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Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/28/2011

Jared DeMichiel practicing with Capitals, David Steckel leaves practice

By Katie Carrera

Some news and notes from the Capitals practice at KCI with just under four hours to go until the NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m.:

--Semyon Varlamov is not on the ice with the team this morning. He's officially listed by the Capitals as day-to-day with an undisclosed injury but that ailment is believed to be a knee problem.

Michal Neuvirth and Jared DeMichiel are the goaltenders on the ice for practice today. According to a team spokesman, DeMichiel has not been officially recalled and is only in Washington to serve as a second goaltender for the workout.

--David Steckel did leave practice and went off to the Capitals' dressing room. Update: A team spokesman said the reason Steckel left the ice was that he "tweaked something" and is being looked at by team trainers.

--Veteran left wing Marco Sturm, who was picked up off of waivers on Saturday, is on the ice and wearing No. 18. He's skating on the second line with Marcus Johansson and Alexander Semin. The full line combinations are listed below.

--Tom Poti (groin) skated on his own and remained on the ice for the first 20 minutes of practice with the team until the contact drills began. Poti hasn't taken part in a full practice in quite some time.

Meanwhile, Eric Fehr (shoulder) has remained on the ice for practice.

--D.J. King is skating and we will know at noon if he was picked up off of waivers.

--Mike Green is still at home in Calgary for his grandmother's funeral, according to a team spokesman.

--The players have changed jerseys throughout practice, as is a regular occurrence, but here are the lines that the workout began with:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Sturm-Johansson-Semin
Chimera-Laich-Beagle
Hendricks-Steckel-Bradley
King-Gordon-Fehr

By Katie Carrera  | February 28, 2011; 11:14 AM ET
Categories:  David Steckel  
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Comments

Do people think steckel leaving practice means he's gone?

Posted by: stabes_ | February 28, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

yeah sounds like steckel is gone

Posted by: _stevo | February 28, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't mention injury related with Stecks....Could be gone, wonder who would want him. FLA?

Also, I hope they don't trade Varly.

Posted by: digster1013 | February 28, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I would be shocked. If memory serves, he leads the league in faceoff %. If he is gone, Richards better be coming here. I'm not holding my breath by the way.

Posted by: robostop10 | February 28, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Because I know some of you also share my curiosity as to when the last time a Caps player fought twice in a game was, here's what I know thus far:

12-20-08: Brashear v. Cote...2x (Phi)
3-3-08: Brashear v. Chara/Thornton (Bos)
12-30-06: Brashear v. Orr/Shanahan (NYR)
3-5-04: Verot v. Barnaby/Murray (NYR)
2-13-04: Verot v. Tootoo...2x (Nash)
10-8-01: Peat v. Nazarov/Stock (Bos)
11-1-98: Berube v. Brashear/Huscroft (Van)
2-28-98: Berube v. DeBrusk/Huscroft (TB)
1-25-96: Berube v. Stevens/Daneyko (NJ)
11-25-95: Berube v. Janssens/Chase (Hart)
3-4-95: Berube v. Brashear (2x) (Mon)
4-9-94: Berube v. Vial...2x (Ott)
11-30-93: Berube v. Vukota...2x (NYI)

Man, wasn't it great when the Chief was riding shotgun here? There could be others who deserve to be on the list, so if anyone has a good memory

That's a baker's dozen games in 17+ YEARS...how's that for individual passion, intensity, and meanness?

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 28, 2011 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

...Those were the days of the Caps. Not much pure skill, but lots of heart and could bang in the corners with the best of 'em.

Posted by: robostop10 | February 28, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

(I posted this yesterday on our Caps blog - maybe something is happening here, or maybe not)
Bob McKenzie (TSN):

VAN is using its 2nd round pick as bait for depth forward who makes less than $2M per year.

VAN is scouring league for the right fit. Could be big and tough, maybe a PK specialist or FO artist. More experience the better.

Stecks or BGordon meet those criteria...each

Posted by: fosseweber | February 28, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Anyone other then Samba see that Semin had left ice also? I can't find anyone saying it. Or Samba where did you see it?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

vermontcaps: Why do you always try to make things personal? Everything about your post was absolutely fine except the 1st sentence.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 28, 2011 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I think this is an example of what tominsocal would say is "the pot calling the kettle black." I merely responded to your post that insinuated I, and a few others, "pee on this blog." That was unwarranted and uncalled for. I don't take, or try to make, anything here personal. Are you just upset that I one-upped you......again?

