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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 03/ 3/2011

Capitals recall Braden Holtby

By Katie Carrera

Washington recalled goaltender Braden Holtby from Hershey and he is on the ice with the Capitals this morning. Michal Neuvirth is also out on the ice for the morning skate and he is expected to get the start against the Blues at Verizon Center.

Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a knee injury and did not take part in practice Wednesday or Thursday, which caused the Capitals to recall Todd Ford to serve as Neuvirth's backup in the consecutive games against the Islanders.

Holtby likely would have been the player initially recalled when Varlamov went down if he wasn't also sidelined with a knee injury, suffered while playing with the Bears, but he looks okay during the workout at KCI.

By Katie Carrera  | March 3, 2011; 10:16 AM ET
Categories:  Braden Holtby, Michal Neuvirth  
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This team can ill afford to have a revolving door at the goalie position. Someone has to stay healthy eventually.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Why am I being censored by this site again! I am one of the nicer posters!!!!

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Aren't the Caps limited in the number of moves they can make after the deadline? I thought it was four? Is this one of them?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:22 AM | Report abuse

In addition to the 4 moves (I think that's the right number), they can also make emergency call ups as needed.

"Emergency conditions shall be established when the playing strength of the loaning Club, by reason of incapacitating injury or illness or by League suspension to its players is reduced below the level of two (2) goalkeepers, six (6) defensemen and twelve (12) forwards. Proof of the existence of the emergency conditions including the incapacity shall be furnished to the Commissioner of the League
upon request made by him."

Posted by: sabredc | March 3, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

excellent post in "box seats" on Trevor Gilles, and it does a good job of bringing in the situation of Bob Probert. The big thing there is that suspending a sociopath like him is no big loss to the team, so the team itself must be made to feel the pain. I'm thinking either the loss of a fairly high draft choice (given to the team injured) or a suspension without pay for the coach might help.

Would like to know others' thoughts. I don't want these people getting their brains scrambled and their lives ruined just for the idle amusement of people in an arena.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1 - Injury callups don't count; they are available for emergencies... since Varlamonster is hurt (again), and Holts is coming up for him, that's an emergency callup. If Holts was coming up and for some weird reason, the Caps decided to just bench Varly, that would count as one of the non-emergency callups.

Posted by: irockthered | March 3, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

capscoach, maybe somebody reported you as being an abusive poster. You're obviously not but, have you and cstanton been getting along lately?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Anyone else not think the Gilles hit last night was bad? He hit him on the side. The Clutterbuck hit looked way worse.

Posted by: underpants2 | March 3, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I listen to NHL Home Ice all the time and since I have a looooong commute to work I get to hear a lot of interviews with players. What I always hear from the players is that they are shut down by the medical staff all the time. Regardless of what the players say the NHLPA has provisions in place to protect the players beyond their playing years.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 3, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 3, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse


Suspend the player (no pay), fine the club and don't allow the club to replace the player for as long as he is suspended.

Three ex-Dolphins players have recently died, the oldest was 46. Coincidence? I think not.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:44 AM | Report abuse


regarding those plays

Easiest way to solve this problem...if a player is suspended for a deliberate hit to the head or dangerous play, the team looses that bench spot for at least 1/3 of the time the player is suspended (obviously we couldn't force a team to play a man down for half a least for a first offense.

so often the guy getting suspended is a goon who plays 5 minutes a the team doesn't really care if they are suspended...make the team suffer and plays like that will drop dramatically!

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse


A player is unlikely to get suspended half a season for a first offense.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock01 - well one message the league sends to prospective players has to do with fighting. A certain amount of it is inevitable, but if the climate is created where most on-ice players are expected to fight at one point or another, then it sends a message that players aren't protected. This year there have been several concussions and broken bones resulting from fights. When a 240 lb guy starts hitting you as hard as he can in the face and head with his bare fists, good things do not result.

The league needs talented people to choose to take up the game. Otherwise their abilities as people will be wasted as they might instead choose to become excellent scientists or great public leaders.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse


OK, got it, except for a technicality:

Neither Neuvy nor Ford is hurt, so techincally we have 2 goalies. It seems like recalling Holtby isn't to replace the injured Varly; he was hurt before the deadline. They are recalling Holtby to replace Ford, since Holtby has recovered and is better than Ford. And Ford isn't hurt. So I am wondering still, techincally, does the league make them count this as one of the non-injury replacement moves.

