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Caps Recall Motzko

Because of the injury to Michael Nylander, the Caps have recalled Joe Motzko for tonight's game in New Jersey.

This will be Motzko's second second stint in Washington this season. The 27-year-old winger had one assist in three games with the Caps in October. He currently leads the Hershey Bears in scoring with 10 goals and five assists.

In addition to being without Nylander against the Devils, who have won eight straight games, the Caps also won't have forwards Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) and Boyd Gordon (broken right hand). I'm at Kettler Capitals Iceplex right now and Clark and Gordon are skating with one of the team's trainers. No sign of Nylander, who is out with an undisclosed injury.

Clark seems to be moving okay, but I would be suprised to see him in uniform for Saturday's home game against Atlanta. Gordon, obviously, will miss a few weeks. Not sure about Nylander's status for the Thrashers.

Anyway, I'm off to Newark. I'm scheduled for a 2 p.m. online chat, and as long as I can connect from the N.J. Turnpike, I'll be there.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 7, 2007; 10:38 AM ET
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Let's all speculate about lines. My guess:


Posted by: old time hockey | December 7, 2007 10:57 AM | Report abuse

This week I feel foolishly optimistic. Remember how bad Brashear was playing before BB? I am hoping that Motzko will find his rule in BB scheme tonight and play better, as Brash did.

Posted by: mauree | December 7, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Freaking Lame. What about Chris Bourque. Who cares about Motzko. He'll never be regular or have a chance to be, at least Bourque could possibly end up being an NHL regular. Another lame, boring move by GMGM.

Posted by: Lame | December 7, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't think that Brash was that bad pre-BB. I think his role was - delusional - on the part of Hanlon/GMGM. You don't suddenly "get better" with a change in bench bosses.

Motzko will hopefully be better than his last gig. Couldn't really get much worse...

I have no hopes for tonight's game. NJ is on a tear and we're treading water - maybe.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

god damnit nooooooooo, this is freakin disgusting. and what the hell is wrong with nylander?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

According to the Bears, Bourque has concussion-like symptoms.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse


Bourque is out injured with "concussion-like symptoms." So, he couldn't be recalled for tonight's game.

Posted by: Jordana | December 7, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Ummm, Lame, Borque is hurt. Concussion-like symptoms. We can't really bring Clymer up either as he would be snatched away on waivers immediately due to some weird quirk in the CBA.

Motzko on the 1st line? I don't know why, but I'm almost thinking that Laing might show up there.

Posted by: EricS | December 7, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The return of the KOMmie line (Motzko/Moscow).

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse


We have been there and tried that!

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

EricS - There's no way Laing gets time on the first line. He's a shut down, penalty killing specialist. Definitely too slow and unskilled for the first line. Bank it!

Posted by: AB | December 7, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

It really stinks that the Caps will be without two centers (Nylander and Gordon) because they have such important defensive duties. When Kovlov plays center, I think he is less effective, having to hang back, not able to plant his big frame in the crease. Clark will be really missed, too.

Posted by: JIM | December 7, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

"When Kovlov plays center, I think he is less effective"

Less effective compared to what? He's not exactly tearing it up on the wing.

Posted by: zamboni | December 7, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

who gets called up tomorrow after Semin quits halfway through this game?

2 centers out tonight? Thank God we got a draft pick for Suts!

Posted by: sean | December 7, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Why are the Caps fans so worried now: they were in LAST place with the LOWEST point total when they were playing WITH Gordon, Nylander,and Clark!

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The Caps are only 5 wins out of a spot...despite the horrible season...thats why Caps fans are worried....5 wins...we are right back in it.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Just no.
Motzko sucks

Posted by: HD89 | December 7, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Bubba | December 7, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

HD89, I am with you. Motzko sucks!

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Brodeur will be in goal tonight or Sutter will put in Weekes to give Marty a break.

Posted by: Roger | December 7, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh man, I just saw that the Devils are honoring Scott Stevens tonight...What a slap in the face!!!!!!

Posted by: Roger | December 7, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It's just going to be one of those nights were it doesn't seem like we should win... but we beat 'em by 6.

Posted by: capthis! | December 7, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Devils honoring Scott Stevens tonight. Devils honoring Scott Stevens tonight. Will the nightmare ever end?

It's just another piece of evidence that The Curse of Scott Stevens is real. Not to mention all the injuries this season..


