Wednesday Caps Clips

Becca H

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The boys are back in town, Ovechkin and social media and Putin and the KHL, broadcast info and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • In the wake of increased chatter about future NHL expansion, a reminder that expansion teams today have it much easier than they did when the Caps broke into the League. [Rink]
  • BREAKING: Local regional sports network that broadcasts the majority of Caps' games every season will broadcast the majority of Caps' games this upcoming season. [Caps, CSNW]
  • The illustrious John Walton sits down for a chat with the equally illustrious Scott Stuccio, voice of the Bears. [Capitals Voice]
  • Meanwhile Mike Vogel caught up with Caps' top defensive prospect Madison Bowey. [Rinkside Update]
  • A few helpful tips and takeaways from the excellent zone-entry tracking work being done by Corey Sznajder (and you can help fund that work here). [Talk the Red]
  • Alex Ovechkin recently made waves with a politically-fueled picture on Instagram, but it's unlikely his action will result in any backlash, for any number of reasons. [Puck Daddy]
  • Agree or disagree with his statement, by the way, it's important to remember that in America he has the right to make it... unlike in his homeland. [The Economist]
  • But of course, what really matters is whether he ever flees the NHL for the "comforts" of the KHL. [THN, SI.com]
  • Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, unsurprisingly, provide a pretty big chunk of the Caps' scoring punch. [About]
  • New blueliner Matt Niskanen is getting settled in his new home and meeting his new teammates as the pre-preseason skates begin to fill up. [CSNW (video)]
  • Good news (we think, though that's another matter) - over the past three seasons, Braden Holtby was pretty good at stopping shots that come from inside the "home plate" area, i.e. where the most dangerous shots usually come from. [Hockeybuzz]
  • A complete, all-encompassing list of the best centers in the NHL!! ...well, with one pretty glaring exception. [NHL.com, RMNB]
  • Speaking of centers, the Caps (always) need a second-line center. Could it be Evgeny Kuznetsov? [Hockeybuzz]
  • Looking at a few more Caps who could potentially hit the open market next summer, and what lies ahead for them in 2014-15. [THW]
  • No real surprise here (especially for those of you who read your Monday Clips), but Caps' Swedish scout Mats Weiderstal believes that 2014 draftee Jakub Vrana will likely head back to Sweden if he doesn't make the NHL cut this year. [RMNB]
  • The odds are out for the NHL's division winners. Check 'em out, place your bets, lose your money. [The Score]
  • Feel free to avoid Mike Green like the plague in your fantasy hockey pool... just be sure to invite me to join so I can draft him and kick your patootie. [Puck Daddy]
  • Eighty-two games on the schedule, but there are five of them that could be a little more interesting. [THW]
  • Bears' blueliner Mike Moore might be new to the organization, but he's got plenty of ties with past and present members. [Patriot-News]
  • Finally, happy 55th birthday to Greg Theberge, happy 68th to Gerry Meehan, and happy 39th to Cristobal Huet.

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