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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes with the latest on the lockout and from Bears camp, as well as notes on all-time Caps centers, current prospects and more.

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Bears in Pictures

Your savory breakfast links:

● Notes and assorted whatnot from Chocolatetown. [CapsBears365 (video), Bears in Pictures (one, two)]

○ Co-coach Adam Oates and the Hershey Bears kicked off their preseason schedule in Binghamton with a 4-3 shootout loss. [Silver Seven Sens, Patriot-News]

○ Bears' broadcaster Scott Stuccio live-tweeted the game. [@ScottStuccio]

Barry Almeida scored the first goal of this young preseason, with assists from Joel Champagne and Stanislav Galiev. [@ScottStuccio (video)]

Matt Clackson brings a head harder than Sheldon Souray's fist and a proper compound twig to the Giant Center penalty box. [Patriot-News]

○ Former Bears/Caps goalie Dave Parro reflects on tradition and history as Hershey ramps up to celebrate 75 years of hockey in central Pennsylvania. [Stack the Pads]

● Over a level, it is still all Alex Ovechkin, all the time:

○ In a boat. [ESPN, via DC Sports Bog]

○ Getting some championship bling. [RMNB]

○ He shoots and scores. [Alex Ovetjkin]

○ When American broadcasters come a callin', the KHL serves up more Ovi ... [106.7 The Fan]

○ ... and after all that, has AO lost DC? [ESPN]

● More of the latest news, non-news, opinion and assorted whatnot from the Land o' Lockout ... [ Puck Daddy (and again (video), ESPN, Globe & Mail, Toronto Star (obligatory Cox advisory)]

○ ... No regular season games have been cancelled as yet. But if the lockout claims the season, how would that affect the 2013 draft? [ESPN $]

○ ... and won't someone think of young Brayden Aucoin? [Toronto Star]

● Looking ahead to the theoretical season that will be for Brooks Laich. [Peerless]

● The Caps have had some pretty good centermen in their day. Who ya got? [Caps Outsider]

● The lockout will be cartooned. [RtR]

Filip Forsberg is Bringing. It. [RMNB]

● Speaking of Sweden, rumor has it that Karl Alzner is chatting with a Swedish club (or clubs) about playing over there. [Aftonbladet via Elite Prospects]

● Finally, just win, baby. [DSP]