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Caps Clips: A Tentative Agreement

Washington Capitals news and notes: The NHL and NHLPA are taking steps forward, the CBA gets another 4 years, a look at what Phase 3 and 4 might look like and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The NHL and NHLPA have reached a tentative agreement extending the CBA by four years and setting the official start of hockey’s return at August 1. [NHL, AP, NBCSW]
  • Here’s more on what Phase 3 and Phase 4 would look like. [NHL, NBCSW]
  • Of course, all of this comes on the heels of news that additional positive COVID-19 results have come back from the NHL’s testing protocol. So that’s cool. [NHL]
  • While masks will be a key part of the off-ice requirements for players and staff alike, coaches reportedly will not be required to wear them during games. [NBC4]
  • Nooooobody likes the Capitals. Mwaha. [Canes Country, The Cannon]
  • What if Jakub Vrana had been given more power-play time this season? [NBCSW]
  • Looking back at the five best draft picks made by GM Brian MacLellan since he took over the reins in 2014. [StarsandSticks]
  • One of the focuses for Todd Reirden should hockey return this year is to shore up what had been a leaky defense leading up to the pause. [MSN]
  • Connor McMichael had an amazing season this year, and is surely one to watch for the Caps in the near future. [StarsandSticks]
  • Would/could the Caps want to target Jack Eichel in a future trade? [THW]
  • No sweeter sounds...