Tuesday Caps Clips

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 22: Alexander Semin #28 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his second period goal with Mathieu Perreault #85 against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on January 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● Drafting by numbers, one, two, three; it's as easy to learn as your ABC. [Dump 'n Chase, WaPo, Empty Netters, KOL]

● "[Y]ou'll know two weeks after signing [Alexander Semin] whether or not it was a brilliant move or a train wreck." Bet the choo-choo. [ESPN ($)]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Michal Neuvirth... [CSNW]

... Nicklas Backstrom... [RtR]

... and Mathieu Perreault. [RMNB]

● Signs, signs, everywhere a sign. [Ted's Take]

● More good works from Bäckis. His weekend charity golf tournament raised another 100,000 kronor for the children's clinic at Gävle Hospital, and also funded two 25,000 scholarships, one each for a junior golfer and hockey player. [Arbetarbladet (link in Svensk)]

● Congrats to Karl Alzner on taking the plunge... [RtR]

● ... and to prospects Garrett Haar and Travis Boyd on being both American and good at hockey. [NHL.com]

Ken Klee... Hall of Famer? [RMNB]

● Catching up with Jamie Heward. [Capitals]

● Finally (and continuing the theme of former Caps blueliners), congrats to Phil Housley on his new gig with USA Hockey. [USA Hockey]

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