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With a week at the Indy 500 fast approaching, and lots of vacation/comp time to burn, I'm taking a few days off (though I still might chime in if something comes up). Anyway, please feel free to discuss the World Championships, the upcoming Detroit-Pittsburgh finals or any other hockey-related topic in the comments below.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 14, 2008; 8:53 AM ET
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Thanks for all your hard work, Tarik. We really appreciate it.

Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, thanks Tarik. You really have made it easier to be a hockey fan in the DC area.

Posted by: uncatim | May 14, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Sorry,I post it again:
They discuss Semin trade idea on the Caps boards... If you Caps trade him, do it please to NY. He will have much fun there. His pictures "in red" made from some party - rock! His clothes! OMG! He is dressed like male prostitute! I want him to date some celebrity then I guess it will be even more fun!
Sasha, we love you baby, even with your ugly clothes and we are happy to have you in our national team on the worlds!

Posted by: Lena | May 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, enjoy your R&R!

I can't stomach Pittsburgh in the finals...

Here's a thought: for the NHL to really get some publicity, Ovie should go on the next "Dancing With the Stars" - wouldn't that be hilarious? He'd proabably win it, too. Just a thought... (hey, it's been a long off-season already...)

Posted by: tokyo fan | May 14, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Lena, privet!

If you want to see Semin, you gotta come to DC. He's not going to NY - he's ours!

Posted by: tokyo fan | May 14, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, thank you for permission, cause I felt guilty for my post :))

Posted by: Lena | May 14, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

@tokyo fan. I do not watch the "Dancing" show, but isn't that usually filled with B and C listers and used to bes?

Think Ovie is not ready to join that list just yet :) (Oh, but rest assured he would win it).

How about the next double sport athlete? What other sport could Ovie play? I can see the NHL/whatever commercials now. Ovie knows hockey. Ovie also knows...

My stomach also hurts a little this morning. Not sure if it is because the Pens won or that I was a little ticked that the Flyers are not making this series interesting. Please just let tonight's game go nice and smooth. I want Detroit all primed and ready for the finals.

Posted by: Kim | May 14, 2008 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Let's Go Detroit! No way in hell I'd route for the Penguins

Posted by: Don-Ald | May 14, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

I do have one idea for everyone. We take the roster one player a day. Using their number we discuss each player. That should keep us busy for a So Starting with #1...B. Johnson...

Posted by: Rich C | May 14, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I do have one idea for everyone. We take the roster one player a day. Using their number we discuss each player. That should keep us busy for a So Starting with #1...B. Johnson...

Posted by: Rich C | May 14, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Privet tokyo fun! I know that he is yours, but you just seem not to like him too much ( considering Caps boards)... He was just like the most hated person there!

Posted by: Lena | May 14, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I'd shoot myself before I start rooting for the Pens.

Posted by: Finn | May 14, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Brent Johnson is a really nice guy. He drives a sweet car too. I've been stuck behind him in the BC parking garage a couple times. He loves to blast this great 50's-sounding music as loud as possible.

He's a great player and seems to be an awesome teammate too, keeping things light in practice even given his crappy #3 position. I hope he hangs around for a long time.

Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 9:50 AM | Report abuse

We love Semin. Period. Take Flash.

Posted by: Finn | May 14, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

#1 Brent Johnson. Can't say enough good things about him. Total team player and great witht the fans. His game was really coming around this year before the trades and I felt sorry for him. Have watched him sign autographs and talk with fans on many occasions. Watch the nimber of pucks he hands out during warmups. What a total classy guy and am hoping the new season opens more oppertunities for him.

Posted by: LOU | May 14, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe you don't think the Stars and the Flyers will be coming back. Its so clear that they are the better teams...

Ok, not really.

RE Johnny: He's under contract and reasonably priced. Since Olie has announced that he wants out, he's got the #2 spot pretty well secured. Now, about the #1...

Posted by: old time hockey | May 14, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse


nyet! nashi Alexi my ochen' lyubym...! (or something like that - I used to live in Moscow).


How about IndyCar? Ovie seems to like speed!

About Johnson: If you think Olie was p.o'ed about warming the bench, then you gotta seriously wonder how Johnny feels. He didn't even suit up for about a month. And now we welcome him back to the lineup? That's gonna be weird...

Posted by: tokyo fan | May 14, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Ovie would cause far too many accidents in car racing.. Trying to put guys in the wall and stuff.

Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

No It's not weird Tokyo, it is professional sports. He signed a contract and will honor it, and by all accounts he seems like the kind of guy who will give a complete professional effort regardless of the circumstances. I will welcome him back--and the jury is still out as to whether he is ever a #1 NHL goaltender.

