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Tuesday Caps Clips: Place Your Bets

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • Our condolences to Alex Ovechkin as he takes a leave of absence due to a death in the family. The Caps are either hopeful or expecting him back in time for Saturday night's season opener. [Dump 'n Chase, WashTimes (Whyno)]
  • Before heading back to Moscow, The Great Eight sat down with local scribes. [CSNW (Gormley), WashTimes (Whyno)]
  • The unveiling of the Waxvechkin has been delayed, but the funny is here already. [NHL.com (Lozo)]
  • Jeff Halpern vs. Father Time. Who've you got? [WaPo (El-Bashir)]
  • So what are the Caps doing with Dmitry Orlov? [CW (Whyno)]
  • Bruce Boudreau doing a radio hit in Toronto is pretty much guaranteed to be entertaining. [FAN 590 (audio)]
  • An interesting look at what's going on at Caps practice. [Backhand Shelf (Bourne's new blog for The Score... welcome)]
  • Advanced stats say AO's an MVP... [ESPN (Seppa, $)]
  • ... as does Vegas... [DCEx (McNally), PHT]
  • ... Mike Milbury is less-impressed... [DCEx (McNally)]
  • ... but Darren Eliot says the Caps are in for real big things. [SI.com (Eliot)]
  • For now, of course, those are all just lofty expectations. Again. [SI.com (Hackel), with more on expectations at Sick, Unbelievable]
  • Could "The Guy" in net not be the guy when it matters? Eddie Olczyk thinks so. [NHL.com (Lozo), and, insofar as fantasy hockey goes, SI.com's Flowers disagrees]
  • Recapping a snoozerrific preseason... [OFB, CRtC]
  • ... and looking forward to the campaign ahead. [RMNB]
  • If there was ever a day when we all hope Mike Green wasn't doing any shot blocking, it was yesterday. [CSNW (Gormley)]
  • What to expect from a pair of Caps blueliners (Green and Roman Hamrlik) in 2011-12. [Peerless, Peerless]
  • Mathieu Perreault skating with a bunch of kids is exactly as humorous as you'd think it would be. [Caps365 (video)]
  • A handful of dates to circle on ye olde calendar... [RMNB]
  • ... and a look ahead to Week 1. [DSP]
  • Some ruminations on the opening night roster. [Just Another Sports Fan]
  • Finally, from the good folks who brought you Capitals News Network comes District Sports Page. Check 'em out early and often.

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