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Boudreau: Caps 'know how much Alex means to the team'

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he wouldn't tell the Caps to "win one for Alex [Ovechkin]" as the captain serves a two-game suspension, but added that he doesn't have to. "They know how much he's done for them," Boudreau said.

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 16, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
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Not having Steckel is going to hurt us...

I don't care about getting everyone involved...Walker I have always said was a waste...we already have bradley.

Belanger can replace Brendan Morrison, we need Morrison for depth.

Steckel and Gordon do all the little things that allow the others to skip out on...faceoffs, blocked shots, dzone coverages...

I know we have a ton of time left, but I want to have consistency down the stretch.

Steckel doesn't need time off...he had 2 weeks off a couple weeks ago...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 16, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps -- It's one game. Relax.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 16, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

gotcha butcher...i know...

crazy, but I'm the one who is happy ovie will have a 2 game rest...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 16, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Steckel played a phenomenal game the past two games, and especially Sunday.

I think he had something like 7 or 8 official hits, but probably more than that. His body is probably a bit sore, as it's not used to all that hitting.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

Guess who's back from his injury just in time for the Boston game?

Godard.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Man, those are some dour faces in that screen shot.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Carried over from a prevoius thread about tonight's lineup:

@cstanton1...Please relax, the Caps are 5-2 since the trade deadline, not exactly a shinking ship...the trades were for depth in case of a long playoff run....Walker is a depth player, I like him but frankly the 4th line of Steckel, Gordon & Bradley has shown more energy together than with him in the lineup...Flash on 1st line is a no brainer, that way the 2nd & 3rd line stay together some what, if we had OV palyting Chimera would probably drop to 4th line...ther eis now way Chimera is a 1st liner, I love how he plays but he doesn't have the finishing skill or hands that Flash does...Corvo has played 6 games (avg TOI=over19 min/game), looked a little out of sync at times I agree, but is a collective -1 over those games with 2 assists & some good work on the PK, I don't think the GM or coach are justifying anything, he missed 28 games earlier in the season, he needs to play to get back to top form for the playoffs...Steckel-it's his turn to sit, Bradley & Gordon sat, Fehr sat after three strong games with two goals in those games, Coach has a rotation going, and my prediction is that by the PIT game on the 24th we will start to see a set lineup heading toward the playoffs...but we now have some good NHL depth in case of injury or poor play

Posted by: boomer44 | March 16, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

hate to see Stecks sit. Like Soaringcaps said, he does all the little things (which become very important when AO is out).

Posted by: zyvo23 | March 16, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

lots of bashing on corvo. also keep in mind that pothier had another year on his contract. so we cleared some more cap room. in time we will see corvo plays a lot of minutes and is a top 4 with pothier was not. next year we could have green/sarge/alzner/carlson and hope we can go after volchekov

Posted by: samb99 | March 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Who cares...this team needs to win maybe 5 of the last 13 to clinch the #1?

Wrap it up...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 16, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

Guess who's back from his injury just in time for the Boston game?

Godard.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

even better than :)

But the Bruins will still run Cooke, as cleanly and hard as possible. They're not going to risk losing this game on a personal vendetta, every point is critical to them. Still, should make for a great playoff type atmosphere in Boston.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

seriously...downie gets a fine and no suspension for his takedown on crosby...

injury over intent is rediculous...sends the wrong message...

Posted by: deadskin | March 16, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Walker is a depth player, I like him but frankly the 4th line of Steckel, Gordon & Bradley has shown more energy together than with him in the lineup..
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come on, thats silly. Gordo in the lineup over Walker does not provide more intensity or energy. Walker goes thru people and he's hard to play against. Gordo is like the fly that you can swat at easily.

If you take Walker out of the lineup, that makes McPhee's deadline moves even weaker. Corvo has not made us better defensively. I'd say he's weakened us.

