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Caps recall Alzner, Beagle

Defenseman Karl Alzner and forward Jay Beagle have been recalled from the Bears and are here in Pittsburgh ahead of tonight's game at Mellon Arena. No reason was given for the moves in the team's release, but Coach Bruce Boudreau mentioned after last night's 3-2 OT win over Boston that the Caps had some "ouchies."

The Pens are just coming off the ice, so it may be a while before Boudreau speaks to reporters. But I'll post an update as soon as I have one.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 6, 2010; 11:02 AM ET
 
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Sit em all. Call up the entire Bears roster. Get the boys healthy for the road ahead. National TV ratings be d@mned.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | April 6, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Hell, I say we send the Bears to Pittsburgh and have the Stingrays travel to Syracuse, and Stingrays forfeit their 1st playoff game. That would be more fair for the teams in the NHL, AHL, and ECHL. Plus it would get our guys a day or rest.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 6, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Reposting from previous thread:

Comment from my co-worker who is a huge Pens fan: "I wish the Caps would call up the whole Bears team tonight. Then maybe the Pens would have a chance of winning. We need the points."

My reply to him: "And I'll laugh like h*ll if the Bears beat your Penguins."

Posted by: tess2201 | April 6, 2010 11:03 AM

Posted by: tess2201 | April 6, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

All joking aside, sitting one or two of our top players is acceptable but if I was NJ I would expect the Caps to put out a strong effort to give me a chance to compete for the division crown. If I was the Ranger, Flyers, and Bruins, I would hope the Caps would put out a strong effort come Friday. It is great to be on top but as an organization the Caps don't want to appear to be throwing games. Reminds me of a game at the end of the 2007-08 season when Florida went to Carolina and won there for the 1st time in some ungodly amount of trips. If the Panthers would have packed it in early the Caps may not have captured the SE that year. Of course they finished strong enough to be the 7th or 8th seed I think, even if Carolina would have won the division.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 6, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Screw em all...we did our job, we can play whoever we want tonight.

I say we dress Alan May and Laughlin and let them run around a bit...

Alan Mays head is as big as the Penguins jumbotron.

Posted by: SA-Town | April 6, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

i think if he was sitting anyone on one of the top 2 lines, bruce would have brought up giroux or aucoin. I would like to see andrew gordon get another shot, or even kyle wilson again

Posted by: _stevo | April 6, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully BB is recalling Alzner and Beagle because they have earned a game or two in the bigs and he wants to give a couple Caps some r-n-r for the playoff run. Beating the Pens in Pissburgh is great in the regular season, but beating them at home in the playoffs is as close to Nirvana as this Cap's fan gets. Hockey Nirvana is OV hoisting a certain Cup after winning 16 games in the playoffs.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 6, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I bet knuble and maybe schultz or Poti are out...22 is old and probably needs a break

Posted by: capscoach | April 6, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Big difference between "nothing to play for except pride" as in your Florida 08 example, and "nothing to play for because you have won everything there was to win so far". We always want to beat the Pens - but I don't care about being fair to Jersey. Two years ago NJ and Pens had nothing to play for going into the last weekend, both went to Philly, both got shut out (yes, Flyers actually had a goalie then); Flyers snuck into the 6th spot - and we all know the rest... So I am perfectly fine with resting a few tired guys and giving Beagle a chance he has earned. And even more so with Alzner, because our D is anything but set in stone for the next week and on. In fact, if Juice is ready for the second round, and we make it there *in spite* of our D, I wouldn't mind seeing 23-27 together again.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Is this Beagle's first game with the big club?

