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Eminger Happy To Be a Flyer

Steve Eminger was introduced to the Philadelphia beat writers on a conference call this afternoon. Although he didn't reveal much more about his lack of playing time with the Caps last season and didn't fire any parting shots, I figured you might be interested in what he had to say. Here are some of the highlights:

"I kind of had a feeling that there might be an opportunity in Philly, and a couple of other teams," he said. "But to tell you the truth, Philly was the team I really wanted to go to."
"Since I've been traded, I've gotten a lot of text messages and phone calls, and the thing every player or coach or whoever [has called] says is, 'You're going to a great organization, a great young team.'"

Asked what went wrong in Washington, he said:

"My development started off really good. ...[But] in my five years I was there, we had three different coaches. There was a lot of different philosophies going on. One wanted me to be an offensive player, another coach wanted me to be a defensive player. So there was a lot of mixed signals. I don't think that helped."

Pressed further on the matter, Eminger added:

"When Glen Hanlon came in he wanted me to be a total offensive defenseman. That wasn't me. I'm not a one-dimensional offensive guy. Then he changed things, and said, 'Let's focus on defense and be a defensive player.'"
"Last year was just a pretty difficult and frustrating year. Not a lot of answers. It was ... just they weren't playing me, and nothing was said to me. That's why a fresh start was what I was looking forward to. And I know I still have a lot to give."
"Bruce was a great coach, obviously, he was coach of the year. But I didn't get too much of a chance with him. I played 19 games under him. He gave me a chance toward the end, and he liked the way things [went], but things [were] out of his control."

Asked if he was ever told what he wasn't doing, he said:

"That was the frustrating thing. I didn't know what the reason was. I was just pretty much a depth player. At 23, 24 years old, I didn't think I was a depth player. That was pretty much the situation. It wasn't [me] not working hard enough [or] wanting [me] to be more defensive, anything. I wasn't playing. There wasn't anything for them to judge my play on."

Asked whether he knew the secret to stopping Alex Ovechkin, he joked:

"I'm going to try. He wasn't the easiest guy to stop in practice. We'll see what happens."

As for facing the Caps next season, he said:

"I'm not out to prove anyone wrong. It would be nice to have a great year and have a couple of goals against them. But at the end of the day, I'm playing for the Flyers right now, and that's it."

I'm planning to take a day or two off (unless news breaks, of course) so I may not answer your messages or emails for a while. I'll respond to them when I return.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 22, 2008; 2:38 PM ET
 
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Thanks for you time as a Cap Eminger.

Your going to get crushed next year when you come to D.C

Posted by: Bring It | June 22, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy for this guy, he's been jerked around (as many have) by the MIDGET, now he can get on with his career, hopefully the "damage" is temporary.

With guys like Kolzig and Emminger recently departed,the team & fans will suffer the results associated with being CLASSLESS. Players still look at DC as LAST option.

You can build from within forever, ultimately key acquisitions are required, not old guys finishing up, but prime players looking to win the Cup, with MIDGET around, that will NEVER happen.

Keep drafting and signing, keep "rockin the red".

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

@Chief
Why exactly do you even come on here? I haven't seen one post by you to suggest that you're a Caps fan all you do is post about how horrible you think the Caps are. If you don't like the team or the management go root for another team there are 29 others to choose from. As for you thinking that players only think of DC as a last option.......HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW?!?!?!?!?! Exactly you don't.

Posted by: DC FURY | June 22, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I usually ignore the sheep, in this case I will say that over the past 10 years I've spoken with enough players that have said MIDGET is CLASSLESS, UNLOYAL & CHEAP.

Hockey world is tiny and because of that Politics take first position. Unlike the big 3, players in this sport rarely tell all unless they are star caliber, even then they usually remain quiet.

The world of GM's is obviously even smaller, so guys like Emminger need to remain quiet, despite the treatment, otherwise he's finished.

MIDGET will never ever get it.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Out of shear boredom, I decided to try a very un-scientific experiment in numbers with high scoring defensemen. I took the top 21 scoring defensemen with at least 72 games played. Using a scale ranking each player 1 thru 21 in 10 different categories (231 total points per category), I tried to distinguish the best overall blueliner based offensive and defensive stats with players of the same ilk. The player with the lowest number ranks best.

Categories are: Goals, Assists, Points, plus minus, time on ice, hits, blocks, giveaways, takeaways, and giveaway/takeaway ratio.

Here are the rankings:
1. Phanuef 5.6 - $6.5M
2. Gonchar 7.2 - $5.0M
3. Chara 8.2 - $7.5M
4. Markov 8.9 - $5.75M
5. Lidstrom 9.4 - $7.45M
6. Pronger 9.5 - $6.25
7. Green 9.95 - RFA
7. Rosival 9.95 - UFA
8. Burns 10.3 - $3.55M
9. Kubina 10.5 - $5.0M
9. Streit 10.5 - UFA
10. Ralfalski 11.0 - $6.0M
11. Campbell 11.4 - UFA
12. Zidlicky 11.6 - $3.35M
13. Jovanovski 11.8 - $6.5M
14. Corvo 12.1 - $2.625M
15. Timonen 12.8 - $6.33M
16. Kaberle 13.9 - $4.25
17. Visnovski 14.8 - $5.65M
18. Redden 15.5 - UFA
19. Whitney 16.4 - $4.0M

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 10:50 AM

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I found the stats at NHL.com... http://www.nhl.com/nhlstats/app?formids=PropertySelection%2CPropertySelection_0%2CPropertySelection_1%2CPropertySelection_2%2CPropertySelection_3%2CPropertySelection_4%2CPropertySelection_5%2CSubmit&component=reportBuilder.%24SimpleForm&page=Home&service=direct&submitmode=&submitname=&PropertySelection=0&PropertySelection_0=0&PropertySelection_1=0&PropertySelection_2=5&PropertySelection_3=0&PropertySelection_4=0&PropertySelection_5=0&Submit=Get+Stats

You can find the stats on hits/blocks/giveaways/takeaways here...
http://www.nhl.com/nhlstats/app?fetchKey=20082ALLDADAll&page=Stats&service=page&viewName=rtssPlayerStats

I choose to use 21 of the top scoring defensemen...

