Monday Caps Clips

NEW HAVEN, CT - AUGUST 25: NHL player Alex Ovechkin watches girlfriend Maria Kirilenko of Russia play Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during the final of the New Haven Open at Yale at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale on August 25, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● In the event of an NHL lockout, Dynamo GM Andrey Safronov has apparently set his sights on Alex Ovechkin... [R-Sport, WaPo]

● ...something he might need to run by the club's president first. Unless "I don't see any prestige in it" is some quirky Russian colloquialism for "gee, I love that guy". [RIA Novosti, Puck Daddy]

● None of this seems to be bothering the big man himself, though, as Ovi continued his role as Supportive Boyfriend at this weekend's New Haven Open. [@newhavenopen]

● In non-Alex Ovechkin news, new Cap Mike Ribeiro spent his weekend endearing himself to his new community as he took part in Beautification Day. [CapsOT, Capitals Outsider]

● Guessing at the opening night lineup. [RtR]

● Unspinning the Michal Neuvirth drama. [Chirps]

● Over in Sweden, Marcus Johansson's team beat out Nicklas Backstrom's crew in MPC's celebrity golf tournament. Poor Nick... guess he'll just have to settle for that whole being a better center thing. [MPC]

● And finally, a very happy 50th birthday to new bench boss Adam Oates.

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