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Posted at 7:59 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Capitals reinforcing their need to go to the net

By Katie Carrera

One of the most common or popular phrases around the Capitals this season could be heard in abundance during the team's practice at KCI Thursday as Coach Bruce Boudreau repeatedly commanded: "Get to the net!" or close variations of it. The practice session was an opportunity for Washington to get back to basics, with particular emphasis on closing in on the net and finding ways to create scoring chances off that presence in front.

If it sounds like a bit of a broken record, that's because it's an emphasis the Capitals have discussed with regularity since December. The forward lines did several rotations through drills where they were positioning themselves in front of Semyon Varlamov or Michal Neuvirth, searching for shots to tip from the defensemen on the points. While it might be a familiar tune and sight, a little reinforcement isn't a bad thing, Boudreau said.

"We want more shots from the point," Boudreau said. "The way teams are playing, they all put five guys in front of the net now but it's up to the forwards to get open so the defense can take those shots where you redirect it. You've got one guy screening the goalie, you don't need another forward screening the guy that's screening the goalie -- find an open area. Find a loose spot. Let the defensemen hit you with the pass or the shot pass."

Without sacrificing the neutral zone play and good defensive habits they've picked up this season, the Capitals want and need to find ways to get the puck through traffic in front of the net and not allow an opponent to block so many of their attempts. If a player wants to block a shot, it's on Washington to be conscious of it and at least put a shot to the side where a teammate can help it turn into a scoring chance -- rather than a puck that bounces straight out of the offensive zone.

"We want to; that's always the plan," said Karl Alzner, who isn't one of the Capitals' more offensively-inclined defensemen but acknowledged he needs to take more shots, too. "It's just been so tough. Teams have been pressing us hard up top and even down low. Everyone's blocking, so if we can't get a shot to the net then we're just working on getting it off to the side and getting some tips. We haven't been shooting enough."

As always, though, all the repetition in the world can't help the Capitals unless they find a way to stick with fundamental parts of their gameplan, like crashing the net on a daily basis.

"You can't do it some games and not do it others," Matt Bradley said. "It's simple and nothing new. That's something we've been practicing all year and we're trying to reinforce it again. We're struggling to score and you can get out of slumps by going to the net."

By Katie Carrera  | February 11, 2011; 7:59 AM ET
 
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I was out most of yesterday. The Fisher news is very tough. According to a writer on Hockeybuzz, the other two offers Ottawa considered were from Carolina and LA. We weren't mentioned.

I issue a challenge to George McPhee. I'll give him a map, and see if using that map and both hands, can he find his own a$$.

I'm betting on no.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 11, 2011 8:07 AM | Report abuse

I pose to you this question: everyone has assumed that the Devils will be sellers at the trade deadline; given their recent play and how they're moving up in the standings, do you still think they will look to trade guys like Arnott, Clarkson and maybe Zajac? I think the chances have diminished significantly in the past month.

Posted by: Thisistheyear | February 11, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

What about 'stay angry'. Haven't heard that phrase since training camp.

I'm not really convinced anyone was ever angry anyway. More like mildly irritated. So if they were never really angry in the first place, how can they stay that way.

About the Devils, I said before x-mas that GM to should to try to pry Clarkson away. They were a desperate team then. Less so now.

Posted by: Fletch22 | February 11, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

@Thisistheyear. I think they will still be sellers. Right now with the Canes points/game pace they will get around 88 points. NJ has 46 meaning they need around 42 the rest of the season in 27 games (54 possible points). Meaning they would have to go 21-6 or similar with OTLs. I don't think they can or even think they can do that and especially if they lose at least two games before the break

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Fisher would have been a great pick up, but the Nashville factor for Underwood may have been a critical factor for the Fishers. Also the Caps do not have a 2nd, so it would have been a prospect. I like Arnott and Umberger the best for 2C now.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 11, 2011 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I have four tickets for tomorrows game but my wife and I have both come down with the flu so we won't be able to make it. Anyone that can use the tickets please let me know, they are free....hopefully to a family that normally can't afford to go.

Posted by: PhilR | February 11, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

"my wife and I have both come down with the flu so we won't be able to make it." - PhilR

Ouch bud, sorry to hear. I know you dont get to make games often. Hopefully someone will swap you for another game.

