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Boudreau: 'As of today, he's in'

Coach Bruce Boudreau was coy when asked whether Alex Ovechkin would be back in the lineup tomorrow, saying: "As of today, he's in."

So it appears that as long as there aren't any setbacks, he should return from a 16-day layoff against the Rangers tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden.

Here's a video of Ovechkin from this morning's practice at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 16, 2009; 12:46 PM ET
 
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Sounds like good news to me. We're not too good against the Atlantic division this year...

Posted by: Raber | November 16, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

It'll be good to have Ovechkin back in the lineup, especially with Knuble out for 3-4 weeks with that finger surgery (which I'm glad to hear went well!)

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Perrault is already being noticed at the NHL level by people outside of Washington. I knew he was QMJHL player of the year at one point but really didn't know he lit it up back to back years. This kid's for real.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=506225


Posted by: fanohock1 | November 16, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Over on the Rags' blog, it looks like they are not fond of our Donald... their Donald. THE Donald. I'm so glad they made the investment; sounds like he's really working out well up there.

</sarcasm>

Still - Brash had to go somewhere, and the Rangers might have been a good choice for him... but I expect we'll be hearing a retirement announcement in a year or so.

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

WTF is going on with Nylander and why can't he just go away?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 16, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Great article on Perrault. I am glad he didn't get a rush call-up last year and seems to have developed quite nicely.

@Fro

I found the link for a second, but I have to find it again. Caps/Rags outdoors would be awesome.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Still - Brash had to go somewhere, and the Rangers might have been a good choice for him... but I expect we'll be hearing a retirement announcement in a year or so.

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:19 PM |

In two years. No way Brash is going to leave 1.4 mil/yr out, he'll never get offered that much money again. Definitely his last NHL contract.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Perrault looks like Ovechkin when he accelerates. The same upper body position. It was funny vs NJ, looked like Ovechkin was playing.

Does anybody agree?

Now we need to trade for Robert and Martin.

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 16, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - Two years, then; could not remember the length of his contract with the Rangers. Thanks. :-)

Totally agreed on the article on #8.5! He's gonna be one heck of an NHL dude for a pint-sized centerman. Perreault is MUCH better than the other pint-sized centerman who got away from us earlier this season to a Penguins team that has fans that really appreciate his size and strengths...

...like the Rangers fans appreciate Brashear. :-p

</more sarcasm>

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@Fro:
I didn't read the link you posted, but I did hear about this elsewhere. I've been to the NY State Fairgrounds for other events and can't quite picture it as having good sightlines for hockey.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 16, 2009 1:01 PM |


Ya- I actually had the same concern about the sightlines. So I emailed the author of the article, and her reply was:
"The rink will be set up on the infield in front of the grandstand area. More portable bleachers and VIP tents will be brought in. I'm going out to the fairgrounds tomorrow, so I should have a better idea of some of the details then."

Either way, I'm going to head back home for it. Since I didn't get selected for the Winter Classic tix lottery- the AHL game will have to do.

Posted by: Fro_ | November 16, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry - Perreault looks so much like Ovechkin that I've been calling him #8.5 (instead of 85) or "Mini-Me" since his second game! I <3 that guy!!!

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad to see both Perreault and Fleischmann doing so well! It really vindicates me for having defended Flash all season last year, and I seriously hope he keeps it up! :-)

Flash, BTW, is on pace for a 91-point season, one point better than Backstrom right now. Perreault is on pace for a 68-point season.

Right now, it's:

Player (Point Pace)
* Ovechkin (135)
* Fleischmann (91)
* Backstrom (90)
* Laich (78)
* Green (78)
* Semin (77)
* Perreault (68)
* Knuble (65)
* Morrison (62)

Interesting, huh? Here's my source for the numbers.

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Also, glad Ovi is back. (I guess...)

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

68 pts. would definetely put Perrault up there as a Calder favorite. That would be quite the pleasant surprise, since it seems Varlamov probably is out of the running for it now.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Alleluia, Ovi is back.

My bet is that Varly will be in goal tomorrow. He won the series against the Rags last year after all. I don't blame BB for not pulling BB the other day. By the time he pulled him, it would have been to late for us to come back and win so why destroy his confidence?

Okay, now we are ready for Nyls news.

And you guys cannot say "why won't he go away?" though we all wish we could move on. It is not like he is unfairly deciding to exact punishment on us. He was courted and given a contract that goes through next year. I do hope we hear something today though.

Posted by: caraveli | November 16, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

From the demented hair to the headlong skating style to the way the puck seems to seek him out, Perreault's a thrill. Our own Microvechkin. Mini 'V, if you will.

Posted by: redlineblue | November 16, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm..

#8.5
Mini-Me

Now... MicrOvechkin. I love it.

Posted by: jdhoover | November 16, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Perrault and BMo are going to be on NHL Live later today.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

With Gordon apparently injured again, they'd have to recall someone if Ovi couldn't go, right?

So it should be apparently pretty early on tomorrow if they feel confident he'll play.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 16, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

wow,prudential center looks so much bigger on tv. just as many fans at practice too...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 16, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

@jdhoover - MicrOvechkin? I love it!!! :-)

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

As funny as MicrOvechkin is, I don't think it's really fitting :-P.

