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Clark To Have Surgery

The Caps confirmed earlier this afternoon that captain Chris Clark will have surgery on his right wrist on Thursday and will be sidelined indefinitely. This is the second straight year Clark's season has come to an early end because of an injury.

There is no timetable for his return, but he's definitely out for the remainder of the regular season. There is a small possibility that he could return if the Capitals advance deep into the playoffs, I'm told.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 2, 2009; 5:24 PM ET
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Get well soon CC. We need a healthy Chris Clark!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 2, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Pro's and con's to this of course. Glad to see that it's generally minor, but again very much needed.

Hopefully Karl can really take advantage of the opportunity and not have Helmer, Collins or Sloan jump him.

Seize the carpe!

Posted by: MFepelst | February 2, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Sad, but eases the cap pressure till the trade deadline

Posted by: SeattleRob | February 2, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I envision the return of CCC not unlike that of Erik Cole for Carolina in June 2006. Any takers?

Posted by: Tex21 | February 2, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Whew, busy Monday huh.

I agree that the "C" isn't that big a deal, more a compliment than anything else, but if it were to be switched I would love to see it on Feds.

No Eric Cole please, not that I don't think he is a great player, but he is my ex's cousin, enough said.

Laing back up here would be awesome, this should be possible now, no?

If picking up another gritty forward, pending the pens continuing downfall, Matt Cooke was a favorite of mine. Probably wouldn't happen though.

LET'S GO ERSKINE!!! Sorry Leeguru, had to let it out.

because I can't figure out this User ID thing (Thanks boo for trying to help), I just don't have time, and am a computer amateur, I will just use this as my screenname. ie no more SUPER.

Steve R, great to see you at the games this weekend and to finally meet your wife. I am having difficulty finding your e-mail, can you send me one at

Later much

Posted by: SZALACH7 | February 2, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Clark played well in the pre season, which I assume was before he hurt his wrist. I'd love to see him back and completely healthy.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | February 2, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Caps WILL win the Stanley Cup!! :D

Posted by: rachel216 | February 2, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I'm sorry to hear that for him, although it undeniably easies the pressure on the cap a bit. Here's hoping he gets healthy and comes back raring to go next season.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Ovie doesnt want the "C"....give it too Feds till Clark gets back. His resume of Stanley Cups will be looked on heavily by this young team.

Posted by: thd1 | February 2, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

That's just $2.5M in the Keith Tkachuk Fund.

Posted by: Svejkovsky | February 2, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Leave the C out of this. Have three As until he gets back. He's still the Captain until traded or its taken from him. My sense is the guys have way too much respect for him to take the C while he's out unless its clear that its a temporary fix. Long term, Brooks Laich is the next captain.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 2, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

nice call on brooks. i think he's of the chris clark mode and probably would be a good wearer of the C. however, i think there is no doubt who the next C is and it's number 8 unless he doesnt want it, which would surprise me. i also think if brooks were in line for the C, he'd be wearing the A. i dont think he has so far this year.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 2, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

That's just $2.5M in the Keith Tkachuk Fund.

Posted by: Svejkovsky | February 2, 2009 6:35 PM

you just want tkachuk cause he's got fewer consonants in his name than you...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 2, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Cap space from a player on LTIR can only be used for a player, it cannot be saved up, so until the caps make a trade, there is no point in NOT calling someone up, otherwise Clark's salary exemption just goes to waste.

Posted by: doncosmic | February 2, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts from this weekend’s action:

1) OMGOMGOMFG, did you see those hideous Prison Jams MTL wore against BOS? I think they were trying to steal some of 91’s ‘mojo’ by wearing uniforms that looked like they would match his tuuk (sp?)….XD

2) The secret for 28 to reduce his PIM’s: Caшa: Переместите Ваши Проклятые Ноги! (Sasha: Move Your Damn Feet!)

3) Datsyukian: (dǎt-SŪK'-ē'-ən) (adj.) 1.) Of or pertaining to a Detroit Red Wings' forward with really, really "sick" skills. 2.) Great, but not quite Gr8 enough.

4) 52 wins Norris for ‘08/’09…Could it be?

5) Nice to see 16 get rewarded: on a team that has so much explosive production on offense, guys who grind it out down low and pay the price day-in & day-out tend to get overlooked.

6) Almost as good as watching the Caps win is watching the NHL On The Fly guys actually taking the Caps SERIOUSLY.

7) Yes, please: more (and more PROMINENT) WP coverage of the only winning team in town (cough cough): the Caps.

8) Since most of what we see of the 87 is the fisticuffs, many don’t realize that he is a better all-around player than he is given credit for. He actually has some pretty good "wheels".

9) Best wishes to 17 for a swift and full recovery.

Just my $0.02


Posted by: Rhino40 | February 2, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse


From a salry cap standpoint, you are correct.

From a cash flow standpoint, you are wrong. Calling a player up to replace Clark, while it doesn't hit the cap, does in fact increase the actual payroll (that would be: Ted's pocketbook).

