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Friday Practice Update

Here's a quick update from an uneventful afternoon practice at KCI:

Coach Bruce Boudreau didn't make any changes to his lineup. And after the way his Caps performed Thursday in Boston, that shouldn't come as any surprise.

*Asked why he decided to name Semyon Varlamov the starter on Saturday before seeing how Jose Theodore played against Boston, Boudreau said: "You want to get everybody involved in the season. So that's what we're doing."

*Prospect Joe Finley has reportedly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and giving false information to an officer stemming an August run-in with police in North Dakota. He's not expected to see any jail time.

*About the power play, which went 2 for 4 last night in Boston, Boudreau said: "Twenty- five percent is pretty amazing when you think about it. ... Anything over 20 percent, to me, is a really good power play. So that's the goal. But at the same time, you don't want to set limits. If they're on, they're very good. But they've been known to be off, as well. When they try to go off on individual pages and try to ad-lib, but when we work as five and do what we're supposed to do, we can put 10 guys out there that are pretty good."

The unit finished second to Detroit last season. It wouldn't be much of a surprise if it ends up leading the league in efficiency this season.

*The Caps will acknowledge last season's Southeast Division championship at the home opener tomorrow night. But don't expect the team to make a big deal out of it. The ceremony will be approximately three minutes, down from the six-minute banner-raising ceremony last year. In fact, the banner won't even be raised. It's already in the rafters. Instead, it will simply be unveiled.

The reason is simple, Boudreau explained.

"Boston just introduced the players," Boudreau said. "They didn't show any banners, did they? Their goals are bigger than division championships. I think ours are bigger than division championships. We raised the banner last year. There's no sense in raising it again."

*That's it from me. I've got to crank out a feature on Brooks Laich for tomorrow's Post.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 2, 2009; 3:16 PM ET
 
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Posted by: Cap_goilie_wantabe | October 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I always wanted to do that. I think the power play is the best and will push to set the record for highest % for the year.

Posted by: Cap_goilie_wantabe | October 2, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I can see where they are coming from about the banner...we can make a big deal when it has the word Stanley on it.

Anyone else see that Tampa named Adam Oates as their new Assistant coach?

Posted by: NatyBG | October 2, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

man, the pace this year is stunning.

The team is on pace for 164 points.
AO is on pace for 164 goals and 246 points.
Nicky on pace for 246 assists and points.

Stop us if you can.

Posted by: saintex | October 2, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

The way they are handling the banner is the way I hoped they would...it's nice but it is not the goal this team should have. Well done in advance.

Posted by: opus1m | October 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I noticed that they auctioned off the original banners at the Convention, so I guess *all* of the Caps banners will be brand new. I kinda wish they hadn't done that, but I guess they want all of them to have the same logo/color. Anyone have an idea how much they went for at the auction?

Posted by: TheOtherGuyInSection117 | October 2, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Wish they'd remove those attendance champions banners. They're embarrassing.

Posted by: christophermbishop | October 2, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Could write about this?

The 26-year-old Laich, a former sixth-round pick was dumped by Ottawa and plucked by Caps GM George McPhee.

Who was Ottawa's GM back then?

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 2, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@saintex

Hockeystreams.com worked great. The HQ is good, the HD feed is very good and the HD+ feed is outstanding. Unfotunately, even with business class bandwidth at home, the HD+ feed would get choppy at times so I watched most of the game on HD. I'll be using there services again.

On another note, my DirecTV guide showed that NHL Network would replay the game at 4am this morning and 1pm this afternoon. I recorded the 4am showing just for the heck of it. It turns out they replayed the Canadiens game in both time slots.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow is going to be insane...Saturday night home opener...

Lets see how many new season ticket holders show up...walking around during play....leaning forward..not having a clue whats going on...

Im all for new fans, but they better play by the rules...

Posted by: SA-Town | October 2, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I thought that a banner-raising ceremony last year made sense given the amazing run to end the 2007-08 season, but I agree that a lower-key thing this year is better because everyone's sights are set higher.

I also wish/hope that they wouldn't change the old banners to match the new ones. I thought Yvon Labre's retired number banner never should have been redesigned since he only wore the red, white, and blue (Langway as well, I suppose, but his banner came a lot later). The new ones I saw at the convention look to me to be a bit closer to Avalanche colors than Capitals colors, too.

Posted by: 1995hoo | October 2, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Leaners are the absolute worst. A pox on leaners.

And shrieky children.

Posted by: thiazzi | October 2, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

for whoever was commentting re: the empty seats at the Chi v FLA game. the announcers said that beer wasn't allowed in the seating area, they were just gettin their swerve on.

glad we will have the short ceremony as well, the hockey needs to start as ASAP. can't wait until tomorrow night. the upper deck is going to be rockin

Posted by: donkey1 | October 2, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

man, the pace this year is stunning.

The team is on pace for 164 points.
AO is on pace for 164 goals and 246 points.
Nicky on pace for 246 assists and points.

Stop us if you can.

Posted by: saintex | October 2, 2009 3:45 PM

You beat me to it.
And don't forget Erskine is on pace for 82 bouts, who said we didn't have an enforcer, eh?

Posted by: hock1 | October 2, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

yeah I second taking down those stupid mystics attendance banners

Posted by: _stevo | October 2, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget Laich is on pace for 164 goals too.

Posted by: Capitals8 | October 2, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Could write about this?

The 26-year-old Laich, a former sixth-round pick was dumped by Ottawa and plucked by Caps GM George McPhee.

Who was Ottawa's GM back then?


Posted by: CodePoetry | October 2, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

john muckler

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 2, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Ottawa also got some pretty good talent in return in that trade.

Posted by: pebowers | October 2, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ottawa also got some pretty good talent in return in that trade.

Posted by: pebowers | October 2, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

bondra was talented, but he's not helping them now. just highlights where the two teams were at the time. someday soon we'll trade a prospect for a proven vet and then 5 years later we'll wonder why. just the way it goes.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 2, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I agree about the banner thing. It was appropriate last year, but this team is after bigger and better things this year. I do hope they introduce the players though. They haven't done that in the past 2 home openers.

Posted by: rockinthered1 | October 2, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I hate leaners too.

And people sitting behind me yelling "SHOOT THE PUCK" all game long.

Pittsburg Pens fans who have to bring up the Steelers six Super Bowls in every hockey conversation.

Cheef.

Rangers fans just because.

People who buy season tickets to turn a profit, and sell tickets to said Pens and Rangers fans.

What I miss?

Posted by: Steve_R | October 2, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

I like laich...but let's not go crazy over him, he is a nice player who benefits from playing with GREAT players...

reminds me of this center who used to be on the NYR and played with jagr and used to put up really good numbers, and then some...team...signed...him..for...WAY...too...long...and...too...much...money...

WHAT IS THE DEAL WITH NYLANDER, AAHHHHHH, AAHHHHHA, AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH
im losing it, why isnt he gone!!!

Posted by: cotelloer | October 2, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

@thiazzi - and children who kick the back of your seat the whole game, and their parents who seem to think this is perfectly fine.

Posted by: hillg | October 2, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

That's right, #68, forgot about him...

Somehow it seems fitting that he's been banished to Siberia.

Posted by: Steve_R | October 2, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Nylander put up decent numbers before he even came to Washington/Rangers. So....

Posted by: richmondphil | October 2, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, but that means that Semin and Knuble and the rest are on pace for 0 goals. :)

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | October 2, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

We have to trade Semin and Knuble STAT!!!

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

....maybe we can package them up and get Chris Bourque back??
What? Too soon??

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Since the Caps just happened to play in the 1st game of the season, and Ovie was able to put up 3 points to jump out to a quick lead... I was wondering - has any player ever kept the points lead from day 1 until the last day of the season? I'm not trying to jinx the guy or expect him to keep a torrid pace, but it just got me wondering if it has ever happened.

