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Fleischmann activated

Tomas Fleischmann was put on the Caps' active roster this afternoon. That means the winger will be available to make his return from a blood clot in his leg tomorrow night in Atlanta.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 28, 2009; 5:49 PM ET
 
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Welcome Back, Tomas!

Posted by: jdhoover | October 28, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Awesome... Flash isn't awesome but he pushes non-awesome people out of the lineup...

Ovie/Backs/Semin
Flash/Mo/Knuble
Clark/Laich/Fehr
Laing/Steckel/Bradley

or something like that...

Posted by: JSchon | October 28, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Glad he's back, but maybe put him on the fourth line for at least one game so he can get used to NHL speed and physicality again.

Posted by: capscoach | October 28, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Well, that explains why Giroux got sent back to Hershey. Hope he didn't take anything extra (like flu virus) along with him.

Welcome back, Flash. We've missed you!

Posted by: wocoliz | October 28, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Now it turned out a bunch of guys had it, but their teams were afraid to report it.

http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/33522350/ns/sports/

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Doug Weight returned to the Islanders lineup on Wednesday night after a bout with the swine flu forced the New York captain to miss three games.

"As of now, the blood is off my hands," Weight said. "They said it's five days and it has been eight. So if anybody gets sick now, it's not me. I took care of myself. My kids are good and my wife is good, so it's all good.

"I stayed in bed and shut my door. ... That was it. You cough in your arm and you wash your hands and you have the soap all around for the kids to wash their hands all day."

I am pretty sure Semin and Ovechkin (and Backstrom?) had it already. As CDC said, some people don't even have a fever, only respiratory symptoms.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 28, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

When Flash was healthy last year he was awesome. Welcome back!

I had h1n1. It sucked. I was only seriously ill for a couple of days but I'd say start to finish it took about 8 days to get back near 100% physically. Deal is, though, I'm betting I caught it in the gym. The locker room has got to be a cauldron for the stuff.

Posted by: Sonyask | October 28, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

It won't be Laing on the 4th line at this time since he's got swine flu.

I assume Aucoin's still there, so Third line should be either Flash/Laich -- Aucoin -- Fehr and Fourth line should be Bradley -- Steckel -- Clark. The question is -- should Flash be on the 2nd line and bump down Laich or should we leave Laich there and put Flash on the 3rd.

And it all depends if Fehr is healthy again, too.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 28, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Glad Flash is back. Welcome back, Tommy. (Can't resist calling him Tommy since we used to have a couple of kids in our neighborhood named Tommy who happen to be the same age as Flash.)

Probably answer to the Flashback query. Thursday.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 28, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

JSchon:
CapsFan75 beat me to the punch but I was gonna say, playing Laing with the swine flu, eh? What is he on your fantasy team or something? ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | October 28, 2009 8:00 PM | Report abuse

(from previous thread): I have a question for those more knowledgeable than I about the subtleties of hockey--I've read that Poti played a great game and I've read that Poti was terrible.

I'm sure the truth is somewhere between, but why the disparity in Poti's contribution to the game last night? Where was he good and where was he terrible? Asset or liability?

I know commentators tend to blather on, but really I couldn't understand why the disparity in analysis.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 28, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

It sure would be great to get some scoring from Flash...help to balance out the attack making the Caps even more dangerous offensively.

Posted by: MReilly9 | October 28, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Newbie- I thought Poti looked terrible. Thats just me.

I hope Flash provides some consistent scoring, Knuble and Morrison can cycle with the best, but the line is missing pure scoring talent.

I'm glad to see Laich move down because the third line has just been terrible.

I think the best two lines have been the 1st and 4th, but the middle two have been jumbled too often to get some consistency.

I think

SOB
Mo-Knub-Flash
Laich-Fehr-Aucoin
Bradley-Steckel_Laing/Clark

Provieds the caps with balance both defensively and offensively. Personally, I haven't liked what Clark has brought to the table so far.

Posted by: BACKS | October 28, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Carolina this year?! They're terrible!!! :)

Posted by: rachel216 | October 28, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

(from previous thread): I have a question for those more knowledgeable than I about the subtleties of hockey--I've read that Poti played a great game and I've read that Poti was terrible.

I'm sure the truth is somewhere between, but why the disparity in Poti's contribution to the game last night? Where was he good and where was he terrible? Asset or liability?

