Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: kcarrera and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS
Posted at 3:33 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Semyon Varlamov to start against Anaheim

By Katie Carrera

Semyon Varlamov was the first off the ice after the Capitals' morning skate at Honda Center and he will get the start against the Ducks as Washington tries to snap a three-game losing streak.

Both Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, who started in Phoenix on Monday, have played well this season. Coach Bruce Boudreau said if there is one thing he would like to see more of from each of them, it is the ability to make a big save at a critical juncture of the game.

Varlamov made 22 saves when he started against Anaheim on Dec. 15 in what was a 2-1 overtime win for the Ducks.

"Both those kids are playing more than what you'd expect young kids to play. That's why we have the confidence in them, but at the same time, you take a guy like [Phoenix's Ilya] Bryzgalov who makes that save that you're not supposed to make to keep you in the game," Boudreau said. "You can't fault guys, when you look at the goals and maybe the only bad goal that we've given up in a long time was the San Jose goals last week.

"You take that, but making the save that you're not supposed to make when your team needs you," he continued, "when you're down a little bit is the save that, if you're pulling at straws, is the only thing I see that they could do other than what they've been doing."

As mentioned previously, Patrick McNeill, who is still on the ice for the scratches skate, will not make his NHL debut tonight in Anaheim. In the event that McNeill would be needed during this stint with the Capitals, Boudreau said he likes the option of using him on the point on the power play.

"He's a puck-moving defenseman that would be good on the second unit on the power play and he's a left-handed shot for the second unit of the power play, which is good," Boudreau said. "Right now with Mike [Green] out we're forced to use Alex [Ovechkin] and John Carlson pretty well for the duration of the power play. So if another guy would be able to come in we would be able to give them a rest, rather than putting Karl Alzner in an unfamiliar position, and he's right now our third guy."

By Katie Carrera  | February 16, 2011; 3:33 PM ET
Categories:  Anaheim Ducks, Michal Neuvirth, Semyon Varlamov  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Caps' Mike Green won't play against Ducks
Next: Ducks put Jonas Hiller on injured reserve

Comments

I guess its Varly's turn to be thrown under the bus after the game tonight

Posted by: bqts | February 16, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Someone let Bruce know that you wouldn't be putting Alzner in an unfamiliar position, since he and Carlson were the top PP D pair in Hershey last year, with actually Carlson playing a lot in the middle where Semin and Knuble has set up shop this year in the high slot. I've wanted that pair to get the 2nd unit minutes anyway, though it would also have been nice to get Patty Mac a game in out west, spell Erskine against a fast team like Anaheim and let McNeill play with his partner from Hershey when Sloan has been down last couple years.

Posted by: BBDwrestling | February 16, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

how about a post mentioning that Jonas Hiller is out tonight and was placed on IR?

Posted by: brian58 | February 16, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The irony in this whole mess is that Tarik would have like provided us with all that is wrong with this team. How conveniently it worked out for the caps organization that the new beat reporter is one that just takes the words at face value and is too lazy to do any research/digging.

Does she even like hockey?

Posted by: O-V-P | February 16, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"He's a puck-moving defenseman that would be good on the second unit on the power play and he's a left-handed shot for the second unit of the power play, which is good," Boudreau said. "Right now with Mike [Green] out we're forced to use Alex [Ovechkin] and John Carlson pretty well for the duration of the power play"

So let me get this straight. McNeill would be a good fit for our PP and could help make it so we don't have the same two guys on the point the entire two minutes and we are not playing him for Sloan why exactly?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 16, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@OVP

Katie knows hockey. She knows it better than most who post on here probably. Leave her alone.

Posted by: ThePat | February 16, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

You guys need to settle down. Katie is doing a fine job.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 16, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with BB. I've NEVER seen Neuvy or Varly make a difficult save to keep the team in the game. Those little bastards just lounge in the net drinking Vodka Martinis and whatever doesn't hit them is a surefire goal. Good goalies NEVER, EVER let in bad goals.

