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Alzner and Wilson up, Perreault down

The Caps have recalled defenseman Karl Alzner and center Kyle Wilson and demoted Mathieu Perreault, who had one point in his last 10 games in Washington. Wilson, meantime, could make his NHL debut on Tuesday.

The team, by the way, is practicing at KCI this morning instead of traveling to Denver as originally scheduled. They'll fly this afternoon.

I'll have more after practice.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 14, 2009; 10:37 AM ET
 
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On the previous thread, someone wondered if Perreault was sent down to avoid crossing a threshold towards eventual free agency. He's played 15 games and the threshold is ten, therefore this must be due to performance.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

any word on Gordon or Laing making the trip west?

Posted by: wendel2 | December 14, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen much of this kid Kyle Wilson, can anyone provide some insight on him and his game/style of play? I'm excited to see Alzner get the call up I think he's been very solid in his play for us. I'm glad to see that salary cap won't be a hinderance for Alzner getting called up anymore, now it's up to his performance to dictate whether he stays or not. I think he'll stay because he has been a top 4 defenseman for us when he plays.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | December 14, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

tom
I could be wrong, but I thought the 10 games was the threshold for waivers for veterans (like Aucoin). I think the threshold for free agency is much higher, maybe 30 or 40 games. That's why Alzner went up and down several times last year but never reached the threshold.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 14, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I will miss Perrault. He has been one of THE most fun players to watch on the Caps. I really hope he is a long term Capital!!!

Posted by: BaltimoreBerserk | December 14, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Poor Perrault! I really thought he deserved to stay up here! Who is Kyle Wilson?

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

tess: I remember Kyle Okposo coming up for the Islanders a few years ago (end of season) and they made a big deal out of it being less than ten games to avoid a year towards free agency.

Naturally, I could have misunderstood.

The 10 game waiver is separate issue. Could be multiple incidents have ten game threshold or as you suggest this could really be 30.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I thought Perrault had looked a little lost the last few games, and was passing more than shooting. However, I really like him and hope he's back up.

Posted by: vafan3 | December 14, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Tess: Alzner was 30 games last year, and I think it counted as one of his 7 toward UFA. However, since he was under 41 games, he got no bonuses. Maybe you are thinking of that.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure that Alzner did not get a year towards his UFA last season...That was why we sent him down.

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Tom, I don't have time to look it up since the boss is hovering around the office today, so I'll wait for clarification from Tarik, or JSchon or someone who is clearer on the contract rules than me.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 14, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

A quick glance at the CBA seems to support a 40 games rostered to count towards a free agency year, but there's some sort of 10 game restriction for 18/19 year olds when it counts against their entry-level deal (and then it doesn't slide).

Posted by: koalatek | December 14, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I am kind of shocked to see that Matty P is being sent down. His pass to Flash on Friday, hit Flash right on the blade of the stick. Flash buried it to put the Caps in the lead 3-2. IMO he had been setting the table for Fehr and Flash a lot lately and they hadn't been finishing. He also reads plays well. He regularly stole pucks below the goal line and behind the cage. Hopefully this doesn't hit his confidence. I really thought he was here to stay. I usually don't care much about players being sent up and down, this one, I feel it is going to adversely effect the team. Compare the effectiveness of the 3rd line Friday to the shutout game in Buffalo when Matt P was out. I honestly believe he makes our team better.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 14, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Perreault has played 15 games. Once they play 10, it counts as one of the seven years towards UFA status. Must be because he's tailed off of late. I was commenting the other night how he "seems to have hit the proverbial brick wall." My kids said, "What?"

Posted by: tominfl1

I also thought that Perreault was suddenly trying too hard--difficult to believe given that he is all over the ice as it is. But he just seemed to not quite connect in recent games.

I remember Alzner last season starting out strong then hitting a plateau, just trying too hard, wanting it too badly, holding his stick too tightly, and then he was sent back down. This season Alzner's game seems much more mature and confident.

