Friday Caps Clips

April 25, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Mike Knuble (22) breaks away from Boston Bruins left wing Benoit Pouliot (67) during the first overtime period in game seven of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at TD Garden. The Washington Capitals won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

● Ah, Mike Knuble, you scoundrel. Being all witty and chirpy and awesome as you set a course for new adventures doesn't make this any easier.

○ A salute from his Knights... [RMNB]

○ ... earns them a salute from their Champion. [@MikeKnuble22, DC Sports Bog]

○ Whereas a chirp from his (now former) Captain ... [@Ovi8]

○ ... right back atcha, Alex. [@MikeKnuble22]

○ Dishing one last time with Eliot in the Morning. [DC101 via YouTube]

○ The Boss wishes him well. [Ted's Take]

○ And some thoughts on the direction the franchise with its TBD coach and not-quite-young stars might take. [WaPo, PHT]

● The day in year-end reviews:

Joel Ward ... [Peerless]

○ ... Marcus Johansson... [RMNB, RtR]

○ ... and Roman Hamrlik. [CSNW]

● More roundtabling: Other than a new head coach, what is the Caps' biggest need this offseason? [DSP]

● In which Alexander Semin gives an interview back home ... [RMNB]

○ ... while speculation heats up that Sergei Fedorov is preparing to make Sasha and Alexander Radulov a bazilly offer to play for Red Army. [BS, Edmonton Journal, CBSSports]

● #fancystats, coming to a coaching search near you. [ESPN ($)]

Catching up with Brendan Witt. [@WashCaps]

● Finally, happy 33rd birthday to Quintin Laing and happy 39th to Bryan Muir.

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