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Jeff Schultz ready for camp after offseason bout with mono

After a breakout 2009-10 season, the last thing Jeff Schultz anticipated dealing with this summer was a serious illness. But upon returning home to Calgary in May, Schultz was diagnosed with mononucleosis.

The big, 24-year-old defenseman was bed ridden for roughly four weeks and lost about 25 pounds, but following a workout at Kettler Capitals Iceplex Wednesday, Schultz said he's healthy and ready for the rapidly approaching new season.

"You hear about mono but you don't realize how much energy it takes out of you, how bad you feel and how you're pretty much stuck to your bed the whole time," Schultz said. "I hate to say it, but of all times, it was probably a good time to have it. Earlier it would have been during the playoffs and later it'd be during camp. I've had enough time to work out and do stuff that it feels like I'm back where I should be."

Schultz noticed a sore throat and had puffy eyelids when he flew back to Calgary, where he was initially diagnosed with strep throat. When his condition worsened, Schultz saw another doctor who identified the ailment as mononucleosis.

"About the end of the second week, I was so far behind it that I had to go to an urgent care clinic for fluids and antibiotics through an IV," Schultz said. "I went back for three days, twice a day for more fluids and antibiotics, that's how far behind and dehydrated I was. It was about five weeks before I got back into the gym and even then I had to take it easy."

Knowing he couldn't afford a relapse, Schultz took his initial workouts slowly and started to regain the weight he lost by forcing himself to eat as much as he could despite his lack of appetite. So far the strategy appears to have worked, because on the ice this morning, the 6-6, 230-pound Schultz showed no lingering effects of the illness.

With mono behind him, Schultz is looking forward to helping the Capitals take another step forward this season. He signed a four-year deal worth $11 million this summer that secured his future in Washington following his confidence-boosting performance from a year ago that saw him post a career-high 23 points and league-best plus-50 rating.

"I never wanted to leave here," Schultz said. "We're so close to getting over that hump and showing everybody we are an elite team. It's something I want to be a part of. Each year it seems like guys are picking up on smaller things that will continue to help us. It's just a matter of time that once we put it all together things will start working out for us."

A sour taste still lingers from last spring's first-round loss to Montreal for Schultz, who can't pinpoint what went wrong for the Capitals but believes all the team can do is move forward.

(There was no escaping talk of Montreal for Schultz either, as his younger brother Ian was traded to the Canadiens this summer from St. Louis for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.)

Part of that forward progression this year will include the Capitals entering training camp prepared to rely on a rather young group of defensemen. At 24 years old, Schultz and Mike Green are already mainstays along the blueline, and with Karl Alzner (21) and John Carlson (20) penciled in to be regulars this season, Washington could have four defensemen under the age of 25 logging significant ice time.

"I was in the same position a few seasons ago as those younger guys are now," Schultz said. "We have a good variety of defensive and offensive guys and I think things will work well. They've done so well down in Hershey that they should be allowed to get some playing time up here and have a shot at staying here. ... Right now I feel like the group we have will be here for a long time."

*If you missed it, you can now request a seat for the Capitals' rookie game against the Flyers rookies at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at KCI on the team's website.

*Also, a belated farewell to CSN's Lisa Hillary, who moves on to cover the Flyers for CSN Philadelphia. If you haven't already, check out her "greatest hits" here.

By Katie Carrera  |  September 1, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
 
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Comments

I'm gonna miss Lisa Hillary, but hopefully this means more Smokin Al Koken.

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | September 1, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Glad he had this over the summer and not during the season or playoffs. Think what you will of him losing him would have been big.

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 1, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say we totally disagree. We agree could do with less goal scoring, we agree we need more toughness, but we disagree on what Semin actually brings to the team. Fair enough?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 1, 2010 2:15 PM

Sorry, got pulled off my computer for a bit.

Very fair my friend. And a well written post, I might add.

Now watch Semin score the series winner in each of the Caps 4 playoff series this coming Spring. I would look like a total jacka$$, but I'd take one for the team.

Posted by: Fro_ | September 1, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

i dunno, sometimes he plays like he has mono. If he was a normal sized player with that level of effort he puts out sometimes, he'd be very average.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Atlanta just traded for yet another huge forward. This time its Nashville's Ian McKenzie. All 6ft5 240 lbs. An AHL move at this point. Man does Dudley like the big guys.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Just what he needed - to lose 25 lbs.

Posted by: jeets | September 1, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No wonder they call him Mr Nasty.

Posted by: fat_loui | September 1, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear Jeff has recovered.

Sorry to hear that Lisa Hillary is leaving, but wish her luck with her new opportunity. On a side note, to be honest I thought she was hot.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | September 1, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored.