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 28, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

somehow missing from my last post.....

Stecks or BGordon meet those criteria...each

Posted by: fosseweber | February 28, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Any chance we would acquire 2 centers?

Posted by: underpants2 | February 28, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

ok, I'll try on emore time (WP, you're ping me off here)

Stecks or BGordon meet those criteria...each makes less than 2mil and faceoff and Pkill specialists...not big (ok Stecks IS tall) or tough, but just maybe.

Posted by: fosseweber | February 28, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Steve Hindle is reporting that both Stecks and Semin left practice early...

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | February 28, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Katie Carrera
Team spokesman said the reason Steckel left the ice was he 'tweaked something' and is being looked at by team trainers. #caps

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Would anyone have given up a 2 for Brad Boyes. I probably would have.

Posted by: digster1013 | February 28, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Steckel is not going anywhere. Just tweaked something.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 28, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

great - and how often did those teams played for the Stanley Cup?

@fosseweber
"Could be big and tough, maybe a PK specialist or FO artist. More experience the better.
Stecks or BGordon meet those criteria...each" -- hmm, I think not everybody on this board will agree with you

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 28, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@digster, the issue is that we don't have a 2nd right now

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I've got a snowy day, no work, the house empty, and the computer all to myself. I could rival tominsocal/tmac's writing marathon of the other day!! I'm purposefully leaving the NHL channels off, it's too much fun scanning the threads and reading comments.

The clock is ticking........

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 28, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

lets hope the Steckel move doesn't indicate the Caps have selected Gordo over Steckel in the lineup.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 28, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

From twitter:

CapsNewsNetwork No, he practiced in full RT @pgreissing: @StevenHindle not sure Semin left practice early. #Caps

Posted by: ablake70 | February 28, 2011 11:41 AM | Report abuse

from preivous post:

ESPN has a great blog right now . Melrose and Lebrun and the other crew are on answering questions. . Anyone it was great last year. Make sure you behave yourselves if you go on there.

Posted by: pkme | February 28, 2011 11:33 AM

I am on there now. Great chat. There are real hockey experts there. You should check it out. There is no "peeing" on that blog.

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 28, 2011 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

great - and how often did those teams played for the Stanley Cup?

========

yeah lets just stick with what we have. Because our track record is so good.

Some of you need to peruse Stanley Cup rosters just over the past 15 yrs. You'll be shocked at what you see. You don't see any Gordos or Chimeras or Schultzes or Potis. A lot of those rosters don't even have any Semin types on there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 28, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

1) If Steckel is gone, get Konopka for faceoffs and added toughness!
2) Trade Semin now!!!! This is the ONLY move today that would signal to me that this team has a shot to get past the first round(regardless of opponent)

Posted by: jmol2112 | February 28, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Don't rosters expand tomorrow?

So, if King unclaimed, he can be put back on Caps roster? Or would he need recall waivers?

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 28, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

vermont: See, juvenile mind. Peeing on something is a well-know phrase among adults used when "bullies" are declaring ownership of something. If you notice your screen name wasn't even used. Licking up pee is a disgusting phrase making something personal. You didn't "one up me" because I read the rest of your entry with open eyes and an open mind.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 28, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

This board may implode if GMGM doesn't make a move.

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 28, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

If Varly has a knee injury, I doubt that one of the goalies will be traded. I can see GMGM getting a vet and assigning Varly or Neuvy to Hershey.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 28, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Caps trade 3rd in 2011 and Jake Hauswirth to FLA for defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Caps acquired Dennis Wideman from Fla

Posted by: ThePat | February 28, 2011 11:44 AM | Report abuse

We got Wideman from FLA for 3rd in 2011 & Jake Hauswirth.

Very nice mover here.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 28, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Panthers have sent wideman to the Caps.

Posted by: robostop10 | February 28, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Dennis Wideman to the Caps accorting to LeBrun...

Posted by: landocalrissian | February 28, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

So even with Poti hurt we have 7 D now, any chance this means we are trading a D?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

The first shoe drops..

