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Caps GM George McPhee on today's moves

Caps GM George McPhee just spoke from Kettler Capitals Iceplex about an extremely busy trade deadline day. Here are some (hastily transcribed) quotes:

On how busy the day was

"They're always busy. ... nothing happens and then around noon it starts to happen."

"I like what we did. We got better, and deeper, and we didn't give up our future to do it, and we didn't take on any bad contracts to do it, so I was really pleased with the way it went."


On Joe Corvo

"Corvo was the top defenseman available in our minds, and we got him, and he plays a lot. He plays both ends of the rink, he can defend, he spends a lot of time on the PK but he'll generate offense, which is the type of defenseman we like."


On Scott Walker

"Scotty Walker brings experience and grit, and he can play up and down the lineup."


On Eric Belanger

"Belanger brings us some speed and experience at center ice; the sort of thing we were looking for, and he's also real good on faceoffs."

"We like his experience and his ability to shut people down, he's on pace for probably 18 goals this year, which is fine; he'll help us on our penalty killing. We just got another player who is a hard guy to play against."

On Milan Jurcina

"We know Juice, we know that in the playoffs last year we paired him with Tom Poti as a real good shutdown pair and they did a great job. He's injured right now, probably won't be ready for at least four weeks, but it didn't cost us anything to do it, to acquire him, unless he plays a certain number of games, and then it's a soft draft pick anyway, so the good news is, we had the cap room to do it, so we did it."


On giving up second-round picks

"That was the currency of the day, the second-round picks. I don't mind giving up what we gave up for Joe. I thought it was a good deal. I like Oskar Osala, think he has a chance to play, but we had an 'untouchable' list and we didn't give away any of those players. It gives me another year to acquire a second-round pick."


On trading away defenseman Brian Pothier

"Brian Pothier is a real quality guy, and he was great for us in the locker room and did a real nice job on the ice, and we'd do that signing again if we were presented the opportunity -- we would have done it all over again. I just want to thank him for what he did for us, but we thought Corvo was something that would be a little bit better for us, so that's why we made that move."


On where Walker, Belanger could fit into the lineup

"Not sure yet, we'll leave that up to Bruce to sort out. We're real deep now; we have a of of players. But the question was, we can move some people up, do we really want to do that? We have the caps space to keep everybody, and I think most of the players would agree that this is a great situation to be in and a good team that's deep. Let's stay here. And so we're going to keep everybody. And we did this with the playoffs in mind."


Will it be tougher for some players to get playing time?

"Well, for some people it might be. We could have moved them to teams that weren't in the playoffs. And there will be injuries, and there will be guys that may not play the way they can, so we move things around. But I certainly like our team, and our depth, and our versatility. Obviously I'm happy with what went on today."

More to come.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 5:46 PM ET
 | Tags: Brian Pothier, Eric Belanger, George McPhee, Joe Corvo, Milan Jurcina, Oskar Osala, Scott Walker  
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Comments

Let's go Caps!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | March 3, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Well that explains the Juice move. Once again, low risk with potential high reward.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 3, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

They call him "Uh Oh" Corvo, but he is a fast skater, and great offensively. Has way better offensive skills than Pothier.

Defensively, it's probably a wash with Pothier, but Corvo is sure more aggressive.

Looking forward to seeing Belanger in a Caps uni.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Ah, second to post!!

Good comments, GMGM, well done, we kept most of our pieces. Not too thrilled we traded two #2's, but we can get those back draft day. So the Juice is conditional, might be a free look.

I'm hearing Corvo pickup might've been made more to block Philly. Brilliant, I approve.

I've drawn up the lines and I don't see where Flash plays in this setup. Either that or Steckel is the odd man out. We do have a surplus. What I'd like to see is us rotate our forwards in and out like we did with our D to keep them competing and keep them fresh. Ideally, they'd ALL rotate in and out, but they won't rotate Ovie out.


Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Also, interesting (and I'm guilty of this, of course) with all the "wild Ovechkin" buzz, that the Caps acquire Corvo with his apparently checkered past and "Wild Thing" Walker. It would've been a helluva party with Iafrate and Ovechkin aboard the same ship, would've loved to be a player on that team, esp in the bars after the games!

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Says volumes about their philosophy wrt defense. They want their d-men to move the puck out of the zone and create offense, not spend time laying big hits and banging on the boards. When they need to tighten up on D, they expect the forwards to help out. Hope it works.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 3, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

A year to get a second round pick? You had a year to do something about Theo (after he bombed out of the first playoff game) and, and, and... nothing.

Posted by: caps1974 | March 3, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Finally, I have to believe GMGM thought he'd move a forward, Fehr, Flash or both.

I was at the one game Osala played last year and I was impressed: good speed and size and he did go to the net. I hope Fehr gets schooled by Knuble. I'm a Fehr believer, I think he's gonna be a very decent NHL player.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I just got home and am catching up on all of this.

Do we have enough room on our roster for all of these guys or is someone getting demoted/waived?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | March 3, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Any guesses on the untouchables?

I'm guessing Carlson, MoJo, Varly. It looks like Kugryshev's stock is up, and Orlov's.

Glad we didn't overpay for Hamhuis.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

both flash and fehr are RFA, I could see getting a 2nd back for one of them in a trade.

Posted by: caps512 | March 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

both flash and fehr are RFA, I could see getting a 2nd back for one of them in a trade.

Posted by: caps512 | March 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I have made my rounds on the various websites and the general consensus from the talking heads and experts is that the Caps had the best day. Straight from Craig Button and Barry Melrose's mouth. Melrose also said if the Caps win it all then McPhee looks like a genius. If we don't he looks like a dope.
I think one of us said that around 3:30 on on of the boards, if i'm not mistaken

Posted by: jmurray019 | March 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Melrose thinks the Caps need a goalie and he was referring to that when he said "if the Caps win it all then McPhee looks like a genius. If we don't he looks like a dope."

he liked all the moves that the Caps made today.

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Kugryshev will be playing in Heshey next year. He is dominating Quebec in his second year. Orlov already at 18 playing big minutes in KHL. Might be another year away but who knows. In a couple of years there will be a lot of guys pushing the big club for spots and GMGM will have many options to recoup some picks.

Posted by: lightshow | March 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

@lightshow

excellent, Kugryshev, MoJo, and Cody Eakins look like solid prospects, maybe in by 2012, keeps the pipeline stocked. We may be out Semin in '11-'12, so we'll need them to keep rolling in. Such is life in the world of Hockey these days...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

peteywheatstraw there is no roster size restriction for the rest of the year is what I have read.

joek443 like I said earlier that was going to be the case no matter what happened. If he had made no trades and we won he is great if not he should have done something. In this case he either should have have gotten "insert name here" or he messed up the team chemistry too much or whatever.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

both flash and fehr are RFA, I could see getting a 2nd back for one of them in a trade.
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Why? Flash and Fehr are excellent forwards. Flash is really having a breakout year and Fehr has performed very well. And you want to get rid of them for a second round draft pick? If we can get the picks back then great, but if not we are still fine with our deep franchise. Do not get rid of young, solid proven players just b/c you want draft picks.

And we will not trade Flash and Fehr, two guys who seem like they want to stay and will not be too expensive. The guy that will eventually be moved is Semin. After Ovie, Back, and Green there simply will not be enough cap room to keep him in the future.

Untouchables (I think): Varly, Neuvirth, Carlson, Alzner, Orlov, Holtby, Marcus Johansson, Perreault, Bouchard, Andrew Gordon, Kugryshev, Anton Gustafsson, and maybe Cody Eakin and Joe Finley if not more (GMGM does seem stingy with his top prospects).