Posted by: gonchpup | October 2, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

....maybe we can package them up and get Chris Bourque back??
What? Too soon??

Posted by: j3rockstar | October 2, 2009 5:26 PM

Crud! The Pens don't have the cap space for the trade. Guess we're stuck with them just like Nylander.

Posted by: Raber | October 2, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I am proud of how the boys played last night and the impact they are having in this town and on NHL. I hoisted the Caps flag on my car again and I am ready. I am only nervous about them NOT running out of steam at the end of the season, like they did last year. Most of the teams that ended up strong at the end, were not stron in the beginning (like Carolina, for example). But I guess Detroit was consistently good throughout. I don't suppose there is any correlation between how strong a team starts and being a Stanley Cup contender, is there?

Posted by: caraveli | October 2, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Since the Caps just happened to play in the 1st game of the season, and Ovie was able to put up 3 points to jump out to a quick lead... I was wondering - has any player ever kept the points lead from day 1 until the last day of the season? I'm not trying to jinx the guy or expect him to keep a torrid pace, but it just got me wondering if it has ever happened.

Posted by: gonchpup | October 2, 2009 5:43 PM

I have a guess that someone named Wayne did it in one of the four seasons where he scored more than 200 of them.

Posted by: Raber | October 2, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't expect the Versus-DirecTV thingy to be solved anytime soon...looks like VS is in the driver's seat, having a record viewership last night:

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=500806

Posted by: AnnandaleAnnie | October 2, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"You want to get everybody involved in the season. So that's what we're doing."

Everybody BB says? Everybody except 92 I think he meant. I don't fault him. I just found it to be an incongruous statement.

Posted by: lornemyoung | October 2, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Raber -
I am sure Gretzky started strong and built on it the entire season several times, but did he start each season with 3 points on opening night and continue from there? It's got to be one of the toughest tasks to achieve. Even the great players go pointless for spans of time, and with the talent in the league, there's a lot of leap-frogging at the beginning of the season.

Posted by: gonchpup | October 2, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I will get excited about Laich...because as much credit as he got before for crashing the net and scoring dirty goals while becoming a two time 20 goal getter he can only get better at it and learn from having Knuble on the team this year. Laich's a guy who can easily be putting up 25 goals and 65-70 points a year.

Didn't give enough credit to Theo last night, he made some solid stops when we needed them early on, not going to hate on giving up one on the breakaway. Hopefully Varly can produce a solid start tomorrow night, would be a good problem to have.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | October 2, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I am moving for General Consent for the removal of those Attendance banners. It should not count when you give most of the tickets away.

Posted by: trunkenmath | October 2, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry
You said "The 26-year-old Laich, a former sixth-round pick was dumped by Ottawa and plucked by Caps GM George McPhee." I like Brooks but hope you are joking. If not, you got it backwards. In the pre-lockout firesale salary dump, the Caps traded Peter Bondra salary on Ottawa and got Brooks. You know, Bondra - #12- the guy who holds most of the Caps scoring records, the guy who had 50 goal season.

Posted by: NovaCath | October 2, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Just so no one has any misconceptions regarding how Markov got hurt, he wasn't hurt because of a hit by a Leaf player, his ankle tendon was cut by Price's skate. So yes, the Leafs played physical, and had a couple of fights, but the result was a loss. If they goon it up against the Caps the PP MUST make them pay. An earlier post implied, didn't say it, but implied Markov was hurt due to the Leafs physical play, which is untrue. The Caps played one of the toughest teams in the league last night and held their on physically. Green had a couple of Bruins go face first into the glass because he's so quick.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 2, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Regarding the handling of the division banner - GOOD. That is what I was hoping they'd do. No raising, very low-key, just reveal it.

I think this team and this organization is of one mind with the fans this year: Screw the frills and screw the small prizes, our goal is Lord Stanley and nothing less will do. I like that.

Posted by: kittypawz | October 2, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R: Amen!

