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Injury and roster update as Caps ready for three-game road trip

The Capitals called up defenseman Brian Fahey this morning, because for at least the start of their three-game road trip Tom Poti (lower-body injury) won't be available. There is a chance though, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, that Poti could join the team later this week.

By reassigning Jay Beagle to Hershey Monday, the Capitals had room to add Fahey to the roster, but from there things get a little more complicated. Matt Bradley looks ready to rejoin the lineup and his return may prompt Poti being placed on injured reserve, which Boudreau alluded to. If that is the case Poti, who last played on Oct. 21, would not be available to suit up until Saturday's game in Calgary because the collective bargaining agreement mandates a player must spend a minimum of seven days on IR.

From there, Washington would have two roster spots (of the 23 maximum) available for a combination of Mathieu Perreault, Marcus Johansson (hip) or Boyd Gordon (undisclosed). All signs point to Perreault remaining in the mix, so either Johansson or Gordon will start the trip on injured reserve. Johansson, who last played Oct. 21, would have to miss the first two games of the road trip if placed on IR, while Gordon, who hasn't played since Oct. 16, could be reactivated at any time.

Boudreau said Gordon is "fine" and will make the trip as will Johansson. The rookie center left practice early at KCI sore after overexerting himself in Monday's practice.

"He's just a little sore because he worked too hard yesterday, so I said don't push it," Boudreau said. "It's the time in the season when you have a lot of bodies. If you're injured, we want to make it where it's not an injury for six months."

Some other news and notes:
--Mike Green (shoulder) said he hopes to be able to play a full game in Carolina but said it will depend on how he feels during Wednesday's morning skate and in the game itself.

--Boudreau said he expects to start Michal Neuvirth against the Hurricanes Wednesday, but that there haven't been any decisions made on which goaltender will play against either the Wild or Flames on Thursday and Saturday, respectively.

"We'll see how [Neuvirth] does tomorrow night and we'll reassess everything and then we'll work on Thursday," Boudreau said. "Maybe we put Braden in on Thursday and he has a couple days to go on Saturday, we haven't made the rotation as of yet."

--Veteran AHL defenseman Lawrence Nycholat was brought up from Hershey to participate in practice only. He will not be on the trip, and the Capitals would have needed to sign Nycholat to an NHL contract in order to place him on the roster.

By Katie Carrera  | October 26, 2010; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  Brian Fahey, Carolina Hurricanes, Injuries, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault, Matt Bradley, Mike Green, Tom Poti  
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Once more, I'd like to express my extreme disappointment with the Washington Post's presentation yesterday and Bruce Boudreau's pathetic performance. Please, don't lure me in again with promises of a sincere Q&A. What actually took place was a total farce: only 9 minutes, 7 questions, 2 of which had nothing to do with hockey. The coach obviously didn't want to be there and had no interest in participating. The whole ugly exhibition was a waste of everybody's time. Washington Post: before you try something like this again, you should define the rules and verify that the host actually wants to participate.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 26, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, I am headed on the road Thursday night too which will land me in Phoenix. The Caps won't be there but the Lightning will be there Saturday night. Scored some nice club seats and will be cheering for the Coyotes. Should my wife and I wear our Caps stuff? It's not like we will be wearing a Red Wings jersey or some other team the Coyote fans have learned to hate.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 26, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

- Fahey shouldn't play...he did not do much right in the Nashville game and was a -2 in the 15 shifts he skated.

- It is obvious that MP85 should stick on the 2nd line. The only questions are who gets demoted when everyone is finally healthy...you cannot demote Gordon, Bradley, Steckel, DJ King, or Hendricks because they would be subject to waivers. The only option really is to send MarJo down for more development time...but that may not even be the right answer.

- I think a trade has to happen. Poti is fragile, and Sloan/Fahey are not long-term fixes (both are not everyday NHL defensemen) so someone needs to be acquired. Trade a forward, or a prospect for some defensive help. Not a blockbuster, but someone that would be an everyday roster player...

Posted by: netminder71 | October 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

*Yawn....*

wish some information was given that I didn't already know.

Wow, when this team is off (no games)...not much excitement. Katie certainly doesn't keep my interest.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Also...sad to hear castaway Nylander broke a vertebrae. Probably an end to his pro hockey career at his age. Good luck Nyls, sorry it didn't work out the way everyone planned.

Maybe he'll reconcile with the area and open a hockey bar called "Circles" -- you never know.

