainment then check out everything we’ve published already: Crossword, Word Search, Word Scramble, Spot the Difference 1, Spot the Difference 2, Build Your Own Lineup for $18, Nickname Matching. and Spot the Difference 3.
- Finally, happy birthday to all of these former Caps who celebrated birthdays this week: Anson Carter (46), Milan Jurcina (37), Quintin Lang (41), Bryan Muir (47), John Paddock (66), Brian Tutt (58), Kip Miller (51), and Frederic Cassivi (45).
This week’s entertainment: re-live the top ten moments from the Capitals’ 2018 Stanley Cup run in honor of the two-year anniversary last week.