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Former Caps defenseman Morrisonn signs with Buffalo

Update: Morrisonn's deal is worth $2.075 million per year.

Unrestricted free agent defenseman Shaone Morrisonn signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Monday night.

The stay-at-home defenseman earned $1.975 million in Washington last year and appeared in 68 games, finishing with a plus-minus rating of plus-8, a goal and 11 assists. But with the Capitals' burgeoning crop of young blueliners, including John Carlson and Karl Alzner, it appeared that Morrisonn was the odd man out.

All told, Morrisonn spent six years and appeared in 377 games with the Capitals after he was acquired from Boston in 2004 in a trade that sent Sergei Gonchar to the Bruins. The Capitals also received first- and second-round choices in the 2004 draft, that became Jeff Schultz and Mikhail Yunkov, respectively, as part of the trade.

By Katie Carrera  |  August 2, 2010; 8:52 PM ET
 | Tags: Buffalo Sabres, NHL free agency, Shaone Morrisonn, Washington Capitals  
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Comments

the soft D just got softer, like a marshmellow...

Posted by: joek443 | August 2, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

thanks katie - keep the info coming
i thought the caps might go back to shamo if he could be had cheap. good luck in buffalo

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | August 2, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how much ShaMo signed for?

Posted by: sgm3 | August 2, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@joek: you said it. now we have only one Dman left over the age of 22 who will consistently hit people...John Erskine

Posted by: mcintire_will | August 2, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Did anybody really see him coming back? He is a 4-6 D on a lot of teams, not bad but not what the Caps needed with Carlson and Alzner, ditto for Juice (but he could be back, rather him than Erks)

Posted by: flee001 | August 2, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@flee01

I didn't see him coming back. ShaMo is fine, like you said a #4 to #6 D-man, but they are replaceble too. I am interested to see how much he signed for.

However, with Sutton signing in Anaheim, ShaMo signing in Buffalo and Wisniewski getting traded to the NYI, the amount of teams looking for defensemen is dwindling. And there is still W. Mitchell out there who will sign once he can pass the physicals(which, reading from reports should be some time in the next 30 days).

The Kings are still looking for a defenseman, and I'm sure there are a few more teams. But there aren't many.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 2, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Let's be honest, BoMo was not the answer the to the Caps terrible penalty killing, or lack of physical presence.

The real question of the day is should the Caps sign Niemi and trade Varlamov...maybe get a real defender or center in return?

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Just curious why everybody is claiming Katie is a Pens fan. I'm sure there's some facts proving it I just don't know what they are. If it's true, I might go Joke or Cstanton on the Post!

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

@rsl13

No, because the Capitals would have to pay Niemi a good amount more than they are paying Varly which would shrink their available cap space which in turn makes them less able to acquire a player.

In addition, there just aren't many teams looking for goalies right now. The one team that probably would've loved to taken Varly would have actually been Chicago pre-Turco signin(Varly's cap hit being a big reason).

Posted by: sgm3 | August 2, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface208

Katie said in a chat a couple of years ago on washingtonpost.com that she is a Pens fan. If you wish to search it go ahead!

Or email her and she'll tell you. I personally think its a disgrace to have a Pens fan covering the Caps, It would be like a Yankee fan covering the Red Sox's or a Cowboys fan covering the Skins.

Nothing against Katie as a journalist or a person, But the fact that she has made it know she's a Pens fan is an insult to the fans that will be reading her column.

Posted by: darrylrbaker | August 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

who says McCarthyism is dead?

why don't you just ask her, pokey... have you EVER been a fan of the Pens???

LOL

Posted by: joek443 | August 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

No Joke, unlike yourself I've never been a fan of the flightless bird.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

flee001:
Jurcina signed with Islanders.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | August 2, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

maybe you should follow the footsteps of the late Senator McCarthy and form the Anti-Capitals Activities Committee.

the first question you would ask would of course be, "have you EVER been a fan of the Pens???"

imagine, you can have your own Black List... LOL

Posted by: joek443 | August 2, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

sgm3....caps have some room to sign a player....but tough to tell because nhlscap.com hasn't been updated in a while.

If you look at some of the last cup winners, they had great defense, so-so goalies. We have the so-so goalies, and really need to add someone to what looks like an awesome corp of youngster (+schultz).

Varly is real cheap for next year, you could maybe package him with Flash for a defender and the team would be set. I'm not GMGM, but would really like to see him get off his pocket and find a defender to get this team set.

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Dang, missed that Juice signing, thanks for that :)

Mitchell would be a good 1 year rental. He gets a chance to prove himself for bigger contract and show he's healthy and Caps offer a chance at Cup to him for lower cap hit.

Posted by: flee001 | August 2, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm not in favor of trading Varly nor do I think it will happen. Varly has proven himself in the playoffs. He can get us to the prize if our offense can show up. Neuvy while he looks very solid and very well may end up being the better of the 2 has far less experience. If we weren't contending for a Cup Neuvy might be a possibility as the expectations would be lower but if any goalie is traded it would be Neuvy or Holtby. Unless of course another goalie is signed or brought back in a trade.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Varly hasn't really proved anything. He's won 1 playoff series against the Rags, great.

This year, he lost three consective games after being up 3-1, and he was up 2-0 against the Pens before getting smoked in game 7.

Plus he has a serious history with injuries.

Holtby will never be a real NHL-er, he could barely keep the puck out of the net in the prospects camp.

And again, it wasn't the offense, it was the offense and the defense and the goaltending. But in the end, the Caps did outscore the Canadiens, but gave up goals at terrible times and can't kill penelties. They need better defense.

