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Alzner Not Skating

The only player not on the ice this morning other than Alex Ovechkin, who is taking the skate off, is rookie defenseman Karl Alzner. This likely means that he will be sent back down to Hershey today.

Tom Poti is on the ice and participating fully. More to come in a bit.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 28, 2009; 11:51 AM ET
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So glad to see Poti back. I wish we could send down Schultz so he could learn to hit some people.

Posted by: Brobertson26 | January 28, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: jincargo | January 28, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I would bet that Alzner might be sent down technically, but not actually leave town and be recalled on Saturday for the game. The only players on the Caps who skated this weekend were Ovechkin (at the All-Star game) and Alzner (for Hershey) so they're getting a little time off.

Alzner will likely be in the line up Saturday...

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | January 28, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse


So your saying Poti is not ready? Why make that assumption.

FYI - These could be the lines for Saturday

Ovie - Backstrom - Fleischman
Semin - Fed's - Kozlov
Clark - Nylander - Laich
Brash - Gordon - Bradley

Posted by: SA-Town | January 28, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I am sorry to see Alzner go, but glad to see Poti back. After watching last night, I am now convinced that some changes to players need to be made, and expect that if the penalty-killing does not markedly improve very, very quickly, we could see a serious shuffle at D come the deadline. I think we got a serious upgrade to D out of Hershey, mistakes aside, and I'd like to bring it back for the playoff run.

I don't think it needs to be Nylander, though.

Not surprised to see Ovi sitting out the skate after last night, although I do think that he needs a fair amount of work, and everyone needs to work on discipline some.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 28, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Sending our third best defenseman to the minors = sucky.

Posted by: ThisGuy | January 28, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Direct TV from a previous thread.
After going in the dark on the middle of a game more than once, I took a hammer and destroyed their box since they didn't want to pick it up. Why did it go dark? A couple of times due to thunderstorms, some other time who knows. Now after a year of not having their service I still get annoying calls from them. To be fair, there are other people who haven't had this problem, but I would never recommend it.
Other services I have tried: verizon (you will need to talk a few foreign languages if you ever need service). Hughes satelitte, which in retrospective I wish I had not cancelled, are they still around? Now I have Cox Cable at a fraction of the cost of Direct TV and, so far, no down-time. I heard horrendous stories about Comcast, but I haven't had the need to use their services. Good Luck.

Posted by: superX | January 28, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

PK is obviously a problem and Poti will help shore that up. It was an exciting game played by the two best teams in the Conference. It was a well played road game as a matter of fact. I would like to believe that Backstrom's penalty call was a dive because Chara is a beast and Backstrom didn't look like he put much into any stick use but the giant still wiped out. Nevertheless, I didn't see anything on the replay to convince me totally it was a dive. Just an unfortunate bounce and game over.

Extremely disappointed with how Bruins fans reacted to OV going down and staying down. The man always gets up so it was rediculous for "hockey fans" to imply he was faking. I sure was glad to see him back in the 3rd. I was a little disappointed with Semin yesterday he was almost invisible out there. All in all a good game. The boys need to put a streak together because Florida is like 6-1-3 in their last 10. We not only want to catch Boston, we want to leave our division in the dust. At least one other team from the SE will get in to the playoffs, possibly Florida and Carolina so our boys need to pick it up again. Not to be a pessimistic but the boys had a great first 41 games going 27-11-3, but in the 2nd 41 they are 3-4-1. After Poti returns, the crew is back and it will be time to dominate.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 28, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Alzner was never part of "The Plan," for the year from a cap perspective.

The only person who has big decisions to make is Mcphee. If he has the right offer, and can make a 3 players for 1 move, then he will.

If Steckel continues to be scratched, look for a Steckel/Morrison/(3rd player?) for a solid forward. Insert Alzner.

The we lose overall depth if someone goes down which one do you want?