Posted by: Bill T | May 14, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse


I have been told that "rubbin' is racing" whatever that means.

Posted by: old time hockey | May 14, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@ King Huet from previous post,

I will not believe anything that is said until the ink is dry. There is so much positioning that goes on in contracts. Plus, what is GMGM going to say, "I don't think we have a shot at signing him"?

Anyway, I am not going to be upset if they sign Huet, I just won't be running down the streets with glee as I do not know if he is "The Answer". I hope he is. I just do not have the faith you seem to have.

Anyone that comes in is a bridge to the future anyway.

Tarik, enjoy some time off!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | May 14, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse


There's a really dirty joke there. I'm not going to touch it, though.

Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Glad the Pens are crushing the Flyers but I hope Detroit does the same to them next round. . . The Capitals were actually mentioned on the TV show Bones this monday night. The main character has a framed picture of the Caps behind his desk and there was a comment about how someone has season tickets tot he Capitals. My jaw dropped. It was great!

Posted by: Capies | May 14, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse


That's the only breaking news I want to see....

Thanks for all of your hard work.

Posted by: Rdiehljr | May 14, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Two quick things:

1) I love Ovie as much as anyone, but I doubt he's going to be the next multi-sport superstar (watch him take batting practice and throw with the Nats and you'll see what I'm saying).

2) Feel free to go through the roster here, but I would like to direct everyone to Japer's Rink, where they've been doing this for a couple weeks to great effect:

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | May 14, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse


"fantasy update?"

Steve R 236.25
007 220.5
Honed 211.75
Sombrero 203.5
Jeff DC 200.5
jmu 194.25
JSchon 183.75
Jordan 162.5

Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

David Boreanaz (sp?) I think he's a Flyers fan in real life. *gags* He's one of the NHL Celebrity bloggers for the playoffs. However, I love free Caps publicity, so I hope they keep showing it!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 14, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I was actually kidding about Ovie and another sport (and unfortunately think my Bo Jackson reference reveals my age). However, I must admit that his love of speed and hitting does make racing interesting. Thought I heard somewhere that Semin is also quite the little speedster. Maybe someday they can sponsor a team.

I agree with all that have said that Brent seems to be a good team guy. I think he is one of the coolest Caps. My little girl has been a benefactor of his generosity with pucks at pregame. She thinks he rocks. I, however, am also a little worried about how all of the recent goalie issues have impacted him.

Posted by: Kim | May 14, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

So no one thinks Flyers can come back and beat the Pens 4 in a roll??

Posted by: Danny | May 14, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the Flyers could do that if they played out of Washington and were actually the Capitals.

Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse


So, would we cheer or boo when 48 touched the puck?

Posted by: Steve R | May 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, i don't see Philly coming back, really. If Pittsburgh even plays a shade of the way they've been playing, I don't see why they wouldn't wrap it up pretty soon.

Same for Detroit, actually.

And to be quite honest, I'm excited to see the Pitt v. Detroit series. Regardless of my loyalties, I think this will be the first time in years where the actual two best teams in the league will meet each other in the finals.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | May 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Steve R,

We don't have a 48.

Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I hate it when a joke goes bad.

Posted by: Steve R | May 14, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Kornheiser took the buy out from WaPo. See Steinberg's blog.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | May 14, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I ruin jokes on purpose.


Posted by: Jordan | May 14, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I hear Vs. is suing the Flyers and the Stars for the Playoff round that wasn't.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | May 14, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Are the playoffs still going on? BORING

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | May 14, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this last round has been a snoozer. (I guess unless you are a Detroit or a Pens fan - then you can forgive boring hockey because your team is winning).

I sure hope the finals are better. They do seem to be shaping up to be interesting. While I am not going to even pretend I think the Flyers or the Stars can come back, if one team is going to make a run for it, I just hope it is the Flyers and not the Stars. Not because I want the Flyers to win, but because I want the Pens to be a little more tired going into the finals. I also think that it would make for some better/more interesting hockey to watch all the way around if the Flyers can win the next two games.

Posted by: Kim | May 14, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, this last round has been a snoozer. (I guess unless you are a Detroit or a Pens fan - then you can forgive boring hockey because your team is winning).

I sure hope the finals are better. They do seem to be shaping up to be interesting. While I am not going to even pretend I think the Flyers or the Stars can come back, if one team is going to make a run for it, I just hope it is the Flyers and not the Stars. Not because I want the Flyers to win, but because I want the Pens to be a little more tired going into the finals. I also think that it would make for some better/more interesting hockey to watch all the way around if the Flyers can win the next two games.

Posted by: Kim | May 14, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Shi ttsburgh vs Detroit


If ever 2 team busses should collide and burst into flames, this is it!

Posted by: alpca3877 | May 14, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

There's something strangely intoxicating about watching Detriot. When they're on their game (like they were for the previous Cup runs, and this year, apparently), i find myself in utter awe of their play-its at a level I find unfathomable.

Pittsburgh is going down :)

Posted by: Birdie | May 14, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Get ready for the big story when it's official that Wings & Pens are at war.

I've liked the Wings for years, I've also liked what the Pens have managed to accomplish, so I don't care which team takes the Cup.
That being said, I "almost" feel bad for Detroit and Lidstrom, because I believe that he's the closest a European Captain has ever come to winning the Stanley Cup.
Talk about a possible jinx, or no big deal?

Posted by: Chief | May 14, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I hate the pens.Let's hope that in about a week or two that cars are being set on fire and rolled over in Detroit.

Posted by: markfromparkville | May 14, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik,

I didnt know Detroit and Pitt won already. Seriously, hold those comments till those 2 teams are actually in the finals

And you call yourself a journalist? You are no better than wise.

Maybe you can try crossing the track if you go to the Indy 500.


Posted by: Anonymous | May 14, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse


Semin's clothes ARE hideous. My friends had a good laugh when we ran into him out one night. White-washed jean capris and that signature 70s mullet. What man wears jean capris??

But, I wouldn't trade him for anything and will tell him he looks hot until the day he leaves the Caps...

Posted by: DCwho | May 14, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse


If you are going to come on this blog and nag the best resource for Caps inside info, you're right to be a pussy and not sign your name.

Get out of here. Loser.

Posted by: DCwho | May 14, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse


Do not judge anything from the boards.

That place is filled with hate and hysteria.

We love Sasha and all that he does, all that he is.

Posted by: Sem-antics | May 14, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Sami Lopisto just scored for Finland and they beat the USA 3-2, in overtime in the IIHF World Championships.

Posted by: MikeR | May 14, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Is Bones based in DC?

I got it - and I will boo him, regardless of who he plays for. I don't care if I see him in a Caps jersey, that won't change the way I feel about him - he's a dirty boy.

Do you always park in the VC garage? Do you have to leave your keys? I've only parked there a couple of times and have found spaces where I did not have to leave my keys, but most spots seem to require that. Anyway, do you have a parking pass? I may have to look into that this year ...

RE: Johnny, he seems nice enough, and I think he will be happy just to suit up. Problem is that I don't think he is what we need. I suppose he is an OK #2, but his play has never really impressed me.

BTW, the Flyers home page proudly proclaims that they are the most intimidating fans in the NHL; I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that they would actually proudly post that ...

Posted by: Boo! | May 14, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Detroit is losing - I thought they were going to sweep.

Posted by: Boo! | May 14, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Where can you find information about 2008 world championship? This town sucks for sports. You will be informed as to which Redskin farts and how cute that was, before you can find anything about real world sports.

Posted by: x | May 14, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Wow ... the Wings had a 6 on 3 at the end of the game and they still couldn't put the cat in the hat. That was a CRAZY 30 seconds. Good for the Stars - they earned that one (not that I want them to win the series, but that one belonged to them).

Posted by: Boo! | May 14, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Boo! | May 14, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Sami "Hershey Bear!" Lepisto scored the game winner in Overtime for the Fins agaisnt USA 2day to play Canada next round!

Next Years D as i see it!
Maybe Mcphee picks up a Vet D-Man?!?!
Extras... Eminger/Lepisto

Posted by: Zack Attack | May 14, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow looks like 'anon 8:28' is from philly. Always B****in and complainin. Don't come in here disrespectin the best journalist who keeps everyday activities with the CAPS up to date as much as possible. Enjoy your vacation Tarik!

Posted by: SoMDcapsfan | May 15, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

To everybody who reacted on my post:

Thank you guys, for calming me down! When I first read all that "a lazy euro piece of folder" things, I was just unable to believe that somebody could say this about our precious cutie... However, I must say that Sasha has there some REAL haters - the people who start the day from "trade him" mantra...

Posted by: Lena | May 15, 2008 2:22 AM | Report abuse

To be honest, I like capris ...But I guess it's some euro thing... You don't like it in US? The world is so different! But that red things are bad for everywhere, anywhere, anytime!

Posted by: Lena | May 15, 2008 2:29 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik,

Are you covering the Finals for the Post? Or will that conflict with covering the 500?

