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Alzner rejoins Caps

Karl Alzner has joined the Caps here at TD Banknorth Garden. It's unclear if he'll play tonight, though. It's possible Alzner could be the extra defenseman considering how solidly Tyler Sloan played against Tampa Bay.

I'll have more after the morning skate.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 2, 2010; 11:10 AM ET
 
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Sloan did play well last game with Schultz, howeva... Alzner should be playing and learning.

Posted by: JSchon | February 2, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

i liked how sloan played...i'm down with it...give a regular like Morrisonn a night off i think.

Posted by: carsonspence | February 2, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

You people are on crack if you think Sloan should be starting on this team.

Posted by: madflava | February 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

(Repost from last thread)
Thoughts on recent developments:


--On May: Way to call it like it is, Alan! That a Canadian can make these kinds of statements certainly says something about Caps' fans not being delusional or paranoid after all.

I think that there definitely is something to the theory of Canadian Media Bias against our Caps, and more importantly, its influence on the decisions of the NHL brass.

That said, I don't think that it's so much a matter of Caps-Hate or even Penguin-Love as it is this one thing: "Like it or lump it", much of Canada's National Identity is invested in the sport of hockey. Let's be honest: it's "their" game, and they love it. So, for a "Russkie, fer gawd's sakes, eh?" to excel above all others in "their" game is understandably anathema. Consider how we Americans might feel if a North Korean or Iranian broke Hank Aaron's home run record.

It pains me deeply to say this because--FTR--I have always though of Canada as being a progressive culture, and have always had the most profound respect for her people. But what the Canadian media doesn't get, however, is that the Cold War is OVER, and the West WON!. Russia--though not exactly the best of friends--is no longer our sworn enemy nor a Threat To Our Way Of Life. Hence, it makes no sense at all to villify OV, nor other members of the team for which he plays.


--On the MG52 suspension: I think I don't know enough to be certain as to whether or not Green should have been suspended. FWIW, both Green's hand and his arm were extended, and it is difficult--even at speed--to deliver a so-called "vicious" elbow that way. So, suspension? Maybe...not sure it should have been 3 games, though.


--More on May: I think that we in Washington are complaining not so much about the application of supplementary discipline to Caps players as we are about the apparent double standard: i.e., that players from other teams commiting equal (or worse) acts within the same time frame appear to get off scot-free.


Welkome Bakk King Karl!

Lets go Kaps!

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 2, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

You people are on crack if you think Sloan should be starting on this team.

Posted by: madflava | February 2, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Did you watch the game Sunday? Sloan may not be a top D, but he played well, including a timely poke on TB's top player to disrupt a hot play.

No one's suggestion Tyler Sloan is our starter for games to come and to lead us to the cup, only that he did a fine job and can fill the role when called upon.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 2, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Let's put this way, who is going to have a who do you think is going to have a bigger impact on this team winning a cup..Alzner or Sloan? I think your answer will clear and that's who should be playing both short term and long term..I rest my case for Alzner

Posted by: RichC3 | February 2, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I think with guys on our blueline who can move the puck out of the zone well (green[not tonight!], Poti, Pothier) it's nice to balance it out with guys who have some grit and hit (erskine, Morrison, Sloan)

shultz is a special player in that he is humongus but doesrn throw his body around recklesly. He consistently is in the right spot and has shown improved play with the puck.

It's a nice situaition to have Alzner and Carleson really having to earn their playing time.

I think Alzner ha some serious sub par performances in his last stint. He needs to play with more decisivness and confidence. He still has a bit of that "deer in headlights" reaction on some plays.

Practice makes perfect though right. Hopefully he continues to develope. But with carleson in a similar situation. I think Alzner is prime trade bait.

Thoughts?

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 2, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@SkinsFan

If you asked me the pecking order 7 months ago, it would be Alzner then Carlson.

Now... The gap is definitely smaller if not reversed.

Posted by: JSchon | February 2, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Free Mike Green!

Posted by: SA-Town | February 2, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Sloan is a solid d-man and would be a starter on any other NHL club. He stopped a one-on-one against both Lecavalier and Stamkos, he also kept the puck in the zone which resulted in Laich's goal. pretty solid game against TB.

Posted by: blushfilms | February 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

ESPN rumors wrote that the St. Louis are eyeing a young goaltender. It also stated the Blues were willing to trade Erik Brewer.

Remember how there were rumors of GMGM talking with the Blues. I'm not saying I'm for the trade but it is possible either Neuvy or Holtby would be a huge bargainning chip with the Blues.

Again, I am not saying I am for this but some sort of trade that involved one of the Caps young goalies and Brewer does make some sense. However, I am not aware of Brewer's current contract situation.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Brewer $4.25M - UFA 2011/2012

Posted by: JSchon | February 2, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I'd rather have Kaberle then considering he only has 1 year remaining on his deal for a similar price.