So you rank every player 1 thru 21 depending on where they rank within that category, 1 being the best, 21 the worst. That means each category will have to have 231 points total, 1+2+3+4...+20+21=231. Ties within a category would work as follows...

player 1 = 18 goals = 1
player 2 = 17 goals = 2.5
player 3 = 17 goals = 2.5
player 4 = 16 goals = 4
player 5 = 15 goals = 6
player 6 = 15 goals = 6
player 7 = 15 goals = 6
player 8 = 14 goals = 8

etc...

Since there were 10 categories, you add all the points given to each player individually and divide by 10 giving you their average ranking.

ie...

Mike Green
Goals = rank 1st = 1
Assist = rank tied 10th = 10.5
Points = rank 7th = 7
+/- = rank 10th = 10
TOI = rank 12th = 12
Hits = rank 6th = 6
Blocks = rank 18th = 18
Giveaways = rank 19th = 19
Takeaways = rank 4th = 4
GA/TA ratio = rank 12th = 12

99.5/10 = 9.95 average

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 2:37 PM

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@Chief

DC is far from the last option...Might of been before Kettler came around. McPhee has made plenty of mistakes in my opinion. It's been a long time coming, but this team has a base in place that can win the cup. Players like Eminger and Kolzig are an afterthought once the pre-season begins.

No free-agent cares what happened to those guys. Do you see anyone wanting out because of the Kolzig situation?

Posted by: SA-Town | June 22, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

And Im not gonna feel sorry for Eminger. He was a #1 draft pick, and for no reason should we feel he was screwed. Im sure we would of traded him if possible, but hardly anyone WANTED HIM!!! He got paid, and is still young...get better, or play for a team like Philly with a scrub defense.

Posted by: SA-town | June 22, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chief,
Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Quit trollin'. It's a good effort but it's not workin.
Regards,
Caps Nation

Posted by: Joe | June 22, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Emmy should have gotten into more games last year, given Jurcina's play, BUT he never developed into an offensive D, never a defensive D and never a 2 way D. At one point you have to show that you're good at something. He proved the team could get by with him on the bench, and that was the nail. Yes, he played well in the Playoffs. And he had some good games down the stretch. But he was a 1st rounder and never played up to it. Other players progressed with the same coaches.

Best of luck, Emmy.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Chief,

Do you have anything of substance to offer?

Posted by: Steve R | June 22, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

and as a side note, I distinctly remember Emmy talking about his personality conflict and declaring that he had found himself and that that he was an offensive defenseman.

He then proceeded to do nothing offensive aside from jump into the play at the wrong time or get beat on the rush.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

chief, name one. name one player you've talked to who said those things. and did you read emmingers comments? did he say anything about GM making decisions or did he call out the coaches? your a one trick pony and that old nag is getting old...

and speaking on loyalty. did you get the last name of the guy they drafted in the first round? sounds familiar don't it...

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 22, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

such a nice guy, im gonna miss him

Posted by: hensmith | June 22, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

I think Eminger would have been good for us next season. I thought he proved himself in the playoffs, and Flyer or not, I think he is clearly better than Erskine, Jurcina and Schultz. We do have a lot of defensemen, and with Alzner coming in someone was going to have to go, and he was the only one with any trade value, i guess.

Posted by: Danny | June 22, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Schultz has more trade value than Eminger. Schultz had a poor play-off showing but without a doubt showed during the season he could be a consistent #5 #6 type defender after 1 season.

Wasnt Schultz hurt during the play-offs? Yes.

Jurcina and Erskine are both fringe NHL players... so is/was Eminger. The reason why we moved him is because he was FA and the others are already signed through next year. No need to enter in contract negotiations with a player you have no desire to keep or would want to stay. GMGM made a great trade in moving him before 7/1. We wont know but the kid we drafted @ 27 has some potential and will be playing for Dale Hunters team.

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina, Schultz (late model yonkman) and Erskine all SUCK !

Like I said, DC (Kettler or Piney) is an afterthought to players deciding on where to play, unless it's strictly money or NO other option.

If DC is not last, then it's STILL bottom five in the league and the only reason to even consider DC is thanks to OV & Backs,

MIDGET & AZAMAT have done nothing to help the reputation of this franchise.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

But that was just LAST year, right? You didn't say, do an average over 3 years? That would be interesting too. Green had a great year at a great time, but some of those guys have great years every time.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 22, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Do you know what would be great next year is if Steve took a run at OV, and then got in a fight with Erskine, the guy ahead of him on the depth chart. (assumes Erskine isn't in Hershey which I could totally see happening if Lepisto or Alzner make the squad.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 22, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

@old time

Man, how much free time do you think I have? Actually... nevermind that...

Last year was M.Greens first extended stint in the NHL and it was under Hanlon. Should I also go back and take his AHL stats too? When he won the Calder with Hershey? No, I didnt think so.

I did that for no other reason than to spark up conversation with some stats that people might or might not know about some of the top offensive minded defensemen.

The question is do you think that there is any reason for Green to regress? Because at his current level he is deserving of a huge pay raise even if he doesnt improve from last year.

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Chief: More! More! You're right about everything, and people are starting to really, really listen!

Posted by: go squaw yourself | June 22, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

1) @Chief: I can't wait to "suffer the results" of a team without Kolzig. You sound like you haven't watched a game in a few years. Kolzig has been very un-great for a long long time. There are several moves I resent GM for (Bondra, Konowalchuk, Witt, Halpern), but this was a good one. Kolzig has no one to blame. I wish him luck absorbing rubber in LA (if even they want him). Your "classless" schtick is ridiculous.

2) I have no delusions about Emminger being any great defenseman, but I am having a hard time with the fact that he went, rather than a forward. Our defensemen are our weakness, why peddle one of the scarce defensive non-liabilities we have on the blue line?.

I really hope that this critical talent vacuum indicates that a big move for a high caliber defensive D-man is on the way. It would be sick to bring Witter back. GM, hurry and sign Foote before the Avs do.

And this delay has me worried that GM doesnt see how valuable Feds was to us. Another defensive key is likely out the door.

Posted by: Defense Wins Championships. | June 22, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

@DWC

Even though he was RFA, there was no reason to believe he wanted to come back. Eminger did us a favor by playing well at the end of last year allowing us to move him prior to 7/1. I think there was an understanding between the parties involved that his stay in DC was over.

