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Daily Washington Capitals news and notes: Alex Ovechkin gets the franchise tag (and there are threads to prove it), Karl Alzner gets posterized (but still is an impact Cap), prospect stuff and more.

Patrick McDermott

Your savory breakfast links:

  • The Hockey News picks the Caps to finish fourth in the Metro and make the playoffs, so cancel those mid-April vacation plans. [CSNW]
  • If you like an ugly Alex Ovechkin sweaters (like those old black home unis), Yule love this one. [Clark Toys (h/t Puck Daddy)]
  • If the existence of that last item didn't convince you that The Great Eight is a franchise player, maybe this will. [WaPo]
  • Or this. [WaPo]
  • Congrats, Karl Alzner, you've been posterized (or whatever the 2014 version of that is... GIF'd, I suppose). [SB Nation]
  • You've also cracked the top-10 for impactful 2014-15 Caps, King Karl. [CSNW]
  • Cloudy with a chance of meatheads - sizing up the Mike Green rumor mill. [THN]
  • It's only August and already the Caps are getting awards. This is going to be the best season ever! [Stars & Sticks]
  • Projecting an estimated time of impact for Andre Burakovsky. [Rink]
  • Speaking of Burakovsky, he's on the rise in terms of fantasy keeper value, but another Cap has him beat... and you don't have to get very far down the list to find him. [Dobber]
  • Jakub Vrana is on that list too, but he's no Mike Legg. [RMNB]
  • What to expect from Nathan Walker, other than a cool accent. [THW]
  • Mike Vogel catches up with prospect Blake Heinrich. [Monumental (video)]
  • Ever catch yourself wondering, "Where's ol' Cristobal Huet these days?" (No? Me neither.) [CSNW]
  • Craig Laughlin gets in on the ice bucket challenge... and in turn challenges our pal Alan May. [Capitals Outsider]
  • Finally, happy 31st birthday to Jiri Novotny.