Thursday Caps Clips

PITTSBURGH PA - DECEMBER 31: Mike Knuble #22 of the Washington Capitals waits to score on the Penguins yet again during the 2011 NHL Winter Classic at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● The next free agency shoe dropped as we learned that Mike Knuble has been told he is not part of the Caps' future plans and won't be returning to the team. Hail and fare thee well to one of the true lions of the sport. [NHL.com, WashTimes (and again), WaPo, DCEx (and again), CSNW (and again), SportsNet, Sporting News, PHT]

○ From Breakdown Day, Knuble's exit interview. [Caps365 (video)]

○ "He played with honor and valor." Yes, he did. [Caps Outsider, RMNB, Caps B-Ball]

Seven six five four Unrestricted Free Agents and four RFAs yet to go. Discuss. [DSP]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Alexander Semin... [Peerless]

○ ... Mathieu Perreault... [Peerless]

○ ... Braden Holtby... [RMNB]

○ ... and Jeff Halpern. [CSNW]

Johnny be good. [DSP]

● The Bears have re-signed Boyd Kane, and he will remain their captain. [Patriot-News (Leone)]

● Finally, happy 29th birthday to Milan Jurcina and happy 46th to sorta-former-Cap Stephane Richer.

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