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Caps Clips: Uncertainty Abounds

Washington Capitals news and notes: coaching vacancies, pandemic challenges, and Braden Holtby, oh my.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • What does Reid Cashman’s departure mean for the Capitals? [Rink]
  • The Caps will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Round Robin format when play resumes; how can the Caps ensure a victory? [Stars and Sticks]
  • NHL players who need work visa extensions for the postseason, such as Ilya Samsonov, were “strongly encouraged” this week to return to either Canada or the US by June 21. [Sportsnet]
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that the government is “comfortable” with having an NHL hub city in Canada, provided that local health authorities give their approval. [TSN]
  • On Wednesday, the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that Joe Beninati is 2020’s recipient of the Board of Governors Award. Congrats, Joe B! [Capital Emmys, RMNB]
  • Hockey Canada released the list of players invited to their virtual National Junior Team Summer Development Camp this week and, to no one’s surprise, OHL phenom Connor McMichael made the cut. [NoVa Caps]
  • Sean Couturier spoke with TSN’s Mark Masters this week, and he briefly discussed playing against Alex Ovechkin. [TSN]
  • In his Analytics Mailbag, Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire touched on what kind of contract, and where, Braden Holtby might land after this season. [Sportsnet]
  • In other news from around the league, the Buffalo Sabres said, “Screw it, blow it all up!” on Tuesday and fired a shocking 22 members of their staff, including GM Jason Botterill. [ESPN, TSN, TSN again, Sportsnet, ESPN]
  • Staying in New York, it looks like Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum is shutting its doors indefinitely. This time, however, it was not the Caps who closed it out. [Bloomberg, LIP]
  • Players will reportedly not be expected to wear full face shields if play resumes this summer. [Sportsnet]
  • T.J. Oshie’s COVID-19 relief action raised a whopping $27,430 to benefit the COVID-19 Critical Needs Fund at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. [NHL]
  • NBC Sports’ Pro Hockey Talk debated the best Round Robin approaches for the top four Eastern Conference teams. [NBC]
  • In their latest Insider Trading video, TSN’s James Duthie and Bob McKenzie discuss hub cities and how the league will handle positive COVID-19 tests. [TSN]
  • On Thursday, Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced new initiatives, actions, and investments the company will be committing to in the fight against police brutality and racial injustice. [MSE]
  • Don’t forget to check out our Puzzle Series if you’re looking for some Caps-related entertainment: 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: Ace Bailey (53), Matt Bradley (42), Joel Rechlicz (33), Devante Smith-Pelly (28), Alexandre Giroux (39), Tony White (66), Dainties Zubrus (42), Matt Hendricks (39), Maxime Ouellet (39), Trent Whitfield (43), Bob Rouse (56), and Walt McKechnie (72).

Last but certainly not least, a huge congratulations to the Carlson family! Gina Carlson announced on Wednesday evening that she is pregnant with the couple’s third child!