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Canucks' Cooke to Caps For Pettinger

The Caps have already picked up goalie Cristobal Huet from Montreal and center Sergei Fedorov from Columbus, and now they have acquired left wing Matt Cooke from Vancouver in exchange for the struggling Matt Pettinger.

Cooke, a 29-year-old agitator, had seven goals and 16 points for the Canucks.

The 27-year-old Pettinger, meantime, had two goals in 56 games this season for the Caps after netting a total of 36 in the previous two seasons. It had become increasing clear in recent weeks that he would benefit from a change of scenery. Now, the Vancouver-native is headed home.

Update:Washington has also made a minor league move, dealing forward Joe Motzko to Atlanta for wing/center Alexandre Giroux, a former member of the Caps' organization.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2008; 1:50 PM ET
 
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Petty was a heart & soul guy.
I'm sure it was eating him up inside that he wasn't playing well.

Good luck to him and welcome to all the newbies!

Posted by: pmoravek | February 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

WOW! Can you say PLAYOFFS?

Posted by: Dorsey | February 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I thought Cooke is a d-man?

Posted by: Bye #18 | February 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

We needed an agitator and some toughness to get us to 4 on 4 situations.

Posted by: Jupe | February 26, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow... Tough season so far for Pettinger. I didn't even realize he scored 36 goals the past two seasons. Funny how soon we forget. Still over an hour left to go. Now let's get a d-man!

Posted by: Larry The Goon | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Love it! Now what happens with Kolzig????

Posted by: Capital Fanatic | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

no one say playoffs
look what it did to us before

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow! I can't keep up. so much for standing pat!

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Nope he's listed as a left wing.

Posted by: hockeygrl76 | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

classy move by front office to send him to vancouver

Posted by: ..... | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

well, interesting deal. pettinger is a good guy, he works hard, but he's just had hard luck as of late...and like you said Tarik, a change of scene will benefit him. Cooke, suprised me. The Canucks being my favorite western team, I didnt expect them to deal Cooke. I think both players are somewhat similar, with cooke being a little more agressive, and they'll both benefit from the deal, good Move GMGM

Posted by: Dan Nelson | February 26, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Defense. Defense defense defense.

DEFENSE!!!

Good moves by McPhee, things that don't cost us too much. But they don't address our real need, which is a lock-down defenseman (or two!). It'll take something pretty remarkable to do that type of deal, but we need it to be competitive.

Posted by: DC Mike | February 26, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Best move of the day. Pettinger was absolutely worthless. To get anybody for him is a steal for GMGM

Posted by: James | February 26, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Cooke has put up good numbers and has play off experience...good move GMGM. Good for petty though, heading home to vancouver where i hope he starts putting up the numbers he is capable of.

Posted by: jds | February 26, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

To answer questions about Kolzig... It has been said that he isn't going anywhere. Our goalies are all said to stand pat. Does that mean try and waive Johnny to go down to Hershey? and what does that mean for hershey? with Cassivi and Machesney splitting the games 50/50 this point in the season... only time will tell the whole story

Posted by: Dan Nelson | February 26, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Good move to send him home.

Posted by: EricS | February 26, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

WOW

Well done so far GMGM

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@DC Mike

Kolzig + Emminger + ? for that top 4 lock-down Dman. I think you'll see it before the day is over.

Posted by: BY | February 26, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I like this move, he is the kinda of grinder and pest you want during the playoffs. Only probably, the Caps have to make the playoffs first.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | February 26, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe how busy the Caps have been. All the talk has been of other teams making moves all week and the Caps doing nothing. It's like we have been the busiest mover this deadline and making all the news. Only 1 hour left and no word on Hossa moving yet. I wonder what other huge deals are going to happen. I have a feeling the Caps have finished all their moves. Maybe, try to get a stay at home D-man by trading Eminger?

Posted by: Lowell | February 26, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

good for petty. hopefully he finds whatever he was lacking on his new team. i'm sure cooke can score 2 goals in 56 games, so based on this season's stats, the return is probably equal if not better.

Posted by: BROWN | February 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow! So far, I'm happy with the trades. Good job GMGM. Now Eminger and Kolzig for Lidtrom!

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 26, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

yea petty had a tough season even under BB "non system" style of play. i would not be surprised to see kolzig go and return in the summer but we shall see with under an hour to go before the deadline

Posted by: james | February 26, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig just placed on IR for the season! He got a splitter in the ass from sitting on the bench last game. Report has it that the splitter can't be removed with tweezers. Injury requires surgery or time for the splitter to rise to the surface. Olie declined surgery.

Posted by: Next Caps Headline | February 26, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

kolzig and eminger for lidstrom?? hahah yea definately not happening! it would be nice though

Posted by: james | February 26, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

TSN sites seem to be crashing

Posted by: uncatim | February 26, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

gotta think they try to move a goalie for a defenseman

Posted by: Kost | February 26, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone name their kid Cristobal?

Will it be "ris"

or

"Ball"

These are the important questions that need to be sorted out before the deadline.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | February 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

To answer the "what happens to Kolzig?" question: He sits on the bench. Finally. As nice a guy as he is, he's in the bottom of the pile in GAA, and last in save percentage.

Posted by: zphly | February 26, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Crispyballs???

Posted by: Sam | February 26, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see these moves make the Caps better without hurting the Bears. If anything, they make the Bears stronger as it will allow someone like Fehr to come back down for more ice time.

Posted by: A1Sports | February 26, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

the count of monte cristo(bal)

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

with as superstitious as all of our players are, none of them are going to want to particpate in Hockey 'n heels again. Last year someone everyone saw there got traded. This year it's Petty if not more!

Posted by: IrresistibleForce | February 26, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

My wife was at Hockey and Heels at the Verizon Center last night. Boudreau's son was there and she asked who his favorite player is. His answer....Sergei Fedorov....HMMMMMM....

Posted by: ...... | February 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

What is Matt Cookes contract status?

Posted by: NJ | February 26, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Ooh - "The Count" would be a good nickname

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | February 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Could you imagine, you're Teddy Ruth... you're walking to your Music Theory class @ Notre Dame and someones screams from across the quad that you just got traded for Sergei Fedorov?

That is kinda cool

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

So where did the Sacred Cow get shipped to?

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I have to think Federov is on the Ice tonight.

They are in Ohio, and there was supposed to be a game tomorrow.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Any guesses on Hossa? Clock is winding down.

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

@ everyone screaming for a D-man

Yes, we do need one. However, Adam Foote went for a #1 overall pick! Thats too much for a guy who is well past his prime. I would have liked to pick up Bryce Salvador but honestly who is left that would be available?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 26, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

TSN website is going bat$h&*...haha they have to be loving this.

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

This is just a hunch. But i can really see hossa going to montreal.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the first time I've heard McPhee's praises being sang this much. But I have to join in the chorus...I'm happy with the way today has gone, last year this time, not so much but then again we werent in a playoff push.

Posted by: SLM | February 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Pavel Kubina is available from Toronto

Posted by: RIT | February 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Hossa's likely destination is to Montreal.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

NJ,

Looks like Cook is on his last year of his contract.

Posted by: Kost | February 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

When will we know if Fedorov plays tonight? Going to the game, would be awesome to see him.

Posted by: katzistan | February 26, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@ Sombrero Guy

That's exactly what I've been wondering. Who on earth could we pick up that's worth anything without giving half the team to get him? I doubt we could pick up anything more than possibly a slightly better Erskine clone.

