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Wednesday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps have a new bench boss, taking a look at Kempny’s 2019-20 campaign, and more.

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  • Longtime Caps reporter Tarik El-Bashir stopped by (pre-coaching news) to chat with the JRR gang about what went wrong and what’s ahead for the Caps. [Rink]
  • Wrapping up the 2019-20 season for Nick Jensen. [Rink, RMNB]
  • The Caps’ coaching search is over, as Peter Laviolette becomes the 19th head coach in franchise history. [Rink, Caps, Vogs, WaPo, NBCSW, NHL, AP, ESPN, CBS Sports, NYTimes, PHT, The Score, NBC Philly, NoVa Caps, StarsandSticks, THW]
  • In Laviolette, the Caps not only got a coach with experience but with a proven track record of winning. [WaPo]
  • But can he fix what ails these Capitals? [ESPN]
  • Laviolette’s ability to build a culture wherever he goes was a big reason why he got the gig. [AP]
  • Flyers’ longtime play-by-play announcer Jim Jackson is very familiar with Laviolette’s work - and thinks he’s the perfect fit for the Caps. [NBCSW]
  • Alan May thinks all of us fans are going to really love Laviolette. [NBCSW (video)]
  • Get to know the new coach. [NBCSW]
  • Laviolette’s first official act as head coach was to face the media, first in DC and then on NHL Now. [Caps video (and again)]
  • After making it official, GM Brian MacLellan talked to Mike Vogel about his new coach and other pressing issues. [Caps video]
  • And then it was Laviolette’s turn to sit with Vogs and talk about coming to DC. [Caps video]
  • Reminder: Laviolette isn’t a big fan of the Penguins, either. Sold. [NBCSW]
  • In non-coaching news, MacLellan also confirmed something expected but still a little heartbreaking: Braden Holtby is probably headed for free agency. [WaPo, NHL]
  • It’s possible we’ve seen Evgeny Kuznetsov’s best... is that enough? [NoVa Caps]
  • A look at Radko Gudas’s 2019-20 season. [Peerless]
  • The Caps’ prospect pool isn’t all that deep - so is there trade value to be found in that pool without damaging it? [NoVa Caps]
  • Previewing the Caps’ 2020 draft. [THW]
  • Top three burning questions facing the Caps this offseason. [StarsandSticks]
  • Happy 31st birthday to our dear sweet Braden Holtby.
  • Finally, the coach is already rockin’ that red: