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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 12/10/2010

Flu bug hits the Capitals

By Katie Carrera

Six players are battling the flu and five of them did not skate at KCI on Friday. Brooks Laich, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, John Carlson and Boyd Gordon did not take part in practice, while Mike Green, who is also suffering from flu symptoms, was on the ice briefly. Matt Hendricks also said he's been warding off a cold for several days now, but he skated.

The players aren't the only ones, either. Coach Bruce Boudreau said strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish, team services manager Ian Anderson and a dressing room attendant at Verizon Center all have the flu, too.

"I'm not using it as an excuse," Boudreau said. "I don't know if they were sick last night or if they just got it overnight. It's something that usually goes through the room when you're having a bad time, too."

Boudreau said he would know Saturday morning which of the sick players would be able to face the Colorado Avalanche. There were two healthy scratches among the forwards (Matt Bradley and D.J. King) last night, but Boudreau said that the Capitals may need to recall a player or two from Hershey as added insurance. The Bears are in Charlotte this weekend.

By Katie Carrera  | December 10, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
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Comments

Now they can put this veil over things if they decide to bench Semin or Green or something. "Oh, it was cause they had the flu."

And pointing out that "this is not an excuse" makes me think it in fact IS an excuse. You don't have to say it BB.

Posted by: SuperZ3383 | December 10, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

FLU SHOTS: GET INTO IT!

Posted by: jamebow | December 10, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

This is just another indication that the Caps simply aren't tough enough to be a serious threat to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference.

Posted by: djdavew2002 | December 10, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@SuperZ3383

so what you are really saying is that you won't be happy with ANYTHING BB says...so don't listen to him

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

im sure everyone remembers the 14 game win streak we had last year. One constant during that streak and some players even commented on it was that the lines were the same every game. I agree with several people on here that we dont need to switch it up every other shift. Players need to know who they are playing with so they get used to them come april.

Ov Backstrom Knuble
Semin Perrault Laich (hopefully someone else gets 85's spot later)
fehr johanson chimera
bradley steckle gordon

simple really :)

also - why does 85 have a great game his first game up, than struggles after? vs toronto he dominated the entire game - last night I barely noticed him?

Posted by: capsfansince74

we really didn't play well the last half of that win streak series though.

And MP ALWAYS does that...which is why he'll never be a regualr with us.

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

i sick, mommie, can i stay homes, pweeze?

Posted by: WhyGo | December 10, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

That is the first negative thing I have heard you say about a Caps player, are we starting to rub off on you??!!

Posted by: PhilR | December 10, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we get lucky and Andrew Gordon gets a call up for the weekend.

Posted by: ThePat | December 10, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

now be reasonable! I say negative stuff about the Caps a lot...you guys just don't notice it b/c they are usually mixed in with something positive.

And of course you guys rub off on me! Like I told cstanton...sometimes I just like a good debate.

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

ThePat,

If we get really lucky maybe Beagle and Pinner will get called up with him!

Posted by: PhilR | December 10, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

All that money can they can't get them flu shots.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | December 10, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

If all these players are sick tomorrow imagine what the top two lines will look like!

Ovi/MP/Knuble
Hendricks/MaJo/Chimera
Bradley/Steckel/Fehr
?????
Kinda scary

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

Giving you a hard time, I have seen a few other things in the past you have posted that were less than positive.

All,

Hopefully a few hungry Hershey boys will be joining the lineup this weekend to show the rest of these guys how to play with hunger and urgency.

Posted by: PhilR | December 10, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Fourth line of Pinner/Beagle/AGordon would make me pretty happy!

Posted by: PhilR | December 10, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

There is the excuse. They were sick.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | December 10, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

DJ Dave good pt, if this keeps up we're goin down 4 zippy to flyers/pens. they'll plant flags in our crease and make it their own unless Ersk and Souray are layin wood and puttin shoulders into chests. At this pt I'm going to presume Souray will be on roster before trade deadl.

