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Caps assign Varlamov to Hershey

The Caps just announced that Semyon Varlamov, who has missed the last nine games with a groin injury, is heading down to the AHL's Hershey Bears.

That likely means the 21-year-old goalie is nearly healthy and needs a conditioning stint before he can get back between the pipes for Washington.

More to come later from Tarik, who's en route to San Jose.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  December 29, 2009; 2:18 PM ET
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Good loard I hope he gets back fast, Theo stunk up the joint last night...

Posted by: hbcapsfan | December 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've been as obsessed with another man's groin as I have with Varly's.

Posted by: CF11555 | December 29, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

So who gets the start in San Jose?

Posted by: Chad8 | December 29, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

No way BB goes back to Theo against San Jose. Neuvy beat two of the league's better teams in NJ and Buffalo, let him add San Jose and LA to the list!

Posted by: Aldred15 | December 29, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've been as obsessed with another man's groin as I have with Varly's.

Posted by: CF11555 | December 29, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse


hahahhahahaha

Posted by: mrszilla | December 29, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've been as obsessed with another man's groin as I have with Varly's.

Posted by: CF11555 | December 29, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse


hahahhahahaha

Posted by: mrszilla | December 29, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Neuvirth will get the start tomorrow night.

Just guessin'.

Posted by: redrocker2 | December 29, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

BB is inscrutable in his goalie selections, but he is generally proven out to be correct.

Posted by: zmega | December 29, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Juice to Olympics - http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/ .

Posted by: zmega | December 29, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Is this a conditioning stint or him being sent down?

Posted by: mattbuckley80 | December 29, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Way to go Juice!!!! congrats on the honor and Good Luck in Columbus.

Posted by: opus1m | December 29, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@mattbuckley80
Officially, Varly is being assigned to Hershey, but really, everyone expects Varly to be back after a few games. Varly doesn't need to pass through waivers, so it's a bit easier to just reassign him.

Posted by: koalatek | December 29, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Send Theo to S. Carolina on a goaltending stint

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 29, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't think I've been as obsessed with another man's groin as I have with Varly's.

Posted by: CF11555

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LOL

Posted by: blindskateluke | December 29, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Theo to Grand Rapids?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | December 29, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

So I was reading DC Sports Bog's entry about the Caps getting mentioned on Sunday Night Football. It got me wondering about what team usually the No. 1 team in the DC area during the months after the Redskins finish up in December. In recent history, it's been Maryland basketball that's been the No. 1 team in DC in the months of January (or whenever the Redskins are done) through March or April -- true or false?

Is a better question regarding the popularity of DC sports teams not so much about whether the Caps are challenging the Redskins' dominance in the DC area, but rather, whether the Caps have surpassed Maryland basketball as the most popular team in DC after football season is over?

Posted by: blindskateluke | December 29, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Team Slovakia:

G - Peter Budaj (Colorado Avalanche)
G - Jaroslav Halak (Montreal Canadiens)
G - Rastislav Stana (Severstal Cherepovets (KHL))
---------------
D - Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
D - Milan Jurcina (so weird... Columbus Blue Jackets)
D - Richard Lintner (Dinamo Minsk (KHL))
D - Andrej Meszaros (Tampa Bay Lightning)
D - Andrej Sekera (Buffalo Sabres)
D - Martin Strbak (HK MVD (KHL))
D - Lubomir Visnovsky (Edmonton Oilers)
---------------
F - Lubos Bartecko (SC Bern)
F - Branko Radivojevic (Spartak (KHL))
F - Martin Cibak (Spartak (KHL))
F - Pavol Demitra (Vancouver Canucks)
F - Marian Gaborik (New York Rangers)
F - Michal Handzus (Los Angeles Kings)
F - Marian Hossa (Chicago Blackhawks)
F - Marcel Hossa (Dinamo Riga (KHL))
F - Tomas Kopecky (Chicago Blackhawks)
F - Zigmund Palffy (HK 36)
F - Jozef Stumpel (Barys Astana (KHL))
F - Miroslav Satan (N/A)
F - Richard Zednik (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL))

