Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Ranking potential Calder Trophy candidates, Vanecek can make a run at the #1 goalie job and more.
Your savory breakfast links:
- With most of the same pieces in place from last season – and a full schedule (plus training camp) this time around – the 2021-22 campaign could be a “do-over” for the Caps. [Rink]
- Previewing the season ahead for stellar Swede Nicklas Backstrom. [Peerless]
- Ranking the teams by potential Calder Trophy candidates… could a promoted Connor McMichael make a run at Rookie of the Year? [PHT]
- Are the revamped Carolina Hurricanes the team to beat in the Metro this year? (lol) [NBCSW]
- After stepping in as a surprise starter last season, Vitek Vanecek could make a strong case to take over that role for good this year. [WHN]
- Pics from yesterday’s inaugural Laughlin Family Foundation charity golf tournament, featuring current and former Caps and local media personalities. [Caps Outsider]
- Finally, happy 71st birthday to Orest Kindrachuk, happy 28th to Travis Boyd, and – hold it here! – happy 64th to Craig Laughlin.