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Boudreau's lineup tinkering set to end soon

Coach Bruce Boudreau has made changes to his lineup ahead of tonight's Southeast showdown with the 'Canes. But all of that forward line/defense pairing juggling could be coming to an end - perhaps as soon as next week - as Boudreau begins to turn his attention to his playoffs combos.

"We're going to get this straightened around," Boudreau said after the morning skate. "We're trying to be fair to everybody because of the situation we're in. But by the middle of next week, we'll have it down to our lineup and guys will just have to bear with it. If they're not in the lineup, work hard and wait until they get in."
With Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr out as healthy scratches, the forward lines looked like this:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Fleischmann-Morrison-Semin
Laich-Belanger-Walker
Gordon-Steckel-Bradley

So both former 'Canes - Joe Corvo and Scott Walker - will play. I'm also hearing that both former Caps - Brian Pothier and prospect Oskar Osala - will suit up for Carolina. Osala was recalled to replaced Erik Cole, who is sick.

Here's what Walker had to say about facing his former 'mates:

Boudreau, meantime, says he expects to see the best of Osala and Pothier.

On the goaltending front, it looks like it will be Jose Theodore vs. Manny Legace. (Cam Ward is out with a back injury).

Boudreau also said he's anticipating a tough game considering the rivalry between the clubs and because Carolina has battled all the way back to within nine points of a playoff berth. Yeah, they're in 13th and have to jump a number of similarly desperate clubs, but don't tell them it's impossible.

"They are 17-8 in their last 25 games," Boudreau said. "Twenty-five games is more than just a little stint. It's a trend of how good a team can be when they play. Maybe they had a playoff hangover [after advancing to the conference final]. I don't know what the deal was with how they played at the beginning. But the team we're playing tonight is what Carolina is all about."

"Because of Pittsburgh and us, this rivalry has been put in the background," Boudreau added. "But make no mistake: Carolina is our division rival. Both teams, for the most part, really get up to play one another."

I'll check in later from Verizon Center.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 12:23 PM ET
 
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Comments

i like the third line of laich-belanger-walker

Posted by: _stevo | March 10, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't like the 3rd line. Semin and Laich have great chemistry. They shouldn't be separated.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You don't like the FMS line?
(Friggin Mental Second)

Posted by: austinsteve | March 10, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I agree with ablake70, Flash should be on the third line with Fehr and BMo and Chimera on the 4th with Steckle and Walker....and yes, that means Belanger would be my 2nd line center with Laich and Semin....three good scoring lines and that checking line would be outstanding!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The Caps PK is simply too passive and that was mentioned by both Belanger and Corvo who are new to the organization. In watching the Rangers, Devils, and Buffalo (all of whom have good PK's), each applies constant pressure on the point men and force them to quickly move the puck or take shots that can be blocked. On both of our PK's on Monday, the Caps allowed the Stars to enter the offensive zone without no pressure, set up in position, and make long cross ice passes to set up easy, screened shots on net.

This has been a pattern that has existed throughout the season and can't simply be corrected by adding a couple of new players like Belanger and Corvo who can play in the PK. Second, the Caps defenseman generally allow the opponent forwards much too easy of a time in screening the goaltender. On both goals, Varly was screened because our D allowed the Stars forwards to come across the crease without putting a body on them. Our D with the exception of Erskine and to a lesser degree Morrisson simply don't take it to our opponents when the camp out in the crease.

I think it's more of a mindset and aggressiveness that is lacking from the Caps PK than personnel. NY and Buffalo both played an aggressive PK against the Caps which forced our pointmen to make quick passes or take shots while under pressure. If our PK doesn't improve over the next 16 games, we'll be in big trouble for the playoffs regardless of who is our No. 1 goaltender.

Posted by: wizfan89 | March 10, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Again, you can play a passive PK and be successful. It has to do with the execution of it. Passive box is supposed to..well, box out your opponents and force them to take bad shots. As long as you collapse to the slot well and actually force them to take only bad shots, the passive box can do wonders.

Problem with the Caps is that with their passive PK, they still let guys screen the goalie. They still let guys take wristers in the slot. They still let guys take slappers from the high-slot.

Aggression is the only thing that's going to fix that. They have to start attacking the puck more.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

That's how I see the forward lines going into the playoffs. I'd be shocked if Laich and Semin weren't on that second line together along with Flash and Fehr on the third.

Chimera is too good to keep off the ice behind Gordo, Brads and Walker. So he gets the 4th line with Stecks and either Brads or Walker on the right.

That's 3 legit scoring lines with one of (if not) the best 4th lines in the NHL.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Don't like that second line. Wanted to see more Laich-Belanger-Semin experience together. I tend to think Flash + Semin not that great an idea, even though they were on a roll in Jan. Laich was there to pick up the pieces then, but not so sure BMo can play that role effectively enough. Too bad because Semin was really on a tear Mon. night. Would love to see that again -- with result!

Posted by: Steakum | March 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Aggression is the only thing that's going to fix that. They have to start attacking the puck more.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:57 PM |

With how well the Caps are with their sticks defensively, you'd think they could get away with being more aggressive, at least up top. I think it's a waste for Backstrom (broken stick blocking aside) or Semin to be hanging back in the box waiting for an errant pass to jump on.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Caps outshoot Canes 74 to 18 and win 4-3 in the shootout...

