Monday Caps Clips: Sabres @ Caps Gameday

via the shoebox next to my desk

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Preview of tonight's game. [Capitals]
  • The Caps open the home portion of their preseason slate with a rematch of last week's win over the Sabres. Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Mike Green and Jose Theodore are all expected to make their respective preseason debuts.
  • Bruce Boudreau on cutting Anton Gustafsson: "The only thing I saw is that he needs work and we've got better players." Good reason to cut someone. [Dump and Chase]
  • Ryan Jasinsky also got cut. And while they may take away his Caps' sweater, they can't take away this photo. [TTT Hockey]
  • Chris Bourque, the subject of recent rumors (which he apparently refutes), is looking to stick in D.C. [New England Hockey Journal]
  • Avangard Omsk is no longer interested in Michael Nylander. That makes... everyone... [Examiner]
  • ... which is hardly surprising, considering where he finished in our "Ranking the Caps" voting. [FanPost]
  • Only two men have worn a "C" for the Caps longer than Chris Clark has (and each of them has his number retired by the team). [Caps365 (video)]
  • The Captain was on the Mike Wise Show on Friday, answering bad questions as best he could. [CBSSports.com (MP3)]
  • The Caps think they've got enough team toughness on the roster, even with Donald Brashear gone, though George McPhee acknowledges that "there are probably five to 10 games a year where you can use an enforcer" and "If we feel we need [an enforcer] then we'll call someone up from [minor league affiliate] Hershey or something." [Washington Post]
  • To that end, Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison bring a bit of sandpaper to the line-up. [Washington Times]
  • Hell, even Karl Alzner is willing to mix it up these days. [Washington Post]
  • Contra Nylander, having too many NHL-caliber players for an NHL roster is actually a nice problem to have. [Dump and Chase]
  • Are the Caps overrated? EA Sports seems to think so. [DC Landing Strip]
  • Scenes from Sunday's Caps practice, where Michael Nylander wore Green, as in "Green means go... away." [Peerless]
  • The Capitals were kind enough to ask me to be on a panel at Saturday's Capitals Convention, and I jumped at the opportunity. Here's their description of the "Covering the Caps" session: "You watch, read and listen to their coverage of the Capitals, but who are these broadcasters, reporters and bloggers? How do they approach their coverage and what can they tell you about your favorite Capital? Panelists include: local media – Joe Beninati, Steve Kolbe, Craig Laughlin, Corey Masisak, Jon Press and Lindsay Czarniak." Come see who has a face for T.V.... and who's a better fit for print or the radio. [Capitals (PDF)]
  • Brent Johnson on his transition to the dark side and the Caps' current goaltending situation. [Examiner]
  • On an administrative note, we've put up a link to the Japers' Rink Ticket Exchange in the "Home Team Links" blog roll on the front page.
  • Finally, happy 40th birthday to Curtis Leschyshyn, who was traded to the Caps from Colorado with Chris Simon for Keith Jones and a couple of picks on November 2, 1996, only to be flipped to Hartford for Andrei Nikolishin one week later.
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