Is Pittsburgh shopping for centers? With the loss of Shrek (minimum 6 months/season) and Puss in Boots (until at least March I read somewhere) I'd imagine they would be. But wouldnt they most likely be looking for a 1C since they will have the cap space with both their normal guys on the LTIR (can go over the amount of those 2 on LTIR...which for Pitt is HUGE)? Would this drive the price up for 2Cs?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 11, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

PhilR: If you can't go bud, I'll go ahead and take the tickets back.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR. I am not in the category of can't afford to go but would be happy to make use of the tickets.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 9:38 AM | Report abuse

As for the question of the Pens and a center I think they are hoping to get Sid back before the end of the season, now they are banking cap space while he is gone but they don't want to risk not having him be able to come back or going over for next year. I think it will depend on where Sid in on the deadline day. If he is where he is now maybe they will look for a #2 type center and either play him up or have Staal as #1. If Crosby is making some progress they will still have him, Staal, Talbot, and Letestu as their 4 centers and that isn't bad.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

fanohock,

Do I need to email them back to you or how does that work??

Posted by: PhilR | February 11, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Well, Boudreau finally figured out that teams are putting all five guys in front of the net. We pointed this out last spring when Jacques Martin wrote the book "How to Beat the Caps in 7 Easy Steps." (Craig Ramsey has it down to 5 Easy Steps btw.)

Anyway, I'm not "in the game," but didn't we try the "shots from the point" this vs the Habs and didn't it fail as a strategy? (Oops, excuse me, we lost because of a hot goalie!)

Now, from someone not in the game, isn't it better to cycle the puck behind the net? Force the defenders to unclog and chase you? Then whip it to the point? Now you have defense in disarray (all five are no longer clogging passively) and NOW you shoot from the point for deflection/rebound?

Can someone who is "in the game" point out please where I'm wrong?

Also, this is about the 20th time Katie has done a thread, "Caps Players Say they Must Go to Net." Maybe BB should just put tatoos on the foreheads so maybe they will remember.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

PhilR: Dropped an email to your Pe2m... email account. You should be able to send the tickets right to the email account I sent that email from.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tom: In BB's defense it doesn't sound like he recently figured it out. It seems like he has been preaching it and now the players are finally echoing what he has been saying. We'll see if that tranlates to crashing the net.

As far as cycling, it may work, but teams that are determined to clog the shooting lanes won't chase teams below the goal line or to corners that are not traditional shooting areas. It becomes a battle of wills. Teams like Montreal have proven they are willing to let teams mess around with the puck in their zone and keep them below the goal line, and to the outside, and then block the shooting lanes. The Bruins and the Canadiens ditched that the other night. What a crazy game that was.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

fanohock,

very good, will do then I can go back to bed thankfully.....this stuff is horrible! Fricking co-worker coming to work sick and infecting everyone else!

Posted by: PhilR | February 11, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

seriously, if you're not 'in the game', then you cannot possibly make credible observations.

I mean its not like anyone on this here blog mentioned anything about dumping and chasing the puck to create scoring chances in lieu of trying to stickhandle thru the neutral zone? I mean that's not what we did against Tampa and Pittsburgh and then abandoned it v the Sharks.

2 playoff seasons ago, that's what Pittsburgh did to us on almost every shift unless it was Malkin's line on the ice. Malkin was able cut thru our defense and set up the play. The other 3 lines simply dumped, chased, won the battle against our D (mostly guys like Poti), and then kept the puck in our end for an extended period of time.

And yet it was only recently that we saw the Caps employ this strategy (on something besides their energy line) to create extended offensive zone opportunities.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Leaving for Costa Rica in 1 hour....GO CAPS, KICK SOME A@@ THE NEXT WEEK!! I wanna return and see ya sitting ontop of the division standings

Posted by: vermontcaps

god bless, god speed, I'm about 5 weeks behind ya. Don't get dengue fever! By the time you return, Poti will be on the #1 pair and Erskine and a #1 would've been dealt for Kaberle. So it may not ever be safe for you to return. lol

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 10:00 AM | Report abuse

cstanton1: I totally agree. Simplify and do the dirty work. Not simply dumping and chasing, but dumping and chasing and make the opposing retrievers pay to get the puck. In the beginning they might be successful in getting to the puck and getting it out. Eventually the physical abuse on the body slows them as the game goes on and they try to make a quicker, and hopefully less effective decision, thus creating turnovers. As you have said many times before cstanton1, that is the type of play that gets teams to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 10:01 AM | Report abuse

fanohock,

Just sent them to you....can you please verify you got them before I go back to bed? Want to make sure nothing went wrong....

