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Caps stand pat

The Caps did not make any trades today, according to a team spokesman. GM George McPhee will address the media within the hour. So check back for the latest.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 4, 2009; 3:39 PM ET
 
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wow. didn't see that coming.

Posted by: chevychase1 | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

boooo!

Posted by: ChiCaps | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

wow what a fun day today is!

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

One last bluff maybe?

Posted by: katzistan | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

this does not please me one f***ing bit

Posted by: Justini | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tarik. Great reporting.

Posted by: opita1 | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Surprising.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so I was wrong. No trades.
Considering trading assets in Hershey, wouldn't it be better for the Caps (in value to us or someone else) for them to maybe go through a Calder Cup run this year and get that playoff experience?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Steve Eminger was traded again. He just does not make friends.

Posted by: CaliCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe he's happy with our defense. Unbelievable.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Tarik! Gimme a call before you post! Sheesh! :)

The only ones that are better that we should worry about is Boston, and I'm not too terribly worried about them. I think we can still take them.

The Rags and Pens got better mostly because they couldn't get much worse. Considering what NYR gave up, though, I'm glad we lost that race.

NJ improved a bit getting Havelid.

Most of the changes seem to be around the fringes.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Looks like alot of teams overpaid for what they got, And considering where we were at the cap limit, I assume it was hard to move or gain a player..

So now its up to the current roster to preform well, grow some balls and be ready to battle the best they can... I dont want to see another 1st round loss.!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | March 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Chill out. jeez. they had opportunities, they had options but smart moves just weren't there.

Posted by: Ov8fan11 | March 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

"We like the group we have here...We were approaching the day with the attitude that we'd make a deal to improve our club if the opportunity was there...but ultimately we did not feel like compromising our future or the chemistry in the locker room..."

Posted by: Hatfield223 | March 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

i can't believe i was so excited about this day. wow.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Man, I'm pissed! So much for improving the D!

Posted by: TrappedinGA | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

That was possibly the dumbest thing gmgm could do at this trade deadline. The caps needed a good defensemen to get far into the playoffs. As much as I would like the caps to go far in the playoffs, I DON'T see it with the defensive core we have right now. Morris would have helped us out a LOT.

Posted by: Thomas32 | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm not surprised. Not even disappointed.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

now is the time to root on the team we have, like I said in another post, I would much rather hit a bump in the road now, then on April 15th

Posted by: rarcr | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It isn't like you can just go pick players you want - you have to give up players/picks in return. And its probably a heck of a lot easier to make a bad deal than a good one. Good for GMGM if he didnt do something just to look like he was doing something.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah the big ole hole called our defense will continue to sink the SS Capitals.

Posted by: Capfan12 | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Odds to reach EC Finals (2 teams must = 200%)

Boston, NJ, Flyers = 40% each
Caps = 20%
Other four playoffs teams = 10% each

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

schultz for a high school field-hockey defender would have been an upgrade

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The goalies better prepare themselves to be knocked over in the playoffs, because these D-Man don't clear anyone out.

Posted by: visionof75 | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Chicago not moving one of the goalies was dumb. They could be real good if they got rid of the log-jam.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you, Greg S. Anything added would have been icing if the price was right, but it sounds like none of them were.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

So... GMGM looked around these last few games to see how things were going and said "yeah, we're good..." and did nothing? At a minimum they should bring in an extra trainer just for JT, because if anything happens to him this fun-filled season will be over pronto. Sheesh.

Posted by: Dave_in_Alexandria | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I think the plan is to develop Nylander into a physical, stay at home defenseman.

Posted by: CaliCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

There were a lot of defensemen that were traded today that teams did not have to give up much for that would have improved our defense.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the overreactions here are fierce. You think he didnt try to do a deal? Obviously favorable terms werent out there, and we couldnt afford to just trade draft picks with our current cap situation.
This isnt the Redskins folks, take your idiotic overreactions to FedEx Field.

Posted by: jesstyr | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Defense does not always "win" Championships. That is one the most moronic cliches in all of sports.

Edmonton 80's, Pens 90's, TB, Car... yada yada yada...

Ok, so we didnt make a deal (yet)... No big deal Did GMGM mismanage the salary cap? Keep too many guys? The answer is yes, if you demanded a trade. I would have liked to see a move or two, but given the circumstances there wasn't a lot partners willing or able t dance with us

The sky is not falling. This bad stretch of hockey is an aberration. SJ, Det and Bos have all gone through it this season, better now than in April.

Posted by: JSchon | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

A little boring. Kinda surprised nylander is still around, shoulda been able to get a pick for him or something. Hes not worth anything to us as scratch. Hopefully the teams calms itself down now and starts winning again.

Posted by: JSeagull1 | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Geez, I only added to 180%

Put the other 20% evenly split over all 8.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If it is true that they made no trades, I think it is a bad decision--especially in light of the glaring deficiencies in goal and D. I really really hope that I am proven wrong and that there is a sound logic behind this decision that is not obvious to many of us.

Posted by: caraveli | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

MASS HYSTERIA

Posted by: gebster | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I must say I'm okay with this. We've got a great team, we probably won't win the cup this year without a top tear stay at home defense man, but next year who knows which one of our prospects we might have otherwise traded will come out of no where and be great for us the way Green did. Overall a smart conservative day. Roberts off waivers I will say probably should have been done, but smarter minds then mine said no.

Posted by: dcfury | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like management's message is wait till next year(again).
New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh improved, so it will take a miracle on Ice(1980?) to come out of the East now.

Posted by: OldFan | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

GMGM could not move Nylander, and upgrade the D?

Epic fail.

Posted by: greener1 | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is determined and ready to prove you all wrong.

He is the John Druce of this years playoffs.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

we'll just have to watch and see if GMGM made the right move... or non- move... if we give up 5 goals to the Maple Leafs i will be irate.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Looks like management's message is wait till next year(again).

Really, they are doing it again?

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

so does this mean Nyls gets back in the lineup since we're paying him 4.5m a year?

BB needs to change something up because they have been hot garbage the last few games.. Not sure why they don't drop Kronwall and bring Alzner or even give Carlson a try out down the stretch. Just hangon to 2nd in the east.

Posted by: ovys8 | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

If Pothier was indeed cleared for contact, that would've really sunk any trading if GMGM needed to make sure he had the cap space for a return.

Posted by: koalatek | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't automatically assume that the teams that did make trades improved.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

GMGM could not move Nylander, and upgrade the D?

Epic fail.

Posted by: greener1 | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM

correction, he COULD have, but it would have cost more than it's worth. i think thats the point here folks. i'm sure he could have got bowmeester or any one of those other guys, but at what cost. this aint the redskins. i'll take what we've got an know we'll probably be better for it next year and beynod...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

1 and done,for sure. But,I'm glad we didn't move any core guys.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

So is it officially official no trades?

