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Posted at 9:27 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Caps recall Andrew Gordon, Jay Beagle from Hershey

By Lindsay Applebaum

The Caps recalled forwards Andrew Gordon and Jay Beagle from the minor league Hershey Bears this morning while demoting defenseman Brian Fahey.

Washington, which has lost six straight, hosts the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Verizon Center. More to come soon from Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | December 15, 2010; 9:27 AM ET
Categories:  Andrew Gordon, Brian Fahey, Jay Beagle  
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Comments

@hunterforcoach

you are right about Philly and Pitt playing awesome right now...but Philly looked HORRIBLE this time last season and look where they got! If Philly can do it then there is a chance we can as well. I understand your skepticism, but Philly fans were just as skeptical last season about their team as we are now about ours. All hope is not lost!

Posted by: capscoach | December 15, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Hunterforcoach

Could not agree more. No doubt the road to the Finals in the East, at least right now, goes through both of those teams.

That game last night is a typical example of a game we woudn't be able to win. Playoff atmosphere, tight checking, low scoring, physical hockey. Watching these two teams gives you a good example of what your bottom 6 should look like.

Did you see Crosby's face at the end of the game?

Posted by: Fletch22 | December 15, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

The good thing is that even if Pitt/Philly have the 2 best records, they will only be the 1 and 4 seeds and possibly play in the 2nd round, meaning we only have to play 1 of them (barring any upsets of course)...

Posted by: adamkatzen | December 15, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

We have not had any issues beating Pitt and Philly in the past. The Caps have no issues getting up for the big games in the regular season. It's all about the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 15, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Good to see Beagle back up, those two guys could be solid third line guys IMO but of course as soon as the softies are healthy they will be sent back to Hershey.

Posted by: PhilR | December 15, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Hmm, so Im thinking Gordo and Majo are the scratches...and hoping its not Gordo and Semin. Fingers crossed, because I feel a goal explosion coming tonight. Beagle plays center does he not? Would seem if they called him up, most likely it will be MaJo getting the scratch nod.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 15, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, the Post finally writes an article on how other teams are exploiting the "Montreal system" to beat the Caps.

Some of us said that would be happening beginning...about five minutes after the caps lost game 7.

I myself recently called it the "Jacques Martin Manual on How to Beat the Caps in 7 Easy Steps."

Anyway, here's the bottom line:

First we had Jagr-era undisciplined hockey under Butch Cassidy.

Then we hard hard-working but misguided hockey under Glen Hanlon.

Now what we have looks just like the Jagr-era hockey, doesn't it? In a word: Undisciplined.

Is it possible that Bruce Boudreau is just Butch Cassidy but without the hair?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 15, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

SAOTI, Beagle can play center or wing so it still could be your boy getting the scratch

Posted by: PhilR | December 15, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach

I am shocked at your statement that you have never been more frustrated with the Caps in the last 35 years.

More frustrated than last years playoff lose to Montreal?

More frustrated than squandering our 2 games to 0 lead on Pitt the year before?

A 6 game regular season losing streak is what finally did it for you? Hilarious!

Posted by: will111 | December 15, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I never thought about it until now, but the similarity between the Jagr Caps and the Ovechkin Caps is striking.

Jagr WAS the best player in the world when he came to Washington?

Ovechkin was...?

Jagr, Oates, Lang, Gonchar...

Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, Green...

You could make a case that the other team was better, what with Bondra, Kono and Halpern.

I don't know. Maybe we've just oversold these Caps today and they aren't that good. Maybe Theo was better than we thought.

I would be very interested for cstanton1 to be a player-by-player comparison between the Jagr team that lost to Tampa in the Playoffs and this current Caps team.

Remember, you really can't say Ovechkin is better than Jagr was, can you? Not if look at what Jagr did both before coming to Caps and after going to NY.

And Backstrom? Better than Oates? Not really.

Green vs Gonchar? Edge to Gonch maybe.

Semin v Bondra?

Laich v Kono?

Steckel v Halpern? He, he.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 15, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

No Ovi, Semin or B. Gordon at practice/optional skate this morning. Maybe they are being traded ;-)

Line combos are

90-19-22
25-85-16
21-39-10
83-26-63-17

Posted by: ablake70 | December 15, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Can't get anything by you can we?