Here is a good list of our prospects
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/teams/washington_capitals

Posted by: mcgratsp | March 3, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Every year, if your team wins/goes far, your moves look good, if they don't, you look dumb. Hindsight is 20/20 and winning excuses all flaws.

Unfortunately I don't think there was a goalie out there that was at the Brodeur/Luongo/Miller caliber that one could get at the trade deadline and everyone would say "that's it, that's the one the Caps needed." Tim Thomas and Vokoun were the names tossed around, and while both are good, they aren't a sure bet for goaltending that would merit what we'd have to give up to get them (and Thomas has a big contract).

Remember, Theodore is in a contract year and Varlamov has a lot to prove, and those are intangibles that make players perform more than money. In the playoffs, everyone has the same salary... zero.

Posted by: TheGJ | March 3, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Well, the Caps got some more defense, but better defense, not sure. I hope this new center is better than BrMo, who has shown some flashs of brillance, but a consistent offensive threat and good backchecker -- not so much. I hope some of these guys are pk studs, cuz that's where the Caps need the most help.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

What's odd to me is that the Redwings are in contention every year and have one of the worst AHL franchises while the Caps have the best AHL franchise and can't get out of the 2nd round. I guess I'm just fascinated with the Redwings because they are so successful, but I wonder how long McPhee's "untouchables" list is? It seems like some of these trades were made for the sake of making a trade and not what he wanted.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 3, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

We won't trade Flash or Fehr. IF we don't resign them then we get picks for them signing other teams.

Amount
Compensation Due

$863,156 or less
None

$863,156 – $1,307,811
3rd round pick

$1,307,811 – $2,615,623
2nd round pick

$2,615,623 – $3,923,434
1st and 3rd round pick

$3,923,434 – $5,231,246
1st, 2nd, and 3rd round pick

$5,231,246 – $6,539,061
Two 1st’s, one 2nd, one 3rd round pick

$6,539,061 or more
Four 1st round picks

Given that and what it seems that Flash and Fehr will make in free agency we will get at least a second round pick for Fehr and a first and a third for Flash.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS1

Corvo was leading the Cans in PK time and Belanger was also killing over 2 minutes a game and is almost as good as Stecks in the faceoff dot.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

The Red Wings are good because they can draft past the first round and make big trades when needed.

Posted by: Mike4169 | March 3, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what the contract status is for Corvo and Belanger? Are both expiring contracts?

Posted by: rnscaps | March 3, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what the contract status is for Corvo and Belanger? Are both expiring contracts?

Posted by: rnscaps | March 3, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

icehammer: Thanks. I was just about to look up that info. Based on my projection of Flash $3.5M and Fehr $2.0M for next year, Flash is worth a 1st and 3rd and Fehr a 2nd. The reason Flash rates a higher salary (and comp) is he's 26 this signing period and one year from UFA. Fehr might need three more years to attain UFA. That said, a smart move if Fehr goes RFA is some team offers him $2.6M - just at the top of the 2nd round range. So, he could easily get that figure. Flash could get up to the $3.9M figure. That's why I've put Flash as more likely to trade than Fehr.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 3, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

lol, did i call it or what? he said Joe Corvo was the top defenseman on their list.
Gee, i guess things worked out perfectly again~

There's liars, and there's liars.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Dalliquippa | March 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

lets face it, no matter who McPhee got, his answer wouldve been that it was their top targeted player.

I can understand being a little self-serving but he takes it to a whole nutha level that guy

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm hearing Corvo pickup might've been made more to block Philly. Brilliant, I approve.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | March 3, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

damn, too bad Philly didn't get him. Then our forwards could've abused him n the playoffs

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Read again. "Corvo was the top defenseman available" so that means eliminate guys like Kaberle, Neidermier, and all the other guys who weren't moved today. So you have Sutton, Whitney, and a few other guys none of which we much better if at all then Corvo and the Caps brass may have truly felt Corvo was better then Sutton ect.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure all 4 new acquisitions are free agents after this season.

I'm very much looking forward to seeing Belanger - he's great on faceoffs, and is a defensive specialist. Seems to be very similar to Steckel, except a bit better on offense and not quite as good on faceoffs. With those two as our PK centers, I think our PK will vastly improve.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 3, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

game time!

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Miller is indeed a GAWD DAMN AMERICAN HERO!

Now....LETS KICK HIS BUTT!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

RedLitYogi and cstanton1 that is at least part true. On twitter one of the guys I was following thought Corvo was going to Philly right before it was announced it was the Caps.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Could some one help me with my Math? With the 4 players we brought in and the 1 we shipped out how many players do we now have on the roster? Can they be sent down and recalled? Who is going down?

Posted by: wendel2 | March 3, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

A year to get a second round pick? You had a year to do something about Theo (after he bombed out of the first playoff game) and, and, and... nothing.
Posted by: caps1974 | March 3, 2010 6:03 PM |

I dunno, we had a 10 game winning streak out of Theo...not sure I would call that nothing.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 3, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

crappy start

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

its just too easy to enter our zone on the pk

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

A year to get a second round pick? You had a year to do something about Theo (after he bombed out of the first playoff game) and, and, and... nothing.
Posted by: caps1974 | March 3, 2010 6:03 PM |

As was said before he has been solid this season and what were they going to do trade him in the offseason when his value was at it's lowest?

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

A year to get a second round pick? You had a year to do something about Theo (after he bombed out of the first playoff game) and, and, and... nothing.
Posted by: caps1974 | March 3, 2010 6:03 PM |

As was said before he has been solid this season and what were they going to do trade him in the offseason when his value was at it's lowest?

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

crappy start

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse
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PK has been pretty decent.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

bad giveaway by Erskine. Defense starting to break down.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

theo getting a workout

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

PK has been pretty decent.

Posted by: elicea


I agree killed both and had two decent scoring chances on the PK.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

crappy start

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse
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PK has been pretty decent.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM |

Definitely a positive outlook on the start!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Hate night classes that suck and keep me away from watching the Caps!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Erskine is playing like this is going to be his last game. He already has two bad turnovers.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

3-7 shots -- not the way to beat Miller, got to pepper him. And two pk's so far, hmmm, not sounding like a great start.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

whew

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

don't really care how good Corvo turns out to be with the Caps... as long as he's good enough to make Erskine sit in the pressbox for the remainder of the season, that will be good enough.

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't worry about the start. This is the Caps first game since the Olympic break. The Sabres played last night.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 3, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

This might be one of the few situations when you would WANT to be the team that played last night. We look rusty, cept Theo, he looks decent.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS1 yes but we killed off both PP's and the calls will probably even out before the end of the night. Also http://atdhe.net/14264/watch-washington-capitals-vs-buffalo-sabres if you want to watch the game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

GREAT SHIFT!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

PP!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

PP time.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

What? Fehr on 1st PP unit?

Posted by: ablake70 | March 3, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

PP not very productive.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Sabres PK did what I want our PK to do...

MAKE IT HARD TO ENTER THE ZONE!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER PP!

GET 'ER DONE!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

K-BUS HAD THE LEAD ON HIS STICK!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

nice zone time

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!

Posted by: dc33 | March 3, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Miller was Miller, Theo was good considering...we survived a period where we shook of some rust, unscathed.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Morrison and Fleischmann are both way too soft along the boards.

Did anybody see that 2-on-2 where Poti and his partner tried to pick up the same guy? That nearly turned ugly.

Erskine coughing up the puck in his zone.

Semin's playing with intensity.

Our 4th line looked great that period. Gordon, Bradley and Steckel were cycling and moving their feet and even creating scoring chances.

I think it was Roy who skated unimpeded with the puck to the net on one play. Not sure who was responsible for that.