Posted by: NatyBG | October 2, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I hate leaners too.

And people sitting behind me yelling "SHOOT THE PUCK" all game long.

Pittsburg Pens fans who have to bring up the Steelers six Super Bowls in every hockey conversation.

Cheef.

Rangers fans just because.

People who buy season tickets to turn a profit, and sell tickets to said Pens and Rangers fans.

What I miss?

Posted by: Steve_R


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AMEN!

Posted by: NatyBG | October 2, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

When they win a Cup, I'd like to see them take down all the division banners. Division banners are fine if you don't have much else of a history to lean on, but once you've been to the mountaintop, that's really small potatoes. Leave the 97-98 Eastern Conference Banner up, but drop the other banners. And, as mentioned, the WNBA Attendance "Champions" Banners really are a bad joke.

Posted by: GrimReefa | October 2, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

@GrimReefa: Also leave the retired numbers banners. I don't mind seeing conference championships, but screw the division.

Posted by: kittypawz | October 2, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

If we moved out all the division banners, we'd only have one. That wouldn't look to great either. :)

Posted by: ejohnsto | October 2, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone noticed what number Chris Bourque pick in Pittsburgh? Number 12. I just think it's cool that if he likes number 12, that he left it alone when with the Caps. I know it's not retired for Bondra, and might never be, but it's still a little early for someone else to don #12 IMO because Bondra was such an impact player for the Caps for so long. It'll be used again, but not now, not yet.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 2, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much ice time Bourque will get tonight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry
You said "The 26-year-old Laich, a former sixth-round pick was dumped by Ottawa and plucked by Caps GM George McPhee." I like Brooks but hope you are joking. If not, you got it backwards. In the pre-lockout firesale salary dump, the Caps traded Peter Bondra salary on Ottawa and got Brooks. You know, Bondra - #12- the guy who holds most of the Caps scoring records, the guy who had 50 goal season.

Posted by: NovaCath | October 2, 2009 6:21 PM

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We also got Finley in that trade. Hasn't amounted to anything but it's early. Bondra was a fantastic player whose career was on the downturn. If given the option to avoid the firesale and hold Bondra and Olie until they retired while still having the team we have now, then great. Seeing as there's no way that happens, you can't possibly look back at that trade and say it was a bad one.

If we get to the point where we don't have to sacrifice the good of the team by keeping aging great players around, then I imagine GMGM will do it. It didn't make sense when we were going to have to rebuild and with Bondra retiring soon.

No one is trying to discount the greatness that Bondra brought to our team. He was my favorite player for almost 15 years right up until 2005 when another superstar began his rise to power. Bondra was a great hockey player and a great Capital, but I'll take a young hungry Brooks now over a retired Bondra any day.

Posted by: Raber | October 2, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how much ice time Bourque will get tonight.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 7:53 PM
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My guess? 0 min: 0 seconds. They scratched him (if you didn't see that one coming, you haven't been paying attention)

Posted by: Raber | October 2, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Somewhat interesting to see Borque wearing 12 during the banner ceremony

Posted by: superpaqman | October 2, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Raber,

Thanks for kindly pointing that out.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Yay, RANGERS!

I can't believe I said that, but it's 1-1 now... 3-1/2 to go in the first. Come on, Rags, put the Penguins to shame!

Posted by: irockthered | October 2, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Crosby with a Semin-like retaliatory penalty.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

@GrimReefa: Why take down the division banners? There are teams that have won cups that still have their division banners. I know the Pens for one did that. Maybe if we run out of space in the rafter we take down some of them but until then keep them up. It is a legit accomplishment unlike the attendence banners don't take that away from the players of those teams.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 2, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Nylander is being kept out of the lineup because they are still looking for a trade to the KHL (according to ESPN) and they don't want him getting hurt and killing any chance they have of getting rid of him.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 2, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao - Yeah, except his was a slash, and Semin's was a trip... Glad Crosby actually got called for it, 'cause it was a two-handed one.