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Great story on Emminger Tarik.
I especially found the comment about how things were out of BB's control. Very interesting. Hope all those who doubted GMGM's controlling of some of BB's decisions last year read this story.
Maybe BB will be in a position to ignore GMGM a little more with his new contract and coach of the year status.
To all those fools who doubted GMGM's meddling last year HaHa Ha there you have the info.

Posted by: wendel | June 22, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I wish him luck in Philly - I spoke with him during the season at Clyde's and he was definitely bummed out about his lack of playing time. Emmy wanted to play and was not gloating about getting paid no matter what. Says a lot that he just wanted to get on the ice! I think him and his ole roomie Sutsy had some conversations this year that I would have liked to be a fly on a wall for!

Posted by: CapsSighting | June 22, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

@ defense wins

If u think I like Kolzig you're wrong, as usual a stupid rant without merit.

I indicated Kolzig as an example of how he'll be BASHING MIDGET and rightfully so.
The same goes for Emminger.

While we're at it, try looking at your own list of former players and make sure to add them into the mix. ESPECIALLY WITT.

The Caps will NEVER amount to anything other than a post season cup of joe, long as MIDGET is at the helm.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I agree that Eminger and Kolzig were yanked around a bit (Eminger earlier and Kolzig later in the season), but that does not make DC the last stop for NHLers. To the contrary - all the buzz is about how players want to come here (with Ovie, Kettler, the amazing turn-around last season, BB, the fan resurgence, etc.). Who wouldn't want to play here?!? Having said that, I hope all of that will attract a strong stay at home defenseman - we need one, with or without Eminger!!

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Chief:
Just curious - what will you do/say if the Caps win THE cup (i.e. not just a cup of joe) this season or next? Seriously - how would you react to that?

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I've got an easier question for Chef...

Whats up with the rumors that Huet wants to resign and at a 3 year term? Despite Mrs. Huet's alleged desire to speak french in Ottawa?

Actually... who cares...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

JSchon:
She must have found Embassy Row ...

Actually, does anyone know if she really is a native French speaker? She is Swiss, right? If so, she could have been raised speaking French, German or Italian.

I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Huet was OK with a 3 year deal - that will make a big difference!!

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

I hate to agree with Chief...lord knows it actually pains me. But right now, 44 is a better defenseman than Erskine, Schultz and Jurcina. Is he inconsistent? Absolutely, but it's extremely rare for a dman to step in play at the NHL level even at 23-24.

I'll put my foot in my mouth if it comes to it...I'm sure someone will remind me to, but 44 will blossom into a top defenseman in the near future...his playing time at the end of the season and during the playoffs shows his potential. And on a young team like Philly, he's going to flourish.

Posted by: Yosh | June 22, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Huey and his wife.

What's really sad is how MIDGET not only FAILED MISERABLY at developing Defense, add how terrible it is that everyone is sweating frenchie, thanks to a lack of developing goalies.

It's amazing you people refuse to hold AZAMAT & MIDGET accountable, yet praise them for losing so they can select OV (real talent to make that pick) and celebrate his individual awards, real team concept.

BTW, I like BB very much, only I feel sorry that he's been given coach of the year, it reminds me of a Vezina winner the Caps once had, it's a jinx.
I hope BB can "sell" his act for an entire 82 game season.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Seems like yesterday Polok was the next Stevens, now look at him.

Maybe Emminger was shipped to make room for Polok.
Unless a big time D-man is signed, look for the Caps to implode, because Huey is far from saving the day.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Actually Chef... I wouldn't have known Huet was married unless it was for you...

But again... I really dont care...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I suppose that Midget is McPhee, but who the hell is Azamat ?

Posted by: MadCap08 | June 22, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what people are crying about. First of all, I respect SE for dealing with the whole situation with so much class and not firing any shots off. But lets be honest, GMGM made a good move here, he packaged a dime a dozen guy and a second rounder to move back up into the first round. Is he an NHL player, sure I think he could be, he played well at the end, but I don't think he was ever going to live up to his talent level. Hopefully this Carlson guy can be the puck moving defenseman that Emmy never became. Alzner will make the squad next year to help out. Help us if Lepisto makes it. He is not an NHL player, I don't know why people on this board get so excited about him, he can't play at the NHL level. He was outmatched and had to resort to clutching and grabbing every shift.

Posted by: reekie | June 22, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Boo!

I noticed Chief did not answer your question about what happens when we do win the cup, just like he was no where to be found when we did so well at the end of the year to get into the playoffs. Most all of the NHL experts (except Chief of course) believe the Caps will win their first of several Cups within the next 2-3 years.

Chief, it is okay to admit you are a troll and you can go find another team to badger. Of course, I bet you already do.

As I have said many times before. I find you entertaining in a stupid comedy kind of way.

You still have not answered the question about which players you actually spoke to about the classlessness of the Caps front office.

JSchon, thanks for all the hard work in coming up with all the stats and rankings.

This is going to be a long summer.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | June 22, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Must be the same "experts" that picked Caps over Philly.

Funny how that all worked out.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Nylander wanted to come to DC. So did Kozlov. Maybe Huet will stay too. Its too early to worry about free agents.

Posted by: Caps 423 | June 22, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

@boo... Chief is just doing what Philly fans do. I'll start this by saying I'm a Caps fan and a Philadelphia Eagles fan (I know I know, I moved around a lot, it's wierd).

Philly fans love to talk trash about the team, the players, etc. and how they'll never amount to anything so that at the end of the season, they can either say I TOLD YOU SO when they lose (the most likely situation in Philly), or they can celebrate along with everyone else because all is forgotten once the win comes in.

And get over Brendan Witt, he really isn't anything special.

Posted by: Danny | June 22, 2008 9:02 PM | Report abuse

That's your retort Chief?

Wow!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | June 22, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Leave Witt where he is... not on a Capitals roster

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Chief:
I'm waiting (insert Jeopardy theme song here) ... :-)

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy Eminger is a Flyer too.

Oh boy ... a long summer of debate over third-line defensemen. Hockey season is too far away.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | June 22, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Stop feeding the trolls. Let them just huddle under the bridge until they mumble themselves away...

