Tuesday Caps Clips

February 28, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter (left) watches from behind the bench against the New York Islanders in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

Dale Hunter stepped down as Caps coach yesterday... [Caps365 (video), AP, Puck Daddy, ESPN (with video), WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx, CSNW, 106.7 The Fan, NBC4 Washington, SB Nation DC, Peerless, DSP, Puckhead, RMNB]

○ ... which we probably should've seen coming... [WashTimes, Globe and Mail, The Star]

○ ... or not... [WaPo]

○ ... considering it even surprised at least one family member... [Edmonton Journal (but don't worry, Mark, your job's safe)]

○ ... and spawned some theories about what really went on.... [BS, Caps Outsider]

○ ... amid thoughts on what he accomplished and where it leaves the team... [Puck Daddy, WaPo (and again), Deadspin, CSNW (video), 106.7 The Fan, RMNB, DSP, Greatest Hockey Legends, HomerMcFanboy, RtR, FanSpeak]

○ ... and, of course, plenty of wondering who might replace him... [NHL.com, WaPo, 106.7 The Fan, CSNW, PHT (and again), Eye on Hockey, The Sports Blitz]

○ ... as we bid a Caps legend a fond farewell... [Caps Outsider]

○ ... and the players react. [SB Nation DC, WaPo, WashTimes, RtR (?)]

● The owner blogged... [Ted's Take]

● ... George McPhee spoke to the assembled media about Hunter's departure, Evgeny Kuznetsov and other matters... [Caps365 (video), WaPo, SB Nation DC]

● ... and the journos had their turn with the players as well. [Caps365 video (Ovechkin, Backstrom, Holtby, Laich, Green, Carlson, Beagle, Chimera, Brouwer, Knuble, Alzner, Wideman, Hendricks, Neuvirth, Halpern, Vokoun), 106.7 The Fan DC]

Notes on a couple of Caps who likely won't be back and much more after the jump.

Alex Ovechkin on jealousy. [WaPo, DCEx, WashTimes]

○ For Jay Beagle, them's the br... nah. [WashTimes, WaPo]

Tomas Vokoun will be one-and-done. [WashTimes, KOL, RMNB, PHT, SB Nation DC, with a "thanks for the memories" at Caps Outsider]

Alexander Semin's agent announced that his client will test free agency (and if it's anything like how he tested Henrik Lundqvist over the past two weeks and change, expect free agency to come out ahead). [ESPN, WaPo, CSNW (and video), DCEx, with thoughts on the matter at THW]

● More worthwhile audio from yesterday outside of the above, including:

Braden Holtby doing multiple hits... [106.7 the Fan, ESPN 980, WTOP]

○ ... Karl Alzner with Danny and Holden... [106.7 The Fan]

○ ... Joe Beninati with LaVar and Dukes... [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

○ ... Craig Laughlin on The Junkies... [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

○ ... Alan May on The Sports Reporters... [ESPN 980 (audio)]

○ ... and Smokin' Al Koken on the Mike Wise Show. [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● If there's one takeaway from the playoffs, it's that Holtby belongs in the NHL. [SI]

● A look back at Alzner's season, by the tens (love these). [Peerless]

● Da Bog does digits. [DC Sports Bog]

● A fantasy-focused look ahead. [THN]

● One down, one to go? [WUSA9]

● Handing out hometown awards. [RtR, RtR]

● The Puck Daddy eulogy for the 2011-12 Caps is up. [Puck Daddy]

● A look at the prospect pool. [HF]

● Finally, thanks to everyone who made mine a $1,500-plus beard and an even bigger thanks to everyone who has read and/or participated on the site over the past year - you guys make it all worthwhile.

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