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

If any player should be out due to merit, it's Erskine. He stunk up the joint last night. Let Alzner take Erksine place for a few games.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Big difference between "nothing to play for except pride" as in your Florida 08 example, and "nothing to play for because you have won everything there was to win so far". We always want to beat the Pens - but I don't care about being fair to Jersey. Two years ago NJ and Pens had nothing to play for going into the last weekend, both went to Philly, both got shut out (yes, Flyers actually had a goalie then); Flyers snuck into the 6th spot - and we all know the rest... So I am perfectly fine with resting a few tired guys and giving Beagle a chance he has earned. And even more so with Alzner, because our D is anything but set in stone for the next week and on. In fact, if Juice is ready for the second round, and we make it there *in spite* of our D, I wouldn't mind seeing 23-27 together again.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Big difference between "nothing to play for except pride" as in your Florida 08 example, and "nothing to play for because you have won everything there was to win so far". We always want to beat the Pens - but I don't care about being fair to Jersey. Two years ago NJ and Pens had nothing to play for going into the last weekend, both went to Philly, both got shut out (yes, Flyers actually had a goalie then); Flyers snuck into the 6th spot - and we all know the rest... So I am perfectly fine with resting a few tired guys and giving Beagle a chance he has earned. And even more so with Alzner, because our D is anything but set in stone for the next week and on. In fact, if Juice is ready for the second round, and we make it there *in spite* of our D, I wouldn't mind seeing 23-27 together again.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Big difference between "nothing to play for except pride" as in your Florida 08 example, and "nothing to play for because you have won everything there was to win so far". We always want to beat the Pens - but I don't care about being fair to Jersey. Two years ago NJ and Pens had nothing to play for going into the last weekend, both went to Philly, both got shut out (yes, Flyers actually had a goalie then); Flyers snuck into the 6th spot - and we all know the rest... So I am perfectly fine with resting a few tired guys and giving Beagle a chance he has earned. And even more so with Alzner, because our D is anything but set in stone for the next week and on. In fact, if Juice is ready for the second round, and we make it there *in spite* of our D, I wouldn't mind seeing 23-27 together again.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

If any player should be out due to merit, it's Erskine. He stunk up the joint last night. Let Alzner take Erksine place for a few games.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 6, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Beagle has three games last season and six earlier this year with the Caps.

Also, from the last, Game 1 and Game 2 playoff tickets go on-sale (additionals) to season ticket holders Thursday at 10am. I don't know about general public, if there will be any left.

Posted by: saintex | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Is this Beagle's first game with the big club?

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

No, Beagle played a few games last year and a half dozen or so this season.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

One of the ouchies might be with Poti. He went into the boards pretty hard.

Not sure who Beagle comes in for.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Beagle has three games last season and six earlier this year with the Caps.

Also, from the last, Game 1 and Game 2 playoff tickets go on-sale (additionals) to season ticket holders Thursday at 10am. I don't know about general public, if there will be any left.

Posted by: saintex | April 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Beagle has three games last season and six earlier this year with the Caps. (And four playoff games last season.)

Also, from the last, Game 1 and Game 2 playoff tickets go on-sale (additionals) to season ticket holders Thursday at 10am. I don't know about general public, if there will be any left.

Posted by: saintex | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Saw this posted in a comment on Puckdaddy and thought we should consider it:

"There is much focus from the naysayers on the Caps' 17th-ranked goals-against average (2.78), but the statistic everyone should really look at is their five-on-five goals for-against ratio: tops in the NHL at a whopping 1.54 mark. As far back as we can tell, it's the best ratio in more than 12 years."--Pierre LeBrun

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for sending the Hershey Bears to Pittsburgh tonight. Rest our top players. They don't need to be playing successive nights right now. Frankly, we want Pittsburgh to win anyway. I know the road to the Cup probably travels through Pittsburgh, but I'd rather it happen in the Conference finals than in the 2nd round. If Pittsburgh edges NJ for the division, then they will get 2nd or 3rd seed and we won't see them until the finals. HOwever, if Pittsburgh ends up the 4th seed and all top 4 seeds win in the 1st round, then we get them in the 2nd round again.

Posted by: skibrent | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Saw this posted in a comment on Puckdaddy and thought we should consider it:

"There is much focus from the naysayers on the Caps' 17th-ranked goals-against average (2.78), but the statistic everyone should really look at is their five-on-five goals for-against ratio: tops in the NHL at a whopping 1.54 mark. As far back as we can tell, it's the best ratio in more than 12 years."--Pierre LeBrun

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@zmega:

Beagle played a few games last season and this one too. Scored a goal earlier this year as well.


Posted by: Sonyask | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Beagle has three games last season and six earlier this year with the Caps. (And four playoff games last season.)

Also, from the last, Game 1 and Game 2 playoff tickets go on-sale (additionals) to season ticket holders Thursday at 10am. I don't know about general public, if there will be any left.

Posted by: saintex | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Saw this posted in a comment on Puckdaddy and think we should all consider it - especially those who are criticizing the Caps:

"There is much focus from the naysayers on the Caps' 17th-ranked goals-against average (2.78), but the statistic everyone should really look at is their five-on-five goals for-against ratio: tops in the NHL at a whopping 1.54 mark. As far back as we can tell, it's the best ratio in more than 12 years."--Pierre LeBrun

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | April 6, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

the D is set in stone... when everyone is healthy, it will be 3, 26, 55, 52, 74 & 77 to start the playoffs

Posted by: joek443 | April 6, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

@zmega,
Beagle had 6 games with the Caps this season. Had a goal and an assist.

