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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes with the latest on the lockout, Alex Ovechkin vs. Zdeno Chara, Braden Holtby's AHL expectations and more.

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Your savory breakfast links:

● You want lockout news? We've got lockout news! Er...or at least lockout-related information:

○ Sorry, those of you feeling optimistic with the newest round of talks between the NHL and NHLPA (silly, silly people) - looks like they'll once again focus on secondary issues. [Globe and Mail]

○ The game within the game for the owners (and the players)? Ego. Also, the sky? Blue. [Globe and Mail]

○ The "Caps earning paychecks in leagues other than the NHL" toteboard is up to five. [CSNW]

○ One Cap who isn't playing anywhere else - yet - is Karl Alzner, who can sense the frustration among fans. And here we thought we were being so subtle. [CSNW]

○ One Cap who is playing somewhere else is Alex Ovechkin, who also happens to be helping to put his team on top of the KHL's Western Conference... []

○ ...while renewing acquaintances with Boston's Zdeno Chara, also known as HC Lev's newest defenseman. Oh, and Jakub Klepis, too. [Alex Ovetjkin]

○ And you can enjoy every second of that match-up - and many more - thanks to the fact that ESPN's KHL games will feature a boatload of Dynamo Moscow games. [Puck Daddy]

○ It's possible that the NHL lockout could parallel the recent labor strife in the NBA. If that means we get the boys back on the ice by Christmas, yes, please. [CSNW]

● Puck Daddy's preview of the Caps' 2012-13 campaign is where hockey and politics collide. Which of course is nothing new in a town like DC. [Puck Daddy]

● The Caps finally have the 2C they've been waiting for - but what can we expect to see out of Mike Ribeiro in 2012-13? [Peerless]

● And can Joel Ward go from overpaid and misused to hero to goat to just a dude who does his job? [Peerless]

● Back in the AHL for the time being, Braden Holtby isn't taking his minor league experience lightly. [Rant Sports]

● The Nationals' first postseason win on Sunday might have you waxing nostalgic about other DC postseason firsts. Their first heartwrenching postseason loss might, too, but that's a topic for another post... [Peerless]

● Bears blueliner Garrett Stafford "has 610 games worth of AHL experience and Hershey will be the eighth different AHL club for which he has toiled. That gives him one more AHL city than NHL games played." It also puts him squarely in the "we want to root for this guy, but if he's ever playing in D.C., things have gone sideways" zone. [Dump 'n Chase]

● Finally, starting tonight, NHL Network will be airing 24/7 Penguins/Capitals: Road to the Winter Classic in its entirety. Well... maybe not entirely in its entirety. S**tbums. [Capitals]