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Posted at 2:34 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Alexander Semin, Tom Poti remain on shelf

By Gene Wang

Injured players Alexander Semin and Tom Poti missed today's optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, and Coach Bruce Boudreau said he did not expect either to be in the lineup anytime soon.

Semin did not accompany the team on its recent road trip after taking a hit to his thigh last week. With one of the team's most capable scorers unavailable, the Capitals lost to Florida and Tampa Bay, both Southeast Division foes.

"Feeling better," Boudreau said of Semin, a left wing whose 18 goals lead the team and whose 35 points are third most. "Getting strong, but I don't foresee him playing in the next little bit."

Poti, meantime, played 5 minutes 38 seconds and had 10 shifts in last night's 3-0 loss to the Lightning that gave Tampa Bay sole possession of first place in the division. The defenseman has missed considerable time this season while nursing several ailments, including those to the lower and upper body.

Most recently, Poti missed a full three games and most of another from Dec. 23 through New Year's day, when Washington beat Pittsburgh in the Winter Classic, 3-1, at Heinz Field. Poti had logged just 3:34 of ice time on Dec. 23 before leaving the game in a 3-2 loss to the Penguins at Verizon Center.

"Poti again, he's the same situation" as Semin, Boudreau said. "At least a week. At least."

By Gene Wang  | January 13, 2011; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Tom Poti  
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Comments

We need Semin back. Poti...eh.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | January 13, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

SmallScrimageCind,

You can't blame Steckel for that hit on your boy. All the video prooves that Crosby aimlessly skated into Steckel's skating lane, what was Steckel suppose to do? Do you blame the car that's in the lane when another car comes across a double yellow line and causes a head on collision? No.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | January 13, 2011 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Hardly LW. Only on paper maybe...

Posted by: coolcraig | January 13, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Some of the worst hits I've seen and been involved in were two teammates colliding on the ice. I knocked out my best friend with the same type play that involved Steckel & Crosby. Sometimes players run into each other. Steckel isn't dirty & wouldn't run Crosby. If it was Avery well... Cindy Crysby should stop whining about everything. What a lousy "face of the NHL". It's difficult to defend hockey as rugged to casual or non-fans when this a-hole keeps whining. He really looked like a fairy on HBO.
Too bad we can't make Poti get surgery and shove him on LTIR for the rest of the year. He is made of glass. We should run a pool on how long it takes B.Gordon to get hurt again. I'm taking 2 more games.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 13, 2011 2:54 PM | Report abuse

So Poti and Semin are on the shelf at the same time eh. Cramps? They do travel together...

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I define "fairy" as a small, delicate winged creature (i.e. Tinkerbell). Not trying to offend anyone.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 13, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Steckel isn't dirty & wouldn't run Crosby
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just because a player isn't "dirty" it doesn't mean they're exempt from occasionally crossing the line. Same way a guy with a rep of an Avery or Cooke can sometimes accidentally hurt someone.

no way to get into Steck's head on that hit, but I'd say the odds are at least 50-50 he meant to hit Sid. And he meant it to look accidental. Both are fine in my book.

Agreed on Gordo though, I give him 2 games as well. And there's nothing more joyous than watching Gordo on the ice playing an even softer game than usual so he doesn't get re-injured. That truly does warm my nether regions.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Why don't you drive and eat food you made from home in your car on the way. That's what we do. I'm not going to get in an argument over this with you and I really do feel blessed for what I have. I also feel for folks that are in your situation due to the economy, honestly, I do. I'm just saying, when I couldn't afford vacations our vacation was a few Caps games a year because we are addicted. There are also ways to get tickets here and there. You still have my email address drop me a line for a game or two that your family can head to and I'll be happy to get you guys out to another one. I have to be honest though, not gonna part with the Pens or Blackhawks tickets. I'm being serious though, drop me an email.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 13, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Poti has to have surgery on the green. The old let it rest and see how it is apparently never works. Have surgery in less than a week and he can be back right around playoff time potentially if he rehabs it correctly.