Thats my story...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I give bradley the nod over Walker

i look at his 2 goals as not the norm, and a 6 goals season as the norm
Bradley is younger, faster and hasa bit of touch around the net, i mean, theyre practically interchangeable, but i go with Bradley on the 4th line...

so, that makes it
ov-back-knuble
semin-belanger-laich
fehr-morrison-fleischman
chimera-steckel-bradley

as for the defensive pairs, i assume that carlson has gotten his taste and now theyre going to send him down for the year, can't wait for next year with him and alzner as mainstays

Posted by: cotelloer | March 10, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

you know what coincided with theo playing better this season? not getting screened by his own guys.

Posted by: MNMNT | March 10, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer

I hope Carlson stays up, he's a top 6 Dman on this team right now. I'd take him over Erskine, Shamo and Sloan.

@MNMNT

Yeah, Sloan hasn't played in how long? Coincidence?

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer: Based on the information provided I don't think Carlson is out of the line-up tonight. Erskine, Sloan, and Laing stayed after to shoot on Varly. Varly is the back-up tonight and along with Chimera and Fehr, it would indicate Erskine, Sloan, and Laing are spectators tonight as well.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Funny thing about ShaMo. He was playing absolutely amazing at the start of the season. Very physical, not a lot of turnovers.

Then he got injured and came back and who knows what happened. He's like his old self again.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Carlson is up here for good, the guy has shown he can play with the big boys and belongs....Alzner, not so much in my opinion.

As far as Theo goes....it is a contract year, he is playing for his son and the foundation he has formed, and just generally has a chip on his shoulder from being replaced by a rookie last year. Hopefully that means another Cup MVP run for him.....God, I would love to see that for him and his family after this horrible year for them personally!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Caps outshoot Canes 74 to 18 and win 4-3 in the shootout...

Thats my story...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2010 1:05 PM

You'll be happy to know, SA-Town, that the Caps have a new promotion - whenever they get more than 50 shots on goal, beers are only $2.

Wimpy: "Would someone please lend me two dollars for a beer? I'll gladly pay you on Tuesday."

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

By looking at those line combinations it seems to me that BB does not think much of Carolina, not that he will say that aloud. I see the Capitals losing this game unless he re-arrenges his lines as soon as he sees they are not working.
mmm. LOL in my thoughts - Watch those combinations work tonight and give him a sense of false security.

Posted by: hock1 | March 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town: BTW, they say God created the earth in eight days. Whichever day he created beer, that was the best one of the eight.

God: "Dang! This stuff's good!"

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

@jsnyd1
Coincidence or not, the problem was there for two of the goals the other night with Varlamov. I mean, c'mon, it's not that hard to ask the guys to cover the back door and to not screen the goalie.

And they fixed the screening part up until the Olympic break.

At least it's solely on the goalie at that point so they don't get vilified by people watching that couldn't see the breakdown in defense or screened shot and blame it all on the goalie.

Posted by: MNMNT | March 10, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@ tominfl1: "I'll gladly pay you on Tuesday, for a beer (hamburger) today." =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@MNMNT

Oh I agree with you, those first two goals on Varly were not his fault. You can't see the puck when you have 4 guys in your face, 3 of which are your own. Third was on him.

I was just picking on Sloan. The guy has a habit of standing right on top of the crease with no forward within 5-10 feet of him. It's like, what team do you play for?

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, BB is an idiot. He's only compiled a 131-54-24 regular season record, 2 trips to the playoffs, the 1st trip to the 2nd round in a decade for the Caps, and took a team that was rock bottom in the league to 1st in the league in 28 months. He has no idea how to put together lines and will be lucky to win tonight. Yeeeeeah, I am being sarcastic.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The Canes have won 14 out of their last 18 games. I guarantee you BB isn't taking them lightly because of some perceived reason.

He's shuffling the lines, and he will continue to do so and puzzle fans for at least another week or two. It's funny when people say they don't understand a line combo. There's nothing to understand...BB is the coach and BB is trying to find chemistry.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, BB is an idiot. He's only compiled a 131-54-24 regular season record, 2 trips to the playoffs, the 1st trip to the 2nd round in a decade for the Caps, and took a team that was rock bottom in the league to 1st in the league in 28 months. He has no idea how to put together lines and will be lucky to win tonight. Yeeeeeah, I am being sarcastic.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2010 1:32 PM |

Trade him for Bylsma.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Geeze, it's notthat hard to see Varly isn't playing very well.

First thing that came to my mind is that he might still be hurt.

You can say whatever else about thier lineups, but until Varly gets straight he's going to cost them games.

Just like Theo at the beginning of the year. It's almost like a flip-flop situation.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 10, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Or can we claim Hitchcock off waivers? haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

How does Varly get straight again?

Oh yeah..by playing games... lol.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I hear Melrose is available. He seems like he'd be a good fit for this team, we need to play better defense anyway.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@jsnyd1

Jurcina did it a lot. You don't know how many games last season I was up in arms when we let in a goal and everyone was saying how sick in the stomach Theo made them. But hey guess what, it wasn't.

Theo came in last year and the guys didn't play in front of him; it wasn't his team, it was Johnson's. I think they were more lax in front of him, a little too lax. They rallied more around Varlamov as well. Second season in, the team has been playing well in front of all the goalies and not rallying more just the one. And Theo's on top right now.

That's just my opinion though. Just stop screening the goalie.

Posted by: MNMNT | March 10, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Melrose is always available for coaching. hahaha

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I remember earlier in the season, the Caps weren't playing well. BB said it's was due to them "not playing the system." Then they won a bunch of games and everyone smiled and said, "We are playing the system." When they later hit a rough patch the players said, "We have to get back to the system."

There's probably a "system" too for the PK and chances are (or so Johnny Mathis said) the players just aren't executing.

I am guessing the "system" on offense flows around the forwards and on the PK it depends on the defensemen. Screening the goalie can't be the way it's drawn up.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I say they hire Holmgren....look at the wonderful GM job he has done with Philthy and how great a job he has done managing the salary cap. He could only be an improvement over the mediocrity of BB....

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Varly is definitely off. I beg to differ that he was screened on the first goal scored by Richards on Monday. Guess what this is | ||. The first line is the right post, the second line is Varly and the third line is the right post. Varly's blocker side of the net was a gaping hole. We all know Varly can play lights out, we've also learned since he's been with us that he beats himself up. Early in the season he had a bad habit of giving up goals in bunches in the 3rd. Well, the last two games are looking an awful lot like his first couple games. Luckily the Caps had huge leads. We had a 6-1 lead on the Leafs in the home opener and Varly gave up 3 in the 3rd. He did that in one other game but I can't remember which one. Then BB said he had a talk with him about not flipping out (in his head) when he gets scored on. BB went on to say, it's the NHL, they're going to score. After that it seemed like Varly got on track until he was run into in a game we had well in hand against Tampa in December. Since then, mediocracy. Hopefully Irbe can get him back into the game mentally.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

This is exhibition season right now. Mix the lines until you see something. You never know Semin might be a fit for the second line

Posted by: Shiba-fussa | March 10, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@tom

I hear you with that, but on the other hand, the PK has been pretty poor since the start of the season. I can't seem to think BB is that poor of a coach (which he is not)to not get his players to play the system for a period of time.

There's been a few games where the PK was very aggressive and looked impressive. The game in Vancouver comes to mind. Backstrom and Semin were pressing the point and getting turn over after turn over. The Canucks didn't get too many shots on the PK that game.

Now I could be totally wrong and off-base here (I'm no coach or player), but if your team is built on forcing turn overs in the neutral zone and pushing the puck up ice, then shouldn't your PK be built on forcing turn-overs and sending the puck up ice?

If this were a S@H defensive team built on size, then yeah, passive maybe the way to go, but they aren't. It's a team with "active" sticks that excels at pressing the action, better than any team in the league.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Look, I know we are 50 points (so it seems) up in the division and way ahead in the conference.

But, these trades by George have been a waste of money.

Corvo, good trade, and the jury is still out on Belanger. And Walker..is another Bradley. Jurcina is not anywhere close to Green, Schultz, Poti, Carlson, Corvo, and Shane Morrison, and Alzner. I think he might be better than Erskine, but that is it.

So, are we giving up on Bradley? Brendan Morrison? What exactly are we doing?

Our chemistry is all discombobulated. I am ok with Chimera, but having Chimera, Bradley and Walker is not worth risking out depth.

Sloan was a terrible signing when it happened. We are paying this guy 700K to sit and watch games. I sit and watch games...and I have PAY?!?!

I completely understand depth, but with kids coming up and down from Hershey we are on the top of the league. AND we were spending money wisely.

I'm confused...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Eh, I wouldn't blame Holmgrem as much as the meddling of Snider.

We all got a dose of what happens when an over-bearing owner makes the GM do something in Jagr... We all know how that turned out.

Sidenote, I really hate Ed Snider. I mean..the guy takes Ayn Rand's philosophy seriously.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Jurcina was NOWHERE to be found when the Caps went on the 14 game winning streak...

Coincidence? NOT!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Corvo was definetely the worst trade out of the four.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

If my math is correct, and it may not be, taking into account all the possible points available to all the teams chasing the Caps, the Caps could go 9-6-1, even if the Pens, Sabres, and Devils win the remainder of their games and the Caps would still finish as the number 1 team in the East. That means BB has the lattitude to do exactly what he's trying to do. It is great to have depth, as long as you have figured out exactly where those depth guys plug in if there is an injury. IMO, that is what he's trying to figure out. He doesn't need any of us armchair coaches to raise the red flag on the PK. I am sure BB has trouble sleeping at night because of the PK.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

Varly was most definitely screened on that first goal. Watch the highlights, Poti and a Stars forward (couldn't see the number) screened Varly from seeing the pass that went from left point to right point and then were both in front of him on the shot.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Look, I know we are 50 points (so it seems) up in the division and way ahead in the conference.

But, these trades by George have been a waste of money.

Corvo, good trade, and the jury is still out on Belanger. And Walker..is another Bradley. Jurcina is not anywhere close to Green, Schultz, Poti, Carlson, Corvo, and Shane Morrison, and Alzner. I think he might be better than Erskine, but that is it.