I know commentators tend to blather on, but really I couldn't understand why the disparity in analysis.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 28, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

i thought the entire d played well last night. as for poti, my observations last night were that he was generally ok. he had trouble moving guys out from the net (i believe he was on for the second pp goal for philly). he also has a madening habit of not being able to get the puck out of the defensive zone. didnt burn them last night mostly due to theo. he got some additional pp time as bruce elected to play two d and three fwards on the pp for one of the early ones. hes not the offensive dman i expected when we got him.

in general you can usually find three different opinons on how a dman played in a game. mostly because a good game by a dman is sometimes when you dont even remember he was out there...ie. he didnt screw up too badly.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 28, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone post about the goalie just ahead of Theodore in goalie save % stats?

http://www.nhl.com/ice/app?component=completeSavePercentageLeaderList&page=statshome&service=direct

Posted by: fehrrocks | October 28, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the truth is somewhere between, but why the disparity in Poti's contribution to the game last night? Where was he good and where was he terrible? Asset or liability?

I know commentators tend to blather on, but really I couldn't understand why the disparity in analysis.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 28, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

d-men in hockey are like o-linemen in football... if you hardly notice them in their zone during a game, that means they're having a pretty good game.

I wouldn't give a second thought to the opinions of all these so called hockey experts on here who are NEVER satisfied any of the d-men on the Caps. If the Caps had Bobby Orr or 3 shutouts in the next 5 games, they would stil find something to complain about after every game.

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

@BACKS

Well, there's been one exception to the third line being bad and that is Keith Aucoin.

And the Thrashers' game was the one day the third line was cleaning up. (Both Giroux and Clark scoring, with contributions from Aucoin.)

Other than that, the third line has not been too good this year. The return of Flash to the lineup will help in that regard, whether it's moving Laich there or putting Flash there.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 28, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back FLASH!!!

Posted by: M8R-tyy463 | October 28, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

newbiecapsfan07:
wow - joek and i agree on something.
anyone that has followed the caps for the last 2 yrs understands that their d is the weakest part of their game. the ones that complain about the d just need something to complain about. one thing that is different this year is that theo is playing much, much better than he did in the early season last year. i believe we are also seeing some additional maturity and experience from the younger dmen on the team. i'm looking forward to watching the d improve as the season goes on - even if that means seeing alzner and/or carlson

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 28, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

The d-men have a range of responsibilities - physical (crease clearing) and skating/puck-moving. It's rare to find a d-man with the full toolbox. On the Caps, Morrisonn comes the closest. Green, Poti, and Pothier are skaters, while Jurcina, Erskine, and (potentially)Schultz are physical. In a run-and-gun style game, the skaters can shine. In a more grinding, physical game, the skaters can have problems. BB tries to compensate by pairing a skater with a physical d-man.

Posted by: zmega | October 28, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

Here here. We have plenty of folks who will NEVER be happy and will always complain about any and every member of our D corp.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | October 28, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Anyone post about the goalie just ahead of Theodore in goalie save % stats?

http://www.nhl.com/ice/app?component=completeSavePercentageLeaderList&page=statshome&service=direct

Posted by: fehrrocks | October 28, 2009 9:38 PM

He had a ridiculous glove save on the "Saves of the Week" clip this week. Then again, Pitt's only two losses were with him in net.

Posted by: Raber | October 28, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Yes, YES, Y'all. Yes, YES Y'all.

Flash in full effect, Y'all.

Who is the optimal center for Fehr and Flash? I loved that F St line last year. Just can't understand why there's so much bad attitude about those guys.

They're both still young, they both have such great energy. I think both can really bloom in their roles. I don't think Fehr will ever be a top-line low-slot antagonist, but he never quits and sooner or later, he's going to get breaks and get deflections. And Flash is a really smart offensive player with a lot of speed. Maybe some finishing problems but that seemed to have improved a lot through last season.

Posted by: large23220 | October 28, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the responses about defense. In general I guess it's in the eyes of the beholder. And when a d-man makes a mistake it's really obvious. It's hard to argue with the fact that our defense is weaker than our offense given the Caps offensive power. I guess I was just baffled by why some thought Poti had a great game and others thought he was terrible. I guess he had both! Me--I just really enjoyed the game--swift and physical and the momentum shifting. It was such a satisfying win.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 28, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I don't think anybody who has complained about our defensemen has complained that we lack Bobby Orr. We already have Bobby Orr. Mike Green plays exactly that same coast-to-coast Offenseman game. The only difference is that Bobby Orr didn't give the puck away so damn much.

People (as in "me") complain that we lack a Ron Langway. An efficient, defense-first minute-eater; strong, sound positional control of attackers; consistently smart breakout passing; the ability to clear the puck on PK, no matter who is on your stick.

Schultz is looking better. Pothier is looking pretty strong. So I have less to complain about. But our blueline is our glaring weakness, and now that our goalie is sorted out (?), it is the only missing piece on a Stanley Cup team. I just strongly feel that we are not going to win it all without that element.

And specifically about Poti: I like him because he's one of the most disciplined guys on the team. I like the way he stays out of the box, but he makes a lot of positional mistakes for a defenseman that makes that much money and puts up so few points. He came here as a guy with big offensive upside. He hasn't lived up to the billing. And he's only mediocre defensively.

Posted by: large23220 | October 28, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Oh and I agree--I am also looking forward to seeing Alzner and Carlson this year. I listened to the Hockey Diaries online, which focused on Alzner and Laich over the course of the season. Loved the insiders perspective and rich details. And I didn't know that much about Alzner before. Now I know why he went from number 47 to 27. And how big of a deal it is to break into the line-up. Laich-really grounded guy. Always liked him but now I have an even greater appreciation for what a player like that brings to the game.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 29, 2009 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Glad to have Flash back but I fear they will send Aucoin down soon. This guy is hands down awesome. He is always making plays. One of best skaters on the team, passes a fore checks. I guess they don't like his size but hey look at Allen Iverson and Spud Webb in the NBA and DeShawn Jackson in the NFL.....it simply makes no sense to reject people bcuz of there size. The guy is an NHL calibre playmaker plain and simple.

Posted by: congero | October 29, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

@large23220

Great comments. One cmment. I have found (ofcourse I could be very wrong) that Poti (although he did prove this statement VERY wront 2-3x last night) is usually fairly reliable with clearly the puck while some of the other dmen are less adept. Agree (in fact he will be the ONLY dude who can actually lift the puck on a clear)?

Posted by: ralCapsFan | October 29, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Here's a laugh for you guys. This is from the comment section of Broad Street Hockey from a Flyers Fan regarding Ovi's hit on Richards:

"Richards sees the collision coming, positions himself to stay in the play by bouncing off the boards, and heads off after the puck immediately. Ovechkin leaves his feet and drops his stick, taking him out of the play. Ovechkin makes it look good, but Richards makes the smart hockey play.

To clarify, I don’t mean he jumped into richards, I mean he fell down, because he threw his weight recklessly in order to make it seem like a bigger hit than it was.

In reality, it was a glancing blow and Ovechkin took himself out of the play."

The person that wrote that should get a job in sales.

Posted by: dfe1 | October 29, 2009 12:24 AM | Report abuse

@ralCapsFan

You're right. He is also good for taking care of the puck. Which is crucial on a team with Green and Ovie.

And of all the Clear-Attempt-Fails I remember our D-men making (and there are an awful lot of them) I do not recall Poti being involved in one. Last year Schultz was supernaturally bad at it. Like he had a voodoo curse on his stick or something. Green too, but a little less so.

I do remember Poti standing at his own blue line and getting skated around like a pylon a few times. I do remember him screening Jose a few times. And I do remember him just looking stunned and not reacting to the play a few times. But I don't remember any failed clear attempts, and he takes good care of the puck.

So we've established Poti's assets: doesn't turn it over much; stays out of the box mostly; can clear the puck usually. The team was +27 on the season, and he was just +3, so he didn't do jack scheize for the offense OR the defense. All that for $3.5M.

What a bargain?

Posted by: large23220 | October 29, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Thank god!!! Maybe now I don't have to read the words "BLOOD CLOT" anymore!!!Ech

Posted by: broud0 | October 29, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

@ Raber Johnson has not been in net for both Pittsburgh Losses Flurey was in for the loss against NJ.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 29, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

@ Raber Johnson has not been in net for both Pittsburgh Losses Flurey was in for the loss against NJ.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 29, 2009 1:45 AM

Reading comprehension FAIL. My bad. Thanks for the correction.

