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Caps Sign Joe Finley

The Caps have signed 2005 draft pick Joe Finley to a two-year entry level contract beginning next season. He is expected to join Hershey on Monday.

Finley, a four-time letter winner at North Dakota, is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound defenseman who hits hard and plays with an edge. But he's also a raw talent and missed two months with a concussion this season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 2, 2009; 3:56 PM ET
 
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sweeeeeet.

Posted by: chevychase1 | April 2, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

also, didn't someone just comment about signing finley in the post before this one? coincidence?

Posted by: chevychase1 | April 2, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

News press:

We don't need a big, mean, aggressive D-man, WE HAVE SCHULTZY....

Nice fight last night tough guy..

Posted by: numero94 | April 2, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

from previous: You're right, RedBirdie. We'll have to wait and see what he does with Hershey. I wasn't super impressed with what I saw on TV during the tournament. That's one of the drawback of the NCAA's policies. The guys have to pay their own way to pro camps, so they're less likely to come and we generally don't get to see how they do in person and in the team's systems.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Kinda clogs the backline down there. Maybe Alzner will finally be joining the big team for the playoffs?
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: fauxrumors | April 2, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

RedBird

Thats was our 3:49pm hotwire update from JMU girl....She saves us all from scouring endless hockey websites from this "up to minute" breaking news. Praise!!!!!!!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 2, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

My cousin is a UND STH. She saw Finley in a coffee shop in Minnesota & wanted to tell him he better play well for the Caps and her cousin. She was disappointed with him - said he didn't use his size well.
Let's hope he gets some good coaching in Hershey.

Posted by: Highfive8 | April 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Two-year entry level? Isn't it usually three years?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 2, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

@ highfive8:

All the scouting reports I've seen on Finley say he uses his height well (using the wingspan) and his thickness well (playing phyiscally). People tend to overestimate defensemen's upside when they have a large frame; maybe that was the case here?

Posted by: capsbluelinedotcom | April 2, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

i mentioned finley in the post previous, and that he's not really a high end defensive prospect but his size and edge are definitely worth taking a hard look at.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 2, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

at the very least - at least he's not Jeff Schultz!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 2, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

This is excellent news. He could be that big mean nasty defenseman this team has been looking for. Of course there is no gurantee that he will make it to the NHL but at least we have signed him and will give him a chance. It is better to sign a prospect and have him not make it than not sign a prospect who then makes it with another team. Every time I see Johnny Oduya playing for the Devils I keep wondering why we never signed him.

Posted by: 4capitals | April 2, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

So I was clearly bored at work when this story broke. So what did I immediately do? I logged into Facebook to see if Joe had a profile. And while I didn't find HIS profile, I did stumble across several that were made in his "honor". I'm assuming these are just disgruntled UND students who are bitter about the loss, and are taking it out on Mr. Finley:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?sid=6e367d18d78ce53de20a23944d48d28e&gid=17276056410

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?sid=3e041f550e726ccd24fdc2f2241f28ae&gid=81055921720

Posted by: Fro_ | April 2, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Ha. Ask and ye shall receive.

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

He played a lot better last year, from what I saw. Maybe he just hadn't gotten his swagger back from the concussion. Barely even saw him on the ice during their last game, except when UMD scored.
What happened to the Caps being at the limit for contracted players?

Posted by: Iwatsu | April 2, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Although, Tarik, I have a question ... aren't we up against a 50-contract limit for the club? Given that we have signed three new guys in the last week or so, does this have implications for free agency? Does this mean that a lot of existing guys are no longer in the plans for 2009-2010? Or does this affect that at all?

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

fauxrumors,
I can see that happening. Actually, my first thought was, "Great, just what Hershey needs, another dman."

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Graduated college seniors can sign max two year entry deals so this is normal.

Will definitely be interesting to see how he does next season. I'm sure we'll get looks of him at that mid summer dev camp and the rookie camp.

Posted by: usiel3 | April 2, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Holtby to Hershey is a sure thing according to Vogel.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey - easy on Schultz. He did better than the energizer bunny Semin. Big guys are not necessarily tough guys. Little guys are not necessarily not. Ask GMGM.

Posted by: dingogumby | April 2, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Caps Sign Joe Finley
The Caps have signed 2005 draft pick Joe Finley to a two-year entry level contract. He is expected to join Hershey on Monday.

Finley, a four-time letter winner at North Dakota, is a 6-foot-7, 240-pound defenseman who hits hard and plays with an edge. But he's also a raw talent and missed two months with a concussion this season.