One would hope that the "newfound hockey excitement" in DC would translate to the Post sending their beat writer to cover the Finals.

If you don't, I bet the hockey zealots in the blogosphere will find a way to blame Kornheiser for it.

Posted by: odessa steps magazine | May 15, 2008 2:47 AM | Report abuse

RE: Semin, people complain about him, but they complain about everyone (they even complain about Ovie sometimes - including the way that he dresses). But Semin's great. I think very few (vocal) floks really want him to go - most people love him. I have always seen something special in him - even before he exploded late season before last (06/07), I was saying that he had the potential to be HUGE even before that (I kept telling my better half to watch him - he did not get it until late 06/07, then he really got it this season; now Semin is his favorite player). Granted, I have been critical of Semin when he was not playing to his potential or did things that I would characterize as immature (ex: throwing the puck, diving or just looking pouty - yes I have called him a drama zarina more than once). His biggest challenge seems to be his attitude - he has the physical skills and the smarts to be one of the best, but he seems to get into his own head sometimes. When he does not do that, he is amazing. Fortunately, he seems to be coming into his own lately ... I think he is finally growing up. And I think that he is finally enjoying himself, as well - he smiled more the second half of this season than he has since he has got here. So he is a fun one to talk about, for all sorts of reasons - good, bad and indifferent. But he has really become a part of this team - he's not going anywhere.

Posted by: Boo! | May 15, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

BTW, that is all sorts of folks, not floks! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | May 15, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I like Semin also, my only concern with him is that he is still taking stupid penalties and that he can't discipline himself not to. I think he has matured and I think he was on fire the last part of this season, and I hope he can mature even more with FEDS around. I hope he becomes everything I think he will be in the next 3 years. I think no matter what we can't let someone like that go anywhere else. Sometimes GMGM has to stay the course and take the good with the bad. I'm hoping his back checking continues to progress and his +/- ratings are solid. Sometimes he plays lazy hockey and sometimes he is outstanding, but the next 3 years need to be consistent and healthy. Good post!

Posted by: Greenie | May 15, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Day two of caps number 2, B Pothier and he unfortunate season and what is ahead for him and the team.......comments

Posted by: Rich C | May 15, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that we've seen the last of Pothier on the ice.

Posted by: Steve R | May 15, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I couldn't agree with you more! He has taken a lot of senseless penalties, arguably some that lost games. But he seems to have gotten better about that most recently. I hope he continues to progress on all fronts. Again, none of his issues have to do with his abilities - they are all associated with mindset, mentality, etc.. If he keeps his emotions in check (or uses them for good instead of evil), his potential is limitless. I think he is about to really take off, and I can't wait to see it!

I think one word describes Pothier - DONE.

Posted by: Boo! | May 15, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Keep your gutless unsigned comments to yourself. Tarik is a class act, watch and maybe you'll learn something. This round is a snoozer... I am watching the Worlds online now and waiting for Pens Wings. This is a blog, a place for opinions not personal attacks (which is why I'll stop now)

| May 14, 2008 8:28 PM

Posted by: TheCapitalist | May 15, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Pothier is def. done - it's a shame, he was one of my favorites, reminded me of Calle in his younger years - skating with a mission and consistent as heck!!!

Posted by: Greenie | May 15, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Hey are you guys just purely speculating on Pothier? Or is there some information that has been let out? I'd imagine you guys are right, and that is the assumption I think the Caps need to work under, but just wondering if there is any statements or any reason why everybody is so sure.

Posted by: reekie | May 15, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Pothier is probably done. No one has really seen him around much, and when they do, he declines comment. Maybe he'll be ok, but I think the general consensus - even alluded to by GMGM - is that this is a career-ender. So, if he's done, we need to fill the hole, probably with Sami or Karl.

But, assuming he's not done, his role on the team is somewhat unclear. He's not terribly big, he's decent both ways, but not really stellar at either big defensive gems or sick puck moving, but as noted above no big mistakes, a problem our very green (maybe pun intended) D corp needs to rectify. He would still probably still be Top 6, but the problem is we have a lot of "Top 6" D men but not enough (like only 2 or 3) "Top 4" D men.

And knock off the Semin talk until we get there....

Posted by: old time hockey | May 15, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

So does anyone have a picture of Semin in this infamous outfit with the euro men's capri pants? Would love to see that!

Posted by: Puckey lover! | May 15, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

The fact that we don't hear about Pothier doing skating drills by himself ala Nylander or Clark is not good for his future. If healthy, Pothier is a good second line defensemen. It would nice to have him back, but at the same time, he's not the top line D the Caps need.

