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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Caps recall Brian Fahey

By Katie Carrera

The Capitals have recalled defenseman Brian Fahey from Hershey, which may mean that one of the blueliners suffering from the flu is unable to face the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. John Carlson and Mike Green are both under the weather.

Fahey has played five games for Washington this season.

By Katie Carrera  | December 10, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Brian Fahey  
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Well! I come back from the wine store only to see that goat's blood has been flowing in the streets and caps fans are drinking like it's a college frat party!

capcoach: BTW it was 80 degrees in the San Fernando Valley where we went. Tomorrow or Sunday, off to the beach!

Good point on the previous thread that Fahey will go in front of the net and redirect pucks (into our net). Seriously, he wasn't half bad the last time he played.

Some people think the coach doesn't make that much difference. I've seen many times though even in a non-team sport like baseball (it's not nearly as team-centric as hockey or football, on many plays half/3 qtrs of the 20 active players don't move) where a new manager can cause an instant change in attitude.

All this negative play started last year, just after the Olympics. They were a team and they became a group of individual, perimeter players. It really hurts to watch these days.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 10, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"They were a team and they became a group of individual, perimeter players. It really hurts to watch these days."

I'll give you an AMEN!

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I'msneakinginthiscommentbeforecstantonandvermontcapstakeovertheboard.GoCaps!

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | December 10, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Q: what stanley cup contender has Brian Fahey as their 1st callup option?

A: The same team that has Tom Poti as the steadying veteran presence.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I'msneakinginthiscommentbeforecstantonandvermontcapstakeovertheboard.GoCaps!

Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | December 10, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

The problem with Peat is his legendary bout was a draw with a guy he outweighed by at least 30 pounds. Your enforcer should be able to hospitalize a guy the size of PJ Stock. I say that taking nothing away from Stock who had the heart of lion.

With all the whinning about Kings 'fight losing ways' (based of 7 freakin' games) it's clear very few people here were fans when Peat wore a jersey. As much as I love tough guys Peat was a complete washout. Peat's only 'convincing' win was against Tim Hunter who was never a certified enforcer and at the end of his career.

Posted by: FLDave | December


agreed on Peat v Stock. He should've killed him and that fight is way overrated. Usually by fans who haven't watched a lot of hockey fights. Peat's a slow puncher though. If he tried to go toe to toe with someone like Orr, he'd be in the hospital with a broken cheekbone or orbital.

exCap Mel Anglestad and Ken Tasker probably had half a dozen fights on their own that were better than Peat/Stock. And those were minor league tussles. At the nhl level, you had the Probert-Domi battles, the Brad May-Rick Tocchet scraps, early Mark Tinordi battles, Kimble v LaForge, Nystrom, Stan Jonathan (brutal fight v Bouchard), McSorley-Probert, even Witt v DKordic, JKordic v JMiller, Domi v Ray (multiple times)

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Once everyone gets back, Sloan will be the 1st d-man callup from Hershey.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 10, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

MadMel v Hordy
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkh2ooymuYM

Ken Tasker/Trevor Senn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhRlMYRu0fw

Here's an underrated fight between two guys cut from the same cloth - Tinordi as a Cap v Jason Smith

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAWUOm_KeTc

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Here's one of my favorite underrated tough guys who could actually play- Mike Keane

v Guerin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdmaZOMr7Jo

v Scott Walker
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lER16M1p_oY

Habs had a guy named Mario Roberge who got into some crazy fights as well

v Rob Ray
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZfDUGgtZ8Q&feature=channel

the list goes on and on. STock v Peat was good. But not anywhere near the level it was elevated to. Colton Orr had some real doozies in the WHL and AHL that easily rivaled Peat/Stock as well

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

redhotCAPSaicin

A disgruntled fan does not make them less of a fan, if anything it shows they care more about winning than rose colored glasses fans. I have been following the Caps since 1983 (which does not make me a better fan) and much like fans of other sports teams hope that one day MY team will attain greatness. 27 year is a LONG time to wait BTW.

The best shot the Caps had at the Cup was in the mid 80's with 1/10 the skill the current 'roster' has. They played as a TEAM, had great leadership, pride, heart and cared about each other. To watch this much talent squandered away is hard for me (and a few other) to swallow.

BB was a great choice during the rebuild which relied heavily on AHL players and draft picks. He did an EXCELLENT job babying them into the NHL. IMHO it's time for a coach with a proven playoff record that can crack the whip. After the last few losses it's clear to me BB does not have a whip capable of motivating this talented group. After the loss to Florida Herb Brooks would have had them doing wind sprints until 5AM. BB had what? An optional skate the next day. The time for babying is over, the time for accountability is a must.

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

"Peat's only 'convincing' win was against Tim Hunter who was never a certified enforcer and at the end of his career."

--FLDAVE

I thought he did pretty well in these 2 bouts, at least the Caps used to actually win a coupla fights back then. Now we either lose every fight or its a boring draw.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-v-1p1ZV5jk&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqHch9YvpyI&feature=player_embedded#!

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Here's the joke of the day.

The Washington DC area native died and was sent to Hell. It appeared the hot weather there did not bother him at all.

So, he was asked about it and replied, "The weather here is no worse than typical Washington, DC summer weather."

The Devil, in response turned up the heat in Hell by 100 more degrees. But the Washington native was not fazed at all. "It's typical of Washington, DC weather during a summer heat wave."

The Devil now figured he had to try a different approach to making the Washington DC native miserable in Hell. So, he turned down the thermostat in Hell, to the point where all the molten lakes began to freeze.

The Washington DC native then started to jump up and down and seemed very happy.

The Devil asked him, "What's going on here?"

The response was "The Caps have won the Stanley Cup! The Caps have won the Stanley Cup!"

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 10, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

sorry, this is my favorite Peat fight of all time.

For one, I hated Richard Scott. Although he was a tough SOB in his own right. And he'd been itching for this fight the whole game and Peat obliged. And proceeded to destroy him. Watch the slow mo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJRyT74vzUI&feature=related

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Anyone looking for what should be a great hockey game. NHL network or CBC for those up north, Detroit vs Habs. Two original 6 teams playing at the Joe.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 10, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Giving Mel a Caps jersey before his retirement was pure class by an organization not known for such moves. Seeing the joy/excitement in his eyes choked me up. I remember watching him beat down Probert in a pre-season game while he was in the Dallas system.

Without a doubt Kordic was our best enforcer, but that lasted what 4 games?

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

since i've been watchin em play, we had Schofield, then Kastelic and crazy Jim Thompson, then Alan May and Kypreous and briefly Kordic, then Simon/Berube, then Peat, then Brashear, and now King. 11 in 30 yrs.

oh yeah, and briefly Jim McKenzie who was horribly misused by the Caps. He went from being a rocksolid enforcer who could also play a regular shift to being too tentative to even breathe on another player. Another casualty of McPheeism. Jim McKenzie was actually the perfect enforcer. He was a very capable fighter who excelled in the hitting game and knew what his role was. Until he came to the Caps that is. The Caps are like kryptonite to a fighter.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

since i've been watchin em play, we had Schofield, then Kastelic and crazy Jim Thompson, then Alan May and Kypreous and briefly Kordic, then Simon/Berube, then Peat, then Brashear, and now King. 11 in 30 yrs.

oh yeah, and briefly Jim McKenzie who was horribly misused by the Caps. He went from being a rocksolid enforcer who could also play a regular shift to being too tentative to even breathe on another player. Another casualty of McPheeism. Jim McKenzie was actually the perfect enforcer. He was a very capable fighter who excelled in the hitting game and knew what his role was. Until he came to the Caps that is. The Caps are like kryptonite to a fighter.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The name Mario Roberge brings back some memories. Him and his brother Serge were as nutty as they came. Mario only played around 110 NHL games, but his fight card has some big names on it. He fought Brad May twice, Ray 3 times, Darren Kimble, Tony Twist, Probert and Byers among others.

The Tasker/Senn fight was one of the craziest I've seen. In that video, Ken Tasker gets hit as hard as I've seen someone hit while on skates (his head snaps back once or twice), and yet he stayed up. That was in the ECHL, Toledo I believe, and those guys played like that for probably $300/week. Pretty amazing.

