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Posted at 1:01 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Alexander Semin won't travel to Florida, Boyd Gordon will

By Katie Carrera

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Alexander Semin won't make the trip to Florida for back-to-back games against the Panthers and Lightning this week after absorbing a hip-to-thigh hit from Steve Bernier in the second period of Saturday's contest.

Conversely, Boyd Gordon will travel with the team and Boudreau said it's possible that the veteran forward could return to the lineup in one of the next two days. Gordon has been out of the lineup since Dec. 15 with a staph infection in a toe on his right foot.

--Semyon Varlamov started the past five games but don't be surprised if Michal Neuvirth gets back in net sometime soon, given the Capitals' hectic schedule. Washington plays three games in four nights and four games in about five and a half days with Sunday's afternoon start at home against the Senators.

By Katie Carrera  | January 10, 2011; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Alexander Semin, Boyd Gordon, Injuries  
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Comments

bqts: IMO Green has played VERY WELL defensively. Offensively his numbers are down, I'll give you that. I will say though, without Green this past Saturday, we lose. The Fehr goal was Green carrying the mail into the zone and around the net. He also scored the 2nd goal. He was all over the place. IMO, he's still a game changer.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 10, 2011 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Is Gordon on IR? If so, since they are carrying 8 D, would a roster move be needed to bring back Gordo? I can't keep track...the answer is that if King is still on IR, God knows why he would be, but if he is, and Gordo comes back, and no other move, they would be over the 23-man limit. It is of course possible to IR Semin but then he's out thru next Sat's game.

Inquiring minds want to know.

With contract negotiations, it is not out of realm of thought for Semin to re-up one more year at $6M. At this point, he's not producing as he would have hoped.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Agree fanohock, Green had a heck of a game.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 10, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ITS WTF TIME!!!

SHOW 'EM WHAT U GOT KID!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 10, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

From previous post:

I personally have been very happy this year with Green's game as you can tell he is concentrating on being better and more responsible in his own zone which is what a good DEFENSEMAN does. He is still learning when to take his chances in the ozone and still be responsible in his own end but I think over the last 3-4 weeks he is getting that down as well. The guy is an awesome talent and hope if the Caps have to choose between signing Semin and Green that it is Green that gets the contract.

Posted by: PhilR | January 10, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Is Gordon on IR? If so, since they are carrying 8 D, would a roster move be needed to bring back Gordo? I can't keep track...the answer is that if King is still on IR, God knows why he would be, but if he is, and Gordo comes back, and no other move, they would be over the 23-man limit. It is of course possible to IR Semin but then he's out thru next Sat's game.

Inquiring minds want to know.

With contract negotiations, it is not out of realm of thought for Semin to re-up one more year at $6M. At this point, he's not producing as he would have hoped.

Posted by: tominsocal1

BGordon is on IR. However, I do think that they only have 22 players on the club not on IR right now(DJK is still on IR as far as I know). If they do need to make a move, my guess is that Sloan gets sent to Hershey(he will clear waivers no problem).

On Semin, I think a 1-year deal is a definite possibility, but my guess would be that Semin will wait it out until he hits a hot streat. A contract may not be signed until after the season is over.

I still think Semin re-signs. My guess will be a 2 year $12.5M deal.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 10, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

And Semin's contract goes...down...down..down...down...

Posted by: SA-Town | January 10, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

maybe we'll get to see DJK tomorrow night....probably doubtful

Posted by: _stevo | January 10, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Semin is always hurt and injury prone!! That's why he'll never be an elite player in this league. He'll always score around 20-30 goals which is good for a role player. It's the playoffs where we need him to score and be a little physical.
Being hurt so often maybe is the reason why McPhee hasn't gave him a big contact!! Semen needs to bulk up and change his game to become a elite player in this league!!

Posted by: alfredkogan | January 10, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Semin is always hurt and injury prone!! That's why he'll never be an elite player in this league. He'll always score around 20-30 goals which is good for a role player. It's the playoffs where we need him to score and be a little physical.
Being hurt so often maybe is the reason why McPhee hasn't gave him a big contract!!! Semen needs to bulk up and change his game to become a elite player in this league!!

