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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 12/12/2010

Capitals recall Andrew Gordon

By Katie Carrera

Washington announced that it has recalled right wing Andrew Gordon, who will be making his first appearance with the Capitals in the 2010-11 season. Gordon is tied for the American Hockey League's lead in goals with 16 and has 31 points in 26 games.

The Capitals were at 23 players on the active roster prior to calling up Gordon -- with Jeff Schultz and Tyler Sloan both on injured reserve -- and they have placed another player on injured reserve to open up a spot, according to a team spokesman.

I'll have more when Coach Bruce Boudreau talks to the media at 5 p.m.

By Katie Carrera  | December 12, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Andrew Gordon, New York Rangers  
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@capscoach

In 2009, we swept the season series against the Penguins. We were up in that series 2 to 0. We choked, plan and simple. You have to win that series.

We let the Pens off the hook. Since then, we let Montreal off the hook. Here in Washington, we let everyone off the hook.

I don't blame BB, I blame McPhee. This is his mess and he should NOT be able to hire another coach.

IMO, we need to change personnel, not coaches.

Steckel and Fehr have been given every opportunity. It's time to try some other guys.

Again, I think it's time to cut bait with Semin as well. I realize this seems drastic, but I just do not believe giving him $6.5m+, for 10 years is smart. He has great value. I believe we can swap him and be even better. LA covets him. McPhee has everything he needs to bring this home, he just doesn't seem to want to.

Also, sometimes you need to separate the students for the sake of this class. Our team chemistry is a negative at this point.

My hope is that after this, McPhee sees it. I would be curious to hear your opinion.

Posted by: underpants2 | December 12, 2010 4:26 PM

Posted by: underpants2 | December 12, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I hope he shakes off the butterflies and plays the way he's capable of. He's Ryan Callahan-esque. More powerful than he looks, very strong base, very tenacious, and very very consistent effort. I don't know any top 6 forward in hockey who gives a better more consistent effort than Callahan. Not even Mike Richards.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 12, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

this mean Semin was suspended?

Posted by: casser | December 12, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

this mean Semin was suspended?

Posted by: casser | December 12, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I havent be reading or posting much lately, but just by glancing, I can see that a certain somebody is up to their old tricks again.

Welcome back troublemaker!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 12, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Cutting ties with Semin would absolutely be the right first step to make. And this is not even a slam on Semin. But idealogically it would indicate a significant shift in direction for this org. To cut such an offensively gifted player would indicate a move to a more team-oriented style of play that depended less on its offensive abilities and more on some team-oriented concepts. And it would also indicate that they're willing to tick off Ovey. Players shouldn't influence personnel decision-making and I've heard it on more than one occasion that the reason the Caps have never seriously investigated trade scenarios for Semin is due to how it would affect Ovechkin.

Trading Schultz would indicate a shift to a more aggressive biting defense and less of a reliance on +/- #s.

Dumping Gordon would indicate they finally understand that checking players actually have to throw checks once in a while.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 12, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

you must be talkin to underpants because i'm on my best behavior. so w t f !

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 12, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@darkLord - would be fantastic if you're right about A.G. Having him click with MP on a 2nd line would solve a lot of problems. I hope he gets that chance

@underpants - I don't think anyone's talking about signing Syoma for ten years. I'm skeptical of his trade value - he's unlikely even to want to play for most of the teams in the NHL right now. There are only a handful of candidates for him. The team that is intriguing as a Semin destination is Pittsburgh. He'd be damn good as wing on any one of their top two lines and could feed #71 or #87 goals all day long...

I'm all for Semin staying here - I think that's likely - but for 3 to 5 years. (In a perfect world, it would be a 2 year deal.)

I'm mystified by Fehr - he seems to have regressed. I can't believe he's not a pro in his attitude, maybe without the toi he's just not able to get going.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 12, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

i like AG, I've liked him for a few yrs now. But he's no savior for what's been going on here. He got the callup because he's leading his team in goals and the Caps prolly think that they need more goals in the lineup or something given their recent struggles.

Hopefully he gets recognized for his other skills as well. Skills that even if they don't translate into immediate goals, are still beneficial.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 12, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@RedLitYogi

From your previous thread where you suggested that Sasha should be the enforcer right winger on our top line, somehow I doubt if they'll put him there -- at least not tonight.

I'd rather see Semin stay with us even though I'm angry with him at the moment. I feel like the parent of the kid who got in trouble at school. (Okay, I have a kid just like him, come to think of it.)

Don't think he'll sign with the Pens since they don't have sufficient cap space to sign him. But he would help them out immensely. Someone on a board somewhere suggested they should trade Malkin for Semin. (Malkin's not having that great a year at the moment so he's a more tradable asset for them than in past years.)

And what's up with Fehr? Why hasn't he produced this year and why had he regressed?

Come to think of it, how many of our forwards are having a good year this year? Semin and Hendrick are having the best years among our group. Laich's having an okay year. The rest of them are off.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 12, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for Semin staying here - I think that's likely - but for 3 to 5 years. (In a perfect world, it would be a 2 year deal.)