Posted by: Oneal | December 7, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"Oh man, I just saw that the Devils are honoring Scott Stevens tonight...What a slap in the face!!!!!!"

No Doubt! Where is my bag? :-(

Posted by: Hattrik23 | December 7, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Mark Recchi is on re-entry waivers as we speak - given the Caps' problems at forward, I think he would be a decent pickup at half his salary.

Posted by: Shaggy | December 7, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Every single last one of you are lame too.

Motzko is worthless to this club. Might as well dress 8 defenseman.

Posted by: Lame | December 7, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

More Sutherby talk? Give me a break. The guy was probably as bad as Motzko. :) Seven games with the Ducks. No goals, no assists, seven shots. Guaranteed Motzko can do that.

What are the chances that Backstrom makes it to the top line and keep Kozlov on the wing? Steckel can play with the second line and Laich centers the third. Who needs a 4th line center because we won't have them out there to win any important faceoffs.


Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Motzko sucks!

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

So does Sutherby.

Posted by: Phil C, | December 7, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

package a trade for Marleau. Emminger, Motzko, picks, the towell girl and a gift card for a years worth of Starbucks.

Posted by: pch49 | December 7, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'll give Motsko a chance - it could be that he was thrown into a situation that he was not qualified to handle last call-up. He was on the top line playing against other teams top D. That's a hard assignment for most any AHLer. Perhaps he will play fine on the 3rd line. What other choices do we have at this point.

We could stack our top line and make the all russian line?

Posted by: cs | December 7, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

To those who are always complaining, YOU ARE RIGHT, THIS TEAM SUCKS! Now go cheer for another team and take your delightful, cheerful attitude with you; maybe then, the rest of us can have a meaningful discussion about hockey in general and the Caps in particular. We'll miss you.

Posted by: Joe | December 7, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Caps to pick up Recchi. B3

Posted by: Brad | December 7, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so no one is thrilled with my guess of lines. But, what else can they do? Flash isn't any great shakes either. They could stack Kozlov and Backstrom with OV which would be cool, but the ripples down the lines get severe quick. Laich centers line 2 and there is no real 4th line center, effectively running 3 lines all night. Again, not a great option.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 7, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Instead of calling up AHL'ers to play offense and be non-productive, why not play Green on wing and activate 44 or 4 for Green's "D" spot?

I know I'm grasping at straws, but I'm not optomistic about Motzko.

Posted by: Steve R | December 7, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

But it's not like the 4th line is out there for extended periods anyway. Heck, I'd almost rather see Steckel on the top line just so we could be sure to win a face off. Actually, I've wanted to see Gordon centering OV all year, but so much for that right now.

As far as Recchi goes... I'd still rather give that ice time to someone else. I don't think picking him up is a good idea.

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm not super frustrated with Motzko being called up. I think Bruce has a much better sense of Motzko's play than Hanlon did. And I'm fine with him starting on the first line, because that's not where he'll be playing the whole game.

Posted by: Stephen | December 7, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Green on the wing huh? An interesting idea. He could probably do it, but his future isn't as a wing, so they probably want him to get as much experience at D as possible.

I remember when they used to use Ken Klee at wing a bit. Not good. Let's see what Motzko can do. Hopefully, it's just for a game or two anyway while Clark gets healthy.

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Are you Recchi fans banking that he is overrated for being overrated for being underrated? (Yes, that's typed correctly)

I haven't seen Motzko play, but I bet BB will use him more wisely than Hanlon did. Doesn't mean I wouldn't rather see Clark back skating on one leg.

Wait, isn't there a chat on...?

Posted by: Icebat | December 7, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the "Rent a Recch" camp. Especially at half salary, and especially NOW. We need an experienced body out there, and an old Recchi is better by far than a young, healthy Motzko. He can also help with the other "growing" offensemen.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, Boudreau coached Motzko down in Hershey and wants him back as an injury recall. Some of the posters say he's awful because they saw him play a few games in DC under Hanlon. So who's opinion should I listen to? A guy who's been a pro coach for over 15 years and won at every level or some posters who've probably never coached peewees. Hmm, let me think...

Posted by: b.oor4 | December 7, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Everyone called this one. Source:

"PHOENIX COYOTES-Traded G Alex Auld to Boston for F Nate DiCasmirro and a 2009 fifth-round draft pick."