Posted by: _Mark | April 6, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I will never use RELOAD when commenting on CI.
Sorry, I will never use RELOAD when commenting on CI.
Sorry, I will never use RELOAD when commenting on CI.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Green is out again tonight.

My guess is that he is just a little bruised up and they want to keep him as fresh as possible so he doesn't wear down like he did last year.

It's nice to be in a position where you can do that and have no ill effects on the team.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 6, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

If Erskine gets a seat in the press box the first game or so, I hope you guys who want him there don't have a conniption when everyone is calling for Big John back because he's the only one who will clear the crease.

How short some people's memory are when last year he was one of our BETTER d-men in the playoffs. Don't be too quick to sell Erskine short. He is a playoff d-man. Schultz, Corvo, and Potie are not.

Cordially,
RBlatch

Posted by: rblatch45 | April 6, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I think CI just went haywire. I attempted to post, got an error, checked again and there was no new post, then re-posted. Looks like the same thing happened to a number of others cause there's a bunch of repeats here.

Posted by: Sonyask | April 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

it will be 3, 26, 55, 52, 74 & 77 to start the playoffs
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agreed, with emphasis on "when healthy" and "to start"... I am not so sure that's our 6 D in a month or so

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

if we are going to face Philly or the Rangers to start the playoffs, no way that Lumberjack sits.

Posted by: doughless | April 6, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Shultz hurt his right shoulder on a play behind the Caps net last night when the B's forward leaned into him and have him a counter hit. I wonder if he's going to sit tonight.

Posted by: griz0615 | April 6, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

clearing the crease is only part of a d-man's job... it's NOT the end all and be all.

unless they're willing to have 7 d-men in the lineup and use him on the PK only, he's gonna be watching from the pressbox.

Posted by: joek443 | April 6, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

have = gave

Posted by: griz0615 | April 6, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

1) The Caps should, and probably are, doing what they think will give them the best chance for success in the playoffs.

2) Players want to play. If they're banged up it is an easy sell to get them to sit so they'll be ready for the playoffs. If not it is a tough sell.

I'm starting to think people are getting too carried away with this "someone might get injured" stuff. Players can get injured walking down the street (Brendon Witt incident). Players can get injured when a skate accidently falls and lacerates a tendon in their arm (I don't recall they guy's name). Injuries are part of the game and if they're going to happen they're going to happen and can happen any time any place.

Rust can set in too. If they aren't banged up and haven't been overworked let the players play.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | April 6, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Beagle could be in for Walker so he doesn't have to play back to back cming off an injury.

Alzner probably in for Poti, is my guess. Let him have a day of rest.

8, 19, 22
28, 14, 21
83 (Beagle?), 18, 16
25, 39, 10

D - 27, 77 (i'm sick of corvo already), 55, 4, 26, 89

Posted by: adamkatzen | April 6, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

the problem with Erskine is that it's not like he just stays behind and only plays defense... he does jump in and joins the rush like any other d-men on this team even though he skates like he's always stuck in 2nd gear.

Posted by: joek443 | April 6, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Over under on tonight's game is 6.5. And even more amazing is that most of the money is on the over as indicated by the line movement.

Posted by: rockbroker | April 6, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS

how exactly did erskine stink up the joint last night? he was even with a hit and 5 blocked shots in almost 19 minutes

Posted by: _stevo | April 6, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope Corvo has an ouchie. Hopefully its a season-ending ouchie

Posted by: CapsandRavens | April 6, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't we still have Chris Bourque? Maybe we should have called him up to play against his former team.

Posted by: schnervel | April 6, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

erskine's never been that type of player so if he's jumping into the play now, he's a product of the BB system whereby even slow defensive dmen feel compelled to join the rush. We've also seen Erskine be an effective player here, which is more than I can say of Sloan.


don't care about Alz, he doesn't look that great in Hershey from the games I've seen. Glad Carlson's passed him on the depth chart.

Also glad to see Beagle up here. He's a good defensive center and he can skate well for his size. Just gives us another big forward who plays well at both ends. Scored a nice shortie recently where he pressured the goalie behind the net, stole the puck and then backhanded it into the net as two defenders closed on him. Beagle, Pinizotto, and AGordon are 3 guys I hope get a serious look next year. All 3 offer slightly different skillsets but what they have in common is they compete hard and bring a lot of youthful energy.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

if we are going to face Philly or the Rangers to start the playoffs, no way that Lumberjack sits.
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Against Rags? Against a team that has Christensen as their first line center, unless Lundqvist stands on his head in goal AND we have both Theo and Varly in complete collapse, we should be able to get by even if Erskine/Sloan is our top D pair ;-)
Flyers... a bit of a different animal, still not in the first game though.
I actually wouldn't mind getting Flyers in the first round. Their goalie right now is totally bush league (pun intended), and Carter is still out - but if they somehow sneak through into the second round and Leighton and Carter come back - I'd be more concerned.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I must have snoozed through Beagle's prior games. I'm glad to see him get a chance tonight and I'm glad to see they haven't forgotten about Alzner.