Posted by: tallbear | May 15, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Flyers fans may be plotting their revenge, said Chris Young, 23, a native of the Philadelphia suburbs who now works in Pittsburgh. One possibility is putting an orange-and-black Flyers jersey on the statue of Roberto Clemente, the late Hall of Fame outfielder for Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, he said.

Fans on Internet sites have picked up the call, and are urging Flyers boosters in western Pennsylvania to mount an all- out jersey assault on the Clemente statue, which stands in front of the Pirates' PNC Bank Park.

Young said he won't participate in the high jinks himself because of Penguin fans' reputation. It's safer to watch the playoffs at home than in a bar, he said.

"I don't have the courage to go and watch with all those belligerent Penguins fans,'' Young said.

Posted by: King Huet | May 15, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I would pretty much bet on Pothier being done, otherwise I would assume him to be on the ice already gearing for next season. Unless for some miracle he gets another chance to play, but if he does it will happen again - can't imagine the docs wouldn't let him play if it weren't serious or for that matter just skate!!!
(my assumption is pure speculation, but my gut says he's done.)(you might say I've been watching hockey long enough to get that gut based on the time he has been out and the type of injury - just look at Lindros (who??) I think he forgot his own name! Ha Ha ha funny!!!(injury not funny, serious, but joke is funny!!))

Posted by: Greenie | May 15, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

i do think Pothier is done, but he will not retire for another year. He will get paid next year, but on the injury list all year so he will not count against the cap if I am correct. This is too bad as he was a good #3/4 defense not a number 1. Let up hope in 2 or 3 years, Alzner, Godfrey or Finley turn into that. This team needs someone to take on anyone that touches the goalie. It should not be left to Semin of all people to do that.

Posted by: Rich | May 15, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse


I think players and teams are insured for this sort of injury. I think he might be able to retire and get paid via the insurance.

Posted by: old time hockey | May 15, 2008 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Folks from the team and Tarik have all pretty much implied that he was done.

old time hockey:
"And knock off the Semin talk until we get there...."
Until we get where?!?

Posted by: Boo! | May 15, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I think it's telling when everyone makes their line-ups for next year that Pothier is almost always excluded. No one seems to think he's got it in him to come back, and, frankly, after most of a year without him, i'm not sure we do need him. And that is sad, because he was good for us while he was here and healthy.

But we've got Alzner coming, Eminger will probably get a better shot next year (if he returns), and I'd be surprised if Lepisto/Finley/Godfrey don't get long, hard looks next season, too. I just don't see room for Pothier -- and I think Jurcina is also on the fence for next season, contract or not.

Overall, though, with the outlook the way it is for Washington, there's nothing but hope. It's just too bad that Pothier most likely isn't included.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | May 15, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think Lepisto and Alzner are the only young guys that have a shot at making the team next season. I think Godfrey and Finely will both need time in Hershey, especially Finley.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | May 15, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Boo, we're discussing players by jersey number. 28 will be awhile. IIRC, Poti wears 3, so he's up next.

Posted by: tallbear | May 15, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

You know I'm still bothered by that Milan Lucic hit on Pothier.

My friends thought it was a clean hit. I thought it was uncalled for. There is no reason for trying to put another player's head through the glass!

Still bothers me........

Sad to see a decent players career come to an end because of a rookie's bad judgement.

Posted by: red dragon | May 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Super funny picture of Semin!

via TalkSports

Posted by: Puckey Lover! | May 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I think the hit by Lucic was worse simply because of the fact that Lucic is a man-beast who can hit the way Ovechkin does. I still don't think the hit was dirty, but I do think that he shouldn't have tried to drive him into the upper deck like he wanted. Not letting up a bit, I'll blame on the rookie, otherwise, I still think it was a clean hit.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | May 15, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

okay, so nothing new on Pothier. I'm fully aware of all the indications seem to point towards Pothier being done, but for some reason it has gone from "Pothier could be done" to "Pothier is done" in the last week, and I had not heard any more news. I was just wondering if there was any actual news that contributed to a different level of how sure people are. I agree and believe the Caps need to operate on the assumption that he is done, but just wanted to know.

@ DrinkingPartner
Finley is going to need a couple of years to develop. He is very tough, and has potential, but needs some time to grow into himself. Don't know if you watched any of the Frozen 4 or any of the games leading up to it. I wasn't terribly impressed. He struggled to match the speed of Boston College, so how is he going to deal with an NHL speedster. Either way, I'd say he has next to no shot at making the team next year. In terms of Godfrey, obviously his shot and offensive prowess are the keys to his game, but he is not known for his ability in the defensive zone. We don't need a defenseman with 10 goals who has a +/- of -15. I'd think he needs some significant time to develop also. Alzner is really the only prospect that has a shot at making the roster.

