Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: kcarrera and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS

Boudreau On WPL

Here's the Bruce Boudreau interview from last night's Capitals Special on Washington Post Live:

And ...

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 8, 2008; 3:28 PM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: No Practice For Caps
Next: Thursday Practice Update


First! And, these interviews were great. Love Gabby, he's the best!

Posted by: Anon | October 8, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Any word on the goalie situation at Hershey? It was assumed that they wouldn't carry both of the kids, yet both appear to be on the roster still.

Posted by: First | October 8, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Anyone have a thought on when we will see Brent Johnson in net to get his 100th win? I am not knocking Jose, I am just rooting for Johnson to get that milestone this season. How many games to #1s (that do not have the initials MB) usually play before getting a rest?

Posted by: Kim | October 8, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Marty Biron?

Posted by: Section 117 | October 8, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

And 4th!

Posted by: Section 117 | October 8, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Johnny started the season last year.

Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

repost re: Hershey Bears goalies

Sombrero Guy:

Interesting article on Prior's take on Hershey Bears goalie situation:

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 3:54 PM

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Can we have the McPhee segment as well? Is that available elswehere?

Posted by: Great Falls, VA | October 8, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chief,
1. You don't play hockey.
2. You have a cute little boxing bear tattoo on your arm.

Is that why you're so bitter?

Posted by: MNMNT | October 8, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

haha, I love the subtle jab he takes at Don Cherry in the 2nd clip. Don't think anyone else on the panel picked up on it.

Posted by: Ben | October 8, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@ uncatim

Thanks for posting the article on the goalies.

Posted by: anon | October 8, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

If you are going to post stupid things like "First," "4th" etc at least learn to count.

Posted by: The Count | October 8, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Great Falls VA

It's on the Caps website.
Multimedia-Caps365 mediplayer-Room With A View Channel

Posted by: Riddler | October 8, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

No Eager to contend with when Chicago visits Saturday.

Posted by: Riddler | October 8, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Matt Pettinger was assinged to the AHL Manitoba Moose today.

Posted by: HBFan | October 8, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, my bad. I have mentally blocked all initials belonging to Flyers and Penguins from my brain. By MB I meant the Devil's goalie whose name I cannot spell.

Johnnie did start last season, but that was under Hanlon and different circumstances (we did not have a new goalie to break in).

I actually also kinda expected Johnnie to get a home game to get the 100th win.

Posted by: Kim | October 8, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

For all you fans of the last 3 sent down to the Bears
CB, QL, and KA are all mentioned

Posted by: Bob | October 8, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

@Uncatim - thanks for the heads up on the article.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 8, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

FFS Enough/JSchon:
I don't think our D is "bad", I just don't think it is better than our offense ... do you?

Posted by: Boo! | October 8, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I am really frustrated!!!! I cannot find the feed for the Bears game. Does anyone have a url for the radio feed?? Thanks

Posted by: Bob | October 8, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

for someone who claims to love hockey and who wants to spend the next 4 years in this town, she's not off to a good start;_ylt=Au9JYSk5yEdNSlGAz1tXKmx7vLYF?slug=ap-flyers-palin&prov=ap&type=lgns

Posted by: Doncosmic | October 8, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Bears up 2-0 against baby pens. Goals by Aucoin and Bourque.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Crap, baby pens score:(

Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

I read about Philly's hockey mom contest the other day. I'm not a (hockey), but I think it's a cute idea. I'm not surprised that they called on Palin to be a part of the festivities ... anyway, she must not follow the NHL! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 8, 2008 7:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BearwWoooo | October 8, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Perrault scores followed by the Pinnizato (?) fisticuffs.

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Mink!! 4-1!

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

why isnt bouchard playing? did i miss something, is he injured?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

They have like 29 guys still in Hershey, guessing they're still just evaluating everyone?

Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse


Bouchard was a scratch tonight along with Patrick and Grant McNeill, Darren Reid, Andrew Joudrey, Maxime Lacroix and Greg Amadio.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Thanks uncatim!

Posted by: Bob | October 8, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chief,
How are things out in Ohio? I hear it's getting cold this time of year. You've been awfully quiet.

Posted by: MNMNT | October 8, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but Chief is busy tortuing small animals right now. Please try again later. Thank you and you are all sheep!

Posted by: Chief's Vmail | October 8, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

What's the word on Bouchard? Are the coaches down on him or is it just a numbers thing?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 8, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

He's busy thinking of stuff to whine about

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Bears score!!!!

Posted by: DC FURY | October 8, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

5-2 in the 2nd.


I think it's just a numbers thing.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | October 8, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Sombrero: I'm pretty sure it's just a numbers thing. The Bears are so stacked right now that there's going to be some good players sitting every night. I'm betting there'll be some players loaned elsewhere or sent to S.Carolina before long. But I think Bouchard is safe.

