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WASHINGTON - JANUARY 14:  Birthday boy Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals handles the puck against the Vancouver Canucks at the Verizon Center on January 14 2011 in Washington DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 14: Birthday boy Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals handles the puck against the Vancouver Canucks at the Verizon Center on January 14 2011 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The final roster is finalized, with Tom Poti officially to LTIR and John Erskine to non-roster IR... [CI (Carrera), CW (Whyno), SBN DC (Prada)]
  • ...which can only mean it's time to play Fun With Lines™:
    • Nicklas Backstrom returns to first-line center. [CW (Whyno)]
    • Mike Knuble to first-line right wing. [SB Nation DC (Vingan), CI (Carrera), Examiner (Hoffman)]
    • Attempting to read the Marcus Johansson tea leaves: #needsmorethunderhoney.  [CW (Whyno, and again), DCEx (McNally), CI (Carrera), CSNW (Gormley)]
    • And some defense pair shuffles. Mike Green with Roman Hamrlik?  Yes please. [CSNW (Gormley)]
  • In case you missed any of that, here's the Kettler Report, featuring a non-credentialed correspondent crashing Backstrom's media scrum. [Caps365 (video)]
  • GM George McPhee dishes on his decision process vis a vis the continuing employment of Bruce Boudreau. [WashTimes (Whyno)]
  • But honestly, it was probably just so we could see more Hadeed commercials. [RMNB, DC Sports Bog]
  • Six years ago, Jeff Halpern assumed the Caps' captaincy and now the circle comes complete... [WashTimes (Daly)]
  • ... once a captain, always a captain. Looks like Halpy has been tasked with tending the team's off-ice activities. [DCEx (Yeas & Nays)]
  • Related: Once a Динамо, always a Динамо.  Alex Ovechkin borrowed a couple hours from family obligations in Russia to watch his Dynamo Moscow team defeat SKA St. Petersburg 2-1. [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Mike Green, Mike Knuble, Karl Alzner, and Troy Brouwer on tap. It's not what you think. [On Tap Online, On Tap Magazine, and flip through to pages 26-27. The ADORBS/60 is off the charts.]
  • Roman Hamrlik isn't getting any younger. But neither is he getting much older. [KoL]
  • There's a new GreenLife52 narrative, says NBC's Eddie Olczyk. [DCEx (McNally)]
  • Crystal ballin' the Caps in goal. [Peerless (Vokoun, Neuvirth)]
  • Life in "the vault," with Jay Beagle. [WashTimes (Whyno)]
  • BREAKING: Mathieu Perreault is not getting his hair cut. So stop pestering him already. [CW (Whyno)]
  • Asked and answered at the Caps' annual Six Flag soirée. [Blonde Girls' Guide]
  • Predictions, prognostications, and previews:
  • Finally, happy 21st birthday to Marcus Johansson.  Here's hoping your birthday gifts include a stylin' red sweater to wear on Saturday around 7pm.

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