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Capitals Insider: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Neuvirth Hurt and Other Notes

Got to be quick since I'm headed over to the Caps Convention. But I wanted to give you a quick update on today's practice: *The Caps are down to two goalies. For the moment, anyway. Michal Neuvirth left practice this morning after a "tweaking" an injury that had bothered him...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
 
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Collins Clears Waivers

Defenseman Sean Collins has cleared waivers and is likely to be assigned to Hershey, I'm told. That leaves Karl Alzner and Tyler Sloan battling to beat out one of the seven incumbent defensemen and earn a spot on the roster. I'm still waiting on an update on the status of...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Caps Return to Ice

After getting a day off on Friday, the Caps are back on the ice preparing for tomorrow's preseason finale at VC against the Rangers. Here's what the lineup looks like: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Laich-Morrison-Semin Giroux-Aucoin and Steckel-Clark Laing-Gordon-Bradley Bourque-Nylander-Fehr and Sugden Alzner, Sloan, Schultz, Pothier, Green, Jurcina, Poti, Erskine, Morrisonn are the...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2009; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Caps Make Two More Cuts

The Capitals just announced that they've reassigned forwards Jay Beagle and Mathieu Perreault to the minor-league Hershey Bears. Not a huge surprise, but there ya have it. It's now down to 18 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goalies in camp. Who's next to go?...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 25, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Morning Links: Letdown in the Big Apple

(Jim McIsaac -- Getty Images) Well, the Caps lost to the Rangers, 3-2, last night, but some good came out of the letdown anyway: * Quintin Laing continued to carve out his tough-guy spot on the team, finishing with three hits and a blocked shot. * The energy and...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 25, 2009; 5:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Rangers 3, Caps 2

Coach Bruce Boudreau was pleased with his team's overall effort in tonight's 3-2 loss to the Rangers at MSG, which he said was the Caps' fastest and most intense game of the preseason. But he was less pleased about the two defensive breakdowns that led to goals and a poor...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2009; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps at Rangers

Here's the Caps' lineup for tonight's preseason game at MSG: Forwards: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin Giroux-Aucoin-Clark Laich-Steckel-Bradley Laing-Beagle-Sugden Defense: Schultz-Alzner Erskine-Green Sloan-Jurcina Theodore Varlamov Some other notes:...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 24, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
 
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Olie on Retirement, Caps, Future

Longtime Caps goaltender Olie Kolzig just called into ESPN 980's John Thompson Show to reflect on his career in Washington and talk a little bit about his post-retirement plans. Here's some of what he had to say: On how he's feeling after announcing his retirement yesterday: Obviously, it was a...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 24, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Morning Skate Updates

Tarik is running out the door to catch a train to New York -- Caps play the Rangers tonight at 7 p.m. -- so here are a few twitterific updates: * Doesn't look like Chris Bourque is going to skate today (or play tonight). Tough break for a guy fighting...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 24, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
 
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Caps 6, Blackhawks 2

That was more like what the Washington Capitals folks are expecting to see this season. One game after looking out of sync and rusty, the Caps got two goals from Alex Ovechkin, two from Mike Knuble and three assists from Alexander Semin in a 6-2 thrashing of the Blackhawks. First,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 23, 2009; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
 
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Poll: Should the Capitals Retire No. 37?

Olie Kolzig may have finished his NHL career with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs, but he'll be remembered as a member of the Washington Capitals. He spent a decade as the cornerstone of the franchise that drafted him in 1989, enjoying the 1998 run to the...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 23, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
 
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Kolzig Announces Retirement

(Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post) Longtime Caps goaltender and often face of the team Olie Kolzig officially announced his retirement from the NHL today. You can read a full release here. It seems like a long time since Kolzig and the Capitals parted ways following the 2008...

By Katie Carrera  |  September 23, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
 
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Boudreau to Carlson: 'You're Going to be a Great NHL Player'

Perhaps one of the biggest early surprise cuts from training camp came yesterday when defenseman John Carlson was reassigned to Hershey. The 19-year-old Carlson has continued to impress the Capitals staff, but after Monday's preseason contest against Buffalo, Coach Bruce Boudreau said it was apparent that he wasn't going to...