And Belanger has been a good addition, not a great one. So the Walker trade would be inconsequential, the Corvo trade would be damaging, and the Belanger trade would be a good move. Not exactly the level of support that a team needs from their GM. He didn't do squat for us last year and this year there was a lot of hoopla but a minimal upgrade if any.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

lots of bashing on corvo. also keep in mind that pothier had another year on his contract. so we cleared some more cap room. in time we will see corvo plays a lot of minutes and is a top 4 with pothier was not. next year we could have green/sarge/alzner/carlson and hope we can go after volchekov

Posted by: samb99 | March 16, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Samb,

Pothier's contract runs out this year, he is an UFA after the season. Poti has another year left at $3.5M. ShaMo Juice are also UFA's.

Posted by: opus1m | March 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

McPhee's deadline moves were made in case someone gets hurt. Statistics show someone will get hurt.

We will be ready.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 16, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Not suggesting any nefarious intent, but isn't it interesting that the Blackhawks' team doctor has today issued a report that Brian Campbell will not need surgery and should recover fully by early May, in time for the playoffs? Wonder what would have happened to Ovi's suspension if that was announced yesterday?????????

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 16, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Walker was a great addition. First, we were practically given him. Second, he brings much more energy and physicality than Gordon, and can replace Bradley if he needs a rest. Third, he is the only player on the Caps roster with any real amount of fighting ability, which was a missing piece that teams took advantage of earlier this season.

Belanger has not yet been what we hoped for, but I think he will work out - he has certainly shown flashes of brilliance.

Corvo is being bashed far more than he deserves - he has played much more physically than Pothier ever did, and is equally as good in the offensive end. Defensively, he might have been a slight downgrade, but Poti has been playing better defense since he was paired with Corvo.

Jurcina was entirely a depth trade. If we need him, he is available. Plus, he has the hardest shot of anyone on the Caps - although his accuracy tends to be off.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 16, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

yea cstanton, that's why most experts noted the Caps as winner's at the trade deadline, granted it wasn't a big splash, but like I said it is for depth, I like Walker, but Gordo gives more energy, kills penalties and is great on faceoffs, Walker had the great first game, but looked very average and very old in his other two games...Corvo has not looked himself, but let's give him time to adapt to our system and continue to heal from the cut muscle, tendon & nerve in his calf, I still think he brings more of an edge to his game than Pothier & he kills penalties... we have a lead, we can geyt him playing time and like I said by the Pittsburgh game you will see our best 18 skaters on the ice heading to the playoffs

Posted by: boomer44 | March 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow - reading these comments I don't remember this much love for Pothier when he was on the Caps!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 16, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Pothier is not better than corvo

Corvo will be just fine
he is
A) adjusting to a new team
B) still getting his game legs after vicious injury from Alzner


also, WHERE THE "F" is Alzner, i feel like it wouldnt be March for the Caps without me wondering why the heck he isnt in the lineup...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 16, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Not suggesting any nefarious intent, but isn't it interesting that the Blackhawks' team doctor has today issued a report that Brian Campbell will not need surgery and should recover fully by early May, in time for the playoffs? Wonder what would have happened to Ovi's suspension if that was announced yesterday?????????

Not as much difference as if there had been an announcement of Canadian citizenship for OV.

Posted by: zimbar | March 16, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Alzner's under the weather. Been for a while.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 16, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@ rachel
o wow, really?
a recent google search tells me everyone in Hershey is sick...better keep that in the minors...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 16, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Don't think Ovie sitting for the next two games will have much impact on how we play against FL and Carolina on the road. Both are teams we should be able to handle given the talent discrepancy. Given the bad blood between Ovie and the Canes over the knee on knee on Gleason, it's probably not a bad idea that he sit out a game or two. Teams that are out of it are going to take runs at Ovie as the season winds down and they are playing the Panthers and Canes for the last time this week.