Posted by: Raber | October 29, 2009 3:11 AM | Report abuse

on a totally unrelated note to any of this...

i looked at my fantasy hockey free agents...

JEFF SCHULTZ was the #1 ranked defenseman available...could this be possible???

sorta crazy....

Posted by: carsonspence | October 29, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

I think Schultz is having a very good season so far. I haven't seen him out of position as much as in the past and he is actually using that big frame of his a bit more. This may be the year he grows up and becomes a very good defenseman right before our eyes.

Ok, now all you Schultz bashers can tell me what an idiot I am.....

Posted by: PhilR | October 29, 2009 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Glad 3 get Flashmann back in the lineup he just needs 2 be consistent. CAPS!

Posted by: coma47 | October 29, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

I think it is too soon to put Flash back in..it's a long season...he needs to be in game shape..

Posted by: SA-Town | October 29, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

If the Caps had Bobby Orr or 3 shutouts in the next 5 games, they would stil find something to complain about after every game.

Posted by: joek443 | October 28, 2009 10:25 PM

@joek443:

You are absolutely right...the Caps' defensive pairings could have these guys...

Lidstrom/Phaneuf
Pronger/Bouwmeester
Blake/Jovanovski
Rafalski/Madden

...under lifetime contract for MINIMUM WAGE, and SOMEONE, SOMEWHERE, would still have SOMETHING to B1+¢# about!

As for me, if I could put anyone I wanted in a Caps sweater (ignoring $$$), it would be Phaneuf: whatever he hits, he destroys (except for OV, in which case it's an irresistable force meeting an immovable object).

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 29, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town -- I agree, way too soon. I'm not really a Flash-lover in the first place and this is making me nervous. I guess we'll see tonight?

Posted by: DCTexan90 | October 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

As for me, if I could put anyone I wanted in a Caps sweater (ignoring $$$), it would be Phaneuf: whatever he hits, he destroys (except for OV, in which case it's an irresistable force meeting an immovable object).


Posted by: Rhino40 | October 29, 2009 9:38 AM

Since I've said the same thing several times myself, we are in agreement.

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 29, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

newbiecapsfan07

This group will really not like Alzner when he's up here full time. He's not a scorer, doesn't put up a lot of points. Guys here will not like that at all.

A SAH (Stay At Home) D-man won't score a lot. See Schultz, Erskine, Juice don't really bring an offensive side to the game. Juice could, but for some reason he won't shoot the puck on net. That's fine, but the only other reason to be on the ice is to be a solid d-man that will one pass it out of our zone, clear the crease and block shots. Let's be generous and say that they're learning...

Poti had a good game against Philly. He was positionally sound, made good passes out of the zone, didn't get caught up ice, and cleared the crease. Pothier was also pretty good, though he was pushed around a bit. Schultz, Juice and ShaMo were OK, not good (my humble opinion). Theo saved the bacon.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 29, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

BTW, since next year (at latest) the $4.875M Nylander cap hit will be gone, you only have to move Poti and you can afford Phaneuf or equivalent.

The extra cap hit for Backstrom and Semin (at $6M each, that is extra $5M in hit from this year) is paid for by Theo and Pothier coming off and replaced by lower paid players.

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 29, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

@Rhino, Since Madden is a center, I would complain.

But seriously, I don't think our defense is as bad as everyone says. Is it the strongest part of the team? No. But none of them are Reekie bad.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 29, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Thrashers - Varly
Islanders - Jose
Jackets - Varly
Devils - Jose

Is this what we're thinking, or do we go Jose Friday-Sunday? I think the kid needs a home start, so my vote is above.

Posted by: SA-Town | October 29, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Let me qualify my statement:

For the time being, I feel that our D is fine as-is; keep in mind that all 5 skaters on the ice need to maintain their defensive responsibilities for the team defense to succeed, regardless of the blueliners' collective or individual skill levels.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 29, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

@ GregS - If you think Poti cleared the crease well against Philly, I suggest you look at a replay of their second goal. He tried hard, he just lacks the muscle and size to move out a power forward.

Posted by: zmega | October 29, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

You might as well have said "For the time being, I feel that Gary Coleman is a fine Hollywood leading man as-is; keep in mind that he needs to grow about a foot and a half, and he needs to cure himself of his mental illnesses to succeed."

We have defensive role-players and offensive role-players and not much overlap on this team.

Posted by: large23220 | October 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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