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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: VV heads back to DC, the Caps add some organizational depth, free agency action and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Washington Capitals reacquired goaltender Vitek Vanecek, who had been selected in the Seattle Expansion Draft, from the Kraken in exchange for a 2023 second-round draft pick. [Rink, WaPo ($), Caps, WHN, NBCSN, NoVa Caps, RMNB, S+S]
  • They also added a quartet of organizational depth players during yesterday’s free agency frenzy, re-signing Lucas Johansen (D) and signing Matt Irwin (D), Dylan McIlrath (D), and Hunter Shepard (G). [Rink, Caps, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • The Capitals are hosting a virtual press event this afternoon at 2PM, featuring Ted Leonsis, Dick Patrick, GM Brian MacLellan, and newly re-signed Alex Ovechkin. [Caps]
  • A closer look at the Caps’ fifth-round draft pick Dru Krebs... [NoVa Caps]
  • ...and their sixth round draft pick Chase Clark. [NoVa Caps]
  • In case you missed the reference, Alex Ovechkin’s contract announcement on Tuesday was a nod to Michael Jordan. [NBCSW]
  • Two former Caps’ netminders were on the move yesterday, with Braden Holtby signing in Dallas and Philipp Grubauer signing in Seattle. [WaPo]
  • There was a lot going on in the hockey world yesterday, so make sure you catch up on all of the free agency action. [ESPN]
  • Finally, happy 27th birthday to Liam “Big Tuna” O’Brien, who just signed a contract with the Coyotes!