I see Perreault the same way. IMO he'll get more seasoning in Hershey and he'll be back on the Caps roster.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 14, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

I'm sure we will be seeing Matty again this season. And we do need to give some of our other forwards a little taste of the big league. I also don't know much about Wilson, but then again until Matty started playing I didn't know much about him either. He did a great job when our big gun forwards were out. He has definitely made his splash.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 14, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I think Matty's lack of points recently was more due to his linemates than him. I think it might be good for him to go back to Hershey for a bit so he can see more ice time, but I hope he is sent back to us soon...I agree with many of you that he seemed to make the team play better. Good luck 8.5/OV junior! See you soon!!!

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty upset with sending Matty P down... he was on a line with Clark that really killed his production in every way. He is a freaking cancer to any line

Matty P keep your head up, hopefully you'll be called back up soon

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I like Perreault, but I liked him more in his first five games or so. He's an interesting player. Very short, but when he does get the puck, he's pretty creative. He seems to work hard.

Only 7 points in 18 games, but averaging only 11:22 of ice time per game. I like the fact that he is +4. That translates to an average of +0.22 per game. The average Capital is +0.16 per game, so +0.22 is nothing to shake a stick at.

Worst two Capitals in +/- per game, minimum 10 games played: Chris Clark -0.18 and Shaone Morrisonn -0.17. That's where I feel the Caps could really stand to improve. Clark especially--I don't think having him helps the Capitals at all. I think he belongs in the NHL, but not on the best team.

Posted by: youaresquishy | December 14, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Yep, this isn't a bad thing for either MP or the Caps. He's gotten a good taste of the NHL and what he needs to work on, and now the Caps will get to take a look at Wilson for a bit. At least they now know that Perreault can play at this level (something I know I wasn't too sure of a few months ago)... he'll be back...

Posted by: chombie13 | December 14, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

From NHL.COM regarding Kyle Wilson:

Wilson, who will turn 25 tomorrow, is a fourth-year pro poised to make his NHL debut. The 6’1”, 201-pound native of Oakville, Ontario, recorded at least 25 goals in each of his first three AHL seasons and ranks tied for fourth on the Bears this season with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists) in 28 games. Wilson played four years of college hockey at Colgate and originally signed with Washington as a free agent on July 5, 2007.

Posted by: adamkatzen | December 14, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

It's possible this is just a numbers game. They have wanted to bring up Alzner for a long time, but his cap hit of 1.675 mill was too much with Nylander on the books. Now they can bring him up. To save some cap room, they want to send someone down who doesn't need to clear waivers. Sending Perrualt down saves his cap hit of 716,000.
I dont know Wilson, but he is a RFA and could be signed under a tryout contract for cheap.

Posted by: hockeyguy44 | December 14, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I think Perrault got bombed in Buffalo and was too hung over to play as opposed to the "bad sushi" excuse. That plus the fact that he's been on the ice for quite a few opposition goals of late....he's being sent a message. Total speculation!

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | December 14, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The great thing about Perreault was his hustle and speed. Considering his size, he wasn't afraid to mix it up in the corners. Sorry to see him sent down.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | December 14, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy

I agree.. please for the love of god send chris clark down or trade him... just make him not play on any line for the caps!

Chris Clark = Cancer

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Total speculation indeed DigustedinArlington: I'm disgusted in my chair right now with how often these guys are accused of drinking and being unable to perform on the ice. Green's been accused in the past as well. Give it a rest. I have travelled a lot for work in my 20+ years in the work force. It is not uncommon to consume crap that should have been tossed long before it was put in front of me. Especially when travelling odd hours like these guys often do. Why does something simple as missing a game due to food poisining have to be turned into a scandal. IMO if he wasn't ready to play in Buffalo because of something like drinking too much, he would have been sent to Hershey immediately.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 14, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

DisgustedinArlington

Thats a bit harsh...he had a couple bad games, but still had a +4 rating. He created plays, and was a lot more useful than Clark and S-Morrison

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Agreed fanohock. The consensus among the players is that Buffalo is the worst city on the tour. I think it would be a more likely story if he was bailing out in Montreal or NYC, but Buffalo. I think the guys just hit up room service there, hence the bad sushi.

Posted by: jerry2178 | December 14, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Tess: I think you must be right on the 40 games. Okposo was only 18 or 19 then, and Koalatek says they have different rules with regards to entry-level contracts. Perreault is 21 though so would be a free agent anyway at 27, so sending him down or not doesn't change that (like it did with Alzner last year). Therefore, it must be performance related.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Perreault's food poisoning was from Tampa. He then couldn't play when they got to Buffalo. I thought that was the story.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@ chombie13

good assessment. Concur 100%

I think we will see him again. He is JUST the type of player we need to have in the system ready to step up and be productive.

