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Saturday Caps Clips: Beasts of the East?

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Bold predictions of another division title for the Caps, previewing the season ahead, Chara’s impact on the team (and their young prospects) and more.

Washington Capitals v Boston Bruins Photo by Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Investigating the four areas that could make - or break - the Capitals’ chances this season. [Rink]
  • The players know that they have to find a sense of urgency this year if they’re going to have a chance at another Cup. [WashTimes]
  • Place your bets: who has the best odds at capturing a Richard Trophy? [TCA]
  • Outlook and predictions for all eight East Division teams... [NESN]
  • ...and a bold prediction that has the Caps emerging as the division champs by season’s end. [The Athletic ($)]
  • 22 seasons in, Zdeno Chara still feels he has more in the tank and is looking for a shot at another Cup with his new team. [iSport.cz]
  • So what does Chara’s addition to the team really mean for the Caps? [NBCSW]
  • Previewing the season ahead for John Carlson, and for his team. [Peerless, Yahoo!]
  • The best of news comes from the King himself, as Henrik Lundqvist announces his heart surgery is in the rearview mirror and he’s on the mend. [NHL, PHT, Reuters]
  • Hendrix Lapierre is soaking up every bit of knowledge he can - and from some of the best in the biz - as he takes part in his first NHL training camp. [RDS, La Presse]
  • A few leftovers from Thursday’s intrasquad scrimmage. [S&S]
  • Hockey or not, Captain and the rest of his Team Dog frens have spent the offseason busily working toward their new career. [PHT]
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Jamie Huscroft, and happy 63rd for Dwayne Lowdermilk.