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Beech Okay

Since I'm not with the Caps today because of a travel issue, I'm relying on Paul Rovnak of the team's media relations dept. to keep me informed of any developments.

He tells me that center Kris Beech, who left Saturday's ugly 6-2 loss to the Islanders after taking a puck off the knee, skated this morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex and will play Tuesday against the Maple Leafs. Rovnak also says that forward Alexandre Giroux is back from Hershey, meaning the lineup in Toronto (11 forwards, 7 defensemen) will be the same as it was against the Islanders.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 5, 2007; 12:12 PM ET
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... to the same result

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

they have a "team's media relations dept."? I hardly noticed...

Posted by: wanggo | March 5, 2007 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This game better not end up like the 7-1 loss to Toronto around thnaksgiving

Posted by: Graham | March 5, 2007 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow is that a thin lineup. I really don't want to se Fleischman playing center again.

Posted by: EricS | March 5, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"This game better not end up like the 7-1 loss to Toronto around thnaksgiving"

Or what? Seriously, what does it matter how any of the games end up at this point with the patchwork lineup and lost hopes?

Not like I won't pay attention anymore, but there's NO point in getting wrapped up in the outcome with ultimatums and such. That's what this coming off-season is for.

Posted by: Goat | March 5, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I cant imaging how bad the "air" in the locker room must be. A bunch of minor league talents playing out the last handful of games to a near empty home arena.

The game aginast the Islanders is a preview of the what is to come.

Injuries are giving them an excuse to play out the rest of the season. There needs to be accountability for this attitude, starting from management and coaches.

Hanlon needs to go; this team needs a tough coach (D. Sutter//Mike Kennan type, not a players coach like Hanlon) to mold the younsters into tough NHLers.. Oh yes, they need some talent on the roster outside of Smin and Ovy.

Posted by: Genotype 55 | March 5, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Genotype, Hanlon needs to go. He's not the type of coach to take this team to the playoffs nor the finals.

Posted by: RITdude | March 5, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

We don't know what type of NHL coach Hanlon is since one could argue he's never had a real NHL team to coach.

Posted by: Mike | March 5, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Eh? I don't see a need for the "tough" coach. It's not like the Caps are Flyers-like underachieving. Hanlon's probably the right coach for right now. The team is playing hard for him, just can't win in OT.

Posted by: tallbear | March 5, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Whew! Tough crowd. Let's see how it goes, and then give them the off-season and next season to show us what they've done to improve the situation. If we have low expectations the rest of the season, we won't be as disappointed. If the same things happen with the team next year, it will be more than obvious to the powers to be and the fans what will need to be done, and I feel it will be done. Injuries have been killing this team lately. I think the guys here are still playing hard, even if they are frustrated like the rest of us.

Posted by: kenhockey | March 5, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain to me Kris Beech? Beech can neither skate, pass, shoot or check. Occasionally, he benefits from a juicy rebound or Ovechkin pass to get some points, but why is this guy even playing in the NHL?? At least Laich and Sutherby work hard and (Laich, at least) show flashes of talent. Beech, I've never seen him even complete a pass, he looks completely lost out there. And he's centering Semin and Ovechkin. What am I missing?

Posted by: katzistan | March 5, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Re: Beech

A lack of anyone better to replace him with at this point. The week of July 1 is going to be an interesting one in Caps country. The Caps would be fools to fire anyone one right now. The rest of the league is amazed that Hanlon has bene able to get what he has gotten out of the team, and GMGM is probably one of the shrewdest negotiators in the league.

And I thought the attendance Saturday was fairly good. Tuesday was rather dead though. Not as quiet as the Wizards crowd on Sunday though. They were outright moribund for most of that game.

Posted by: EricS | March 5, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The problem isn't coaching....its a pure lack of talent. It's not like a new coach is suddenly going to make this team start winning. Until Ted decides he wants to spend money, its going to be the same results no matter who is behind the bench.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | March 5, 2007 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Guys, Great Comments....yea I dont think the problem is is talent, talent and lack of talent. As for when will Ted spend money. He stopped b/c he was burned by Jagged eddge, I mean Jagr......

Guys the blame goes on to the GM...When he fired Ron Wilson and hired that Hardy boy coach..Cassidy for a vertran team with Kono, jagr, etc....only in DC could George survive. ( Now I realize that Ron struggled that year b4 cassiday came in but come one....Bruce.)

Ted plz get some talent b4 Ovies mom takes him out of dc and puts him in NY or Toronto.

Go Caps

Posted by: abbi76 | March 5, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse

no depth, injuries, no luck,...blah, blah, blah...
The fact is, these players are still "Professional Hockey Players" and they are paid millions to play the game. The game still starts out at 0-0. Both goalies' nets are the same size, and the ice is even on both sides. They use the same equipment as other teams use and other teams also suffer injuries...
No Excuses for this pathetic season!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 5, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

>...(11 forwards, 7 defensemen)...

>Wow is that a thin lineup. I really don't
>want to se Fleischman playing center

Maybe what they could do is play the 2-3 system that Ron Wilson did a few years back
for some games.

Posted by: sdg | March 5, 2007 10:24 PM | Report abuse

11 forwards, 7 defensemen. All that tells me is that the Caps need to look at the young defensemen (Jurcina, Morrisonn, Eminger, Green, Schultz) more than they need to look at forwards (more of them are known quantities). All of what unfolds from now on is with the summer (trades?) or next year in mind.

Posted by: The Peerless | March 6, 2007 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Its not that I don't mind losing since we need that lottery pick and all, but I absolutley despise watching the caps go down with little effort, like the 6-2 loss to the Islanders. Obviously there is no "or what" from me, but I'd like a reason to continue to watch caps games this season.

I will anyway, but theyre more exciting when I think it'll be a close game.

Posted by: Graham | March 6, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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