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Capitals Insider: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

Semin Signs Extension and Other Stuff

Just landed in St. Louis and received word that Alexander Semin has signed a two-year contract extension worth $9.2 million. He'll earn $4.2 million next season and $5 million the folllowing year, for a cap hit of $4.6 million. Still hoping to get an update on Clark's condition. Update:Sorry for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2007; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clark Out Tonight

After being struck on the left ear/side of the head by a slap shot last night, Chris Clark did not travel with the Caps to St. Louis for tonight's game. But the good news for Clark and his teammates is that the Caps captain could join the team at some...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 27, 2007; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Clark (Non) Update

I don't know anything new about the injury to Chris Clark because everyone was gone by the time I finished writing my gamer. So I suppose we'll have to wait until morning for some news on him since the team is in the air right now. I will say that...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2007; 11:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Vancouver

Defenseman Tom Poti will not play tonight. He is day-to-day with a strained groin muscle. His status for tomorrow's game in St. Louis won't be determined until after the morning skate. Here's the rest of the Cap's lineup against Roberto Luongo and the Canucks: Ovechkin-Kozlov-Clark Backstrom-Nylander-Semin Pettinger-Gordon-Laich Brashear-Steckel-Bradley Fleischmann and...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2007; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
 
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Poti Could Be Out

Defenseman Tom Poti, who is suffering from the dreaded "undisclosed" injury, did not skate this morning, I'm told. That probably means he won't play, but he's officially being called a game-time decision. I'll update as soon as I know for sure. I'm also told that Tomas Fleischmann skated with the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 26, 2007; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Thursday Morning Update

The mood is much lighter today out here at KCI. I guess a much-needed win will do that. But there are a couple of things I'll need to follow up on after practice: Ovechkin and Nylander are not on the ice. I'm not so concerned about Ovechkin, who skated 21...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 25, 2007; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Tonight's Lineup vs. Tampa Bay

Semin is off IR and will play tonight against the Lightning. Coach Hanlon said he plans to leaning on him pretty heavily, so expect him to skate 20 minutes or so. Here are the lines: Ovechkin-Kozlov-Clark Backstrom-Nylander-Semin Pettinger-Gordon-Laich Brashear-Steckel-Fleischmann The 'D' pairings remain the same. Kolzig is in net for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 24, 2007; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Waiting For Official Word On Semin

Alexander Semin is supposed to come off injured reserve at some point today, then play for the first time since Oct. 6 tonight against the Lightning. He was on the ice this morning for the pre-game skate and looked good, I'm told. When I get official word on his status,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 24, 2007; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
 
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Motzko Sent Down

No official word yet, but Joe Motzko was putting his sticks and equipment bag in his SUV when I pulled up to KCI this morning. Guess that means Alexander Semin is coming off IR. Also, the power play units were on the ice a half hour early for some additional...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 23, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
 
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Forward Line and Power Play Shakeup

In search of some scoring from somewhere, Coach Hanlon has made some changes to his lines. Here's what they look like today: Ovechkin-Kozlov-Clark (the captain returns to the top line) Backstrom-Nylander-Semin (Alexander returns from injury) Pettinger-Steckel-Gordon (Steckel replaces Clark) Brashear-Laich-Motzko (Motzko where he probably belongs) Fleischmann-Sutherby-Bradley (could be a move...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 22, 2007; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
 
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Thinking Back and Looking Ahead

Something's got to give. Seriously. Here are some basic (but key) stats you need to know: *Despite the addition of three power play specialists, the unit ranks 27th (4 for 35). That's a measly 11.4 percent effectiveness rate. Forget about Motzko for a moment, 11.4 percent still isn't acceptable with...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 21, 2007; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
 
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Motzko Sent Down

Joe Motzko was sent down after the game. But it's likely a paper transaction. I wouldn't be surprised to see him at KCI on Monday. The Caps are off today....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 21, 2007; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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