Posted by: PhilR | February 11, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Why does Umberger's name keep coming up for 2C when he's listed as LW on NHL site?

Can he play both and is he better at one position than the other?

Just asking!

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 11, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

fanohock: Well, if you read Boudreau's comments, it sounds like he only gets half of it. Why don't we have quotes from BB that read just like the cstanton input above? Doesn't it seem so obvious watching other teams play?

As for behind the net, look how Gretzky used to set up shop. OK, we don't have Gretzky. But we have Backstrom! And he's proven to be a very good player. So put him behind the net (Juneau used to do this). Now the other players cycle. Often Green can get in position for a one-timer. Did you see the Flyers score last night goal #2? Out to the point, pass to Giroux, players are moving, Briere gets open at the right post, Giroux no-look to Briere, who deftly pops it over Ward's shoulder.

I just don't see the Caps making it easier until they force the other team to unclog, and the way to do that is set up behind the net. Then cycle. Force them to move. Then someone can get open.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

cstanton1: I totally agree. Simplify and do the dirty work. Not simply dumping and chasing, but dumping and chasing and make the opposing retrievers pay to get the puck. In the beginning they might be successful in getting to the puck and getting it out. Eventually the physical abuse on the body slows them as the game goes on and they try to make a quicker, and hopefully less effective decision, thus creating turnovers. As you have said many times before cstanton1, that is the type of play that gets teams to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Posted by: fanohock1

brother, i don't know if you're pullin my leg or if its my highly suspicious (and yet guileless) nature. But I'll take your comments at face value :)

in the past, the Caps would occasionally dump the puck, only chase it half-heartedly, not make the opposition pay the price, etc. The only exceptions were some shifts by Ovechkin and a line that had Brads/Hendricks/Laing type of players

Vs Tampa, they did it very well.

I think dumping Beagle from the lineup has already had an adverse effect to line chemistry and overall team work ethic. They should be able to put Semin in and take someone else out. When Fehr enters the lineup, who else will sit?

Bruce has some flexibility to make a positive or negative impact with his roster choices. And sometimes he makes the wrong call.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Broken record getting annoying to listen to.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 11, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

@jwash. He played C the last two years (over 700 face offs in each) and also played some in Philly. He is a lot like Laich who has over 500 face offs in every year but last year and this one but also plays some wing. The Jackets need him at wing right now so they are playing him there this year but he can play center too, this wouldn't be like moving Flash over.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Weis and/or Hemsky would be the best 2C. Let's get both. HA!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 11, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

As for behind the net, look how Gretzky used to set up shop. OK, we don't have Gretzky. But we have Backstrom! And he's proven to be a very good player. So put him behind the net (Juneau used to do this). Now the other players cycle. Often Green can get in position for a one-timer. Did you see the Flyers score last night goal #2? Out to the point, pass to Giroux, players are moving, Briere gets open at the right post, Giroux no-look to Briere, who deftly pops it over Ward's shoulder.

I just don't see the Caps making it easier until they force the other team to unclog, and the way to do that is set up behind the net. Then cycle. Force them to move. Then someone can get open.

Posted by: tominsocal1

this would be a great idea, but way too
sophisticated for BB to figure out how to implement

Posted by: _stevo | February 11, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Umberger and Steckel get lumped together a lot because they're both bigger guys who played center on the same team in college. They were both offensive minded centers who had to adjust their game for the NHL.

But Umberger is the better skater and therefore can play wing as well. But he's definitely better suited for the center slot. I think the Flyers picked him up as a FA.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Umberger was playing RW the other night. I think it was against Sharks, the day after they beat us. Someone named Vermette maybe was centering the line. And maybe Huselius? was on that line. Didn't watch whole game, but Umberger wasn't taking faceoffs when he was out there.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Umberger is the most overrated player on this board.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 11, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Even if that was true, he'd still be an upgrade on our team. How sad is that.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

no he isn't. We won't get him so its pointless to debate, but he is far from overrated.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The problem is, the guys who we will probably end up pursuing, won't bring the intangible qualities missing from this team. The kind of stuff you get from a Hendricks. The drive to win at all costs.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Umberger is on a pace for 62 pts this year.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/players/profile?playerId=2963

Perreault, Johansson and Steckel, COMBINED, are on a pace for 50 pts. Tell me he wouldn't help.