Ovie has been pushing things over the edge for much of the season and it finally caught up to him with the push on Campbell. Yes, 41 games had elapsed since his last boarding major, but his reputation of borderline late or dirty hits precedes him at this point. Does the NHL apply fines and suspensions uniformly? No, but Ovechkin has been suspended multiple times for other more dangerous hits. It was inevitable the Colin Campbell would suspend him for a few games. Hopefully, he starts respecting the game more and stops going going over the edge as his teammmate Knuble mentioned.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 16, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Walker was a great addition. First, we were practically given him. Second, he brings much more energy and physicality than Gordon, and can replace Bradley if he needs a rest. Third, he is the only player on the Caps roster with any real amount of fighting ability, which was a missing piece that teams took advantage of earlier this season.

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how is he a great addition if he doesn't play again?

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Pothier is not better than corvo

Corvo will be just fine
he is
A) adjusting to a new team
B) still getting his game legs after vicious injury from Alzner


Posted by: cotelloer | March 16, 2010 3:57 PM |

I'd really like to know how either of these excuses apply to Corvo. Corvo's problem is that he constantly makes poor decisions. It has nothing to do with recovering from an injury or adjusting to a new system..it's basic decision-making.

I loved the trade when it happened, because I was under the impression that Corvo would be an upgrade. Maybe it's too early to tell, but he is hard to watch, and his mistakes cannot be explained simply by either of the two you offered.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Pothier is not better than corvo

Corvo will be just fine
he is
A) adjusting to a new team
B) still getting his game legs after vicious injury from Alzner


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pothier is better than corvo, go watch him play as a full-timer with the Canes.

Corvo is who is is and has always been. I've watched him play for several years, how he plays with us currently is how he has been playing his entire career.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If Ovechkin finishes tops in points, it would be the first time a players won the Art Ross and was suspended for four games in the same season, right?

Looking at the list of Art Ross recipients, I don't know if you can find a combined total of four games of supension in the lot.

There's never been a guy like this before.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 16, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

yea cstanton, that's why most experts noted the Caps as winner's at the trade deadline, granted it wasn't a big splash, but like I said it is for depth, I like Walker, but Gordo gives more energy, kills penalties and is great on faceoffs, Walker had the great first game, but looked very average and very old in his other two games...Corvo has not looked himself, but let's give him time to adapt to our system and continue to heal from the cut muscle, tendon & nerve in his calf, I still think he brings more of an edge to his game than Pothier & he kills penalties... we have a lead, we can geyt him playing time and like I said by the Pittsburgh game you will see our best 18 skaters on the ice heading to the playoffs

Posted by: boomer44 | March 16, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

get this thru your head please. How can a player who doesn't play be a "great" addition? I'm a huge Scott Walker fan but the first thing I said when he got dealt here was I was
1) surprised we traded for him since he's nothing like the Caps usually go for and
2) I expressed concern that he would even be used effectively because I didn't see him as being penciled into this lineup ala Belanger

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Caps should humiliate the Panthers tonight; that would make a statement that they will not keep us down no matter how much they try to break the Russian machine's morale and boost the chances for Tweety Bird to win the scoring race. Oh, and Colin Campbell has announced he will be attending the Boston vs. Pens game and watching closely. I guess he's trying to protect Crooke and Tweety from Boston.

Posted by: Irreverent_inDC | March 16, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Running Crosby would be stupid. This isn't the playoffs yet, we don't need to see any tic for tac dirty plays.

They just need to remove a few of Cooke's teeth....

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

btw another point about Corvo for those fans blinded by media and other optimism - Joe Corvo has different value for different teams. Some teams who are already stacked with solid defensive defensemen and who desperately need a puck moving defenseman can benefit from a Corvo. A team like the Caps whose primary defensive need was a real presence on the blueline and who couldn't afford to have yet another player who is prone to being weak defensively, we sure as heck didn't need a Corvo type. He's the opposite of what this team needed.

