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Friday Caps Clips: Baby Got Bäckis

Washington Capitals daily news and notes: It's wheels down in Finland for MP85, Ovi8 probably won't pillage Riga (though he might grab an apple), and NB69's hockey haunches apparently have their own gravitational field.


Your savory breakfast links:

  • The latest labor-related news, non-news and assorted whatnot:
    • M is for "Meh.": The mediators met with with the League and the union and got them to agree to continue disagreeing. [WaPo, WashTimes, Puck Daddy, Backhand Shelf]
    • Tick tock. The owners are running out the doomsday clock. [Sporting News, Kukla, Peerless]
    • They are also setting the table for more CBA strife down the road. [Detroit News]
    • It's a trap! But also a chance the players have to take. [Yahoo! Sports]
    • Bully me this, Jeremy Jacobs. [Puck Daddy]
    • Why franchise value matters. [SI]
    • Did Roman Hamrlik draw a target on his own back? [The Province]
    • You can hear Hamr's side of the story in this HNIC radio interview. [ (audio)]
  • Mathieu Perreault has arrived in Helsinki, and the team could not be more pleased. [HIFK]
  • Boom goes the Backstromite. [RMNB]
  • Aftershock. [RMNB]
  • "Fear not, citizens of Riga. I come in peace." [Alex Ovetjkin]
  • Joey Crabb leads his team in scoring? Joey Crabb leads his team in scoring. And with two other NHLers on the roster, the Aces lead their division and conference. [Alaska Aces]
  • Put him in as coach ... Oatsie's ready to draw up plays, today. [CSNW]
  • The USHL Muskegon Jacks announce that Caps prospect d-man Patrick Koudys has committed to play for the Penn State Nittany Lions beginning in 2013. [Jacks, Thank You Terry]
  • Hockey Day in Virginia this weekend looks to be a fine day's entertainment ... for a good cause. [Hockey Shopped]
  • Blog note: SB Nation United has made some changes in the mobile interfaces - go check 'em out and provide your feedback. They are listening. [Blog Huddle]
  • Finally, there's some honest-to-goodness live hockey on your teevee tonight and tomorrow night. NBC Sports Network is airing both games of the home-and-away series for the Boston University Terriers vs. Caps prospect d-man Patrick Wey and the Boston College Eagles. Our SB Nation colleagues at BC Interruption have graciously invited us over to their place to tailgate in their Game Day Thread. We'll have the link for you around 5:30 or so, and make sure your avatar is properly tied down. [BC Interruption]