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Fehr, Chimera out tonight vs. 'Canes

The morning skate is just wrapping up here at KCI, and there are some changes to the lineup to tell you about.

Jose Theodore will start in goal against the suddenly surging 'Canes, while it looks like wingers Jason Chimera and Eric Fehr will watch from the stands with the other scratches as Coach Bruce Boudreau continues to juggle his overflowing roster.

Quintin Laing, Tyler Sloan and John Erskine are also putting in extra work along with goalie Semyon Varlamov.

I'll have more after Boudreau speaks to reporters.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 10, 2010; 10:42 AM ET
 
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Let's be sure to give Pothier a good hand tonight.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 10, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

That seems pretty fair (Fehr).

I would like to see Laing get in a game here and there, he provides an aspect that the Caps need on the PK, shot blocking.

Posted by: piratusus | March 10, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Let's be sure to give Pothier a good hand tonight.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 10, 2010 10:52 AM

Yep.

And then proceed to put up a 5-spot coupled with a another shutout.

Posted by: Fro_ | March 10, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

from last post:

Tarik:

thanks for your article regarding the Caps penalty kill. I think the following quotes from your article do not speak well for coaching:

Belanger and Corvo, speaking as relative outsiders, said Washington could benefit from putting more pressure on the opposing players and, thus, forcing them to beat the Capitals with deft passes or perfectly placed shots.

"Maybe we can put some more pressure on them and not let them stand around and make passes," Corvo said. "That's what we did in Carolina."

Belanger said, "From what I've seen, we're a little bit more passive here."

Belanger also said he has noticed a lack of confidence among the Capitals' penalty killers.


A little more passive here.....this could be said for Caps D at times, too. The coaches need to address PK and D in general for playoffs or not sure how deep this team goes.

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Chimera would be useful tonight against the Canes (speed and grit)

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I had read earlier in the year that the Thrashers studied alot of tapes of the teams with the best penalty killing and made adjustments to their team/systems. We need to study some video...and go out and execute!!!

Nice to see some regulars getting some rest....keep everyone fresh and hungry.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | March 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Chimera would be useful tonight against the Canes (speed and grit)

This is sort of the good news. We have more useful players than roster spots, so barring injuries a few will be sitting every night. Both from the standpoint of rest and competition, this is a good thing.

This leaves aside the question of whether, from a matchup standpoint, the correct players are sitting against any given team. But "[insert DNP name here] would be useful tonight" will be true for the rest of the season.

Posted by: zimbar | March 10, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Passive box is a technique utilized by some teams in the NHL. It's supposed to deter any shots from the inside, forcing the opposition to shoot outside. Obviously, our "passive" PK doesn't even keep them from gaining the slot.

I really don't know what to say about the PK that hasn't already been said. It stinks. Period.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I agree that I wouldn't mind seeing Laing play a game or two, especially since he is good on the PK and we are struggling there big time.

With so many extra guys right now, why are he and Sloan even up with the Caps and not in Hershey where they can play?? Am I correct to assume it is a clearing waivers issue?

Either way, let QL play 1 game!! He broke his jaw for our team afterall. He at least deserves a game when we are 30 points up in the standings as a thank you!!

Posted by: adamkatzen | March 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Who cares about the PK? We havent gotten wings in two games...

Thats the elephant in the room...I hope Boudreau addresses it in his chat with the press.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Sitting Fehr and Chimmera and playing Gordon and B-Mo...not sure about this at all. Fehr has arguably been the Caps best forward since the break. Morrison has hit the wall me thinks. And Wonder Boyd, well nothing needs to be said.

Posted by: opus1m | March 10, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

agree that I wouldn't mind seeing Laing play a game or two, especially since he is good on the PK and we are struggling there big time.

With so many extra guys right now, why are he and Sloan even up with the Caps and not in Hershey where they can play?? Am I correct to assume it is a clearing waivers issue?

Either way, let QL play 1 game!! He broke his jaw for our team afterall. He at least deserves a game when we are 30 points up in the standings as a thank you!!

Posted by: adamkatzen | March 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Q's pk stats arent that impressive, although that could just be a result of the overall PK problems. if the PK does continue to struggle, i would expect to see him in there if for no other reason than to shame the other players into playing harder and sacrificing for the team.

sloan would need to clear waivers to go to hershey. given the amount of extra wingers we have, i think its a matter of time before that happens. i always thought he was only up here to provide some depth at wing as well as dinner.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 10, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=313303

"A violation of the above will result in a minor or major penalty and shall be reviewed for possible supplemental discipline."

