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Golfing With Bruce Boudreau

By Tracy A. Woodward - TWP

As part of a preview for the upcoming AT&T National, we followed Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau around Congressional Country Club as he, son Ben and club pro John Lyberger played a round of golf. Dan Steinberg's story and an accompanying video will be online soon, but in the meantime, here's a preview from the D.C. Sports Bog:

"That's as far as I can hit it," Boudreau said, after unloading on a ball.
"That's your long drive?" Ben asked, with a smirk.
"Yeah, that's my long drive," Boudreau confirmed. "I knew you were gonna say that, whippersnapper."
Ben teed off. At about a 65 degree angle to the right.
"Good drive!" Boudreau said to his son. "If you don't mind being behind some trees."
("He starts to talk trash, I'm coming back at him," the coach explained.)

Read the whole thing here, and check back later for much more. (Hey, it's the offseason -- gotta get some golf in.)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 30, 2009; 11:14 AM ET
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Nah -- I don't golf. Wanna go fishing, Coach?

Posted by: uncatim | June 30, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Schultz isn't going anywhere. He not a flashy player but he gets the job done. His fall against the Rangers will hardly live in infamy, we won the series. He was in BB's line-up almost every night. He wasn't held out because of his mistake against the Rangers BB said he broke a rib during the fall. BB wouldn't flat out lie that someone broke a rib. Teams hide when there are injuries, they don't make up injuries. The Caps will pay what the NHL says Schultz is worth, it will still not be much.

IMO Jurcina may have earned another year with his playoff performace (less the stupid hand pass to the slot against the Pens).

I agree with most of you that ShaMo is done as a Cap.

I also agree with most of you that a 2nd line Center and a hard nosed winger are the needs that should and probably will be addressed prior to the season.

The D-man to help shut things down in the playoffs can be acquired at the March deadline next season. During that time there are a lot more quality players available that teams think they will lose at the end of the season and want to get something for them.

Many of you are all over GMGM for the Nylander and Theodore salaries but in the same breath want him to land some big name guy to fill a hole. Remember, Nylander was playing very very good hockey when we got him and seemed like a great deal at the time. The entire organization is probably apprehensive to add another older player that costs a lot even if he seems to fill a hole because you never really know when these guys are sliding down hill.

Posted by: fanohock1 | June 30, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Bringing this over from last thread (in case anyone who has better insight wants to leave their feedback on this suggestion):

With all the Hershey Dmen's names being thrown around right now as players possibly able to crack the line-up next year (alzner, carlson, sloan...) I was wondering what people think about adding Kronwall to that list. I have only seen him in a handful of games up in Hershey (and a few with the Caps), and he left a pretty good impression on me, not to mention he gave one of the best, bone crunching checks I have ever seen in person at a game.

Posted by: The_Stanley_Caps | June 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse


I agree they may be apprehensive about giving out another contract to a FA. But like you said Nylander was playing well under Hanlon which is the style of play that fits him. So while the signing looks bad now it wasnt at the time.

If they go out and find someone that can play BB's system like a Cammalleri who Boudreau knows can, they should not be apprehensive at all. Cammalleri at age 27 isnt going to all the sudden start to play bad, he is about to hit the peak of his career. Sign a talented Center for Semin.

Not sure this has been mentioned, but why not give Laich a shot at the first line RW. He is versatile and can play all the positions. And he will go to the net.

Posted by: ThePat | June 30, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

This is just a thought but what if the Caps could land Calgary's breakout stud Mike Cammalleri if it was for a reasonable price?

IMO he could be the perfect fit for the team. He can play both the wing and center if need be. From watching the Caps this year, I noticed that unless Semin was placed on the top line with Backs and OV, no one else could keep up with their speed (especially Ovechkin's). Alot of times, especially in the first round series against NYR, I noticed that OV would come down the wing 1 on 3 or even 1 on 4 at times and was forced to take the shot because he had no support. Cammalleri has the speed, endurance, and skill to play with this line.

Its just a thought, and it may not even come close to happening given the cap situation, but think about it. A OV-Backs-Cammalleri line would be perhaps the most dangerous in the league on a nightly basis. Good luck stopping that. This leaves Semin on the second line to spread out the scoring.

Also, because Cammalleri can play Center, it is possible he could play on the second line with Semin to give the Caps 2 very dangerous lines.

Posted by: towsoncapsfan26 | June 30, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the chuckle, Lindsay! :-)

Posted by: Max231 | June 30, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

everyone is so giddy about Carlson, understandably so but whatever happened to Godfrey? I've alwyas thought he was on par with Alzner in development.