And is it too much to ask them to chip in a few goals every once in awhile? Geez, those two are worthless. This team would be on pace for another President's Trophy if Bryz were in net.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 16, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

haha, why is everybody all over Katie today? no update on the scratches other than PMac, but I hope it is steckel. Guy is looking real tired out there

Posted by: _stevo | February 16, 2011 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brian58 | February 16, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau certainly knows how to hold those young goalies accountable. Heaven help Varly if he doesn't get the shutout tonight.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 16, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

This imbecile thinks the "kids" are to blame for this teams woes? These 2 goalies have kept this team in games that their offense couldn't pull out. I now think BB and GMGM are going to waste a tade for a goaltender. They are clueless at this point. How about calling out some of the stars and quit blaming the goalies? This gets worse by the day.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 16, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I kinda' have to agree with OVP. The articles that Ms. Carrera provides are sufficient but on more than one occasion, Ms. Applebaum and Mr. Wang and even Mr. El-Bashir have backed her up with reporting that seems to be more news-worthy and notable. I remember Tarik dropping a quick story before boarding planes to away-games. We get fill-in stories and that useless "Line Changes" hoo-haa. I think the only bright spot this season is the statistical analysis that the guy from RMNB does here periodically. I think a little bit more could be done to make the Capitals Insider a little bit better. Of course, the Capitals could do a little bit more to be newsworthy, so I suppose it's not entirely Ms. Carrera's fault. I'd get tired of reporting the Capitals were losing too, I suppose at some point. C'mon, Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 16, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Katie is a fine beat reporter, but Tarik provides an analyst's insight. Katie had seen Semin in the pressbox but never (as far as I know) asked him when he thought he'd return to the lineup. Tarik asked, and, lo, Semin answered.
Katie never goes beyond what she HAS to do, but she also posts all day long, so maybe there's no time to ask the "hard" questions.

Posted by: ophelia2 | February 16, 2011 4:13 PM | Report abuse

katie does a great job. i was just passing along an interesting bit of news.

Posted by: brian58 | February 16, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked about the whereabouts of Joe B earlier. I believe he was recently fired by VERSUS, but I am unsure of what his status is with the Capitals.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 16, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer -There's the simple move that it would take to change things.

Of course BB can't see it. Literally, can't see it. ANYTHING to change it up or give some guys some rest.

Is that considered a DUH!!! moment? (Just checking, since I think it.)

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 16, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

So nobody thinks the Coyote goal that came within a minute of the Capitals goal wasn't weak as heck? It's not their fault, but there are times where a big save by a goaltender completely makes the difference in a game. Goals are complete momentum swings. Just like killing a penalty. The PKers don't have to score a shorty to come out of a penalty with momentum. There have been many times this year where I have seen Neuvy on his knees looking at his five-hole and being so pissed at himself that you can tell he just blurted an expletive.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 16, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Katie - ignore the criticism from the wunderkinds. You have something they cherish but will never attain....a position in professional hockey.

Posted by: rockdaredlangely | February 16, 2011 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I would wager that the capitals will make a foolish move for Brodeur. A desperation move.

Posted by: O-V-P | February 16, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This is the best source I could find on Beninati.

http://puckthemedia.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/joe-beninati-out-at-versus/

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 16, 2011 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I am a Caps fan that lives in WV for work. What is the link for the live online broadcast of the game?? Thanks!! Let's Go CAPS!!

Posted by: capsfan5252 | February 16, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@lefty

Oh NO !! We may be geting too negative in here. Left coast has left his "hacky sack" game in the Haight to spread the positive vibes, DUDE !

Left coast did you knock out Ted's blog with your positive vibes ?

Thank you, if you did. Really can't take much more WaPo, GMGM, Ted, and Smokin'Al
disinformation on the state of this team.

When you look at the Flyers, Malkinless Pens, B's, and Tampa, we're a mess !!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Score goals and you won't have to dis your goalies so much

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 16, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Katie does straight reporting. That is her job. Previously, Tarik did the straight reporting. Now they are letting Tarik do some commentary, which is great. Don't be a jaggoff by criticizing Katie for doing her job.