Posted by: Geauxcaps | February 26, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe the Avs gave up a first rounder to get Foote back. the dude's 36 and past his prime. talk about being desperate.

Posted by: CapsFanInHollywood | February 26, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

So all these trades have been unreal. The question turns to is there any way GMGM is going to resign these guys or are they clearly just rentals?

Posted by: Phil9 | February 26, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

@katzistan

Im guess he might be there in time, but probably no true word until warm-ups.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

OV-Backstrom-Kozlov
Semin-Fedorov-Flash

Posted by: C-Way | February 26, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Fehr is already back in Hershey?

Posted by: Zero | February 26, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree -- the D we have may be the D we go with, and that might be a good thing. Time to grow up, boys..

Hopefully Huet will be able to make some magic.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | February 26, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

according to NHLSCAP.com
(lists all players salaries and contracts)

matt cooke will be an UFA after this season.
his salary this year is $1.525 million.


Emminger for mr pibb and a bag of chips??

Posted by: galu in boston | February 26, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Matt!

Posted by: clint | February 26, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

"Emminger for mr pibb and a bag of chips??"

No way. GMGM is holding out for beer.

Posted by: tallbear | February 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

This is an exchange of problems trade. Both are underperforming and out of favor with their former teams. Both fit my definition of "fungible" players.

That said, best of luck to Petter. Met him a couple times, seemed like a good guy.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I think Huet gets resigned. Gives us a bridge for the next few years until the time that one of our "goaltenders fo the future" is ready to step up.

Fedarov is a rental to hold Nylander's spot. Unless he and Semin/OV/Koz discover some unbelievable chemistry that makes him wnat to stay, he'll move on after the season (probably back to Detroit for a year to retire)

Posted by: Baildog | February 26, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

No Sens for the Caps probably because they picked up Marti LaPointe (very tough customer, used to love watching him win cups in Detroit)

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The good news is we don't have to worry about re-signing these guys because we didn't sell the farm to get them in the first place. This are "lets take our best shot at making the playoffs and make some noise" kinds of moves, and I like each one so far. Getting this kind of experience for OV, Green, Semin, Backstrom, Schultz, ShaMo and our other young guys the what's really important. Even if we don't make it past April, this will give our young guys a good taste of whats to come

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 26, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

TSN and Thehockeynews are not loading.

ESPN sucks for hockey.

NHL.com hasn't updated the Cooke for Petty trade.

I'm in an informational black hole.

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Pretty excited about Huet - have to admit I'm impressed. We basically gave up nothing to receive what we did. Can you fault GMGM this year?

Anyone notice the Dallas & TB trade earlier? We'll be seeing a lot more of Jeff Halpern in the coming weeks...

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Foote & Forsberg.
Huet & federov

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Emminger for mr pibb and a bag of chips??

Posted by: galu in boston | February 26, 2008 02:21 PM

-----------------

Add a bottle of Jack Daniels and you got yourself a deal.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | February 26, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The Leafs, supposedly having a fire sale, are silent so far. Whoda thunk?

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Exactly the kind of trade deadline the Caps needed.

They gave up nothing (unless Teddy Ruth turns into the next Scott Stevens) and got some names that show they are trying.

Most importantly, THEY DID NOT ADD SALARY BEYOND THE END OF THE YEAR!

At the very least, the fans in town have to heartened by meaningful games late in the year. That will help to sell tickets for next year even if they miss the playoff this time around.

Posted by: good job | February 26, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

CBS Sportline seems to be up-to-date
http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/transactions/trades

Posted by: Baildog | February 26, 2008 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the players coming here aren't totally disgruntled about it. Our guys seem to have a pretty positive locker room atmosphere and a bunch of personality so I hope that the new guys aren't a downer.

Posted by: kcme | February 26, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Just heard Cooke on TSN - he seems pretty happy about coming here. He sounds a little in shock, but excited.

Posted by: Eric | February 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

any word on sergei getting here for the game tonight!

Posted by: jack | February 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so much news, that'll teach me to have meetings on trade deadline day.

I sure hope Huet's numbers are his own and not a result of having a proper defensive unit or we haven't gained a lot.

Posted by: austinsteve | February 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Viva GMGM!

Fedorov can play PP, short handed and he finished last season as D-man for CBJ (his lebows were injured). We are so lucky to get him. With him and Huet Caps have chances now...

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

No trades for an horu. Quiet.... a little too quiet. Agree that Ruth is probably not a big loss. He's several years out, and if Alzner is the second coming of Bobby Orr, we will be flush on D in a couple years anyway.

Posted by: Schultz for Calder | February 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!

Posted by: KOLZIG TRADED | February 26, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I like this deal. You're trading few points for few points. both gritty guys. but I watch a lot of Canucks games and he takes the most untimely penalties I've ever seen...

Posted by: Scofield | February 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

only 30 minutes and no word on Atlanta trading Hossa. Rumors say the Pens are now trying to get him... This has been a crazy deadline for the Caps but I find it funny how all the player that were rumored on being moved haven't gone anywhere.

Posted by: Lowell | February 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

All the rumored Maple Leafs (Sundin, Kaberle, Tucker) pulled out the ol' No trade claus card and used it...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I have heard Steve Eminger and a mid draft pick for Hal Gill

Posted by: Shawn Luddington | February 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

TSN and Thehockeynews are not loading.

ESPN sucks for hockey.

NHL.com hasn't updated the Cooke for Petty trade.

I'm in an informational black hole.

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 02:26 PM
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No new news as of now. I'm listing to tsn.... they're talking about Huet...

Posted by: Go Skins Go | February 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

hockey night in cananda reports a *RUMOR* that Hossa is going to Pittsbugh?? Should know soon enough....

Posted by: cs | February 26, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Also, dont forget we also have Keith Seabrooke too, younger brother of Brent Seabrooke of the Blackhawks.

He is also a talented blue-liner.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Re: 2:32 KOLZIG TRADED,

Seriously? Source? I've been waiting for it, but want to see it in print.

Posted by: DC Mike | February 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill? Is he even still alive?

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think anyone will gripe. Huet was happy to get traded to the Caps, he said he won't have to paint his pads, waffle board, and glove. He requested he either get traded to the Jackets or the Caps.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | February 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"Could you imagine, you're Teddy Ruth... you're walking to your Music Theory class @ Notre Dame and someones screams from across the quad that you just got traded for Sergei Fedorov?

That is kinda cool"

I agree!!

Posted by: Blonde Caps Fan | February 26, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@DC mike

ignore that idiot. If Kolzig is actually traded you'll see about 20 immediate posts by everyone constantly refreshing

Posted by: SOmbrero Guy | February 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

@2:32

I call BS.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Part of me seriously hopes McPhee can move Emmy and a goalie by the deadline. Not fair to the goalies or to Emmy, and anything we get for them would help.

Another interesting point, a lot of the trades going around are for conditional picks and GMGM has been able to avoid that. I mean Foote is a conditional on Avs making the playoffs, and then another pick if they re-sign him.

Who needs a goalie and a stick boy?

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Cooke is on XM chanel 204 talking about it

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

TARIK,

this should get you on the FRONT PAGE ABOVE THE FOLD of sports tommorrow.

Posted by: LIVINIT | February 26, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@Lee

Let's get a run down!

Posted by: jj | February 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Feds has to be happy to be traded to a team with outstanding Russian players, a team contending for a playoff spot, and a chance to be seen often with OV -- more notice for his impending free agency. Plus, he is in DC, not Columbus. Only Steckel would rather live there than DC.

