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Injury Update

Although practice was cancelled today, Mike Green (bruised shoulder), Tom Poti (groin), Sergei Fedorov (sprained ankle) and Alexander Semin (upper torso strain) all went out on the ice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

All four appear to be making progress. But it also doesn't look like any of them will be ready for tomorrow's game in Toronto, where the Caps will likely be without seven regulars for a sixth straight game.

John Erskine (concussion), meantime, did not practice. Considering he skated earlier in the week, but now isn't able to, that doesn't appear to be a very encouraging sign.

Green would appear to be the closest to coming back. He was able to pass and shoot, albeit not very hard.

"I'm very, very close," Green said. "I can't take this anymore. I'm at 85 or 90 percent. It's tough. I've never been out this long."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 5, 2008; 12:10 PM ET
 
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Comments

Will Keith Aucoin stay up?

Posted by: bagasome | December 5, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I say lock them down until next wednesday at the least. No reason to have seven players out for more than we have to. Coming back too early does not help the team

Posted by: numero94 | December 5, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

that is the worst news of the day about the sexy lumberjack

Posted by: _stevo | December 5, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

What is Semin's injury, it is apparently more serious than day-to-day, is all they are saying is back problem?

Posted by: bagasome | December 5, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin is staying up, and I'm writing a little about him for tomorrow's paper.

Posted by: el_bashir | December 5, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Can you elaborate on why Oskar was not called up? Why did McPhee (seem to) go out of his way to say he wouldn't be called, when Aucion was?

Posted by: Blahblahblah73 | December 5, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I posted this a couple of threads ago but I didn't see any reaction. Pasting it here because I am interested in seeing what others think about Helmer and Jurcina and if they've had the same observations.

I noticed OV out in the 1st because he wasn't on the ice for the 2nd PP goal. There were 2 D out there which is why Helmer was the shooter. Hopefully his absence was equipment related. I did notice that he was the only one that wasn't slated to start the 2nd to shoot out on to the ice and work his edges. Usually an indicator of a recent sharpening job. Same reason Nylander disappeared for a short time in the 3rd. He wiped out early in the 3rd so it was probably a skate issue with him too. The most impressive D call-up in my opinion has been Helmer. He a solid stay at home guy. I realize he's 36 which means we can keep him up for pennies on the dollar and get rid of someone like Jurcina. Jurcina is probably still young enough to get something for in exchange. However, we have guys in the system that can step in for him now so I say we get rid of him if we can. Some other orgs aren't as deep and may be willing to give something up. Saw again today that someone said to have him on the PP because of his shot. My 18 year old son and I took note of every time Jurcina was on the ice last night. He did not try to put ANY shots on net. He doesn't move to improve his shooting angle when he gets the puck at the point. He simply sends the puck back along the boards. I agree he has a hard shot but he won't let it go. Not sure why. His defensive play is pathetic. He blends in with the rest of the crew we have right now which should not be the case since he's one of our regulars. By the way, it was nice to see Morrisson level someone. Not sure if you got to see it on TV but he took a player out on a 2 on 2 and the Islander hit the boards like a ton of bricks.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 5, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

They wanted a center. Oskar, obviously, didn't fit the bill. But he'll get his shot this season.

--Tarik

Posted by: el_bashir | December 5, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Realistic Injury Update

Mike Green - Dec 10
Semin - Dec 18
Fedorov - Dec 18
Poti - Dec 26
Erskine - Dec 26
Chris Clark - Jan 9

Let's see how close this is...