Posted by: zmega | February 16, 2011 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Hunter, have you been watching hockey lately?

The Pens are a complete mess due to injuries. They have looked VERY bad in their last two losses because their forward lines are almost all 3rd/4th line NHLers, or true AHLers.

The Bruins are on a losing streak. They just lost to the Leafs at home last night after losing 6-1 and 4-2 to the Red Wings in a home and home. In the last 4 games they have given up 19 goals.

The lightning are 5-2-1 (5-3 most on here would say) 8 games through their 12 game homestand. One of the losses they gave up 5 goals in the 3rd. They started their homestand with 3 straight wins and are 2-2-1 in their last 5. To be quite honest considering how inconsistent the Capitals have been, the Lightning are only 6 points ahead of the Capitals and one would think they should have built a bigger gap than that.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 16, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@kcbrichmond

Amazed that this fan base actually believes the stuff BB, GMGM, Ted, Japers, and the WaPo reporters are floating out there. It is almost surreal !!! Are there really that many ignorant Caps fans ?

Watched Locker "coach up" the Holton girls at Cabin John. That ENTIRE Holton team shows more spunk than any guy on Caps save Hendricks, Bradley, and Johnny E.. Pathetic !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 4:36 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1

Varly and Neuvy have let in a few soft goals, but so has every other goalie in the league. Most goalies go through bad stretches where they can't stop a beach ball, so stressing over 1 or 2 every 3 games is absurd. The play of the goalies is the least of the team's worries. Why doesn't BB make mention of the slow footed defensemen getting burned because they are caught up ice. Or maybe coach can explain why he went to Chimera for the onetimer with 1 second left in a one goal game. I know it's a long shot, but Chimera?

Posted by: ablake70 | February 16, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Versus also fired Bob Harwood. Caps should pick him up, because he asks a lot of great questions, which would be the only interesting part of the Caps games these days. Nothing against Koken though.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | February 16, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

God forbid BB make a great coaching decision during a critical moment in the game. When the team gets shutout 8 times this season I don't think their missing that critical save, their missing critical momentum changing goals. Come on BB, just because the mic is there doesn't mean you have to speak.

These two goaltenders are outstanding when you think about. What fun it must be to show up to work everyday knowing you won't get any help.

Posted by: ttenner | February 16, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Beninati = no-talent ass clown.

How many times does a goal get scored while he's telling some stupid story and several seconds goes by before he even realizes it.

The only quality broadcaster (specifically in temr sof calling the games) on Versus is Dave Strader.

Emrick is barely tolerable.

Patrick and Keith Jones are good for commentary.

Olyczyk is also an ass-clown.

I really miss Bill Clement.

Posted by: LesGrossman | February 16, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Les: I liked the Gary Thorne/Bill Clement team on ESPN. Clement works for the Flyers but I don't think he does any color commentating right now. It's a shame.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 16, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Joe B. is great. All you haters are crazy. He keeps up with the play, has great turns of phrase and doesn't talk too much (Emrick)

The Sharks guy out here isn't bad, but his voice lulls me to sleep sometimes.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | February 16, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

ablake: You're absolutely right, the goalies have done well. Neuvy has given up some softies though, but I would argue that HE is the reason the Caps started off so well this season. He played lights out in October. Still can't pass on the fact that the 1st goal the other night, a momentum swinging goal because it came right after ours, was very weak. OTOH, Bradley's goal within a minute of the Coyotes 3rd goal was just as weak.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 16, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RITdude | February 16, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@fonohock

I'm talking about the general direction of the franchises. Do you really want o play the Bruins in the play offs ? I don't, not after what happened last year. they have guys over there that are going to lay people out in the playoffs. We'll need "T" shirts to remind us of the Smurfs.

The Pens will Hoist with the crowd they have now, it is just a question of health and when.

Yzerman turned that club around in 3 months. Give him another year, and see how silly GMGM looks.

Why didn't we get Buf when the Hawks were shedding payroll ?

