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Bourque Reassigned

I was driving when this news officially broke but yes Chris Bourque was indeed reassigned to Hershey this afternoon. I would assume that this means Donald Brashear will be ready to go against the Rangers.

*Lightning GM Bruce Lawton told the Tampa media that the league doesn't plan to discipline Alex Ovechkin for the hit on Jamie Heward. Read Lawton's full comments here and the team's full release on Heward's health can be found here.

Heward suffered a concussion and will be out of the lineup indefinitely but thankfully there is no damage to his spine.

By Katie Carrera  |  January 2, 2009; 3:29 PM ET
 
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That's good to hear about Heward, that his spine is OK, and he's on his way home.

I'm very sorry he was injured, but glad the league agrees it was not a dirty hit.

As I've said before, any guy who sits around in the hallway in a towel outside the other team's locker room waiting for word on his buddy after a win rather than celebrating is punishing himself worse than the league ever could.

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Why not Giroux?

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 2, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

So, what do you think Caps-Nation, who's the REAL starting goaltender? Johnson or Theodore?

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | January 2, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist

Best. Name. Ever.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | January 2, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

In other injury news, I guess Gaborik isn't getting traded:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3806151

Posted by: Section117 | January 2, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mr. Snow. It came to me in a dream, and I said to myself, "I must make it a reality."

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | January 2, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually in the market for a Boyd Gordon Fathead

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | January 2, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I have a question. There are three types of physical penalties that might have been imposed on Ovechkin for that hit last night and weren't. I am NOT saying they should have been, only that they might have been!

Here are the official rules for all three.

42.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any player or goalkeeper who checks an opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to be thrown violently in the boards. The severity of the penalty, based upon the degree of violence of the impact with the
boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.

I don't think boarding applies, because it wasn't a check that threw Heward "violently in the boards."

44.1 Checking from Behind – A check from behind is a check delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit, therefore unable to protect or defend himself, and contact is made on the back part of the body. When a player intentionally turns his body to create contact with his back, no penalty shall be assessed.

It wasn't checking from behind, because Ovechkin hit Heward in his side, not his back.

43.1 Charging - A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player or
goalkeeper who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

Charging shall mean the actions of a player or goalkeeper who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice.

Having watched the replay again - it's like a bleeping train wreck! - Ovi was only a couple of steps behind Heward, so I don't think it could have been a charging penalty. Plus, his feet weren't moving. He was gliding along the ice at a high rate of speed. He straightens his back as he makes the check, but he doesn't look to leave the ice.

Opinions? I believe, rather firmly, that the officials (for once) did make the right call, but you can't see Ovechkin's feet in the replay. It looked to me like he just straightened his back. He's gliding too smoothly to have jumped, in my opinion. What do y'all think?

My reason for bringing this up is merely to clarify my knowledge of the rules of the game.

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

AO named third star of the month for December behind (first) Fernandez/Thomas and (second) Carter.

Posted by: saintex | January 2, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@Section117 - Ouch on Gaborik! That's not cool. Poor guy! Hip surgery would probably put him out for the next several weeks, though he might be back in time for the playoffs... definite ouch!

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

good news on Heward. glad Brashie is gonna be ready in time for the Flyers game. I can just imagine that those donkeys are going are going to try and be tough guys. wonder it will take Cote to try and goad Brashie into whooping his butt again??

Posted by: doughless | January 2, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

irockthered, I'm thinking boarding would been the closest thing to someone the officials might have actually called.

But then again, when it comes to NHL refs, the only consistent thing is their inconsistency. Has Green received his "oops, our bad" call from Campbell?

Posted by: koalatek | January 2, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

oops, *something*, not someone.
It's Friday, it's 4, it's Jan 2, I'm going home.

Posted by: koalatek | January 2, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Nothing against Giroux, but I'll miss Bourque. I would have liked to see more of him.

Posted by: griffin13 | January 2, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@doughless - First eight to twelve minutes of the game.