As for other Caps cast offs...Brendan Morrison leads the Flames in points, Eric Belanger leads the Coyotes in points, and Brent Johnson looks like superman...how's that for a kick in the groin..?

Posted by: netminder71 | October 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@netminder -I agree with the last part of your post, but have to ask you. Who is out there that would fit that description?

Posted by: jwash4472 | October 26, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

@ netminder71

You think at the bar "Circles" they might serve swirlies :)

As for our cast offs, this is not the first year that has happen and you forgot Jurcina, who is a +2 with 2G, 1A in 5 games but not to worry we have Sloan who is -3 with 1A in 5 games. Great move there GmGm

Posted by: bqts | October 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Come on you guys, pointing out Belanger's, Jurcina's (both goals in the same game, even a blind squirrel finds a nut), and Morrison's early season success is crazy. How about Ottawa letting Laich go for Bondra. How many minutes is Bondra logging now? See, those arguments are pointless.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 26, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@ fanohock1

But they are amusing, not like the stories around here of late are really news, are they????????????

Posted by: bqts | October 26, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

If we're going to go out on a limb, is it too early to for Edmonton to worry about Taylor Hall as their number 1 pick. A lot of rumblings about potentially sending him back to juniors before game 10. The Oilers have lost 4 straight, but even during their exciting 2-0 start, he wasn't a factor. Last I check he was a -3 with 1 assist through 6 games. Eberle is looking much better early on. I realize Eberle is last year's 1st round pick for them but they are both rookies with extremely high expectations.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 26, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and the audio sucked, too.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 26, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Wiley_one1 about yesterdays Q & A with Boudreau....I know i asked a question about the power play and i don't care if my question doesn't get answered but it's almost like either he selected the softballs or the post did...

It wasn't very insightful and he did seem rushed...with that being said maybe he did have to be somewhere...It just seemed like a poorly planned event.

Posted by: rdiehljr | October 26, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Eberle is older, first of all. And secondly he has been more of a leader for Canadian National teams, and his Junior team.

Just by maturity Eberle will start out better...don't worry, Hall will be a heck of a player...it will just take him time to adjust...

Plus Horcoff is no champion to have as your center...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 26, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to that Sheldon Sourey guy. Would calling him up counted against the salary cap considering he is still in Hershey.

Posted by: instinct227 | October 26, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

@instinct

Souray is property of the Edmonton Oilers so he cant be called up to our team. Plus he broke his hand and is out for a few weeks.

Posted by: ThePat | October 26, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

instinct: He is Oilers property on loan to the Bears, not Capitals in any way shape or form. For the Caps to get him they would have to deal with the Oilers. The Caps wouldn't deal with them unless they brought him up through entry waivers so he could be had at 1/2 price this season.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 26, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I should have said "re-entry waivers." Didn't know he broke his hand. Nobody will touch him for a while now.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 26, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: samb99 | October 26, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

On MP, Gordo, and Mojo, Johansson's gotta be the one out there. At least I hope so. Matty should be playing and if he is, Marcus is not.

Posted by: Justafan | October 26, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see what Gordo brings to the table, that we don't have already. He is a marginal 4th-line player.

Gordon is a known quantity, while Marcus has way bigger upside, plus was terrific against the Bs on the 2L with Semin, and that is a rough building for a rookie to play. Loughlin called him the Caps' best player IIRC, and I'd have to agree.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of MaJo, what is up with all the hip / groin injuries the Caps have suffered already. Philthy went through this a few years ago, and eventually took a look at their training regimen / medical training staff. Hockey's tough on groins, obviously - but this is borderline ridiculous, especially for this early in the season. And Carlson's hurting too, I think - and I have to wonder if Nicky isn't too.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 26, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I agree the BB chat stunk. He seemed aggravated and annoyed. I am sure either Mcphee or Leonsis made him do this. He was following orders. He can not take any criticism. (In reference to his slight that most people who go to work do not like criticism and that hockey players and coaches are no different) First and foremost most people that visit Caps games and pay the salaries of those coaches and players do not make millions of dollars per years doing what they love. Secondly you are in a public venue Brucey. Thirdly Bruce you can not coach to save your life. You are lucky that you have OVI and Backstrom on this team otherwise the Caps would barely make the playoffs and you would have been gone by now.. Lets not forget your wonderful coaching job in the Playoffs last year. He is the Marty Schottnehemer of Hockey. Teddy should have canned him last year. He is one arrogant guy for never having won a SC or let alone get past the second round. Then he gives the fans a hard time in the interview and is belittling. I guess Geico was not paying him or that American Service Center for this.

