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Posted at 3:45 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Matt Hendricks: 'All I want to do is win'

By Katie Carrera

Matt Hendricks arrived in Washington for training camp this past September on a professional tryout contract, determined to make an impression with the Capitals. Five months later, the gritty utility forward is a fan favorite who will be in the fold for the next two seasons.

Washington signed the 29-year-old to a two-year contract extension worth $1.6 million, $800,000 per season, the team announced Wednesday. It's the first one-way contract Hendricks, who is in the midst of his second full NHL season, has ever signed.

"It's an exciting time," Hendricks said in a phone interview Wednesday. "It's my first one-way so that means the world to me. To be able to look into the future a little bit and see myself here for the next two years means a lot."

Hendricks, who is now one of nine Capitals forwards under contract for next year, has 19 points (seven goals) and 84 penalty minutes in 57 games.

Hendricks said discussions about an extension to stay in Washington began about two months ago and grew serious in the past two or three weeks. He's happy to be able to remain with the Capitals and with a coaching staff that he has a good history with, as he played for Bruce Boudreau and Bob Woods in Hershey in 2006.

"I really enjoy the coaching staff; they treat me well and I get opportunity from them to succeed and from the organization as well," Hendricks said. "I feel like this organization has the ultimate goal of winning and that they do everything in their power to reach that goal. All I want to do is win."

When Hendricks came to Kettler Capitals Iceplex for training camp, Boudreau told him to simply do what he does best and it would be very hard for the staff to not keep him. At the conclusion of camp, the Capitals signed Hendricks to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000.

As the team has struggled to maintain its collective consistency this season, Hendricks has been one of the most reliable players on the roster.

"He came in and didn't let up for a minute from day one to now. I don't think it's in his character to let up at all," Boudreau said. "He's been in a lot of situations, whether to fight or score or make plays, and he's done it all. Whether it's to get the crowd into the game or back someone up, he knows when he's supposed to so one thing or the other. And quite frankly, the one thing you like about him an awful lot as a coach is all he wants to do is win. He doesn't care how.

"It doesn't take long for all the players on the team to really like him," Boudreau continued. "He's not phony in that he goes out there and works every day as hard as he can. He's one of the first guys to show up every day at the rink and he's got everybody's back. There's not much not to like."

Hendricks missed the Capitals' most recent contest, a 1-0 win in Pittsburgh on Monday night, because he was sick, but the forward said he is feeling better and that he skated briefly on Wednesday. He hopes to be back in the lineup this weekend.

By Katie Carrera  | February 23, 2011; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau, Matt Hendricks  
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Comments

As soon as we got Matt I was stoles. I remember him on the 2005-06 Florida Everblades team that made it to the finals. My favorite player on the team. GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | February 23, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news!!! He's a great player, a great team guy and awesome that he'll be a Capital for another 2 years.

Posted by: blushfilms | February 23, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

*stoked

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | February 23, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Awesome signing. And trust us, Matt, all we want is for you and the Caps to win!

Posted by: yosemite_sam | February 23, 2011 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Too bad everyone else didn't play like Matt. Great decision but a no brainer.

Posted by: Oldtimer12 | February 23, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Love the signing....but if all he wants to do is win, then why did he sign the extension here???

I kid I kid.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is going to take this down to the deadline again isn't he? Dammit.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 23, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to MH. Well deserved.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 23, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm pleased for Mat. He's been an upgrade to our bottom six.

Posted by: rblatch45 | February 23, 2011 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Matt. If he wasn't signed for at least one more year, I was going to organize a peaceful protest/march on Kettler and demand he be signed. Already had my tent out and ready to be pitched in Arlington's "Freedom Square", even if GMGM would have ordered the release of the hounds and sprayed us with fire hoses.

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 23, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Is everything on hold because we are trying to land a "big fish" like Richards or Stasny? As time goes, I feel more optimistic.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Love Hendricks!! Terrific!
He knows his role and likes it. Didn't turn out to be a Scott Walker dud. I, for one, am glad that GMGM isn't putting on a tryout parade for the likes of last year's deadline/deadbeat crew. Corvo, Walker, Belanger, Jurcina. I like this team. I like the coach. I think good things are going to happen............no, not just drinkin' the koolaid!!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 23, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cayugalaker-apparently you are not a Sabres fan posting on the Caps site. Your handle caught my eye since I was a Keukalaker back in the day.

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 23, 2011 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I assume CStanton got his 10% agent's fee on the Hendricks extension.

Posted by: zmega | February 23, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@AADCDERM

No Sabres fan!! Got one across the street from me. I loved blowing my air horn out the window last Sunday for him when Caps scored. My brother's boy is going to Keuka College right now. I worked at NSA "back in the day". Let's Go Caps!!!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 23, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@Cayugalaker

Don't recall having a Finger Lakes conversation on CI blog before. I spent most of my summers in Penn Yan, about three miles away from Keuka College, where my parent's owned a cottage. Used to fish for trout right off the shores of the College as the lake was too shallow on my end to get good sized trout. I also used to work out at the weight room at Keuka College. Funny thing, though, I never meet any women from the former all-girls school when I would go to the college. I was too stupid to realize they weren't hanging out by free weights! (duh). I also used to drink beer at the Switzerland Inn (referred to as the "Switz"). I am certain your brother's son knows about the Switz and/or Lloyd's Limited, the pub in downtown Penn Yan.

Thanks for chatting with a former laker.

Posted by: AADCDERM | February 23, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

PATIENCE FOLKS:
Some of you on here are cracking me up about "Oh why hasn't McPhee made a move or oh he's taking this down to the deadline" and blah blah blah.

Take a chill pill. Are you in the Kettler Complex? Are you in his office? Are you tapped into his phone? NO - so you don't know what kind of deals he maybe trying to pull right now.

Either he's going to make some great, good, or crappy deals. Get over it that he hasn't made any moves yet. Believe me I've seen plenty of you who aren't fans of GM on this board blasating away. I've liked some of his moves in the past and some of outright sucked. Here's to hoping he can get things right and add some more toughness and grit to a very soft defensive core. Plus that second line center.

Bottomline: You and I don't know squat about what's going on. Here's to hoping something will happen soon - if it makes sense for the team.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 23, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

@ AADCDERM

Now back to the matter at hand. Others will begin to crack on us, ....hard. You know this is a tough crowd.

Looks like Nicky is going to be OK after all. I still think GMGM is after Richards. Wouldn't shock me at all if we end up with John-Michael Liles. Not at all.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 23, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

If a move is going to be made, time is running out and good options are being swept from the table by other teams.

Posted by: doughless | February 23, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You and I don't know squat about what's going on. Here's to hoping something will happen soon - if it makes sense for the team.
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This isn't rocket science as GMGM would have you believe. He says he isn't happy with the team. REALLY??

Does he know that unlike us yahoos, he can actually do something about it???? There are plenty of deals that have ALREADY been made and all McPhee's been doing is waiting for some cheap bargain priced deal that could only be made in fantasy land.

All we would likely get is a Corvo 2.0.

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Jonathan6: But it was this way back in July. We waited and waited and waited, while all the other GMs made moves, for McPhee to do something.

And he never did. And we've bemoaned the passive D and lack of skill at C ever since.