Everyone was laughing when the Flyers could not afford to resign Knuble, and we "stole" him. Yea, right ! Really funny!
I would shed Knuble to get a chance to hoist with Pronger. There in, lies the GMGM
"road kill team". They have Pronger. We have Knuble. They're going to hoist with an average goalie. We're going out in the first with "the best player in the world"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

BB should quit complaining about the goalies. Score Goals! and oh yeah, fix the PP that's been broken since last April! These goalies have been the only consistent piece of the team for the last month.

Posted by: Nelly11 | February 16, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Joe B. is better than Smokin' Al. Al actually used to float lines like "Abe Pollin is doing everything he can to bring a Cup to Washington" Man, What a goof!

Tom in socal and I are putting togeather a "whizz patrol" to visit those who left us this train wreck ! Come join us after a few too many !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@Hunter -Aren't we positive today? You have the Caps making the playoffs? (lots and lots of sarcasm)

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 16, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Clement is great!! Smart guy who speaks intelligently and knows the game. I like his segements on NHL Home Ice.

Joe B. was alright, at least he knows the players from both teams. There are a few yappers that can't even get their own team right.

Posted by: ttenner | February 16, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, this is the coverage the fans get?

"Both Varlamov and Michal Neuvirth, who started in Phoenix on Monday, have played well this season. Coach Bruce Boudreau said if there is one thing he would like to see more of from each of them, it is the ability to make a big save at a critical juncture of the game."

If they're not capable of making a big save, ever, and these two are not, then they have in fact NOT played well! Why is that so hard to say??? Why does the media, and Katie in particular, refuse to give an honest assessment of this team??? They're not playing well, from top to bottom and that includes the woeful goaltendinig this season! Enough with the "well they're pretty young" excuse, they both would make great backup goalies, neither is a starter. Dating back to the Pete Peters-era, this team has been struggling with suspect goaltending.

I work in television journalism, and have for 15 years, and have never in my life seen a reporter who refused to ask tough questions more than she does...

Posted by: pssummers70 | February 16, 2011 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Big Buff is a joke. He was lights out and now he has been slumping since Christmas. Atlanta was INSANE to sign him for 5yr 26mil dollar deal. That will be a salary they are trying to unload beginning next year at the trade deadline watch. When someone does pick him up it will be for a big body in front of the net in the playoffs as a forward. He only sustained his level of play as a defenseman for 3 months and Atlanta signed him at the Norris trophy candidate level? I probably watch too much hockey but I'm telling you, right now, Big Buff, is a Big reason the Thrashers are reeling. Zach Begosian wants out of Atlanta, badly, I would bet it has to do with the big contact Big Buff just landed because the word came out yesterday afternoon he wanted out. Atlanta probably would trade with us but I'd love to have Zach B on our team. He's a big kid that played through a hidden injury for a majority of last season. He's having a rough year so far but could probably be had for a 1st round pick since he was picked like 3rd overall. Talk is this years draft will be very weak once outside the top 5.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 16, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say that Atlanta probably WOULD NOT trade with us.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 16, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau certainly knows how to hold those young goalies accountable. Heaven help Varly if he doesn't get the shutout tonight.

Posted by: Hatfield223

hahaha hilarious! He better score a goal too if he wants that number 1 position.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | February 16, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Gary Thorne is nothing but a loud mouth who likes to hear his own voice. Listen to the flubbed call when the Avalance beat Florida in overtime to win the Stanley Cup. Listen when he called Brett Hull's game winner against the Sabres to win the Cup. (deep in the heart of Texas) Tell me he did rehearse that line the night before. He is nothing but a joke.

Posted by: TheSmurfs | February 16, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

PSSummers, just out of curiosity, how do you know what questions Katie asks? Do you follow her around at Kettler and on the road? If you actually are a journalist, you must know that the fact that certain information is not made public in no way means that the question hasn't been asked. Every indication that I have seen is that the Caps put the CIA to shame as far as releasing information.