Posted by: tess | October 8, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Mink! Hat trick!!

Posted by: Bob | October 8, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Man, this Bears game is ridiculous! Glad I tuned in.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 8, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

7 to 3 Gordon from Bourque

Posted by: Bob | October 8, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

They're killing those unnatural flightless birds!

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Jordan, I wonder how many Bears fans are making the road trip this weekend? I guess the booster club is running a bus. I'm driving down with a group of friends. Should be a fun weekend!

Posted by: tess | October 8, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

I dunno! Should be fun, though. I'm going with my buddy that plays hockey and my dad, who hasn't been to a live game since the Caps moved to the district.

Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

8 to 3 YIPEE

Posted by: Bob | October 8, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

8-4 final

Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Good morning, good afternoon, & good night wilks-barre!

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

WOW - sounds like a great game!!! Are they Calder bound?!? Sounds like we've got plenty of talent headed towards DC ... it's gonna be a great, long run! Go Bears, Go Caps!!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | October 8, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: honed | October 8, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

"Ice Breakers, Goal Shakers, THE CAPS! The Washington Capitals, ooooohhhh, Goal Shakers, THE CAPS!"

This song is on. Dead on. Never before, but now indeed.......bring it on! Come on now, drop the puck already.........

(mmmmm drugs are bad!)


Posted by: I Love Hockey! | October 8, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Nice win, and there will be a lot of them in Hershey this year.

But I have to say, I don't see the logic of sitting forwards like Bouchard and Maxime Lacroix in favor of guys like Aucoin and Giroux who have no future with the Caps.

The same goes for sitting a prospect like Patrick McNeill (and sending Polulok down to SC for that matter) in favor of the Brian Helmers and Dean Arsenes of the world.

I'm all for Hershey winning as many games as possible but the priority needs to be developing players for Washington.


Posted by: Oneal | October 8, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The Bears aren't just the Washington Caps B Squad, as much as we'd like them to be. I'm sure all our prospects will get plenty of chances to play, and they can probably learn a thing or two from vets like the first line down there in Hershey.

Posted by: Jordan | October 8, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

big night for Hershey, they steam rolled WBS 8-4. 5-7 on the PP, Bourque with 1G, 2A and Alzner with 1A +2. Mink amassed 5 points.

Posted by: TJ CAPS8 | October 8, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse


I agree with Jordan. The AHL is not just about playing time for future NHLers, prospects can learn a vast amount from watching and playing with AHL journeymen.

Posted by: uncatim | October 8, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Yep Oneil, the Bears are a real hockey team, with real players, a real league, and real fans who want to win. Imagine that fans who want their team too win. It is also a real business with an owner who wants to make money, real money.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 8, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@ I Love Hockey!

Say Your "Sorry", cuz you hurt my feelings.

Posted by: drugs | October 8, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, everyone.

But I'm saying the Caps prospects are so unusually good that they would win, plenty.

I almost feel bad for guys like Mink and Aucoin.. they could probably play for a team like the Kings or the Thrashers.


Posted by: Oneal | October 8, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr Drugs,


Posted by: sorry | October 8, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I think a bigger issue facing the Caps right now is what to do with their seemingly surplus (in my mind) of young, talented players. I don't see many openings on the Caps roster over the next couple of seasons and beyond for that matter for skilled forwards and goaltenders. The core of the Caps forwards are all young. Plus, they have young guys on the roster already that are improving and looking for bigger roles and more ice time like Flash, Stecks, Fehr (hopefully)and Bourque (who should be here) Three great goaltending prospects in Hershey vying for one spot next year when Johnny is likely not resigned to make room for one of them. I doubt the following year when Theo's contract is up they would go with two, young and inexperienced goailes from amongst the three that are in Hershey right now. So, what happens to the other two guys? The same can be said for the center position. The Caps are stacked at center right now with 3 bonafide top tier centers. The Bears are at least 4 deep at center too. Anton probably will be ready to play in two years so you can pencil him in for Fed's spot. where's that leave all the prospects in Hershey right now? The same sort of arguments can be made for the other positions to varying degress. I hope at some point, GMGM is able to correctly seperate the prospects that actually make it from the ones that don't most of the time and trade them for future draft choices so we can keep this incredible pipeline of talent in the minors flourishing like it is now.

Posted by: Riddler | October 8, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Excellent point Riddler


Posted by: Oneal | October 8, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I think that JSchon had a list of players on the bubble and their potential replacements.

I don't see Brent back next year. I see one of the prospects moved up to support Jose and eventually take his spot the following year. Brent's good, but the prospects upsides are much greater than Brent's.

The D is in OK shape this year, but there will be 2 and possibly 3 new D-men from Hershey next season in starting roles. We'll see some of them this year as a teaser.

