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Tuesday Caps Clips: Hockey Eve

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps do some roster magic as they await Backstrom and Ovechkin updates, previews and predictions for the season ahead and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Hockey is back and so are Snapshots, with a look ahead at the first week of the season for the Caps. [Rink]
  • Yesterday was the official cutoff to get the team down to 23, and the Caps made some “moves”... but they’re not done yet, as the final roster is expected today. [WaPo, NBCSW]
  • Much of what happened yesterday comes back to the uncertainty around Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the latter of whom may be headed to LTIR. [NBCSW]
  • The team is at least hopeful that Ovechkin will be in the lineup to kick off the season tomorrow night against the Rangers. [NHL]
  • The Caps will once again have a team that skews a bit older - with a couple of injuries already, is this season going to be filled with bumps and bruises? [S&S]
  • Hear from the coach and the two kids everyone’s been talking about ahead of the final roster decisions. [Caps video (Laviolette, Lapierre, McMichael)]
  • A look at what 2021-22 might hold for the ageless wonder, T.J. Oshie. [S&S]
  • After a strong preseason, a confident Anthony Mantha is ready for his first full season as a Cap. [NBCSW]
  • All eyes will be on Alex Ovechkin this season as he begins his five-year quest to catch the Great One. [AP]
  • Ranking the eight best moments in Ovechkin’s career. [BR]
  • Previewing the season ahead for the NHL... [AP]
  • ...and making some predictions for how the Metro standings might shake out. Spoiler: No one agrees on anything. [PHT, NBC Edge]
  • Handing out some rankings of power - and watchability - ahead of the season’s start. [PHT, The Score, NBC Chicago,
  • Very cool news from the AHL, where ten women (including Anthony Mantha’s sister, Elizabeth) have joined the refereeing ranks for the first time. [NHL]
  • Welcome back... your dreams were your ticket out:
  • The NHL’s long-awaited return to ESPN begins tonight, and viewers should expect some new and hopefully exciting updates to hockey broadcast. [AP, Front Office Sports]
  • Happy 56th birthday to Todd Krygier, and happy 36th to Mike Green!
  • Finally, Trevor van Riemsdyk is a delight - and the proof lies in this mic’d up video from camp: