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Posted at 4:11 PM ET, 01/10/2011

Capitals recall winger Brian Willsie

By Lindsay Applebaum

The Capitals have recalled veteran winger Brian Willsie from the AHL's Hershey Bears, the team announced today.

Willsie, 32, signed on for his second stint with Washington over the summer; he had 19 goals and 22 assists in 82 games with the Caps in 2005-06 before splitting the last four years between the Kings and Avalanche organizations.

Also, as Tarik El-Bashir noted back in July, Willsie was Alex Ovechkin's first road roommate.

Willsie has 12 goals, 21 assists and is +17 in 36 games this season with the Bears.

By Lindsay Applebaum  | January 10, 2011; 4:11 PM ET
Categories:  Brian Willsie  
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Comments

Didn't see that one coming.

Posted by: Justafan | January 10, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

New record? Only took you 20 minutes to take the info from Tim Leone and post it here!

Posted by: capitals111 | January 10, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I posted this after I got an email from the team. (?)

Posted by: Lindsay Applebaum | January 10, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay, you are the best. Don't let the haters get to you.

Posted by: nicety251 | January 10, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

so still no DJK i guess....can we get an update on his "injury"?

Posted by: _stevo | January 10, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

You can be my friend Lindsay.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 10, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

@steveo

You wont get an answer from the Caps. Its undisclosed is what I was told. So I assume its hand or concussion related. I dont really know since he does practice, the couple I have been too he hasnt really taken contact. But he hasnt been wearing a no contact jersey, so who knows.

I hope that the Caps just dont have him on IR so hes not occupying a roster space. That would definitely be against the CBA.

Posted by: ThePat | January 10, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

DJK is suffering from a severe case of mediocre talent.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 10, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Sweet. I guess.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 10, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Also on DJK, lets put it this way. The people that cover the team on a daily basis know exactly whats wrong or whats going on. They just arent going to write about it unless they have a green light from someone within the organization. If they write something without the green light, could limit access in the future. And if its breaking news theyd definitely do it, but Im saying on something as minor as this they wont bother with it.

Posted by: ThePat | January 10, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

The New York Rangers have made a trade according to Pierre LeBrun...details to come.

Posted by: ThePat | January 10, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Rangers trade Rosival to Phoenix for Wolski

Posted by: ThePat | January 10, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@rblatch

if vermontcaps is not "freaking out" I don't kow what would be considered freaking out :)

2nd...just to be clear...I work.

3rd. you look at one of my posts and then attack me as naive and immature, then decide to not respond or debate an issue...that is the definition of immature.

I think Erskine is great where he is. I don't see why people "get upset" every time he is benched when it is clear we need to have a 7th man ready at all times and by sitting a player for weeks and weeks, you are guaranteeing a rusty first game back...which could be devestating if it happens in the playoffs. Unfortunately for Erskine, players like Schultz, while not as physical are capable of eating up more ice time so it is harder to bench them unless they are playing poorly (which except for Poti) no player (on D) is.

Ideally I see Poti getting in about every third game unless he continues to deteriorate...sitting Erskine every 3rd game shouldn't hurt him. Green, Hannan, Alzner, Carlson, and yes Schultz are better than Erskine. That means it is him and Poti that are our 6/7th. I have made a very reasonable argument that you are welcome to disagree with...many do and many don't. But I don't appreciate being called immature and naive when people like vermontcaps and others throw out crazy posts left and right, but b/c you generally agree with them it is ok.

Lastly...thank you for the luck...social studies teachers are a dime a dozen right now so I will need it.

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Where is the lumberjack?

Posted by: dsterp931 | January 10, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Regarding DJ King, I ran into a caps player at the Macy's at Tyson's Corner the other night and asked him about DJK. He told me that DJK is one of the hardest working players in the Caps organization and very well respected by his peers for his hard work. But he wouldn't tell me what was wrong with him. This was good to hear as I thought that DJK wasen't playing due to being in BB's dog house. Hopefully he recovers soon so he can show everybody what he's made of.

