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A healthy scratch Saturday, Eric Fehr hopes to be back in Caps' lineup this week

Bruce Boudreau made Eric Fehr a healthy scratch for the Capitals' 7-2 win over Calgary on Saturday, and neither coach nor player was in much of a mood to talk about the decision Monday morning after the Capitals' first practice since.

"I haven't talked to anybody," Fehr said. "If I get a jersey for the next game, I just have to work hard and produce for our team."

Fehr had been noticeably struggling before the benching, tallying just one assist in the Capitals' previous seven games. The right wing has just two goals and two assists in 10 games this season after he finished with a career-high 21 goals and 18 assists in 69 games last year.

Boudreau wouldn't specifically say why he sat Fehr, or what Fehr needs to do to get back in the lineup. "That's between me and Eric," he said. "I'll talk to Eric about it."

Fehr was back skating with the third line next to Jason Chimera and Boyd Gordon during practice Monday, and it could be that Saturday was simply a one-night wake-up call.

Boudreau said the Caps' depth at forward allows him to sit guys out for a night when they aren't producing, and Fehr said this situation is all about how he responds.

"We have a lot of forwards," Boudreau said. "You can't always sit the same guys."

By Greg Schimmel  | November 1, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
Categories:  Eric Fehr  
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Comments

Anyone would be struggling having Fleischmann as their center

Posted by: mkyan978 | November 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@mkyan978

So that's what's wrong with Laich and Semin this year. (LOL)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 1, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

BB sat Fehr because that's who he uses as his scapegoat.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | November 1, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

First Semin has been the best Capital upfront in a two way hockey level. Some people bash Semin just because it is popular. Fehr stinks at defense, special team forechecking and now he can not score. Semin can and has been playing defensive hockey, producing points and can play on special teams. Fehr is a one dimensional player at this point. Boy i wish Mcphee had the insight to choose Mike Richards over Fehr. or Getlaf or Kessell

Posted by: pkme | November 1, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@pkme

I was kidding about Semin and Laich's productivity with Flash as center. Semin is a productive player who has improved a lot in defense since he came up.

I'll admit that Fehr's been in a slump and needed a game off. Seems that's been the case for the entire third line this year. I do wonder -- if Fehr can't play defense, how he usually compile a good plus/minus rating each year?

BTW, I'm a backer of both Semin and Fehr.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 1, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

BTW, who is Greg Schimmel? Where's Katie?

Posted by: nicety251 | November 1, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@richmond

ur saying Fehr didn't deserve to be benched? He has been a non-factor in every game...he probably needed a wake up call. And fehr was one of BBs hershey boys...which many seem to think he favors.

Posted by: capscoach | November 1, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

It will be nice to see Poti back. I would even take Sloan back if it prevents another Fahey "sighting" this season.
It's good for Fehr that he isn't UFA this year.
I agree with BB we have a load of 3rd/4th line forwards, shake them up and make them earn ice time.

Posted by: chriscaps | November 1, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

They key really is to see the reaction of the benching.

If we lost in Calgary, BB may have been in trouble. I am not saying he would have been fired, but 4 days off, he might be paranoid.

I am curious to see him coach through this.

Caps need some help from the outside though. Lot's of really bad teams out there. Might be looking to make some changes, get younger.

Posted by: underpants2 | November 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Boy i wish Mcphee had the insight to choose Mike Richards over Fehr. or Getlaf or Kessell
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Yeah, how this guy went in the 1st is beyond me - yeah he's got hands and put up #'s in the W, but a lot of those get inflated when you're an overage player in the jrs., and the W is not a fast league, relative to other premier development leagues.

It is a skating game nowadays, especially the NHL - obviously there's more than that but skating is a pretty basic prerequisite. Someone told me the Caps think Fehr is one of their fastest players - if that's true, and they really think that, I guess that would tend to explain a lot - but for an alleged "fast" guy he sure seems to lose a lot of loose puck battles.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 1, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Kessel went in 2006, after Backstrom.

Posted by: underpants2 | November 1, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"It is a skating game nowadays, especially the NHL - obviously there's more than that but skating is a pretty basic prerequisite. Someone told me the Caps think Fehr is one of their fastest players - if that's true, and they really think that, I guess that would tend to explain a lot - but for an alleged "fast" guy he sure seems to lose a lot of loose puck battles."

Fehr was drafted in 2003, before the changes in the game that opened up offense.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 1, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

But it always has been about skating, regardless of when they started really enforcing the hooking and grabbing. There's a certain bar, quickness-wise, that if you can't keep up, it is just very hard to produce once you go against the other team's better defenders.