Posted by: DCSPORTS | December 5, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

I agree with numero94. Let's just hit the road with the boys we have right now and hope to get a split at the very least. Both games are winnable, but as I've said all along, if these guy's can play .500 hockey we will be poised to leave teams in our tracks when everyone returns. By leaving guys home to work-out, get treatment, and be out of the limelight while the team is on the road we may get some back for the Boston game. I'd love to see at least a couple of the regulars back for the game against the B's because I would it could be a very exciting game.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 5, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

DCsports,

I agree with your assessment. Except with Semin. He'll take his sweet time. We won't see him until the spring, at the earliest.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | December 5, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need to stop resigning our defensemen until the season is over. First Pothier and now Erskine on the sidelines with head issues. Oy vey.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 5, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin played very well last night...he would have scord on the breakaway but once again Verizon's ice is the best defense in the league!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 5, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree about holding off till Wed. A few extra days should help.

Posted by: cbs75 | December 5, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Is the Post convinced that there isn't enough interest in your Friday chats this season? I think it's a shame considering there is more interest in the Caps at this point, then there probably has ever been.

Posted by: thecapsfan79 | December 5, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

fanohock

I'll bite, since it's me your talking about (being Juice's (and at a time, Lumberjack's) only supporter).

There are many positives about 23's game that I really wish I could see more often. His shot is one of them, but you have to be very careful with shots from the point. If the lane is not open you have to move it somewhere else. Taking a shot off someone's shin pads, when you are already a slower defender is a very bad idea. That's where his value on the PP COULD be. But with the box broken down on the first goal last night as bad as it was, his pass was smartly to Ovie for the G.

I expect a lot more from 23. I'm not one who's ready to give up on him. I'm most concerned that his personality is too much like 55's and less like 4's. We need 23 to be nasty, physical and willing to take some shots. Not just tie up the incoming FWD against the boards and wait for someone else to come get the puck.

IMO, 23 was a much better defender last year than he has been this year. I typically have 1 guy in my dog-house each year that just never seems to please. With 55 out of the lineup, as much as I'm a fan, 23's in my doghouse. But not because of identifiable "horrible" defense, but because he is regressing, rather than progressing.

I will say this. Watching from home, I don't get to track the D like I can at the games. Tues night, he did a marvelous job of covering on MANY of Alzners mistakes.

Posted by: FFSEnough | December 5, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I miss the chats. Even though my questions rarely got through, we always got some good ones and it made for some good reading.

Who should we complain to about them being taken away this season?

Posted by: Hatfield223 | December 5, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I think Semin will take a while to come back. I'd rather see him slow to return than coming back early and not playing hard. Remember how much better he got once he wasn't worried about his ankle anymore? Don't need him playing soft and ducking hits or not going to the net.

Posted by: Stu_c | December 5, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

FFSEnough: Agree, there better be a shooting lane for before anyone shoots which is why I get disgusting hearing people yell shooooooooot at the games when, from my vantage point in the 400 section I clearly see the lane is blocked. My complaint with 23 is that the puck is like a hot potato to him so at this point in his career, and maybe his entire career, he is not an option for the PP. Other players that play the point that are actual scorers, whether that be a forward at the point on the PP or D that like to score like Green and now Lepisto, they create their own lanes by either sliding parallel to the blue line until a lane opens or dishing a pass to someone on the half boards and driving the slot for a give a go. Although Jurcina has a great shot he's not confident enough to use it. IMO he doesn't cover for anyone. It's all he can do to keep himself from getting trashed. Jurcina's partners this season have been primarily Erskine (+2) and now Alzner (-1). Jurcina is a (-4) which is (-3) more than any other defenseman on our roster.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 5, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hatfield223: I agree about the chats. I always thought I asked good questions until I saw most of the questions Tarik answered.

Posted by: uncatim | December 5, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Anybody interested in getting a big group together to watch the game someplace tomorrow?

Posted by: _jordan | December 5, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Hello Washington Cap's fans.

You've got a pretty exciting team to watch.

As a guy from Quebec, Canada I'm a great hockey fan. Not a Montreal Canadiens fan though. I really like the Caps chances to lead the conference at the end of the season if they can get rid of this injury thing.

By the way, what's the problem with Semin day to day status. Mr El-Bashir can evaluate how close he is from getting back in the lineup?