Posted by: great81 | January 10, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Lindsay,

ignore the kids and trolls that post sarcastic 4th grade remarks. You and Katie Porsche are doing just fine. Thank you for you all your hard work

@capitals111:
not sure what bug crawled up your butt but there's an old remedy that might help:
Apologize to the lady, Sit, spin, repeat until attitude changes!

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 10, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

If they write something without the green light, could limit access in the future. And if its breaking news theyd definitely do it, but Im saying on something as minor as this they wont bother with it.
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I'm sure that's what Woodward and Bernstein were thinking before they decided to investigate the Watergate break-in.

Posted by: joek443 | January 10, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

f they write something without the green light, could limit access in the future. And if its breaking news theyd definitely do it, but Im saying on something as minor as this they wont bother with it.
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I'm sure that's what Woodward and Bernstein were thinking before they decided to investigate the Watergate break-in.

@joek
well...access was the issue to begin with!

Posted by: mcintire_will | January 10, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

So the flames are defending the hit on Stuart! So wrong that a SC contender lose a top player and the Flames who are not even contenders lose a 4th liner who is easy to replace for 6 games.

The only way the league is really going to stop these plays is to punish the team as well as the player...I think any play that warrants a suspension, the team should not just lose the player, but also their spot on the bench (for say up to 6-8 games).

Most of these hits are done by the goons who can't really play...punish the team and the plays will stop.

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

if vermontcaps is not "freaking out" I don't kow what would be considered freaking out :)

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Freaking out? No, no, no capscoach, I'm just now taking interest in the team and starting to get warmed up.

Is it true? Can it possibly be true? Did we really call-up Brian Willsie? Yippee, hooray, simply fantastic....UNBELIEVEABLE!! Didn't we see enough of this loser the first go-round? I guess he plays soft enough for BB's liking, so we shouldn't miss a beat as a team. Just PATHETIC, I'll say no more.

Gotta love BB's treatment of DJK as both a man and a player. Why no injury updates, or timetables for return? It's as if the man DOESN'T EXIST. Why hasn't a reporter inquired of DJK himself his status? I'm sure BB has instructed DJK to keep mum on his handling, and even I could be quiet for $600,00.

The situation is mindboggling, absurd, and embarrassing as a fan.. Either play DJK, trade him, demote him, or release him but don't pretend he's not here. I suggest we trade him and B.Gordon to the Isles for Konopka. It would be sweet to see DJK dress against a BB-coached team.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 10, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"I'm sure BB has instructed DJK to keep mum on his handling, and even I could be quiet for $600,000."

Hey, I could be quiet for a lot less than that. Send me $1000 and I'll quit posting.

tom@willshutupformoney.com

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

but we would miss u!

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Oh.

How bout:

tom@willkeeppostingforcompliments.com

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

@great81

Glad to hear that the Caps consider DJ King one of the hardest workers on the team. From what I've observed, he seems to get along with his teammates just fine.

It's odd that there's been no word on what ails him. I know that keeping on IR if there's no injury would violate the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Will Willsie room with Ovi this road trip since Ovi's "normal" roomie is out of commission at the moment?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Do these guys really share a room? On 24/7 it looked like the "roomies" each had their own room but they had the door between like the adjoining rooms you see sometimes in hotels. So each player has his own room number and a separate bed/bathroom.

In the old days, I think they actually had two players to a room obviously with two beds.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

In the fastest, most physical, and violent sport on the planet where emotions run high and memories long, cheapshots have and will always occur. A team can either employ a heavy to deter that kind of stuff, or just keep their fingers crossed that the refs will keep everything under control.

The larger issue, as far as I can gather, is the lack of respect today's players have for each other. I could expand on the factors that contribute to the self-centered ways of today's players, but suffice it to say that both Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux(yes, those noted pugilists), and I believe the NHLPA, are in favor of removing the instigator rule. I think that says a lot about where the players stand on the issue of cracking down on player safety.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 10, 2011 7:47 PM | Report abuse

@vermont

there is a HUGE difference between scrapiness and grit than cheap plays where u elbow players in the jaw! you really are astounding!

Detroit is no pushover gritless team...it's not like u can argue that nasty hit only happened b/c they lacked an enforcer!

