Friday Caps Clips

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates with teammates Marcus Johansson #90 and Nicklas Backstrom #19 after Ovechkin scored a goal to give the Capitals a 3-2 lead in the third period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Armchair GMs, start your Barcaloungers. In a non-expiring CBA-summer, the salary cap could rise to $70.3M. Let's go shopping! [PHT, CapGeek (league overview), CapGeek (Caps overview)]

Noodling through some options for the Caps' blueline. [Caps Outsider]

And of course that blueline benefits from one of the very best value contracts in the whole league. [Angus Certified]

● Yesterday in year-end reviews:

Matt Hendricks... [RtR]

○ ... Mike Green.. [RMNB]

○ ... and Jason Chimera. [CSNW]

● Roundtabling the over- and underachievers of the 2011-2012 season. [DSP]

● The Caps made some real facepalm-y personnel choices throughout the season. But signing and recalling Joel Rechlicz might just be the most headdeskian of them all. [KOL]

Nicklas Backstrom was certain his season was over ... [Hockey Ramblings]

○ ... and now that it really is over, he's back in his hometown, doing good things for sick children. [Ibid.]

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