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Bears' Giroux Re-Signs

Alexandre Giroux, the Hershey winger who tallied 60 goals in the AHL regular season and 15 more in the Bears' run to the Calder Cup, has re-signed with the organization, the Bears announced moments ago.

Giroux, 28, was an unrestricted free agent and signed a one-year, two-way deal, meaning he can be recalled by the Capitals. His NHL salary will be $500,000.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 5, 2009; 11:14 AM ET
 
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thats good, for hershey i guess

Posted by: _stevo | August 5, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

yes he won't crack the opening night roster but he's proved to be a nice guy to have as an injury replacement

Posted by: broud0 | August 5, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I am happy about this.

Posted by: SmallZ827 | August 5, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Interesting, his contract is with the Bears not the Caps.

Posted by: puckman | August 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Tarik - any idea when training camp starts?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | August 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

i'm surprised by this, personally. it's gotta be frustrating to be on the edge of something and not sure which way it will go (nhl/ ahl). i hope he got a good sized contract.

Posted by: jobrie18 | August 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Well, his NHL salary is the minimum. Obviously, even as the leading goal scorer in the AHL, he tried but couldn't get a one-way, NHL contract. So he tucks his tail between his legs and comes home. His problem is there are 14 NHL deals on the club, not counting Bourque (not sure on him):

Ovechkin; Nylander; Semin; Knuble; Clark; Backstrom; Laich; Morrison; Bradley; Fehr; Gordon; Flash; Steckel; Aucoin

I guess I'm surprised he didn't sign elsewhere. Even the same contract on many other clubs, those w/o the Caps' depth at forward, would have been a better opportunity for him to spend more time on an NHL roster.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

McPhee said in that conference call that they mentioned in negotiations how the Caps gave him the most NHL ice time of any organization he's been in. Pretty good point, probably led to Giroux staying.

Posted by: thiazzi | August 5, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Giroux looks like he may go down as the ultimate NHL/AHL tweener.

Posted by: koalatek | August 5, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Very happy about this, don't see a bad side for either party. Better to have some involvement in the DC org than none at all.

BTW I never got a chance to react to this:

I'm sure you are plenty curvy, more so than those stick-figure Russian gals.

(wink, wink)

And I agree with your dressing down of joek. I was wondering when someone was going to take him to task for those comments.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 4, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Tom- You got a crush on me or what? hahaha

Posted by: mrszilla | August 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I told you guys 3 months ago he wasn't going anywhere.
We gave him 21 games of NHL play, while the Sens, Rags, and Thrashers all thought he wasn't good enough. Rags gave him 1 NHL game.

He will always be a depth forward, a good one to have at that.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 5, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Oh-well, lost out on that birthday wish. He may be able to score in Hershey but it was obvious at the end of the last season that he had lost the concept of "there is no "I" in team". At least Helmer is coming back so he won't be campaigning again to be the team captain. Heck, with Kain back he may not (hopefully) even get an "A". He may be able to score in the AHL but he just looked like a deer in the headlights when he played in with the Caps - bad response for someone who is well beyond being a rookie.

Posted by: Varly | August 5, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

schweet!!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | August 5, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

i wonder why he always chokes when he's called up.

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 5, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

If he would have scored on half of his NHL breakaways, he'd have scored a handful of goals.

Posted by: thiazzi | August 5, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Tom- You got a crush on me or what? hahaha

Posted by: mrszilla | August 5, 2009 12:45 PM

mrszilla: There's nothing in the world more attractive than a curvy, hockey-loving woman (wink, wink).

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1:
Finally a man who knows what an attractive woman really is!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | August 5, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla: There's nothing in the world more attractive than a curvy, hockey-loving woman (wink, wink).

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, there could be a curvy, hockey-loving woman STH!

Posted by: uncatim | August 5, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Boo: And the only thing better than a Caps goal is a hug from SO after a Caps goal!

Unfortunately, the wife isn't much of a fan. She's a "supporter" since the youngest and I are such rabid fans. To her, hockey is a "father-daughter thing," started on the court with street hockey in Bel Air, MD (the three girls held their own against the boys) and then refined at the old cap Centre. And, she has allowed me to turn the living room into a shrine, with the six jerseys hanging up and the hats and paraphenalia (sp?) all over the place.

uncatim: Yes, a woman with hockey tickets could cause me to have serious "thoughts."

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, there could be a curvy, hockey-loving woman STH!

Posted by: uncatim
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Hey! leave my wife out of this!

Posted by: Redwolf1 | August 5, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Varly name change - we'll see how long it takes everyone to adjust to the new spelling.

http://boards.washingtoncaps.com/index.php?autocom=blog&blogid=64&showentry=1559

Posted by: pstenigma | August 5, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Q: What do you say to a woman holding up two center ice, lower bowl Caps tickets?

A: Wow! What a pair!

And, if I were single, I'd put an ad like this:

Wanted: SFwHT (w/hockey tix). The ideal candidate will possess two season tickets to Washington Caps. Please respond with section, row and seat number. Hobbies will include hockey. The ideal candidate will be a good conversationalist, but not during hockey games. Any thoughts about scheduling events such as birthday parties or dinners out during games should be banished. Cell phones must be turned off during games (i.e., no calls from "mother"). Finally, the ideal candidate will view any person from Pittsburgh with contempt.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

New signs for 2010 season:

Varly-omov, I am fat, Will you still marry me?


http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Puck-Headlines-Sharks-battle-Heat-no-fat-girls?urn=nhl,181007

Posted by: CodePoetry | August 5, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1/uncatim:
LOL!! It's just as well that I'm not single - it sounds like any potential suitors would just want me for my tickets! I'm better off with Mr. Boo (who just tolerates my hockey habit) ... at least I know he loves me for me!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | August 5, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla: There's nothing in the world more attractive than a curvy, hockey-loving woman (wink, wink).

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Well, there could be a curvy, hockey-loving woman STH!

Posted by: uncatim | August 5, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse


HAHAHAHAHA too funny! Well I'm not technically a STH because I like in NYC BUT my dad does, it's our "father-daughter" bonding experience whenever I can get home. I'm the one who convinced him to keep our tix during all the crap from past years. Section 100 lifer here :)

Too bad I have to deal with Rags or devils fans clogging up my dating pool up here!

Posted by: mrszilla | August 5, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of "curvy" women up there, I'm sure.

Posted by: thiazzi | August 5, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, CodePoetry. Varly said he liked women with curves, but that photo shows he just likes them front and center. Like the other young Russian females I've seen there are no hips or bum and the legs are twigs. And you've barely seen the U.S., Varly, not everyone here is overweight. Go to Manhattan Beach during Surf Fest - there are plenty of lean, tan surfer girls and beach volleyballers down there. For that metter, closer to "home" I've seen some very nice, thin young females at Caps practice.

You're young, Varly. Live a little and expand your experience.

Posted by: pstenigma | August 5, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow.. Of all the places to remind me of just how lucky I am. Lovely, curvy wife, with Tickets, who is FROM Pittsburgh, and not only converted to the Caps.. but despises Syndy Crysby, too.

Thanks!

Posted by: jdhoover | August 5, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Semy-on-ov is young and dumb. I think she's ugly, but the beauty in the eyes of goalies' five hole. :-)

Posted by: CodePoetry | August 5, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Um..there are thin girls all over the place. He is Russian, what do you expect? Who really cares what he has to think about American women?

How about doing an interview on him discussing how he is going to better his glove hand.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 5, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

For those that didn't read the article on Jaspers Rink ( http://www.japersrink.com/2009/8/5/977840/sorry-ladies-varlamov-has-the-love ). The word Semyeon used was "heavyset" not "curvey". Here's his quote, "You get the feeling that just don't take care of themselves! There are an awful lot of heavyset ones."

I'm assuming that he referring to the fans he sees in the arenas. Maybe most heavyset woman in Russia don't take care of themselves and don't like hockey, ehhh?

Posted by: puckman | August 5, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

For his remarks about American women, I hope he hooks up with Paris Hilton and gets crabs. =X

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 5, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I read about that. I think the thing to do, if you're a hot female fan, is show up with your SO to the STH party in hot clothes and plant a long, slow one on your SO in front of Varly.

