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Saturday Caps Clips: Gold Medal Game Set

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Today in Olympic hockey: Bronze Medal Game - Slovakia vs. Finland (10:00p Eastern, MSNBC)
  • The Caps practiced yesterday. Hard. [CI]
  • Perhaps the best thing to come out of the Russian Caps' Olympic experiences? Semyon Varlamov: "Every game [Vladislav Tretiak and I] sit together and watch the game. We're talking about everything. We're talking about Russian goalies, how guys play. We're talking about every other good goalie. . . . It was a good experience." [WaPo]
  • Here's a juicy rumor for you (albeit "unconfirmed"): Tomas Vokoun to the Caps for Jose Theodore, one of John Carlson or Marcus Johansson and a draft pick. [TFP]
  • For the record on that last bullet, I'm a huge supporter of pushing some chips into the pot if Vokoun's the return - he's a game-changer.
  • Also, "most of the Leafs' key front office and scouting staff took in the Marlies-Hershey Bears game Wednesday night at Ricoh Coliseum. The presence of so many Leaf brass – watching the Washington Capitals' farm team so close to the trade deadline – certainly raised eyebrows." [The Star]
  • "Will the taste of defeat linger or inspire?" How about neither. [NHL.com]
  • It's hard to take seriously any mainstream article that starts with "None of us know the details..." and climaxes with a call for a six-game suspension, but that's apparently the media climate in which we're living. [The Hockey News, RMNB, FanShot]
  • On this date back in 2004, the Caps traded Robert Lang to Detroit for Tomas Fleischmann, Detroit's 1st round pick in 2004 (which the Caps used to select Mike Green) and Detroit's 4th round pick in 2006 (which the Caps used to select Luke Lynes). Well done, GMGM.
  • When you hear stories about crappy minor league travel, this is what they're talking about. [Patriot-News]
  • Per the HHoF, on this date back in 1982, "Washington rookie Chris Valentine tied a team rookie record with four goals in a 7-1 win over the Hartford Whalers. It was Valentine's first and only career hat trick. "
  • Finally, happy 54th birthday to Mike Kaszycki. On an unrelated note (I hope), some day I'm going to unintentionally wish a happy birthday to a dead guy, so apologies in advance for that.