If I were in the league office, I'd be very careful to keep the teams from "skirting the system," although we've seen with the contracts that they get away with almost everything.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Gilles should be suspended for the season. Doing that after coming off of a nine game suspension shows he has no respect for the rules or the health of others. I think I heard last night that Gilles has maybe 2 points this season and over 200 PIMs. He is a joke and players like him shouldn't be in the league.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2011 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach - that idea sounds good. Just something that hurts the organization in one way or another...

Now, I'm going to put on my goat's blood cap: I'm still high on Holtby, but his recent shootout loss was pretty ugly. He hasn't gotten a start since that one. Do you think the Caps will give him another shot this year, was that SO thing just an aberration?

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse


it does happen I out in for the inlikely :)

Who was the player that smashed his stick directly over a guys neck? What was his suspension?

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

I stumbled across this short article from

This could be a good sign for us and congrats to that guy who won the va lottery.

Posted by: RITdude | March 3, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Otherwise their abilities as people will be wasted as they might instead choose to become excellent scientists or great public leaders.
You're kidding, right?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse


the shootout was ugly...but I expected that...first NHL shoot out...that is a specific skill a goalie can only learn by getting shootout practice against NHL players. He has a GREAT game before that. If Varly is injured much longer then he will get a shot. Caps have faith in him...GMs wanted him at the deadline and GMGM said no way!

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse


I don't know the answer to your question (was it the Brashear incident of several years ago?). Also, I cannot for the life of me understand what you mean by: "it does happen I out in for the inlikely :)"

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

gillies has an in person meeting with the nhl which allows for a suspension of 6 or more guess is they suspend him the rest of the season

Posted by: _stevo | March 3, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@florida...sorry fast typing gotta get back to work!

It does happen, so I put in for the unlikely! :)

and no it was not Brashear...It was quite a while ago.

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

@FloridaCapsFan - yes, trying to be a little dry. Not well written on my part, though.

@capscoach - yes, thought so on the SO. Well, now would be a good time for him to get the shot. I think a bad idea to keep playing anyone of this trio night after night after night...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2011 10:59 AM | Report abuse

That's a great point. However, I still believe this still counts only as an emergency recall. They can send anyone down to the AHL at any time, even after the deadline. The recalling is what is controlled.

They had an emergency recall for Ford after the deadline. They sent him back down (or at least, will send him back down) today. There is no restriction on sending a player back to the AHL in this instance. Now, they are performing another emergency recall for Holtby. Because Varly was the goalie on the roster at the deadline, they are still considered to be under an emergency recall with Ford up, even though he is healthy and the team is not shorthanded. There wouldn't be any obligation to keep Ford up. The only condition is that when Varly is no longer injured, Holtby (or Ford) must be sent immediately to the AHL or it counts as a non-emergency recall.

I'm not a CBA expert, but looking at it right now, that's what I interpret it to say. NHL may feel differently and this may very well count as a non-emergency call up.

Posted by: sabredc | March 3, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

The Gilles hit is really interesting. From the back veiw (the first I saw having not watched the game or VS last night) it didn't look bad or that he even really hit the head. It looked like more of a hit to the shoulders that caused the head to hit the glass. Then I see the other view and it looks much worse. I think the issue comes from where his hand ends up. It doesn't make contact until the very end of the hit but I think that is what everyone keeps seeing and focusing on at what Gilles was 'targeting.' It looked to me especially from the back view that the shoulder hit the shoulder first and then slid up to the head. I think if Ovechkin makes the hit, even with previous suspensions, the league does nothing and there is no real big fuss about the hit. I think the hit is not even what got everyones attention it was who made the hit. I agree that the NHL needs to do whatever it can to reduce the number of consussions however there are several hits a game like the one last night and no one says a thing and most of the time the player hit isn't hurt either. But since this was a guy coming off a 9 game suspension everyone lets that dictate what the see on film and how they feel about the hit.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Let's put in 10 goals tonight and get the offense jump started again!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

They should play Holtby for a couple of reasons:

1. any little glimpse that Holtby can get at the NHL level at this point can only help his development.

2. Neuvy seems like he could use a game off...I suspect he is still nursing something and/or he seemed frustrated against the Islanders.

Posted by: aybee27 | March 3, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse


There was also the fact that the ref's hand was up in the air signifying a penalty was going to ensue from the Clutterbuck hit. I think the ref was in Gillie's line of sight, he should have seen him. Maybe the ref realized it was Gillie and penalized him for taking matters into his own hands.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2011 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@aybee27 except I believe that today was Holtby's first practice after coming off an injury himself so I don't think we should throw him out there tonight. I think Neuvy's frustration came from his team not scoring not from anything in his game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

#Caps have reassigned goaltender Todd Ford to Hershey of the AHL.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Funny, I thought this article was going to be about how Brooks Laich got cancer but didnt have health insurance so he used his skills as a chemist to make the purest and most sought after crystal-meth to make money to pay for his cancer treatments and take care of his family if he should pass.

