Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The two sides get closer to a deal (temporally, at least), Backstrom is banged up and more.
Your savory breakfast links:
- Catch up on the Clips you've been missing while ringing in the New Year here.
- The latest labor-related news, non-news and assorted whatnot:
- The sides... they're actually... negotiating. [National Post, Globe and Mail, Puck Daddy, USA Today, Sporting News]
- That said, disclaimer is still an option... for another few hours, at least. (Can we get Seacrest to count it down?) [CBC, ESPN]
- Karl Alzner sounds (or at least sounded) optimistic. [Calgary Herald]
- More potentially-dated optimism. [Toronto Star]
- Welcome back, boys? [CSNW]
- A look at the lockout... so far. [Puck Daddy, National Post]
- "If there's one thing the NHL needs, it's to further marginalize the regular season by adding more playoff spots," said no one. [Puck Daddy]
- Nicklas Backstrom: week-to-week? No es bueno. [RMNB]
- Ranking those on the roster (always a good discussion starter). [THW]
- The Caps should resolve to play their best players more. Duh. [CBS]
- Buy or sell the prediction that Alex Ovechkin returns to form? [Puck Daddy]
- Matt Hendricks chats about his humbling overseas experience... which has little to do with hockey. [KARE11 (h/t PR)]
- Paul Devorski can't wait to get back to
screwing the Capscalling NHL games. [Patriot-News (with other Bears notes)]
- Spotlight on Riley Barber. [USA Hockey]
- "Go to sleep, there's no hockey on today." No kidding. [Alex Ovetjkin]
- Finally, happy 44th birthday to Rick Tabaracci.