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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The coach and GM wrap up the season, reflecting on Ovechkin’s legacy in DC, floating the possibility of a Kuznetsov trade and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • It doesn’t sound like Alex Ovechkin’s time in DC is coming to an end just yet - but with his 13-year deal coming to a close, it’s a good time to reflect on his legacy so far. [Rink]
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov knows this was a disappointing season, and as the team’s expectations for him have risen, he wants to stick around to meet them. [Rink]
  • As the players got set to depart yesterday, the sheer number and severity of the injuries among some of the top guys was brought to light. [Rink]
  • The head honchos had their time with the media yesterday to give their take on the team’s performance this year - and what’s next. [Caps video (MacLellan, Laviolette)]
  • MacLellan knows that the NHL’s oldest team ran out of gas toward the end - and will look to lower that average age going forward. [WaPo]
  • T.J. Oshie has already said he has no interest in leaving DC for Seattle, and Mac seems to agree. Here’s a case for why they’re both on the right track. [S&S]
  • Both team and player also seem to be on board with the idea of Alex Ovechkin finishing up his career as a Cap. [NBCSW, WUSA9]
  • As for Evgeny Kuznetsov... that one’s a bit trickier, as Kuzy wants to stay and rebound from a bad year while the team is leaving their options open. [NHL, The Score]
  • It’s been a while (but not long enough) since we’ve had a good ridiculous hit piece about Ovechkin, but it’s still fun to see them ripped to shreds. Get ‘im, Peerless. [Peerless]
  • A look at Justin Schultz’s first season as a Cap, one that started out hot and saw the bottom quickly fall out. [NoVa Caps]
  • Finally, happpy 57th birthday to Chris Felix, and happy 31st to Nic Dowd.