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Alzner, Sloan Recalled

Defensemen Karl Azlner and Tyler Sloan are on the ice here at KCI. Both were held out of last night's game in Hershey because of an "illness". Apparently, they've made a miraculous recovery and are here in Washington for the morning skate, presumably because of injuries to a few Caps blueliners.

John Erskine, Tom Poti and Mike Green all took shots in Game 1 against the Penguins.

Erskine came out this morning for a few minutes before limping off. Poti and Green, however, are skating.

More in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 4, 2009; 10:10 AM ET
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am i the FIRST to say, Whhaaaaaa????

I wouldnt mind seeing alzner play but the bears are still in the thick of things...

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | May 4, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse


Um, I thought they were scratched due to illness in Hershey. Anyone else think maybe not?

Holy crap, that isn't good. Not in the least. Tonight just got interesting, and not in a good way.

Posted by: kittypawz | May 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Hummmm seems the plot thickens. Is this just a ploy to distract the pens, is someone injured? Very Very interesting.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | May 4, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

So, who is hurt? A couple guys looked gimpy after taking shots off the skates or legs.

Posted by: gustafson16 | May 4, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@ThatGuy2: Yeah, they were using Amadio and McNeill on their third line on Sunday. (They seem to have managed.)

Posted by: kittypawz | May 4, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I'm pleased to see managment being unafraid to tinker - seems to have worked with Lord Varlamov. I think Alzner is awesome too.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | May 4, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse


The bears dont play until Wednesday. They are probably giving the guys some time with the team and to watch the game tonight...All Rookies come up during the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 4, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

If its anyone you'd have to think Poti. He's beemn playing hurt for some time and he took a couple of shots and limped off. No Sloan, give us Alzner!

Posted by: fauxrumors | May 4, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse injury to Erskine or Poti would be bad news. BB might have to ask Mike Greene to play defense.

Posted by: beeman | May 4, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Hmmmm...maybe a few more Bears are going to get there chance in the show! If they were just coming to watch I am sure the Caps management could have found them a ticket...not a recall. Can't wait to hear more after practice!

Posted by: NatyBG | May 4, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: ThatGuy2 | May 4, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Losing Erskine or Poti will hurt.
But the farm is deep & Alzner is 1 of those guys that knows how to move the puck North & South.
& Sloan can be a top 6 D-man in the big leagues the way he skates & hits.

Go Baby Bears - make us proud!

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 4, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Last night when Bob Woods was asked about the "illness" the look on his face pretty much told us that there was more to the story. Bears don't play again till Wed so you can borrow the guys for tonight! And by the way, Carlson has really looked good.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 4, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh man, Erskine or Poti being out could be bad, they have both really stepped it up in the postseason. Green looked ok, so I guess I'm not as worried about him and I love Alzner but this creates more than a few butterflies in my stomach...Maybe the AHL guys with liven them up in the first?

Posted by: mrszilla | May 4, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

So, if Sloan or Alzner play one game, get sent down and the Caps go on to win the Cup, do they get their name on the side?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 4, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Point blank... Alzner is needed and will help the Caps very much, this year and many years to come.

Posted by: RongCapsFan | May 4, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Tarik - will you please clarify the time of your chat today? Katie's post says it is at 3:00, but the chat page says noon. Thanks!

Posted by: CapsChick | May 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@ oldtime

Ask that question in a month!

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

No. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that to get your name on the Cup you must play one game of the finals OR a certain number of games in the regular season (not sure how many; might be 40).

Posted by: tess2201 | May 4, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

old time,
Currently, in order to have one's name inscribed on the Cup, a player must have played at least 41 games for the championship team during the regular season (provided the player remains with the team when they win the Cup) or at least played in one game of the Finals.

dont believe either of these guys qualify based upon regular season games played...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 4, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse



"Prior to 1977 only players who had completed the Stanley Cup playoffs were eligible. Today, players appearing in 41 regular-season games or one Stanley Cup Final game for the championship team have their names engraved on the Cup. The NHL makes exceptions for players who do not meet the standard because of injury or other extenuating circumstances."

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 4, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

talk about trial-by-fire ... I hope they can step in and not be too nervous! Glad to see ALZ back.