Still looks more like Martin St. Louis to me. Doesn't have the hitting component, but definitely the heart, speed, and hands.

Notice I didn't say Briere (even though Perreault said he looked up to him too). Perreault hasn't demonstrated being a cheap shot kind of player, whereas Briere was demonstrating Flyer-like tendencies before he was even on the Flyers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxi77lWJdaw

Posted by: Raber | November 16, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Re Perrault, Flash etc - where are the GMGM haters this year? The Semin/Greene bashers have been out in force and even a few "BB's days are numbered" posts, but not the usual vitriol about GMGM. Is everyone feeling ok?

Posted by: hook99 | November 16, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

GMGM comments can be found under the headings of Nyls and circles

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | November 16, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Not fitting as in Style..No crushing hits , no pass it off the wall to myself plays..

But I love it because its positive. Something that makes us smile about our Caps.

And, @ irockthered, if you were handing me credit for it, it belongs to redlineblue.


Posted by: jdhoover | November 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

MicrOvechkin, love it!

Ovie liked him too, said "Mathieu will have a great future".

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 16, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Perrault brings Ovi's level of energy, but he's got softer hands like Semin and a passing ability not far below Backstrom's.

So I'm pretty sure the correct appellation would be MicrOviBackSem.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 16, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli:
"...I don't blame BB for not pulling BB the other day..."

I assume you meant: I don't blame BB for not pulling Theodore the other day.

However the way you stated it is interesting and amusing. :)

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | November 16, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

wow,prudential center looks so much bigger on tv. just as many fans at practice too...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 16, 2009 1:54 PM

Actually they are practicing at the AmeriHealth Pavillion, the Devils' practice facility which is adjacent to the Prudential Center. Unlike Kettler they do not let the public watch practice, because of security reasons since it connects directly to the arena.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | November 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

You guys are setting the bar pretty high on Perrault. So far, very impressive. I really like what I've seen, but to even assume that he can retain a spot in the line-up is a bit much at this point. Could it be that everyone's so overly critical of these players because the expectations are unrealistic?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

MICROVECHKIN.

!!!!!!

The best. Nickname. Ever.

Posted by: large23220 | November 16, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Chad8 -- don't take that from my MicrOviBackSem comment; I think Perrault is terrific but he's not as talented as any of those three and he's greener.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 16, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya Sonyask, not intended to be a reply to that. I think he's playing great, but he's playing for his life too. I hope I'm wrong, I just don't see that lasting forever, ya know?

Posted by: Chad8 | November 16, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

irock: I'm going to take credit for inventing the nickname "Mini Me" for Perreault and then adding Ovechkin would be Dr Evil.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 16, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Perrault had talked about getting advice from Jose about playing like a veteran -- not burning out from the desire to stay in the bigs. It's hard to imagine he can keep up the same pace, but then again 1) he's a youngster, and 2) what he does with pure energy now he will later be able to accomplish with experience.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 16, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Please, people, learn to spell his name:
PERREAULT

Some, but not all of you, keeping leaving out the second E.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 16, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I like 8.5 for Perreault. Seriously though he has made a great splash with his NHL debut. He made the most of a rare opportunity--extra ice time because of Ovi's injury. Of course he's green and I expect that he will go back to Hershey When our forwards are healthy for the ice time and training alone. But like others such as Our d-guys Carlson and Alzner among others we have some pretty exciting talent as part of the Caps future. This promise of talent makes me very happy.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I like 8.5 for Perreault. Seriously though he has made a great splash with his NHL debut. He made the most of a rare opportunity--extra ice time because of Ovi's injury. Of course he's green and I expect that he will go back to Hershey When our forwards are healthy for the ice time and training alone. But like others such as Our d-guys Carlson and Alzner among others we have some pretty exciting talent as part of the Caps future. This promise of talent makes me very happy.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

since he's a center, i like Nextstrom as a nickname for 85. however, i would like to wait until he's played at least 10 games in the nhl before he gets a nickname...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 16, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I should have rephrased my statement with a "we" instead of "you guys". I've jumped on the bandwagon with this kid too and I hope you're right.

Posted by: Chad8 | November 16, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Please, people, learn to spell his name:
PERREAULT

Some, but not all of you, keeping leaving out the second E.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 16, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse
------------------------------

Guilty as charged... won't happen again, thanks for the tip! :)

Posted by: Chad8 | November 16, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

If I were Gordon I'd be worried.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 16, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@Tess2201:

Thank you so much for making that clear. I had no idea who everyone was talking about when they were typing Perrault, now I know, they were talking about Perreault!

So back to being on topic, I don't think we should be bringing OV (sorry guys, Ovechkin) back yet. If they aren't 100% sure right now then they need to sit him, there is no need to risk him over 2 points right now. I would like to see one of the young guys in Hershey like Osala, Beagle, or Bouchard. Whoever has earned it out of those three or if I am missing someone, don't say Aucoin because he only has 2 games left before he has to clear waivers and I have seen Giroux (oh crap Tess am I missing a letter?) already so I want to see one of the other guys.