Posted by: pkme | October 26, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

bad news about Souray but damn that was a beatdown...

Posted by: FrankM73 | October 26, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

@netminder71:
Agree on Fahey shouldn't be playing and hope there is a mid-season trade once the Center situation gets cleared up.

*cough* Flash out, solid D in */cough*
Note: I personally have nothing against Flash on this team, just not as the #2 Center and the wings are full soooo bye bye flash... :-(

Posted by: FrankM73 | October 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me what his system is and did he really deserve the Jack Adams award. Give me Gretsky, Lemiux, Messier, OVI and Crosby on any team and you should win if you at least know how to coach a little bit. Sure Hanlon was even worse but give me a break. The guy in Tampa Boucer will be a better coach and seems more interesting and smarter. Watch tampa win the Cup this year. BB will blame something. A hot goaltender or we did not get the bounces or the stars were not alligned. He will blame his players and not his genious system. I hope I am wrong.

Posted by: pkme | October 26, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

get Kaberle

Posted by: wendel2 | October 26, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@ ThePat/fanohock1

Thanks for the insight!!!

Posted by: instinct227 | October 26, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Re: groin injuries...

Now that Ted controls the VC outright, He promised (then delivered) a better ice surface.

I thought we were pretty much done with the groin epidemic...

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 26, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I read on espn (between the line at least) just a matter of time until the Caps trade semin

Posted by: bqts | October 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@bqts

I didn't get that at all from the espn article.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 26, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The Bruins will be in dire need to shed some cap VERY SOON!
Mark Stuart is a great, tough blue liner. That's who the Caps should be looking at there. But they would also have to eat some more cap space. A Blake Wheeler or a Michael Ryder. So they would have to include another team in the trade talks to move said wingers. UNLESS....GMGM wants to do a blockbuster trade that would bring Tim Thomas and Mark Stuart here. Send some picks, prospects and Flash up north. Hmmmm?!?!!?

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 26, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, meant to include Varly as a body being shipped up north as well.

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 26, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

If Quintin Laing is signed somewhere, I sure can't find any evidence of it.
I did, however, find an article in the archives from almost exactly one year ago.
http://www.japersrink.com/2009/10/23/1096733/pick-em-quintin-laing-or-tyler
Things have a way of changing quickly in the NHL.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | October 26, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

On the drinking selections, maybe I should contact my Klingon friends for a supply of "blood wine".


Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 23, 2010 4:18 PM

@CapsFan75:

What? No Romulan Ale? Or at least a bottle of "vurri vurri auld scotch"?

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 26, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Makes me feel so much better when I come back here! I highly recommend it - what's the word for it - schadenfreude?

Posted by: Thisistheyear | October 25, 2010 12:29 PM


@ThisistheYear: Close. Actually, "Sch├Ądenfreude" is a German word which translates as "delight in the misfortune/misery of others"--e.g., when the Caps win big and the Penguins lose...badly.

Based on how you describe your feelings about the Caps' situation vs. that of the Devils, I think the word you're looking for is "Catharsis"

My $0.02

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"...at 10, he hit a goalpost so hard the puck broke in half. (His coach kept the halves as a kind of religious arti-fact.)"

Uh, WHAT?

Posted by: FrankM73

I've seen that done before, but never by a 10 year old. And, never by me. :(

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | October 26, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Souray is not so bad of an idea if we can knock off several million from his contract.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is a good time for the Caps and Oilers to try to sneak Souray through waivers.

Posted by: zmega | October 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

GMGM looks even worse on the Belanger situation now that he's putting up big #'s in Phoenix. Considering the Caps had no legit proven 2nd line center and Belanger wanted to play here, GMGM should have gotten him signed and worried about shedding a salary sduring the year. Most people on this blog know that Flash and possibly Semin will be traded by the deadline to get top 4 defenseman so why not have a true 2nd line center on the roster (and that's not MP or MoJo).

Our weakness on defense is magnified with the injuries to Poti and Green. I still don't understand how the Caps simply let Shane Mo walk given he was one of their most consistent defenders the last 3 years and kept guys like Erskine and Sloan on the roster. Carlson and Alzner were nice additions, but the team has no depth to withstand injuries to Poti, Green, or Schultz. Very sad to see the team has taken a step back from last year by not making any offseason moves.

