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Caps Reassign Aucoin

The Caps have sent call-up Keith Aucoin back to Hershey. The team had been able to keep him in Washington on an "emergency" basis while left wing Donald Brashear is out with a sprained knee.

Tarik will post the lineup before the opening faceoff.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 19, 2009; 1:09 PM ET
 
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I hope we don't need to wait too long for Brashear.

Posted by: uncatim | March 19, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks, just wanted to post a quick note that a few spots have opened up on the CapsRoadCrew bus trip to Carolina on Saturday. A couple people who were going had to back out, so if anyone is interested shoot an email to info (at) capsroadcrew (dot) com. You can find details on the trip, and the tailgate before, at www.capsroacrew.com.

Tarik & Corey were able to join us at the tailgate last year, we're hoping to get them to stop by this year too!

Posted by: StikSav | March 19, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I wish I could go! Alas, I have a previous sporting commitment I can't back out of.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 19, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Ovie - Nick - Semin
Flash - Feds - Fehr
Laich - Nylander - Kozzzzzie
Laing - Steckel - Bradley

Im guessing these are the lines.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I live down here in Raleigh and already have tickets to the game... hope to stop by and say hi

Posted by: UMWHockey | March 19, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the rules for goalies with regards to counting toward the seven years to become UFA? Players are eligible for UFA status after 7 seasons or when they are 27 years old before July 1st of that year. Alzner will be UFA one year early because he played more than 9 games this year. I'm wondering about Varlamov. Is it for goalies also up to 9 games doesn't count as an NHL season?

As for Alzner...he played in 30 games...even if they recall him Saturday and he plays the last nine, that's only 39 total and less than half the season. The team should therefore get some cap relief from what was charged for him earlier in the season. That could mean there will be enough space to add him for the final week or so as a tune-up for the playoffs. The Caps can carry 21 skaters for the playoffs. I'm thinking 8 D incl Alzner and Pothier and all 13 forwards.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 19, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz and bajgirl: Ok, i'm off my soapbox. I do enjoy seeing the stadium full even though I know it will taper off when the team has a downturn (hopefully not for a few years). Just not sure why even the fairweather fans won't wear RED to every game. The stadium looks sharp when there is a sea of Red. The Big Caps flags were being waved at the Carolina game, don't know if Red Rockers or fans were waiving them but that makes the place look even more sharp.

Someone was mentioning magic numbers a week or so ago, I think it was mauree. The Caps are down to 4 wins and a tie to clinch the division from Florida and 4 wins to clinch the division from Carolina, and that's if one or the other wins the rest of their games. As long as the Caps keep looking up and trying to catch NJ and Boston getting those wins shouldn't be too hard.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 19, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey folks, just wanted to post a quick note that a few spots have opened up on the CapsRoadCrew bus trip to Carolina on Saturday. A couple people who were going had to back out, so if anyone is interested shoot an email to info (at) capsroadcrew (dot) com. You can find details on the trip, and the tailgate before, at www.capsroacrew.com.

Tarik & Corey were able to join us at the tailgate last year, we're hoping to get them to stop by this year too!

Posted by: StikSav | March 19, 2009 1:37 PM

Dear StikSav,
I would love to join you and the team in Carolina. Please save me a seat.

Love,
Karl Alzner

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 19, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

a shame, Aucoin impressed me in the Atlanta game. Pretty much the only player who did impress me that game.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 19, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I like Aucoin too, but who does he replace? Steckel, nope. Nylander -- hey Sombero, I think you are on to something, hmmm...

OK, sitting Nyles is my agenda -- owning it

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 19, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

That is a shame about Aucoin. Those Hershey guys really seem to play their hearts out when they finally get the chance.

Posted by: mikesgirl1 | March 19, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1, the CBA says 27 years old or 7 accured seasons. An accurred season is being on the active roster for 40 games (30 if a goalie).

Posted by: koalatek | March 19, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1: Right now they're getting attention in D.C. because they're the only local professional sports team with a shot at a championship.

I still think it's funny that the Caps supposedly don't have that much depth in their roster, and yet are fifth in the league standings and fourth-highest in the league in projected man-games lost this year at 398. NYI, PHI, and STL are ahead of them.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 19, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

@fanahock

i will wear red when a 'red out' is called for in the playoffs, but nothing wrong with wearing some team stuff of a different predominant color to other games. Not that it is easy to find nowadays.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 19, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

welcome back Laing.

Posted by: rh71 | March 19, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

koalatek: So, no chance Varlamov earning a "season" this year unless he stays active and they play deep into the playoffs (and, assuming the playoffs count towards those 30 games).