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

And also, the last part of your post was exactly what I was getting at originally .... sign Niemi, trade Varly for a defenseman.

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

rsl13- couldn't disagree more. There's 1 thing and 1 thing only that lost us the series vs. the Habs, OFFENSE. Our goaltending was good enough to win and our D was good enough to win. We lost the series in the final 3 games and our offense was nowhere to be found. Myself and many others have disected the stats and there's not even an argument to be made here.

Varly has proven he can handle the pressure of the playoffs. Were it not for him we would've never seen a 2nd round against the Pens. Of the 3 playoff series he's been in, he's only started in all games of 1 series and it went to 7 with the eventual Cup champions. Every other time he was brought in we were already down in games. It'll be nice to start this yrs playoffs with him not at a deficit right off the bat.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

I just got back from vacation. Last week Ted was on the Jim Rome show. Did anybody hear it? Was anything noteworthy said or discussed?

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Also I'm getting caught up on some other things but this is a very interesting piece on OV and his dad.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Ovechkin-wins-fifth-Kharlamov-Trophy-talks-Talb;_ylt=AqtZhjAfOjxKZzS3uX6J.1x7vLYF?urn=nhl-259376

Obviously he doesn't care about Talbot but his dad sure did care about OV's suspension last yr.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

@rsl13

But Varly does not have much trade value right now because almost every team is set at goalie. If there was a team looking for a goalie then they could just sign Niemi. The only possible one I could think of would be Philly. I think all the other teams have made their moves for goalie this upcoming season. Now once the season starts and injuries occur or some guys prove ineffective then needs will open up. But until then, this is a very bad time to be a seller of goalies.

Also, IMO, you are way too hard on Varly's play in the playoffs. He has a 10-9 record(ok, but not that great), but in the Rangers series he pitched two shutouts and two 1 goal games.

Varly was excellent against the Pens excluding game 7(his only bad playoff game) the only reason games 3 and game 5 against Pittsburgh went to OT as the Caps were outplayed in both of those games, he also played excellent in all of the Caps victories.

Varly was the 1st star in games 3 and 4 against the Habs, then let up 2 goals, 3 goals, 2 goals against the Habs in games 5, 6, and 7.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 2, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess we'll see what happens, and if he can manage to stay healthy.

Also, he lost as the starting goalie for favorites at the world championships, no?

When he gave up that goal with what, four minutes left in game 7? I couldn't believe my eyes, was one of the worst feelings I've had as a Caps fan since Tikkanen missed the empty netter.

Halak outplayed Varly, that's really the series.

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Also, against the Rangers Varly let up 7 goals in 6 games, earning 1st star twice(including game 7), 2nd star once, and 3rd star once. His two losses were 1-0 and 2-1.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 2, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm confused as to your guys' stance on whether it was Varly or Halak or the offense that won/lost the series.

I think Halak won the series, as is evidenced to me by the shots on goal in those three losses:

38-28 for Caps in Game 5.
54-22 for Caps in Game 6.
42-16 for Caps in game 7.

You can't totally blame an offense for not scoring when all they're doing is dominating every other aspect of the game. It's about being tougher and killing penalties. Caps don't have tough D and they can't kill penalties. And then they give up goals that shouldn't go in (sorry Varly, that game 7 goal in the third period was awful).

If everyone wants to keep Varly, fine, keep Varly, but you can't seriously think the defense is going to be fine and lead us to a Cup without adding a real solid defender, can you?

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

@rsl13

That 2nd goal in game 7 wasn't a bad goal. It was a clear break in and the Hab player put it top corner. Carlson was most at fault for that goal by stopping and not continuing to skate back in position. If that was any other Caps defender he would still be getting villified for that play.

Yes Halak outplayed Varly in that series because Halak had one of the best playoff series a goaltender has ever had(according to non-partisan hockey sportswriters). Halak played amazing, Varly played well.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 2, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I personally think its a disgrace to have a Pens fan covering the Caps, It would be like a Yankee fan covering the Red Sox's or a Cowboys fan covering the Skins.

Nothing against Katie as a journalist

Nope, that's pretty much the worst thing you can say about a journalist. The whole essence of the gig is putting yourself and your personal feelings aside and serving the readers.

I understand where you're coming from, but you really don't want a Caps fan covering the Caps. You might think you do, but it tends not to be a good idea.

Posted by: KeithMcMillan | August 2, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

@pokerfaceI208

I couldn't disagree more, offense would have helped but the caps need to be able to win games 1-0 or they won't go anywhere in the playoffs (ok maybe the second round).
I think Mike Green gets too much blame, not because his defense is good but because he should not be expected to be out there in those kind of situations. The caps need a shut down D (McPhee's department, other than that he's built a great team just hope he realizes we need one) and the whole team needs to commit to team D in the playoffs (BB's department; adjustments and tightening up on D come playoff time).

Posted by: BorntoHula | August 2, 2010 11:45 PM | Report abuse

Borntohula, agreed.

One defender to go with Poti, Alzner, Green, Carlson and Schultz will make the Caps a very, very legit threat.

No addition to that group and I just can't see them winning 16 games in the playoffs....however, they might win 70 regular season games.

Posted by: rsl13 | August 2, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse

@rsl13

I agree that the PK absolutely needs to be improved and improved significantly. A shut down defenseman(maybe Willie Mitchell) could be very helpful as well(they would help the PK too).

The Caps definitely could use improvements and PK and shutdown defenseman are two of the top 4 needs IMO. (2nd line center and shut down defensive/checking line being the other two),

A shut-down defenseman would help with the PK. A certain type of center could help there as well. I don't think the Caps are done, I just don't believe the goalie position will be tinkered at all until at least the trade deadline(barring injury).