Posted by: collegehockeyfan | December 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

if A. Gordon does get the callup its bc Laich or Semin wont be going. And they will pair him with MP would be my guess since they have been together in Hershey. A. Gordon is a 2nd/3rd liner when his NHL time comes, hes not a 4th liner. And there is no chance they all get called up, it will be 1 F and Fahey. We dont have the roster space for even two. There is space for 1 callup and I think for the second one they might have to use an emergency call up which is what they'd do for Gordon bc I believe that expempts him from waivers going back down. The emergency call up/waiver thing could be something I just made up, but I believe I have read that somewhere before.

Posted by: ThePat | December 10, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

BB protecting his players when he calls up Bears to replace underperforming stars.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 10, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I still say TAKE THE C AWAY FROM OVIE

He is not a leader but oh yeah BB & GMGM have no balls, god forbid they did something to get the teams attention.

Poor little girls have the flu, what about the rest of the world who still have to do their job and show up to get there pay check. Results = job = pay check

To quote a much smarter man than I and use his term. BB & GMGM and the leading cause of the "pussification" of this team.

Posted by: bqts | December 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

For you guys who referenced flu shots, maybe you should get one. Then, while getting it, you can listen to them explain that it doesn't protect against all flu strains, just a specific few noted to have higher mortality rates. Duh……! I too am a frustrated fan and have questions about many aspects of the play this year, none the least of which is – who is that imposter wearing Ovie’s number 8? And why can’t the Caps exit a D zone? And, is it just me, or are they getting worse by the game? But please, flu shots? Really?

Posted by: hsparks3 | December 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps
@ lylewimbledon

really? I mean after last game (or last 3)you really think BB is THAT MUCH of a softie he would let those players not show up to a practice without a valid excuse.

And it's not like he was shouting it from the rafters...a reporter asked him a question and he answered it...again...you are TRYING to find more reasons to be angry with BB...aren't the old ones enough that u don't have to make up new ones.

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

ThePat,

Yeah, I know that AGordon is more of a 3rd liner I was just dreaming about seeing all three come up to put some intensity into the team and hope it rubs off. It's a large dream but I've been bashing all morning and decided to go to a happy place for a few minutes!

Posted by: PhilR | December 10, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@ bqts

yup...they should have come to practice and then the WHOLE team could get sick together! great idea!

And BB didn't use it as an excuse...I know it is easier to make your arguments when you put words in BBs mouth...but then it is a lie. Make your arguments about BB...I can admit that they have validity(don't necessarily agree with thems though) but don't get mad at him just b/c u want to.

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

ThePat,

Yeah, I know that AGordon is more of a 3rd liner
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actually, i could also see him fit onto the 1st line RW slot. He knows how to play with guys who can carry the puck and how to complement snipers. He just goes to the front of the net at all times and he's very good about leaving the front of the net to go work the boards and get the puck back. Kinda like what Jonathan Cheechoo used to do with Thornton and Marleau. He was very opportunistic and his work ethic was tremendous. I would have no problems giving AG about a 5-10 game stint where he gets significant time on the top line and on the PP.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

so the Avs are up next? Should be a win for us. They're missing their best plyaer in Chris Stewart and have added Flash. 3 games and no hits for the Flusher. Soon to be a fan favorite I'm guessing. I expect Joe Sacco to turn Flash into a more competitive hockey player.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

cstanton,


I see what you are saying but think he will at least begin his career as a 3rd liner but yeah I think the sky is the limit for that guy if given the opportunity.

I too would love to see him on the PP so he could show a few other guys how to pay the price to screen the goaltender. Will it happen? Probably not.

Posted by: PhilR | December 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The team is loaded w/ guys that won the JV(Calder) Cups. Who's going to step up to win on the V? Definetly need to play w/ more hardness. Best lines? Start the 4th line to set the tempo? Chemistry....

