Friday Caps Clips: Busted in Beantown

Jared Wickerham

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Recaps of last night's lackluster loss to the Bruins, a look back at Deadline Day and more.

Your savory breakfast links:

  • Just how much does Alex Ovechkin's defensive prowess - or lack thereof - matter for the Caps? The Two Dudes hash it out. [Rink]
  • Peerless takes a look back at some of the Caps' deadline deals over the years - and how those moves may not make much of a difference in the long run. [Rink]
  • Recaps and other assorted musings on last night's loss from us, Vogs, Monumental video (OatesHoltbyBackstromBrouwerBrown), NHL.comAP, Peerless, RMNBBoston GlobeNESNESPN Boston, and Stanley Cup of Chowder.
    • Scary stuff after the game, as the protective netting at TD Garden fell into the stands, sending two people to the hospital. Yikes. [NESN]
  • Your Capitals Minute for today. [Capitals Voice]
  • Checking in with the new guys:
    • Dustin Penner gives the Caps another big body in front of the net and a wealth of Cup-winning experience. [WaPoCSNW]
    • Meanwhile Jaroslav Halak is just looking to help the team he once bounced from the playoffs, get to the playoffs in the first place. [CSNW]
    • Halak may have upgraded the Caps' goalie tandem, but he's certainly not going to do much to mask the team's many issues in the defensive zone. [NBC4]
    • ...which is why he's probably not the best guy to pick up in your fantasy hockey league. Just FYI. [NHL.com]
    • Peter Bondra knows fellow Slovakian Halak pretty well, and weighs in on the trade for the Caps. [CSNW (video)]
    • Now that former dweller-of-nightmares Jaroslav Halak is a Cap, who would make up the "All-Halak" team for the District's other teams? [WaPo]
  • News and notes from pre-game yesterday:
  • George McPhee talked with the media about his new-look Caps and how most of the shots on the Caps' net come from the perimeter so it's okay. Wait.......what? [RMNB]
  • Tomorrow night doesn't just mark the return of recently-traded Martin Erat; it's also a return for Mike Ribeiro, who is still adjusting to life in the desert. [WashTimes]
  • Trades made, players moved - Deadline Day 2014 is in the books:
    • Our own JP chatted with Chad Dukes and LaVar Arrington about the Caps' deadline moves. [Rink]
    • Considering he's the guy making the deals, it's not surprising that McPhee is happy after the deadline. Every deadline. Guys, he really likes his team. [WaPo]
    • GMGM talks about the talks that went into this year's deadline deals. [CSNW]
    • So what did the Caps' moves mean for the team, their playoff push, and the future of their GM? [WNSTWashTimes]
    • Wrapping up the day of trades around the League, and the ones that didn't happen. [ESPN ($), Puck DaddyCBCGrantland (DGB)]
    • For the fans, trades are just names on a roster; for the players, picking up and moving to a new team can be difficult. [BHS]
    • It was the year of the goaltender, with Jaroslav Halak just one of many goalies finding a new home at the deadline. [RDS]
    • Taking a look at some lowkey trades that could hold big value for their teams... [ESPN ($)]
    • ...but a reminder, while everyone's obsessed with the "value player" in a salary cap world, talent still trumps all. [BHS]
    • You always hear about players requesting trades; Down Goes Brown reveals the top-secret paperwork needed to complete this procedure. [Grantland]
    • The Caps' moves didn't just add to (and subtract from) their lineup; they also added some new bodies to the Hershey bench for a playoff push in Chocolatetown. [THW]
  • A few leftover thoughts on Wednesday's loss in Philly. [WaPoWNST]
    • Vincent Lecavalier talks about his fight with Erskine, noting "it was instinctive". Well, yeah, it's Philly. Also instinctive? Sucker punches and a helping chokehold from a teammate. [CSNPhilly]
  • Fighting is considered by many to be a crucial part of hockey - but in the face of player safety, should it still be a part of the NHL? [DSP]
  • Fun fact: Tom Wilson takes a lot of penalties. No, but...like, a lot a lot. [RMNB]
  • Chatting with the man who keeps the Verizon Center ice looking... well, if not great, at least as good as a Zamboni can make it. [NBC4]
  • Finally, happy 50th birthday to Mike Eagles and happy 53rd to Bryan Erickson.
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