Posted by: kittypawz | August 5, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I've wiped the tears from eyes after laughing so hard and now I can see my keyboard to type. See these comments below from Jaspers Rink referring to Varley's interview. =D

Yeah, when Varly takes a shot at “heavyset” Americans, you wonder if he’s noticed that the guy who writes his paycheck isn’t exactly built like Michael Phelps.
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I think the day he starts checking out Uncle Ted is the day we all get worried.
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Posted by: puckman | August 5, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@jdhoover

That is amazing that you converted a Pittsburger to not only like the Caps but to hate the Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 5, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm a female with two season tickets to the Caps. And go with my husband, who had convinced me to go to a game back in 1975. He's bought our baseball season tickets.

For the longest time, I was more of a baseball fan than any other sport until the current group of guys came along, who are about the age of my first born. (This year's draft involved guys the age of my younger child.) We can say my kids are coming of age.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 5, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

it's about time they realized that the olympics don't do a thing for the NHL.. wait till 2014 to see if OV is really serious about quitting the NHL in favor of the olympics.

from yahoo:

In case you're scoring at home on the contentious issue of player participation in Olympic orientation camps this month:

The NHLPA sent a memo to its membership in July "recommending they skip the on-ice portion of Olympic orientation camps because of insurance concerns," calling these exercises an "unwarranted and unnecessary risk."

Either way, it's another indication that the political gamesmanship between the two sides over the Winter Games is only going to worsen. The NHL now feels that Olympic participation is a nuisance whose time has passed, and that the NHLPA is the driving force behind keeping its members involved in the international tournament. Does this aggresssive move by the NHL put the Players Association closer to what Sports Illustrated suggested, which is that it cover the insurance shortfall from its own war chest?

Posted by: joek443 | August 5, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

"But Russian girls have nice trim figures. I couldn't imagine myself being with an American girl."

you tend to get trim waiting in line for bread...ok, so that might a bit of a dated comment. also, most of his time in america was spent in HERSHEY where they make CHOCOLATE...no wonder he thinks that.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 5, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a big soccer fan but do the rest of the soccer world stop playing during the World Cup - the second biggest sporting event in the world?

they don't, do they? if they don't stop playing then why should the NHL stop playing during the olympics? hockey is no where near the most important event of the winter olympics. they should just let the players who wanna play in the olympics play for their nation and go on playing with the rest of the players. And the salaries of those players during the olympics should be deducted from the salary cap.

Posted by: joek443 | August 5, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Every real soccer league in the world is off during the summer when the world cup is played, its like basketball in the summer olympics.

So unfortunately your soccer hockey analogy is slightly off, but the hockey season is too long anyway the nhl could have a season that has 2 weeks less of games every 4 years, would that be so bad.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 5, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, Semyon obviously doesn't share my taste in women. We ahve this debate all the time at the beach, like every Saturday between volleyball games (all year since it's Florida). Most of the guys are drooling whenever the boy-like gals go by (the wives just deal with this). Me, I'm in the minority, but I adore the majority (full-figured ladies). Now, I can't understand, but they don't understand me.

I don't know if men really like thin women or think they are supposed to like thin women. I tell them to look at all the statues from the Romans and Greek...those ladies reclining on their sides...

Eventually, I'll get my mind back to trading Nylander.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, CodePoetry, for the link. But here's what caught my eye on that link: "Sidney Crosby(notes) of the Pittsburgh Penguins will travel in a "light armoured vehicle convoy" as tens of thousands of fans greet him and the Stanley Cup in Nova Scotia. Armoured? Like he needs protections from the "fans"? What a nerd.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | August 5, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

So everyone in America is fat and everyone in Russia is skinny. I get it.

Posted by: rachel216 | August 5, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

No, Rachel, American women are hot and Russian women are emaciated. It is on your perspective.

Except for women in Pittsburgh - you've seen them on TV - and maybe Semyon's games there gave him a false impression.

Anyway, don't give too much credence to the words from a rich, 20-year-old budding superstar, who is likely spoiled.

BTW, in case the wife dumps me, any of you ladies have an extra season ticket?

Seriously, when you are average looking, you have to make due with your personality, as most of us know. Hockey players, to their detrement, are obviously shielded from that.

Me? No looks, no personality, only 12 brain cells left...the wife only took me after the UN offered her a grant.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 5, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

@jmurray019 (from last thread) - Dude, if you can't figure out that my example (Ovechkin) was a deliberate exaggeration, you're dumber than I thought!

I was pointing out how ridiculous YOUR assertation that because Flash wasn't a 20-goal scorer (wow, he scored 19 last season, gee, one goal short of 20, and that with having had pneumonia) is proof that he has "peaked," and that he is "a disappointment." I was using the pattern - numbers generally trending up, but occasionally dropping back a few percentage points - to illustrate a point.

You stated that you believed Flash had peaked, and I was pointing out - by using a VERY exaggerated model as an example - that you are full of beans.

I was not saying Flash was Ovechkin. Nowhere near. I was just saying I want to see him have a full, healthy season in the NHL BEFORE passing judgment on him as "a disappointment." His numbers have, for the most part, improved every year - and hell, even the numbers he posted after his pneumonia were better than the numbers he posted the year before.

19 goals for a third-line player is respectable. Also:


1) Flash posted the 7th-best points on the team last year, behind Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, Green, Laich, and Kozlov.

2) For goals alone, he posted the 6th most on the team, behind Ovechkin, Semin, Green, Laich, and Backstrom.

3) In S%, he was second on the team, behind only Semin, with 14.5%.

So, I once again disagree with you about Flash having peaked, and about him being less valuable than some of the studs in Hershey.

He took, in his 73 games, only 20 PIMs, as well, and that is important, too. He was 18th in the team, and everyone who finished with fewer also played considerably fewer games.

Flash plays right wing naturally, and is the best of our right wingers (the others being Fehr, Bradley, and Clark, not counting Andrew Gordon and Graham Mink (who isn't a Bear any more, but neither of whom posted any kind of decent numbers to speak of)).

Of the studs in Hershey:

Aucoin's S% is 13.3, and third on the team.
He scored 2 goals in 12 games (.167). He is a center, not a right wing.

Beagle played 3 games, didn't score at all. He's also a center.

Giroux played 12 games, scored 1 goal... nowhere near the stud numbers he posted in Hershey this year. He's a left wing.

Bourque (another left wing - see a pattern here?) - scored 1 goal in 8 games played. He posted better numbers in Chocolatetown, too.

Osala played two games, didn't score any goals.

Laing played one game, and ruptured his spleen, so we don't know how his season would have played out.

Where are the great studs from Hershey who can play Flash's position?


Posted by: irockthered | August 5, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

Must be just the sample of women Semyon has seen.

Anyway, glad to see you back on the boards.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 5, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

We don't have any hot studs that can play Flash's position; hence we acquired Knuble.

Yes, I know. Knuble's penciled in for the first line. While Flash was probably on the 2nd line most of the time and sometimes the 3rd line.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 5, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Tarik

the caps/ hersey need to sign a NHL enforcer before the season starts , I am surprised you have not written a pre season article about the risk of not filling the void Brash has left ? its a team balance issue, after the first 10 - 15 games and it will be obvious.. the view that some of the guys with big hearts will fill this void ( bradly, clarke , Brendan Morrison ) will be exposed..

Posted by: ejwalk | August 5, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 - Exactly. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | August 6, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

ejwalk:
Based on everything that I have heard they have no intention of "replacing" Brash. They are going for more of a Wings system. Besides, the youngins are older and stronger and don't need as much protection ... and Erskine, Brads and some of the other boys are not afraid to drop the gloves. They'll be fine.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm not a big soccer fan but do the rest of the soccer world stop playing during the World Cup - the second biggest sporting event in the world?
Posted by: joek443

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Second biggest? how jingoistic.

Posted by: Redwolf1 | August 6, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

@jdhoover - I've got one too, was an NYR fan but has been cured. She bought me season tickets as an engagement present and we're still married 10 seasons later.

Posted by: ds_kelly | August 6, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

ds_kelly:
Measure your marriage in seasons ... HA!! Love it!! :-) I don't know how you guys have had so much luck with your wives ... shouldn't it be easier to convert a guy into a rabid hockey fan?!? Guess I should just be happy that Mr. Boo does not balk at our season tickets ... ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Man, October is far away...

Posted by: SmallZ827 | August 6, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Why replace someone who played 2 minutes a game. That doesn't seem like money well spent. Plus Erskine can hold his own. We have a few goons in Hershey that will fill the void, just not this year.