Posted by: GreenerLife | November 16, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I think the sarcasm alarm went off after the first paragraph, the rest were just overkill LOL

Posted by: Chad8 | November 16, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@Chad8 and GreenerLife

LOL
As someone whose last name is frequently misspelled and mispronounced, I'm sensitive about these things, but I didn't mean to come off as a b!tch.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 16, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

My bad, it wasn't intentional from the get go. The opportunity just presented itself becuase I really don't know how to spell Giroux and I would be extremely annoyed if someone made a point to correct me about something so mundane. The OV one was probably overkill though. Good point.

Posted by: GreenerLife | November 16, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Again, Tess I'm sorry, it was a kneejerk reaction and I have been a bit tense because of all the Semin bashing. And yes it is bashing when you nitpick every mistake he makes during a game when nobody played well and yet you focus on him only. But just curious, what is your name that is mis-pronounced all the time. Are you a franco-phone as well as our good friend Matty as OV likes to call him.

Posted by: GreenerLife | November 16, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

rose colored glasses vs complainers. What irks me...

Funny how people complain after a loss when the team is doing very well. Also more interesting is the number of people that complain about the "new fan" complainers.

What i've seen, is that a fan (old or new) that is always positive is just as bad as a fan that always complains.

I'm stoked Q is getting time, and love to see Sloan playing well. Semin is actually my favorite player, but he's just been awful lately (from what he is capable of). The caveat being i'd rather see him be awful on the ice than Fehr being average.

Green is another player whose points indicate he's playing well. However, I'm more critical of his sloppy play when we have the lead, and holding onto the puck way too long on the powerplay. Moving feet creates space, standing still creates odd-man rushes the other way. Yes, he did great setting up Semin the other night with his rushes... just move the feet on the PP also!

My point is just try not to label critical posts as negative all the time, or you end up missing out on some valid thoughts... even though they were not phrased in the most fashionable way.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | November 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Again, I'm sorry Tess. It was a kneejerk reaction, and I'm cranky from all the Semin bashing going on lately. Excuses excuses, i know. But it irritates me. Why bring up one error of his every loss, and even after wins as the reason we (almost) lost. People have brought up the stats but I'm going to leave all that out of this and say, TARIK, WE DON'T NEED A WHIPPING BOY WHEN WE ARE IN FIRST PLACE!!!

Posted by: GreenerLife | November 16, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

oops it told me one of those didn't post. LIAR!!

Posted by: GreenerLife | November 16, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

GreenerLife:
No, not a Frenchy. I'm of German descent.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 16, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll take credit for calling him #8.5 first. Perreault is great, and I hope we keep him for the rest of the season! My reason for likening him to Ovechkin is the similarity of skating styles. :-)

I will also point out (again, while we're on the topic of spelling) that Ovechkin spells his nickname "Ovi".

Varlamov spells his "Varly".

If I can get people to use the players' preferred spellings for their nicknames, I'll be very happy. :-)

The worst misspelling of my maiden name I ever saw was "Himmler." The name was "Hamrick." *snerk* I also got Hamrich, Hammerich, Hammerick... and any number of other variations, even though the name is spelled as it is pronounced: Ham. Rick. :-) I get "Robinson" all the time now, even though the name is "RobERTson." Drives me nuts.

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Fans are negative because they see the same players making the same basic mistakes. If we can see it, why can't the players see it on tape.

We are lucky to have such a good team but we also want to see the cup skated around by our caps.

Too many playoff letdowns not be jaded and hyper critical.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | November 16, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

looks like no forsberg to the caps or anyone in the nhl for that matter. he said he is playing in the swedish elite league this year

Posted by: _stevo | November 16, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

My point is just try not to label critical posts as negative all the time, or you end up missing out on some valid thoughts... even though they were not phrased in the most fashionable way.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | November 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

amen

now whats this about semin and turnovers. This is all new to me.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 16, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Perreault has performed everywhere he has been. His stint in the LHJMQ was extremely successful. He was the MVP and top scorer in the league 2 years ago with 114 points,, 8 points ahead of Claude Giroux, who plays for the Flyers. THe LHJMQ is notorious for being one of the fastest, most higly skilled league of the 3 Junior leagues in Quebec but has at times a reputation for producing players within a not so physical system. In 194 games during his Junior Career, he raked up 285 pints, 165 PIM and 57 points in 41 Play-off games. He missed a total of 16 games in 3 years so, he is quite durable.
Another interesting thing is that he was a first round, second draft choice for the Acadie-Bathurst Junior Major team. Also, he played his Midget AAA in Magog, where, in his last year, he got 72 points in 40 games.
Obviously, the NHL is quite a big step for this little piece of humankind but my bet is that Perreault will, one day not too far in the future, be a regular.

Posted by: atybat | November 16, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@cadlecreek1 - I disagree. While we've seen many disappointments, the team is (on the whole) doing VERY well this season. We can find something positive to say; the all-bad-all-the-time folks obviously never got to watch Bambi!