TWO MONTHS WITH A CONCUSSION! LOL he should fit right in..Training staff get ready another hot one coming in!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 2, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Easy on Semin too. He had one bad night. Still a real asset to the team. Are they going to resign Brash? Do we really need him? Could free up some money. They seem to be faring well w/o a big enforcer.

Posted by: capsfan01 | April 2, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Brooks Laich & Nick Backstrom are the "Iron Men" so far for the Caps, but down in Hershey, Andrew Gordon & Kyle Wilson are working on full seasons, too. Tim Leone's got a bit on Wilson, who's RFA in July: http://tinyurl.com/dgrbak

I need to take up knitting or something.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

easy on Semin! BAD NIGHT! the guy only plays every 2nd game ...

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | April 2, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know much about UND and less about the courses of instruction offered,but clearly the one on "class" was dropped some time ago... real quality citizens they're producing there. Geez, get a grip, and a life, he's a college kid. Then again, isn't this the same school that was essentially bribed (endowed) to keep their native american mascot?

Posted by: Dave_in_Alexandria | April 2, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

so, how does a 2 year contract work if he starts at the end of a season? does this count as the 1st year where he has a prorated salary? is next year the second or the first?

Posted by: am_jim | April 2, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Ha,ha... well at least you made me laugh Stanley.

Posted by: capsfan01 | April 2, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, I wish Rangers/Canes would be on Versus tonight. :(

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

@SC1907 Check your math on Semin, and also see where he stands on points per game, 5th in the NHL.

Jealousy is such a bitter pill!

Posted by: boomer44 | April 2, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

While I cant give you a link to watch the Rangers and Hurricanes game here is a link to watch the Senators vs Bruins game.

http://www.hockeywebcasts.com/

It will take you to a Yahoo page, I watched college football through them last year.

Posted by: MaidenFan | April 2, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

am_jim, He goes to Hershey on an ATO (Amateur Try-Out contract), then the two years start next season.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm convinced SC has a crush on Alexander Semin, he can't stop talking about him! I know, I love him too. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Good observation Rach. I know I have a crush on him too!!

Posted by: capsfan01 | April 2, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks capsfan01. :) It just seems to me that SC has such a fascination with Alexander Semin. :D

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

rachel, who is your ISP? (Please say FiOS...) I *MAY* be able to rig something up if your connection is fast enough. It wouldn't be until 7:30 or so though, because I'm just leaving work now. Hopefully you'll have found something by then, but if not, I'll see if I can pull something together... back to Annapolis...

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I knew right away that Semin's takedown of Staal would be ignored because of the bongos. Pity.

Posted by: redlineblue | April 2, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Saintex,
That shootout goal is fantastic, that takes guts to do.

No-one has commented on it so I thought I'd let you know at least one person has watched the vid you posted!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | April 2, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

As long as he's not Jeff Schultz Version 2, can't wait to see him play. OTHER guys we*coughSchultzcough* have of that *coughSchultzcough* size are fond of playing *coughSchultzcough* very physical.

Posted by: R617 | April 2, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I meant NOT FOND of playing physical--sorry, I was coughing a LOT...

Posted by: R617 | April 2, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

take it easy on Semin. If he played the full season he would have about 95 points. I will take that bongos and all.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | April 2, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Greg: Not FiOs. But thanks so much for trying to help me out, I appreciate it. :) NHL center ice is what I really need. I'll keep track of the game online and hopefully will be celebrating a Rangers win and a second straight division title! :D

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

A healthy Greenie next season could have 40 goals. A healthy Semin could have 45 goals. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm watching "Day in the Life" with Canes Chad LaRose. Goober. He talks too much. Although I did find out that Tim Conboy uses a wood stick.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Canes already scored. Poop. Come on Rangers!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216: I'm going to be a weirdo and root for the Canes. Would rather see the Rags remain in 7th, and we don't need help to nail the division down.

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

I want to suggest that we all utilize technology to help rid us of mega-dork StanleyCup1907.

Every time it posts something, let's all hit the 'report abuse' button and register a complaint. Maybe WaPo will get tired of it and block it from posting.

Posted by: WhyGo | April 2, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

thanks, jmu_capsgirl .

Posted by: am_jim | April 2, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Saintex:

email me at fromthesouth at verizon dot net

Posted by: WhyGo | April 2, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Although, Tarik, I have a question ... aren't we up against a 50-contract limit for the club? Given that we have signed three new guys in the last week or so, does this have implications for free agency? Does this mean that a lot of existing guys are no longer in the plans for 2009-2010? Or does this affect that at all?