So, are we giving up on Bradley? Brendan Morrison? What exactly are we doing?

Our chemistry is all discombobulated. I am ok with Chimera, but having Chimera, Bradley and Walker is not worth risking out depth.

Sloan was a terrible signing when it happened. We are paying this guy 700K to sit and watch games. I sit and watch games...and I have PAY?!?!

I completely understand depth, but with kids coming up and down from Hershey we are on the top of the league. AND we were spending money wisely.

I'm confused...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

dude, they've played four games so far and you are ready to call it a waste of money? relax and enjoy. these moves are about depth and preparing for the inevitable injuries that occur.

chemistry is dicombobulated. they've won three of four since the deadline and the one loss was in a shootout. give them some time to adjust and settle on lines.

as for giving up on bradley or bmo. well, time will tell. but if you've got players who can be bigger contributors, you use them. this is about winning not about feelings. and have you watched bmo lately, not exactly lighting it up.

jurcina is hurt. he's a freebe. if he doesnt play for us, we gave up nothing for him and since he was hurt in the olympics insurance pays his salary. and if he does play, its just a late round pick and another big bodied defensement. whats so confusing about that?

what kids have come up and down from hershey lately besides carlson, and he seems to be up here to stay?

you really need to just chill and enjoy the ride. it will all work out.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@ Fan...

I'm not questioning BB, he has to make fit what Georgie boy throws on him.

I'm ok with him trying to make pieces fit, but we had a good thing going.

Keep Chimera on the third...

Keep Bradley Gordon and Steckel on the 4th. They all kill penalties...and Gordon and Steckel are killer on faceoffs.

The defense...give Jurcina a deck of cards so he can play with Sloan...tell Erskine to train in case we need a boxer to send a message...

I do NOT like Theo at all...but he has earned the right to fail/succeed in the playoffs. I would start Varly the next 5 games in a row, and then settle in with Theo for the stretch...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I would start Varly the next 5 games in a row, and then settle in with Theo for the stretch...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:03 PM |

Really?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I would take Gordo over B. Morrison. Gordo is great on face offs and can play special teams.

I would definitely keep Bradley over Walker. Brads saved our season last year!!

Posted by: adamkatzen | March 10, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@dcsports...

I was just confused by what they are trying to accomplish.

You are right, noone from Hershey has stayed...yet we are still on top of the league...that's my point...are we really ANY better with Walker and Belanger?

I'm not going anywhere, I'm not pissed either. Just a little ?? about why we obtained 2 forwards, gave up none and got back Jurcina when we finally rid ourselves of him and his contract.

It's a chat house...I was just simply chatting...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The average NHL salary is between $2-2.5M. Sloan gets 1/3rd of that. He's a utility infielder to use a baseball example. He can play F or D. It's not a waste to spend $700K on your 23rd player who can play LW or LD and doesn't complain if he sits. It's what he's worked up to after about 8 pro seasons.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@ Richmond...

Yes, I would. Only because Varly needs to play. Going every other is not going to be good for Theo...and you don't want Theo playing so much he gets hurt.

Again, I am not a Theo fan at all.

I thought we should have gotten Turco or Giguere for this year's run...then handed the team over to Varly, Holtby, and Neuvirth next year.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

What happened here, did a lot of you people just do bong hits and begin posting?! Some of you are smoking something that is for sure!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Tom--sloan is not our 23rd player. I would have moved him for a draft pick.

Sloan is probably our 29th player...behind people in Hershey (apparently if Carlson and Alzner get playing time over him when he gets called up)...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

SoaringCaps confuses me

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

You really think letting him sit 5 consecutive games is better for him then alternating between them?

Praise BB, for without him, someone who proposes such a kooky idea could be coach.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

What happened here, did a lot of you people just do bong hits and begin posting?! Some of you are smoking something that is for sure!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 2:11 PM |

Are you looking through my backdoor?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I would have moved him for a draft pick.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:13 PM |

No, you wouldn't have. A trade requires two willing parties.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Based on close observation, I have had some disturbing ideas about what really ails the PK:

Granted, we sometimes take unnecessary, stupid penalties. However, more often than we might like or care to admit, we get phantom calls-against.

My fear is that the Caps' team defense--and particularly the PK units--have become so conditioned to expect to be penalized for playing physically and aggressively on the PK, that they have over-reacted in the opposite direction. The result has been the (apparent) softness and passivity on the PK.

The (theoretical)reasoning ensues that a PK unit that plays more agressively and physically only results in more penalties, then a tired PK unit, and finally more goals-against, so why bother?

Ø Thanks a lot, Sid Ø...you little S###.

In this case, I hope I'm wrong. I really do....because just one of those things killed my entire crew in less than 24 hours, and if the colonists have found that ship, there's no telling how many of them have been exposed...

Seriously, if I'm right, this could be very bad, and supports the theory that the League brass in general--and ref's in particular--have it in for our boys.

What to do about this Catch-22 if it is true? I have no clue.

Except maybe a lesson from ancient history: Consider the legend of the original Aexander The Great (you know, son of Phillip of Macedon, whose empire stretched from Central Europe to South Asia at its peak) and the Gordian Knot:

In a small village existed a knot of rope so fiendishly complex that nobody had been able to untie it. It was eventually said that he who could untie the Gordian Knot would rule the world.

