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Photo by the incomparable Chuck Gormley

For those of you who need something optimistic to clutch onto after the first day of training camp, I have some news for you. Brooks Laich did not get injured within the first ten minutes of camp (unlike last year). So maybe this is the season he becomes healthy again. Fingers crossed.

On top of that, the good-groin’d Laich is returning to his role as a quote machine, which was sorely missed. On Thursday, he spoke to Mike Vogel and answered a question many of us have been wondering.

What is Barry Trotz’s system going to be laich (get it)?

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The best moment of Caps Rookie Camp didn’t happen on the ice. It happened on Monday in front of a podium. That’s where one Czech, Jakub Vrana, who knows some English, helped another Czech, Vitek Vanecek, who knows virtually none, speak to the media.

The result was a five-minute press conference full of laughing, inscrutable Czech banter, and one-sentence English translations for the media.

Curious as to what Vrana and Vanecek were actually saying to each other in their native language, I reached out to Darina Sameková, a bilingual Czech, and asked her to translate LITERALLY EVERYTHING.

The result is a stressed-out Vrana desperately trying to get good answers out a joking Vanecek. It’s just the best. You have to trust me and read this.

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Caps Install Hat Trick Display in Verizon Center

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Photo: Washington Capitals

A few years ago, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis mused on his blog (I can’t find the article anymore) about someday doing something special with the hats that Caps fans throw onto the ice after a hat trick.

Fast forward a few years and Leonsis has seen the idea through. The Caps have unveiled a hat trick display at Verizon Center located behind section 111 of the main concourse.

Unfortunately, the photo that the team tweeted out is kind of hard-to-see. But don’t fret. When we get to our first home game, we’ll have some better ones to show you.

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On Wednesday, CSN aired a feature by Jill “Sasha Whisperer” Sorenson on Washington Capitals prospect Nathan Walker. It’s a fascinating piece.

Sorenson documents just how difficult Walker’s road to the NHL has been. There are only 22 ice rinks on the entire (!) continent of Australia. The rink closest to Walker was 45 minutes away– we assume that’s drive-time in a V8 Interceptor Pursuit Special.

But the best part of the story was when Walker told a story about Jakub Vrana from rookie camp.

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Last week, some of the best hockey players in the world converged on New York City for NHL media day. Among the many things the players did was shoot a video for NHL.com where they guessed their own NHL15 player rating.

Most players were humble, but when the cameras turned to Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin he guessed 100 because what other rating could he be?

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Caps Implement Hogwarts System For Training Camp

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The Washington Capitals have announced their roster and schedule for training camp. It’s basically “blah blah blah,” 66 players, “blah blah blah,” a buncha scrimmages, but I wanna point out the part that struck me.

The Capitals have organized training camp into groups, each named for a different Caps legend.

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RMNB Readers Wish Alex Ovechkin a Happy 29th Birthday!

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Illustration by the one and only Rachel Cohen

Today is one of the best days of the year. On this beautiful Wednesday we celebrate the birth of our blog’s namesake, Alex Ovechkin. And since Ovi has everything a guy could ever wish for (except the respect of Canadian pundits), we figured that the best gift would be something creative: homemade birthday cards.

Unlike in years past where we’ve asked you to email us five-minute scribbles in Microsoft Paint, this year we’ve simplified the submission process. You can create a card in any way you’d like: Photoshop, noodles, Vines, GIFs, YouTube, whatever. You can upload your file in the comments or put a link to it. Our commenting system, DISQUS, has a great explainer on how to properly upload JPEGs and link to all other rich media like GIFs, Youtube, Vine, and tweets.

But please, don’t pull a Gormley. It’s not Alex Ovechkin’s 30th Birthday. It’s his 29th.

Please do us proud and vote for your favorite cards. Downvote whatever Peter does. There are a lot of fun topics to potentially cover here. If you need inspiration, check out our last four years of cards.

Have a blast, and happy birthday, Ovi!

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Hahahaha, Elliot (Photo: Guerin Austin)

For five years, the beautiful and talented Guerin Austin was a familiar face to Caps fans. The former Miss Nebraska was the in-game host of Capitals games at Verizon Center during the team’s greatest years. She also won three local Emmys hosting “Caps Red Line,” the Caps-produced television show that airs on the Monumental Network and NHL Network.

In 2013, Austin left the team for bigger and better things. After spending the last year doing a bunch prominent gigs, Austin has been hired by the Boston Bruins-owned media company NESN to be the team’s new rinkside reporter.

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Watch the Caps Rookie Game Against the Flyers Right Here

The game starts at 3pm. If anyone wants to GIF/GFY/VINE highlights of the game, feel free to dump them in the comments below. Let’s go Caps!

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Here’s Mitch Korn Eating Corn (Photo)

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Photo: @TheGoalieGuild

Today is Mitch Korn‘s 57th birthday (and Braden Holtby’s 25th). In honor of the occasion, here is a photo from The Goalie Guild of Korn eating corn.

Now I’ll do you one better.

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