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Thursday Caps Clips

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the league drops next season’s schedule, updates on Backstrom and the goalie situation from GM MacLellan, getting ready for tonight’s draft kickoff and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • What does it take to develop a young player in the NHL? [Rink]
  • The NHL released the 2022-2023 schedule yesterday, and the Washington Capitals will open their season at home against the Boston Bruins on October 12. [Rink, Vogs, Caps, WHN, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • According to GM Brian MacLellan yesterday, Nicklas Backstrom has every intention of returning to the lineup next season. [WaPo ($), Athletic ($), WHN, NBCSW, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Carl Hagelin’s status is still unknown, but the team will have more clarity later in the summer. [WHN, RMNB]
  • The Caps plan to make qualifying offers to both Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek, but will continue to explore goaltending options outside of the organization this summer. [NoVa Caps, WHN, RMNB]
  • Take a look at each Washington blueliner’s season when evaluated by goals above replacement (GAR). [NoVa Caps]
  • To prepare for the draft starting tonight, check out a report card for every Washington Capitals draft class since 2010. [RMNB]
  • Speaking of this year’s NHL draft, the Caps need to prioritize replenishing their prospect pool. [THW]

Finally, a huge congratulations to Kate Madigan, who was named Assistant General Manager of the New Jersey Devils yesterday and became just the is the sixth female AGM in league history!