Posted by: ejohnsto | August 6, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I think we should make a trade and sign Betts. Before everyone jumps down on me, maybe Gordon, Stecks, or Bradley.

Betts is pretty much the same player as Gordon and Stecks, and will get the same amount of money. But, I think if we combined him and Laich on the PK, we'd have a solid top-forward pair on the PK.

Just a thought, I know a bunch of work would have to be fleshed out in the numbers...

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Bradley just needs to take some boxing lessons, and he can be our enforcer. With Brash gone, he will be fighting a lot more now. He's not a very good fighter though, he gets wrecked almost every time.

I mean, he is 31 years old and has a 1 mil/yr contract. He might as well start fighting, since it seems he is never leaving the bottom two lines.

Train with a boxer Brads....

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 10:09 AM | Report abuse

It's easier to score on chubby ones, but dumb Varlam is not a scorer, he is a goalie.

Posted by: CodePoetry | August 6, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Here's my original post and Japer's Rink has some Lost in Translation issues:

Varlamov said he was happy he met a Russian girl in US because American girls are chubby and less curvaceous. I am glad RT didn't interview/translate him.

Признаться, очень счастлив, что в Америке встретил девушку из России. На большинство местных без слез не взглянешь. Такое ощущение, что они просто не следят за собой! Очень много толстушек. Однозначно, у нас девчонки фигуристей, опрятней. Не могу себя представить рядом с американкой.
Google:
Admit, is very happy that in America, met a girl from Russia. At most local not look without tears. Such a feeling that they just do not look for a! A lot tolstushek. Clearly, we have the girls talent of figure skating, neat. I can not provide themselves with American.
http://yar.kp.ru/daily/24336/528134/print/


* tolstushek means chubby
* фигуристей means curvaceous

Posted by: CodePoetry | August 6, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Babylon Russian-English Download this dictionary
толстушка (f)
n. (derogatory) fatty, plump woman

Posted by: CodePoetry | August 6, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

If Brads is going to fight more, then he needs to wear a cage.

Varly needs to look up the word curvaceous. Women need stuffing to have curves.

Posted by: pstenigma | August 6, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

@ kittypaws:

Even better would be to go to the party looking hot and single, then when Varly takes a second look tell him, "Can't touch this."

++++++
I read about that. I think the thing to do, if you're a hot female fan, is show up with your SO to the STH party in hot clothes and plant a long, slow one on your SO in front of Varly.

Posted by: kittypawz | August 5, 2009 5:28 PM

Posted by: pstenigma | August 6, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

This is posted on Hockeybuzz today so take it with a grain of salt:

"Meanwhile, a league source in NY has confirmed that the Caps are trying to make a deal to free up space and grab Zherdev."

Caps need to clear space even if they don't add anyone!

Posted by: puckman | August 6, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Nylander and Morrisonn are likely gone...and I know someone has to take Nylander. Just call it a gut feeling that he will be out of here in the next two weeks and already has a general idea of where he is headed.

Posted by: ThePat | August 6, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat:

Nylander. Has. A. No. Movement. Clause. Deal. With. It.

Posted by: Rhino40 | August 6, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

No crap. That's why I said he has a general idea of where he is going to be headed.

Posted by: ThePat | August 6, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is going to Edmonton for Pisani. I feel it in my gut just like I feel the Pizza Extreme we had for lunch.

I checked every roster and cap sheet in NHL, KHL and even Midget League in Don Cherry's hometown and this is the deal that made the most sense.

McPhee is on the phone this second, checking with League HQ, to find out if it is a cap violation for Caps to reimburse Nylander family moving expenses.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Please no Zherdev, send him to KHL

Posted by: CodePoetry | August 6, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl

I know you do your research, but I highly doubt he's going to accept a trade to the west. Look more in this time zone and you'll see some options that work. And don't look for a player to be coming back in return, we don't need one.

Posted by: ThePat | August 6, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1:
the caps can always teach nyls to run the zamboni for the rest of this season. then he can be moved to phx/hamilton depending on who wins the p*ssing wars in court

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 6, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I actually wouldn't mind Zherdev because it would have to mean we move either Nyls or Theo cause we wont have the cap for him.

Put him together with Semin and have Laich/BMO center them.

Posted by: digster1013 | August 6, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

ThePat: He already said to the Swedish press earlier this week that he didn't see coming back to DC and when asked where he'd be willing to go, he hinted Edmonton.

Of course we don't need anyone back.

But go and look at Edm's cap. Pisani is overpaid at $2.5M and it would allow Edm to relieve part of the burden of Nylander's salary. For the Caps, Pisani is UFA after this season, so they save $4.875M in cap dollars in the all-important 2010-11 season. Plus, Pisani's not useless. He will give you something like Matt Bradley effort and performance.

My gut feel is he talked his way out of town in that interview, and it's just a matter of making the pieces fit.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

If we are able to land Zherdev, our offense will be extremely tough to defend. He is only 24 and easily 25+ goal scorer. Last year he was Rangers top 2 point producer and stuck in a team where they played defense first. This is exactly the type of player that is made for Boudreau's system. He is friends with Ovie and Semin and would work well with either or on the wing.

Glen Sather will be fired as Rangers GM at the end of this year. He spends 1.5 million on Brashear but yet won't pay 500k more for a guy with Zherdev's ability. Ranger fans are already in uproar.

Hope Gaborik plays more then 20 games.

Posted by: lightshow | August 6, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl

I know he brought up Edmonton. To me it wasn't hinting anything more than he admitted making a mistake in signing here 2 years ago. Edmonton management wouldn't take him after what happened previously.

Posted by: ThePat | August 6, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

ThePat:
I agree - at this point, Edmonton wouldn't touch him with a ten foot hockey stick.

Posted by: Boo- | August 6, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

What about an eleven foot hockey stick?

Will you give me odds? 100 to 1 that he gets moved for Pisani? I put up a buck?

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@tom

not giving you odds. But here are teams that could use a Center with salary cap space:

Columbus
NY Islanders
Colorado(cost cutting mode, so doubtful)
LA(He'd fit in, but they'd have to move Stoll)
Nashville
Phoenix

I eliminate Colorado, LA and Phoenix just because I don't think he'd go that far west. So to me you are looking at Columbus, the Isles and Nashville as possiblities.

Posted by: ThePat | August 6, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

ThePat:
What about NYR?

Tom:
I don't have the energy to bet, but you can hold me to it.

Posted by: Boo- | August 6, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, I would assume Nylander also wants to play for a contender, otherwise he seems to be content with getting a ring from the Caps' press box. So from that list, only the Jackets, Preds and possibly the Kings make any sense.

Posted by: koalatek | August 6, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl

I could not believe when I saw Bel Air MD. when did you live there as I have been here for 19yrs. Long trek for season tickets but well worth the drive.

Where did you used to live there?
Sorry for the Thread jack, as for the Pisani trade..don't the oilers have cap issues too and they have Gagner and a couple of other kids coming up for big paydays next year?

Posted by: opus1m | August 6, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@Boo-
Rangers are in cap hell. They have cap space but only have 4 signed D-men on the roster and 8 signed forwards. Roughly 8.5 mill to get players signed. To me thats a place you could unload one of our D-men.

Posted by: ThePat | August 6, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

opus1:

I lived at 602 Bournemouth Ct. The development was on the other side of the street and just east of C Milton Wright, called Southampton. Yes, it was like 70 miles one way. I was doing about 30 games a year.

Yes, Edm does have cap issues next year.

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=EDM&season=0910

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@tom

You are familiar with Nylander and Edmonton's past, correct?

Also, I highly doubt you looked at every single roster sheet and salary sheet (KHL included) and could only find a trade to EDM for Pisani the "deal that made the most sense." Come on now. Yeah, it makes sense, but to point to it as the deal that makes the most sense doesn't make much sense. Throw in the possibility of a 3 or 4-way trade, and it opens it up more.

@ThePat

I guess if you want to call it "cap space" without having signed Dubinsky. Sather is losing his mind.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Also, If Pisani could stay healthy, he would be a GREAT pick-up, especially given that the trade is essentially a salary dump. Great thing about him is that he performs extremely well in the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

According to Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter Michael Russo, who wrote on his blog, the Wild would like to add a No. 2 center or scoring winger via trade.

Posted by: puckman | August 6, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

ThePat:
I would rather take one of their Dmen. :-) They are welcome to one or two of ours in exchange, but the caliber of their D is much higher.

