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Caps Recall Giroux

The Capitals' transformation into the Hershey Bears continues ...

With Eric Fehr hurt after his left shoulder collided with the glass in the second period of last night's 2-1 win in Toronto, the Caps have recalled forward Alexandre Giroux.

Washington now has the AHL's leading scorer (Keith Aucoin, 36 points) and the second leading scorer (Giroux, 30 points). If Giroux, who also has an AHL-best 18 goals, gets into the lineup tonight in Carolina, it will be his 11th NHL game and first since the 2006-07 season.

For those of you keepin score at home, the Caps are missing eight players who started the season on the opening night roster (assuming Fehr doesn't play).

I hope to have more from RBC Center in a few hours.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 7, 2008; 12:49 PM ET
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What a h is going on with all the injuries? Soon we'll have to call the whole Hershey team.This has to stop. Black magic or what I dont know but lets just find a magician to brake it! At least all the call-ups are doing great, so let's hope for another win against Car.
Lets Go CAPS

Posted by: Tondi | December 7, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Yay! I love Giroux! I hope he stays long enough so I can see him at VC on Wednesday and Friday. He's one of my fav's and I am glad he's back in our system after he was traded. I hope he does well up with the Caps.
On another note: today's game will be very interesting....


Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | December 7, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

The Caps should have a rabbits foot or other lucky charm giveaway night! They need all the help they can get to avoid playing all AHLers.

(Although I've been pleased with several of the call ups.)

Joe B

Posted by: rw-c | December 7, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Is everyone still day-to-day, and what does Semin going on LTIR mean, given that people think he could be back by next week. ANd Tarik, what do you think these defense injury problems mean for the Nylander rumors to chicago, especially considering two possible defensemen are involved (Sopel and Byflugien)?

Posted by: pshak56 | December 7, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think it's amazing that the Hershey Bears are still winning after all these call ups.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | December 7, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

this is insane. the fact that we are even keeping our heads above water is just amazing. just for this stretch alone Coach Boudreau deserves the Adams this year.

Posted by: DER27 | December 7, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sucks for Giroux, because he will probably tear or dislocate something tonight.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 7, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Chris Clark F Out Indefinitely (arm injury)
John Erskine D Day-to-Day (head injury)
Sergei Fedorov F Day-to-Day (sore ankle)
Mike Green D Out Indefinitely (bruised shoulder)
Brian Pothier D Out Indefinitely (concussion)
Tom Poti D Day-to-Day (groin injury)
Jeff Schultz D Out Indefinitely (broken finger)
Alexander Semin F Out Indefinitely (sore back/shoulder)
Tyler Sloan D Day-to-Day (foot injury)

Indefinitely what does this mean all season or what?

Also who injuried with the bears I know Grant Mcneil? Who else and any one coming back soon or when?

I am Stingrays Fan living in Charleston so just wanted to get some info?

Posted by: Hockeyfan2629 | December 7, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Yay Washington Capitals are now the Hershey Bears!! :) Don't remind me about Eric's injury again. I almost cried seeing him grimace in pain. :`( It was so sad.

Posted by: rachel216 | December 7, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

According to JP, Hershey is now down 7 (!) D-men - Alzner, Sloan, Helmer, Lepisto, and Collins are up, and Godfrey and Arsene are both hurt.

They called up Dovgan, so I'm assuming now that the Caps have predominantly the Hershey blueline, Hershey has the entire South Carolina defensive corps, and South Carolina has Section 113, Row C on skates.

If the Caps and the Bears both win today, we will officially have an absolutely unreasonable amount of organizational depth. Now let's just imagine the Calder Cup run this year when everyone's healthy - Hershey is going to have what is essentially an NHL blueline corps, and if Varlamov continues improving, it doesn't seem like there's a whole lot of teams that can put up a challenge.

Regardless of what happens this season, there are going to be a LOT of tough cuts at training camp next season, as we'll be looking at basically our young guns, a couple of vets under contract, and two teams' worth of serviceable-to-excellent young NHLers.

Posted by: KurtNYC | December 7, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe all of these injuries and Ovie just keeps throwing all of the boys on his back. This is more impressive than his season last year. His energy and toughness is so much fun to watch and it rattles the other team so well. Can you say M-V-P!!!! again!!....

Imagine how many points Semin and Ovie would have if Semin were healthy (Not to mention Greenie). Odds are we wouldn't be seeing Malkin and Crosby up top on the stat leaders.

Can't wait 'til we heal and then runaway with the Southeast so we can rest before the playoffs. Last year we just ran out of gas against Philly.

Off to Raleigh....So long from Myrtle Beach...Go Caps!!!

Posted by: Iceman27 | December 7, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

There are several good things that happen with all of these injuries, one: Many people are getting a chance to prove they can play, thus pushing others to keep playing well or they will sit. Two:Other teams can have a look at these players and improve their value in trades that we all know will happen at the deadline in 2 months and we can get the experinced big at home defenseman this team will need for a long cup run into June.

Posted by: RichC3 | December 7, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Our next call up should be a Shaman.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | December 7, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

What do all of these guys do during the games since they are injured? Play poker? This is the most unreal thing I have ever seen in regards to injuries.


