Thursday Caps Clips: Intermission Critical

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: the Caps had the day off and now it is time to fret over the looming trade deadline.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • In which the looming trade deadline looms:
    • "[GM] George McPhee is arguably facing his most critical week in his 16 year tenure." You don't say. [Frankovic]
    • Somehow it is fitting that the future of the franchise appears to hinge on the question of the second line pivot. Hence, Today in Mike Ribeiro."
      • The francophone Canadian press reports that the Caps have made at least one offer of 3 years/$14M, and that this offer was rejected. [RDS via GoogleTrans]
      • The anglophone media reports that agent Don Meehan will be "circling back" to the Caps later this week. [ESPN]
      • Ribeiro himself reports that he's pretty much unconcerned. ""I’m not worried about it and I just want to win games," Ribeiro said after Washington’s 3-2 loss. "When the time comes, if there’s a deal to be made it will be made." [RMNB]
      • Suitors, we have suitors. [THN]
  • And speaking of Ribeiro, the Stars bloggers take a look at his production in DC vs. his production in DFW. [Defending Big D]
  • Five observations from Caps-Isles. F is for Fatigue. [DCEx, and again]
  • Injuries, the Caps haz 'em. 107 man-games worth, if you're keeping track at home. [CSNW]
  • Coach Oates gets the Mike Green stamp of approval ... [CSNW]
  • ... as well as as the Alex Ovechkin stamp of approval. [Sporting News]
  • Mathieu Perreault's visor took a bite out of his face. [WashTimes]
  • BWith a day off from hockey, some of the Caps took to the streets:
  • Karl Alzner and Jeff Schultz took food to the less-fortunate folk ... [@CapsCR]
  • ... while the Captain took an arm-load of hockey sticks to F Street to film a commercial for Verizon and give some locals the chance to deke on him. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 41st birthday to Jan Benda and happy 55th to Sweet Lou Franceschetti.
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