Does anyone even know where Niemi may sign. I think Nashville may be the only team even looking for a backup goalie right now. I have no idea where he may go.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

I too believe GMGM will bring in somebody via UFA to fill the 2C role. I don't know that he'll do the same for D unless it's Mitchell. I think he's gonna go the trade route for this. Just a feeling. I think GMGM is looking to lock up a better Dman for at least 2-3 yrs instead of signing a Dman for 1yr via UFA.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 3, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

@pokerfacel208

I'd agree with that. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see GMGM sign Mitchell or trade for a pending UFA defenseman, if the trade was correct.

If a D-man with 2 to 3 years was available I think GMGM would go that route, but those aren't generally available.

It wouldn't shock me to see GMGM wait out other GMs and their need to make trades(possibly Bruins, Rangers, maybe still Blackhawks, possibly Flyers, and other salary cap constrained teams) when they need to make roster moves before or during the season.

I also still believe it could be possible(though unlikely) the Caps make a move for Kaberle. He isn't the hitting defenseman everyone wants, but he is a legitimate, high end, 1st pairing defenseman(All-star in 2007, 2008, 2009) and would therefore be a huge upgrade over Erskine and Sloan.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

No to Niemi. I like our tandem.

Didn't want to see ShMo go - as I would have rather kept him and lost another D-Man like Sloan - but that's the way the cookie crumbles.

That said, we can live without ShMo - still need another good D though.

As for Katie, she knows the rules. Check your Yinzerhood at the door and we'll be cool.

Let's go Caps...

Posted by: CF11555 | August 3, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

We lost the series because Halak saw every shot from the perimeter. Not enough taffic created by Flush, Semin, Chimera, Ovi, Laich, B.Mo, etc. We beat the best goalie most of us have ever seen: Hasek. Dom said it himself afterwards. Gritty players like Kono, Simon, Niko, Zed, Bellows and Juneau created a great deal of traffic in that series. We weren't supposed to beat Hasek, but a gritty bunch of playoff ready guys with character and heart pulled it off.

This roster doesn't have enough men like that. Semin, Flush, Green, Fehr, Chimera need to start playing playoff hockey or ask for a trade. Many of us long time fans have seen enough of these losers.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | August 3, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface208

Katie said in a chat a couple of years ago on washingtonpost.com that she is a Pens fan. If you wish to search it go ahead!

Or email her and she'll tell you. I personally think its a disgrace to have a Pens fan covering the Caps, It would be like a Yankee fan covering the Red Sox's or a Cowboys fan covering the Skins.

Nothing against Katie as a journalist or a person, But the fact that she has made it know she's a Pens fan is an insult to the fans that will be reading her column.

Posted by: darrylrbaker | August 2, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

As long as she doesn't report like JLC I could care less.

Posted by: RedskinsXXVI | August 3, 2010 1:37 AM | Report abuse

"Also I'm getting caught up on some other things but this is a very interesting piece on OV and his dad.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Ovechkin-wins-fifth-Kharlamov-Trophy-talks-Talb;_ylt=AqtZhjAfOjxKZzS3uX6J.1x7vLYF?urn=nhl-259376

Obviously he doesn't care about Talbot but his dad sure did care about OV's suspension last yr.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | August 2, 2010 11:10 PM "

GREAT article! Loved the Ovi quote about not jumping out of your pants in a contract year. (Does that stem from an old Russian saying?) His dad was right on the money about that 10 game suspension and how it affected Ovechkin's play after that.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | August 3, 2010 4:43 AM | Report abuse

You can blame alot of things for the loss to Montreal, but the single biggest reason was the power play, or lack thereof. 1 for 34 will not git er dun...

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

What happened with the Sabres and Tim Kennedy is weird. Here is an article on it, but the Sabres could have had him for $850k before the arbitration hearing, then the arbtitrator grants Kennedy $1M, now the Sabres are paying him $333,333 to not play for them. Now they have to go find a replacement for Kennedy also.

http://blogs.buffalonews.com/sabres/2010/08/kennedy-waived.html

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

"the soft D just got softer, like a marshmellow..."

Exactly.

I'm starting to lose confidence in what the Caps are trying to accomplish here.

Do they want to win a bunch of regular season games or do they want to win a Cup?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | August 3, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Did people see this?

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2010/08/02/nhl_notes/

With Modano signing with Detroit that could hurt Detroit's chances some(depending on the contract size).

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

FYI

According to the ESPN Insider, McPhee says he is done for the off season. That this is the team we are going to camp with.

Well done George. You have a team on the verge, and you do nothing to improve.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

@underpants2

GMGM's comment was vague as usual. It was that he was happy with his team and that no signing was imminent but he would continue to watch the free agent market.

Basicallly all he said was he might do something but he just as easily might not do anything.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

GMGM's comment was vague as usual. It was that he was happy with his team and that no signing was imminent but he would continue to watch the free agent market.

Basicallly all he said was he might do something but he just as easily might not do anything.

Posted by: sgm3

Nope, he said he was done.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

This organization has no killer instinct. Not on the ice, nor in the press box.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

@underpants2

Here's GMGM's recent quote(this is where ESPN Insider got that info)

"We think it's a really good team with good balance. But if something happens between now and then and there's an opportunity to get better, certainly we will explore it. But I can't say we have anything going right now."

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

GMGM's comment was vague as usual. It was that he was happy with his team and that no signing was imminent but he would continue to watch the free agent market.

Basicallly all he said was he might do something but he just as easily might not do anything.