Phil:
Dubinsky is a bargain compared to what they have on the books but yes, Sather has lost his mind (and is about to lose his job if he does not work a miracle).

Send Nyls to the Rangers ... they need to fill up their roster. Besides, they just let Zherdev go - they've got the $$! :-)

Posted by: Boo- | August 6, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

That is just my point though. He made all these weird moves (after a great move unloading Gomez) and forget that he needed to re-sign Dubinsky. D'oh.

They will probably still re-sign him for his 2-3 million, but at what cost to their 3rd and 4th lines? haha

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Also, I don't want any of their d-men except the two young guns. Redden..? Roszival..? No thanks. I would gladly take Girardi or Staal off their hands though.

Even with letting Z walk though, they only have about 3 million of cap space with an unfilled roster. I don't see how Nyls to NYR is that plausible, unless another big contract gets moved for them.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Phil:
I would take any of their Dmen.

Posted by: Boo- | August 6, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Really?

Redden used to be pretty good.

Roszival? Keep his 5 mil/yr contract far away from the Capitals.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to the Rangers to produce all kinds of off-season drama. They let Gomez (who was uber expensive) go. Then they sign Gaborik and Brash for substantial raises. And now they let Zherdev go. (And they still haven't signed Dubinsky.)

BTW, Montreal and the Ottawa Senators are also great in the off-season drama department.

Other Ranger news: Drury has reupped for them. They also have a waiting list for season tickets.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Here's a suggestion. Send Nylander to the Preds for the rights to A. Radulov. I'm sure that Nyls can do them more good than the absent Radulov (and one of you pointed out the Preds have cap space). Plus, when Rads is tired of the KHL, he'd probably love to join the Caps. I'm sure Rads, when and if he ever came back to the NHL, would do us more good than Nylander (and is probably would be cheaper to boot.

At this point, due to the cap situation, getting rid of Nylander is addition by subtraction.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think it's a good idea to sign any Dman right this minute. We've got too many as it is, and right now, what we've got is a logjam. Unless one of our roster D moves, Alzner spends another year in Hershey.

I think (and hope) that GMGM seeks to move either Mo or Juice sometime around training camp. Injuries do happen, and either of those two can be moved for some combination of prospects and picks, so we don't have to take a roster player back. We need both salary cap and roster space right now, because we need to be able to bring at least Alzner up and we need to not be leaning on the bonus cushion given the likelihood that the salary cap will drop next year.

Remember, folks, the Cup isn't won in July - or August - or September - or even December. We've got plenty of time, and we've got a squad that'll get us to the dance, we know that. Let's wait and see what the season holds, and how our new additions and changes shake out, and we'll have a better idea of what we truly need.

Posted by: kittypawz | August 6, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone is talking about signing anyone. We are discussing trade possibilities.

Move Pothier before Mo and Juice. All I ask. :)

Posted by: richmondphil | August 6, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Phil: Obviously I didn't go over every roster in the NHL and KHL. It was a lightly-veiled joke. I concentrated on Edm because of Nylander's comments, and yes I know quite well how he pulled the rug out from under him. They would take him in a heartbeat if they thought it was in their interest. Plus, Pisani is a decent player.

Someone suggested the Wild. That makes sense from the standpoint that the Twin Cities area was where the Swedes settled in the 1880s. The Nylanders would fit right in.

Someone also suggested Nashville. Don't know if Mrs. N likes C&W. Maybe Micheal could pen a ballad while there:

"My Horse Died, My Gal Left Me and My Coach Cut My Minutes." He would record the song along along with others on his upcoming "Life in a Penalty Box" album. If he can get Charlie Daniels to sit in on fiddle, I just might buy it.

Now that I look at it, the Edm deal looks tough due to 2010-11 cap. Edm has lots of players with big caps and gagner due. Plus they have a boatload of centers.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

And in the "need for sympathy dept":

It won't quit raining here in Orlando. If Eric Clapton could sit in on Nylander's album:

Let it rain, let it rain, let your love rain down on me.
Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain, rain, rain.

OK, let it quit raining. Please. Tomorrow is the off Friday, and I can't go to the beach if it's going to rain. I need to stay in the sun and burn a few brain cells as that one blogger suggested.

If I'm stuck home, and it's raining, there's nothing to do but blog (and watch Westerns!!!). Please, for your own sakes, pray for some sun.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and I say it's all right.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Nothing like vacationing in Disneyworld with a hurricane going on.

Why is Carolina's NHL team called the Hurricanes? That would make more sense for Florida's team since there are more hurricanes in Florida and that is the nickname for U of Miami. And Panthers would make more sense as the nickname for Carolina's NHL team.

Or could you quote "Hee Haw" and talk about "If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

@mrszilla

You mean no Islanders fan are in your dating pool?

I used to really hate the NY Islanders. Of course, if they ever got good again, heaven forbid.......

I asked my husband, who's as anti NY teams as I am, on who he would root for in hockey if he ever had to relocate to NY. His choice ...... the NJ Devils. (No way would it ever be the Rangers or the Islanders.)

In the "On Frozen Blog" blog, they were writing a series on what would have happened if the Caps had not gotten the 1st pick in the 2004 draft. One of the things that happened as a result is Crosby getting drafted by the NY Rangers. After reading that, it dawned on me that Crosby on the Rangers would be even worse that Crosby on the Pens. The hype would be beyond ridiculous.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75:
I asked my husband, who's as anti NY teams as I am, on who he would root for in hockey if he ever had to relocate to NY. His choice ...... the NJ Devils. (No way would it ever be the Rangers or the Islanders.)
i hope you told him - WRONG!. the correct answer would be the Capitals. i don't, nor will i ever, root for phx teams just because i live here.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 6, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

The Isles have no need for Nylander. They have Doug Weight to mentor Tavares and Bailey. Yeah they have the salary space, but he just isn't a fit to their needs or plan. The closest Nylander gets to be a NYIslander is the similarity in his name.

Posted by: lornemyoung | August 6, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've seen anyone here link to this, but this is hilarious, even better if you're a fan of flight of the concords.

http://sportstalkbuzz.com/index.php/nhl/washington-capitals/825-too-many-d-on-the-dance-floor

Posted by: superpaqman | August 6, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1 - you had me at "my horse died..". Please port the TAB to The ballad of MN asap.

Posted by: cougcap | August 6, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

For all you Pete Peeters fans out there, this is an interesting interview:
http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=457770

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of relocating, because I've done it a number of times - once you put your heart in a team, you don't let go.

Me - 9 years old, the only kid in Detroit rooting for the Orioles in the 1966 WS. I moved to Long Island in 1982 but would listen to Os, Colts and Caps best I could.

Back to Baltimore but Colts were gone. I rooted for no NFL team until the Ravens moved in, when I had already gone to Florida, but I will bleed purple forever. Just I will support the O's through the years of losing. And they could transfer me to the Moon, and it would be Caps, Caps, Caps!

It's way easier these days to keep up with your team. I remember in Long Island setting up the radio in the garage so I could sit in the dark and drink beer at night while following the Orioles to the WS in 83. Good thing I had a business trip to Filthydelphia in Oct 83 so I could go down to parents and watch the decisive game 5. "Line drive to short! Ripken has it! And the Orioles are champions again!"

CapsFan75: On another subject, your question, ask an anal person, get an anal answer...starting in the late 80s, hurricanes, which run in cycles, began a pattern which resulted ini seemingly every storm hitting North Carolina. They would skirt the coast of FL and hit NC; they would come from the Bahamas and hit NC; they would even come through the GOM (Gulf of Mexico to non-watchers) and go up through Alabama and turn and hit...NC.

So, when the team moved from Hartford, in 96 I think, they picked that name. Doesn't make as much sense now. But, Miami almost never gets hit either (Andrew 92 and Wilma in I think 05). Jacksonville rarely hit and Tampa almost never hit. I believe the real epicenter of hurricanes in the US is in the GOM between Galveston ("Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing") and Pensacola.

Ask an anal person a question...get an anal answer.

"Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'"

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

i hope you told him - WRONG!. the correct answer would be the Capitals. i don't, nor will i ever, root for phx teams just because i live here.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Kirk: You are hereby promoted to Admiral.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

And finally, for fans of Galveston, Glen Campbell or even fans of hurricanes:

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea winds blowin'
I still see her dark eyes glowin'
She was 21 when I left Galveston

Galveston, oh Galveston, I still hear your sea waves crashing
While I watch the cannons flashing
I clean my gun and dream of Galveston

I still see her standing by the water
Standing there lookin' out to sea
And is she waiting there for me?
On the beach where we used to run

Galveston, oh Galveston, I am so afraid of dying
Before I dry the tears she's crying
Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
At Galveston, at Galveston

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Nyls to the Rangers.. is phil esposito still the GM of the blue shirts??

LOL

Posted by: joek443 | August 6, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Wow Tom ... the way you've talked in the past I thought you might be 112. You're a regular whipper snapper! ;-) I thought you were retired? Or is that Kirk? I'm so confused.

I did not follow the NHL until I moved to VA (I was too busy watching to boys in the neighborhood play hockey to care about the NHL) so the Caps are my first and only NHL team. I did, however, follow the NFL before I moved here. I just couldn't bring myself to be a Skins fan so I left the NFL back in the great white American north, where I found it.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

joek443:
Hey, anything's better than Nyls on the Caps - we need the $$.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful, Tom. Thanks. :)
Now I'll probably be seeing Glen Campbell in my sleep tonight. And these days that's not a pretty picture.

Posted by: tess2201 | August 6, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Boo: Retired? What's that? Here's Webster's:

Retired (n): A condition of life envisioned by men that is dashed by the spending ways of women. As in, "Tom thought he could retire until he realized how much his lovely wife was spending on the grown children, not to mention how much she'd spend if there were ever grandchildren."

Calling me a "whipper snapper," eh? First it was mrszilla flirting with me, now you.

I'm feeling younger by the moment :). And if Mr. Boo tires of hockey, I don't scare easily!

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Don't worry, I think my husband would still support the Caps in NY, but would probably pay more attention to the Devils than any of the other NY teams. (He was actually a Flyers' fan before the Caps existed.)

Overall, he tends to root for the home teams. He was born in Wilmington, DE, then moved to Philly area for early childhood. Lived in suburban MD for most of childhood and moved to Richmond for the teenage years. Baseballwise, he was mainly a Senators' fan until they left for Texas. After that, it was the Braves (since they had farm team in Richmond.) Phillies have usually been a rooting interest for him (after the Braves). When he moved up here, it was Orioles. Now it's the Nats, even ahead of the Braves, O's, and Phillies.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Tess: He was pretty freaky in that mug shot.

To all: Good night and let's hope the trade winds blow favorably our way.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 6, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

nothing is going to happen with Nyls unless he can show that he still has something left in his tank and the only way he can do that is by playing.

I know we would all love to trade our problems away but you would have to be insane to trade for him right now even if you wouldn't have to give up anything for him other than pick up his salary.

Posted by: joek443 | August 6, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Tom:
Mr. Boo tired of hockey the day that a met him. Lucky for me I have friends lined up to take his seat whenever he's a no show. Regardless, what do you mean that you don't scare easily - are you calling me scary? >:-| BTW, flirting is a game misconduct.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 10:27 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

I do admit there have been hurricans that hit NC. I recall one that his SC. I seem to remember so many hurricanes hitting Florida in the last several years. Wasn't the year of Katrina also the same year where several hurricanes had hit Florida.

BTW, I love your rendition of "Galveston". It does seem that a lot of hurricanes have hit Galveston and NO. The Galveston floodings have contributed to the fact that the city isn't as important today as it used to be.

On Glen Campbell, I just recalled the song "By the Time I Get To Phoenix" and am thinking of all the troubles the Phoenix hockey team is having.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I for one am very glad that the whale moved to nc. who can forget that awful song they used to play at hartford civic center when the whale would score?

just not having to listen to that is a good enough reason for them to move.

Posted by: joek443 | August 6, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

More on the relocating topic. Baseballwise, I've always been a St Louis Cardinals fan since I first got attached to them when living there. I moved here and started following the Senators but when the Cardinals played the Sens in an exhibition game, my real loyalty was to the Cards. Sens were #2. I followed them (Sens) for a couple of years after they left for Texas but it was just too hard when all the guys had left.

Cards were still my #1 interest in baseball. But I did start following the O's as well as (believe it or not), the California Angels since they had a player born the day after me. I followed the Phillies in the late 70's as they were the closest NL team (and had a lot of ex Cards who they had foolishly traded away.) I follow the Nats these days as well. It's too hard to break my loyalty to the baseball Cardinals.

In football, it's the Skins (although I have liked the football Cardinals over the years.) In hockey, it's the Caps. (It was the Blues before then but the Blues hadn't started up until I had left St. L)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@Boo

Unlike you, I did start following the Skins when I relocated here. Okay, football was never as high on my interest list as baseball but.....

BTW, is your husband even much of a sports fan in general or just lukewarm towards hockey? I would consider my husband a bigger sports fan than me.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

The main thing I remember about the Whalers is that Barrasso played with them before playing with the Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 6, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

--Boo--:
with the way we spend money in my household - i'll probably never be able to retire. maybe in 15 years or so

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 6, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

no, barrasso never played for the whale.. he played for the sabres straight outta high school...

this is a good espn piece from last year on coach gibbs

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=3370378

Posted by: joek443 | August 6, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75:
He's a big soccer fan. Used to play himself and now follows the European leagues (mostly the EPL). Loves soccer, likes hockey (with some encouragement) and can pretty much take or leave all other sports. He should have been a Euro.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Kirk:
Well who on earth is retired here? I need someone to envy.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 6, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

this is it, the awful song of the whale... LOL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bwZbWZhAaM

Posted by: joek443 | August 6, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

--Boo--:
i'm going to guess it might be oldtimehockey or something close to that

much like the collection for a camera for tarik - if you wanted to start an additional retirement fund for me - i'd be honored to be the one you envy

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 7, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

@Boo

He sounds like he should have been a Euro. As for me, I never got interested in soccer. It's too boring for my tastes.

Basketball is a fun game to watch but got too preoccupied with hockey to pay much attention lately. (And, before that, kids' activities.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 7, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1 - Thanks. Now I have "Galveston" stuck in my head. :-p

It's a good thing I like the song!

Posted by: irockthered | August 7, 2009 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Well my 17 year old son is ready for opening night. He has completed his wardrobe. He will be wearing a red suit (that he acquired at Good Will), a red shirt, red tie, and red Nike's that he was able to get custom lettering on the heels. The left heel has "430 Seat 3" (his season ticket seat) and the right heel has Rockingred. He'll also be wearing his Redskin Burgandy color hat with the Capitals "W" in Redskin gold. Yeaaaaah, he'll be pretty hard to miss.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 7, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | August 7, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

What about Nyls and a draft pick for cogliono-we could use his speed

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 7, 2009 8:57 AM | Report abuse

"Galveston" was written by Jimmy Webb, made famous by Cambell...Jimmy Webb has a lot of great tunes made famous by other peeps...
UP Up and Away
Wichita Lineman
By the Time I get to Phoenix
Mcarthur Park
Highwayman
too many others...

As for the Caps, SC this year...

Posted by: NJNJ | August 7, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Boo, I think that our friend Cheef is retired. Definitely someone to envy... ... ...

Posted by: Jeff_ | August 7, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Well my 17 year old son is ready for opening night. He has completed his wardrobe. He will be wearing a red suit (that he acquired at Good Will), a red shirt, red tie, and red Nike's that he was able to get custom lettering on the heels. The left heel has "430 Seat 3" (his season ticket seat) and the right heel has Rockingred. He'll also be wearing his Redskin Burgandy color hat with the Capitals "W" in Redskin gold. Yeaaaaah, he'll be pretty hard to miss.

Posted by: fanohock1 | August 7, 2009 8:22 AM


@fanohock1: Kewl!

Reminds a little me of something I saw while working at Nordstrom Tysons around the time that the 'Skins last won the Super Bowl:

I was working in one of the shoe departments one morning, when in walks this lady in an unusual outfit. On her head she wore a sort of hat pillbox hat that was peaked in the front. I don't know what the correct name of such a hat is; I can only say that it was similar in shape to those that Queen Latifah wore during her previous carreer as a rapper.

There was also a dress with a square neckine, "puffed" shoulders, and a full skirt of about mid-calf length. And shoes: basic pumps with somewhat pointed toes and about 2-1/2 inch spike heels.

