Saturday Caps Clips

WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 16: Alex Ovechkin #8 congratulates teammate Brooks Laich #21of the Washington Capitals for his goal against the Winnipeg Jets in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 16, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● The Caps have elected to take Colorado's (actually Boston's) second-round pick in this year's draft rather than next year's second, so they've got a League-high 11 picks in next weekend's system-replenishing extravaganza as of now. [WaPo, WashTimes, DCEx, CSNW]

● Development Camp opens on July 9 and closes with Fan Fest on July 14. Save the dates. [Capitals]

● Everyone's qualified! (Some moreso than others, but I digress.) [DCEx, WashTimes]

● Wrapping up George McPhee's State of the Team address. [Dump 'n Chase]

● Speaking of GMGM, he did a hit with The Junkies yesterday. [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● It's time to go big or go home. [Ed Frankovic]

● Some perspective on the Caps' track record at the draft from 2002-2009. [Ted's Take]

● Here's your handy-dandy guide to the weeks (months?) ahead. [SB Nation DC]

● Thoughts on John Carlson's next contract. [RtR]

● Whether or not you realize it, Alexander Semin on the verge of becoming one of the elite unrestricted free agents. [HockeyAnalysis]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Alex Ovechkin... [RMNB]

○ Carlson... [RtR]

○ ... and Brooks Laich. [CSNW]

● The Caps and Keith Aucoin are talking extension. [KOL]

● If you've always wondered what Braden Holtby looks like when covered in swooshes and signing a golf ball for a kid, wonder no longer. [StarPhoenix]

● Finally, happy 31st birthday to Alexandre Giroux, happy 34th to Dainius Zubrus, and happy 58th to Tony White.

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