As far as the goaltending goes, the "woeful" goaltenders (as you call them) are 6th in the league in goals-against. And that is playing in front of a team that has quit on several occasions, leaving them hung out to dry. What annoys several of us is when BB throws his young goaltenders under the bus, when they have been the most consistent element of the team and the multi-millionaire offensive talent can't put a puck in the ocean from 10 feet away.

Posted by: zmega | February 16, 2011 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Anyone would be better that Mike Emrick on those national broadcasts, I must say. Simply cannot stand the sound of his voice ("SHAWT! SCARRRR!") and of course his favoritism towards the Pens whenever they're matched up against the Caps (or anyone, for that matter). Olczyk sucks too, Maguire is an obnoxious little dweeb, and then of course there's the poor man's Don Cherry in the studio, Mr. Mike Milbury. LOUSY broadcast team altogether.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 16, 2011 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Getting on the party bus from San Diego. Next stop - Caps game. rock the red!... and probably criticize and analyze tomorrow morning.

Posted by: copedog311 | February 16, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Hunterforcoach - the Don Cherry of the Washington Post blogs. No one really pays attention to what you say but then again, neither do you. If retirement is that boring for you, try taking a lighter and singing off the hair growing on your toes. Should provide hours of amusement for you. Feel free to squeeze in time on your rocking chair on the front patio telling the neighborhood kids that you'll keep their hockey puck if it lands in your yard.

I blame your adult kids for teaching you how to use a computer.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 16, 2011 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@ zmega --

Sorry to rattle your cage, but I know for sure that IF in fact she was asking tough questions of this team, if she thought enough or knew enough to ask the tough questions, she sure as s*** would put it in her reporting. Especially if they refused to answer her! That's pretty basic reporting...

And look you're right about the GAA but think if they could come up with a good save here and there late in a close game? I'm not putting all of the blame on them, anyone who watches this teams knows there's plenty to go around, but for her to say they have played well, and then add that the only thing Boudreau would like to see is the ability for one of them to make a big save, is just laughable. You don't have to be some sort of NHL analyst or a Murrow Award recipient to see that, that's just common sense...

Posted by: pssummers70 | February 16, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone would be better that Mike Emrick on those national broadcasts, I must say. Simply cannot stand the sound of his voice ("SHAWT! SCARRRR!") and of course his favoritism towards the Pens whenever they're matched up against the Caps (or anyone, for that matter). Olczyk sucks too, Maguire is an obnoxious little dweeb, and then of course there's the poor man's Don Cherry in the studio, Mr. Mike Milbury. LOUSY broadcast team altogether.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 16, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Anyone would be better that Mike Emrick on those national broadcasts,
---------------------------

Well unless NBC or whoever gets the next deal wants to throw big money at Marv Albert, we're stuck with second rate broadcasters.

Posted by: joek443 | February 16, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

My daughters are going if anyone sees them, in Hunter and Varly jerseys.

The three jerseys we wore in PHX are being left in the closet.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 16, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Marty on IR as of today.

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe i don't get to leave work by 4:30 for tonights game. that last half hour is just gonna drag on and on

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 16, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Reading the blogs from the past few days is almost as depressing as following the Caps right now. I think it would be interesting to run profiles on the Caps fans and the bloggers who post here (myself included). Here is how we probably break down:

1)You are a person who enjoys a perfect relationship with your spouse/sig. other, have perfect successful children who have never given you an ounce of trouble or worry and who get straight A's in school/ captain of the lacrosse team/perfect citizen award, have a dog who won Best of Show at Westminster, and your house and car are perfectly clean and neat. In your perfect world, you can't stand your imperfect hockey team and will never be happy until they are 82-0 with Cup in hand.

2) Your life is far from perfect and, in fact, it down right stinks more than you would like to admit. Your job, your kids, your dog leave something to be desired. Some days, all you have to look forward to is watching your hockey team and if they win, it makes up for the rest of your crappy day. And if they also stink, you think about volunteering for electroshock therapy or a pithing using a very long needle so it works faster.