Posted by: dmartin3 | December 5, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I wish people would lay off Semin about being soft. He is one of the most talented players in the league who has had a couple of unfortunate injuries that are very hard to play through. I didn't see anyone accusing Crosby of being soft last year when his high ankle sprain kept him out. Anyone who has ever had a back problem knows you don't want to be playing hockey until it's right.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | December 5, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Any chance any of those four are making the trip at all?

Posted by: Section117 | December 5, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

My honest opinion is that a concussion, no matter how "light," should be in the rulebook as an automatic LTIR injury. This type of injury is very serious, and the effects (ask Brian Pothier) are cumulative, to the point that if someone has had multiple concussions, behavior can be affected as well as vision, balance, and all sorts of things.

Tarik, do you know if they've sent Erskine to a specialist for evaluation of the seriousness of his concussion?

Posted by: irockthered | December 5, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Tarik

I still wonder if they "wanted" a center because he was cheaper. They did not "need" a center considering they have Stecks, Gordo, Nyls, and Backis. You can even throw Victor in there also.

Posted by: Blahblahblah73 | December 5, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be in Raleigh on Sunday to see the Caps face the Hurricanes. Last year when I traveled to Buffalo to watch the Caps, Semin missed the game due to injury.

Not again, please.

Posted by: Cerealman | December 5, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

fanohock- my favorite d so far is Sloan. easily an upgrade to juice and erskine. he hits well, positions well, effectively joins the offense and has been pretty steady. I like the way he hits and the times he chooses to do so. both erskine and juice have issues with hitting without getting out of position. Sloan seems wiser. what do you think?

Helmet has looked solid, capable, and poised. also an upgrade. the occasional mistake, but it's the speed at the NHL level that's doing that. he adapts well and plays well with his stick and shoulders.

Alzner looked very good last night but he needs more upper body stength to be a s@h. 2 years of weight training and NHL training in general will do wonders.

Lepisto has points because of Ov backs and kozzie. he skates well and quick but isn't physically strong enough yet. He's good for some offense though. he has fulfilled the PP roll asked of him.

right now, juice is the weak link. the guy is still young; he desperately tried not to make too many mistakes. still, he doesn't put the puck toward the net enough. he needs to think deflection and rebound; it seems he lacks confidence because he doesn't score. Think rebound and deflection, juice! we know your aim sucks so stop aiming!

Posted by: oo7 | December 5, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

@Tarik - Semin's injury keeps moving. What is it, shoulder, upper back, or upper torso?

Posted by: irockthered | December 5, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@dmartin3

Semin is not hurt. He spends all night online voting for himself as a starter in the All-Star game. He understands that he has a better chance that way, rather then putting up 30 goals at the break.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 5, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I love Semin, but Green is the most important guy to get back in the line-up, so it's very good news that he's the closest of the bunch. Once we have Greenie back we'll spend most of the time in the offensive zone and everyone's numbers will go up.

Posted by: ranndino | December 5, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina has been solid on D since he was paired with Fedorov. Fedorov doesn't only fix Russians.

Posted by: lornemyoung | December 5, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1,

Ovechkin's absence was not due to an equipment problem. He got hit awkwardly at center ice when a guy sort of got a small piece of him. Those are sometimes the worst because it twists your body around. He went straight to the locker room after that hit, but came back later, as we all know.

Jurcina's main problem on the point is that he fumbles the puck half the time. Using a soccer term he has a bad first touch. Because of this he often either loses it over the line or loses the time he needs to let one rip. By the time he settles it he often has no choice, but to fling it down the boards because he's got a guy right in his face. A good first touch in both soccer and hockey is the key to having time to do something good. If you can't receive a pass cleanly you're pretty much screwed.

Yes, Helmer has been very steady. I've been impressed. However, he's 36 so I strongly doubt we'll dispose of anyone in his favor.