Posted by: sgm3

Nope, he said he was done.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

he also said he wasnt going to be active at the trade deadline in 08. what he says and what he does are two vastly different things. thats a good quality for a GM. dont show your cards.

i think in general this is a quiet time for teams so i doubt anything gets done in august but i think there will be some things going on in sept. willie mitchell is the one big name out there who could move pending his health. he would be a nice pickup if healthy.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 3, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1

Here is a short article about Willie Mitchell who supposedly has been training for the past 3 weeks and has narrowed his choices down to 4 teams(the Caps being one of them).

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2010/08/02/nhl_notes/

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

This organization has no killer instinct. Not on the ice, nor in the press box.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

care to expand? what moves would you have liked to see GMGM do to demonstrate that killer instinct? remember, the team has a salary cap and players like laich, alzner and one or two of the young goalies to sign next year. maybe knuble or poti too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 3, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

sgm, i saw thet. lets hope he picks the caps (if healthy) so he gets four chances for payback on geno...one time on the big stage at the WC.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 3, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

@dcsportsfan1

I forgot it was Geno who hurt Mitchell. Well that would just add even more animosity between the Caps and Pens. Maybe a payback hit or if Mitchell signed he could get DJ King to do it for him.

Jeez, how many players did the Pens knock out for the season with hits to the head(Mitchell and Savard that I know of)

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

care to expand? what moves would you have liked to see GMGM do to demonstrate that killer instinct? remember, the team has a salary cap and players like laich, alzner and one or two of the young goalies to sign next year. maybe knuble or poti too.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1

All teams have the salary cap, that does not prevent them from making moves. Flash was scratched for game 7, yet got a substantial raise. Could we not have used that money to improve 2c or add a dman? Guys with cup experience and play playoff style hockey.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

@KeithMcMillan

I never said I wanted a Caps fan to cover the team either, I want a non-bias person that has no ties to the team or thier rivals.

Posted by: darrylrbaker | August 3, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I like the idea of having a Pi ssburgh fan covering the Caps if it means she will be less accomodating toward management than El Bashir was. This team has severely underachieved and the time for powder puff press coverage is over.

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 3, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who hate KAtie cause she used to cover the Pens, I suppose you hate Elliott too because when he lived in New York he was a big Rangers supporter. Some of you folks are friggin retards.

Posted by: Iceman10 | August 3, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

underpants, all teams do have the salary cap, true. and they make moves. some good, some bad, some inexplicable. what ones would you like the caps to have made to demonstrate the killer instinct you refered to?

flash got a big raise, which happens when you become an RFA. it could have been worse given his regular season numbers. would you have preferred he walked w/ no compensation?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | August 3, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

you can say what you want about "lack of offense" being the reason (it wasn't), but even if it was there are plenty of different ways to try and create offense and playing largely a perimeter game isn't quite the answer. We got traffic in front of the Habs goalie a little too infrequently and a little too late. It wasn't till guys like Fehr woke up and decided to start really digging away at the crease that we established some presence down low.


--Let's be honest, BoMo was not the answer the to the Caps terrible penalty killing, or lack of physical presence.--

he was our most physical Dman. Lets not take that away from him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how much ShaMo signed for?

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

underpants, all teams do have the salary cap, true. and they make moves. some good, some bad, some inexplicable. what ones would you like the caps to have made to demonstrate the killer instinct you refered to?

flash got a big raise, which happens when you become an RFA. it could have been worse given his regular season numbers. would you have preferred he walked w/ no compensation?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1

Yes. I would rather have used that money on someone else. Someone who we may want on the ice during our most important games.

How can this point even be argued?

As far as moves go, I would loved to have seen them add some players with some grit. For example:
J. Arnott
A. Ladd
D. Byfuglien
A. Volchenkov
J. Wisneiwski

Most of these guys at least have played in a cup final. Keep in mind, we would have had an additional $2m plus if we let Flash walk.

Posted by: underpants2 | August 3, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting take on the Red Wings signing of Modano.

"I cannot emphasize these two points enough: first and foremost, "back in the day," the biggest difference between the Red Wings and everybody else is that they had more depth and three dedicated scoring lines, not one or two, and Modano gives the Wings three very, very solid scoring lines...And the Wings started last season with fourteen forwards as well, so it's not unusual at all for Draper, Eaves, and Miller to be competing for one spot come October."

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

remember, the team has a salary cap and players like laich, alzner and one or two of the young goalies to sign next year. maybe knuble or poti too.
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how come we're one of the apparent few teams who always have to be careful of the cap. Other teams seem to have no issues swinging deals. This whole "we have to be careful of the cap" excuse is getting a bit old.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

J. Arnott
A. Ladd
D. Byfuglien
A. Volchenkov
J. Wisneiwski

Most of these guys at least have played in a cup final. Keep in mind, we would have had an additional $2m plus if we let Flash walk.
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all of that list except arnott who's really not bringing it anymore. But Wisniewski for sure. Adding him and a 2nd tier FA like Mitchell would've really helped our team. Both can pull down some big minutes.

GM's creativity is non-existent. Its like he looks at a FA and says, damn he's too expensive or we'd get him so I'm just going to wait till a can't miss deal falls into my lap.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I wouldnt have minded letting him walk if the money went to good use. However a sign and trade would make more sense. Package in Sloan and that's 3.3 mil extra to spend. Add that to our current cap room (think we are hovering in the 2.7-3 mil range) and thats about 6 mil....Erskine, another 1 mil. 7 mil to bring in that dman and 2C. Bada Bing.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse


--Let's be honest, BoMo was not the answer the to the Caps terrible penalty killing, or lack of physical presence.--

he was our most physical Dman. Lets not take that away from him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Who is this BoMo person? Presumably you are referring to Shaone Morrisonn..

