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Green, Fedorov Expected to Return

Defenseman Mike Green and center Sergei Fedorov are expected to return to the lineup tonight at BankAtlantic Center, where the morning skate just started. Coach Bruce Boudreau also confirmed that Jose Theodore will start in goal.

If Fedorov plays, emergency recall Keith Aucoin -- the star of this morning's team video session for his hard work last night -- must return to Hershey. Boudreau also said that Green's return to the lineup doesn't necessarily mean that Brian Pothier will the defenseman who comes out.

I'll have more in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 17, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
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So long to ya'll that can't seem to read negative stuff...everyone is entitled to their opinions be it wrong- right-intelligent- or ignorant. It's a blog! Grow up and stop being babies!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 17, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Incredibly embarrasing...especially on national TV. Bad habits are hard to break this time of the year. We looked like the Wizards last night- that is the worst thing I've said all year!!!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 17, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Feds being back will help and hope M Green starts moving some people out. They need this game. It's time to quit farting around and get serious.

Posted by: ridgely1 | March 17, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Kudos to BB for at least outlining in detail much of what went wrong in last night's truly embarrassing defeat. What didn't get said is BB's increasingly ineffectiveness at motivating his players to do better, or at least be consistent after last week's terrific two-game road trip. Where's THAT team? BB deserves some of the blame himself.

As for the failure of the penalty kill, one player stands out for his total inability to pressure anything -- Jeff Schultz, who should be shipped to Hershey and replaced with Brian Helmer, immediately. Let's hope for a better effort tonight.

Posted by: bucknelldad | March 17, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Well this is good to hear. We get our PP QB back, and Feds who will increase our chances of winning faceoffs. I think Pothier will improve the more he plays. After all he hasn't played here in 14 months. He just needs a few games to adjust. Looking forward to tonight. Go Caps!

Good to see Theo will get another shot. Hopefully the defense plays tighter.

Posted by: washcapsfanandorioles | March 17, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

lyle, I believe you are the one that needs to grow up here....geez, what are you gonna say next?....nanny nanny boo boo?

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Thats great news. We should win 8-0.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 17, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 17, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

maybe we could take the 8th seed to make sure we can beat everyone ahead of us and get further in the playoffs

Posted by: capsgary | March 17, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

The team's record without Green in the lineup is shockingly bad. After Ovie, he is the most valuable player on the team.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 17, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm just tired of the complaining about the complaining...the "get off the bandwagon" talk...the "you don't belong here because you are negative"'s a public forum...go elsewhere if this blog angers you so's stupid to get all worked up over it.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 17, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or do the Caps play their worst in empty buildings? It's like if there is no noise and excitement, they are disinterested.

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 17, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm alot more confident if we stay #3 so we would play Montreal i know its not set but i like our chances alot better vs habs. If we were in 2nd that means Pens, just look at what these trolls are saying over at TSN under the Caps story for last nights loss. I seriously dont think theres worst fans out there then Pittsburgh, Steelers&Penguins combined. I can tolerate Philly.

Posted by: madboost35 | March 17, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I don't think you can pin everything on Schultz...he's been setup at the age of 23 to fail by the organization...look at Chara (not trying to directly compare him to Chara.) in his younger days with the Isles he was just a big guy and he started getting better and better in his Ottawa days....but at the same time the Isles just didn't throw him to the wolves either...I think at the age of 23 he needs seasoning.....he needs to work on his game and bulk up in Hershey...he holds his own but has glaring mistakes every game...not to say that Mike Green doesn't have his glaring mistakes like the other night on Cole's goal in the Carolina game with ANOTHER turnover at the blue line.....but then he ties it at one and erases his mistake....that's the difference with Green. He's more risk / reward.

Send down Schultz or sit him for a game and see if A) he responds and B) if the team does play better....I just don't think it'll be that great of a difference...and someone please tell Theo when he's on the top of his crease and challenging the shooter he's MUCH better...last night he was back in his crease while be screened a time or two maybe but if he's out a couple may hit him...who knows....

Posted by: rdiehljr | March 17, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

ccCapsfan, i agree but i think the last 15 games or so Semin has been the major player on this team. 14 91 28 line has been unstopable(nashville coach said he tried every possible line combo vs that line and couldnt stop them) hopfully they get back toghether tonight.

Posted by: madboost35 | March 17, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Where's cheef? I expected him to crawl out of the wood work to do his bashing.

Puckguru too. Though who came to Aucoin's defense? Puck's whipping boy Fehr. Wonder what he thinks about that?

Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

anyone notice semin was 100% in the faceoffs last night? 2-0 lol

Posted by: madboost35 | March 17, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Cheef doesn't have to show up anymore, there are plenty already here who do the bashing for him.

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I never understand all the Shultz bashing. Shultz had a +/- of even last night. Poti was a -2 and Morrisson a -1. They were the D-men on the ice for most of the goals against (even during the PK). Shultz is a plus player. Maybe he is not the most skilled, but overall he is a consistent +.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | March 17, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Pull Poti!

Posted by: k_immi_e | March 17, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I just renewed my season tickets, and then these lazy bastards did this to me??

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | March 17, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Phil, they're not as amusing as a good cheef rant though.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting that BB is calling for better defense and someone to grind in front of the net...wasn't that what he asked for at the trade deadline? No moves - GMGM said you guys go out and do it yourselves. So who is going to step up their game? Can the message be any clearer?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 17, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Shultz is a + player is he is on the ice alot when Green and OV are and they score, and make Shultz +/- better. weather he has a assist or not.

Posted by: rarcr | March 17, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

What exactly did they do to you Danny?

Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Schultz played ok last night. Many others didnt.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 17, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Just one night with out schultz. I don't think he is the real problem with our defense, but one night without him might shut everyone up for a while.

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | March 17, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The Caps did not play well last night but it was not as bad as the score would indicate. The Atlanta goalie was just incredible. The Caps peppered him with shots and he stopped them all. However, The caps controlled the puck for most of the time.Did you see what happened to Detroit last week? No time to panic folks.

Posted by: chopin224 | March 17, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

@rarcr That argument is getting old. Ovi/green certainly didnt help his +- last night, and he still did ok.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 17, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

The biggest thing the Caps need to learn, which they are seemingly incapable of doing, is to stop taking stupid penalties. You would think that with a them ranked towards the bottom of the league in PP defense, they would be a little mindful of going to the box. Nope. They just sit there and continue to shoot themselves in the foot. They won't make it out of the 1st round again if they play like that.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | March 17, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

@madboost35 - I agree about Semin. You don't have to sell me on him. I was one of the first Phone Booth regulars to sport the red 28. That said, I am eager to see him sustain this current excellence indefinitely.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 17, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I would not be surprised if tonight Vokoun had 76 saves on 77 shots... #1 star of the night performance and the talk of the town tomorrow.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 17, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

since the doom and gloom show is taking over today, and were still in no different place in the standings than we were yesterday, why don't we just focus on something useful instead of tearing up our team.

They lost one again, big deal. if they loose all of the last 5 games to close out the season then I might worry.

TSN has an article about free agents, let's talk about our contract that are up at the end of this season and what would benefit us the most.
The UFA's:
91, 25, 87, 1, Sloan & Helmer
The RFA's:
16, 15, 26, 23, Lepisto & Bourque

No offense to the 4 in Hershey, just didn't take the time to look up their numbers.

Out of the list on TSN:

Who would you pick?
(I am slightly partial to Franzen to replace Koz, in a perfect world, but that would cost us a lot)

Posted by: caps28fan | March 17, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Schultz's job is to be the stay-at-home d-man when Green is out there. If he does that, and it allows Ovie and Green to score... than Schultz is all good with me.

Also, most of Green's goals are on the PP, so no +'s for those. I don't want to over estimate the value of the =/- rating, but you cannot discount it based upon the fact that Schultz is a big guy and appears from a fan's perspective to be lumbering slowly. He is an effective player.

Posted by: Wemiss21 | March 17, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

+/- rating(forgot to hit shift)

Posted by: Wemiss21 | March 17, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Sit Poti, Sit Schultz, Sit Morrisson....hey, how about we sit the whole team except for Ovie, Semin, and Backs....they are the only three who draw very little grief in here....Good Lord people! Oh, and let's just fire the reigning coach of the year because he has forgotten how to motivate his team....No wonder people who know hockey are leaving here for other blogs.

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps are as bored playing the teams in their own division (Atl, TB, Fla, Car) as I am watching these teams. No excitment in the stands, no atmosphere. These are like exhibition games, and are virtually meaningless in the standings for the Caps, who will finish in the 3rd seed. Looking at their remaining schedule, I may not watch another game until the playoffs. Caps will ready then.

Posted by: hockeypuck1 | March 17, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

caps28fan i think Kozy is just fine here, we really dont need donald and his adittude problems and as well as johny has been its time to move on.

