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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.

--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
 
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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

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