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Caps to open regular season in Atlanta

The Caps will face the Thrashers in Atlanta on Oct. 8 in the regular season opener, then will open their home slate against the Devils the following night, the NHL announced this afternoon.

The entire schedule is due out tomorrow at noon (while I'm somewhere over Colorado en route to Las Vegas for the NHL Awards).

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 21, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
 
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Im getting married on the 9th :( im gonna miss my first home opener in years!

Posted by: sk8ersublime | June 21, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@sk8ersublime

come on man. priorities...postpone the wedding

Posted by: _stevo | June 21, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

@sk8ersublime: Make it a hockey themed wedding. Then, it wouldn't be so unusual to have several flat screens throughout the reception with the opening game on. =) Congrats, to you!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 21, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

@sk8ersublime:
congratulations.
now she owes you one.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 21, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Capt Kirk: I've been married 31 years. 31 or 32? Whatever, I don't think she thinks she owes him anything. Once I tried to move anniversary dinner going out so I could watch Caps vs Devils. No, we went out on the night, and she didn't owe me anything for that either. When you're in a mixed marriage (sports fan and non-sports fan), they don't look at it how we look at it. The only reason mrstominsocal1 (we shall refer to her as "the Queen") even imbraces hockey at all is because two of the three princesses really love the sport too. If the kids all hated hockey, I would be given a 13 inch Motorola from the 70s and told to watch in the garage. Good thing I was smart enough :) to brainwash my children by taking them to games and practice when they were young! Now I can watch and drink beer with them and even cuss!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 21, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal1:
i'll have 30 yrs in come august - i hear you.
i was just trying to give sk8ersublime a little glimmer of hope.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 21, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

@sk8ersublime - I missed a very significant Caps playoff game to get married. I must've done something right. She still keeps me around despite my Caps habit. TiVO the game. You only get married once or...

Posted by: Terptwin | June 21, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

word is spezza was traded to columbus for the 4th pick and players.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 21, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

underpants, where did you hear that at? I just haven't been able to find anything about it.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 21, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

that spezza deal aint happening
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=325301

Posted by: brittanyb_sm | June 21, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

@sk8ersublime, tominsocal1, Capt_Kirk_in_AZ (and others)

Congrats on the wedding, sk8ersublime.

I'm another old wedding veteran, closing in on 34 years.

So guess what I'll be doing for my 34th wedding anniversary -- going to the Caps home opener. Guess the anniversary dinner will be the following day. Fortunately, mu husband's a hockey fan and is the person who got me into the Caps. (Before getting married, he brought me to a Caps one Friday evening where we watched the, lost 2-0. Yes, we were fans beginning with their second year of existence.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 21, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

CF75: Well, they say for a good relationship you need to have three things in common. In my case, mrstominsocal1 is an excellent cook and I love to eat; next, I am a clown and she loves to laugh.

So that's it. Thankfully she married a cost estimator who has superior counting skills.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 21, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

HOW TO SURVIVE 31 YEARS OF MARRIAGE TO A NON-HOCKEY FAN:

OK, it isn't just that she isn't a hockey fan, she says they should take all fighting and checking out of hockey.

Boo! Hiss!

This marriage, I tell you, has been on the rocks many times. Like the time she said, "Berube is just a goon." I was ready to drop my gloves. And when she said, "Ovechkin should apologize," in his first game, when he checked some Blue Jacket through the boards. And, worst of all, I mean, what could be a more sinful thing to say, except I had to endure the words, the terrible words, when she said that Dale Hunter "Got what he deserved."

Believe when I tell you I'd almost rather my three children have USPS stickers attached to them (OK, but not quite).

Yes, before you enter a mixed marriage (to a non-hockey fan), think long and hard about the decision you are making. For sure, consult with senior figure in your house of worship. Ask yourself if it's worth the pain your children will be exposed to when overhearing yearly arguments over season ticket costs. Finally, totally consider delaying that wedding date until at least the end of June "just in case this is the year."