Posted by: ThePat | January 13, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

So CStanton, what's your take on the problems at the offensive end? How can Ovi, Backstrom, Semin, and Green all be slumping at the same time? Is it a problem adjusting to a new system?

Posted by: zmega | January 13, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

and i meant groin..dont know how that came out to green. weird.

Posted by: ThePat | January 13, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

you know what kinda sucks these days? not having too many prospects to keep tabs on.

Who's even out there in north america anymore for the Caps? Wey, Eakin, and the marginal Garrett Mitchell is all I can think of. Dustin Stevenson can't even break out of the ECHL. Joe Finley vanished into the ether. A coupla kids in Hershey maybe. Its a barren wasteland.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Galiev plays in the CHL.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of players get clipped while behind the play but none of them flop like Sid did on that play. Stecks was attempting to get around Sid in pursuit of the play while Sid was floating to the boards. If I was Stecks, I'd think, "he's gonna pursue the play any second so there will be plenty of room to get around" and Sid never did. Sounds we'll need to get Zapruder's film also.

Posted by: coolcraig | January 13, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Lets stop putting 6 million into a guy that cant stay healthy year after year. I've had enough.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 13, 2011 3:20 PM | Report abuse

So CStanton, what's your take on the problems at the offensive end?
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i'm not worried about it I guess. Having the type of offensive season this yr is actually a very very good thing for this team. Now because they can't overcome bad starts as easily, there is more focus on HOW they are playing. And of course they're being forced to play better defensively.

The Flyers were scoring the same # of goals per game last yr that we are currently at. But once they got into the playoffs they found a way to get it done. They were consistently putting pressure offensively in almost every playoff game with just a very minor tweak in personnel.

The Caps just need to get to that level of offensive pressure on a consistent basis and their offense will take care of itself. Its really the least of their worries.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:21 PM | Report abuse

not having too many prospects to keep tabs on.
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Um, Kuznetzov?! Not to mention Orlov.

If Maguire is caught praising a Russian, you can be pretty sure that kid is damn good. The bigger the stage and the more clutch the situation, the better Kuznetzov played - how many first-rounders did Canada have, 15? Wow - and they had no answer for him, none. And they don't even get by Finland if he doesn't single-handedly put that team no his back.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Galiev plays in the CHL.

Posted by: sgm3 |

After muddling thru keeping tabs on Kugryshev, I lost my yen for the Q. And a certain type of player.

Galiev does not interest me as a prospect at this time.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Lets stop putting 6 million into a guy that cant stay healthy year after year. I've had enough.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 13, 2011 3:20 PM

I thought Green was only getting $5.5 million.

Posted by: ablake70 | January 13, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"Can we vote sgm3 off the island??? Anyone??"
Posted by: ThePat | January 13, 2011 1:14 PM

I'm OK with that, but can it wait until next week? Definitely, VermontCaps should go first.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 13, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If i had to rank my level of interest in the Euros, prolly Orlov first, then Kuznetzov, then Galiev.

The little I have seen of Galiev, I don't like his all-around game. Looks like another softie on the ice. Stays away from the board battles, tries to be overly fancy with the puck. Glad he's playing in NA at least and I hope he rounds out his game. But my bias against that type of player is borne out often enough that unless I see a drastic need to change my way of thinking, I probably will be very selective on how much time I invest in tracking that type.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

If Maguire is caught praising a Russian, you can be pretty sure that kid is damn good.
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are you talkin Pierre McGuire? if so, you just turned me off in a big way, lol

i hate pierre mcguire. If I had to pick my least favorite hockey "analyst", he'd be way ahead.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@StecksKOedGameSid
"when you know how mediocre your team has looked so far overall this season."

I'd say underachieving and not performing. They possess the talent, just arent using it.

"Are you telling me you're not disappointed with the play of this team and its "best" players so far?"