So basically on head shots- it's subjective. This is one instance where they could have said "All head shots will receive a major penalty". But it looks like instead, they are saying "Depending on whether or not someone gets f'd up, will determine the penalty."

Unless I'm reading it wrong?

Posted by: Fro_ | March 10, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

My wondering is that it's great for Hershey to do so well, but if it's the vets doing it mostly, then it doesn't necessarily help the Caps in the future.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 6:35 AM

i thought i read or heard a clip that talked about making the prospects earn their time on the ice (not just give it to them). it kind of makes them push themselves to be better than career ahl vets.
i don't know if this is the right or wrong approach - but certainly wouldn't lead them to believe the are entitled to ice time.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 10, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

At least the deal isn't free wings when the Caps are better than 50% on the PK.

Nobody would ever be getting free wings if that was the case.

Heh...

Posted by: tmac2yao | March 10, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

BB needed people who were shooting/scoring better to give Varly better competition later in practice. ;)

Who else has this many extra bodies on their roster? Seriously. Say what you will but a deal for Hamhuis fell through at the last second.

Posted by: austinsteve | March 10, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

has osala been playing for the canes or is he in the AHL?

Posted by: _stevo | March 10, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

@Tom and Kirk

Being on a winning team does wonder alone for their development. I would have no doubt that the prospects which the Caps view as potential players down the road get their fair share of ice-time.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Say what you will but a deal for Hamhuis fell through at the last second.

Posted by: austinsteve | March 10, 2010 11:40 AM |

Hamhuis was said to not be available from the Preds way early into the deadline.

A deal probably fell through at some point, but not for Hamhuis.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Phil: I guess there's two ways to look at it, max the development of the official prospects or make them earn it. For instance, w/o Giroux and Aucoin, Bouchard would be getting first line minutes. How would he be fairing? Would he be closer to joining Caps?

To the poster who asked: Sloan and Laing would both need waivers to go down and, even worse, recall waivers to come back. After the deadline, teams can keep extra players if they fit within the cap. As the old military expression goes, they also serve who stand and wait.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Fro_: I agree. They should have included sweeping verbiage targeting ALL headshots. And more importantly, if there's a suspension, the team shouldn't be able to replace the roster spot. It has to hurt the team, not just the player.

Posted by: jakopz | March 10, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

All this talk about headshots seems to amount to what basically the referees are already doing and that's choosing who and when to penalize and who and when not to. Too subjective that it'll be just another random rule that referees may or may not enforce, depending on whether they like the team or not. Lame.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 10, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm surprised Corvo and Belanger were so forthright. Obviously there's more than one way to skin that cat (the PK), as both alluded to (based on coaching decision) to play more aggressively. Hopefully at the team meeting it will be open and frank and it will be, "Joe, Eric, what do you guys propose?" I would think you could use any system so long as the players execute properly; and, if they are constantly screening the goalie, the only thing being executed is our chance to kill the penalty. No matter what system you use, the players still must do it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Osala was recalled by the Canes and may play against the Caps tonight. He may also get to play alongside Eric Cole who is the player whose playing style he said he most wanted to emulate.

Posted by: born_rpm | March 10, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

To the poster who asked: Sloan and Laing would both need waivers to go down and, even worse, recall waivers to come back. After the deadline, teams can keep extra players if they fit within the cap. As the old military expression goes, they also serve who stand and wait.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 11:54 AM |

True, but it's not like any team is going to pick them up on waivers anyway, even on re-entry. No use to a playoff team (acquisitions post-deadline can't play in the playoffs) and no use to a non-playoff team either.

I also highly doubt any team is looking at Sloan or Laing as being a good pick up for the future. Those kind of guys you can find all over the place.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess I'm surprised Corvo and Belanger were so forthright. Obviously there's more than one way to skin that cat (the PK), as both alluded to (based on coaching decision) to play more aggressively. Hopefully at the team meeting it will be open and frank and it will be, "Joe, Eric, what do you guys propose?" I would think you could use any system so long as the players execute properly; and, if they are constantly screening the goalie, the only thing being executed is our chance to kill the penalty. No matter what system you use, the players still must do it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 12:06 PM |

Exactly. It's not like a passive PK is necessarily bad, it just has to be executed right, like any other PK system.

