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Four More Cuts; Theo's New Mask

Daren Machesney, Andrew Gordon, Andrew Joudrey and Josh Godfrey were sent down to Hershey this afternoon, reducing the camp roster to 34.

On another note, I just saw Jose Theodore's new mask in his locker room. Obviously, it's got red, white and blue. It's also got the "weagle" on the chin, an attacking eagle on the temple and the "LX" on both sides (the Roman numerals for 60). But the mask could be going back because of fit issues, so he probably won't wear it tomorrow in Boston, where he's scheduled to start.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 26, 2008; 2:52 PM ET
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Posted by: stevo | September 26, 2008 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Any chance there are pictures of said mask?

Posted by: captnclark | September 26, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

"weagle"? tarik, did you invent that? can we ban that term please? sounds like some hybrid dog species, like a labradoodle. please, this is a hockey team, not the westminster kennel club.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | September 26, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Varlamov, Theodore, and Johnson are going to get rotated for the rest of the preseason. It's a good sign for Varlamov that he's our new #3 goalie and will get the call up if either Theodore or Johnson get hurt. I guess Neuvirth and Cheese will have to battle it out in Hershey camp to see who gets to stay and who is loaned out. Sorry to see Godfrey and A. Gordon sent down. I would like to see more of them during the preseason games.

Posted by: madflava | September 26, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I think people have been calling the secondary logo the "weagle" for a while now.

Posted by: tallbear | September 26, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

This post needs pics! How many games must the Caps win before the Post will buy Tarik a camera?

Posted by: Jill | September 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Cap Fan 1

where have you been?

that term has been used ever since the logo came out last year.

Posted by: Trooper OCheez | September 26, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse


I'm with you. I was about to post that Tarik's gotta get a camera....or at least a camera equipped cell phone.....or that we've got to collect money to buy the man a camera.

Posted by: Kim | September 26, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

"Weagle" started being used within days of the jersey design being leaked last yr...

Posted by: jak | September 26, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff, this is going to be an awesome season.

I have no problem with the Weagle, it's pretty much my favorite animal, it's like a 'W' and Eagle mix, bred for their skills in winning the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: Super | September 26, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

well said Super. well said.

Posted by: Trooper OCheez | September 26, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The "Weagle" terminology was started on the Capitals message boards by guys named OVIII and Nomad.

Posted by: Weagle | September 26, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@Cap Fan 1

The term "Weagle" has been used all over Caps Blogs and message boards, I don't know who first coined it. I personally like it. Besides, if someone said "eagle" you would think of the old blue black and bronze jerseys. "Weagle" is instantly clear to anyone who has seen the jerseys.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 26, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

guess i should have read the other comments before posting

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 26, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Long live the Weagle

Posted by: gsx capsfan | September 26, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Before we go buying Tarik a camera worthy of his writing skills (ie, a really good one), let's find out if he can take quality pics first.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 26, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Too bad for Godfrey he deserved a better fate.Rock the Bears Godfrey!

Posted by: willy | September 26, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Huh I was really thinking A. Gordon would get a better look or even force the caps into finding him a spot. Oh well I'm sure he'll get a call up or something.

Posted by: DC FURY | September 26, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

All the demotions of players that looked good in the preseason is a good sign. Caps lines will be loaded for years to come. Any of the very young players who avoided being sent down are just playing beyond their ages.

Posted by: Snackcake | September 26, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse


I was at the first day of camp and I agree, A. Gordon looked really good. Problem with him and so many others is, where do you put them?

Posted by: Snackcake | September 26, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

@ Everyone

I know this is random and off topic and I am in no way worried about the Caps situation, but what happens if a team isn't under the cap at the start of the season? Do they forfeit picks, fined?

Posted by: Salary Cap Casualty- Mathieu Schneider | September 26, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm not going to pretend to know the rules but i'm pretty sure it's a hard cap like the NFL. Forfieture?

Posted by: Snackcake | September 26, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna punch you in the ovary, that's what I'm gonna do. A straight shot. Right in the babymaker.