Everyone knows that Fedorov's last year with the Caps is this year. A couple of the bubble guys are Brash, Bradley, Flash, Gordon, Fehr, Steckel and Laich. Some of these guys are shakey or had one good year last year or part of a year. If the Hershey kiddies are ready, though, some of these guys could be replaced.

All this to say that the AHL is a development league for the NHL, and the Caps are stacked in the pipeline with kids that are almost ready to go now. Nothing in the NHL is assured except that someone wants the position you hold. If these bubble guys don't prove themselves every day, there's a Bears guy that will.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 9, 2008 12:20 AM | Report abuse

did you know that FedOrov is only one point away from tieing Mogilny for the most points by a Russian?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm stuck down at college and don't get csn, is there any way for me to get the game friday? like an online feed or anything?

Posted by: Seahawk | October 9, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse


I agree with your assessment--I see a trade before the deadline where we move some of that talent you speak of for a top 4 defensive D-man. Not counting the streaky Theodore and whatever injuries account for, that's the hole in the Caps right now and until Alzner shows he belongs up here for good, that's what the hole will be in mid February.

Posted by: bigonetimer | October 9, 2008 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Only my opinion, nothing factual here... Complete speculation. All based on salary cap implications and current contracts.

2009/2010 Capitals roster






23 player roster

Kozlov - not resigned
Fedorov - not resigned
Brashear - not resigned
Erskine - not resigned
Johnson - not resigned
Laing - not resigned

Fehr - resigned 2yr @ $1.1M per
Gordon - not resigned
Jurcina - not resigned
Schultz - resigned 3yr @ 1.75 per
Morrisonn - not resigned

Possible trades
Poti traded to make room for either Godfrey or Carlson depending on their development and salary cap room to resign Semin, Backstrom, Flash and Steckel in 2010/2011.

Possibly trading a few assets for a stabilizing veteran S@H defensemen/enforcer.

In 2010/2011, if we resign Semin, Backstrom, Flash and Steckel, the lineup wont change much except for making Varlamov the #1 goalie and Machesney the #2 or bringing in a veteran to back up Varlamov.

In 2011/2012. Nylander, Clark, Bradley, Laich and Poti are all UFA's. If we assume that we let go Nylander (age), Clark (wear and tear), Bradley (Pinizotto), Poti (Carlson and $) and keep Laich, this could be the lineup.





None of these lineups reflect any trades or offseason signings which will happen. The team is very young and talented but I would imagine that briniging in a veteran here or there will happen.

Posted by: JSchon | October 9, 2008 5:01 AM | Report abuse

MN will be in goal for us before Machesney, lots more upside

Posted by: Bob | October 9, 2008 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Keep an eye out for mauree (if he ever comes back?!?) - he usually knows where to find streaming video for each game. If you want to pay for games on line, both Center Ice and the new NHL packages are an option.

I agree the Brent won't be back next season (unless he outshines JT this season); I think one of the kiddies will probably be up next season. But I wouldn't count Fed out just yet - I think he is a year by year guy at this point. If he plays well all season and wants to come back, he will probably be back. (Hey, someone needs to take Chelios's crown at some point! ;-)) I suppose that Brash is in the same situation, although I think McNeill would like to take his place as the Caps' enforcer (maybe that's why he played wing in that one game?!? ;-)) It will be interesting to see what happens next season, but for now I am just excited about Fri and Sat night!!! GO CAPS!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Oops! Sorry - that last post was me.

Our own Tarik has the Caps 2nd in the east this season:

What gives, Tarik?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 9, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse


Tarik actually has us 3rd by winning the SE and tied for 4th by record.


Posted by: JSchon | October 9, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

@Tarik and Boo! and All!

Oooops... nevermind...

Please read article before you type and hit enter.

Posted by: JSchon | October 9, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

According to the article that I linked to, he has us 2nd in the east:

"Ranking the East - Listed in predicted order of finish (records are from last season)"

We are listed second, but it says "third" in reference to last season.

Posted by: Boo! | October 9, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

@ Oneal

I understand your thinking but the players you mentioned have been playing so they got a break. Cut down day is coming probably this weekend according to GM Yingst. There also is a veteran role in the AHL to get teams to develop the young players. Bears are at the max of veterans. Sasha being sent down is a good thing for his development he is still out of his element in the AHL. Much improved this season from last but still seems to be lost. Bouchard and lacrouix I would be amazed if they did not crack the lineup just because of how they played for the bears last season. Let the cut down happen and then we can discuss this farther. But you do have a point the AHL is for developing players.

Posted by: Chad | October 9, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse


I know that Kozlov is the fan favorite to hate, but I just don't see GMGM moving him. Otherwise, I think you're spot on.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 9, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse


You can at least listen to it online on They air the caps games on the radio.

