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Clymer on Re-Entry and P.M. Injury Update

Winger Ben Clymer has been placed on re-entry waivers, according to an Eastern Conference team official I just spoke to.

Earlier this season, Clymer told me that he had been given assurances that the Caps would continue to place him on re-entry waivers (he cleared at least once already) so another NHL could pick him up. But considering all the injuries here, it's possible the Caps have plans for him.

Stay tuned. I'm told Clymer clears tomorrow at noon.

Update:The Caps are saying that both Michael Nylander and Matt Pettinger will play on Wednesday. If you recall, Nylander did not practice today and Pettinger left early.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Nylander, because one source of mine has indicated more than once that his shoulder injury is worse than the team is letting on.

As for Clymer, there is some doubt that he's headed to Washington.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 7, 2008; 2:35 PM ET
 
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Posted by MTB:

check out the latest Melrose Line for midseason awards.

Mike Green is 2nd runner-up for best defenseman behind Zubov and the winner Lindstrom. Says at his age Green is doing amazing things and could be a superstar in this league. Not news to us but certainly the rest of the hockey world.

Bruce Bodreau WINS his coach of the year award...some props to the Caps as he mentions us surging into the playoff picture and our back-to-back wins against Ottawa

----------------------

That is crazy...

Posted by: 828 | January 7, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

WOW!

Posted by: MKI | January 7, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Back to back to back wins over Ottawa.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Congrats..you wont win the cup now..Melrose likes your team.

Every team he likes and promotes usually chokes at some point

Posted by: a | January 7, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

To think, The Caps making the Cup finals and to choke. I can only dream...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

You think were are considering moving nylander now...

Posted by: nyls? | January 7, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

They only way you can make playoff = Semin

And Semin sucks so you will loose, 20 pts this season

Semin is an overrated bit%?

from a Pens Fan

Posted by: Crosby = 3XOvy | January 7, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

While it is nice to see the Caps get some love from a nationally renowned hockey commentator, Melrose and BB apparently are OLD friends, so his judgement on the Gabster's ability needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

And I'll bet because his friend is the coach, Melrose is watching more Caps' games then he ever has. That's cool. May mean more "coverage".

Posted by: Clarendon | January 7, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@Crosby = 3XOvy

They only way you can make playoff = Staal

And Stall sucks so you will loose, 20 pts this season

Staal is an overrated bit%?

from a Caps Fan

Posted by: Semin = 3XMalkin | January 7, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Penguins = Taste like chicken


Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: pmoravek | January 7, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Crosby sucks he is a chicken and I hope Bradshear destroy him just like your chicken player.

And by the way, Semin will make at least 50 pts this season. go back to your stupid forum pens fan

Posted by: Mike | January 7, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

pmoravek:
LOL!! :-D Good thing the Caps aren't vegitarians!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | January 7, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@3XOvy,
The Teletubbies are on, go, go!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...I wonder why the would put Clymer on waivers now especially if Nyls and Petty are going to play...a little strange. You would have thought they would have done it earlier if they told Clymer they would...but then again wouldn't now be bad timing for the Bears? Aren't they injury plagued as well?

Posted by: Clymer? | January 7, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Crosby=3xOvy,

Let me teach you a couple of equations:

1. Crosby = Cindy Crosbytch
2. Cindy Crosbytch = p*ssy and whiner
3. p*ssy and whiner = Maria Lepew
4. Cindy Crosbytch = Maria Lepew
6. Cindy and Maria = biggest posers and pieces of crap the NHL has ever seen
7. You = fan of Cindy and Maria
8. You = fan of crap

Repeat until you learn above equation table by heart. There will be a test later. You can use your crayon if you can get it out of your rear end.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | January 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@Clymer?

Waivers are separate from re-call... You can pass through waivers without being assigned. He is being "made availble", but that doesn't guarrantee he will be assigned to the Caps if he clears, he could stay in Hershey.

Posted by: CCCP11 | January 7, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for keeping us updated Tarik. Its appreciated.

Posted by: Anthony | January 7, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they weren't sure one or both of them would play, so to be safe they put Clymer on waivers to get him back here. If they don't want/need him, then they can leave him in Hershey and they have also made good on the promise to waive him a few times so he can go play with the men again.

Semi-related topic: Has everyone circled next Monday's game against the traveling goon squad from Philly? Last thing we need is more injuries, and that's their preferred flavor of vodka.

