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Posted at 1:03 PM ET, 01/21/2011

Friday afternoon Capitals roundup

By Katie Carrera

Some mid-day reading to help get you through to the weekend with the Capitals off from practice.

--Last night the Avalanche announced that forward Tomas Fleischmann, whom the Capitals traded for Scott Hannan, would miss the rest of the season with blood clots in his lungs. Let me be among the latest to wish Fleischmann well. From the Denver Post:

Sherman said trainer Matt Sokolowski sent Fleischmann to Mellman, who made the diagnosis. Sherman said the problem isn't career-threatening. However, Fleischmann also missed the first 11 games of the 2009-10 season with the Capitals because of a blood clot in his leg.
"It's obviously a serious condition, but it's fortunate for Tomas that Dr. Mellman discovered it," Sherman said. "All indications from our doctors are that he can live a quote, normal life, unquote, and it's something that can be treated through medication."

--Capitals owner Ted Leonsis passed along his get well wishes to Fleischmann and said he was happy to see the Capitals earn the 2-1 win over the Islanders. From Ted's Take:

I am grateful to get two points on the road.
We remain short-handed with many options for our staff out of the lineup. And with several players laboring under a long season of bumps and bruises.
I thought we played a professional grade road game last night. We won a close one.
We played a rookie goaltender from Hershey who had two tough outings for the Caps earlier in the season. He played quite well with poise and determination. Our team rallied around him. Well done.

--Uncertainty about whether the Capitals will start the 2011-12 season overseas continues. As for the possibility of playing in Russia, well that still has to be ironed out. From Dmitry Chesnokov at Puck Daddy:

Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak told Sovetsky Sport, "We haven't come to a decision on anything with the NHL. I am meeting KHL President Alexander Medvedev next week to discuss... The KHL and the NHL need to be friends and need to develop their relationships. It's important for the public and for popularization of hockey in our country."

--If you missed it yesterday Japer's Rink analyzes Mathieu Perreault's stats and successes as he has now played the same amount of games with Washington this season that he did in 2009-10.

--Dan Steinberg asks if HBO helped boost the Capitals' local television numbers and he also had a chance to talk to Doc Emrick about Alex Ovechkin's low offensive production this season.

By Katie Carrera  | January 21, 2011; 1:03 PM ET
 
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Comments

Repost from last post: No way Nabokov gets to the Caps for a waiver claim, 22 teams are ahead of us in the waiver order. For $570K some team will claim him, then most likely trade him.

Posted by: DaleHunter | January 21, 2011 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@DillsburgPACapsFan

Will people quit posting that adding Nabakov would hurt the Caps salary cap.

That couldn't be more wrong. If the Caps claimed Nabakov and sent Neuvy to Hershey that would actually HELP THE CAPS SALARY CAP.

Nabakov signed a deal worth $570,000/yr, nearly the minimum(it would obviously be pro-rated then). Neuvy and Varly's deal count $821,667 against the salary cap.

So signing Nabakov(then sending Neuvy to Hershey) would give the Caps MORE CAP ROOM.

I think the Caps should do it. If they don't I don't think it is that big of a deal though.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 21, 2011 1:19 PM | Report abuse

There are two ways of analyzing last night's game:

LONG VERSION:

--Caps got in too much penalty trouble, but PK was up to the task at 6-for-6; even though the Isles PP had trouble finishing, they moved the puck around better than we have with the extra man, and had a lot of zone time.

--OV no score goal? So what?!?!? Take away the two primary assists he did contribute and Caps lose 1-0.

--Not scoring enough against a basement dweller? Sorry folks, but the Isles team I saw last night was young and fast and much better than their record would indicate. Enough IMHO that the Caps scored first and never trailed.

--Call me crazy, but Boyd Gordon seemed to be playing very strong in the corners.

--Green seemed very solid for most of the game. 52 not scoring a lot? So what?!?!?; when he set the record for consecutive games (8) with a goal by a defenceman two seasons ago, it broke a mark that had stood for 25 years...obviously not something that happens all the time.

--Good to see Bäckis break his drought.

--8/19/25 seems to be working better than expected, given that Medusa's Boyfriend was on that line. I kid--all things being equal, I'd rather have Chimera's speed on this team than not.


SHORT VERSION:

Just four words:

CAPS WIN. 'Nuff said!!!

