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The Washington Capitals have announced that the team will conclude its upcoming rookie camp with an exhibition game against a squad of Philadelphia Flyers rookies. The game—-which, according to the Caps’ Web site, “is the first in an initial two-year agreement that will bring the contest to Kettler Capitals Iceplex in 2008”—-will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the Flyers’ practice facility in Voorhees, N.J. That’s not exactly the most convenient time and place for Caps fans who want to see what Nicklas Backstrom, Francois Bouchard, and Karl Alzner can do against the team’s old Patrick Division foes—-but they can still thank whoever’s in charge for making the arrangement with the Flyers organization, as opposed to any of the so-called Southeast Division “rivals” the Caps are forced to play eight regular-season games against each season.

Of course, the rookies-only game won’t provide the Flyers’ recently acquired $52-million-dollar pipsqueak-on-skates Daniel Briere with an opportunity to spear anyone in the family jewels, but he’ll have plenty of chances once the regular season starts.