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

While I'm a little disappointed the Caps didn't pick up a D-man and a veteran backup goalie I'm glad about two things:
1) they didn't lose any major components
2) Bouwmeester and Pronger didn't go to any top 8 Eastern Conference teams.

Let's hope they can now focus on chasing down the 1st of 2nd spot in the East.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

o'sullivan went to carolina

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

commencing mass hysteria!

While it would have been nice to ship Nylander off somewhere so that he could be happier, and free up some cap space for the Capitals, some people need to realize that maybe, just maybe, McPhee *was* (is)looking to improve the club, and there wasn't anything available that wouldn't cost the Capitals in either the short and/or the long term.

Posted by: CamaroFS34 | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

GMGM probably didn't watch the last two games.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburg will knock us out in the first round- my prediction.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hypothetically, the Caps could field a playoff defense with:

Green
Poti
Pothier
Alzner
Fedorov
Carlson

Not saying this would happen, but there are still lots of possibilities even within the current roster.

Posted by: stormblue | March 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse


I'm EXTREMELY disappointed. So now we go into the postseason with rookies backing up our already questionable goalie.... a soft defense.... and still stuck with that f'ing albatross Michael Nylander.

McPhee acts like acquiring defensemen in trade is like splitting the atom, but other teams seem to do it all of the time. I'm sure we'll get the usual BS quote from him.... "Everyone is looking for defensemen..." I hope he's learned his lesson about giving out No Movement Clauses (at least if Nyls couldve been sent to Hershey they couldve freed up some cap space). Way to F up a promising season Georgie!!!

Posted by: chombie13 | March 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

How exactly do you move Nylander? He has a NMC. He has a very large contract. He has sucked this year, even when playing on the first line.

Getting nothing in return for him would have been great, just so we had more cap space next year. But who would take our problem off our hands for us? Sheesh, you guys expect GMGM to pull rabbits out of his A$$.

Posted by: CaliCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

GMGM again fails to see the need to upgrade the D. Defence has never been an prioty for him.

Posted by: CalleJo | March 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Is Varly back now or not? Still yet to play a game?

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Alright, so about when should I expect the Panicky Patty's to go away so I can start reading the comments again? Tomorrow night? Is that too soon?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Flyers hired a hit man:

"Then, with a minute left in Game 4 of Montreal's opening-round series against the Boston Bruins, defense-man Kyle McLaren clotheslined Zednik as he stickhandled across the blue line, knocking him cold with an elbow. Zednik, who lay unconscious for five minutes, was taken off the ice on a stretcher and rushed to Montreal General Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion, a broken nose and lacerations on his throat and near his eye."

Brash needs to take him out

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow - I stand in awe of all the general manager talent here - why aren't you all working somewhere in the NHL?

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 4, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

I hope you join 99% of Caps fans in bashing McPhee and being critical of him.

I can't believe this bum still has a job! Its been over 10 years since he's been on the job and he still has not addressed the D on this team.

Expect an early playoff exit and the same story next year except we will lose Kozlov, Fedorov and Morrison and gain Pothier and a washed up Clark.

This is a sad day for Caps fans...watching all the teams we are competing against make improvements while we decide its best to stick with Jeff Schultz on D.

Posted by: asharifi10 | March 4, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

ERHDC1, He is practicing, expected to start a game this weekend.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl

Any changes would have been painful down the road.

The world knew Nylander wasn't going anywhere. The price for Bouwmeester and Pronger were going to be extremely high.

Look at the NYR-PHO deal. Phoenix gets Kalinin, Dawes and Prucha. That's a lot of potential talent right there. Who would the Caps have had to give up for Morris?

Can you imagine what the price was for Bouw and Prongs?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

With no trades for the Caps - What is the status with Tom Poti? Can we expect him to be healthy for playoffs? Groin issues always seem to be an issue

Posted by: Grape8 | March 4, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

stormblue

realistically, the four guys you so optimistically removed from the line-up will be there: Erskine, Jurcina, Schultz, Morrison.

Even though I liked Jurcina with Alzner, most teams in the playoffs are faster, better and meaner than those four can deal with. Now or 4 years from now.

But let me take the chill pill. Need to wash down this bitterness.

Posted by: mauree | March 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Haha, when the Caps win Thursday and Sunday, these same people saying the Caps are failures are the same ones that are going to say they are going to win the Stanley Cup.

Why does anyone that actually thinks logically post on this site?

If the Caps win the remainder of their games - all of a sudden, they are instoppable. If they lose half of their games, they suck. Nice Roller Coaster ride... glad I'm not riding it.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

This team is better than the bottom of the playoff qualifiers over seven games, every other day, for two weeks - no question in my mind.

That's fine. IMHO, it's dangerous thinking considering the fact that this team hasn't made it out of the first round in...10 years? 6? (I really don't know but it's been a while).

Single game losses to Carolina, Florida, Edmonton, Colorado, Columbus, and LA don't cause much serious concern

Viewed on an island, they shouldn't concern you. But viewed as a whole, they certainly should concern you. You manage to find a way to "explain away" each of the losses (oh, it was after a big game the night before, oh, they were mailing it in), but the circumstances don't manafest themselves in different ways. At the end of the day, the losses were because of lazy, undisciplined defense.

Get players, don't get player I don't care. Like Keenan Thompson from SNL on the Economy, just "FIX IT." Get players who can play defense, or figure out a way to get all of these allegedly promising young talents to actually play to their potential, just "FIX IT."

IMHO, if you're not even concerned about the first round, you're not paying attention. If you're content with no movement this trade deadline, you should at least view the POs as a "baby steps" process before lookign ahead to the 2nd round.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

erik cole to carolina > o'sullivan to edmonton

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

GMGM again fails to see the need to upgrade the D. Defence has never been an prioty for him.

Posted by: CalleJo | March 4, 2009 3:55 PM

spot on. that's why he's only drafted 6 dmen in the first round in the last 5 drafts. good point.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 4, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for all of the new fans that have to read some of these posts.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Haha, when the Caps win Thursday and Sunday, these same people saying the Caps are failures are the same ones that are going to say they are going to win the Stanley Cup

It depends on how they win the next few games...are they winning games 6-4? Or are they winning games 3-1? It's a big difference.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 4, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

justin williams to the kings, o'sullivan to oilers and cole to carolina

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

there weren't any quality defensemen moved today, nothing that would have made much of a difference

Posted by: doncosmic | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

this worries me...a lot!!!! no help on d! Nyls better play his ass off the rest of the season.

Posted by: Andoy | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

DOOM and GLOOM baby, DOOM and GLOOM

Posted by: NFeKPo | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

GMGM IS SMART

I wish we could've gotten a veteran defensemen, but to all the complainers who did you think we'd get for Nylander? No one else wants Nylander. Are you willing to trade Semin at this point? Who else are we going to get rid of?

