Monday Caps Clips: Alex Ovechkin Goes Top Shelf, err, Upper Deck

via the shoebox next to my desk

Your savory breakfast links:

  • First off, be sure to check back today and every day this week around lunch time for an exciting series we've got planned.
  • Alex Ovechkin "will sign autographs exclusively for Upper Deck at the start of the 2009-10 season and also appear on packaging." That must've been a tough decision for A.O., what with Upper Deck produces beauties like this and O-Pee-Chee putting out... this. [hockeyfights.com]
  • The re-designed Capitals.com "promises [the team] more capabilities locally"... and a backup goalie in a pinch. [Ted's Take]
  • Michael Nylander called Jaromir Jagr to ask him about Omsk. C'mon, J.J., make it happen - you owe us. [Examiner]
  • The Caps have "[a]dded a couple of veteran forwards in Brendan Morrison and Mike Knuble, but it’s really all about what their defense and goaltending does." Yawn. [The Hockey News]
  • John Carlson had a goal and seven helpers in six games at the U.S. Junior Evaluation Camp, leading all defensemen in assists and points. [USA Hockey, h/t @capsmedia]
  • Braden Holtby has "all but earned a spot in the organization for the upcoming season." [SaskatoonBlades.com]
  • The "Real Experts" have the Caps with the sixth-best chance to win next year's Cup. [Illegal Curve]
  • If your Twitter avatar needs a weagle, CapsChick has you covered (pretty cool, actually). [@DCCheapSeats]
  • Per this headline, the Bears are going to have a lot of road games this season, which had to come as a total shock. [PennLive.com via @nateewell]
  • The best beat writer the 'Canes ever had chimes in on that franchise's all-time wins leader becoming the Caps' new goalie coach. [Canes Now]
  • Speaking of Archie, "What's strange about this is Irbe was an old-school, odd-style goaltender, and he's now teaching butterfly and puck movement, two things he couldn't do himself." As they say, those who can't do, teach. [Toronto Sun]
  • Interesting question: will Detroit retire #91? Three Cups, one Hart, one Pearson, two Selkes, fifth in franchise points... they've got to, no? [Snapshots]
  • Finally, Happy 52nd Birthday to Pete Peeters, fourth all-time in wins by a Caps netminder.
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