Friday Caps Clips

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 02: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals and Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils battle against the boards during the first period at Verizon Center on March 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● A handful of nuggets as we head towards the open of free agency. [WashTimes (and again), WaPo, CSNW, SB Nation DC, NHL.com]

● If you didn't get enough Adam Oates coverage in yesterday's Clips, there's plenty more today. [Dump 'n Chase, Puck Daddy, WaPo, HomerMcFanboy, NBC4 Washington]

● The new bench boss called into The Junkies yesterday... [106.7 The Fan]

● ... and WTOP... [WTOP (audio)]

● ... and George McPhee did Elliot In The Morning. [YouTube]

● Think the Adam Oates All-Star Team could win some games? [WTOP]

Troy Brouwer is optimistic that the season will start on time (but that could just be the "I'm having a kid and I'm freaking out" speaking). [WashTimes]

Marcus Johansson... trade bait? [RtR]

● Ha ha ha, the Caps interviewed Mike Keenan for the head coaching job. Good one. (That is a joke, right?) [PHT]

● The day in year-end reviews:

John Erskine... [RMNB]

○ ... and Dennis Wideman. [CSNW]

● Since Sidney Crosby can't do anything without someone, somewhere noting how Alex Ovechkin doesn't stack up, let's compare their contracts. [CSNW]

● Looking back at the summer so far and forward to what's left of it. [We Love DC]

● Draft Class of 2012 section:

Filip Forsberg sings ABBA. [DC Sports Bog]

Riley Barber gets the "hometown kid gets picked" treatment. [Observer & Eccentric]

○ Will Connor Carrick bail on the University of Michigan to team up with fellow draftee Tom Wilson? Probably not. Sounds like it. [United States of Hockey (h/t sk8)]

● Catching up with former Cap Ben Clymer. [Capitals]

● Remembering that first win over Philly. No, really, the first one ever (and it was a long time comin'). [Capitals Voice]

● Finally, happy 64th birthday to Rick Smith.

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