Posted by: old time hockey | January 7, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

There is also the chance that another team has requested the Caps put him on recall waivers with the intention of claiming him. That is a definite possibility.

Posted by: Jay | January 7, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

@semin=3xMalkin,

Come on. I like Semin too, but Malkin's a stud. OVY and Crosby are close, and so are Staal and Semin, but Malkin and Semin? Let's stay credible here.

Posted by: old time hockey | January 7, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Tarik Do you think Semin will play wed night?

Posted by: Question | January 7, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess it could also be possible that another GM has called and said he wants Clyms. We then respond by calling him back up and making him available.
GMGM has to work with these guys and maybe that would be "greasing the wheels" in case we want to do something either now or down the road.

Just a thought

Posted by: pmoravek | January 7, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@oldtime,
I agree, Malkin has a face for radio and is lucky the the league requires helmets and he wears a shield. But Baby Huey can take Semin on all fronts at this point in their careers. Semin is closer to Staal. Semin just needs to load up on those Primantti Bros sandwiches when in Pitt and he'll catch up soon enough.
As for Clymer, I've got a feeling he is someone elses concern at this point. Just a hunch.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I would take Malkin over Semin too, as he is a more complete player like OV. That said, compare #'s from last year which was Malkin's rookie season vs. Semin's first full season.

Malkin: 78 games, 33 G, 53 A, 85 pts, +2, 80 PIM, 16 PPG, 24 PPA, .136 shooting %

Semin: 77 games, 38 G, 35 P, 73 pts, -7, 90 PIM, 17 PPG, 21 PPA, .156 shooting %

Also, consider the players they were generally on the ice with. Obviously this season is a much different story. But perhaps once Semin is 100% healthy we'll see a return to last years form which makes the discussion a bit more interesting.

Posted by: Jeff | January 7, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, any thought to Chris Bourque getting another call up?

Posted by: Shmee | January 7, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Tampa wants Clyms back. They're second in line behind L.A. and they know him well. GMGM might be cooking a deal down the road when the Bolts start off-loading. When Marty and Brad waive their no trade clauses I wouldn't mind seeing one of them in a Caps jersey.

Posted by: Just make a save | January 7, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@Just make a save,
Interseting thought but St. Louise, Richards, and Lecavalier are most of their payroll. Any three of them here and we would not be able to sign Ovie or Green. For some reason, I see Clymer going out west for a multi-purpose role like a defensive forward or even back to playing D but with more offensive tasks. Again, just a hunch. What is Clymers salary, 1.3M or something?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

@Puckdawg

I think I remember those equations from my high school biology days. The teacher I had (God rest her soul) was a die-hard Pens fan. I use to rub it in her face everyday when the Pens lost and the Caps would win. She would get so pissed when she'd walk into the room and I had written the scores to the previous nights games on the chalkboard. To top it off the class thought it was freaking hilarious because her and I actually got into a heated verbal discussion on the two teams. Oh the memories!!!

Posted by: Mitch | January 7, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

@Just make a save


NO NO NO NO NO!!! Look, we might be struggling a little bit in the standings, but we're making a comeback. We don't want either of those two bolts for the following reason: Our star duo is unique! Why you might ask? Let me explain:

Tampa has Lecavalier, Richards and St. Louis....all Canadians

Carolina has Staal and Cole....one Canadian and one American

Atlanta has Kovalchuk and Hossa....one russian one slovak

Washington has Ovie and Semin....TWO RUSSIANS!!!

Florida......you can't call any of their players stars.

So, with that said, we can't interupt the TWO RUSSIANS....Well, technically one until Semin gets healthy. But still, our duo is better.

Posted by: Mitch | January 7, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

@Mitch

Huh?

Posted by: J | January 7, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@Mitch,
Deep slow breathes, deep and slow. Like I said previously, it would be cost prohibitive to get any of those three and keep Green and Ovie. Tampa might/could be thinking the season is a wash but that is way too soon I think. That playoff push signing scenario for us is probably just going to be internal. Anyway, at least GMGM seems to be moving in the right direction slimming payroll. We're gonna need it ya know?

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm calm. Just did some stupid research and thought I would throw it out there. Anyway, I just watched the Melrose clip on mid-season awards. I want to know how much hairspray and gel ESPN has to purchase a month to keep that guys hair from moving!

Posted by: Mitch | January 7, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@Mitch

I thought Semin was from Armenia?

