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Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 12/ 6/2010

Capitals to place undisclosed player on injured reserve

By Katie Carrera

The arrival of Mathieu Perreault in Washington will correspond with the Capitals placing a player on injured reserve today, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, although he declined to name who will be unavailable for the near future.

"Soembody that's banged up will go on IR today, you'll be able to read about it," Boudreau said.

Boudreau did say that it wasn't Alexander Semin, who has been hampered by an undisclosed nagging injury at times this season. Along with Semin, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble were not on the ice at KCI, but Boudreau said it was an optional session and those players elected to take the morning off.

The NHL does not require teams to announce when players are put on the injured reserve list, but it will be readily apparent when the team comes out for warmup at Verizon Center and the active roster against the Maple Leafs is released this evening.

--Michal Neuvirth was the first goaltender off the ice this morning so it looks like he will get the start against Toronto. He and Semyon Varlamov have alternated starts for the past four games as the Capitals finally have a healthy goaltending tandem for the first time this season.

--I'll have another post on Perreault soon, so keep an eye out for that.

By Katie Carrera  | December 6, 2010; 11:25 AM ET
Categories:  Injuries, Michal Neuvirth, Toronto Maple Leafs  
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Good to see our Captain at practice (even if it was optional)...but hey, he doesn't need the extra work...he's been on fire lately.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | December 6, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

my hunch is it's Green going on IR

Posted by: jeets | December 6, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The last time they didn't take a morning skate was against Tampa and the Caps won that game 6-0.

A morning skate is not necessarily beneficial. It can be good for some players and not good for others. It's a player to player thing.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 6, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

SGM, I agree with you 100%.

However, as the Captain, it's your duty to come to the rink, skate in sweats for 5 minutes, wave and smile...then leave.

XBox and Fruit Loops can wait an hour.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | December 6, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

What is with all the damn secrecy? What does the timing matter here? Will Toronto completely change its game plan because ONE of the Caps players went on IR? I highly doubt it.

Posted by: PhilR | December 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

What is with all the damn secrecy? What does the timing matter here? Will Toronto completely change its game plan because ONE of the Caps players went on IR? I highly doubt it.

Posted by: PhilR | December 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

my guess on who is going on IR.......wait for it....either poti or gordon, SHOCKER

Posted by: _stevo | December 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

LOL this is so Bush league... if they already know who will be going on IR, why not just tell us??

Posted by: joek443 | December 6, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

My guess is Brooks is going on IR.

Posted by: ThePat | December 6, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

double post, stupid CI!

Posted by: PhilR | December 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I am becoming less and less of a fan of these optional skates. After the game the other night, it seems like there are a lot of things that the team could be working on with the coaches.

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 6, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

i think it's poti or green going on IR....MP brought up to help down the middle

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 6, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

My guess is it's Ovie going on IR.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | December 6, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Here is cap for next year. Obviously mayn of the numbers are projections. I've moved Laich down a little. Remember though when cap keeps going up 6-9% a year salaries will go up too. One thing I did was bring back Hannan at a slightly lower rate (like they did with Poti) and dropped Sloan. Leaves plenty of room to upgrade at center or if it requires more to sign Semin.

Ovechkin (2008-2021) 9.538
Backstrom (2010-2021) 6.700
Semin (re-signs 2011-2016) 6.700
Laich (re-signs 2011-2015) 3.500
Fehr (impending RFA) 2.200
Chimera (impending UFA) 1.875
Bradley (re-signs 2011-2013) 1.100
Steckel (2010-2013) 1.100
Hendricks (re-signs 2011-2013) 1.000
Johansson (EL signed 2010) 0.900
Eakin (EL signed 2009) 0.740
King (impending UFA) 0.638
Beagle (impending RFA) 0.513
AGordon (impending RFA) 0.500
S/T 14 Forwards 37.004
Green (impending RFA) 5.250
Hannan (resigns 2011-2013) 3.750
Poti (2011-2013) 2.875
Schultz (2010-2014) 2.750
Erskine (resigns 2011-2013) 1.300
Alzner (resigns 2011 - impending RFA) 1.000
Carlson (2010-2013) 0.846
S/T 7 Defensemen 17.771
Varlamov (re-signs 2011-2013) 2.000
Neuvirth (2011-2013) 1.150
S/T 2 Goalies 3.150
Total 23 Players 57.925
Cap Space (projected) 62.400
Available 4.475