Posted by: irockthered | October 2, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

@irockthered

I was talking mostly about the retaliatory aspect of it.

By the way, I ran across another factor that may be relevant to that giveaway/takeaway discussion. It could have something to do with the zone you are in.

Raber may have the answer. I'm sure he's been paying attention.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

gonchpup: Gretzky's best year was like 212 pts in 80 games, avg off top of my head of 2.65 pts/gm. So, for him, 3 pts was almost avg. Maybe he didn't lead all year because maybe Edm didn't play the first night of the season, but I'm sure several times he led in the 1st week and then all season.

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 2, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

what is a leaner so i can make sure not to do it?

Posted by: david171 | October 2, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao - True, dat. :-) My snark was basically that yeah, they both did retaliatory penalties, but both Crosby and Zdeno Chara last night went with physical fouls, and Semin went with a restraining foul. :-)

I'm glad he got called for it; slashing is not something you want to see left uncalled.

Posted by: irockthered | October 2, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

@ Rachel:

Neuvy alert!
Video interview of Mikey on John Walton's blog:
http://www.johnwaltonhockey.com/

Posted by: tess2201 | October 2, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

They're praising Fleury for what amounted to complete luck. Gaborik put the puck right in between his legs and Fleury accidentally kicked it about an inch outside the post while turning his body.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Why the hell would Ottawa assign Schubert to the AHL?

Either way, Atlanta claimed him, so now I'm pissed off.

Posted by: wis193 | October 2, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

what is a leaner? anybody?

Posted by: david171 | October 2, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

@wis193 - No clue; his cap hit isn't that big (.850), and even with that hit, Ottawa's under by 2.8M. They had to be under the roster limit, so that wouldn't be why either... Interesting.

Posted by: irockthered | October 2, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

DAMN. Crosby got one. 2-1 Penguins.

Posted by: irockthered | October 2, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

david--
a leaner is someone who leans way forward in his seat, thereby blocking the view of those sitting farther down the row from him.

Posted by: tess2201 | October 2, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Man, Goligosky now. #&*@!$^! 3-1 Penguins. The Rags are just plain getting outplayed on the ice tonight, hardcore.

Their one goal probably shouldn't have been a goal, either, since it went off a referee... Damn... :-p

Posted by: irockthered | October 2, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Rags have no D. Lundqvist all by himself. This game is getting ugly..

Posted by: ejohnsto | October 2, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I fully expected the Pens to win tonight and figured it could get bad. Haveing a big thing like raising the banner or retiring a number can really spark a team. Just look at the Aves last night.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 2, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

icehammer97:
I hope your theory holds true tomorrow night when the Bears raise the Calder Cup banner. I worry about the opposite effect..that the emotions of the ceremony will mess up their heads and the game will be a big let-down.

Posted by: tess2201 | October 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Emery is doing ok in Philly. A shut out in his first game. The question is how long until the crazy comes back.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 2, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

The B's had a conference banner to raise, which they did with little fanfare. Regardless, it didn't inspire them for more than the first 10 minutes or so. I'm pulling for a Ranger comeback to spoil their little celebration.

Posted by: gonchpup | October 2, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

@gonchpup. The B's didn't raise a banner last night. Read BB's comment. He said they just introduced their players.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 2, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

I expected the Penguins to win because they're the better team but it's 3-2 now. Game ain't over.

I think the whole banner raising things gets the opponents juiced up as much as the home team. These are pros. They don't get intimidated by that stuff.

Posted by: tmac2yao | October 2, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Bruce wants to downplay the banner raising at Verizon tomorrow night. I think they are planning to just uncover an already-raised banner. I think they feel they are at the point where a division banner is nothing to get to hyped up on... setting the bar too low.

Posted by: gonchpup | October 2, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Rags got one back. Down 3-2 now.

Posted by: gonchpup | October 2, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Sorry tmac2yao...

It was less a shot at you and more a shot at the plethora of caps insiders posters who were complaining that Bourque was going to go to the Pens and make a difference right away. There were very few of us who were saying "he's not going to play" once we found out he got claimed by Pittsburgh.