Not saying he's terrible, more just questioning GMGM's drafting him so high.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 1, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

And for people who think BB is hard on Fehr, let's just remember all the NHL coaches who have previously seen him as a legit NHL player: ok, first we have...

Posted by: Timbo_1 | November 1, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Fehr has had very good games but he's not a first or second liner. He's been in the league for a while now too. I think if he was going to get better, it would have happened already.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | November 1, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Some of us are of the opinion that Fehr will outscore Flash over the next ten years. Time will tell.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 1, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have too many 4th liners, maybe not enough 3rd liners.

Laich is 2C? We still need one. One win doesn't change that.

I like MJ as 3c.

Posted by: underpants2 | November 1, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

While Fehr has mostly played 3rd line on our team, he could certainly handle the 2nd line and has done so in the past, between injuries and line experimentation.

Our team, which we all know is good but lacks balance, has plenty of 1st and 2nd line caliber wingers (Ovi, Knuble, Semin, Laich, Flash, and Fehr) but not enough high caliber centers (Backstrom is it). We have plenty of 4th liners, that is true.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | November 1, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Guys I meant Kesler who clearly is better. sorry for the typo. While we are at it there are about six players after Fehr who I think are high impact players. Take a look


18 Eric Fehr (Right Wing) Canada Washington Capitals Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
19 Ryan Getzlaf (Centre) Canada Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
20 Brent Burns (Defence) Canada Minnesota Wild Brampton Battalion (OHL)
21 Mark Stuart (Defence) United States Boston Bruins
(from Toronto Maple Leafs) Colorado College (NCAA)
22 Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Centre) Canada Edmonton Oilers
(from St. Louis Blues) Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
23 Ryan Kesler (Centre) United States Vancouver Canucks Ohio State University (NCAA)
24 Mike Richards (Centre) Canada Philadelphia Flyers Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
25 Anthony Stewart (Right Wing) Canada Florida Panthers
(from Tampa Bay Lightning) Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
26 Brian Boyle (Centre) United States Los Angeles Kings
(from Colorado Avalanche) St. Sebastian's (USHS)
27 Jeff Tambellini (Left Wing) Canada Los Angeles Kings
(from Detroit Red Wings) University of Michigan (NCAA)
28 Corey Perry (Right Wing) Canada Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
(from Dallas Stars) London Knights (OHL)
29 Patrick Eaves (Right Wing) United States Ottawa Senators Boston College (NCAA)
30 Shawn Belle (Defence) Canada St. Louis Blues
(from New Jersey Devils) Tri-City Americans (WHL)

Posted by: pkme | November 1, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I know Fehr was one of BB's Hershey boys, but BB seems to have a few guys who he feels comfortable making examples of. There are others who are basically always left alone. Its like a parent who always makes an example of one child who he knows won't talk back. I think BB is a good coach in some areas, but two areas that he's not are player favoritism, and strategy adjustments.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | November 1, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

It's about time that BB recognized that this guy just is not a good hockey player with the rule changes. Somebody said it early in the blog, "This guy loses alot of loose puck battles". Yea, a bunch of us who have watched a great deal of cUp winners pass through our 2 buildings have noticed that Fehr is not a cUp carrier. Get rid of him.

He has never played playoff hockey. Even after the 2 surgeries he has never shown the heart of a champ. Semin can be rescued. This guy, No !

Steckle and Fehr with their size should be major factors inside the slot area. Instead, you have the biggest waist of 6 foot 4 inch, since "Shell my Belle" in Philly.( I know Shell is misspelled; don't care) Did Hal Gill just chuck around Fehr or what ?

If it was my team, I would have moved Steckle after that pathetic performance against Buf. Fehr would be on the trading block, due to "lack of NHL level effort"
But, that would require GMGM to admit that he was wrong about a first rounder AGAIN. Plus, the guy doesn't play playoff hockey. Who would want him, short of a give away.

Chimera also goes. This guy can skate, but who cares when it never results in anything. I would much rather have a healthy Chris Clark back. Clark would have scored several ugly playoff goals agianst the Habs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | November 2, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

Trade Fehr and Flash for Shea Weber. We will even throw in Tyler Sloan and how about MP. Do you think Nashville would do this? I do not think so.

Posted by: pkme | November 2, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

@pkme - the draft board stings. The question is whether any other teams would've drafted Fehr ahead of Getzlaff, Perry, Kessler, etc. The other 300 lb gorilla in the room is you don't mention which players were drafted ahead of Fehr.