Posted by: SA-Town | January 28, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so hard on Schultz? To me, he's shown remarkable improvement over last year in terms of positioning and break outs. Why does every defenseman need to be a hard hitter? No one complains about Alzner not taking the body.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 28, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'll be very happy to see Poti back on the ice this weekend. One of my concerns this season has been clearing the puck on PK so we can swap out tired players. Poti has easily been the best player at this task all season. Far too many PK'ers seem to just slap the puck up the boards and hope (or assume) it'll clear the zone. If you watch Poti (and a few others occassionally) he always looks up and then clears so he knows where the open ice is for the clearance.

My other concern lately is point play. Do you know why that first PP last night looked so spectacular? We kept on the points, kept the puck in, and hammered them. I know the goal came just seconds after the PP ended but I'll count it a PPG. After that one PP, the points play was once again miserable. Neither AO or Green are great points players when it comes to staying home and keeping the puck in the zone. I understand that it's a tradeoff since MG52 is so good with the slapper, but I'd like to see AO allowed to wander and have someone else playing the point.

Posted by: saintex | January 28, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I think Shultz needs some work and I agree that hitting isn't the be all, end all for defenders. They don't call Lidstrom a get hitter, right? I think the best line I've heard about Lidstrom is that 2/3 of the Earth is covered by water, the other third is covered by Lidstrom.

It's playing the player and being in position that seems more important than just hitting. If Shultz fills out - what is he, really, 6'5" and 210? - then he'll get strong.

Posted by: saintex | January 28, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Insert customary TP joke here.

Glad to see Tom Poti's all better, even if it means Alzner goes to Chocolatesburg.

Posted by: _jordan | January 28, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I am in total agreement with your views on OV (God help us on this thread).

I think it is a mistake to have OV for the full 2 minutes on the PP. He is not Superman and one can tell that it affects his play. I am not questioning BB's coaching, but sometimes one needs to step back to get a better view.

I also think that BB is trying to please too many people by not having them sit too long; it is disrupting the second and third lines cohesiveness. Again, I am not a coach, but if I needed to rotate players, I would use the fourth line as the rotation line.

Posted by: superX | January 28, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

More on Schultz...most of you probably frequent japers...but for those that don't

Alzner -

26 GP, 1G, 3A, +3, 2 PIM, 29 SOG, 19:48 TOI, 25.7 Shifts/G, 3:16 SH TOI/G, 23 Hits, 49 Blocked Shots, 34 Giveaways, 10 Takeaways

Schultz -

31 GP 1G, 7A, +7, 10 PIM, 19 SOG, 19:51 TOI, 25.5 Shifts/G, 3:27 SH TOI/G, 18 Hits, 44 Blocked Shots, 19 Giveaways, 5 Takeaways

Do the math....Schultz doesn't look so bad there does he. Alzner being the

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 28, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, spot on mate. Green’s goal was a PP goal in everything but name only. That first PP we had almost a full 2 minutes camped out in their zone, lots of puck possession, traffic in front and shots.

I’m not sure there is much wrong with our PP and can see it breaking out soon. Someone is due a real beating. Sens on Sunday?

Remember the Bruins are no mugs. They are top of the Conference for a reason yet of the 6 points we could have taken from them so far this season we have 5. Sometimes people here get too down too quick.

Now I actually thought we’d lose before hand so a point is a bonus. I think we should be concentrating on winning the SE and securing 2nd place. With that in mind a point was a decent (not great) result as it is 1 point gained on MTL and PHI who both lost in reg. NYR winning wasn’t great but as they beat CAR it softens the blow.

But I think we should have one eye on the Panthers. Ok so we are currently 12 points up on FLA but they have 2 games in hand and have only lost once in reg in last 10 (6-1-3).

As for second in the conference:

NJD 1 point back of us with a game in hand
NYR 2 points back but played same games
MTL 4 points back with 2 in hand
PHI 5 back with 2 in hand

Its tight.

I think there are definite “tiers” forming in the league now.

The top tier is the battle for the Presidents between SJS & BOS with DET clinging in there.