TEAMS need to be punished for dirty hits period! If a whole team gets punished for cheap shots I GUARANTEE they will become few and far between.

I am not talking about accidental bad hits...I am talking about the guys that go out to hurt a player b/c they are frustrated. Coaches should be fined and they should lose the bench spot during the suspension. No team will put up with that kind of play if the team suffers for it.

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 8:20 PM | Report abuse

ESPN has re-upped with the NFL and will be paying $2B/year for their MNF package... that's $2000M/year for the rights to broadcast 16 football games.

I realize that the NHL will never get that kinda money from anyone but the only way they could get somewhat closer to that kinda money is by broadening their audience... that means getting rid of fighting and all the other distractions, to start with.

Posted by: joek443 | January 10, 2011 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Yawn. He's a fringe NHLer for a terrible team, like the Isles, and a decent AHLer at best. He'll fit right in with the rest of BB's Caps though, easy to push around, showing no emotion, does nothing to contribute, and rides the stars' coattails.

Posted by: timKosecki | January 10, 2011 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Joek443, or should I say Joke443, fighting is popular in the US. See the absence of the NHL for the 04-05 lockout and the subsequent rise of the UFC and MMA in general. Also, anyone who doesn't watch hockey will tell you, "I don't like hockey, but I like the fights." Or something else to that effect.

Posted by: timKosecki | January 10, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

Must admit that I hadn't picked up on 24/7 on whether "roommates" shared a room or two adjoining rooms connected by a inner door.

I do recall hearing in one of the Caps interviews with roommates, for one roommate pair, one guy was responsible for the alarm and the other was responsible for adjusting the blinds.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Well with Willsie back, all the pieces are now in place for the Cup run!
Do something GMGM, don't wait until the final minute before the deadline to bring in Corvo and Walker types again. You've needed a Center since last summer, everyone knew it except you and BB.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 10, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

After the WJC, Kuznetsovs and Eakins value will never be higher. Do you think we will move one?

Sellers:
TOR - Kaberle
OTT - Fisher, Phillips
CAL - Iginla?
FLA - Weiss
CLB - ?
EDM - Penner
NJD - Zajac
NYI - ?

Anyone have any interest in one of these guys? Did I miss someone? We should move one of those two, and if we do, the return should be pretty substantial.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 10, 2011 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Also, anyone who doesn't watch hockey will tell you, "I don't like hockey, but I like the fights." Or something else to that effect.
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Hey moron, do you even remember how many people watched the olympic gold medal game last year? almost 30 MILLION, that's 25 million more than the number of people who watched the WC game last week. And that gold medal match was in a Sunday afternoon game.

Is fighting allowed in international hockey?????

Posted by: joek443 | January 10, 2011 9:13 PM | Report abuse

@nicety251 (from a previous thread)

Semin has, indeed, been playing with injuries throughout December.

On Nov 29, he had missed practice due to a "nagging" condition but played in the Blues game the next day.

The following week, he was ill with the flu and then he got injured (with a lower body injury) during the Rangers game mid month. He missed 3 games after that. He played in the NJ game when considered doubtful only the previous day and probably played because Fehr was out of town for his grandfather's funeral and Hendrick had gotten ill/injured that very day. In other words, Semin had probably come back sooner than optimal. With all the multiple health issues this month, there's a good reason he's "off".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey Joek443, I've actually appreciated a number of your posts of late, but then I get to a statement like "Hey moron," and I realize that it can't last.

I can't say I agree either with @timKosecki contribution here, but I don't see what the insults add to the conversation.

I don't mind Willsie being called up. Semin's out; DJK, Gordon & Bradley are all hurt; guy's got more NHL experience than most in Hershey. Why not?

Posted by: Justafan | January 10, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey moron, do you even remember how many people watched the olympic gold medal game last year? almost 30 MILLION, that's 25 million more than the number of people who watched the WC game last week. And that gold medal match was in a Sunday afternoon game.