Posted by: sldyer1 | August 3, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

3 dedicated scoring lines? puhleez. Why not just make it 4 dedicated lines? It doesn't take a genius to say hey lets get an extra scoring line. That's fantasy hockey talk. The 3 scoring lines or whatever you choose to do still has to do other parts of their game well in order to provide their team with a good balance. It isn't like teams decide to wake up one day and say we're going to add a scoring line. Most teams want their 3rd line to kick in some goals. Hell most teams want their 4th line to kick in goals too. But they don't necessarily put 3 "scorers" on the 3rd or 4th lines either. And they don't go freaking out if their 3rd line doesn't end up scoring many goals if they're performing well in other parts of their game. And it doesn't preclude your 1st and 2nd lines from also providing other elements besides just scoring. They still have to play decent defensive hockey, they still have to hit,etc.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I wouldnt have minded letting him walk if the money went to good use. However a sign and trade would make more sense
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assuming someone wants Flash at that price. When you think of how many teams need a specific LW on their 2nd line who comes with some valid question marks, and then of those teams find a team willing to take on that salary combined with dealing with a team who actually has assets you need- your trading options are limited.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

cstantons underpants are in an uproar again...show how any of those players would work with the salary cap and years on their contracts. You guys are...yawn...never mind.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

yeah, bomo = shamo

lol, how'd i miss that. Out of sight out of mind i guess.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

mcphee is a nimrod

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

cstanton...out of sight out of mind...that should be your farewell speech...yawn.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

cstanton...look up nimrod in the dictionary...

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

all they've done with the D is replace ShaMo with Alzner who was NOT better than ShaMo the last time I saw.

so the D has actually gotten worse.

Posted by: joek443 | August 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

you sound tired nimrod, go back to bed.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

all they've done with the D is replace ShaMo with Alzner who was NOT better than ShaMo the last time I saw.

so the D has actually gotten worse.

Posted by: joek443 | August 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

if you believe the spin, we're a LOT better now. You know, a whole yr of Carlson. Schultz will be even better. Green will be even better. Poti paired with Carlson will be even better. Sloan should be better.

So quit griping!

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

cstanton...look up nimrod in the dictionary...

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

it has a picture of the village idiot.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

green
schultz
poti
carlson
alzner
sloan
erskine
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impressive bunch right there. And with BB's emphasis on defensive hockey, that D corps screams CUUUP! And you know, when injuries occur we can rely on callups like Patty McNeil.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

cstanton...you should not be so hard on yourself...yeah, I am tired of your haterade...yawn

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

True Flash has some question marks, but some team hurting for goal production might be willing to take a risk for a 1 year 2.6 mil contract for a guy who put up almost 30 goals last year (granted we know the truth about a lot of his goals). Its not a long term commitment if it turns out to be a bad choice.

But you also forget about his other skills he brings to the table. Such as his ninja like ability to become invisible on the ice come playoffs, almost as if he isnt even playing out there. Heard he learned that one from Raz Al Ghul.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

lol, true. He does vanish like a ninja grasshopper.

well we'll see how it plays out. If McPhee is unable to move him I'm sure he'll say

"We never had any intention of moving this player. Why would we move a young skilled guy who is capable of being a 25 goal scorer just to satisfy the hateraders? Remember every move we make or don't make is by design. I have never failed."

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

There would be a good amount of team that would be interested in Flash, considering his contract is not that large and is only for 1 year. There are many teams in need of skilled wingers.

I mean, the Kings signed Ponikarovsky to a 1 year $3.2M deal and he was a scratched multiple times in the playoffs on a team that was/is very weak on the wings.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Please note p*$$ in your cornflakes isn't a good way to start a morning. Sadly, people like to call the Capitals' management and coaching staff and players names and then when they're called appropriate names themselves, they start calling foul and act like they're itching to defend their honor. Honkeys. It's a shame lightening hasn't struck you yet. And for the record, while your Capitals hockey team from yesteryear was near and dear to you, the Capitals team I've gotten to love since 2008 until now is pretty dear to me. Refrain from dissing them because then new fans get this impression that the only reason you're disrespecting them is because you're o-l-d and bitter. Man up. You're kidding yourself if you thought life wouldn't be without it's share of disappointment. If you keep coming back only to disregard the teams' efforts to win the Cup, please don't. It's just wasted space.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I mean, the Kings signed Ponikarovsky to a 1 year $3.2M deal and he was a scratched multiple times in the playoffs on a team that was/is very weak on the wings.

Posted by: sgm3 |

I'm going to laugh my a__ off if Poni has a good season this year. Because it'll take away the one player you point to for supporting all your statements.

Gee I wonder why the Kings didn't just wait to acquire Flash instead of you know, overpaying for Poni? Why do you think that is since Flash is clearly a better player and such?

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

wow, another non-hockey specific post by Leftcoast. I never woulda guessed! Isn't there a blog where fans can simply just post how much they love the team as is without having to provide any details about the game itself?

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

the Capitals team I've gotten to love since 2008 until now is pretty dear to me. Refrain from dissing them
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lmao, ok captain!

btw, so you've only been watching hockey for 2 yrs now? makes a ton of sense why you never post anything about the game. If you'd just identified yourself as a complete hockey newcomer I'd have cut you a little slack.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Leftcoastcapsfan...I agree with you. The worst gm in franchise history was Milt Schmidt. He took an expansion team and turned it into an ECHL team in one off season.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

First, it is judging a player's value as it is right now. Flash getting scratched in game 7 does effect his value, but as was seen with Ponikarovsky, getting scratched isn't that big of a deal to some teams. Oh yeah, Flash was an RFA, not a UFA like Poni. The abillty to sign those players is different.