Posted by: filthy_laugh | September 1, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Just what he needed - to lose 25 lbs.

Posted by: jeets | September 1, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

don't worry, it was all gut. His 25 lbs of muscle is still intact.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

A sour taste still lingers from last spring's first-round loss to Montreal for Schultz, who can't pinpoint what went wrong for the Capitals but believes all the team can do is move forward.
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now anyone here who has played team sports, don't you have a pretty good grasp on your own team's strengths and weaknesses? Its fairly easy to pinpoint why your team is failing esp when you're living the situation. Maybe Sarge wasn't paying attention. I don't believe he was being diplomatic, I truly believe he has no idea.

If you don't know why you failed, you can never move forward.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

After waiting days for a major update...we get one on mono. Then as an extra kick in the rump we find out Lisa Hillary is gone. I'm gonna go cry on my Caps pillowcase now.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | September 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Lisa and her 2" long dark roots at the base of her died blond hair will fit right in with the other girls in Philly.


What a great health care system Canada has. And this is what type of health care system our liberal politicians want.

"About the end of the second week, I was so far behind it that I had to go to an urgent care clinic for fluids and antibiotics through an IV," Schultz said. "I went back for three days, twice a day for more fluids and antibiotics, that's how far behind and dehydrated I was. It was about five weeks before I got back into the gym and even then I had to take it easy."

Posted by: puckman | September 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I would have said ladies in lieu of girls but that's how they refer to themselves there.

Also, Schultz needed to gain 15-25 lbs not maintain 25 over the summer. He needs a good dietitian and trainer to make those improvements.

Posted by: puckman | September 1, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Schultz should be taking his meals with redskins linemen

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 1, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I didn't know Shultz hung out with cstanton this summer

Posted by: boomer44 | September 1, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

now anyone here who has played team sports, don't you have a pretty good grasp on your own team's strengths and weaknesses? Its fairly easy to pinpoint why your team is failing esp when you're living the situation. Maybe Sarge wasn't paying attention. I don't believe he was being diplomatic, I truly believe he has no idea.

If you don't know why you failed, you can never move forward.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

your are reading his comments too literally. everyone knows exactly why they lost, they scored fewer goals in 4 of the seven games they played. why did that happen? well, an anemic power play and a hot goalie on the other end seem to be the main culprets, neither of which schultz had anything to do with.

they know why they failed, whether they can do anything about it next spring is the question.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | September 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

How long did Schultz wait after the playoffs before flying back home?

I wonder if he was already starting to get sick at the tail end of the playoffs.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 1, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

@ablake70
@underpants2

Still laughing over the way you two ended the arguement over Semin and Flush, because in reality no one on this team shows up for big games. Ovi scores on that early breakaway in game 7 against the Pens, and who knows ?

I like Schultz. I think he was unfairly dogged by a group that was frustrated with the wimpy play of forwards on this team.

That said, you hate to have a defenseman on your team that you think your sister could pound into the ice.

Happy to have DJ King here.

We really do need a Mark Tinordi type D man here. He got healthy in '98 and was tearing people up in the playoffs. Come on George, a Tinordi type D-man !!!!

Lisa Hillary knew more about what was wrong with this team than Ted, BB, and GMGM. (and Schultz too)

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | September 1, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

sorry to see Lisa Hillary leave. I guess we will be blessed with more Chokin' Al Koken. My mute button will get more of a workout now.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | September 1, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Schultz could have at least said that we need to work like heck on our powerplay. Everybody stays overtime in practice. Everybody gets in the best shape of your life. All of our forwards need to win all of the battles in front of the net and along the boards. We need to get stronger. Every shift in the play offs is the last shift of your career. Every d-man moves the other teams forwards out of the slot. We're not going to get outhustled, etc, etc,

A team that really wants to win the Cup can't come out like they did in Game 5.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | September 1, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

A team that really wants to win the Cup can't come out like they did in Game 5.
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they took the habs for granted. As did most of the fans. And that's whats so great about hockey. A team on paper who looks totally outmatched can defeat an alleged juggernaut. Beautifully humbling.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

well, an anemic power play and a hot goalie on the other end seem to be the main culprets, neither of which schultz had anything to do with.
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well obviously we need to use Schultz on the PP to disrupt the goalie in front the way the Bruins use Chara.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 1, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Comcast to kill off Versus brand NBC Sports is a stronger brand than Versus, which is why Comcast, in the first couple of months after regulatory approval, is expected to rename Versus to something like the NBC Sports Channel or NBC Sports Network. Golf Channel and Universal Sports will not be renamed. For Comcast, a national cable network that shares a name with a broadcast network will help the two share programming and talent.