He has soild numbers as a #2C. 60 pts is perfect for that.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

and im not saying Umberger is very good, but he'd help this team. I dont think anyone is claiming he's an all-star caliber player. If they are saying that then yeah he's overrated. But I dont think anyone has made that statement.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I think the most overrated player whose name gets tossed about is actually Arnott.

The most overrated player by the Caps front office is probably Kaberle.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I agree that Umberger would be a good addition for the Caps.

I don't think Umberger is overrated as a player in general. I was only saying he is overrated on this board. The praise that guy gets on here is a little over the top.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 11, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I dont disagree, but the same could be said for Fisher as well before he got traded. We overrate players on this board, the way GMGM overrates his own players when talking trade.

Nature of the beast, when you need something you will overrate and overhype it.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Best thing about Umberger is his durability. He's built like a horse and he doesn't shy away from contact.

Compare that to Gordo who manages to avoid contact at all costs and is still often injured.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't think RJ gets traded or for that matter anyone big from the Jackets. They cannot go back to being a poor team again with another rebuild. They are struggling for attendence (only avg 73.5% full this year). They are also losing a lot of money from what I have seen in local papers when I was there around a year ago. They are only 6 points out of the playoffs and really need to make it more then many of the other teams in the league. I have seen rumors of them being open to trading almost everyone including Mason which I don't believe for a second unless it lands then Vokoun or similar for a run.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Fisher is overrated. He'd be very visible on every shift if he played for the Caps. You'd see him do things that you're just not used to seeing from any forward not named Ovechkin. I don't mean Ovechkin's offensive skillset. I mean Ovechkin's hyper-aggressive forechecking (when he's motivated).

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Umberger is tied for 48th in scoring.

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

I didn't bother to see if there were any D in the list, but doesn't matter. There are 30 teams x 3 forwards each = 90 1st line wingers in the league. Clearly 48th in scoring makes someone at least #2 line in quality. Added he plays defense and, from memory, watching him when with Flyers, he was hard-nosed.

And he's doing this on a below-avg team.

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

laich is the most overrated player on these boards. The guy is great but he is more overrated than umberger

Posted by: _stevo | February 11, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Ice, the bigger reason we wouldn't see RJ here is the fact that Bruce couldn't get past his own ego to acquire a player who criticized his systems.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

"Go to the net sounds" like a broken record for this team because IT IS!! The only guys that do it on a regular basis are 22,26,21,10,15. Everybody else, not so much. frankly, the worst offender is 8.

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

But Stevo, Umberger can't change tires. That's a well documented weakness of his.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1. I was not saying here I ment he won't be traded period. 4th worst attendance in the league and the three below (NYI, Pho, and Atl) are all mentioned everytime there is relocation talk and I don't think it will be too long for the Jackets to get the same treatment. The need the playoffs and to at least a game or two, winning a series would be great.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

15 ? You think Gordo is a great netcrasher?

I have seen him do it. But he's not consistent.

the guy who can be alternately shy and aggressive around the crease is Chimera. He started doing it more when he got the promotion to the top line. Then predictably, his aggressiveness waned.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Thanks icehammer, appreciate the detailed explanation.

To everyone saying the same old talk, I agree.

The best way to sum up this year so far, two words......


Groundhog's Day!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 11, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

hockey in ohio is like Bruce in a moo-moo. It just don't look that good.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I agree that Fisher was also overrated on this board.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 11, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

No offense to Katie, but other than posting a bunch of quotes with synopsis, does she understand Hockey? I really don't get anything from her articles on the Caps. I was curious, does she even skate?

Posted by: guruvinny | February 11, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Try readin tracey hamilton. That woman's articles makes me gag.

At least Katie doesn't pretend to understand hockey to any great depth. She's just providing information for us. And she seems like a nice lady.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

vinny,

I've spoken with her at Kettler. She knows hockey. Not just Caps stuff, league wide.

Posted by: Steve_R | February 11, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Including this year, Umberger will have quietly put together 50 point seasons 3 of the last 4 years. His last year in Philly, and 3 years in Columbus. He also played pretty well in the playoffs his last year in Philly. 15 points in 17 games.

If he still played in a traditional hockey market like Philly, you'd hear a lot more about him. He is by no means overrated.

Posted by: Fletch22 | February 11, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

cstanton: agreed on 15 & 25. i threw him in even though he is not as consistent as others.

