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Catching Up With Coach

I caught up with Bruce Boudreau for a few minutes before he headed to the Caps' draft table on the floor here at Bell Centre. Like many of Washington's fans, the coach said he was sad to see Sergei Fedorov go.

Boudreau and Fedorov were pretty tight, and they often would be seen skating slowly alongside one another before practice talking hockey. Boudreau, as you know, talks a lot. But when he talked to Fedorov, he did a lot of listening, too.

"I wish him the best," Boudreau said. "He's a great man. I was just lucky to coach him."

Asked if Fedorov's departure might upset the room's chemistry or negatively effect young Russians Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, Boudreau shrugged and said: "I don't know. Alex gets along with everybody. And Sasha seems to get along with most guys, but he [keeps] to himself a lot. But we don't know."

Boudreau also didn't sound so sure when asked if there's a player in Hershey capable stepping right in and replacing Fedorov or Viktor Kozlov, which sort of confirms what most folks have suspected for a while: The Caps will need to swing a trade this weekend or dive into the free agent market.

"I don't know. Time will tell on that one," Boudreau said when asked whether one of the Bears is ready to jump into Washington's lineup. "It's tough to say. A top-six forward is tough to replace. Some people from Hershey could grow into those roles. But I don't know if anyone is ready to step in and be that guy right now."

Boudreau also acknowledged what's been reported here in recent days: It's looking like Donald Brashear might have played his last game in Washington.

"Brash is another player that I grew to really like," Boudreau said. "I was almost intimidated by him when I first got here, like most people when they see him. But sometimes it's time to move on. If he chooses that route -- there's still another week left [before free agency] -- all we'll do is wish him the absolute best."

I better go for now. The draft is about to start.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 26, 2009; 6:50 PM ET
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Bye Feds--It was fun to play as you in NHL 09 video game :)

Posted by: bmartin230 | June 26, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Pronger just traded to Philly....

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the rumor on TSN's liveblog - is it confirmed?

Posted by: snakegriffin | June 26, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

That's what I've heard - they are supposedly sending Joffrey Lupul, Ladislav Smid and three early round draft picks. Neidermeyer just decided he was going to resign with the Ducks so they had to clear cap space...

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - other than Lupul I'm not sure who the others invovled in the trade are....

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Lupul, Spisa and two firsts.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I think Philly overpaid for Pronger.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse


2 firsts. LUPUL and SBIZA who was first last year.

Posted by: lightshow | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Good, better them than us. I'm not sure Pronger is worth the trouble. You just have to wonder why he can't seem to stay in one place if he's all that. If you look at all the great all around and defensive defensivemen of the last 30 years, Larry Robinson, Rod Langway, Scott Stevens, Ray Bourque, Chris Chelios, Nick Lidstrom and Al MacInnis, they never moved around that much.

Two first round picks for Pronger, I would never make that trade.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Lecavalier, St. Louis, Stamkos and Hedman make up a very solid talent core. Stamkos started showing his worth late last season. I'm not sure both Lecavalier and St. Louis will still be there next season or how quickly Hedman will become an impact player but the Lightning definitely have some top talent, even if they struggled last season. They had a ton of OTLs so they probably weren't quite as bad as they seemed.

Posted by: tmac2yao | June 26, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

so that means if we wanted pronger we would have to give up flash carlson and 2 first rounds. no thanks. that is a suckers bet. you all agree.

Posted by: samb99 | June 26, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Brashear's intimidation factor on the ice is the main reason we need to keep him

Posted by: arcassells | June 26, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I have never watched the NHL draft before...this must go on for hours with the hugging of two rows of people after each selection is announced. It seems like forever before they ever even makes it to the stage..

Posted by: PGM17 | June 26, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

In any case, the Isles and Lightning picked who we expected.

As for Pronger, he's a great fit for Philthy. A dirty player goes to a dirty team. Philthy sounds like they paid too much to get him being as he's on the old side. Glad we didn't trade Semin for him or, for that matter, Varlamov, Karlson, Alzner and whoever else they were asking for at the time.