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt a half-price Souray gets through waivers. A broken hand is a full heal in a few weeks, not a knee or God forbid, a groin injury....

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 26, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The Bruins will be in dire need to shed some cap VERY SOON!
Mark Stuart is a great, tough blue liner. That's who the Caps should be looking at there.
---------

Well I guarantee there's one team that'd be more than happy about that - the Bruins. Stuart reminds me of Corvo - looks great, flashy skater but is just not a good NHL d-man. He's not even the B's #3 - Chara and Seidenberg, but even Boychuk's better than he is. If guys bounce around from team to team - there's generally a reason.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 26, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

GMGM looks even worse on the Belanger situation now that he's putting up big #'s in Phoenix. Considering the Caps had no legit proven 2nd line center and Belanger wanted to play here, GMGM should have gotten him signed and worried about shedding a salary sduring the year. . . .

Posted by: wizfan89 | October 26, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Aside from the org botching the execution, I don't think you'd find many here who, based on Belanger's play for us last year, saw a bright future for him in DC.

Before taking these swings at GMGM, let's at least stay consistent.

Posted by: Justafan | October 26, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you need to sneak Souray through waivers. Even as a waiver claim he would make 2.7 million for this year and next. I would guess that the Oilers would be happy to recall him and let us pick him up to dump the balance of the 2.7 this year and next years salary. There wouldn't be a cap hit but, they still have to pay. Souray is much better than Erskine or Sloan. The drawback is the loss of cap space for any trade deadline pickups.

Posted by: chriscaps | October 26, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Quintin Laing is playing for the Wal-Mart Rockets as a top flight cashier.

Posted by: chriscaps | October 26, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are not going to trade away Semin; he is most likely a Caps lifer. Flash will be gone before the deadline, yeah, for a blueliner. Unless the Caps do better than a .500 club, I see BB gone by Xmas, too.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 26, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Belanger would have been adequate/good for us a #3 center. His numbers from last year really don't support #2 line (he had about 40 pts and was like the 61st top scoring center - makes him great as #3 but bottom of barrel at #2).

His numbers also did not improve after coming over from Minn, so you can't use the excuse a full year with caps would've made a big difference.

At $750K he's a true value. At $1.8M he's average value/maybe overpaid.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | October 26, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Souray a dead horse topic by now? Got to be at least a dozen threads with someone saying "let's get him" and several others responding about the re-entry waivers, etc., etc. Face it, he won't be playing for the Caps this year.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | October 26, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Re B.Mo. and Belanger: the grass is always greener. Let's see where those guys are after half the season or so. We were pretty happy with B.Mo. at first last year, but he tailed off pretty severely. We've got enough centers (8 currently in DC who can/have played significant time, I think) and can mix-and-match until the 2-4 lines work as needed. It's the banged-up D corps that clearly needs help.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | October 26, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this is a good time for the Caps and Oilers to try to sneak Souray through waivers.

Posted by: zmega
----
I thought of that too... except for the fact that he still wouldn't slip down to the caps since it's based on last year's reverse standings on nov 1st I think...

@ the Belanger bitterness:
people... Belanger's agent messed that up, not the Caps... if he had half an agent, he would have forced the Caps to get a signature or moved on right away... either way, seems like he's doing well in Pheonix (so far)

Posted by: FrankM73 | October 26, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I agree with FrankM73. Belanger has 2 people to blame, his agent and himself. If they say: "Give us two weeks", you give them two weeks and then ask for your contract. If you don't get it, keep shopping. I'm glad we didn't give him the money and put a 3C into the 2C slot. I think it's great having Johansson here learning from Backstrom.

Posted by: chriscaps | October 26, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

My point on Souray was that maybe, with the broken hand on top of the expensive contract (even at half price), Souray might slip down to the Caps. In other words, the broken hand might make some additional teams back off from taking him on waivers.

I know - still a long shot.

Posted by: zmega | October 26, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

hey chriscaps what kind of a ignorant tool r u? .........the guy gave his all for the caps and u slag him.....get a life

Posted by: wendel2 | October 26, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

Well I was thinking of Klingon blood wine as a beverage since I had gone to a Star Trek convention last weekend and met actors who had played the role of Klingons.

Well, it is a good beverage for rocking the red.