Posted by: Realness1 | December 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Re: Flu Shots
I know for a fact that the Bears players all were given mandatory flu shots during training camp. I can't imagine that the Caps didn't do likewise during their camp. Which makes me wonder if this is really the FLU, or just some respiratory thing like the one that's been passing around my office for the past two weeks.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 10, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@ capscoach

Really, you think I am mad a BB ????????? I am not mad at the man who is doing what he knows how to do, coach an AHL level team. Oh but wait isn't this the NHL. I am not pointing the finger at him, you want some to point the finger at go higher. Lets go back several years and think of all those wonderous trades that were made.

We have an outstanding team but the structure within is wrong. No one, NO ONE is held accountable.

The caps show clips of "Herb Brooks" be it a movie clip but the man and his methods a known and very closely portrayed in the move. Can anyone on here really tell me that there is someone with in the Caps management that cares like that, cares about winning and not about my next indie movie or my next tv shot.

I said before I am die hard Caps fan and at this point in time I see lots of empty seats in the future.

Posted by: bqts | December 10, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Flu shots not helpful after exposure to hot goaltenders.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | December 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

@ I still say TAKE THE C AWAY FROM OVIE

I've heard of alot of crazy things, but this takes the cake........I am sure taking the C from Ovie would have a real positive impact.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 10, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

agreed that he'd start on a lower line.

He's got quicker hands than does Knuble. He's not as big but you don't have to be. He's still hard to move out, he understands his role and he has a lot of desire. And it would add yet another forward to the lineup who plays a game closer to a Matt Hendricks type and less of a perimeter game that so many of our players naturally gravitate towards.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I said before I am die hard Caps fan and at this point in time I see lots of empty seats in the future.

Posted by: bqts | December 10, 2010 1:54 PM
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Good. Maybe Ted will start giving discount tickets to Bears fans again like he did the first year of the affiliation.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Beeps

Posted by: Realness1 | December 10, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@bqts
Can you hook me up with some of those behind-the-scenes locker room passes you have? I'd like to see for myself how much Ovie acts like a captain in the locker room too.

Thanks!

Posted by: sabredc | December 10, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

@bqts

you missed the point...u were attacking him for something trivial and unrelated to his systems and/or performance and it is my opinion when people do that they make their legitimate arguments less productive.

so I will re-post my comment:

@ bqts

yup...they should have come to practice and then the WHOLE team could get sick together! great idea!

And BB didn't use it as an excuse...I know it is easier to make your arguments when you put words in BBs mouth...but then it is a lie. Make your arguments about BB...I can admit that they have validity(don't necessarily agree with thems though) but don't get mad at him just b/c u want to.


So do you think BB mentioning the reason 1/4 of his team missed practice as well as a trainer is a legitimate reason to attack him? I sure as heck don't want a bunch of guys with colds infecting the entire team!

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I said before I am die hard Caps fan and at this point in time I see lots of empty seats in the future.

Posted by: bqts | December 10, 2010 1:54 PM
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Good. I'd like to upgrade to aisle seats in a lower row.

Posted by: ajian1 | December 10, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

its also no coincidence that Mike Green's physical game has amped up even more now not having to play with the comatose Jeff Schultz. He wouldnt have even attempted that open ice hit on Reinprecht last night. He would've probably peeled off the play the second the puck left the forward's stick. Instead he hammered him even after the puck was dished off.

Defensive partners can definitely feed off each other. Steve Eminger wasn't a physical player until he played alongside Erskine. Then suddenly he was hitting everything in site. Too bad Poti isn't cut from that cloth

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Coach B likes to call out his top guns and why they aren't getting the job done on the PP, but who calls him out? Especially when he continues to throw Mike Green out there, who plays about as lazy as one guy can and not make any adjustments as to where Ovie lines up. Try putting Ovie down low and suck down a penalty killer to open up ice at the point. There is a reason why Ovie doesn't have a PP goal on home ice this season and that's because teams have focused on putting a guy in his back pocket and not allow him room to shoot. Mix it up and give teams a different look. But stop doing the same things and expect different results. It's getting frustrating to watch.