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I hope you understand the difference in viewer audience demographics between the events. You're comparing the Olympics to a hockey tournament...there is going to be far greater numbers tuning into the Olympics either way. If you want to make an argument showing why someone should be inclined to accept the conclusion that the ban on fighting in international play directly correlates to a greater appeal in viewership, you have to do a little better than that.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | January 10, 2011 9:38 PM | Report abuse

"Hey moron, do you even remember how many people watched the olympic gold medal game last year? almost 30 MILLION, that's 25 million more than the number of people who watched the WC game last week. And that gold medal match was in a Sunday afternoon game.

Is fighting allowed in international hockey?????"

Do you remember when hockey was on ESPN, how much more fighting occurred than today's soft game? Of course you don't, you didn't discover hockey until "Rock the R3d!!!1"

Posted by: timKosecki | January 10, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

I like Semin, but man he can't stay healthy. He's a lot like a young Havlat. Anyone remember when Havlat was on that ridiculous tear scoring over a point per game for like 3 months, then his joints realized who's body they were on and broke down.

Posted by: timKosecki | January 10, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey Joek443, I've actually appreciated a number of your posts of late, but then I get to a statement like "Hey moron," and I realize that it can't last.

I can't say I agree either with @timKosecki contribution here, but I don't see what the insults add to the conversation.

Posted by: Justafan | January 10, 2011 9:31 PM

Justafan: Let me echo what you wrote. Lord knows I've had my run-ins with joek443, but at the same time lately I find myself agreeing with him maybe 90% of the time. Turns out some of his criticisms of the Caps and BB were more on target last year than my posts. Just like with cstyanton1.

Joe: Please, I understand the guy timKosecki started the name calling. Sometimes we just need to step up and be the better person, and maybe you can do that here.

timKosecki: We try and be civil here. Go back and read and you'll find very little name calling. You have the right to your opinion, it's in the Constitution, and you even have the right to name calling, that's there too. Just remember what goes around comes around. Try some civility, please. If I disagree, I usually put a smiley face or start with "Respectfully..." (although I've lost my temper a time or two as well).

Everyone would do well to just pretend we are all sitting together talking at a bar or something. You wouldn't introduce yourself to someone with name-calling would you? Maybe some people would, and that's why they have smashed up faces, no?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

tim: Joe has been watching hockey since before you were born. Some of his opinions are wrong but most are right.

All I know is the first three things most of our parents taught us was to say "please" and "thank you" and to look both ways before walking around cars. Now you grow up and enter your AARP years and people order you around, act like it's your duty to serve them and, in California, the danged pedestrians seem to go out of their way to try and get you to hit them before sending you an evil glare.

Lighten up. It's hockey.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1, yes, I too have been agreeing with @joek much of late, surprisingly enough, but I tell ya at times the guy just grates (e.g., "hey moron") and it's hard to read. Knock that out and we might actually enjoy ourselves a bit more around here.


Whoa! Boston explodes for 4 in the 3rd, beats down the Pens 4-2. Nice!

Posted by: Justafan | January 10, 2011 10:04 PM | Report abuse

it always feels good when the Pens lose. they only had 25 shots on goal and took a penalty in the last 2.5 minutes. Gotta play smart.

Boston did a lot of what we did with them...the key to beating this team is to guard the middle of the ice...let them take outside shots and hang out along the boards, but when they get the middle, they are lethal.

Posted by: capscoach | January 10, 2011 10:07 PM | Report abuse

shittsburgh choked tonight.. good job cindy is still crying in his crib about being hit.

Posted by: samb99 | January 10, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

but ref, they keep throwing hats out there...

Posted by: Justafan | January 10, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Most of us said before the season that the Pens were ferocious down the middle, reasonably strong at D and had usually good goaltending. The knock on them was secondary scoring. Problem with them is they are paying top dollar for their D, much more in terms of cap space than the Caps. You take Crosby out of the lineup and they are average.

And that should tell you something. Other teams have learned that success to defeating the Caps was to shut down Ovi. That includes preventing breakouts and clogging the slot. Easier said than done but teams have learned to do it. Only way for Caps to overcome is solig D (since the other teams aren't going to take chances, don't give them freebies) and cycle in the O zone. We are part way there (nice cycle by Green the other night to feed Fehr).

