Friday Caps Clips

Photo courtesy Russian Ice Hockey Federation.

Your savory breakfast links:

● The search for a new coach will be competing for attention with roster construction and may take some time. [WaPo]

○ The case for Marc Crawford. [Caps Outsider]

○ The case for Bob Hartley and/or Paul Maurice. [Caps 101]

○ The case for Adam Oates. [RtR]

○ The case for Ron Wilson ... [Caps Outsider]

○ ... but please, no. Just no. [Homer McFanboy]

● All this may not matter much anyway, with a labor dispute on the horizon. [Frankovic]

Jay Beagle gave all. [WashTimes, WaPo]

John Erskine, by the tens. [Peerless]

● Report card time for Keith Aucoin. [CRtC]

Braden Holtby? Money. [Inside Hockey]

The eternal question - what to do with Alexander Semin? [Brooks LaichYear]

○ Here's the case for not giving him $6.7M to score 20 goals. [Dump 'n' Chase]

● In which Evgeny Kuznetsov dominates the year-end Caps' prospect achievement awards. [Hockey's Future]

● In (sigh) international action:

Alex Ovechkin got the scoring started for the victorious Team Russia, while Sasha Syomin raised the bids on his KHL contract with a 2-point performance. They advance to the semifinal round and will play against Finland on Saturday. [RMNB, Alex Ovetjkin, Puck Daddy, IIHF]

○ Sadly, Nicklas Bäckström's time at the World Championship has ended all-too-soon, as Sweden was eliminated in the waning seconds of their quarterfinal match with Team Czech. [IIHF]

● The puck drops tonight on the 2012 Memorial Cup in Shawinigan, QC. The only Caps prospect playing in this year's tourney is Stanislav Galiev, who returns to defend last year's title with the reigning champion Saint John Sea Dogs. [Buzzing the Net, Station Nation, SportsNet, NHL.com]

● Finally, happy 53rd birthday to Errol Rausse.

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