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Helmer Recalled?

Just arrived at Mellon Arena and there's something interesting stuff report.

Bryan Helmer just walked past me. There's been no announcement from the team about a recall, but I'm under the assumption that he's not here for the warm weather and sunshine. I didn't notice an injury to a defenseman last night, either.

The Caps, meantime, did not skate at all. They had a much longer than usual team meeting this morning and then headed straight back to the hotel.

Before they did, however, reporters were able to talk to Alex Ovechkin and Bruce Boudreau about the simmering rivalry between the teams. I also managed to grab Sidney Crosby on his way out of the arena (the Pens didn't skate, either).

So come back in a few for some good quotes from both sides.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 14, 2009; 11:50 AM ET
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I would guess Schultz. He has surgery on his finger that is basically held together with a splint. Comes back...has discomfort...our a few games...then comes back.

Sounds to me like it is not fully healed...

Posted by: SA-Town | January 14, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

CodePoetry, You are correct. That is indeed not Clark. Laich's face is longer and thinner, Clark's is broader across the forehead. Good catch and thanks for the link!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 14, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Jurchina might get sat

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 14, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse


You mean Crosby didn't try to jump you, too??

Posted by: dcox50 | January 14, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - you keep spelling Crosby's name wrong - it's Cindy not Sydney. Where are your editors?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 14, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik, I think you worded it wrong. Crosby was trying to grab you.....

Posted by: hockeypunk | January 14, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Sidney - see I don't have editors either

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 14, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

No Helmer transaction through the AHL yet, either. Hmmmm...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 14, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

1) Do the medical guys get overruled in clearing guys to play? Who makes the final decision? How many guys have come back only to miss additional time because they weren't really fully healed/ready?
2) Enough with the 'Rivalries' between AO/87/Geno,Semin etc. The Caps need to get that crap out of their minds and concentrate on playing/working hard for 60 minutes. Seems Ovechkin loses his focus on his game and starts running around when he plays these guys.

Posted by: fauxrumors | January 14, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Hearing red or o or whatever during the SSB makes me want to go kung fu panda on peoples a@@es, I think it's highly disrespectful. Just an opinion.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 14, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

From the Times:

Caps coach Bruce Boudreau was in a cranky mood this morning -- probably the most unhappy he's been in any non-post game situation we've seen him in. He said there will be changes to the lineup tonight, but did not want to elaborate.

Bryan Helmer is here, so that is probably one of them. Who he might replace in the lineup is a mystery, but if I had a guess, it might be Karl Alzner but that's just speculation.

Boudreau said Eric Fehr might play tonight as well, which could be expected considering the team's general lack of grit/work ethic up front and that is something they can probably count on from him.

Boudreau was mum on who his starting goaltender will be, but Brent Johnson said he is not playing tonight.

I think that about wraps things up from here at Mellon Arena ... oh wait, there are those juicy subplots that everyone was asking about. Alex Ovechkin tried to downplay his rivalry with Evgeni Malkin saying that iwas a media-driven thing [NOTE: He's right about the "rivalry" with Crosby, but the feud with Malkin -- not so much]. That isn't going to stop anyone from writing about it. Or other people from talking about it.

"As long as it is fair, but when it is vicious that's another story," Pittsburgh coach Michel Therrien said. "I thought Ovechkin -- he is one of the best players in the league -- and there was some vicious hits on Geno [Malkin]. Certainly you don't want to see any players get hurt. Anytime there is vicious hits, there might be consequences but the players have to stick up for themselves and stick up for their teams.

"Obviously, Malkin is a very important player just as Ovechkin is for them.I'm not quite sure what happened between those two, but this is something that is pretty unique that you don't see much of regarding two star players like this. They are important players for the NHL and you certainly don't want to see any injuries."

As for Therrien's thoughts on Alexander Semin's comments about Sidney Crosby: "I'm not going to comment on Semin's comments. As far as I am concerned that was ridiculous."

Posted by: SA-Town | January 14, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse


Would you stop that, please? It's an insult to women, female athletes, and female hockey fans.