Posted by: Anonymous | January 7, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

@Mitch,
It is just a mullet wig made of the same stuff in the RBK jerseys. They heat treat it prior to taping so it shines a bit like hair. Tech-na-lo-gy! No seriously, Darren Pang left because he refused to allow him the rights to the mold.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 7, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

THN Power Rankings

15. Washington: Ovechkin and the Boys probably won't make the playoffs, but they're a lot of fun to watch under Bruce Boudreau.

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/12466-THN-Power-Rankings-Jan-7.html

Posted by: Finn | January 7, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik, you know your blog has "arrived" when trolls from other teams start visiting! :)

Posted by: Jill | January 7, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Great! Now if Clymer is claimed, GMGM can do the same with Emmy. At least Clymer got a chance to play - and got the game winning goal against Hartford.

The longer Emmy sits, the rustier he'll get, and the longer it will take him to get back on his game, (assuming he has one). Leaving to bide time on the pine is demoralizing to the player and shows poor management of the McPhee/Hanlon era.

Posted by: dogdaze | January 7, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Did you manage to find any new info on Poti or Pothier?

Posted by: jon | January 7, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

@ old time hockey

In regards to the comment about Philly being a traveling goon squad....

If you havent noticed, they are playing some exciting hockey as of late. Yeah, they play a bit rougher than the rest..I had the chance to watch the their game against Toronto on Center Ice the other night...but it was exciting. It had a bit of everything.

There wasnt one fighting major in the game but there was plenty of physical play, end to end action, great passing, wonderful saves.

It should be a good game. If they get their act together by taking more shots (they are continually outshot) they are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Posted by: Johnny Jeep | January 7, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@Finn

Funny how THN has the CAPS best in the division but not making the playoffs?

15. Washington: Ovechkin and the Boys probably won't make the playoffs, but they're a lot of fun to watch under Bruce Boudreau.

20. Atlanta: Scoring goals is not the problem here. The Thrashers are third-worst in the league in goals against.

22. Carolina: What are the Hurricanes going to do about their goaltending?

25. Florida: They're still flirting with a playoff spot, but come on, this is the Panthers we're talking about.

30. Tampa Bay: It's official, the Lightning is the first casualty of the salary cap. It's also a train wreck.

Posted by: LFR | January 7, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

They also have the Pens ranked #2. How many P##ises has Sydney um, touched?

Posted by: Lee | January 7, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

@Johnny Jeep

What about Downie's cheap shot to Blake's eye? Goons! no matter which you slice it!

Posted by: Just make a save | January 7, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

LFR,

Great catch!

Posted by: Finn | January 7, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

With Poti+Pothier maybe out for awhile,and Boumer&Arsene injured in Hershey, could the Clymer recall attempt mean he's moving back to D as the 7th D, and so still ahead of Hunt, McNeill, Pokulok and others in depth in Hershey?

Posted by: joe | January 7, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@ Tarik
Are you going to tell us what was on the board at practice?

Posted by: PC Caps | January 7, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@johnny jeep,

They would be a force if Hatcher didn't injure their best players.

Don't get me wrong, I love hard hitting hockey. But, there's hard, there's chippy, there's edgy and there's just plain dirty. Hits from behind, unrpvoked leg slashes, head hunting all fall into the "dirty" and not "hard" category.

Posted by: old time hockey | January 7, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

How about Nylander, Eminger, a farmhand and a pick to Totonto for Sundin??

Posted by: kenwood | January 7, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

What, nobody has an opinion on this?

Posted by: kenwood | January 7, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

What about Downie's cheap shot to Blake's eye? Goons! no matter which you slice it!


on a scrum that Blake started.
He had it coming the whole game. If Brashear threw that punch all you would see on this board is "Im glad Brash stood up for his teammates."

Posted by: Johnny Jeep | January 7, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

@ Old time Hockey

So you think they should take hitting out of the game.

Lupul is out for 2 weeks..Hatcher went in for a clean hit Steen ducked and he caught both of them. It happens and it will happen again and again. And BTW..Richards is by far the best one on that team

As far as all other chippy play..it happens in a contact sport. Hits from behind happen every game to some degree, some worse than others. The Jones hit was something that unfortunately put a guy out for a while it was a fast play and there is nothing you can do to change that.

Boulerice wont see the ice in an NHL game ever again. Downie even admits he made a bad choice on the hit that caused his suspension. Cote's hit was something that happens every game and because of who he is, he gets a match penalty and Hartnell's penalty...I think most people are still wondering why he got a match on that one.

