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Morning roundup: Done with the west coast

The Caps' last journey out west was marked by losses to the Sharks and Kings, so it's probably a relief to be back home in Washington.

Tarik is also happy to be home with his family for the first time in 2010, so to give him a little break, Gene Wang will be covering today's practice. Updates to come.

In the meantime, here's what you may have missed over the weekend, plus a few other odds and ends:

*Tarik spoke to a league source who said the NHL wants the Caps to play in next year's Winter Classic. (Ted hopes so, too.)

*The Caps have several options for the next captain, but if Alex Ovechkin wants it that badly, you've got to give it to him -- right?

*Is Varly hurt? We'll have an update today. (Tim Leone)

*Caps rap. Ohmygoodness. (On Frozen Blog)

*The kiddies love Ovechkin. (Alex Ovetjkin)

*Even though they "borrowed" the headline from our own Caps preview section, the NHL has done a nice job with their "Is This The Year?" campaign. (Branded)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 4, 2010; 10:19 AM ET
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will happily rock the red once again!

Posted by: mrszilla | January 4, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Seriously glad the Caps are done with their west coasting for the season. They are also done with leaving the time zone for the month of January. The away games this month are all Eastern time zone games, and that will be good for recovery as well.

When it's three hours later than your body thinks it is, it sucks a lot.

Varlamov - Another injury?! Oi. Poor guy! I hope he recovers quickly, though I am enjoying watching Neuvirth develop here as well...

Alzner - A paper transaction for cap space makes sesne. We save a bit of money, and that could make a big difference come the deadline.

Ovechkin - My primary objection to Ovechkin as Captain has been that he did not want the position; if he wants it, I can't see not giving it to him, although he needs to stop giving interviews to his lap after the game... On the ice, I see no problem with his leadership.

Laich - If they give Ovechkin the C, Laich has to get an A, IMO.

Winter Classic - Should'a been the Caps this year, but NBC made the decision, not the NHL. What's to prevent that happening again?

Posted by: irockthered | January 4, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I hope I see this...




No more #3, oversized roast beef and swiss sandwich.


Posted by: JSchon | January 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I agree that if not the C, Laich should get an A.

With Ovie, at least from the sidelines it appears he is the hardest working on the ice but that he might benefit still from the vets' experience. On the other hand I appreciate that he didn't take the C offer before lightly in that he said he wasn't ready. So I suppose if he says he's ready, its for good reason!

Laich is still probably my first pick though..

Posted by: mrszilla | January 4, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Boy, this tore at me from the end of the Caps preview section mentioned in the last item above:

"It's easy for players such as Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin and Green -- each of whom is 25 or younger -- to believe that they'll always be on a team picked to contend. Clark knows not that might be the case. Like other veterans on the Capitals, he's feeling pressure of a different sort."

Read the rest.

Posted by: Steakum | January 4, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The Caps Rap is pretty sweet...great cameos by the boys and especially GMGM.

Posted by: Roose | January 4, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

No more #3, oversized roast beef and swiss sandwich.

Posted by: JSchon | January 4, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Amen to that. Hopefully the Caps can find a way to trade him and his bloated contract to free up even more cap space for this season and next.

Posted by: cainoo7x | January 4, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Calling out a site for "borrowing" when that's what CI does on a moderately regular basis (without giving credit)? C'mon...don't get snarky now.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | January 4, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

"Is this the year?" has been part of the NHL's marketing campaign since the lockout. Anybody remember those commercials that started a few years back where they had multiple players asking, "Is this the year?" They even had one in which Ovi asked the question in Russian. So... I don't think one can say that the NHL "borrowed" the phrase from the Washington Post. If anything, it is the other way around. Seriously, Lindsay, if you expect readers to respect you as a hockey (or even just a Capitals) insider, I suggest you do better research and become better acquainted with the NHL and the sport of hockey in general...

Posted by: CalleJoFan | January 4, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

It is absolutely correct that if Ovi wants to be the Captain, the team has to designate him as such. He has recently said that he wants to be Captain, so I think that settles the matter. IMO he has been acting as team captain on the ice for some time. He appears to have much greater natural leadership characteristics than Crosby, for example.

Posted by: zmega | January 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Rather catchy tune, gonna have to down load and make it my ringtone on my phone.!!!

This is the Caps Rap, This is the Caps Rap.

Let Go CAPS!!!!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | January 4, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

live tv and live score for free

Posted by: d1g00f | January 5, 2010 1:56 AM | Report abuse

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