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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Be sure to tune in tonight at 8:00 Eastern when Pepper and Russell welcome Brian McNally of the Washington Examiner for a special "'Twas the Night Before Season" edition of Japers' Rink Radio.
  • Also, if you happen to have XM, tune into The War Room on 204 around 11:10 to hear Mick Kern and myself talk about the upcoming season.
  • Semyon Varlamov is in mid-season form... which is to say he's on injured reserve. [Caps365 (Boudreau video), Dump 'n Chase, CI, Off Wing Opinion, TBD]
  • In 36 hours and change, the Caps will embark on "arguably the most important season in franchise history." No pressure, boys. [Burnside]
  • The Caps "need to change the way they play." So says the guy who has coached 16 NHL games since 1995.  [Daily Mail]
  • Bruce Boudreau and Le Siège Chaud. [Vancouver Sun]
  • In case you haven't noticed, this year's Caps look a lot like last year's. [AP]
  • Peerless prognosticates. [Peerless]
  • Speaking of monster previews, a couple of looks at the League. [Buccigross, Frankovic]
  • Dan Rosen has the Caps in the Finals. [NHL]
  • Disgruntled former Oiler blueliner Sheldon Souray has been loaned to the Hershey Bears. The Caps have no rights in him (much like the Panthers with Michael Nylander), but certainly will have a pretty thorough scouting report on the rearguard, should they need it. [Patriot-News, Puck Daddy, Off Wing Opinion, Bears, TSN, The Strangest One Of All]
  • On debuts and demotions. [Dump 'n Chase, Caps365 (video)]
  • Mike Green "talked with sports psychologists" this summer in order to better prepare himself for the season ahead. That and other interesting nuggets from Lindsay Czarniak's Media Day interviews. [NBC4, with additional video of Brooks Laich here]
  • Listing the Hart candidates at this time of year produces the usual suspects... as well as a much-maligned Cap who is "worthy of consideration." [Sportsnet]
  • Which rookie will have the biggest impact this season? And which online scribe will make the most unprofessional comments of the day? [Globe and Mail]
  • How the Caps season will end is one of 11 burning questions heading into the season. [Puck Daddy]
  • Eight players every hockey fan needs to know. [SB Nation]
  • Numbers aplenty. [ESPN]
  • Speaking of numbers, will Eric Fehr have another breakout season? (When did he break back in?) [Insider2]
  • Pictures from yesterday's practice. [Caps In Pictures]
  • Radio hits and a podcast from the past day and change:
    • Capitals Report (audio, video)
    • Matt Bradley on The Sports Junkies (audio)
    • Eric Fehr on The LaVar Arrington Show with Chad Dukes (audio)
    • Karl Alzner on Overtime with Bill Rohland (audio, video short)
    • George McPhee on The John Thompson Show (CI)
  • Today's radio hits:
    • 7:20 a.m.: Bruce Boudreau on WTOP 103.5 FM
    • 8:40 a.m.: Mike Green on DC 101.1 FM
    • 12:25 p.m.: Bruce Boudreau on ESPN980 AM
  • Birthday boy Marcus Johansson gets pied... [Caps365 (video), CI]
  • ... but he's "only going to get better." I should hope so. [CI]
  • Olde time hockey is dead. Dead! [Box Seats]
  • Are the Caps really as good and deep up front as conventional wisdom would dictate? [Red Line Station]
  • Ranking the game's top 100 prospects. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Speaking of prospects, the organization's patience is paying off. [DCEx]
  • Prediction: John Carlson wins the Calder. Bold. [RtR]
  • Know how your significant other has a list of projects for you to do around the house? So does Ted Leonsis's, only his "house" is the Verizon Center and his "significant other" is all of us. [Ted's Take]
  • Still more on how to dress your kid. [Box Seats]
  • NHL Network announces its 2010-11 game schedule, which features the Caps rather often. [NHL]
  • How to rock the red while staying warm. [Capitals Outsider]
  • I'm a sucker for blogger panels. Especially good ones. [National Post]
  • And hell, other panels as well. [National Post, TSN]
  • Olie Kolzig: still a great dude. [RMNB]
  • Finally, happy 61st birthday to Jim Hrycuik.