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Wednesday Caps Clips: Goalie Guesswork

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Talking contracts for Holtby and Ovechkin, updates on Samsonov, thoughts on the coaching search and more.

NHL: DEC 27 Blue Jackets at Capitals Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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  • As the Caps begin searching for Todd Reirden’s replacement, Alan May thinks they need someone who commands respect (so Babcock’s out, then). [NBCSW]
  • Here are some of the potential options for that coaching vacancy. [StarsandSticks]
  • One of the seemingly annual priorities for the Caps this offseason: upgrade the defense. And here are a few UFA options they could take a peek at. [NoVa Caps]
  • Good news on the injury front, as it sounds as if Ilya Samsonov should be healed up and ready to go by training camp. [NBCSW]
  • Meanwhile unlike some of his goalie buddies who hit the free-agent market in recent years, Braden Holtby may struggle to bring in the big bucks this offseason. [NBCSW]
  • Both Alex Ovechkin and Brian MacLellan have stated they’ll wait until camp to work on Ovechkin’s new contract... but are the Caps really willing to put that off? [NBCSW]
  • The Caps and Pens are facing similar challenges like aging superstar cores and a division that’s catching up to them - but are taking different paths to deal with them. [Pensburgh]