Last thing, please, someone tell Coach B to stop protecting Mike Green. I would trade him tomorrow if I could. I don't care if he scores goals, this team needs D. I know recently we haven't been scoring goals like we are use to, but that will come around. We need to sure up the blue line and can use that guy as a huge bargaining chip. I promise all of you that in the long run, you'll never miss him. Do you ever hear the name Mike Green and his defense spoken in the same breath. NOPE. It's Mike Green and what a danger he is offensivley. Last time I checked, the roster says he's a D-man. What good are his 20 goals a year if we can't keep the puck out of our net? Both he and Semin need to go come play-off time. We'll make the play-offs, but will we be another huge bust like the past few years. You are judged in the play-offs. The regular season is played for the right to have a shot at the cup, that's it.

Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The time to panic was after the heartless game 7 to the pen 2 yrs ago.
------------------------------

dingity ding dong.

Losing a game 7 is one thing. To not show up for that game at all is inexcusable and they were wrong to gloss over that aspect of that loss.

Just spoke volumes about the personality and character of the team, esp their skill players. They weren't ready to advance. Its almost like they didn't want to go thru any more playoff hockey. They were happy to get as far as they did and their committment stopped there.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Coach B likes to call out his top guns and why they aren't getting the job done on the PP, but who calls him out?
Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I'd like you to meet PhilR, Vermontcaps, Tominsocal, Joek443,cstanton,Bqts

Posted by: capscoach | December 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted on previous thread before seeing new one.


"We're 18-9, people, we're doing fine. Are there some things we can work on? For sure."
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We are 18 wins & 12 losses. Putting the word overtime before the word loss, doesn't change the fact that it is a loss.

"Is it safe to say you have no teaching experience? It is easy to say...go get a disciplinarian (it's working out so well for the Rangers) As someone with a lot of teaching experience, may I just say that is a bad idea! Especially mid season."
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NEA influence coming through here.

It is not that the Caps are losing frequently at this point, but rather they seem to have absolutely no cohesion in their play. This has been true all of this year & a portion of the previous years recently. The big difference is that in the past, individual skill won games for them. The combination of some players having lackluster years so far & the fact that the rest of the league has caught up to their way of playing, does not portend to any success in the SC playoffs.

Posted by: sidehillman | December 10, 2010 2:04 PM ber 10, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: sidehillman | December 10, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

RE: flu shots

Many people do not want to take flu shots, otherwise known as GUESS shots.

Posted by: sidehillman | December 10, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I should have said SWAG shots.

Posted by: sidehillman | December 10, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green hit Reinprecht? I saw that hit and a great hit at that, fun to watch.

And if you are counting, that gives Mike Green one hit on the year. Congrats.

Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Having several of the players "under the weather" makes sense. Working in close proximity causes alot "shared sickness" where I work. The Caps are no different. You think because they are pro hockey players they can't get sick? Are you at your peak when you go to work sick? I'm not. The Caps weren't either.

Posted by: chriscaps | December 10, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

capscoach: it doesn't matter if the fans are calling out BB, it's upper managements job to do that.

We are all great at Monday morning quaterbacking, but that won't change things. McPhee needs to jump on his ass and not Leonsis. His job is to merely write the checks.

Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

collegehockeyfan,

Souray isn't getting called up. He isn't property of the Caps. If called up by the OILERS, he would have to go thru reentry waivers. If claimed the team claiming him would owe 1/2 of his remaining salary with the OILERS picking up the rest. The waiver order is set by last years regular season. This means the Caps pick last. I'm sure Souray doesn't get thru to the Caps. IMO many teams would pay Souray 2.7 mil for 2 years (he would only be owed the remaining balance for this year).

Posted by: chriscaps | December 10, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Im going to see Hershey play on here Sunday ..dont call anyone up till monday

Posted by: heathdog1119 | December 10, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I'd like you to meet PhilR, Vermontcaps, Tominsocal, Joek443,cstanton,Bqts

Posted by: capscoach |

and we don't get paid any of McPhee's salary to do that either :)

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

And if you are counting, that gives Mike Green one hit on the year. Congrats.

