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Fleischmann To Get New Deal

And he could be drawing a paycheck from the Caps again really soon. It hasn't happened yet, but "Flash" will be signing a two-way deal in the coming days, I'm told. Remember, he came to camp without a contract.

While Tomas hasn't been unbelievable in camp, in my opinion he's shown enough to deserve a good, long look on one of the top lines.

On Sunday, Fleischmann made a sick between the legs pass to Nicklas Backstrom for a goal. And last night in Ottawa he got a goal of his own (even if it was a centering pass that wound up going in off a Sens defenseman.)

So why a two-way deal, you ask? Because if things don't work out here, he'll be more attractive to other teams.

I'll be writing a story about him for tomorrow's Post. Hopefully, I'll know more about his contract situation soon.

Update:Alex Ovechkin didn't practice today. I'm told he's fine, just taking the day off. Chris Clark also took the day off.

Update:Consider it confirmed, Fleischmann will be signing a two-way. Not sure about the financial details yet.

Update:Goaltender Michal Neuvirth just walked out of the building limping and wearing a brace on his left knee. He's been practicing, so apparently it isn't too serious.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 21, 2007; 10:41 AM ET
 
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Thanks for the update Tarik. What's the word on Klepis at this point?

Posted by: Jay | September 21, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Tarik;

Yes Flash deserves a good long look and alot of are pulling for him. Even if he ended up with an "accidental" goal, and if it made it to Ovie's stick, Alex would have completed the effort.

Question for you though - after seeing how well Green and Poti worked together in the first two periods, what do you think made Hanlon bench Green in favor of Pothier pn the PP in the 3rd? I am of the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" camp and was pleased at the pairing and puzzled by the change.

Posted by: dogdaze | September 21, 2007 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Great to hear that a young guy is developing into a top two line player. Didn't watch the game last night, what were the line combo's? Any thoughts on how the top two are going to shape out?

Posted by: Billy | September 21, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Flash could have signed a two-way deal some time ago. I believe he interested in a one way deal only. He is mentally done with the AHL.

Posted by: Tshombe | September 21, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Flash also gave Ovie that nice feed as he stormed the slot. Looks like that, leading to goals, are what will get him on the team.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Flash could be the spark in the front line that is currently missing. The forwards last year seemed at times unwilling to muster the real drive to get to the net. Perhaps flash, Nylander and Backstrom will electrify the front lines -

Posted by: dogdaze | September 21, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Tarik
Just curious on your thoughts of last nights game seeing how it looked like the Caps had there regular line up, other than Semin and Brash, against an Ottawa Team w/ a 50/50 line up and back up Goalies. Looking at the score sheet it seemed as though the Caps blew a three to one lead and then couldn't get the win even with a 9th round pick College goalie in net for the last half of the game. Is this going to be another long season? Also, while I have you, what are your thoughts on the job this front office is doing as far as the draft? It seems as though there are still many questions in regard to GMGM's choices. Regarding RW Eric Fehr, why is he still a question mark while other pick's chosen after him like Corey Parry a RW who played for Dale Hunter, Ryan Getzlaf or Mike Richards centers, have all been with their respective clubs for at least a season and have all had great success. Perry and Getzlaf have won a cup with Anaheim. Is Anaheim that much better at recognizing talent? They did swoop in to snatch up Randy Carlyle and look at his numbers and winning percentage. Now they have Doug Shearer the equipment manager. People used to talk about how players moved on from the Capitals to have success with other clubs, now we have trainers doing it. Way to go Dick P. and GMGM, great job! Back to the Caps, I have been a fan since the save the Caps days back in the late seventies early eighties. Then we were saving the team from a community that didn't understand the game. Now it seems this team needs to be saved from its own front office. Why was the once highly regarded number 5 pick in this years draft Alzner sent home after just four days of camp? Isn't the pre-season for evaluating talent? It seems as though another one of Dale Hunters players, Sam Gagner (chosen w/ # 6th pick) is still playing preseason games with the Oilers. Why start your entire regular season line up in a preseason game? Is this staff that desperate for a win? Is it that the "building process" lines have run its course and now the pressure is on to win? Well, look at what happened. Ottawa had some of their big guns, but also had just as many prospects in their line up. They even changed their goalies. Ollie played the entire game. Are the Caps that bad? Also, comparing this checking line of Gordon, Pettinger, and Clark to Kono, Dahlen and Halpern, PLEASE! They were -3, -2 and -1 respectfully. I don't expect you to answer these questions; it would be nice but I realize it may put you on the spot. But the next time you see Ted, ask him if he is serious about selling tickets and getting this area behind this team? If he is, there is a simple plan to follow, and I'd be glad to sit-down with him about it.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

At worst, he's an X-factor that the other teams have to be aware of. If Hanlon shows confidence in him by putting him in the top 2 lines, other teams will sit up and take notice, and either he proves himself a threat or at least draws attention that could be better paid to Semin or OV.