No need to rush him.. let him learn and improve in Hershey. Now is definitely a great time to bring up some players, as we are not as banged up, and have a good lead in the points in our conference.

With Semin and Backstrom contracts this year.. it will be really interesting to see where our depth will be. To keep both of them, it means we will lose other players we like, and need to make room for the youth (ie - inexpensive guys). Matt P can be one of those guys for sure. Let's see who else we have!!!

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | December 14, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Perreault = future # 2 center if he improves on his faceoffs. I didn't want to see him get sent down but if we can keep showcasing our minor league guys maybe we can trade them for a legit D-man around the deadline. Of our minor leagues guys the only ones I wouldn't trade are Nuvy, Perreault, Carlson, and Alzner. Package the rest for something.

Posted by: caps512 | December 14, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

clark a cancer?? please. you may not like his performance this year, which is fine, but he's no cancer. teams typically don't give C's for cancers. he is what he is these days, a 3rd/fourth line guy who needs to provide some grit and toughness along w/ leadership. there are very few guys on this team with the experience, particularly in the playoffs, that 17 has.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 14, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I must say that with Nyls taken care of, the Caps future is looking brighter.

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach:

Hmm, Clark is a winger, S-Morrisonn a defenseman and Perrault a center ...

... Perrault as a defenseman, hmm ... ;-)

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | December 14, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Any followup on OV's shortened practice today?

Posted by: LouLewis | December 14, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't really think the switch from Perreault to Wilson had that much to do with waivers, entry level contracts, or even performance per se. The Caps have an opening at center since Boyd Gordon has been injurred. The team has a number of young talent in Hershey who can fill the role. Perhaps the organization feels that it should take the opportunity to get a look at a number of prospects, not just one.

So, Perreault had his look, now someone else gets a turn. That doesn't mean that Perreault didn't do well, or can't come back. It just means that it's time to give someone else a look for a bit.

I'll bet MP comes back before the season is out, especially since, really, he has been the best performer of the Hershey forward call-ups.

Regardless of whether he does come back this season or not, I think he made a positive impression overall with regards to his future with the organization. I'm relatively certain that, based on his performance in Washington, he is considered "ahead of schedule."

Posted by: aybee27 | December 14, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1 et al. Perrault probably had food poisoning or some other ailment, but NHL players getting bombed before games is more common then you may think.

A certain player, will call JJ68, was crushed on his 21st birthday with half the pens the day before a game with the caps(I think it was a matinee game at that) at the old building. He was actually pretty funny working the door announcing "I am JJ68 leading scorer in NHL, welcome to Friday's". Just saying there are players out there that knock them back before, after, whenever. It is less common now but still pretty widley accepted among NHLers.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 14, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@DigustedinArlington - Have you ever had bad sushi? I assure you, you are VERY ill afterwords. I have done this, and it's a misery.

I'd like to see Perreault back, but I agree - I think this is just a move to give Wilson a shot, too. It's early in the season. We have time.

Posted by: irockthered | December 14, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

With Nyls gone, GMGM can break the log jam in the defensive unit. He may be rotating prospects through to get some NHL tape on players for trade situations or to learn what is needed or not needed in return on future trades. With 8-9 NHL defensmen and still prospects in the organization, it would make sense to clear some roster room and get some picks or prospects instead of scratching players. Keep the pipeline of prospects spread out over several years and also have extra picks for tradebait at the deadline.

The NYLS situation pretty muched had the caps in a corner as far as movement. I would expect to see some action after the Olympic break by GMGM.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 14, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

@tess

I fully understand the rules on contracts? (looks surprised and behind me to see if there is someone else in the room)

What I do know is that Alzner is up for good. E.Fehr is my boy. The Caps are going to win the rest of their games, and I really do not like T.Poti.

Posted by: JSchon | December 14, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I was just kidding about winning the rest of their games.