The league needs to have an actual standard for determining suspensions. When Philly played Buffalo, just after the Simon/Ruutu incident, Afinigenov ends up stomping on a Flyers ankle..no call..no suspension, no ref sees it...where is the consistency.

If you are talking about Semin's injury his problems started when he mis stepped on the back of the net.

The Caps have Brashear who is notorious for being chippy. He may not get called all the time but he takes his shots.

Posted by: Jamie | January 7, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I've run the numbers and this is how we get Marty:

2008/2009 salaries Salary cap: 55mil

Nyls: 5.5 mil
Poti: 3.5 mil
Koz: 2.5 mil
Sem:4.2 mil
Clark: 2.75 mil
Petty: 1.1 mil
NickB: 850K
Juice:912.5k
Johnnie:825k
Schultz:650k
Erskine:550k
Steckel:500K
Pothier: 2.5mil

Total 08/09: $26337500.00

UFA

Kolzig 5.5 mil-gone
Brash 1.1 mil raise to 1.4mil
Brads: 700k raise to 1.1 mil

Total ufa 08/09: $2500000.00

RFA:
Mo: 900k-most likely gone
Laich: 725k raise to 1.1mil
Gordo:650k raise to 1.1 mil
Flash: 495k raise to 900k
AO:943k raise to 10 mil
Green:850k raise to 5.5 mil

Total rfa 08/09: $18600000.00

Misc.:
Alzner: 850k entry level
Laing: 500k

Total w/o Olie: $48787500

Most likely Pettinger is gone so that is 1.1mil less totaling $47687500.00

Add Marty's 6mil:

Total: $53687500. That leaves $1312500 for a goalie. A little restructuring/moving bonuses to future years to free up some cap space and we could put a puck bag in net since we'll be scoring eight goals per game. Might be a little over Ted's cap though.

Posted by: Just make a save | January 7, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Tarik-if the caps are looking to move both Eminger and Clymer why wouldn't they trade them in a package together. I can see how neither one has much trade value any more since Clymer was never anything particularly special, and Eminger has been tarnished by sitting all season but together aren't they worth something? On the subject of trades how do you feel about the Nylander rumors being whispered oh so loudly on this blog? Any truth to them?

Posted by: DC FURY | January 7, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

@jamie,

No, if you read the words in my post, you'll note that I love good clean hits that lay a guy out. Yes, some hits from behind are marginal and probably shouldn't be called/suspended. (Downie's wasn't a tough call.)

But, if you think Hatcher's hit on Steen would have been legal, I suggest you read the rule book. He was off his feet, elbow first. A classic head hunt. Elbowing, charging, whatever you want to call it, that's a penalty.

If you want to hit somebody high, at least have the sense (or ability, which Hatcher is out of at this point) to use your shoulder and stay on your feet. Scott Stevens, a mean, physical player, hit guys with his shoulder, not his elbow. But, he was also good enough to catch guys so he could catch them, which Hatcher is not.

Posted by: old time hockey | January 7, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

@ Kenwood,

Interesting idea about Sundin. TO is terrible. Isn't he a UFA this year though? Kind of steep for a rental. Kind of solves the vetern Swede problem for Backstrom, although Nyls lives here and Sundin doesn't.

Posted by: old time hockey | January 7, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Poti is still out with an upper body injury and probably won't play Wed. Pothier is believed to have a concussion and also probably won't play Wed.


Posted by: Tarik | January 7, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Coach asked that the media not print what was on the board, but I can tell you it really wasn't anything too interesting. It was just a stat that anyone could get off the box scores. I'll leave it at that.

Posted by: Tarik | January 7, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks

Posted by: PC Caps | January 7, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Just make a save

Your numbers would make sense except for a few important points..

1) I don't beleive the system in the NHL works the same as the NFL. Because of that I don't believe GMs can restructure contracts/bonuses in the same manner to stay under the cap. I'm not the guru, just my naive thought.

2) His cap hit is only $5 million for next year. And...to be honest (maybe I'm not objective) I'm not sure I'd want to see him in DC. I don't think this team can protect three undersized players (Nyls and Backstrom).

3) Morrissonn needs to be here next year. He has the potential to be a strong top 4 defenseman. On paper, I like our top 4 Defensemen...though I'd like to see a top 2 stay at home veteran signed.

Top 2 FA/Trade - Green
Poti - Morrisson
Pothier - Jurcina/Schultz/Alzner

I really do believe that the defense has been given the short end of the stick this season in terms of trash talking. Yes there have been miscues, but generally speaking (with the exception of Schultz) I think they've looked pretty good this year and the potential to be better than that over the next few years.