I mean, think of the poor, long-suffering Hawks fan who's been waiting a half-century to see a repeat of Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in 61 only to have the golden anniversary vacation scheduled the same weekend the Hawks finally win. Think how much it would suck to miss the Playoffs ("Is this the Year?") when your team finally wins because of some goofy vacation to the cabin on Lake Michigan.

This is why, truly, it's so hard to be a sports fan. We work hard; we pay our bills; we instill in our children true values like always give full effort on both ends of the rink; we wait a lifetime for just the right moment, just when our team might win, and then we are expected to put someone else's needs above our own.

And, on top of everything else, we must endure comments such as, "If you love Dale Hunter so much, maybe you should sleep with him."

And they just don't understand if you reply with something like, "Yeah, if you were so great, there would be a jersey with your name on it too."

Try getting some action after that one.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 22, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

I was almost born at a Caps game. My mom went into labor during a game against the Quebec Nordiques and her and my dad didn't want to leave until the Caps were down at least three. Luckly I took a while to be born on my birthplace would have been the old USAir Arena. There is nothing more importnat then hockey. Just playing my parents are crazy it is ok to miss a regular season game to get married.

Posted by: icehammer97 | June 22, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

I hate weddings. But congrats.

Come on Friday...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't think I mind weddings all that much. Would be nice to have one for myself one day (I think).

Now if I can just find a girl that's insane enough to marry me.

No chance I'm getting married.

Posted by: Fro_ | June 22, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

haha, thanks everyone.

She did say we could make it to the game, but that wouldnt be fair to the people looking to party afterwards...haha

oh well, Ill have HD at the reception, and as long as I can get a Home Opener pin for my jersey ill be ok. She's from Brasil and i've turned her into a hockey fan, correction, a Caps hockey fan :)

Posted by: sk8ersublime | June 22, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

My mom went into labor with me while my dad was at Cleveland Barons game! Found out in the middle, waiting unti the game was over to jet to hospital... and he didn't even get me a souvenir! *shakes head*

Posted by: FrankM73 | June 22, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

@ tominsocal1:

Great post. Not married but I've been dating the same girl for the last 4 years.
I can definitely relate to your post in the sense that I was expecting a Stanley Cup championship this year so I fought with her to move our vacation to Aruba from the first week of June to the end of July (it cost me any extra $300 bucks) when the Caps where eliminated I didn't hear the end of it. But to tell you the truth I wouldn't miss a Stanley Cup for the world.

Posted by: jake81 | June 22, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that thinks sk8ersublime is a knucklehead for planning a wedding in early October? Should have gone for mid - late September to avoid this potential conflict.

Posted by: MoCoRepublican | June 22, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

jake81: I try and schedule all my vacations around hockey season. July and August are good times, you don't miss anything. Sept is best because better weather. I tried booking at the Grand canyon back in April for the last week of Sept and the best I could do was third week of Oct. They were booked solid, unlike earlier years, so I'm thinking economy is improving. I will therefore miss a few early season games. Also in spring the first and second week of April are good. Caps have the playoffs wrapped up, the last few games are meaningless, so you take your trip before the playoffs start.

Never, ever schedule anything late May or early June.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 22, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Cooke re-signs with the Pens.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/penguins/s_687134.html

Really wish McPhee would have locked him up when he had the chance.

Posted by: Fro_ | June 22, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

"Never, ever schedule anything late May or early June."

Unless you are a Caps fan, in which case schedule away. Since 1998, the Caps have not been busy with anything other than golf in late May...

Posted by: HeShootsHeScores | June 22, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

looking at this list:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/globe-on-hockey/the-nhls-top-100-unrestricted-free-agents/article1611942/

there's a lot of players i'd rather have, but i think Maxim Afinogenov could be a decent number 2 center. he would be an upgrade over last year and would line up well with Semin.

Posted by: brian58 | June 22, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

@Brian58

I don't remember Maxim playing center, i believe he has always played on the wing.

