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Fleischmann Receives Clearance

Tomas Fleischmann has been medically cleared to return to action and is on the ice with his teammates this morning at KCI. The winger has been out all season with a blood clot in his left leg.

Fleischmann is assigned to a four-forward line with Chris Clark, Eric Fehr and Michael Nylander. But it remains unclear when Fleischmann will be able to suit for a game. He told me recently that he would need a week to 10 days after rejoining his teammates.

Only Boyd Gordon (sore back) is missing from practice.

I'll have more on Fleischmann later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
 
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Comments

Oh...It is time to bring it..it is on....

Posted by: SA-Town | October 20, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

DUDE.... No!

PLEASE don't put Circles in a game.

Don't reward him for refusing Omsk's offer.

Posted by: large23220 | October 20, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Sweet - a small bleeder- just what we are missing!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 20, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't Flash have at least a couple of games more on the retroactive LTIR we put him on, whether or not he's medically able to practice?

Posted by: Sonyask | October 20, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Yup, Flash still has two more games to miss.

Posted by: koalatek | October 20, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Let's get real, Fleischmann did not train, did not run or jog since the playoff run was over. The whole summer he was not working out, except the upper body, and even that was taken lightly. In comparison last summer he was running 10 miles every day.

He can say goodbye to this season, but hopefully he could get in shape by playoffs.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 20, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Like I said a couple threads ago, and as we all noticed from the "benching" in the last game, the third line, well, sucks. If they want it to be offensive, why not use Nylander. Its clear that Aucoin isn't the answer. I'm not expecting miracles, but it can't hurt.

Note to Flash: next year, upgrade to business class for the flight home. ok?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 20, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

here comes Nyls. this is going to be interesting. hope he plays well

Posted by: skinzfan4 | October 20, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Who has the scoop on nyls?

He will never play for us - is there something happening?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 20, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

If you follow Tarik on Twitter, practice sounds pretty ugly today.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 20, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Is he having them run Herbies?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 20, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Why do the few of you think Nylander is going to be in the lineup? He's been practicing with the team all season. This is nothing new. Unless it's absolutely necessary, I don't think he will play. The risk of injury and the fact that he may not be of any help playing are two of the reasons why he remains out of the lineup. Either of these would obviously be a deterant to another team that may be interested in picking him up... although that doesn't seem likely to happen.

Posted by: UngaBunga | October 20, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm still not sure why people keep sticking Nyls in the line-up. He will not play for us...he did not even get into a preseason game. He is the highest paid cheerleader in the league right now.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 20, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Tarik -- is Semin back?

Posted by: fnralch | October 20, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

keep Stecks on the 4th line with Brads and Lainger.

Posted by: doughless | October 20, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

regarding Nyls: Gordon is still hurt and they sent Aucoin down...wouldn't that leave Nyls as the center of that line?

Hotlanta is 4-1 i think so this could be quite a good game on thursday

Posted by: skinzfan4 | October 20, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

@oldtimehockey - yep.

Tarik's tweets from today's practice (does he still post them here?):

-Coach BB isn't happy. He's skating the players very hard for the second straight day. He's screaming at them during suicides.

-Boudreau is still yelling -- and the players are still sprinting blueline to blueline. Not sure I've ever seen Coach skate 'em this hard.

-Several players have told me that today's hard skate was not about punishment; it was more about conditioning. We'll see what BB has to say.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 20, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Nyls is the Todd Collins of hockey, with the exception that although Collins has limited if non-existence practice time he was allowed to enter a game, albeit in a must difficult situation, while Nyls is allowed practice time but never plays in a game.

Mr. Boudreau tear down that wall!!

Posted by: opita1 | October 20, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Sweet - a small bleeder- just what we are missing!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 20, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

rofl!

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

For those that keep saying Trade NYls, great, no one wants him at this salary. The caps with the appoarch they are taking have no leverage with any team. All the other teams know we are in cap trouble, have a player we do not want with a high salary why should they help the caps out? If he plays, then maybe he notches a couple of points, plays well, his stock goes up. If he plays lousy, guess what we are in the same boat.
I do have one thought on how to move him. Stay with me,find out which teams he would go to. Set up a trade that the other team only has to pay half of his salary this year. Have Nyls agree to the trade with the previso that he has to waived to Hershey first. Stay the minimum time and bring him back through waivers. The other team picks him up and if I am correct the Caps have to pay half the salary and the team that picks him up pays half, Like Kronwall last year. Maybe then some team might have an interest,but no one is going to take on the 4.8 million a year to help the caps out.

Posted by: RichC3 | October 20, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

RichC3,
That is likely to fail, since I am sure there are a lot of teams that would take him at 1/2 his salary and there is no garantee that the team he wants to go to will get him, unless they are high up in the order. Not that I care where he goes, but I doubt that he would waive his NMC for such a risky move.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | October 20, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Memo to the WP:
I am available to sit during Caps' practice and at game time, enjoy a drink or two with friends, ask silly questions - Nice ride, do you like your new car? - take pictures of helmets and fans walking around, and post in twitter or blog a line or two about what I see. Make me an offer, I can be had for half of what you are paying now and I will travel. As an added bonus - an improvement to this newspaper - I am willing to poke my nose where people may not want it so that I can get a good story.