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 28, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Well our first move is...Wideman to the Caps, according to LeBrun

Posted by: RITdude | February 28, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I really thought we were going to get Gonchar. This was a big one that I was hoping for. I guess with Wideman, Gonchar is no longer on the radar.

D is fine now, time to address 2C.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 28, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Good pickup, but I really wish he was an LH shot.

Posted by: chatton | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

ESPN just said we traded with Fla for Wideman. Anyone else hear that?

Posted by: Thisistheyear | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

@poker, No way I wanted Gonchar's contract.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Mike Green might be out for a while just an FYI. Right hand shot in Wideman.

Posted by: ThePat | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Caps just got Dennis Wideman from Florida for Jake Hauswirth and a 3rd Round Pick.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

VogsCaps#Caps trade 3rd in 2011 and Jake Hauswirth to FLA for defenseman Dennis Wideman.

So Wideman here for a 3rd and Jake Hauswirth, per Mike Vogel!

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

So even with Poti hurt we have 7 D now, any chance this means we are trading a D?

Posted by: icehammer97

I'm starting to wonder about Green's health.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 28, 2011 11:49 AM | Report abuse

nhl network..not to hip with this move..

Posted by: cptjack70 | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208

... Congrats to GMGM ... (?)

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Caps just acquired Dennis Wideman.

Posted by: saintex | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Just heard CAPS traded for Dennis Widemann, don't know who they gave up yet.

Posted by: jmontemayor32 | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

denis wideman to caps for 3rd round pick and jake hauswirth

Posted by: amorris525 | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Caps acquire D Dennis Wideman from FL for F Jake Hauswirth and 3rd round pick.

1st move today

Posted by: nicety251 | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Denis Wideman a cap for 3rd rounder

Posted by: jmol2112 | February 28, 2011 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The thing is Wideman is more of an offensive Dman, moving the puck well and plays on PP.

I'm really hoping this doesn't mean that Green is out long term.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

From nhl.com:

The Capitals have picked up defenseman Dennis Wideman from the Panthers in exchange for a prospect and draft pick. Wideman is an offensive defenseman with 9 goals and 24 assists in 61 games. He's a minus-26, however. The Caps haven't been scoring like they have in the past, and defenseman Mike Green left the Caps' last game after taking a hit to the head from the Rangers' Derek Stepan. Wideman carries a $3.875 million cap hit and is signed through next season.

Posted by: redrocker2 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Gave up Jack Hauswirth and a 3rd in 2011

Posted by: saintex | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Just heard CAPS traded for Dennis Widemann for Jake Hauswirth and 3rd round pick.

Posted by: jmontemayor32 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Caps got Wideman?

Posted by: zyvo23 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

i like that move. Wideman is a good player. What did we give up? Anyone know?

Posted by: capsfan0837 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

But with Wideman signed for another year at $3.975 cap hit.....something else is up....other shoe has to drop

Posted by: ThePat | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

nhl network is not to hip on this move..but gave up nothing to get him..3rd and low level prospect..

Posted by: cptjack70 | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Thoughts on the Wideman pick up?

This means Green is shelved.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | February 28, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

@Pat we have had two right handed shots on the PP all year, it may just be that the price for Liles was too high and there were no other left hand D out there worth getting.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 28, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

wideman for hauswirth and a 3rd aint too shabby

Posted by: _stevo | February 28, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

First of many moves?

Florida dealt defenceman Dennis Wideman to the Washington Capitals for prospect forward Jake Hauswirth and a third-round draft pick

Posted by: jbears1 | February 28, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 28, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

That's awesome!!
------------------------------------------

On the trade front, if Konopka really went to Ana. that's just another acquisition we blew, adding to a growing list of deals that we could've/should've gotten in on:

-missing out on Hunwick when he was dealt
-not claiming Boynton for depth
-missing out on Stuart/Wheeler
-missing out on Neal/Niskanen

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 28, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@Jordan_Kitts

That's what I feared after I saw the incident ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | February 28, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Dennis Wideman is now a Cap. 3rd rounder and F Jake Hauswirth

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 28, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

this is a just in case move..meaning just in case green doesnt make it back..

Posted by: cptjack70 | February 28, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: RITdude | February 28, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Caps have picked up an additional $3.85m dollar contract. Someone is on their way out. My guess is Semin or Laich. Semin is making $6million and Laich 2-3 m I think.