We expect the new NBC Sports Channel to carry one or two Notre Dame football games each season. We can see it telecast early round coverage of NBC’s PGA Tour golf events (like The Players Championship) rather than Golf Channel. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see on-air talent working across all the channels as Comcast tries to set up the ESPN competitor that leagues have been seeking for the past several years.


This was from an autoracing website but thought it was interesting. Not sure if this will help the NHL at all.

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 1, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope that all the players realize what went wrong in the playoffs. They don't have to say it to the media but they sure better say it among themselves. If they don't then it will another early exit. And cstanton will be right. I for one do not want that to happen. lol

Posted by: nimrodrsp | September 1, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

He lost 25lbs.? Then he must have been down to 155.
Hope the IV's had a few ounces of toughness, muscle and meaness.

Posted by: scmonty1 | September 1, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

the chief STICK CHECKER just lost weight......

Posted by: ovckn8 | September 1, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Bye Hillary - we love ya but the bench had Julie Donaldson - nuff said.

Posted by: Rocc00 | September 1, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

If being weak is a sign of having mono,then shultz must of had symptoms all season long! Even if he is cured doesnt mean he still isnt a wuss.

Posted by: gratefuldid | September 1, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Lisa, DOOOOOOOON'T GOOOOOOO!!!!!! I'll miss you!; at least you are not going to Pittsburgh ;-)

Posted by: riceldi | September 1, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are smiling right now.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | September 1, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this is very interesting regarding Kovy, Hossa, Luongo, the NHL and NHLPA. If the NHLPA rejects the NHL's offer then this could turn into a long and interesting legal battle. Especially regarding Hossa. And that story, until decided, would overshadow everything going on during the regular season.

It is definitely interesting. Even more so now that Donald Fehr is directing the NHLPA.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/devils/nhl_gives_players_assn_ultimatum_UEbYgwfB6I4E4y7xGbE1OP

Posted by: sgm3 | September 1, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

From Japers Rink:

The Southeast Division's Top Ten Defensemen (Does this mean all-around defenseman?)

Japers Rink says:

10. 10. Dennis Wideman (Florida Panthers)

9. Tom Poti (Washington Capitals)

8. Bryan McCabe (Florida Panthers)

7. Zach Bogosian (Atlanta Thrashers)

6. Tim Gleason (Carolina Hurricanes)

5. Pavel Kubina (Tampa Bay Lightning)

4. Tobias Enstrom (Atlanta Thrashers)

3. Jeff Schultz (Washington Capitals)

2. Joni Pitkanen (Carolina Hurricanes)

1. Mike Green (Washington Capitals)

Comments? This should be interesting...

Posted by: sca187 | September 2, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Is Ohlund better than any of these guys? Johnny Oduya? This is an interesting list but I'm not sure I agree with the order if we're talking about all-around defenseman... Gleason might be the best shutdown guy. I think Enstrom should move up a spot or two.

Posted by: sca187 | September 2, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

sca187
you should think about dropping the '87' from sca187. jk

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | September 2, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

OMG! Don't go, Lisa! But if you have to go, don't go to Philly!

I'm starting work on my "I miss you, Lisa" sign for the first Flyers game at Verizon this season.

Lisa, you got way too much class to work Flyers games. They wont get you the way we get you.

You're welcome back anytime!

Kevin Olson
Manassas, VA


p.s. oh, I'm glad Shultzie is OK.

Posted by: noslok | September 2, 2010 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Al Koken= Terrible

Posted by: SoaringCaps | September 2, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Ha that list of top 10 d in the southeast is just too amusing, lol

Posted by: Witter | September 2, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

@witter...I was trying to think of a response to the list but yours will do. lol

Posted by: nimrodrsp | September 2, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I once thought I had mono for an entire year. It turned out I was just really bored.

Posted by: filthy_laugh | September 1, 2010 4:25 PM

Is that from Wayne's World?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 2, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

What is up with Belanger? What is up with the trade? Where's our new D-man?

Updates. Updates. Updates.....

Posted by: CF11555 | September 2, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

GMGM - sign Nyjer Morgan!