As you can see with Bouwmeester, using up a player's eligibility when he's 18 or 19 has a price later on. Had the Panthers not drafted and used Bouwmeester that first season out of Junior, he'd have another year with them.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 19, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Unrelated - where are people watching the game from tonight?

Posted by: kittypawz | March 19, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

My recliner, although it would be fun to get into a bar with some other avid/rabid Caps fans. Seems like the gathering places are usually in NOVA and too far for me to drive to watch the game on TV. Have fun if you guys get together!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 19, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

bye bye Aucoin.

Hi Laing.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I still think it's funny that the Caps supposedly don't have that much depth in their roster, and yet are fifth in the league standings and fourth-highest in the league in projected man-games lost this year at 398. NYI, PHI, and STL are ahead of them.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 19, 2009 2:16 PM

eh, i dont know. we have a decent amount of depth. We arent the LA Kings or anything, but id say our farm system is pretty spread out.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1: Where are you? If you're in the Baltimore area, maybe we can get something together.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 19, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh, i see it now. Supposedly. heh.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Great to see Laing back! He is a poor man's Boyd Gordon. But I love the way he hustles! Hope BG is better soon. Just a quick note: The 3rd line was the best line on the ice Tuesday. Ovie, Semin and Backs were trying to be too cute. Honorable mention goes to F Street. The old man really had is game on! Lets hope we see the exact same effort tonight!
Lets Go Caps!!!!

Posted by: psugolf | March 19, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse


too cute? I dont know about that. FLA just covered that line well. They could barely get their forecheck going all game, while the 2nd and 3rd line had no problems.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm a bum because I'm NOT going to the game. It's 1 hr 45 mins each way to the rink in Tampa. Broadcast locally on HD though and I rarely get to watch HD (except they just added Vs HD to the package last week. Game against the Thrashers this week - I got to see the ugliness extra clearly).

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 19, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does regular VS feeds look extremely over exposed?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I think it's four wins vs. both. We don't need the tie vs. Florida because four wins put our win total out of reach for them and that's the first tiebreaker, correct?

Posted by: saintex | March 19, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

The Caps can carry 21 skaters for the playoffs. I'm thinking 8 D incl Alzner and Pothier and all 13 forwards.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 19, 2009 1:52 PM

i fail to see the point in having 3 extra scratches if Hershey is in the playoffs as well. I know that the franchise team is first priority, but 8 D men seems a little bit overkill when Hershey can use him.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz: if you ever arrange a Caps gathering in advance in Baltimore, let me know!

Posted by: Don-Ald | March 19, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1, well I'm just going by Section 10 of the CBA. It only lists the following types of UFAs (not counting undrafted guys):

Type 3: This is the 27 or older or 7 accured seasons. According to Section 1, an accured season is 40 (30 for goalies) NHL regular season games.
Type 5: 10 professional seasons (any level) and makes less than the average NHL salary.
Type 6: 25 or older, 3 professional seasons and fewer than 80 (28 for goalies) NHL games.

So yeah, I guess Varlamov isn't in danger of gaining a NHL season.

Posted by: koalatek | March 19, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

i fail to see the point in having 3 extra scratches if Hershey is in the playoffs as well. I know that the franchise team is first priority, but 8 D men seems a little bit overkill when Hershey can use him.

Of the 21 skaters in question, the only one who can be sent down to Hershey is Alzner. If BB would rather dress Alzner than one of the other D-men, Alzner will be on the Caps roster for the playoffs. It is also possible for Clark to come back and be the 21st player. Either way, you expect minor injuries, so you want to have a full compliment of players. Hershey is not the priority.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 19, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1:

Honestly I don't think wins are hard for this team to get. I think it's how this team view other teams, that's been puzzling a lot of people. IMO.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 19, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

20-man roster sounds fine to me and killing chemistry for minor injuries doesnt sound too good in the playoffs, but i was not sure of which would have to clear waivers. if 21 need to be up here, so be it.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 19, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

koalatek: I think there's an exception to your model. For players 18 or 19, I think it is ten games played that counts for a season against the seven before UFA. I think I read that somewhere.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 19, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@StikSav:
I'll be in Raleigh, see ya at the tailgate!

Posted by: alagarts | March 19, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Smells like a blow-out tonight unless we decide to to take another night off.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 19, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully we can play like we did last time we were in Tampa Bay.
(See: Green, Mike)

Posted by: arcassells | March 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Being that the Caps have not been running deep in the playoffs in over a decade, I forget the rules for calling up players from the AHL/ECHL and juniors (Juniors for the Bears pulling up players)

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 19, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1, it looks you're thinking about the definition of a pro season for Group 2 RFA eligibility. That says "For the purposes of this Section 10.2(a)", 18-19 year olds gain a pro season for playing 10 NHL games.