What was unusual was that the ENTIRE ensemble--from head to toe--was made of a burgundy grosgrain fabric, and that fabric was completely covered with the word "Redskins" and the 'Skins "chief's-head" logo in a diagonal rep-pattern.

I just somehow knew that, if she were to give birth to a son in the following year, she would likely have named him "37-24 Washington".


Anyhoo, having moved all over the country, it's been weird.

FOOTBALL: Lost interest when Marino, Montana, and Elway retired. When I do peek in on the NFL, I root for:

1) 49ers
2) Broncos
3) Resdkins
4) Whoever's playing the Cowboys.

BASEBALL: Lost interest when it seemed as though nobody but the Yankees would EVER win a World Series again...everytime that happens the NYY fans become even more insufferable, as if perpetual victory were their destiny, ordained by God. When I do look at MLB, my teams are:

1) Padres
2) Nationals
3) Cubs/Indians (What can I say, I have a soft spot for teams with a history of suffering)
4) Red Sox
5) Whoever's playing the Yankees.

HOCKEY: The only sport that really matters to me these days. Favorites are:

1) (Do I have to say it?) CAPS
2) CAPS
3) CAPS
4) Flames (Except when they are playing the Caps)
5) Maple Leafs (Except when they are playing the Caps)
6) Whoever is playing the Penguins.
7) Whoever is playing Philthy
8) Whoever is playing the Rangers.

Is it October yet?

Posted by: Rhino40 | August 7, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how few hockey fans seem to be multi-sport fans. I feel like there are a lot of baseball fans who like football and vice versa, but it seems like hockey fans live and die by hockey and hockey alone.

Personally, I was born in Charlottesville, raised in Alexandria, and live in DC proper (with about 5 years in NYC for college and a year or so of vague employment). I grew up in a family that holds all sports holy, so it's odd for me to see people focus on just one (although my girlfriend is a Caps-only lady).

I've been a biiiiig fan of the O's, Caps, and Skins my whole life (unfortunately I was born in '86, so I missed the O's last WS.) Fortunately, there's a Skins bar in NYC and I made friends with another bartender in Murray Hill who would always put on the Caps on Center Ice for me, so I was never far from my teams. But I have to say that with the O's about to finish up their 12th straight losing season, the Skins mediocre since the early 90s, I am READY for the Caps to win one.

Posted by: SmallZ827 | August 7, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

SmallZ -

My theory is that as a kid and beyond, i loved football and baseball...played a multitude of other sports such as lacrosse and soccer as well as football and bball...I'm 45 now and I'll watch football and baseball but I don't care if my teams lose (and I hate to admit it but I'm a Cowboys fan and a Yankees fan - so there is a degree of success , they are not dog teams that never have a chance (Os, Nats KC etc) - those other sports have been tainted by $$ and steroids so I just don't care, but still watch .

Hockey, on the other hand, is a true team game that despite superstars, it still has integrity. The best players are the toughest, most hard working...(Hear that T.O.?!)

Sorry for the rambling - hope you ge tthe point

Posted by: NJNJ | August 7, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

A Cowboys fan AND a Yankees fan??? Yowza. I'd wish for a voodoo curse upon ye, if I were the type of person to wish for such things :)

But, yeah, I can see where MLB and NFL may have turned some of their fans against them with steroids and divas and such, but every sport does something to test faith every once in a while (lockouts, etc). Hockey is certainly the most electric atmosphere, though, especially inside the building.

Posted by: SmallZ827 | August 7, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

NJNJ:
I hate to admit it but I'm a Cowboys fan and a Yankees fan

i just threw up a little when i read this :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 7, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

heres an idea trade one of our defensemen for a draft pick, sign bertuzzi and reunite him with bmo.

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 7, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

What's football? I think I've heard of baseball before..

Posted by: thiazzi | August 7, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

heres an idea trade one of our defensemen for a draft pick, sign bertuzzi and reunite him with bmo.

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 7, 2009 11:53 AM |

I love Bertuzzi, but other people here...not so much.

Semin > Naslund ; for sure.
Semin-Bmo-Bertuzzi

Posted by: richmondphil | August 7, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil
exactly what i was thinking

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 7, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

In my defense - and i can't get a self-respecting lawyer to defend me - I grew up in DC in a Skins household but had to be the anti-redskin fan...hence the cowboys.

Moved to NJ at age 10 and only then started watching baseball. We could only get WPIX Channel 11 (yankees) and WOR Channel 9 (mets) - In 1974, I chose the Yanks...

Followed the Caps from afar when they starte up - and even followed the Bullets but soon realized that basketball was a sorry sport so no affection for Wiz or anybody else, could care less.

Not proud of my teams owners or some players in the past but i have stuck with them...

Posted by: NJNJ | August 7, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I got into hockey because my dad was the golaie for Forest Park HS in Baltimore around 1950. As a really littel kid, I rooted for Brooksie and the O's and Johnny U and the Colts. Then we moved to Detroit in 1964 and my dad started watching Red Wings on TV. So I would listen on 76 in Detroit radio WJR I think and follow the games. Moved back to baltimore in 1969 and reunited with O's and Colts and then started following the Caps in the late 70s. I actually did play some pond hockey in Detroit, but we moved just before I could have joined a league. Now, I follow baseball, since it reminds me of my deceased grandparents who always took me to the games at Memorial Stadium, and I follow the Ravens, because it connects me to the old Colts, but hockey is the A#1 sport for sure. It's just way more exciting than anything else.

Boo: In my house, flirting is just a minor. (If the ref sees it.)

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 7, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

NJNJ:
that is what being a fan is all about - even if you have no class in choosing the teams you root for :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 7, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Actually, not to bore you all with ANOTHER story, but I will.

My grandparents, Walter and Frances, were just wonderful. Looking back, it seems they did everything they could for their grandchildren. Maybe I will repay that gift one day. Anyway, they had a partial plan at Memorial Stadium for years and years in the first row, blue seats, third base side, against the tarp, where you could almost chat with Brooks, who knew my "Nin" as "Frannie Nash."

Well, about the time Mem Stadium was hosting its last game, they were pretty old and had given up the seats. Every Christmas I would go and pick up my grandfather and take him to visit his younger sister. Don't know why he didn't go to visit her himself, only about fifteen miles apart, but he just didn't. So, the last time we did this, we were driving past Camden Yards on the way back to his house and I said, "Look, Pop, they're almost finished, let's stop by." So I park and we start walking and then it was so you could just walk right into the entrance. "I don't know, Tommy, maybe we shouldn't." I waved him on. "C'mon, Pop, they don't care."

So we walked into the left field bleacher area and took in the stadium.

A few years later when he was gone my mother said he had told her that he really enjoyed that moment.

The most wonderful thing about sports is that it isn't just a game anymore when you enjoy it with loved ones.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 7, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - I know what you mean about weird team affiliations.

Baseball -

* Chicago Cubs
* Montreal Expos (now the Nationals)
* Baltimore Orioles
* Whoever's playing the New York Mets
* Whoever's playing the New York Yankees

Football -

* Chicago Bears (daBEARS!)
* Washington Redskins
* Baltimore Ravens
* Whoever's playing the Oakland Raiders
* Whoever's playing the Pittsburgh Steelers
* Whoever's playing the Dallas Cowboys

Hockey -

* Washington Capitals
* Calgary Flames
* Detroit Red Wings
* Whoever's playing the Pittsburgh Penguins
* Whoever's playing the Philadelphia Flyers

Posted by: irockthered | August 7, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Kirk:
Sounds about right. Oh and I'll get right on that other thing for ya ... ;-)

Jeff:
For some reason I think you are right, but I thought someone else was, too? Anyway, I envy every last one of them!!

CapsFan75:
Told ya! :-) I actually like soccer, I just don't love it (so he and I are the inverse of each other). There are a lot of other sports that I like to play (like basketball - not that I am any good), I just don't like watching them.

Tess:
That did work - pretty funny! :-)

Posted by: Boo- | August 7, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/

Please look at the picture of Crosby, on the tank with the Cup. Answer this question...what kind of helmet is he wearing? Because it is obviously not military issue, it looks like a kid's bike helmet! I hate him!

Posted by: NatyBG | August 7, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Crosby always has to wear a helmet.

Posted by: thiazzi | August 7, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Tom:
You must have one of those easy going refs who lets 'em play.