You are also incorrect from a standpoint of the players' general fund. Allow me some latitude to expound. The CBA clearly delineates the % of revenue that flows from the total pool to the players' fund. Let's say for instance the owners take in when all's said and done $1B (an average number for what I typically crunch) and the players get 53% - or $530M (if 53% is the CBA percentage). Now let's say actual salaries were $477M including payments, bonuses, LTIR, etc. $477M is 10% below $530M so each player would collect, when the books are closed, and additional 10% above and beyond his salary for that season. And it works that way in reverse, too.

Bottom line: each jersey that sells, the players get roughly 53% of the profit. And the less money paid out during the year in salaries and bonuses, the more each player gets as they split the pot to end the year. This means in effect the more injuries you have, and the more replacement players get paid, the less the regular players gets; also, the more bonuses paid, the less the other players get.

I could go on and on for hours on economics and so forth but I doubt anyone wants to read it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 2, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

So, tominfl1, if you have this right and I understand it correctly, the players are doubly disincented to go on the LTIR. This is pretty clever on the part of the owners.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 2, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

The C issue does vary with each team, and with what BB has stated as well as the chemistry of this group, I see three As instead of any replacement. As for Laich, I agree that he would have worn the A by now if he was in line. What we see as fans from the stands is not what goes on in the locker room.

A bit of reality: This time next year, Clark and Pothier will not be Capitals.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 2, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, those MTL jersey things were making me dizzy.

Just think of it as punishment for stuffing the All Star Ballots.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 2, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Mike Green for's the 2004 NHL 1st Round draft:
1 1 Washington Alexander Ovechkin L
1 2 Pittsburgh Evgeni Malkin C
1 3 Chicago Cam Barker D
1 4 Carolina Andrew Ladd L
1 5 Phoenix Blake Wheeler R
1 6 NY Rangers Al Montoya G
1 7 Florida Rostislav Olesz C
1 8 Columbus Alexandre Picard L
1 9 Anaheim Ladislav Smid D
1 10 Atlanta Boris Valabik D
1 11 Los Angeles Lauri Tukonen R
1 12 Minnesota A.J. Thelen D
1 13 Buffalo Drew Stafford R
1 14 Edmonton Devan Dubnyk G
1 15 Nashville Alexander Radulov R (playing in Siberia)
1 16 NY Islanders Petteri Nokelainen R
1 17 St. Louis Marek Schwarz G
1 18 Mtl. Canadiens Kyle Chipchura C
1 19 NY Rangers Lauri Korpikoski L
1 20 New Jersey Travis Zajac C
1 21 Colorado Wojtek Wolski L
1 22 San Jose Lukas Kaspar L
1 23 Ottawa Andrej Meszaros D
1 24 Calgary Kris Chucko R
1 25 Edmonton Rob Schremp C
1 26 Vancouver Cory Schneider G
1 27 Washington Jeff Schultz D
1 28 Dallas Mark Fistric D
1 29 Washington Mike Green D
1 30 Tampa Bay Andy Rogers D

You'll notice that GMGM was both good and lucky. First, he picked Ovechkin over Malkin. At the time, that was the consensus pick, but it wasn't unanimous, so - good going GMGM.

Second, he picked Jeff Schultz ahead of Mike Green. BAD MOVE!!! Except he got Mike Gren two picks later at #29. Tell me if the NHL teams could have a do-over that Mike Green would go 29 today! Mother of God no!!! He'd go top 5 for sure!

Trades that really, really worked:

GMGM trades Robert Lang to Detroit for Fleischmann and the pick that would become Green. GMGM trades Gonchar to Boston for Morrisonn and the pick that would become Jeff Schultz. GMGM trades Brendan "slower than molasses" Witt to Nashville for the pick that would become Varlamov.

I can't remember all the picks that got us Semin, Eminger and Gordo 12, 13 and 17 in 2002 (and now gets you Carlsson).

Maybe Tarik can do an article giving us genesis of each Caps player - when drafted and how the organization came to acquire that pick. Even Ovie was lucky - team was #3 from the bottom and then Caps and Pitt snatched #1 and 2 (Ovie and Malkin) from the bottom team, the Hawks, who got Cam Barker.

My wife likes to say she lost out in the draft lottery also and I can never understand what she means.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 2, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, sorry to hear about this injury, but very glad that the decision to fix it now, rather than waiting was made. I'd rather see him out half the season than see this get worse and possibly end his career...

I'd been wondering if Clark was still carrying an injury, what with his decreased performance of late, and this particular type of injury explains a lot, at least to me. Trying to "play through" this probably did make it worse... :-(

Posted by: irockthered | February 2, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

So, tominfl1, if you have this right and I understand it correctly, the players are doubly disincented to go on the LTIR. This is pretty clever on the part of the owners.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 2, 2009 7:50 PM

Yeah, kinda. Well, triply disincented. 1) They don't get to play and have fun (although they get paid millions more than I despite the fact that I'm one of the top defense industry cost estimators in the worl today ); 2) their lack of playing increases the money paid into the player's pool and therefore lowers their ultimate percentage under the players' fund; 3) the other guy comes in and takes their job and reduces their effectiveness, thereby reducing their ability to secure a new and commanding contract.

