Friday Caps Clips

ARLINGTON, VA - NOVEMBER 28: Washington Capitals Vice President and General Manager George McPhee speaks to members of the media at Kettler Iceplex on November 28, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. McPhee announced that Dale Hunter will become the new head coach of the Washington Capitals after Bruce Boudreau was fired. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● GM George McPhee held a presser yesterday at Kettler, wherein we learned:

○ ... that the coaching search is ongoing, and most likely no announcement will take place until after the draft ... [WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx (and again), 106.7 The Fan, NHL.com, Puck Daddy, ESPN, RMNB, KOL]

○ ... that assistant coaches Dean Evason and Jim Johnson will "probably not" be back, which in GMGM-speak could mean anything from "they won't be back" to "I'm going to name one of them head coach next week." [WashTimes, PHT]

○ ... that "he’ll be here at some point and he’ll be worth it." "He" being Evgeny Kuznetsov, of course ... [DCEx, PHT]

○ ... and that the Caps have issued qualifying offers to all their restricted free agents, and also that he chose to give Mike Knuble and Jeff Halpern early notice that the team would not be bringing them back so they could have more time to plan for themselves and their families. [CSNW, DCEx]

● Who's got two thumbs and potentially a lot of cap space heading into free agency? This team! [PHT]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Dmitry Orlov... [RMNB]

○ ... Alexander Semin... [RtR]

○ ... and GM George McPhee. [Peerless]

● Finally, a few months ago, Alex Ovechkin made a kid from Idaho very happy. [Idaho Statesman]

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