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Friday Caps Clips: The Boys are Back in Town

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The Caps hit the ice for the first full day of camp (with one notable exception), the team is expected to be fully vaccinated by this weekend and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • And we’re off. Day 1, in the books. [Vogs, WHN, WDVM]
  • They’re back! Hear from many of the fellas and the team brass as the players hit the ice to kick off training camp. [Caps video (Maclellan, Laviolette, Ovechkin, Oshie, Carlson, Wilson, van Riemsdyk, Orlov, Sheary, Kuznetsov, Mantha), WUSA]
  • Unfortunately there’s one player missing from the start of camp, and that’s Nicklas Backstrom, who will miss the start of camp with a lingering hip injury. [NHL, WaPo, NBCSW (and again)]
  • Most NHL players - with the exception of 10-15 truly dumb ones - want to get vaccinated and get closer to normal. (Editor’s Note: If you can get vaccinated, get vaccinated. Don’t be a Tyler Bertuzzi.) [AP]
  • Previewing the season ahead for the man, the myth, the legend, the GOAT himself, Alex Ovechkin. [Peerless, S&S]
  • The Caps’ blueline is going to look a little greener this season, with a couple of youngsters getting a shot at some recently opened lineup spots. [Caps Outsider]
  • How do the Caps’ goalies stack up against the rest of the Metro netminding squad? [Canes Country]
  • Looking at the 2021-22 Capitals’ core strengths. [S&S]
  • Catching up on the scattered members of that 2018 squad, three years after bringing home the ultimate trophy. [THW]
  • Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the boys smiling pretty and shooting all those fun promos and such at Media Day. [Caps video]
  • Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Karl Alzner and Paul Carey.