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Free Agent Frenzyday Caps Clips

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • On this date one year ago, the Caps signed Mike Knuble. Two years ago today, they signed Jose Theodore. Back in '07 it was Tom Poti and Viktor Kozlov. On July 1, 2006, they signed Brian Pothier. Four straight years with an impact signing on the first day of free agency. Will today make it five (despite George McPhee's protestations to the contrary)?
  • Allan Muir thinks the Caps should go get Anton Volchenkov and wait 'til the deadline for a second-line center. [SI]
  • Elliotte Friedman has sources, plural, who think the Caps could be making a play for Ilya Kovalchuk. [CBC]
  • Rory Boylen thinks the Caps need "gritty depth" and maybe a goalie. [The Hockey News]
  • If the Caps are "defensively challenged," I wonder what that says about the fourteen teams that finished with a worse GAA last season. [National Post]
  • Your handy dandy GMGM-to-English translation. [Peerless]
  • Caps free agency previews. [Peerless, DCist, MD Pro Sports]
  • The case for Saku Koivu, Mike Modano or Matt Cullen for second-line center. [RtR]
  • The Caps are #11 in ESPN's "Ultimate Team Rankings" (but #1 in your hearts). [ESPN, Puck Daddy, SB Nation DC]
  • Back to McPhee, a sweet game-worn jersey of his can be had if you're willing to shell out a few bucks. [eBay]
  • Finally, happy 52nd birthday to John Barrett, and a very happy [if I put the number in he'd kill me] birthday to my dear ol' dad.