Last game featured three fights (two Cote vs. Brash, one Gratton vs. Bradley). Morrisonn and Lupul each got a cross-checking penalty, and Cote and Asham both got caught for slashing. Both Brash and Asham got 10 minute misconducts after Asham slashed Brash and Brash did something to merit an "unsportsmanlike conduct" penalty...

GEE, I wonder what he did, swat Asham for lumberjacking him???

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

considering that the hit was legal...wasn't from behind, or a charge, and there were no high elbow's involved...I've got a real question.
Was Jamie Heward wearing a mouthguard?

They are designed, not to protect teeth, but to absorb the impact of blows to the head.

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | January 2, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I have been reading (yes I do do that some times) some articles about the Winter Classic from hockey sports writers and they all have a common theme. Ovie needs to be in the Winter Classic next year.

I could not agree more. No one man can electrify a crowd like him. So heres to Jan 1, 2010 Caps vs. whoever at RFK.

What are the odds?

Posted by: numero94 | January 2, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This USA - Slovakia game is a lot more interesting that anyone might have expected so far, after the 1st (don't wanna spoil in case you're recording it).

Posted by: ranndino | January 2, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

i'd like to see Bradley pummel Gratton. perhaps Brashie can offer Brads a few pointers. thinks Asham is stupid enough to pick up where he and Brashie left off?? in my book, Asham is in about the same class as Lucic. Brash will clobber Asham

Posted by: doughless | January 2, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist. The hit was completely legal. Boarding and Charging are out because he did not take a run at Heward (more than three steps is what I've been told)Charging is the minor and Boarding is the major (typically). Because Heward was leaning over, the hit had more impact than if he were in a regular skating position. Good to hear he's OK.

Posted by: Jen12 | January 2, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

when did i say the hit wasn't legal? i said it was.
i'm asking if he was wearing a mouthguard.

Posted by: boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist | January 2, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

boyd_gordon_shootout_specialist - I thought all hockey players wore mouthguards... I see them gnawing on them often enough!

I'm just glad they decided some years back to make helmets required gear. I distinctly remember one Capital, though I'm not sure who it was (Rod Langway?) who refused to wear one and was granted an exemption because his career began before helmets were manditory... whoever he was, I think he was NUTS!

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@Jen12 - Actually, boarding is not the same thing as charging. Charging can take place anywhere on the ice, and can include an open ice check, a check into the post, or a check into the boards, but boarding is only for a violent check into the boards.

Both penalties include minor, major, match, and game misconduct, but they are not equivalent. The other difference is that charging involves traveling a distance prior to the check. Apparently you can get a boarding penalty for slamming someone into the boards hard while standing still.

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I think there is a chance the league puts the Caps in the Winter Classic but I doubt they would do it at RFK because D.C. is not a big enough market in my opinion.

I could definitely see the Caps being in the Winter Classic but, realistically, you would have to think it would be against the Rangers in the new Yankee Stadium if they keep it in the States. I also think they could do it in Montreal. We shall see.

Posted by: zloss126 | January 2, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

The winter classic won't be in DC because the weather is too unpredictable here. It was 65 last Sunday for example. A day in the 50's would make the game too slushy. Though I think there is a very good shot that the Caps are in it next year (either against Philly or the Rangers).

Posted by: jsaltman | January 2, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Juice must be super stoked right now. Slovakia is beating the US 5-2 with 2 minutes left. Pretty crazy. Slovakia's goalie, Jaroslav Janus, has been amazing.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Another good winter classic option is Caps at Boston, especially depending on how this season plays out. Venue could be Fenway Park, nice and cozy like Wrigley.

Yankee Stadium isn't so cozy but they could put 50K+ people in the seats. There would be much better view (not five miles away) if the rink were aligned along the first or third base line and then temporary seats were put up on the opposite side of the rink.

Also, I don't know about DC not working due to weather. They were saying yeterday that they held an outdoor game in Las Vegas. I don't remember the full story, but Las Vegas is surely warmer in winter than DC.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 2, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

Yes, Rod Langway was one of the NHL players exempted from the helmet rule due to grandfathering. He was one of a few players who opted never to wear one.

