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Thursday Caps Clips: Lock Steady

Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Perreault heads for Finland, Holtby nears a record, and the league is still in a locked and uptight position.

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Your savory breakfast links:

  • The latest labor-related news, non-news and assorted whatnot:
    • The NHLPA delivered a terse statement through gritted teeth to the media: "A small group of NHLPA staff and players met today with three two experienced FMCS mediators. We expect that these discussions will resume on Thursday." [Kukla]
    • What to expect when you're expecting mediation. [SB Nation DC]
    • Mind the gap. [Edmonton Journal]
    • "Brand suicide." Oh, hockey. [SI]
    • Just ask these Caps season ticket holders ... [WaPo]
    • ... and these other fans, and those sponsors ... [WaPo]
    • ... and don't forget the Chinatown business district. [WJLA]
    • Won't somebody think of the anthem singers? [WaPo]
    • Ted Lindsay thinks all the Bettman vitriol is misplaced and unproductive. Yes, that Ted Lindsay. [ESPN]
  • Forbes has published its annual listing of the values of hockey franchises. Parse as you deem best. [Forbes, WashTimes, Puck Daddy, CSNW]
  • In which Ted Leonsis discusses lots of topics ... but not the one we want most to hear about. [ABC News]
  • Operation Hat Trick has raised $500,000 for Sandy relief ... and that's before the jersey auctions have closed. [WashTimes]
  • Mathieu Perreault departed for Finland on Wednesday. We learn he turned down Hamburg in October, and that his new team has arranged for lodging, a car, and the chance to play center. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • On the occasion of the first anniversary of his separation from the Capitals, Bruce Boudreau was on hand to observe his new farm team play against ... his former farm team. [Dump 'n' Chase]
  • A game the Bears won 5-2, thankyouverymuch. [Patriot-News, Dump 'n Chase, SHoE]
  • Oh, and a win that moved Braden Holtby to within one win of tying the top of Hershey's all-time list. [@TimLeone]
  • Stanislav Galiev scored his first pro goal for Reading with twelve SOG and nabbed third star of the game. Woo!
  • Happy 63rd birthday to Yvon Labre.
  • Finally, congrats are in order for Sylvain Côté, who has been named to Le Temple de la Renommée de la LHJMQ. The ceremony will be held April 3rd in Montreal. [QMJHL]