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

blindskateluke - An interesting question. I would say that whenever the Wizards are playing well, they are still number 2 (even ahead of UMD and the Caps). However, they are very rarely that good these days. But, when Gil was healthy and they were playing LeBron in the playoffs those couple of years, they were well ahead. That's been a while though and UMD has been down a bit, so I think the Caps are a clear "winter" leader now. The fans around here are very fickle though. If the Caps start losing again, they'll fall down a notch. Luckily, it looks like they are set to be good for a while.

Posted by: WVPhil | December 29, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

@blindskateluke - Maryland basketball has not been doing as well this season... should be interesting to watch, if the Caps continue their current level of play (or better!)

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Good loard I hope he gets back fast, Theo stunk up the joint last night...

Posted by: hbcapsfan | December 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

He actually made some real tough saves that kept the Canes from putting up 5 goals in the first. He didn't get much help from his teammates in front of him. Turnovers (bad clear by defensemen compounded by poor coverage along the boards by the forwards and zero coverage in front of the net on rebounds).
Alzner was on the ice for the first 4 goals. Sloan and Schultz looked lost together as did Alz-Erskine. The entire Caps D minus Shaone Morrisonn had a grand total of ONE hit in the entire game. How do you expect to win games like that ?

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 29, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

That's a pretty decent team for Slovakia. They could be in the medal hunt. Are they better than Sweeden or Finland? How do the teams stack up? Here's my order:
Canada
Russia
Sweeden
Finland
Slovakia
USA

Did I forget anyone? Is the US too low? As much as I hate to say it, I don't think they have much of a chance unless Miller is outstanding.

Posted by: WVPhil | December 29, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 - I really have to think that the trade was a factor. Sure, these guys are professionals, but the entire Caps Nation was reeling yesterday, and all of US knew about it before we got to the Phone Booth. Some of the guys found out after they arrived for the game. Hell of a way to find that out... no time to react.

It wasn't just the defense that looked like a group of stunned oxen out there. The forwards were making mistakes, too. I mean, how many times have we seen Backstrom sent to the box for a double minor for high-sticking because he swung his stick around out of control and knocked some guy's tooth out (rumor has it)?

Theodore was far from the only villain in this piece. He's an easy target for some, because two of the goals he gave up later on were at key moments for us (we'd just scored, and had a chance to pull even or ahead, and he gives up a fat rebound right to the middle of the slot), and it didn't help morale any. It's very true that the first two goals were not his fault. At all. And anyone who says they were should be taken out back and booted in the keester. The whole team had a bad night last night. I'm willing to let them have one mulligan, if they bounce back next game.

I expect they will.

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

irockthered - +1 for using the word "keester."

Posted by: WVPhil | December 29, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@Chad8

I would assume our "New Kid" on the block gets to prove his "Virth" once again vs San Jose. Neuvirth is now our #1 goalie by default since Varlamov is now in Hershey. (I assume it's for conditioning.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 29, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Interesting stuff. I'm just looking at the sheer number of Canadian referees and linesmen the guys will have to contend with, with the Olympics in Canada... and the Canadian team a top contender for gold.

I am going to be watching certain games VERY closely...

