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Wednesday Caps Clips: Look Who's Talking (And Who Isn't)

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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: A lot of fine writing about the not-so-fine labor situation, notes from Hershey and much more.

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Greg Fiume

Your savory breakfast links:

  • We begin the day with the latest news, non-news and opinion from the labor front:
    • Official talks are, at the moment, on hold... [CP]
    • ... or are they? (Spoiler alert: they are.) [Puck Daddy, ESPN, WashTimes, WaPo, PHT]
    • But it's talks of a different nature that are at the center of the League's latest public relations misstep... [Puck Daddy, ESPN, Globe and Mail, The Star, USA Today, Backhand Shelf, SN, PHT, WaPo]
    • ... and now it's (even more) personal, which is never good when you're ostensibly talking business. [Sportsnet, ESPN]
    • Gary Bettman has gone too far, according to... some owners? [Ottawa Sun]
    • Then again, maybe the owners actually want to cancel the season. [SI]
    • Substantively, the "make whole" provisions are in the crosshairs, with the players wondering why they should be paying themselves and owners downplaying the extent to which that would actually happen. [ESPN]
    • Jaromir Jagr's transition from labor to management is coming along nicely, whisker color and all. [Puck Daddy]
    • Oh, and don't worry - JJ and his Euro pals will be back when this whole mess is sorted out, the hollow threats of some notwithstanding. [National Post]
    • As is usually the case (get it?), everything can be explained with alcohol, the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems. [Backhand Shelf (language NSFW, unless you're a sailor or truck driver or something)]
    • Is anyone thinking about the children?! [BrooksLaichyear]
    • In sum, there's some good news and some bad news... and some fake, funny news. [DGB]
  • Thing Nicklas Backstrom wanted: to play hockey. Thing Nicklas Backstrom didn't want: to wear #99. [Japers' Rink]
  • They Laich Brooks (or maybe RtR gear) in Kloten. [RMNB]
  • It'd be great to see Mike Green next to Douglas Murray on the Caps blueline, but on this list? Maybe not so much. [NHL Numbers]
  • Karl Alzner, Man of Letters (and glorious facial hair). [@kcarrera]
  • Wojtek Wolski "finally lived to see the point." Google Translate is the best. [onet via GTrans]
  • "Your five favorite Caps captains" should really just be "Rod Langway and your four other favorite Caps captains," no? [Caps Outsider]
  • Adam Oates likes what he sees in Mattias Sjogren. [CSNW]
  • What's what from the Bears' Tuesday pracky. [Caps365 video (Rinkside Update, Oates), Patriot-News]
  • Sticking with Hershey, this summers trade to Chocolatetown represented a fresh start for Zach Hamill, about which you can tell he's overjoyed - just look at that picture! [Patriot-News]
  • Still in Central PA, "There is a disconnect on the Bears bench. It is like the in-laws are in town for an extended unwelcomed visit." Oof. [RtR, with several other Bears notes, and for pics from the weekend in Hershey, head over to SHoE and Bears In Pics]
  • Kudos to Tom Wilson for being named to the roster for one of the OHL Super Series games. [NHL.com]
  • Garrett Haar and/or Travis Boyd could conceivably make the U.S. WJC team. [United States of Hockey]
  • Finally, it sounds like a great event for a really great cause, but there's no way it won't disappoint people (ok, me) when it doesn't play out like this. [KNDO]