/my 2 cents

yosh

Posted by: Yosh | January 7, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

@ old time

If you are talking about the picture that was on the Post's site, yeah, he is in the air. Did you actually see the full hit?

Shoulder down. Steen Ducks down. Hatcher's momentum takes him through Steen, in the air. Textbook open ice hit.
Stevens was a great open ice checker but if you look at replays of his hits, his feet do come off the ice...its called momentum. There is a difference between that and leaving your feet to make the hit. Anyone who has ever thrown a body check in their life would understand that.

By your logic, Brian Campbell of the Sabres should have been suspended during the Winter Classic game for leaving his feet too.

Posted by: Jamie | January 7, 2008 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - Thanks for the updates and follow up. Because of your work, I spend more time on this blog than I do reading the Post...

Posted by: Harry | January 7, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

How exactly do re-entry waivers work?

Posted by: Steve R | January 7, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

You can't trade Clymer! No one wants him at half his salary! This is not the first time he has been on re-entry and any team that claims him gets him for half price, we have to pay the other half. Who would trade for Eminger? Why? Unfortunately you have to offer a hockey player to get a hockey player and Eminger has shown a distinct propensity to stink. Cindy is a whiner just like MaryO.

Posted by: Bob | January 7, 2008 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Hatcher is a no talent thug. It is useless animals like him that give the NHL a bad name. He has always been a dirty player and he plays on a dirty team!

Posted by: Hate Flyers | January 7, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Certain players have to go through waivers according to the CBA. I am not about to read that to find out exactly how or when players go through, but it has to do with the age and number of years in the league, planetary alignments, and that stuff in mauree's petrie dish in Italy.

Clymer is apparently old enough to have to clear waivers on the way down and back up again, even though he doesn't physically move anywhere. Apparently gmgm and Clymer have an understanding that he'll be shopped or put on waivers until he get's picked up. The problem is timing. When a player is sent down, they're waived at full contract value. When they're brought back up, it's at half price with the other half paid for by the owning team.

Bryz was put on waivers going down to the AHL. No one picked him up. So when they brought him back up, he had to go through re-entry waivers at half price.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 7, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

TSN has the Caps moving from 29th last week to 27th this week. Amazing, guess it doesn't pay to beat two of their teams three times in ten days, WOW, gains you a jump of two places. we never get a break

Posted by: billd | January 7, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Is everybody keeping an eye out to see if someone. claims him?
I haven't found anything.

Posted by: pmoravek | January 7, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@billd

If the Caps keep this up, don't worry, by the end of January they'll get a lot more credit.

Right now basically only us Caps fan know the potential of the team - most others just see the standings, and the wins against good teams as sporadic or out of desperation. For example, LA beat the Blackhawks 9-2 but they still suck - ah ha! see? I myself am a victim of that kind of mindset.

Posted by: mauree | January 7, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

We won't know if someone claims him until tomorrow at noon. Any interested teams would have until then to put in a claim, and then when the cutoff hits whoever had the highest priority gets him.

And I'm pretty sure Bryz was taken on the way down, there's no way he would've cleared waivers initially with such a small contract to begin with. It was Recchi who was only taken on the way back up.

Posted by: Brad | January 7, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

By the way I forgot to mention - if you crave for hockey you can watch the Ducks on yahoo:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/scoreboard

Sometimes they show games there :) it's pretty cool cause you can select a high video quality and watch it full screen.

Posted by: mauree | January 7, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Have to say that I gain more respect for B. Melrose every time I hear him talk NHL.

http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/video/videopage?videoId=3180003&categoryId=2459791

Kind of funny how he has to go "outside the box" to give our boys props ;-)

Posted by: Raber | January 8, 2008 4:16 AM | Report abuse

@Just make a save~

You say that Olie will have to be gone to make room, basically. Only problem - you left us with about no Cap room, and we need a back up (or starting, you want BJ to start?) goalie next year. I'll take Olie starting with BJ backing him up over BJ starting with no one backing him up any day. 1 Million dollars is not going to get this team a good goalie. Most teams pay their starters at LEAST 3.5 million. If not more. Exceptions are probably Bryzgalov (shut up) and right now Ty Conklin. Your plan also cripples us as far as the Cap is concerned, and needs to take into account Leonsis's pockets as well as the Cap. It should also account for Jagr's contract, since likely we'll still be paying half of it.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | January 8, 2008 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Of course Melrose is going to say nice things about the Caps. Barry and B.B. have been close friends for a very long time. They played together many years ago and Barry was eventually Bruce's coach. Now that B.B. runs the show in D.C. Melrose will certainly watch closely.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | January 8, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Yosh is right, you can't restructure an existing SPC. You can only buyout or extend contracts. And until Jagr is completely off Ted's books, you probably won't see any major free agents courted by the Caps.