Posted by: BoomerTSFX | May 4, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

since game is on versus tonight... anyway of watching it online?

Posted by: mwalk1 | May 4, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Thanks guys. So the answer is no, but if this were the finals against the Ducks, then yes...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | May 4, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Just to make light of some comments here, I saw at least 2 posts stating Erskine not being in tonight was bad for the team. My how things have changed since earlier this season.

Posted by: superpaqman | May 4, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@BoomerTSFX: Boudreau is not the least bit shy about throwing guys into the fire to see how they do. So far, it's worked out pretty well, wouldn't you say?

Ack on John Erskine. He's been really good in the playoffs so far. It sounds as if, based on what Tarik said, one will play and the other is insurance; if Erskine limped off, he's not playing tonight. Not good news for us but hopefully Alzner and/or Sloan will rise to the challenge.

Posted by: kittypawz | May 4, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

@beeman and ThatGuy2: I'm tired of "fans?" like the two of you taking cracks at Green. The Caps have now played 8 playoff games and only allowed 13 goals. Green was playing with the flu for the first 5 games of the Rangers series and focused on "D" and everyone complained he wasn't scoring.

Green is a Norris candidate, only a fraction of the best defensman in the entire world earn a nomination and Green has earned that distinction. As BB stated, if we were talking about Pronger, everyone would say how great he's played thus far in the playoffs. The Caps PK is at 88.9% and Green plays at least half of the PK. Green also averages the MOST ice time of ANY Capital. Enough so called Caps fans. Some of you are like old men and women and constantly look for something to complain about.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 4, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Only problem...if Erskine is out, they might use Sloan. Already have Green, Pothier and Jurcina as RH defensemen. Alzner also RH shot. Having two righties paired would be very odd.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 4, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@oldtime ~ YES, I believe they do.

Posted by: reesem37 | May 4, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: reesem37 | May 4, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

crap not good

Posted by: Bagher | May 4, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

How does it work with the "four recalls?" I thought the club was allowed 4 since the trade deadline and the use of Aucoin counted as one. Does this count as two of the remaining three? Or maybe only if they suit up and play?

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 4, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

As usual, will have the game..............................

Posted by: amorris525 | May 4, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

If they are called up just to replace an injured player (and are sent back down once that player is well) than it is an "emergency callup" and doesn't count against the 4 limit.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | May 4, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

tominfl, Someone may correct me on this, but I believe there is an unlimited amount of emergency recalls, so if someone is hurt, they can call someone up to replace him. Can't just call them up for the heck of it.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 4, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Reinforcements from Hershey. Injuries happen, it is just unfortunate this is happening when the current 6 are playing so well. I use to rag on Erskine and Juice but the playoffs have completely changed my mind. They are awesome and have brought a level of toughness this team really needs in the playoff. Unfortunately, Erskine's got out of position to make a big hit that let to Crosby's goal on Saturday but Semin didn't do a good job back checking and realizing that Erskine was going to attempt to make the Pens turn it over in neutral ice. The forwards need to be more vigilant in their back checking against these Pens. Pothier has be good to and gives us another option at the point. After Green, I think Pothier has the next best shot from the point. I still don't want to see Schultz in these playoffs. He was so bad in game 1 vs. the Rangers that I would be happy not to see him play until next season.

Posted by: madflava | May 4, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I agree about Juice stepping it up. He used to be a giveaway machine where his giveaway stats weren't awful, but it seemed like every single one turned into a goal against. He's really cleaned it up and is now one of our most intimidating D-men, I think.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 4, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Actually, both Alz and Sloan shoot left...

Posted by: wowkanut | May 4, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Some thoughts on the posts so far...

Erskine's game is tailormade for the playoffs which is why everyone loves him right now.

Green is our best defenseman, a Norris finalist and Gabby gave him the go ahead to jump up as much as possible.

I believe the callups only count if they suit up for a game.

And I would be happy with either Alzner or Sloan in the lineup but assume Alzner would be the 1st choice.

Posted by: pkendrick | May 4, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

mike brady/capsgirl: Thanks.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 4, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Actually, both Alz and Sloan shoot left...

Posted by: wowkanut | May 4, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Yes, this has me worried. But I'm reassured by the fact that call-ups have generally worked out for us all year long. Two in Game 2 would be tough, though, and Alzner had some great play and not so great play when he was with us this year.