Posted by: Kurt | September 21, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I think 'someone else who knows' should change his name to 'someone who doesn't know squat' or wear an 'I'm with stupid' t-shirt with an arrow pointing straight up.

Posted by: kenwood | September 21, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Facts and Stats do not lie. Which part do you not understand?

Posted by: I'm -> Kenwood | September 21, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the double post someone else who has no idea

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

From the "if it ain't broke don't fix it file" ... Any reason why Jurcina and Morrisonn haven't been playing together in pre-season?

I thought they were our best pairing last season. Plus then Pothier and Poti could each pair with one of the younger guys.

Maybe Hanlon knows what Jurcina and Morrisonn can do together, so he's using camp to try different combinations and see what he's got, but I hope he puts them back together for the regular season.

And yes, I'm still worried about Olie.
And no, it's not just because of last night's game.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | September 21, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Someone else who knows is dumb, it's a preseason game no need to freak out.

Posted by: The person who thinks | September 21, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

its not a matter of comprehension, someone who has no idea, you have diarrhea of the mouth, or fingers, either way, what you say is meaningless and outdated

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Facts and Stats! Does anyone care about winning?

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

you have no idea what it takes to win, if you had the reigns we would be winless

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to go off topic there -- anyway...

Fehr is the natural right wing that I'm sure Glen and George wanted to step into one of those top two lines this season. But he's hurt and if he can't go somebody has to step in.

Flash seems to recognize the opportunity, from all accounts he's worked his butt off, so why not give him a shot on a scoring line for the first 10 or 15 games of the regular season. If it's not working out they can always go another direction.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | September 21, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey no post,
Winless? Just like the front office running the team now? With an argument like that you must work for the team. Hey you better get back, I think GMGM and Glen need some tissues.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Regarding RW Eric Fehr, why is he still a question mark while other pick's chosen after him like Corey Parry a RW who played for Dale Hunter, Ryan Getzlaf or Mike Richards centers, have all been with their respective clubs for at least a season and have all had great success."

Um.... have you not heard of the health problems of Fehr? You can not compare the injured to the uninjured and ask why can't they keep up?

Posted by: To "Someone else who knows" | September 21, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

someone else who knows , you got way too much frustration. You need a self help group or something.

Posted by: TJ | September 21, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, you mention Flash as possible trade bait, is there any interest? If so any guesses on the return?

Posted by: Graham | September 21, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

someone else who knows-nice column.

Posted by: dave | September 21, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Good questions to ponder coming from the posters here - but we all need to take a deep breath for a moment since we're still in PRESEASON exhibition games here, and the coaches need to see player chemistry develop for the pairings that will need to be firmed up once the season gets underway. YES, we are all hungry for a couple of ego-satisfying wins to prove what? that the guys we counted on last year are still worthy?? (especially after the sorry close of last season) Better to experiment now when it doesn't count than take the penalty later against.

SO let's all count to 10 and take a deep breath. Regulation hockey will get here soon enough, and we need to allow the managers time to figure all this out, and hope the Caps are on their game when the real season opens.

It is an interesting process to speculate on in the meantime . . . .

Posted by: dogdaze | September 21, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Neuvirth get hurt somehow before last nights game? Maybe the knee is related.

Posted by: bc | September 21, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

someone else who knows is just that annoying caphcky guy again. Anyway, yah Id also like to hear what Neuvirth's status is.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to disappoint you, no post. I'm not the annoying caphcky guy. I'm from MD, saying what needs to be said. BTW shouldn't you be getting coffee for the coaches, or trying to sell some tickets? Keep working yourself up the ladder big guy.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Last night's game was a mixed bag.
Backstrom and Nylander together looked awesome, often demonstrating total control of the offensive zone. Backstrom was just rock solid. To add Semin's shot arsenal to that line is gonna be insane.

On the other hand, Ovechkin and Kozlov did not really look like a top line, or a "plus" line, for that matter. Disjointed on offense, not very careful on defense. There could be a lot of different reasons, lets wait and see, I guess. Right now, the way I see it, its on Ovechkin to figure out how to better use the upgraded skill on his line.