The only moves he's made that have worked, since last Feb, is signing Hendricks and Flash for Hannan.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Good signing, a bit overdue, but nice to see Hendricks finally secure his spot in the show. I hope he brings the same fire next year and the one after.

Posted by: timKosecki | February 23, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone interested in an NHL-quality RBK Carlson 74 red home jersey? The quality blows away anything at Modell's-- fully embroidered, fight strap in back, and all... this goes for over $200 on NHL.com

I have an XL (size 52) that our team's jersey guy got direct from China... I ordered it but its too big-- so I got another L.

I paid $75-- huge discount direct from China. Just looking to cover that.

Posted by: capsfan7 | February 23, 2011 6:22 PM | Report abuse


not big on wearing players team jerseys, but if I was I'd definitely wear a hendricks jersey. my kind of player

Posted by: hessone | February 23, 2011 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Matt. He deserves every bit of it, and being a one-way is kind of a no brainer. I see him wearing a letter in the near future if Knubes, Backs, Pots, or Chimer sit a game for whatever reason. Also surprised Laich never wore a letter either but hey, I am not the bench braintrust. I do not think Caps fans realize just how integral the Hendricks and the Brads of the team are. BB can cuss up a storm all day long but the actions of a Hendricks/Brads carry the real weight.
Gonna get a Hendricks jersey before postseason.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Bottomline: You and I don't know squat about what's going on. Here's to hoping something will happen soon - if it makes sense for the team.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 23, 2011 5:12 PM

Thanks for sharing now for the actual bottom line:

We don't know what is specifically going on behind the scenes over the past so many days but we do have a general picture of what he has and hasn't done over the past 13 years. You don't need to know specifics about a single point in time when you have a sample size that large to judge him upon.

And anyone that wants to say, "We won the Pres. Trophy last season and have a 2-time MVP!" should realize that we haven't accomplished diddly squat when it matters and that any semi-conscious GM that had more 1st rd picks to work with than any other GM in the league over a 10-year period could put together a core of young talent and achieve a certain amoung of success.

McPhee did the easy part: tanking, acquiring a load of picks and using them. Even an idiot like me could do that.

What is becoming increasingly clear that he can't do is the hard part. None of us here on this little forum know how to fix tihngs but that's not the point. The point is that the reality is that when you work in a high-profile public position, it is easy for armchair GMs and everyone else to accurately assess his general performance given that we over 10 years of work to look at. It's accurate and easy to say that he has failed and underachieved and has repeatedly been unable to close the deal and finish the process. It's also accurate and easy to say that it's becoming more and more apparent that we are spinning our wheels by not making a change at the top.

The GM in this era of the league is more important than any other member of the organization. I don't know how to make the moves that need to be made to adequately build around the core of this team but he's proving more and more with each passing season that he can't either.

When something ain't broke, don't fix it. When something is broke though, you need to try to fix it or it becomes useless.

Put down the koolaid and do some critical thinking. It ain't that hard.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 23, 2011 6:51 PM | Report abuse

nice move by mcphee. credit where it's due. hendricks exemplifies what i wish this team were more like.

Posted by: dingram3 | February 23, 2011 6:52 PM | Report abuse

hendricks put himself on the line every night for every shift. he does it for the benefit of the TEAM. like many have said before me, I wish we had more players like that, TEAM first.

Posted by: natresgroup | February 23, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Good note by tmac.

As a follow-up, we must judge McPhee thusly:

There are 30 GMs in the NHL. Not all can be "super great" just like all 8 runners in the Olympics 100m finals can't win gold.

One gold, one silver, one bronze, the rest are just "out of the money."

30 GMs. By definition, 5 are exceptional. 5 are superior. 5 above average, 5 below average, 5 poor and 5 who are bad (when compared to the others).

If you have the 30th best GM in hockey, you don't necessarily have to fire him, but you can't win, because the exceptional ones will outsmart you way more times than not.

As I have posted many times, based on 1 playoff round won over the last 11 SCPlayoffs (there have been 165 rounds in those 11 years so the 30 teams each would average 5.5 rounds won - we have 1), McPhee gets a grade of "C" at best. In reality, over the last 3-4 years, he might be in the 11-15 range. Or the 16-20 range. You pick.

I'm sorry, but you must reserve the better grades to those who have achieved success. Pitt, Phil, Det, Chi and Van you'd have to say the top 5. ATL is showing a lot lately as has Boston. McPhee ranks with whomever is with the Sharks, lots of smoke but as of yet no fire.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 7:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting for McPhee to fix the issues that were glaring after the Montreal series. Oddly enough, they are the same issues we have now:

1. Second center
2. Trade Semin

@Jonathan6

I think everyone has been patient enough, and justifiably concerned about what McPhee may or may not do. Especialy after today's signing. Deserved yes, but the timing is very suspicious.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

@underpants

Im getting nervous that things aren't going to happen. Think GMGM is getting nervous and won't give up what is needed.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 7:23 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps win the cup how many of you will personally write an apology to GMGM? Even if the Caps lose in the 1st round again and they fire GMGM, he'd have a job in two weeks. Some of you have no idea what you talking about.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

My deadline predictions:

2nd line center - Arnott or Zubrus
more sandpaper - Kaleta or Tootoo

I thought about adding a physical D to the list, but then I remembered we unfortunately still have the same GM.

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 23, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

MP's the only player I can get to disappear and reappear simply by clicking my mouse.....maybe the guy in charge of the Caps website knows something after all ;)

Posted by: RedRedRed | February 22, 2011 9:19 PM

Now if only we could get that to work against other teams:

"I'll just click *here* and *here* and *here* and...Oops! DIdn't Pittsburgh and Philadelphia and Montreal used to have hockey teams? 'Guess I cant't find 'em now...BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 23, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

@thepat -

this is what i was afraid of with GMGM, we have obvious needs and yet it seems like every tradeline we go nowhere when all other teams move forward. i'm sure we'll make a couple small moves with a couple of washed up players and he'll say "we are complete now"

Posted by: natresgroup | February 23, 2011 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I HOPE GMGM doesn't give up sh*t. This team is not going to win this year anyway. Don't pay attention to the media saying its"this year or bust in Washington."

They're not ready, dont' sell the future. That actually would make GMGM a bad GM.

I loved his comment from 24/7 about so many of you... "if you think you know so much about hockey, why aren't you in it?" Taking pot shots from the bushes is cowardly.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1:

Since joining the CI community, I have developed a great respect for your analysis, your brains, your experience, and your wit (as sharp as Sinclair Monofilament, that).

Now let me say FTR that I am partial to redheads--heck, I married one.

However I must go on record saying that SP's cattiness, contempt for science (indeed, for factual knowledge of any kind), and general wing-nuttery pretty much ruin any "hawtness" she might possess...at least for me, anyway.

How could you, man? When it comes to redheads, I can think of far better fantasy material than Caribou Barbie.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 23, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@natresgroup

That may very well happen. As it stands at this point, I'd be ok if we get a guy like Arnott or Handzus. Not thrilled but both of them would help a little bit.

If we end up with a guy like Marty Reasoner or Tim Connolly, I would take that as GMGM just sitting in his chair laughing at us all that he can make that type of move and keep his job.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 7:37 PM | Report abuse

will111 -

i would write a letter of apology to GMGM if we win a cup THIS year. Even though I don't trash him often, I do believe he's missed out on opportunities to help the team when we needed it.