Posted by: JSchon | December 14, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's hope that the activity in the free agent market after the Olympics is simply to fill a hole for a run at the Cup. Not to fill a hole created by an injury suffered at the Olympics. I really am looking forward to an impressive hockey tournament at the Olympics but wouldn't mind if a few of our boys were left off of their respective rosters.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 14, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

What I think is so awesome about our situation is that we are at the top of the standings, and still have plenty of things we can improve on...whether that means certaing players stepping it up, or us picking up 1 or 2 guys later on. We have not yet played to our potential! We still have soooo much more we can do. We have not hit our stride yet!

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Olympics:

Who are the Swedish top 4-6 centers? I would think Backstrom is in there, but is Nyls still on the roster???

Ovi needs to get a good 5 game suspension to rest up for the playoffs after the Olympics.

I hope Green is left of the roster for the Capitals sake(Sorry Mike)

Is Varly a serious contender for an alternate slot on the Russian team?

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 14, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Caught the last half of practice today. Boyd Gordon was on the ice practicing with the guys the whole time.

Not sure if it means anyting since Ovi left early (missed that), but Semin, Laich and BMo were in gray jerseys; Laing had on a red along with Backs and Knubie; must have been a placeholder for Ovi?

Posted by: Steakum | December 14, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom is probably Sweden's bona fide #1 center now. Toss up between him and whichever Sedin plays center, with Forsberg, Sundin, etc getting older.

Varly is definetely a serious contender to be a 3rd, but with the way Nabby and Bryzzy are playing, Varly probably won't get any ice time.

Green will make the Canadian team. I would be outright shocked if he was not on it.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I agree.. please for the love of god send chris clark down or trade him... just make him not play on any line for the caps!

Chris Clark = Cancer

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 11:49 AM |

Cancer? I love how the captain who all the players love and respect is regarded as "cancer" because he's now a fringe 4th liner in terms of play.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

No truth to the rumor that Alzner was spotted outside Camelot handing Nylander a stack of hundred dollar bills.

"Enjoy it one last time on me before your flight to Grand Rapids"

Posted by: CF11555 | December 14, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Carolina placed D man Aaron Ward on waivers. Thoughts on him?

I wouldn't take him, but interesting he would be let go.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | December 14, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Tom didn't DigustedinArlington just qualify for a spot in the Doofus Brigade for his totally inane speculation on MiniMe not having food poisoning but being drunk?

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | December 14, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

capgeek.com has the caps with a cap space of $4.205M and an available max contract of $6.865M
with no changes to the roster (read $) as it is today - by 2/15 those numbers become $3.291M and able to take on contracts up to $11.643M
i think they could pick up a two good rentals with (expiring) contracts in the 5 to 5.5M range
save your pennies GMGM - you're going to need them

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 14, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Ward sucks.

There is a reason he was waived.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

JSchon:
I kind of randomly picked you since when you weigh in it's usually relatively intelligent and you seem to be in to stats and stuff. Hey, at least I didn't confuse you with Cheef or Windjammer! :)

And for the record, I agree with you on Fehr.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 14, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

from tariks tweets:
GMGM - nyls was told last spring he was no longer in the teams plans.

Me - 92 was the last to know

GMGM - considered sending him to hershey but didnt want to take ice time from prospects

Me - nyls probably wouldnt go due to his alegance to nestles

GMGM- nyls was never told to leave.

Me - my ex girlfriend never "told me" to leave either. but when my golf clubs and clothers were on the front lawn, i didnt have to ask.

GMGM- wont be giving away any NMC any time soon.

Me - not even for cincocinco???

GMGM - as for nyls next season, a little to far ahead to predict.

Me - ask him tomorrow. bet he will know then

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 14, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Ward sucks, I second that opinion.

Don't do a Danny with an over the hill free agent.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 14, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Scott Walker is giggling

Posted by: Fro_ | December 14, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

realoldcapsfan: If you want to send him to the Doofus Brigade, go ahead and do so.

We'll need to get him a posting. I would say KP duty since he doesn't understand food poisoning and maybe needs training. Start him off at buck private. Give him a knife and a 50-lb sack of potatoes and tell him to start peeling.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1:
or maybe some fish and tell him to start scaling and gutting

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 14, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Perrault will feel like a man among boys playing the AHL pace... that will give him renewed confidence in his game when he gets the next shot up here. Getting sent down can be positive too. Playing with few points to his credit recently sure wasn't helping.

