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Wednesday Caps Clips


Your savory breakfast links:

● If you didn't get your fill of "Dale Hunter calls it quits" links yesterday, here's a fresh batch. [WashTimes, CSNW, HomerMcFanboy and HPT with recaps of players comments at CSNW and RMNB]

● But enough looking back, let's look forward. [ESPN, WaPo (and again), SB Nation DC, Fanspeak]

Alexander Semin's agent seems to be a bit inconsistent in his statements regarding his client's intentions going forward, thereby making him the perfect man to represent Alexander Semin. [106.7 The Fan (audio... highly recommended), Puck Daddy (with some bonus quotes from the captain), WashTimes]

● In less-controversial Semin news, the man himself speaks on a number of less-controversial topics. [RMNB]

Matt Hendricks did a hit with The Junkies... [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● ... and Karl Alzner checked in with LaVar and Dukes. [106.7 The Fan (audio)]

● In which a beat-writer stops just short of banging the "Trade Alex Ovechkin" drum. [WashTimes]

● 30 Thoughts, Vogs style... [Dump 'n Chase]

● ... and the original, with several Caps nuggets. [CBC]

Notes on a few free agents, Dale-Departure winners and losers, Worlds and much more after the jump.

Michal Neuvirth 's season didn't go exactly as planned. [KOL]

● Neither did Jeff Halpern's. [WashTimes, DCEx]

● But Tomas Vokoun's did! Sorta. [DCEx, WaPo]

Mike Knuble's not done yet. [WaPo]

● Who are the big winners in Dale's departure ... [Mr. I]

○ ... and who are the losers? [Ibid.]

● In case you missed it, Joel Ward sat down with the Wall Street Journal to talk about the JPMorgan trading loss hockey. [Caps Outsider]

● And the Caps' Conn Smythe goes to... guess. [RtR]

● If season ticket renewals are any indication, you guys didn't hate Hunter Hockey as much as many of you claimed to. [Ted's Take]

● In (sigh) international action ... [RMNB]

○ ... Nicklas Bäckström suited up for Tre Kronor and provided a power play assist as Sweden defeated Latvia 4-0. Bäckis is centering Patric Hornqvist and captain Daniel Alfredsson. Sweden will play its quarterfinal match against a dangerous Czech team on Thursday. [IIHF]

○... and the Sashas have joined Team Russia. They will play together on the second line, centered by Pavel Datsyuk. The puck drops on their quarterfinal round against Norway today at 2:15pm Eastern. Ovi granted an interview in Russian at his first practice with Sbornaya. [Alex Ovetjkin]

● With four goals, three assists and a plus-8 in two championship-clinching games, Stas Galiev wraps up his Q career as the CHL Player of the Week. [Station Nation]

● Finally, happy 28th birthday to Tomas Fleischmann.

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