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I hope Corvo has an ouchie. Hopefully its a season-ending ouchie

Posted by: CapsandRavens | April 6, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

addition by subtraction, i can dig it

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I must have snoozed through Beagle's prior games. I'm glad to see him get a chance tonight and I'm glad to see they haven't forgotten about Alzner.

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

remember that incident he had with steve downie where Beagle landed 2 big checks on one shift and then Downie came after him and Beagle won the fight. He's not a scrapper but he doesn't mind mixing it up when he needs to.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCpljuWF6e4

found a little clip of that, it was in preseason. The Flyers were running us a bit and Beagle stepped up on his shift, landed a coupla hefty checks in the corner and then went to the front of the net. Downie came charging over to engage him and Beagle did a good job for a non-fighter. He slammed Downie to the ice and Downie limped off holding his shoulder or something.

In Hershey he plays wing and center and is a good PKer for them.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@rblatch45

I agree re: Erskine. I like him (and am willing to become the board's Erskine apologist). He does what he does well. When he gets paired with an incompatible defenseman (read: Sloan) or is asked to go beyond his comfort zone, he does poorly.

However, Big John stays home, clears the crease, makes sane outlet passes, holds the point when needed, and feeds to mobile, offensive defensemen. Pair him with Corvo, Green, or Poti, and he's fine. Same with Carlson. Do NOT, however, pair him with Juice, Morrisonn, Sloan, and so forth.

Posted by: EricinReston | April 6, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

_steveo: I realize you are a huge Erskine supporter but everytime he and Sloan were on the ice it was a disaster. He dropped his stick yet again too. He is probably our hardest working defensemen but his is at the bottom of skill pole. I'm not saying he stinks, heck, he's in the friggin' NHL.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 6, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Agree about AGordo for the next year - the only problem is he is a natural RW - and unless Fehr is deemed too expensive, we have a surplus of RWs. The year after, Knuble is gone, and maybe Semin as well - then, if Fehr is still a Cap, he moves up, and AGordo would be a perfect fit on the 3rd line.
In any case, we may not be able to afford both Flash and Fehr next year and have to pick just one.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Did you know that Corvo had the most defensive minutes in the playoffs last year for Carolina and they made it to the ECF. In addition, he played good minutes in Ottawa when they went to the SCF in 2007.

If he was good enough to be a top pair defenseman for an Eastern Conference Finalist who played better defensively than the Caps then wouldn't it make sensehe would at least be a top 6 guy on the Caps this year?

He is no savior or top notch defenseman, but he is a top 6 guy on the Caps today who is better than Pothier.

The one thing Corvo has that Erskine doesn't is the ability to move and pass the puck accurately. When the Caps go back in their zone to start a rush (which happens multiple times in a game), Corvo initiates the rush with his speed and stick skills. Erskine has serious trouble doing that and his play often leads to turnovers.

Posted by: sgm3 | April 6, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton - Nice video. Maybe he can do some of that tonight. Makes me think it will be interesting to see DellaRovere get a chance to mix it up with the big boys. Not that I approve of such things.

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@EricinReston

couldn't agree more.

@fanohock

he does seem to drop his stick quite a bit, but at this point I'd rather have him out there than Corvo (not saying he is better than corvo, but Corvo is just playing terrible since he came to DC). You could put green out there with sloan and he would struggle

Posted by: _stevo | April 6, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Big John used to have an appropriate partner for a 3rd D pair... [sigh]... unfortunately, he is in Raleigh right now

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

have the actual dates for Games 1 and 2 been announced? I checked Google... but no actual dtaes are returned... just a bunch of "check back later".... TIA

Posted by: fritz_pj | April 6, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

_steveo: I realize you are a huge Erskine supporter but everytime he and Sloan were on the ice it was a disaster.