"If ya cain't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all!"
~Thumper

It's a bit of an exaggeration, really, but the truth is, if you tell something a thing is true often enough, they will begin to believe that thing really is true. I don't want Sasha Semin to think he's a terrible hockey player. He's oozing talent! And he's still very young. His big mistake in the game on Saturday was in not taking the penalty to stop the shot.

Of course, if he HAD, we'd crucify him for that, too... :-p

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

GreenerLife/tess2201:

I'm of German descent.
Posted by: tess2201

me too - my last name has been butchered to no end. i'll answer to just about anything other than *sshole

i have a friend i've known for over 30 yrs that still calls me 'Kurt'

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 16, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

MicrOviBackSem sounds like an antibiotic.

Posted by: Steakum | November 16, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

FYI Forsberg staying in Sweden to play with Modo so all those rumors can stop.

Posted by: ThePat | November 16, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Rose-colored glasses vs complainers--I don't accept either category for me. I am a half-glass full person or in other words pretty positive. But don't assume that means I can't analyze or recognize strengths and weaknesses of each player or of our team in general. I am more of an identify the problem and try to rectify it. Incessant complaining and only negative criticism is just as useless as blind homer fandom. I get tired of both kinds of posts. I read this board constantly and I have something to say on the Caps good days and on their bad. And make no mistake I know when I will pay attention to a post even if the poster is very negative but there is some solid criticism worthy of mulling or responding to. I like reading points of view in variance of my own. However I do get tired of constant flogging of certain players or giving them no margin for error or holding them to a higher standard.
It really isn't useful or fair. To wit I will defend Semin or Schultz or Green or Theo if I get tired of the bashing. I will remind posters thar hockey is first and foremost a team sport.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I always like the funny posts!!!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered--agree with you 100%--perfect example of why criticism only is not fair. Praise or recognition of a job well done is just as important as identifying the causes (note multiple) of a loss. For some Semin can't catch a break. On the whole our team is a work in progress. I feel good when I see problems we have had in the past being addressed even if we slip. Sorry for the cliche but Re wasn't built in a day!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Meant Rome wasn't built in a day. Mind you I think of this season as our building period in preparation for the playoffs. That is what's on the players minds. Of that I have no doubt.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Microvechkin made my co-worker (a Pens fan) laugh saying "that's a good one" so that might take the #1 spot. But I still like the one my friend came up with "Matty Po".

Posted by: pkendrick | November 16, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

If Chad can call himself "Ocho Cinco," I think we should call Perreault "Huit Cinq."

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 16, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Is it too much to ask for a Nylander update? GMGM was supposed to call in from Toronto last Tuesday with information per his quotes from last Monday.Unless I'm missing the news, it's been ignored for close to week now.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 16, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Riddler1 -- I can provide an update. Nylander has not reached an agreement with any team.

Granted that is by virtue of deduction, but I'd venture it's accurate

Posted by: Sonyask | November 16, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

LOL thanks for the insight.

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 16, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Nope Tarik provided more news on Thursday I think--Nylander was mulling over an offer--as the article read his agent wanted to include a clause that would allow him to bolt to a better team at any time during the period in which he was loaned to the team. There was a lot of back and forth among posters at the time--myself included. He's a deliberate one our Nyls but I hope realizes that the current limbo cannot continue.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil (from Previous Thread)

If the Caps hold on to win the South East and the Devils hold on to win the Atlantic (otherwise known as "Division 1"), the Devils will not be our first round opponent.

I think the Caps' odds of holding onto the SE is better than the Devils' odds of holding onto the Atlantic. Odds are, if the Devils can't hold onto first, they would be 2nd or 3rd in their division, which would mean a 4th or 5th in the conference, given my lack of confidence, by comparison to the Devils, to whoever finishes 2nd in the SE or NE.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@Capsyoungguns (from a previous thread)

I enjoy the articles and statistical analysis on Japers. But it's just not as much fun to post there as here. Some of the writers seem to feel their opinion is the "right" one.

We also don't learn as much about the "people behind the posters" as we do here.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

How is this for a conspiracy theory? -
A few NHL teams string Nylander along, telling him they "might" be interested in him at some point. As a result, Nylander stalls in making an agreement with a Russian team. With each day of delay, the Caps salary cap room shrinks, limiting their options for later this year.

Too paranoid?

Posted by: zmega | November 16, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

Agreed on Semin. If he had taken a penalty to stop the goal, he would have been crucified. It seems like throughout the Caps blogosphere, Semin had no margin of error.

I hope, for his sake, the Caps management and coaching staff has a better opinion of him than the bloggers and the press and expresses it to him. (If I were in a job where the opinions of my work were as negative as what I read about Semin, I would be gone. And I'm a person that does not change jobs at the drop of a hat. If anything, I tend to wait until it's too late.)

By the way, the opinions expressed on Semin by many of our posters over the last two days have been more positive. Yes, many CI readers have been defending him.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

How is this for a conspiracy theory? -
A few NHL teams string Nylander along, telling him they "might" be interested in him at some point. As a result, Nylander stalls in making an agreement with a Russian team. With each day of delay, the Caps salary cap room shrinks, limiting their options for later this year.