Posted by: Devils19 |

and yet 7 for that game. The highest total of his career. And in just his 2nd game now without Sarge as his partner to suck the emotion of him.

anyone see the Carkner Boogaard fight clip from last night and how Carkner flicked his blood onto the Rags bench as he skated by?

Boogaard had a nice hit in open ice (something I don't think DJK is capable of) and Carkner chased him down. Fought him, broke his nose, suffered a gash on his own eye and then had some words for the Rangers' bench who was mouthing off at him. And decided to grace them with a few droplets of his blood.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Devils19

Actually Green has played pretty physical all year (including 2 fights). Tom Poti on the other hand almost accidentally collided with a Panthers player, it was a close call. People complain about Schultz not hitting but how can someone as big as Poti play so small and NO heart?

This is the lineup I would like to see every game:

OV/Backstrom/Semin (don't F with success)
Laich/MP/Chimera (speed/talent/grit combo)
Knuble/Gordon/Bradley (grit/talent combo to wear their D down)
King/Steckle/Hendricks (a REAL 4th line that can bang and drop em)

Carlson/Alzner
Green/Hannan
Erskine/Schultz

Send MJ to Hershey for more ice time/experience.

Trade Fehr and Poti for whatever picks we could get for them.

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I'm working on a t-shirt for the caps for next year. You know like the "stay angry" shirts. I need everyone's help.

"TOP TEN EXCUSES FOR OUR PLAYOFF FAILURES"

1) Ran into a hot goalie.

can you guys help with the last nine excuses? we could add more if you've got 'em.

What I'd really like to see them wear are t-shirts that say "Stanley Cup Champions"

in all seriousness i hope they find whatever it is they're looking for to turn the ship around.

Posted by: natresgroup | December 10, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1:

and yet 7 for that game. The highest total of his career. And in just his 2nd game now without Sarge as his partner to suck the emotion out of him.

my response: I was being sarcastic of course and won't hide I am not a Mike Green supporter, but why does it seem like I am the only one who will admit it? Come on, be honest with yourself and every other Greener supporter out there, the guy is OVER-RATED. He is known for his offense, end of story. But this team doesn't need more offense (right now, a little more would help) but in the long run, this team is loaded on O. We need D!!!!! and Double Nickle (the stupidest nickname in the NHL) could be the softest big guy on D I know. When Iginla chased after Backstrom last year in the Flames lopsided win at Verizon and that big puss sat back and watched? I threw up all over my nachos. Get rid of him too.

Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

bqts,

Take the C from Ovechkin and if not not throw it on BB and GMGM? Let's not rewrite history here. Ovie got the C because it is what his teammates wanted and voted for. Besides, taking it away from him is one of the worst suggestions I've read this season.

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | December 10, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Green you are incorrect about. He has elevated his play to being more than a one-dimensional player.


Sarge however, you've got my agreement on. He is a cancer on the ice. Because of the way he conducts himself in any potential scrum. You wouldnt see Lidstrom sit back and watch someone get ragdolled in front of him. Lidstrom will at least grab a guy and help out a teammate. Sarge sits back and watches his teammates get abused and does nothing about it. He's the worst excuse for what a team game like hockey should be all about. Really really dislike that guy. He's got nhl ability but doesn't display any tenacity or heart as far I'm concerned. People compare him to Hal Gill. Whatever, that's so inaccurate. People also like to compare him to Lidstrom because Lidstrom isn't physical. But Lidstrom will grab someone if they hit his goalie, he will grab someone in a scrum. His body language in that situation is totally different from Sarge's. Sarge goes looking for a place on the ice to hide.

There was an incident this yr along the players' bench which showed exactly how small Schultz's heart and nutsack really is.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 10, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

why don't other's see the "cancer" that both you and I know ****55 to be? And to think sooo many are holding their breath, waiting for his return. I'm embarassed to be associated w/those fans, even if only through our love of the team. NICE GAME UPON RETURN FROM EXILE, JOHNNY E!!

And since no one else will keep count, i will.

game #1: Ersk 7 hits, 3 blocked shots, 15 mins, only even (+/-) dman.......rest of backline combined? 8 hits, 8 blocked shots, -5 and Carlson/Alzner by far the worst.