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Someone feel free to correct me, but I believe the 50 contract limit is NHL contract, and guys with 2-way contracts count towards that 50 limit. My guess is Finley and the rest have signed minor league deals.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 2, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I want to suggest that we all utilize technology to help rid us of mega-dork StanleyCup1907.

Every time it posts something, let's all hit the 'report abuse' button and register a complaint. Maybe WaPo will get tired of it and block it from posting.

Posted by: WhyGo | April 2, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I read this instead:
I want to suggest that we all utilize technology to help rid us of mega-DINK StanleyCup1907.

and thought, awesome! because I'm a sucker for referencing Mike Milbury snafus.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 2, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Sens up 1-0 on the Bruins. Go Sens!

As for trolls, we already have a weapon; stop replying or referring to the idiot (rachel, I thought you had learned). You'd be surprised how many great threads there are here where no one responded to it, and it just went away. Try it!

Posted by: Sonyask | April 2, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

We do have 50 contracts. Those are both NHL & AHL, and I suppose ECHL like Pokulok. Remember, you can only have 23 guys on an NHL active roster. So you've got another 27 to spread through the A & the EC. It does mean that we've got those 6 new contracts that start next season we have to account for. So you're down to 44 possible contracts. Take out the 27 contracts we have signed for next season for the guys already here, and we've got 17 contracts slots left to sign our UFAs & RFAs.
The guys that are playing in Hershey (Finley & Holtby) are there on ATOs with the Bears, so they don't count against our contract limit.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl: But they will count next year, which is what I'm thinking about. What do these signings imply for our intentions at free agency? Do they mean that a lot of these guys are going to be let go?

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

rachel: okay I'm back home now... if you want, I can try streaming one of the two feeds. I've streamed stuff to my brother before and he doesn't have FiOS, he's on the U of MD campus.

Or you can just follow online; either way...

But regardless I do not want to post the link here, because I do not have enough bandwidth to feed all of you hungry hockey fans, and I do not have the knowledge to transcode and make the stream smaller. Got an email address and a copy of VLC Media Player? :)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz, Japer's made this list of U & RFAs:
NHL: Fedorov, Kozlov, Brashear, Fehr, Gordon, Morrisonn, Schultz, Jurcina, Johnson
Other: Bourque, Giroux, Joudrey, Laing, Mink, Morin, Pinizotto, Wilson, Collins, Helmer, Kronwall, Lepisto, Pokulok, Sloan, Machesney

Of those, Mink, Giroux, Laing, Johnson, Sloan, Helmer, Brashear, Kozlov, & Fedorov are UFAs.

That's 24 contracts. My guess is that some of those UFAs are going to be signed by Hershey. Some will be signed by the Caps to stay here, others to go to Hershey. Pokulok, who knows? The RFAs might be packaged at the draft for picks or players. I'm not sure how RFA works as far as signing with an A team. I think to retain them, the Caps have to make an offer, but that's 15 RFAs, so you'd think they have to let some of them go. It will definitely be an interesting off-season.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Greg: You want my email on here?

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

rachel: Yeah, I just got the stream up and working. If you've got VLC Player, you're ready to go.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

It's the Carolina feed, I hope that's okay. :P I couldn't get the damn MSG feed to stream properly.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh Islanders, You could have saved some of your energy from playing us to at least try to show up for the Habs game.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Greg: rachel21692@yahoo.com

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Info sent. We're in a commercial break now, though.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Greg: It works! Thanks so much, you're amazing! :) You're a good Caps fan helpin' out a fellow Caps fan, you're awesome, Thanks!! :D :]

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

To be honest, I'm a little surprised that it's working, but cool. :)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

It just kinda keeps on stopping, but it's fine.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Rangers/Canes 2-2 in 3rd...I'm kind of indifferent to the prospect of Carolina losing to clinch us the division. If they do, they do, if they don't I'm pretty sure it would be better to just win it tomorrow night. My sights are on the possibility of locking up the #2 seed.

Maybe I just feel dirty rooting for the Rangers.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 2, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I love all of you.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 2, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

"Some will be signed by the Caps to stay here, others to go to Hershey. Pokulok, who knows?"