Too paranoid?

Posted by: zmega | November 16, 2009 6:30 PM

A bit far fetched. My guess is Nylander is still trying to figure out what to do with his family. Though the news earlier about there being an issue with a (completely unreasonable) clause Nylander wanted in the contract worries me.

Posted by: Raber | November 16, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Not at all zmega, I am with ya.

Nylander is obviously Bettman's long lost step-son Freddy Kreuger look-alike who has been employed by the Bettman-Crosby Foundation to prevent the Caps from ever beating the Pens in the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

In less than spectacular news, my fiance just totaled our new car.

+She's not hurt.

-Everything else.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan75

oh, don't be shy about using google! you can learn a lot about the opinionistas on japers. i looked a couple of them up (hey, they're the ones using real names) and i realized i was reading drivel from people who i wouldn't trust to valet park my car in real life. so i deleted the bookmark a few days ago and i haven't been back. i feel more calm already.

bet semin wouldn't trust them to valet park his car either :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | November 16, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

i guess that comment is funnier if you know i drive a ten year old car with several dings and a crack in the windshield :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | November 16, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

i guess that comment is funnier if you know i drive a ten year old car with several dings and a crack in the windshield :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | November 16, 2009 6:45 PM |

At least you drive a car. : |

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

sorry about your car! :D

be nice to your sweetie- she didn't mean to kill your car.

Posted by: spinner-33 | November 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

On the lines in pratice (from several posters),

I had originally assumed that the top line, when Ovi returned, would be Ovi/Backstrom/Flash. However, the performance of the "top" line on Saturday probably convinced Boudreau otherwise. (Minus 9, would you believe?)

He figured -- just blow that line away and don't let any of these guys see one another on Tuesday. Backstrom and Ovi work well, so the others got dispersed. Clark essentially got the right wing slot by default (avoiding both Semin & Fehr who had appeared there Saturday). They left Semin on the 2nd line. And since they probably didn't want Flash to be with Backstrom or Semin, he ended up on the third line, also by default. And Fehr ended up on the 4th.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

@spinner-33

I use google plenty. Looking up the opinionistas on Japers just wasn't high enough on my priority list to do so. Well, at least they use their real names and don't just write anonymously.

For the opinion of any player, the opinion of Boudreau and of McPhee are the ones who matter, not any writer or blogger. (I'll admit I lose my perspective at times.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

In less than spectacular news, my fiance just totaled our new car.

+She's not hurt.

-Everything else.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 16, 2009 6:39 PM

That sucks dude. Not sure what to offer besides my condolences and this:

At least we're not the Hurricanes, celebrating after a shootout win where they blew a 3 goal lead after 14 straight losses.

Posted by: Raber | November 16, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

At Japers I like the articles analyzing the players, especially JP' (something Pepper I believe). I don't care much for the fan posts but sometimes check them out, and I just scan through the posters. They have a tendency to write as if it's all one inside joke between them. I do enjoy reading the posters when they go on the attack with a troll poster who comes onto the Japers board to diss one of our Caps, especially Ovi. BUT I never bother to post there--they are too much into avatars and statements and images, and sometimes I wonder what the actual ages of the posters are. I was once moved to comment but then when I discovered that before I could write my comment I had to do all this COMPUTER stuff (definitely felt my age), I said "oh the H*ll with the it" and went to another board. That's what I like about here: just write, submit, and read.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 16, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

"Mini-Me", "#8.5", "Microvechkin", "Hiut Cinq"...I like 'em all, so here's some more:

"Ovi-Lite"

"Matthieu le Grand" (in French, since Александр Великий is "Alexander the Great"
in Russian)

"Le Grand Quatre-Vignt-Cinq" ("The Great Eighty Five")

Thoughts, anyone?

Posted by: Rhino40 | November 16, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan75--oh I never post there. I just like getting a fresh or different perspective sometimes. And they have good links to other non-Caps oriented sites. They do good stats there. I hope sometime to get one of the posters here who are good with numbers to such as tominfl to read over the stats. Numbers are like words--easy to spin and can be quite misleading. Whatever else though they are Caps fans true and blue and we can never have enough of those!

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | November 16, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Nextsrom

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 16, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Not at all zmega, I am with ya.

Nylander is obviously Bettman's long lost step-son Freddy Kreuger look-alike who has been employed by the Bettman-Crosby Foundation to prevent the Caps from ever beating the Pens in the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil

Lol, that crossed my mind after I read zmega's post too. As soon as I read that post I could smell stinky penguins all over that one. I'm sure Mcreary fits into your additional theory somewhere too..:)

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | November 16, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Bondra likes Semin well enough:

http://onfrozenblog.com/

Posted by: SlugGirl69 | November 16, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

@SlugGirl69

I read that article also. Great post on OFB. I trust Bondra's opinion on Semin more that I trust a blogger who claimed to talk to a scout who believes that Semin's game and attitude have not improved since age 16. Bondra actually roomed with the guy on the road.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@Capsyoungguns

Agree with you that the folks on Japers are true blue Caps fans. They have several different people posting with them. I may disagree with some of them on certain subjects but they're fans.