Posted by: reekie | May 15, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Way to party Sasha!

I really like Semin and hope that what we saw developing the second half of the season is just the beginning of great things to come.

Posted by: Kim | May 15, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

@ reekie

Actually, I did watch Finley against BC in the semi-final game where he was a minus-3 or something (just in the 2 periods I watched). Frankly, he looked no worse than, say, Schultz or Jurcina. He's a huge player who, as is the curse of big men, is slow and not amazingly coordinated. That's more why I said he'd get a long look: I wouldn't be surprised, the way the D have gone this year, if there was a big-man usurpation.

Really, I expect Alzner to make the team like Backstrom did this year: they'll give him experience and he'll gradually get more comfortable as he goes. Lepisto will definitely be a frequent call-up if he doesn't make the team out of camp. And Finley will get a look for his size and Godfrey for his ridiculous power from the point (I hope that Ovechkin doesn't get stuck doing screen duty in front of his shot).

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | May 15, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


I never EVER park at VC. It's at the Ballston Commons Mall parking garage that I seem to always run in to Johnny after practice. That's the mall that the rink sits on top of.

Posted by: Jordan | May 15, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Ah! Yes, I am familiar with that lot. I have never run into a Cap there, but I am familiar with it! :-) RE: the VC lat, you're not missing much - it's an odd lot.

Posted by: Boo! | May 15, 2008 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Flyers won. Flippin' Flyers.

Posted by: Boo! | May 15, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to open you a top secret about Semin:

He is not probably going to grow up or to become more mature as you want him to be... He is just "special" and probably he will always be up and down, and you should get it and enjoy him as he is (or trade him), otherwise you will be constantly disappointed. He just needs some extra motivation for to be a beast, that is why he is a good playoff player. But it is not something that you can switch on when you need it, so it is out of control. Anyway, he is very funny to watch; I am also a soccer fun and my favorite players are those, who can come out and break the game, Sasha is this kind of player in hockey. That's why I love him and I don't wait him to become AO, so I am never disappointed...

Posted by: Lena | May 16, 2008 5:43 AM | Report abuse

#3 .......Tom Poti.....comments

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

I just don't have a lot to say about Poti. Sometimes he does wonderful things, sometimes he is a bump on a log, sometimes he makes major mistakes. I guess, after an entire season, I still have not made up my mind about him.

Posted by: Boo! | May 16, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

On XM yesterday, Olie told coach Green that he was thinking he would come back next year to play 20/30 games as a back up. He said when no one talked to him in the 6 weeks after the trade deadline, he figured his time in DC was at an end. What a shame! He certainly should have come back as our backup to finish a fine career in DC. He said IF he signes with another team it will only be as a #1, barring that he will retire. I guess everyone with the Caps was just too busy to think about a player that had played for the for 19 years.

Posted by: Bob | May 16, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

He was a surprisingly good addition to the team. I rolled my eyes HARD when i heard he was signed, but the fact remains that he was by far the steadiest D we had this season. It was a good move by GMGM, and we benefited from it.

The only thing is that he's not Green on a bad day. He's supposed to be Offensively minded, but that didn't come through this season. Maybe he just had a terrible season this year, and maybe next he'll get back onto his goal pace of around 10 or so a year. Maybe, maybe not. Either way, he was a welcome addition.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | May 16, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

To those people still holding out hope that last year's version of Tom Poti was merely an abberation, and he's going to somehow miraculously morph into a decent player; FORGET IT! Stop being delusional. What you saw was THE REAL Tom Poti; a very passive, non - competitive STIFF! your typical George McPhee off - season acquisition. The "spin" was, "Here's a guy we can play in all situations. He'll be excellent at eating up Chara type minutes. Outstanding offensive defensemen." That's what we were told. And, that's what 99.9% of you believed ( Some even STILL do ). In a sense however, George was right. His offense WAS OFFENSIVE. This cat seemed to have an aversion to shooting the puck! Time, after time. Game, after game. Month, after month I watched the chump REFUSE to shoot the bisquit. So did everybody else.
The best thing that could happen would be for George to find some sucker ( Another George McPhee, maybe? ) to take the Potis and Kozlovs ( Expensive wastes ) off our hands, and replace them with some guys that really, truly want to win; some guys with some FIRE IN THEIR BELLIES, and some BACKBONE WHEN THE GOING GETS ROUGH. Then, maybe the Caps will TRULY be on their way to an elite status. Otherwise, it'll be another season like the last ----- a nip & tuck, life & death struggle to merely make the playoffs. Which should be A GIVEN, EACH AND EVERY YEAR.

