Friday Caps Clips: Gabby's First Pitch

via the shoebox next to my desk

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Bruce Boudreau threw out the ceremonial first pitch at last night's Nats game (video), and here's a shot of him signing baseballs beforehand (wait - the Nats didn't retire Ryan Church's #19?). [@paulrovnak]
  • Of course, Boudreau was a heck of a baseball player growing up, and nearly signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Buy the book and read about it.
  • More Gabby (video of his WPL appearance), with an interesting note - Anton Gustafsson is already in town. [Capitals Insider]
  • One last Bruce note - on a week in August in which Stephen Strasburg signed and Skins pre-season is in full swing, he's fourth in "buzz" among local sports figures. [Washington Times]
  • It continues to not suck to be Alex Ovechkin. [Championat.tv via Caps Message Board]
  • Further to that end, "When asked where Ovechkomania is more evident: in the US or in Russia, Ovechkin said: 'At my dacha.'" Jesus. [@dchesnokov]
  • All that aside, AO knows it's time to get down to business: "My vacation is over, now I will have a pre-olympic camp at the end of August and then I will fly to Washington." [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Ron Lalonde was an original Cap and played 291 games for the team over five seasons. He chatted about it, and more, with Vogs. [Caps365 (video)]
  • The Caps introduced their "Caps at School" program in which kids will learn math using AO's stats (though I'm not sure "8>87" is sound mathematics), reading from Chris Clark, some hippie crap from Matt Bradley, and how to be healthy and active from Mike Green. That last note, by the way, isn't a punchline. [Capitals.com]
  • John Carlson will likely be wearing a Caps sweater on February 27, but will it be in Hershey or D.C.? [HersheyBears.com]
  • If you're waiting on a Trade Deadline deal to fill-in whatever holes you think the Caps might have, here's a list of 2010's top UFA's who might be in play. [The Hockey News]
  • Apparently Caps and Wings bloggers have "a complete ignorance of the game of hockey" (writes the guy who wrote this). [NHL Home Ice]
  • A really great interview with one of our heroes, Allan Ryder, on the use of advanced statistics in hockey. Money quote: "The holy grail of sports analytics is a good attribution of team success to individual players." I'm in love. [Cult of Hockey]
  • The NHL has a new fan site chock full of all manner of technology where they call SB Nation "the largest... network of fan-centric blogs." Does this browser make the site look fat? [NHL Fans]
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