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Monday Caps Clips: Swedes, Russians, and Charity

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Nicklas Backstrom is "only" the fifth-best Swede in the NHL (sorry, Nyls, you must've just missed the Top 10), but that's not what set Peerless off. []
  • Alex Ovechkin, understandably, was a little disappointed to see a couple of his fellow countrymen head back to Russia, but something tells me he'll be asking, "Viktor who?" by Halloween. [Russia Today]
  • Ovechkin is #5 on the Forbes Russia (who knew?) list of Russian celebrities. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Apparently Evgeni Malkin thinks his lack of command of English cost him the Hart Trophy. AO disagrees. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • The Michael Nylander-to-Omsk rumors aren't dying down (and be sure to smarten up on the topic by reading this). [@dchesnokov]
  • More on Dmitri Orlov and his return to the KHL. [, OFB]
  • Speaking of Russian defensemen in the system (sorta), if you were hoping that Michael Yunkov would be a Bear this fall, hopefully you deal well with disappointment. [ via Caps Message Boards]
  • A look at the Caps' 2005 Draft. Spoiler alert: it ain't pretty. [Peerless]
  • It's a good time to be Le Grand Fromage of CapsNation. [Ted's Take]
  • The Dave Fay Memorial raised nearly $10,000 for Hockey Fights Cancer. Well done,all. [Washington Times]
  • As for the game itself, those rednecks from Virginia beat your heroes from Maryland by a 9-7 final score. [Peerless]
  • In memory of a Caps fan gone far too soon. [Welcome to the Show]
  • For all of you Brett Leonhardt fanatics, an action shot. [Caps In Pictures]
  • Early odds for next winter's Olympic pucks are out. Sweden's looking like a decent value bet (though don't expect to be able to place that bet in the great state of Delaware any time too soon). [Illegal Curve]
  • Some more NHL2K10 screen shots. Meh (though this one's a little bit money). [WorthPlaying]
  • Finally, Happy 40th Birthday to Jason Woolley, the Caps' fourth pick in a 1989 draft that produced Olie Kolzig (719 NHL regular season games played), Byron Dafoe (415), and Trent Klatt (782), in addition to Woolley's 718 career games. That 1989 draft class ranks fourth in team history for NHL games played (behind 1984, 1978 and 1982), and the two netminders rank 1-2 in NHL appearances by a Caps-drafted goalies (believe it or not, Simeon Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth are 9th and 11th, respectively, on that list). But yeah, Happy Happy, Woolley Bully.