Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the lockout is on the road to court - and potentially a free agent free-for-all, Jay Beagle ponders life after hockey, Hershey unveils their inaugural Hall of Fame class and more.
Your savory breakfast links:
- Day 94 of the lockout. And the beat goes on...
- If you're lucky enough to have experienced the sweet bliss of selective amnesia, a few primers on the 2012 Lockout thus far and a look at what could be ahead. [SportingNews, TSN, ESPN (LeBrun), ESPN (Burnside)]
- This lockout stinks. Like a sweaty hockey glove left sitting on the windowsill of a DC apartment in August with no air conditioning stinks. [Sportsnet, Grantland]
- It's okay, though, because it's probably headed to court - and everyone loves lawyers. Ha. Ha ha. Ha. [SI.com, Philly.com]
- The players seem strongly in favor of filing that disclaimer of interest... but it could blow up in their faces. [ESPN, Sportsnet]
- A byproduct of an NHL victory in court could be a sort of interesting (to put it mildly) development for the players, the League and teams as we know them. Can you say free agent free-for-all? Yikes. [Deadspin, Puck Daddy, Vancouver Sun]
- The NHLPA is ready to meet whenever the NHL is ready to meet. They're waiting by the phone. Wait, is the phone even work-...hang up, you idiot, they could be trying to call RIGHT NOW!!1 [CBC, ESPN]
- Locked-out players continue to be locked out.
- If you couldn't get enough of Alex Ovechkin in a Mike Tyson shirt at an MMA fight, well, neither could we. [DC Sports Bog, Alex Ovetjkin]
- But that's not all there is to know about Ovechkin these days, as he's also been a cover boy... [Alex Ovetjkin]
- ...and, y'know, played a little hockey. [Alex Ovetjkin]
- Meanwhile back here in North America, Jay Beagle ponders a career as an electrician. [CSNW]
- While Wojtek Wolski becomes the latest Cap to skate for a good cause, as he gets ready to join twenty-nine others in Wednesday's RBC Play Hockey Charity Challenge in Toronto. [CSNW]
- Won't you take me to... Chocolatetown!
- Recapping some comings, goings and other Hershey-related news. [RtR]
- Brett Flemming: Yo-yo. [Patriot-News]
- As part of their 75th season celebration, the Bears will induct the inaugural class into their very own hall of fame on Wednesday night - the 75th anniversary of Hershey's first home game. [LDNews]
- Fun fact: the Hershey Bears draw almost twice as many people as Dynamo Moscow, and would rank 9th-highest among all European teams. [RMNB]
- Braden Holtby is quite the cotton ball artist - Yule want to see this one. (Also, feel free to share your own Caps-related holiday decorations via FanShots.) [Capitals Outsider]
- Because you've been looking for something to be bummed about, take a look back at some of the less-than-awesome moments from the year in DC sports. Hooray! [NBCW]
- Good news - the NHL Network may not have any NHL games to broadcast but starting Thursday they'll be showing all Team USA games as well as other match-ups and the medal rounds from the World Juniors in Ufa... [Patriot-News]
- ... and Caps prospect Riley Barber is skating on a line with Alex Galchenyuk at Team USA camp, after collecting his third Gongshow® Rookie-of-the-Week title from the CCHA. [@mike_morreale, CCHA]
- In need of the perfect gift for your favorite Caps fan? Want to help out another Caps fan (who we promise is not a scary Craigslist stalker)? Check out this signed combo and do both at the same time. [Craigslist DC]
- Joel Ward's overtime exuberance rightfully checks in at #5 on Puck Daddy's 10 most memorable images of 2012 (and if you want even more great pics from the year that was - or wasn't - we've got you covered). [Puck Daddy]
- Happy 39th birthday to Jeff Nelson, happy 67th birthday to Jean Pronovost and happy 61st birthday to Bernie Wolfe.
- And finally, you guys should really go vote for the Rink as your favorite Sports Tweeps. Because you love us. Because we're like family. And because if you don't, JP will start crying again... and really who has time for that? [WaPo]