Your savory breakfast links:
● Alexander Semin's agent seems to be a bit inconsistent in his statements regarding his client's intentions going forward, thereby making him the perfect man to represent Alexander Semin. [106.7 The Fan (audio... highly recommended), Puck Daddy (with some bonus quotes from the captain), WashTimes]
● In less-controversial Semin news, the man himself speaks on a number of less-controversial topics. [RMNB]
● 30 Thoughts, Vogs style... [Dump 'n Chase]
● ... and the original, with several Caps nuggets. [CBC]
Notes on a few free agents, Dale-Departure winners and losers, Worlds and much more after the jump.
● Who are the big winners in Dale's departure ... [Mr. I]
○ ... and who are the losers? [Ibid.]
● And the Caps' Conn Smythe goes to... guess. [RtR]
● If season ticket renewals are any indication, you guys didn't hate Hunter Hockey as much as many of you claimed to. [Ted's Take]
● In (sigh) international action ... [RMNB]
○ ... Nicklas Bäckström suited up for Tre Kronor and provided a power play assist as Sweden defeated Latvia 4-0. Bäckis is centering Patric Hornqvist and captain Daniel Alfredsson. Sweden will play its quarterfinal match against a dangerous Czech team on Thursday. [IIHF]
○... and the Sashas have joined Team Russia. They will play together on the second line, centered by Pavel Datsyuk. The puck drops on their quarterfinal round against Norway today at 2:15pm Eastern. Ovi granted an interview in Russian at his first practice with Sbornaya. [Alex Ovetjkin]
● Finally, happy 28th birthday to Tomas Fleischmann.