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Cassivi Recalled; Sens' Emery Sent Home

Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi has been recalled to replace the injured Brent Johnson and will join the Caps today in Ottawa. It's expected that he'll backup Olie Kolzig tomorrow against the Senators.

I'll have more on Johnson and Alex Ovechkin when the team arrives at Scotiabank Place for practice. It's going to interesting to see if Ovechkin participates after leaving last night's 4-3 OT loss in Pittsburgh in the third period with a skate-blade cut on his leg.

In the meantime, I wandered over to the Senators dressing room and discovered a bit of a mess. Backup goalie Ray Emery was sent home after arriving at 10:55 a.m. for an 11:00 practice. The team insisted that he's sick, but not many folks are buying that. He reportedly threw a tantrum after the morning skate yesterday, tossing his stick into the empty stands and knocking down some water bottles.

Emery has struggled with injuries this season and is, according to this report on, unhappy with his playing time.

Update: Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza both say the Emery situation is not a distraction. That, however, remains to be seen.

"He definitely has a flair to him, I don't know if it's for the dramatic or not," defenseman Wade Redden said of Emery. "He's got that way about him. He goes by the beat of his own drum."

Update: More than a month later, the Sens are still upset about being embarrassed on home ice, 4-1, by the Caps. That loss on Nov. 8 snapped the Senators' franchise record eight-game winning streak.

"Whenever we lose to a team, anybody, we address it," Spezza said. Because you don't want to lose a second time in a row. We don't any team to feel like they can beat us, so tomorrow is important."

Mike Fisher added: "They kind of caught us a little bit overconfident, or we took them too lightly. But that's not going to happen again."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 28, 2007; 12:50 PM ET
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the more distractions, the better! any insight on why cassivi instead of machesney?

Posted by: pgreene | December 28, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the more distractions the better but the Sens haven't had much of a problem without Emery between the pipes. Gerber has been unreal and their high power offense could probably go without a goalie on most nights

Posted by: tomtom | December 28, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm...hey GMGM...Im sure the Sens would be willing to take some young talent from the Caps in exchange for Emery..heck..straight up deal..Kolzig for Emery..Ollie will be a good backup and Emery will get all the playing time he wants in DC!

Posted by: GO | December 28, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This is from the Flyers/Tampa Bay game preview...Think about it....could be a good move..would give the Caps a good netminder to work with.

'Marc Denis, once projected to be Tampa Bay's starting goaltender, has been a healthy scratch for the last four games and may be waived soon. Denis is in the second season of a three-year, $8.6 million contract.'

Posted by: Joeyo | December 28, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Olie and Emery should hang out - both throw tantrums and sticks.

Posted by: 828 | December 28, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope to have more answers soon. the team will be arriving here in about 45 minutes.

Posted by: Tarik | December 28, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

We just need to win our division to make the playoffs - there will be only one team from the SE going to the playoffs - currently, we are 8 behind Carolina...

The Caps are a better team than what their record shows. I thought adding Nylander and Kozlov to the lineup would help us in those one goal games. Last year, we lost 30 or so one goal games - this year, we are on pace for more. Heck, if we were on the other end of 5 of those one goal games, we would be in first... giddy up Caps - beat the Sens...

Posted by: 828 | December 28, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Emery got found out last year during the Final against Anaheim; a blatant dive that belonged in soccer, his Gary Busey driving skills, and some soft goals.

Gerber is good in stints, but remember that he didn't exactly win the Cup by himself in '06 in Carolina (what with Ward winning the Conn Smythe).

Posted by: Patrick | December 28, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I dunno Dude....they sound pissed about getting beat last time.
Our boys are gonna need to "Man-up" and play their butts off.

A focused Ottawa is gonna be a tough opponent.

Posted by: pmoravek | December 28, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Caps aint exactly sitting pretty either. So, I assume they will fight... we just need the breaks to go our way.

Ottawa was pretty focused for the Stanley Cup last year and look what happened.

We just need the breaks and players to come out and play hard. Ottawa is no different than Detroit...

Posted by: 828 | December 28, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin came in and put a hit on Letang right after Letang cleared the puck up the ice. After the hit, Letang pivots to his left and as he fell, his left leg came up and his skate made contact with the inside upper thigh of Ovechkin. The Pittsburgh broadcast had the video isolated after the game.

Washington's Comcast SportsNet reported he had a cut on his leg and the doctor could not arrive in the locker room in time to get AO back on the ice.