Lets go to the playoffs and see how it goes. Shift some people around in the offseason, and then make the big trades next season when we have lots of UFAs and RFAs.

You nay-sayers seem to think we could've just said "I want Bouwmeester" and gotten him for free. A price must be paid. Had Semin or Backstrom gone you'd be screaming bloody murder...

Posted by: nowanna1 | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

The sound you just heard was hundreds of TVs in DC area turning off the NHL Network Trade Deadline Show.

Posted by: gebster | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Lordy lordy lord. What are we tell the children?

Posted by: opita1 | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Greg S, I completely agree. I honestly think folks might have been upset with what would have been required to get those big names.

_828, Logic is fun! lol

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm OK with staying put. The plan is working and we don't want to waiver from it unless we know we could improve. I agree we could use blue-line help, but who would be available to us? We have no cap space. We do have atractive prospects, but we would have to trade salary to take on salary. Nobody wants Nyles. Maybe Mo, but not sure anyone wants him. Seems to me our biggest problem is the PK. Our D does need to do a better job of clearing the front of the net, but our O has to be better at back-checking. Fore-checking and back-checking are the biggest differnce in playoff hockey versus the regular season.

Posted by: tomdchancar | March 4, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

"dogs and cats living together! It'll be anarchy"

The Caps definitely need to improve, but it sounded like too many people here wanted the Caps to sign Albert Haynesworth, or attempt to trade AO for the Stanley Cup. Before I wanted to get a Cup because I love the Caps; now I want a cup to make the one and dones look like idiots.

Posted by: mattbuckley80 | March 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

A lot of you people lack any kind of perspective. Unreal.

So, the same management that told all of us to be patient, the good times were coming -- AND THEY DELIVERED -- that group is now a bumbling, sightless pack of morons?

All of you predicting first round exits from the playoffs better come back here and eat serious crow.

Man, and I thought DC United fans had issues.

Posted by: nonlinear_fc | March 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy there were no big moves. The team isn't there just yet and morgaging the future for one shot doesn't make much sense to me. They some great young talent in Hershy and keeping it for longer deeper runs over the next few years is the right move. BTW Alzner may just be the big D-man we are looking for, and Varlamov and Neuvy will be the goaltenders. A little more patience folks, the plan is working.

Posted by: beargibson | March 4, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman - there is no difference... that's the problem... up and down, up and down... we have beat teams 3-1 and we have also beat the same team 6-4 and we have also lost to the same team...

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"I hope you join 99% of Caps fans in bashing McPhee and being critical of him."

Speak for yourself, not me.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

spot on. that's why he's only drafted 6 dmen in the first round in the last 5 drafts. good point.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 4, 2009 3:59 PM

and apart from Green who else is quility.
I like Shultz but think we rushed him up.
All the others are still prospects and are playing in the farm.
If after the last 4 games he thinks this team can win a cup then we need to worry.
Kronwell was our best player last night yet Im sure will be scratched tomorrow.

Posted by: CalleJo | March 4, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@nonlinear_fc

dc united has fans?

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@doncosmic

Leopold. From the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Lawrence Nycholat and Ryan Wilson and a second-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

You think we couldn't have packaged some of our D (Mo + Schultz) + second-round pick for him?

Posted by: mauree | March 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Ain't no pleasing some people.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Nah, too many people in here want the Redskins to win the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Is GMGM taking questions? I want an answer on why Nylander wasn't traded. F*ing christ he's the third highest paid player on our god damned roster god f*cks sake.

Posted by: patrone | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Would it be wrong to boo Nyls everytime he touches the puck for the rest of the season (provided he gets in a game again)?

Posted by: chombie13 | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I can explain away the losses and I'm happy to do so. What I don't need to do is explain the team's record against the top of the Eastern Conference.

If the trading deadline has been Saturday night there would be a million fewer folks on this blog complaining about the team and the GM.

I've never felt this team had the greatest defense in the world but the defense is predicated on the offense keeping the opposition on their heels and they haven't done that for the last six periods. I have concerns about giving up 11 straight goals (if you throw out AOs garbage goal on Sunday) but the last forty-eight hours haven't convinced me that we'll lose in the first round. Mabye we'll all revisit this in five or six games' time and see what we think: we might be on an eight-game losing streak or maybe we'll have gone 4-1...we'll see.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@_stevo

yawn.

Posted by: nonlinear_fc | March 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

wow,the sane people seem to have shown up. Now we hope the Habs can take out the Flyers in the first round, if that happened it would bea roll of the dice for us until the finals

Posted by: doncosmic | March 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

We could have used a penalty killing specialist, but I guess we'll have to go with who got us here, see who steps it up.

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

828

so, you're not disappointed. Fine. Can you stop making fun of the people that are disappointed? It's a matter of respecting each other opinions.

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

From previous thread:

My my, where did all the Chicken Little's and Negative Nancy's come from? You've got a team that has won every month, 5-3-1 in Oct, 8-5-2 in Nov, 11-3 in Dec, 7-4-1 in Jan and 9-3-1 in Feb, and all of a sudden 2 losses in March have the "fans" near mutiny and questioning why GMGM could make no deals.

Who the hell is he going to trade? Nylander wasn't going to move, he wasn't going to trade any young talent or picks, so what's left? My trash for your treasure, the tried and true armchair method of GM'ing.

No one got significantly better in the East, if anyone possibly the Rangers but they overpaid just try and sniff the playoffs.

This is a very good team, with some deficiencies, but a team capable of playing late into the playoffs. 2 games does not a season make.

They've tasted what it's like to play playoff hockey, I trust they don't want the same result as last April.

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

Seriously, all the naysayers need to calm down. The players we have today our the same that chalked up the fifth best record in the league to date. So what if the last week or so has been a bit of a rough patch, did you expect them to win 82 games?!?! On paper, they may not have the defense or the goaltending to stake a claim to the Cup right now, but there is certainly enough talent on the team to do it if they play hard and to their potential. Tomorrow night and Sunday we get back on track! Let's go CAPS!

Posted by: crazycarl16 | March 4, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm unhappy we did not unload Nylanders 5 mil, but could care less that we did not pick up some cast off from a loser team.

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

one answer, send down theodore, bring up braden holtby.

Posted by: iastdon | March 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

On the Pennlive website it is saying that the Caps reassigned Kronwell to Hershey and Pothier for a conditioning assignment, GO Pothier!

Posted by: HBFan | March 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1: Ok I am calling you out on your odds. Seriously how are you calculating them? Head to head we won the series with boston, and in a 7 game could probably win out. We have played well against most of the elite in the conference.
Yeah the caps are in a snafu at the moment, but I am so sick of some off games and having people lose the faith. They played the whole season solid, considering all the injuries, callups, and other assorted messes. They just need to find their groove again.