Second, I wasn't speaking to you in the first place. I thought you agreed not to respond to my posts and I would do the same as long you complied.

So please do not respond to my posts any longer and I will continue to ignore yours. I'm sure all the readers on here will appreciate that.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I agree, pretty sure I didnt say the opposite. I said something along the lines of..."some team hurting for goal production might be willing to take a risk for a 1 year 2.6 mil contract for a guy who put up almost 30 goals last year".

Ok ok, so I took my exact quote, thereby eliminating any chance I was guessing at what I had said. :)

I think at that price he is very tradeable, its just up to GMGM to accept a trade of value. Which might be the problem, cstanton1, as to why he has not gone anywhere. Perhaps the Caps wanted more than the Kings were willing to offer, so instead they signed Poni. I bet GMGM tried to sneak in Sloan and Erskine too and that ladies....is a DEAL BREAKER.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Second, I wasn't speaking to you in the first place. I thought you agreed not to respond to my posts and I would do the same as long you complied.
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you make it very hard on me not to respond. You have to do a better job of framing your arguments.

"Oh yeah, Flash was an RFA, not a UFA like Poni. The abillty to sign those players is different."

it takes one conversation GM to GM to make that happen.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

Finding correct compensation is always the difficult part of a trade. Because the Kings could always think "well, we could trade a decent player and/or picks and/or prospects and get Flash or we don't have to trade anybody and get Poni. While we would definitely rather have Flash, we don't want to give up all that is needed to acquire him."

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

cstanton...YAWN.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

uh lets not assume the Kings had ANY interest in Flash. Just because a team is looking for more scoring on their top lines it doesn't stand to reason that they all want a Flash type as that fit.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Exactly, that was point. We are on the same page when it comes to Flashes trade value.

Seriously though, does anyone else think GMGM might be blowing deals by trying to "sweeten the deal" and tossing in a Sloan or Erskine? Kind of like when they try to sell those special all inclusive Caps packages for 1 game...2 tickets like $300 and then at the end are like, we will even toss in 1 season ticket to the Mystics (vomit). Count me out.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

Haha. That's a pretty good analogy. It wouldn't surpise me to see him trying to peddle off other contracts in trades and other teams being against that. That can always be a deal breaker.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

cstanton and joek can you please explain to me how or why you consider yourself a fan of the Capitals. You both hate the owner, hate the GM, hate the head coach, dislike most of the players and certainly don't like the direction the organization is headed. Why on earth do you two follow this team if all they do is make you so unhappy?

Posted by: southeastdc | August 3, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

@southeastdc

I think I can speak for them both, and sum it up in one word...

Slapshot

That funny little eagle, gets them cracking up like a good mascot should.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

We all ignore the Dwight Shrute of these here message boards. Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan

Awesome. That was hilarious!

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

who is dwight shrute?

Posted by: _stevo | August 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

sgm is just a little bookwormy nerd who gets all of his hockey knowledge thru some computer program he probably wrote himself.

LeftCoast doesn't even have that going for him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Here is an interesting take on the Red Wings signing of Modano.

"I cannot emphasize these two points enough: first and foremost, "back in the day," the biggest difference between the Red Wings and everybody else is that they had more depth and three dedicated scoring lines, not one or two, and Modano gives the Wings three very, very solid scoring lines...And the Wings started last season with fourteen forwards as well, so it's not unusual at all for Draper, Eaves, and Miller to be competing for one spot come October."

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 10:32 AM |

Yeah, and if you've actually watched some Detroit hockey, their goal-scorers can also hit and play some defense, and they've got good depth in defensemen.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | August 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

who is dwight shrute?

Posted by: _stevo | August 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

come on! you gotta know Dwight. True blue, loyal and rigid to a fault, quirky, gullible, delusions of grandeur, unnaturally big head, could've been a sympathetic warden in a nazi concentration camp, grew up making pelts of small furry animals gathered together in a cave and grooving with a pict. And of course, staked his career on beets. Which as Michael points out, no one really likes.

good ole dwight.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, and if you've actually watched some Detroit hockey, their goal-scorers can also hit and play some defense, and they've got good depth in defensemen.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | August 3, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

sgm's computer program doesn't tell him that though.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Dwight Shrute is from The Office.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Andy Sutton signs with the Ducks for $2.125 mil a year. He was a good stay-at-home D candidate for the Caps. Beginning to wonder what GMGM has planned....Willie Mitchell and his history of concussions? Good player, if healthy. Sign Neimi and trade a goalie for a D?

Posted by: ruggz | August 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Andy Sutton signs with the Ducks for $2.125 mil a year. He was a good stay-at-home D candidate for the Caps
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he doesn't skate pretty enough. And in the new nhl only pretty skaters can succeed.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton:

What's going on dude? Over the last few weeks you've been turning on the haterade full blast at the team, players, coaching, and (it seems like) a ton of posters here...

I know you are disgruntled at all of the above but people do have a right to give their opinion and you seem to just (at least lately) want to tell them to take their (in your opinion) dumb and retarded viewpoints and shove them somewhere dark! Not cool!

I respect your opinion as a cool dude and knowledgeable poster but come on man, level the haterade out a bit! It really makes reading all the comments a freaking drag! ...plus you are sounding like a troll, which I know you are not!