Back to the Caps, I agree with cstanton's point about McKenzie as well. It's not much different to what's happening to King as we speak.

Posted by: Fletch22 | December 10, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks it's time McPhee breaks up this party some of the players seem to be having?

Posted by: underpants2 | December 10, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Now we either lose every fight or its a boring draw.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

NOT WHEN JOHNNY E. THROWS'EM!! KEEP IT UP #4

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are like kryptonite to a fighter.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Chief Berube was the only one not to succumb to the pacification of tough guys; though he made me proud, i couldn't shake that he bleeds flyer orange and that we always seem to get the flyers' sloppy seconds.

I liked Enrico Ciccone for his brief stint. I remember him going w/Tocchet playing the Pens at home; he acquitted himself pretty well most of the times,if I recall.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Good news. Tomas Fleischmann has just scored his 1st goal with the Avalanche - on the Power Play. With 14:09 to go in the 2nd, it's now Colorado and Atlanta tied at 1.

Posted by: Terptwin | December 10, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

has anyone mentioned to try putting john erskine in front of the net on a power play?

i'm sure vermontcaps has. but i thought that might be an interesting experiment.

the PP can't get worse. i've seen philly put pronger out front and big buff when he was in chicago.

i'm not comparing erskine with them, it's just an idea.

Posted by: natresgroup | December 10, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

natresgroup:
PP couldn't be any worse with erskine parked in front of the net.
and on the bright side - we'd get tons of updates about his stats if a few pucks found their way to the back of the net.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 10, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

@capt-

yeah we'd hear about it IN ALL CAPS!

Posted by: natresgroup | December 10, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I like Fahey. Keep him up and get rid of Sloan.

Fahey played five games this year for the Caps. The Caps won all five, including the 7-2 and 6-0 (including a Fahey assist) thrashings of the Flames and Lightning, respectively.

On the flip side, of the last five games that Sloan played in... the Caps won one and were shutout in two.

Posted by: sabredc | December 10, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why but I'd really like the boys to have a good game for the winter classic. I feel like when its a very hyped up game, they choke big time. Anyone else thinking about this? Maybe it's because I'm watching the MTL DET game on NHL network and they are playing a lot of Winter Classic commercials.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | December 10, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

@natresgroup

THAT'S THE BEST IDEA I'VE HEARD IN A LONG TIME!! I can't believe I didn't think of that.....that said, Ersk is paid to take care of his own end, and he does that admirably, so I'd suggest DJK. (Erskine is most effective when he plays within himself, BUT YOU KNOW HE'D BE GAME AND UP FOR THE CHALLENGE!!) Doesn't anyone remember DJK going hard to the net in St. Louis, distracting Halak so much he threw the puck into his own net via Brewer? That goal was soooo ugly it was beautiful....we could use some of that, and I'm sure DJK wouldn't mind getting his ankles slashed, mixing it up in the crease, and making it more difficult for other teams' pk than what we're seeing now.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Because my computer sucks and it takes forever for me to see/read posts, I'm going to continue my thoughts:

The road to the SC this year goes thru Pitts, Phi, and Boston. Montreal is good, but they'll be the 1st round playoff upset, perhaps to Atl. (The Hockey Gods will pay them, too, for their snub of Halak and going w/their chosen golden one...they'll get theirs, no doubt) None of Phi/Bos/Pitt are going to make any noticeable roster changes in the playoffs. The Bruins arent going to take out Lucic, Thornton, Chara, Campbell, Stuart, and increasingly McQuaid. The Pens are going to keep rolling w/their lineup, and the Flyers will follow suit.

Hockey has always been cyclical, and certain styles emerge and then are copied by other teams. Seems like Boston, Pitt, Phi have constructed teams w/themselves in mind. There will come a time when fighting rises again in the playoffs, and we will see the battles (minus bench brawls) emerge in isolated games.

Fighting diminished in the playoffs when four forces collided: the advent of the "agitator" and "energy" lines (ie, guys who turtle and don't answer the bell; drawing penalties but disrespecting the game), the visor, increased # Europeans, and Detroit's success. Time has moved on, the game has improved and found its niche, and fighting has survived. It's not if, but when, two "fighting" teams will find each other in the playoffs and, should one of them go on to win the whole shabang, the copying will start anew.

