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Boudreau Rocks the Red on the Blue Course

As promised, here's a video of Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau hitting the links at Congressional Country Club a few weeks ago. Check it out:

And here's Dan Steinberg's story -- which will appear in Thursday's special AT&T National section -- on the highly entertaining outing:

Bruce Boudreau's golf career began when he was 15. His golf bag -- a Christmas present from his parents -- held seven clubs: driver, 3-wood, four irons and a putter. His greens fees were processed in the woods around No. 5 at his local public track, where Boudreau and his buddies would sneak onto the course. And his instructional help came from his back pocket; with friends who loved betting on the sport, budgetary constraints forced Boudreau to whittle his handicap down to single digits without the benefit of a single lesson.
Several decades later, Boudreau entered the clubhouse at Congressional Country Club not as the beloved coach of the Washington Capitals, but as that teenager, beyond giddy that one of America's most prestigious clubs was welcoming him inside.
"This is the coolest thing for me, EVER," he announced to everyone in earshot a few minutes before playing a round on Congressional's championship Blue Course. "You have no idea how cool this is for me."

Click here to read the whole thing, and don't forget that Boudreau will be participating in tomorrow morning's Pro-Am at Congressional.

We'll also have a story later on free agency (which begins tomorrow), so keep an eye out.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 30, 2009; 1:44 PM ET
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Jay McKee is now available! The Blues waived him. He would be GREAT for crease clearing and shot blocking and ass kicking. Sign him immediately!!

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about golfing? What's GMGM up to?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

No offense Lindsey

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

One defenseman gone - the Devils re-signed Johnny Oduya.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 30, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Matthias Ohlund is--I think--a UFA from VAN; Robyn Regehr is (I think) an RFA from CGY--thoughts, folks?

Posted by: Rhino40 | June 30, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I think Jay McKee!

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Whoever made this video used the wrong scene from Caddyshack. He was clearly referring to Danny Noonan's putt to win the caddy tournament.

Posted by: wis193 | June 30, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

McKee is too injury prone. He missed almost all of the 2006-07 season and has never really recovered his prelockout form. Ohlund is a possibility. Maybe that's why McPhee is loading up on Swedes

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't really buy the injury thing. Dude throws himself in front of pucks for a living, he's going to get dinged. A case can be made against any dude. McKee should at least be in the consideration, and probably near the top of the list of candidates to sign.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

i thought Mckee had a 4million dollar hit. I am assuming we would have to pick that up.

Posted by: samb99 | June 30, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Ohlund would be a very good pickup.

However, it may be better for the Caps to put their focus on a 2nd line Center and a RW who can play in front of the net, and possibly wait to acquire a defenseman at the trade deadline.

The thinking is that we have multiple young defenseman (Carlson, Alzner, even Schultz) who need to get some playing time. After 40 or 50 games you can get a good feel at who is producing and who may be able to produce in the playoffs and then go ahead and acquire a defenseman accordingly.

Now it's risky because you never know who may be available or what other teams may be going for defenseman at that time. But this would give the Caps young guys a chance to play and develop while also saving money since you would only have to pay less than half of the acquired D-man's salaray.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 30, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Grammar police should have hauled me away for that one, jeez.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

How old is Ohlund?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping for some combination of Mikael Samuelsson, Mike Cammalleri, Nik Antropov, Ohlund, and/or Jay McKee. Not going to get all of them, obviously..

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm no capologist but it currently looks like the Caps have about $12M to play with before signing RFA's. If you resign Juice, Bourque, Gordo, Fehr and Schultz (He's young and cheap) and let Mo walk that will probably run you about $5M and leave the Caps with $7M to sign free agents. Honestly, it's going to be hard to sign a decent 2nd line center, 1st line RW and a crease clearer D for that kind of cash and still have money for Semin and Backs. If the Caps can get Kovalev and Madden for one year deals that would be ideal.

Posted by: jake81 | June 30, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I'd be a big fan of Cammalleri but he's still pretty young and would probably be looking for about $4.5 a year for a few years which the Caps can't do....unless Nylander decisions to do figure 8's all the way to the airport and join the KHL.

Posted by: jake81 | June 30, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't really think we need Kovalev.. We have guys that can fire rockets through the net already. We need someone who will stand in front of those rockets near the goalie.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

McKee was bought out and there's a reason for that. The injuries plus the post lockout emphasis on transitional hockey has reduced his effectiveness. BTW to the person who was asking if the team that signs him would have to pickup the $4 million of his old contract: the answer is no. He was bought out by St. Louis and they are responsible for the remainder of that contract. His new team is only on the hook for whatever they sign him for

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If we're looking for a big center who can play right wing as well, what about trading Theodore plus a prospect - Chris Bourque, perhaps - for David Backes? He scored 31 goals in 82 games for St. Louis last year, he's 6'3" and 200 lbs, and he's willing to drop the gloves from time to time. Plus, his cap hit is $2.5 mil/yr compared to Theo's 4.5, which frees up a little space for us.

The trade makes sense for St. Louis because they probably need a goaltender who can split time with Chris Mason (who played admirably in the playoffs, but I don't think has the endurance or consistency for 65 games in a season) and some depth at the wing position in case Paul Kariya or Keith Tkachuk go down again. That, and they have barely anyone to resign this year, so they can use up some of their cap room to build a bridge to future years. Theo's contract is also short enough that they don't have to resign him next year if they need the cap room.

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