Do you think he'd write a letter of apology to the fans if the caps are out in the first round again?

and even if he did get fired and got a new job he would be away from the caps and that's what a lot of people (not everyone) on this blog want.

would you write a letter to Ted to fire GMGM is we lose in the first round again? Or are you content with playoff failure?

Posted by: natresgroup | February 23, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

@Tom
Who needs playoff series wins when you have a lifetime contract, and a closet full of scarves?

@will111
We have all seen this movie before. It ends every year in late April. It's always the same. Where's my f@&cking apology?

McPhee hates to overpay. That is, unless your name is Joe Corvo, or Tom Poti.

Semin hasn't scored a goal in his last 14 playoff games. I know it will be hard to match that kind of production, but someone tell me, how in the world is this guy getting ready for another playoff run with us?

Deja vu all over again.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 7:41 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is the ONLY GM in the history of the NHL to go down to a locker room and challenge an opposing team coach to a fight. All because he thinks they're taking runs at his players. Now that's a team guy. I just don't get some of you....

All of you that love Erskine, Hendricks ect. should appreciate that.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 7:42 PM | Report abuse

He's made a lot of good moves and acquired alot of young talent, but eventually you have take a run, the time the young guys hit their prime they will be due bigger contracts and you can't retain them all. To me there are 4 untradeable players on this team Ovi,Backstrom,Carlson and Green (some may argue with Green)everyone else should be in play.

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 23, 2011 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Will111

It's funny. Since that 1 fight took place, he has won 1 playoff series.
But go ahead, tell us how great he is again.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 7:50 PM | Report abuse

will111 -

are you GMGM's mom or something? or are you GMGM lurking on this board for the right moves to make to help your team.

if you can be happy with playoff failure then GMGM is your man. Sometimes you have to take a chance to bring in the right piece that can make your team more complete.

if we keep waiting and waiting on prospects we may never get to the cup. but i really hope that we win the cup, this year. i just don't think the team has the right make up for a tough cup run.

and if you are GMGM, could you please answer why you gave poti a 2 year extension for so much money when he's always injured?

Posted by: natresgroup | February 23, 2011 7:51 PM | Report abuse

@Will

the best way to fight for your team is to make it as good as you can make it to make a run at the Cup. Thats the type of fighting a GM should be doing. A GM shouldnt be going into the locker room of an opposing team.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 7:52 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is the ONLY GM in the history of the NHL to go down to a locker room and challenge an opposing team coach to a fight. All because he thinks they're taking runs at his players. Now that's a team guy. I just don't get some of you....

All of you that love Erskine, Hendricks ect. should appreciate that.

he can play on our 4th line, i just don't want him running the team

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 23, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2:

GMGM apologize to you? For what? Being a relevant cup contender for years to come? Having a #1 defensive pair that is very good (best years to come) an neither one of them is barely old enough to drink?

Winning a cup is ridiculously difficult to do. Are you suggesting anything short of that makes a bad GM? That's a stupid measuring stick.

For his career, Semin has over a point per game in the post season. Where have you been?

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 7:54 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,
Yes, we all know GMGM is no Terry Holland or even in his class but he has done his job good enough for the coaches to take the team farther than we have been in the post season. BB really does have only this season left to prove himself or he will be gone in the summer. Oh wait, I forgot Leonsis owns, oowwwwnnns, oowwwnss, da Chiefs. Sadly to say, I see myself getting stinkin' drunk one night in April over something that has no direct impact on my life whatsoever.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

How about watching Guerin go to the Pens for a 4th or 5th round pick in 09?

Posted by: StanleyCap | February 23, 2011 7:59 PM | Report abuse

GMGM was up for GM of the year the first year they were giving out the award!!!!

Are you people trying to tell me the hockey world doesn't know what its talking about, but you do? You don't think it comes across as kind of arrogant?

Please explain how you know more then they do?

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

@will111

Semin is not a point a game player in the playoffs, but that is not the point. He has scored ZERO goals in his last 14 playoff games. I know, pretty impressive.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 8:03 PM | Report abuse

@will

if you read correctly, a lot of us say he has done some good. But he has basically failed at the ultimate goal of getting a Stanley Cup. In the last 13 years, 9 different teams have won the Stanley Cup. Two Southeast Division teams have won the Cup. So 1/3 of the league has won a Cup since McPhee has had his job and 40% of our division.

Yes it is hard to do. No one is saying it isnt. But he has talent here and wont make the additional move or two to give them an even better chance. And until he does, he will be viewed as many people on here view him.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone watching the Sharks/Pens on Versus? The commentators are horrible? Who the hell hired these idiots?

Posted by: bqts | February 23, 2011 8:11 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Thanks for a thoughtful explanation, but you haven't really answered my question. The first year they had the GMGM of the year award GMGM was one of 3 nominated. Are people on this blog saying they know more about hockey than the ones that nominated him?

To measure a GM by wether he wins a cup or not is a very reductionist and simplistic way to grade performance. If that wasn't true and the hockey world measured him by your 1/3rd theory he would have never been nominated.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 8:12 PM | Report abuse

@will,
Correct, and I say again, until Leonsis comprehends that and takes action to resolve that there will be an April evening where I get so stinkin' drunk in misery the Penguins logo actually starts looking cool.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 8:17 PM | Report abuse

@will

If me measuring a GM by winning a cup is simplistic way and reductionist way of looking at, what is your argument in bringing up he was nominated for GM of the year?? Do I know more than other GM's, maybe I do and maybe I dont. I have no idea how smart those guys are.

Jim Carey won a Vezina trophy, does that mean he was an awesome goalie for his career?? No he had one good season. GMGM had a few good seasons of drafting and rebuilding. He hasnt made the necessary steps to get to the next level. He is a conservative GM in a league where you need to be agressive to win the Cup. Thats the bottom line because I said so.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

To measure a GM by wether he wins a cup or not is a very reductionist and simplistic way to grade performance. If that wasn't true and the hockey world measured him by your 1/3rd theory he would have never been nominated.
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LOL @ more of these absolutely MEANINGLESS awards which hockey has more of than any other sport that I can think of.

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 8:21 PM | Report abuse

So I guess Tampa will be getting two standings points tonight.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | February 23, 2011 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Im with will111

Whats confusing is that so many people hate on GMGM, but the players we need don't grow on trees. What would you have him do? People were screaming about Lombardi, and injury or not - im glad hes not here now. What other centers were out there that could give more to a second line than the MJ/MP combination? He went out and got the snarling defenseman everyone wanted, yet he gets no credit for that. "We're too soft" yea thats why he traded our softest player for a crease clearing defense man.

No credit there? I mean what centers have moved at the deadline do you think we should have been in on? If we end up with someone like Mcdonald/Weiss/Richards etc - where would all the complaints come from then?

Posted by: BACKS | February 23, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

@MadCap

Watch some of the play offs after we exit, and then try to picture some of the Caps playing like Richards, Mr. bad hair, and Pronger were last year. You don't watch, so you don't know.

Toews, Kane, Keith, Buf were literally playing like rabid dogs. We never do that !
I was at game 5 and 7 last year. We don't compete like champions ! Watch the finals ! You'll see some "bad ass" hockey that you will not see at the phone booth !