Posted by: Boo- | August 7, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Just for fun and sake of a new discussion line.........how many areanas have people been to to watch the Caps play, regular season and playoff only, maybe even list the areana you have seen them in.
I am
Cap Center,
Verizon,
Spectrem
NJ,
MSG
Hartford
Checkerdom in ST. Loius
Only time to disucss this is in August, nothing better to talk about..lol

Posted by: RichC3 | August 7, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

only the verizon

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 7, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Pringles Center
Verizon/MCI
Continental Airlines (old devils)
Philips Arena (kovalchuk..one of the better arenas i've been too)
RBC Arena (canes..worst arena ever)
St. Pete Times Forum
Mellon
HSBC Arena (Sabres)

East coast only for me.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 7, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Wachovia Center (new flyers)

Posted by: richmondphil | August 7, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

MSG and Wachovia so far, but I am hoping to at least make a trip Prudential Center (seen it from the train and it looks nice) and the United Center (Make a little vacation out of it).

Speaking of the Spectrum...I will be attending the tearing down on Dec. 31, 2009. My husband grew up right near it and went to many Flyer's game through the years, you know back when they used to practice at The Colosseum (which then became a night club of sorts). We went to the last game at the Spectrum (against the Bears), it has definately seen better days!

Posted by: NatyBG | August 7, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

MSG..man. That place is so expensive.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 7, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1: re: Pop at Camden -- nice story -- thanks.

Posted by: uncatim | August 7, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@NJNJ & @CaptainKirk

Captain Kirk,
I can't stand the Dallas Cowboys or NY Yankees either.

NJNJ,

At least you redeem yourself by being a Caps fan.

NJNJ, at least you redeem

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 7, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Crosby's hat is ummm, special...
LOL!

Posted by: hockeyfan8 | August 7, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like things aren't getting any easier for Nylander. Recent reports suggest he might have hurt his back. http://twitter.com/MikaelNilander

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | August 7, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I could never root for the yankees, the canadiens, the celtics, the cowboys, the manchester united, the hendrick motorsports (jeff gordon, jimmie johnson, dale jr.) or scuderia ferrari.

it would be no fun to cheer for anyone or any team that wins all the time. I actually like to suffer... LOL

Posted by: joek443 | August 7, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping to go to a Caps/Maple Leafs game in Toronto this winter. I've seen the Caps play at:

USAir Arena
Verizon
Meadowlands
Prudential Center (great arena I highly recommend a trip)
MSG
United Center
Comcast Center (Philly - not sure what they're calling it now)

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | August 7, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Boo: Yes, you never want the kind of ref who calls a game too tightly.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 7, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Please look at the picture of Crosby, on the tank with the Cup. Answer this question...what kind of helmet is he wearing? Because it is obviously not military issue, it looks like a kid's bike helmet! I hate him!

Posted by: NatyBG | August 7, 2009 2:39 PM

that's a motorcycle helmet, don't you know any bikers?? LOL that's for those who don't wanna wear a proper helmet but just to abide by the law. Kinda like the flimsy JOFA practice helmets that Gretzky and Dale Hunter used to wear for the games.

Posted by: joek443 | August 7, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/

Great interview with Ovie after training camp.

Don't get hurt.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 7, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

According to Dä ä bare å åk (Heal the foot, Lord!), Nicklas Backstrom played a friendly game on Wednesday for "Ice Breakers" against Danish "All Star" team on a line with Peter Forsberg and Henrik Zetterberg.

Ice Breakers won 10:6. It was a charity game to collect money for sick children.

"And, of course, Foppa, who recorded two assists, was on everyone's lips". It's too early to say if Forsberg could return to play on a high level of professional hockey again, but it's nice to hear that Backstrom is having fun back in Sweden.


Don't get hurt.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 7, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Just got back from the Nats game. They won 7-6 after coming back from a 5 run deficit.

Anyway, list of rooting interests on a sport by sport basis.

Hockey
1) Wash. Capitals
2) St. Louis Blues
3) Whatever team is playing the Penguins
4) Don't particularly like any of the NY teams, Carolina or Philthy. (Okay, Isles are not currently worth the trouble but if they ever got good again......)

Baseball
1) St. Louis Cards
2) Washington Nats
3) Baltimore Orioles
4) California Angels
5) Boston Red Sox (since they're usually the team with the best chance of dumping the Yankees if the Orioles can't do it.)
6) Whatever team is playing the NY Yankees
7) Also, do not like the NY Mets or Pittsburgh Pirates. (Okay, Pirates are not currently worth the trouble to hate but after the Penguins series....)

Football

1) Washington Redskins
2) Arizona Cardinals
3) The team that's playing the Dallas Cowboys.
4) Do not like the NY Giants either but they're a lesser evil than Dallas


Basketball

1) Wizards (okay, I haven't gotten too fired up about basketball lately)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 8, 2009 12:40 AM | Report abuse

There was quick chat about how most hockey fans are multi-sport fans and I fall under the category of a "just hockey" sort of fan, specifically a "just Washington Capitals hockey" fan. I tried to develop some feelings for the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings and...*sigh* well, it felt like I was cheating on Semin and Ovi and Laich and Backstrom. It just didn't feel right. Again, I read the ad about some special event with the Los Angeles Kings and there was an event where they talk to the new Kings, which included Scuderi. I was afraid I'd boo him so I'm not going to tempt myself. =/

I don't much care for other sports besides Capitals hockey. I occasionally hear a truck horn and hear the echo of Horn Guy at Verizon and long to chant "Let's GOO Caps!" *sigh* I miss Verizon Center. October 8th can't come soon enough (flying in to watch the Caps versus the Rangers). =(

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 8, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

LeftCoastCapsFan:
I'm with ya - all Caps all the time. How can all these floozies love so many other teams?!? ;-) I would be thoroughly bummed if I had to move away.

Tom:
Lucky dog. My ref is whistle crazy - one bogus call after another!

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 8, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Kings rule! My second favorite team..Brown and Kopitar are amazing.

Did anyone see the article on Theo Fluery? This year's Claude Lemeuix. Sean Avery probably would marry Theo Fleury given the chance.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 8, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

And I have told you guys all this before but if I had to pick a NFL team, it would be the Cowboys. My Dad is from Oklahoma, grew up on OSU/Cowboys Football. His Mother is from Reston, and a diehard Redskins fan.

But...I don't care about football.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 8, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

In my case, it was because I moved around a lot as a kid. After several previous locations, I lived in the St. Louis area for my pre-teen years and became a fan of the baseball Cardinals. That city was very baseball crazy. (Not as football crazy but the football Cardinals were my rooting interest.) The baseball Cardinals were the only team I really had a passion for.

Then, I moved to the Washington area and stayed there ever since. I followed the Senators but I could not abandon the Cardinals. When the Senators left, I followed the Orioles.

Footballwise, it was the Redskins (and this is a football crazy area). And so the Redskins became my passion there.

Hockeywise, when I lived in St. Louis there was no hockey team but in 1967, the Blues were founded. I followed the Blues since there was no Washington team. And it was harder to get as much passion for a sport where there was no local team. But once there was a Washington hockey team, I became a fan of it. (Okay I was a year late to the party, 1975, since I was away at college.)

And, in the case of my husband, he had also moved around a lot as a kid, hence the loyalties to Phillies, Senators, Braves, etc.

Sportswise, my favorite sports are baseball and hockey.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 8, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | August 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It's truly the Dog Days of August or should we call them "Les Jours Des Chiens"?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 8, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

@lornemyoung

Yeah, too bad Nylander can't be an Islander. (Okay, no man is an Islander or is it "No man is a Nylander")

Just like I'd get a big kick out of it if Miroslav Satan got traded to NJ.

Or if Paul Ranger gets traded to the NY Rangers.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 8, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

1. Racing (nascar, f1 - joe gibbs racing, mclaren)
2. hockey (the caps)
3. football (the skins)

I was just a casual racing fan till several years ago when a friend who's from england got me hooked on racing - she's a big f1/ferrari fan. Once you get hooked on racing, everything else is just a game.