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 21, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@DaleHunter

There may be 22 teams ahead of the Caps but I can't think of one that would serious consider taking Nabokov -- maybe Ottawa, but really? Isles? Question is, would GMGM seize the opportunity? He probably should, as an insurance policy given the brittle groins of our two young goalies, but I bet he passes. And that would be too bad. Caps can handle 3 goalies, since it's guaranteed that one of them will probably be hurt.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | January 21, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Everyone else is reposting...so I want to as well. =)

If ChimChim can keep it up, then yeah, that line looked good. Then once people get healed up and GMGM pulls off that trade we need...our playoff lines could look like:

8-19-25
28-Fisher-16
21-90-22
10-26-83

It's easy to put / marks on the 3rd and 4th lines, but you have to actually make a decision. Thats the hard part. Who sits?

I think mine above look pretty solid and leaves 39,15,85,17 for fill ins if someone isnt performing. Although I got a feeling IF everyone is healthy and people arent moved...83 will be sitting.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 21, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree with most. Nabokov would be perfect for the Caps.

Inexpensive and the caps don't lose anyone in a trade for another goalie (which the caps need and have needed for 2 years).


It really is a no brainer.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 21, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

3 plays really stood out for me

Carlson's intercept and breakout pass on the 2nd goal

Backstrom's rush up ice on the Chimera goal (all 3 forwards did exactly what they had to in that situation)

Hendricks again setting the tone in a road game with his hits. You get 2 or 3 more guys like that on the bottom lines and we'll be in better shape.

?But I don't want to hear about Gordo and Chimera etc like they've proven anything yet or that they've suddenly turned a corner. Larger sampling of games including v some better teams is how you judge em. Based on their past, neither one is indispensable or a great asset.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 21, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

NJ is not putting a claim on on Nabokov. I read a report last night they might do so for Detroit to make sure the Wings end up with him. But that appears to not be the case.

Teams that might are Ottawa, NYI, Atlanta, Colorado, LA and maybe Wash. The more I look at it, I think he does end up getting to Detroit.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI

I like it...except trade 28 and give 16 to anyone who the caps have trouble beating (because it will make it easier).

That will relieve almost 8 mill of cap space and rid us of 2 oft-injured players and a cranky russian who only performs when he feels like it.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | January 21, 2011 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I didn't even catch the Flyers game but after watching some highlights, it just reinforces how competitive they are. They don't simply let a team run around on em just because they're whippin em on the scoreboard. Whether they're leading the conference or struggling to be an 8th seed, their style of play never changes.

Caps need to get to that level of hardnosed play. When your skill guys like Carter and Giroux are willing to drop the gloves, that's a great sign of the balance in your lineup.

12:12OTTJesse Winchester : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 12:12OTTChris Neil : Roughing - 2 min 12:12OTTChris Neil : Roughing - 2 min 12:12PHIDarroll Powe : Roughing - 2 min 12:12PHIDarroll Powe : Roughing - 2 min 12:12OTTChris Campoli : Roughing - 2 min 12:12PHIJeff Carter : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 13:33OTTMatt Carkner : Roughing - 2 min 14:55OTTRyan Shannon : Roughing - 2 min 14:55PHIDanny Briere : Holding the stick - 2 min 15:25OTTZack Smith : Misconduct (10 min) - 0 min 16:12OTTNick Foligno : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:12PHIClaude Giroux : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13OTTChris Neil : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13PHIJody Shelley : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13OTTJarkko Ruutu : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13PHIScott Hartnell : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13OTTChris Neil : Game misconduct - 0 min 16:13PHIJody Shelley : Game misconduct - 0 min 16:13OTTMatt Carkner : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13PHISean O'Donnell : Fighting (maj) - 5 min 16:13PHISean O'Donnell : Game misconduct - 0 min 16:13OTTMatt Carkner : Game misconduct - 0 min

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 21, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Here are some teams that I think might take a real long look at Nabby on waivers.

Islanders: How long do they think Rick will go without getting hurt again?

Sens: Goaltending issues all season and have injuries as well.

Flames: I know the first reaction is to laugh but there have been teams who, according to rumors, are asking them about Kipper but they are not ready to give their young guys the full load right now, Nabby comes in bridges the game for the rest of the year and they can try to trade Kipper and his huge contract.

Sabres: Miller needs some time off and their backup is horrible.

LA: Bernier is 508 this year with a save % of 89.3 and Quick wore down toward the end of last season playing too many games.

Canes: Could do it just to keep the Caps from going after him plus Peeters has a save percentage of 87.9% as Ward's backup.

SJ: Like I said yesterday they know him Niittymaki just went on LTIR and Niemi is 12-13-2 right now. They are also currently out of the playoffs and looking for a boost.

Hawks: Crawford is playing great but he is still young and untested and Turco has fallen on his face and looks to just be done. With the low cap hit Nabby would be great for them.

