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Your savory breakfast links:

  • George McPhee talks about tomorrow and the weeks ahead - today's must read. [CI]
  • Eric Belanger is the latest confirmed soon-to-be-former Cap (and soon-to-be Canuck?). [@CraigCustance]
  • GMGM quote of the day: "I never know what to expect in free agency – will people blow their brains out, or be smart?" [G&M]
  • The Caps "could but shouldn't" sign Ilya Kovalchuk, per Pierre LeBrun. Uh, yeah. [ESPN ($)]
  • GMGM had kind words for Jose Theodore, but man is it gonna be tough for the latter to find a job (even if he is one of the ten UFA goalies you'd want on your team). [SportingNews, USA Today]
  • Is Olli Jokinen the answer to the Caps' second-line center question? I'd say no, but the excuse to repeatedly use this and this keep my answer from being a "hell no." [RtR (and congrats to Marshall Pirate for the new gig over there)]
  • If you're into manifestos, here's a Caps Free Agency Manifesto. [StC]
  • Another variation on that theme. [Live In Red]
  • And another (with automobile metaphors!). [OFB]
  • The inaccuracies-to-paragraphs ratio here is somewhat staggering. [NHL]
  • The Caps had a top-tier, A-minus draft, thanks to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who might be "one of the five best players in the draft class." [ESPN ($)]
  • Also high on Kuznetsov? Our buddy Dobber. [THN]
  • Caps' pick Philipp Grubauer is thrilled to have a new OHL home. Said Grubs, "It's a great trade for me. It just helps me to get closer to my goal of playing in the NHL." [Belleville Intelligencer]
  • Stanislav Galiev "has to develop more upper-body strength and be more committed to the front of the net." Uh-huh. [Telegraph-Journal]
  • Vogs puts a wrap on the draft. [Dump n' Chase]
  • Alex Ovechkin is off in Latvia vacationing with Alex Semin and becoming a godfather. I wonder which pictures are going to be more interesting. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Ovi and Mike Green had a little extra loot to play with when they were in Vegas last week. How much? Try $750,000 between 'em. [The Puck Report] (Apparently the bonuses are only available to players on entry-level contracts, so the article is almost entirely wrong. Oops.)
  • We mentioned the Green burger three weeks ago. Without further ado, here it is (sounds revolting). [Bog]
  • Eric Fehr will play in a charity game back home. Watch out for Tootoo, F16. [Toronto Sun]
  • Felix Lefrancois has been invited to attend Caps Development Camp. Here's what he's done over the past four years. [@nhldraftvideo]
  • A shady sports memorabilia dealer? No way. [Courthouse News Service]
  • Former Cap Adam Oates has a new gig behind the Devils bench. [NHL]
  • Former Cap Bengt Gustafsson turned down an offer to coach Omsk of the KHL. [Aftonbladet (Ice Warrior's translation in the comments)]
  • Finally, CNN's Larry King is calling it quits, so it seems timely to remind you that he once worked Caps games... and was once the Caps' Celebrity Captain. See what the hell that means after the jump.