Word of this knot reached Alexander, and he traveled to this village to see what all of the fuss was about.

After standing and looking at the Knot for a few moments, Alexander said "This is how Alexander unties the Gordian Knot". He then drew his sword and--with a few quick slashes--left the Gordian Knot lying in pieces on the ground--utterly destroyed.

So perhaps Our modern day Alexander's solution will be the sword that unravels the Stanley Cup knot once and for all:


"Score more goals"™

Either way, thank God McCreary is retiring before the Playoffs.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Are you looking through my backdoor?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:17 PM

Can I come over?

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Like it or lump it, Sloan is the "23rd player" on the roster.

No, he is not the 23rd best player in the organization. Not even close. 29th? Maybe.

The "23rd player" only plays if three guys get scratched or are hurt AND they don't recall anyone from Hershey. Now, earlier in the year, he played more...cuz we were capped out. Once Nylander got moved, he hasn't played as much.

Next year, depending on cap space, he might play a little more or a little less. But, if you have any cap space at all, it isn't necessary to dress him for the Playoffs (you could call someone, anyone, up).

Sloan is NOT a liability on this club. Having Sloan won't make us win or not win the Cup. He's a good soldier who apparently does what the boss says.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

true how true---regarding sloan...I would just release him. I certainly wouldn't have signed him for 2 more years.

I get your point with the goalies...

I just want Theo to settle into a grove...

My original comments, was why did we trade for MORE players if we can't get them into the lineup to help us...?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I would think that a trade was going to happen which fell through, and thus why we have 5 healthy scratches a game. 6 if you include Juice.

I'm not seeing how it's a bad thing though. Since when did having options and depth become a negative thing?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree TominFL...

He is a good soldier. I just don't understand why we spend 700k on a guy to watch games.

And I do know, sloan is not a problem good/bad for the team. I just question management money decisions.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I would start Varly the next 5 games in a row, and then settle in with Theo for the stretch...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:03 PM |

Really?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:06 PM

Are you honestly surprised? SoaringCaps has been trolling since before you were born :P

Posted by: Raber | March 10, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

It's called depth. Remember last year going into the playoffs? We were beat up and had to use AHLers and marginal NHLers to fill in. Now we don't have that issue. All four guys brought in via trade are true NHLers who can all step in and play. Last year, we couldn't let Green rest for a few playoff games, this year we can. That's the difference.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Richmond...I see your point.

I agree with you, probably a trade that didn't go through...

And it's not a problem if you get some consistency...

I was only curious...didn't make much sense..

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why Sloan got a one-way deal either, but I would assume that maybe he refused to sign a two-year deal?

It's not like you can't just waive him/bury him in the AHL if you needed to. Caps salary ceiling is far above the salary cap. We already dish out 5 mil+ to people not playing in the NHL right now, what's another 700K ? This should really only be concerning Ted and the other owners.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

lol, I'm a troll. Son, I've been a caps fan since 1974 when the doors opened.

...a lot you can tell about someone through characters on a computer screen...

:D

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

re: Sloan. He's cheaper than you think. This year he gets like $625K. So he sits a bunch of games, he's there for insurance. Had we not had him, though, we might have kept Alzner who would have cost...$1.6M.

So, by having Sloan, you:

1) save on salary
2) allow Alzner to develop in Hershey
3) avoid having a prospect ride the pine

You must have 22 or 23. Having a guy like him let's GMGM manage the cap and the development of the younger players.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Either way, thank God McCreary is retiring before the Playoffs.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2010 2:21 PM

Wait WHAT? FOR REAL?!?! I didn't realize he was doing it before the playoffs. I thought he was going to be there to call 37 penalties on us to the Pens 19 again. It's celebration time!

Posted by: Raber | March 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

two-year deal is supposed to say two-way deal, up there.

My bad.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

lol, I'm a troll. Son, I've been a caps fan since 1974 when the doors opened.

...a lot you can tell about someone through characters on a computer screen...

:D

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:34 PM

You're allowed to be both! :D

Posted by: Raber | March 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

ok, i see your point on sloan...NOW..but for the next 2 years?

I just don't see him in a Caps jersey next year...


Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

They asked LA Kings players which team had the most amount of opposing players they hated. Naturally, most answered San Jose or Anaheim.
Prospect Richard Clune's answer was, "I hate everybody."

I laughed.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

Why not? They don't effect the Caps salary cap in following years and if left alone that would have been unused cap space. Does anyone here really hope that the Caps save an extra million dollars to keep for themselves if it doesn't benefit the quality of the team?

The Caps have added lots of quality depth. That is important because injuries happen in the playoffs. What if a defender got hurt in the playoffs? Then Sloan would be playing. Now if a defender gets hurt there are more options for replacing them.

The same is true for the forwards. Before the acquisitions, what if BMo got hurt? Then it would be Flash as center #2, Steckel as #3 and Gordon as #4. What if Bradley, Fehr or Chimera got hurt? Laing or probably Sloan would be replacing them. Now there is Belanger and Walker.

