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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Johansson signs in Sweden, Ovechkin signs for fans in Moscow, the latest on the lockout, plenty on prospects and much more.

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Your savory breakfast links (two days worth!):

  • In case you missed it yesterday, Marcus Johansson has signed with BIK Karlskoga of Swedish second-tier league Allsvenskan. [Japers' Rink]
  • Staying in Europe, Alex Ovechkin is a little bit popular in Moscow (even when he's under the weather)... [Y! Sports, RMNB, Alex Ovetjkin]
  • ... where Nicklas Backstrom recently potted goal number one... [RMNB (and again)]
  • ... seems to be enjoying himself... [RT, SovSport (via Google Trans)]
  • ... and has taken a new jersey number that's sure to be a hit with Mel Angelstad fans and giggling man-children everywhere. [RMNB, PHT]
  • Back stateside, ESPN's Scott Burnside checks in from Hershey and wonders if too many cooks spoil the (chocolatey) broth. [ESPN, with a video interview with Adam Oates]
  • The latest on the lockout:
    • One of hockey's top scribes sits down with union boss Don Fehr. [Star Tribune]
    • Here's a neat post - what would you do if you were in Fehr's shoes? [BoC]
    • On the other side of the proverbial bargaining table, Gary Bettman, Commissioner for Life. [SBJ/SN]
    • If the League kills the Winter Classic, don't expect it to be resuscitated (unless, of course, this is a hollow threat). [NYT]
    • And if the League's "signature event" gets axed, can the rest of the season be far behind? Well, sure... right? [Globe and Mail, WashTimes, Windsor Star (h/t Puck Daddy)]
    • Some NHLers are finding themselves passing time during the lockout with something even more difficult than playing in the NHL: parenting. [WashTimes]
    • Escrow time (a.k.a. stuff startin' to get real). [TSN]
    • Could a group of current NHL teams splinter off and form a "rebel" league? [SN]
    • Or is expansion the answer? [THN]
    • Hey, you know who else may be "paying out too much"? You and me. [Peerless]
    • Blame... Ovi? [In the Field of Play]
  • Matt Hendricks does the charity-hockey-game thing... and fails on The Hendy? [RMNB, Hockey Shopped, Capitals Outsider]
  • Did coaching in the NHL change Dale Hunter? Yes and no. [TSN (video), Eye on Hockey]
  • Speaking of former Caps coaches, here's a visual for you: Bruce Boudreau with no pants. [YouTube (SFW, mercifully)]
  • Caps prospects are breakin' out all over... [HF]
  • ... including in Hershey, where Philipp Grubauer and Cam Schilling have caught some eyes... [ESPN, ESPN]
  • ... Stanislav Galiev is also being noticed... [Dobber]
  • ... and the team has announced its inaugural Hall of Fame class. [Patriot-News, Capitals, Capitals Voice]
  • Oh, and Braden Holtby considers himself fortunate to have the AHL as an option during El Lockouto. [SB Nation DC]
  • Go ahead and pencil Jon DiSalvatore in for 28 goals and 33 assists this year for the Bears. [Dump 'n Chase]
  • Riley Barber is on the WJC radar. [US of H]
  • Finally, happy Halloween (here's your treat, courtesy Down Goes Brown, and another via Hockey Shopped) and happy 29th birthday to Steve Eminger, happy 40th birthday to the aforementioned Mr. Angelstad, and happy 57th birthday to Claude Noel.