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Erskine not practicing

Defenseman John Erskine is not on the ice with his teammates at Ice Sports Forum this morning, which could mean the Caps' toughest defenseman is out for tomorrow's game against the Lightning.

Erskine suffered an undisclosed injury Saturday in Atlanta and missed almost all of the third period.

With Erskine sidelined, Tyler Sloan is paired with Brian Pothier as the team goes through systems-related drills. The forward combos, meantime, are unchanged.

I'll have more after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 11, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
 | Tags: John Erskine, Tampa Bay Lightning  
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Hershey could beat Tampa Bay...we'll be fine.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 11, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: TrackCollector | January 11, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Tampa just beat the Devils..in New Jersey, something the Caps have not done.

Posted by: opus1m | January 11, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

We just spanked the Devils a couple weeks ago.

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Tampa just beat the Devils..in New Jersey, something the Caps have not done.

Posted by: opus1m | January 11, 2010 11:55 AM

Not sure I would go that far to believe a AHL team would beat an NHL team, no matter how good they are.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 11, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

There's no way anyone can contemplate bringing Kovalchuk on the Caps and giving him more than Ovechkin.

The only way to make it work, with the cap, next year, is to move Semin in the deal. And, even then, Kovy has to accept roughly $6.5M in salary for it to work. Here is current cap projection. Some players might get more, some less, but you can see there's only +/- $1M to play with.

Ovechkin (2008-2021) 9.538
Backstrom (signs 2010-2021) 6.500
Semin (impending UFA) 6.000
Flash (signs 2010-2013) 3.300
Knuble (impending UFA) 2.800
Laich (impending UFA) 2.067
Fehr (signs 2010-2012) 2.000
Chimera (signed thru 2012) 1.875
Steckel (2010-2013) 1.100
Bradley (impending UFA) 1.000
Johansson (est) 0.950
Perreault (w/bonus - impending RFA) 0.792
Laing (re-signs yearly) 0.550
S/T 13 Forwards 38.472
Green (2008-2012) 5.250
Poti (impending UFA) 3.500
Schultz (signs 2010-2012) 1.750
Alzner (w/bonus) 1.675
Erskine (impending UFA) 1.250
Carlson (EL 2009-2012) 0.846
Sloan (2010-2012) 0.700
Collins (impending UFA) 0.650
S/T 8 Defensemen 15.621
Varlamov (impending RFA) 0.822
Neuvirth (impending RFA) 0.822
S/T 2 Goalies 1.644
Total 23 Players 55.737
Cap Space 56.800
Available 1.063


Posted by: tominfl1 | January 11, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Tampa just beat the Devils..in New Jersey, something the Caps have not done.

Posted by: opus1m | January 11, 2010 11:55 AM

Yeah, but it took em three days to do it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 11, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

would anyone put it past GMGM to throw the caps into the kovalchuk bidding?
maybe he would like to get an opponent to think - we can't let the caps get kovi.
a contract the size of what he will command could be crippling to a teams cap space.
i say to GMGM - keep bidding, but don't buy.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

it was sarcasm...

but seriously...we own Tampa Bay...they havent won a game vs us since the Carter administration.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 11, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Tampa just beat the Devils..in New Jersey, something the Caps have not done.

Posted by: opus1m | January 11, 2010 11:55 AM

Yeah, but it took em three days to do it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 11, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

It's that kind of consistant long term effort that will bode well for them in the future...sarcasm/off.

@SA-Town

I know you were being sarcastic..just saying these are the kind of games that have turned ugly for the Caps in the recent past..I think they are going to come out and obliterate the Bolts..but Tampa is playing better.

Posted by: opus1m | January 11, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

As BB stated last week, when he plays Tyler Sloan he has played well and "there is no down side wit him". Is this the road trip that the fathers are invited for a few days of fishing & golf mixed in to seeing a few games?

Posted by: rockdaredlangely | January 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

would anyone put it past GMGM to throw the caps into the kovalchuk bidding?
maybe he would like to get an opponent to think - we can't let the caps get kovi.
a contract the size of what he will command could be crippling to a teams cap space.
i say to GMGM - keep bidding, but don't buy.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 11, 2010 12:16 PM


I was thinking about this too. But would he piss off other GMs in the process? If so, it could make for other GMs not wanting to deal with McPhee in the future.

Posted by: Fro_ | January 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

It looked like big John caught a shot in the foot-leg on Saturday night.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 11, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

As nice as it would be to have Kovalchuk, GMGM needs to stay on task and look for the components that this team really NEEDS (like an upgrade on the blueline).

Posted by: chombie13 | January 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Bears vs. Edmonton or Carolina in a 7 game series, don't you think that the Bears win at least 1 or 2 games?

Posted by: zmega | January 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

you can never look past any pro team! keep your focus Caps and play 60mins, and beat the Bolts! LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: TracyMD1 | January 11, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Caps fans still want Kovy? The guy is a beast and an upgrade to any team, but we don't need more offense. Especially such expensive offense. Would I rather want Kovy over Semin? Yes, but that's a huge pipedream. Why would ATL downgrade their superstar for nothing when they can get a handful of picks/prospects from LA, NSH, BOS, etc.

Upgrades should focus on the blue line and a defensively sound center.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 11, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - That's exactly what I would do. The cost for a solid d-man and a good defensive center would likely be less than the cost for Kovi, even on a rental basis. I'm just not sure that GMGM and BB see it that way, though. And given their success, they deserve the benefit of the doubt on whatever moves they make.

Posted by: zmega | January 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

The Oilers would beat the Bears in 6 games.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 11, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

No way the Caps get involved in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes; there's already an abundance of offense. The Caps do have needs - i.e., a truly dominant, puck moving, #1 d-man, and a legit, shut-down stopper - but I don't see GMGM doing anything to address that.

Then again, with Carlson and Orlov in the system, maybe he doesn't see a need. But we struggled mightily in our own end in the playoffs last spring, no amount of spin changes that.

Posted by: govtimbo | January 11, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Adding a world class sniper to an already great offensive team is a proven recipe for success. It worked great for Pittsburgh in 2008 and Detroit in 2009 with Hossa - uh, wait...

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hossa is considered more than just a sniper. He is one of the better two-way forwards in the league. But I agree, we don't need Kovy.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I think GMGM and Co. need to stay focused on keeping the current core group together and developing from within. The franchise is being built with the next 10 years in mind, not just this year, and to gamble future talent away for 6 month to 1 year rentals doesn't make sense to me...even if it's that much coveted S@H Dman.

Who knows, maybe that magical mystical player everyone wants now is a 6'3 205lb 20 year old playing in Hershey. Maybe Alzner after another year starts to play more consistent. Maybe Shultz puts some more physicality into his newfound defensive prowess (love seeing his name as a league leader in +/- cause of all the haters).

So why trade away young talent now in hopes of getting that one player who might or might not help bring a cup this season and possibly screw over our cap room for signing young guys who should be here for years when we could have that guy in the system already? [/run on sentence]

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I would like to think that whatever GMGM gives up to bring in trade deadline talent will not jeopardize the future. In other words, if the price for a rental trade is a player/players that GMGM believes would be substantial contributors to the team in the future, he won't make the trade. At least that is what we've all been led to believe. Personally, I'm OK with the notion of assuring a long term contender vs. taking a risky, all-in gamble for one year.

Posted by: zmega | January 11, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Trade Mike Green for Kovalchuck

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 12, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

we'd be improving our defenseman and offense at the same timee.

Plus - you would take away Mike Green salary and use that $ to re-sign Backstrom.

make teh deal!

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 12, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

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