Speaking of D call-ups it's interesting for me to see what standard we hold ours to compared to the rest of the league. A great example is young Matt Hunwick of the Bruins who has been excellent since being called up. Not only he looks like a vet out there, but he's also been putting up points. Last night the Bruins actually played with 3 young kids up from Providence on D and all 3 looked great (Hunwick, Boychuk and Lashoff).

Last thing. I thought Aucoin was very impressive. He's very, very fast.

Posted by: ranndino | December 5, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't doubt if OV is playing through something, let's hope the 44 hours off in between will be enough for him to get healed a little.

In hockey, if you have a player that cannot control the puck, you get rid of him.

I wasn't implying we sign Helmer for a long term NHL contract. My thought was we get what we can for Jurcina if we can trick someone into giving us a high draft pick for him and we would be fine using Helmer even in the playoffs. He looks calm and plays solid positional hockey. Between a healthy Green, Poti, and maybe Lepisto if he stays up when everyone's healthy we have enough playmaking d-men. We need to shore up the d-zone with defensive-defensemen.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 5, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I miss Schultz. Besides Green, Schultz is the other guy that went out of the line-up prior to the LA/SJ/Minn skid. Schultz is simply a solid d-man. Doesn't pretend to be anything else. He does however see the ice very very well and his break-out passes hit forwards on the move which keeps opposing teams on their heals.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 5, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I also think that both Helmer and Sloan have been very, very good. Curiously, Morrisonn is also improving with Green out and he's been really solid. I think Lepisto is a good pairing for him in Green's absence.

On injuries - count me in the "leave the injured where they are this weekend, it's all good" crowd. Our lines last night looked quite capable, and it seems logical to me that bringing in guys off of IR on the first night of a back-to-back is asking for them to go right back out again, yes? Let 'em work out, get better and join us when they're ready.

Green: Let him wait for Boston. We'll need him, and if he waits till then, he'll come out fresh, hungry, and raring to go if I read Tarik's quotes right. Green in "look out here I come" mode should be a sight to see.

Semin: Enh. It is what it is. Let him come back healthy. I'm not in a position to judge him. Rumor has it we've got a scoring forward or two, and I'd rather have him come back all at once at 100%.

Erskine: I don't like that. That's bad bad bad. Any talk of putting him on LTIR?

Poti: Like Semin, it is what it is. I think we need him, but not enough to risk him. He'll know when it's right.

Fedorov: I miss Feds, but I guess I'll get to miss him for a while longer. Fact is that it'll take him longer to heal than most, and you just can't screw with an ankle sprain.

In all seriousness - let's hit the road with what we've got. All this depth we all keep chattering about - we're leaning on the strengths of the organization to get us through a tough patch. No crime in that! Let's find out whether our Chocolatetown boys can hack it with the big club. It'll make the next offseason's speculation that much more fun.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 5, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh Cerealman...

I fear you are setting yourself up for disappointment on Saturday. As much fun as it would be to see Semin play...Tarik's updates seem to say it all without saying anything. When players skate around but are not shooting or allowed to be hit, they are not coming back anytime soon.
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I'm going to be in Raleigh on Sunday to see the Caps face the Hurricanes. Last year when I traveled to Buffalo to watch the Caps, Semin missed the game due to injury.

Not again, please.
Posted by: Cerealman | December 5, 2008 2:23 PM

Posted by: vkova10 | December 5, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Right on Kitty.

Rock the Chocolate!

The kids are getting experience that will make Hershey and Washington all that much better later in the season and next season.

Posted by: _Mark | December 5, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

dmartin3

What SA-Town is complaining about is that GM McPhee keeps his secrets better than the CIA does.

No one knows what's going on or where he's hurt, so anyone that says he'll play tomorrow or next year is making a guess.