Even though I consider the Flyers a dirty team and am not particularly fond of them, I rooted for them against the Pens.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 26, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

The Flyers are building their team to beat their rival the Penguins. That is what we should be doing. The road to the cup goes through the Steeltown. We must find a big center through trade

Posted by: diner99 | June 26, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Boy does Brian Burke look unhappy...waiting for Bouwmeester to get there is interest in Kaberle

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse


Yes, Brash is a great intimidator but his skills seem to be declining and he's getting up there in years.

Still, there is this voice in the back of my head wondering if Oprick would have been picking on our guys as much if Brash had been available.

We probably need an enforcer who's younger and cheaper and with some skill. Brash was able to skate a few shifts and was not a pure goon.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 26, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse


I think that you are right, a few love taps by Brash on Orpik may have kept the dogs at bay...

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

you don't fight guys like Orpick and Scuderi with the likes of Brash or any other goons in the playoffs. There's a reason why you hardly ever see those guys on the ice once the playoffs begin.

you fight tough defensemen like them with tough forwards, not with goons who are lucky to get a shift/period.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

philly paid a lot for a guy who will be a ufa at the end of the year. good for them. they added $2M to their payroll and still have to sign knuble and another goalie...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 26, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse


I guess you love my little nickname for Orpik. Red Birdie came up with it too. (I'll call him either Orprick or Oprick.)

And there's also Kunitz (aka Goonitz.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 26, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm more a fan of having an "enforcer" with skill, not a pure goon, especially for the playoffs. Yes, a gritty forward (or D-man)as Joek suggests. I'm not a fan of having a goon who skates only 3 minutes a game and only to fight.

At least Brash skated about 7-9 minutes a game. Now, he's getting too old and slow.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 26, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

when I say tough forwards, I mean the likes of Dale Hunter, Bryan Trottier, Joel Otto, Bobby Nystrom, Tim Kerr, Craig MacTavish, etc...

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

We need to make a move, waiting till 24 just isnt that fun. And by move, i mean actual trade for a player, not move up for another pick.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

just realized the players I mentioned all played a long time ago... LOL

not sure if those guys would be able to play and be effective in the sissyfied NHL

Johan Franzen, he's the perfect tough forward in the current NHL

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse


GMGM talking to anyone???

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Philly can sign Knuble to an incentive laden contract at close to the minimum..they saved money by signing emery to a 1.5 mil contract and not signing biron to another 4 mil/yr and as far as goalies, they signed a 27 yr old swede last year to a contract. Philly needed a bruising D man..lupuls contract was handicapping them 4.5 mil for the next 3 yrs. When all is said and done, they might just be 1 or 2 mil under the cap. Good move by philly, they want a scary D..they got it..mike green will see more of pronger than he wants to next year

Posted by: rdy4all2000 | June 26, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

It has been reported from inside Bell Centre that GMGM has been seen talking to Boston, Chicago and Vancouver (at least).

Posted by: StikSav | June 26, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Glad to hear that GMGM is at least there and talking.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Who reported this about GMGM????

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse


doesn't matter how you wanna spin it, giving up two firsts for Pronger is a BAD move. Three firsts actually since they traded away last year's first too.

But that's good for the Caps. Philly is still not as good as the Pens or the Caps. it was a desperate move by a desperate team. You can trade for anyone you want if you are willing to give up a whole LOT and that's exactly what they did.

Posted by: joek443 | June 26, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

if true about talks to boston could it be kessel. we need a rw

Posted by: samb99 | June 26, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Just read up on what I missed.

Pronger is a Broad Street Bully now eh? Lupul is back with the Ducks?

What a kicker.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

scary defense...this year...then next year when the cap goes down and they are choking on briere's contract, then we'll see what kind of d they can muster.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 26, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Landon Ferraro seemed pretty excited on the interview just now. Looking forward to getting drafted.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 26, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Just got off the phone with one of my Flyers fan friend.

"Why did you guys make that trade?"

"I have no idea, but I'm mad."

(and he loves Pronger)

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

You have to read this article on the Caps first round pick

Posted by: nativedc | June 26, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

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