3) You are the all knowing hockey person who can analyze and solve all of the teams problems (and no one else can or should disagree with Oz!)and are willing to share your knowledge even if it means shoving it down our throats. Probably also think you can win the war in Afghanistan because you excel in playing Call of Duty.

4) You are just an average person who likes to watch a game, understands hockey to varying levels, roots for your team, likes a cold beer or two during a game, and wishes to win enough games to make it worth the time and mucho bucks you spend following your team. You also like to have the carrot of a Stanley Cup dangled to you close enough that you might just get it but get frustrated when you are getting whacked with the stick end instead. Then you vent but still manage to get a life and not let it ruin your day. Your job, dog, kids, and spouse are competing for that honor.

I'm certain there are other profiles but those come to mind.

So much for the psychology of hockey fans for February 16th, 2011. Go Caps?

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 16, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

interesting stuff on Marty. I never knew he was this stupid.

http://myfamilylaw.com/celebrityblog/2009/03/25/martin-brodeur-alimony/

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I actually think Doc Emrick is a good play-by-play man. He focuses on the game and rarely gets off on a long tangent when real play is going on on the ice. He also has a very distinguishable voice that people immediately equate with hockey upon hearing it. That is a good thing.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 16, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

My daughters are going if anyone sees them, in Hunter and Varly jerseys.

The three jerseys we wore in PHX are being left in the closet.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 16, 2011 6:04 PM

i don't think it was the jersey's - but it can't hurt to change things up a bit. lets hope their trip doesn't take 3 hrs.
it was great being able to go see the caps 'live' again - except for the losing part. it was nice to be able to meet you and your girls.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 16, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Reading this blog someone who really knows hockey would get the sense that they have entered the bizzaro world. The comments and so called informed opinions from a bunch of desk jockeys who have never even held a hockey stick are unbelievable:

BB is a clown
BB is an imbecile
BB has no idea what he's doing
BB is a joke
BB should be fired
GMGM has no idea what to do
GMGM is a mediocre GM
OV falls too much
Schultz is awful
Erskine is somehow the best D man on the team,
playing DJKing is the answer to our prayers. Play him on the first line

The above are just a handful of comments from the past few days. Are you people kidding? George McPhee and BB are lifelong hockey people with great credentials. As if any of you can even remotely appreciate what goes into running a multi-talented professional team. Give us a break and stop the moronic and idiotically embarassing critiques. You guys are engaged in a battle of wits totally unarmed.

Just as an FYI Neither Neuvy nor Varly have shown the ability to be game savers. They are excellent young goalies but their inexperience shows under pressure. BB is right..they can't make the big stop. What might help at this point is an older an experienced goaltender and some of those one goal losses would have been wins. change 4 loses to wins and you add 8 points and you're leading the Southeast. imagine that.

Posted by: bondtrader | February 16, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

AADCDERM:
that was a fun read

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 16, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

PSSUmmers, I'm still not clear on what question you would have her ask. Maybe something like "so you're saying that the goaltenders have been bad, not up to NHL standards, and that is one of the main reasons for the team's lack of success, is that right coach?" Of course, that is not what BB said. What he said is,essentially, that the team is having so much trouble scoring that they need the goalies to make some super-human saves. In other words, he is grasping at straws.

If you have watched the Caps this year and you honestly think that the goalies are even in the top 5 problems with this team, I guess there would be no point in me trying to reason with you any further.

Posted by: zmega | February 16, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@ lesGrossman
I concur, ass clown to the max. I met some Caps fans in Buffalo one time and they swear by "JoeB". I suppose if he's all you ever had then he's the best but I think the guy sucks to tell you the truth. Of course, I remember Foster Hewitt doing the Leafs games and Danny Gallivan doing the Habs games.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when the guy you employ as the head coach of your team boasts an IQ more suited for petting farm animals for a living.

Posted by: yellowtail99 | February 16, 2011 6:23 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk

I am sure we can all relate and have fun assigning the "regulars" to one of those categories. Usually I am #4 and some days (like today)a #2. I have to imagine the beer is better than electroshock?