I think we should clear something up, defensemen wise. A lot of people are saying Schultz is no good. The kid is only 22. He split his first year after juniors between the Caps and Hershey and was a +5. He played all last year in Washington and was a +12. If that sucks, I'll take it. Emmy never played with Schultz's consistency. Stop just talking a load and give credit where its due.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

hey chief, where's the answer to my question? name one player you've talked to who said that GMGM is classless, unloyal and cheap. and while you're at it, since the lockout, name one significant player who left the team because of money.

and here's a little fact for you. GM's dont set budgets for teams, owners do. GMs are asked to execute under those terms. everyone except for you knows that since the jagr years, the team has purposly held a tight rein on the purse strings. but again, those are facts and youd rather stick to the gm sucks script.

by the way, GM's name has been on the two largest contracts in NHL history. pretty cheap i'd say.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 22, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh and that tool Witt was a minus his whole career in dc so schultz is already ahead.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

oo7, Schultz is steady. Doesn't do anything that makes your jaw drop and say "wow". Not too often does he do something that makes you ask "what the he@@ was he thinking?". Not flashy, but pretty dependable. Just wish he'd develop a bit of a mean streak.

Posted by: Steve R | June 22, 2008 9:25 PM | Report abuse

CT/TN:
I was doing to math today - I can't believe how long we have to wait for a game ... the summer has only just begun. :-( Do you think anyone would think it was unusual if I wore a Caps sweater to the office or the pool in July?!? Anyway, things are bound to get ugly here - there's nothing worse than hockey fans going through withdrawal! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Boo, July 1 is right around the corner. That should start some debates. I'm not sold on the idea of spending much on a S@H defender, plus the talent pool is thin.

Posted by: Steve R | June 22, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

It bothers me that more than one Caps player has indicated that there is a lack of communication with them from management about their plans for those players. I think it's a reasonable expectation for healthy players to expect to be on the ice, and if they are not, for someone to tell them why that is. I think most of us have some type of regular contact with our bosses and we generally know WTF is going on at work and what they expect from us (as well as what we can expect from them).

Also, as long as you guys keep responding to Chief he'll keep coming here spouting off his nonsense. Don't feed the douchebags.

Posted by: Jill | June 22, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo! - the schedule should be released in the 2nd week of July, and there is a Fan Fest at Kettler on July 12. That should help at least a little bit with getting through the hockey withdrawals.

Posted by: Jill | June 22, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

oo7:
Just to be clear, I said that Eminger was better than Schultz last season (and he is probably still better than him right now). I also said that that will probably change in a year or two (because Schultz is young - he has not even filled out yet, let alone matured as a player). Granted, I was calling Schultz Flash at first, but that's what happens when I don't get to see my boys play for so long - my brain starts to atrophy ... did we mention that it is going to be a long off-season?!?

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Just wait for my empirical statistical analysis on Jay Beagle...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
How much is too much for a good S@H guy?

Jill:
I'll take what I can get - I may even go to the 'select a seat' event even though I don't want to change my seats ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

@007
I too think that Schultz is better than most think. Would like to see him use his size and hit some people though. He's big enough to cause people to hesitate a millisecond if they think he will smash them, but he hasn't shown that yet. that millisecond means a bunch. OH and yes where was Chief the last 10 games and the playoff series.

Posted by: billd1960 | June 22, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Steve R- yes, he's been steady. I'll take steady from a 22 year old that skipped the NHL and still needs to grow into his massive body, you know? It takes years for defensemen and this kid came in and played with a lot of sense. He stays well positioned, he doesn't get easily beat and he plays safe on a team full of forwards that take a lot of chances. I just can't knock that. And yet so many do. It kills me.

Jill- I'm baffled by the whole "i dont know why i wasnt playing" comment Emmy made. The offices are right upstairs. I for one would have been barging into GMGMs office and demanding to know what the hell was going on. I'm shocked that Emmy didn't insist. Maybe their was an overall lack of fire.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Guys, for Christ's sakes, don't feed the troll.
He's just one of these miserable attention craving pests who gets his jollys from bashing teams on their websites.
He's not original and he's not clever.

Posted by: Joe | June 22, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

billd1960:
At the end of the season, Chief was curled up in the corner of the DUNGEEN waiting for the winning streak to come to an end.

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I eat babies and punch puppies.

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Take it one step at a time and it doesn't seem so bad. July 1st is only a week and a half away. Then camp #1 is a week and a half after that. The schedule comes out about a week later. Already halfway through July! And then stop I thinking about it because there's really nothing going on between middle of July and real camp in September. That's when you find some hobby to fill your time. I'm personally trying to teach myself Russian. Or, since it never hurts to repost in the interest of keeping hockey fans occupied: http://www.dccheapseats.com/?p=1280

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 22, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

jmu...

I was in Harrisonburg last week... Do you know a guy named Nathan H. Miller? He is the mack there I think...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Dungeen of Doom, forgot about that.

Boo, the problem is that I can't think of any S@H types avail that would be worth the $ they'd want. Redden is going to want some serious coin.

Posted by: Steve R | June 22, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Steve, Boo, what about Stuart?

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Nathan Miller...nope, sorry. :-D I've been here all summer. Its amazing what happens to a college town when all the students leave. It makes the off-season even more unbearable.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 22, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

oo7 - Just because Emmy never got an answer doesn't necessarily mean he didn't ask. When was the last time you heard GMGM give a straight answer about anything?

And unfortunately, from everything that's been reported over the past few months, it's not just Emmy who has experienced this lack of communication.

Posted by: Jill | June 22, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Personally, Chief's comments crack me up.

Posted by: MNMNT | June 22, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

oo7,

Stuart is looking for how much?

Posted by: Steve R | June 22, 2008 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Of all the "reasons" why Eminger didn't play much, wasn't "not good enough" one of them?

Though, it was pretty harsh when they brought up Lepisto to fill in without playing Eminger. Oh well.

Yeah ... Euro 2008 has distracted me some, but the first week of October (actual hockey) is too far away. Of course, some of my hockey-hater friends think the season is 12 months a year ...

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | June 22, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

jmu

Nate Dog use to be a VA State senator... He owns a crap of businesses in H-Town... He's a lawyer... but whatevs...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Jill- I'm not privy to conversations between GM's and players. All I'm saying is if i'm after something I go at it. If I wasn't playing, I'd be working extra hard at practice every day and after a while nothing would stop me from relentlessly questioning why I was being shafted. I wouldn't settle for "i dont know". Thats all I'm saying. I dont know McPhee, I dont know Eminger. All I know is I can't imagine Ovie or Fed or Green not demanding to know what was going on, or be asking for a trade through tarik, Cory whomever will listen.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Steve R.- I dont know. How much do you think and whats your ceiling?

