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Capitals Insider: September 16, 2007 - September 22, 2007

Tonight's Lineup In Tampa

From what I could tell this morning, here are the guys who are going to Tampa: Forwards:Bradley, Sutherby, Backstrom, Clymer, Semin, Steckel, Bourque, Fleischmann, Motzko, Wilson, Brashear and Nylander. Defense:Erskine, Pollock, Jurcina, Green, Schultz and Boumedienne. Goalies:Johnson and Cassivi. Note: Ovechkin is going, but "just to watch," he said. Now...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 22, 2007; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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More Details on New HD Screens at Verizon

I have to say I'm looking forward to actually being able to make out the puck on replays this season. From the Caps: Verizon Center debuts the ultimate arena experience on Tuesday, September 25 during the Washington Capitals first home preseason game: the first indoor high-definition LED scoreboard. ANC Sports...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2007; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Pokulok and Sloan To Hershey

Defensemen Sasha Pokulok and Tyler Sloan were assigned to Hershey today. I'll be honest, I didn't expect Pokulok, the 14th overall pick in 2005, to last this long. That can only be seen as a positive development....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2007; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Fleischmann To Get New Deal

And he could be drawing a paycheck from the Caps again really soon. It hasn't happened yet, but "Flash" will be signing a two-way deal in the coming days, I'm told. Remember, he came to camp without a contract. While Tomas hasn't been unbelievable in camp, in my opinion he's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2007; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Checking Line Could Put Up Big Numbers

Assuming Coach Glen Hanlon keeps together them together, the checking unit of Matt Pettinger, Boyd Gordon and Chris Clark could be a critical - and potent - combination this season. You've got a former 20-goal scorer (Pettinger), a 30-goal scorer (Clark) and, at least in my opinion, one of the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 20, 2007; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Tonight's Lineup Vs. Ottawa

The Caps don't announce their lineups for preseason or regular season games, but here's who I expect to travel to Kanata for tonight's game: Forwards: Ovechkin, Sutherby, Bradley, Gordon, Pettinger, Fleischmann, Backstrom, Klepis, Laich, Nylander, Kozlov and Clark. Defense: Poti, Morrisonn, Jurcina, Pothier, Schultz, Sloan and Green. Goalies: Kolzig, Neuvirth....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 20, 2007; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
 
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Wednesday Morning GM

After yesterday's round of cuts, the Caps' lineup is coming into focus. And since a bunch of you have been asking, here's the way I see things shaking out so far: Ovechkin - Kozlov - ? Semin - Nylander - ? Pettinger - Gordon - Clark Brashear - ? -...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 19, 2007; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
 
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Caps Trim Training Camp Roster

Nineteen players were assigned to Hershey, where the Bears' training camp opens on Thursday. Here's the list: Dean Arsene, Scott Barney, Jay Beagle, Sean Collins, Andrew Gordon, Marty Guerin, Jamie Hunt, Andrew Joudrey, Quintin Laing, Sami Lepisto, Tommy Maxwell, Chris McAllister, Grant McNeill, Patrick McNeill, Jason Morgan, Travis Morin, Steve...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 18, 2007; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Caps Night at the Nats

Last night, five Caps attended the Nats-Mets game at RFK for the another edition of "Capitals Night at the Nationals". They signed some autographs for fans and took some hacks during batting practice. I was suprised to learn that Brian Sutherby (of Edmonton) and Tom Poti (of Worcester, Mass.) actually...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 18, 2007; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Alzner, Godfrey and Bouchard Back to Juniors

Just like the headline says -- defensemen Karl Alzner and Josh Godfrey and winger Francois Bouchard have been returned to their junior teams. All three players showed what kind of players they can be someday -- which is to say quite good. But they aren't ready to play against grown...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 17, 2007; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Caps Cuts Coming

First off, sorry for the late entry. I didn't get back from Raleigh until 1 a.m. and had to be up early. Although the first round of major training camp cuts won't likely come until Wednesday, the roster is starting to sort itself out. There's no scrimmage today, just three...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 17, 2007; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nothing Could Be Finer ...

I just spoke to Nicklas Backstrom, who is mere minutes from making his NHL preseason debut in front of an expected full house here at RBC Center. He sounded confident. The 19-year-old will center a line with Tomas Fleischmann and Francois Bouchard, I'm told. The parking lots around the building...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 16, 2007; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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