Posted by: trunkenmath | March 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

To the regulars -- you know who you are: Yeah, I don't understand all the mass hysteria. But then again, what do I know, I've never been a GM like some others here. (Oh what's that, we don't have any GMs that post here?)

To the newcomers who are not participating in the mass hysteria: Welcome, and don't let the mass hysteria scare you off.

To those participating in the mass hysteria: http://kurly.net:666/chillpill.jpg (No I didn't make this picture, but big props to whoever did.)

To all: Patience... patience. The world is not going to end just because we decided not to overpay for someone to bolster the blueline. A lot of people were clamoring for Pronger, but Anaheim decided to keep him. With 40 wins and 17 games left to play, it's really not as bad as some people are making it out to be. Really.

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | March 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, overreact much anyone?

Nylander may be incredibly overpaid but he's a great puck possession forward and if they put him back out there for significant ice time now that he can't be traded this year, he may perform up to expectation. He has set up some really great goals by skating in his hated 'circles' this year, including at least 3 of the goals Green needed to set his record, if I recall correctly.

On top of that, yeah, our D is not great and I think Schultz should have gone for a bag of pucks, but if Poti is healthy we play decently and if Alzner is up we play even better. On top of that, Erskine has been performing well since his new contract, something I didn't expect.

I also think Theo has been showing flourishes of his former self at times. Maybe he'll get back into top form for the playoffs maybe he wont. I also think Neuvirth can play well. I don't think the Carolina game was a good example of his ability. I think it was a CRUCIAL mistake to trip Staal on that breakaway. You DO NOT make a 20 year old goalie who's barely even played at the AHL level take on the other team's best sniper one on one. It will shake his confidence to the core. Neuvy was playing well until Staal beat him on the penalty shot, then he played awful afterwards. It's the opposite of the Tampa game where he played great after stoning Lecavalier.

When you're that new to the NHL there's a lot of pyschology involved in your performance and I think setting up the Staal penalty shot would have been a good call with Theo in goal, but with Neuvirth in goal it was a mistake that will resonate until he manages to make a few stellar saves and re-convince himself he's a competitive goalie at the NHL level.

Anyway, my overall point is that if things go right, we're a cup contender. If things don't go right, we're not. What all you new Caps fans seem to be looking for is a guarantee, and that just doesn't exist in the new NHL. If you want a guaranteed cup contender, you need to move to Detroit AND build a time machine. Otherwise, whoever said you should take the antics back to FedEx field is right.

Posted by: threesilhouettes | March 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse


Is GMGM taking questions? I want an answer on why Nylander wasn't traded. F*ing christ he's the third highest paid player on our god damned roster god f*cks sake.

Posted by: patrone | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM f

How about because he has a no movement clause? Pretty obvious, no?

Posted by: SoylentMikeGreen | March 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Why should I be disappointed mauree? When people bash the team or management with their so called "opinions", I have no problem speaking my mind.

What do I have to go on that proves this team will no succeed? The last two games? A route by Philly earlier in the season?

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Also Varly is returning this weekend for the person who asked.

Posted by: HBFan | March 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

patrone -- the answer is because Nyls is the 3rd highest paid player and doesn't play like the 3rd highest paid player. Only the Redskins trade for that player.

Posted by: NFeKPo | March 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

@patrone

You answered your own question. because he's the 4th highest paid player on our roster, and he's the 4th worst player. Not hard to see why nobody wanted him, is it?

Posted by: jwh37 | March 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

pothier has been cleared to play in hershey. its not so much no move, its clearly the idea that nylander is done in other gm's eyes as well as ours. cap munching waste of time.

Posted by: capscla55 | March 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"Is GMGM taking questions? I want an answer on why Nylander wasn't traded. F*ing christ he's the third highest paid player on our god damned roster god f*cks sake.

Posted by: patrone | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM"

Now there's the perfect reason to move someone. They're the 3rd highest paid player. Why not move the first or second highest? Or the 4th and 5th to make up for it?

It takes 2 to dance. If you paid $30,000 for a Yugo, you'd want to trade it, too. But who's stupid enough to take it?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't respect F U McPhee.
I don't respect Schultz sucks.
I don't respect Theo is garbage.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Anyone seen that Pothier and Kronwall assigned to Hershey yet?

Posted by: caps28fan | March 4, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The ones happy that we didn't trade for defensemen are the ones I think are bandwagon fans because obviously they don't realize that the playoffs are a different animal than the regular season. Without a good defense you will not go far in the playoffs.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | March 4, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! I hope Theodore can handle playing every night. I still can't believe they didn't get a back up goalie. The young guys will be good in a few years but just like last night Michal Neuvirth couldn't stop a beach ball. Combine that with poor defense and lack of effort we are in trouble.

Posted by: mxhockeyrich | March 4, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Well the Rangers definitely got better.

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

828

I'm not questioning your being disappointed or not. Everybody has their opinion. But you keep insulting the "naysayers" just because they have a different opinion. So, I think we should have been more active, can I have my opinion?

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

Taking bets on the # of comments for this post.....

300?
400?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

VegasCapsFan,
Why don't you read up on the 80's Oilers, the 90's Penguins... recently TB and Carolina.

I'm not saying we are going to win the cup this year... I am just saying, we are on pace to be good for a long long while. Do you need to win the Cup this year? Are you going some where next year?

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought that gmGM would stand pat: the Finals were never in the plans for this season.

Leaving the defense as it is makes it unlikely that the team will advance past the first round especially if Poti isn't 100%. Alas...

Posted by: Landshark | March 4, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad we stayed with what we have. A couple bad games doesn't mean it's panic time. It's not a secret those in charge think we're still a year away from seriously contending for the Cup. Just sit back and enjoy this ride, it's gone much better than anyone expected.

Posted by: wolff1 | March 4, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Tarik or Caps Nation, where do we think Pothier really is in the recovery process? Even if cleared for contact, what can we expect after an 18 month layoff? Strikes me as a leap that he is unlikely to make this late in the season.

Posted by: 415fan | March 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I can see why Nylander wasn't traded because of his salary, but there were a lot of defensemn dealt at this deadline and the caps didn't pick up one. I'm not saying that the caps won't make it far into the playoffs this year, but if they picked up a good defensmen like Morris or someone, the caps could have made a good run for the cup this year. Now I don't know what to think. The caps don't have a good enough defensive core to make it far into the playoffs this year. I'm not just talking about Schultz either. All of our defense have been sucking it up as of late.

Posted by: Thomas32 | March 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN's trade deadline blog: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3950511

Burnside (4:05 p.m. ET): The Washington Capitals may have been quiet on the trade front, but that doesn't mean they are standing pat. Defenseman Brian Pothier, who has been hampered by injury most of the last two seasons, has been cleared to play and will begin a three-to-five-game conditioning stint with the Caps' AHL affiliate in Hershey. Pothier has not played since last January.