Let's get a GM in here who will sign guys like Hendricks who will play like rabid dogs in the play offs. One guy isn't enough. GGMGM blew this years ago when he started going after wall flowers like Poti !!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 8:29 PM | Report abuse

@Backs

Most people on here liked the Hannan deal and think he has played very well. I really dont know what you and @Will want to try to discuss. If either of you would make a legit point or agrument thats one thing. But you guys just say GMGM is good. Well good for you, you like him.

If he can get McDonald or Richards I imagine most people on here would like it. Some wouldnt but the majority probably would.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I mean what centers have moved at the deadline do you think we should have been in on?
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Mike Fisher

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 8:30 PM | Report abuse

@BACKS

His softest player, disgustingly enough, wears number 3. In fact, prior to the year even starting, he got a bloated contract extension.

That being said, if he gets any of the three mentioned, I'll be happy.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat:

"Thats the bottom line because I said so." I love that kind of confidence!

I also love that you might or might not know more than other GMs around the league. Its not just about smarts. They live and breath hockey their whole lives not just blogged with a bunch of other fans because they don't have a date tonight.

The Jim Carey reference is weird but fine let's go with it....

Vesina is for best goalie of the year: that year Carey was.

GMGM nomination was for best GM of the year. This was NOT a few season ago. IT WAS LAST YEAR!!! and I'm sure you were on here last year trashing GMGM like the others. That right there reflects that you have no idea what your talking about.

By the way, I stopped taking you seriously after the "Do I know more than other GM's, maybe I do and maybe I dont." I read the rest for fun.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino

You are nuts, but I love ya' anyway, because you are a Caps fan. (Spell check makes me change the spelling of "pansy" every time. Sorry, I didn't major in Botany.)

Hendricks is a start. Everyone is happy, but all the Blooders are saying is, "this team isn't built for the play offs" We'll find out. The %'s are way on our side though for an early exit ! I want to win the Cup. So, I do not want an early exit.

But, if this group even gets with in sniffing range of the Bowl, then the NHL has truly changed from what I've watched since I lived in Chicago.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Question:

If GMGM grabs someone like a Brad Richards...will u guys admit you are happy?

Posted by: capscoach | February 23, 2011 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh's state of the art facility is having lighting issues again. The game is delayed. It happened before the start of the 3rd on Monday when the Caps were there.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

"Starting today, there will be no financial mandates on the Buffalo Sabres hockey department," the Pennsylvania natural gas billionaire said Tuesday at HSBC Arena, with the players he inherits sitting to his left and the ones he spent years watching -- Perreault, Larry Playfair and others -- at his right.

"I'm going to try not to look this way too much," he said to them, eyes welling with tears.
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The NUMBER ONE priority of Leonsis and McPhee is selling out the arena.

They're simply NOT gonna take any "risky" moves to go for the Cup. Whatever they say about winning the Cup is just a lip service.

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 8:41 PM | Report abuse

@WIll

Im glad you think you know what I have posted here. Last season I was supportive of GM with my posts. Then he completely botched the trade deadline. And then he did zero in the offseason.

The Flash for Hannan trade he made this year was nice. He has yet to find a 2C and to win in this league you need depth down the middle. So that is a major failure in my opinion.

But can you still explain to me what he has done that has been so good?? What did he do last year to warrant being nominated for GM of the year? Im just curious to your thoughts. As you have yet to provide any real thoughts or facts.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 8:42 PM | Report abuse

@will

Our GM is lazy ! Many of our players are barflies !

GMGM hired Butch Cassidy. Real lazy hire !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 8:44 PM | Report abuse

@joek443:

Its clear you're not a business man, that's ok. what do you think gets people in the seats? Winning joe, winning.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

If they got Richards that would be awesome. Im not sure many people would criticize him for making that move. However he's not going to play before the trade deadline so it makes me wonder how serious his concussion is.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 8:46 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have spent at the salary cap the last few years, and over if you consider the eaten Nylander salary. The argument that Leonsis is not willing to spend because all he wants to do is make money is stupid.

Yes, he wants to make money (all owner do, it is a business) but Leonsis is spending all the money he allowed to spend per season per the CBA. If you don't like how he spends it, fine, but don't make the argument that he isn't willing to spend it.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 23, 2011 8:47 PM | Report abuse

@will

LL in Jersey nominated his buddy for "GM of the year". After that nomination and the Kovy debacle, LL is looking real "old" now. Time for him to retire.

I just pray that we do not end up with Zubby. The man was a total "no show" against Tampa in the Butch Cassidy disaster.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Philly puts Nikolay Zherdev on waivers, interesting...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat:

I knew you would want Richards. The guy you want to trade away our future for has a concussion. You're right... maybe you do know more than GMs.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

The "poke check queen" wearing #3 is starting to bother me too. Now, I see why so many Isles fans said, "You can have him
and Victor K. They're both wimps". It's true.

What was GMGM doing signing a center like wimpy Victor, who had not scored in 30 something play off games ? Sharks fans hate the guy !! What was McPhee thinking ?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

@will

Im glad you read the post. I said however his concussion worrys me. You truly are a moron.

I have said over the last few weeks that I'd want a C that is signed for the next few seasons. A Stastny, Ribeiro or McDonald would all work for me. And yes I am all for trading this year's first round draft pick, either Eakin or Kuznetsov, and other prospects to get the 2 or 3 pieces this team is missing.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@Backs

What guys ? Fisher or Richards !

But it will not happen.

Backs , watch the play offs this year. You'll see why we can't stand his act anymore.

If we end up with Zubby, I'm gonna' hurle on Uncle Abe's grave.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I'm somewhat in line with Will and BACKS, not in the regard of GMGM doing a good job, i think he needs to grow a pair! BUT, i don't think we should be trading assest for rentals this year. The only trades we should do is the kind Stl/Col and Dal/Pit has done, hockeytrades.

As of right now I feel that we have to many holes to fill to be a true contender anyway, so if not something in the likes of Schultz and a pick for Del Zotto, Or Semin +Mp for Stastny is possible, I say let our young players gain the experience from playing playoff hockey. Maybe find a new coach/GM for next year and have a yardsale at the draft with Chimera, Poti, Schultz, Steckel, Semin, Perreault, some picks, maybe one or two of our 3 goalies (a veteran like Nabokov or Hedberg could be signed as a UFA to be backup) and get us what we really need!

Posted by: Walle | February 23, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

what do you think gets people in the seats? Winning joe, winning.
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there are two kinds of fans. People like you who are happy with any types of wins and people like me who want to see them win the Cup.

As long as people like you keep filling up the arena and there's no reason for Leonsis and GMGM to make risky moves to win the Cup.

Why should they unless they really DO want to win the Cup??? They have a good thing going with people like you believing that they will be very good for a long time so they're simply not gonna take any risks.

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

7-0 Bolts over Phx, and Yotes won 8 straight coming in and leading their division. Guess Tampa is trying to send a message as well.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

@BernieWolfe

Add to that Tampa win, apparently they are hot after Chris Neil. Have had multiple scouts at the last two Sens games. Him and Downie on the same team, would not be fun to play against.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, he wants to make money (all owner do, it is a business) but Leonsis is spending all the money he allowed to spend per season per the CBA.
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There's a salary cap on the players salary. There's NO salary cap for the salaries of the coaches or the scouts or any other expenses.