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Fletch: Last year Umberger was #37 in scoring for centers, while putting out a well-rounded game. This year he's top 30. Nobody said we'd take him over Crosby or Sedin. He is what he is, an upper tier #2C and could be that on any Cup contender. He makes like $4M now. By way of comparison, Lombardi got lots o' love here last summer and got 3.5 for 3 from the Coyotes. Lombardi's had one year over 50 pts.

If you had Umberger, and wanted to reunite Laich/Backie/Semin, you could have Umberger with Ovi and either Knuble or Fehr.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Like some have said, Umberger most likely isnt going anywhere. If you want a C from Columbus look at Brassard, he is more likely to be dealt.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@Fletch22

He is overrated on this board. Many people on this board treat him as some sort of savior.

50 points in a season is nice, but really not that big of a deal. 102 players had 50+ points last year.

Umberger's points total for a season have been 32, 28, 50, 46, 55.

He is also a -42 in his career.

It does look like Umberger is having his best year this season though.

Umberger is a nice player and would be a good acquisition, but that's all he is, a nice player. Lets not make him more than he is.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 11, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

very true. Umberger looks like a AAA call guy, not a change your own tire guy

Posted by: _stevo | February 11, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I still like the idea of getting Jason Spezza from Ottawa for a package including Semin not only for 2011 but moving forward.

Semin is the least effective of the skilled players the Caps have in the new defensive oriented system the team has employed.

He doesn't forecheck, he doesn't play defense, he doesn't go to the net, and he often times can be seen trying to go 1 on 2 or 1 on 3 inside the offensive zone instead of looking to set up possession and creating quality scoring opportunities for his teammates.

Even if they are not scoring in bunches, Ovechkin and Backstrom help out the team in other ways, facilitating their teammates, in Ovechkin's case playing a physical game and getting back to block shots and pressure on defense.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | February 11, 2011 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Coreyjust tweeted that the Caps were in on Fisher talk, according to Garrioch.

Garrioch sucks, but I think he's more credible than hockeybuzz. Or anyone here who has no knowledge of anything, for that matter.

Posted by: GFisher1 | February 11, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

@RoyHobbs4 - the players tend to outlast the systems. Semin's better - way better - than Spezza. He always will be.

@cstanton01 - agreed on Beagle

@tominlowcal - (sorry couldn't resist, no disrespect intended) - I think even when they do crash the net, the Caps seem to do it with a low IQ. They do it, somehow the d-man makes a weak flip at the goal and now there's an odd man rush the other way. I think before the shot only one man should be near the net it's on the rebounds that you want that other forward biting at the puck...(I think)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 11, 2011 12:20 PM | Report abuse

All this talk about Umberger being overrated, Fisher overrated, etc on these boards...wouldnt that mean that either of them are perfectly fitted for this team being that we are voted the most overrated team by no less than 33% of the NHL players?

=)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 11, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

"For an Umberger today I would gladly pay you on Tuesday..."


PuhLEEZE! Never mind whether he is as good as his proponents claim. Never mind whether his remarks about the Caps were accurate or not. Maybe they were, but it doesn't matter.

The point is that, after those remarks, only a truly incompetent General Manager would risk the negative impact on team chemistry that Umberger's addition would have, and Umberger himself would have to be an idiot to agree to put himself in that situation.

Another scenario: If you publicly bad-mouthed a Fortune 500 company, would you expect that company to hire you? And would you really want to work there?

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 11, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

you can't run away from the truth. And Umberger's basic message was dead-on because its the same message that a lot of us were preaching going on 2 yrs.

It wouldn't hurt team chemistry because he didn't take a jab at the players, just the system.

But it would also require an open mind on the part of the Caps brass to bring him on. No way is that happening.

Umberger would actually probably like and appreciate the Caps newfound style of play.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 11, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

not sure we will make a deal that will make sense. Umberger is a nice player, but its hard to see Columbus dealing him and being 28 and productive, we won't get away with just a draft pick. A goalie plus a #1 would be my guess. We would also be committed to him for next season @3.5 mil. Might be a salary cap issue there.

Arnott has no upside but has tons of stanley cup experience. A true 25 game rental player for the playoffs since his contract is up at the end of the season. My bet is on him. Playoff experience and leadership. Up until this season he usually nets 40-50 pts per season but his point totals this season are way down. Probably will be cheaper than fisher.

Posted by: jimc93 | February 11, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick and tired of reading and listening to this garbage. Just go to the freaking net already and stop the shallow meaningless crap you guys spew in between games. Going to the net isn't complicated. It just takes growing a pair but you guys don't seem to have any.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 12, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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