Posted by: thrh1 | March 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I met Tarik at the coffee shop and he asked me to report the following:

GMGM to address the national media at 8:00 pm tonight. He wants to explain to Tarik's bloggers why he did not make any trades. It is believed he will say that it was all Nylander's fault. He is asking for forgiveness, he knows the Lord has forgiven him, he became a born-again-christian shortly after 3 p.m. today.

Posted by: opita1 | March 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

VegasCapsFan

I would have been happy with a D-man. Mauree and I have been preaching the need for D since last year. The price for ANY defenseman was too high.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

mauree, I know you are disappointed with what didn't happen. But, you also do things differently. Have I said anything to you about it? We already said we agree to disagree. Never have you once said players suck - you respect them... you just wish some were added... and I am fine with that. I only speak up to the people who bash the players - that's just me.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

In all honesty you guys seriously cannot be that surprised... besides nylander, this team is really not bad. Infact they are the complete opposite. We built our team last year and now its about molding and training the team we have, not aquiring new guys to "fix" the problems.

The truth is that DC is starting to get spoiled. Because this team is so good, when they lose it seems like a catastrophe. Truth be told, two loses are not going to make or break the season. The GM did what he thought was going to put the team in the best frame for playoffs.

Also, when you bring someone new.. and quite possibly a mistake, into a team with the type of chemistry that we have on and off the ice, it upsets the flow, and could do more damage than not.

Its not like you can just say oh i want that player, and then it happens, it takes a lot of thought and effort. Bashing the GM, et. al. now is not going to help build the team we already have. They feed off of the fans and a torn, disappointed, unhappy verizon center is not going to fuel this team for the playoffs.

Its time that the real fans, the ones that like hockey and the caps for the pure love of the game and the humility demonstrated by our players...those fans need to show up.. b/c thats what hockey is all about...and thats what the OVi's and Semin's and GReen's feed off of. Sheesh.

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

What you need to do is look at what teams gave up to get what they wanted and for the most part I would not have wanted the Caps to give up the equivalent of what some of these teams did. The Rangers gave up alot (IMO) for Derek Morris. The only ones I wish we would've gotten involved in was Philly got (D)Kyle McClaren for a 6th round pick and Chicago got (F)Sammy Pahlsson (good on PK) for a 5th round pick. Were there names out there that moved that would have helped...sure but the cost was too much. Too bad we couldn't have gotten some sort of upgrade but everybody has been stating that we need a rugged forward and upgrade at D. Maybe these upgrades come from Alsner and Bourque who I think can be fiesty enuf to get here this year. And maybe if the stars all align properly Pothier can come back and be productive as well. We'd be in good shape at that point in my mind (with or without Pothier but he would help).

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 4, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Burnside (4:05 p.m. ET): The Washington Capitals may have been quiet on the trade front, but that doesn't mean they are standing pat. Defenseman Brian Pothier, who has been hampered by injury most of the last two seasons, has been cleared to play and will begin a three-to-five-game conditioning stint with the Caps' AHL affiliate in Hershey. Pothier has not played since last January.

Posted by: mmitch34 | March 4, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

When Pothier comes back, that'll be a boost to the D.

Everyone relax, we'll show up against the Panthers in the playoffs.

Posted by: thisismydcsportsopinion | March 4, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

They might as well move Feds to D permanently, but unfortunately that makes Nylander the #2 center. Ugh!!!

Posted by: chombie13 | March 4, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Guess this damn flu and not having Pronger, JB and Holmstrom in a Caps jersey went to my head :D

*high fives 828*

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

@ CalleJo

I think the only real "quility" Caps D man we've had recently has been Eminger - based on his mobility. He's really getting around these days...

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

Kotalik to the Oilers, Buffalo with a 2nd rounder.

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

Everyone keeps talking about not getting a dman....it disappoints me too. Before worrying too much about that though, lets try to stop taking so many g*dd*mned penalties.

There is no way in He// we'll get anywhere in the postseason with things the way they are now. You can't give up that many chances per game and expect to win, especially with the games being tighter checking, and goals more scarce.

I realize they sort of let more stuff go in the playoffs, but our amount of penalties is just scary. Needs to change ASAP.

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

Is this the first time in history that the national, (and Canadian) hockey media actually gives us more respect than our fans do? There is not a team we could face in the first round that we would not be HEAVY favorites against

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

The ones happy that we didn't trade for defensemen are the ones I think are bandwagon fans because obviously they don't realize that the playoffs are a different animal than the regular season. Without a good defense you will not go far in the playoffs.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan |


I agree I have been a fan since I moved here in 97 STH before and after the lock out and I am upset that we did not get an upgrade on the D. Ever since the great CalleJo and company left the team GMGM has done really nothing for address the D. Some say he picked some in the draft well where are they other than Green and Shultz?
He gave us Jagr and on the D we had Kiwi and Doig great job on that one.

Posted by: CalleJo | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a disapointment. Is it me or did every team in the East get better except for us? We knew our deficiencies going into the trade deadline and didn't do a single thing to address them. I thought we were trying to make a run at the cup this year... I guess we'll have to settle for a hollow apology to the fans after we get bounced in the first round of the playoffs.

Posted by: honker | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Carolina got Cole back...they will win the southeast now. The Caps will be lucky to finish 8th in the conference now. If only we had gotten Morris. The season is over.

Posted by: reesem37 | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Re-posting so I don't have to write this again.

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McPhee is a very good GM and did great at the deadline last year. There weren't many deals today at all. Very disappointing day in terms of trades. Very few impact trades.

Mindless idiots just want us to make a deal for the sake of making a deal. That's how stupid deals get made.

Also, everyone is whining how Nylander hasn't been dealt. Other GMs aren't on crack. Why would they want him? It's not like McPhee can magically convince them to take a very under performing player with a huge contract. You need to look at thing realistically, not like a hysterical 14-year old girl who's all emotion over logic.

Now let's really look at the deals in the East:

Boston got Montador, bottom 6 D and Recchi who's older than your mom.

Montreal didn't do crap.

Philly got Carcillo for Upshall. Big whoop. One jackass for another.

I do like Rangers getting Antropov. He has great size and skill. A change of scenery might work well for him. It's tough to stay motivated on a crap team.

Rangers getting Morris is good too although they gave up a lot, but that's probably because they had to dump contracts to fit Antropov and Morris under the cap.

Pitt improved the most, unfortunately for us. Getting Kunitz a bit earlier and now adding Guerin.

I like NJ addition of Havelid.

Conclusion: none of these are major trades. We can still beat anyone. I would have loved to seen us get a goalie like maybe Clemmenson from NJ so that's disappointing, but overall McPhee was smart because he's a level headed, intelligent person, not an emotional pea brain like many of the hysterical posters on here.