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@Lee...what's he saying!!!

Posted by: K | February 26, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Tick Tock GMGM... When are you gonna make a decent move?
jk

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@Kolzigtraded and @NextCapsHeadline,

It is obvious you are one and the same so why don't you go and keep your spot at the homeless shelter tonight because they are giving it away right now. And just use your real name. Geezzz...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

He wasn't happy. He wanted to stay in Vancuver after playing for 10 years, and he was upset they weren't even talking to him about a contract extension

The anylists are all agreeing that washington is a much better team than they were an hour ago. But they put Hanlon on, and he said there is a problem in goal with Huet because SOMEONE is going to be upset (ollie or johnny)

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon...why should he start now?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I heard Cooke on TSN, he said the usual stuff, excited to be on the same team as OV, typical politically correct stuff, TSN asked him about not working out a deal with Vancouver, apparently they had been talking about one for over a year. Does not sound bitter, but who knows.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 26, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Lee
What is he saying?

I was a little disappointed this morning about no Caps trade... lol I didn't expect 3 players coming.
On paper, they're good moves. People were whining about not picking up at the time Rechhi... well I like Fed better. I have the feelings players want to come to WASH now more than before.

Posted by: mauree | February 26, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Lee

Doesn't sound good.

Posted by: jj | February 26, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

TODAY has been a FANTASTIC day!!!

GMGM is making some awesome moves. With 15 more minutes.... I'm sure we are going to hear something big... My $$$ is on Olie and Emmie being moved.

Posted by: Tracy | February 26, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

So is there going to be a big flurry of announcements at or past 3? Is everything being contingent on Hossa?

Posted by: tallbear | February 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

so..any other trades of note to talk about..other than the ones we have heard about already?

Im talking league wide...

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I think there is going to be a flurry of activity announced after the 3pm deadline...

Hoping the Caps are a part of it getting a blueliner...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Am I right in that I haven't seen anything since the Pettinger trade?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Im sure you will see plenty after 3.

As long as the conference call with the league takes place on or before 3pm..then the trade is good to go. so it could be 330-4 before you hear the end of everything.

Posted by: JamesD | February 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry but who caress what an ex-goalie like Hanlon has to say. Either we carry 3 goalies and one of them gets scratched, Johnny gets waived, or one of them gets traded. As much as I like Olie as a player, if he's not happy sharing more time, then he knows where the door is after the season.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

You people who want Olie traded need to put down the pipes...he aint goin anywhere...get over it.

Posted by: #37 | February 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

It's the calm before the storm...

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Meet Matt Cooke:

"Matt Cooke told the Vancouver Sun's Cam Cole that he's going to do everything in his power to dirtily distract the opposition--except fight:

"For me, the more that I fight, the less effective I become," Cooke said Friday, at the end of a week in which he pitched Edmonton's Matthieu Roy headfirst into the glass, slew-footed the Wild's Kurtis Foster heavily into the end boards, and just generally created havoc -- and, not incidentally, was a key element on the Canucks' best line, with Mason Raymond and Ryan Shannon.

"When I hit somebody, if they send their tough guy out and I fight, everything's taken care of," Cooke said. "By not fighting, it leaves 10 or 12 guys angry at me. Because they know they can't fix the problem by fighting me."

http://blog.mlive.com/snapshots/2008/02/scouting_the_canucks.html

Posted by: SF Mike | February 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I hope they can trade one of the Goalies for a conditional pick or something. We have three goalies that can potentially start.

As for the deadline, I remember in years past that even after the deadline, they announce moves because some are agreed and submitted in the final minutes. So keep your eyes open for the next hour as the final deals get announced.

Posted by: Lowell | February 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"As long as the conference call with the league takes place on or before 3pm..then the trade is good to go. so it could be 330-4 before you hear the end of everything."

The call can take place after 3:00, as long as the teams have notified the league of the trade by 3:00. From TSN:

"Can a trade take place after the 3pm et/Noon pt deadline on Febr. 26?

"Trade calls may take place after the 3pm et/Noon pt deadline but the league must have been advised of any and all transactions, including the specific details, prior to 3pm et/Noon pt. It is not unusual that a number of trades are agreed to between the clubs just before 3pm et/Noon pt. However, due to the volume of trades occurring just prior to the deadline, the league may not be able to conduct the actual trade call until after 3pm et/Noon pt. There are five league officials that conduct trade calls and calls may last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the complexity of the deal."

Posted by: Rich | February 26, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

@SF Mike,

Looks like Brash may be called on a bit more to stand up for a sit down guy.

Posted by: Schultz for Calder | February 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Why people always think someone would want Eminger?

I'm not sure what his contract particulars are (nor the CBA's), but why haven't they tried to send him through waivers to Hershey. Or even released him outright.

Posted by: Bubba | February 26, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill to Pens
C Backmon to Rangers

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

D run:
Gill to Pitt.
Backman to Rangers.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill to the Pens...not caps...

Posted by: Travis | February 26, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

The trade tracker for nhl.com works fine. There is a live feed with Mike Mulbury and another old GM. If there is a trade, they'll announce it. They are gushing over McPhee's trades.

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Gill wouldve been an improvement to Jurcina, Schultz or Erskine

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

hall gill could be interesting.
he is massive and experienced
and he inhales ice-time


i believe gill, jurcina and morrison were all
in boston at the same time.

gill and jurcina were a pairing for a while.
thats about 14 feet worth of height on the blueline.

when gill was in boston he used to cover the opposing team's best player.

the last couple of years have been rough
for him in toronto, but does that speak to his skills, or is toronto just that awful!


and just as i'm writing this...
HALL GILL TRADED TO PITTSBURGH



Posted by: galu in boston | February 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

hall gill went for NOTHING. damn...

Posted by: Go Skins Go | February 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope Cooke plays hard, but I don't want a dirty player on our team. I am concerned that he takes a cheap shot at some teams best player, so they take a shot at Ovie. Sure Brashear can come out and basically destroy anyone, but I don't want to put Ovie at risk over a checking forward.

Posted by: Jon | February 26, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

TSN has more up to date stuff than any other site I've seen.

They're reporting Hal Gill to the pens for a 2nd and 5th. Also Christian Backman to the rangers for a 4th round pick.

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gil for a 2nd & 5th. Shoot, the Caps should have made that trade

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

a 2nd and 5th for Gill is much better then what the Caps could have offered

Posted by: Shawn Luddington | February 26, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

So what were the terms of the Gill deal? Picks or what?

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Bummer,

Seeing what Gill went for makes you wish GMGM could have pulled that off... but hey Caps cant make ALL the trades I guess

Posted by: MetalCap | February 26, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like cooke is the NHL version of LOuis Robitaille

Posted by: Dan | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to PIT
for
Espostio
Armstrong

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

yikes. Hossa to Pitt. That's a team that just got a ton better in the last 5 minutes.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

So the Pens got Hossa. Damn.

Posted by: katzistan | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Gill, Caps or Pens ?
The choice is obvious, another clear example of why GM must be fired.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to Pens

Posted by: Eric | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to Pittsburgh

Esposito, Armstrong and Christianson

Posted by: Shawn Luddington | February 26, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

and Christensen

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hossa,
Are the Caps on your list of teams you'd like to play for ?
F----NO !

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I missed Chief and his joy!

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to Pens -- no, no, no!!!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Christ, the Pens are going to be nasty for the rest of the year.

Posted by: Jordan | February 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

If Montreal banked on getting Hossa... they blew it...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what MTL is going to do now

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

TRADE REPORT: TSN of Canada reports Marian Hossa has been traded to the Penguins.