Meanwhile secret to containing Pens is to put a shadow on Crosby. Remember how Esa Tikkanen did it? Caps need their centers to simply follow Crosby around, man on man coverage, like in basketball, and keep your body between Crosby and the net. Absolutely don't let him roam free? Why? Shut him down and what else do they have?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 10, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Joek443, or should I say Joke443, fighting is popular in the US. See the absence of the NHL for the 04-05 lockout and the subsequent rise of the UFC and MMA in general. Also, anyone who doesn't watch hockey will tell you, "I don't like hockey, but I like the fights." Or something else to that effect.

Posted by: timKosecki

This is one of the more idiotic conclusions ever posted on this board.

The rise of UFC and MMA had nothing to do with hockey having a lockout. Just because two things happen around the same time do not mean that one caused the other.

Example: I had a grilled cheese on Saturday afternoon, the Caps won on Saturday night. By your logic, me eating that grilled cheese was the reason the Caps won on Saturday night. See the proof, I ate the grilled cheese on Saturday and the Caps won on Saturday night. I was the reason.

Just because two events occur does not necessarily mean that they are related.

In addition, to your point about fans saying "I don't like hockey, but I like the fights". That is true, however those fans will never watch an entire hockey game or bring in ratings. Hockey fight might take up 2 minutes(if there are two or three fights, and those are very long fights) of the entire 2 1/2 hours it takes to complete a game. To expect that many more people to tune in because of 1 extra minute of fighting added or reduced is naive.

The people who say the quote you mentioned will like a hockey fight when they see it(on highlights usually) but they will rarely watch an hockey game just for the fight.

If fighting is the only aspect they are interested in they will watch UFC, MMA, WWE, boxing or whatever, which is only fighting and all you see is fighting for the short period of time.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 10, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Amazing comeback by Boston! Couldn't happen to a more deserving team than the Penguins. So now the Penguins get affected by Bruinitis (which is what I had dubbed it after the Bruins blowing a 3 goal lead in Game 7 vs the Flyers.)

Okay, Caps, time to move up on the Pens in the standings. (And the league is now warned about the Bruins.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile secret to containing Pens is to put a shadow on Crosby. Remember how Esa Tikkanen did it? Caps need their centers to simply follow Crosby around, man on man coverage, like in basketball, and keep your body between Crosby and the net. Absolutely don't let him roam free? Why? Shut him down and what else do they have?

Posted by: tominsocal

But in the WC the Caps went to more of a zone/trap D instead of a man-on-man because it allowed for more support if a player made a mistake. This seemed to work well in shutting down Crosby. O

bviously when he gets in the offensive zone you have to have an eye on him at all time. I loved how Alzner beat the him up behind the cage in the 2nd period of the WC, just kept on shoving him into the boards.

However, it did look like when the Pens entered the offensive zone that a Caps D man(Alzner or Carlson) picked up Crosby while the center(Steckel) took the winger the D man left. I do like that idea, as Steckel can sort of play the slow, big, long D-man role in the zone.

I'm not against having a spy on Crosby, but I'm not sure if the Caps have that center(Steckel is too slow). The only center who the Caps currently have who may be able to do that is BGordon.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 10, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

@timKosecki

I hear you on comparing Semin to Havlat. Havlat was certainly a productive but injury prone (or should we call him Havlat injuries -- yes that is a sick pun). Wasn't he the guy who messed up his hand in a snowblower accident a couple of years back? Speaking of injury prone but productive guys, Marian Gaborik is another one in that same category. Overall, Semin has generally gotten a higher Points per game than Havlat on the average.

I'm sure Semin is distressed about his injury proneness.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

After the WJC, Kuznetsovs and Eakins value will never be higher. Do you think we will move one?

Sellers:
TOR - Kaberle
OTT - Fisher, Phillips
CAL - Iginla?
FLA - Weiss
CLB - ?
EDM - Penner
NJD - Zajac
NYI - ?

Anyone have any interest in one of these guys? Did I miss someone? We should move one of those two, and if we do, the return should be pretty substantial.

Posted by: underpants2
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To be honest, the only one on that list that would be intriguing would be Zajac but the seller has all the power, especially if NJ is dealing Zajac... man there'd be a lot of interest for him!