Do you have any idea where the Caps rank in terms of those other expenses compared to the other teams in the NHL?? I sure don't.

you often hear that Snyder will spend anything for the Skins to win. Did you know that the Redskins don't even have an indoor practice facility?

Posted by: joek443 | February 23, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Hunter, I watched the playoffs last year. I'm not ingorant to the fact that the team has holes - not at all.

I just think GMGM knows this as well - thats all. I hated the corvo deal, and I didn't like locking up Semin this early either. But I love some of his draft picks in the later part of rounds, and I loved some of his trades - like this years flash for hannan and the clark for chimmer trade.

I just get a certain air of smugness on the board that there are trades waiting out there that he won't pull the trigger on. I've seen some big trades out there but none that I think this caps team should have been in on (with the exception of Brewer). Now if Mcdonald went to Calgary for a 1st and a prospect, I would be just as irritated as the next guy. I just think - to a point - he doesn't get much credit for the positive things he's done.

Should he be fired if we lose in the first round this year? Absolutely. So should Bruce. But until then I'm going to judge him on a day by day basis - because he's done more positive things than negative since coming here.

Posted by: BACKS | February 23, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

@joek

Here is the Caps scouts according to the website, how this compares to other teams I have no idea. Not looking up 29 other teams.

Scouting Staff
Assistant General Manager, Director of Player Personnel Brian MacLellan
Director, Player Development Steve Richmond
Director, Amateur Scouting Ross Mahoney
Pro Scout Jason Fitzsimmons
Pro Scout Chris Patrick
Pro Scout Martin Pouliot
Amateur Scout Darrell Baumgartner
Amateur Scout Steve Bowman
Amateur Scout Alan Haworth
Amateur Scout Ed McColgan
Amateur Scout Terry Richardson
Amateur Scout A.J. Toews
European Scout Vojtech Kucera
European Scout Petri Skriko
European Scout Mats Weiderstal
Director, Scouting Operations Kris Wagner

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Joek443,
Yes, there are two camps in the Caps fan base and I have been in the later with you since day 1 but guess who owwwwnnns, owwwnnns da Chiefs.

Walle,
We needed to do that a few years ago!!!
Then maybe now we really would be at the cusp of a Cup but again, who owwwnnnns, owwwnnns...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The Pat,
Yeah, gee thanks for reminding me. The thing is, that could really happen where we(GMGM) would never get a hall pass from Leonsis to do something like that.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Well Tampa is playing a team using their back-up goaltender that was playing in the 3rd period 1000 miles away from the Tampa area yesterday in Philly. Meanwhile Tampa was hasn't played since Saturday. To top that off Tampa is on game 11 of a 12 game homestand and will be 6-3-2. Today's win will be their first regulation win since Feb 1st, all home games too. They were due for an outburst.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 23, 2011 9:35 PM | Report abuse

@fanochok

Yeah I know. I wasnt expecting much of a game there from Phoenix tonight. TB was due for an outburst and PHO due for a dud

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling a lot of GMs want to trade whomever for some combo of Carlson, Alzner, Varly, and MaJo. Would I trade Semin for a strong 2C, absolutely, but that probably isn't what other teams are interested in.

Plus, how much do you wanna gamble on a trade that probably, at this point, won't made a significant impact against teams like Philly, Boston (who has our number) and Tampa, which is the road to the cup finals in the East.

I'm not saying we should do nothing, but good deals may be few and far between for what GMGM wants to give up, and the odds aren't great we'll get to the finals regardless of trade. Just my thoughts.

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | February 23, 2011 9:40 PM | Report abuse

@ Hunterforcoach:

Oh Yea LL from Jersey. Probably one of the greatest GMs of all time. Yeah you're right I guess he wouldn't know a good GM when he sees one.

Your insane response proves my point.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 9:45 PM | Report abuse

But I love some of his draft picks in the later part of rounds, and I loved some of his trades - like this years flash for hannan and the clark for chimmer trade.

Posted by: BACKS | February 23, 2011 9:17 PM

By "rounds" you mean "round" and by some you mean 1, maybe 2. Considering that he had more 1st rd picks than any other GM over a 10-year span, not impressive... at all. And he and his appointed crew were the worst in the league in the 2nd rd and later during that same 10-year span.

I agree about the Flash deal. I would've been happy to trade him for a late round pick. Hannan was more than I would've expected for a mentally and physically soft choker like Fleischmann.

Nothing special about Chimera. Just allowed 8 to become captain. Maybe that is forcing 8 to grow up faster. It was a simple move that neither GM put much thought into. Neither player is anything close to an impact player. I look forward to super one-dimensional Jason Chimera leaving D.C.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 23, 2011 9:47 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat:

You said: "And yes I am all for trading this year's first round draft pick, either Eakin or Kuznetsov, and other prospects to get the 2 or 3 pieces this team is missing."

I swear I think you are a Pens fan trying to run this team into the ground.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm hoping the Caps claim Zherdev and trade for Kovalev just so I can see the reaction on this board. I think reading the panicked responses would be hilarious.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 23, 2011 9:50 PM | Report abuse

@Will

How would one 1st round draft pick, one top prospect(that hasnt stepped on the ice in the NHL) and an AHLer or two running a franchise into the ground???

Philly has traded their first round pick I believe in 4 of the last 5 or 6 years. And they got to the Cup finals last year. But we keep ours and have young talent and told we are stacked for the future. Sorry but I dont like being stacked with losing in the first round as our future. I'd rather be in the Stanely Cup finals and lose and be the favorite to go back there for the next year or two.

I guess I am a moron, gosh darn.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Well deserved, Hendo. Glad to have you here - keep hitting the "spin" and "punch" buttons.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | February 23, 2011 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

If that happens I wont be posting on here for a few days.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I think reading the panicked responses would be hilarious.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 23, 2011 9:50 PM

Of course you do. That's why you come to this site. You don't come here to talk hockey nearly as much as you do to engage other posters with your perverted logic.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 23, 2011 9:58 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,
Yes, we all know GMGM is no Terry Holland or even in his class but he has done his job good enough for the coaches to take the team farther than we have been in the post season.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 7:56 PM

If it's on the coaches, who hired them and stuck with them?

It all comes back to McPhee and his subpar GMing.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 23, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat:

Why use Philly as an example? They have won nothing? I thought it was Cup or bust for you. Based on your own measuring stick their GM sucks too. So now you are going to use one sucky GM as an example of what to do?

I in all my time here have never met anyone who didn't believe in building a team from within. You are a first.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

tmac2yao,
Which always comes back to Leonsis who allows him to do that! I say again, who owwwnns, owwnnns, da Chiefs...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 10:12 PM | Report abuse

I do enjoy coming on here and talking hockey. I've had some good talks with ThePat and others about possible trade scenarios and such and analyzing potential deals. I enjoy conversations when people are not talking in extremes (i.e. that player is the worst player ever) and give a reasonably analysis on the pluses and minuses of possible players.