I wasn't that impressed with either Flash or Klepis. They just don't seem have any outstanding qualities to their game; skilled, but pretty underwhelming. But I do think that the Caps have to give these guys as much time as they possibly can; they really gotta try to replace Clark in the top-6, especially if they want to switch to a puck-possession offense.

The PP is clearly going to be on a whole different level with Nylander and Poti; the PK sucked last night, but eventually it can't possibly be worse than last year..

Posted by: Vlad | September 21, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

ha listen to yourself, so bitter, sure youre not a flyers fan? cause you sure arent a caps fan

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 3:22 PM | Report abuse

You're right, NO POST. I'm not a Caps fan, I used to be! I got fed up with spending time and money on an organization that does nothing more than make excuses and "wait until next year, we'll be better" statments. I'm not bitter, I assure you of that. I think it's rather comical now. BTW lets have a poll, NO POST. You brought them up, who will finish w/ more points this year, The Caps or the Flyers?
Answer w/ your head, not your heart.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

-someone else who knows


boo hoo waa waa...did you get your bottle of warm milk yet?

Posted by: TJ | September 21, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Charming TJ, very original your folks must be proud. What say you on the poll?
BTW, thanks Dave.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell OV how goofy yellow laces look with the new unis.
he should swich to red....

Posted by: LIVINIT | September 21, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

oh, and quit flipping out its only the first preseason game.

Posted by: livinit | September 21, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

someone else who knows,

For someone who isn't a Caps fan, you sure do seem to have a strong opinion about the Caps...and perhaps not the most informed one. Can you please provide us your background as to talent analysis of hockey players. How often you go to practices and your assessment of all these players. And being a fan from the 70s just isn't going to cut it.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 21, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't think a journalist should use the word "sick" to describe something good. Leave that to the kiddies.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

they're starting to crawl out of the woodworks again.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I think there is a consensus here that 'someone else who knows' needs to find the blogs for whatever team he is a fan of. We clearly don't need you here with the #@$% you're spewing. By the way, I'll be glad to define 'consensus' for you.

Posted by: kenwood | September 21, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

First off, it was a preseason game no need to freak out. 2nd Flash looked very good last night.

Posted by: Who cares | September 21, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

please keep the comments on point.

and i like the term "sick".

Posted by: Tarik | September 21, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I got it.
con·sen·sus
-noun, plural -sus·es. 1. majority of opinion: The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
2. general agreement or concord; harmony.

[Origin: 1850-55;

Look, I know it's almost quitting time for you guys. BTW, are the players off the ice yet? I may not be a fan of the team right now; however I still like some of the players on the team. With that said, I love the game and this area deserves better than what they are getting. What's wrong with saying "people need to produce; otherwise you're stealing a pay check?"

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 21, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Tarik's blog doesn't seem like the place for trolls and a flamewar, but it looks like that's what we've got here...

Anyway, I'm echoing the comments I've heard a bunch of people make - "if it ain't broke don't fix it." Hanlon's doing juggling in places I would like players to be settled into prior to regular season. But it's still early, as long as they're semi-locked in after cuts are finished I'll be happy.

Posted by: Raber | September 21, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

I just wanted to say how great of a job you're doing -- I love your Caps coverage. Thanks for keeping me informed!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

dogdaze, you dont know what you're talking about: regular season play will NOT be here soon enough! ; ]
The fantasy league in here is almost as entertaining as actual HOC--just kidding.

Posted by: redlineblue | September 21, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone, turn off the gas to the flame throwers!

This is year 4 of the rebuild. Frankly, it's 4 years too long. There really wasn't a need to "rebuild" to begin with. Leonsis' purchase of Jagr killed the team. What he should have done was jettisoned GMGM, and kept Ron Wilson as coach. But that's old news. The damage has been done.

The moves that GMGM did in the off season this past summer should have been done last year. There is a good likelihood that this team could turn out to be like Chicago - mostly a joke and a perpetual nonparticipant in the post-season. Poorly managed, too.

I don't see this team in the post-season at all. They'll be cellar-dwellers again.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 21, 2007 7:44 PM | Report abuse

A little negative there... I'm not all unicorn giggles and butterflies about the past, but saying we'll be cellar dwellers is a stretch with the moves that have been made. I don't think anyone can argue that we're deeper as a team than we've been in a long time.

With respect to the caps of 4 years ago, the team wasn't a happy team. You put that many stars on a team and pay everyone as much as we did, you can expect there'll be some ego problems. We also didn't have much of a coach then (cassidy)...

