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Capitals Insider: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Tonight's Lineup vs. Toronto and Other Notes

Olie Kolzig will start in net tonight for the Caps and is expected to face the Leafs' Vesa Toskala. Coach Bruce Boudreau also made some tweaks to his forward combinations. Matt Cooke will make his Capitals' debut on the second line, while Eric Fehr, Quintin Laing and John Erskine will...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 1, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Q&A With Matt Cooke

I didn't have a whole lot of time with Matt Cooke this morning, but he had some interesting things to say about leaving Vancouver, his role here in Washington and why he's not playing in New Jersey tonight. Here's some of what he had to say: Q: Why aren't you...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 29, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Cooke Joins Caps

Left wing Matt Cooke arrived in Newark last night and joined his new teammates for the morning skate here at Prudential Center. But he's not playing tonight. Coach Bruce Boudreau said Cooke hasn't skated in a few days, and he wants him to be completely comfortable with the Caps' system...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 29, 2008; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kolzig's Agent Disappointed by Caps' Decision

I just got off the phone with Olie Kolzig's agent, Art Breeze. He said he was disappointed and confused by the Caps' decision to trade for Cristobal Huet, who, if you haven't heard, is expected to start in New Jersey tomorrow. "I have no idea why the Capitals chose to...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 28, 2008; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Three's a Crowd; Huet Gets Nod vs. Devils

Olie Kolzig and Cristobal Huet are on the ice participating in practice. Brent Johnson? He's here ... watching from the bench. Johnson does, however, look like he's going to take shots after practice. So that's Bruce Boudreau's plan, huh? It will be interesting to see what he has to say...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 28, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (227)
 
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Q&A With Cristobal Huet

Wearing a red and blue Capitals warmup jacket and hat, Cristobal Huet was the first of the team's new players to stand before the cameras, microphones and recorders today at Kettler. The first question? "So, is it 'Yoo-ay' or 'Hew-et'?" Huet smiled and said, "'Yoo-ay' is fine. That's easier for...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 27, 2008; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Q&A With Sergei Fedorov

Fedorov arrived in town this afternoon, took a tour of Kettler Capitals Iceplex and then met with the media. He seemed genuinely excited about changing teams, particularly about the prospect of getting more ice time here. Here's some of what he had to say: Q: Excited to be in Washington?...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 27, 2008; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
 
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Huet and Fedorov Due to Arrive Later

Two of the Caps' new acquisitions, Cristobal Huet and Sergei Fedorov, will be introduced to the media around 3 p.m. Huet is already in town and is taking his physical exam; Fedorov is set to arrive soon. Matt Cooke, meantime, probably won't be here until later in the week. There...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 27, 2008; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
 
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Caps Recall Bourque

With Matt Pettinger en route to Vancouver and Matt Cooke not expected to arrive in Washington for a couple of days, the Caps recalled forward Chris Bourque from the Hershey Bears. Bourque is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Wild....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
 
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Canucks' Cooke to Caps For Pettinger

The Caps have already picked up goalie Cristobal Huet from Montreal and center Sergei Fedorov from Columbus, and now they have acquired left wing Matt Cooke from Vancouver in exchange for the struggling Matt Pettinger. Cooke, a 29-year-old agitator, had seven goals and 16 points for the Canucks. The 27-year-old...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (357)
 
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Caps Acquire Fedorov

So much for standing pat. Columbus Center Sergei Fedorov has reportedy been dealt to the Caps, too. The team has not commented on the move, but I'm hearing the deal involves a prospect heading to the Blue Jackets. Working to get this confirmed. If anyone was wondering whether the Caps...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Huet to Washington (Updated)

The Caps have acquired Montreal goaltender Cristobal Huet for a second round pick in 2009. Huet, who will turn 33 next month, is one of the better No. 1 netminders in the NHL, and will become be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Huet is earning...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (245)
 
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Deadline Day Update

Nothing trade-related to report from KCI -- yet. Everyone was on the ice for the morning skate, with the exception of Olie Kolzig (who doesn't skate on the morning of starts) and Viktor Kozlov (the latest Cap to come down with the flu). Kozlov is expected to be out tonight...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bolts Trade Prospal to Flyers, Re-Sign Boyle

Let the fun begin. Tampa Bay just announced that it has traded winger Vaclav Prospal to the Flyers for defenseman Alexandre Picard and a second or third round draft pick. Then moments ago, the Lightning announced that it has re-signed defenseman Dan Boyle to a six year contract. Tsn.ca is...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 25, 2008; 10:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Southeast Division Sell-off?

With the NHL's trade deadline about a day away, the rumor mill will hit high gear in the coming hours -- and it's going to focus on the Southeast Division. Here are five issues you should keep an eye on between now and 3 p.m. tomorrow: 1) Where's Atlanta winger...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 25, 2008; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Johnson to Start vs. Devils

Brent Johnson is expected to start in goal for the Caps, who are hosting the red-hot Devils this afternoon. New Jersey has won eight of its past 11 games (8-1-2) behind goaltender Martin Brodeur, who is expected to start his 22nd consecutive game. But Brodeur won't be the only thing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 24, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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