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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Capitals recall Todd Ford

By Katie Carrera

The Capitals have recalled goaltender Todd Ford from Hershey, the team announced this afternoon. This move likely means that Semyon Varlamov is unable to serve as Michal Neuvirth's backup tonight against the Islanders.

Earlier today, Coach Bruce Boudreau said the original plan was for Varlamov to back up Neuvirth but it appears the 22-year-old Russian is not as far along as the Capitals had hoped. Varlamov suffered what is believed to be a knee injury over the weekend and skated briefly this morning with the rest of the team at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

By Katie Carrera  | March 1, 2011; 12:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

No Varly.

Posted by: SavedByZero | March 1, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Go get em Todd. Arnott who? Sturm who? We got Todd Ford "Falcon"!

Posted by: SA-Town | March 1, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

No Varly.

Posted by: SavedByZero | March 1, 2011 12:52 PM


Phew, thank god you were here to crack Katie's cryptic message. I actually pasted her statement "This move likely means that Semyon Varlamov is unable to serve as Michal Neuvirth's backup tonight against the Islanders." in google translator and upon hitting enter I got a shrugging shoulder emoticon to pop huh. ;)

tee-hee

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | March 1, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@SAOTI, I am glad I am alone in the office right now because otherwise I would have to explain why I just started laughing for no reason.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 1, 2011 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Guess what Varly's out tonight LOL!!!! yay I can read

Posted by: koppleschloss | March 1, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Varly fragile like Russian Doll

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 1, 2011 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Is Varly playing tonight?

Posted by: zmega | March 1, 2011 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow SJ just overpaid for Neimi. $3.8M per for four years. A guy who has played just 50 Regular season games. Yes he won a Cup but it wasn't like he carried the team and no one wanted him for more then $2M this year. Detroit just resigned Jimmy Howard for $2.25M for 2 years who at least has played over 100 NHL games. SJ is going to have to do some major cap squeezing to get under by next year. Almost $52M in cap hit already for only 14 players. Even with a $2M increase they have just over $1M per player left and still have to figure out Setoguchi with all of that. Plus their D is missing some major pieces next year.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 1, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

ice: I knew I said I wouldn't talk about next year, but...

The Howard contract kinda sets the standard for Varly. Niemi would have been a UFA? So, that one is not a comparable.

I have varly in my spreadsheet at 2.0, which should be safe given Howard.

Unless Varly leads us to the Cup and the price goes up...

BTW, we have 50 guys with NHL contracts and it seems everyone of them almost is now with the club.

Katie: How does this fit under the cap?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | March 1, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Varly can't lead us to the cup from the press box.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 1, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Prediction:

Caps WIN 6-2

Neuvirth leaves the game, Ford picks up the win in relief!

Arnott- 2 points
Wideman- PPG, Assist
Optional- 2 goals
Johansson- 2 points


BTW- I haven't said this yet, but GM will pick up the Exec of the Year award, after the Caps roll and get second seed in the east!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | March 1, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Russian machine often breaks.

Posted by: JohninMpls | March 1, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Jokes aside, the headlines on this blog need major work. "Varlamov still injured; Ford recalled as backup" would tell us what's important quickly.

While everyone's complaining about trades, I'll complain about headlines. "Capitals recall Todd Ford" is a bad headline because it doesn't tell us what's important at all, let alone first. Also, think about the readership -- why put the full word "Capitals" or full names in the headline of an item on a Caps blog presumably read mainly by Caps fans, and we can assume that most items are about the Caps? (And it should only ever read "Caps" at most.)

Here's a long-winded headline that appeared yesterday:
"Capitals acquire center Jason Arnott from New Jersey Devils in exchange for David Steckel"

Instead, how about: "Arnott acquired from NJ for Steckel"

Or this: "Capitals GM George McPhee: 'I'm really happy with what we've acquired'"

Instead, how about: "McPhee touts deadline deals"

I'd rather complain about this than trades. Plus, this is important. I log in for quick updates, not to spend time navigating book-length/vague headlines (or writing long comments like these). Writing in general is getting worse and worse. But I should be able to expect newspapers' sports blogs to be concise.

Posted by: BigMogilny | March 1, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Do Boudreau and McPhee even speak?

Yesterday after morning skate, BB says Green will be back by the weekend. Four hours later McPhee says it will be at least 2 weeks.

This morning after the skate, BB says Varly expected to back up tonight. Two hours later Ford gets called up.

Nice to know that BB doesn't have any idea what is going on with his players.

Posted by: Jethro3 | March 1, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@Jethro3. The Green comment was because they didn't want teams to know how much they wanted a D so they could raise the price. As for the Varly thing normally when they do the post practice quotes it is right as he is getting off the ice, which means he hadn't gone into the locker room yet to talk to Varly. He did say Backstrom wasn't going to miss time which is true.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 1, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread:

BB says the plan is to pair Wideman with Hannan. They aren't likely to break up Alzner and Carlson. So, that leaves Erskine and Schultz. That should be an interesting pairing for some posters. :)

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 1, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Is BB a doctor all of a sudden now? You people are funny.