Second tier includes the Caps, the teams from East mentioned above and CAL/CHI from the West

The third tier is from BUF to DAL (based on league standings)

The fourth tier from COL to NYI (based on league standings)

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 28, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Thought the team played a very good game last night, but the lazy penalties have got to stop. This is stating the obvious but my frustration level with these stupid penalties reached an all time high last night, and it was all I could do to not throw something. The guys have to understand that whether or not it is actually a hook or not doesn't matter.

Stick parallel to ice + no movement of feet + opposing player falling = penalty

That is the reality of today's game, for better or worse. If you can't continue to skate then don't hook at all, and if you are that tired then change. It just stinks to lose a game where we played well defensively (other than pk), our goalie played very well, and we had some good chances on the offensive end (but got equally stoned by their goalie).

Posted by: Roose | January 28, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

We've got 3 days between games... he'll be back Sat or maybe even sunday.

Posted by: goskinsgo | January 28, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse


you're kidding right? Schultz played terrible the last few games. He's slow. He's often out of position. Yesterday he could have prevented the first goal, and almost caused another. People don't ask him to hit because it's the way to play D, people ask him to hit because he's big and for the love of everything sacred do something. Erskine is not a good skater or puck handler but at least he hits people.

I'm not hating Schultz, but if you try to hint that he's not our worst D-man, I have to stop you :)

Maybe they see something in this kid. Last year I thought Flash was useless, but he's developing to quite a player. I'm hoping Schultz will develop the same way.

Posted by: mauree | January 28, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

This has been a trying month for the Caps, which I think is a great thing. It tests their mettle, and, I hope, prepares them for the final grind heading into the playoffs.

Going into Saturday's game, the caps are 6-4-1 this month, and they've only outscored their opponents 31-30. If you look at all the games they've played in January, you can probably only count two or three quality wins (against Boston, against Pittsburgh and against New York). They've given away sloppy games to Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton and gained some less than decisive wins against the Islanders, Lightning and a depleted Philly squad.

But it's good for teams to go through a rough patch or two. It makes them stronger, I think. I'm sure starting Saturday, we'll see renewed vigor and effort. The Caps have performed admirably throughout this season. They've dealt with a ton of injuries, and they've continued to win hockey games. They should be well tested in the playoffs.

Posted by: CDon | January 28, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse


People give him so much crap because he is the slowest man on the ice night in and night out. I know BB loves the guy cuz "he is never out of position" even though he was last night and almost gave up a scoring chance because of it. He can cost us games because he cant get back quick enough.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | January 28, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I agree BRobertson! Shultz doesn't hit anyone and gets pushed around and off the puck too easily for a guy 6'5". He's too soft. He shuld eb sent down and alsner should stay.

Posted by: RockDad | January 28, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

saintex: I think that line was first used by Redskins CB Fred Smoot.

As for Schultz, seems like everyone loves to hate the guy. We had posters before saying the fans hated him in Hershey too.

Posted by: koalatek | January 28, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse


Schultz seems like a good enough guy I just don't think he has the necessary skill set to be a factor in this league.. Maybe he proves me wrong... I wouldn't mind it if he did.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | January 28, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I would rather keep Alzner up and get rid of Schultz IMHO! He to me has become a liability.

Posted by: BPTUCKER71 | January 28, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

it was fred smoot that first said that comment... 70% of the world is covered by water, the rest...covered by SMOOT


Posted by: _stevo | January 28, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Actually I heard ESPN say that 70% of the world is covered by water the rest of covered by Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones. It would be interesting to see which comment came first.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 28, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Smoot's comment was classic

Posted by: goskinsgo | January 28, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I've seen that 70% comment attributed to being about Polamalu, but that's neither here nor there.

Agree on the power play, one power play, maybe the 2nd or 3rd when the second unit came out Ovie seemed to move down to the wing with Feds taking his position at point, it didn't seem to last very long however. I'm fine with having green up on point but I wish we could use Ovie elsewhere on the power play. It also seems that about 90% of our shots are Ovie one-timers from the left (goalie's right) circle, it may be time for Gabby to revisit those Xs and Os on that play.

Posted by: moondue8 | January 28, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Brash's fight was interesting - it was pretty clear he had no respect for the guys punches and was more concerned about taking the guy's helmet off to save his hand the pain.