In all sincerity, did you watch the Pitt/Philly game last night? Some posters were discussing it a little bit in the last thread. I'm wondering if you think we stand a serious chance of beating those two teams in a 7 game series?

I believe we're going to have to go through one, if not both, teams to reach our goal, and I don't see it happening.


Posted by: Fletch22 |

Come on...the previois comment was a joke :)

Pitt and Philly look AWESOME right now...no denying it! But I just still have hope that the Caps can change (I kow I am a koolaid drinker)

Posted by: capscoach | December 15, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

BTW, the one common denominator between the Jagr Caps and the Ovechkin Caps?

George McPhee.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 15, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

We have not had any issues beating Pitt and Philly in the past. The Caps have no issues getting up for the big games in the regular season. It's all about the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town

That was all before the Caps were exposed by Montreal. This year is likely to be different. So far they're split 1 and 1 with Philly and still have all 4 games to go with Pitt, where the first one will be coming up in a week or two, right when they are in the worst slump they've been in for the last 3 years. It's not time to get overconfident with those teams.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | December 15, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

We have not had any issues beating Pitt and Philly in the past. The Caps have no issues getting up for the big games in the regular season. It's all about the playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town

That was all before the Caps were exposed by Montreal


Lloyd Christmas

I still think the Caps have overall played better against the good teams this season.

Posted by: capscoach | December 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

@ tominsocal1

Ted has taken ful responsibility for Jagr. He has admitted to forcing GMGM hand with that. if you want to blame anyone, blame him.

Posted by: will111 | December 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

@ tominsocal1

Ted has taken ful responsibility for Jagr. He has admitted to forcing GMGM hand with that. if you want to blame anyone, blame him.

Posted by: will111 | December 15, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Fletch22 |

Come on...the previois comment was a joke :)

Pitt and Philly look AWESOME right now...no denying it! But I just still have hope that the Caps can change (I kow I am a koolaid drinker)

Posted by: capscoach

Yeah I know, my response was a joke too. I forget the ";)". Sorry it didn't come across that way, my bad.

Posted by: Fletch22 | December 15, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

According to Corey Masisak, it looks like Varly in net tonight. I wonder what is really going on with Neuvy?

Posted by: ablake70 | December 15, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

My goodness. I remember how excited I was when Jagr came to The Caps. At the time it seemed like one of the smartest moves ever. Heck he had 121 points the year before The Caps signed. It was at the time the largest contract in NHl history. Well we all know that Jagr had a major league gambling problem and rumors said he was in the hole for millions with The Casinos/Internet Gambling. How about his IRS problems? The Pens probably knew about his issues and my guess is Ted did not know about or he would not have signed him. It had to be weighing on his play. I did not find out about his gambling issue well after his signing with The Caps. I give Ted and the team a pass on this one. I would of signed Jagr also. The guy was amazing.

Posted by: pkme | December 15, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I hope the Beagle-Hendricks-Gordon line stays together for the game tonight. MaJo and DJ King appear to be the healthy scratches. Not sure if Semin is a go or if hes still sick.

Posted by: ThePat | December 15, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, you take 8 and 28 out of that line up and it is kind of gross. I hope they are just resting up and drinking fluids for the game.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 15, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

here is the 2004 draft year. oVI was a given. Look at how well Mcphee did in the late round 1st round with green and Schultz.