Posted by: jeff | February 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

aaaaand TIME!!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Gill has another year at $2 mil. I guess that's over the limit for GMGM. Or is he one of the Leafs with a no trade?

Posted by: tallbear | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Pens suck

Posted by: Kost | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@Chief: You're complaining that we didn't get Hal Gill after all the trades earlier? You're STILL calling for GM's head? I'm not going to lie Chief: I've never really liked you, but now you're not even making sense.

Posted by: Raber | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

TSN guys say that Hossa is a bad deal for PIT, long term.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Chief, you are a wonderful optimist. I'd love to hang out and drink a beer with you at happy hour!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

The Pens WAY overpaid. Tsn talking heads are killing the Pens. They gave up a lot of youth and won't be able to sign Hossa.

Posted by: kenwood | February 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

980 just reported hossa to the pens

Posted by: dave | February 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

MTL got screwed...whole reason the let Huet go for nothing was to free up $$$ for Hossa...Pittsburgh is done cuz they gave up depth for a rental. No way in hell they can sign Malkin AND Hossa AND Staal...waah.

Posted by: SIKE | February 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Pens suck

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Puck Fittsburgh

Posted by: Jon | February 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse


TSN guys say that Hossa is a bad deal for PIT, long term.

Maybe long term, but Pens want it now, because Malkin will be gone in a couple of years.

Posted by: alex | February 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Raber, godd for you that you don't lie.
I don't lie either, nor is my opinion ever going to change with respect to my hatred of GM.
Ted (AKA Azamat) is an utter disgrace.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Angelo Esposito, Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen to Atlanta for Marian Hossa.

Hal Gill has been traded to Pittsburgh for a 2nd and a 5th.

How is Pittsburg gonna keep Hossa, Crosby and Malkin? Sounds impossible to me.

Posted by: BOOOOOOOO!!!!! | February 26, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hossa will help them now..but they are screwed next year

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hmm..I'm surprised we haven't heard anything about Eminger. I thought for sure he and Petty were the ones going. Are they just going to leave Eminger hanging and not allow him to play? That doesn't seem fair.

Posted by: kt | February 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Three goalies in Washington... hmmm... not sure what's going on.

Huge loss for Montreal. They thought he was theirs, and to lose Hossa will hurt, since they could be legit in the East playoffs this year.

Pittsburgh made a win-now move. If it works, especially in the East, which is clearly up for grabs, it's worth it. They don't have to re-sign all of them, but a nasty playoff run this year could bring a bunch of money and a bunch of happiness.

Posted by: DC Mike | February 26, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Wish the Caps could have landed Hal Gil -- a strong blueliner. But overall, a very, very good day. The Pens are going to be monsters now -- yuck!

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

@Alex

Thats fine... the Pens maybe the favorite to get out of the east...
The Caps are primed for the future and Pens took a step back for next year...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

remember some trades arent announced til 4 or 5 o clock. it takes some time

Posted by: dan | February 26, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Crosby and Armstrong were BFF -- poor Cindy is going to cry tonight!

(...and then wipe his tears on Hossa's sweater...)

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | February 26, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

good luck Petty!!!

Posted by: wanggo | February 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

is sergei gonna be in DC tonight?

Posted by: COL | February 26, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

C.Simon to MIN for 6th rounder

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The Pens now have the makings of a winning team similar to Detroit, which means that signing players to stay will be easier than most would expect.
Most (if not all) the Red Wing players have been very flexible on the terms of their deals, the same will follow in Pitt.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if Simon will make the game tonight. I hope not.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Chris Simon to the Wild for a low low pick.

Posted by: Jordan | February 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Wish the Caps could have landed Hal Gil -- a strong blueliner. But overall, a very, very good day. The Pens are going to be monsters now -- yuck

Hal Gil - not a big deal, he is soft, Chara beat a crap out of him, I am surprised he is still alive.

As of Hossa, what he did in Atlanta? Not much. They just wanted to please Cindy, rented him a right wing.

No big deal.

We have Fedorov, Huet now, we can beat a crap out of Pens.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Ogie Oglethorpe-er, Chris Simon to Wild

Posted by: Eric | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

chris simon to minn for 6th round pick

Posted by: Lee | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What? So when the Pens make the conference finals and re-up Hossa next season that will be a step back?

I think it's a pretty darn good deal for the Pens and I pity teams that have to stare down the Malkin-Crosby-Hossa power play line.

Posted by: 8>68 | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to the Pens...rock on.

Posted by: LGP | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Hossa doesn't have much of a playoff pedigree (did sweet FA in the playoffs), I've watched Hal Gill all season, who is slightly faster than an orange cone.

Simon to Minnesota for a 6th round pick.

Posted by: Patrick | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@ Jschon

we are talking about the same simon who is a nutcase?

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Chris Simon to Minnesota for a 6th

Posted by: BY | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

If the Pens don't win the east and don't resign Hossa after giving up three decent players and a first-rounder, then the trade is a BIG BUST. If they do win the east and are able to carry Gonchar, Crosby, Malkin, and Gil, then they WIN BIG. I hope this deal flops for the Pens.

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

None of the traded players will sweater-up for their new teams...

I will bet a dollar on it...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Brad Stuart to DET for 2nd and 4th

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the Chris Simon who donned a Capitals sweater.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov can do it. He can be in Caps uni by 6:00 pm tonight. ... I hope... :-)

Remember that commercial?

- This guy doesn't play for us!
- He will, by 8:35 tonight

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I had to ask because I think thats a dumb move by Minn. What good is he anymore...aside from resident loony toone?

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

They still need physicals for the trades to be official, right? Players might be in town, but doubtful any play tonight. Why are there 8 games tonight anyway? Good job, NHL schedule maker.

Posted by: tallbear | February 26, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

3 goalies. 3 decent goalies. Can you say locker room distraction? I'm in shock as to why McPhee did this if he wasn't positive he could get rid of a goalie. Now, he has 2 UFA's who are going to be mad at the organization at the end of the season and neither is going to sign here.

Posted by: Elaine | February 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

No way Pitt keeps Hossa, Crosby, Malkin, Gonchar, and a decent goalie. This is a win now move, and Malkin may be traded once his contract is up.

Posted by: SA_Town | February 26, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Kilgore to FLA

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Elaine..who cares..they both suck

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Fed knew he was going to be traded, he packed everything yesterday, his house is in MI anyway.

I drink for Fed to be in Caps jersey tonight.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I dont like 3 goalies at all. Agree with you Elaine

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Another 5 player deal between PHO and the NYR... big name Marcel Hossa... fodder trade

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Elaine... keep your fingers crossed, not all trades have been announced... so lets wait an see....

Posted by: Go Skins Go | February 26, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Bergeron NYI to ANA

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This is a win now or never move for the Pens. If they re-sign Hossa, they can't afford Malkin after next season. Conklin is an UFA, Fleury is a RFA. Ryan Malone is an UFA. Laraques is an UFA. I just think they gave up too much for a 2 month rental. Of course, if the pens win the cup then it was a good deal. Guess we'll find out in a couple months.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 26, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"3 goalies. 3 decent goalies."

Please tell me you're kidding.

Posted by: Sam | February 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Arrgh... These last minute deals are maddening. I have a hard time believing that GMGM is planning on finishing the day with three goalies in Washington and a solid tandem in Hershey.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

JSchon..thanks for the updates

Posted by: Tommmy | February 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

@Elaine

3 goalies. 3 decent goalies. Can you say locker room distraction

Did you call GMGM and told him that when Bryzgalov was available?