Posted by: tallbear | January 8, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

how long is Jagr still on the list ?

Posted by: Helge | January 8, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Helge
"how long is Jagr still on the list?"

I believe that next year is the final one...and that this one may be if he doesn't meet certain numbers..i.e. games played and points.

Posted by: Yosh | January 8, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

As I understand it, this is the final guarenteed year of Jagr's contract, but he still can get an extra year if he meets certain performance bonuses (Rangers renounced the club option for cap reasons). If he gets his option, Ted's still paying half for another year.

Posted by: tallbear | January 8, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

absolutely terrible news about nylander

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

While I'm not thrilled about Nylander's injury (I still think he's an amazing playmaker)...I don't believe his loss is as bad as everyone is making it out to be. Remember last month when he was out, I don't believe the team lost a game. I could be wrong about that...but I do remember that I posted on this blog that I didn't think he needed to come back quickly because of how well the team was performing without him.

Posted by: Yosh | January 8, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Jagr doesn't take any cap room on the Capitals at all. He's just absorbing budget. He's like buying popcorn. You get nothing for it, but you spend a lot of money on it.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 8, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Did you guys see the interview ESPN did Ference...there's a pretty funny reference to Crosby at the end....


http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=amber_david&id=3185367

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I meant with Ference...

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Yosh, I am with you - the Caps did do well without him... however, we had others that were okay to play. Now, it seems like half the team is injured. At least Semin comes back... he should help.

Posted by: 828 | January 8, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

I haven't seen anything on Clymer being put on waivers or taken off one way or the other.

Jagr's option year is next year. If he plays a certain number of games, scores 70 points (I think) and the team makes the playoffs, he'll be re-signed and we get a hit to the popcorn budget (so long as it's not the beer budget, I'm ok with it).

Posted by: Greg S. | January 8, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I would feel a bit better about tomorrow if Clark was playing.

Posted by: 828 | January 8, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Jagr has 37 points right now and has played 42 games.

Do you think management will send Brashear out there to "sweep the leg" the next time we play the Rangers?

Posted by: 828 | January 8, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins just announced Coach Joe is retiring again... forget any Caps coverage for the next 7 - 10 days. In fact, the Caps have been asked to postpone all their games until a new coach is selected. How will Danny survive?

Posted by: Dave in Alexandria... | January 8, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

RE: Jagr

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure he needs to score 84 points AND the Rangers need to win the 1st round of the playoffs for his option year to become guaranteed. There are some other ways it could happen, such as if he wins the Hart, but that looks unlikely.

So, we all need to root for the sub-84 points.

Posted by: Jeff | January 8, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Just cruisin around on nhl.com and I found a few names that I have never heard of.

Jason Morgan
Jameson Hunt

Who are those two? They play down in Hershey?

Posted by: 828 | January 8, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Re: Jagr
I still vote for someone to sweep his leg.

Posted by: 828 | January 8, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

828 -- Jameson, I assume, is actually Jamie Hunt. I remember his name during training camp (or maybe the rookie camp, whatever).

Posted by: Jeff | January 8, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

828:
Yes Jamie Hunt and Jason Morgan are both in Hershey this year. Hunt is one of our better d-men although he's not yet NHL-ready.

Posted by: Tess | January 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

dan in alexandria-LOL!!!

Posted by: dave | January 8, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I just heard on 980 that Ovie was not voted in as a starter in the ALL-Star Game...No big deal, right?

Posted by: dave | January 8, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

They have Alfredson, Lecavalier, and Crosby as the starting forwards for the East. They all wear the "C" for their teams so that is fairly reasonable.

Most of the votes come from Canada probably whic would also help explain two Canadians and the Captain of the Sens on the top line.

Not to take any credit from those players. They have indeed earned their spots, I just feel like OV is right up there too.

Posted by: pmoravek | January 8, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ovechkin deserves to be a starter. Much more so than Alf.

Posted by: Anonymous | January 8, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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