The team that has improved the most overall is Calgary, but they're in the West.

Posted by: ranndino | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

After everyone calms down, maybe we will realize we had (and still have) a top 5 ranked team in the league. We beat the Red Wings, the Bruins, the Devils...all great teams. The talent is there, the mental toughness is not right now. I'm ok with not doing anything today although I was hoping to somehow get Derek Morris. But more importantly, I hope we rediscover that team heart and spirit over the next few weeks!

Posted by: dsphvywght | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Caps are or were designed to entertain during the regular season, that's a success.

Now leave the post season to those that know what they are doing.

GM must really like his "Gov" job.

Posted by: LarryDavid | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Everyone's saying they're disappointed that they weren't able to unload Nylander but its like they're acting under the assumption that GMGM could just say, okay Chicago, you're taking Nylander, enjoy. What's the incentive for a team to give up anything at all to take him on? For teams that are competing and are close to the cap, they don't want to have to take on his salary and for teams that aren't and are rebuilding, why would they want to pay that much committed money for someone in their mid thirties? Factor in that he has a NMC and the fact of the matter is he was going to be very tough to move, likely scenario played out.

Posted by: nhcaps | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: reesem37 | March 4, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

This is reminiscent of being down 3-1 to the Flyers last year, minus the obnoxious Flyers fans. Lots of people posting pulled a 180 on the team after they stormed into the playoffs and assumed they were toast...until they weren't toast and Game 7 was at Verizon and we were on a collision course with the Pens...until we lost in OT. No one who posts here can predict the future. The bottom line is that this team is good, better than good, and, despite the last two games, will get better. They will make the playoffs, presumably with home ice, so let's relax and see how it goes.

Posted by: crazycarl16 | March 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't most of the people around here who've been paying attention are in a panic, just disappointed. Expectations had been raised by theoretically-informed observers like Tarik and Locker that some moves were likely, even if they would have been more of the tweaking variety than last year's.

And I'm not going to be pessimistic about this team - 40-20-5 ain't chicken feed. I'm hopeful that the management's endorsement of the current roster will help kick the level of play up a couple notches compared to the last couple of weeks (besides the Boston game, which was awesome if lucky).

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

Kolzig to Toronto

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

Poor Olie got traded to Toronto. He should have retired after last year

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

kolzig and heward were just traded to toronto

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

It's done.....Now lets go win the whole thing. Rock the Red baby. Lets start tomm against Toronto and parlay it to Sunday when Cindy Crosby comes to town, (not going to game Sun) PLS make any Pens fans uncomfortable as possible, TY!!!

Posted by: bhound69 | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Bah I hope I'm wrong about Pothier, but I would have put tremendous pressure on him to stop playing hockey. The concussion hit wasn't even that big if I remember correctly, yet it did tremendous damage. He has a family to think of.

Posted by: mauree | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Steve Eminger was traded again. He just does not make friends.

Posted by: CaliCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:45 PM

He probably just made the playoffs though.

Posted by: rh71 | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

As much as it pains me for no moves the best moves are the ones not made. It takes D men long to develop in the NHL. Also GMGM doesn't want to give up prospects that took 3 bad yrs to get. He also feels alzer & pothier might be back. Look what happen to the PENS last year; got rid of all that young talent to win it

Posted by: smartfan | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

my english is not good please forgive me

Posted by: CalleJo | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

""Also, everyone is whining how Nylander hasn't been dealt. Other GMs aren't on crack.""

Well said, only 1 crack head around and he's in DC.

Posted by: LarryDavid | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Olie to Toronto!!!

Posted by: geauxcaps | March 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Who is this Richard Petiot guy and how is he worth three bodies, regardless of their talent level? Kolzig, Heward, and Rogers?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

VTDuffman - there is no difference... that's the problem... up and down, up and down... we have beat teams 3-1 and we have also beat the same team 6-4 and we have also lost to the same team...

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:04 PM


nobody is perfect..no team and everyone has their off days. Even God took a break when he created the earth... A win is a win and a loss is a loss... teams quite frankly don't matter. The worst team in the NHL could beat the #1 team in the NHL on any given day... so I guess I dont really understand your point.. ?

Posted by: -19- | March 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Whoa! Maybe I'll see Olie and Jamie tommorrow night. Kolzig, Heward, Rodgers to the Leafs from Tampa for Dick Petiot

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Tampa Bay is ridding itself of almost all its ex-Caps. Eminger, Heward, Kolzig, all gone. Pettinger and Halpern remain (as of 4:20).

Posted by: sargeantmofo | March 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Just to edit...most competing teams near the cap likely COULDN'T take on Nylander's salary if they wanted to.

Posted by: nhcaps | March 4, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig is being sent to Toronto for a player from the minors

Posted by: kenemerc | March 4, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Is it disappointing that the Caps didn't add a man? Sure. But the fact is, the cost wasn't worth it and if the team needs a changeup on D, they have lots of in-house options who helped keep the team upright during the injury-packed months. They didn't get Pronger and they didn't get Bouwmeester and most people would've complained about what the Caps would've had to give up to land either. Derek Morris is NOT on the same level as those two and would not have been worth trading even a portion of what the Rangers did. Look at it this way. Alzner and Pothier, and maybe Lepisto or Collins or Helmer, will be your additions on D if the guys in place don't shape up. After seeing the way the team was rebuilt so effectively, I trust the guys in charge to make the right moves...

Posted by: YogiS34 | March 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@_828

I don't need to read up on them because I actually watched them play. And their defenses were better than ours. I don't care about Morris because we would have to give up too much. But Leopold, Montador, and Havelid were all traded for basically nothing. Any one of those would have helped us. Now, I'm not like some people who are saying fire GMGM. I just think there were a couple of players we could have added without giving up too much. Hopefully Pothier and Alzner's return will help out. It definitely can't get any worse. And not having a veteran backup goalie also scares me.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | March 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

And a fourth-rounder. Geez Tampa, lay off the sauce. We know you're D sucks, but really?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

To all the naysayers

Would you have liked Derek Morris for the 3 regular starting players it took for the Rangers to get him? I certainly would not.

Posted by: DaleHunter | March 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

So is 4:20pm on March 4 2009 the record for most # of posts in one minute on CapsInsider?

Probably not, but I'll mark it down in the official logbook...

Posted by: austinsteve | March 4, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Olie and Heward went to the Leafs.

Posted by: keeef | March 4, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

This just in. Ovechkin broke his foot. He will be out indefinitely.

Posted by: lavaman | March 4, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

D'oh. Shoulda refreshed first. :)

Posted by: keeef | March 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig, heward, rodgers and 4th round pick to Toronto

Posted by: cocorules | March 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me the Kolzig trade? He's out for the season and has pretty much said he'll retire. Was this a salary cap thing that I'm not getting?

