Tuesday Caps Clips

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders collides with teammate Matt Moulson #26 as Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals looks on... and tries not to laugh. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Your savory breakfast links:

● In case you missed it, the Rink's own Rob Parker was joined by some other local riff-raff to explore just what goes in to tracking the elusive scoring chance. Chills, y'all. [Part I... which means Part II can't be far behind]

● Ranking the Caps' prospects. What, no Anton Gustafsson? [Hockey Prospectus]

● While Alex Ovechkin may be no match for his queen on the tennis courts, perhaps his buddy Nicklas Backstrom might prove t-... ha, nah, he probably wouldn't be either. [@kbackstrom85]

● Speaking of Alex, yesterday the chatter was all about whether he would sign with Dynamo of the KHL in case of a lockout. Now you weigh in: should he? [CSNW]

● It's that time of year again, fantasy hockey geeks:

○ Ranking the pivots. Tough to argue with the top few, but buy or sell Backstrom getting bumped in favor of John Tavares and Eric Staal? [NHL.com]

○ Ranking all the players. Good news - even after a few seasons trending downward, Ovechkin's still a top-5 player. [Puck Daddy]

● USA Hockey's National Hockey Coaches Symposium may be over, but you can check out some of the highlights - including CSN's Craig Laughlin and GM George McPhee. [USA Hockey]

● The longer the CBA negotiations get drawn out, the longer the wait for a number of as-yet-unsigned free agents like former Cap Mike Knuble. [MLive]

Allan Muir ranks the offseason performance of all 15 Eastern Conference teams. Yeesh, way to screw up the curve, George. [SI]

● Caps' prospect Stanislav Galiev is about to embark on his first year as a pro - but not before sitting down with the illustrious Mike Vogel for a little one-on-one chat. [CapsOT]

● And finally, happy 63rd birthday to Murray Anderson.

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