So those media types that claim we had a great deadline day didn't take two things into consideration. One, Scott Walker's lineup status. And two, other teams may have a better need for a Corvo type than we did

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil/cstanton1,
i saw the corvo signing as insurance in case green got hurt (like last year)
corvo's O is not as good as green's
corvo's D is not as good as green's
basically a poor man's green
if he can't prove that he can play some D, then he should be sitting on the bench waiting for the day green can't go - much like walker will do if bradley can't go
neither of these two appear to be upgrade moves - but for depth only

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 16, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow - reading these comments I don't remember this much love for Pothier when he was on the Caps!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | March 16, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

i think this year he made a concerted effort to try harder. Thats all I see. Same talent, just more desire. If I had to put a player on the ice to defend a lead and my only two choices this yr would be Corvo or Pothier, I'd opt for the latter. Forget the fact at worst, they're the same calibre defensively. We also gave up a power forward prospect (of which we have NONE in the org) and a 2nd rounder. Great deal? hell no

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

i saw the corvo signing as insurance in case green got hurt (like last year)
corvo's O is not as good as green's
corvo's D is not as good as green's
basically a poor man's green
if he can't prove that he can play some D, then he should be sitting on the bench waiting for the day green can't go - much like walker will do if bradley can't go
neither of these two appear to be upgrade moves - but for depth only

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 16, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

the problem is, he's going to be in the lineup as a regular player with or without Green. And if Poti also maintains his spot in the lineup, you now have 2 or 3 guys who don't play sound defensive hockey in the lineup who still pull down a lotta minutes.

And benching Walker who did nothing except score 2 critical goals in his brief time here so far when he's not even expected to score goals, that makes no sense to me. He needs to be in the lineup every game so he can acclimated to the team and system. The msg it sends is that Bruce does not consider him a viable option unless he has no other choices.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

PhilR, thanks for sharing. Once again proves that the Canadians have, in fact, never invented anything. And it also helps to remind them that their 'official' sport isn't hockey, it's lacrosse. But don't go telling that to Xenophoes like Bob McKenzie, Don Cherry and other Canadian sports writers.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | March 16, 2010 3:07 PM


@Exile_in_Philly: Now, now, my friend, let's not go there. FTR, I am not Canadian, yet have always had a high level of respect and admiration for Canada and her people. That said, I have noticed--since just before the Olympics--an ugly side to Canada I never knew existed.

I think the real trouble is that some of the loudest voices in the Canadian Media just can't stand it that a "Rooskie" is playing their game the way that they themselves have often said it "should" be played. More unbearable is the fact that he's doing it better than any of their Golden Boys. Bottom line, I think they just don't get that the Cold War is OVER.

Anyway, I don't think its accurate to say that "Canadians have never invented anything"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cf-105_Arrow

This was one massively cool airplane, which pioneered many design elements, new materials, and manufaturing techniques that we take for granted in the aviation industry today. The engines intended for it were so powerful that, at full throttle, their sound alone could kill an unprotected person standing within 10 meters. Wow.

Also, many of the engineers who were left without jobs after the Arrow project was cancelled found work at NASA and were instrumental in the success of...you guessed it: the Apollo Project.


Posted by: Rhino40 | March 16, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Corvo has not looked himself,

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au contraire, he looks exactly like himself. That's why its such a bummer.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea why some people get worked up over who's in or not in the lineup of basically meaningless regular season games...

will have plenty of things to get worked up over in a month, save yourself till then

Posted by: joek443 | March 16, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

cstanton get this thru your head, Scott Walker was not brought here to play immediately every game, he was brought for depth, have patience grasshopper, and please name me a big deal that has happened at he trade deadline that has altered the playoffs, it's ususally small deals and depth...thanks to Capt. Kirk for the statement about Corvo being a back up for Green in case of injury...spot on...if we could have picked up a better defensive oorientated d-man we would have, obviously there was no one out there we could get for the right deal who would help the team, so Corvo & Pothier are pretty even trade and we gave up Osala, the 10th ranke dprospect in our organization, who saw how much ice tiem in DC this year? How much time would Osala have gotten next year in DC? Zero!, so not much of a loss wouldn't you say...