Posted by: Puckguru | May 16, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

I expected more from Poti - he did not play like a solid veteran - maybe a different system, maybe a different role - maybe too much teaching and not enough of "HIS" game. I like the guy, just not a good year for him. I'll give him a pass for this year, but not next year - I want 10 or 12 goals from him and +9 rating at the end of the year. Maybe my expectations are too high, but I think it's achievable. Go Detroit at the Joe!!

Posted by: Greenie | May 16, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse


Here's to realistic expectations! I think you made some good points on Semin. I also think a lot of it is how motivated her feels. If other guys are not doing well around him and it seems pointless he gets frustrated and does immature things (like picking up the puck and tossing it at the goal). I think having Uncle Feds around will help him stay (more) focused and understand the importance of every game. I'm not saying we won't see the goof ball side any more, just less of it.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | May 16, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

When Brooks laich was on NHL Live about a month ago, He said Poti was playing hurt all year.

Posted by: fullright | May 16, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I've said at least a million times... well, maybe a dozens times... Trade Tom Poti, immediately. His play and salary are a blight on the roster sheet.

He is a liability at $1.5M let alone $3.5M. I dont care if he was playing hurt... Everybody plays hurt, if he was injured then thats different... I play hurt everyday. Bad ankle, stiff neck, bald head... I could go on...

Posted by: JSchon | May 16, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I like Tom Poti. He's pretty solid. He's one of those defensemen where you don't hear his name for a few games, and it's because he's playing really well defensively. Then he'll have a gaffe and people ask why we signed him.

But I like him.

Posted by: Jordan | May 16, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fullright | May 16, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Caps fans are bored and bloggers are desperate, it seems!

Posted by: Jordan | May 16, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Kozlov does has some value. I am not a hugh Kozlov fan, but he is pretty darn good in the shootouts ( I believe over 50% lifetime). Because of the point system in tact, he is worth keeping around for the shootout games.That extra point for shoot-out wins is hugh over an entire season. Can make or break a teams playoff position.

Posted by: Shootoutguru | May 16, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

How can a blog post about how bored we are and not mention the fact we resorted to commenting on a not-realtime fantasy draft?

Poti turned out to be a part we actually had on the shelf (Green).

Posted by: tallbear | May 16, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

poti was second on the team in plus minus for d-men. i suppose that's something. he was a dissapointment offensively for sure. wasn't he supposed to be our pp point shooter?

anyway, i ask you arm chair GMs to remind me what other FA d men were out there last year? i recall souray was one. based on last year, i'd take poti at $3.5 vs $6+ for souray who hardly played. not sure who else could be had and lets face it, the team was desperate for help on the blue line.

the other question is, who is out there this year who could fit the bill? its easy to say trade him, etc. but the reality is nobody would pick him up at that salary/age. also, if pothier is done, we do need some healthy bodies back there.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | May 16, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Love the comments on the Crowd Noise Blog....

Re Poti. I'm always scratching my head about him. He is Ginormous. He's reasonably mobile despite the ginormous condition. He hits, but not in a Hatcher crushing sort of way. He plays sound if unexpectional positional defense. He can rush. He can stay at home. He can score. He can quarterback a powerplay. In other words, he has shown the ability to do everything in the classic "two-way" sense of the word.

But, at the same time, I feel like he's the "Jack of all Trades" and the "Master of None". I can't think of any particularly expectional defensive play (maybe because he didn't get in a position to need to make one... I'm looking at you Green) he made this year. I can't think of a check where they wheeled the other guy off the ice in a body bag. I can't think of a sick, jaw dropping offensive move. That said, I can't thinkg of any specific point where he got burned in a game changing sort of way.

I think on balance, Tom Poti is a great D to have because he's reliable and versitle and big. But, he's never going to be the crowd pleaser of some of the other guys. He's never going to break a game one way or another. He'll log his minutes, rack up points every couple games, and then take a shower. 82 times.

Posted by: old time hockey | May 16, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Old Time Hockey,

I recall two or three sliding Tom Poti's this year. Both keeping the puck in the offensive zone and breaking up two-on-ones. Pretty exceptional!

Also, Tom Poti isn't really all that big, which surprised me when I saw him for the first time in person.. he just has jumbo shoulder pads.

Posted by: Jordan | May 16, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm willing to give him this coming year, he doesn't suck as much as Jurcina - I can't stand Jurcina - and for him to be on the roster pains me - Lepisto was better than him every time he was in DC!
(The only reason I say this is because I'm not sure anyone else will be available, I could be wrong, but he is better than some we already have)!!!!!