Theodore flinched on one shot and opened up the short side. I'm not sure what he was doing.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a goalie's dual today. Caps can't afford to get behind today as Miller is a great goalie.

Okay Caps, strike first!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Miller for MVP !!!!

Posted by: JPDC39 | March 3, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I love Hockey too mama! :)

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what it is about Flash. It seems like it's something upstairs. He's got great talent. He sees the ice well, has goal scoring ability, he's fast and good with the puck but he doesn't seem able to fully realize his potential because of his timidity. He's hesitant to get into any kind of physical battle and he seems to freeze at times when making plays in front of the net. I think he has missed more golden scoring opportunities than anybody else on the team this season, particularly on the PP. He all too often waits too long or whiffs or loses his balance trying to put too much on the shot. I can think of about 5 instances off the top of my head where he was standing by himself staring at an open net and for one reason or another, couldn't finish. I think it's mental and I hope he overcomes it so he can realize his full potential. He's put up great numbers this season but I think he could be doing a lot more if he got a little tougher mentally.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao

That is easily the biggest paragraph I have ever seen here. Congrats.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

K-BUS FAILS AGAIN!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Knubes had Miller beat.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, but I cannot watch in class, too obvious

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

JIMALLCAPS1 you must not have professors like I do. I was watching the NHL network's trade deadline stuff in class all day today.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Carlson looks good.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I think the caps have spoiled me too much this year...this game is a SNOOZE fest...zZzzZZZzz

Posted by: patrone | March 3, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

What an end-to-end rush by Chimera!

Love his speed and size.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Laich has had a good game.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

uh that give away was all Carlson

Posted by: patrone | March 3, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

SCHULTZ!

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

YES!!!

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I mean FEHR!

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Chimera has been awesome!

So has our 4th line. I hope someone on that line scores a goal tonight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

sarge, 55 the DblNick

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The Sarge is in charge! I had to say it.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

That didn't take long to blow that lead.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

That didn't take long to blow that lead.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

wow

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

my goodness. atrocious turnover.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOO!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

too much passing

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but that is the stuff that Green does that makes you crazy.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

we have a tendency to do that A LOT. we scored then a few seconds later a mental lapse... semin's driving me crazy tonight...

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

The Caps also have a habit of scoring right after another team does, just saying...

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 3, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh well, mistakes happen.

Semin is playing like a man possessed. Not great execution on the three 2-on-1s he's been part of but he's playing well in all zones tonight and he's playing with intensity.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

nice job fehr

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

That was just horrible by Green.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Our 4th line, Chimera and Semin have all played great tonight.

I thought Carlson looked good for the most part despite that bad giveaway.

Schultz has been good and bad.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

How about an Ovi goal for third period? I'll just settle for the Caps scoring more goals than Buffalo.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Thank God, the Caps did NOT trade Fehr.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank God, the Caps did NOT trade Fehr.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 8:42 PM


:)

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I want the Caps to get as many points as possible down the stretch but, more than that, I want to see them developing good habits for the postseason.

For the most part, they're doing good things out there tonight. They're moving their legs, playing in all 3 zones, etc...

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Huh, the Washingtonpost.com scoreboard seems to have reverted to the old spelling of "Simeon" Varlamov; I'm guessing this will be fixed later.

CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!

Posted by: dc33 | March 3, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

4th line has been money

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

good play by sarge on that 4 on 2

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin has had 2 or 3 plays tonight where he's tried to do much invidually entering the zone leading to odd man rushes the other way. The fancy stuff is great if you do it in the right situations, not in the middle of the ice without support in case there is a turnover.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Schultz has broken up at least a couple of odd man rushes tonight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

off the post!

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

GOAL! nice pass by Flash.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

beaut

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"We have the cap space to keep everybody, and I think most of the players would agree that this is a great situation to be in and a good team that's deep. Let's stay here. And so we're going to keep everybody. And we did this with the playoffs in mind."
---GM George McPhee.