Habs: Price is playing great and so is Auld but Auld has only started 6 games so it is clear the Habs don't trust him and Price has never played more then 52 games in an NHL season.

Not saying I think all or even any of those guys are going to make a claim but I could see all of them doing so and I wouldn't be shocked. I know Nabby has the right no say no to a team that claims him and has stated he doesn't want to be a backup but that is exactally what he is going to be in Detroit. He isn't going to overtake Howard as #1.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 21, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

icehammer,

I'd add Columbus to the list.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 21, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I think mine above look pretty solid and leaves 39,15,85,17 for fill ins if someone isnt performing. Although I got a feeling IF everyone is healthy and people arent moved...83 will be sitting.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce

There is no way Hendricks plays checking line center. Hendricks should definitely be playing, but at the wing. He is not that good of a center. The Caps do need to have either Steckel or BGordon playing to win the draws.

It is very important in the defensive zone, especially to start a PK.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 21, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

But I don't want to hear about Gordo and Chimera etc like they've proven anything yet or that they've suddenly turned a corner. Larger sampling of games including v some better teams is how you judge em. Based on their past, neither one is indispensable or a great asset.

Posted by: cstanton1

Agree, it is just one game. The Ovie/Backstrom/Chimera line must do well over a span of at least 10 games before it can be taken seriously.

But at least it is promising and the thinking behind it(Chimera's speed opening up room) makes sense.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 21, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Again its easy to throw out vague lines...pick your lines then sir. Who are you sitting?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 21, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The sooner everyone realizes that this is essentially a lost season if not a rebuilding year the better.

Anyone who actually thought that this team would be a legit contender this year with:

1. A one dimensional coaching staff
2. Rookie goaltender(s)
3. 1/3 of defenseman as rookies
4. No 2nd line Center.

Is delusional. Uncle Ted will never state this outright in his blog but its pretty obvious.

Still, when you consider that this is just one step in a larger body of work (building through the draft, being good for a long time) the investment is worth it.

Posted by: LesGrossman | January 21, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I hope MP85 sticks when everyone gets back from IR. He seems to be playing pretty well. 83 looks like he belongs but, I don't see him sticking. If we waive (like somebody would take him) Sloan & assign him to Hershey, this would free up a roster spot.
I wouldn't doubt one of the teams behind the Red Wings claim Nabokov just to stop the Wings from actually getting him. If he gets to the Caps they would be foolish to pass on him.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 21, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Again its easy to throw out vague lines...pick your lines then sir. Who are you sitting?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce

I posted them on an earlier thread.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 21, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@chriscaps

you dont know if the teams before you are going to pass on waivers unless they publicly say so. Even then you cant 100% trust them. Everyone just puts in a claim or doesnt. Then at 12:01 tomorrow, the NHL will announce the team with the worst record that did so and he gets awarded to them.

I wont even get into your comment about 85 playing well, because thats just not true.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"2. Rookie goaltender(s)"

---

Varly's not a Rookie. He has 3 playoff series under his belt.

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 21, 2011 2:26 PM | Report abuse

If the new 1st line continues to work then it looks even better:

Ovie/Backstrom/Chimera
Laich/Fisher/Semin
Beagle/MJ/Fehr
Hendricks/(Steckel or BGordon)/Knuble

I hate leaving him out but I don't even know where to put Bradley in.

Also, the last line isn't necessarily the 4th line, it would be the checking line that faces the opposing teams top line so it would get more time than te Beagle/MJ/Fehr line.

The Beagle/MJ/Fehr line would, in essence, be the 4th line, but still would see about 10 minutes of ice time. So all 4 lines would be rolled.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 21, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Good, so they should be fresh in your memory and make it easier to repost so I dont have to go back searching for them. Otherwise I'll assume you are avoiding having to answer. K thanks.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 21, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Good game, "manos de piedra." Now keep it up - crash the net, finish your checks.

Sad about Flash. Just when his career was going somewhere, this happens. Life can be cruel.

Posted by: zmega | January 21, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Highly doubt we get Fisher so dont put him on lines.

Does anyone know if you can put a player on waivers while he is injured????? If so the Caps should do so with Sloan right now so he comes off the salary cap. Every $ counts.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused by the desire for Nabokov. Let me get this right... to ensure playoff success, you want the goalie at the forefront of all the San Jose Sharks' underperformances?

I'd rather give up a pick at the deadline for a backup than pluck an underwhelming starter for free.

Posted by: GFisher1 | January 21, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Highly doubt we get Fisher so dont put him on lines.

