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Live video chat with Coach Bruce Boudreau: Today, 12:30 p.m.

Bruce Boudreau"Ask away!" (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Here's your friendly reminder about today's live video chat with Washington Capitals Coach Bruce Boudreau. If you haven't already, you can submit questions here and then return to that same page for the chat at 12:30 p.m.

Boudreau will take your questions about the season thus far, his expectations for this year and more via webcam from Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Don't miss it.

By Katie Carrera  | October 25, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
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But hey, I've moved on from this team and now am cheering with fans who demand excellence and a team with a real championship history. Montreal>Craps.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool |

lol.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I have seen Holtby play in Hershey quite a few times and really hope the guy gets a start. He has an edge to him that Varly and Neuvy do not and is not afraid to use his stick to help clear his own crease. God knows the way forwards get to camp out in front of the net he will need to clear his own crease. I swear unless Erskine is on the ice these guys could roast hot dogs and marshmallows they get to camp out for so long.

Posted by: PhilR |

I think he is an above-average slashers, he should start every game.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

While I submitted a question, I seriously doubt that it will be asked. Basically, I said that BB's system has been solved, so how does he plan to adjust, or did he adjust and the players are not committing to a more defensive minded system. I bet questions like that will be thrown out in favor of bird call questions.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 25, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Is that a shot richmondphil? There is absolutely nothing wrong with a goaltender standing up for himself and HIS crease.

What is your problem with Holtby? Seems whenever he is mentioned you have something negative to say about the guy.

Posted by: PhilR | October 25, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS1,

That question will never see the light of day. That is why question and answer sessions such as this are generally worthless.

Posted by: PhilR | October 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

See Cody Eakin missed last night's game against Regina with a knee injury after scoring 8 goals in his first 12 games for Swift Current.

Posted by: dull | October 25, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

It was sort of a shot, but mostly a jeer. You shouldn't want to see a goaltender play in the NHL because he slashes people more. If he's NHL-ready, go for it, but based on your comment, it read like his only qualification for playing was that he slashes people. With that said, Varlamov used to defend and slash people all the time...then he got a penalty for it.

Also, I have nothing against Holtby. I just find it funny that when a new goaltender is drafted or does well in the AHL, people claim him to be the next savior in net. It happened with Varlamov..then people got bored with him and pinned Neuvy as the "goaltender of the future." After a while, usually after a bad game, people claim Holtby is the "goaltender of the future." Noticing this trend, I have already dubbed Grubrauer as the "goaltender of the future." You heard it here first, mark my crappy prediction, for when/if it turns out to be right, I will let you all know. (Sounds familiar, huh?)

So, I have nothing against Holtby. I have something against fans who always seem to think that they can make such sweeping claims based on nothing. "The grass is always greener" attitude. Funny twist of irony though, the same people also think GMGM can't draft well.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

And PhilR, I know that you know that Holtby should start in the NHL for reasons outside his slashing ability, I was just poking fun a little bit.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I asked a similar question to the one JIMALLCAPS asked, but probably in a much nicer and less nasty way,so maybe it will be answered. I for one enjoy the Caps no matter how good they are...they are my team and while I am more than willing to acknowledge their flaws, I am also willing to look at some of the good apsects about them.

BB may or may not be able to lead this team to a cup, but he did a lot for this team to get them to where they are and I think a lot of you on here should remember that when you speak so rudely of him. Without BB we could still be at the bottom of the league with the seats mostly empty. I don't know if he has what it takes to get this team to the Cup, but I do know that when I disagree with him I should also remember what the team looked like before he got here, and maybe not be such an a-hole towards him.

He developed Green, Schultz, Laich, Backstrom, and many others to where they are. Give the man a little credit.

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Cody Eakin almost perfectly exemplifies my point. How many people wanted Eakin to play in the NHL this year? A lot. (Seemingly, a lot of people didn't know the juniors-rule and thought he was in the AHL, too. Generally, the same people.) Here's a kid, putting up decent numbers in juniors, but not exceptional, moving along at a pretty normal development pace...and people wanted to rush him and have him here in Washington. I don't like Flash, but people legitimately wanted him here over Flash. Doh.

"The grass is always greener"...

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

@tom

As for your little poll a couple days ago, what would you classify say a complete negative nancy that just complains, bashes, whines, etc...without offering what they feel needs to happen? Im talking, pure haters no sign of being a fan. For example, cstanton will say what he dislikes, reasons for it, and offer what needs to happen etc (a dark sider, but still obvious fan of the Caps and hockey). But then you have posters who are like "team sucks" "worst team ever" "we will NEVER win a cup" etc etc (no sign of hockey sense or being a fan).

