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Saturday Caps Clips: Seventh Inning Stretch

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01:  Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals warms up before the game against the New York Islanders at the Verizon Center on March 1, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Cakes on the griddle and your savory Saturday brunch links:

  • Japers' Rink Radio hits the interwaves today at 10 Eastern.  Pepper and Russell welcome Ed Frankovic back to the studio as they evaluate the Capitals' trade deadline moves and take a look at how the team shapes up for the upcoming stretch run.  [JRR]
  • Semyon Varlamov's season of frustration got even more frustrating as it was announced that he is not traveling with the team to Florida and will, in fact, be on the shelf "for 7-10 days."  Выздоравливайте скорее, Семён. [CI, SportingNews]
  • Fortunately, Michal Neuvirth seems poised and ready to claim the net for his own... [DCEx, ProHockeyTalk]
  • ...while ripples spread up and down the organization. With Braden Holtby up in DC for an unknown amount of time, the Hershey Bears have acquired Nolan Schaefer on loan from the Providence Bruins (though they likely needed the veteran support whether Holtby was there or not). [TheAHL.comPatriot-News]
  • In case you missed it in the overnight hours, go read this delightful translated interview with one of the head cheeses of the Russian national hockey team, in town to check on the Sashas and a mysteriously absent Semyon. [Japers' Rink]
  • It's Dennis Wideman Day!
    • A trade that came out of the blue... [CI]
    • ...and a power play that can dare to hope again. [CI]
    • Apparently folks are still trying to wrap their heads 'round the new-look Caps. [SportingNews]
    • Make that the new new-look Caps, with a fresh injection of veteran insight and leadership. [SB Nation DC]
  • Speedy linemates are speedy.  Now to work on the finishing. [CI]
  • Don't call it a comeback, but Alex Ovechkin is coming back.  Prepare yourselves. [Chirps from the Ledge]
  • Oh hai there, Mike Green hosting hockey on the White House lawn. [NBC Washington]
  • Get caught up on all the Hershey scoop in this chat with Tim Leone. Takeaways:  Andrew Gordon is officially week-to-week, new D-prospect Orlov officially spells his first name with a "y", and yes, NHL executives are officially taking note of the excellent performance of Bears head coach Mark French. [Patriot-News]
  • And finally, we don't often find cause to link to the US Department of Defense, but we do when they have a report on the 8th annual Military Appreciation Night, hosted by Ted Leonsis on Thursday night.  Thank you to the men and women standing watch for us all 'round the world. Salute. [DoD]

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