Posted by: Crosby did not cut Ovechkin | December 28, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Play Laing and it'll go a long way toward stuffing the Sens offense.

Posted by: Jordan | December 28, 2007 1:49 PM | Report abuse

thanks for that. I'll remove the bit about Crosby until I can confirm what happened with Ovechkin after practice.

Posted by: Tarik | December 28, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of the Sens, I saw Brian Elliot(G) for Binghampton play the last preseason game against us and win, when Emery was "injured". Did we ever play a Bear during the preseason? Just goes to show the mindset of a contenders brain trust. GMGM needs out.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse


Comcast SportsNet reported that Tarik El-Bashir had told them about AO's cut and the doctor's tardiness.

Posted by: Bubba | December 28, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Bubba | December 28, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

GMGM...Pick up Denis With Johnson out 2-4 weeks get yourself a goalie that can play when Kolzig is tired and when Johnson comes back put him on waivers

Posted by: Pick up Denis | December 28, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Denis stinks. Please skip.

Maybe Emery drove to practice dressed except for skates. When I was a mite, mom used to drive me to practice that way all the time. Of course, I'm not a goalie...

Posted by: old time hockey | December 28, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@ old time hockey...

Ummmm...wouldnt he be much better than Johnson?

Id think so. He can play some minutes not saying make him the starter, just make him someone that can come off the bench and pick up the pieces of Olie's broken walker.

Posted by: johnny | December 28, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, no chat today?

Posted by: Schultz for Calder | December 28, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse


There's some brown stuff on your nose.

Posted by: so what | December 28, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Denis' stats aren't good this year....has he always been that bad or is this year just a fluke?

Posted by: K | December 28, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse


We played several Bears during the pre-season. It just happened that many of them made the Caps. Zing.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 28, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@ johnny,

Yes, he's better than Cassivi, and probably BJ, but he's really not that good. He's really streaky and sometimes seems completely disinterested in the game. That's probably worse when he's a back-up (which he is/would be). Cassivi, while not talented physically is a solid professional. If he gets a start or two (or even some mop up minutes) over the next month, you can bet he'll be completely focused.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 28, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Denis' stats have always been pretty sub par but take into account he played for Columbus for so many years.

I think he has a career 90% svptg and about 3 gaa. Kolzig's #s are comparable but then again nobody ever claimed Denis was anyone's golden boy.

Posted by: johnny | December 28, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm talking goalies dude. Elliott is a goalie, and he won 2-1. Did not look too shabby from my four rows up in sect 107.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Fair point about playing for Columbus, but Olie plays for the Caps, and they aren't any great shakes either.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 28, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

this is crazy...if we just have the same number of points this year as last year going into the Xmas break, we'd be in second place in SE division. I believe we had 39 points last year to this point. Carolina only has 41 points this year!

I agree with the poster above, we really should set our eyes on that division crown. It's the only way to get in plus we'd get 3rd seed.

Posted by: wanggo | December 28, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

> his skate made contact with the inside upper thigh of Ovechkin

Man, that's scary. I am not a Doc, but isn't there a major artery/vein inside. He could've bleed to death.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I remember at one point last year I looked at the standings and saw that Philly was only something like 8 pts out of a playoff spot. I can not recall exactly when but I think it was sometime in Nov/Dec.

They had put together a string of 2-3 wins and gotten points in like 4 games and I thought to myself Wow, if they get some more points this week they will be right in there for the playoff race. Obviously that did not materialize. The caps current situation reminds me of that. We all look ahead but in reality, they are no closer to that spot then they were a month and a half ago.

What they need to do is show some consistency and not getting a point here and there.

Posted by: tomtom | December 28, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey, do we have a doc here?

What artery/vein goes inside the thigh?

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

alexovetjkin:If the cut would have been really serious the trainer would have jumped on it. BUT - all that being said, there is something wrong when it takes a doctor 15 min to get to the locker room. What if the cut would have been serious? I don't trust the Penguins one bit after that playoff rescheduling a few years back.

Posted by: Dezlboy | December 28, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

If an artery had been severed it would have spewed blood all over the place. Pretty sure it would have been noticed...

Posted by: K | December 28, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

This is probably Femoral artery. It's a major artery:

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The femoral artery is a continuation of the external iliac artery, which comes from the abdominal aorta.

Aorta, dude, aorta!!! And Doc came in 15 minutes???????