Posted by: alfredkogan | January 10, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Quote from capscoach on a previous thread:

@aybee27

or the team is sdjusting to a more defensive minded way of playing...snip...Last season you people complain constantly about the D...snip... If we are holding teams to 2 or less goals a game on average, we are going to win a lot of games whether Ovie and Semin are producing or not...snip...

I also think these players can be held back for only so long.

When we fall to the 8th seed or our of playoff standings, then you can complain...[/quote]

First of all, capscoach, I am not "you people." I am one person, and I did not complain about the defense last year. So, let's just make that point clear.

Second, if you are a coach working on a new defensive system, why would you shuffle lines so much when your team doesn't even have the system down yet? Shouldn't you work on the basics of the system structure...if it is so different...rather than randomly shuffling people around?

You seem to think that not having the top guns going isn't a big concern. Obviously, Boudreau does as he's mentioned it time and time again over the last few weeks.

And your whole theory about the new defensive system getting in the way of scoring doesn't hold muster when you consider that the scoring slump started last year against Montreal if not earlier (certainly, it was much earlier for Ovechkin specifically).

In reality, the problem with the offense has nothing to do with the defensive system. The problem is that the Caps implement a offensive style that works the perimeter primarily, and doesn't access the middle very well. Teams have learned to defend it by collapsing their defense. The Caps have not adjusted to this, and instead choose to just switch their line pairings around. That is not adjusting. That is fiddling around. The Caps need to spend more time going to the net (like in the Winter Classic), cycling, playing a dump and chase brand...and for God's sake, have someone else carrying the puck other than Ovechkin.

So, the better defense is great. But, they need to get that offense going too. That's not going to happen by just playing musical chairs with the lines.

Posted by: aybee27 | January 10, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Trade Semin now! hahaha....I really can't stand the guy, but whatever. How people can defend him is beyond me.

Posted by: joshu1 | January 10, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mentally challenged people often don't understand Alexander Semin and what he brings to the table. He and his fans are grateful you aren't coaches and general managers in the NHL.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 10, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

sgm: I think you are right - King is on IR and they only have 22 active until BG becomes 23.

aybee: I have posted over and over that Jacques Martin wrote the manual, "How to Beat Caps in 7 Easy Steps" and that slot-clogging was a big part of that. I have also written over and over "Too many sniper and not enough tanks." Problem is even Ovi is a sniper now. You are right fixing defense should have no bearing on offense (except less stretch passes).

It is actually a domino thing. Teams learn to stop stretch pass and clog slot. We must then learn new offense. Meanwhile we had been ignoring D because the O was working so well. Now O is being stopped. Two separate steps are fixing D (I think that is well along) and then re-energizing the offense (see how Wings do it). No secret - Caps must learn to fight on O like they do on D. UNFORTUNATELY, the players who fixed the D are often different from those who must fix the O. The only real crossover player is Green, and he's bought in.

Ovi, Semin, Backie...these guys need to buy in to the "New O." Should be easy for Backie - just revert to Sweish style somewhat. As for the two free-wheeling Russians, for them it's a brand new world they've never seen. They always got by on pure skill and now must adapt.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I think with a new Defense-first system, it has reduced the scoring chances that the previous free flowing style provided in droves. I think the team needs to wait for the offensive chances, identify when there is that opportunity and jump on it, instead of trying to force it. They have to play smart and defense fiorst, let the other team make the mistakes and make them pay for it when the chance to score is there. Thats how the good teams have done it.

Posted by: jmurray019 | January 10, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"Semin is always hurt and injury prone!!"

I gotta a feeling his back is worse then they are saying. I'll be shocked if he's back next year either way.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 10, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

OV & Co are just pacing themselves. It's a long season. :) Right Tom? LMAO!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 10, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone giving Semin a hard time? I wouldn't be surprised if he just shot right out of here.

Posted by: pejochum | January 10, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I like Sasha's game. I want #28 to be a CAP for a long time. BTW, I think he has done an impressive job on the Penalty Kill.

Go Caps!!!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | January 10, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

rumors are that Caps are interested in Jason Arnott from Devils, this would be a great veteran addition to the playoff push....that being said, they want MP85 and/or Holtby, Beagle in return.....thoughts?

Posted by: choptank17 | January 11, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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