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This is how Alex Ovechkin addressed the media during cleanout day. Is the metaphor that, with the Capitals done and the Redskins locked out, it’s now baseball season in Washington, the dawning of a new, green, pastoral and still-hopeful day?

Or is it that the Caps have been metaphorically transformed into sporting sad sacks, from championship favorites to also-rans?

Incidentally, Nicklas Backstrom came out wearing a Braves hat.

Oh, and there was Homeland Security K-9 training at Kettler Thursday morning. Really. Some other D.C. sports personality would probably use that to make a cheap “Choking Dogs” joke. Not me, though.