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Monday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: expectations for both Kuznetsov and Sprong, checking in with Kempny, schedule notes and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The players drafted in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft: where are they now? [NoVa Caps]
  • Gary Bettman recently gave a radio interview that included his thoughts on the Capitals/Rangers incident from last season, given that the two teams are set to face off in their first game of the 2021-2022 season. [WHN]
  • In a recent interview with Czech media, Michal Kempny summed up his last two years in a short and sweet way: “It was crazy.” [NoVa Caps]
  • With Evgeny Kuznetsov not being traded away this summer, expectations for him need to be clear and realistic. [NBCSW]
  • Daniel Sprong is poised for a breakout season with the Washington Capitals, provided he gets the ice time to do so. [S+S]
  • Washington prospect Aliaksei Protas recorded two points (1G, 1A) and converted on a shootout attempt with the Belarusian national team in two tune-up games for upcoming Olympic qualifiers. [NoVa Caps]
  • With the Caps coming into this season with a Samsonov-Vanecek goalie tandem, the title of No. 1 Goalie is still somewhat up for grabs. [NBCSW]
  • The Caps have been relatively quite this offseason, but there is one way in which they have already improved. [S+S]
  • Mark your calendars with these key dates in the Capitals’ 2021-2022 season schedule. [NBCSW]
  • Every NHL season has its good and bad trade acquisitions, and the best ones from the 2021 season are pretty clear. [NoVa Caps]
  • As the Caps enter their 47th season, take a look back at ten of the best fights in franchise history. [S+S]
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Swedish speedster Carl Hagelin!