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Sunday Caps Clips: Requiem for a Season

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Reflections on what went wrong for the Caps leading up to and through their first-round loss, pondering some changes to come and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • As expected, losing to Barry Trotz made some people think the decision to let the Cup-winning coach walk was a mistake. It wasn’t. [Rink]
  • On the Caps’ playoff loss and how these strange times might have dulled the pain. [Rink]
  • Assorted thoughts on the Caps’ early exit from the postseason and what was behind their disappointing first-round loss. [WaPo, NHL]
  • On paper, the Caps seemed to have some decent offensive depth - but perhaps not as much as we thought. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps’ coaching staff certainly bears some of the blame for the loss... and it may be time for a change. [NBCSW, Puck Prose, WQAM]
  • Reirden, for his part, isn’t thinking about his job status. [NBCSW]
  • Will the Caps also be parting ways with Braden Holtby and Ilya Kovalchuk? [Sporting News, TFP, StarsandSticks]
  • It’s all downhill from here, folks! The Caps’ window is closed!! FOREVER!!! ...or maybe not that. [THN]
  • A look at how the season slipped away from the Metro division champs, and what the future might hold for the team. [The Score, NBCSW, FanSided]
  • Mike Milbury apologized for saying yet another stupid, sexist thing on the air, and his comments were condemned by the NHL... [AP, ESPN]
  • ...leading up to him “stepping back” for the remainder of the playoffs. And hopefully longer. You just hate to see it. [Yahoo! Canada]
  • And if you haven’t read Katie Strang’s incredible piece on Milbury, it’s worth at least getting the free trial just to do so. [The Athletic]
  • The NHL believes that they will be able to put an 82-game season together in 2020-21 - sans bubble. So what might that look like? [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happy 32nd birthday to Carl Hagelin.