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse


Oh, come on, man! Don't you know the collective wisdom of all the hack.. er experts on this board FAR out strip the measley coaches and GM's out there!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse


Motzko sucks.

Posted by: Bobo | December 7, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Recchi cleared waivers. Penguins sent him to their AHL affliate.

Posted by: tallbear | December 7, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

From Tarik's chat:

Newport News, Va.: Thanks for the coverage Tarik. What do you think about Alex not training much this week? Isn't it kind of bad for the team as a whole? I know A.O. is one of the best player in the NHL, but wasn't Bruce going to treat everyone the same? I'm just worried about poison in the dressing room.

Tarik El-Bashir: I've always been told that Ovechkin gets time off because of the hard minutes he plays. But I've defintely heard some players grumble about others who get a pass on practice.

When other players reach the level of OV, only then can they grumble... Until then leave the guy alone!!!!

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Here is my worthless two cents. Yes, the Capitals miss Gordo, but you've got to admit that Laing has done a helluva job since being called up. That guy has earned every penny of his paycheck to get his teeth replaced when he wants too.

Now we are faced with the second era of Motzko. I would be ok with Petty moving to the 1st line to play with Koz and Ovie. Unfortunately, it's going to be Motzko up there.

We can start taking wagers on how bad this game is going to turn out. I'm thinking 6-1 Devils.

Posted by: Mitch | December 7, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Finn,you need to read Tarik's comments more carefully. He's not saying players are grumbling about Ovie taking off practice. He says players are grumbling about OTHER players taking time off.

Posted by: b.orr4 | December 7, 2007 2:46 PM | Report abuse


lol Newport News, VA is me. Tarik's answer surprised me negatively.

I actually disagree (in part) with you Finn. If the players are not happy about it, it WILL show on ice. I'd rather have everybody give 100% for each other than have one player give 110% then not practice.

Posted by: mauree | December 7, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is a class act. Just don't piss him off. Practice or no practice. He is still the best guy out there. Good ice, bad ice. He still scores goals. Or are you saying that it is Ovechkin's fault that others don't give 100% out there???

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

pre-Hanlon I'm convinced that OV do-it-all attitude contributed to other players not giving 100%. Think about it, it's like not trusting your teammates, who in turn should learn how to be trustworthy but are not given a chance.

I see that with BB AO is not doing that (much) anymore, thus giving teammates the chance to assume more responsibilities. That is good.

However I AM worried that he's not practicing with the others. If I (and you Finn, and everybody) was doing suicides and AO was gone by then, I'd probably be pissed, no matthr how good he is. It's a team sport. If Tarik "definitely heard" someone grumble, it means the players ARE pissed (who other than AO is skipping practice? no one to my knowledge).

Of course I have nothing against AO. He's one of the best. I'm just worried about what might be or become an issue.

Posted by: mauree | December 7, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Kolzig did the suicides. He's much worse with his "holier than thou" attitude. If Ovechkin misses practices, I am sure it is for a good reason. I would not doubt his motivation and desire to win.

Who in BB's Caps should assume more responsibilities? The Caps are nothing without Ovechkin. And they know it.

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If I was Ovie, I would be pissed - at having to carry the team again on his back all over again. Can you imagine Ovechkin on the Senators or the Canes? He'd have 80 goals.
Semin, Petty, Kozlov - if they need a GPS to find net, I'll buy them all a Tom Tom, but come ON, fellas. Semin has that cowed puppy look going on and I'd like to smack him out of it.

Posted by: Shaggy | December 7, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else catch this nugget from the chat:

As for Nylander, the Caps aren't saying. Everyone I've talked to has said they'll get in big trouble if they say what's wrong with him.

What does that mean? They'll get in big trouble? Does that mean he's got a personal issue, or a substance problem, or some bizarre injury like a social disease or a concusion, or....?

I guess I'm having trouble understanding why the team would get in "big trouble" by saying what's wrong with him. In trouble with who? The union, Nylander, the league? (I understand there may be other reasons not to say for competitive reasons, but "getting in trouble isn't one of them.) Any thoughts?

Posted by: old time hockey | December 7, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Re ovechkin's practice, I read Tarik's comment as saying players were kind of miffed at some of the other people who get a pass on practice. (Kozlov, Nylander come to mind.) If Ov can have 2 points a night after spending the day before iPod shopping, that's fine. But, since the rest of the guys don't contribute that consistently, they shouldn't be getting practice off unless they earn it or need it for recovery.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 7, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

We could be seeking to trade Nylander(?)