They had some pretty good articles up today.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, that plus/minus explanation of the unfortunate events only applies at even strength.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 16, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@newbiecapsfan07

There does seem to be an awful lot of talk about avatars on Japers. There was one regular poster there who seemed awfully obsessed about avatars so there's generally comments on avatars. You got a point on the inside jokiness of the posters there.

I've also read some comments of them dissing Capitals Insiders, along with them dissing On Frozen Blog for being too positive.

I read all the main Caps bloggers and see strengths and weaknesses in each. I prefer the posting community here, for the most part even thougth we've had our share of annoying trolls.

The Caps official message board is pretty lame these days, since the new boards started. Many of the former regular posters from the old official boards moved onto an unofficial board but I don't really care for how that "unofficial" board has evolved.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@GreenerLife

You're not the only one cranky because of the Semin bashing going on in the Caps blogosphere. So am I. I've spent too much time this month complaining to both my husband and my office mate about it.

No, we don't need a whipping boy when we're in first place.

The Semin bashing not the only thing making me cranky this month. Ovi's injury (and the fact that the Blue Jackets dared to boast about it afterwards.) I'm watching (and hearing) of bad things happening to other people I like, outside of Caps land, as well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy watching Perrault. He looked great in training camp and the pre-season games he played in.

Thie year has been the story of 3 little French guys who could, even though they could not all stay with the Caps.

There was Bourque -- he had made the team but we couldn't keep him, so we waived him and the Pens picked him up. (Okay, he grew up in Mass but his dad is French-Canadian so he counts as French.)

Then there's Aucoin, who did well in pre-season and was called up, did pretty well for us, but is back down in Hershey. He's our old little French guy. (Grew up in Mass. also. Don't know more about his family.)

And finally there's Perrault, a genuine French Canadian who is also small of stature but big of heart.

Perrault should certainly be near and dear to Boudreau's heart. Boudreau is a little guy whose ancestry is, of course, French.

On BOurque, Aucoin, Perrault:

"Trois petits hommes français"

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say Perreault. I kept leaving out the 2nd "e". Or should I say deuxième "e"? Deuxieme is 2nd in French.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I just discovered that the last name Perreault is derived from the French name "Pierre" which is, of course, French for Peter. In other words, Matthieu is "like a rock". (Cue: Bob Seegar song.)

Perreault is the French equivalent of Peterson or Peters. (H. Ross Perot's last name is another variant.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

anything on nylander?

Posted by: gocaps01 | November 16, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I vote for "Ovi-Lite" out of the other available options.

Secondly, CapsFan75, I like your 3 little French guys story. It's like the three little pigs. In fact, if you replace Bourque with Theo, it works better. All three little French guys are very talented and energetic. But maybe we can say that one built his house with, what was it, straw? He was inconsistent and lost his big chance. The other, Aucoin, built it with (I think) wood. He did well, but didn't have a major impact. And the last one, Ovi lite, is building his house with brick and maybe he will be safe from the bad wolves.

Posted by: caraveli | November 16, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

Yeah, Theodore is a little French guy also. (You'd rather have Jose in your story than Bourque even though Bourque is also a forward? Plus, he's still on the team which Bourque isn't.)

In any case, bricks are as hard and durable, like rocks. Perreault is derived from Pierre (French for Peter) which means rock. So MP is "like a rock".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

very cute caraveli!! BTW I did just check out On Frozen Blog--very good insights from two guys Bonzai and Bondra who both know Semin a lot better than most--We need to keep the faith in Sasha. Like the Caps themselves: When they are good they are very good.....!!!

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 16, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

ugh! enough with the ovechkin "injury reporting"!!!! nobody should care!!!!!!! He wasn't even that injured and all of this silly guess work and obsession over "oh is he going to play tonight?! where is he in practice and what does that say about if he's going to play tonight? Who rode with him in his car this morning and where did they park and what does that say about whether Ovechkin is ready to play tonight? What does Bruce Boudreau, the only person I quote for this paper, think about the rotation in Ovechkin's shoulder, which was never really injured? And what does that say about WHETHER OVECHKIN IS READY TO GO TONIGHT?! BETTER GET SOME VIDEO AND SPECULATE ON THE BLOG ABOUT WHETHER OVECHKIN IS GOING TO PLAY TONIGHT!!!!!"

Posted by: fronesis1016 | November 16, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@Sonyask

Agreed on B. Gordon. Wonder if he may have Wally Pipp'ed himself out of a job.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

very cute caraveli!! BTW I did just check out On Frozen Blog--very good insights from two guys Bonzai and Bondra who both know Semin

--------

Not a major thing here, just wanted to let you know that Bonzai and Bondra are in fact the same person. Bonzai was/is one of Bondra's nicknames. No biggie :)

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | November 16, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

@newbiecapsfan07

Well, Sasha does have a curl in the middle of his forehead (when his hair's of the proper length)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Or should we call Perreault "mini-moi"? (He's got to be the French version of "mini me".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

CapsFan75 @ newbiecapsfan07:

I am totally on board with Semin. Okay he is a little moody and definitely a loner and sometimes he can be a wild card. So what! He is incredibly talented and his net contribution is, without a doubt, a plus. We don't judge Ovi by his turn-overs because we see them as part of the price to be paid for his aggressive, risk-defying style of playing and his contribution to the team is staggering. Semin is not quite Ovi but the analogy is valid.