Had I been watching the game live, I would have expected a boarding penalty. Maybe it really should have been; there are always illegal hits that don't get called. And Ovi's elbow did contact Heward's head, because of momentum -- Ovi did not lead with his elbow, and he obviously wasn't aiming for the head at any point. But the Internet is right when it complains about inconsistent penalty standards. I would love it if NHL hockey looked more like Olympic hockey: flowing and almost bloodless.

Winter Classic -

I'll say it again. Caps-Devils at the Meadowlands!

Posted by: jen-s | January 2, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@ jsaltman -- I live outside of Philthy -- just about as warm here as DC, so no way Philly-Caps if weather is the determining factor. It's gotta be Boston or Ottawa. I think the latter up there as a battle of the capitals. I'd be in Ontario for that. I still think for hockey history that MTL v. TOR comes next. Caps-Sens would be a better game, but the history between the Leafs and Habs is pure gold in the NHL universe.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | January 2, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If they can hold an outdoor game in Las Vegas, they can hold one in DC.
BTW, Ovie's GF was just on "No Reservations", if anyone is familiar with the show.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Alzner +8 in only 17 games. He stays.

Posted by: rockbroker | January 2, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

The salary cap strikes again: instead of having an undersized guy working his tail off to make up for his stature with a scoring touch, and a bright future we get to see Giroux cherry pick and use deeks that might work in the AHL but most certainly don't work against NHL netminders.

Posted by: dcfury | January 2, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

What? Bourque reassigned? I have to admit that I'm very disappointed. He's done very well with the limited time he's had - better IMO than Giroux has. I think he deserves to be here.

Why Giroux over Bourque? At the risk of being an obnoxious fan ... it doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 2, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Also, good to hear on both Ovi and Heward. I doubt that Ovi is as worried about league discipline as he is about Jamie Heward.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 2, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

glad 2 hear jamie is going to be ok. he had his head down when it went into the board so his neck was almost perpendicular to the boards. glad there was no spinal injury.

Posted by: am_jim | January 2, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I definitely think Giroux has not played well in spurts and he should have be re-assigned instead of Bourque. That being said, I think Giroux will be sent down next week when Semin is healthy. So will we actually have a healthy scratch or two?
Either way it will be nice to have nearly full health on offense!

Posted by: psugolf | January 2, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I heard they'd play the Philly game at Beaver Stadium (Penn State's stadium). Fenway is undergoing renovations during the next few winters, so I don't know that Boston is an option. My guess is the next game will be played at the new Yankee Stadium if they can work out the financials. Could be NYR against the Caps, Bruins, or Flyers.

Posted by: jsaltman | January 2, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Bears update:
Bears are struggling tonight, losing 4-0 to the Providence Bruins early in the second. Michal Neuvirth in goal. Each team has 15 shots on goal. Chris Bourque is playing, so apparently he made a quick trip from DC to Providence. And the Providence assistant coach...Bruce Cassidy.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 2, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Poor Bears! thanks for the update, Tess!
The announcers of the Russia-Czech game just said the last young elite goalie they've seen out of Russia in world play was Varly. Last before him was Bryzgalov.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl

LV is very different than DC -- humidity is so different. DC gets rain in winter frequently as does Philthy, which will ruin the ice. An awning would kill the event's intent. The problem with DC's ice has a lot less to do with temp than humidity. Wet ice is lousy to skate on as its so inconsistent and pits so badly. I just can't see a mid-Atlantic January outside game. Even Boston is iffy this time of year.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | January 2, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Jim, true. As long as I've been here, I still can't get used to the humidity. I think I try to ignore its insistence.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl
I grew up in Cali and DC -- what a difference with humidity. I'd love to see a DC game, but it'd have to be in early Feb, not early Jan. A DC v. Ottawa game would be awesome.
btw -- congrats on a great season for the Dukes! Beat my W&M Tribe silly, sheesh.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | January 2, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Final score:
Bears lose 7-2. Both Bears goals by Francois Bouchard.