Referees
Bulanov, Vyacheslav (RUS / IIHF)
Devorski, Paul (CAN / NHL)
Joanette, Marc (CAN / NHL)
Kurmann, Danny (SUI / IIHF)
LaRue, Dennis (USA / NHL)
McCreary, Bill (CAN / NHL)
O'Halloran, Dan (CAN / NHL)
Orszag, Peter (SVK / IIHF)
Pellerin, Guy (CAN / IIHF)
Reiber, Brent (SUI / IIHF)
Ronn, Jyri (FIN / IIHF)
Rooney, Chris (USA / NHL)
Vinnerborg, Marcus (SWE / IIHF)
Watson, Brad (CAN / NHL)

Linesmen
Blumel, Petr (CZE / IIHF)
Feola, Peter (USA / IIHF)
Fonselius, Stefan (FIN / IIHF)
Heyer, Shane (CAN / NHL)
Kicha, Andriy (UKR / IIHF)
Losier, Sylvain (CAN / IIHF)
Morin, Jean (CAN / NHL)
Murphy, Brian (USA / NHL)
Nelson, Thor (USA / NHL)
Novak, Milan (SVK / IIHF)
Nowak, Tim (USA / NHL)
Oskirko, Yuriy (RUS / IIHF)
Sharrers, Jay (CAN / NHL)
Winnekens, Felix (GER / IIHF)

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Oops on the linesmen...

Linesmen
Blumel, Petr (CZE / IIHF)
Feola, Peter (USA / IIHF)
Fonselius, Stefan (FIN / IIHF)
Heyer, Shane (CAN / NHL)
Kicha, Andriy (UKR / IIHF)
Losier, Sylvain (CAN / IIHF)
Morin, Jean (CAN / NHL)
Murphy, Brian (USA / NHL)
Nelson, Thor (USA / NHL)
Novak, Milan (SVK / IIHF)
Nowak, Tim (USA / NHL)
Oskirko, Yuriy (RUS / IIHF)
Sharrers, Jay (CAN / NHL)
Winnekens, Felix (GER / IIHF)

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@ koalatek any player can be assigned for a 2 week conditioning stint without waivers of any sort.

I would think they want to stress Varly's groin in game situations and see how it reacts.

Theo was not sharp last night but the whole team was horrible. I don't know how many times the caps failed to clear the zone last night on blind weak attempts or not skating hard. It was like watching beer league on a Friday night.

I would be surprised if Theo gets a start on the road trip. Neuvy was tried at home by good teams now he gets to play in hostile houses against good teams. If Neuvy plays well then Theo may get Nylandered.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 29, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

wow...irock - you have way too much time on your hands!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 29, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

IRTR my general point though is this -- even if the slow start occurred because of the trade, they had 2 periods to play some balls-out hockey and this team despite its phenomenal talent does have some questionable work ethic issues. Although hits per game is just a statistic there are some tangibles you can glean from that stat. For ex, our arch nemesis Penguins are ranked 2nd in the NHL at 1088 hits. The caps? Steadily declining in hits per game over the past few yrs. This year we're ranked 23rd in the league. Next yr we'll probably rank 30th. We're almost dead last in fights, towards the bottom in hits, and that to me isn't something to simply gloss over. We don't need to be at the top in either category but we need to be much better than we are regardless of our reg season record.

There's a great article out there regarding how the Penguins view hitting as a critical component to their success. They feel that its not enough just to rely on their skill. They feel they have to be among the most physical teams in the NHL as well. Which is why they added Rupp, Adams, and McKee this yr to a team that was already a prolific hitting team last season.

If they had come out sleepwalking in last night's game, I can guarantee you the 2nd and 3rd periods would have resembled a hit gallery from their end. The Caps in contrast racked up only 9 hits after the 1st period. The Penguins to date have 350 MORE hits already this season than the caps do. That's just not a stat. That actually means something. And in the playoffs, it means even more.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 29, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Chimera should help in the hit department.

Posted by: doughless | December 29, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 - Honestly?

I am betting that a lot of the reason the Caps don't hit is because every time they do, they go off to the box, whether it's a real boarding, charging, hitting from behind, or not. Other teams do not have this problem. Ovechkin's hits are down? GEE, ya THINK? If he hits someone and gets whistled for it, he's out 2-3 games again on a suspension, and that's bad too.

The NHL needs to straighten out their officiating and quit calling sh*t on reputation. THEN the Caps will start hitting again.