Posted by: richmondphil2 | March 1, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

GMGM just on NHL Live had the following to say:

1. Green is having some issues (referring to concussion like symptoms) and will be back hopefully playing in a couple weeks. We want to be very very careful and make sure he will be ok. We're being very very cautious. He's in Calgary now for funeral.
2. Wideman may not have happened if Green didn't get hurt (this may turn out to be a great thing is Green can come back soon).
3. Poti's played the best of his career for "us". We've missed him, he's good all over the rink and can be used in all situations. We miss him. It's effected our play.
4. I think we're a pretty good squad espescially when everyone gets healthy
5. We're a pretty young team so I wanted vets
6. Sturm can help on PP
7. We have to do something with the PP b/c it hasn't worked so the 3 players we picked up will be involved in that and will hopefully change things around. Our PP is "unacceptable". It "HAS" to be better. Maybe the guys on it need to improve but these 3 will help.
8. when asked if the rest of the season is slow now since the deadline is over for a GM, there's still a bunch of roster moves that will have to be made in call ups, injuries etc so yes today is a day to exhale but there is still plenty of work to do.

Pretty short interview. I think I hit all the main points anyway. I almost didn't post all of the Poti comments on here due to the ridiculousness that's about to occur but he said it so.....

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 1, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

"3. Poti's played the best of his career for "us". We've missed him, he's good all over the rink and can be used in all situations. We miss him. It's effected our play."

---

Goodness, he sounds like a smitten middle-school girl.

GMGM, Tom Poti is a (bad) Defenseman, not your boyfriend.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 1, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

BigMogilny - are you being serious?
When I read the headline "Capitals recall Todd Ford", I knew pretty much everything I needed to about the action. I read the post for the details.

Posted by: j3rockstar | March 1, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Nice to know that BB doesn't have any idea what is going on with his players.

---------------Jethro3--------------------

Yeah, in more ways than one, too. C'mon, Isles, dress Gillies tonight and let him do his thing.

What BB does know about his players, however, is that Arnott, Sturm, and Wideman are now locks in their spots and their icetime is guaranteed regardless of their level of play.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 1, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface, I was going to ask what you meant by "ridiculousness" but, I see the next post answers that question.

Poti is a perfectly fine vet defenseman. The Caps play better when he's in the line-up. As Tarik said last year: When Poti has the puck, it gets out of the zone. And that's important. Imagine if our D was all healthy. We could have:

Green-Poti
Carlzner
Wideman-Hannan.

with Schultz (a first round draft pick) as the #7 guy if someone has a rough stretch or an injury. Tell me that isn't an awesome set of six.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 1, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

oldtimehockey:
you omitted erskine just to get under vermontcaps skin - didn't you? :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 1, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey,

when will people learn that you need to be able to actually hit and move people from the front of the net in the playoffs? if erskine isnt in the lineup we have no one capable of doing that.

i seem to remember one Sidney Crosby basically punking Mike Green and Schultz all 7 games two seasons ago and scoring all of his goals in the series from within 5 feet.

you cannot win in the playoffs with only soft d-men. look at the recent cup winners- blackhawks, penguins, ducks, devils, etc.- and check their d-men.

dont even get me started about being able to skate/shoot/pass (looking at you #55)

Posted by: rockthis | March 1, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, in more ways than one, too. C'mon, Isles, dress Gillies tonight and let him do his thing.

What BB does know about his players, however, is that Arnott, Sturm, and Wideman are now locks in their spots and their icetime is guaranteed regardless of their level of play.

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 1, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Have you ever seen the movie "Major League"?
Do you know who Randy Quaid is?
Have you ever re-read any of your posts?
Can you connect the dots?

Every time I read your posts, this picture pops into my head:
http://i92.photobucket.com/albums/l34/chayce99/randy-quaid-major-league.jpg


Posted by: ssweeney | March 1, 2011 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@j3rockstar

Totally serious. You knew what the headline meant because -- I'm guessing -- you probably know everything about the Caps and follow pretty religiously. But actually most readers of the blog aren't those who post comments much and follow every detail -- they just check in for the latest news as much as possible, they might miss a few updates here and there, and they might not know right off the bat what recalling Todd Ford means.

To know immediately what the headline means, you'd have to have immediate mental access to a lot of important info that a more casual fan might have missed if they weren't reading every post in the last couple days (like what position Todd Ford plays, or that Varly has new knee problems).

I think most blog readers are the ones who pay attention to most day-to-day stuff but don't necessarily know all the inner workings. Better headlines would probably broaden the appeal of the blog, too. I just find it funny that we switch between headlines where you need to know other stuff (like the Todd Ford one) and headlines that seem like they're aimed at people who have never heard of the Caps (ones that include "Capitals General Manager George McPhee...")

Posted by: BigMogilny | March 1, 2011 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97 "The Green comment was because they didn't want teams to know how much they wanted a D so they could raise the price."

Good try, but the Green comment came about an hour after the Wideman trade was finalized. But maybe BB didn't know about the trade. That would be consistent with the pattern.

Posted by: Jethro3 | March 1, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Re Erskine: No, I didn't omit him to irk anyone, but you have to figure he would be 8 on the depth chart and I didn't want to go into every combination.

@rockthis, well, there is more than one way to play defence, even in the playoffs. Erksine has a physical style most of the others don't, but that isn't always a good thing. Against a fast, small team, I would rather have someone with a wide wingspan (like 55) who can reach and poke check, since none of the defensmen can keep up with the speedster forwards out there.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 1, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

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