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Still haven't figured out what or who an AZAMAT is...

Posted by: OldPhil | June 22, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Caps fan in TN: Did you see Italy/Spain today? If so, tell me what you thought of the ref...

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

BTW... Redden is not a S@H D... He never has been...

Mike Komisarek is... Redden is not...

Isnt our 27th pick likened to Komisarek...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Lousy reffing in the SPA/ITA game...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I was pulling for Italy, but they deserved to lose that game. THere should have been no less, literally, than 5 penalty shots for Spain. 5 major fouls in the box going uncalled is unacceptable. There is no excusing that. And that ain't even the half of it.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

For as long as I've been watching soccer... Italy always plays a boring defensive game, technically sound, but boring...

They were outplayed by Spain today... Reffing aside...

Posted by: JSchon | June 22, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

definitely outplayed but kept in the game till penalty kicks thanks to the ref.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Steve/oo7:
What's Stuart at now - $3.5? I think he is worth that ... not sure how much more I would pay. He probably wants to stay put, unless he can go to another winner (which the Caps are!). What about Foote - too expensive? I guess Orpik is off the table, huh?

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

OldPhil:
"Azamat" is Chief's way of insulting Leonsis (his word - not mine).

Posted by: Boo! | June 22, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Foote is 36, has lost a step, and is starting to run into injury trouble. Id take Fedorov at that age but not Foote. Less upside.

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

... the sad thing is that Juice is the only one on the Caps blueline that takes the body since Ken Klee left. Hopefully that changes with Alzner.

Emmy had his shots with us but couldnt make the best of it. That said he deserves a shot and should be able to get at least 15 minutes a nite with Philly.

Good luck Emmy. Your a class guy.

Posted by: pch49 | June 22, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of "Chief"? Dude, I've been a season ticket holder for over fifteen years, been through the Dale Hunter Islander series, the 4 OT game vs. Pittsburgh, the 5-3 in OT in the Tampa series, and seen my entire team be sold away like spare parts. Do you really think anything you say on an internet posting is going to affect anyone who's been through the wars with this team over the years? You're wasting your time.

Posted by: Ray | June 22, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

amen

Posted by: oo7 | June 22, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

amen Ray amen

Posted by: DC FURY | June 22, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Ray,

Congratulations, the Caps love fans like you, just shut up and take it.

That's the spirit Ray, maybe when hockey is no longer in DC, you will look back and wonder why didn't AZAMAT fire the MIDGET.

Amen & rock the red, you great big WINNER

Posted by: Chief | June 22, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

@jmu_capsgirl

my brother goes to jmu as well, his name is Mo Dawoud, do you know him?

Posted by: RIT | June 22, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to watch Caps-Flyers games next season when Eminger takes the same stupid penalties for them as he took for us whenever he played, thereby allowing us to score on the power play and win the game.

I also can't wait for Brashear to KHTFO during a game next season.

Enjoy the Filth, Eminger.

Posted by: Eddie C | June 22, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

You mean the same stupid, lazy type of penalty Poti took in Game SEVEN OT ??

Happened to be two trips same shift, even a ref can't turn away twice in one shift, OT or not.

Is that what you meant ?

Posted by: Chief | June 23, 2008 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I have a hunch that Chief's posts may have been serious at the beginning, but now he posts purely for the humor value of everyone jumping at him.

Posted by: Gelf | June 23, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

what if cheif is actually Berube with a grudge?


Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Good luck, Steve. Hard to see why steady play down the stretch and in the playoffs, when it counted the most, couldn't earn a decent shot at a starting spot on the Caps next season, or wasn't considered a surer thing than a draft pick; woulda made a nice story. GMGM will be fortunate if this whole sordid tale doesn't come back to bite the Caps down the road.

Posted by: Jim H | June 23, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was funny Chief complaining about someone's nonsensical rants. Talk about calling the kettle black!

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

With the exception of Cheefe, I think most of you folks are arright...but I'm laughing to myself when I hear you guys swinging from Schultz's sack. Funnier?: that you're simultaneously hating on Witt. Absurd.

Witter was terrifying. +/- aside (that's a team stat and Witt had some seriously ungood teams to play on) he was the best, meanest most focused D-man we had since Tinordi. He's a bonebreaking badass and I'd love to see him back. I'm sure everybody on this board would love to see Cheefe try carrying a puck past him.

Did I hear somewhere Gustafsson's boy had a herniated disk?

Posted by: Defense Wins Championships. | June 23, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

George Carlin was great, what a terrible loss.

Posted by: Chief | June 23, 2008 2:21 AM | Report abuse

Nothing against Witt... Loved him when he was here, upset when he left... He's 33 now... Slower, less wreckless...

I wonder why people want to bring in old guys? Or bring back the band? Its not a reunion its a hockey team. I dont mind bringing in a bone crushing S@H D guy... but arent there better options than Witt?

Posted by: JSchon | June 23, 2008 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Eminger got traded because Alzner has moved up, and is taking his spot. Plain and simple.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 23, 2008 7:21 AM | Report abuse

I have to say that I agree with Chief...only about the Caps being classless...they have been for years, and I don't see THAT changing...other than that, he's a tool.

Posted by: Ted | June 23, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Chief:
You still have not answered my question.

oo7:
But could Foote bridge a gap for a short time while we are waiting for the younger guys to come into their own? If we could get him for the right price, he could mentor the young defensemen ...

Posted by: Boo! | June 23, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

I think it's premature to say that Alzner will have a spot on the Caps D this year. He may need a season in Hershey to continue his development - but look for him to fill in as needed when someone is injured and perhaps regularly in 09-10.

As far as Eminger is concerned, he played well at the end of this season and through the playoffs when Schultz was hurt - especially given the playing time he was given this year. It has to be confusing for a player to be constantly shifting gears and understand his frunstration under Hanlon. I would bet that he was not the only player receiving mixed messages for changing playing styles. That was most likely the reason Hanlon was let go -

In order for a team to play consistently, the management can't make those kind of sweeping changes ( line combo's) etc - management needs to be somewhat consistent too.

Posted by: dogdaze | June 23, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I also agree with Chief -- "George carlin was great, what a terrible loss"

Posted by: uncatim | June 23, 2008 8:04 AM | Report abuse

RIT, nope, but there's also 16000 students here. I'd be hard pressed to know them all.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 23, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

@oo7, JSchon

It pains me to see my team (Italy) to play like that.