Perhaps Extremists? Could be catch all for those that are extreme one way or the other.

For the record, I consider myself a down the middler, forgot what you labeled it as...so I will go with Tweener. :)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 25, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

So because I feel that Holtby is going to be an outstanding NHL goalie you feel you need to come on here and take shots? Really?

I thought this was a blog where we could come on and voice our OPINIONS and my opinion is that he is the real deal. AHL or not the guy has been awesome in chocolate town and I feel he is ready for the next level. You may not and that is fine but to take shots wihtout a real reason is simply asinine IMO. I have liked Holtby since the first time I saw him, and yes he reminds me of the throwback goalies like Hextall and Billy Smith who didn't put up with a lot of garbage happening in their crease, you don't like it? I really could care less O Hockey God.

Posted by: PhilR | October 25, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Your second post did not pop up until after I had already posted above, I take back the venom of the last post richmondphil.

Posted by: PhilR | October 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, that is a joek443 tangent, if I have ever seen one. Lets argue about more things that don't matter, like how taking a joke seriously makes you look like you care a little too much.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI: Those are the goat slaughterers. They hold ceremonies at midnight, wearing all black, and they slice open the neck of a goat in order to drain the blood. These people can only be stopped by tossing a bucket of Rod Langway's sweat at their faces. You can tell these people because on top of everything else they say that Ted doesn't care about winning he only wants the profits.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | October 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach,

I give BB all the credit in the world of getting the team to where they are now but feel that he may not be able to take them to the next level, that may take a new coach that holds his players more accountable. BB is a players coach and it seems they are just becoming disinterested and think they can just play however they want and a Cup will come.

Posted by: PhilR | October 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

It's all good, I'm not saying Holtby isn't ready or that your prediction that he's going to be an NHL-starter isn't true, it's just that a lot of times it seems these predictions are based on nothing but a knee-jerk reaction. Now, I know you are far more hockey-educated than the average poster on here, so I have no reason to not believe that your liking of Holtby is valid and based on what you have seen from him, but generally, it seems that most people who make such universal claims so early in one's career is basing it on other things.

For example, Eakin could very well be NHL-ready, but from what I have seen, there's not enough evidence to say either way. Same could be said about Holtby a year ago. (obviously, we've seen him a lot more since coming into the AHL) I just don't know how some people reach these conclusions, so early in one's career.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Figured a lot of people would like this, it showcases Crosby's "great" defensive play:

http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2010/10/25/1772573/erik-johnson-game-winning-goal-video-review-blues-penguins

Posted by: ThePat | October 25, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

you very well may be right about BB. I just think that he still deserves some respect and certain people forget that when things are not going how they want. We all know that he has a max of this season to prove he is playoff material. If he is let go, I won't cry murder for it might (might not too) be the right thing...but that does not mean he wasn't a good coach.

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Sigh...every time I get disturbed by the negativity on this blog, I go to the NJ Devils' blogs. Now there's a fan base that was thrilled with the GM's moves during the summer after their miserable 3 years of early playoff exits- Volchenkov, Tallinder and Kovalchuk, new coach, new assistant - and is now as miserable as any group I've seen.

Makes me feel so much better when I come back here! I highly recommend it - what's the word for it - schadenfreude?

Posted by: Thisistheyear | October 25, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I still think BB can win a Cup, and with the team we have. It will take some serious adjustments from the players, as well as cracking the whip down from BB. Again, I don't find anything inherently wrong with BB's system that makes it stick out from other NHL systems, it's just lack of execution and individual, isolated mistakes.

My biggest problem with BB and the team, right now at least, is the lack of a forecheck. I don't get how the Caps expect to go through a 60-minute hockey game while only gaining offensive zone pressure while on the rush. They won't dump and chase for the life of them. They can get stood up at the blue line 5 times in a row, and they will still try to gain entry on the rush.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Has it started...i am not getting video

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

ThePat: I DVR'd that game because I wanted to see if Halak could frustrate the Pens like he did in the playoffs. He did! Hopefully the Caps get light him up when they play. If you watch the entire game, the Blues did have their chances, but the Pens were the better team. I wish he wasn't wearing a Pens jersey but I am happy for Brent Johnson. Maybe Fluery can continue to stink it up and the Pens can stay average because of Flower's play and Brent can continue to have a good season.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 25, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately I believe the lack of dump and chase is coming from BB. His "system" is a run and gun game and dump and chase would just slow that down (at least that is the way I believe he is thinking). You are right though, they have got to do much more of that as opposing teams have learned to stack the blueline and stand them up there.