Posted by: rh71 | December 14, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Are we doing Army or Marines?

Which poster wants to be the Gomer Pyle?

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Chris Clark is hardly a cancer, I'm not sure what could give anyone that impression. He has had several injuries of late and I don't think he has fully recovered/made it back to full form.

Posted by: FLDave | December 14, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I say we pass on Ward. Grand Rapids might need another defenseman. I heard an interview with the Canes GM about a week ago regarding what they plan to do since they have sunk so far into the basement. He said they would stand pat but the buys on NHL home ice eluded to a purge of non-performing veterans to at least get a look at their young guys. Brind'amour is stinking it up again. I wonder if the Canes would put him on waivers too?

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 14, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

On my last post I meant to say "...but the guys on NHL Home Ice eluded..." Sorry.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 14, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

tom then he is in. kp sounds about right and the knife better be a blunt dull one so he doesn't hurt himself. once he shows an adept ability to peel potatoes he can then be given the fish scaling duty. don't want to push a doofus to fast.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | December 14, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

That's too bad about Perreault. I really like him. I, like others, am sure he'll be back, and I do think he did enough to be a part of this team either towards the end of this season or at least by next season.

I will miss him. He definitely brought some excitement.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | December 14, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing Wizard rumors. Wouldn't want him on the Caps, but he'll provide some return for them.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I was excited everytime 85 took the ice for us. MP sorta reminds me of peter bondra...super quick, but he needs to finish. Hope to see him back up here again this year.

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | December 14, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I love this game, the game called speculation... anyone can play...

Here is the list of UFA's 2010

http://www.capgeek.com/contracts.php

I'd go Marek Zidlicky and Saku Koivu...

Both MIN and ANA are probably long shots for the playoffs...

Zidlicky is a really solid all-around defencemen. You could pair him with Green even.

Koivu could center the 3rd line easily with Fehr and Flash on his wings.

Posted by: JSchon | December 14, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that the person who called Captain Clark a "cancer" does not understand what that term means.

Posted by: CapsChick | December 14, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh and Zidlicky has non-rental possibilities.

And Koivu could be a lot cheaper than resigning Morrison who might want a multi-year deal at $3M/per. Koivu could be had for 1 year as stop gap until Perreault/Gus/other Swede guy we just drafted are ready to play.

Perreault is a nice young player but he hasn't shown me enough to warrant 2nd line status yet.

Posted by: JSchon | December 14, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm already sold with Perreault being capable of centering our 2nd line next season. Give him the likes of Knubs and Semin as his wingers, and 17+ minutes a game, he would be a top point man. I do not consider Clark a cancer, but he's not a goal scorer anymore either. Perreault made any winger that played with him look better.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 14, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Zidlicky? No. I'll take Koivu.

Anton Volchenkov.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Tarik's Twitter feed notes that Aucoin has Nylander's stall. This reminded me that I think Aucoin is on a one-way deal this year, meaning that (I think, but could be wrong) his $500K (or so) counts against that cap even while he's in Hershey.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 14, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@CapsChick, @dcsportsfan1, @FLDave... I don't if you guys are watching his play of late (as in this entire season), but it has been horrible. He can't stick handle, pass, clear, or shoot the puck.

To top that off, whatever line he gets put on does horrible... he brings everyone down with him. He's not even that great of a captain (maybe he was in the past, but no longer). I'm sure MANY will agree that Laich should be our captain and Chris Clark should be let go when his contract runs out.

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Perrault still has some growing to do, but I would almost like to see him getting some time with the better lines...I think a big factor in his lack of points the past 2-3 weeks has been more about who he was playing with (and lack of ice time) than his actual play...though he was on the ice for a lot of the other teams goals the last 2 games...but at least he had a +4...impressive for his NHL debut!

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Anton Volchenkov.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 1:45 PM

---

If you want the prize, you have to pay the price. What are you giving up in return for the main defenseman on the market?

Posted by: Raber | December 14, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Chris Clark = Cancer


Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 11:49 AM


elganja is hereby sent to the Doofus Brigade along with DisgustedinArlington. They can peel potatoes together in the morning and then scale the fish in the afternoon. On Sundays they will don their Don Cherry jackets (see that red and white thing with flowers he had on the other night?) and march on parade for the colonel.