As for the Ron Wilson comment, I'll agree that he's gone on to much better things in San Jose. But that doesn't mean he was the right coach. GMGM has done nothing but right by the team since the lockout. Also remember that it was Ted pushing for the Jagr business.

Ted's been 100% better since he realized that Jagr was a mistake - he's let GMGM make the core decisions with regard to the players. I think at the time I would've agreed that they made the wrong choice when they got rid of Wilson and kept GMGM, but looking at the team now I'm glad they kept him. He's putting a good team on the ice this year, and if we don't win I'd blame Hanlon before GMGM.

Finally, making the moves last year wouldn't have made sense. If we'd done that, then we'd have been exactly like the Blackhawks of last year - making the moves to pick up some good free agents and then having our season flushed down the toilet because of a few injuries. They had no depth. We now have that depth.

As for post-season, I don't understand how anyone can say "this team will make the post season" or "this team doesn't have a chance". There's no point in analyzing post-season shots until at least halfway into the season.

If we lose the first 41 games of the season, then you can start flaming about how crappy our team is :-P

Posted by: Raber | September 21, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Good points, Raber.
I think that the addition of Nylander was great. Poti will certainly help out a bit on the powerplay, but he isn't the stalwart defensman that the team needs. They apparently want to acquire that from within, by drafting and perhaps even trading for young guys who might be able to pull it off. Jurcina was a good pick up for a failing team. The Caps still need a solid, elite defender. Thats great that we have guys that can move the puck, but we need experience to mentor, IMHO.

As for the forward ranks, I think Kozlov was a good acquisition but I had not counted on him centering the 1st line. Not because he's not capable, but because he is not great on face offs. Sure, we can call it temporary, but if the rebuild is over as Ted claims, (which I chalk up to marketing in all honesty; its over when the team plays like its over, eh?) there is still an issue with the top line. Backstrom must develop, as must Fleishman and Gordon et al. Its still a young team. TO say its a post season team is, well, jumping the gun. I'm not sold on its depth yet. If replacing an injured nylander with sutherby or klepis, and replacing an ailing Poti or Jurcina with Eminger or Schultz is what we're calling depth, then I'm not convinced.

I'm going to let the season dictate all that though. I'm watching because i love it. Negativity has its place, as does blind optimism. Frankly, i get enough of all that from my politicians. Lets just watch the boys play.

Posted by: 007 | September 21, 2007 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Hooray for my favorite Czech :D. I'd love to get him in on that Kozlov Ovechkin line.

Posted by: Whiter Mage | September 21, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

"I'm going to let the season dictate all that though. I'm watching because i love it. Negativity has its place, as does blind optimism. Frankly, i get enough of all that from my politicians. Lets just watch the boys play."

Well said Sir

Posted by: pmoravek | September 21, 2007 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Flame throwers? What do bouncers at a gay bar have to do with the Caps?

"Ted's been 100% better since he realized that Jagr was a mistake - he's let GMGM make the core decisions with regard to the players."

You all need to get off of Ted; he's been a great owner. Looking back on the Jagr situation, he saw a player that killed his team in the playoffs and took a shot at bringing him in on our side. Unfortunately at that time Jagr had baggage that hockey people knew about and Ted should have listened to his hockey people. What we don't know is whether or not it was made clear to him the extent of this baggage. Ted isn't the problem; he is taking shots and trying. He is now listening to his hockey guys; unfortunately he has the wrong hockey guys and is only getting one side of the story. Dick Patrick is the one who needs to step aside. Since David Poile, a victim of his own success, was terminated Dick has been in charge of daily operations. Both he and GMGM have taken a Cup contending club and have imploded it to the point we are at right now.
With that said, Game on! Yes, lets watch them play! Also, I agree, you provide great coverage Tarik. Thank you.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 22, 2007 12:28 AM | Report abuse

does it hurt sitting on both sides of the fence

Posted by: Anonymous | September 22, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey NO POST,
What are you talking about? I call it like I see it. What is your problem? Are you feeling guilty about stealing a pay check from Ted? I'm not on this fence; I suggest you get off of the post. The guys are talking.

Posted by: someone else who knows | September 22, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ted has been a good owner. Jagr, Oates, Lang, Bondra sounded incredible and came at the expense of the Pens. I remember b4 the scale up w/ the blog getting personal replies to emails. Plus, I think Ted is in it for the long haul.

I'm not sold on the GM, though.

Posted by: Jim | September 22, 2007 6:44 PM | Report abuse

aaaaaand, you make no sense again

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