Picking Bourque up made sense for them because they had the cap room to keep him in the NHL for a bit and they'd just lost a player to waivers. It doesn't mean he's going to see any ice time with the big boys, especially not right after joining the team and not having a chance to learn the new system.

Posted by: Raber | October 2, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Members of the BOD and others from back in "tha day", used to mock the Caps making a big deal out of winning the Southleast division as if it was some huge accomplishment.

Now, they're starting to de-emphasize that minor achievement, and rightfully so.

We used to get slammed by the lemmings on the old boards, and now of course, they are seeing we were right all along (as usual).

Things the BoD was also correct about:

1. McPhail being inept (still)
2. Cassidy being Teddy's boy and an epic failure. (The team used to call him Keanu b/c he had nothing upstairs -that's a fact!)
3. McPhail projects - Sykora/Richer/Murphy and others - all busts
4. Hanlon - McPhee's cheering leader turned coach. A good similarity is Jim Zorn - both really nice guys, but not cut out for head coaching.
5. Ted's "four year plan" - what a funny joke that was.

There's tons more, that's just a sampling.

Long live the BoD!!!!!

Posted by: Jaymagz | October 2, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Sloan and Schultz in the line up. I would really like to see Poti and Erkshine traded as both are in the final year of contracts. If Alzner plays well, that might pressure GMGM.

Posted by: jgrasse | October 2, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

@Jaymagz

It's odd that you (and others) refer to McVee as McFail. Oddly enough, the Baltimore Orioles General Manager is named McPhail (for real) and from a long time baseball dynasty. (The O's have been an epic fail in the last few years.)

BTW, although McVee is certainly not perfect, I wouldn't rate him as a failure.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 2, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Please find me three NHL GMs--any 3--who would NOT trade rosters, farms, and cap situations (as a set) with the tragically inept George McPhee. Please note that while living bitterly in the past may be pleasant for you, it sounds like Charlie Brown's teacher to many people. Please tell the equipment manager of your choice he's still a slimeball-that's a fact!
Thank you.

Posted by: redlineblue | October 3, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Well Caps fans I must admit, I am a leaner. I'm actually pretty surprised that there's this many complaints. I have ST in 404 and have never received a complaint. Its something I can't change.

I'm kind of confused though, quoting tess2201, "a leaner is someone who leans way forward in his seat, thereby blocking the view of those sitting farther down the row from him."

That to me sounds like a lower level issue, cause in 400 land everybody is looking down not as much left to right.

Posted by: Osfan092589 | October 3, 2009 12:44 AM | Report abuse

Bondra was a great hockey player and a great Capital, but I'll take a young hungry Brooks now over a retired Bondra any day.

Posted by: Raber | October 2, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

that's really, really a tough choice, ain't it? LMAO

Posted by: joek443 | October 3, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Langway was a great hockey player and a great Capital, but I'll take a young hungry Morrisonn now over a retired Langway any day.

Posted by: joek443 | October 3, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

@Jaymagz and other members of the BOD ("back in tha' day" tho' I think you mean "of")---I'm confused by your post. What is your point???

I agree that we have bigger aspirations than a division title. I'm sure I'm not alone in that assessment. And I think the boys made that same statement with their dominant win the other night against the Bruins.

But after such a good game why are you coming on here to slam management, ownership, posters who disagreed with you in the past (and I assume will in the future).

If my being thrilled by our opening game win and my being happy with how this team has turned out makes me a lemming, then so be it. At least I'm a happy winning lemming.

Let's have a great season and let go of the past everyone. There is no need to mock anyone now.

Long live the CAPS!!!!!

BTW Thanks everyone who posted links to streaming the game--we are unhappy DirectTV customers who were thankfully able to watch on our computer.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 3, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Also regarding the "leaners"--we are also in the upper tier and I think it depends on what the people in front of me are doing. No one has complained to me yet but I think I am often leaning forward. What I can't stand are the "standers"--people who continue to stand even after the play has resumed.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 3, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Anybody see the Semin interview on SportsDay this morning?