By Katie Carrera  |  September 23, 2009; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps vs. Blackhawks

These aren't exact lines for tonight's contest against Chicago because this morning's skate was an optional session. And while this is just the fourth preseason game, the Capitals are in midseason form when it comes to line combinations -- all the forwards were in white jerseys not skating as units....

By Katie Carrera  |  September 23, 2009; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
 
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Semin Expected to Be Fine

Alexander Semin's left leg is going to be fine, both he and Coach Bruce Boudreau said this afternoon. Semin went down awkwardly after bumping Jay Beagle and came off the ice favoring his left leg. But Semin was spotted walking around about a half hour later without much of a...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 22, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
 
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Caps Make More Cuts

The Caps have cut defensemen John Carlson and Patrick McNeill and forwards Francois Bouchard, Steve Pinizzotto and Andrew Joudrey and goaltender Jason Bacashihua. All of the players were reassigned to Hershey. Cutting Carlson with three games to go in the preseason comes as somewhat of a surprise. But with 10...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 22, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
 
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Updates From Caps Camp

Here are a few morning updates from @TarikElBashir, who is hard at work on our season preview but has promised to keep us in the loop: * Chris Bourque, who got hit hard by Patrick Kaleta in the third, said he got his "bell rung" and isn't sure if he'll...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 22, 2009; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
 
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Sabres 2, Caps 1

So the Caps dress prospect-laden lineups in Buffalo and Chicago and pull off OT wins. Tonight, they go with the star-laden lineup (Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, etc.) and fall, 2-1, to the Sabres in the preseason home opener. Coach Bruce Boudreau said there was a perfectly...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2009; 11:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
 
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Boudreau on Hopefuls: 'I'll Know When I See It'

Here are a few notes from this morning's skate: *I'm working on a story on Alexandre Giroux, one of only two opening-night hopefuls who will have played in all three preseason games after tonight. So it's obvious that Boudreau and the Caps are giving the 28-year-old every opportunity to make...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2009; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (183)
 
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Tonight's Lineup: Caps vs. Sabres

Here's the lineup that's on the ice now at KCI, the same one that will presumably be on the ice later at Verizon Center for the preseason home opener against Buffalo. Forwards Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Giroux-Aucoin-Semin Bourque-Beagle-Bradley Joudrey-Steckel-A. Gordon Defense Schultz, Erskine, Alzner, Carlson, Green, Collins Goalies Theodore, Bacashihua As I mentioned...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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Morning Links: Caps' Stars Slated to Play Tonight

The Caps' preseason home opener is tonight at 7 p.m., and the stars are suiting up against the Buffalo Sabres. The top line will be intact -- Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble are expected to play -- and we should see Jose Theodore between the pipes. Players you...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 21, 2009; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Theodore Will Start Tomorrow vs. Sabres

A few camp updates stolen directly from @TarikElBashir, for the anti-Twitter crowd: * Jose Theodore will start and play the whole game tomorrow, I'm told. * Eric Fehr says he'll have a physical later this week and could be cleared. But he still doesn't anticipate playing in a game before...

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 20, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
 
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Caps Cut Gustafsson, 14 Others

With Hershey's camp set to open tomorrow, the Caps have trimmed the roster by 15 players, including 2008 first-rounder Anton Gustafsson after just one preseason appearance. Here are the rest of the cuts: Boyd Kane, Michael Dubuc, Joel Broda, Patrick Wellar, Zach Miskovic, Joe Finley, Trevor Bruess, Jake Hauswirth, Dylan...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 20, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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Big Round of Cuts Coming

When the Sabres come to town tomorrow, they're probably going to face the best Caps roster of the preseason. Based on the players skating now at KCI, the lineup could look something like this: Forwards: Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble Bouchard-Morrison-Semin Bourque-Nylander-Fehr/Andrew Gordon Joudrey-Beagle-Pinizzotto Osala-Perreault-Sugden (Obviously only four lines will suit up) Defense: Green,...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 20, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Caps 3, 'Hawks 2 (OT)

With a 6 a.m. flight back to Dulles, I have to be quick tonight. So here we go: *Based on the lineups, this game shouldn't have been close. The 'Hawks dressed all but three of their NHLers. The Caps, meanwhile, suited up five forwards who played regularly in the big...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 20, 2009; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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