Does anyone know if you can put a player on waivers while he is injured????? If so the Caps should do so with Sloan right now so he comes off the salary cap. Every $ counts.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Thanks for the repost...and for making me look like a d-bag for jumping the gun and getting snippy. lol

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 21, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for the double post.

Also Katie just tweeted that she was told we aren't putting a claim in for Nabokov. So end that discussion now.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 2:38 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI -

Great lines, man. I think that Mojo, Laich, Knubs line could be something special.

Strong work. However, I doubt we get Fisher.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | January 21, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Pretty sure a player cannot go on waivers while injured. Like high 90%+ sure.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 21, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

thats what i figured. Just trying to figure out how to save money over the next month salary cap wise.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Sloan isn't injured, he is on a conditioning assignment. I don't think you can waive an injured player. You can put the player on LTIR to free up cap space.
I'm not talking about starting Nabokov. If he plays at his prior level, he is an excellent backup.
MP85 is much improved from last year. He will struggle to make the lines when the Caps are healthy. His CORSI rating is good. Behindthenet.ca has some great stats if you care to look.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 21, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat. I saw that too bit that also could be a bit of a play to make sure there are no teams that claim him "so the Caps can't"

@Steve_R your and right I somehow missed them.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 21, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@chriscaps

theres something called the eye test on MP. Dont believe all the stats you see. Watch the dumb penalties he takes. Ask yourself if he's doing the job of making his teammates better and creating enough chances for them. Ask yourself how often does he get knocked off the puck. Stats LIE!!!

And yes Sloan is injured buddy. He got injured again on said conditioning assignement.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

Also, didnt Sloan get sent to Hershey? He is off the cap and not taking a roster spot now I believe isnt he?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 21, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

And LTIR doesnt free up cap space. LTIR only means something if the team is going to exceed the salary cap. If you have a player that makes $2.5M and are right up against the salary cap and he gets hurt, you have $2.5M to exceed the salary cap by to bring in another player.

If you have $3M in salary cap space and that $2.5M player gets hurt. The call up just takes money from that $3M number. That is what we are experiencing now. All our injuries are eating into our salary cap number, so instead of it banking $$$ for the deadline, it is decreasing.

Hope that makes some sense.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

ThePat,

Couldn't they place him on LTIR retroactively to gain the cap space?

Posted by: PhilR | January 21, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

You answered my question before I even asked it, thanks!

Posted by: PhilR | January 21, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@chriscaps This was posted two days ago on Twitter. #Caps official says D Tyler Sloan was actually injured during his conditioning stint and is now on IR himself. Rough break for Sloan.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 21, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

he got sent there on conditioning assignment and got reinjured. when on conditioning assignment you count as a roster space and against the cap. Right now hes just on IR again or maybe still technically the conditioning assignment. Not sure exactly waht they did with him now.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

I agree the Isles are much better than their record. I saw speed in their game, and #8 did play very well.

Get well Flash !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 21, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Isles are 9-5-2 in their last 16 and that includes losing their last two. They are not as bad as the standings show. 20 points of the last 32 possible which is far from a bottom team.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 21, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

BTW that streach of 16 I talked about included wins against Tampa, the Pens, and the Wings and a SO loss to Vancouver so it was not just weak teams they were playing well against.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 21, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

just took a quick glance at the standings. If it ended today we are the #5 seed and the Pens are #4.

That would be fun!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 21, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Get well Flash !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 21, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

AMEN!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 21, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Is the blood clot problem that Flash has somehow related to that deep vein thrombosis that he had last year?

Posted by: TwoBuckChuck | January 21, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Probably. I have a blood clotting disorder myself (Factor V) and when DVT's form in your leg the primary concern becomes it moving to the lung or lungs (PE's).

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | January 21, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm..

Forsberg is going to start practicing with the Avs tomorrow.

Posted by: ThePat | January 21, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sgm3 | January 21, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@stevo

Tried responding to you earlier but my posts were apparently held for review. Anyway, thanks for confirming King Kong's crunching hit last night. I got it wrong between 25 &26 as to whose gaffe resulted in a goal the previous game, so glad to know my tv's not playing tricks on me.

Not sure why he wasn't credited for one by the scorers, but I've been mystified by some hit totals in previous games so can't say I'm surprised (and it was perhaps the hardest hit of the game, so go figure). I do know I saw him crumple someone behind DiPietro, and heard an audible moan from the crowd, and Backstrom scored the next shift without stoppage.

I hope the lineup remains the same tomorrow, and the team puts another notch in the win column. It'd be kind of hard to argue against a 7-2-1 record w/my boys in the lineup :)

Go Caps...Kick the Laughs, I mean Leafs, a@@@!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 21, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov landed in Detroit...