Hut, two, three, four!

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1, thanks for the logical argument.

Do you know who has the worst plus minus on our team? Chris Clark (-6). Do you know why that is?

Seriously you guys needs to take of your blinders. I understand Clark USED to be a player with some value to this team, but that is no longer the case.

ANY line he gets put on does terrible... i wonder why?

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm not ready to anoint Perreault anymore than 3rd C duties next season. He isn't great on the dots and isn't ready for 17/18 minutes per game at this level.

Centering Laich/Fehr/Flash/Clark on the 3rd is one thing, but centering Semin is another. Also, there is a slight probability that Semin is gone after the summer, are you ready to go into the season with a combination of Flash/Fehr/Laich with Perreault as the C? I'd look for a veteran on 1 yr contract for that job.

Posted by: JSchon | December 14, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure MANY will agree that Laich should be our captain and Chris Clark should be let go when his contract runs out.

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 1:51 PM |

Even Laich wouldn't say that.

I love how people try to act like they are a fly on the locker room wall. EVERY single interview about Clark has been nothing but positive. The team loves him.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

ganja,
With your obvious and extensive insider knowledge of what happens in the Caps dressing room, I guess I will have to take your word that Clark is not that great a captain.

There has been talk for a long time that Laich would make a good captain in the future. I still think that he could take on that role in the future.

Posted by: _Mark | December 14, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

If you want the prize, you have to pay the price. What are you giving up in return for the main defenseman on the market?

Posted by: Raber | December 14, 2009 1:55 PM |

I doubt that he's the "main" d-man on the market. He's been the guy I've been saying to pick up for months, yes.


Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@_Mark, you are correct, I have no clue what happens in the locker room.

I am basing my comments about his leadership on the interviews he gives after the games compared to Laich

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I am basing my comments about his leadership on the interviews he gives after the games compared to Laich

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:10 PM |
So you miss all the interviews when the guys are telling the media how much Clark is a good captain and a locker room presence?

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil, so you think we should resign clark? You must be out of your mind...

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Volchenov's total beast - but if he's a free agent, why would the Caps have to give up anything? Or is he restricted, and it is similar to the Kessel deal, where the Leafs had to give the Bs a bunch of picks?

Green right now is the Caps' only consistently physical d-man, IMO - Jurcina and Erskine try hard, but they just can't keep up with scoring-line NHL forwards, unfortunately.

Posted by: govtimbo | December 14, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

you're right, clark has done so much for the team helping us mature and grow to become a better team.

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil, so you think we should resign clark? You must be out of your mind...

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:13 PM

Now why and how the hell did you conclude that I was saying this?

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

elgangja: If you said Clark wasn't the player he once was, hasn't played as well as you'd expect, whatever, had worst plus/minus on the team, these are reasonable and debatable comments.

But, you said he was a "cancer." I think calling a player a cancer when the others on the team respect him is a pretty doofus thing to do.

Logical enough?

If you retract the cancer statement and say three Hail Clarks and one Our Ovechkin your sins will be forgiven and you can be excused from the Brigade.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@govtimbo

Volchenkov is a UFA after this year.


I would think a 2nd rounder would do it.

Volchenkov also has the potential to be more than a rental.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@govtimbo

If you want him at the trade deadline then you will have to pony up something. OTT is unlikely to make the playoffs, so they might want to trade him.

Posted by: JSchon | December 14, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

you think BB would keep clark as captain if he thought he was a cancer? one thing you should learn about BB and GMGM, they dont care about feelings, they care what will help the team win. ask olie or nylander...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 14, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just a couple loses and people are calling Clark a cancer and suggesting that Matty is a drunk.... Clearly some people in here killed off a few too many brain cells this weekend!!

Very sad to see Matty leave, thought he brought great energy and seemed to mesh with the team pretty effortlessly. Can only assume BB will get him back up soon. That said I'm happy Alzner is coming up and I guess we'll see with Wilson! Don't know much about him personally but hopefully he'll help out.

Posted by: mrszilla | December 14, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Green right now is the Caps' only consistently physical d-man, IMO - Jurcina and Erskine try hard, but they just can't keep up with scoring-line NHL forwards, unfortunately.