Posted by: madboost35 | March 17, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Locker would've called the hooking penalties called on Pothier and Erskine "cheapies." They were very weak calls and unfortunately the Caps' PK didn't look nearly as strong last night as they have in the 3 games prior. Going back on the road, losing another key player, and adding in #2 and #20 seemed to really throw off the team's chemistry. Plus, 8-19-28 have been carrying this team offensively of late and they looked like they ran out of steam. They needed secondary scoring to back them up but it just wasn't out there. Let's hope they come out with renewed energy and enthusiasm tonight against FLA.

Posted by: 28_is_amazing | March 17, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

@caps28fan - If you factor in potential affordability, I kind of like Johnny Oduya of the Devils. If money is no object, then give me Bouwmeester or Komisarek.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 17, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse


I agree...the dead crowd in Atlanta was the problem last night.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 17, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

So long to u morons who luv to look @ the glass half full with a hella of games left in the season before prime time. Duh.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 17, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

people like dannyboy; one of the reasons why i want to give back my season tickets.

seriously you are truly an idiot. they truly should make it a requirement for people to take IQ test before procreating mini-idiots.

Posted by: MNMNT | March 17, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse


We haven't left, we just stopped commenting. :)

Posted by: keeef | March 17, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse


Well said.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

My prediction for the final seeding is pretty much as it stands today. I think the Pens and Flyers might swap places at 4 and 5 and the 'Canes might slip passed the Rangers for 7th. In any case, I think the Caps will probably open the playoffs with Habs, the Bruins and Devils see either the 'Canes or Rangers, and the Pens and Flyers get to try and kill each other to open the playoffs.

I'm happy enough with where we're sitting for the end of the season. We'll no doubt see some ups and down the remainder of the way but as long as folks get healthy (illness and injury), I'm ready to ride this train as far as it'll take me. It's gonna be a blast.

Posted by: saintex | March 17, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse


Isn't Federov on a 2-year deal? I'm also pretty sure I read that #55 is a FA this year, not sure which type.

Posted by: Padow1 | March 17, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse


I agree that they are bored playing the same old boring SE teams. but facts are facts we still have division teams that we have to win against. Personally I think that the attitude in the locker room is that we don't need to beat them because we have the SE locked up. If we don't play well then that SE division Champ banner won't be hung in our club house again this year.

SLOPPY play is SLOPPY play there is no excuse

Posted by: HockeyFarmer | March 17, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Nice to know you guys are still around keeef! Looking at the free agents and our needs D and some grit in from of the net....these are the names I don't laugh cause most moved at the trade deadline but how about.....Havelid, Komisarek, John Madden, Recchi, and Guerin....Recchi and Guerin wouldn't be too expensive and would add some grit...the others probably dreaming!

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

@Padow1, Fedorov signed a one year deal. He has said, however, that he regained his love of hockey here and would consider returning for another year, if possible.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 17, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I believe Schultz is a RFA at the end of the season.

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 17, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

padow1, feds is on a 1 year deal and 55 is RFA.

Phil, isn't recchi retiring? Thought I saw that somewhere

Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

that's part of the problem with data on the web, it may not always 100% reliable.

Just using that data as an example.

Posted by: caps28fan | March 17, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure he could be convinced to play one more year if he thought he had a relistic shot at another cup.

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Good point, though I'm hoping we can get Feds to resign at a lower rate. We're going to need him next year I'm thinking.

Posted by: Steve_R | March 17, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Windjammersouth, we need to hear more about that stretch run against all those crappy teams.

Posted by: DrAdamson | March 17, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Poti was on the ice for at least 4 of the goals. Not sure about the 5th. He should sit!

Posted by: wienerdog4410 | March 17, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The only place, I mean the ONLY place I read/hear any complaints about Schultz is here. He's never mentioned as the weak link when on national television, or in hockey circles, only here. A couple of months ago it was Kozlov needed to be shipped outta here and he doesn't produce in the playoffs so let's dump him now.

The problem is we need scoring from more players. Kozlov, Steckel, Flash, Fehr, Gordo, Brads, Brash, Morrison, Jurcina, Poti we need goals from you guys. Please guys, cycling the puck isn't enough. OV, Back, Feds, Semin, and Laich CANNOT continue to be the only goal scorers. We need the 3rd and 4th lines to poke one in. Those are the kind of goals that cause momentum swings.

Lastly, although Theo has played well lately, he did not control his rebounds at all yesterday. Sometimes he's a pin cushion and absorbs everything, last night was not one of those night, and they happen.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 17, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I just renewed my season tickets, and then these lazy bastards did this to me??