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 6, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

I really do not see an issue down the middle right now. Backs and MaJo are top two and then you have Laich/Hendricks/Gordon/Steckle to take care of the other two lines. Would have rather seen AGordon/Beagle/Pinner.

Posted by: PhilR | December 6, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

If it is Poti or Green on IR, thank goodness we have Hannan. No offense but Sloan needs a little more work in the Press Box.

Posted by: AADCDERM | December 6, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Obviously there you could keep Sloan at #7 if you wanted and replace Hannan and Erskine with a $5-6-7M defenseman and it would fit. Or you could even just replace Hannan with a $5-6M player and keep Erskine rather than Sloan.

I have been projecting all along cap would keep going up about 7% per year and that by 2013-2014 we're at $71-72M. At that point, you can see how easily it is to fit Ovi, Backie, Semin at $7M, Green at $6-7M and Carlson at $4-5M.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 6, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

It's a shame we can't place posters on IR or waivers on CI site. It would be nice to be able to read that BigGameSid was placed on waivers from CI site. Do you think he/she would be claimed?

Posted by: AADCDERM | December 6, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN preview:

Despite registering a season-best 46 shots on goal -- 13 more than Atlanta -- the Capitals were held to one goal for the second consecutive game, and coach Bruce Boudreau would like to see a more aggressive approach out of his players.

"You look at our team and we haven't scored a lot of goals lately," he said. "I think it's the lack of commitment to paying the price to score. We're all wanting to score, but we're staying on the perimeter hoping to get the puck rather than being the guy who's going to get the puck."

And yet he brings up the smallest guy they have in Hershey instead of one of the big bodies I mentioned earlier who would be willing to "pay the price." MP has heart but he gets knocked around way too easy and too much.

Posted by: PhilR | December 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

for the Optional morning skate argument, here is anote from last year that Brian Burke was considering doing away with the skate:

No More Morning Skate?Saturday, 26.12.2009 / 8:16 PM / News Watch the clip from Leafs Lunch

Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke was on Leafs Lunch - Leafs Nation Edition on Saturday and was asked about the posibility of doing away with the morning skates.

"We are in the process of evaluating it. It never made any sense to me. I never understand why a player has to get up in the morning. As a player it never made sense to me."

Burke brought up the fact that many NBA teams don't have morning shootaround and also the research that has been done on the benefits of not having a morning skate.

"Several NBA teams have gotten away from the morning shootaround to give the players more time to sleep in. We have met the guy who did the protocal for the Vancouver Canucks last year. We haven't adopted it yet and we may not but there is a school of thought that a player is better off getting an extra 90 minutes or two hours of sleep.

"A radical thing, a lot of teams in Europe practice at night because their players work. To me what we do for practice doesn't make sense. Practice at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. and play at 7. Doesn't make sense. The evolution of this is, practice at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. and no game day skates."

Posted by: boomer44 | December 6, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Folks around here will whine about anything. If BB sees a competitive advantage in not revealing who's in the lineup until he has to, then why the heck shouldn't he take advantage of that? What's "bush league" or "BS," or any other pejorative you want to choose, about being smart?

Posted by: Justafan | December 6, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Must be a center going on IR if we are calling one up, considering we have at least 6 guys who can play that position. That's assuming there's some logic to this recall, of course!

