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Wednesday Caps Clips: Make or Break?

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Nicklas Backstrom owns the KHL, a(nother) big day on the labor front, Philipp Grubauer gets some love and more.

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Patrick McDermott

Your savory breakfast links:

  • It would seem that an NHL season is about the only way that Nicklas Backstrom is going to be able to find challenging hockey at this point. [KHL, RMNB, Alex Ovetjkin]
  • A real NHL season, that is, since digital Nicky is apparently unstoppable as well. [ESPN]
  • The latest on the lockout:
    • We've heard it before, but today's seems to be an important day in the negotiations (or lack thereof). [CBC, ESPN, SI]
    • Believe it or not, the sides agree on a lot of relatively meaningless things. [Toronto Star, Puck Daddy]
    • They'd probably also agree that their bickering isn't endearing either side to its fans. [ESPN (epic rant from Buccigross), Globe and Mail, Backhand Shelf, Buffalo News]]
    • Of course, there's plenty on which they don't appear to be anywhere close to agreement. [Puck Daddy]
    • And while Gary Bettman has many strengths, diplomacy isn't exactly one of them. [Backhand Shelf]
    • But if you want him fired... be careful what you wish for... [The Spin]
    • ... the next "idiot" may not make you quite so wealthy... [CBS]
    • Perhaps a bit of perspective might help the players... [Dallas Stars Blog (h/t Wysh), All Things Avs, CSN]
    • ... and the owners... [Dallas Stars Blog]
    • ... because "by this point the whole situation has begun to resemble the plane housing the going-down-in-flames Rihanna 777 Tour." [Grantland]
  • Congrats to ECHL Goalie of the Week Philipp Grubauer. [ECHL, Capitals]
  • Some thoughts from Chocolatetown. [Patriot-News, RtR]
  • Finally, "Gary Bettman ordering a pizza" is your moment of zen. [Down Goes Brown]