People get hurt in the playoffs. It happened last year to the Caps with Schultz and Fehr getting hurt for the entire playoffs and other defenseman playing with broken feet. That was only through 2 rounds too.

I'd much rather be prepared for injuries then ave only 12 forwards and 6 defenseman and be praying no one gets injured.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 10, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Actually Richmondphil, if you are currently doing bong hits you just keep right on doing what you do because you and I seem to agree quite a bit.....some of the others posting here......hmmmmmm, how should I put this...........better to just keep it to myself I guess!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Wait WHAT? FOR REAL?!?! I didn't realize he was doing it before the playoffs. I thought he was going to be there to call 37 penalties on us to the Pens 19 again. It's celebration time!

Posted by: Raber | March 10, 2010 2:35 PM


@Raber:

Yes, I think so: Joe B. and Locker were discussing this at length during the NYR game on Saturday.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

You're not talking about me are you?!??!! *paranoid from all the bong hits* lol

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually I like what Walker brings to the table. He's got good hockey sense. He is what he is a 3rd/4th line player. He doesn't score much, but he seems to score big goals.

If someone gets hurt in the playoffs and a depth player comes in and contributes I bet people won't be criticizing the trades then. Of course I do not want any injuries, but I'm just saying they happen and are part of the game so it's good to have experienced NHL depth.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 10, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

So far, NONE of the trades made have been a waste. Walker? Traded for a useless pick, and he has been playing quite well, bringing a lot of energy to the game. Belanger? His first game, his FO% was bad, but the last two games he went 55.6% and 60%. That was what he was brought in for, faceoffs and PK. Jurcina? Again, traded for a useless pick - and he is probably only going to play if there is injuries, then he will be gone after this season ends. Corvo? Much better than Pothier, and while he's not 100%, he is playing well anyways. McPhee made 7 moves this season, and so far, all have worked out well - even if BMo has been inconsistent.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 10, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@jsynd1

Hahaha. I tried to come up with something to top that comment, but couldn't.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I love what Walker brings. As well as the Belanger and Juice trades.

Corvo's the only one I don't like that much, but it's far too early to tell. He is definetely an upgrade over Pothier though, that's for sure.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Cooke wasnt suspended for the hit...

Pens vs. Bruins March 18th on NHL Network....Sparks will fly, and I will say Crosby is not safe that night.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I think so: Joe B. and Locker were discussing this at length during the NYR game on Saturday.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2010 2:40 PM

Wow. I heard them mention he was retiring and commending him for doing a pretty good job calling the Olympic final (letting them play), but I didn't hear that he was retiring before the playoffs.

I'll take your word for it though - great news for Caps fans!

Posted by: Raber | March 10, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

McKenzie just tweeted, no suspension for Cooke. Boston fans are mad.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

jsnyd1, LOL....no, not you....and careful...paranoia may destroy ya!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Damn you, SA-Town.

Must be all the bong hits...reaction time is not up to par.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Lol PhilR, why do you think I have foil covering all the windows of my house?

And WTF is up with Cooke not getting suspended? Even all the pundits were calling for his head and he got nothing. I guess he didn't raise his elbow enough on that blind side.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with the 3rd line. Laich is a top 6 forward, and I know people will contest me for that, but Laich and Semin work well together. Almost like a lesser version of Knuble and Ovie.

Posted by: breaklance | March 10, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Does it surprise anyone that Cooke did not get suspended, really?? He plays with the hockey god himself and wears that damn flightless bird on his chest....Pissburgh players are untouchable, we all should know this by now!!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Laich is my sentimental favorite player....hate seeing him on the 3rd line but whatever.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | March 10, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

@Everyone complaining about the lines tonight:

Don't worry about it. These won't be the combinations BB is going to run with going down the stretch and into the playoffs.

@PhilR

Very true, but Jeebus that was a pretty egregious hit he laid on Savard.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

No suspension for Cooke's headshot on Savard. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

Posted by: griz0615 | March 10, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't take it too hard. The great thing about Laich is that he can do everything. He can fit in almost every team's top 6, while also being a very reliable bottom 6 grinder guy.

Hell, if Knuble wasn't signed, I would've probably proposed seeing him get some 1st line RW time this year.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Not shocked Cooke didnt get suspended....why would he? Dont want to anger Sidney Crybaby or anything.

If it were a C-A-P-S player he would be atleast out 2 games and if it were OVIE the suspension would be probably 8 games.

They had a feature on NHLNET 3-4 nights ago and how he had a dirty hit on our very own Scott Walker. Walkie wanted to kill Cooke...u should have seen it. They were saying that Walker hasnt forgotten about it and wants payback.

Posted by: Redskins2Win | March 10, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@breaklance

I agree completely. I think having a winger who can go to the net, screen the goalie and knock in rebounds is the perfect compliment for Semin. I think it brings more consistency to Semin's game.

When he is paired with a more of a skilled and less physical winger like Flash, Semin seems to have some great nights and some night when his line doesn't create much pressure.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 10, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

jsnyd1, do not disagree with you in any way and if that would have been a Cap there would have been a five game suspension minimum.

griz0615, way past conspiracy theory, it is obvious the league officials favor one team, if you can't see that there is an issue there!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

jsnyd1, do not disagree with you in any way and if that would have been a Cap there would have been a five game suspension minimum.

griz0615, way past conspiracy theory, it is obvious the league officials favor one team, if you can't see that there is an issue there!