In terms of physical attributes, skating, and hands, Fehr doesn't seem to give up much to those other players. He's big, skates as well or better than most of those admittedly better players. But he's had injuries, perhaps there is an "intangibles" deficit, and he has not been able to crack the top 6. Arguably, those other players might've had the same problem.

And yes, we'd all love Weber. Other teams would like Backstrom or Ovechkin. Just not going to happen...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 2, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Has to be the deepest draft in a generation. Very few slackers on the class of 2003. Simply astounding. 15 allstar caliber players is what I count.

Marc-Andre Fleury (Goaltender) Canada Pittsburgh Penguins
(from Florida Panthers) Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)
2 Eric Staal (Centre) Canada Carolina Hurricanes Peterborough Petes (OHL)
3 Nathan Horton (Right Wing) Canada Florida Panthers
(from Pittsburgh Penguins) Oshawa Generals (OHL)
4 Nikolai Zherdev (Right Wing) Russia Columbus Blue Jackets CSKA Moscow (Russia)
5 Thomas Vanek (Left Wing) Austria Buffalo Sabres University of Minnesota (NCAA)
6 Milan Michalek (Left Wing) Czech Republic San Jose Sharks HC Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)
7 Ryan Suter (Defence) United States Nashville Predators U.S. National Team Development Program (NAHL)
8 Braydon Coburn (Defence) Canada Atlanta Thrashers Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
9 Dion Phaneuf (Defence) Canada Calgary Flames Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
10 Andrei Kostitsyn (Right Wing) Belarus Montreal Canadiens CSKA Moscow (Russia)
11 Jeff Carter (Centre) Canada Philadelphia Flyers
(from Phoenix Coyotes) Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
12 Hugh Jessiman (Right Wing) United States New York Rangers Dartmouth College (NCAA)
13 Dustin Brown (Right Wing) United States Los Angeles Kings Guelph Storm (OHL)
14 Brent Seabrook (Defence) Canada Chicago Blackhawks Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
15 Robert Nilsson (Right Wing) Sweden New York Islanders Leksands IF (Sweden)
16 Steve Bernier (Right Wing) Canada San Jose Sharks
(from Boston Bruins) Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)
17 Zach Parise (Centre) United States New Jersey Devils
(from Edmonton Oilers) University of North Dakota (NCAA)
18 Eric Fehr (Right Wing) Canada Washington Capitals Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
19 Ryan Getzlaf (Centre) Canada Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
20 Brent Burns (Defence) Canada Minnesota Wild Brampton Battalion (OHL)
21 Mark Stuart (Defence) United States Boston Bruins
(from Toronto Maple Leafs) Colorado College (NCAA)
22 Marc-Antoine Pouliot (Centre) Canada Edmonton Oilers
(from St. Louis Blues) Rimouski Océanic (QMJHL)
23 Ryan Kesler (Centre) United States Vancouver Canucks Ohio State University (NCAA)
24 Mike Richards (Centre) Canada Philadelphia Flyers Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
25 Anthony Stewart (Right Wing) Canada Florida Panthers
(from Tampa Bay Lightning) Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
26 Brian Boyle (Centre) United States Los Angeles Kings
(from Colorado Avalanche) St. Sebastian's (USHS)
27 Jeff Tambellini (Left Wing) Canada Los Angeles Kings
(from Detroit Red Wings) University of Michigan (NCAA)
28 Corey Perry (Right Wing) Canada Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
(from Dallas Stars) London Knights (OHL)
29 Patrick Eaves (Right Wing) United States Ottawa Senators Boston College (NCAA)
30 Shawn Belle (Defence) Canada St. Louis Blues
(from New Jersey Devils

Posted by: pkme | November 2, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I love it when people analyze drafts, as if it were other than a crap shoot. Especially CapsFan who has to do it retroactively because most of them have never seen these kids play except on draft video highlights. The few that have don't post on message boards; they author the original content.

There's a lot of ways a kid could end his career before getting out of juniors or coming over from Europe; injury, family issues or just doesn't want to play anymore. It's pretty much a joke to have CapsFan rattle off picks and claim they would have done something differently.

Posted by: pga6 | November 2, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

of course drafts are a crap shoot. You are picking many of these players at 18. In some instances there are certain players that are certain to be great. But the 2003 was an exceptional class by any standards. You are right about not knowing the future. Is impossible sometimes to predict anything in life. I do assume that the Caps have a scouts who look at talent. It should have been clear that Fehr was a one way player. Look at his Junior stats and yes there is plenty of evidence to suggest this when they took him.

Posted by: pkme | November 2, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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