Posted by: katzistan | March 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I would have loved to somehow pry khabibulin away. Pothier is supposed to skate with Hershey this week. So hopefully getting him back will improve depth on the back line. But, we have cap room to make moves in the offseason. We have OKay goaltending to be a contender. Look at the last couple years.. Osgood, having a terrible year this year, cam ward, giguere. These guys were HOT at the right time, and were not great all year.

Posted by: Ovechomper | March 4, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Interesting trade. TBL sold TO 500K in salary for a 4th round pick.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 4, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

For all you bashing Nylander...If you look at the last 4 games without him in the lineup and the 4 or 5 previous this year when he wasnt in the lineup, the record is not very good.

It's much easier to stop a team when you don't respect the third line. While Nylander is having a rough year, they still have to respect him, even last year he was almost a point a game player while playing with one arm basically.

If he can regain that form do any of you have a clue how dangerous that makes our offense when it is already a top 4 offense in the league? And if he can't, he's still a much better option on the third line than Steckel. A 2nd line Center playing 3rd line vs a 4th line Center playing the 3rd line, real tough choice there.

Posted by: ThePat | March 4, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

You've GOT to be kidding! Olie to Toronto??

Leaf fans will be stringing up Burke by the short hairs.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Toronto is absorbing salaries from TB in exchange for a draft pick. Kind of sneaky. Still hasn't gotten league approval.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

And HockeyDB crashes as every fan looks up the all the minor players their team picked up.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought and a question - given that Erksine is rated as the 30th best NHL defenseman in one online service, and Caps fans are not unified in loving him, is it possible that guys like Morris really aren't that much better than what we have?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 4, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

-19-,
My point started with me saying if we beat Toronto tomorrow and the Pens on Sunday that the same people saying the Caps suck are going to be saying the Caps are going to win the Cup. He said, "what's the score of those games? there is a difference"... basically, you proved my point... any team can win on any given night... that's just the way it is. This whole roller coaster of the Caps beating a really good team and then losing to a bad team is pretty ridiculous when you look at the fans reactions. up and down, suck, good, suck, good... 82 games is a lot of games... good thing I don't stress about it.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I think the best move GMGM is going to do is shuffle around our D before the end of the season.

If Pothier can come back that would make a world of difference.

Posted by: numero94 | March 4, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Here's a hint folks: If a guy is underperforming and overpaid, why are you all so surprised that other teams weren't lining up to trade for him?

Posted by: Burgh32 | March 4, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

It's difficult to respect people that whine like 4 year olds, and there are plenty of people like that on these last couple of threads. NYLS wasn't traded because the reason you want him gone is the same reason no one else wants him. How do you make him attractive? I didn't see any game changers traded. There were some spare parts moved around, but I don't think that anyone that got traded would have "put us over the top." Considering what did happen with the other teams, I'm glad GMGM didn't get rid of any of our prospects or screw up his team. We are doing really well (last two games notwithstanding), there's no reason to move a lot in order to improve just a little or not at all.

Posted by: isaacc7 | March 4, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

seriosuly, Olie to TORONTO?!?! NOOOOOOOOO! Olie, in a Leafs jersey? Yuck.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Would you have liked Derek Morris for the 3 regular starting players it took for the Rangers to get him? I certainly would not."

Prucha was a healthy scratch for more than half the season; I went to two games at the Garden this year and Kalinen was jeered relentlessly whenever he touched the puck, the only Ranger to get that treatment; and Dawes is decent but a third-line player at best. It's not a lot to give up, imo.

Posted by: donknutts | March 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

We really needed to make a move - Bad enough that our goaltender situation will prevent us from reaching the Stanly Cup - But without a rugged forward like Guerrin and/or a big strong D addition we may not make it out of the first round -

Posted by: jpetrash946yahoocom | March 4, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

_828--

I understand.. and agree... gotcha!!

haha.. sorry for the confusion.. im just frustrated with the naysayers

Posted by: -19- | March 4, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

VegasCapsFan, don't forget - Johnson is due back in 3-5 weeks. So, there is your backup goalie. I am with you - things could have changed to help out. But, not sure if we had anything to trade for those players you mentioned. If we didn't have 50 guys on the roster under contract, things would have been different. We could probably get rid of most our draft picks as we should not need them for some time. But, that wasn't an option. Can't stress about it now - what's done is done... now, we hope for the best... That's all we can do as a fan, right?

Mauree, do you approve? ;)

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN:
The Washington Capitals may have been quiet on the trade front, but that doesn't mean they are standing pat. Defenseman Brian Pothier, who has been hampered by injury most of the last two seasons, has been cleared to play and will begin a three-to-five-game conditioning stint with the Caps' AHL affiliate in Hershey. Pothier has not played since last January.

Posted by: tURBO8 | March 4, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

A couple of regular season losses, even though they were BAD losses, mean nothing. The Capitals are a team on the rise. They will contend in the playoffs. All this whimpering is insane. Simply there wasn't a smart deal out there. GMGM has proven that he can make the right deal when one is. Also, with the uncertainty of what the cap will be in the next few years, it can blow your team apart if you get the wrong player in a bad trade.

Posted by: lornemyoung | March 4, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This skid they are in is due partly to Bruce. In the third period he should have sent a message that we are not going to be so easy to play against..but nothing. No Brashear showing. Then they are getting humiliated by the Canes, and Semin gets slammed into the boards, not one person on the ice came to his assistance...and again, Bruce doesn't send Brash out to take care of business. Mcfee followed suit today by announcing the Caps are comfortable being soft to play against. The defense is soft, and all but Ovechkin up front are soft. The worst player the past four games has been Green. He refuses to use his body. He is always looking to take the puck, but latley he is looking to take the puck with arms extended..That doesn't get it done in the playoffs. One round and out again.

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

olie will never put on white and blue up north. he'll retire.
furthermore...
Hradek (4:28 p.m. ET): Capitals fans -- as well as some players in their room -- have to be disappointed GM George McPhee couldn't make a move to upgrade his goaltending depth. McPhee worked the phones, but he couldn't close on any deals. I believe the Caps could have used some help in goal and on the blue line. Last season, McPhee was able to get goalie Cristobal Huet and center Sergei Fedorov. Those deals proved vital for the club's run for a playoff spot. This year, the expectations are higher. If the team doesn't advance past the first round (where they were stopped last season), fans will be wondering why the Caps didn't make a move. In his defense, the Caps didn't have a lot of salary-cap space. On this deadline day, salary-cap issues really hamstrung several clubs around the league.

Posted by: mmitch34 | March 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ahh let Nyls stay rested so when he does get back in the lineup he can step it up. Stay positive people. It's starting to get embarrassing in here. Stand by your team and all will be well.

