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Saturday Caps Clips

Mar 22, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Capitals center Hendrix Lapierre (29) skates with the puck past Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jake Guentzel (59) during the third period at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Earlier this week, we looked at some players we’re hoping will drop to 17 (but probably won’t); now it’s time to look at some more realistic first-round options for the Caps. [Rink]
  • The Calder Cup Final got off to a rocky start, as the Bears dropped Game 1 by a 4-3 score to visiting Coachella Valley. Back at it Sunday night. [AHL, Fox43, ABC27, KESQ, NoVa Caps, RMNB]
  • Storylines abound in this year’s Calder Cup Final. [AHL]
  • They’re only in Game 1 of the Calder Cup Final because of some OT heroics by good Virginia boy Garrett Roe, who talked to Caps Rink Report about his series-clinching goal. [Caps video]
  • Hendrix Lapierre is hoping he can win another championship in Hershey, and then never go back to Chocolatetown again. [WaPo]
  • Lapierre is one of a number of Caps’ prospects to keep an eye on in this series. [THN]
  • Handing out some grades for prospect Hardy Häman Aktell’s 2023-24 season. [S&S]
  • Now that Patrik Laine has made his desire to get the heck out of Columbus known, should the Caps put him on their trade radar? [THW]

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