Posted by: I Rock the Red | October 9, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Moving Kozlov?

Kozlov is a UFA, he decides where he goes.

I don't hate Kozlov. I just think that anyone you put on the 1st line will have similar stats as him. Kozlov also disappears in the playoff. Money is an issue as well.

Posted by: JSchon | October 9, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Well if everyone is hating on Koz that means I'll have an easier time tracking him down for an auto at Kettler.

Posted by: Egon | October 9, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

@Boo! - I haven't read the article yet, but on Tuesday's edition of WaPo Live, both Tarik and Al had the Caps going to the Eastern Conference Finals. I believe it was Tarik who said that Pittsburgh or Montreal will win the conference title. Lisa Hilary had the Caps going to the Cup Finals.

Tarik and Lisa both also predicted that the Caps will win 48 games this season.

In the oddest prediction of the night, Koken picked Tom Poti as the non-Ovechkin MVP of the Caps this season.

Posted by: Jill | October 9, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

So looking at that link, it looks like Tarik has changed that prediction of 48 wins. He is openly apprehensive about Theodore, which I suspect largely accounts for his prognostications.

Posted by: Jill | October 9, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Point taken if there's a good replacement for him. He's good for a bunch of points (over 50 last year), and is a bandito out there on the ice as witnessed by that beautiful +28 in the +/- column. Pretty tall order for a rookie coming in. Can he be replaced eventually? Absolutely! I just don't see it happening next year. I think he gets a 2 yr contract extension. No idea how much, though.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 9, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

While I am not sure it will be Poti, I also think that there will be at least one Cap that has a breakout year.

Is this the year that Kozlov shows up in the playoffs?

Is this the year BB gets to coach an All Star game?

Posted by: Kim | October 9, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I replaced Kozlov with C.Clark... not a rookie.

Posted by: JSchon | October 9, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

@ Jill:

"Listed in predicted order of finish (records are from last season)"

Posted by: Section 117 | October 9, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

NPR's Morning Edition just had a nice story on Alzer, with some comments by Laich. Check it out on NPR's website.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Alzner. I can spell right.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I think that Clark and Koz are 2 different players. Clark goes to the net. Koz works corners and patrols mid zone (east west kind of guy). And yes, I know Clark will go to the corners. Clark's more physical, Koz more strategic. I think we need both personally.

My 2 cents.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 9, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Hey Chief,
How's the Huronia Auto Glass Atoms Rep Team doing?

Posted by: MNMNT | October 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I love how any article on the Caps has quotes by Laich. By now, every reporter in the country must know he's the chatty one in the locker room. Maybe they should make a new designation next year- C-Captain, A-Assistant Captain, M-Media Captain. :-D

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 9, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Why is Friday night taking SO DAMNED LONG to get here???

Posted by: Greg S. | October 9, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I wish I could go to the damn rink instead of sitting in this damn cube today.

Posted by: Jordan | October 9, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

"Adding to the interest level and marketability of such a matchup is the fact that Ovechkin and Crosby (not to mention their fans) aren't particularly fond of one another."

Hmpf. I never thought there was a strong dislike there. Ovechkin has been pretty complimentary of Crosby in interviews. A definite rivalry but I didn't think it went much farther than that.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 9, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Thanks! :-)

I agree (with both of your last posts).

I thought the same thing when I read that. Not sure about Ovie and Malkin, but I always got the sense the Ovie and Crosby respect one another as players (more so than their opposing fans).

Posted by: Boo! | October 9, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@Jordan -- AMEN. I am so bored! Is it Saturday yet?!

Posted by: i rock the red | October 9, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@ Boo RE:Not sure about Ovie and Malkin,

I went to the NHL All Star game in Atlanta and left with the distinct impression that there is definitly a real issue between Malkin and Ovie. There was not any interaction at all between the two of them that I saw. I watched Ovie most of the time. I was sitting in the lower bowl behind the Eastern Conferences end of the ice. Malkin basically stood next to Gonchar constantly and Ovie mostly hung out with Kovalchuk and Markov but was mingling quite a bit with the other players except the Pens tandem.

Posted by: Riddler | October 9, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

How about the recent RASH of enjoyable, approachable, open, honest coaches we've acquired here in DC - Zorn, Gabby - it's actually enjoyable (and usually educational) to listen to these guys talk.
Can't wait for the new season.

Posted by: AJ | October 9, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Brashear is a sad sad player. I wonder if he stopped by a local teen hangout last night and picked a fight with some other teenagers as they were wrapping up their evening. What was he thinking going after a #4 with less than 2 minutes left, did he need to feel like he actually contributed in the game and the only thing he could do was go after an 18 yr old rookie in his first ever game? Sad, he should quit and get a clue.

Posted by: NHL4ME | October 11, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company