(Somehow, D don't think drinking Romulan Ale or vurra vurra old Scotch is as good of a choice in that department.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 26, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

I think we should swoop in for Chris Phillips, send Flash and Varly to the Sens.
He's not flashy, logs heavy SH-minutes and would probably gel well with Green. He's UFA after this year, making his last 3,5 mil out of his 4 yr/14mil$ contract.
We might have to take on some more salary since they are pretty tight against the caplimit.

Posted by: Walle | October 26, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad I didn't tune in for the BB live chat. Sounds like he was a complete #%&. We'll all see what a big shot he is next summer. Before you Kool Aid drinkers fall for everything Ted, BB, and GMGM sell you. Don't forget GMGM hired Cassidy and believed in Hanlon. As far as Belanger, yes his agent has some blame, but if a team you lost your choppers for, tells you they want you back, you probably would believe them too. Plus these guys had all summer to fill in the voids, but did basically nothing, because the big mean boogie man "hot" goaltender was to blame for everything!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | October 26, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

"Well I guarantee there's one team that'd be more than happy about that - the Bruins. Stuart reminds me of Corvo - looks great, flashy skater but is just not a good NHL d-man. He's not even the B's #3 - Chara and Seidenberg, but even Boychuk's better than he is. If guys bounce around from team to team - there's generally a reason."

I'm not sure if you're thinking of MARK Stuart, but he hasn't "bounced around from team to team". He was drafted by the B's and hasn't played anywhere else. As to his skill level? He's tough, doesn't back down from anyone and, at 26, isn't even CLOSE to reaching his full potential yet. The Bruins consider Stuart to be one of their primary team leaders and I'm confident that they wouldn't be happy to see him go.

Maybe you're thinking of BRAD Stuart??

Posted by: twentyfour | October 26, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Ovi-Backs-Knuble
Fehr-MP-Semin
Laich-MaJo-Chimera
Hendricks-Steckel-Bradley
King-A.Gordon

"Chris Phillips"-Green
Carlson-Poti
Alzner-Schultz
Erskine

Neuvy-Hotlby

Tot. 56,724,430$

A little wiggleroom to pick up a veteran goalie for the playoffs.

Posted by: Walle | October 26, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

@wizfan89
@capscoach
@Biggamesyd

Really, what is up with GMGM running off Shamo. The guy was a decent D-man. Same thing for Juice. Keep Flush at some pathetic cost, and let 2 decent D-men go.
I would have found a way to keep MB and Cody Eakin on the team, dumped Flush, and kept one of those two D-men.

Eakin is our best prospect. He's much more NHL ready than MoJo. Either MB or Eakin would have worked out this season. Either would perform much better in the playoffs than "Big Game" Flush.(I don't care how old Eakin is. He's a beast)

Lastly, I hear (from NHL insiders) that Cstanton is posting via a coworker's PC under the name BigGameSYD. Any truth to that?

I miss the guy. He was the heart and soul of the "haters". Don't mistreat the ladies. I guess it still is a southern town after all.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | October 26, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Sure Semin can be flakey but he certainly is a rare talent. My guess is that Semin would receive a contract for about 8-9 million. It would be hard to keep him but I think the Caps will try to make it work especially if he can score 40-50 goals this year. Flash would go and then Knuble and they would bring in some young guys on wing. What would the cap come up nexy year? Anyone know. If that is the case that adds the difference on what Semin would receive. My guess is that the Caps would sign him for 4-5 years at the most.

Posted by: pkme | October 26, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Sure Semin can be flakey but he certainly is a rare talent. My guess is that Semin would receive a contract for about 8-9 million. It would be hard to keep him but I think the Caps will try to make it work especially if he can score 40-50 goals this year. Flash would go and then Knuble and they would bring in some young guys on wing. What would the cap come up next year? He makes 6.5 million so maybe the cap adjustment will make the difference on the contract. My guess is that the Caps would sign him for 4 years at the most.

Posted by: pkme | October 26, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

sorry for double post.

Posted by: pkme | October 26, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Everyone keeps mentioning big name defensemen. Someone like Jan Hedja of Columbus would fill a nice void for the caps. He make 2 million per season and is very soind positional and is all around defenseman. I was on a chat during the trade deadline with Custance of TSN and I asked him about Hedja. He agreed that he was one of the most under appreciated and underraretd defenseman in the NHL. It does not need to be earth shattering. I have watched him in no less than 20-30 games and he always seems to be reliable and intellegent. Straight up deal with Flash and a 2nd round pick but my guess is that the Blue Jackets would not part with him because he is a near great dman at a great price.