Posted by: opita1 | October 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Rich,

Wouldn't the Caps be on the hook for half of his salary for next year too? I thought the recall waiver thing was for the full contract length, not just for the current season (but could be wrong).

Posted by: Steve_R | October 20, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of the Nyls talk.

We'd like to have the money available, we don't. We like to trade him, we can't.

Truth be told, he'll be here all year or go to Europe - those are the only two options. Even if we could find a trade just about every team would want to send back contracts to balance everyone's books and, truth be told, this money that will be avialable next year should be earmarked (along with JT60's cash) to sign Semin and Backs to contracts. The team can't take on any money (within the confines of Nyls' contract) beyond this year.

I don't think we are up against the cap any tighter than any other contender in the league - everyone's crushed against it.

We have the players we need right now to compete, Nylander or not.

I know, I said I was tired, but one more thing. I think Nylander has been very professional through all of this. I haven't heard of him being a disruption, I believe he wants to play hockey every game, but it's not working out.

Posted by: saintex | October 20, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, I agree. We need all of the money that we can get with needing to sing Backs and Semin.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | October 20, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I try to sing Semin on Backs as much as possible.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 20, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Damn typos... Is rather funny though

Posted by: hbcapsfan | October 20, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

- optima
Use me as a reference. I'll put a few good words in for you. Hope you get the new gig at WaPo!

Posted by: puckman | October 20, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, Isn't that my point? Maybe, possibly, down the line GMGM can work out a solution. In the meantime, Nyls comes to the rink, skates hard and goes home. We don't need to keep brining up injury replacements if its a spot Nyls can fill. In fact, based on past years Morisson will get hurt at some point. Nyls can take that spot. The VC crappy ice makes that even more likely.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Semin being out with an undisclosed illness (flu perhaps?), have any of you noticed any uptick in absences either at work or school due to the flu (swine or otherwise)? I haven't (yet, anyway). Just wondering. Haven't decided whether to get the swine flu vaccine.

Posted by: 1hockeymom | October 20, 2009 10:11 AM


GET BOTH SHOTS FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS!

So far the CDC has reported as many deaths from flu as there were in all of last year. The season has just started.

Don't screw around with it!

The regular flu is from killed virus. You cannot get the flu from that shot.

The H1N1 uses a debilitated virus that is also safe. H1N1 attacks infants to ages 24 or so and is particularly threatening in that group. Also adults to age 50 though they're less vulnerable apparently. Those over 50 have already likely been exposed to a variant of the virus and probably have an immunity.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, I agree. We need all of the money that we can get with needing to sing Backs and Semin.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | October 20, 2009 12:55 PM

Again...

Nyls No movement clause comes off his NMC at the end of this year. That frees up his salary. Also, Theo's contract is over at the end of this year. That's 10M to split between 2 players - Semin and Backstrom.

Backstrom is the one to worry about. Semin already makes a decent pay at $5M. Not much of the 10M will go to him.

Backstrom is making only $850K plus bonuses that put him at around 2.4M. He'll get the lion's share of the Nylander/Theodore savings.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Two things I wonder about, well maybe it's 3.

1) Assuming Nyls plays, what are the chances that someone who is not played and is told he is not wanted will find the motivation to play well?

2) Why is BB so mad at the boys today? Could it be that he sees them doing the same things--lack of discipline, "hunger," team play etc. I worry about the team's ability to play the remaining 15 minutes of the 3d period--to be great vs. average.

3) Is anyone else worried about Atlanta? They are on a winning streak and both their goalies have been awesome. We on the other hand, seem to still lack something--desire? focus? energy? It's like we have not fully awakened. Any words of encouragement?

Posted by: caraveli | October 20, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Saintex, I agree. We need all of the money that we can get with needing to sing Backs and Semin.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | October 20, 2009 12:55 PM

Again...

Nyls No movement clause comes off his NMC at the end of this year. That frees up his salary. Also, Theo's contract is over at the end of this year. That's 10M to split between 2 players - Semin and Backstrom.

Backstrom is the one to worry about. Semin already makes a decent pay at $5M. Not much of the 10M will go to him.

Backstrom is making only $850K plus bonuses that put him at around 2.4M. He'll get the lion's share of the Nylander/Theodore savings.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2009 1:57 PM

Greg, I said the same thing a couple of posts before that. RichC3 made a suggestion about the Nyls situation and I didn't think it was feasible. Saintex summed it up better. I agree and can see Nyls getting waived to Chocolate town next year. I prefer he not go anywhere unless it is for a bag of pucks, but I really don't see that happening unless a team is desperate.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | October 20, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

semin makes way too much money. 5 mill? damn that ticks me off. I'll take Ryane Clowe and Brent Seabrook for the same price.

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 20, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

- optima
Use me as a reference. I'll put a few good words in for you. Hope you get the new gig at WaPo!

Posted by: puckman | October 20, 2009 1:13 PM

I am with Puckman. I will be glad to put a few words too.

Posted by: hock1 | October 20, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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