Caps is a professional hockey team, not a retirement community, they'll get over it, jsut like Hanlon did.

Posted by: alex | February 26, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I agree, Pens goobered for Hossa. They can't sign him if they want to keep Staal and Malkin beyond this time next year. Ok, he's a rental and they have a better shot at the cup, but if they don't hoist in june, Malkin or Staal will be gone to try and replace the lost players in today's deal. Sniff, sniff...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Per Scotty Wazz over at goingfivehole

"And if the Pens think this will help them in the playoffs, I'd think again. Hossa only as 13 goals and 35 points in 55 playoff games and has often been invisible on the ice"

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | February 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hossa was thinking MON

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Just watched Heut on TSN -- he does not look happy at all. He only talked about the Habs as a great organization he will miss -- NOT GOOD! I hope he gets to dig DC fast.

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Next time we play Pitt, Huet will shut them out... who wants to bet 200 WP tokens?

Posted by: 828 | February 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I doubt we're tossing any goalies at the last second.

GMGM will use the rest of the season to determine if a rested Kolzig is better than Johnson as a backup or in a split role with Huet.

Kolzig will be rested a couple of games, and then when he comes in I think we will see that he is still better than Johnson and Johnson will go in the off-season (Unless Kolzig thinks someone is going to offer him #1 goalie money somewhere)

Posted by: Icebat | February 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Gotta get rid of a goalie for a defenseman - hope there is one more deal out there

Posted by: Kost | February 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Jim, dont read too much into that. Most players with loyalty to a team look like that after they have been traded. That doesnt mean he isnt going to play his best when he is in net.

Posted by: JamesD | February 26, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

JS Aubin to ANA

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@Icebat

Did we just resign Johnson...How will he go in the offseason? We will have to give him away.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This is like Jim Bowden style. Let's stockpile players at one position, to the detriment of other positions. One year, way too many IFers, then OFers, etc. Depth is great, but this doesn't make sense.

Posted by: DC Mike | February 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Huet also said he is excited to be playing with Ovechkin instead of against him.

Posted by: Jordan | February 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that ANA was suppose to be the destination for Ollie... but we were asking for too much.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

How's Johnson going to be able to leave over the summer? Didn't he just sign a contract this past summer?

Posted by: kt | February 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I guess we're done. Tarik's article is up on the website.

Timing: Huet tonight, Federov tomorrow (arrival, not a game day), and Cooke in a couple days b/c of visa issues. (Special agitator visa hard to get.)

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Pens have to be considered the best team in the East (Ottawa has goalie problems and injuries). They will outscore teams.

Interesting day for the Caps...have to wonder about the locker room attitude with three goalies. They now have two goalies that will be UFAs this summer.

Posted by: rodlang | February 26, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Gireux for Motzko. Yuck for yuck.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Motzko traded to NJ ofr someone

Posted by: Go sking go | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

NO NOT MOTZKO!

Posted by: Matt | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Pittsburgh overpaid. Hossa is best known here for completely going into hiding in the playoffs (when he was in Ottawa). Didn't do a thing last year for Atlanta. They lost their #1 pick last year (Angelo Esposito), their #1 pick this year, and two roster players.

Joe Motzko to Atlanta for Giroux.

Posted by: Patrick | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

wow can we say birthday and christmas combined? To think i used to dread this day!

Posted by: DC FURY | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Got Giroux back, can't imagine he'll get any ice time up here.

Posted by: katzistan | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Get over Pens, people, who the puck cares!

Just see how Ovechkin has changed this universe:

Cooke wants to play with Caps because of Ovechkin, Huet wanted to play for Caps, and Fedorov's Dad said Fed wanted to try it with Ovechkin.

When Yzerman came to Detroit, they were Dead Things, when he retired, they won 3 Cups and became a hockey town.

Got it?

Posted by: alex | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Off to Atlanta for Alexander Giroux. Smells like depth for Hershey.

Posted by: Bye bye Motz | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Teams are announcing that they are done. WAS isnt one of the ones I have heard.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Huet is playing tonight?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Any chance that there's a late deal we haven't head about yet? Or have they confirmed that they're done for the day?

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@ JamesD

I hope you are right about Huet. It was interesting to hear Pettinger overjoyed to be going to Vancouver (his team growing up, sure), but nothing to say about the Caps. Cooke talked about being glad that any team in the NHL wanted him. The Caps are not like landing in one of the original six or in a consistent contender. They have yet to turn the perception corner. With a couple good playoff years, they can.

Posted by: JIM | February 26, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Great day for the Caps. Olie starts tonight and should be motivated for this best game of season.

Pittsburgh may have fouled up their team chemistry in a fit of "go for broke". It will be interesting to see how it plays out. LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: A Hardwick | February 26, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Im surprised to see Philly not make a move for a D man. They need help back there.

Posted by: JamesD | February 26, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

While Motkzo has been our leading scorer, he is not well liked here in Hershey. He plays selfish. We will love having Giroux back. Go Bears WOOOOOOOOOOOOo!

Posted by: A1Sports | February 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig's last chance...he will retire or be signed by someone else in the offseason...The caps are looking at Huet and BJ for the next few seasons, as BJ has stepped up the past few games he is a solid #2. Huet will take the #1 next season and keep it until one of the prospects is ready...this move lets them grow slow, and without too much pressure.

Posted by: mike b | February 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@ Alex,

Keep in mind Mr.Hockey made Detroit not Yzerman. Too early to compare OV to Yzerman, as of right now it's way too early

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how we specifically get rid of any player, nobody does until a deal happens. :)

I'm just going out on a limb saying:
1. I expect we will see Kolzig is still better than Johnson rested (maybe he's not)

2. We can find a way to unload the odd man out. (Maybe we eat a contract/place someone on waivers and get nothing back).

3. I agree it'd be easier to dump Kolzig, but I'm saying Johnson goes (I can't back that up by citing the Org's long history of class tho...)

Posted by: Icebat | February 26, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

A little back-office shuffling:

Motzko to ATL for Alexandre Giroux.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Say it ain't so, no more Motzko??

Motzko for Alexandre Grioux

I think Ive heard of that kid...Wasnt he Capital?

Posted by: No more Motzko?? | February 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

yeah he was in hershey and i believe he either got signed by atl or got traded there last year...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

As a bears season ticket holder thank god motzko is gone.

Posted by: Dan | February 26, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Motzko who?

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

There goes our PP point man.

Posted by: jak | February 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind Mr.Hockey made Detroit not Yzerman. Too early to compare OV to Yzerman, as of right now it's way too early

Nobody questions Mr. Hockey, but when Yzerman arrived Detroit sucked big time, the seats were empty. Illitch had to give away a truck on every game to attract people.

When Yzerman and Fedorov won the first Cup, this is when the marketing campaign started to call Detroit a Hockey Town. Mr. Hockey has nothing to do with it.

As of Ovechkin and Yzerman comparisons, they were already made by few, including Ted Leonsis.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

giroux signed with atlanta

Posted by: dan | February 26, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

So any chance we will see any of our new Caps on the ice tonight? I think it would be a good time do so they can began working on chemistry before we go back on our southeast division schedule.

Posted by: Phil9 | February 26, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Phil9,

Tarik said in his article that Huet will arrive in Washington during the game tonight and go for a physical, Fedorov will arrive tomorrow, and Cooke will be held up for a couple days due to visa issues.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

so if Kozlov and Petty are not playing tonight, who is taking their spots?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Olie has said anything about retiring?

