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Helmer Sent Down

Bryan Helmer was reassigned to Hershey this morning, which likely means Shaone Morrisonn will return from the lower body injury that forced him to miss Wednesday's game in Pittsburgh. Helmer, though, is still in the building -- just in case.

Morrisonn, by the way, appears to be participating fully in practice; Boyd Gordon and Tom Poti are also skating. Sergei Fedorov, meantime, is not. He skated yesterday, so the presumption here is that he's just taking the day off.

More after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 16, 2009; 10:48 AM ET
 
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Thanks Tarik,

Any more word on the status of Alzner since Poti is skating doesnt he come off the IR soon and put the caps in a salary problem?

Just tell them to send Shultz to the minors and hopefully someone picks up his salary and his "weak/non reliant" defense he has ALWAYS been playing. Still dont know what the hype is about this guy.

Posted by: whsqb10 | January 16, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Why wouldnt Feds have taken yesterday off, and skate today?

Seems a bit strange to me. Oh well, lets hope he is OK. He looked much more comfortable vs. Pitt then he did vs. the Oil-Cans.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

So the question becomes how Helmer is getting back, I guess.

Posted by: Section117 | January 16, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

_stevo,
Good to see they acknowledge the truth, that Crosby got "tangled up with" not "checked into the boards by" like some other places. And I guess I'm going to have to find a new player to razz on if Erskine keeps this up.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 16, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@jmu

crosby is such a freaking crybaby, he says Ovie hit on him was a cheap hit. Why the hell does he get all this attention for have a bruised knee.

You should already have a player besides erskine to razz on....one Jeff Schultz

i am sad to say my erskine jersey will not be on display for saturday's game since the new bradley jersey is riding a solid one game winning streak

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

_stevo, We've been over this. If I razz on Schultz, I'd feel like a bully. Look at him and tell me you can make fun of him without feeling guilty. (Its the ears and the goofy grin) However, since you are rocking the Brads jersey, I'll forgive you and I think we can just agree to disagree.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Pens fans are getting tired of Crosby and the crying stuff too. I think he really needs to shut his mouth and act like a leader.

He is too young for this type of spotlight in my opinion.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

No Pothier? Did he have a setback?

Posted by: bug451 | January 16, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

This is off topic but I have been curious for sometime, does anyone know if the Caps players eat at teh Super Pollo accross the street from KCI. The place has great chicken and I was just wondering if any of the guys ventured there.

Posted by: dhartogs | January 16, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

No Pothier? Did he have a setback?

Posted by: bug451 | January 16, 2009 11:18 AM


He didn't get cleared last week for contact; unsure when he's going back.

Posted by: Section117 | January 16, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

@Section 117

Yeah, I saw the CO doc didn't clear him, but he was at least practicing before seeing the doc.

Posted by: bug451 | January 16, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Gotcha.

Looks like everyone (including Gordon) is there today save Fedorov, per Corey.

Posted by: Section117 | January 16, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Toughest Competitors: "There's a lot of them. I think the most skilled guy that competes the hardest would be Ovechkin. He's a guy who's not only skilled, but he'll hit you hard. I'd have to say him for the most competitive guy with a lot of skill." -dion phaneuf on a hockey news interview

jmu, you should see the banter that goes on with myself and the guy who sits 2 rows behind me that wears a schultz jersey, pretty funny stuff

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town

My guess is that Feds skated a little yesterday to get the legs loose after the game against Pittsburgh but is resting today so his ankle is fully rested come game time tomorrow.

@whsqb10

You have to remember Schultz missed a lot of time and is still young in his years. He's a big, stay at home D-man, which is someone just about every team has. He's only 22 and has been playing with the big boys in the NHL for one-plus years. He's not going to dazzle by any means, but give him a chance to develop.

Posted by: dcox50 | January 16, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

_stevo, haha, definitely one of my favorite things about live hockey is the fans and what they say to each other or the players and/or coaches. When I was in Hershey for a game, Bridgeport's coach kept diagramming plays on the plexi behind him. The guy a couple of rows up from me kept yelling at him about Windex, offering him his clipboard, etc.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm coming out of the closet... I really like the way Erskine is playing. He's definitely suprised me this year. Physical play, good breakout passes and much fewer bad penalties.

It's hard to judge how good/mediocre our defense truly is since just about all of them have missed time due to injuries.

Posted by: dsphvywght | January 16, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

After reading Helmer's story today I feel sorry for him. His son really seems proud of him and as a pop you always strive to have your kids, especially your sons, look up to you.

I am a Schultz fan. He's big, goofy, but rarely noticed for something bad on the ice. He did get laid out in the Edmonton game, took the worse of an offensive push, but the fact is, even though he went down he separated the Oiler from the puck and the Caps got the puck out of the zone. Mission accomplished even though he took the worst of it. He's a +6 with only 10 PIMs in 20+ games. He's a boring stay at home defenseman that, as someone already stated, every team needs. He will never cost all that much to retain, but will always be in the line-up when healthy. He's only going to get better.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

jmu, never been to a minor league game, but i can imagine they are fun. i always love it when opposing teams' fans sit in front of me. Although it got kinda out of hand when the same 2 flyers fans sat in front of me all 4 games. And at one of the pens games last year, it got pretty bad with 2 guys sitting in front of me, but in a weird twist of events they ended up drinking with a bunch of us at the channel after the game

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Alex Semin was asked again about Crosby's play...