Posted by: PhilR | March 10, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Even though Laich and Semin aren't putting up the points right now, they've been playing absolutely lights out since they came back from the break. It's only a matter of time before those two start lighting the lamp.

I love lamp..

Posted by: jsnyd1 | March 10, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I imagine Lucic will avenge Savard's injury. That dude can lay out some serious hits.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 10, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I keep hearing that the Bruins of last year was a mirage and Bruins fans don't like to think about it. Apparently Lucic and Chara are giant kitties now.

I mean if, Savard was KO'd last year, you'd figure they would all go nuts on the ice right then.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I will also add that I enjoyed watching Matt Cooke when he was here with Washington.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 10, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Just re-watched the replays of the Stars game.

Man, that 2nd goal was so sweet. I didn't appreciate it then as much as I am now on replay. Robidas got completely undressed.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

i'm glad cooke didn't get suspended. I can't wait for someone (lucic/thorton) to pummel him when they play. Cooke is a punk and has been hiding behind the instigator rule his entire career

Posted by: _stevo | March 10, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

No suspension for Cooke's headshot on Savard. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

Posted by: griz0615

Wow I'm pretty shocked. (well, not really) but the guy is a repeat offender...

Posted by: rachel216 | March 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I mean Ovi's 2nd goal, 44th of the year. Not the Caps 2nd goal.

Such a sublime move....I can watch this replay all day. One fluid motion. Mind-blowing.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Cooke's hit may not have been an obvioius elbow, but it was clearly a headshot. I see no difference between the two. I would have given him 7 games as a repeat offender, or made him sit until Savard returns and not allowed the Pens to fill the roster spot.

Posted by: griz0615 | March 10, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Ovie's move was sick! I can't rememebr which defenseman he juked, but about 10 minutes after the game one of the announcers said, "I think is still looking for Ovechkin after that move." Hahaha!!!!

Posted by: griz0615 | March 10, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ovi is taking suggestions on who his next great hit is gonna' be on. Crosby is a given. Next, I'd like to see Cooke get laid on his back! Make it happen, Mr. Ovechkin, make it happen! =)

Can't stand people who've been fans since 1974 AND feel that entitles them to raise their right leg and pee on the Capitals and whatever goes on in their offices. Let's ride this awesome ride until the NHL tells us to go home!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

No suspension?....what a joke.

I know Varly has the ability to play well, but right now he's not...why does BB keep sugar coating this fact? He usually calls a spade a spade. I want him to say, "yeah, he's not playing well, and if he doesn't soon, he won't be starting." Maybe that'll light a fire under Varly. The "oh, he'll do better next game" from Gabby dosen't seem to be making a point.

Posted by: fesslercw | March 10, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Nothing inconsistent about Cooke not getting suspended.... Pens players never get suspended for little things like blatant headshots. I wonder what they have on Campbell that he won't suspend them.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 10, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Cooke is gonna wish he was suspended....the entire team is in trouble come March 18th in Boston...The fan base is gonna beg for blood.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Cooke's hit was intentional ...

However, with ThreeNoMore in goal I hope, the offense will show up ...

Ovie et al. are in need for some points ...

Go Caps!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | March 10, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If my math is correct, and it may not be, taking into account all the possible points available to all the teams chasing the Caps, the Caps could go 9-6-1, even if the Pens, Sabres, and Devils win the remainder of their games and the Caps would still finish as the number 1 team in the East.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 10, 2010 1:57 PM

Wow! The watercooler talk here was that if the Pens win 9, they only are guaranteed 8th in the East and that if the Caps lose the rest of their games they still could win the East. Is this math correct?

Posted by: fee336 | March 10, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I mean Ovi's 2nd goal, 44th of the year. Not the Caps 2nd goal.

Such a sublime move....I can watch this replay all day. One fluid motion. Mind-blowing.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 3:43 PM

I'm still partial to the Feb 18th goal last season against the Canadiens. That was unreal.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 10, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"Osala was recalled to replaced Erik Cole, who is sick."

I mis-read that as "Erik Cole, who sucks".

Posted by: TheSkyIsntFalling | March 10, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The Klingons (whom I think would have made excellent NHL'ers, BTW) have an old proverb:

"Revenge is a dish best served cold."

Walker's payback on Cooke when we next face PIT should--first and foremost--not come from the obvious sources: Scotty, AO, or Green. The zebras will be looking for that and expecting it and--as several other posters have pointed out--would almost certainly result in a suspension for the Cap involved regardless of the true circumstances.

No...the payback must be an antiseptically clean, thundering open-ice hit, delivered by a Caps player whose suspension for a couple of games won't cripple the team.

I nominate Quintin Laing for this mission (should he choose to accept it).