Posted by: runchris | September 2, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

@CF11555

My guess is that with either the potential changes in the CBA that could alter the cap hits for certain players that would effect a team's cap position (i.e. Canucks and Blackhawks) and/or potential penalties for the Devils, Canucks, and Blackhawks, that teams are unlikely to do anything until after 5 p.m. on Friday.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 2, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@Katie - I believe the rookie game on Sept. 16th starts at 3PM not 3:30:

http://capitals.nhl.co/club/news.htm?id=536334

Posted by: sldyer1 | September 2, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

San Jose signs Niemi for 1 year at 2 mil. Seems like a great deal. We should have sent Theo to the Hawks for Niemi.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | September 2, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this is very interesting regarding Kovy, Hossa, Luongo, the NHL and NHLPA. If the NHLPA rejects the NHL's offer then this could turn into a long and interesting legal battle. Especially regarding Hossa. And that story, until decided, would overshadow everything going on during the regular season.

It is definitely interesting. Even more so now that Donald Fehr is directing the NHLPA.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/devils/nhl_gives_players_assn_ultimatum_UEbYgwfB6I4E4y7xGbE1OP

Posted by: sgm3
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http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=332412

tsn debunks the nypost story!

Posted by: FrankM73 | September 2, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I think Schultzy should grow a Fu Manchu this season.

Posted by: katie310 | September 2, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I hate that, they say "4 teams were in the running" for Niemi but do not specify which 4 teams.

I'd like to know that stuff and wanted to make sure GMGM wasnt wasting time being in that race when he should be spending all his free time getting us a 1D and 2C.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

@FrankM73

Here is even more to the story. Something's going on. It will be interesting to see what happens. Even though it will never happen I would like to see what was said during all of these negotiations and who is negotiating.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 2, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

They need to incorporate a Like/Dislike system on here. Katie, make it happen.

Oh and by the way, the Caps page with a link to CI still says Tarik. I'd be angry if I were you Miss Carrera.

Pssh, not like she reads these posts anyhow. Guess all comments to and for Katie should be addressed To the Intern of Miss Carrera

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | September 2, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when the informal skates are going on? I would love to go out and see some of the guys skating including some of the non-Caps that I have heard are there such as Halpern.

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 2, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

There is even more to the story. Something's going on. It will be interesting to see what happens. Even though it will never happen I would like to see what was said during all of these negotiations and who is negotiating.

Posted by: sgm3
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I gotta agree with you!

That list was pretty specific and that's a big risk to print such a fabricated story like that on purpose.

ugh, another war is going to happen between the NHL and NHLPA based on this... can already feel it!

Posted by: FrankM73 | September 2, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sgm3 | September 2, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@FrankM73

Now this: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/devils/exclusive_nhlpa_remains_leaderless_OqN6Fvq53teKmojPaDytFL

The NHLPA has been horribly run the past 5 years. They desperately need someone to lead their union who knows what they're doing. If they vote to not hire Donald Fehr and continue on without a union leader the NHL will take them to the woodshed again. It would also support the notion that hockey players, in general, are stubborn but not very smart.

Posted by: sgm3 | September 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

7. Zach Bogosian (Atlanta Thrashers)

6. Tim Gleason (Carolina Hurricanes)

5. Pavel Kubina (Tampa Bay Lightning)

4. Tobias Enstrom (Atlanta Thrashers)

3. Jeff Schultz (Washington Capitals)

2. Joni Pitkanen (Carolina Hurricanes)

1. Mike Green (Washington Capitals)

Comments? This should be interesting...

LOL @ the homer list... who in their right mind would want Schultz over Bogosian??

heck I would take Bogosian over Green.

Posted by: joek443 | September 2, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

and I doubt that Atl would make that trade.

Posted by: joek443 | September 2, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I'd kick McCabe and Poti right off that list. Move Schultz down to the last 3 spots. And get Carlson in there somewhere in the top 5 or 6. Green got the top spot because of his offense. Sarge got on the list because of his +/-. Enstrom got the nod over Bogosian because of his +/-

I'd take Oduya over either Kubina and Enstrom but that's just me.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 2, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

i also like bryan allen's game.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 2, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

A few points:

The rankings mirror the rankings from NHL Central Scouting (which are based on 15 different criteria for both prospects as well as current NHL players). Washington has four players in the top 40 (Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Semin) based on the May 2010 rankings (Ovechkin is #2 overall behind a centreman who plays for an Atlantic Division team that lost in the second round to Montreal). For current NHLers, they're mostly used internally for contract negotiations as well as during arbitration hearings.

The NHLPA has never been run that well. You're forgetting Alan Eagleson (convicted felon who swindled millions from NHL players while he was the head of the PA) but this goes back a ways. Honestly, Goodenow's tone-deaf behaviour, Saskin's reading of private emails, and Kelly's imbroglios pale in comparison.

Keep in mind that teams are allowed a maximum of 50 SPC (Standard Player Contracts) so if a team is at the limit they have to move bodies around to stay at or under 50.

Posted by: jcurrin | September 3, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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