Posted by: K | February 26, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

TSN reporting all teams, except COL & PHI have confirmed to them that they are done dealing...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Motzko!?

There's that name again.

I remember once, in a remote Burmese swamp, examining the peculiar texture of an indigenous breed of fibrous seaweed for use in cargo pants, I heard that name echo through the landscape from my Capital's satellite radio: "Motzko, Motzko..."

That name may very well haunt me to the grave.

Posted by: J Peterman | February 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@HolyOlie

Thanks for that. I didnt see that comment. I am going to the game tonight. Wonder if they are going to do anything special, like introductions and what not for Huet.

Posted by: Phil9 | February 26, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Was Motzko not playing well in Hershey? Please explain why you are glad he is gone.

Posted by: Luke | February 26, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but something went wrong. We are not supposed to have 3 goalies right now.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

@Finn,

Sorry, looks like I won the bet.

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Leonsis (AKA AZAMAT) comparing OV to Yzerman has zero credibility. Nothing new.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

MOtzko was a very selfish player. who appeared to not play very hard or play defense. everytime he passes i am suprised... i take that back he passed off the boards to himself on sunday against wilkes barre.

Posted by: dan | February 26, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Caps are done trading.

Recap
WAS gets
C.Huet G 21-12-6 2.56gga .916svp
S.Fedorov C 9g 19a 28pt -3 +/-
M.Cooke LW 7g 9a 16pt -4 +/- 64pims
A.Giroux C not played in NHL 2007/08

for

M.Pettinger 2g 5a 7pts -11 +/-
Ted Ruth D University of Notre Dame
J.Motzko 2g 2a 4pt 1 +/-
2nd round pick 2009

Frankly, anyone complaining about this should turn in their hockey fan card.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town,

You could be right, but not all of the trades have been processed yet. They just announced 5 minutes ago that Jan Hlavac went to the Preds for a 7th rounder. GMGM might still have a late move in the pile.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, might have already been said but its interesting the Wild picked up Simon.

I think its too late to see him tonight but still hopefully a change of scenery will help him get back to the good ole Simon and not that of late.

Posted by: MetalCap | February 26, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

So... we're short a forward tonight, right? Unless Gabby wants to use Kozlov as a bioweapon.

Posted by: tallbear | February 26, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Motzko-we hardly knew you.

Posted by: dave | February 26, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, anyone complaining about this should turn in their hockey fan card.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 04:00 PM


------------
I'm not complaining, I just wonder what are we going to do with 3 goalies? who's the odd man out?

Posted by: Go Skins Go | February 26, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I just dont understand how this pans out the rest of the way.

Huet and Kolzig, and tell a decent playing Johnny to sit in Hershey until next year to be a back-up to Huet?

Send Olie to Hershey? NOT!!

Send Huet to Hershey? Not!!!

Have Olie retire now? No way he goes out like that...

I just dont see how we play the stretch with all 3

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

So we get Giroux back for Motzko? oddd trade, but I guess it makes sense to the brass....right?

Posted by: EricS | February 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@Go Skins Go:

My guess: Kolzig becomes Luit, without the all-white helmet.

Posted by: I like Laich and Fehr is Fehr | February 26, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

You can almost hear the cheering in Hershey.

Dumping a selfish, puck hogging "all-star" for a sniper that played very well as a Bear.

Beautiful.

Posted by: Foof | February 26, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm not complaining, I just wonder what are we going to do with 3 goalies? who's the odd man out

What a nice problem we have now. Still better than choosing between Olie and Johnson. Johnson, to his credit has been playing well this season. Last year he was like a Russian roulette.

Olie is done, I believe, he has sparks of good plays, but his average level is below average for NHL goalie. He won't be back to his top level of 1998, he is too old for that.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Bears coaches and fans were not happy with Motzko. His play was very selfish. He has tons of talent, but no heart. We love Giroux as he scored 42 goals for us last year.

This is Motzko's 4th organization in 2 seasons. What's that tell you?

Posted by: A1Sports | February 26, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

The cheering is loud here bye bye motzko

Posted by: Dan | February 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to see motzko leave... very selfish player!

Posted by: hershey fan | February 26, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The most likely scenario is that Ollie told GMGM that he will retire at the end of the season.

Huet is insurance.

Also, although unlikely, trading for Huet is bargaining power in case Ollie ask for 5 mill a year.

Again, Huet is insurance.

Short term solution.
Johnson sent to Hershey. Huet is the #1 goalie, Ollie his back up. 2008/09, Huest is signed to a 3 or 4 yr deal and Johnson is still the back-up for one more year. Ollie retires and remains with the Caps as organizational figure head.

My guess is that ANA was looking for a goalie to back up Nabokov. GMGM talked to ANA about Kolzig. Negotiations started but came up fruitless as GMGM was looking for a defensemen or a 2nd or 3rd round pick for Ollie. ANA went for a younger and cheaper JS Aubin.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

with 3 goalies maybe they can play Olie in the first, Brent in the second and Huet in the third period - that way they keep all three happy!

Posted by: fansince72 | February 26, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet we see Kozlov tonight.

Posted by: 8 is enuf | February 26, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

If the deals are done, it's very strange that we have 3 NHL goalies on the active roster. Also, Eminger is still a CAP - poor guy. I say revise the "Release the Fury" with "Release the Eminger". At least he knows he won't be under contract after this season.

Posted by: Nils | February 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

No way Huet is insurance, He is way better than Olie. Stop crying about Olie, his time has come, he has enough dough for a nice retirement. Olie is yesterday.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

great...someone already jinked us:

Burnside (1:52 p.m. ET): Hey, didn't someone pick the Caps as ESPN.com's "A Team Can Dream?" Yes, someone did. Caps win the Southeast and the Canes sneak in as the eighth seed.

Posted by: wanggo | February 26, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

@Alexovetjkin

please read the post and not selected words...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Still drunk in downtown Hogtown, listening to Fletcher stab everyone in the back. From our informal poll of "educated hockey fans" (or drunks) here at our local place to consume adult beverages, Washington, Colorado, and San Jose are the big winners.

Posted by: Patrick | February 26, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the Caps were one of the most active, and most successful, teams at the deadline.

http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/transactions/trades

Contrast the 'Canes, who didn't profit much from their trade.

This should provide some juice for the team. Time to string a few together...


Posted by: Sec 105 | February 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

If Im B.Johnson, and I get sent to Hershey while Im playing well so that some 32 year old can come in and send me to the minors.

I am not a happy man...Just remember that.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I read it. Huet is not an insurance, he is the bridge between now nad Varlamov. Olie is done, I'd be happy if he stays with Caps, but not as #1 goalie.

He is done. He can pull a great game tonight, for instance, but he can't do it night after night.

Johnson is vry good backup, though I wouldn't say it last season.

This is Huet's team until Varlamov or other young goalies arrive.

Posted by: alex | February 26, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they put a goalie on waivers

Posted by: MLK | February 26, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

@alex

Yes, Huet is clearly intended to be the transition guy, that much is certain

Posted by: Icebat | February 26, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Finally GM picks up a solid, bonafied veteran D-Man.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

After the SPIN and Dust settles let's see how these transactions work out. On the NHL side of things, all three of these players are UFA's / rental players at the end of the year. Interesting situation w/ having 3 goalies now and the Caps who need Help on D, Hal Gill w/ time left on his contract goes to Pitt for picks. These deals seem to bring the same feeling as waking up the next morning in a strange place after a hard night of drinking, hearing a woman's voice in the shower and then seeing that her G string is the size of your boxers. Is it the Planters Peanut Chick? Ooohhh bbboooyy, let's see...