Posted by: Ron Burgundy | September 26, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Please post your PayPal account for camera donations... If WP doesn't have the money we can help :-)

Posted by: Dave King | September 26, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Just a note that struck me...
Being sent to the Bears training camps does not necessarily mean that one will be a Bear. Also, Varlamov still being in camp does not say he won't be a bear. I would guess that Varlamov and Machesney are 1 and 1A in Hershey and Neuvirth they try to get to be #1ish in an org that isn't deep at goalie. Much like when I was in college and watch a young goalie by the name of Kolzig suit up for the Rochester Americans. Not that I compare Neuvirth with Kolzig, just the thought that it is good to have more goaltenders than slots. It all gets worked out after Johnson's contract expires.

Posted by: Caps 423 | September 26, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think to have 3 goalies is a good idea, just like old times: Huet, Kolzig, Johnson. :-) And remember Feds said that IIHF Worlds has 3 goalies

Posted by: Dave King | September 26, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The Thrashers have dealt Ken Klee, Brad Larsen and Chad Painchaud to Anaheim for Mathieu Schneider.

Posted by: for Mirtle | September 26, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I've come to the conclusion that Tarik can't post pictures because it violates some union rule at the Post...

Seriously, a picture would be nice. The Weagle, you mean that thing that looks a lot like an old Polish national logo?

Posted by: old time hockey | September 26, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Could be:

The Capitals have dealt Milan Jurcina, Tomas Fleischman and Cutta to Anaheim for Mathieu Schneider.

Posted by: Dave King | September 26, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

@Dave King

thank God it isn't.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 26, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

"The Capitals have dealt Milan Jurcina, Tomas Fleischman and Cutta to Anaheim for Corey Perry."


Posted by: Section 117 | September 26, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

IIRC there aren't spelled out penalties for cap violations. It just says that at no time will a team be allowed to exceed the cap. In terms of trades/signings, the NHL will deny the player movement. I think each team must be certified in compliance to take the ice.

Posted by: tallbear | September 26, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

It's funny to see guys going to Hershey that would be playing a few years ago. Gotta laugh at that commentator that somebody posted saying how the Caps didn't have any depth... Ooooo this is gonna be good!

Posted by: TheCapitalist | September 26, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse


Ain't that the truth. Depth a plenty we have. Seriously, how many guys playing for us in the AHL would be in the NHL with other teams?

Posted by: Steve R | September 26, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

What are chances Johnson and his low salary are dealt to a team needing a low-salary back up? That way Varlamov plays in DC and Neuvirth and Machesney in Hershey.

Posted by: Tom in FL | September 26, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Tom, what would Varlamov's cap hit be with all bonuses?

Posted by: Steve R | September 26, 2008 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Tom in Fl.......I agree. Could be Johnson, a Forward and defenseman, for one hard hitting blue liner, someone that makes 2.5 mill or so to keep under the cap. The caps have depth to trade 3 for one.....boy it has been a long time since the Caps could say that. It used to be we would trade one talent to get 3 middlers.

Posted by: Rich C | September 26, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

No. Anaheim moved Schneider to Atlanta for Ken Klee, Larsen and Painchaud. Schneider was a replacement for Scott Niedermayer when they thought he was retired. After they got Schneider, Scottie decided he didn't want to retire and came back. This fixes Anaheim's cap issue and Atlanta gets an old but still effective defenseman.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 26, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Varlamov will spend the year in Hershey getting plenty of practice playing North American hockey. Johnson is in the last year of his contract. I foresee either Machesney or Varlamov, whomever wins the training camp battle next year, as the backup here to Theodore next season.

Posted by: Caps4ever | September 26, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Varlamov's and Neuvirth's cap hit looks like it would be $821,667.

Johnson's is $812,500.

I really would be shocked to see the Caps get rid of Johnson.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 26, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine that the Caps would get rid of Johnson in favor of an untested rookie. If Theo goes down...

Posted by: oo7 | September 26, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Brent's not going anywhere this year.