Posted by: pkme | October 26, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

A guy in a 'Rasing Hope' is wearing a caps tshirt.

Posted by: guer_j | October 26, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@pkme - Great point re: Jan Hejda, that is one of the few d-men names I've seen bandied about [other than A-Train this summer] who would make our D significantly better. That dude is a legit NHL top-pairing guy. Not only is he reliable and intelligent as you say, he also has very quick feet - key for a top level d-man.

As for Semin, I completely agree - does anyone here really think Laich would notch even 12 ES goals were he not paired with Semin?

@twentyfour - whatever that Stuart's first name is, he is no better than the B's #4 d-man - at the highest.

Posted by: govtimbo | October 26, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@pkme - Great point re: Jan Hejda, that is one of the few d-men names I've seen bandied about [other than A-Train this summer] who would make our D significantly better. That dude is a legit NHL top-pairing guy. Not only is he reliable and intelligent as you say, he also has very quick feet - key for a top level d-man.

As for Semin, I completely agree - does anyone here really think Laich would notch even 12 ES goals were he not paired with Semin?

@twentyfour - whatever that Stuart's first name is, he is no better than the B's #4 d-man - at the highest.

Posted by: govtimbo | October 26, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I've seen some of you people having an uneasy time accepting Katie as the new Caps beat writer because she was a Pens fan growing up so how are you gonna handle the fact that the Pens and Mario were Ovi's favorite team and player growing up??

LOL

Posted by: joek443 | October 26, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

and yes, I'm calling you out pokerface...

how do you like Ovi now??

Posted by: joek443 | October 26, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey, lay off Katie. she's OK

joek, mellow out!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | October 26, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

@katie - The lighting on the WaPo live clip with Coach Boudreau was horrific. His face looked blotchy, and the red from his on-ice "suit" made the rest of his face look beet red.

If you're going to use video, for God's sake get some decent lighting.

I appreciated listening to Coach's answers, and hope you do it again some time; however, please fix the lighting. If that was at Kettler, part of your problem is the mixed lighting situation you have down there for ambient light. Fluorescent lights never made anybody look good, ever, and neither does the other type of overhead lighting they have. The combination is nasty.

A good on-camera light should fix your problem.

Posted by: irockthered | October 27, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

When ShaMo and Juice were on the Caps they were ragged on, in here, daily. Now they are the glue that's missing? This board is great. Flash is now known as Flush even though he has performed better than expected. Have any of you stopped to think that he that he was probably moved to 3rd line center because BB felt he would make the checking line, not the energy line, that's the 4th line, but that he would make the checking line better? The 2nd line was producing when he was there, and the 3rd line, at least Fehr and Chimmer were both -3 before Flash was moved.

Look, I'm not saying Flash is the best option for us at center because like most of you I believe he could get us a good return in the trade market for the solid defenseman we need. He would most likely play wing in his new town and we have, IMO, enough young talent at center to get lines settled within a couple of months while still winning enough to stay in the race along the way.

As far as cstanton, his sexist remark was out of line but his statement that he wanted to rip someone's f'in throat out was, well, a little nutsy. I tend to think the latter is the reason he isn't here. He will probably surface again but I certainly hope he isn't that new sid guy because if he is, we were right in questioning whether or not he was a Caps fan because that poster definitely does not like the Caps.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 27, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Another sick goal last night by Jordan Eberle. That kid has some serious skill. Wouldve looked in a Caps sweater.

Posted by: Fletch22 | October 27, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, now Brooksie and Knuble are being punked out too. By my calculations the only two players that haven't been ragged on yet are Neuvy and Carlson. My guess is Carlson will be the next to get hammered because he is getting put into situations he is not ready for due to the injuries to Green and Poti.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 27, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

@JoeK

Actually the Sharks were OV's favorite team. He said they were his favorite because he liked the logo. As as for Lemiux, you were either a Lemiux fan or Gretzky fan during the 80s, right? It was one or the other. So it's not a big surprise.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | October 27, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

@Lloydchristmas, the GQ article clearly states that OV's favorite NHL team growing up was the Penguins. Says so right in the article.

Posted by: Fletch22 | October 27, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

@Fletch,

I recall the interview that Lloyd is referring to and he did say the Sharks at that point due to their logo. Now this was before he had "mastered" the English language so that may have something to do with it.