Posted by: boomer44 | March 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

And benching Walker who did nothing except score 2 critical goals in his brief time here so far when he's not even expected to score goals, that makes no sense to me. He needs to be in the lineup every game so he can acclimated to the team and system. The msg it sends is that Bruce does not consider him a viable option unless he has no other choices.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 16, 2010 5:35 PM

this is why i think the team is not stronger, only deeper
if walker doesn't get enough playing time, he very well could be close to useless when needed
the same is true for corvo (BB and GMGM's type of player) but corvo (IMO) is taking minutes from guy's that play D and need every additional minute they can get
only time will tell if the moves payed off
if they get they cup - then having all of these extra guys pushed everyone harder and the 'depth' thing worked
no cup - depth didn't help, wrong moves made, upset chemistry, etc.
i think the team they had before the trades (and now after trades) - had a better than 50/50 chance to get to the confernce finals

i see the front runners for the cup (in no paticular order) - wash, sj, chi, van, pit and nj
next - la, col, buf and det
others - phx, ott and cal

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 16, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I like every move..except the Corvo one.

Still waiting to see him do something.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil, your Ovi statement:

"Hi...I am sorry for hit. Hope Campbell get back team soon. I play honor with. I play fierce with. I play sick. No injury Campbell for intended, so I hate NHL for stupid Western decision. I hope I return to team soon and score goal."

cracked me up. I posted it on another messageboard--hope you don't mind.

Posted by: dfe1 | March 16, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

According to NESN, Colin Campbell will sit down with Mike Milbury about the Ovechkin suspension and lack of Matt Cooke suspension. LOL. Are you serious? This conversation should be a hoot between these two dummies.

http://www.nesn.com/2010/03/colin-campbell-will-talk-with-mike-milbury-on-nesn-on-thursday.html

Posted by: robostop10 | March 16, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind, but someone called me out on it. Something about perpetuating Ovi's stereotypes and him knowing better English and I Russian.

As long as you don't read into it too much...it's funny. :)

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@Steakum (from a previous thread)

Boudreau obviously likes Flash better than Semin, Fehr, and the other forward options for replacing Ovi at 1st Line LW.

(Or maybe he figures he doesn't want to break up the line with Semin and Laich.)

I initially assumed it would be Flash but was wondering if it would be Chimera since he was there for a lot of the time on Sunday.

At least Flash has seemed to get it together again. (Maybe he benefits from an occasional day off in the late season.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 16, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil: I thought that was really funny. It would've been more realistic if he said it like that...

Posted by: rachel216 | March 16, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@rachel

Probably more accurate if I threw in a few more "sicks" in there.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I like every move..except the Corvo one.

Still waiting to see him do something.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 16, 2010 6:03 PM

I'm still wating for him NOT to do something, i.e., not pass the puck to the opposing team or turn the puck over behind our net.

I believe that when healthy, Corvo probably does have a little more ability than Pothier when it comes to carrying the puck up the ice. He is also likely faster with a more dangerous shot.

Unfortunately, he mentioned a couple of times already that he won't be fully recovered or regain his top speed until next season. If he's right about that, the move makes even less sense because Corvo isn't able to bring his best qualities to the Caps.

I actually liked the idea of us getting a speedy, good decision-making puck mover over a stay-at-home type as long as that defenseman was capable enough defensively. The problem is that Corvo appears to be a liability on defense, doesn't appear to make good decisions with the puck (critical if we were going to go after this type of d-man) and may not even be healthy enough this season to do the things he can do well, offensively.

Pothier is a pretty solid 3rd pairing defenseman on a good team. So far, Corvo also looks like a 3rd line defenseman so he doesn't seem to represent any real upgrade. Add in the fact that we threw in Osala and a 2nd rd pick (no matter how one sees the value of those two parts of the trade) and one is sort of left scratching their head.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 16, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil: Haha you got that right! He can use sick to describe just about anything.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 16, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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