# Player Nationality NHL team College/junior/club team
1 Alexander Ovechkin (Left Wing) * Russia Washington Capitals Dynamo Moscow (Russia)
2 Evgeni Malkin (Center) * Russia Pittsburgh Penguins Metallurg Magnitogorsk (Russia)
3. Cam Barker (Defense) Canada Chicago Blackhawks Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
4. Andrew Ladd (Left Wing) Canada Carolina Hurricanes Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
5. Blake Wheeler (Right Wing) United States Phoenix Coyotes University Of Minnesota (NCAA)
6. Al Montoya (Goaltender) United States New York Rangers University of Michigan (NCAA)
7. Rostislav Olesz (Center) Czech Republic Florida Panthers HC Vítkovice (Czech Republic)
8. Alexandre Picard (Left Wing) Canada Columbus Blue Jackets Lewiston Maineiacs (QMJHL)
9. Ladislav Smid (Defense) Czech Republic Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Bílí Tygři Liberec (Czech Republic)
10. Boris Valabik (Defense) Slovakia Atlanta Thrashers Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
11. Lauri Tukonen (Right Wing) Finland Los Angeles Kings Blues (Finland)
12. A. J. Thelen (Defense) United States Minnesota Wild Michigan State University (NCAA)
13. Drew Stafford (Right Wing) United States Buffalo Sabres University of North Dakota (NCAA)
14. Devan Dubnyk (Goaltender) Canada Edmonton Oilers Kamloops Blazers (WHL)
15. Alexander Radulov (Right Wing) Russia Nashville Predators Tver (Russia)
16. Petteri Nokelainen (Center) Finland New York Islanders SaiPa (Finland)
17. Marek Schwarz (Goaltender) Czech Republic St. Louis Blues Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)
18. Kyle Chipchura (Center) Canada Montreal Canadiens Prince Albert Raiders (WHL)
19. Lauri Korpikoski (Center) Finland New York Rangers (From Toronto)[2] TPS Jrs. (Finland)
20. Travis Zajac (Center) Canada New Jersey Devils Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
21. Wojtek Wolski (Left Wing) Canada Colorado Avalanche Brampton Battalion (OHL)
22. Lukas Kaspar (Right Wing) Czech Republic San Jose Sharks HC Chemopetrol (Czech Republic)
23. Andrej Meszaros (Defense) Slovakia Ottawa Senators Vancouver Giants (WHL)
24. Kris Chucko (Left Wing) Canada Calgary Flames Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL)
25. Rob Schremp (Center) United States Edmonton Oilers London Knights (OHL)
26. Cory Schneider (Goaltender) United States Vancouver Canucks Phillips Academy (US High School)
27. Jeff Schultz (Defense) Canada Washington Capitals Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
28. Mark Fistric (Defense) Canada Dallas Stars Vancouver Giants (WHL)
29 Mike Green (Defense) * Canada Washington Capitals (From Detroit)[3] Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
30. Andy Rogers (Defense) Canada Tampa Bay Lightning Calgary Hitmen (WHL)

Posted by: pkme | December 15, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Green, king, MarJo and Neuvy particpiated in the scrathes skate. A.Gordon said the plan is for him to play tonight when I asked him

Posted by: capsfan387 | December 15, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I think if they gave Beagle a good long look they'd find a cheaper better replacement for Chimera. With Beagle you get a more honest effort. He's not going to check a jersey# before he engages a player. And he can play center so that's always a bonus.

at the end of all of this, the players some of us had been clamoring for will be in the lineup and the players some of us have been railing against, will be removed.

It just takes em a while to figure out what most of us already figured out a long time ago. That's nothing to hang our hats on, its just sad.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 15, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

27. Jeff Schultz (Defense) Canada Washington Capitals Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
28. Mark Fistric (Defense) Canada Dallas Stars Vancouver Giants (WHL)
29 Mike Green (Defense) * Canada Washington Capitals (From Detroit)[3] Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
---------------------------

I'll take Mark Fistric over Schultz. He's a punishing old school defenseman who has proven he can skate in this league.

Once again, if the Caps had a more balanced approach when they draft players a guy like Fistric would have been a very logical choice.

Biggest disappointment to me in that 1st round was Kris Chucko. He sure seemed like the full package given his pre-draft hype.

AJ Thelen had underachieving soft dman written all over him so no surprise he didn't pan out.
And Boris Valabik was always considered a project player and he's still on Atlanta's radar so he's further ahead than a Joe Finley.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 15, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

pkme: No question McPhee has done some great moves. Bottom line though as I posted all summer is an Army can't win a war with a brigade of snipers, one tank (Ovi) and some light artillery.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 15, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Some one brought up Bruce Cassidy, Do run run run, do run run! Sorry, just back from the 70's or 60's, i recall from 70's, i was very young, like 7... :-)

Intersting to look at the names on that list, why did they not do better?

Could it be that with a veteran team, someone picked rookie coach? Who hired Cassidy? Why? I never understood that?
Trying to hire a rising young coach?

What an opportunity was passed!!

Posted by: hunter321 | December 15, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Mcphee is decent at drafting but not so good at trading. Although he did firesale everything for those draft picks.

Posted by: pkme | December 15, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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