Posted by: govtimbo | December 14, 2009 2:13 PM |

ShaMo. Though he has been less than stellar since his return, and downright awful sometimes. I hope he gets back into the hard-hitting form he was in prior to his injury.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1... fair enough. When I said cancer, I meant every line he went to did horrible. Maybe cancer is the wrong choice of words.

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1,

tbh, i think the fact he is our C is the only reason he hasn't been benched/health scratched/etc...

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

. fair enough. When I said cancer, I meant every line he went to did horrible. Maybe cancer is the wrong choice of words.

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:21 PM |

That's really the only issue we have. Clark's play is certainly pretty horrible this year, but "cancer" implies a shot at his Captaincy and locker room presence. I think from interviews it's clear that the guys love and respect Clark very much. He's a great leadership mentor to Laich, who I see a lot of parallels with.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 14, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1... fair enough. When I said cancer, I meant every line he went to did horrible. Maybe cancer is the wrong choice of words.

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:21 PM

Your recantment is wonderful to read. Go forward and watch hockey, my son.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 14, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@mrszilla,

for the record, I haven't liked clark all year.

The fact we lost a couple games doesn't really bother me. It's better to lose now and learn from our mistakes for the future into our playoff run

Posted by: elganja | December 14, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's been said by others but I will also say that I'll really miss Matty P (as one might've guessed from my previous posts). From my perspective, he brought a certain spark and tenacity to the ice that the team might miss. I do, however, understand the benefits of him being sent back. Hope to see him again soon though.

On another note, I haven't been happy with Clark's play or attitude of late but I don't think he's a cancer. He's got a history of being a good grinder and somewhat of a fair scorer. He seems to have a level head but not much personality. It'd be nice to see him get a bit fired up sometimes. He just no longer seems to be a good match for the overall team style. He did before but has slowly been losing ground since the coaching change and injuries. Of course, this is just my opinion and I could be way off.

During the Toronto game, he did seem to have more jump and scrappiness than I've seen in a while (but then, so did many of his teamates but that didn't last long...). He won't be that dynamic player and passionate leader. I guess the question is, does he have to be? And, then again, maybe he is a passionate leader in the locker room. I don't know. And, maybe quietly rational is what the guys need. I don't know, it's just me rambling.

Right now, the team's had a couple of stinkers but I'm not ready to panic yet. I have faith that they'll find a way to identify and correct the issues.

GO CAPS!! Looking forward to Tuesday!

Posted by: nena1 | December 14, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Laich is good with the Media and seems pretty composed. I think that may be the part that would keep Ovi from wanting the "C". Ovi is a solid leader on the ice and in the dressing room, but I don't know if he wants more of a role like the "C".

Clark is our Captain. That is what seems to work with the players and in that dressing room. I will never forget when he took that puck in the mouth and kept defending until there was a stoppage. His on ice performance could certainly be better, but I will forever cut him slack because of the strength and courage he showed then. It will be interesting to see how things go when his contract comes up.

Posted by: _Mark | December 14, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone think Brads could be a good Captain? He is very popular on the team.

Posted by: capscoach | December 14, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

elganja

I am the last person on this board I would consider as someone that wears blinders.

Clark has had an aweful season thus far, but as I stated he has dealt with a rash of injuries. My guess is he is still playing through the pain. How about waiting until the 2nd half of the season before judging our captain so harshly? The Caps are doing just fine in the standings.

Posted by: FLDave | December 14, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - good call on ShaMo, I forgot about him, he crunches guys. Some games I am very impressed with him - but you're right, he doesn't seem to have been as consistent, from what I've seen anyway.

Volchenov can really bring it though, holy smokes - I haven't seen enough to judge one way or the other about his skating and passing skills (although, if they're not at least very good, he's probably the first Russian d-man in history for that to be the case!).

Posted by: govtimbo | December 14, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Mathieu Perrault is on the short list of most exciting skaters on the team. Had he continued to pile up the points as he did in the first 2 weeks he would have been up for good. But I guess they want to look at others. I have no doubt he will be back. He also might make a good addition to any trade although I'd rather he stay here.

Posted by: rjma1 | December 15, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

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