As a for instance, let's see Chris Clark negotiate an extension tomorrow.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 2, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I can't remember all the picks that got us Semin, Eminger and Gordo 12, 13 and 17 in 2002 (and now gets you Carlsson).

I think those were Philly and Vancouver's for Oates and Linden, respectively, but I dunno the order.

Posted by: Section117 | February 2, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

VC's ice problems getting some national attention.

Posted by: BMorrison808 | February 2, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

From Vogel's blog: Brooks Laich's comments concerning who should wear the C...

Before Boudreau’s proclamation, Laich was asked whether there should be even a temporary change in the team’s captaincy. Laich answer was illuminating.

“That’s not for me to answer,” Laich starts. “You guys don’t get to see what he does behind the scenes, what he does in the locker room. During the course of a game, what he does on the bench in different situations, how he handles the young guys, the leadership that he brings. On the ice you see other players – I think you’re talking about Alex Ovechkin – and what he does he’s obviously our leader on the ice and the team follows him. But there are many more elements to being a captain and Chris Clark exemplifies all of them.

“That decision is not up to me or up to our team. We don’t really care. I don’t think either of those guys really cares who has a “C”, who has an “A” and stuff like that.”

Posted by: tess2201 | February 2, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

What do you guys think of the possibility of trading Nylander to the blue jackets? They are in desperate need of a first/second line center. Perhaps for Jan Hejda?

Posted by: GoUnited | February 2, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Sigh, I was without Internet for a day.

Boy, that Wise video was a waste of four minutes.

Those Montreal jerseys were hideous. I wonder if that was in style in 1912?

Best wishes to Clark and his recovery.

Posted by: Cerealman | February 2, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Good game on Versus

Posted by: ludeman95 | February 2, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Cerealman, it was the height of men's full-body swimsuit/long john fashion.

Not sure how many folks are Puck Daddy readers, but he's got an All-Star clip that brings back fond memories for me of "This Hour Has 22 Minutes".,138289#remaining-content

Clip's at the bottom, Ovi around 1 minute mark.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

@BMorrison808 - Good article; thanks for posting it!

Posted by: irockthered | February 2, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl - Great video, LOL!

Posted by: irockthered | February 2, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Please explain why in the world Nylander would say yes to a trade to CBJ????

Posted by: majiksea | February 2, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Oof, Lightning now back to Kari Ramo, with Smith out injured, too.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 2, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I think the more important question is why would Mrs. Nylander approve a trade to CBJ

Posted by: sleepy3 | February 2, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

"...despite the fact that I'm one of the top defense industry cost estimators in the worl today" -tomflin1

I don't know which side you are on, but how much is the government paying for a toilet seat now days?

Posted by: superX | February 2, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse


That five hole is better understood with Collins on D

Posted by: gtydings | February 2, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse


Do you want the earth-based version toilet seat or the one that NASA can use in space?

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 3, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Nyls might agree just so he can play more. Sounds like he and BB have a riff, so he might be happier there (or any where).

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 3, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse


Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead: Really really Good News UPDATE!!!

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

If I were GMJS, this what I would do now that CC is gone for the year.

Move Morrisonn and Lisa Hillary for a future draft pick.

Replace Mo with Alzner.

Defensive pairings


@ the Trade deadline for a true S@H defensemen/enforcer, Komisarek comes to mind.

Keep the lines like they are.


Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Lisa Hillary? She's provides that rare commodity, s@h offense. (Watch the game tonight, at home. When she delivers her "story", tell me you're not even a little bit offended.)
Again, given some chem time, Fehr FlashBack will be scary.
I think Komisarek in Caps uni = too good to be true.

Posted by: redlineblue | February 3, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

lol. i used to work for one a company, owned by certain texan, which dealt with big gov. contracts. I remember when preparing for my very first meeting with gov. officials, I was told: "the most important thing is to find out how much money is in the kitty". I was a very naive young man then, but I caught on quickly.

Posted by: superX | February 3, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

superX, tomflin1,
I too am in the defense contracting industry and there are times when one just has to laugh and go with it. As I recall, the MilSpecs on that toilet seat had to be some condition of withstanding 40 Gs at 200 degrees F or something crazy like that which "justified" the 10K cost for each. I mention this because if that technology could be transfered to hockey sticks, Ovie would not need 3 or 4 per game if you know what I mean. Our tax dollars at work folks, lol...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | February 3, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"the MilSpecs on that toilet seat had to be some condition of withstanding 40 Gs at 200 degrees F"

You are a steely-eyed missile man indeed if you can lay a steamer at 40 G's and 200 deg.

Posted by: johnb5 | February 3, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

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