I find this quote very interesting. Apparently, GMGM believes if the team stays together as currently constructed, they will stay under the cap next year. It depends, obviously on who retires, or wants to move on, but if this team wins the Cup maybe everyone wants to stay.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Lets go Capitals.
Greenieeeee

Posted by: scropion | March 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

okay greenie you are forgiven. i love you.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

sweet green - more d now

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

That goal was started by Schultz' hard work along the boards behind our net. He won the puck from two players and started the break out.

Phenomenal play by Schultz.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Our 4th line has been a pack of beasts in this game. If they can bottle this up and keep it up into the playoffs, that would be a huge plus.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Our 4th line has been a pack of beasts in this game

most probably trying to stay out of the press box

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Theodore came up big with that save

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

did somebody say theo?

i thought i heard...never mind

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

noticed that too kirk, 4th line and Erskne have been playing hard

Poti with a horrible turnover, no one pressuring him and he passes it right to a Sabres player. You just can't make stupid plays like that.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but that is the stuff that Green does that makes you crazy.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 3, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

half the team takes turns doing it. At least Green can turn it on when he wants to. Unlike #3

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Phenomenal play by Schultz.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

and then he counters it with a bad turnover at the blueline :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Bruce rewarding the 4th line.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

nice shot by gordo

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

gordo - nice

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

OUTSTANDING WIN!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

nice one by Gordo.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

that whole play started with a great simple play by Bradley. Gordo lost the faceoff and Bradley bulls his way thru a Sabres player and finishes a check as he clears the puck out of the zone. Thats the kind of stuff that gets overlooked but if Brads hadn't done that, the play would have stayed within our zone

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

How fitting that a 4th liner scores the game-winner.

Terrific game.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

What happen to the game, Versus is repeating the first intermission ??? what gives

Posted by: guer_j | March 3, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

YESSSS a good win!!! Theo was awesome. can't wait to see Varly AT HOME tomorrow night! it's been soooo long since he's played at home!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Impressive game defensively.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

I mean game-sealer.

The 4th line, Chimera, Semin and Schultz among others were phenomenal among others.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

that whole play started with a great simple play by Bradley. Gordo lost the faceoff and Bradley bulls his way thru a Sabres player and finishes a check as he clears the puck out of the zone. Thats the kind of stuff that gets overlooked but if Brads hadn't done that, the play would have stayed within our zone

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

that whole play started with a great simple play by Bradley. Gordo lost the faceoff and Bradley bulls his way thru a Sabres player and finishes a check as he clears the puck out of the zone. Thats the kind of stuff that gets overlooked but if Brads hadn't done that, the play would have stayed within our zone

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 3, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

That was a very good 1st game back! Esp. for the 3rd and 4th lines!

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

That was the closest this team has come to playing playoff hockey in a long time. I guess the lack of practice was a huge factor but we weren't the only team not getting much practice before the break.

There were mistakes but that was an exception all-around effort. I loved the intensity and effort.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

it is painfully clear to me - that all of GMGM's moves today have vastly improved the D

since trade deadline
gaa 1.00
blocked shots 9
pk 100%

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

great game considering they hadn't played in 17 days. the offense wasn't really clicking tonight like alan may just said but that's expected. the offense will be right back on track tomorrow night i bet. the defense was good except for that one turnover. very good win overall.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The third line of Flash, Fehr, and Chimera was our best line tonight. Nice goal by Green. (And this time a 4th liner, Boyd Gordon, iced the game with an empty netter.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

i've notice this before - whenever the caps play a good game (real close to a full 60 minutes) - only a few guys have over 20 minutes of TOI. tonight green had 25:13 and poti had 20:49

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

very funny kirk

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | March 3, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Good win. I'd rather win 2-1 or 3-1 than 6-5.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | March 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Well, we had loads of scoring chances, including a number of odd-man rushes, 1 or 2 posts and Knuble sliding the puck across the goal mouth. I wouldn't say the offense wasn't clicking. We just didn't finish that well.