Posted by: Greenie | May 16, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Poti had to have been playing hurt most of the year. He was near the bottom for hits by a defenceman. I think it was his right shoulder, which would also be evidenced by his very average shot from the point.

I think he almost fully recovered towards the end of the season and at that time, he played his best.

He will be a solid second pairing D-Man

Posted by: ruddy | May 16, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse


Ok, I forgot about the slides. I think that actually enhances my point. He does something like that to prevent the rush whereas some our other guys will let the 2 on 1 happen and then (if not tripped by the ref) make some relly cool play deep in the zone that's very memorable, but would have been better if it wasn't necessary.

Poti may have big pads but he's still really tall, even for hockey player standards. I've met a lot of the guys over the years and he's even taller than I thought. Compare that to, for example, Brashear who is always shorter than I would imagine.

Posted by: old time hockey | May 16, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

How tall are you? Me and Tom Poti are like the same height. Though I guess I'm kinda tall to some people..

Posted by: Jordan | May 16, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Is the summer over yet??? I'm ready for hockey season already!!!! Can we get on with "OUR" quest for the CUP???

Posted by: Greenie | May 16, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

jschon, youre idea of trading poti is one of the rare(trying to give you a little credit)horrible ideas you have

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm 6'1"

Poti is like 6'4"

Brashear is like 5'10"

Note for those who don't know: Media Guides lie.

Other random comments about players: Gordo has a stick-like appearance out of pads. Bourque could travel under the seat in front of you.

Posted by: old time hockey | May 16, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I think what Jschon is saying is that a person making 3.5 mil per should probably stick out a bit out on the ice. He should not "log his minutes, rack up points every couple games, and then take a shower. 82 times".

I mean will probably pay Greenie around 3.5, am I correct on that? or am I short changing?

Posted by: Roger # 94 | May 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm not calling you a liar, but no way is Tom Poti 6' 4"! Juice is only like 6'5" and he's way taller than Poti.

Posted by: Jordan | May 16, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

short changing green and poti

Posted by: Anonymous | May 16, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

The only CAP listed under 6' was Matt Cooke according to the Capitals website.

Posted by: Lou | May 16, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

On XM yesterday, Olie told coach Green that he was thinking he would come back next year to play 20/30 games as a back up. He said when no one talked to him in the 6 weeks after the trade deadline, he figured his time in DC was at an end. What a shame! He certainly should have come back as our backup to finish a fine career in DC. He said IF he signes with another team it will only be as a #1, barring that he will retire. I guess everyone with the Caps was just too busy to think about a player that had played for the for 19 years.
Posted by: Bob | May 16, 2008 7:59 AM

Hey Bob,
The reason the Caps front office is quite is Olie exposed gmgm for the LIAR he is! A couple of days after the trade deadline gmgm was on Hockey Night in Canada saying, he did the deal in order to push Olie and he had a conversation with Olie about the (Huet) deal and everything was fine. (Obviously that didn't happen.) During the same time period in the Washington Media, gmgm is saying we didn't try to trade Olie (when they were, but gmgm & crew asked for too much) and the Huet deal fell into his lap. Lies in business happen all the time, but when you lie about the character of other people as a way of protecting your position, that is just pathetic. gmgm and Crew are in damage control now and are hoping the situation dies and goes away. (That is what Liars do!) Olie is just another of the long list of people who have been pushed out the backdoor by gmgm and Dick Patrick's front office experiment. You are right it is a shame! TED and Olie should talk!

Posted by: someone else who knows | May 16, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Juice is actually only about 2 inches taller than Poti. Anyway, agree that he's not as wide as he looks on the ice, but he's a tall dude. Steckel too. Anyway, I'm not trying to say I've followed him around with a tape measure or anything, I was just responding to you comment that he wasn't big. I still think he's tall.

Unless you are clearly shorter than 6 feet (i.e., with skates on), the media guide is generally a complete lie. Clark is 6'0", Laich about the same, etc. Brashear is not 6. Clearly. He's a good 46-48 inch chest though. Holy crap.

Anyway back to the more interesting issue: Is Poti worth 3.5? I don't know anymore. He's a solid reliable guy on a blue line of generally unreliable guys. That's worth a handful of millions. I think Green's going to get closer to 5.

Posted by: old time hockey | May 16, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse


You are right, it is good for Sasha to have Feds around, I hope he is good as baby-sitter and he can teach the boy to speak and to stand on his legs :))

Posted by: Lena | May 16, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

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