No, I am. But that's not how you put it. When you are level headed, I enjoy reading your perspective. When you arent, I like to poke jabs at ya. =)

"your division is still one of the weakest in the league"

Debatable.

"Lets see how well the Caps do without Backstrom, Ovi, or Green for dozens of a games before you start comparing."

We have played without Green, Shultz, Semin, Varly, Neuvy, and many other injured players all season and for many games...injuries have been plaguing us as much as you all for sure. And the fact that we had to use Esskay (that's Sloan) as a replacement many times shows how bad we were hurting during those games.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 13, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"After muddling thru keeping tabs on Kugryshev, I lost my yen for the Q. And a certain type of player."

By certain type do you mean European?

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

This is in regards to the "what to do with Semin?" question.

It's time to blow it up a lil bit... Semin has nice skills & watching him during the 82 game regular season is a treat, but we have got to get tougher. I have never seen a team so lazy & unwilling to cause havoc in front of the net.

One of the problems I see with the NHL is that they have 2 sets of rules: regular season Hockey & playoff hockey. It's frustrating when you watch your high powered very skilled team get certain penalty calls that go away during the playoffs. NHL changed the rules, but when the playoffs come, it seems they are abandoned & once again players are allowed to interfere, hook, and everything else to slow them down. Here is what the rules stated in 2005-2006 when the rules changed & the Capitals decided to rebuild based on these changes:

The league promises zero tolerance for hooking, holding, tripping, slashing, cross checking and interference. Players who use their stick or free hand to slow any opposing player will be penalized.

Does the NHL seem like a league that has a no tolerance policy? IT'S ALL LIES. Our players get held up all the time & it reduces their ability to use their skills.

But I digress, back to the Caps... After watching them be dominated in 2 games by the TB Lightning, there is definitely a shift in the Caps dominance of the SE Division happening as we speak. The Caps need to adjust their team to the way the game has reverted back to the "OLD RULES" if they want to win the Stanley Cup. This team as it stands will never win with their current make up.

Posted by: tony325 | January 13, 2011 3:34 PM | Report abuse

by certain type, I mean soft players who haven't already displayed an ultra-strong work ethic and competitive edge at a "junior" level of hockey

most of em end up being the Euros WE draft. But it certainly also includes some of the north americans we draft.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Lets stop putting 6 million into a guy that cant stay healthy year after year. I've had enough.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 13, 2011 3:20 PM

The six million dollar groin.

Well, if he goes on LTIR, that would free up 3.5 of space that you can replace anytime with player(s) up to that amount. And I don't think it turns into "extra" if you don't use it right away.

So...we have about $1M in space that becomes a 4.5M salary or thereabouts from March 1st thru season's end. Then you put the 3.5M on top of that so you can afford an 8M player. Such as Richards, but Dallas won't be selling.

WWGT. Tell us again why the extension was signed.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I really want to see more of Orlov, I was very impressed at Kettler this summer with him, Kuznetzov, SRR and Eakin [and Woods' son, maybe more because I skated with him in the spring and he is a super nice kid, as is Pat Cullen]. I understand the bias against short d-men, but Orlov looked very stout to me, with a low center of gravity and explosive first step, that I don't see it being a problem. Almost like an Enstrom in ATL; IIRC he crushed one of our tall wingers earlier this season.

I realize it was just rookie camp, but those were still good players out there. And his [and Kuznetzov's] performance in the WJC was very impressive, Canada ran a good USA team out of the building basically but Orlov didn't back down an inch. I also read a quote where he wanted to get stronger; damn dude I'd sure like to have been at your starting point, just once in my skinny-@s$ life!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This team is as soft as most NBA teams, just look at their road record.

They can only play decent hockey at home and even that goes away in the playoffs.

Posted by: joek443 | January 13, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

to add to your excellent points Tony.

Wait till prospects like Carter Ashton and Brock Beukeboom break in with Tampa over the next 2 yrs, or the subtle roster changes Atlanta has been making (bringing up Cormier, signing Paquette). The Panthers and Canes have also been restocking.