I get much more irritated by the penalties and other mistakes of players like Juice or Brashear that do not make up for them by being high scorers.

Sasha needn't worry. I am definitely keeping him on the team for next year.

Posted by: caraveli | November 16, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Now that we have the 3 little French pigs, what other groupings can we get in 3's? We have the three burly Russians (the Alexes and Varly). I can't find any three hot guys because, to me, only Steckel and Knubble are really good-looking and seem to have their teeth and limbs intact.

Posted by: caraveli | November 16, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Why are they practicing in New Jersey?

Posted by: arcassells | November 16, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@ arcassells

They'll be playing in MSG tomorrow, so instead of coming back to KCI, they stayed in New Jersey. Less travel and more time to rest up.

Posted by: elicea | November 16, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

I'd like to keep Sasha. I just hope that Boudreau hasn't reached the end of his rope with him at this point.

Corey on the Wash Times had noted that Semin wasn't demoted from the 2nd line as a result of the turnover on Saturday.

I also had noticed that Flash and Backstrom both low Time on Ice figures, less than Semin and even less than Morrison and Laich.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

The French word for pig is "cochon". Hence, the three little pigs is "Les trois petits cochons". So, is our nickname here for Perrault, Aucoin and Theodore/Bourque to be "Les trois petits cochons"?

The Caps are certainly represented by the French. Pothier is French -- his name comes from the old French word, pot, which means drinking vessel. (I wonder if Poti means something similar in Italian.)

We have no shortage of French guys at Hershey: Giroux, Aucoin, Bouchard, Joudrey.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Your league leaders, going into today (Monday), in points per minute (minimum 6 games played), according to ESPN (it's the statistic they call "PROD", and it's actually displayed as minutes per point, so these numbers are actually how long elapses between each point):

1. James van Riemsdyk, Flyers, 11:22 (that's right, a Flyers rookie is leading the league in points per minute)
2. Ilya Kovalchuk, Thrashers, 12:27
3. MATHIEU PERRAULT, your Washington Capitals, 13:13
4. Alex Ovechkin, your Washington Capitals, 13:20
5. Brian McGrattan, Flames, 13:27
6. KEITH AUCOIN, your Washington Capitals, 13:40
7. Rich Peverley, Thrashers, 13:44
8. Anze Kopitar, Kings, 14:19
9. J.P. Dumont, Predators, 14:59
10. Tomas Fleischmann, your Washington Capitals, 15:28

Now, I'm not that sold on Aucoin necessarily, but Perreault definitely needs to stay at the very least until he falls out of the top 3 in the entire league in productivity. I don't care what has to happen for him to stay. Sending him back would be a huge mistake. He looks really good, and he plays hard. He's also +5 in six games.

And here's a good article about Perreault in case you missed it: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=506225

I guess I have missed out on the Semin bashing--I'm not a regular reader or anything--but there really shouldn't be any. Alexander Semin last year led the entire league in points per minute of ice time (minimum 20 games played).

I think I should say that again.

Alexander Semin last year led the entire NHL in points per minute, amongst those who played in at least 20 games. He was the best player at that very meaningful statistic.

He was also +25, which was one of the very best numbers for forwards on a per-game basis last year.

You can hardly expect him to continue that pace for the rest of his career. He's got 9 goals and 8 assists in 18 games. That would translate to 41 goals and 36 assists for 77 points in an 82-game season. He's +1. He's not doing as well so far. But I'll take that production from my second-best forward any day.

Posted by: youaresquishy | November 16, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli - The three Caps hotties? That would be Fleischmann, Steckel, and Knuble. ;-)

I'm still going with 8.5 and/or Microvechkin for Perreault.

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 - I wouldn't call a French guy a cochon. It has some negative connotations in that language... :-p They're along the lines of calling someone the proper term for a female dog in English...

Posted by: irockthered | November 16, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy

Very well researched post.

There's been a lot of Semin bashing in the Cap blogosphere. If I'm reading things right, I wonder if Boudreau has lost patience with him at this point. With all the Semin bashing going on, I fear he's headed elsewhere for next year. A guy wants to play where he's appreciated, not where he's criticized for anything and everything. I'll admit he's made plenty of mistakes as of late. But others have made similar mistakes and are castigated nowhere nearly as badly.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

Do you have a better term? The whole "pig" thing started when I was talking about the trio of little French guys who had been with the team (Bourque, Aucoin, Perreault), so Caraveli was reminded of the story of the "Three Little Pigs". So, I had to look up the French word for "pig" on line.

Odd note: the term "chauvinism" was based on a French word. Well, we know that "male chauvinist pig" was a favorite insult of feminists for male.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

Agree that Flash is nice looking.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli

I'm not sure I would consider Semin "burly". If anything, he looks pretty thin. Nor would I consider Varly burly of build.