Sasha is done. He's been out again with another concussion. He'll never play a game for the Caps. They better hope Finley turns into at least a 5th-6th defenseman type or that entire 2005 draft is a bust with only Dovgan having an outside chance to make any impact. And remember, both Pokulok and Finley (but especially Pokulok) were considered real "reaches" at the time they were drafted. Pokulok didn't even register on any scouting radar at the time.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 2, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

Dave: I'm not sure I have this right but if my math is correct, if Carolina wins tonight they will have 93 points and 4 games left. If we win tomorrow night, we'll have 103 points with 4 games left, Carolina won't be able to catch us. Oh, that's why Kittypawz wanted Carolina to win. :) I change my mind, I definitely want the Canes to win, so we can clinch at home, and the thought of clinching the division should make them play hard, clinching the division after our win at Verizon would be so much sweeter.

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Love you too richmondphil. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Carolina up by two on Rangers, 4-2 with 6 minutes left.

Posted by: InSEMINator | April 2, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Two ridiculously fast goals by the Canes, and they're up 4-2 inside the final TV timeout.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Habs still holding onto a spot with their fingernails. They're up 5-1 with 2 minutes left.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

That's part of it, rachel. I'd prefer to clinch the division at home. The other part is that if the Rangers lose, they stay in 7th at best. We don't much care what happens in 4/5/6 in the first round, though we might care when the second round rolls around. Of course, the Habs are trashing the Isles right now, so they'll move into 7th if the Rangers lose, which it looks like they will, and the Rangers will drop to 8th.

Good stuff. I think we can swing the division on our own okay, yes?

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

rachel, is there another game you want me to try and pull up? I can't guarantee it'll work, but it's worth a shot I guess?

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 2, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Greg: Well, those games are all western c. teams so it's alright, but thanks, you are far too kind. :) you could send it to see if it works. I mean, it works, it's just stops sometimes, but I can live with it.

We can clinch the division tomorrow! Woo! Go CAPS!

Posted by: rachel216 | April 2, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Rachel, yeah that's why I said win it tomorrow night. Our magic number is 1 point. Even if we lost in OT or a shootout tomorrow we clinch the division. That's why I'm not worried about that anymore and focusing more on clinching the #2 seed. With 5 games left if we go 4-1 it's ours. 8 points is the magic number in this case, 8 points that we either win or the Devils lose.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 2, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Hope the Caps are nice and motivated to clinch at home against Buffalo. I'm going to the game!

Gee, the Rangers couldn't dump Carolina. Oh well. But at least they dumped NJ. (I'm no Ranger fan.) It will be Carolina, Pitt and Philthy for 4th-6th. Get second, Caps and hope the 4th and 5th place teams have a hard fought 7 game series where the winner has nothing left for Round 2. Carolina plays Pitt next. I have a hard time getting motivated to root for the Pens to beat them. But I did root for the Pens to beat NJ. Do not like the Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 2, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I wonder why Tarik had no report on the Caps practice today. That's unusual. And the Wash Times had no practice report either. Is there a gag order on the press or something?

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 2, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Was Linus (the maker of the Linux operating system) from Pittsburgh? I hear that the Linux logo is a Penguin. Of all things.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | April 2, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Backes with a 4 goal night.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 2, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Just a couple of thoughts/questions:

Cam Ward stole the game tonight. The Rangers way out-shot the Canes. Could any of our goalies do the same over and over again?

Looks like we will clench the division championship, unless there is an epidemic or every player suffers a stroke. But I think it matters very little who we play against. What matters is this ineffable element of drive, killer instinct, momentum, being in the zone--whatever you may call it. When we've got it, we can go against anyone. When we don't, the worst teams can defeat us. I guess I am looking for signs that we've got it.

Carolina is on a 7-game winning streak right now; Boston had a 10-game streak earlier in the season; the Devils had an 8-game one and San Jose had 2-3 long streaks. I worry that we have not sustained a winning streak for more than 5 games once. Should I?

Even the wins are non-inspiring, like fumbling the first 35 minutes of the game against the Islanders. Is there an opponent that can set us on fire more than another?

I guess the less -than -phenomenal goalie situation and the lack of energy and consistency worry me the most. I am dying to know which Caps team will show up tomorrow. I have been sensing a surge.