The SE is not a walkover division anymore.

And trading Semin and Schultz is the first step to changing over the chemistry of this roster.

We'll never do it of course. It would take real vision to trade our most talented offensive player during this offensively-challenged season we're having.

But it would be the RIGHT move to make. Semin and Schultz are two prominent players who have good trade value who represent a certain type of Caps hockey which needs to be jettisoned. Trading those two can really quickly change the landscape for this organization. For the better.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"the game has reverted back to the 'OLD RULES'"

I really hope not. The last thing I want to watch is another SC finals like the Stars/Devils in 2000. Just brutal to watch. All it was was a bunch of guys wrestling on skates.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

are you talkin Pierre McGuire? if so, you just turned me off in a big way, lol

i hate pierre mcguire. If I had to pick my least favorite hockey "analyst", he'd be way ahead.
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I sure was - but I'd stack my Maguire-dislike up against yours, any day! I will watch almost any hockey game, anytime - but I want to mute it every he's talking. Could he possibly kiss Sidney's butt, any more?

I into him at Clyde's last year [or year before maybe?] after a game, was half-thinking 'could I take this dude / man he's a jackhole / he ruined the Whale' then I realized he's stronger than he looks and probably would have smoked me. Still might have been worth it, though.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

And trading Semin and Schultz is the first step to changing over the chemistry of this roster.
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Trading Semin and Schultz is going to make Chimera, Fehr, Gordon, Laich and Steckel tougher to play against or turn back the clock on Knuble.

This team might not need Semin, but they need someone who can score goals. I guess Schultz in Hannan insurance.

Posted by: ablake70 | January 13, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This team is as soft as most NBA teams, just look at their road record.

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you can blame that on GM and the roster choices he makes in filling out the bottom 2 lines, compounded by the Poti signing and the inevitable replacement of Erskine.


Erskine deserves a better fate than to be fighting for ice time with Poti. Is there a humiliation escape clause in Big John's contract? If so, he should exercise it.

The reason their road play is lax is because they lack character. And they don't feel comfortable unless they're playing from behind. When they get behind by 2 or 3, they turn it on. This yr, they haven't been able to escape with many wins. Last yr they also played lax in many road games they ended up winning.

Their bottom two lines are operating at about half-potential with regards to the grit and character you need from your role players to set a tone in road games.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@Cstanton

You should really reassess your rankings of the Russians. Kuznetsov is a stud and could be playing with us right now. He truly dominated in the WJC. You probably don't have time to watch all the games Russia played in but just watch the 3rd period against Canada and you'll change your mind.

You heard it here first, I bet (due to some conversations with people) that Kuzzy will be here next year. We are going to have the best Centers in the game in the next couple of yrs with Backs, Eakin & Kuzzy. That doesn't even mention MP or MJ.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 13, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

This team might not need Semin, but they need someone who can score goals. I guess Schultz in Hannan insurance.

Posted by: ablake70 |

hey, we traded Gartner, a pure goal scorer, for a different type in Dino.

and traded an offensive dman in Murph for a defensive guy in Rouse.

and we got better.

The Sabres dumped Mogilny. And got back Peca and some other components. On paper they gave up a ton of goals in that deal. But in reality the Sabres became a harder team to play against.

I think with the components you can get back in a Semin and Sarge deal, it'll make us more balanced, harder to play against, and better suited for playoff hockey.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

You absolutely need two lines who are threat to score come playoff-time though [ask Harry Sinden how it works when you don't], the top-3 just get suffocated too easily otherwise.

And for everyone who responds "E Fehr" please point to examples where Fehr has done it against good d-men, not 5-7 guys. He may feast [let's not overdo it here though] on bottom-pairing guys, but I've yet so him not disappear against top-2 pairing guys on a consistent basis.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

would the Flyers' 'minor tweak in personnel' you speak of be the Dec '09 firing of John Stevens and replacing him with Peter Laviolette?