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

lets not become Flyer fans whining about every call that is made (legit or not).

Posted by: doughless | December 29, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to read too much into last night's game. It was a classic "trap" game. You had to expect a letdown after a string of important/hard games and then playing a lousy Carolina team. Couple that with the Clark/Jurchina trade, and it would have been more surprising if they won.

Posted by: beargibson | December 29, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I hated the referring last night. Not that I blame the loss on the refs, but they were so quick with the whistle that the rhythm of the game was completely off. And it wasn't as if they were calling everything--lots of slashing and holding and tripping calls were let go. The five on three at the beginning so off putting. It was not clear at the game why Backs got four minutes and I thought the Greenie call dubious. And don't get me started on the Laich diving call. I really hate the diving call--much too subjective.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

(reposted from previous thread)

Sad day in Capsland. Bad loss--both on the ice and off.

I find it ironic that when the Caps have a big win, such as against the Devils, the posters mostly remain silent. Guess that's because there are only so many times we can say "good game."

That game against the Devils showed just how effective our defense can be.

And last night's game showed what happens when the defense is not playing well.

IMHO we shouldn't hang that loss on Theo's effort alone. What Theo didn't do was keep the Caps in the game. He needed to make the big saves. Had they pulled out that 5 on 3 penalty (almost 2 minutes long--I'm still mad about the refs calls), the momentum of the game may well have shifted in the Caps favor.

But our defense wasn't doing Theo any favors. They spent way too much time in the defensive zone and the blue line looked porous to me. The Caps defense pretty much shut down the blue line against the Devils.

I'm sure the sudden trade did affect the players BUT not IMO long term. Rather that they found out at a time when they are normally mentally preparing for the game and didn't have time to absorb the news. Add to that the fact that although the loss of Juice could not have been too surprising--some movement on our d-corps should have been anticipated--the loss of Clarkie was quite shocking. I was flabbergasted when I read the news on the way to the game. So I can only imagine how the guys felt.

That said, they have a long flight to adjust to the news and get to know Chimera. Trades are part of the NHL life. And the guys are professionals.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I will most definitely welcome Varly back with open arms! Hope he has a few good games with Hershey.. and then comes back to where he belongs!!

Posted by: Bondra2Ovie | December 29, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@mattbuckley80
Officially, Varly is being assigned to Hershey, but really, everyone expects Varly to be back after a few games. Varly doesn't need to pass through waivers, so it's a bit easier to just reassign him.

Posted by: koalatek | December 29, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

this is a conditioning stint. waivers dont matter. players are allowed to be assigned for conditioning if they have been out of the lineup for some amount of games. thats why gordon was able to be assigned w/out going through waivers. no worries...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 29, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"lets not become Flyer fans whining about every call that is made (legit or not)."

This season I can think of maybe two or three games where the officiating was questionable/horrible/etc. Last night was not one of them IMHO. The ref's have been instructed to crack down on every infraction for the last couple of years and that is what they are doing. It's the responsibility of the players to understand the crackdown and act accordingly.

Last nights loss had nothing to do with officiating. Get that out of your heads people. A young team was shell shocked by a trade that came out of nowhere. The Canes where due for a win, the Caps were due for a thumping. It is what it is...

Posted by: FLDave | December 29, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

ps. hitting stats are the most useless in the nhl. rarely called the same from building to building. would not put any stock in them.

caps do need to hit more, finish checks etc. lets hope chimera can add that element to the forward ranks. hopefully guys like fehr and steckle can use their size a bit more effectively too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 29, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

My bet would be Varly got assigned the same as a player on a two-way being sent down (Perreault).

