Your savory breakfast links:
- In case you missed it in the overnight, Tuvan published a translation of interviews with Alex Ovechkin and Semyon Varlamov following the Rangers game.
- On the injury/other front, Jose Theodore might not be available this weekend (which would likely get Michal Neuvirth a start), Alexander Semin is also questionable for the two games and Quintin Laing is out up to six weeks with a broken jaw. Milan Jurcina is getting better, Boyd Gordon is not, and Shaone Morrisonn is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. I think that's everyone. [Washington Post, others]
- The Bears have recalled Michael Dubuc from South Carolina and another forward from Kalamazoo of the ECHL. A sign of a recall (or two) from Hershey to D.C. for the weekend? [Patriot-News, @timleone)]
- As mentioned above, Laing will be out up to six weeks with a broken jaw (but at least he got Fark'd for his efforts). Here's a look at part of what the next few weeks will look like for Q. [Peerless]
- AO misses two weeks, still has nearly the most clutch goals in hockey this season. [The Hockey News]
- As far as undersized pivots who have been pleasant surprises for the Caps this fall, Brendan Morrison has to be in the top two. [Washington Times]
- Matt Bradley is probably the toughest environmentalist around... [National Geographic]
- ... and his legend grows. [Washington Times]
- Is Brooks Laich the most underrated player in the League? [Bangin Panger]
- Pierre LeBrun offers some (solicited) praise for Nicklas Backstrom. [ESPN]
- Celebrating Bruce Boudreau's 100th win. [Rock The Red.net]
- Speaking of Gabby, how do you name the League's top-nine coaches on the season so far and not have him on that list? [ESPN]
- Apropos of nothing, pushed him into sole possession of 22nd in franchise history in wins, breaking a tie with Cristobal Huet and Craig Billington. He could be in the top-14 by New Year's and would need 22 more to be in the top-10 by season's end.
's win on Tuesday night
- Since you've no doubt been wondering, Sergei Fedorov is currently fourth on his KHL team in scoring with four goals and nine assists in 23 games (and a team-best plus-ten rating) and Viktor Kozlov is tied for fifth on his team with five goals and ten assists in 25 games. And I hear it's really, really great over there and everyone's nice and it rains gumdrops (just in case Michael Nylander's reading).
- There have gotta be scores of Canadian kids growing up and patterning their game after Mike Green. Here's one. [NHL.com] (recall that kids like to rebel against their parents), but probably not as many Russian kids emulating
- The Sabres have named former Cap Grant Ledyard Director of Youth Hockey Development. [Sabres]
- Not directly Caps-related (though we all know the link), a nice story about a kid and one of his hockey coaches. [Autism Speaks via @CapsInPictures]
- Finally, happy birthday to a couple of former Caps and Sabres - Ledyard turns 48 and Dean Melanson turns 36.