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 16, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

ablake70 & others:

BB never said that the team's problems are due to the goalies. He said they are very good but have some more distance to cover before they are great. I totally agree. We have seen plenty of "hot goalies" on opposing teams who don't just make great saves, but close the deal shutting us out, winning in overtime, holding on to a goal advantage etc. These goalies are a great improvement over Huet and Kolzik (in his final years) but they are stil not the factor that could save us.

In a situation when a team is in a slump you'd hope that one part of it--the offense, the goalies, the offense, one individual player--may be what makes the difference until the rest of the team recovers. But there is no rescuer her.

Posted by: caraveli | February 16, 2011 6:25 PM | Report abuse

bondtrader

Gary Green, Glen Hanlon and Mike Milbury were lifelong hockey guys with strong hockey credentials. Just because you have great credentials does not mean that you will be successful at getting a CUP. I mean if our opinions do not matter than no one ought to read them. These boards are vent boards and sounding boards. It is an exchange of ideas, opinions and sometimes facts. Lighten up Francis.

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I am out of town and was wondering what the live link was for the game tonight?? Thanks and Lets go CAPS!!

Posted by: capsfan5252 | February 16, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

AADCDERM:
you didn't list my category:
#5) kool-aid guzzling rose colored glasses wearer

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 16, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, good point bondtrader, Boudreau and McPhee are in the NHL and we're not. Therefore anything they do is automatically and we have no right to critize them. If Boudreau walks out onto the ice later today and takes a huge dump right in the middle of it (pretty much what he's been doing since last spring), it's an act of genius we are unworthy of comprehending. Trading Yashin for Spezza and Chara was a move of brilliance because it was done by a guy in the NHL with lifelong hockey experience, amirite.

Morons like you make me sick. Yeah, why think for yourself when you can just point to the ones in charge say durr they're in the NHL durr they know what they're doing durr we should be lucky to be graced with their presence durr. The lord of no rings (McPhee) should be counting his lucky stars that the Caps fanbase is full of sycophants like you. But yeah, nice job blaming the goalies. Clearly their fault. If they let in zero shots we'd have won all our games. You've got it all figured out, just like Bruce!

Posted by: yellowtail99 | February 16, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk

The Kool-aid goes down a lot better with two shots of Stoli!

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 16, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

We have a scout out in Columbus again for their game verse the Kings tonight.

Posted by: ThePat | February 16, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I mean if our opinions do not matter than no one ought to read them. These boards are vent boards and sounding boards. It is an exchange of ideas, opinions and sometimes facts.

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 6:26 PM

i read them for their entertainment value - mostly because i'm not being entertained by the caps they way i'd like.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 16, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

We are trying to get Nash. Semin for Nash. Everyone on here would do that trade.

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Probably looking at RJ Umberger. Then he can come in and show us what he was talking about last year.........doubt it.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

@ yellowtail

I rest my case. I guess you are not a caps sycophant but an intelligent student of the game who uses "BB taking a dump on the ice" to make his point. By the way what does durr mean?

Posted by: bondtrader | February 16, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan5252

try atdhe.me or hockeystreams.com

Posted by: RITdude | February 16, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Captkirk

Good point. It is entertainment. Spot on. We are like the old Devils teams. Boring. Few differences of course.

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

@pkme, why would columbus swap Nash for Semin? It would take something different and something expensive!

Posted by: O-V-P | February 16, 2011 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I actually think Doc Emrick is a good play-by-play man. He focuses on the game and rarely gets off on a long tangent when real play is going on on the ice. He also has a very distinguishable voice that people immediately equate with hockey upon hearing it. That is a good thing.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

LOL hey we finally agree on something.

I heard many in the media who had heard him for the first time during the olympics last year say that he was great. Kornheiser said his play by play of the gold medal game between the US and Canada was the best that he had ever heard in any sport.

I think there are definitely different opinions of him among hardcore hockey fans and casual ones.