Posted by: caraveli | April 2, 2009 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Finley is interesting, but the Caps blueline future is much more in the hands of Alzner, Godfrey, and Seabrook. One blue chip, one very good prospect, and one maybe ain't too bad. If Finley turns into a blueliner with a smart mean streak to compliment those guys plus what the Caps already have in quite a few young blueliners, not too bad. I'd still like to see a talented and mean defender traded for this summer, but not too shaby.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | April 2, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Caps prospect Travis Morin was named an ECHL First Team All-Star. He's third in the league in points with 86.
Della Rovere's first game as a Stingray was yesterday. He was even, with 3 SOG and 2 PIM (for boarding).
The 'Rays (2nd in their conference) won 3-2 against the team they will play in the first round of the playoffs, first game on the 9th.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

hey caps girl
pretty sure collins is signed for 2 more and i heard that sloan was as well........yet both have sat several games in hershey while pothier was down there

Posted by: wendel2 | April 2, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

wendel2, You might be right. I'm going by nhlscap.com and nhlnumbers.com. They don't have either as signed past this year, but they tend to have a few errors every season.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | April 2, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli: We pretty much know that the guys are just waiting for playoffs to start right now. We obviously want second seed, a lot, but otherwise they're just bored.

I don't think that getting the drive will be a problem in the playoffs no matter who we get ... as for the goaltending, Theodore's been a rock since the All-Star break (2.53 GAA and a .913 SV%). With Varlamov backing him, I don't have a lot of fear for that. I fear more for the being cute and being casual than anything else.

Posted by: kittypawz | April 2, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

caraveli-

The post season is entirely different. These guys are in, and are thinking about resting up and saving themselves a bit. No one wants to get hurt, or screw anything up. Its limbo.
Then, suddenly, the 82nd game arrives and when its over, they reset. Back to #1, and its now best out of 4. If they were free falling right now, like NJ, then you might worry. Playing down to lesser opponents, well, they shouldnt be, but they aren't playing anyone that needs to beat them, until Florida comes along. The way things look in the standings before that game will say a lot. Otherwise, don't worry. They know whats coming. You'de love to go in on fire, but either way, its game #1 and you've got 2 at home coming up. Split the ones on the road, win both at home and you're on.
Don't worry. These last few games will be boring in comparison.

Posted by: oo7 | April 2, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Duh, best of 7. terrible proofreading.

Posted by: oo7 | April 2, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Kittypawz, i remember the Caps going up 2 games at home vs TB, and were talking about how they had to continue respecting their opponent, and not embarrasing them by running up the score, as if they had it in the bag after 2 games, only to get dropped in the 1st round again. Grier said it, if I remember correctly.
good times.

Posted by: oo7 | April 2, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

the point was casual. sorry. i'm going back to drinking. night.

Posted by: oo7 | April 2, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS --

You forgo about John Carlson. Alzner and Carlson are both blue-chip prospects. I envision both Godfrey and Seabrooke as long shots for the NHL, but we'll know more in a year.

Posted by: Dougeb | April 2, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

"Playing down" is such a poor term this time of year...so many of the bottom teams are actually playing very good hockey right now, whether it be finally finding their games, injuries, or the young guys coming into their own. I know you'd never expect a possible slow start to the game the other night when we had only played 1 game in the previous 7 or 8 days...

Everyone is talking about the runs Pitt and Carolina have been on of late...it's funny their 7-1-2 records in their last 10 games look remarkably similar to our 7-2-1 record in our last 10.

We get to play every other day for awhile now, shore up some things and get that #2 seed going into the playoffs.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | April 2, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_X5FdpsWpg

anyone see this shootout goal??? Tarik...good for the morning reading list....

Posted by: rdiehljr | April 3, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Pachanga.

Posted by: richmondphil | April 3, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Kittypawz, oo7

Thanks guys. I swear I am thinking about the playoffs so much, I can't sleep. You are probably right. The boys will be recharged. Hope we win tomorrow.

Posted by: caraveli | April 3, 2009 1:20 AM | Report abuse

CapsFan75: Yes, Linus Torvalds is originally responsible for Linux and the logo is indeed 'Tux the Penguin', but he's very much from Finland, not Pennsylvania. :)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | April 3, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

This is a great video (quality is not awesome, but the hockey is incredible):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuKGh8nmvag

BTW, I also watched the old Rangers feed of the Semin/Staal fight; the announcers were cracking up. It really was funny ...

Posted by: Boo- | April 3, 2009 1:42 AM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS --

You forgo about John Carlson. Alzner and Carlson are both blue-chip prospects. I envision both Godfrey and Seabrooke as long shots for the NHL, but we'll know more in a year.

Posted by: Dougeb | April 2, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I love how Alzner gets the "blue-chip" label when really he hasn't shown any topflight potential. He gets too much credit for his poise and not enough blame for the mistakes caused by his timidity. John Carlson and Alz should not be mentioned in the same breath period. Carlson is by far our best defensive prospect. Alzner is a shorter Jeff Schultz until he proves otherwise.

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 3, 2009 1:57 AM | Report abuse

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