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

I don't think they called up Alzner to sit and watch

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Some other blueliner may be nursing an injury and BB wants to rotate him out and Alzner in. Alzner gets more experience and a more experienced guy gets some needed r&r. Just a thought.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 2, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

On Brewer for a baby goalie - I hope not. Check Brewer's stats - he hasn't been a positive +/- player since before the lockout. Is this really the player we're looking for?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that the Caps have a surplus of young goalies as well as solid D-men. Assuming we package a goalie and a D (lets say a Sloan or an Alzner) What kind of top 4, Stay at home D-man could we acquire?

Another words lets name the top 5 stay at home D-men in the NHL. And are any of them available for trade?

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 2, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Sloan had a good game against Tampa, but lets put things in perspective. It was one game vs Tampa. If its between Sloan or Alzner playing, I have no idea how anyone would say Sloan. Alzner isnt going to develop watching from the seats eating nachos and drinking coke (not diet).

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

According to TEB's Twitter, Alzner out, Sloan in

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 2, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Dear Bruce,

Please play Karl.

Thank you.

Posted by: NatyBG | February 2, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Sloan was okay against Tampa. He jumped up on D and had a nice scoring chance. However, I recall a horrid pass up the middle in our own end that was picked off and led to a golden opportunity for Tampa. I don't remember who he turned it over to, but luckily Jose bailed Sloan out. I'm nopt big on Sloan and don't understand why he hasn't been sent down. I doubt anyone would claim him and if some team did, it wouldn't be a big loss.

Posted by: thomas20 | February 2, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Karl Alzner: official team yo-yo of the Washington Capitals.

Posted by: mercedeskk | February 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

According to TEB's Twitter, Alzner out, Sloan in

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 2, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse
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Don't see the point of recalling Alzner when he's just gonna sit out, but I guess the team has something planned.

Posted by: elicea | February 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Sloan Haters! Listen Up!

Sloan is a servicable D-man who also can play effective as a forward. He is inexpensive and everytime he plays he is solid, unspectacular and plays mistake free hockey. Why do you complain about him?

You must forget the days of Joel Kwiakowski and Jason Doig. Sloan is a valuable player to have and yes, I think he would start for a lot of teams in the league.

Now shut up

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

The way the boys have been playing, I say stay with what we've got. No need to risk bringing in a player that might not fit - we've seen that before. Our D has been playing much better and our O has been handling their defensive responsibilty as well. The team has been re-built over the past few years, gained valuable experience, matured, and seem to have bought into the system. If we stay with who we have, they can only get better, and we will have a chance in the playoffs for many more seasons... as opposed to piecing it together this time each year through trades and the subsequent re-structuring of lines and defensive pairings. Give the kids a chance.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 2, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Sloan is a 7th d-man who can also play up front.. that's all he is, just because he had one good game after sitting out for a long time, doesn't mean he's gonna take Alzner's spot.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone down on Sloan? Very simple - Schultz has played his way out of the whipping boy position. :)

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Back to the Howard Cosell thing...he was screwed. The running back put his arm down on the ground and hit the hole and kept running. That is why Cosell compared him to a monkey, his race was not the reason. Howard Cosell's favorite athlete in the world was Muhammed Ali, and Ali trusted Cosell more than any other jounalist. For all of you youngsters out there...Cosell was not a racist, just treated like one at the end of his career.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 2, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Sloan Haters! Listen Up!

Sloan is a servicable D-man who also can play effective as a forward. He is inexpensive and everytime he plays he is solid, unspectacular and plays mistake free hockey. Why do you complain about him?

You must forget the days of Joel Kwiakowski and Jason Doig. Sloan is a valuable player to have and yes, I think he would start for a lot of teams in the league.

Now shut up

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Not a Sloan hater. He is a servicable player, but I don't think he would start on most NHL teams. He is paid to be a limited role guy and that is what he is. I don't have a problem with him playing when needed, but why call up Alzner.

Alzner versus Sloan? No contest, Alzner.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

everytime he plays he is solid, unspectacular and plays mistake free hockey.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse
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I agree with your post in that Sloan is a good defenseman and provides depth for Caps' line-up. But I disagree with the statement above. Sloan has been known to make a few mistakes here and there. He made at least two against Tampa.

Posted by: elicea | February 2, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"That said, I don't think that it's so much a matter of Caps-Hate or even Penguin-Love as it is this one thing: "Like it or lump it", much of Canada's National Identity is invested in the sport of hockey. Let's be honest: it's "their" game, and they love it. So, for a "Russkie, fer gawd's sakes, eh?" to excel above all others in "their" game is understandably anathema. Consider how we Americans might feel if a North Korean or Iranian broke Hank Aaron's home run record."