Realistically speaking, Kuzzy, Eaks, and Orlov are this years versions of Carlson, Alzner and Varly... GMGM and the gang drafted well, seen it develop and it's an org philosophy to do that and keep them... they are cheap contracts once they make the NHL...

If anyone gets traded, I'd imagine Perreault, Gordon, and maybe one of the borderline Caps prospects that might prosper on another team (A.Gordon: god no, love him as a Cap)

We've already made our deadline trade, Flash for Hannan...

the biggest boost we could get is Ovie and Backstrom picking it up a little bit and the PP clicking a bit more... that would make us sooo bloody dangerous!

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 10, 2011 10:46 PM | Report abuse

"Freaking out? No, no, no capscoach, I'm just now taking interest in the team and starting to get warmed up."
Posted by: vermontcaps | January 10, 2011 6:06 PM

Congratulations! For the first time in weeks, you've managed to piece together a post without using "Erskine" or "#4". There may be hope for your recovery. Or, you've just found a different jock to sniff.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 10, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal

I think you got the right strategy for containing Crosby. Have our center play him man to man. We know that Pitt's wingers are nothing to write home about.

I had noticed that during the Pens' streak was essentially driven by Crosby's individual streak. With that, assuming someone else didn't take up the slack, would mean the potential of "single point of failure".

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@FrankM73

Agree on many of your points on the traded players Underpants listed.

Comments on the players:

Zajac would be nice to have but, as you pointed out, would be hard to acquire.

Iginla is a very good player but he's a aging winger who's expensive and still has at least 1-2 years left in his contract.

Weiss might be a possibility

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 10, 2011 11:04 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75:
I've seen Weiss play and would rather go after Arnott for a 3rd or a lesser prospect. he's short term cost, potential long term gain considering his experience in the Playoffs and Finals and his PP presence would help IMHO!

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 10, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

sgm: You don't play full man coverage like in NBA, you play 4 in zones (D and W) and then one player (your center) man-on-man vs Crosby. That's how Caps did it in 98 with Esa Tikkanen as the "shadow." He was great.

OK, so who is that player? Backie - no. Johansson - maybe, he has the training from SEL. Or if you get a vet #2C for stretch (a Koivu type) that player could be it. I have always wondered all these years if it worked so well with Tik, why don't teams play man-on-man vs superstars? Let's see...Chara does it with Ovi. Easier to do with wingers cuz they are assigned a D. BUT, you tell your centers when they are in own zone and 87 on ice for Pens, "Don't think about anything. Just stay between Crosby and the net."

I'd like to hear from someone closer to the game than me if this might work.

Meanwhile, I've been working on taxes. Do you think under "Moving Expenses" I can deduct the cost to ship my wine collection cross country?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse

There may be hope for your recovery. Or, you've just found a different jock to sniff.


Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 10, 2011 10:54 PM | Report abuse

At least Erskine wears a jock, unlike the flowered panties you and some of the other guys on the backline wear

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 11, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

BTW, I'd HATE to trade either Kuzzie or Eakin. Eakin is just the kind of player we've sorely lacked for years. Only if you could get a grown up version of him, someone like RJ Umberger.

As for Kuzzie, I don't know, watching him make all those plays, he seems better and tougher than Semin. (Of course he was doing it against U20, but then again he's only 18.) I think Kuzzie is more of a power forward. We really need that skill too, as we are "too much sniper" and "not enough tank." I don't see Kuzzie as sniper, he was at least medium grade artillery (aka Bradley Fighting Vehicle but obviously far more skill).

My take on Kuzzie is he'll be as valuable as Carlson. Eakin is one notch down, but he sure has a skill set we need. Orlov I couldn't tell as much, but you can't knock the numbers.