I just find it funny how some posters overreact to such little things. If the Caps lose a game, the season is over. If Ovechkin turns the puck, he stinks. If the Caps let up a goal, they're horrible at D and aren't tough enough. Or other similar things.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 23, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

@will

I used Philly as an example to show you that you dont need all those first round picks and prospects to get out of the first round of the playoffs. Since you were so unhappy with my thought that we can get rid of some of them.

Shouldnt it be Cup or bust for every sports fan??? What do you watch sports with the hope your team loses??

We have built enough from within that is my point. The Pens, Hawks, Wings, all have their core guys from within. Then they went outside the organization to get key pieces that helped them win the Cup.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

SJ missed a very makeable empty net. Pitt ties it with 50 sec left.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 23, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

SJ should have won that in regulation. Now Penguins get at least 1 point.

Anybody got any rumors? Looks like everything has quieted down as far as Caps whispers.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 23, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@ ThePat

Your wasting your time. Will111 is sick from the koolaid.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 23, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I said this on a previous post but of the UFA, if we were to get Jovanovski and Kovalev though both past their primes and not cheap, it might be just the kick in the ass on D we need and a finisher on O that could get us some where respectable in the post season. Just my 2 cents. Thoughts?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Welcome back. You were missed.

Posted by: nicety251 | February 23, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

@Bernie

I'd be fine with Jovo. But have no interest in Kovalev. Like someone said the other day Kovalev was Semin before Semin and we dont need two of them on the team.

Posted by: ThePat | February 23, 2011 10:25 PM | Report abuse

And Fleury shuts down Marleau on the breakaway.

Marleau gets another chance though and converts.

SJ doesn't care. They got their 2 pts. Shouldn't have given Pitt any though.

Fleury was impressive in OT.

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 23, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@will111

If you're suggesting that GMGM is on par w/Holmgren you really do know nothing. How long has Holmgren been at the helm? GMGM?

@all

Regarding all the trade chatter, with Ovi and Co.'s supposed drinking exploits, does that mean we can't go after Rypien?

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 23, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe GMGM will keep Semin and pick up Zherdev off waivers to play on a line with him! Bet that would go over well!

Posted by: summitwalker | February 23, 2011 10:41 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2:

What I'm sick from is a bunch of bloggers pretending they know more than the GMs that actually do it. That's ridiculous. It's arrogant. You have every right to not be happy and say you wish to see the team be more successful and maybe even win a cup, but to say GMGM doesn't know what he's doing is absurd.

You come on here and say the CAPS suck and they won't win the cup. Anyone can say that. Winning the cup in incredible difficult. 1 team wins. Everyone else is a failure.

Let's make a bet: You pick ANY team you want to win the Cup and I bet they won't.

Almost always I'll be right.

So I know you feel really smart when you say the Caps won't win a cup, but statistically that's a given..... sorry man, doesn't make you smart.

Posted by: will111 | February 23, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@will111

I would have to say that you are the biggest nut we've had on here since BiggameCindy.

Lou in New Jersey desperately wants his buddy GMGM to succeed. After all, GMGM is the kind of guy that will go into the Hawks locker room and slug a coach in front of his players. But that is the EXTENT of his abilities !!!!!!!!!!

George McPhee is a horrible GM and Lou in Jersey damn well knows it by now. !!!!!!!!!!!!

LL won three Cups based on defense. DEFENSE !! Those Jersey Cup teams were littered with bad asses (Stevens, Daneyko, Verbeek, etc)

In the Cup finals in 1995 against the Wings Stevens knocked Kozlov unconscious, and then turned to Dino Ciccarelli and told him "You're next". LL just laughed about it when questioned by the media. LL knew Stevens was on a mission to win a Cup.

Will, Where are our "bad ass" defensemen that win Cups ? Poti ? Sarge ? Alzner ?

GMGM is the ANTI-LOU.

Devils win 3 Cups with toughness and D, so GMGM builds a "jail break" hockey club with soft players. Real Bright !!

As far as the Flyers go. If you keep making it to the Finals eventually you win one. Flyers fans watch play off hockey, while Caps fans turn to Skins mini-camp and the O's latest disaster season.

Get out of here ! You don't know poop about the play offs, and what it takes to win a Cup. If you did, you would not like GMGM in the least !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

ThePat,
Ok, so what do we need to do to get Jovo? GMGM did something brilliant and signed Sloan so where would he fit in and who do we give up? I think it would cost us Holtby and Perrault. Personally, I would have no problem seeing Schultz go either.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice to lock up Hendricks, he plays hard every game.

How about Semin and Poti for Spezza and Phillips.

Kills me we could have had Pronger for Semin 2 years ago and we didn't do it...

Posted by: JGBelAir | February 23, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

@will

Why are certain clubs always hoisting ? Just luck ? Get a hockey life dude!!

When LL in Jersey ends up with the "most feared defenseman in NHL history", because your owner wouldn't pay him 1.1 million a year, you will not win the Cup.

Get it?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Hunterforcoach,
Abso-f#@&ing-lutely about LL and the Jersey Cup teams. Madden was no tea drinker either you might recall and that defense was solid on top of being scary. To even compare that defense to our current D corps is for lack of a better term, saddening. That is why I think getting Jovanovski would get us closer to that level on D.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 23, 2011 11:27 PM | Report abuse

@vermont
@sgm3


Good to see you're both back. Man, if we could get our hands on "The Ripper", I would kiss sgm3 on the lips TWICE !

Someone has to put this idiot will111 to bed !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 11:31 PM | Report abuse

@Bernie
@vermont

This is why we hate GMGM. We've sat in the seats and watched these Cup teams for hours as they "burned down" our building. But this goof of a GM will not look at those Cup teams as examples of how to build a team that hoists. We've seen the "promised land" in the old Patrick Division, and GMGM is not leading us to it.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 23, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Nobody ever said we could've had Pronger for Semin. ANA wanted Carlson, Varly and a #1 pick. That would've been an awful deal for an awful contract (Pronger's).

I don't judge McPhee on not having won the Cup.

We've won 1 (count em, 1) Playoff round out of the last 165 P1ayoff rounds. The average for 30 teams would be 5.5. Maybe there's 2 or 3 other teams, maybe 4 or 5 tops, that haven't won more than 1 Playoff Round since 98.

That means our team has been managed in a sub-par fashion.

Rhino40: How come every night SOMEONE has to bring her up again? I didn't say I wanted her elected to anything, just put her in a Dino jersey only (white #22) and give me 22 minutes.

http://www.weblo.com/asset_image/494209/163646/Sarah_Palin/

Someone earlier mentioned a "measuring stick" for McPhee...

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 23, 2011 11:50 PM | Report abuse

@Tom in faultline

Great stats. So, we do suck will111 !

Will is too blody to fight any longer !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Oh well, the picture won't come up. Just as well, same one I posted last night.

I'd really like to quit talking about her in the Dino jersey so PLEASE don't remind me anymore!

OK, how bout this - Sarah in just a George McPhee designer scarf!

And what if McPhee tries to start a new tradition with Caps - the "scarf" trick for a goal, an assist and a scowl at the other team.

Crosby: "Well, I don't like it when they toss their scarves. It holds up the game. Besides, none of them fit me."

Now, some of you are wondering, don't tell me you aren't, where cstanton has been all day. Aren't you?