I hate the 3 man PK - its so passive, and with 2F/1D, no way to defend the cross ice pass.

Posted by: stormblue | January 28, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

One more thing I forgot to mention about last night's game.

The hairy ape that was sitting next to me yelled, "Hey, maybe he's dead!" when Ovechkin was down on the ice which was met with laughter from the entire section of Bruins fans (perhaps our own resident tool cstanton1 could've fit right in and laugh along with them).

That was in addition to chants of "bullsh*t" and "p*ssy, get up" that I mentioned before.

I sympathize with the Bruins, but they have quite a few really "classy" fans.

Next time I might bring a sharp object with me to the game. Any hand that decides to grab my Ovechkin jersey will receive a few holes in it.

So yeah, great game, but crappy result and crappy overall experience of seeing it live. Also, on the way out of the arena every person wearing a Caps jersey was met with jeers of "Ovechkin is a diver".

Posted by: ranndino | January 28, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear GMGM -

Please trade Nylander in order to keep our best young defenseman in the league. I'm sure after his fantastic highlight reel goal last night, teams will be knocking down your door to get him. 5 goals for a 4.5 million dollar man is awesome. Please rectify this situation asap. Thanks....



Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 28, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@ranndino: Some special stuff, there. Sounds like Philly fans.

*shrugs* I would be less worried about the outcome of last night's game had I not seen a worrisome pattern - discipline and PK problems.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 28, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Quick comment about Schultz. It's easy to hate the guy because you only appreciate his contributions if you actually understand the finer points of the game. He doesn't do anything that will ever get him on a highlight reel so when he makes mistakes people tend to think that he sucks. They don't notice all the positive, little things he does.

Having said that I'm not sure why someone can't teach him how to shoot. The guy is a pro hockey player. That's what he does for a living. Yet I've seen high school kids shoot better. I mean isn't it all about technique? It could and should be improved.

Posted by: ranndino | January 28, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse


Being from New England and spending a lot of time in Boston, I can pretty much say that what you went through sounds pretty standard. You cant even take your younger kids to Sox games anymore because its not just the fowl language which really doesn't bother me, its the fear for you and your child's life if you happen to root for another team.

pretty standard stuff.. It doeskin make it right, but that's just how it is in that town.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | January 28, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@ capsfansince74

Your own comment outlines the problem GMGM has when trying to trade Nylander.

"5 goals for a 4.5 million dollar man is awesome".

One small correction. Nylander's actual cap hit this season is $4.875 million.

BTW, I have a used Hyundai that I'd like to sell for a price of a new BMW. Interested?

Posted by: ranndino | January 28, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Re: this Schultz thing, I'll link to it because a) It's a fascinating read and b) I wrote it, so give me traffic.

Posted by: Section117 | January 28, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I know most of you on here are all about trading Nylander, I am against it. I'd much rather trade Clark and Morrison. I know Clark is our captain but he brings less to the table then Nylander.

He's not out on the PP, not on the PK and barely does anything at even strength. And while Morrison is decent, we aren't bringing him back next year so I'd try to package those 2 and see what we can get. Clark is the gritty player that Brian Burke in Toronto likes. Those 2 and a draft pick for Kaberle would work.

Posted by: ThePat | January 28, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@ Dizzy1205

I know. Not to sound like a class snob, but Boston is full of blue collar d*chebags who obviously congregate around sporting events. The average IQ / culture level at these things is pretty pathetic. They also seem to know very little about other teams and players. Actually many Bruins fans I've met have little knowledge even about their own team (down to the inability to pronounce their own team's players names correctly if they're foreign).

Having said that, since I'm originally from Europe, I wouldn't even dare showing up in the home team's section in the away team's regalia at a football (soccer) match in Europe or South America. The chances of walking away unharmed would be extremely slim. So, by comparison, North American stadiums are very safe.