Posted by: austinsteve | December 7, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

(currently actively negotiating)

Posted by: austinsteve | December 7, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me Gabby didn't steal a page from Jack del Rio's motivation book and Nylander tried chopping wood.

Posted by: tallbear | December 7, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

austinsteve ,

For a bag of pucks and 5 3rd round picks?

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Gordons injury was listed as "undisclosed" when it first happened too. Maybe we will hear something in the next few days, especially if he is still out.

Not sure if this means anything or not, but Tarik mentioned that the person going on IR if we called someone up would be Clark. Does this mean they anticipate Nyles returning before Clark? I am probably reading too much into that.

Posted by: cs | December 7, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Remember how bad Brashear was playing before BB? I am hoping that Motzko will find his rule in BB scheme tonight and play better, as Brash did."

So, you're saying you hope Motzko will show no noticeable improvement, Mauree?

We can only hope.

Posted by: MikeZ | December 7, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

old time hockey

I agree with you that it's no reason to keep it from us, but it's probably just one of those "keep it in house" situations.

Maybe they aren't sure of the extent of the injury, or maybe he did something dumb, or maybe they are going to trade him and are holding him out.

If they do, I have no problem with that. Bad timing right now, but if they get a good deal, go for it. I think he's a very frustrating player to watch. Maybe things will be better under BB though. I have already started to like what he's doing on the PP a lot better. We'll just have to see I guess.

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse


That would be one of GMGM's better trades...

Posted by: Steve R | December 7, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

the reason they don't disclose injuries is so other teams wont go after players knowing that they have a bad wrist, ankle, etc. disclosing that someone has a bad wrist will only incite other teams to whack them all game long. all teams play it close to the vest if they can. sometimes its obvious like semin's ankle or gordon's hand. otherwise, why give the other team the benefit. they dont want other players telling tarik because he'll report it and, well, many of the other players can read...

Posted by: nylander injury | December 7, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Roger - Marty pretty much always plays ...

Posted by: Boo! | December 7, 2007 3:58 PM | Report abuse

@nylander injury - Do you really think that is true? I'd like to think that [most] players have more integrity than that ...

Posted by: Boo! | December 7, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Anton Stralman in Toronto was sent down to AHL recently. He's not a happy camper. He's a D-man. He's a big boy, but not heavy, with a hard point shot. Salary's in the 750 range.

He said if he's not back up by 1/1 he's shipping back to Sweden. He'd be better than Schultz.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Nobody's above the team. If AO is healthy he should be on the ice practicing. If AO is a true leader he would be leading the charge on the suicides not signing sticks in the locker room. The team knows who's cutting out on the hard work which leads to the grumbling and I suspect Nylander might be one of them not doing the work. Every regime change especially one where the coach actually knows how to run a hockey team will shake out the pretenders from the contenders and identify who the real leaders are. Bruce has the ability to read the talent and will put the best line-up on the ice. Motzko still sucks but is the best available option and will see limited duty but guys like Laing, Steckel, Laich, Bradley, and Brashear will see more time because they work their tails off all the time and in BB's system that's what counts. Watch out Devils, the Caps are hungry and will be on the prowl tonight.

Posted by: Darryl Hockey | December 7, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Recchi for $600K a year this year...

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:15 PM | Report abuse


Well we can't trade injured players and we won't trade Ovie. But we can attempt to trade uninjured players that rank second on the team in scoring (but lead the team in worst +/-)

I'm not saying that's what's happening, but if George has a trade jones and is looking for some action maybe Nylander is his best bait(not commenting the quality of the bait) Just stirring the pot...

Posted by: austinsteve | December 7, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Darryl Hockey

So what would you call the Caps without Ovechkin? He is this team. Not Kolzig. They can win without Kolzig. But they can't win without Alex. Moreover, if Ovechkin is not signing sticks, the Capa son't make money. I wonder what the ratio is for Ovechkin's merchandise vs. the rest of the team?

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse


But we need real hockey players, and not draft picks. Wouldn't you agree?

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse


Show me again where I said what George's master plan for a blockbuster Nylander trade was.

And this Is GMGM we are talking about afterall...