Maybe you got serious personal stuff going on, maybe not, but for me... I don't let my divorce, and my mortgage company trying to foreclose on my TH affect me...

peace bro, peeaaaccceee!
Frank

Posted by: FrankM73 | August 3, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

@slurpeesarecool

I didn't write the article. Take up any disagreements with the Red Wings writer who wrote it.

I love how people get angry when you forward them articles. That somehow getting more information and different viewpoints is a bad thing. Then their responses are always "no, it is the way I say it is and I will back my opinion with nothing except repeating it over and over again"

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"We never had any intention of moving this player. Why would we move a young skilled guy who is capable of being a 25 goal scorer just to satisfy the hateraders? Remember every move we make or don't make is by design. I have never failed."


Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 11:12 AM

Fun-E

Its when you make comments like this that you are at your best.

You are so unappreciated in your time dude!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | August 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

no no , i got a great mortgage situation goin on so that can't be it. Divorce ain't in the cards so thats not it. Nope, I think its just the Caps mgmt and a coupla little sh__s that have me all worked up.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

You are so unappreciated in your time dude!
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don't encourage me, otherwise this will never end.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I love how people get angry when you forward them articles. That somehow getting more information and different viewpoints is a bad thing.
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generally when you post articles, it's to forward your own viewpoint. You have this classic tendency to put out your own opinion by proxy and then pretend that its not really your opinion at all when it gets easily dismantled. Have some ballz and adopt a position for once instead of hiding behind someone else's opinion.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I am happy to see that others are tired of Cstanton...Hey Cstanton YAWN!!!

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

While I agree with cstanton1 a decent amount of the time, I am tired of him. But I am also tired of sgm3 and the way he presents his points as cstanton points out. I think you both need to go to message board rehab.

The team is not as in bad of shape as cstanton points out and its not in great shape, making all the right moves as sgm tries to justify most of the time. Its somewhere in the middle. This team as currently constituted is not a Cup contender but will make the playoffs. If everyon realizes that, there would be a lot more meaningful dialogue taking place.

Posted by: ThePat | August 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

ShaMo's 2-yr contract still not announced on the TSN free agent tracker:
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=25880

Since the team is probably good enough to get to the playoffs, as is, who are the defensemen in the last years of their contract that we can rent at the trade deadline who will save us from playoff elimination? All the complaints about what UFAs GMGM should've signed during the offseason to improve the D and 2C are tired and boring.

Training camp is just around the corner! Time to start complaining about what GMGM ought to do in the future!

Posted by: hockeyweasel | August 3, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Stop responding to me. Like @nimrodsp, I am tired of you also. Other people don't want to read us arguing either so just stop.

Forwarding articles isn't "hiding" behind sides. It's spreading information and opinions and I enjoy when others on here do the same.

The dimwitted person is the one who responds "those articles suck. They are wrong because I say so. I have no information, facts, or viewpoints by experts in the field to back up anything I am saying. I am right because I say so and I refuse to read any material that has a different viewpoint than my own because I am right."

It is called ignorance. This is you. Now stop responding to my posts, and I will not respond to yours, so everyone else on here can enjoy reading and posting about the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

At no point have I ever said the Caps are fine how they are. I have repeatedly stated that they need a shut-down defenseman who is good on the pk, a 2nd line center, and a top quality, defensive/checking line that can face opposing teams top lines. These moves would help improve the team.

But just because you want to make moves does not make any/every move a positive or negative one. No move is 100% right or wrong before the contracts play out. There are always positives and negatves to any move and it is a good idea to look at every move from both sides to get an overall view of what just happened.

Lastly, I have said before, and again very recently, that I will not respond to cstantons posts again as long as he does the same for me.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I got an idea...How bout we bring on Nylander to play 2C? I know it sounds a bit edgy and daring, but it could work.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Lastly, I have said before, and again very recently, that I will not respond to cstantons posts again as long as he does the same for me.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

how am i supposed to teach you when you show absolutely no willingness to learn?

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

If everyon realizes that, there would be a lot more meaningful dialogue taking place.

Posted by: ThePat | August 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

There is very little "meaningful dialogue" that happens on the internet.

Posted by: Chewbacca22 | August 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I know that the Caps are a couple of players away from being a SERIOUS contender. They have needed a big defenseman since Scott Stevens left (20 yrs ago) GMGM will continue to do things his way and maybe get results, maybe not. I just get tired of the hatred posted here. Caps are still a defenseman and a 2-C away.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

To say that the Caps are not a Cup Contender contradicts all the Vegas odds and feeling around all NHL circles. To say that with such absolutism is the idiocy that you mention that needs to be removed. Now if you want to put the Caps not at the top, then fine, if you think they may be 8 or 10, fine.

But every Vegas odds making has the Caps as one of the 4 or 5 FAVORITRES to win the cup. So to say that the Caps are NOT a Cup Contender is, well, stupid.

Oh, here is one article of many that goes against your "opinion". I will be awaiting your flippant response because it contradicts your statement.

http://www.helium.com/items/1890524-2011-stanley-cup-odds

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Lastly, I have said before, and again very recently, that I will not respond to cstantons posts again as long as he does the same for me.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

how am i supposed to teach you when you show absolutely no willingness to learn?

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

How will anyone take anything you say seriously when you constantly present yourself as a know-it-all tool?

Posted by: Chewbacca22 | August 3, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Go back to your bears, beets, and Battlestar Gallactica and stop responding to me.

Have a wonderful day, week, month, year, etc., and take the advice from FrankM73 and SMILE!!!!