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Just because Denis is available does not mean we need to make a stretch and pursue. Johnny should be back in 2 to 4, so we need to step up and deal with this. Besides, how many starts was BB opting for our #2 anyway? Cassivi is here so let's work the system and play desperation hockey like we need to. We usually play the Sens well so I'm looking forward to a tough game tomorrow. As we all know, they are fast so hopefully we can stay out of the box.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Um, damage to the femoral artery is how Sean Taylor was killed. He bled out from the injury. Ovie was able to stand and move on his own when he left the ice. But don't get facts get in the way of your speculation...

Posted by: Jill | December 28, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse


Maybe we didn't play any of the minor league goalies because they are either 1) not ready (Nuevirth, Varlamov) or 2)have no chance of ever being in the NHL (Cassivi, Machessney). Mayve next year one of the first two will get a period during the pre-season.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 28, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Denis salary can't make him available unless desperate. As Spector said, a safe bet he will end up the season in AHL.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think if we pick up a goalie it should be one that is better then what we have...

@Jill- That sarcasm was pretty darn funny...I was thinking along the same lines! :)

Posted by: K | December 28, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha at you shut-ins with your conspiracy theories about the Pens delaying the doctor on purpose. Classic!!!! :):):):)

Posted by: Brady2Moss | December 28, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

A gunshot to the femoral artery -- like the one suffered Monday by football star Sean Taylor -- can quickly spiral out of control, with a person losing 20 percent of his blood in a matter of minutes, doctors say.

The femoral artery runs from the abdomen to the knee, carrying blood to the lower extremities.


Damn Pens Doc, he came in 15 minutes?

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 2:39 PM | Report abuse

''In a matter of minutes you could lose up to two liters of blood,'' added Dr. Fahim Habib, a trauma surgeon at Jackson Memorial. ``In several minutes, you could bleed to death.''

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Seriously get over the artery thing. If he would have been bleeding profusely there would have been a doctor there guaranteed...
The Pens did not try to get the Caps to lose by not providing a doctor and speculation that they did or that AO would have been left to bleed to death is ridiculous.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope. My concern is that GMGM does not seem to work the system vertically like all the other teams. When he does, it's always too little too late. Do you recall the end of last season? I saw the Rangers play Hershey/Caps, which was entertaining but nothing really came of it. Rebuild, trade, draft, on and on. Geez.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Last nights loss was due to poor d-zone coverage pure and simple. pothier has to win the battle on the boards and why both crosby and gonchar had room to make that play is inexcusable.

At 2.8 I wouldnt go near Denis. this team can win the SE with their current roster. BB needs to put more pressure on Kozmo, Nylander, Flash, and Sasha. Nylander was a +12 last year and is currently -16, -7 since BB was hired.

Posted by: pch49 | December 28, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@pch49 I agree although I think Sasha is starting to get back some of what he had last year. I think the thing with him is that he starts to get lazy or tired or something and if BB could help him get rid of that tendency he would be an even better player then he is...

Posted by: K | December 28, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

also, Denis was the Av's golden boy until Aebischer and Sauve came along.

Posted by: pch49 | December 28, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Just for all you caps fans.

Tornonto - The NHL has announced the institution of the NHL invitational tournament. This tournament is to be held in conjunction with the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This tournament will be similar to the NCAA's NIT.

Those teams that have not earned a spot in the playoffs "can no longer worry about not playing hockey in May" said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

He added, "Now teams like the Washington Capitals will have something to play for. The winner of this tournament will have the first pick of the 2nd round in the NHL Entry Draft."

In fact, they have already announced 2 of the seedings. The number 13 seed of the 2008 tournament will be the Capitals. Last and certainly least, number 14 will be the LA Kings. "We do realize that with the current management and goal tending situation in Washington, there is no way they will be able to advance into the Stanley Cup Playoffs" said NHL officials.

Since many of the arenas used by the teams immediately melt the ice surfaces, NHL owners have refused to pay the high fees to have their teams play in their home arenas. In response, the league has reserved ice time at local rinks in each prospective cities areas.

In another move to keep costs down, Bettman stated today that there is no way they can justify prime ice time at these rinks. These supplemental games will be played in place of local men's league midnight times.

In other news - The NHL announced today a deal with TruTV(taking the place of Court TV) to carry all supplemental games throughout the summer. This is yet "another move that assures less than half the population of North America will get to see NHL hockey at its worst." stated an official who wished to remain anonymous.