I'm mystified by Fehr - he seems to have regressed. I can't believe he's not a pro in his attitude, maybe without the toi he's just not able to get going.
Posted by: RedLitYogi

The problem though, is pretty much all players are signing these 10 year, NMC deals. No way Semin signs for anything less than 7 years.

LA, STL, NSH, CLB, TOR - all potential Semin suitors.

Posted by: underpants2 | December 12, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Again, I think it's time to cut bait with Semin as well. I realize this seems drastic, but I just do not believe giving him $6.5m+, for 10 years is smart. He has great value. I believe we can swap him and be even better.

-underpants-

I am 100% against giving semin a long term deal...I doubt that is managements plan. I see them offering him 2-5 yrs. If at the trade deadline the two parties are nowhere close to a deal then yes, I would be ok with trading him for a REALLY good center.

Posted by: capscoach | December 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Who's on injured reserve now? Green? Poti? Gordon? That's the bigger question.

Good luck, A. Gordon.

Posted by: nicety251 | December 12, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton - as per previous thread (Mtl, etc)

It seemed that the team did put out great effort in those final two games. We actually have some significant weaknesses though and one of them is defending against quick players. They kill us. Our checking lines, can't (we all know that). Mtl threw some new tactics our way and the team was unable to adjust.

Also, am I wrong in thinking that the Caps got too fixated on Halak's glove side? Shots there were golden in games 1-4 (esp in game 2) but Halak adjusted and it was "smell the glove" the rest of the way. It seems the team kept shooting up there.

Anyway, now I'm the one who's fixated - that series is done. I have a good feeling about this team, I believe in these players and I think they'll pull it together. What made the Caps so dynamic a few years ago was they liked each other, they played for each other. They need to get that back...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 12, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If we trade semin, we should do it now. Something that big late in the season may not be good close to the playoffs. If we trade him, we'd obviously be getting a stud in return. Let the new guy have a lot of time to gel with the team.

Posted by: Dizruption | December 12, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Semin's not going to return a 'really good center'

to get back a really good young center, you'd have to give up a winger like a Chris Stewart, David Backes or Dustin Brown. More of a power forward type who can put up 30goals, in his prime, hits, fights, etc. This player wouldn't have to score anywhere near as prolifically as Semin either.

Throw in Semin's uncertain future and his trade value is lower than it should be.

I think if you can get a good young two way defenseman and a decent center prospect you should be very happy with that return. Maybe Ryan Wilson and Ryan Stoa from the Avs instead of Stastny would be a more realistic return for Semin. And I would do that...Ryan Wilson is a very underrated dman who is definitely top 4 material but he was undrafted, doesn't come with much hype. But he's going to sneak into people's consciousness the same way Mark Giordano did. No one even know that kid outside of Calgary fans but he was the main reason they felt they could deal Phaneuf away last yr.

Stoa is more of a project but he has good size and potential as a 2nd line center. You're not going to get a proven 2nd line young center in a deal like this. It will have to be a guy who is at least a little bit of a project.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 12, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm good with trading Semin. How about to Calgary for Iginla.

Posted by: StanleyCap | December 12, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

@Dizruption & @capscoach

Is there any team out there who has a surfeit of good centers, could use a scoring winger, and have the Cap space for it?

Not many teams that I can think of.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 12, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

great....looks like it is green to IR

Posted by: _stevo | December 12, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton - as per previous thread (Mtl, etc)

It seemed that the team did put out great effort in those final two games. We actually have some significant weaknesses though and one of them is defending against quick players.
--red--


its more than just "quick" players. We'd have lost to the Flyer last yr also. Only teams I felt confidence against were Montreal and the Devils. And I was wrong on one of em. I should have lowered the bar even further. I thought even with Corvo back there, it was good enough to get us past at least one round of hockey before we'd falter. I thought our forwards would do a better job of using their size against the Habs D. I gave em too much credit.

I don't think the answer goes any further than a failure of total commitment to the task at hand. Yes, our personnel is part of the issue. We don't have the right players in certain positions on this team. But its good enough to get us past certain teams IF there was a total commitment and focus.

And that has NEVER been there on a McPhee team. I havent' seen it. Contrary to opinion, I don't hate McPhee and therefore I find fault in everything that is McPhee.

I see too many flaws in the way he has gone about his business here, and that is why I dislike him as a GM. Intensely.

and no matter how much the players "like" each other, the general trend on this team is to underachieve when the going gets tough. And that won't change with a player acquisition here or there. Neither will this team's identity as a run and gun team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 12, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

good luck A.G.

Down goes the streak, down goes the streak!!! GO CAPS

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 12, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 and Caps fans of yesteryear

Enjoyed your post of Caps enforcers, I'd like to go a little prior to that. Before Schofield, there was Holt and before Holt, there was Rissling. When Rissling was playing for Pens against us, he fought once (maybe twice) and took a ton of minor penalties. My friend and I had moved right behind the penalty box (in those days, no one was around)and jeered him incessantly....his last trip to the box he spit a loogie right at us, and we watched is slowly drip down the plexiglass. We went nuts, and Rissling gave us a huge, toothless smile.

GO CAPS, STREAK ENDS TONITE!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 12, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

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