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Capitals Insider: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

Theo: 'I Don't See Myself as a Backup'

(Jahi Chikwendiu -- The Washington Post) A few minutes after Bruce Boudreau named him the Caps' No. 1 goalie entering training camp, Jose Theodore didn't sound shocked when his coach's comments were relayed to him, despite being replaced in net by rookie Semyon Varlamov one game into last spring's...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 13, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
 
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Irbe Ready for New Challenge

Arturs Irbe was one of the first European goalies to land a starting job in the NHL. Now it's his job to ensure two of the Caps' prospects do the same. Although Irbe will oversee all of the organization's goalies, including veteran Jose Theodore, his biggest responsibility will be polishing...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 13, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Boudreau: Theodore Enters Camp as No. 1

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) A lot of people believe young Semyon Varlamov earned the right to be the Caps' No. 1 goaltender with his mostly stellar play in the playoffs. Coach Bruce Boudreau is not one of them. Boudreau said this morning that veteran Jose Theodore will...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 13, 2009; 10:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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Caps Hire Irbe as Goalie Coach

They go way back. Jose Theodore and Arturs Irbe shake hands after Game 6 of the 2002 Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Habs and the 'Canes. (Getty Images) The Caps have hired Arturs Irbe as their new goalie coach, the team announced this morning. Irbe replaces Dave Prior,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 13, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Jeff Halpern Catch-Up and a Look at the Bolts

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Earlier this week I stopped by KCI in the hopes of catching up with a few Caps, because veterans usually begin to trickle back into town around now. Instead, I bumped into a handful of former Caps taking part in an informal practice....

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 12, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
 
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Morning Links: Alzner Ready to Fight for Spot

(Getty Images) His name has been thrown about as a near-lock to crack the Caps' roster next season, but blueliner Karl Alzner isn't going into camp overconfident. From Canwest News Service: "There's young guys that come up every year that are skilled," he said recently as he headed home...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  August 11, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
 
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Morgan Grew Up Between the Blue Lines

(John McDonnell - The Washington Post) Columnist Tracee Hamilton attributes much of the Nats' recent success to leadoff man Nyjer Morgan, who followed an unusual career path that began on the ice. Here's an excerpt from the column: At the age of 7, he saw the U.S. hockey team...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  August 10, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Morning Reading List: August Odds and Ends

Not too much happening on this ridiculously hot summer morning, but here are a few items that may be of interest: Based on current projections, NHL players will earn only 85-87 percent of their contracts because of escrow. From the Boston Globe: For example, Alex Ovechkin, due $9 million in...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  August 10, 2009; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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