I'd say the fact that they sat out yesterday's game may rule out that Bruce is playing mind games.

Posted by: Sonyask | May 4, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

wowkanut: My bad.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 4, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Im positive the call-ups only count if they play.

You cant penalize a team for bringing guys up because a player is going to be a game-time decision.

Posted by: SA-Town | May 4, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Normally I'm pretty good with the legalese of the CBA, but will someone translate this for me?
"For the purpose of establishing the existence of emergency conditions at any time, to support the Recall of a Player for participation in any playoff Game, it shall be deemed that the Player(s) on Loan following [the trade deadline] are continuing on Loan for the remainder of the season notwithstanding that the Loaned club(s) may have been eliminated from further play for the season."
Does that mean they're here for the rest of the season? I'm confused.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 4, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If the Caps get into any sort of defensive jam, don't be surprised to see them move Fedorov back to the blueline for some veteran help.

Posted by: dkidwell61 | May 4, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

THANK GOD THANK GOD SLOAN IS GONE FROM HERSHEY. Easily our WORST D-man. Good luck with him caps.

Posted by: cocorules | May 4, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town, I think Varly is officially still considered an emergency callup for Johnny. Obviously, if the injured player is ready to play, then to play the callup, you have to use one of the four "regular" recalls.

Posted by: koalatek | May 4, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Erskine's game is tailormade for the playoffs which is why everyone loves him right now.

I'm not sure what's not to like about Erskine's game in the regular season.
Like every1 else on this team he has grown the last 2 yers.

We weren't expecting Tinordi right away but now he is playing like a in his prime Tinordi.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 4, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirls

I think it is saying that if, for example, the Bears were eliinated, that the kids could come-and-go from the big club without it counting as call-ups.

Posted by: Baildog | May 4, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Baildog, Oh, okay. So if they're called up as an emergency, but the Bears get knocked out while they're here, they can stay as long as they want without counting as the four?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 4, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Both Alzner and Sloan played some really solid games with the Caps earlier in the season but also had some really poor ones. I'd go with Alzner over Sloan but for a playoff game like this would have taken Helmer over either of them. Less nervous that he would make a mistake by trying to do too much. Alzner can also be really good if he keeps things simple but has less experience so me might make a costly mistake.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 4, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, I was more impressed with Sloan than Alzner. Alzner started out good, but had brain freezes before he was sent back. Sloan seemed to be consistent throughout his stay with us. Consistency means the goalie and fellow D pairings knows what to expect from him in any given situation. Of course, Varly knows both of their capabilities and foibles.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 4, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

ever since sloan was sent down he has struggled. maybe he will do well with Caps. but he has been so bad the whole arena cheered when he was announced as a scratch yesterday. He has been slow lots and lots of giveaways by him in his own zone. He has looked like a pylon on the ice..

Carlson has been unbelieveable.... Steady, hits, always knows what to do with the puck and not afraid to shoot.

Posted by: cocorules | May 4, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Kronwell has been amazing in our playoffs down here. Carlson in the 2 games I have saw him has been great. You guys can keep Sloan.

Posted by: HBFan | May 4, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

My guess is they recalled both in the event that two guys couldn't go. Seems like it may be only Erskine that will be a scratch - my guess would be Alzner will skate and Sloan will sit, in which case it's not too bad - Alz is a good player.

Posted by: SavedByZero | May 4, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell me whether or not the local stations will be blacked out this evening? I see they are all nationally televised on VS. Does this mean no Joe & Craig?

Posted by: AyresGoober | May 4, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope they didn't have an illness! Not too smart to call up some guys so they can spread the pandemic to the caps...

Posted by: WritingLight | May 4, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I would be surprised to actually see Sloan in the line-up. We would have to have three D-men sit out to make that happen.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | May 4, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

i do believe Versus has exclusive rights to tonights game which means no joe and craig. Although Joe does announce for Versus on occasion.

Posted by: CapsFan211 | May 4, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks CapsFan211

I thought that was the case as well. Oh well, I just like getting the post game news conferences. Maybe VS offers some of that as well....or maybe Comcast will pick it up after the game.

Go Caps!

Posted by: AyresGoober | May 4, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

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