Posted by: austinsteve | December 7, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

More freaking Recchi talk? Let's review:
Penguins, Flyers, Canadiens, Flyers, Penguins, Hurricanes, Penguins.

No thank you!

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Let me ask you guys.

You're talking about trade. What if there's a guy out there for the picking that won't cost any personnel at this moment, and there is one. What if later you could decide to send down a guy that's marginal (pick one, we got 'em) to go through waivers when people start getting healthy.

So we get a guy (Recchi) at no cost and practically free this year. That means you can use that person for trade-bait later (Nylander or Kozlov or Poti) for someone else, like a D-man from Anaheim.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Then let's look at BB's travels, shall we?

That logic isn't hitting...

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@ finn,

Olie ain't perfect, but he's the de facto captain, and the crowds love him. He's achieved icon status among long time fans. Yes, OV is the future, but Olie is very much part of the present. He's a team leader and without him being happy, the team quickly erodes.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 7, 2007 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.

The point is we don't need a career Pen/Flyer that is going to be 40 that hasn't had a real good year in 4 years. I'll take my chances with what we've got.

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Keeping OV happy is easy.

That kid is made outta nothing but desire and winning is all he wants to do.
Just watch him play.

We just gotta get him some people to play with so he can win some games, then he'll be happy, he'll sign an extension, He will be our future, and all will be right with the world.

How do we build a winning team with the components we have?
That's the big problem isn't it?

Posted by: pmoravek | December 7, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

yes, that is true. i wouldn't say its a lack of integrity, it just the game. if a player has a weakness, you exploit it. not suggesting players would go out and hurt another player, but if you know a guy is hurting, well you do what you need to. same in football. ever notice that if a player sprains an ankle, they tape both of them so the other team doesnt know which one is hurt.

Posted by: to boo! | December 7, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig is no longer the team leader. His subpar play is not the best leadership example. All those 5-holes and giving up too early, yelling at others for their mistakes overlooking his own... We should have picked Bryzgalov -- a young goalie with a ring on his finger.

Kolzig has never won the cup. He never will. Thus, he will never make it to the Hall of Fame.

Ovechkin will win the cup. Unfortunately for us, it won't be here.

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

My point is that he's cheap, he's an influence and he's serviceable. No, we won't ride him to the Cup this year, or even next. He'll be an influence on the draft picks we have. He can take a 3rd line wing slot and move one of them up. He can make plays happen and can log ice time. And he doesn't cost us anything in terms of cap. I mean, $600K! Green makes that! There's no long term committment (this plus one more) and he'll probably retire after this. There's no loss.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

@Phil C.,

Please define a "good year". Looking at his stats, Recchi's lowest point total in the last 4 years was 64. That looks like a better short term fix than an AHL'er bandaid.

Posted by: Steve R | December 7, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and last year he had 68 points with 24 goals and 44 assists, was a +1. Isn't that what Semin had last year?

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

half of an over paid wrecking ball is still too much.

not motzko's fault. what happened to concept of player development. he may be good or he may be bad some day but it's not fair to rate him on what was done to him.

Posted by: jim* | December 7, 2007 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Some lunatic friend of mine from Toronto just texted messaged me saying that the Caps are involved in a three way blockbuster trade with Anahiem and Toronto Nylander & Eminger would go to Toronto and Beauchemin & Nik Antropov are head to Washington, draft picks are headed to Anahiem.

Posted by: deano | December 7, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

THAT is a deal!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Ah, people Are probably interested the Caps draft picks the way things are looking for our record and the coming draft

Posted by: austinsteve | December 7, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Finn - I disagree - OTG is the the leader of that team, a certainly has a shot at the HHOF.

Deano - I wonder if Mrs. Nylander has an issue with all of Canada or only certain parts of it?

Posted by: Boo! | December 7, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't know.... You're looking at a solid winger and a solid D-man for weak of each. Sounds like we're getting rid of dead wood and getting in some Live Oak.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse


Nik Antropov looked pretty good this year.

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse


He has never won the cup. He has absolutely no shot.

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Steve R
-2, +1, -36, +18. I'd say 03-04 was it for him. Do we need more 20 goal scorers on this team? Of course. Do we need 40 year old 20 goal scorers? Not so much. If they didn't bring Bondra back for a little nothing, no way Recchi is coming.

Where did your friend hear that I wonder? Where can we confirm it is a better question! Would Anaheim give them up for draft picks only?