I can't think of any living athlete other than Ali who is more of an iconic figure than Dale Earnhardt who was killed at the 2001 daytona 500. I wasn't a big Earnhardt fan but he clearly influenced tens of millions of people in this country. it was sort of under the radar like nascar itself but we all saw how big and wide his popularity was after he passed away.

some races can be boring, some can be exciting like any other sports but what makes racing interesting especially nascar is the people in the sport. you have basically 3 groups in nascar. the big teams that can win races which make up the top third of the grid (43 cars). the middle group that can run decent to keep the sponsors on board and the last group that struggle to keep racing. the last group is just as much as interesting as the top teams because they're ordinary people like us who just love to race. they're clearly not in it for the money because if they were, they'd be doing something else.

how many times have we thought about giving a "love tap" to the car that just cut you off on the beltway and speeding away doing about 120?? LOL these guys get to do it every sunday from feb till mid-november in front of 100 thousand screeming fans.

Posted by: joek443 | August 8, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Mario Lemieux was the best Pker ever.

and Larry Murphy sucks.

Posted by: richmondphil | August 8, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Tarik, throw us a Sunday bone. Even a stupid story like "Catching up with Slapshot" would satisfy our Caps craving for a few days.

The Hockey News is starting to make their regular season predictions. They're paper predictions, based on every player performing the same as last year. At least it's SOMETHING to look at.

Posted by: hockeyweasel | August 9, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Let's see, arenas I've been in to watch a hockey game.

Verizon Center
Giant Center (Bears)
Mellon Arena (Pit-burgh)
Wachovia Center (Philthy)
Nassau Coliseum (Islanders)
Scotiabank Place (Ottawa) - it looks like a cave in there, no lie
RBC Center (Carolina)

Posted by: kittypawz | August 9, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Kitty, you are the only person who's been to RBC except me. God, I hate that stadium. I hate that state.
___________________________________
Does anyone want to do a Capitals Insider fantasy league? I don't know if you guys do them in the past, since I am a little late to the party compared to some of you (Boo, Greg S....you guys have been posting here as long as I have been lurking!).

Posted by: richmondphil | August 9, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Here's my list of areas where I've watched hockey. Yes, it's lame, by comparison.

1) Capital Center (of course)
2) Verizon Center
3) Mellon Arena (i.e. the Igloo)

The Pens game we went to was back in late 1985 (over Christmas vacation) when my in-laws lived in the Pittsburgh area at the time. I don't recall who the Pens played or what was the result. I recall that my one brother in law (husband's oldest brother) and his wife stayed home from the game to watch my baby daughter and while we were gone, they gave her a bath and cut her finger nails. (Someone was definitely ready to have kids.) My husband's youngest brother was a Pens fan and eventually had a dog named Jagr and a cat named Lemieux (who was a very mean cat)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 9, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I've never been to a hockey game at the Spectrum. But I had gone to all kinds of baseball games at the Vet. (My husband and I needed something to do on long weekends when the O's were out of town.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 9, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Hockey stadiums:

Verizon Center (Duh)
Giant Center (Bears)
KCI (sortof? - I've skated where the Caps skate, and watched some scrimmages.)
Wachovia Center (Flyers)
Nassau Coliseum (Islanders) Scotiabank Place (Senators)
RBC Center (Hurricanes)

Posted by: irockthered | August 9, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Phil:
I have been to RBC, too ... I think a lot of the CIers have been there.

Posted by: --Boo-- | August 9, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Dude..would definately be interested in a hockey fantasy league.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | August 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hockeyfan8 | August 9, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@hockeyfan8

The story there is not exactly clear what happened. Kane apparently got into an altercation with the cab driver. What was the robbery that was involved? Was it that Patrick Kane and his cousin did not pay for their cab ride as a result of the altercation?

More drama for the Black Hawks this summer. Signing Hossa for megabucks. The failure of management to send the contracts for their RFA's in time. Firing of the GM. Hossa now needing surgery. And now Kane's arrest.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 9, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@ Capsfan75
according to tsn the cab ride was 13.80 and they paid fifteen. the driver didnt have one twenty in change so the beat him up and took the fifteen dollars

Posted by: gocaps01 | August 9, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@gocaps01

It's obvious TSN had more details than "The Hockey News". Thanks for finding the story.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 9, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kane - some people should not be allowed to drink alcohol.

What. An. IDIOT!

Posted by: irockthered | August 9, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Just like I'd get a big kick out of it if Miroslav Satan got traded to NJ.

Or if Paul Ranger gets traded to the NY Rangers.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 8, 2009 5:01 PM

Or if Martin St. Louis got traded to the Blues.

Hockey arenas: Olympia (practice), Cap Centre, Nassau Col, Meadowlands, St. Petersburg baseball stadium (saw Caps-Tampa when Lightning played in that place - they could hold 30,000 or so), current Tampa arena (whatever they call it) and whatever they call the place in Sunrise (Panthers). Never been to Verizon.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 9, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Been to a bunch of hockey arenas, but mostly minor league:

Cap Center and Verizon (Caps)
HersheyPark Arena and Giant Center (Bears)
Portland Civic Center
Providence Dunkin Donuts Center
Bridgeport Harbor Yard
Wilkes Barre Wachovia Arena
Rochester War Memorial
Binghamton Broome County Arena
Norfolk Scope
Cleveland (not sure of the name; it's where the Cavs play too)

Posted by: tess2201 | August 9, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

That's right, I forgot to mention Martin St. Louis being traded to the Blues.

I can't believe you've never been to Verizon to watch the Caps.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 9, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

On perfect names, too bad the Caps didn't get either Jacob Josephson or Dmitry Khulikov in the draft. Their names remind me of certain members of the Redskins. Jacobson makes me think of Joe Jacoby and Khulikov (who's known as Kuli) makes me think of Chris Cooley.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | August 9, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

@ CapsFan75 & Boo: My cousins are still somewhat in awe that I fell into ice hockey. Never been the kind that rooted for any of our local sports teams here in LA. I'm more apt to be found behind a comic book than rooting on the Lakers, Dodgers, Ducks, Angels, and Kings. But Capitals hockey was something else.

That, and it's hard enough trying to keep track of all the Caps' names, to have to find some brain cells to stuff the names of other players from other teams.

I'm looking forward to booing Avery. Please, let's hit Avery...hard! =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 9, 2009 11:42 PM | Report abuse

I've been away this last week as my grandfather passed. He was 90 and lived a very complete and full life and was extrememly healthy with the exception of the past few months of his life so many of us are greatful. I must say that it doesn't appear as if I missed a whole lot. Although the Nyls/BB thing shed a little light on things. At least we know where both stand now. I'm with a lot of people on here who think BB really didn't say that but it was Nyls interpretation.

I will say this however, any of you who think we need to sign Zherdev just need to watch reruns of our series against the Rags. I was on this guy when he came in the league as he was an extremely talented kid. He didn't excel much in Columbus as they were about as defensive as it gets. He goes to the Rags has a great year and POOF! The playoffs come and the NY media, police and Rags Mgt put out an APB on the guy! There were flyers all over Manhattan looking for the guy not to mention the milk carton pictures. Sorry but we don't need regular season help, we need help that will payoff in the playoffs. Unless he was just completely overwhelmed and is now ready to handle it that may be the case but do you pay upwards of 3-4M to find out? I think there are better options. Heck Knuble isn't costing us that much and I have no doubt what kind of playoff type of player he is.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 10, 2009 1:50 AM | Report abuse

pokerface: Sorry about your grandfather. Mine was also 90 when he passed away - see story above.

CapsFan75: I have never been to Verizon because it is an awfully long drive round-trip from Orlando. I have been back three times to Baltimore since moving in 96. Twice was for funerals (see story above) and the other time they guilted me into visiting for Xmas. I don't really miss the area.

Posted by: tominfl1 | August 10, 2009 6:51 AM | Report abuse

I think it's time to take up a collection to fly Tominfl1 up here for a Caps game at the Verizon Center.

FWIW, I grew up a Chicago White Sox fan and even used to have an autographed ball with Nellie Fox, Smokey Burgess and others' signature (possibly Luis Appraicio?)on it in the house (but I think my brother has it now. Also liked the Bulls when Norm VanLier and Bob Love were on the team. But nothing compares to the interest I have in the Caps.

Liked the Too Many D's on the dance floor link and also the request for Tarik to do a "catching up with Slapshot" interview! Worst thing about August here is not the heat and humidity, it's the lack of hockey.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | August 10, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Tom, I am with you. I left the DC area about 20 years ago and have been back 3 times since. Twice for funerals, father in 2004 and brother last Nov. and once to see mother in Front Royal area. Only thing I miss; other than Caps, Skins, and O's/Nats, is the museums. I couldn't believe they charge admission to zoos and museums until I moved to St Pete.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | August 10, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

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