All you can do with young players is judge against peers, and ours stood tall. It surely took McPhee 10 years to figure it out (the draft). Except for 02 (1st Round) and 04, he was all busts until 06. And even 02, if not for Semin and trading Emmy to get JC, that wasn't much either.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 12:13 AM | Report abuse

At least Erskine wears a jock, unlike the flowered panties you and some of the other guys on the backline wear

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 11, 2011 12:03 AM

vermontcaps: Have you ever worn flowered panties? I have, at a certain kind of party that maybe you've never been to, and let me tell you - the ladies love it! Nothing like a guy making fun of himself wearing ONLY tiny flowered panties to get the ladies going! He-he. Of course I've also strolled down the beach in a pink bikini because I was dared to do it! mrstominsocal1 (she was mrstominfl1 then) was having a cow afraid someone might take pictures!

I'll wear flowery panties any day of the week just so long as I get to take them off the lady and put them back on!

(Any ladies who wish to volunteer, I can be reached at tomwearspanties@anythingforfun.com. As always, anything you do will be kept under the strictist confidence if I even remember that you did it. I've had ladies tell me things I've said to them - oh, forget it. And if any of you ladies want pictures - send your emails!!!)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

The are a few problems with expecting one guy to constantly cover another and follow him around the ice, especially a center.

The first being the quick transitions from offense to defense. If the defense is able to set up it works fine, however if the offense turns the puck over in the neutral zone with the center being a part of the rush up the ice, the center will likely not be too close to Crosby to cover. So at that point do you have the center streak towards Crosby(who is already being shadowed by a defender) and leave an offensive player wide open in the slot, or do you let the center play his zone and get the man in his zone.

I do think it is possible, that once the Pens get the puck down low(below the circles), that you have a Caps defender(either Carlson or Alzner) closest to Crosby cover Crosby and have Steckel take over that D zone spot.

This wouldn't be too difficult as if the puck was on Alzner's side, he is the one that stays with Crosby. If it is on Carlson's he is the one that stays with Crosby. They clearly only stay with Crosby as long as the puck is in the zone. As soon as it is cleared they go back to their normal assignments.

So this adjustment would only be used when the Pens get possession of the puck below the circles. It seemed like it was being used in the WC.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 11, 2011 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, sgm, this would not be for transition, as Crosby would be zone-covered by D. Once though you have all ten players in Pens attack zone your center (or anyone you assign, but easier if center on center) can cover him. I don't know for sure if it works, but better than letting him eat ham sandwiches and chips and drink pink lemonade in the crease until he taps home a pass for an easy score.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 12:54 AM | Report abuse

I was watching Versus post-game show after the &*$%#burghs wonderful 50 minute game. The announcer called Crysby "Cindy" and had to correct himself. I almost died laughing.
Good for Willsie to get a game of NHL credit. I doubt he will play.
If DJK comes off of IR, who get sent down? I'm guessing Sloan. I'm going to guess the Caps aren't "hiding" DJK on IR and he is still hurt.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 11, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

@Tom - you're killin me buddy! :) As far as your question to "shadowing" Crosby, yes it can and has been done. You typically do it with a forward. When you get in the playoffs you'll see this more often. It all depends on the coach and his style though. Some go with a "team" concept of shutting a player down and others go with a really good defensive forward.

That being said you typically won't see somebody follow a Crosby or OV all over the ice b/c they need to be in position for a breakout when there's a change in possession. Typically the way it works is the closer they are to the net the closer you follow said player.

There are also situations where you'll try to deny somebody from getting the puck like on the PP. If you notice now when we're on the PP and OV is at the point (where he should be), there are a lot of teams that leave a guy up high to prevent the pass to come to OV. They don't want that guy collapsing into the slot. His #1 job is to not let OV get the puck.

Hope that answers your question.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 11, 2011 3:03 AM | Report abuse

but ref, they keep throwing hats out there...

Posted by: Justafan | January 11, 2011 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Wow, the Bruins waited until 3:23 left in the game to score their first of 4 goals and then win 4-2, in the Consol Energy Center, in Pittsburgh. Oof!