I believe a similar tweak could help the Capitals.

Posted by: PSD1 | January 13, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

My prediction is we trade Semin and someone else to Edmonton for Dustin Penner and Gagner....or I guess call that a dream and not a prediction.

Posted by: ThePat | January 13, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"hey, we traded Gartner, a pure goal scorer, for a different type in Dino.

and traded an offensive dman in Murph for a defensive guy in Rouse.

and we got better."

@cstanton1

Did those teams win a SC? What were the most amount of playoff games those guys won as Caps in a season? 8? Did they even have a winning record in the 1989-1990 regular season?

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

@Cstanton

You should really reassess your rankings of the Russians. Kuznetsov is a stud and could be playing with us right now. He truly dominated in the WJC. You probably don't have time to watch all the games Russia played in but just watch the 3rd period against Canada and you'll change your mind.

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ok. Describe his play for me. Be as detailed as possible. How is he a stud and how will his game translate to the NHL? Does he play a straight-ahead power game like Malkin?

ftr, i've gone thru about 5 iterations now of hyped up Euro prospects that the Caps have drafted. Yogi/Bulis/Kharlamov/Volchkof/Elomo to the more recent-day Yunkov/Bouchard crop of prospects.

My bias is rooted in some reality. But please, go ahead and describe his game for me. RichPhil turned me onto the Leafs Nikolai Kulemin this past offseason. And I was pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 4:08 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

I think giving up more scoring would put the team in a worst state. The scoring depth is not there and I don't think any team is going to give the Caps a center with skills comparable to Semin. For this run, I'd rather give up Fehr or Laich.

Posted by: ablake70 | January 13, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"I define "fairy" as a small, delicate winged creature (i.e. Tinkerbell). Not trying to offend anyone."
Posted by: chriscaps | January 13, 2011 2:58 PM

Yeah. We certainly don't want to offend anyone. Sheesh!

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 13, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Did those teams win a SC? What were the most amount of playoff games those guys won as Caps in a season? 8? Did they even have a winning record in the 1989-1990 regular season?

Posted by: sgm3

since you didn't watch hockey back then, you have no basis for any analysis of that trade.
I lived thru that period, just like you are living thru THIS period, and I can tell you we were a much more balanced better team AFTER we dumped Gartner and Murph for Dino and Rouse. We became an infinitely harder team to play against, we were arguably one of the most physical teams in hockey, the road personality of that team drastically changed after adding Hunter, Dino, and Rouse. And once we hit the playoffs it was our best playoff performance in the history of that org to that point.

Any more questions sgm?

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface - great points, I agree [I've been saying that about Kuznetzov since this summer though, and got heckled by some for it].

But this: "You should really reassess your rankings of the Russians. Kuznetsov is a stud and could be playing with us right now. He truly dominated in the WJC. You probably don't have time to watch all the games Russia played in but just watch the 3rd period against Canada and you'll change your mind" totally rings true - vs. Canada team [15 first-rounders, IIRC, and smoked a very good USA team the game before].

Maybe also the last five minutes of Finland - they were relegation-round bound, but for him. He single-handedly put that team on his back and lifted his mates' play - and that's a rare quality in any athlete, I don't care what sport. And my Swedish buddy tells me they had no answer for the guy, either.

Plus he was the only 18-yr old on that team, IIRC.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"ftr, i've gone thru about 5 iterations now of hyped up Euro prospects that the Caps have drafted. Yogi/Bulis/Kharlamov/Volchkof/Elomo to the more recent-day Yunkov/Bouchard crop of prospects"

Why didn't you mention Gonchar, Semin, Ovechkin and Backstrom also? They would fall into that group.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I think with the components you can get back in a Semin and Sarge deal, it'll make us more balanced, harder to play against, and better suited for playoff hockey.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse
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Yep... trading Semin seems like you'll be losing a lot, but other guys will step up. NJ trades for Kovalchuk & look where they are. We need 50% less goals & 50% more grit. Of course, I'm referring to last year's goals :)

Posted by: tony325 | January 13, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface - great points, I agree [I've been saying that about Kuznetzov since this summer though! And got heckled by some for it].