Posted by: boomer44 | June 22, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

boomer44: Thank you for refreshing my memory and I retract my earlier statement.

Posted by: brian58 | June 22, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

On Frozen Blog believes the Washington Capitals lack the requisite snarl to win in the postseason. Which is a polite way of saying they're too soft.

http://www.onfrozenblog.com/2010/06/21/a-summer-wish-list-of-size-and-snarl.html

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"On Frozen Blog believes the Washington Capitals lack the requisite snarl to win in the postseason. Which is a polite way of saying they're too soft."

Fixed that for you.

Posted by: Fro_ | June 22, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

thanks for adding the quote marks.

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

interesting that the writer from onfrozenblog thinks semin is traded this week.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 22, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

A friend who works for the Caps said the same thing Sunday night [re: Semin]. He said the Caps want Brodeur and maybe a prospect for Semin. I told him he's out of his mind, goal is not a weakness and a noticeably past-his-prime netminder [Olympics, last 2 playoffs - he gets exposed, especially against quick forwards!] is waaaaay too little for a proven 40-goal scorer [without a center, no less]; that even GMGM wouldn't make that deal.

Has anyone else heard this??? Please tell me this is not going to happen!!!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 22, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Sorry if this is old news about Mike Modano to the Caps at the trade deadline, but it is something I have not read about before this article.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100622/BLOG09/100622002/1053/sports05/Westlands-Mike-Modano-pretty-sure-hell-play-again-but-maybe-not-for-Stars

Posted by: timmy6 | June 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Lots of good offensive talent in this year's draft. I'm hoping we don't draft another Shultz or Pokuluk, but do draft someone more like Semin (Kuznetsov), Backstrom (Jarnock), or Ovie (Kirill Kabanov) if either are available. None of these guys would be ready for three years in any event and by then we'll need them.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | June 22, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

If I could get a Jarko Ruttu-type player for Flash, I'd do that in a heartbeat. If I could get David Backes for Semin, I'd do that without blinking, too.
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most teams would, esp the semin for backes move. But no way would the Caps pull the trigger on that. They hate to give up any skill,even for a guy who has less skill but a lot of other intangibles like Backes does.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Really wish McPhee would have locked him up when he had the chance.

Posted by: Fro_ | June 22, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

no chance of that happening. The first guy McPhee didn't re-sign when he became GM was Rick Tocchet. Those gritty deadline acquisitions aren't guys McPhee ever cares to keep around. I never expected Cooke to stick around, ditto Scott Walker (although I myself wouldn't want the current version of Walker).
Also not surprised that we inquired about Modano if its true. The team with the most goals in the reg season would of course go after yet another (past his prime) goal scorer instead of a quality role player.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Lots of good offensive talent in this year's draft. I'm hoping we don't draft another Shultz or Pokuluk, but do draft someone more like Semin
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power forwards/2way centers, defensive dmen.

Fill the holes georgie!

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I like Modano a lot, he's done a ton for USA Hockey - but I question if he's the right fit for this team, given his age. I'd much prefer Plekanec [I prefer pass-first centers over snipers like Modano, Carter, etc.] but maybe that's just me.

Then again, he probably knows how to provoke Pronger and get under his skin - we could use some of that.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 22, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

of course go after yet another (past his prime) goal scorer instead of a quality role player.
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Agreed, totally - I like Modano a lot, great American player - but I fail to see what need he fulfills. And that was an accurate description, he's much more of a sniper than a classic playmaker.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 22, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Known as the Washington Capitals since 1974.

The Caps had never reached the playoffs until the CHANGE/trade that brought Rod Langway here and after that CHANGE the Caps made the playoffs almost every year because of that CHANGE.
When the team CHANGED buildings the team went to the finals.

Ted change the name, change the future of the team.

THE WASHINGTON LIONS!

LET'S GO LI-ons !

Here WE GO LIONS !

But we get the lamest cheer in the NHL, it is the flat as can be chant lets go caps. SUCKS!