Let the watch begin SO I DON'T HAVE TO KEEP JUSTIFYING #4'S WORTH TO THE TEAM when ****55 is healthy

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

@devils19

all of BB's chosen ones are OVERRATED. The only guys who get no respect from him are the ones who participate in optional skates, play hard game-in and game-out, and stick up for their teammates when the going get's tough

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 10, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Green you are incorrect about. He has elevated his play to being more than a one-dimensional player.

response: I will give you the benefit of the doubt that Green has stepped up his D play ever since Stevie Y announced his poor D play was the reason that Team CA didn't want him for the Olympic games. Having said that, he still needs to limit the amount of turn-overs he's good for every game and pick and choose his times to join the rush a little better. I will still not back off my comment though that he is OVER-RATED. I think he has a photo of BB doing someting that would put him in a pickle. I can't understand why he likes that guy so much.

Side note:

The Caps won so much last year because they didn't have problems finding the back of the net. They are an offensive powerhouse. Well they didn't make any moves since, besides the Hannan trade to lead this team in another direction. And now that we aren't scoring goals, we are on a 4 game lsoing streak.

We all know and should agree that when the play-offs come, which they will, we need to be better on D.....that's what wins Cups!

Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey FLDave, I can picture your lineup/scenario playing out.

OV/Backstrom/Semin (don't F with success)
Laich/MP/Chimera (speed/talent/grit combo)
Knuble/Gordon/Bradley (grit/talent combo to wear their D down)
King/Steckle/Hendricks (a REAL 4th line that can bang and drop em)

Carlson/Alzner
Green/Hannan
Erskine/Schultz

Send MJ to Hershey for more ice time/experience.

Trade Fehr and Poti for whatever picks we could get for them.

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DCSportsfanatic1 | December 10, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

all of BB's chosen ones are OVERRATED. The only guys who get no respect from him are the ones who participate in optional skates, play hard game-in and game-out, and stick up for their teammates when the going get's tough

response: those guys know their role and are paid to work hard. They have no choice if they want to play in the Big show. As far as chosen ones? I guess you mean the top guys? Ovie? he brings it and I have no problem with him. But Green and Semin? see you later, let them think they are better than they really are somewhere else. Semin is in a contract year and don't think he doesn't know that. Although he has always been a hell of a regualr season player. Come play-offs? where does the fancy, toe-drag wrister disappear to? The Caps need more grit. Top, skilled guys who are willing to pay the price. I could do with less Euro's at this point.

Posted by: Devils19 | December 10, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

DCSportsfanatic1

Vote for FLDave as the Caps coach and all your wildest dreams will come true.

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"FLU SHOTS: GET INTO IT!"

That could be considered painful/pyhsical contact. Only a small handful of players would be up for that. The majority would slap their sticks against the boards as the few took the shots like a man.

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Flu Smoo, you mean Sidney Crosby and the Penguins never get sick? This team has not played well on the road and is starting to lose the home ice edge. Stop depending on late period come backs and start playing a full complete game. In fact, start going to the net of the opposing goalie like what Florida did in the waning seconds of the Second period. Out of Chaos comes results! Hopefully that goes for the team this year as well.

Posted by: JohnWWW | December 10, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1

Carkner vs. Boogaard... Are you serious??? Carkner landed ONE good blow, immediately held on and wrestled Boogaard to the ice before he could retaliate. Watch it again on hockeyfights.com. It can't be any clearer that Carkner bailed and wanted no part of what Boogaard was ready to give back.

The thumping King gave Boogaard was MUCH more convincing and he didn't seat belt then bail out like Carkner did!

Posted by: FLDave | December 10, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

FLDave

I really like those lines you suggested...I do not believe Knuble is top line talent anymore...but will be needed in the playoffs.

Posted by: Wagnerchristopher | December 10, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

How have none of the Caps heard of getting a flu shot? Who gets the flu anymore anyway?

Posted by: Redleader | December 10, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

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