WASHINGTON DC (AP)

LOCAL NHL EXECUTIVE KIDNAPPED AND HELD CAPTIVE

In a bizarre turn of events, George McPhee, general manager of the NHL's Washington Capitals, was kidnapped this morning while in his driveway.

"I went out to pick up my copy of the Post," McPhee later told detectives. "I wanted to see if we had made any moves over night."

The assailant kidnapped McPhee and forced him into a waiting van.

"There was a Larry the Cable Guy 'Get er Done' sticker on the van," McPhee said. "He threw me in the back of the van and used my scarf to bind my hands."

According to McPhee, he was then driven to a warehouse and forced to place a call to the agent of Capitals forward Matt Hendricks.

"The kidnapper said I had two choices," McPhee said, "sign Hendricks to an extension on the spot or kiss my scarf collection good-bye."

McPhee immediately inked Hendricks to a two-year, $1.6M (U.S.) pact.

"As he let me go," McPhee said, he said, 'See, it wasn't that hard to do the right thing, was it?' Then he kicked me in the produce section."

I asked him why as I lay on the ground, and as he turned to drive off, he said, "That's for signing Tom Poti."

reporter tominsocal1 contributed to this story.

(btw, any resemblence to names of actual people in this tale is purely coincidental)

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 24, 2011 12:13 AM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach:

I must say you come across as a very angry person. You telling people they know little about hockey because you disagree is a sign of insecurity.

Look within for some self confidence.

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Hunterforcoach,
I have been posting your (our) thoughts all night but again, it starts with Leonsis who allows GMGM to wallow in this mediocrity. Until Leonsis decides a cup is what he really wants, not just a successful business we are doomed to this bull $#!+ level for the near future. The sad thing is players like Hendricks, Brads, and bunch deserve better like a championship.
I had a dream we won the cup this year and every year after until Ovie won the gold medal for Russia in Sochi in 2014, which shut up all the Ovie-Crysby comparisons.
It was just a dream...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 24, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

When LL in Jersey ends up with the "most feared defenseman in NHL history", because your owner wouldn't pay him 1.1 million a year, you will not win the Cup.

Get it?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach |

Stevens leaving had nothing to do with money.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Lov love love the comments and from some of you who responded earlier. I get it with how long we've been patient. Believe I'm hoping McPhee will do something and he is under a big microscope when this team should be competing to be in the SCF and if he doesn't do something make this team better this year and next year going forward there will need to be a change at the GM position no doubt.

@tmac - my friend your earlier response to my post - as for your actual bottomline - I was being general. I didn't have time to do a breakdown - and if it was meant general - fine but if you're "do some critical thinking and stop drinking the koolaid was directed specifically at me" - with all due respect don't loop me in with drinking the koolaid. I've followed this team for 20 plus years and I'm not afraid to be critical of it. And I've made that clear with past posts on here too. I don't drink koolaid. I drink Myers Rum and Coke :) and add in critical thinking where I feel it's necessary. :) WOO HOO.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | February 24, 2011 12:58 AM | Report abuse

@will

These guys are hopped up on some sort of Caps-meth, it's just hysterical reading these comments now. While there is some truth in what a lot say, not only do they tip the scale so subjectively in their rhetorical flavor, they try to pass along borderline inane comments to validate the ridiculousness of their point. While the mighty Senators have fallen from Eastern powerhouses to a slow, dark rebuild and the goliath Avalanche succumb to yet another uncommonly lowpoint year, only these fans will assure you that the 5th place Capitals have it much, much worse.

It's how things have worked here for the past year or so, get used to it.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | February 24, 2011 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Man, I think a reply option to comments really needs to be added. Trying to go through and read peoples comments, but its impossible to follow considering every other one begins with @ someone. Washpost/Katie, please add a reply feature. This would make conversations and debates on these comments be so much more productive and in depth and readable.

Posted by: macdco02 | February 24, 2011 1:07 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil2:

Well said.

Its bizarre. I've never seen such know-it- all arrogance combined with self loathing.

Many excuse any disagreement with some statement about not knowing anything about hockey. That's fine when it's another blogger, but what hysterical is when GMGM does something they disagree with suddenly he doesn't know anything about hockey either.

How can these people be taken seriously?

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 1:09 AM | Report abuse

@richmond2

David Poile has said several times in interviews that Abe Pollin refused to pay "a guy who doesn't score goals" that much money. So, if you want to blame it on the limo incident fine. But, like your trust in GMGM, you're lost. Abe was a cheap SOB.

We lost Stevens because Abe wouldn't pay him. Again, another poster who doesn't read about the Caps or their history. And we're nuts? You're nuts responding when David Poile openly discusses the loss of Stevens, and you deny the facts (or don't know them.)

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 1:36 AM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach:

Do you have any other comments for people besides:

you're lost
you don't know hockey
How long have you been a Caps fan?

Its old. You have some points that could be well taken as productive comments if they weren't laced with these comments.

Scroll through your comments you say it all the time.

They actually have a reverse effect. You make an interesting comment, one sided and without any objectivity, but interesting and then you say that's why you're so smart and someone else is lost. All it does is highlight insecurities.

The guy who always says he's the smartest guy in the room is almost always not.... and he knows it. This is you.


Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 1:47 AM | Report abuse

@will11

That's a loser's strategy when they've been beaten. My opponent was "too nuts to deal with".

You brought up the "GM of the year nomination." I told you who nominated the man. You then told me LL was a great GM. I agreed, and proceeded to inform you how unlike this great GM your guy McPhee was.

You still have not responded to the fact that LL builds teams that are 180 degrees different than your boy George. Your boy always exits early. LL has 3 rings. Tell me how "I'm hysterical". I watched the Devils, you read about them !!!!!!!!!

And again, Where are our LL type "bad ass" defensemen ? We don't have Cup defensemen. Now call me a nut !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 1:47 AM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach:

So let me get this straight you think LL is a great GM and you think GMGM is LL "boy" and you think GMGM is a bad GM.

So you think LL is a poor judge of GMs because he likes GMGM but you and all your hockey knowledge thinks GMGM sucks?

How can you agree that LL is a great hockey mind but at the same time think he's an idiot for liking GMGM?

This really is your train of thought?

I now understand your insecurities about hockey knowledge.

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 1:54 AM | Report abuse

@will

I don't think I'm the smartest guy in the room. There are about 30 guys on this site who have watched a ton of play off hockey. I'm one of them. The complete lack of understanding of what goes on in the play offs by the Kool Aiders, tells me that most of them are not 365 days a year hockey fans. They are Caps fans, not hockey fans. Like Tom in socal said, "We're never in the play offs"

Any one who thinks GMGM has constructed a play off team that can go deep has not been paying attention to the rest of the league. I would really like to know how many Kool Aiders watched the Hawks/Flyers Finals. After watching that war, I knew we wouldn't hoist until GMGM was gone. We are incapable of playing like that.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Will, did you know George played for the Devils ? The guys are friends !OOPS !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 2:04 AM | Report abuse

@Hunterforcoach:

So you disagree with LL? You know more? He think GMGM is good and you think he sucks?

This whole time I thought it was self loathing. I didn't know you weren't a Caps fan. That makes more sense. You just get on a Caps blog to tell people how much their team sucks.

To be honest, I liked it better when I thought you were a caps fan.

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 2:10 AM | Report abuse

@ Hunterforcoach:

LL fired John MacLean and they were friends. Business is business. Surely even you are smart enough to know that.