It all depends on the person. Nationality is nothing more then a demographic. I would much rather have a Japanese player like Ichiro have the home run record over a cheater like Bonds. Besides Canadians love Ovechkin.


Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 2, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Sloan, he is what he is: a cheap option at the end of the defensive corps. For a seventh defender, he's a great role player and good teams need players like that.

He played well Sunday and I have no qualms if the boss wants to reward him with another start.

At the same time, there's a reason he's the seventh defender; let's not delude ourselves because he's a bargain or a good team player or had a solid game against the Lightning.

Regarding the Brewer trade speculation, he'd make the Caps' D better. Period. Sure, I'd prefer Kaberle, too, but Brewer is a former all-star and Canadian Olympic teamer (won a gold medal) and he's still in his hockey prime. I love the Caps' defenders but no one on the Caps blueline has accomplished that.

If Brewer can be had without having to give up any one of the current 4 forward lines and Alzner and Carlson, pull the trigger, even if it means giving up someone like Shaone Morrison (a UFA this year) or Neuvirth.

Posted by: mercedeskk | February 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@CTCapsPhan: I don't have a problem with him playing when needed, but why call up Alzner.

To let him watch. If we lose tonight, expect to see Alzner rotated in. If mgmt thought he truly belonged in Hershey, he'd be there. But they want him here, so he's here. Remember that Bruce doesn't change things up willy-nilly when the team is winning, so that's probably why. My guess is that they want him here for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@mercedeskk: What are you basing this on? It surely isn't his stats.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

To let him watch. If we lose tonight, expect to see Alzner rotated in. If mgmt thought he truly belonged in Hershey, he'd be there. But they want him here, so he's here. Remember that Bruce doesn't change things up willy-nilly when the team is winning, so that's probably why. My guess is that they want him here for the stretch run and the playoffs.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

My thinking was similar to that, but also they wanted to bring him up because his dad may be on the trip too. Not sure if he is, but the Caps have been known to make this kind of gesture before.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 2, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all kinds of interesting info there.

Erik Brewer was a top three pick, wasn't he? I don't think we'd get him for Holtby. May Neuvy and some d-man or other.

I like the idea of sitting out regulars, rotating them out of the lineup. We might - given our big lead now - consider rotating out ALL of our forwards on a game by game basis with the exception of #8 (unfair to paying fans). Sloan is decent, he's good on his skates. Alzner probably higher potential but not as physically strong yet.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 2, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

mercedeskk:

I think Shao Mo and Neuvy are good trade options for the right strong D man. This might be our best shot at the cup for a while. We have to put it all on the line.

Posted by: capscoach | February 2, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"but, this one goes to eleven."

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 2, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

This may be old news around here - I haven't been keeping up with the comments too closely lately, but there are some pics of Varly's sweet new mask here -

http://ingoalmag.com/masks/semyon-varlamovs-new-washington-capitals-mask/

I really like it. I really like his current mask, too, but this one's just as good. Thought I'd share.

Go Caps tonight. Let's make it 11!

Posted by: BigRed8 | February 2, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Two questions-

Why do people like Kaberle in the context of our cup run? He's more like a Tom Poti than a Scott Stevens. He's a good player but I don't think Kaberle is the answer.

Why do people want to ship out ShaMo? IMO he actually played well in the playoffs last year, dependable and tough in our own end. Not sure I'd be so quick to trade for a pick given the task at hand -- I'd say we'd be better in the playoffs with him than without him and a pick.

Posted by: justbrewit | February 2, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I must be in the minority when it comes to dealing one of our young goaltenders. IMO the Caps have no idea who their goaltender of the future is since Varly can't seem to shake the injury bug. Holtby hasn't even gotten a look at the NHL level but I doubt anyone in the organization thought he would perform as he has at the AHL level this year. He also seems to be very confident which is a plus in itself. I really think the Caps will hold on to all 3 as long as they can since they are all cheap right now. I've brought this up before but Jim Carey was playing lights out and at the time young goaltender named Olaf Kolzig was waiting for his chance. Luckily the Caps didn't trade him because Carey didn't catch the injury bug, he caught the injury plague. Right now Varly seems to just have the bug. We need to wait a little longer to see if he has the injury plague.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon -"but, this one goes to eleven."

The phone booth is going to be one louder!!!


Yeah

Posted by: guer_j | February 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

there's no guarantee that trading for any of these veteran players will bring the Cup to DC nor is there any guarantee that any of these young players in the system will turn out to be great players.

but if you feel that your team is very close to winning the Cup right now and adding a veteran or two will could make it happen, I believe you gotta go for it because you just don't know what's gonna happen from year to year.