The acting, rolling on the grass when being just touched, face contorted by pain, might win an oscar in Hoolywood but has no place in a sport. What values do they transmit to kids watching the game? What is the point of winning a competition trying to (and many times being successfull at) cheat a ref? It's not sport anymore.

*sigh* poor my Italy, I hope they'll wake up one day and play with dignity.

Posted by: mauree | June 23, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

RIP George. A true Comedy pioneer and hockey fan!

That aside.

1. BB stated EXACTLY why Lepisto was brought up instead of playing Emmy, and next time you see Poti/Schultz pairing you'll understand why. Two L or two R defencemen on the same line create an imbalanced blueline.

2. Hanlon gave Emmy a chance. When BB came in, he had to win a job for the next season. If my ass was on the line, do you think I'd be using scrubs to help me win a job? Hell no. If any of you trust BB's talent as a coach, you have to trust his decisions to not play Emmy.

I have nothing against Emmy. He was a decent D, but I will take ALL of our defenders over him for this upcoming season. Juice is the most physical defenceman we have. Schultz COULD become a giant with that wicket half-slappa. Erskine is the only one I would be happy sitting, but that is ONLY if he is replaced with someone willing to drop the gloves.

I'm not shocked by this move one bit. We still got a 1st rounder for him, which may have been better than if we had tendered him and hoped somebody offered more. Good move by "MIDGET" (also frees up 1M in cash).

I'm not dilusional (though I can't spell). I know this team has problems on D. I'm not as up on Alzner starting for us next season. I think a partial year in Hershey would do him good, but that's not to say he should not be given the chance to come in and win a spot.

But I do have some homework for some of you for next season. When analyzing our "D" keep a few things in mind. During home games, who does BB put on the ice vs. the other team's top line. During away games, how quick does BB adjust his D when the other team's top line is on the ice. This is where weaknesses in Defence will be revealed.

Keep an eye on the handed-ness of the D on the ice. The "horrible" two games Papa had during the playoffs, he was paired with Poti and stuck on his "wrong" side. The guy looked lost and it is unnatural for him to play the puck from the side he was on. Right now we have 4 lefties, 3 righties. Currently, the odd-L-out is Erskine. If Alzner plays next year, it will not be to replace Juice, it will be to replace another L: Schultz, Poti or Mo. If Pothier can't go, Lepisto will get his spot, as he's another R.

Posted by: FFS Enough | June 23, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Hello All,

Finally, Eminger is gone! He deserves to be on Philly - his type of play: dirty and dumb. He will probably end up a good fit over there as IMO was not a good fit here.

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 8:49 AM | Report abuse

hahah... Eminger is headed to the DUNGEEN OF DOOM...

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 9:00 AM | Report abuse

damn, I have not been on here in 4ever... think thing I missed most was Chief's commnents. He makes everything so clear!

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

oops - the thing I missed most was Chief's commnents. He makes everything so clear!

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I do not see Lepisto as an NHL D-man. From what I've seen, he was way too slow.

@EddieC

"I can't wait to watch Caps-Flyers games next season when Eminger takes the same stupid penalties for them as he took for us whenever he played, thereby allowing us to score on the power play and win the game. "

Which one of the 8 total minutes in PIMs were stupid in all of last year? The year before he had 63. Mike Green and ShoMo had this year had 62. Erskine 96.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 23, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Witt, while able to check effectively, was a toll. He couldn't wina fight to save his life so instead he "baited". He talked but couldn't back it up. He was also good for a bad penalty with 2 minutes loef tin a game, negating a comeback attempt when down by 1 goal. I dont care if he hit well sometimes, he was a tool and this team was better off the day he left. IMO.

Mauree, the Italians are playing at the lowest common denominator. The whole sport is becoming a mockery of itself. And FIFA has no intention of changing it because its not about the sport anymore. Its about the money.

Boo- I dont think that Foote is the guy for this team. He has played hard for a long long time and his body is showing it now. I think he's too much of a risk. And thats just it, the only blueliners that are worthwhile and UFA are Redden and Stuart. Redden is too much money and another Offensive d and Stuart might not leave detroit. ALso, Stuart isn't exactly a plus player either, but he is pretty physical. ALl in all, I doubt that the Caps are going down the free agent path. That doesn't change the fact that we need a big strong physical D. If Jurcina is our most physical D man, as someone claimed, we're in trouble.

Posted by: oo7 | June 23, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure about this Carlson pick, Tarik describes him as a "puck-rushing defenseman"

Couldn't we at least get a puck passing defenseman, or perhaps a puck shooting defenseman? Skills that effect the outcome of a game?

Why is he rushing to the puck? and what does he do when he gets there?

Posted by: Stormblue | June 23, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Stormblue - pucking rushing defenseman, I believe is the same as a puck moving defenseman. So, that would be the same type of player as Mike Green.

We need a few stay at home defensemen... that does not mean they stay at home while the Caps play...

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to miss Eminger. I'm glad he's going to get a shot somewhere else. I'm kinda bummed, because Eminger and Pettinger were two of my favorite Caps and now both are gone.

Posted by: Matt | June 23, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Witt was a toll? Like a Dulles Toll Road toll, or a "take a toll" on the other side type of D-man.

Good stay at home D-men are hard to find. Its partly the bias of the junior system. If you want to make it to the NHL, you need to show offensive upside. (Besides, that's where the money is.)

As a big fan of the Azzurri, I have no idea why you seem to think they are faking injuries. They are merely highlighting the way that they have been illegally impeded by cheating countries like Portugal, Brazil, France (Hey, Zidane, got your red card for your retirement right here...) and now Spain.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 23, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

John Carlson

Comparable: Mike Komisarek 4G 13A +9 101PIMS 266Hits 227Blocks


From TSN: A big, strong, hard-shooting, hard-skating defenceman who will be playing with the London Knights next season.

From NHL Central Scouting: He runs the power-play from the top of the umbrella and he has a very heavy shot. He's a very self-assured kid and rightfully so -- he's a boy, yet in a man's body and very physically strong. He had all the tools - size, skill, physical presence and charisma.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Weber to make 4.5 per year...
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=241451&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_main

Green will get more than him.

Posted by: Pat | June 23, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

That was me above... and the description was by TSN.