I think for the Caps though, a more aggressive, in your face approach would benefit them. Make the other player make a mistake instead of worrying too much about you yourself making one.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why guys who had 2 weeks off for the Olympics need a break. It takes time for guys to develop rhythm, especially the new guys.

Interesting read on the previous thread about the Bears. I don't follow them that much and always wondered how it worked. My biggest concern is that the Caps NHL prospects seem to become AHL vets fast. I understand that most of those guys won't make the Caps roster, but why not trade them when their value is high? Shouldn't most of the guys that won't make the big club cycle out to make room for the new prospects?

Posted by: ablake70 | March 10, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Whenever Caps are agressive on the forecheck, things seem to go well. I don't see why it should be any different on the PK.

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

yeah i thought the main reason to have Sloan around was b/c he could play Defense and up front...well now that we have 42 players...it doesn't seem like such a luxury...that being said...i thought he played well in the playoffs last year...

i'd say sloan erskine and jurcina were our best defenders last spring

Posted by: carsonspence | March 10, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Phil: I can certainly see a team picking up Sloan if he were on re-entry waivers. They'd get him for $350K each over the next two years and the Caps would have to pay likewise.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Whenever Caps are agressive on the forecheck, things seem to go well. I don't see why it should be any different on the PK.

Posted by: doughless | March 10, 2010 12:19 PM |

Well...yeah. A forecheck has to be aggressive to work right, unless you are playing a neutral trap or something.

A PK doesn't necessarily have to be aggressive, but I think the Caps could definetely benefit from adopting a more aggressive PK.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I can certainly see a team picking up Sloan if he were on re-entry waivers. They'd get him for $350K each over the next two years and the Caps would have to pay likewise.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 12:21 PM |

Why would a team do this?

That team can sign a two-way deal with a player who does what Sloan does, who isn't locked in at 2 more years, while also not pissing off GMGM and souring the relationship between them.

I know it only seems like 350K, but I don't see a team making shifts in their salary structure to claim some scrub plugger off waivers.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

ablake70: You will recall from what was posted the rule of 6s - 6 vets/6 role players/6 prospects. Now, you have a prospect like Andrew Gordon. His three-year, entry-level deal is up July 1st and he becomes a RFA. I'm pretty sure this means unless he signs a minor league contract next year, he needs waivers. So, he either cycles up to some NHL team (if he's good enough) or he transitions from one of the 6 prospects to one of the 6 vets. Meanwhile, Kugryshev cycles in as a new RW. Also, Della Rovere cycles in as a prospect and one of the vets moves on (maybe Giroux). This has happened over the last few years with Flash, Fehr and, soon, Perreault.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

But, I also said CBo wouldn't be claimed either. So yeah...I may not be good at this.

Granted, it was the desperate, we need a cheap NHL plugger right now, 30th team who picked him up, but he was still claimed.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Phil: I know what you mean about Sloan, he makes more than an up and down player, but he's good as the 23rd guy on the squad since he can play both D and F. Somebody has the be the 25th guy on a baseball team (usually a utility inf) and the 53rd player in football (special teams guy) and the 23rd guy in hockey. It's better a non-complaining vet than an underutilized prospect.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 10, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I would also like to point out that the main reason we have 5 healthy scratches a game is because of one....Micheal Nylander. haha

Posted by: richmondphil | March 10, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

When is BB going to rest Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin? They need it more than the guys that were on the Olmpic break.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | March 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I saw Hamhuis play vs. the Thrashers last night and I'm not sure what all the fuss about him was about. Antropov walked right over him to score a tap in. Steve Sullivan, on the other hand, is one shifty forward. He may be small but he impresses.

Posted by: CAP-lanta | March 10, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

i'd say sloan erskine and jurcina were our best defenders last spring

Posted by: carsonspence | March 10, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

i think i agree about erskine (and didn't he play w/an injured ankle?) and jurcina, and sloan played as well then as i've ever seen him play (i agree that now it'd be better for him to be playing in the minors)....i'm sorry for my pro-erskine stance, but again why not let the man play consistently? he'll make his mistakes, as everyone on the team does, but his physical presence and contributions pay dividends that are impossible to measure...he could certainly help clear the crease on the pk...go caps tonite, i hope johnny's in!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | March 10, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

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