Saturday Caps Clips

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: The WJC hopefuls report to Lake Placid, potentially hard choices for the Russians, and NHL realignment is causing an identity crisis.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Six Caps hopefuls are making their way to join their respective national teams for the August 4 beginning of the U20 World Junior Evaluation Camp. Rosters, schedules, and more are compiled here --> [FanPost]
  • ... and defending World Champion Riley Barber is blinging it up in Lake Placid. [@RileyBarber94]
  • Also raking in the bling is former Cap Danius Zubrus, who was awarded the "Order for Merits to Lithuania" by Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė. Buk sveikas, Danius! [NHL.com]
  • One of the little-noted items on the table during the lockout was an increase in the pension benefits provided to retired players. Yvon Labre and Rod Langway talk about how this change affects them. [CSNW]
  • The new Mathieuperreaultian Division will need to forge a new identity. Such as being the Patrick Division with better barbecue and nifty intermission entertainment. [SI]
  • Asked and answered: Yes, dammit. [THN]
  • Related: The Caps entry on this #fancystats Eastern Conference report card could be labeled "Needs Improvement." Ahem. [NHL Numbers]
  • Geopolitics are creating some difficult decisions for the Russian NHL'ers. [8-67-5]
  • This would certainly be one way to rock the red. Pretty. [Caps Outsider]
  • Joel Ward at $3million per year? Maybe not so good. [Stars and Sticks]
  • NHL 2008 enthusiast Justin Bassett is mad as hell and, quite frankly, won't be taking it anymore. [Lowering the Bar]
  • Defending the Blue Line is hosting its fourth annual charity hockey match today at 3pm Minnesota time. Team USA will be captained by Matt Hendricks and also features Jeff Taffe and Nate Schmidt; Team Canada's blueline will be patrolled by Karl Alzner. [DTBL]
  • Finally, happy 45th birthday to Bobby Babcock.
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