Everything has changed in the history of the team. owners, coaches, players, arena's, jerseys, training facilities , even the mascots have changed the only thing that has not CHANGED is the NAME and it is jinxed.

If something does not change The Caps will be known as the Redskins of the NHL. A team going nowhere. EVERY YEAR!

It does not have to be the Lions. Washington D.C. has a history with the name Lions and hockey.

Make it a contest Ted, the winner gets to
drop the puck opening night.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If something does not change The Caps will be known as the Redskins of the NHL. A team going nowhere. EVERY YEAR!
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I really can't agree with that, Dan Snyder is the laughingstock of the NFL and a proven jackass; by all accounts Ted L is a great guy and I think he's been a terrific owner in most areas [though I've quibbled with his GM over the years, to be sure].

I'd much rather see a little more muscle on D and playmaking #2 center upfront than a name change.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 22, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 22, 2010 12:28 PM |


Huh?

Posted by: Fro_ | June 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I'd much rather see a little more muscle on D and playmaking #2 center upfront than a name change.

I read the same old statements about players since playmaker Milan Novy joined the Caps.

The muscle on D is the same thing since Greg Joly.

Players change results don't. Change the name.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 22, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

On Frozen Blog believes the Washington Capitals lack the requisite snarl to win in the postseason. Which is a polite way of saying they're too soft.

http://www.onfrozenblog.com/2010/06/21/a-summer-wish-list-of-size-and-snarl.html

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

decent read, but I think they look at Schultz as a top 4 guy. And I don't think even the Caps really believe Alzner is a top 4 guy. What may happen is they force him into the lineup to pair with Carlson just because that's the simplistic approach to recreating the "magic" those 2 had in the Hershey postseason. Then they'll find out that at the NHL level, only Carlson deserves top pairing minutes. So Alz will get dropped back to a lower pairing.

and maybe they can take a page out of the Flyer book on what it takes to create a competitive roster. Every player the Flyers have added has one trait in common. They compete hard. From the outward abrasiveness of Hartnell, Lappy, Powe, and Carcillo to the more subtle work ethic displayed by Timmonen and Hamhuis. And of course Pronger. All their acquisitions are guys who play hard and don't have a questionable work ethic or grit level.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

caps will probably trade for Gonchar and Spezza.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

MN just acquired Brad Staubitz for a measly 5th rounder from SJ. Good solid tough winger who can play decent minutes. Your typical better-than-average 4th line tough guy. Hits, fights, just played his rookie yr and should get more ice time in MN. A kid like him could've played on our 4th line and given us quality minutes and also taken on some of the other middleweights in the Eastern Conf - Konopka, Downie, Prust, Carcillo, Lappy, Clarkson, Rupp, Neil, Thornton etc.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Fro_

Huh?

Really wish McPhee would have locked him up when he had the chance.

Posted by: Fro_


MATT COOKE. What GM was going to sign Matt Cooke after this? NO ONE!

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

This is who you want to help with muscle on D?

Huh?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 22, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

MATT COOKE. What GM was going to sign Matt Cooke after this? NO ONE!

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

This is who you want to help with muscle on D?

Huh?

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 22, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

his toughness doesn't come from his fighting. It comes from his relentless hitting/forechecking. That's why the Pens liked Cooke. He's their most consistent and durable hitter and he can play a good defensive role on a team.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

his toughness doesn't come from his fighting. It comes from his relentless hitting/forechecking. That's why the Pens liked Cooke. He's their most consistent and durable hitter and he can play a good defensive role on a team.

toughness? consistent and durable hitter? really?

That's why he is known as a cheap shot artist.
GLAD his is not a CAP!

Big man Matt Cooke

http://theproducers.weei.com/sports/boston/dennis-and-callahan/matt-cooke-hit-on-marc-savard-video/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO5TA4vLIZI

Posted by: 1-20-09 | June 22, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

We were trying to plan the wedding mid september but each date we came up with was a problem for our family/friends. They are the ones who owe me :) haha

Posted by: sk8ersublime | June 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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