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Friday Caps Clips: Life in the Bubble

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Caps prospects are always thinking about their NHL futures, looking at life in the hub city bubbles, and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Give the latest episode of Japers Rink Radio, featuring the Washington Post’s Samantha Pell, a listen! It’s an excellent way to get ready for hockey’s return. [Rink]
  • The Capitals wrapped up their ninth day of summer training camp yesterday, and Ilya Samsonov has yet to hit the ice. More on that and other notes from practice here. [NoVa Caps, RMNB, Stars and Sticks]
  • Speaking of yesterday’s practice, check out the media availability from Todd Reirden, T.J. Oshie, Radko Gudas, and Tom Wilson. [Reirden, Oshie, Gudas, Wilson]
  • The Capitals will hit the ice next week with another team for the first time in four months. When asked how they feel about their postseason chances, veteran Caps all agreed: confident and ready to go. [WaPo]
  • The Caps released the TV and radio coverage schedule for their first three games of the return-to-play plan yesterday. NBCSW will be doing pregame and postgame coverage, regardless of where the games are broadcast. [NHL]
  • Washington prospect Alex Alexeyev is soaking in the summer training camp experience, knowing full well how valuable this different summer could be for him. [The Athletic]
  • Hershey Bears goalie and NHL hopeful Vitek Vanecek is here to play. In an interview for iDNES.cz earlier this week, he discussed his NHL dreams and life in Hershey. [NoVa Caps]
  • If you’re looking for something to do tomorrow at 4pm, Monumental Sports Network will be streaming the Caps’ afternoon scrimmage! The stream will feature John Walton and Mike Vogel, so you don’t want to miss it! [MSE]
  • The league distributed “Phase 4” information to teams and media this week, and that information was made public last night. The release included broadcast plans, in-arena feel, and more detailed bubble plans for each hub city. [NHL, ESPN]
  • In West Coast news, the newest NHL franchise announced their team name yesterday: the Seattle Kraken. Honestly? Pretty sweet. [ESPN]
  • Finally, happy 65th birthday to Mike Marson!