Posted by: joek443 | February 16, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Let's just hope that the Cap scout isn't looking at Steve Mason. Cbus has been shopping him for awhile. LA is floating Simmons. Caps showed interest before he went to LA. I see no reason to attain him now.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks RITdude

Posted by: capsfan5252 | February 16, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

OVP

I know it would. I was being funny. Nash is their franchise/leader player and a really awesome player. I do not think they would trade him unless it was something absurd.

Posted by: pkme | February 16, 2011 7:09 PM | Report abuse

@ yellowtail99: Hey little guy! Your mom's calling you to take the trash out and she wants to remind you to do your Western Civilization diarama, which is due tomorrow. You using the "durr" term is an offense to all the true mentally challenged kids out there. But I suppose you're okay with using that excuse for your lack of productivity. I bet you're still young enough to get spanked and grounded, huh? Show some respect to people who don't rely on mom and dad to buy them their jerseys and game tickets.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 16, 2011 7:40 PM | Report abuse

@AADCDERM: That was great.

Posted by: Dalliquippa | February 16, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Both Umberger and Brassard left the game tonight for Columbus. Not really sure what happened with Brassard, just left after the first or second shift.

Umberger took a hard knee on knee hit. Both are doubtful to return.

Posted by: ThePat | February 16, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Benanatti and Locker are the best in the business IMHO.......and I too go back to Danny Gallivan who was a legend.

Posted by: capper3 | February 16, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow....lay of Joe B he is one of the best in the game. We are lucky to have him.

I absolutely love Joe B and Locker and cant imagine watching the Caps without them.

Emrick is also real good.

For the people bashing them, sorry we don't have boring ass commentators for you. Jeez.

Posted by: digster1013 | February 16, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Capt Kirk: I talked to them, it took 2 hrs to go 60 miles. Not bad considering driving I-5 through pretty much downtown LA to Anaheim.

Was very nice to meet your family too. That was I tell you a heck of a six-hour drive I made after the game.

As for tonight, I'm happy to have a game on at "normal" time.

AADCDERM: I think I am mostly a #4.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 16, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

bondtrader: I'm glad nobody here knows anything to give an opinion except that you are qualified to judge the goalies.

BTW, bonds suck these days. Buy equities. I'm making a mint on JNPR.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 16, 2011 9:09 PM | Report abuse

My bad bondtrader. I was just trying to emulate the language Bruce uses to stimulate his team. I mean, if calling them a bunch of ****ing ****bums is the way to properly communicate, then me and Bruce are on the same page, are we not?

Oh, and have fun enjoying yet another West Coast massacre, courtesy of our infallible genius coach. And again thanks for calling us all a bunch of desk jockeys unworthy to judge the coach while taking it upon yourself to judge our goalies (the two players who haven't mailed it in this year, would be obvious if you actually watched a game or two instead of regurgitating what comes out of Mamma Bear's mouth). I needed to show my 3 year old an example of imbecilic hypocrisy for educational reasons, and, bam, there it is.

Posted by: yellowtail99 | February 16, 2011 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey LeftCoastFan! That's a really grown up insult you've come up with, pretending I'm 8 years old and all! Must have taken a lot of schooling and life experience to come up with it! Still though, I'd rather be 8 years old with a full life ahead of me than some middle aged moron who'll be taking a dirt by the time I'm fully enjoying life.

Good luck with being productive! Though I'm not sure when preying on 12 year old girls over the internet has taken on that definition.

Posted by: yellowtail99 | February 16, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey LeftCoastFan! That's a really grown up insult you've come up with, pretending I'm 8 years old and all! Must have taken a lot of schooling and life experience to come up with it! Still though, I'd rather be 8 years old with a full life ahead of me than some middle aged moron who'll be taking a dirt nap by the time I'm fully enjoying life.

Good luck with being productive! Though I'm not sure when preying on 12 year old girls over the internet has taken on that definition.

Posted by: yellowtail99 | February 16, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Post a Comment

We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features.

User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site. Additionally, entries that are unsigned or contain "signatures" by someone other than the actual author will be removed. Finally, we will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or privacy policies or any other policies governing this site. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions.




characters remaining

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company