But this: "You should really reassess your rankings of the Russians. Kuznetsov is a stud and could be playing with us right now. He truly dominated in the WJC. You probably don't have time to watch all the games Russia played in but just watch the 3rd period against Canada and you'll change your mind" deserves emphasis - vs. a great Canada team [15 first-rounders, IIRC, and smoked a very good USA team the game before].

I'd say check out also the last five minutes of Finland - they were relegation-round bound, but for him. He single-handedly put that team on his back and lifted his mates' play - and that's a rare quality in any athlete, I don't care what sport. And my Swedish buddy tells me they had no answer for the guy, either.

Plus he was the only 18-yr old on that team, IIRC.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

"Can we vote sgm3 off the island??? Anyone??"

I'm OK with that, but can it wait until next week? Definitely, VermontCaps should go first.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 13, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Wiley, WHAT AN HONOR!! I can recall watching an interview with either Kenny "The Rat" Linseman or Terry O'Reilly (I'm pretty sure twas them) and the gist of it was that they loved getting booed as it only made them more determined and brought out even greater things in them. Your nomination is my red badge of courage...

You know, ever since I contracted with Johnny Erskine to manufacture and market his scent (Musk of Erskine) I've gotta admit it makes me feel bigger and stronger. We've recently expanded our product to include a vaporizer-ready solution to fill even the biggest of houses with his scented manliness.

I think it would do you and a few others here a world of good to try my (well, mine and #4's) product at home as it will help prepare you for a.) continued exposure to Ersk as the Hockey Gods have intervened AGAIN and righted a glaring wrong; and b) my even louder and more vindictive rants against BB when Johnny gets demoted, yet again, when Poti returns to health.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 13, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Any more questions sgm?

Posted by: cstanton1

You didn't answer any of my original questions, so what would be the point of asking more.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 13, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Yep... trading Semin seems like you'll be losing a lot, but other guys will step up. NJ trades for Kovalchuk & look where they are. We need 50% less goals & 50% more grit. Of course, I'm referring to last year's goals :)

Posted by: tony325 | January 13, 2011 4:16 PM

Why haven't those guy's step up now?


Posted by: ablake70 | January 13, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Does he play a straight-ahead power game like Malkin?
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Almost - maybe not quite the raw steam-train power of Malkin [who does?] but similarly explosive skating-wise, and very strong on the puck and in the corners. Very difficult for d-men to handle one-on-one - even for Canada's [and Sweden's, and Finland's] top defenders, who were invariably out there every time he stepped on the ice. But, as soon as said defender[s] would get help, zap - he'd find the open guy. Kind of the anti-Semin, in that respect ;-) [Almost "Forsbergian" to borrow Sutter's term].

There's something about the guy that I find hard to describe, other than his teammates seemed to really gravitate toward him, and his energy.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 13, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

You didn't answer any of my original questions, so what would be the point of asking more.

Posted by: sgm3 |

i see you still argue as densely as you did before.
So why am I wasting my time trying to validate the results of a trade to someone who only has some internet stats to go by.

I only have my personal experience as a diehard fan of that team PLUS their playoff record after the trade.

If that isn't good enough for you, too bad. Since you have NOTHING to back up your implied argument that the trade was not good for the Caps. You didn't watch the team back then. You have nothing to go on.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 13, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

You never want to wish injury on someone, but if this is what it takes to get Tom Pylon off the ice for us, then so be it.

Posted by: timKosecki | January 13, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Semin to Kings for Dustin Brown and Wayne Simmonds?

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | January 14, 2011 2:20 AM | Report abuse

Semin to Kings for Dustin Brown and Wayne Simmonds?

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | January 14, 2011 2:20 AM | Report abuse

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