Posted by: sca187 | January 21, 2011 4:30 PM | Report abuse

“According to Section 13.20 (b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a player cannot be traded for the remainder of the season once he’s been claimed off waivers by a club”

Posted by: Unknown19 | January 21, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Foppa back with the Avalanche again, eh?

And here I was thinking that Chris Chelios was the Brett Favre of the NHL...

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 21, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@vermont

No, it is hard to argue with your boys' record. King/Orr rematch ??????????????????????????????

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 21, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

However, vermontcaps' unhealthy infatuation with DJK and Erskine is very concerning. It goes far beyond my man-crush for John Druce that goes back to the 1988 season. (for the record, Druce was my favorite player before his 1990 playoff heroics because he wore #19, my number from my youth soccer and basketball days). Of course, I was 12 back then.

Posted by: jmurray019 | January 21, 2011 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, someone wouldn't let me respond to you. A few things come to mind. First, my infatuation w/#4 and 17 springs from last year and watching Erskine and Theodore GET TREATED LIKE TRASH. I started coming here then, and when BB wasn't canned last summer I vowed to make my displeasure known loudly and frequently. This is the best chance/time to win the cup, and I don't want to see it slip by the wayside because of our buffonish coach.

Second, you really had a "man-crush" on John Druce? On a team with Scott Stevens and Dale Hunter? OK, that's all I need to know.

And third, because you weren't even an itch in your daddy's pants when I started watching hockey, I understand why you can't comprehend my passion and obsession so I'll look past your posts...it's all good.

@hunterforcoach

Thanks for suggesting I get behind to bench for motivational purposes come playoff time, but we both know that can't happen. I'm afraid word would leak-out about some of my posts, and some of the guys might want a piece of me. And because of Erskine and DJK's loyalty to the team, they'd probably step to the forefront. Imagine the cruel irony of me having to square-up with them?

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 21, 2011 5:04 PM | Report abuse

icehammer97 & Unknown19, thanks for the posts, I'm learning alot today. Forsberg, BFD.
I guess we have to wait until Sloan recovers before putting him on waivers.
I hope this Chimera on the 1st line thing works. Just maybe he doesn't suck & the Caps were using him incorrectly, hopefully.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 21, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Re: Nabokov to DET...

It's hard for me as a Caps fan to hate on the Wings--after all, they're not the Penguins, nor the Habs (a.k.a. the Yankees of the NHL), nor the (Fruity and Obnoxious and Over-paid) Rangers.

Though DET swept the Caps on "our" closest approach to the Cup in 1998-99, There was pretty much nobody in the entire NHL who could stop them, anyway.

Still, they have won enough Cups and are already sufficiently stacked in their lineup to make a credible run at another. Why did they need yet another goalie?

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 21, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@hunter

I'd rather King stay away from Orr as long as possible, but I'd also rather it be him than Erskine if someone's gotta go w/Colton. I like Orr more than DJK; he's one tough, scary, and mean dude. But if they go, you know I'll be pulling for #17!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 21, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Orr is way better in every aspect of the game than is King. And fearsome power in his punches. He'll take em to give em. Like Joey Kocur used to.

and i do feel bad for Flash. That's a tough one to deal with.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 21, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton

Orr is a mutated reincarnation of Kocur and Knuckles Nilan

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 21, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

and anyone heard what Rick Rypien's status is? Is Vancouver going to part ways w/him once he completes his treatment? A fresh start can be good for someone in his situation, and I wouldn't mind seeing the pitbull in red...

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 21, 2011 5:52 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton
@vermont

Orr will take 'em to give 'em.
He does remind me of Kocur. I don't want Erskine dealing with Orr because of John's concusion history. I'm sure guys like Orr watch the fights on the Internet. John is gonna' win the fight of the year vote, and I'm sure Orr would love to throw water on that with a beat down.

A playoff with the Flyers will require a healthy Erskine. DJK is there for a reason. Keeping Orr off Ovi and Erskine should be task #1 for DJK.

Folks on this site don't like DJK, and that's fine. But, this guy is one of the toughest 5 guys in the league. He doesn't appear to fear anyone. Boog's is just not someone I would ever want to mess with. DJK did not "man hug" Boogs. He threw shots, and sent him to the "stitch man". DJK needs to play more to look better on the ice.

Vermont, I would love to see you behind BB
for a Pens or Flyers series. He would probably give you the "Torts treatment" with one of Backy's broken sticks.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 21, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

@vermont

If GMGM could get his hands "The Riper", I would kiss sgm3 on the lips. Besides, his family has "good history" here.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 21, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

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