Varly is still on his entry-level and can be sent down any time. By sending him down, the club saves on the cap and on real money. Generally the league wants to the teams to "demote" when they can. When a vet is assigned for conditioning, I believe they have to give their acceptance. So, my guess is Varly is officially on the Hershey roster for a few days. Maybe the reporters will clear it up. If it matters.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 29, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1

You can't put green beans in an oven and expect to pull out biscuits. Steckle and Fehr are not rough and tumble type players that use their size and they will never be. Aggression is not something that can typically be taught, either you have it or you don't.

Posted by: FLDave | December 29, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

ummm from above:

The Caps just announced that Semyon Varlamov, who has missed the last nine games with a groin injury, is heading down to the AHL's Hershey Bears.

That likely means the 21-year-old goalie is nearly healthy and needs a conditioning stint before he can get back between the pipes for Washington.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 29, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

So I know this is probably a conditioning stint, but I wish they would clarify that! I want Varly back ASAP!

Posted by: capscoach | December 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Let me preface this by saying that I don't want to get you all riled up (you can argue a point to death sometimes). And I agree with much of your analysis about the game last night. I'm still mulling over your discussion about hits--although I don't think you should use last night's game as a benchmark as the Caps weren't playing well in all areas of their game.

However, I don't understand your statement that this team has "some questionable work ethic issues." I've always thought of this team as a hard working one with great chemistry. And one that is often fueled by passion. And sometimes they play flat or inconsistently (tho' I think that has improved this season). But lazy. No I don't agree with that interpretation.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

John Carlson is having a very good WJC Tournament.

Flash in his last 82 games.

26G | 26A | 52PTS | +7 | 22Pims

Posted by: JSchon | December 29, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 - Honestly?

I am betting that a lot of the reason the Caps don't hit is because every time they do, they go off to the box, whether it's a real boarding, charging, hitting from behind, or not. Other teams do not have this problem. Ovechkin's hits are down? GEE, ya THINK? If he hits someone and gets whistled for it, he's out 2-3 games again on a suspension, and that's bad too.

The NHL needs to straighten out their officiating and quit calling sh*t on reputation. THEN the Caps will start hitting again.

Posted by: irockthered | December 29, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

respectfully disagree. The Caps skate away from more hits than most teams, and they're not just skating away from hits that are potential penalties (i.e. players facing the boards etc). The Pens have 4 in the top 22, our top ranked hitter is ranked #48. Then a huge dropoff from there.

I think its a two-fold issue:
1) The personnel on this team don't like to hit in general. Its not part of the individual makeup for a lot of the players on this team. We have 6-8 players on the active roster who don't embrace hitting as a part of their style. That's a lot. The Penguins have maybe 1 or 2.

The Caps hitters (at least 2 per game):
Ovy, Shaone, Erskine

Barely making the grade (between 1 and 2/game):
Green, Brads, Laing, Steck, BP, Laich, Sloan, Juice (gone), Clark (gone)

Almost not worth mentioning (less than 1 per game):
Backstrom, Schultz, Knuble, Fehr

Not worth mentioning:
Alzner, Gordo, Flash, Semin, BMo

2) the coaching staff and front office doesn't feel that hitting is a critical component to success. Its a philosophical difference that exists between the coaching staff and GM that exists here, vs in many other organizations incl the world champs.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 29, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Degree of hitting does not equal work ethic or motivation. There are far too many more aspects to a hockey game that count. Not all players are big hitters and, frankly, I don't think you want them all to be.

Last night, for one game at least, the players were totally out of sync for whatever reasons, but I do not think it was because they were not trying. It just wasn't working and I could see frustration everywhere.

Posted by: Steakum | December 29, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Capsyoungguns

Actually I think you can argue the work ethic of the Caps. How many times have we heard "We need to work 60 minutes, not 40"?

The Caps are a young team with a ton of talent. They need to realize talent without effort can be defeated by effort alone (a lesson they should learn from last night). When the Caps play with passion/effort there is not a single team in the league that can stop them.

Posted by: FLDave | December 29, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

do we have a captain yet? when do we find out?

