Finley Update and Other Notes
A few notes from Coach Bruce Boudreau's media scrum:
*As I mentioned earlier, Joe Finley left the ice with an injury. Boudreau wouldn't get specific, but it sounds like the 6-7, 245 pound defenseman-turned-winger had something like a groin or hip flexor tighten up.
"He said he was feeling something was going to be sore. I don't know what means, either. But I said, better be safe than sorry," Boudreau said. "It's too bad because I thought he was looking good. [But] I would rather have him healthy for the rest of the season or for camp than to really say, 'I want to show something on the first day,' and pull a hip flexor or groin and not be able to compete."
* Boudreau was especially impressed after the first session with -- surprise, surprise -- defenseman John Carlson, a player who might push for a spot in Washington in a few weeks.
"The way he handled himself out there -- just the shot he scored on, it was like, 'Wow,' Boudreau said. "Looks like he's been around a while. You know he's in shape, because that was a pretty tough skate at the end and he was the one who lasted the longest, all the time. He's ready to put a push on to make this hockey club."
(Dmitri Kugryshev, on the other hand, did not appear to be in great shape. Twice he was doubled over, down on both knees, struggling to catch his breath.)
* Boudreau has started a new weekly column, Behind the Bench, that will appear each Monday on the Caps' website. The column, which is ghostwritten by a Caps staffer, made its debut today.
This isn't Boudreau's first time being published. He had a column when he coached in the minors with AHL Manchester and pitched the idea to Washington officials over the summer.
* The two players who didn't have names on their jerseys today were Boudreau's sons, Ben and Andy. With Stefan Della Rovere out with a mild concussion, the team needed an extra forward. Ben has a deal with Dayton of the IHL and Andy is going to play in Mississippi of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
"My thought was that it's better to send both of them out in case one of them couldn't last the whole practice," Boudreau cracked. "It was really nice of [GM George McPhee] to allow it."
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