Ovi would qualify as burly. He's built like a football player -- probably a tight end.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 16, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

The three Caps hotties?

i couldn't choose just three:
http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=57380

je suis un cochon

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 16, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Nylander decision expected this week
TheFourthPeriod.com

It's becoming more and more evident that veteran center Michael Nylander will be spending the rest of the 2009-10 season overseas in the KHL.

Capitals GM George McPhee confirmed to TFP earlier today that Nylander is willing to play in Russia and a decision about his future will be determined with "a day or two."

It has been widely reported that McPhee has been trying to trade Nylander, however no talks took place during the general manager's meetings in Toronto this week.

"I haven't experienced any of that," McPhee said, of trade discussions with his counterparts. "I haven't had one discussion."

Nylander could sign with Dynamo Minsk this week after he's been given the green light to be loaned to the club.

Posted by: puckman | November 16, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

@Capsfan75

I think Poti does mean drink, in I am guessing Italian (or Latin)as you mentioned. When I googled the meaning, it came up with: Potus, but the plural would be Poti (however, pronounced with a long \i\ sound.

Still trying to look for Knuble. I always feel that it should be some sort of Jewish side dish...in my family we refer to him as "knuble-ech soup" (hard to describe the sound the "ech" would make, kind of a hacking sound.

Ok, back to hockey, really looking forward to seeing how Bradle, Perreault, Flash line does tomorrow, if indeed that line will be played. Really hoping that Bradley and Steckel get on the scoreboard soon...they both have been playing so well this year, doing a lot of the little/good things, and after last year's playoffs if would be nice to see them have some regular season scoring success as well!

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | November 16, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

That post on Nylander was last Wednesday. Seems there a hang-up somewhere.

Posted by: puckman | November 16, 2009 11:47 PM | Report abuse

@The_Stanley_Caps

On Knuble. Both his parents were Latvians who had come over to America as children. He was born in Canada but raised as an American. (The family had been detailed to Toronto due to dad's job assignment.)

The name sounds vaguely Germanic (or Yiddish, as is your guess.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 17, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Now you guys have me nervous about our team....with such a high contingency of French players lets hope they are not like their brethren during the two world wars and start waving the white flags without a fight!

Posted by: PhilR | November 17, 2009 7:43 AM | Report abuse

I just hope that the guys don't let off of the pedal with Ovi back. The temptation is doubtless there.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 17, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

@the_stanley_capa--thanks for the FYI on Bondra. Sure wish I had seen him play.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 17, 2009 7:51 AM | Report abuse

I think we all cried with him when he left. His framed & signed jersey adorns our sportsie basement.

Posted by: Steakum | November 17, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

No problem Newbiecapsfan, he was definitely one of the elite players that played in DC, great player, great personality. And totally agree with Steakum, it was a sad day when he left. Very happy though we got such a quality player as Laich in return though!

I just did not want you to miss the reference. I have a feeling if he already hasn't, he will be attending some Caps games in upcoming weeks to take a good look at Flash for the Czech olympic team, as he is, I believe their GM for the upcoming olympics...And if he is in attendance, Laughlin (Locker) most often does refer to him as Bonsai....so there you go :)

Anyway, lets hope that tonight Caps really give it to the Rangers. I was thinking the other day how the Caps really wanted to beat Philly last year because Philly had knocked them out of the playoffs...and their first game against Philly was such a mess....I know we already played the Rangers, and lost to them, but it would be fun to make tonight a mess for them!
(but if not, I will take a not so messy win!)

Go Caps!

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | November 17, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

And by Czech, I meant Slovakian team, so therefor, by Flash, I meant Jurcina (who, I think has a good shot still...why not).

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | November 17, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Just wanted to weigh in on the "nickname for Perreault" debate...

Several times I've heard his buddy Francois Bouchard refer to him as "Perry" which in my opinion doesn't suit him at all. BB and Ovi have more recently called him "Matty" and I think that's better. And I think 8.5 and MicrOvechkin are great, although a little cumbersome.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 17, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

I like "Mini-Me" for Perreault. At the risk of being obnoxious, I had a little bit of bad inspiration last night.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 17, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Love that OV is perhaps ready to return, but mystified as to what is going on with Nylander -- is he still a Cap and on their books? I would like to see him gone so the Caps can bring in some help. I also really wonder if the Caps can trade for Semin. He has some much talent, but he is so selfish and destructive to team play. He seems very difficult to coach and he tends to bring his A game against weaker opponents and his C game to strong opponents -- not a good playoff player, in my opinion.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 17, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Boy, here we go again. Semin is amazing. And it is suppose to be easy to coach all amazing players? I think JIMALLCAPS way over generalizes and misses the forest for het trees. I would not want Semin on an opposing team. I want his skills with the Caps. They all make dumb passes and take penalties they should not. He is maturing and will continue to do so. Did you see his scoring video on Japers in the article about him? I am sure someone could make an error video, as well, but that could be done for any NHL player. Few have the scoring power shown on that video.

Posted by: Steakum | November 17, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

kittypawz: Thanks for jumping aboard the "Mini Me" train. Does this mean also you can call Ovechkin Dr. Evil?

:)

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 17, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

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