Posted by: Justafan | January 11, 2011 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Tom: Remember though, with the new rules, Esa's style of play would result in constant penalties. He was most effective by reading plays and interfering with the player he was assigned to. In today's NHL, he would be regularly tagged with 2 minute penalties. Just like the old way of playing defense in front of the net. As coaches we had to change the way we teach our defensemen as well because USA Hockey as a whole adopted the interference rules the same year the NHL did. We used to teach a defenseman to put their stick between a forwards legs so you could guide them rather then them moving around to screen your keeper. Now it's a two minute minor for interference.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 11, 2011 7:11 AM | Report abuse

@chriscaps

Willsie will play on the road trip. Trust me, he will. We have 8 active defensemen and Semin's unable to play. B Gordon and Bradley are still on IR. And I'm not sure about King's status -- on whether he's still technically on IR. By my count, if we have 8 active defensemen, there's room for only one "spare" forward on the active list and I would assume that it's Semin who can't play. So, Willsie will play tonight and Wednesday

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 11, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse

The Penguins need to dump Orpik and Letang. Did you see how they were just standing around on the Bruins go ahead goal? Pathetic. They just aren't built for the playoffs. I joke of course because if that was Green and Hannan people would be blasting Green because he is soft and GMGM for picking up Hannan.

The Penguins used to be the best team in the NHL, that's what everyone (not only the goat blood drinkers in here) were saying back when they were on their 12 game winning streak. Now Vancouver is the best team in the NHL and the Penguins are playing bad hockey.

With all the complaining that goes on with the Capitals in here you would think the Capitals were still on their losing streak. The fact is the Capitals have not lost a game in regulation since December 18th, 6-0-2 in their last 8. That was the day after I returned from my 2 week business trip. I guess I can't leave town for work during the season and playoffs anymore.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 11, 2011 7:38 AM | Report abuse

"The Penguins need to dump Orpik and Letang. Did you see how they were just standing around on the Bruins go ahead goal? Pathetic. They just aren't built for the playoffs. I joke of course because if that was Green and Hannan people"

Did you also see on the GWG, Matt Cooke going for a big hit(and he get a solid hit) of Marc Savard, putting him way out of position and allowing the GWG. He did hit Savard hard though, so it must have been a good play.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 11, 2011 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I find it hysterical that self proclaimed Caps Fans since the "Patrick Division" feel like they're owed something. "You didn't discover hockey until Rock the Red!" Let me ask you something....who CARES!! I was introduced to hockey in 87 and we had season tickets from that point forward. I remember what it was like to go to games when NO ONE showed up. It was embarrassing and I for one have no issue with the "Rock the Red" fan base. One of the reasons this team is so successful is because of that very marketing campaign. It's like if someone voices an opinion that Captain America doesn't like then they're a worthless "Rock the Red" fan who shouldn't be allowed to cheer for the Caps. Grow up Peter Pan. I welcome ALL new fans aboard....more money....more attraction...more respect from the NHL community...a better product. Caps hockey was "new" to everyone at some point (although some of you obviously feel like you've been gifted supreme knowledge), so when you say dumb #$%$ you show yourself for who you really are. A spoiled 28 year old that still lives with his parents, sleeps in the basement, eats hot pockets at 3am and has convinced his cyber-world that he's important. Watch hockey, cheer on the caps and keep your nonsensical comments to yourself.

Posted by: joshu1 | January 11, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

pokerface: Thanks.

fanohock: Thanks too. I just wish they'd pay him some mind when he camps out in the crease.

BTW, don't count me as one of those who was convinced Pens were better. I still have 6-8 teams with roughly 8-10% chance for Cup, Caps being one of them. Due to the cap, every team has some weakness. The Pens is secondary scoring and ours is ability to get beyond the free-wheeling style and always play as a team. And, of course, a veteran #2C wouldn't hurt.

joshua: Do they still sell Hot Pockets? Maybe I should buy some for my 30- and 26-year-old daughters who still live at home?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

BTW, I found a pair of flowery panties in the backseat of my car this morning. Any of you ladies leave something behind?

And, no, there aren't initials "T.P." in them.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 11, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Too bad tonights game isn't at home, would be fun to hear Wes yell
goal by BRIAN WIIIIILLLLLLLSSSSSSIIIIIEEEE!!!

I would even be willing to pull out my old black Capital jersey for that one.

Posted by: Iceman10 | January 11, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

@tom

This actually raises a bigger issue. What was "T.P." doing in your back seat with no panties on? Too much wine last night perhaps tom? =)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 11, 2011 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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