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Wednesday Caps Clips: Joe Finley Gets Arrested

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • "A former UND hockey player and a current one were arrested about 3 a.m. Tuesday after a campus officer saw the men throwing cups, plates, a kitchen table and a lawnmower onto a Grand Forks street." I'll give you three guesses as to who that "former UND hockey player" is (and be sure to read on for more stupidity). [Grand Forks Herald and In the Room]
  • Mike Knuble arrived at Kettler Iceplex yesterday and chatted with Vogs (video) and the WTimes.
  • The bigger buzz around CapsNation Tuesday was that the Pittsburgh Penguins signed a backup goalie who should make starter Marc-Andre Fleury seem durable by comparison when they inked former Caps netminder Brent Johnson to a one-year deal. In all seriousness, we wish Johnny the best health, goals against average and save percentage... and worst record imaginable (reaction to the deal from Johnson himself, and Chris NeedhamCapitals Kremlin (twice), PensBurgh and Empty Netters).
  • George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau held a conference call for season ticket holders, much of which is paraphrased here and the audio of which is here. The good stuff (read: the vigorous defense of Jeff Schultz) is at about the midway point.
  • Do the Caps have the skill and experience in goal to go all the way? [Peerless]
  • Sometimes you let events write the story. Other times, you make events fit the story. In unrelated news, here's a video spot about Francois Bouchard's strong camp. [NBC4]
  • Alfalfa Ovechkin? [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • A quick look at couple of Massachusetts-born prospects - John Carlson and Andrew Glass. [New England Hockey Journal]
  • The Phoenix Coyotes are looking for a new rival, and "The Goal" is enough to land the Caps on the list of the hated. [Five for Howling]
  • On this date back in 1988, the Caps traded Greg Adams to Edmonton for Geoff Courtnall. Courtnall would score 77 goals and 154 points in 159 games for D.C. before being shipped off to St. Louis for Peter Zezel and Mike Lalor two years later.
  • On this date in 2005, the NHL held it's special little draft lottery, and a team with a 93.75% chance of not getting the first pick went ahead and got that first pick. Meanwhile, the Caps - who had the third-worst record in hockey the previous season - got the 14th pick. Sasha Pokulok, baby!
  • Finally, Happy 41st Birthday to "Calder Candidate" Brad Schlegel, who, in 1992-93, registered an assist in seven games for the Caps and was edged out for the Rookie of the Year trophy by Teemu Selanne, who finished a mere 131 points ahead of Schegel in the rookie scoring race.