Posted by: someone else who knows | February 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

@Alex

Thanks for the compelling and rich statement. I think we all want to try and figure out what to do with 3 goalies for the rest of the year.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@MLK

Waivers? Seriously...Next Option?

Posted by: SA_Town | February 26, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

I really like B.Johnson. But please dont take it personally if I upset a journeyman goalie.

By getting Fedorov arent you going to get a forward upset because he now has to play in the minors?

Feelings and making organizational decisions dont mix.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

So no D man. Maybe the Cooke trade makes sense then. We replace a failed top 6 guy on the the third line (Petter) with a true banging third line guy. Not as good as a defenseman who can put someone through the glass, but its something.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

Sorry if I somehow offended you, these were not my intentions. I guess I am too excited. :-)

Posted by: alex | February 26, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Best for the team? Huet#1 and Johnny #2 for the rest of the season, but that is not what GMGM will do, to the Caps detriment.

Of all people, I know what Olie has done for DC but McPhee's loyalty to Olie will outweigh that of the Caps and Johnson will get sent to Hershey. Kolzig gets a third of the games if Huet doesn't get hot, and retires in '08. We finish the season waiting for Varlamov to asses playing with Alexei Yashin, and look forward to next season. If GMGM does anything other, I really will be taken aback.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Steve R,

You did. I concede.

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Far from offended...
I actually read it over again to make sure it sounded right.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

@chief

Finally GM picks up a solid, bonafied veteran D-Man

did I miss something? we didnt get a D man today.

Posted by: sarah | February 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

BTW,

Who starts in goal tonight? If Kolzig, what kind of a state of mind is he going to be in? Johnny should get the nod!

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

GM is such a TOOL.
Remeber the Czech acquisitions to make JJ happy ? Now it's Russians.
Unless it's a Swede or a Finn (as compared to a Russian), forget about winning a Stanley Cup.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@old time,

Plus a center for the 2nd line putting Kozlov back on the wing. Plus an upgrade in net.


Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov can play defense if needed.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

@Jschon

I am with you....The point is...Why didnt we move someone. You can avoid all this talk if someone was sent out of town to fill a need somewhere else.

GMGM has a problem on his hands, thus lowers my satisfaction with our trade day.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@Alex,
Yeah, but that was when he was, you know, good.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

You have to say KOLZIG, HUET. And Bryzgalov would have been cheaper, costing nothing.

Posted by: someone else who knows | February 26, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Chief, you're a pig, aren't you? What's with this chauvinism?

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Caps made a run at it. As a fan, that's all you can ask.

But 3 goalies, and no defenseman.

Unfortunately, I don't think this team is a whole lot better than it was yesterday.

Posted by: Eddie C | February 26, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Olie is too expensive to be a backup.

Second, he has to swallow his pride to be a backup. Yes, he can do it, but it's hard.

In any case Johnson is a natural choice for a backup for the next season.

McPhee's loyalty? He axed his buddy Hanlon, because otherwise he would let go himself. So can he stay loyal or get axed?

Hard choice...

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

JSchon

Nabakov plays for San Jose not Anaheim. J-S G plays for ANA.

Posted by: Zaichik | February 26, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@SA Town

My guess is that GMGM tried and failed because he was asking for too much. Not a lot of players out there Ollie, lets face it, an old vet UFA with diminishing skills.

The perfect fit wouldve been ANA, but they went real cheap in JS Aubin for a 7th...

I bet GMGM tried to get a much higher draft pick.

ANA fell through and GMGM was left with no buyer, and here we are.

Its not the optimal situation for sure, but it is what it is and if someones feelings gets hurt then what can you do other than make the best decision with the players you have in order to win games and make the play-offs.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Thats right my bad all... JS Giguere...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Okay, will Fedorov make it here for tonite? No Kozlov...Petty heading to VAN...could be pretty thin up front if he doesn't...call up? Put Eminger in as a forward?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@BernieWolfeFan

He finished last season playing as a d-man for CBJ because they had ton of d-men injured. They had 4 or 5 d-men left. Yes, his best days are gone, but he doesn't want to hang 'em next season, for that he needs to show he has gas in the tank, and he can do it, I believe.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I think you guys would find fault if GMGM obtained the second coming of Gretzky. Ollie should be motivated tonight. Oh, NHL.com has posted Motzko(sp?) for the forward Alesandre Giroux as completed trade. Any thoughts. Our defense for good or ill set for this year. Any improvement would have cost too much for too little (see Hossa deal).

Posted by: A Hardwick | February 26, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Alex,
You make my point exactly. GMGM waited way too long before letting Hanlon go, don't you agree? My point is, McPhee has priority/loyalty issues, which keeps us from seeing that shinny thing at The Booth for a season.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Same old song & dance.

Thank you GM for yet another perfect example of not doing your job.
Addressing the biggest need of your team was AGAIN ignored.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov is a horse and unlike Forsberg he never had any major injuries. His knees were never operated, he had just one groin injury, never any ankle problems. But knees are the main thing. He played with two broken ribs in playoffs, had injured elbows last season and that's about it. In his entire career he missed maybe two months for injuries.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 26, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

This is what has to happen...

Olie and Huet split down the stretch to see who is hot and we hope to make the Playoffs with a #1 emerged.

A disgruntled Johnson sits in Hershey the rest of the year.

Olie retires or is not resigned, and Huet and Johnson are our goalies for next year.

Anyone agree?

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

the Caps are a better team than they were at the start of the day. Huet is a better goalie than Ollie and Johnny.

at the end of the day, GMGM picked up a top notch goalie, a solid setup guy and a grinder while only giving away a pick, draft choice and Pettinger.

Solid work George.

Posted by: pch49 | February 26, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

You make my point exactly. GMGM waited way too long before letting Hanlon go, don't you agree?

I totaly agree, he usually one step behind.

I remember when Erskine broke his foot and Caps plummeted, he got Jurcina, but it was like 3 weeks late.

I think he is trying safe all the time. It's good and sometimes it's bad.

But I am happy for the trades he made today, again, if he could've pull them 2 weeks ago. :-(

Posted by: alex | February 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Alex,
God, I hope so. Hate to think we gave away the farm on Feds if he does nothing. Oh wait, we got him for what amounts to an old Lenin bust. Props for GMGM!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

That is a likely outcome SA Town.

BTW... Gerber and Emery were not sought after pre-trade deadline.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@Chief,

As you saying that the Caps aren't better now than they were at 8am this morning?

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@ Steve R,

Yeah, all that is nice. But, a real D would have been really helpful.

@Tarik,

No pre-game reactions? I would love to hear Olie and Johnson's comments.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It remains to be seen if the moves today will translate into on ice success.

Not getting the #1 problem fixed is clear.
Can't give him marks for ignoring # 1 hole.

George McPhee is worst GM in the NHL.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Olie as a backup in the playoffs causes his temper to emerge, and Johnson is still disgruntled down in Hershey.

Now we have 2 disgruntled goalies, and a French goalie waiving the white flag to get out of D.C.

Is my glass half-empty? hahaha

Anyway..I'll be there tonight..LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Any possibility one of the goalies is a healthy scratch?

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

will any of theses guys suit up tonight? does anyone know?