Posted by: PhilR | October 27, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

At this point, ShaMo or Juice would be much better alternatives than Erskine, Sloan, or Fahey. Neither of those guys cost that much as I recall and are better suited to 6/7 than any of those and good insurance for injuries and rookie slumps/growing pains. As it stands now, the Caps will have to look desperately for an effective blueliner in a trade, which I am still surprised that GMGM has not been able to pull off.

The Caps have enough effective centers now to deal Flash away for a good blueliner. MP, MJ, Hendricks, Laich, Gordon, and Steckel all can play center. The top two better than Flash on the 2nd line, and one of those two can play 3rd line (MJ in my mind with MP on the 2nd).

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 27, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, now Brooksie and Knuble are being punked out too
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Ah, no - if people can criticize Ovie for something as trivial as missing the gameday legburner, I don't see why other players should be totally immune or offlimits from criticism. And neither of those two did very much last spring, as I recall [tire changes don't count].

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 27, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

How do any of you think we are going to get anything for Flash?? A 2.6 million salary cap hit, BENCHED in game 7 of the playoffs last year and UFA. No playoff bound team is going to pick up on that. No rebuilding team is going to want that. Flash is stuck here. Let's hope the Caps move him to the wing and the fans support him!

Posted by: chriscaps | October 27, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

For all you wild Quintin Laing fans he has signed with the Victoria Salmon Kings in the ECHL. He is not yet on the roster but, is expected to join the team in time for tonight's 1st home game. This is Vancouver's ECHL team.
I apologize to the Wal-Mart Rockets for the mistake. It's okay to joke about things.

Posted by: chriscaps | October 27, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

"Well I guarantee there's one team that'd be more than happy about that - the Bruins. Stuart reminds me of Corvo - looks great, flashy skater but is just not a good NHL d-man. He's not even the B's #3 - Chara and Seidenberg, but even Boychuk's better than he is. If guys bounce around from team to team - there's generally a reason."

I'm not sure if you're thinking of MARK Stuart, but he hasn't "bounced around from team to team". He was drafted by the B's and hasn't played anywhere else. As to his skill level? He's tough, doesn't back down from anyone and, at 26, isn't even CLOSE to reaching his full potential yet. The Bruins consider Stuart to be one of their primary team leaders and I'm confident that they wouldn't be happy to see him go.

Maybe you're thinking of BRAD Stuart??

I'm sorry I'm so late on this one. I think the poster may have been thinking of BRAD Stuart (with the Wings), or Dennis Wideman (now with the Panthers). The Caps would be lucky to land Mark Stuart for sure.

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 27, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

No apologies necessary, I stand by my original statement - Mark Stuart is the Bruins #4 d-man, the statement that, "The Bruins consider Stuart to be one of their primary team leaders," is nonsense.

I fail to see how a guy 4th on the Bruins depth chart - whose overall team D isn't spectacular, they rely on great goaltending in large part - is some huge defensive upgrade for this team.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 27, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Brad Stuart played barely 15 minutes last time we played the B's - and isn't even breaking the 18 min mark now, with Boychuk out. Don't believe the Boston media hype!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 27, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I called him Brad again by mistake - again though, similarly a guy who's barely in the 2nd pairing, hardly the "great, tough blue-liner" somebody wanted to ship Varly, Flash and God knows who else for, when the B's will be desperate to ship salary elsewhere anyway.

Again - the guy's not even playing 18 mins a game [barely 15 against us] - despite the loss of Boychuk. On far from the deepest defensive team in the league [but with great goaltending].

Posted by: Timbo_1 | October 27, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"I stand by my original statement - Mark Stuart is the Bruins #4 d-man, the statement that, "The Bruins consider Stuart to be one of their primary team leaders," is nonsense."

You DO realize that the team management says that about him, right? Stuart's been referred to as a future captain on this team and his leadership in the locker room is well known. Added to that, he's captained at every level he's ever played at, so, as much as you might not want to believe it, it's a fact. To your other point about the fact that he's "just" a second pair defenseman. Well...someone has to be. We can't have teams filled with only number one guys, can we? There are role-players on teams and Stuart has his - he plays with a ton of snark and is one of the reasons why the PK has been so effective.

Oh...and about your comment about how many minutes he's played despite the loss of Boychuk? The B's haven't played a game since Boychuk's injury so it remains to be seen how many minutes he gets.

Posted by: twentyfour | October 27, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

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