Great point about training camp next year; not only do we have this great system and great depth, but we are now giving some guys a great learning experience in the NHL as well, which will only make them better. Guess we just have to look at the glass half full...

Posted by: Roose | December 7, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow the fact that Jurchina is our only defensman who hasn't missed a game, and we're not all hitting the panic button with both hands is a real testament to just how good Boudreau is.

Posted by: dcfury | December 7, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Does any of our Hershey folks have a scouting report on Giroux?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | December 7, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The big thing that I'm hoping for is that Hershey at least makes a run to the Calder Cup finals this season - that has a lot of benefits to the organization right now. First of all, a deep playoff run is going to give the guys like Godfrey, Carlson (if his juniors season is over then), and Osala a lot more games to develop and mature than a short season.

Second, winning a Calder Cup or two is probably going to give the organization a much better chance to keep these guys on even if we have to keep a bunch of them stashed in the minors for the first part of their next contract. It's my understanding that everybody likes playing for a winner. And when we do have to call these guys up during a tough playoff run next season, I'd sure as heck rather they've at least been through a long playoff run in the AHL before, so they know the grind and the intensity.

Posted by: KurtNYC | December 7, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

This season has demonstrated how critical it was that the Caps minor league team is now in Hershey instead of Portland, ME. Can imagine how hard it would be on the players to quickly join the Caps if they had to come from Portland? Some of the short-notice call ups might actually have been impossible. I really believe if the Caps can continue to weather this storm, having had so many of their AHL guys get some time in the NHL will prove to be a huge benefit to the team down the stretch and going into next season.

Another thing I think is starting to prove beneficial is that the AHL guys can so easily slip into the NHL lineup because the two systems are so similar. This would never have been possible with Hanlon.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | December 7, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Does any of our Hershey folks have a scouting report on Giroux?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | December 7, 2008 1:56 PM
Smooth skater, accurate shot, deceptively stronger in the corners than he looks.

I'm off to Hershey to see the Bears/Stingrays game against Norfolk. I'm excited that they have called up Viktor Dovgan. I've heard good things about him. And his presence will give Varlamov someone to talk to. :-)

Posted by: tess2201 | December 7, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Last night, Gabby said something to the effect of - one nice thing about having all these young defenders is that they follow what we teach them and implement the system, unlike some of the stars. Is that directed to Green, or to anyone in particular?

Posted by: hook99 | December 7, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I know he's not a scorer, but with all the injuries i would have hoped to see Laing get the call up.

Posted by: dcfury | December 7, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, tess2201!

Posted by: ccCapsfan | December 7, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse


I think the reason that we haven't seen Laing is that he would have to pass back through waivers when sent back to Hershey and they don't want to risk someone else picking him up. He may have passed through before, not sure...

Posted by: Roose | December 7, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@ dcfury

With all due respect, the board has explained why we can't do that. Unless we are prepared to keep him up here all year, he would have to clear waivers before going back down to Hershey.

I do not think he would stay up here and he would not clear waivers.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | December 7, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Roose, did not mean to steal your thunder.


Posted by: CTCapsPhan | December 7, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

@Roose & CTCapsPhan

I know about waivers, but aren't we already taking that risk with Aucoin?

Posted by: dcfury | December 7, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse


Aucoin was signed to a two-way contract, thus negating any waiver wire issues.

Posted by: JSchon | December 7, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@ Roose
The injured players watch the games from one of the luxery boxes. Even Brian Pothier has been watching.

Posted by: _LFR | December 7, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Rachel 216 and Gregannapolis- well, I did some research (boredom is a great thing) I know we all had the same question last night...What is "ten-bell" save. It turns out that it is a wrestling and boxing phrase. A "ten-bell" salute is used in both sports to signify a tribute to a fallen fighter. It is used to replicate the "final count" of the person's career. It is used as a tribute to honor achievments of a disinguished career. It is viewed to be simmilar to a 21 gun salute upon the death of a military member.

Not sure how Joe-B thought it would refer to a goalie or a save, but hey...I liked it.

Lets hope for some more 10-bellers tonight!

Posted by: lamplighter1 | December 7, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

As I said in a previous post "I wish Jurcina would shoot more he has a low laser."
And as for depth, Our cup runneth over! Can you imagine what we will do when we finally get even somewhat healthy. The Caps outplayed a hot Islander team on 3 days rest. And to the post by: Iceman27 | December 7, 2008 1:45 PM “I can't believe all of these injuries and Ovie just keeps throwing all of the boys on his back. This is more impressive than his season last year. His energy and toughness is so much fun to watch and it rattles the other team so well. Can you say M-V-P!!!! again!!....” I say AMEN!

Posted by: psugolf | December 7, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

He had to go through waivers to go down to hershey after training camp. I'm pretty sure the waiver process isn't as black and white as one-way and two-way contracts, I think it also has something to do with age, but I could be wrong.

Posted by: dcfury | December 7, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You're right dcfury...

-- “The waiver status of a player is determined by whether he has a 1-way or 2-way contract.”
Answer: False. Whether a player has a 1-way or 2-way contract has absolutely no effect on his waiver status – it has to do with the number of years since the player signed his first NHL contract and the number of NHL games he’s played since signing. In fact, there are ten (10) players who have 1-way contracts for 2007-08 and are exempt from waivers.

Posted by: JSchon | December 7, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

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