@ Hartford tomorrow, @ Worcester Sunday. Guessing Varly will be in net for one or both of those games.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 2, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

On the topic of Rod Langway and helmets: He wore one very early in his career and sustained a very nasty cut on his head from the helmet when he was being hit. He decided after that to play without one and he won the Norris a couple of times. Pretty amazing player.

Posted by: reesem37 | January 2, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Jim, yeah, eastern Canada and DC are about as big a difference. I do like Cali's lack of humidity, at least around San Jose. Haha, thanks! They won the title two days after I found out I got in; I was hoping for a go my senior year. It sucks the guys quit during that Montana game. We seemed to have good luck against W&M my entire time there, but I guess we can agree to hate Richmond now!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Czech's are, I don't even know how to describe the lack of luck going their way. Russia's goalie isn't that great, but he's hot tonight. Czech's had a 5 on 3 and Russia scored. Czech's got one back, but the score is 3-1 Russia with ten and change left.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

@jen-s - I was there, and it happened so fast - and the referee was right on top of it. If there had been a penalty to call, they would have called it. From the replay, it looked like Ovechkin's upper arm - not his elbow - hit Heward's head. It wasn't a violent hit; it looked to me from where I was sitting like a pretty normal check... except Heward went down and stayed down.

Had Heward had his head up like they drill into kids who play hockey from the time they're three, it would not have been any kind of a problem. Ovechkin does hit hard, but I maintain that was a legal hit.

@tess2201 - Thanks for the Bears update. Man, they need to get Machesney back... Neuvirth is still not AHL-ready, let alone NHL. He's had three starts with Hershey, and is 1-1 and losing his third... He's saved 58/72 for a SV% of .805 in all three games...

By contrast, Varlamov's SV% is .917, and his record is 12-3-0, and Machesney is at .883 with a 10-4-0 record. I really feel bad for Neuvirth in this case. He's running at a .806 on the game - just about his average - with (so far) 29 saves on 36 shots.

It looks like Rask is having a better than average night; he's saved 30 of 32 so far. His SV% prior to this game is .909, and he's running at .937 tonight.

Providence is 19-14-1-1 with 40 points, in contention for #1 in their division; if they beat the Bears, they will take it away from the Portland Pirates. The Bears still have 49 points and are top of the league, but they really need Machesney to back Varlamov...

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Elsewhere in the NHL...

NJD 4, MTL 1 (final)

CAR 2, STL 1 (final)

VAN 2, ATL 3 (3rd period)

CBJ 0, COL 0 (1st period)

NYI 1, PHX 1 (1st period)

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl - OUCH for the Czech Republic! Wow. Russia got a shorthanded goal on a 5-on-3??! Holy Tamales!

@reesem37 - One cut vs. a possibility of much worse? I didn't say he wasn't an amazing player; all I said was I thought he was nuts for not wearing a helmet.

When I was learning to ride a motorcycle a few years ago, the less-expensive helmets I was looking at didn't fit quite right, and the sales rep told me the next ones were more expensive, and I told him I didn't care; I only had one head. He said he never thought of it that way, but it's true.

Head injuries of any type can be debilitating, and not wearing a helmet while playing a high-impact sport like hockey is just plain madness. Winning the Norris trophy wouldn't have meant a whole lot if Langway'd had his brains permanently scrambled by one bad hit. He's a very lucky man that he managed to play for so many years without serious injury.

Posted by: irockthered | January 2, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered
Machesney rejoined the Bears today from Switzerland, but I don't know if they'll use him at all on this road trip. He was 3-1 for team Canada in the tournament, lost to Dynamo Moscow in the finals. But still a terrific experience for him. And Neuvirth has been named to the ECHL All-Star team. Congrats to him for that.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 2, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Russia wins 5-1. I don't hold out much hope for them against Canada. Tavares & Co are going to rip their goalie a new one. He's making waaaaay too many mistakes. His technique blows chunks and Quinn is going to make sure his team takes advantage of his lack of control--rebound and in general--by getting guys to the net and digging for rebounds and going high when Zhelobnyuk commits too early.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

new thread!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 2, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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