Posted by: deadskin | December 29, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Last nights loss had nothing to do with officiating. Get that out of your heads people. A young team was shell shocked by a trade that came out of nowhere. The Canes where due for a win, the Caps were due for a thumping. It is what it is...

Posted by: FLDave

I agree with you that the loss was not due to the referring. However, I do think the referring was poor last night. The whistle was blown a lot last night, much more so than recently.

We were at the game so we didn't have the benefit of finding out why certain calls were made such as why Backs got four minutes. But the flow of the game was disrupted and play by both teams was uneven. To the fan in the seats it felt as though every time the rhythm of the game got going the whistle was blown.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I am not excusing their play,but that call late in the game against Laich was COMPLETELY ridiculous! And that shot any chnce at a late comeback...they also missed a call on OV! We could have had a 5 on 3 with about 6-7 minutes left.

Posted by: capscoach | December 29, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we aren't hitting because we are short defensemen? Poti, Pothier out, and Juice traded away.

I'm not big on hitting stats, and I honestly think that there are different ways to physical without registering a hit. I think the team system really requires the blueliners to start the play, in order to do that you have to have control of the puck. You don't have control of the puck if you're laying hits.

Again, I prefer dislodging the puck from the player as opposed to dislodging the player from the puck.

Posted by: JSchon | December 29, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Capsyoungguns

Being stuck in Jacksonville, FL I had the benefit of replay on Center Ice. Of course I would have preferred to be in the stands. I think we are all making way too much out of this.

The Canes were due for a win despite how cra**y they are and the Caps were in need of some humbling after thumping a couple of elite teams. In the long run I think this loss will be a good thing.

Posted by: FLDave | December 29, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

ps. hitting stats are the most useless in the nhl. rarely called the same from building to building. would not put any stock in them.
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so that accounts for a 350 hit differential between us and the Pens? come on. Go look at the road hits v home hits for each team. There's consistency across the board. No matter WHERE the Pens (or the other prolific hitting teams) play they generally get about 10 hits per game over us.

And even if the stats never existed you should be able to watch the game and tell with your eyes what the truth is.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 29, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

@FLDave

I have always maintained that on any given night any NHL team can win no matter what the standing are. Moreover the Canes have some powerful players, were in the playoffs last season, and E. Staal had a five point night. So yeah they capitalized on us big time. There were a lot of things going on with the Caps last night and referring was the least of it. But as a fan I hate heavily whistled games. I love the speed and flow and momentum changing kind of games. And last night wasn't one of them.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

do we have a captain yet? when do we find out?


Posted by: deadskin | December 29, 2009 4:33 PM
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Having a captain is not a requirement and the team still has the two alternates to handle all game time issues.
No rush in naming a new captain and I would be satisfied if they just decided to go with 3 alternates at this point until the right person is found.

Posted by: dkidwell61 | December 29, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton--"1) The personnel on this team don't like to hit in general. Its not part of the individual makeup for a lot of the players on this team. We have 6-8 players on the active roster who don't embrace hitting as a part of their style. That's a lot. The Penguins have maybe 1 or 2."

Ha, ha-the two who don't hit must be Crosby and Malkin. Seriously are you telling me that every other player on the Pens are hitters. I honestly don't study the Pens roster that closely but even I know that Crosby hates to hit and be hit. And thinks that Ovi hits too much.

@FLDave--regarding work ethic I think we are talking semantics here or in other words we mean different things by that description. I call the playing a full 60 minutes versus 20 or 40 as being uneven, inconsistent, and/or as playing flat instead of with passion. I didn't think last night for example had anything to do with work ethic, but everything to do with not having their head in the game.

But that's my opinion or interpretation. I'm looking ahead to the Sharks game now--this game is done. And the Canes indeed were due a win. Against an elite team too.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Lindsay said that they were going to wait until the team returned before deciding on the new captain. Good--let the dust settle so to speak.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 29, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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