More importantly, legs were moving, all 4 lines were impacting the game and for the most part, there was good decision-making.

There was more than one pretty bad giveaway.

Ovechkin was trying to do too much and gave Buffalo a few odd-man rushes.

Semin was playing as good as he has all season in terms of his overall play. I don't care if he didn't score. He was creating plays, playing defense, working hard and had no mental lapses that I noticed.

If I had to pick 3 stars, it would be the 4th line, Semin and Chimera. Schultz was in the mix too despite a couple of mistakes. He was largely responsible for the 2nd goal.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

wtf_e_fehr:
thanks

i do think that maybe a 26 man roster could light a fire under a few of these guys

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Kirk has a good point. The Caps, generally as a whole, play better games when nobody gets ridiculous minutes. (Although sometimes the team, like in our first game against Florida, the team will step up to make up for players who get injured during a game, with the remaining defensemen getting high TOI.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

that dude Tyler Myers will be winning multiple Norris Trophies... hard to believe he's a 20-year old rookie

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

great game considering they hadn't played in 17 days. the offense wasn't really clicking tonight like alan may just said but that's expected. the offense will be right back on track tomorrow night i bet. the defense was good except for that one turnover. very good win overall.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm being overly general but you score 3 goals on Ryan Miller then I'd say your offense is on track. Sure it took like 37 shots to do it but thats how you beat Buffalo. Keep them off offense and hope that Miller has a moment of weakness.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 3, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Yea, I have to imagine the combination of practice time and all the trades today had a lot to do with how well they played tonight.

Knowing your ice time is in serious jeopardy if you don't work hard and play well has to be serious motivation for a lot of the players. It probably scares them and triggers a little bit of that survival mode.

Perhaps that motivation factor will have as much of, or more of, an impact than the players we're bringing in.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Somebody mentioned in a previous thread that Walker and Corvo were part of the Hurricanes SC championship team. Apparently, neither of them were on the team at that time.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I know this probably won't happen but hope they keep Carlson around and sit Erskine when Corvo gets in the lineup

Posted by: joek443 | March 3, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, give Erskine credit for accidentally blocking that shot late in the game! Hah...

I love Erskine's intensity. He works hard and isn't afraid to mix it up.

The problem with him is that he's underskilled, even for a stay-at-home type, and he has mental lapses in the defensive end.

The guy works hard though so his issues rarely, if ever, stem from a lack of effort. I never see him taking shifts off. I guess I don't mind him as much as other people, esp. on a team that lacks physicality on the backend.

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 3, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

i used to said this about brash - but now it applies to erskine

i never seen anyone skate so hard but move so slow

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 3, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Schultz was great in the game tonight, minus that bluff up late in the 3rd period.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm being overly general but you score 3 goals on Ryan Miller then I'd say your offense is on track. Sure it took like 37 shots to do it but thats how you beat Buffalo. Keep them off offense and hope that Miller has a moment of weakness.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | March 3, 2010 9:57 PM |

Caps had a ton of great chances in the 2nd period. Chances they would normally bury.

Might take a game or two to get in the swing of things.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm being overly general but you score 3 goals on Ryan Miller then I'd say your offense is on track. Sure it took like 37 shots to do it but thats how you beat Buffalo. Keep them off offense and hope that Miller has a moment of weakness.
Posted by: CapsXXVI |
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Two goals on 39 shots. www.nhl.com/ice/boxscore.htm?id=2009020935

Posted by: Dalliquippa | March 3, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

The third Caps goal was an empty netter so we can't really pin that one on Miller.

Very high save percentage for Miller. At least the Caps made some shots and 2 shots somehow got in.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | March 3, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Flash sure made a statement to all of those who were ready to trade him. He was money tonight.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 3, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

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