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Thursday Caps Clips: First Day of Camp, First Day of Camp!

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: training camp begins, looking ahead to the upcoming season and more.

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Washington Capitals teammates Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom posing for a photo together at the team’s 2021 Media Day. Washington Capitals

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Happy first day of training camp, folks! Keep track of the goings-on at MedStar with the schedule here.
  • There are several key issues the Washington Capitals need to address as training camp kicks off today. [WaPo ($), WHN, Athletic ($), S+S]
  • The Caps took the ice at MedStar yesterday for their Media Day, and the resulting content is excellent. [NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • An important goal for Michal Kempny this season: stay healthy. [S+S]
  • What can fans reasonably expect from the Caps this year? [NBCSW]
  • One critical piece of the Caps’ puzzle is their third line, and those players are going to need to step up big time. [THW]
  • 2020 draft pick Hendrix Lapierre has a bright future with the Capitals. [S+S]
  • Which Eastern Conference players have the potential to be the biggest “x-factors” for their teams this year, and which Cap made the list? [PHT]
  • Only a small number of players have reached the 20, 30, or 40 goal mark in a season after age 35, but Alex Ovechkin should fit in with that group just fine. [NoVa Caps]
  • Speaking of Ovi’s goalscoring prowess, and stop us if you’ve heard this before — catching Wayne Gretzky’s record will be hard but not impossible. [Puck Prose]
  • There are several Capitals on the verge of some career milestones, so you’ll want to keep an eye out for those moments this season. [S+S]
  • Get to know the Hershey Bears’ new coach Scott Allen. [ABC 27 News]
  • Future Caps, Washington’s youth hockey program, has seen a lot of recent growth and helped introduce kids all across the D.C. area to the game. [USA Hockey]
  • Previewing the Pacific Division, with the new Seattle Kraken, for the 2021-2022 season. [NoVa Caps (and again)]
  • Finally, happy 70th birthday to Milan Novy!