Posted by SeminAllOverTheIce

@SAOTI: What? I guess Katie is falling asleep at the switch again. I don't remember seeing a thread titled:

"Caps Claim Charlie Sheen Off Waivers".


Posted by: Rhino40 | March 3, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Neuvy will start, Holtby will back up. Take it to the bank.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | March 3, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

"Caps Claim Charlie Sheen Off Waivers".

Hey, he'd bring his own Ice Girls. A whole squad.

sabredc: Thx. Yeah, I've read through the CBA before too. Not for the faint of heart.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 3, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach -I've been "quarantined" a couple of times, most recently today.

I do belive it's because someone reports you as an "abuser" which I think is nonsense.

Oh well, keep up the great work!

Posted by: jwash4472 | March 3, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

What you worry about with Neuvirth, Carlson, Johansson and Alzner is the grind of an 80 game season as rookies and what they are going to contribute down the wire.

Yes, the Caps need to establish a #1 goalie for the playoffs, but just as soon as Varlamov or Neuvirth wins 2-3 games in a row and starts to gain momentum, either gets hurt and then we are back to starting over.

Carlson hasn't looked especially good the past 8-10 games after a very good start to the season.

He has not contributed many points as the lead when Green has been out and he has suffered through some forgettable games on defense and the PK recently.

That's what makes the acquisition of Dennis Wideman so important.

I don't think you are going to be able to count on either Green or Poti for the playoffs to be anywhere near 100%.

Scott Hannan and Wideman are going to have to lead the defense in the playoffs.

Having Wideman takes the pressure off Carlson, who is only 21, to be a leader on the backline and a guy generating points on the power play.

People criticize the trade for Hannan. Who do you think is going to stop guys like Briere and Richards come the postseason?

It isn't going to be Jeff Schultz folks.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | March 3, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

According to Wild beat writer Michael Russo Clutterbuck is skating this morning. Seems the Gilles hit may not even keep him out a game. I wonder if that changes what the NHL does to him. I know according to the rules it shouldn't but I doubt in their minds the NHL guys somehow forget if the player is out or not.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@RoyHobbs4, I don't recall many people critizing trading for Hannan. In fact I have seen many people talking about wanting to resign him until we got Wideman and his contract.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Marty McSorley (Gretzky's longtime body guard) hit Brashear at the end of a game which caused a concussion. He was suspended for the remainder of that season. For the first time an on ice incident was taken into court and he was convicted of assault and received probation or something. He then had his suspension extended for a year by the NHL and since he was so old he never touched NHL ice again.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 3, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse


it was a little different, mcsorley smacked brashear in the head with his stick

Posted by: _stevo | March 3, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

What is up with this site today? This is the first time that I could even get signed in to the comment section!

Nice to see my boy Holtby back with the big club, hope he sticks around a little while and gets a couple games.

Posted by: PhilR | March 3, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

_stevo: I'm not implying what Gilles did yesterday is even remotely close to how bad the McSorley incident was. Someone just asked about an incident where a player hit another player on the neck and I think they were talking about the McSorley/Brashear situation.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 3, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Nice to see my boy Holtby back with the big club, hope he sticks around a little while and gets a couple games."

I'm not really a fan of Holtby, but he has to get experience sometime if he is going to ever be valuable to us either as a trade or as a goalie. My guess (which really don't mean much) is that Varly won't be back until next week (maybe give him the Oilers game to get back in the groove). I bet Neuvy starts today, Holtby plays against FLA and Neuvy is back in net for TBL.

Posted by: sabredc | March 3, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Lets go CAPS!

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | March 3, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse


I thought Copper's article was nonsense. I have 4 responses under his
article. I was harsh, probably too harsh. In short, if a writer is going to flame a player and use words like 'cancer', epitome of everything wrong with the game' and 'intention to hurt as many players as possible ' then should be more than sufficient facts to prove the author's point.

Copper's article sticks to editorializing and Selective reporting. Where's Gillies suspension history, or the long list of players he's hurt, or some facts to support the author's claim that Gillies is the 'epitome of everything wrong with the game'?

Puckdaddy had a far better article about the incident with Clutterbuck.

Posted by: Fletch22 | March 3, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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