Posted by: ranndino | January 28, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The Nylander slammers kill me. He took some nice shots last night, had total poise with the puck carrying it safely out of our zone on many occasions, and scored the goal that ultimately let us get a point out of last nights game. Let the man alone already. Haven't heard anyone complain about Semin's lazy play. Took the late penalty against Ottawa that resulted in the goal that lost the game, and took another late game penalty yesterday when the Caps were actually controlling the period. He was invisible last night. Don't get me wrong, I don't want Semin to go anywhere, but to blame the Caps woes on Nylander is a joke. He isn't even used on the PK. Getting a PK specialist (if there is even one out there) isn't going to fix this problem. Nylander got rooked yesterday on the BS hooking call on none other than Chara. He was simply smashed against the boards with his stick pinned against the boards. I know, the stick was parallel to the ice but it was pinned by a freakin' Giant. Chara progress towards the puck wasn't even hampered so that was a phantom call.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 28, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

SuperX: Thanks for info. I did have Directv back in late 90s and I remember the thunderstorms knocking the programming offline. My neighbors have it though so I can ask if that's still a problem.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 28, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@ ThePat

I actually like Nylander also and have said it many times. If he could have decent linemates for a stretch he'll produce. He's still one of the best players on the team at keeping possession.

I'm afraid Clark is untradable at this point. I can't see any reason why anyone would want him right now and I still don't get how he managed to score 30 goals in an NHL season. The only reason he's in the line-up is because of his contract. Every single forward we had up from Hershey this season was much better than Clark.

Posted by: ranndino | January 28, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

117: That article of yours was very well written.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 28, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@ranndino and re: Alzner

You're either naive, very new to the U.S. sports scene, or just baiting. Here I bite. Boston fans are some of the most knowledgeable sport in the country, if not the most. It's the blue collar aspect that makes them so, as Boston is one of the few places in the country where the primary focus of going to the game is actually to cheer for the home team and talk about the game. There's bad and ignorant apples in every group, but Boston stands out with respect to knowledge.

Re: Alzner. Didn't the last time he get sent down (right before the All Star Break) he stay down only while the Caps were on break? Could it be that he is part of the plan right now, but the ups and downs are to save cap money. Does anyone know if a player counts against the Cap when he is with the big team for practice or does it just count when he's around for games?

Posted by: fehrrocks | January 28, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Not to jump ahead but the rest of the Southeast Division is making a run for the playoffs excluding Atlanta. Florida and Carolina are really battling for that 7th and 8th spot and the Lightning went from 15th to 11th. But I actually hope Carolina and Florida make the playoffs. Time to show all those people out there that the Southeast division isn't the "southleast".

The Panthers really deserve a spot. For a team without Jokinen, their defense and Vokoun and Anderson are really holding that team together now.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 28, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Clark could be wanted by a young team who hasn't been to the playoffs or needs a bridge leader like he was here. Teams like Toronto or Phoenix possibly could be interested.

Posted by: ThePat | January 28, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

ranndino: I saw the back of a guy on TV last night in an Ovechkin red jersey, first or second row down front, near glass, near the blue line to the offensive zone the Caps had periods 1 and 3. Was that you?

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 28, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse


Great read. But you forgot the one key ingredient that Alzner has over Schultz. Alzner is all shiny and new. Schultz is old hat and we've been moaning and groaning about him for a year and a half now.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 28, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I dont think Nylander is the reason for any caps woes - i dont think the caps have many woes right now anyways. I do think he is the major reason why we cant keep Alzner up with the real team.

@randinno - I already traded in my old bmw for my current hyundai so not interested!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 28, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Trust me ThePat

As long as Richard Peddie owns the Leafs, there is little hope. So as much as they could use Clark, he's not coming. Just ask Wade Belak, Mark Bell, and Ryan Hollweg.

Phoenix doesn't need Clark because they have veteran leaders like Doan, Jokinen, and are developing talent. Carcillo is also a very tough guy whom they got for Laraque.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 28, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Clarke is no longer an NHL caliber player. Period.

One of the players told me that when playing on his line, Clarke told him before the game: "Don't pass me the puck, I don't want it; I will just throw it in the zone". No joke.

Observe the game and you will see that he is a man of his words.