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Finn, you're a riot.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 7, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo

LOL, I think Mrs. Nylander would be OK in Toronto. Edmonton is a great town but I couldn't survive there myself for more than 1 week.

As for the trade it sounds decent on the surface but I'm concerned about the draft picks headed to Anahiem. This trade is so "out of left field" it may actually have some validity.

waiting to hear Pierre Maguire come on the radio at 5:20 to see what he says. Maguire is in tight with both GMGM & Brian Burke

Posted by: Deano | December 7, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Why is that? Because I don't like Kolzig?

Posted by: Finn | December 7, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It wouldn't surprise me to have them give up Beauch for pics. I'm not sure that giving up Beauch's salary will do it for them in terms of cap coverage or not.

As for a 40 year old 20 goal scorer... At this point, I'll take an 80 year old 20 goal scorer FOR ONE YEAR.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 5:02 PM | Report abuse

@ Steve R

My friend works at one of Canada's major sports tv stations. He is not a Maple Leaf fan. If he was, I would know off the bat that it has no validity.

As for Anahien i think they would settle for draft picks in return, as long as they can clear up some salary cap room.

Posted by: Deano | December 7, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

AO is not the team nor was Gretzky, Lemieux, Stevens, Bossy, Orr, Clark, Richard, etc, etc. Do you think Gordie Howe checked out early in practice before the skating started? ...hardly. AO has the potential to be the best ever and he will need every one of his teammates around him to make it happen. Sitting in the hot tub when your mates are bustin' their ass will not get you to the top.

Posted by: Darryl Hockey | December 7, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

According to Ottawa Sun writer, Bruce Garrioch, Caps GM George McPhee may be fired soon if the Capitals don't begin winning. Apparently Caps owner Ted Leonsis has begun searching for a new GM and the names mentioned are Brian Lawton, Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury.... Also, it is believed the Caps are giving Olaf Kolzig the option to be traded at the Deadline to a contender....

Posted by: pch49 | December 7, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

if a blockbuster is in the works, perhaps mcfee is trying to save his job.

i'd be shocked if ted ok'd the $$.

Posted by: pch49 | December 7, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.
OK, I get it. But would I actually have to root for Recchi if we picked him up? Is there some clause that I can root against him like I did for Jagr?

Steve R.
Everything I have seen has said that Anaheim has plenty of room for Ned. to come back. Maybe they don't need to dump a whole lot.

So would people get off of GMGM if he pulls this off?

Posted by: Phil C. | December 7, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@Phil C.,

20 year old goal scorer or 40 year old goal scorer... Does it really matter? We just need someone who's name isn't OV to score some goals on a semi-consistant basis. As a team we have 63 goals, OV has 20 of them. That is not good.

Posted by: Steve R | December 7, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

antropov would be even more brittle on our "ice." although, the more russians, the merrier.

Posted by: pgreene | December 7, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

That name doesn't exist! :)

I was looking at the Caps site on the "leader" board. AO with 20 goals, Nylander with 7. Then comes Clark and Green with 5, Flash and Laich with 4, then Kozlovwith 3? If my mother-in-law could score 20, I'd pick her. These numbers are pathetic!

Now on Zilla being traded at the deadline. I trust the Ottowa Sun like I trust the World to report accurate news. The World is that rag in the super that tells us the world is ending next month, and that aliens have taken over the White House. Hmmm.... Maybe there's something there after all... Anyway, I don't trust a paper that get's people to buy it by putting in babe shots in bikinis on page 3.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 7, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Let's assume for a second that Leonsis is looking for another GM. Did Milbury end up on the positive end of ANY trade during his tenure with the Islanders?

Posted by: alpca3877 | December 7, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

alpca, it's garrioch. you can't believe a word that dude says.

and no, milbury did not.

Posted by: pgreene | December 7, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@ finn,

The guy won the Vezina. He was in the finals. He's a stand-up guy in the league (Masterson and all). Yes, he lets in softies these days and he's eyeing the retirement house in Vancouver. But, the team respects the hell out of him, and his opinion counts for a great deal.

Give the guy at least his due. Who's the leader now, OV? OV is a kid with marginal English skills. Is he leading the "player only meeting"? I doubt it.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 7, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, Sluggo would've led great player-only meetings

Posted by: Tony Robbins | December 7, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

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