Posted by: cappies | March 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Stupid GMGM we could have gotten Olie and Heward for Nylander, Semin and Schultz.

Posted by: opita1 | March 4, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Here's a hint folks: If a guy is underperforming and overpaid, why are you all so surprised that other teams weren't lining up to trade for him?

Posted by: Burgh32 | March 4, 2009 4:30 PM

Exactly, and he has a NTC, he isn't going to go to a non-playoff team, would any of you?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

@ paul59

Are you serious?!? You say Green has been the worst player the last 4 games? Is there another Green in the league that I don't know about?

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

None of us know what goes on inside the lockeroom. He might have toldthe guys from the start that he wasn't going to trade anyone away. GMGM has built this team around Youth and from the farm the RIGHT way. Maybe not trading anyone was a statement. Maybe it will light a fire under these guys (after these last 2 games). Maybe we win the Cup, maybe we go deep, just maybe we get booted in the first round. Who knows. But regardless he didnt overpay, overscout, or waste a prospect for nothing if the Caps dont win the Cup.

The trade deadline is over for this season yes, but if the Caps dont win the Cup dont think George won't trade come Draft time... we will have a good team here for years because of what this guy has done. His moves/non-moves will pay off... Watch

Posted by: GOAT21 | March 4, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Why? What are they doing with good ole Nylander? He's been a healthy scratch for so many days. I can't believe GMGM didn't make any moves at all.

Posted by: SarahM28 | March 4, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Lude,

He has been soft, given odd man chances nearly every time he steps on the ice. Was directly the cause of two goals against FLa, and two more last night. After his record was broken, he has been close to the worst defensman in the East..P.S. Even listen to Bruces post game interviews. He agrees 100%. Watch the hockey game, don't just listen to the crowd.

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Semin gets slammed into the boards, not one person on the ice came to his assistance..."

Green arrived on the scene almost immediately.

Posted by: donknutts | March 4, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Green arrived on the scene almost immediately.

And did what?

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Before anyone blasts him , if not already done, Nyls was never asked at any point, last week, this week or today, to waive his NMC.
Apparently, BB tied GMGM's hands so bad that no one would even take him for a bag of pucks. Any trade talks involved us given much more than wwhat was proposed in return... sort of like Nyls having a negative value.
Not Nyls fault.

Posted by: atybat | March 4, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Toronto sure is shoring up on the goodwill.
Here, take half our minor leaguers on waivers. Got a questionable player/contract, no problem, we'll take him.

Don Burkleone:
"Some day, and that day may never come, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But, until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter's wedding day."

Posted by: austinsteve | March 4, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

"Green arrived on the scene almost immediately.

And did what?"

Did what any smart pro would do—voiced his displeasure while not negating the ensuing power play.

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

Are you kidding me donuts? They were losing 4-0 at the time. He did what any sissy playing hockey would do. Turned his back on an opponent that was taking it to a team he is suppose to be leading for the second straight embarrasing game.

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, what I want to know is now that we know we're stuck with Nyls, is there any repairing of the relationship? If we're paying him the kind of money we are we have to find a way for him to be useful. What about the PK? Could he make it any worse? I mean aren't we in the bottom 5 of the league, so how much worse could it really get?

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 4, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

For those who said we should have traded for Derek Morris, think what we would have given, basically the Rangers gave the equivalent of Morrisonn (Kalinin), Fleishman (Prucha) and Gordon/Bourque (Dawes). This is an estimate since I don't have any salary cap data too compare.

And Morris is a UFA, he could walk after the season.

Would you still make that deal?

Posted by: boomer44 | March 4, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

mcphee = moron

end of story. He's going to see his team tank in the playoffs and then wonder what if. Oh i know, there's always NEXT year to do something. I'm sure we'll get our rugged defenseman NEXT season. We've only been waiting for 10 freaking years.

Posted by: maven1918 | March 4, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Green arrived on the scene almost immediately.

And did what?

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 4:46 PM

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And promptly coughed up the puck for a breakaway!

Posted by: maven1918 | March 4, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Green's a great talent. A leader he is not. Any player who plays that lousy a defensive game can never be considered a leader. I mean who on our team besides Erskine even mutters an obscenity when our goalie gets interfered with? Anyone? Does that sound like an NHL "team" mentality? These guys don't play like a team on the ice. They're a very talented group of individuals and sometimes thats enough to win but more so in the regular season than the playoffs. The playoffs are a whole different animal and there's not enough Capitals willing to do the dirty work on a frequent enough basis to make a real dent in the playoffs. Sad but true peeps, sad but true. This is like the Ottawa Senators from several years ago. Highly skilled bunch of individuals who rack up many reg season pts and then get ousted by a lesser team.

Posted by: maven1918 | March 4, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

There is a place for guys like Green..ex, Paul Coffee, but as much as he repeats in his interviews that he is a defenseman, and that is his primary responsibility, he has yet to play that way. They are in fact much like the Sens of years back, including the qustionable goaltending. You HAVE to be tough to play against to win a cup. For those naysayers who will say "what about the wings", take a look at the way the played in the playoff's last year..they played like the teams that knocked them out the previous years..Aka Flames. You hit it on the head, no team mentality. No teammate would let Semin take that kind of hit after giving up two shorties on the same PK in 50 seconds and not drop the gloves. Did anyone see Spezza drop the mits after Heatley was hit by Phaneuff last night? Thats a team.

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If the D has become to lazy to play then call up some from Hershey. Loss of starter status might be a good incentive to work harder.

Posted by: Bernie21012 | March 4, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@stormblue

and who will center our 2nd line? Nylander? Hah.

Fedorov has shown he cannot handle 24 minutes a night playing D. He is the perfect 2nd line centerfor this team.

tw Feds just passed Nylander in scoring, with 20 less games.

Posted by: greener1 | March 4, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

With the PK near the bottom of the league, why not bring up Quinton Lange again? He can handle the same minutes Brads and Gordo get, and last year this guy was blocking six shots a game. Haven't seen any cap d-man consistently doing this.

Posted by: paul59 | March 4, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe how spoiled the so-called Caps fans who post here are. A little slump and they are ready to turn on the team and the management. Hey, the Caps this season have been incredibly exciting, and are among the top 5 teams in the league. Have a little faith. I would bring back Alzner, but I think BB,GMGM, and Leonsis deserve a little slack. They have built an amazing young team since the strike season, so let's support them and stop whining. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: chevychase10 | March 4, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I think we should have kept Huet. Look at his GAA compared with Theodore. Theodore gives up too many soft goals in my opinion. We are 10-7 at home since the start of the new year, not exactly a record that exudes confidence heading towards the playoffs. I was at the Avalanche game. They clogged the neutral zone perhaps the blueprint for slowing the Caps who don't look like they want to dump and chase.

Posted by: jw22xy | March 4, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

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