Russ Thayler got him to sit down with a translator. How did we not know this was going to take place?

Anyway- Semin says he understands almost all of what is said to him. He knows lots of words in English, but isn't yet able to put them together to form sentences.

Decent interview.

11 hours to go...

Posted by: Fro_ | October 3, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I'm in the front row of the upper deck and my first season got called out for leaning as it blocked people behind us as well. Over the last 10 yrs I have learned not to lean (so you can change if you try). While there are several STHs in our section that can be annoying to me, for various reasons, everyone has a right to yell and shout as they please (though profanity when there are kids nearby does bother me). The one thing that pisses me off is that upstairs men just line up in the hall to piss. Form lines behind each urinal and it actually moves faster and doesn't block my access to the beer cart in the hallway. It seems downstairs people have figured this out and it is quicker to go downstairs to pee than stand in the lines upstairs.

Posted by: ds_kelly | October 3, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

kudos to thaler for getting semin to sit down and talk! :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | October 3, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

@spinner-33

And Semin also gave a pre-season interview on Media Day. The fellow's talking more this year.

In this preseason interview, he said he'd do more if Dmitry Chesnakov was available to translate.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 3, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure leaning is more of an upper deck issue, shere the higher angle puts the space below at more of a premium.

I hope so, because I'm in the lower bowl and lean often. If this is an issue for those of us down low let me know.

Posted by: Sonyask | October 3, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

BOD....haha, what a bunch of posers. Talk about living in the past.

Speaking of Boards, what happened to the Caps boards? I can't find the links.

Posted by: bigalgreek | October 3, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

yippee! :)

i can understand semin's reluctance to give interviews if he's not comfortable with the language. probably he doesn't want to look like an idiot, knowing there are always people out there wanting to jump all over him no matter what he says.

Posted by: spinner-33 | October 3, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I completely support the decision not to make such a big deal over winning the SE division. Back in the day winning the Patrick Division with the two of the best teams in the NHL - the Flyers and the Islanders - was a big deal. They should only be making a big deal over at least winning the conference at this point.

Posted by: joek443 | October 3, 2009 9:10 AM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao,

Glad hockeystreams worked well. It was perfect for me using HD+. I have FiOS and run wi-fi to my MacBook. Beyond that, I nearly a computer illiterate.

As for leaners: in the uppers is you lean forward you block the view of the person directly behind you. There's no way around it and most people - myself included - just lean left or right to see around them. It's a bit of a nuisance but if you're in the uppers, and not leaning, my left or right doesn't bother the person behind me.

The bathroom thing is hilarious. Down in in the 100 bathrooms all the dudes actually pick a urinal and line-up behind each one so the line is in the bathroom. The 400s don't do that and I've yet to sort out why. Of course, in the grand scheme of things having a single entry line with the front guy going to the first open options is the best for all queueing situations. Sort of like when you pick a passport line at the airport (see 100 lines) and you get stuck behind a family of 13 who don't know where they put their passports and thought they were going to Canada. You pick the wrong pee-er and you are screwed.

My game while I'm waiting is to see if one of two things happens at the line of urinals: All Ovechkin jerseys peeing at once, or seeing any actual game line peeing together (i.e. AO on the left, Nicky in the middle, and Semin on the right.) Never happened but it's been close.

Posted by: saintex | October 3, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

I think this message board has just sunk to a new low... LOL

Posted by: joek443 | October 3, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I'm totally a new low on that one. But hey, you think of stuff when you are standing in line between periods.

Posted by: saintex | October 3, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

"You want to get everybody involved"

Yeah except Schultz and Nylander apparently.

Posted by: wis193 | October 3, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Darnit, saintex! Now I'm gonna' be playing your game and snickering in the men's restroom, no thanks to you! Grr.

*snicker*

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | October 5, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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