By the way, "OOPS !" is possible one of the most feminine things I've seen on this site since the time when people were talking about Semin fighting.

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 2:18 AM | Report abuse

@will

LL's friendship with GMGM caused the nomination to proceed. People are actually laughing at the thought that GMGM had been nominated for this award, because his teams crash and burn. Two teams built, both disasters. (One via FA's, one via the draft) Neither team resembled the Devils teams, and you know the results !

Did GMGM get a nomination this year ? No! Why? Jacque and the smurfs dismantled GMGM's team with a "slot clog" strategy that they use in Bantom Hockey in Reston.
GMGM has placed too many "non play off" guys like Semin, Schultz, Chimy, etc. on this team. LL's boys played tough play off hockey, we play "ice princess" hockey.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 2:30 AM | Report abuse

@will

Watch the play offs and think of me when the Flyers dust us in 6 !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 24, 2011 2:34 AM | Report abuse

@ Hunterforcoach:

Why do you say us? You're not a Caps fan... your a hockey fan.

Any series that goes to 6 is not a dust.

4 sweep
5 dust
6 competitive
7 intense


come on!! you said you watched a lot of playoff hockey. Nobody who watches playoff hockey would call 6 games a dusting.

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 2:38 AM | Report abuse

@ Hunterforcoach

"People are actually laughing at the thought that GMGM had been nominated."

What people? People here? How do you pretend to know this sh*t. Man! You are now officially the most arrogant poster on here. You really have some warped sense of reality that you are part of the hockey community and you have some clue what goes on behind closed doors.

All you know is what 24/7 tell you.

If you knew anymore than the rest of us about hockey, you'd be in it. You're not because you don't.

Calling out LL and his knowledge of hockey!!!! You've got to get over yourself.

Posted by: will111 | February 24, 2011 2:47 AM | Report abuse

Cant we all just get along LOL

Posted by: koppleschloss | February 24, 2011 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Since the Avalanche have already danced with the Capitals this year what would you all think about a straight up trade, Semin for Stastny? Stastny would solidify the 2nd line center position. He's due $6.6 mil a year through the 2013-14 season. It's not unheard of to pay that much to make a team more strong down the middle. It would be a salary swap, and there are rumors the Avalanche might move him because of Peter Stastny's comments.

IMO it would mean the Caps need to find another right winger via trades that can finish a better than Laich, Chimmer, etc. Maybe Fehr would be THAT guy.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 24, 2011 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Speaking of Fehr, what's up with him? He seemed to be close a week ago. We have literally heard nothing about his status since he was skating with a non-contact jersey last week in Phoenix or Anaheim, can't remember which.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 24, 2011 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Fehr is the the trade bait

Posted by: koppleschloss | February 24, 2011 7:29 AM | Report abuse

My wish...

trade for a center with no more than another year on his contract...if we trade Semin then we need to replace him with another 30 goal scoring winger.

Take whatever is left (maybe throw in MP, Fehr, or Chimera for cap space) and get a decent # 4-5 defensman.

Come on Santa GM!

Posted by: capscoach | February 24, 2011 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Picking up anymore Euros or Russians would be detrimental to this team.

The Caps have too many as it is. The only team to make this many Euros/Russians work is Detroit...and the Caps are not Detroit!

And they don't have Babcock or Bowman on the bench...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 24, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Peter Stastny makes sense even if he has 3 years left on his contract. He is only 25 years old, he offers up a long term solution to our 2nd line center issue. If he is performing well near the end of the contract and Johannson is due a contract with his entry level deal expiring you make the decision of whether to trade Johannson (if he's doing well), or let him walk if he's not. If Stastny is playing well but Johansson is the direction the Caps want to go, Stastny is good trade bait at age 28. The only bad situation is if Stastny isn't playing well. If we are talking Kunetsov or Eakin, they would still be at the tail end of their entry level deals and the same hard decisions would have to made. Let's face it though, they are totally unproven at the NHL level and Junior success doesn't always equate to NHL success.

I know people are going to say that Carlson would be due a payday but we have to see how that plays out and that shouldn't adversely affect the core of your forwards. I hate the Pens but their major investments are 3 centers, 4 defensemen, and Fleury. If Stastny came, by the end of 2014 ours would be Ovi, Backs, Stastny, Green (he will sign for good money again), and Carlson (if he's earned it). I think a borderline major investment on defense would be Alzner if he continues to improve at the rate he has (3.5 mil guy).

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 24, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

What I'm sick from is a bunch of bloggers pretending they know more than the GMs that actually do it. That's ridiculous. It's arrogant. You have every right to not be happy and say you wish to see the team be more successful and maybe even win a cup, but to say GMGM doesn't know what he's doing is absurd...

Posted by: will111

Will:
You have to realize the situations for what they are. The Caps have underacheived in the playoffs and therefore people will second guess the owner, GM, and coach. That's what happens when teams underacheive. Conversely look at the support for Matt Hendricks and GMGM (for the signing) on this very blog/page. Secondly, people love to armchair the role of GM. That's why fantasy leagues have become so popular. In other words it is what it is so prepare to be sick a lot should you continue reading blogs.

Having said all of that, based on some of the posts concerning proposed trades I'm glad GMGM is the GM. On the other hand some acquisitions make sense and I would support. For example I feel that Mike Fischer could have helped this team. Ergo I was frustrated to see him go to another team for resources the Caps could easily match or outdo without negatively impacting their future.

And, you always have to remember that GMGM will have a black mark on his record forever. He hired Bruce Cassidy when Hitchcock and Burns were available.

To come full circle it is what it is.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 24, 2011 9:17 AM | Report abuse

fanohock: Very good analysis there. We've all thought Carlson would get really big bucks with next deal, but his O production hasn't come along as I expected. So maybe not so much.

Eakin and Kuzzie can play wing. What if they develop as hoped and we have Ovi-Backie-Fehr and then Eakin-Statsny-Kuzzie. Then a third line with guys like Hendricks and Beagle and a 4th line with guys like the Flyers and Pens always get (cheap bruisers).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 24, 2011 9:25 AM | Report abuse

@Fanohock
@Tominsocal

I'm assuming you're talking about Peter's son, Paul, who is 25. Peter is born 1956 ;) But I totally agree! I've been saying that we should go after Stastny for a few days now since the rumour about him being shopped started floating, unfortunately i don't think Semin would net Stastny, but maybe if you ad MP or a pick.

I rather have us strong down the middle, and with MaJo we would be much like the Pens very strong.

What do you guys think of signing Nabokov as a back-up and use one of our goalies as bait to land a #1 RW?

And this upcoming draftclass is apperantly considerd the weekest in 20 yrs, so with all our prospects in mind (Eakin, Kuznetsov, Orlov, Holtby), maybe we should trade our picks this year for a good #3-4 D.
Making our lines look like.

8-19- (RW))
16-PS26- (LW?) (Kuznetsov when he's ready)
?-90-21 (maybe eventually Eakin on RW
10-?-MH26

27-74
?-52
23-Orlov?

Neuvy/Varly-Nabokov

Posted by: Walle | February 24, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

@capsfan7
Is your Carlson 74 jersey still available?

Posted by: Stevebevis | February 24, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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