Anyone who plays on his line can no do justice to himself.

Posted by: atybat | January 28, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

from reading comments on this blog, it sounds as if the players always stick up for clark and not for nylander. i just dont see clark getting traded and i think nylanders salary prevents him from going anywhere. not sure how else to keep alzner up with us?

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 28, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse


I have had Directv in NJ for 6 years and have had very few problems. Not all storms "block" the feed, some do. But compared to Comcast I had prior to it, the picture is better, where Comcast used to have sub par picture on any given game (or program)

I love my DTV and Center Ice

Posted by: NJNJ | January 28, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Re: Boston fans - It isn't just the fans in Boston who are ... unpleasant. There's a nickname for folks from that general region that starts with the first four letters of Massachusetts and ends with holes, and it's the nickname for a reason. Having been to Boston a number of times, and driven around Massachusetts, I can attest to the validity of the nickname. Massachusetts drivers are among the worst I've encountered in my travels, and the people I've encountered there, with very few exceptions (I do have a couple of friends who live in Boston!) fit the nickname fairly well.

Given the review of the fans at Boston games, however, I find the likelihood of my attending a game up there ... diminished, though I would go with the Capitals Road Crew if they were going.

Safety in numbers, or something like that...

SPEAKING of Capitals Road Crew... they're throwing an unofficial Sergei Fedorov night on the 31st, and they have a poster for downloading and printing. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | January 28, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

RE: Zetterberg's 12 year deal, it sounded like a long time until I realized that he was 28. I thought he was a lot older than that. He looks like an old man of the sea. Can't you picture him in a hat (of the white sailor variety or a knit cap) with a navy turtleneck sweater a pipe in his mouth? But I digress ...

Posted by: Boo- | January 28, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

"You cant even take your younger kids to Sox games anymore because its not just the fowl language "

People speak like birds up in Boston?

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 28, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

that should say AND a pipe ...

Posted by: Boo- | January 28, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Tarik define, "In a bit". It's been 3 hours and I've refreshed this page like 100 times!

Posted by: PonMan | January 28, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

NJNJ: Thanks. So you are in agreement that even in FL I need both DTV and Center Ice.

This tells me I really don't need the "Premier" package for sports, since I only usually watch hockey and the Center Ice will cover that. However the 4 women who rule the world would want it for all those movie channels. Also, my only other channel besides hockey and TCM is Encore Westerns, and that only comes with Premier package. The hands are in my pockets and the money is flowing freely.

Before anyone thinks I'm a Sheik or whatever - that's one wife and three daughters.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 28, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Here it is. Bring these Saturday. I would love to see Sergie make some positive headlines vs. Detroit.

You know he will be pumped up.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 28, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@Boo- - *GIGGLE!*

Now I want to Photoshop it. Still at work. Damn!

Posted by: irockthered | January 28, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

RE: Shultz & Alzner
I am not a Schultz fan or hater b/c I have seen him play smart and make stupid plays, so really undecided about him until last night. I know he's 23 yrs old and in his second full season as a pro, so he still has some upside on the playing smarter side of things.

What I am going to bring to question (and no this is nothing new, many other posts about this) is any grit, sandpaper, or testosterone on our blue line. That last statement does not include Green or Erskine. Also the safer plays I can understand from Alzner.

I don't remember if it was the second period or third but I distinctly remember Schultz going into his defensive corner against Kobasew to JT60's left, Kobasew closer to the wall and he pushed Schultz off of him! Schultz backed off after that and did not push back or anything!!!He didn't even check him into the wall moments later, Kobasew won the puck and passed it to another player.

Let's examine the players stats shall we?
Chuck Kobasew: #12, 6'0", 192lbs.
Jeff Schultz: #55, 6'6", 221lbs.

I for one don't believe that Kobasew is really 6', but will have to take the B's web site info for it's word. The fact that Schultz did nothing absolutely nothing after being pushed off, he didn't run him into the boards, barely poke checked him but really just passively tried to keep him contained. Schultz just lost all respect after that.
Do you see any of the other top 5 teams in the NHL with a bunch of polite passive D corps?