Posted by: JSchon | June 23, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, ESPN says Carlson would have been higher in the draft in other years, however, this draft, there were a handful of good blueliners.

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I'd argue Eminger was a "stay at home" defenseman on the Caps. He's become a "mobile defenseman" this week though.

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Oops, that last comment was for 828, not by him.

Posted by: Stormblue | June 23, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

matt, so you like it when the caps sucked?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 23, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

My money is on Alzner starting the year in DC. Can't wait to hear his post-game quotes. Who thinks Eminger will be in the Flyers starting six?

As previously stated, the ref in the Italy-Spain was horrible. So erratic. I wasn't rooting for either side at the beginning, but by the end, I wanted Spain to win because they deserved it. Italy had an abysmal tourney. I agree with the ESPN commentators who say play should continue, especially on a counterattack, even if a player is down. I'd love for the ref to tell teams that if a player goes down and stops play, he better be prepared to sit on the sidelines for 3-4 minutes ... not jump back in as soon as play is restarted.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | June 23, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Why would Eminger and Pettinger be anyone's "favorite" Capitals? Obviously, not for their play on the ice.

Maybe they were talented Monopoly players on the team bus.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | June 23, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

4.5M for Weber? Really? He's perfectly fine as a player, but that seems kind of steep for what he brings.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 23, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys, just checking, but didn't we only basically trade the rights for Emmy until the 1st to Philly? I'd love to see him walk to another team. But Caps fan in TN, if he does sign with Philly, I guarantee he'll start the year on the roster, but I forsee him spending time riding the pine again or getting traded near the deadline.

Posted by: AP | June 23, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Weber is being overpaid. He had a great season in 07 but injuries limited him a lot last year. Either way, 4.5 million is too much. I think you need more than one good year to justify such a large salary. Same for Green. Contract years shouldn't be the only ones that count. Again, the payroll is getting out of control already.

If you're picking Eminger and Pettinger as your favorite Caps then you are very new to hockey and the Caps in general. Live and learn.

As for Soccer, I think that if play has to stop because of an injury (particularly one that didn't get a card) then the player should have to leave the field for 3 minutes. That will put the other team on a 'powerplay'. It wont take long before players stop putting their teams at risk. FIFA will never do it because it will work. THe big teams and clubs are paying refs and games like Italy/Spain proved it. Italy has always been my team but I wanted them to lose yesterday after seeing what was going on.


Posted by: oo7 | June 23, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@oo7, Caps fan in TN

3 minutes is not enough. 5 minutes at least is a good deterrent. Furthermore, I would enforce some post-game video reviews on those accidents. Like, right after the game have a doctor check some injuries (a max number of 2/3 episodes) to see if that mask of pain/roll on the grass was justified or not.

The ref on yesterday's game was terrible. Most of the calls were wrong, and there were two penalty kicks for Spain not called (hurts to say it, I'm Italian).

Anyway, enough about soccer. Can't wait to see if we'll get that S&H D we desperately need :D

Posted by: mauree | June 23, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

sorry to see eminger go, especially after he stepped up his play in the playoffs. best of luck to him except when he plays our caps. love the comment from chief about nobody wanting to play in DC. Your so right Chief, why would anyone want to play on a team with the league MVP, loads of young talent and the coach of the year. Your a genious!

Posted by: fansince74 | June 23, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Very strange, thought for sure I saw Cindy Crosby rolling around on the grass during the Italy game..

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I, for one, would love to see Chief stick around. He is great comic relief, and doesn't hurt anyone. His comments are meaningless, and the TEAM always seems to find a way to prove him wrong. Finally, it's not like he's going to respond to an intelligent question, so left him spout off. Otherwise we get lost in Jschon's stats, and that is too much thinking!

Posted by: Leeguru | June 23, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Adios Emminger! That guy had a minus rating every year since joining the caps, which also includes a minus rating in the minors and also a minus rating this past season during the miracle run to the Division title. Exactly what does he need to succeed? The coaches were his problem. Well, that means three caps coaches, and at least two minor league coaches.

Be thankful we got anything for this guy. Alzner will make us all forget about this guy quickly.

Posted by: Jim Cee | June 23, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

AP,
Someone can correct me on this, but I think since he's still RFA, its his actual rights. UFAs are only until July 1. If Philly gives him a qualifying offer, he's theirs, unless someone is crazy enough to give him an offer sheet that Philly won't match. Philly is down a d-man from last year already. He'll probably be a starter given a chance there.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 23, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm wrong, Philly has all their d-men. I was thinking Timonen, not Kappanen

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | June 23, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Lee, what you think of the draft?

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

Lick i said this weekend, we'll see. I don't think we drafted anyone that was a WOW pick. I found it funny that GMGM pushed the gustaffson pick on his scouts, but this Carlson kid intigues me. I'm more interested in the FA siging period. SOMETHING is going to happen.

Posted by: Leeguru | June 23, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@JMU

correct, Emmy is still an RFA. As for Philly, Jason Smith is a UFA and I think philly is planning on letting him walk. Jaroslav Modry is also a UFA so those are two potentially open spots right there.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | June 23, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, completely forgot, thanks JMU`

Posted by: AP | June 23, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@sombrero,

How much coin is Modry looking for?

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R

No clue what Modry is looking for, but it can't be much more than what he made last season. Smith made 1,976,000 last season, Modry made 1,200,000.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | June 23, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

If Philly is looking to do D on the cheap, why not sign Emmy and Modry?

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R

I assume thats what they're looking to do, but that is pure speculation. Cap Space is the #1 reason they they traded Umberger. Jeff Carter needs a new contract and they have like 46.5 million in Cap space tied up with their top 14 players (not including Carter). That will leave them around 10 million or so to round out the roster.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | June 23, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

On a tangent, how fun is it going to be when Pitt doesn't resign Hossa, Malone and Orpik?

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

But Steve, they will take less money to stay in Pitt, according to our Penguin friend!

Posted by: Leeguru | June 23, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

I was checking out ESPN.com and the NHL Rumor mill to get some info on the Huet negotiations and I couldnt help but notice that they have attached Morrison with Dwayne Roloson. Check it out


http://insider.espn.go.com/nhl/features/rumors?&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnhl%2ffeatures%2frumors

Posted by: Phil9 | June 23, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

How funny was it to see the Pens only have 4 picks in the draft and their first pick was in the 4th round?

So, who is going to buy some Ovechkin "Street Gear"?