What’s so special about [Crosby]? I don’t see anything special there. Yes, he does skate well, has a good head, good pass. But there’s nothing else. Even if you compare him to Erskine from Washington ... [Erskine] is a much more interesting player.

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Looks like Semin has taken notice of the Lumberjacks strong return as well.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Sidney is just mad because Ovie is a better player and has a better record this year. Pittsburgh made him a captain too young, got rid of a lot of talent, made it to the cup and lost. When he was the golden boy of the NHL and should win the cup first. I hope Ovie gets the cup first just to shut the NHL up.

Posted by: HBFan | January 16, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

He's a +6 with only 10 PIMs in 20+ games. He's a boring stay at home defenseman that, as someone already stated, every team needs. He will never cost all that much to retain, but will always be in the line-up when healthy. He's only going to get better.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2009 11:42 AM

Hey, those are stats!

Posted by: Section117 | January 16, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

sa-town, good stuff

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Since Semin doesnt do interviews, I think we should make it a point to make up quotes for him. Just the thought of him blasting other players every time they ask him a question cracks me up.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

SA-Town, You're like a dog with a bone with that quote. Every time I see somebody writing it, I know its you. You're starting to hit "Stretch Run" proportions. (joking!)

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

crosby is such a freaking crybaby, he says Ovie hit on him was a cheap hit. Why the hell does he get all this attention for have a bruised knee.

Posted by: _stevo | January 16, 2009 11:14 AM

Mulletman called it, "a great hit", and "a clean hit". He also said he's come aroud, he now believes Ovie is the best in the world. Just sayin'.

Posted by: kevbnyc | January 16, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

@jmu

I know..Im kicking the horse...

From now on I will follow up every game with an "Alex Semin, quote of the night."

Posted by: SA-Town | January 16, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how productive today's practice was due to half the team being up in the front at the Metallica show last night. Ovie freaked when he lost his dip cup, it was quite amusing.

Posted by: ThePat | January 16, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Erskine and Schultz get some love on this blog. If we can get to the point where they are the numbers 5 and 6 d-men behind a really strong, consistent top 4, then you really have something.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 16, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the lines stay together for tomorrow's game.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 16, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 555Mass | January 16, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully the lines stay together for tomorrow's game.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 16, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

@Section117: I believe whole heartedly in stats. I realize many in here don't, but I think the +/- is one of the best indicators of how hard players work. Even strength goals against are usually the result of a bad pass, clear, or lazy back-check. BB uses Schultz on the penalty kill too which means he's trusted in man-down situations too. Of course BB doesn't use him on the PP because he's not a goal scorer. Basic hockey, right?

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

There's hardly any "hype" about Schultz. I was among his leading detractors until I noticed he's young, cheep, and effective. Let's dream that his foot speed, aggression, and 'comfort-in-frame' all increase 5% in the next 1.5 years. That makes an irritable, very conservative, 24 y.o. Dman with the wingspan of a pterodactyl and 250 games under his belt. Nice partner for Carlson?

Posted by: redlineblue | January 16, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I think the obsession with Crosby is unhealthy. Rearview mirror, rearview mirror. Now, let's think about big Milan Lucic, Tim Thomas, and the rest of the B's. It's gonna be a cold night walking down G. St. to the Booth and I'll be good and riled up as I slip inside and get ready for warmups.

Posted by: saintex | January 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

and beers...

Posted by: saintex | January 16, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

*shakes head at fanhock1*

Posted by: mauree | January 16, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Helmer got hit with the Stienbog curse.

Posted by: stormblue | January 16, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1

I check the stats, too - or try to. But I take them with a grain or two of salt. In some positions a stat is a better indicator than in others.

I don't like +/- as an indicator for D-men because of the way that it's calculated. Defense is supposed to keep pucks and traffic out of the face of the goalie. The stat doesn't work on PK situations, but the D's job is more important then than ever. So, I look at stats as a starting point to understanding the value of a player.

just as an example...

Posted by: Greg S. | January 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

The +/- stat has not been used in the NHL for as long as most, but, I challenge anyone to find an NHL HOF inductee that had a bad one. Not sure why mauree is shaking his head either. All sports are based on stats, especially those of you wasting your time on fantasy sports.

I will use Flash as a great example. If OV had any knock on him his first two years it was his +/-, and his lack of defensive zone accountability. He still wanders at times, but he's so good, he usually pulls at least one defenseman with him. However, he has improved his defensive zone work drastically, now he is considered by many (we're biased so we don't count) as the best player in the world. Now, Flash has a very bad +/-, so he obviously needs to pick up his game in the defensive zone. Then, he will be considered a well-rounded player.

I just do not see where Schultz is such a bad defenseman. Besides being a big lanky guy who in the opinion of some gets pushed around too much, when has he been a liability? I'm sure someone who digs through piles of stats can find out how many PK opportunities were blown when 55 was on the ice. If someone can, and direct me to that data, and the data shows he's blowing it, I will honestly post an apology and withdraw my support for Schultz. The data won't lie though, he's good one folks.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 16, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

new thread peoples

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 16, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

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