Saturday Caps Clips

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 05: Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck down the ice against the New York Rangers in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on May 5, 2012 in Washington City. Washington won the game 3-2. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

Mike Green thinks the Caps are close... but will he be here to see things through? [CSNW, Puck Daddy, SB Nation DC, with Green's "By the Tens" review at Peerless]

Nicklas Backstrom sits down with Mike Vogel for a one-on-one exit interview. [Caps365 (video)]

● Lessons learned from the Dale Hunter Era. [WaPo]

● Would Alexander Semin be a fit on the Island? And what might the Caps be looking for this summer? [THN, with more sizing up the summer at RLS]

Dennis Wideman would love to return to D.C. next year, but he and the Caps are likely too far apart on salary, term and role to make it work. [WashTimes]

● Buy or sell: "[Evgeny Kuznetsov]'s value on May 18, 2012 also still far exceeds that of a first-round draft pick in 2013." [DCEx (good read)]

Mike Knuble isn't done yet. Well, isn't done with the NHL, at least. [KOL]

● Looking back at John Erskine's 2011-12. [RtR]

● ESPN's "best" moments of the playoffs might not fit Caps fans' definition of the word. [ESPN]

● Handing out Caps fight and rookie of the year awards. [RtR, RtR]

Alex Ovechkin is the world's 11th most marketable athlete. [Alex Ovetjkin]

● A digital portrait of Braden Holtby that's so life-like you wonder why someone spent 79 hours doing it. But... cool? [Capitals Outsider]

● You can watch Stas Galiev in the Memorial Cup tonight, if you so desire. [WashTimes]

● Finally, happy 20th birthday to Kuznetsov, who recently lost a hardest shot contest to... a fan?

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