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err..sloan. that's the key. Pair #4 with a better player and you'll get better results.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Agree about AGordo for the next year - the only problem is he is a natural RW - and unless Fehr is deemed too expensive, we have a surplus of RWs. The year after, Knuble is gone, and maybe Semin as well - then, if Fehr is still a Cap, he moves up, and AGordo would be a perfect fit on the 3rd line.
In any case, we may not be able to afford both Flash and Fehr next year and have to pick just one.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'll take AG over Fehr. AG is quicker, more tenacious and plays at both ends. It wouldn't be a bad idea to package Fehr/Flash off for another component (center/d). AG hasn't proven himself at the NHL level yet and its not like I want to dump Fehr. But if I had to choose between the two, I'd go with AG. The kid never has a bad shift. He's doing something good on every play. And he's much faster than Fehr who can get caught up ice pretty easily, has a hard time backchecking. AG is also all over the crease. Many of the goals that Giroux and Aucoin score, you'll see AG either providing a screen or he was the one forcing a dman into a turnover.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Corvo had the most defensive minutes in the playoffs last year for Carolina and they made it to the ECF.
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Last year he had two things that he does not have this year - healthy right leg and Joni Pitkanen. Leg is not so healthy anymore thanks to Alzner's sharp skate. Tom Poti is no Joni Pitkanen.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Game 1 and 2 are likely going to Be Thursday/Saturday or Friday Sunday. The Bullets are at home in Verizon Wednesday.

Probably put out the schedule Monday.

Posted by: _Mark | April 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess I don't see the point in complaining that Erskine is not Bobby Orr in his prime, or for that matter complaining about the individual weaknesses of the d-men. All our d-men have weaknesses. There are darn few in the league who can skate well, have a big accurate shot from the point, have lots of skill passing, are a big hitter who is strong enough to clear the crease, and can fight if necessary. So it is necessary to pair them appropriately so each partner can offset the weaknesses of the other. Erskine is OK when used appropriately. Same with Corvo, IMO, notwithstanding the occasional bone-head play. If we put them in positions where they are asked to do more than their capability, then shame on the coaches.

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

If he was good enough to be a top pair defenseman for an Eastern Conference Finalist who played better defensively than the Caps then wouldn't it make sensehe would at least be a top 6 guy on the Caps this year?
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thats a good argument for him. But from watching him play on the ice currently, do you really think he's any kind of lynchpin anchor for this defense? I mean honestly. Take his minutes from last yr out of the picture - the way he currently plays, do you want him racking up big playoff minutes?

the other part of that was, Carolina was a defense-first team. We're not. On our team, Corvo's deficiencies get exposed more because we ask our defense to do more.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

If we put them in positions where they are asked to do more than their capability, then shame on the coaches.

Posted by: zmega | April 6, 2010 1:48

darn good post.

I've seen Erskine be very successful and I've seen him look overmatched. I think he's a good option on the PK because he has less ice to cover and thats his strength. Being able to bang bodies and get the puck away from a forward along the boards. And if there's a goalmouth scrum, he and ShaMo do the best job of clearing house. Those are two guys along with Green I feel comfortable with on the PK. I don't want Corvo on the PK because he doesn't excel in close quarters. Poti is alternately good, alternately horrid on the PK. If I had my choice it would be Mo, Green, Carlson, Erskine. Those would be my 4 PKers on D.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

If Erskine gets a seat in the press box the first game or so, I hope you guys who want him there don't have a conniption when everyone is calling for Big John back because he's the only one who will clear the crease.

How short some people's memory are when last year he was one of our BETTER d-men in the playoffs. Don't be too quick to sell Erskine short. He is a playoff d-man. Schultz, Corvo, and Potie are not.

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i musta said that about 3 dozen times. Erskine was nothing less than solid against the Rangers last yr. Then he got hurt, came back gimpy, and looked overmatched (as did most of our D) v Pittsburgh.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I'll take AG over Fehr.
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You don't mean straight up, do you? They are the same age, and AG would be making the same money if he were with the big club; in a few months, Fehr will get about $2M/year (here or somewhere else) while no GM in the league would offer AG more than qual raise.

Posted by: igor_k17 | April 6, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

before cutting ties with Fehr, I'd want to give AG an extended look up here. Fehr has more market value since he's proven that he can score at this level. So if AG looks like he can take over a 3rd line RW spot, and play on the PP, I'd look into packaging Fehr for something we're short on. Fehr on many nights is still a one-dimensional player. He's got a nice nose for the net and he's got a nice wrister. But he doesn't skate very well, he's not a good defensive player and he's not a good forechecker. AG exceeds him in all those capacities, just a matter of him proving he can be some type of offensive force at this level.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 6, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I made this video of my puppy, he is trained and ready for the last game of the season against the Penguins as you can see... Good for a chuckle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdTV1fLBaXw

Posted by: Bobomite | April 6, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I picked up the A. Gordon game issued 35th anny jersey at the acution last month. I sure hope he develops!

Posted by: griz0615 | April 6, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

no news eh?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 6, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse


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