As far as cracking the whip, I just don't know if he has that in him unfortunately.

Posted by: PhilR | October 25, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Gabby for answering my questions!

Posted by: nicety251 | October 25, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey JIM, I think he's answering your question, too.

Posted by: nicety251 | October 25, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Oh, I definitely place the lack of a dump and chase game on BB and his system. I should clarify, while I don't think BB's system itself is the problem, BB is responsible for making adjustments to the system when needed. I think the back-to-back Boston games were critical in analyzing how BB adjusts game to game, and I think he failed miserably.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Can't listen to chat beacause of all the softballs they'll toss BB's way. I'm not saying to be disrespectful, but they could ask him some tough questions occasionally. Instead it'll be stuff about birdcalls or do you have a lucky tie?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | October 25, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

HE ANSWERED MY QUESTION ABOUT THE TRAP....see what happens when you're nice JIMALLCAPS

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute now. At Saturday's game the Caps did a lot of dump and chase and the Verizon center crowd around me was screaming because they weren't passing the puck as much. The 2nd goal was the direct result of forecheck pressure. The 1st goal was forecheck pressure as well because Semin was coming deep into the zone read Mason was going to go up the boards and ripped Mason's pass to the corner.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 25, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

see where Nylanders career maybe over due to neck injury

Posted by: wendel2 | October 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I was impressed that he answered some non-fluff questions, but the chat was only 15 minutes long! I was expecting at least a half hour.

I don't know if this was addressed in a previous thread, but did anyone notice that Knuble was having all of the discussions with the refs on Saturday. Does anyone know why it wasn't Ovi in there?

Posted by: Steph22 | October 25, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@richmond and others

Why don't you just open the link and read the questions asked? 3 of them asked were very good, including capscoach question about the trap. 1 was about bird call's, and the other 3 were sort of filler question.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Wendel,

Has Laing signed anywhere?

Posted by: Steve_R | October 25, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Jess P works for the Post. LOL.

Posted by: nicety251 | October 25, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

And apparently none of us who say we struggle against the trap know what we r talking about...could be true, but I think I hit a nerve.

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute now. At Saturday's game the Caps did a lot of dump and chase and the Verizon center crowd around me was screaming because they weren't passing the puck as much. The 2nd goal was the direct result of forecheck pressure. The 1st goal was forecheck pressure as well because Semin was coming deep into the zone read Mason was going to go up the boards and ripped Mason's pass to the corner.

Posted by: fanohock1

I didn't mention any specific incidences on purpose, because I knew someone was going to mention last game. Last game is great to look at because we got 2 goals from pressure, as opposed to on the rush.
My concern is more general, in reference to the Caps and how they generally play hockey. I think even you said something about a sustained forecheck a few games back.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I rescheduled my day to be here today and took the time to submit a question. The audio was terrible, Coach Boudreau started 4 minutes late, then he bailed out 9 minutes later. He answered only 7 questions and two of those had nothing to do with hockey. It really looked like he didn't want to be there. What a huge waste!! Is this the way it was planned? Whoever selected the questions and determined the length of the session failed miserably.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R, or anyone

What happened to Laing? I can't find much info online, and he's not on the roster.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat - thanks for the highlight, clips of Crosby not living up to the hype are always welcome!

Btw, what a play by TJ Oshie, what a player. Roenick couldn't believe Burke left him off Team USA, and now I see what JR was talking about [though it's hard to argue with the end result - but clearly he should have made it over Drury, at least].

Speaking of Oshie, a shout-out to Warroad, MN - for a small town they sure produce one hell of a lot of great hockey players!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 25, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Laing is a free agent. Last I heard he was skating with and helping out with a college team in Saskatchewan.

Posted by: ThePat | October 25, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Last I heard Laing was skating in Saskatchewan somewhere, still a half-step behind the play.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 25, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Laing has not signed anywhere yet...exploring Europe and others teams but nothing so far....strange no team could use his work ethic

Posted by: wendel2 | October 25, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

hey timbo your hearing is as bad as your hockey knowledge

Posted by: wendel2 | October 25, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure you're wrong on the hockey, wendel2. Probably right about the hearing though.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 25, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

"How many people wanted Eakin to play in the NHL this year? A lot... Generally, the same people.) Here's a kid, putting up decent numbers in juniors, but not exceptional, moving along at a pretty normal development pace...and people wanted to rush him and have him here in Washington."

