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November 29, 2011; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) passes the puck against the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE
November 29, 2011; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner (27) passes the puck against the St. Louis Blues at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

Your savory breakfast links:

● Previewing two newly re-signed Caps' forwards - one in search of redemption, one in search of offense. [Peerless, Peerless]

● In lockout news, many players have returned home to share the ice with other locked-out NHLers:

Joey Crabb is back in Alaska, biding his time with the likes of Scott Gomez and Brandon Dubinsky... [Anchorage Daily News]

○ ...while Karl Alzner's lacing 'em up in Calgary alongside Jarome Iginla and former Cap Brendan Morrison... [Calgary Herald]

○ ...and Caps alum Brent Johnson is back in the area helping out his goalie-less pals at Kettler. [CSNW]

● As for those who have gone in search of contracts overseas, Donald Fehr isn't surprised to see such an exodus so early on. [Puck Daddy]

● A poignant reminder of why the lockout doesn't just hurt those of us who are already fans... but also those who have yet to become one. [Caps Love Affair]

● Whenever the second lockout in a decade ends, the NHL can probably rely on the diehards coming back. The casual fans and the new fans, maybe not so much. [CSNW]

● After being traded to the Caps this summer, Zach Hamill is hoping that new surroundings will reinvigorate his career [The Now]

● Is Ovi-hunting season open in the KHL? [Alex Ovetjkin]

● The next wave of Russian Caps has landed in Hershey. Drive safe, Stas... [@Galixon_97, @kostenkosergey1]

... and for you Stas superfans, the Saint John Sea Dogs are offering a pretty nifty package of specialty pucks. [Sea Dogs Hockey]

● Finally, happy 24th birthday to Karl Alzner.

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