Posted by: Andoy | June 30, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I love Cammalleri's style of play and it would be great to see him a Cap!!!!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 30, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I would love Cammalleri!

How about Madden or Gionta?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Yes Cammalleri is a sensational player from what I've seen. Definately a BB type of player. Didn't BB coach Cammalleri in the AHL?

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Gionta could be useful with his speed and finese. It seems he needs a new start but I feel he'd be asking for much more than we could afford. I don't see us pursuing him but it is still possible.

Posted by: towsoncapsfan26 | June 30, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse


Having followed the Devils almost as much as the Caps, I think Madden has really lost a step - he had a tough year this past season, which may be due to age, or to the fact that he was not well used by Sutter.

Gionta is interesting - I think the Devils are going to try to re-sign him but he may wait and test the FA waters. With the FAs on the market, and the flat cap, he may not command as much as he'd like in which case he'd likely stay a Devil. But I think he might be great for the Caps if the Coach would let him do what he did in his best scoring year, that is camp out in front of the goal and score. That didn't happen under Sutter.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 30, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

from previous post
You are completely correct about Kronwall. He was a steady valuable D for Hershey in his end and on the PP point. He also chipped in some timely goals. He is more NHL ready than Alzner or Carlson because of his consistency.

Posted by: ekays | June 30, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse


If we are able to get Cammalleri we won't have any money left to sign anyone else. He is going to get in the $5 mill/year range.

Posted by: ThePat | June 30, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

No Caps selected for the US Olympic hockey camp this summer (aww but wait until the Russians and Swedes announce their camps!)

Here's who's going:

Goaltenders: Ryan Miller, Jonathan Quick, Tim Thomas
Defensemen: Tom Gilbert, Tim Gleason, Ron Hainsey, Erik Johnson, Jack Johnson, Mike Komisarek, Paul Martin, Brooks Orpik, Brian Rafalski, Rob Scuderi, Ryan Suter, Ryan Whitney

Forwards: David Backes, David Booth, Dustin Brown, Dustin Byfuglien, Ryan Callahan, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kesler, Phil Kessel, Jamie Langenbrunner, Ryan Malone, Mike Modano, Kyle Okposo, T.J. Oshie, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Bobby Ryan, Paul Stastny.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 30, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

America, F' YEAH

Posted by: superpaqman | June 30, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Cammerelli is going to cost way too much, I bet 4-6 mil for 4-5 years, which means (most likely) the Caps could not retain Semin and Backstrom both after next year.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | June 30, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Offseason... nothing to do? Doesn't free agency begin tomorrow?

Posted by: larryn703 | June 30, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

From the CBC:

Washington Capitals

UFA: F Sergei Fedorov (signed with Russian team), F Victor Kozlov, F Donald Brashear, G Brent Johnson.

RFA: F Eric Fehr, F Boyd Gordon, D Shaone Morrisonn, D Milan Jircina, D Jeff Schultz.

Estimated cap space: $12.5 million

Outlook: General manager George McPhee told the Washington Times recently that, "this team doesn't need radical changes." McPhee has reason to be optimistic after seeing his Capitals come within one game of the Eastern Conference final. However, more offence would greatly help star and league MVP Alex Ovechkin, who didn't receive much help against the Penguins.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 30, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I would look at trading with teams in cap trouble. Look north to Philly, Ottawa, Montreal (if they go after Vinny), Boston (Kessel's being dangled), Pitts, Carolina (Ruutu).

Philly's really sucking wind with the cap after the Pronger trade. They don't have to worry about it now, but they will befor the season starts.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 30, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if any of you saw this but Antropov's agent is asking for $5.25 per year. I think that guy has lost his mind.

Posted by: ThePat | June 30, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Guess we will see what happens tomorrow?

Hopefully something!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

devils resigned oduya

Posted by: _stevo | June 30, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Billy Jaffe on NHL Live just said Eric Cole should only expect a contract offer of $3mill/year. That would be a nice fit.

Posted by: ThePat | June 30, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

NHL Network-US is going to show the TSN broadcast of the Free Agency Frenzy beginning tomorrow at 2pm. If nothing else everyone can DVR it and see how things play out.

Posted by: fanohock1 | June 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The Blues waived Jay McKee!!! Sign him immediately!!

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Regehr or Ohlund?

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Posted by: sallyworking2006 | July 3, 2009 3:35 AM | Report abuse

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