Washington Capitals 2011-12 Season Preview links

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Your one-stop shop for every link having to do with the special section (more will be added Friday morning and afternoon as blogs are posted). Enjoy:

Cover story:Is this the year the Caps finally grab the Stanley Cup?

Cup contender checklist:A look at what a winning team needs, and if Washington has it.

NBC Sports on the Caps (blog):Pierre McGuire, Mike Milbury and Eddie Olczyk on the Caps.

A1 Newsmaker Interview of George McPhee:The general manager sat down with Times editors and reporters and discussed how he built this team from the ground up.

McPhee Q&A Part I (blog):A word-by-word look at the first part of the sit-down interview with McPhee.

McPhee Video: GM talks about the offseason and how stars need to play better. (Shot by Rod Lamkey)

Dan Daly:Column on the Caps’ urgency to win it all and the pent-up expectations that come with it.

Goalies:Tomas Vokoun steps out of the shadow of losing and onto a Cup contender.

Goaltending primer:Comparing Vokoun to Michal Neuvirth and vets who won the Cup late in their careers.

Defensemen:Karl Alzner is still growing, but his game is starting to resemble Rod Langway’s.

Defensive primer:More on Alzner and the Caps’ defense.

Forwards:Troy Brouwer and Joel Ward bring some needed grit. (By Nick Eilerson)

On the farm:The Hershey Bears are expected to win. But that’s nothing new for them.

Caps Story Lines:Five things to look for early in this 82-game marathon.

NHL predictions:My picks for Cup champion, runner-up and division and award-winners.

‘Transition Game’: An excerpt from Ted Starkey’s book on the 2010-11 season.

Around the league: NHL team capsules. (By Ira Podell of the Associated Press)

See it all: PDFs of the entire section, including the cover illustration.

This is needed. Thanks to my bosses, Mike Harris and Marc Lancaster, for putting so much work into the 10-page Capitals season preview special section that came out Friday. Many more people had big pieces of it, including intern Nick Eilerson, columnist Dan Daly, graphics guru Alexander Hunter, designers Matt Pallister and Greg Groesch, photographers Andrew Harnik and Rod Lamkey, photo editor Joe Eddins, author Ted Starkey and sports web producer Jimmy Hascup.

And thanks to Sergey Kocharov, Ben Guerrero and Kelly Murray of Caps PR, who helped set things up, including the photoshoots and the sit-down with McPhee.

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