Anaheim's win a few years back, and how all the contenders are shaping up except for us (hoping for ****55's return?? Wake up everyone!!), suggests tough teams can, do, and will win Stanley Cups. IDON'T LIKE OUR ODDS AT ALL IF IT'S US, BOS, PITT, and PHI in the quarterfinals.

As a fan, I don't like feeling that way....Mark Twain called the late 1800's "The Gilded Age" and I believe we've got the GILDED TEAM.

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Two more goals by Cody Eakin tonight in Kamloops in a 3-2 Swift Current loss. Cody now has six goals and 3 assists in his last 3 games. He and his Bronco teammates complete a series of four road games in five days tomorrow night in Vancouver. Maybe he could be called up for a game or two to skate for the offensively challenged Caps just to get a break from the WHL grind.

Posted by: dull | December 11, 2010 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Isn't it a shame that we're talking about putting Erskine and King in front of the net on the PP? That is EXACTLY why we brought in Knuble, he used to be a beast in the crease.

It's not just enforcers that seem to get hit with kryptonite when they throw on a Caps jersey. It is much like the long standing Caps fan say "How do you get the most out of a Cap player? Trade him!"

I still like my line from a thread or two ago (based on the players we have now). I believe we would see a drastic change in play and our toughness level would increase ten fold. I doubt we'd see the Caps winning 6-2 on a regular basis like they did when they were hot. I'll take 4-3 wins (heck even 4-3 losses occasionally) on a consistant basis over the roller coastering team we've seen.

Posted by: FLDave | December 11, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

dull,
You can't call a player up from juniors. Once they are assigned to juniors, they must stay there for the year.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Here is an idea for everyone. Why doesn't the guy wearing the "C" tell BB he wants to lead by example and park his butt in front of the net. I would bet you if the so called captain of this team would lead the others would follow.
If the Caps had any heart they would come out and play the hardest hitting, scrum every wistle, crash the net, fight filled game tonight. I'm guessing we get another stay on the outside and hope for the best game.
One stat that sticks out: 18 more PKs than PPs for the Caps. Crash the net and you may actually draw a penalty. Maybe the Caps can win an ice dancing cup. This type of play will never win a Stanley Cup.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 11, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@chriscaps

I have a better idea. Why doesn't the guy who always proclaims the net is his office, who never met a camera he didn't like, and who is only a top 6 forward for his net crashing ability do his job. You guys always give Ovi a hard time for not doing everyone else's job, but claim this guy should be Captain when he refuses to do his only job.

Posted by: ablake70 | December 11, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

"I'msneakinginthiscommentbeforecstantonandvermontcapstakeovertheboard.GoCaps!"
Posted by: redhotCAPSaicin | December 10, 2010 5:53 PM

This is not a message board! It is a comment section of a newspaper blog. If it was an actual message board, ranting from VTcaps and Cstaunton could be isolated to certain threads and ignored. Get it?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | December 11, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

bout was a draw with a guy he outweighed by at least 30 pounds. Your enforcer should be able to hospitalize a guy the size of PJ Stock. Posted by: FLDave

I agree with your points on Peat, he sucked.
But I have to take exception to the comment about the size difference being a factor. I stand at a hair under 5'11"(OK, maybe two hairs) and have been in more fights than a person of my intelligence should. I am proud to say that I have never been knocked out(blessed with a rock for a chin), though I have lost a couple.As a tough as nails squad leader of mine in the Army always said, if you haven't ever lost a fight, you haven't been in a real fight. The biggest guy I ever fought was easily 6'6" 260lbs.(at the time I'd swear he was 6'8" 290lbs.) and that SOB hit me harder than I've ever been hit, and he couldn't believe that I wasn't down for the count(he did break my nose and I looked like Brads does after most of his fights, a bloody mess). The point is that size doesn't matter as much as many people think, which is why Domi is one of my personal all time favs, 5'11" but could hang with anyone, as nasty as they come. BTW, the 6'6" dude was not during a game but rather a street fight, just to clarify.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | December 11, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

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