Posted by: caps28fan | January 28, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse


You're thinking of Stan Fischler.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 28, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Not like them, ABOUT them. Can you imagine?!?

Posted by: Boo- | January 28, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Further clarification not saying we need to take penalties penalties because of it (not trying to recruit goons) but SJ, Detroit, B's, Calgary, and NJ have people that can make you pay but play smart also.

Posted by: caps28fan | January 28, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse


I've been playing hockey and following the Caps for 20 years, so I definitely understand the finer points of the game. I'm not saying that Schultz doesn't contribute, but what I'm saying is that for a guy who is 6'5, he needs to be more physical. He gets pushed around too easily for a guy his size. I think he gets flustered too easily and starts over-thinking everything. He has problems getting the puck out of the zone on his first try, and he seems to have a difficult time taking guys out in the corners, and clearing space in front of the net. I'm pulling for him to turn things around. He definitely has his good days, but I think his mediocre days are far greater.

Posted by: Brobertson26 | January 28, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

good comments. First, obviously Boston sports fans are very knowledgeable. Like many of us (very definitely like me, I admit) they tend to be more interested in hockey when there's a good team on the ice to watch. The Caps have huge hearts and great skill but there are imbalances. Sometimes they try too hard, try to force things. They have no top flight shut down defenseman, nor any truly top flight defensive forward unless they use Feds that way. They're stuck with Clark, Theodore and Nylander. That being said, the latter two played strong games. Nylander was a physical presence and he looked better last night on the ice than he has since we first acquired him. So maybe we can make the most of having him. But don't you think we'll be looking for a D on the deadline? If so, we'll have to give up someone good. Flasch and some other assets, maybe even Poti and a goalie and picks? Bouwmeester would be a good rental to have, as would a number of Ducks or Kaberle. If it's all we lack for a big run, I'd say we'll pull the trigger, but it will hurt down the road.

Posted by: WritingLight | January 28, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse


My bad.. i need to start checking the spellcheck :-)

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | January 28, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The news keeps getting worse for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Back-up goaltender Olaf Kolzig will miss 3-4 months with a distal biceps tendon rupture in his left arm.

Kolzig is scheduled for surgery on Saturday and unless the Lightning make the playoffs, his season is over.

In eight games this season, Kolzig has a record of 2-4-1 with a 3.66 goals-against-average.

Mike Smith will continue to carry the bulk of the load with Karri Rammo, who was recalled from Norfolk of the AHL on Monday, serving as the back-up.

Posted by: numero94 | January 28, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The funny thing is, last night was Schultz's best shooting night that I can remember. By far!

He was winding up and getting good wood on most of his shots last night. They looked hard, and they were getting to the net. I was impressed, personally.

But he did get his a$$ handed to him a few times in the defensive zone, either from getting hit or just not making it back.

I'm intrigued by the Clark/Morrisonn idea, though. I agree that Morrisonn probably isn't here next year, and that Clark hasn't been able to do much. That and he's getting ousted by Fehr (imagine that) just in that Fehr's got more potential upside than Clark does (unless he's playing with Zubrus and Ovie).

Kaberle just might be worth that, honestly. It gets medium-fish Morrisonn into a puddle and it gets Clark into a similar role he played back when the Caps sucked.

I'd actually be willing to believe that we probably wouldn't even need a prospect/pick to go along with that. But we can't do that unless Nylander's gone, because Kaberle is a $4.5 million dollar man himself.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | January 28, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

If I could add anyone on D who is likely to be available at deadline (regardless of the cap), I'd get:

Bouwmeester (sp?)

If I could add anyone **at all** on D, I'd try for:


Posted by: Rhino40 | January 28, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Should've sent Schultz down, he looks terrible, slow, not physical and not to mention the worse hands in the league, he gets nothing on his shot, or for that matter even when he's trying to dump it out of the zone when they are killing a penalty, he flubs the puck several times a game. I don't know if that's from his finger or not, but it's awful..

Posted by: topshelf | January 28, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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