Posted by: robostop10 | February 28, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Dennis Wideman is a defensive liability. He is a -26 on a team that has defensemen in the + category. Weak move. Probalby indicates Green has a concussion because Wideman is considered a puck moving defenseman. I've seen him for years but has never stuck out. Does anyone really have some insight on whether he plays physical or is just a puck mover. I would really be interested in your assessment cstanton1.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 28, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Someone's going on LTIR, right? Aren't we over the cap a wee bit?

Paging Mrtominsocal

Posted by: nicety251 | February 28, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

to show you how uneventful that trade is..the nhl network has like 15 guys in their studio to talk trades as they come in..they spent a whopping 30 seconds talking about this pick-up and they dont have anything else to talk about..

Posted by: cptjack70 | February 28, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Hauswirth and a 3rd for Wideman

Posted by: born_rpm | February 28, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

From TSN

The Washington Capitals have acquired defenceman Dennis Wideman from the Florida Panthers for prospect winger Jake Hauswirth and a third-round draft pick in 2011.

His he a UFA?

Posted by: hunter321 | February 28, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I don't read into this that Green is out long term.

At times this year Poti and Green have both been out and adding Wideman protects against the inevitable that one will probably be out of the lineup at some point going forward.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | February 28, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

From Rock the Red
Picked up Dennis Wideman D from FL
Gave up Jake Hauswirth and a 3rd

Posted by: RedRedRed | February 28, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

If Stecks is traded, I will be disappointed. I know we need a 2C and probably an Top-4 or Top-2 D-man.

But given the new defensive emphasis of the club, isn't puck possession the best way to limit goals-against?

And isn't winning face-offs crucial to obtaining puck possession?

As for Sasha Minor, I will be sad to see him go, and I maintain my position that his departure could very well bite us in the collective @$$ in many ways.

All I have to say is: if Steckel and Semin are indeed soon to be gone, GMGM damn well better have received immediate value in return (as in someone HUGE)--not just picks and prospects.

Though I want with all my heart for the Caps to win the Cup, I can take it if we don't. I can even take it if we miss the playoffs. But I don't think I can take another Fire Sale.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 28, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Dennis Wideman - Joe Corvo 2.0

Posted by: nhl3000 | February 28, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

58,000 over the cap now! Joy! Maybe he can have the impact Jurcina did last year.

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 28, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Conklin cleared waivers. No one picked him up.

Posted by: robostop10 | February 28, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

He's only a -32, yea!!!!!

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 28, 2011 12:04 PM | Report abuse

58,000 over the cap now! Joy! Maybe he can have the impact Jurcina did last year.

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 28, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Is that after prorating - its only 1/5th of wideman's salary this year?

Next year would be the whole biscuit.

Posted by: yesisaiditfirst | February 28, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

what happened?

Posted by: sidehillman | February 28, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Dennis Widman to us from Florida just reportec TSn

Posted by: billd2 | February 28, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Wideman is certainly rather infamous for being one of the worst d-men around in the defensive zone but the Caps may just use him as a 6th/7th where he plays power play point. Evidence points toward his hockey sense and playmaking ability being very poor but his puck skills, skating and shot are quite good. With proper direction/coaching and gameplanning structure he can help a powerplay.

Hopefully Wideman is only a Cap until the team feels that Orlov is ready. Orlov has shown high upside in terms of hockey sense in junior play both defensively and offensively. It helps that he is a very good skater and has shown good competitiveness every time I've seen him play too.

Posted by: born_rpm | February 28, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

yes, definitely would have traded a 2nd for Brad Boyes. No brainer.

Posted by: erico31us | February 28, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"--David Steckel did leave practice and went off to the Capitals' dressing room. Update: A team spokesman said the reason Steckel left the ice was that he "tweaked something" and is being looked at by team trainers. "


Yeah, he tweaked something alright... his roster spot.

Posted by: kingrob76 | February 28, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@ Vermontcaps

I responded to your two-fights-in-a-game question the other day. Most recent was Matt Hendricks on Dec. 12, 2010 @ NYR (7-0 blowout). He also got a game misconduct for his 2nd bout, v. Avery.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | February 28, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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