Your savory breakfast links:
- Semyon Varlamov was "solid" in stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced en route to a 4-1 victory in his first conditioning start for Hershey, but "suffered another unspecified injury that has been termed day-to-day." [Patriot-News, John Walton Hockey (video with Arturs Irbe)]
- A look at the Caps at the season's midway point. [Ed Frankovic]
- Has Karl Alzner been returned to Hershey? He's no longer on the Caps' roster on the website (though he is on the prospects list), and a report out of Hershey says he's been sent down, though it may merely be a paper transaction. Update: Per the team, Alzner's still with the club and there are currently no plans to return him to Hershey. In other words, merely a paper transaction.
- An outsider's thoughts on "The Spectacular Verizon Center." Good stuff. [Stadium Journey]
- A couple of Caps prospects - John Carlson and Marcus Johansson - played important roles in last night's World Junior Championship semifinals. [Puck Daddy, AP]
- Dmitri Orlov's WJCs ended disappointingly, but there's plenty of reason for Caps fans to be optimistic for the kid's future. [RMNB]
- Vote. Seriously. Even if it means you have to take twenty seconds and register. Do it. (Oh, and Peerless should've been a finalist... he got jobbed.) [NHL Arena]
- On a housekeeping note, thanks to everyone who helped to make December yet another record-breaking month here at The Rink, with both visits and page views up approximately 28% over November.
- Finally, per the HHoF, on this date a decade ago "Sergei Gonchar scored his first career hat trick (only the second ever by a Capitals defenseman) and added an assist as Washington won 6-1 against the visiting Montreal Canadiens," fourteen years after "Mike Gartner scored his 10th career hat trick and added an assist, and Dave Christian added five points (two goals and three assists) to lead the Capitals to a 9-3 win against the New Jersey Devils."