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

sgm3's posts aren't condescending and stated with malice. cstanton's posts are. i can appreciate parts of his posts but then he reminds everyone without knowing that he's a pompous buffoon. he's incapable of stating some valid points without insulting the person he's conversing with. cstanton probably has a difficult time talking to people in person because his typical behavior on the message boards would solicit violent reactions from other people who would not allow themselves to be subjected to his lack of social skills. like someone mentioned, he probably has a chip on his shoulder or has some underlying mental issue that necessitates his need to crap on everyone that disagrees with him or finds him repugnant. at some point, i imagine he stopped caring about what people think of him and rather than suffer rejection, he has resorted to making people loathe him rather than leave himself vulnerable to being liked. being liked and actually having people respect you isn't a weakness, cstanton1. it's actually decent. quit being such a palin.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

i generally have to pay for this level of psychoanalysis.

you don't like Palin? whats not to like about a woman who stifles free speech, bullies librarians, has a limited understanding and tolerance of other cultures, shoots wolves from airplanes, and gives credence to the term "ugly american"

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I would like Palin as a Satirical character, but the fact that legitimately wants to lead the country just scares me

Posted by: Chewbacca22 | August 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1 = miranda priestly of "devil wears prada". *snicker*

that is all...

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, you fail to acknowledge that the way you behave and respond on these message boards is stifling and limited in your ability to understand anyone elses opinions but your own. You ought to give Palin a call. She has a trademark on that kind of idiocy, dontcha' know.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | August 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

low blow

and snickering is weasely. Real men don't snicker, they guffaw.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Real men don't snicker, they guffaw.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

real men don't make "The Devil Wears Prada" references

Posted by: Chewbacca22 | August 3, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

zinger! well done chewie

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

back to comments from earlier:

sign Niemi, deal Varly. pick up D-man in exchange. a coupld of major shortcomings addressed.

Posted by: doughless | August 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

real men don't make "The Devil Wears Prada" references

Posted by: Chewbacca22 | August 3, 2010 1:50 PM

Agreed

@cstanton1
You forgot to mention that she knows where Russia is as well.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

What team out there would trade a quality D-man for Varly? Almost all teams are set in goal right now.

Posted by: sgm3 | August 3, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1
You forgot to mention that she knows where Russia is as well.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | August 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

well thats because she singlehandedly held that border down and she wakes up every morning snorting fire from her nostrils across the bering sea.

Posted by: cstanton1 | August 3, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

We lost Game 7 for 3 simple reasons....not scoring on PP,Ovechkin's non-goal(which would have changed the momentum of the 3rd period),and Green playing the man instead of the puck.That's it,pure and simple

Posted by: roccky | August 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

and you voted for that wimp of a President we currently have in the White House, the one who has never been to a hockey game in his life?

Posted by: boomer44 | August 3, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Most interesting thing I learned by reading the blog today (other than the article about Ovi and his dad): the definition of "nimrod" is actually:


"Nim·rod
   /ˈnɪmrɒd/ Show Spelled[nim-rod] Show IPA
–noun
1.
the great-grandson of Noah: noted as a great hunter. Gen. 10:8–10.
2.
( sometimes lowercase ) a person expert in or devoted to hunting."

And I always thought it was an insult to call someone a nimrod!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | August 3, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

goodbye to one of the stick checkers.....and we was one of the stick checkers that had actually learned to hit someone last year!

Posted by: ovckn8 | August 3, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

dccitizen...thanks...I hope cstanton saw that...no, not really. Go Caps.

Posted by: nimrodrsp | August 3, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Niemi is no upgrade over Varly... if the hawks thought he was vital to their success, they would have found a way to keep him.

it's their D which was top 5 in the league all year long that was vital to their success, not their goaltending.

the Hawks CAN win 1-0 games, the Caps CANNOT no matter who they have between the pipes.

Posted by: joek443 | August 3, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I see that ShaMo is basically making the same money as he was last year... in other words, GMGM chose Flash over ShaMo basically.

they chose offense over defense, why am I NOT surprised??

Posted by: joek443 | August 3, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Assuming Belanger doesn't change his mind and accept less than the four year deal he wants, who will be our third line center this coming year? We know there is no second line center and we are short one shut down stay at home defender but I'm curious about the third line center. Perrault? Gordon (make room for KIng on the 4th line?) ??????? Any thought?

Posted by: AADCDERM | August 3, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

@poguesmahone

It's about time some one brought up the powder puff coverage of the Caps by the Post. Maybe someone who is used to seeing winners will tell it like it is. For as much Caps fans hate Crosby, that guy is a winner. We don't have winners here. Dump the GM.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | August 4, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

@rsl13:
"I think Halak won the series, as is evidenced to me by the shots on goal in those three losses:

38-28 for Caps in Game 5.
54-22 for Caps in Game 6.
42-16 for Caps in game 7..."

That's the problem with doing evaluations based on statistics, they're often misleading. There are shots on goal and there are quality scoring chances. Yeah the Caps had a bunch of shots on goal, but many of them were from the perimeter with no traffic in front of the net. Shots that most NHL playoff goalies should stop. Having said that their goalie did play well and made some big tough saves. However what was just as effective in shutting down the Caps was the Habs team defense. A lesson that the Caps and Caps fans should learn from. The Caps need a shutdown defenseman, to improve their team defense and penalty kill, and not have their PP disappear.


@dccitizen1:
"...And I always thought it was an insult to call someone a nimrod!..."

It is an insult. In this case the context indicated that the slang term was meant. In slang nimrod means idiot, stupid person, etc.


@cstanton1:
"you don't like Palin? whats not to like about a woman..."

Don't knock a hockey mom on a hockey blog!

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | August 4, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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