Posted by: koalatek | March 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget my fearless prediction -- The Caps will win tonight! I predicted the win in Miami, and I want my one to become a streak! Of course, my prediction is worth less than the dollar equivalent of a McDonald's coupon. The Caps will win big time in Tampa!!!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 19, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

JMALL

I know junior players can join the Bears after their junior seasons have wrapped up without being on the Clear Day roster or considered "In Residence". Take Perrault last year, or Collins & Joudrey the year before. The only thing I'm not sure about is signing this late in the season (AHL). Case in point, Tyler Sloan in the 05-06 Calder Cup Run. He didn't play any regular season games with the Bears. He was signed for Playoffs though and did play 2 games.

Posted by: OverTheBoards | March 19, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Alright! Laing's back! Nylander has been playing a lot better and Feds is healthy. Perfect timing. We could've used Laing a long time ago. Welcome back

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | March 19, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Aucion's contract is one way only next year. Who's he replacing?

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 19, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I cant wait to see Laing again! I love that guy. PK machine. Too bad you cant have 5 lines in hockey. I'd seriously think of keeping Laing around for the playoffs. Too bad he isn't on the big club all year. You can teach some skill, but not heart. No one can teach what Laing is willing to do. WELCOME HOME!

Posted by: oo7 | March 19, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

sporttraveler, technically, he doesn't replace anyone, it only means he'll be paid the same amount in Hershey or DC.

Posted by: koalatek | March 19, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I understand that but I'm sure they aren't going to pay him a half a mill to play in hershey next season.For Those who not understand about one way contracts and two way.
http://www.totalsportsmgmt.com/pro-hockey/

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 19, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Varly :)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 19, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Laing :)

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 19, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Tampa...everyone is quiet...playoffs need to get here soon...this SE schedule is brutal for a hockey fan!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 19, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Stop copying me, ludeman95! Haha, just kidding. :-)

Posted by: rachel216 | March 19, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Cool, Varly is in net tonight. He looked pissed a that shot that got by him in the Thrashers game on Mon.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 19, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Spell check: that should read "at" not a.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 19, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Looking forward to watching Varlamov start tonight! Hopefully things will go well for the team. I'd like to see Ovechkin get his 50th goal tonight for the season... get the Big Scary Milestone(tm) out of the way. They play better when there aren't big milestones in the way, I think...

Posted by: irockthered | March 19, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@hazz from last post: SHHHH! DO NOT SAY THAT WORD! You'll jinx it!

*spits, turns around three times, and leaves the... no... wait... that's for the other word you don't say... :-p

*does her patented anti-jinxdance instead, seen by nobody but her cats. (It's kindof embarrassing!) ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | March 19, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

So excited Laing is in!! Been looking forward to this day all season!

Posted by: Heidi1 | March 19, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

there's no question TB's D being so banged up isn't good news for anyone looking for OV's 50th. Any opinions on how Caps D and particularly Varlamov will stand up?

Posted by: mrvenice | March 19, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

oopps, meant IS good news, not isn't

Posted by: mrvenice | March 19, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

All I gotta say is that as long as the boys keep their feet moving and get pucks to the net, we should be fine.

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 19, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

That settles it. BB himself seems to think that inconsistency is the biggest problem in going forward toward the Cup: "Our penalty kill one game allows three, the next game it's perfect...etc." When I mentioned it as a big problem before, many were quick to point out similar inconsistencies in other teams but with them they are the rare exception while for us they seem to represent a pattern. And don't you agree that wide inconsistencies have been plaguing us this month especially?

Poor Aucoin. He barely got here. Could someone explain to me why Laing vs. Aucoin, and why not keep and develop some Hershey players for an extended amount of time rather than shift them around every game or two?

Posted by: caraveli | March 19, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You can teach some skill, but not heart. No one can teach what Laing is willing to do. WELCOME HOME!

Posted by: oo7 | March 19, 2009 3:22 PM

It's amazing what an incentive clause will do for a person's "heart". Having said that, the beauty about Laing is that he doesn't need it to fly around and block shots. Then again, I guess making the big club is incentive enough.

Posted by: Moose33 | March 19, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I have tickets to the game Sat, where is the crowd sitting?

Posted by: fatboy08 | March 19, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@fatboy08: I believe the Caps crowd will be behind the Canes goal.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 19, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

@Pawz,
I'm in row W behind our bench. But thanks for the info. Do you happen to know where the tailgate is?

Posted by: fatboy08 | March 19, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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