Posted by: jb | February 26, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

@Chief and old time

OK, let me phrase it this way:
Would you have prefered that the Caps made no trades? Which Caps team is better: 8am this morning or right now?

Posted by: Steve R | February 26, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Chief,

Dude, go pop open a beer and calm the f@#$ down. Defensemen don't grow on trees and if you honestly think we should have pulled the sort of "sell the farm" move that the Pens pulled today to land a vet, then you're an even bigger moron than I had you pegged for (which is saying a lot at this point).

We now have three players that we didn't have this morning, and we got them for pennies on the dollar. That is deft maneuvering to say the least.

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, our defense is our weak link, but they are young. I think they really need the seasoning. They aren't horrible and if we could have some more scoring and a little more solid tending I think we can win those close games that have been going in OT while getting some more good experience for our D. We really need the pressure and Playoffs to weed out which D are going to be part of this teams long term plans

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Who is in goal tonight? Does anyone know???

If it is Kolzig, I think he is bound to screw up after the no-confidence vote by GMGM

Posted by: Finn | February 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

My take is this - Federov - Great for Fan Interest, and vet/mentor down the stretch. Wont be here next year, but Im cool with it

Pettinger - That trade is no big deal, he needed a trade, and it seems like we got a hard hittin loose cannon in return.

Huet - Great trade, but not being able to get rid of Olie or Johnny is bad

Emenger - Why is he still here?

The 3 goalies, and Emenger are what rings loud for me on this trade day.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Everyone is talking about having to send one of our goalies to hershey...is there some reason we can't carry 3 and just scratch one every night? I know we can't DRESS more than 2, but there's no restriction on the number that can be on the roster is there?

Posted by: GusDaMan | February 26, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

"George McPhee is worst GM in the NHL"

Have to disagree. Buffalo GM gets that honor. Letting 2 marquis skaters go (Briere and Drury) killed Buffalo. Leafs GM is a close 2nd.

Posted by: pch49 | February 26, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@SA-town

So, you're glass half-empty kind of guy?

Posted by: old time hockey | February 26, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

NEW POST

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

pch49,

Have to disagree. Buffalo GM gets that honor.

Kevin Lowe and whoever the dead man walking in Montreal is have to be on the short list as well...

Posted by: HolyOlie | February 26, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@Alex
"again, if he could've pull them 2 weeks ago"
He couldn't have made these trades two weeks ago because they weren't available then. There's a reason everyone waits until the last day/minute -- teams hold on hoping to get better offers. Finally, when they're up against it, they take the best deal they can get.

I love the way the rest of the NHL (people who know hockey) hold the Caps up as the model for how to build a franchise from the ground up, but certain people on this board obviously know better.

Posted by: Hook | February 26, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Montreal has had a very bad day.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

When I look up the definition of the word,"Idiot" in the dictionary, guess whose picture is prominently displayed. GEORGE MCPHEES'!! FOR INCOMPETENCE, HE'S ONE OF A KIND!!!!!!!

Posted by: Puckguru | February 26, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

That's what I'm saying - how many players can you healthy scratch each night? Why not just scratch a goalie.

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Look here is the bottom line. I have been preaching all year that Kolzig's career has been dramatically and quickly been going down the tubes, especially in the last couple of years. A long time ago, people didn't know how to beat him, i.e. the Vezina. Now they know what to do i.e. just shoot the puck in his general direction.

But who would have thought someone like Huet, what a pick up. Maybe the best trade GMGM has ever pulled off, way to go.

See you in April!!!!!!! ! !

Posted by: pstylee | February 26, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

C.Huet Career Stats
72w 59l 11t 2.49gaa .917sv%

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@HolyOlie,

True. I think the lynch mob is already gathering in Montreal.

listening to the TSN boys, its clear that the Habs fans are not happy.

Posted by: pch49 | February 26, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Buffalo (despite losing players) continues to remain a winning organization, thanks in great part to their GM & scouting staff

Montreal is exceeding all expectations, tough to have a problem with Bob Gainey.

Leafs fired their GM as should have been the fait of McPhee 5 years ago

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Tampa got a lot worse too...

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Not only does McPhee NOT address the 6 year HOLE, he added even more contempt in the dressing room.

Does anyone truely believe Huet feels good about coming into a situation where the 2 goalies are still here ??

Makes for a terrible room, something GM can't begin to understand.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

pch49

Habs fans are never happy. Unless they win a cup.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

GMGM

GARBAGE MAN General Manager.

Posted by: Chief | February 26, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Awesome... Bob Gainey on TSN...
He is speaking French.

Posted by: JSchon | February 26, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

the olie era is not over as some of you fair-weathered fans had hoped. this from the WashTimes a few minutes ago:

I rode the elevator with Olie Kolzig a few minutes ago. He did not want to talk about what has transpired today. It is safe to say he is somewhere between confused and upset and probably a combination of the two.

Both McPhee and Boudreau said there would be a competition between the three goaltenders to decide who plays. McPhee was adamant about the Huet acquistion not meaning the end of Olie Kolzig Era in Washington. McPhee said he did not try to trade Olie, found the market for another defenseman pretty dry and he had talked to Vancouver about a Pettinger-for-Cooke swap a few times in recent weeks because both players probably needed a change of scenery.

Posted by: olie forever | February 26, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

If Olie couldn't see this coming then it's his own fault. I love the guy personally but he has to know that he's just not at his best anymore. We've given him all year to prove that he was and I can't fathom how he could think he had proven he was still a capable starter. Yes, I certainly agree he would be better if the team in front of him played better D at times, but he makes easy saves look tough. He's still a capable backup (I think) but he's just not a starter. He shouldn't be confused or upset at all, not with the team at least.

Posted by: Scott | February 26, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

how anyone can complain today is beyond me. 3 goalies is a problem, but Huet is better than both olie and brent - upgrade. Federov is a nice rental and hopefully can help Semin mature some - which I havent really seen mentioned on here. he certainly will help our PP. nice work gmgm.

lighten up chief - maybe a piece pipe tonight might help.

Posted by: fansince72 | February 26, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Just visited the Caps website to see an ad for fantasy hockey. It read "Pick a new goalie everyday".

Anyone think GMGM saw that this morning and thought "Hey thats not a bad idea!"

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | February 26, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Dam if you do & damn if you don't=GMGM.
Anyhow kudos.
Luv Olie but you don't fall off the wagon in 1 year esp the year the team is rising in front of you.

Just ask Matt Pettinger. btw, what the heck happen to him this year? How can both coaches not like him? He was such an energy guy last couple of years.

Maybe Cooke will stand in front of the net now.

Any word on Chris Clark?

Posted by: Victor | February 26, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

@SteveR,

@Chief,
As you saying that the Caps aren't better now than they were at 8am this morning?

Actually yes, cause none of the players have arrive yet till next game :P

Posted by: Victor | February 26, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I won't disagree that Huet is better than Kolzig.

But whether Huet will be that good behind our defense is a completely different story.

And one we don't know the ending to yet.

For right now, I'll just take 2 points tonight.

Posted by: Eddie C | February 26, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

@James "Pettinger was absolutely worthless".
WRONG!!! Petty was great on the pk, and scored 20 goals one year, and led the league in short handed goals one season. Im glad to see all the 'well wishes' for him. Good luck Petty.

Posted by: Puck the pens | February 26, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Johnson wont go to Hershey. If he clears waivers ill be shocked. plus Cheeser and freddy are doing alright.

Posted by: Dan | February 26, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

chief=puckguru?

Posted by: Blonde Caps Fan | February 26, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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