There's enough to ridicule him for, legitimately, without calling him a girl.

Posted by: jen-s | January 14, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I bet is Jurchina sits - listen carefully to BB's post game interviews (EDM & MTL).

@Steve-R How about Jose' not taking his mask off during the national anthem? He slides it off his face to rest on top of his head.

Posted by: puckman | January 14, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I'd like to have a bag full of dominate wins over the Pens before we trash talk. I always like the idea that our boys can speak for us on the ice and the next day we can just sit back smile.

Posted by: cappies | January 14, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

But it's so much fun!

You are right though - Cindy is an insult to women, other female athletes and female hockey fans.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 14, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Calling Sid Cindy is disrespectful to women?

Posted by: Steve_R | January 14, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

From the other thread, I would never boo my team. Instead I might yell out, "C'mon and pick it up." The players will hear it if the fans are expressing dissatisfaction, and they will understand. Booing though should be reserved for the other team and the refs because booing is a diss. Booing means you are calling them a bum. You don't do that to your team.

Can't wait to find out what's up with Helmer. Nobody needs to necessarily leave though because the cap space from Poti on LTIR is $3.5M and Alzner only uses $1.675M of that. Helmer is $475K so it might mean he plays and Schultz or Jurcina sits in the stands.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 14, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

If it is meant to imply his whinny, cheapshot, generally annoying behavior is "girl like"

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 14, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Just win. I don't care if it's ugly or the prettiest win of the season.

Posted by: ratgurl46 | January 14, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I miss Fehr in the lineup, as well as Gordo & any other of the hard nose grinders. You don't always notice them on the ice but is that always a bad thing?

Posted by: cappies | January 14, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Puckman, he's Canadian, doesn't matter.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 14, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Helmer is playing, at all. If there was to be a call-up to play, I don't think Helmer would be the first choice. If you watch Hershey on a regular basis, you'd know that Helmer is a spectacular captain and team player - I watch him on the ice and wonder where the Caps can get someone like that. He's a worker, a leader, and a all-around stabilizing force for that team, and I suspect that Boudreau is leaning on Helmer to help him straighten the Caps out rather than looking for him to play.

I'd like to see Fehr play tonight - but who sits?

Posted by: kittypawz | January 14, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz, Celebrity captain for the day? Makes sense. (Not to belittle Clark, but I don't think having an inside-outsider's perspective could hurt, especially a guy like Helmer.)

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 14, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

kittypawz -

They are not going to bring Helmer to sit. He's playing. First, HB has a game tonight and if he is not playing here he would be with HB. Second, I didn't realize Helmer was so revered that he could 'straighten out' NHLers.

My guess is someone is getting a wakeup call and will be a healthy scratch.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | January 14, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, cindy, cindy, with it - hate him!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 14, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

They are sending Alzner down for the delay of game call. His first ever penalty. We can't have that lack of dicipline. Ha

Posted by: cappies | January 14, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Helmer gave his Bears teammates quite a tongue-lashing after the loss to Wilkes-Barre on Sunday. Maybe he's here to give Clark lessons on captaining.

I'm joking...don't everyone get on my case. For all I know, Clark is a perfectly good captain...

Posted by: tess2201 | January 14, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

So, what's the over/under on how many times OV tries to hit Malkin?

Posted by: Steve_R | January 14, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

new thread

Posted by: _stevo | January 14, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

My first instinct was Jurcina, but Alzner would also make sense.

The defense looks lost without any leadership the likes of Poti - hopefully Helmer can help.

Posted by: dml1077 | January 14, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

In Re to Helmer being brought in:

Did you see "Miracle" - the part when Herb brings in a U of M player who had not been on the roster - it bent everybody out of shape to the point where the players went to Herb and said "you can't bring him in, we're a family" So Herb made his point and we know who eventually won the Gold...

Just a thought, probably just gibberish tho...

Posted by: NJNJ | January 14, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

We need Gordo back, since he's been hurt we've been losing.

Posted by: CapManJ | January 14, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

This back and forth stupidity is going to lead to a serious injury. Perhaps season ending. You read it here first.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 14, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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