Also, that guy in Pittsburgh that the NHL loves ... yeah, he had a goal and assist tonight.

Oh wait, Ovechkin -- LEAGUE MVP -- had two goals and an assist last night.

Advantage: Ovechkin (and all Washington Capitals fans)

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Posted by: speedjhonlet | September 27, 2008 6:08 AM | Report abuse

echl is still one of options for the 2 rookie goaltenders. they will see a lot of rubber there.

Posted by: sporttraveler | September 27, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse


Unfortunately, my Post-issued crackberry doesn't have a camera. So I plan to formally request a digital camera from the Post on Monday for "blog enhancement purposes".

Posted by: Tarik | September 27, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Yay! good luck with that, Tarik!

Posted by: fullright | September 27, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

That's great - here's hoping the hook you up! If not, I would be happy to be your official (free) photographer ... all I need is a press pass! ;-)

FYI - Center Ice has a free preview 10/4-15.

Does anyone know if today's game is going to be broadcast anywhere? I know I can listen to it, but I was hoping to watch ...

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Just an FYI, the new ESPN the Magazine cover boy is Ovechkin. Decent sized article for the Caps. The pictures are absolutely hilarious.

Posted by: reekie | September 27, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

New Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Olaf Kolzig is probably the only professional athlete who can say he beat up his team owner the first time he met him. It happened in 1987 when Kolzig was a rookie in the Western Hockey League for the New Westminster Bruins, who paid a visit to Len Barrie and the Victoria Cougars. "Funny story," said Kolzig, 38, as he stripped off his gear last week after his first on-ice workout with his new NHL team. "He was more of a Sean Avery-type player when we were in junior. It was my first game in Victoria and my folks came down from central Vancouver Island to watch. "[Barrie] was all over me, chirping and smacking me. Finally, about halfway through the second period, I had enough. I dropped my gloves and we went at it. Who would have thought 21 years later he would be my boss?" Who won the fight? "I'm a pretty modest guy," Kolzig said, "but I won that fight." Barrie laughed when the story was related to him, but disputed Kolzig's recollection of the decision.

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Very sad:

Silver Screen Legend Paul Newman Dies at Age 83

Posted by: Leeguru | September 27, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how many players are left on the team at the start of the season?

If they are at 34 now, how many more have to get cut?

Posted by: Rong Capsfan | September 27, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for everything Coach Dunlop

Posted by: TheCapitalist | September 27, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse


The magic number is 23.

14 forwards
7 defensemen
2 goalies
usually anyway

Posted by: JSchon | September 27, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh my gosh ... that's so sad. I had no idea. He aged so well - I thought he would live forever.

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Oneal | September 27, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he was one of my favorites. He always said that Slap Shot was his favorite movie to film and his fave. And his quote about his wife: "Why go out for hamburger when you have steak at home."

Posted by: Leeguru | September 27, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

She sounds like a wise woman! :-) Slap Shot is a classic ... did you know that there was a Slap Shot 2?

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I heard that they were making one. I didn't know it ever came out. I wonder if BB is going to wear a black armband in honor of his fellow actor tonight

Posted by: Leeguru | September 27, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Just googled it - it came out in 2002. I never saw it ... why do I imagine it was bad? Anyway, I will be curious to see if BB does/says anything, as well. I wonder if he got to know him at all?

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Leeguru | September 27, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Is that Mary Lou Retton? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Is there any way we will be able to watch the game online tonight? I know we can listen, but i dont know why we are taking a step back in coverage as the (pre)season moves forward. Thanks

Posted by: bored | September 27, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"win one for coach dunlop."

"This season is dedicated to the legendary Hudson Hawk."

Posted by: Leeguru | September 27, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

A Baldwin brother and Gary Busey ... it must be a classic!

Posted by: Boo! | September 27, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tim | September 27, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

My first chance to actually see the Caps this season and am very excited. Today's game will be on NESN in the New England area.

Also, I'm sure someone on CIF will cap it so that all of you can see a recording of it.

Posted by: ranndino | September 27, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

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