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | March 17, 2009 12:11 PM

Lazy? You're the one playing armchair hockey player/Coach/GM. Love the platform you're standing on. Being a season ticket holder may afford special perks. Having the luxury of calling any player lazy isn't one of them.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 17, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Poti has been our most reliable D-man all season. Yet some of you want to bench him based on one game? Have any of you ever had a bad day? Bad 2 1/2 hours of a day maybe?

Give him a break.

Posted by: FLDave | March 17, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

You know, when I look at the cap numbers and the next two seasons things are looking pretty good. I'm not expert but if I make some assumptions here's where I get, just the business end, not whether or not I like the players:

If Brash and ShaMo aren't resigned that frees up about 3.25M and if Feds signs for a little less (maybe 3M) then that's about 4.25M to spend in the off-season. I don't know the plans with Kozlov but even if he resigns at the same money, it's covered. We've got dmen laying about the place with Alzner and Carlson waiting in wings.

After next season, if JT60 moves on with Varly or Neuwirth ready to go, then his 4.5M could be split between Backs and Semin to get them up around 5M and 6M, respectively.

There are obviously lots of other configurations but I think Backs/Semin in after next season is the priority. We have young guys to fill in over the next few seasons, and there's some room to dig around for another enforcer or veteran blueliner in the off-season. I think something like 4M or 5M would be useful. I like that the money didn't disappear or a rental popped in for the last quarter of the season, didn't make any sense to me. A good number of players that didn't get moved at the deadline - and those rentals that did - will be available in the off season without giving up young talent.

Posted by: saintex | March 17, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse


I was actually thinking that Ovi, Sasha and Nicky should sit.

Totally agree with your posts. I tend to limit my comments here. It seems like only a few of us appreciates what the team is doing win or lose.

I like Havelid and Komisarek, but not sure how that'll work out.

Posted by: bajgirl | March 17, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse


I have actually never had a bad day, and Tom Poti shouldn't either.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 17, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The only reason they wany to bench Poti was the wonderful VS analysts last night namely Jones and Engblom were all over him....For those of you who have not been Caps fans for a while those two have vendetta's against the Caps! Like I said earlier, if it was up to these people they would bench the whole team.

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Personally I'm not down on this team...I just think by sitting Schultz will give everyone a chance to see what the other guys bring to the game. I think Poti is still hurt....he just doesn't seem like himself....Maybe resting Green yesterday was the best thing....may also be the reason for the decent amount of turnovers lately and lack of scoring??? who knows...I think this team gets up for big games and come the playoffs I think they'll be fine.

If there is one issue I had with last night was #60 getting out a bit more to challenge the shooter and cut down the angle...that's all I suppose...

Posted by: rdiehljr | March 17, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse


I don't remember Engblom in Washington. Keith Jones I remember well. He was a hack, lost ever fight he started and his commentary is bush league.

Posted by: FLDave | March 17, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

As a long time Schultz basher, I thought he had two really good games in Nashville and Philly. And he definitely wasn't the reason of our loss yesterday.

Ironically, Schultz had a combined -2 those games. While he was +17 when I thought he was just terrible lol.

Posted by: mauree | March 17, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about you guys but I think the solution is out there. BB keeps talking about the dirty goals and crashing the net. Did you happen to see what Gary Roberts did for the Pens last yr in the playoffs? He was released and since nobody picked him up he retired. I'm sure if GMGM called he'd come out of retirement. I know we'd have to let a contract go but it's getting old listening to BB say the same thing over and over and guys not doing it. Granted Roberts isn't the young guys he used to be but he plays the game with incredible passion and isn't afraid to go in front of the net and that's after having a major back problem a few yrs ago. And let's face it, going in front of the net these days isn't like going to the net pre-lockout.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 17, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

FlDave, Engblom cam over in the Langway deal in 1982 if I remember correctly.

Posted by: PhilR | March 17, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we will see the Habs in the first round, I live in Montreal and the way they are playing right now and the pressure both Gainey (and Doug Jarvis in
particular)are getting from the media about how bad the D is playing they'll be lucky to get the 8th seed. gainey had them practice yesterday on some really basic stuff, almost like a training camp, they are that bad, backing into the zone and not cleaning house in front of the net. My guess is we will see either the Canes, Florida or even the Sabres before we see the Habs. Considering we are playing teams on the outside of the playoffs looking in for the rest of the way, I say let's not panic, keep healthy, give Varlamov 3 or 4 starts and work on secondary scoring.

Posted by: Kiltmon | March 17, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse


I don't remember Engblom in Washington. Keith Jones I remember well. He was a hack, lost ever fight he started and his commentary is bush league.

Posted by: FLDave | March 17, 2009 1:18 PM

engblom was definetely in wash.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 17, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

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