Posted by: Caps Suck | December 28, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You left out the part about the Food Network showing games in May as well! Rachel Ray is hosting and will whip up appetizers during intermissions. Get all your info straight before posting dude!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Actually that deal fell through...Dunkin Donuts refused to allow her to break her contract.

Posted by: Caps Suck | December 28, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I've about had it with all the whiners about Olie getting upset on the ice. You know may not solve anything..but how many of you do not throw a bit of a tantrum when you're angry or feel like you've done something dumb.

You guys bash Olie like he sucks harder than any other goalie out there when he doesn't. He has issues and sucks sometimes and lets in softies yeah. I don't mind him hitting his stick or pounding the ice. Shows me he cares at least...

Just getting really sick of all the bashing on ONE if that's our entire team's problem

Posted by: IrresistibleForce | December 28, 2007 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think Jurcina could use a night off? I thought he looked horrible last night. Just sooooo sloooooowww.

Posted by: TripDonkeys | December 28, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think Washington Capitals management needs to do something about this incident.

File a formal complaint, ask for investigation... "Now Doctor came in, stinking of gin..." Why he was late anyway?

>Seriously get over the artery thing. If he would have been bleeding profusely there would have been a doctor there guaranteed...

There are three thing that are guaranteed: life, DEATH and taxes...

I am not sure about guaranteed thing. I wonder if it would be you brother you would say the same thing.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!! I can't stand her laugh. I'm sure RR is a nice person but geez. Oh right, hockey blog, sorry.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Is Rachel Ray available to play in net? I hope so, we need help.

Posted by: Patcracker | December 28, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I hear she is in line for GM

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Denis started his career in Hershey when they were the Avs farm team. Some people back them acted like he was the next Patrick Roy. Quickly found out he was mediocre at best, and Sauve and Aebischer passed him on the depth chart. Please, McPhee, don't even consider picking him up off waivers. Cassivi will fill in just fine till Johnny gets back.

Posted by: Tess | December 28, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'd rather see Cassivi in goal than Olie. At least we expect him to do bad. Plus, the Caps are not paying him that much to suck.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but if RR was signed on to play net without a mask, I would so be there. (I have seats right behind the caps net.) We would lose, but it would be very entertaining.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 28, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

here's what i've learned from today's board:

-tarik is the caps p.r. flunky
-we should pick up the goalie that couldn't cut it on the one team in the east that we aren't worse than
- ray emery needs a hug
- ov almost died on the ice at mellon arena
- the pens dr. got lost on the way to the caps locker room...or did he?
- rachel ray will not be in goal for the caps, but will take over as gm
- and, of course, olie sucks.

have a great new year everyone. go caps.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | December 28, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Until another "high quality" goalie is put in a Caps uniform - then yes, Olie is the problem.

Posted by: Put Chris Samuels in Goal | December 28, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@alexovetjkin- Actually if it were my brother I'd say the same thing. You're being dramatic...are you and Ray Emery friends?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 28, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

hey, I don't want to be your brother for sure :-) Ok, just kidding... On the other hand you don't want either, right? We have a deal.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 28, 2007 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Denis' record last year:

W- 17
L - 18
T - 2
GAA - 3.19
Sv% - .883

Record this year:

W - 1
L - 5
T - 0
GAA - 4.05
Sv% - .859

We're better off with Olie ... heck, we may even be better off with Cassivi.

Posted by: Boo! | December 28, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Ray, god did I ever open up a can 'o worms.
I say let the system work and play Cassivi as needed. BB is familiar enough with him so let's just worry about getting the best from our players. We only lost our BACKUP, and for only a few weeks so let's worry about the bigger issues like Nyls and Kozy producing.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 28, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

1/2 of a $8.6 million contract this year and the whole thing next is a lot

Posted by: jim* | December 28, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Just caught up on the comments here. sorry, no chat today, obviously. just a one week, holiday break. We'll be back next week.

Posted by: Tarik | December 28, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Bryzgalov could have sewed up OV's wound in no time flat. Multi-talented Bryzgalov is. Have I mentioned his save %?

Posted by: Bobo | December 28, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse


Regarding goalies:

The Caps started Neuvirth against Carolina in the pre-season. A number of players not currently on the roster saw ice time as well.

Amen. Bryzgalov also would have insisted Gordon take that draw in the Pens game AND would have made sure Cassivi's gear came on time.

Also, it is Kolzig's fault the gear is late, I can't beleive he is not being blamed for that yet.

Posted by: CEA | December 29, 2007 7:05 AM | Report abuse

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