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

@ fanohock1

Jim Carey didn't have any injury problems.. he just could NOT perform in the playoffs

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope Varly's conditioning stint-this time around-goes according to plan.

Posted by: elicea | February 2, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@BigRed8

Yeah its a great looking mask. Does it come with Groin/knee protection?

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 2, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, truth be told Carey became a major head case. He didn't perform well in the playoffs which is absolutely true but he supposedly told his coach from Wisconson that hockey wasn't fun anymore and his career spiraled after the Caps dealt him to Boston. My point was that the Caps didn't just deal Kolzig because they thought Carey was the answer, they held on to both. Ironically Boston was given the option of Carey or Kolzig and the Bruins took Carey because he had just won the Vezina 9 months prior. We got Ranford, Oates and Carter for Carey, Allison and Carter. Allison never panned out for us but had a flash of brillance that included a 40 goals season but we got the better end of that deal even though we traded youth.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 2, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

well you always knew Carey was somewhat of a headcase because he was a Canadiens' fan growing up in Boston.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps were to get a D-man from St. Louis would Barret Jackman be a better choice than Erik Brewer?

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 2, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Rick Tocchet was part of the Jim Carey/Adam Oates trade?

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 2, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig was pretty much a career backup at that point even though he was a former first round pick...

I don't think that the Caps "held on" to Kolzig because they had doubts about Carey... he was just a backup who happened to be there when Carey was stinking up in the playoffs

Kogzin was a first round pick in 87 or 88, he was there long before Carey ever arrived.

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

oops, I mean Kolzig

Posted by: joek443 | February 2, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Sloan played terrible on Sunday.

He had 2 direct turnovers that turned into scoring chances.

Look, Sloan, is a nice 5 min per game guy. Alzner is our future. Play ALZNER!

And again, you guys are compairing +/- of players on teams that are bad. The Blues are not bad because of Erik Brewer.

You watch Phaneuf in Toronto, he will start to turn it up.

Just like you all were saying how bad Giguere was against us...well, if it wasn't for Giguere, we would have had another 8 goal performance.

Stats DO tell some of the picture, just not ALL of the picture...

I agree, you guys are ALL great at picking stats and have great player comparisons on paper, but you need to watch the games.

A player can have 2 turnovers, but if they have 2 that directly turn into scoring chances that is horrible compaired to a player with 10 turnovers that don't turn into scoring chances.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

And another thing...

Boudreau said Sloan was the BEST DEFENSEMAN out of training camp!

....and he's played how many games this year?

Wouldn't you want to play your best defenseman more often?

BB's quotes are just to build confidence for the player. Which is fine, but don't throw BB's quotes into my face.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 2, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

For what its worth, BOTH Alzner and Sloan have been having some difficulty moving the puck out of our own zone, but I just think that Sloan offers a bit more in the physicality department. He is a nice guy to have skating around when things get rough. He did make some direct mistakes that led to scoring chance, but he did pinch in nicely for a scoring chance himself and usually is good at taking out the body of other players. Alzner seems like a more timid version of Pothier right now. Pothier by the way has been playing more physical than I have ever seen. He loves to hip check which you don't see much anymore.

Posted by: SkinsFanInNYC | February 2, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

But to finish my thought, I am not sure Brewer is a good option.

I am actually ok standing "pat" with our current troops...INCLUDING Sloan...

If anything, an experienced goalie (rental) would be perfect.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@SkinsfaninNYC

I agree 100%.

Alzner has been inconsistent in dzone outlet passes.

And Sloan is more physical.

I just can't stand people saying how "great" Sloan is playing... LOL!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 2, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Iv'e noticed quite a few times that Sloan has a bad habit of not having his stick on the ice, even when the opposing team has control in our D zone.

I would rather have the King in the line-up than Sloan.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Karl Alzner was called up from Hershey, but he stayed on the ice with the scratches, so he's going to be the odd D-man out. Quintin Laing also will be a scratch, as will Mike Green, who is serving the second game of a three-game suspension.
Per Tarik.
"We're on a trip, we've only got six defensemen, and you never know if someone gets sick during the day, we don't want to be caught flat-footed," Coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked why Alzner was recalled. "I know Quint will play anywhere, but we don't want to play him on defense if we don't have to."

Posted by: GoEagles | February 2, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Man, Karl gets moved around like an unwanted child in a bad divorce. Can't wait till him and Carlson develop.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 2, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Sloan can play defense and it showed the other night yeah he is still green but I'd take Sloan and the less goals over someone (Green) who isn't gonna get burned because he is up in the other goalie's crease.

I've got a feeling Green is on the trading block.

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | February 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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