Actually, I think Cody Eakin's numbers in Juniors have been exceptional. He's a prime example of a guy who is too good for Juniors but not quite ready for the NHL and a perfect argument why the prohibition against 19-year-olds in the AHL should be lifted.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

My Q&A vote is to stick with text chat unless BB can demonstrate something on a Telestrator or at Kettler's ice rink to take advantage of answering on video. I'm not sure watching Bruce alternately grin and grimace at his computer at (presumably) home really takes advantage of video. :)

Seemed like mostly good, tough questions though.

Posted by: blackjack65 | October 25, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@Wiley

You have some low standards. 'Exceptional" would be that duo on the Van. Giants. He's far from "too good" for Juniors too, AHL at this point would hinder his development.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

While I saw Eakin at Kettler this summer and came away impressed, standing out at a development camp and doing so in-season against NHL regulars are two separate things entirely.

As for as the #'s, while impressive, there's been a lot of guys who've put up monstrous #'s as a 19-year old in juniors - particularly the WHL - and then not produced in the big leagues.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 25, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Cody Eakin has nothing left to prove in Juniors and keeping him there is stifling his developement.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Not gonna lie...BB kinda hurt my feelings the way he answered my question. :)

In all seiousness though, it was a fair question and at least he took it. As much as I belive the Caps struggle against the trap, there is no dubt Halak played great and for that matter so did Thomas. More net presence and physicality should make us pretty imune to hot goalies and the trap come playoff time.

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Just imagine if Ovie did that. People on here would have been quite upset. Not as much one Ovie but they would be blaming BB for not teaching the right system.

If that was Semin or Flash making such a play the reaction on here would have been venomous.

Lesson to be learend: You cannot make broad characterizations based on one play. In addition, every player in the NHL makes dumb and lazy plays at some point during the season.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Some missed opportunities for questions unfortunately...

1) Will the 2nd line ever see Fehr and a LEGIT 2C to go with Semin this year?

2) Why do you keep c-blocking the Flash for Bieska trade?

3) Why is Boyd still on the roster?

4) Coach BB, why did your minions chase away cstanton

5) Is GMGM a big enough man to squash his whole shadiness with Nyls and at least send him a Get Well fruit basket or will he remain cold as ice?

Recover fast Nyls, get well soon.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

But, I'd rather discuss the totally crappy waste that was a ridiculous excuse for a video Q&A. Pathetic!

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@sgm

Ovi, Semin and Flash all do it plenty of times. I have already called each of them out for being lazy defensively this year. Im not the one who wrote up the article. So I really do not need to learn a lesson.

I think most people that look at that link, know that that doesnt occur every time Sid is on the ice. Only an idiot would think that. But I know a lot of people that say he is one of the most complete Centers in the league, so its always nice to see that one time he got caught being lazy and it cost his team a point.

Posted by: ThePat | October 25, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Cody Eakin has nothing left to prove in Juniors and keeping him there is stifling his developement.
Posted by: Wiley_One1

Heavily disagree, but then again, I am a big fan of the junior-eligibility agreement between the CHL and NHL/AHL.

Another year of development while being "the guy" for his junior team, possibly winning the Memorial Cup (and to a Canadian, that's almost equal to the Stanley Cup, in many aspects), and being able to receive those top line minuetes, will not hinder his development. It also means we don't take a year off his ELC.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

sorry for the lesson to be learned comment taken the wrong way. I read your post fast and thought it was at me, I see it now is more of a generalization.

Posted by: ThePat | October 25, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach - Why are you disappointed by BB answer...I'm no hockey expert but to me his answer to the trap question makes perfect sense. The only argument that can be made against his answer could be … from those shots, how many were 'quality' shots? ... whatever that means...

Posted by: guer_j | October 25, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the appropriate thing to do for the Caps front office would be to issue some sort of statement wishing Michael Nylander well. I mean reports are saying the guy basically broke his neck Saturday night playing for Rochester. He is supposedly having surgery today. C'mon Caps show some class! Did BB mention him during his lengthy "chat" session?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | October 25, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@guer

it was really more a joke (with a hint of truth) but he dismissed the question more than answered it. The Bruins last season is not a good argument, he could have talked about Why we lost those two games if it wasn't the trap. But I was excited they chose my question. He just looked ticked off at the question.

Posted by: capscoach | October 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"C'mon Caps show some class! Did BB mention him during his lengthy 'chat' session?"
Posted by: kcbrichmond | October 25, 2010 1:47 PM
.
I think you mean his 9-minute farce.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"It also means we don't take a year off his ELC."
Posted by: richmondphil2 | October 25, 2010 1:31 PM
.
We can at least agree on this.


Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Sorry, but just to be clear, my post was not directed at you at all.

I did like the post of the website though.

Someone recently posted about when will Fehr be on the 2nd line. I think it has to be sooner than later. His shot in the OT just shows what he can create with his shot. Fehr, now healthy, has also shown to be much more willing to go to the net.

IMO, I think he and Semin would be a very good compliment to each other and having MP in the center would be a very well rounded line.

In addition, Semin and Fehr are two of the Caps best forwards at creating turnovers.

Fehr knows how to finish opportunities and has the skill set to do so. Laich, IMO, does not. Laich is a 3rd line player. He is a very good 3rd line player, but a 3rd line player nonetheless.

The 2nd line, IMO, would score many more goals with Fehr on the wing instead of Laich.

I am also a big proponent of putting MP in between Fehr and Semin. That would be a very good line with their skill sets being very complimentary of each other.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 25, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

I for one dont feel it is the "trap" that has been causing us problems. I would say it's more along the lines of bad passes out of the zone/during transition. Too many blind slaps up the boards, behind the back fancy stuff, Tyler Sloan with the puck, etc.

The poor tranistion passes seem to stick out more since Green and Poti have been playing the "Who Gets to Play Xbox NHL11 with B Gordon" game (aka sit out).

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | October 25, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the appropriate thing to do for the Caps front office would be to issue some sort of statement wishing Michael Nylander well. I mean reports are saying the guy basically broke his neck Saturday night playing for Rochester.
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@kbrichmond - Totally agree, the FO should definitely issue a statement to that effect, that's the least they should do. To be fair to BB I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he may not have known yet about the extent of Nyl's injury - but GMGM seriously needs to step up and show some class.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 25, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Jay Beagle sent back to Hershey. Looks like Bradley is good to go for the road trip.

Posted by: ThePat | October 25, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Cody Eakin has nothing left to prove in Juniors and keeping him there is stifling his developement.


Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 25, 2010 1:20 PM

this may be true - but for a eakin, it was either make the caps or go back to swift. his next logical dev would be the ahl and he can't play there until his current team finishes their season. i agree with richmondphil2 - that he stays on his elc for an extra year by playing in juniors.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Do shots = scoring chances?

Posted by: chatton | October 25, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach
I agree, the Bruins last year wasn’t a good argument but to me he answered your main question (adjusting to the trap) pretty well. He could’ve addressed why we lost twice to the Bruins but he swear to himself not to use the ‘hot goalie’ excuse ever again :P

Posted by: guer_j | October 25, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

@saoti >

Lmao. I think we need to get Assange involved, maybe we can learn it on wikileaks.

@wiley_one1 - re: Eakin. Maybe this move also about the salary cap. The good thing (for juniors) is that better players will stay in juniors longer as teams have a strong incentive to delay the start of their prospects' professional careers. The clock doesn't start ticking on Eakin's restricted status until next year. Given the need possibly to resign Semin and Greenie and Groinee, we don't want those entry-levels timing out on us.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | October 25, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

sgm: Again, I've repeated this often, but Laich had 25 goals last year. Here's your stats:

http://espn.go.com/nhl/statistics/player/_/stat/points/sort/points/year/2010/position/forwards/count/41

He was 54th in scoring for forwards. If we count the top 90 as first wingers (3 per team times 30 teams), Laich clearly rates "First Line LW" based on scoring. His defense is also clearly adequate for #1LW. This is why he's worth, depending on how he does this year, in the $4M range.

There's no way you can really call a player with his scoring ability "3rd Line." Look through the stats. You have to go past the top 180 forwards to get to "3rd Line" and what you will find is these players have around 35 pts, not 65 pts.

Respectfully, as always, tominsocal1

Posted by: tominsocal1 | October 25, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

There's no way you can really call a player with his scoring ability "3rd Line."
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For a team with supposed SC-winning aspirations, you absolutely can do that. When the checking gets tighter in the playoffs, your top-6 forwards need to be dynamic - and, for all his other admirable qualities, he simply isn't. Good NHL d-men - i.e., the ones who play in the playoffs - handle him without much difficulty.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 25, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

A little off-topic, but MAN has the Gagne-signing not panned out...yet. 6 games, 0 points, 17:46 toi/g, 4:47 pptoi/g, -8.

Posted by: Walle | October 25, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@Walle
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I definitely called that one, if I do say so myself - sorry, always kinda thought Simon was a little overrated.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 26, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

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