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Lee, I guess Hossa didn't get that memo.

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

How funny was it to see the Pens only have 4 picks in the draft and their first pick was in the 4th round?

So, who is going to buy some Ovechkin "Street Gear"?

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@Phil9:

I couldn't open the link as I'm not a "member" - what did the article say?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 23, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I can't get the insider info either. Screw ESPN. Looks like those idiots put the wrong picture up. I contacted TSN a long time ago to change Steckels picture since they had Bradley up incorrectly. I wonder if they ever did that...

Posted by: oo7 | June 23, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
No offense to all of you futballers out there, but soccer players are pathetic. All of that rolling around in pure agony stuff, then *POOF* they hop right back up into play like nothing happened. Whatever. Granted, you see that on ice sometimes, but it is so rare. At least most hockey players are tough! :-) I like soccer EXCEPT for that garbage.

Leeguru:
Does that mean that my question was intelligent? Because he still has not responded to me ...

Posted by: Boo! | June 23, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Boo,

Us soccer players like soccer except for that garbage. I myself stand over the player telling the P**SY to get up, I'll show him what pain feels like. Of course (and Steve can attest) I'm not a nice person. And yes, all of your questions are intelligent. We are all sheep though. BAAAAAAAAAA

Posted by: Leeguru | June 23, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Boo,

"Steve:
No offense to all of you futballers out there, but soccer players are pathetic"

Uhh, no offense taken... I won't mention the ouchie I got playing yesterday.

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

You all are forgetting the "magic" water they spray on their legs to make the injury heal quicker. It's all about the water bottle - that is why they heal so fast!

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

828, there is also the magic spray can and the magic sponge.

Posted by: Leeguru | June 23, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Clymer to be bought out, per TSN:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=241467

Posted by: Stormblue | June 23, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

MELROSE GOING TO TAMPA...apparently its official.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3457480

Posted by: Phil9 | June 23, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just saw that Jokinen got traded to Phoenix... The Panther's should be a walk in the park next year - good news for the Caps!

A lot had happened this past weekend! I am guessing even more will happen from now until July 10th or so.

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Well, we will see how Melrose does... at first, I was worried... but then I thought about it... not too worried now... the game has changed since he last coached.

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

No surprise about Clymer. Great guy, but an extra part. Best of luck wherever he ends up, probably Europe.

Italian footballers are the toughest athletes on earth. I mean they are clearly in agony but then jump up and continue playing. That's gutsy.

Poor Jokinen. Every year he almost gets traded to a playoff team and now he finally gets traded to one of the teams even less likely to make the playoffs than the Cats.

Posted by: old time hockey | June 23, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't know old time, I wouldn't be too surprised to see Phoenix slide into the 7-8 spot one of these years.

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I don't know old time, I wouldn't be too surprised to see Phoenix slide into the 7-8 spot one of these years.

Yeah especially since they have the second coming of Patrick Roy in net for nothing according to some on this board.

Seriously though, they have a good solid core of young guys there. They made a run late last year and could surprise people this year.

Posted by: nhcaps | June 23, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru/Steve:
Glad to hear you are tough as nails - ouchies and all! ;-) Even girlie me would not be caught rolling around on the ground waiting for a whistle (i.e. trying to draw a card). As far as I am concerned, if play has to stop so that I have to be tended to (regardless of the sport), then I am out for the rest of the game. Frankly, I would be embarrassed to go back into play.

Old Time:
"Italian footballers are the toughest athletes on earth. I mean they are clearly in agony but then jump up and continue playing. That's gutsy." TRANSLATION - they are great actors! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | June 23, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I think that Phoenix is going in the right direction. I'm not completely familiar with their roster, but they were in the thick of the playoff race until the final 1/4 of the season. With Bryz in net they have solid goaltending, and they do have a lot of good young talent. They may be a year or two behind our rebuilding process (just as we are behind the Pens) but the Coyotes are building up a nice little team out there.

Posted by: Jeff | June 23, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering what youngster d-men Phoenix has waiting in the wings. They gave up two of their top 4 d-men for Olie, you gotta assume the have a plan to cover that loss.

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Steve R,

I hear The Great One is going to play D next season. Also, Hextall's son is going to be their second goalie along side Bryz. They will be the first team to have two goalies play at the same time. 2-1-4 type of play.

Posted by: 828 | June 23, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

828,

They have a Laing to dive in front of Bryz and lil' Hex to block some?

Posted by: Steve R | June 23, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Phoeniz in the 7-8 spot in a couple years? Wow, where do I reserve my tickets for the parade?

Posted by: old time hockey | June 23, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

uh,

Hextall's son isnt a goalie

Posted by: Tommmy | June 23, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
Speaking of Laing, any predictions for him this season?

Posted by: Boo! | June 23, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@Chief:

Seems to me that someone is a wee bit "hostile" over their loss to the Pens. We all knew that "FilthyDelphia" would eventually lose and not get to cup finals. However, the "Filthy" loyals' claim to fame is "well we loss to the Pens, that is acceptable". Bulls***! "Filthy" is exactly correct, they are filthy "Goons w/ sticks" (hey chief did you miss that quote from one of the Rangers since your such an insider?).

Dude, you suck, your Flyers suck and the whole town is a S***Hole! Go crawl back to your S***Hole and we'll see back where you belong next season at the bottom of the heap in the division (and possibly the conference!)

Posted by: Paul S. | June 24, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

@ Chief: Why would any free agent want to come to DC to play with the MVP, one of the leagues best young D-Men, a great core of young players, and the Coach of the Year? Let me count the oh about 1 gazillion reasons.

I'm sorry to see the guys I like go, I'm a sentimental fool and I like Kolzig, Eminger, Pettinger and others. However, apparently we need some cap room to sign Huet who is several years younger than Kolzig and had a much better save percentage and Mike Green and Brooks Laich. Eminger for whatever reason didn't generally fit, I'm glad he played a great series against the Flyers and wish him well. If he has a good season next year he'll make even more than the 1 million salary he currently gets in 2009-2010. Last year while riding the pine most of the year he made a million, so did Clymer these guysmake a lot of money, no reason to cry for them dude. Or to disparage those who manage the team into the playoffs and one of the most amazing stories and runs (11/22/2007 through April 2008) in recent sports history.

Posted by: Mark aka usually frustrtred Caps Fan | June 24, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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