Posted by: yosemite_sam | December 6, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

All my cap hits are set up to be very reasonable. I know that Laich may not get 3.5 but he may get 3.75 over 2 years.
Hannan and the Caps may like each other and agree to a slightly reduced salary, although that's not much.
Hendricks will get a modest raise.
Semin's 6.75 is about what I think it'll be long-term.
Kunble will either take a pay-cut or leave, but the Knuble's love the area so I'll bet on him taking a paycut if offered!
Varlamov's 1.5mil is a guess based on injuries and consistency.
there's no way Bradley doesn't get offered a slight raise to stay. The caps would be STUPID to not offer Brads a contract.

Posted by: FrankM73

I wasn't bashing your numbers...only offering an opinion. My only reall issue is the lack of cap space your #s leave us. I think it is very dangerous to have less that a mil.

Posted by: capscoach | December 6, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

and how are the Leafs doing this year?

Posted by: doughless | December 6, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

PhilR: I posted the other night, during the game, that it looked just like games 5-7 of Hab series ALL OVER AGAIN.

Except for one shift at the end of the second, the Caps mostly played perimeter hockey. BB knows that won't work, but apparently sometimes the players don't listen. Imagine that, like children, sometimes they don't listen.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 6, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse


think about it though...we are having scoring issues. Who is the one call up who has a consistent record of playing AWESOME for 2-3 games and then simmering down?

In regards to morning skate:

knuble NEVER takes a morning one complains about him. I agree that they are probably pointless. They are not the equivalent to a practice people. It is really just loosening up, and taking some practice shots. T

They also had a practice yesterday. I trust these players and coaches to know whats best for them.

Posted by: capscoach | December 6, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


a competitive advantage against the Leafs by not announcing who's going on IR later today? Nope, BB is just an a@@ and HE NEEDS TO GO! I wish good 'ole Ronny stayed here after tonight and they took BB back to toronto, but they'd never want him....oh well

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 6, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse


time for you to be fired then, as i don't think you know what you're talking about

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 6, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Then say there is NO morning skate...and if guys want to skate, they just show up.

Don't call it optional because the lazy Euros won't show anyway...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | December 6, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse


I take it as a good sign that BB recognized that the lack of net presence was a problem...he didn't say "hey we had 46 SOG and their goalie was just awesome"

he even scheduled an extra practice the next day before the outdoor skate thingy. I see a different attitude with BB this season. He is subtly changing the way this team plays. He is trying new things and adjusting better mid-game.

Anyone notice that many of the players who are struggling this season are the ones that have been with BB the longest? Schultz, Flash, Ovie, Laich (a bit), Fehr.

I am really happy with this team. We may not win the cup this season (there are a couple VERY good teams out there), but we are working hard, playing a more rounded game, and HOPEFULLY we will start to peak in the spring!

Posted by: capscoach | December 6, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse


Take a look at who leads the AHL in goals, its not MP but one of the guys I listed that is willing and able to go to the net and "pay the price."

As far as it being a good sign that BB recognized they needed net presence......he has to demand net presence, not just complain that he isn't getting it. Sit some players out if they won't do it, shorten your bench, etc.

Posted by: PhilR | December 6, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

46 SOG. OK, their goalie was very, very good, but how many of those 46 were deflections or rebounds or high-percentage shots from in close?

Yes, capscoach, good thing BB is finally "getting in." Now we just need the players to "get it."

If not, the Playoff games in April will look just like Saturday night.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 6, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

the doofus brigade is out and about this morning...

Posted by: boomer44 | December 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Another new thread everyone! :-)

Posted by: FrankM73 | December 6, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse


The great AGordon does not play center. There isn't an open position on wing for him to play. Hence why MP was called up.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 6, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

It's Steckal he had 6+ minutes of playing time last week. Mathieu Perreault is a forward, why would they place a Def on IR and call up a forward???

Posted by: huangism | December 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

because with Hannan we now have 8 defensemen on the roster and the flexibility to sit a guy and get him healthy for down the road.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 6, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

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