QL is known for sacrificing his body. But he also takes the body very well. Having no "priors", he also is unlikely to get more than 2 to 3 games unless the other guy dies. Best of all, as a role player he leaves our best players unpunished and available after delivering to M. Cooke his just desserts....BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Posted by: Rhino40 | March 10, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

please stop with the pens conspiracy theories regarding cooke's hit. you need to understand that a hit to the head with a shoulder IS NOT against the current rules of the NHL and those are the rules campbell has to go by. clearly the league can be very inconsistent in handing out suspensions, but on this one they have been consistent. they did not suspend richards for the same hit and they didnt suspend cooke. its not because he's a penguin its because he didnt break a rule.

hopefully hits like those will be illegal next year. and im sure colin campbell let cooke know that next time he will be disciplined. but get over the conspiracy theories please.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1

While I agree that under the rules a shoulder hit to the head CAN be legal it does not mean that a shoulder hit to the head IS legal.

I thought the Cooke hit was late and was done with an intent to injure. A late hit and a hit with an intent to injure are both illegal by today's rules.

The shoulder to the head and the leaning of Cooke to hit Savard in the head with his shoulder is evidence to show the hit was done with an intent to injure. The lateness of the hit is more evidence of an intent to injure.

So while the shoulder to the head portion of the hit was not, by itself, illegal under today's rules, the lateness of the hit and the intent to injure portion of the hit was illegal by today's rules and thus suspendable.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 10, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

As far as Cooke is concerned, I'll be the 1st to say that I bet little if anything happens ON the ice. The fans will boo and go crazy but I doubt much happens. This is the part that I don't like about today's NHL. Back in the day Cooke would be worried about that game TODAY! Every time he stepped on the ice somebody would be there to kick his @ss! Now players get instigator penalties etc. It sucks because the league told the players that they didn't want the players managing the game anymore that they would do it themselves. Now incidents like this happen and the league doesn't manage the situation. I say give me back my NHL. Get rid of this stupid instigator penalty and let the players referee the game. All former players and some existing players state that the players don't respect each other anymore and it's hits like this that prove it. If Cooke did this back in the 80's he'd be leaving the rink on a stretcher as well. Lets make this a mans sport again please.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 10, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Can we stop worrying what the lineup looks like tonight or next game or the next? BB is just trying to see what he has with the new guys before he makes decisions. Guys that are sitting out tonight or playing on a lower line than normal aren't necessarily being put there for cause. In about 10 days I think we'll see 3 good scoring lines emerge that will have about 10-12 games to mesh. For right now BB has the luxury of tinkering.

Posted by: ouvan59 | March 10, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Another thing on this is I really believe the NHL missed the boat on this one. Everybody in the hockey community saw this hit. Everybody was expecting a suspension and most of the poll's I saw had the over/under at 7-10. So a suspension was expected it was just how many games. So if the NHL suspends him MOST people would only debate if the # of games was correct. The only ones upset would be the Pens and some of their fans. Here they've taken the complete opposite road and have made the Pens and their fans happy but now has made the entire hockey community mad. That takes some stones for sure. Couple all this with the fact that the GM's are meeting RIGHT NOW on this exact issue. Unreal if you ask me.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 10, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

NO SURPRISE -- PENS GET SPECIAL TREATMENT. I HATE HOW THE NHL HAS CODDLED THAT LOSER FRANCHISE.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 10, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

@ ouvan59 and others

Why is it ok to question the play of Poti, Theo, Sloan, Schultz, etc but not to question BB's coaching decisions? All of those guys are better at their jobs than any of us, but we still criticize. I like BB as coach, but he is not perfect. Despite his regular season record, he hasn't reached the ultimate goal of winning a Cup. I don't think it is anti-team to question BB, Sloan, GMGM or anyone else involved with this team.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 10, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Join other Caps fans for Live-Chatting during tonight's Caps game:
http://washingtoncapitalsblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/caps-vs-hurricanes-live-chat_10.html

Posted by: washingtoncapsblog | March 10, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

@ ablake70: Thankfully, you're not leading any of beloved armed forces because I could just hear your rallying cry, "Okay, it looks like most of you will not live to see your families after this but if you do, don't get too excited. There'll be plenty more opportunities for you to die. Good luck out there, everyone."

While it's logical to question everything you're not happy or comfortable, in the scheme of things, do you really want to question things when all we really want for the team to do is win? Question it but in all honesty, apart from inciting a riot, does it change the things you want changed? The correct answer is no.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's leave the coaching and the managing to of all people, the coaches and the general manager. They're not called that because their real names are too hard to remember or pronounce. Enjoy the game! If we win, great. If we don't, the team will try to fix it.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I like these lines. Semin and Fleichmann are better together than Semin and Laich. It would be a really deadly line if Belanger was centering it but with how things are setup all three of the top lines will be pretty solid. I think put Chimera in for Bradley and these could be the players going forward. Possibly with a few switches in the positions with Chimera on the 3rd and Walker the 4th, but that would be quite a good lineup. Chicago and San Jose are the only other teams that might be able to put together a set of forward lines with that quality.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 10, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

I am 40 years old, CAPS Fan since I was 7. DC all day , every day! This is the best Caps team ever...That is obvious. This is also the best coach the Caps have ever had. B. Murray was good and R. Wilson was also good. B.B. is better. The perfect mix of players, coaching, management, ownership and rabid fans....is taking place...this team will win The Stanley Cup ................But maybe not this year...just sayin'

Posted by: DCFanatic | March 10, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

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