AO is looking forward to playing in Canada. Unfortunately for Canadians, he usually scores bunches there.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 5, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Just finished reading Michael Farber's story on "The Other Alex" - Semin - in this week's Sports Illstrated. Thought it was a good insight into the "enigmatic Alex" as the author tagged him. Anyone else read the story?

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 5, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Greg S: SHUSH. No jinxing it. :(

I'm still a little worried about the Toronto game and not entirely mollified by last night. I want to see a strong, consistent effort against both teams, and if there is ONE TEAM that Carolina desperately wants to beat at home, it wears the red white and blue and is about 5 hours north of them. Bet that Carolina has Sunday circled in red. We haad better be ready to rumble, because they most assuredly will be.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 5, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Can you link to it or is it only in the paper copy?

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Just finished reading Michael Farber's story on "The Other Alex" - Semin - in this week's Sports Illstrated. Thought it was a good insight into the "enigmatic Alex" as the author tagged him. Anyone else read the story?

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 5, 2008 3:16 PM

Posted by: vkova10 | December 5, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Here is the link to the Michael Farber story on Alex Semin

http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1149328/index.htm

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 5, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

dmartin3,

Bienvenue! C'est bon de voir des fans du Canada!


As for Semin's injury, I'm wondering if it's maybe a bulging disc in the upper back or neck. If that's the case, depending where it is, it could be causing quite a bit of pain and/or numbness to the nerves running down the shoulder and the arm. Usually, doctors like to wait and see at first, since in many cases, they will things will tend to resolve themselves -- however, it may take time. If that doesn't happen, then surgery is the only other option. If that happens, then we're talking much longer-term absence for Semin. I hope that not what it is.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | December 5, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Semin's injury, as I undertsand it, is a torn or strained muscle in his side/back, under his arm. So upper torso is the best I can come up with.

Posted by: el_bashir | December 5, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If we all look at the East right now, you have to like where we are. Few teams have the amount of injuries we do. Our kids are gaining experience, and btw, there are a lot of kids playing in the league right now.

BOS - Overachieving, but very good. Tim Thomas has been a real anchor for the Bruins. Can he keep up the Vezina pace? I do not expect them to stay in the race all year for the conference crown.

NYR - They have played 3 more games than us but are also very good. Lundqvist is a fantastic goalie but the offense shouldnt excite anybody. Plus they play in the toughest division in hockey.

MON - They need to make a move, either Sundin or Gaborik. Kovalev has been rank this season and Plakanec, Higgins and the Kostitsyns have very average. Plus they play like French Canadiens, they can't handle rough hockey.

PIT - They are going to be scary when Gonchar and Whitney come back from injury. Face it, they will be the team to beat in the East come March/April.

PHI - I hate Philly, but they have a good team. They are very similar to us in that they are young, talented and have average goaltending. What they dont have is Ovechkin.

NJD - They have managed to stay in the playoff hunt without Brodeur and Rolston. Good, if not, unexciting team.

CAR - I don't see this years CAR squad making the playoffs. A year older, still have injury issues and Ward isn't playing up to standard.

BUF - I see the Slugs making it. Too much talent not to.

We have as good a shot as any team to make a cr@pload of noise in the playoffs. When we get all of our guys back it will be on. This team matches any team talent for talent. First half of the season we were and still are in survival mode, second half, its a new race to the top. We are in great shape.

Posted by: JSchon | December 5, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Great....Semin is out with a torn armpit.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 5, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

For all of you calling Semin a wuss, how about that last update? Even if it is a strain to point a tear might be in question that's a pretty severe injury. Please dont try to compare playing in the beer hockey, softball, kickball leagues and how quickly YOU would return from such an injury. These guys have sacrificed their entire lives to this point, even their childhoods to play at the level we get to enjoy. So to imply they would now sit out and nurse an injury just because they are getting paid tons of money is absurd. This isn't like football where a "athlete" that simply has size or speed is taught a position. The level at which these guys play this sport we love called hockey is unbelievably remarkable.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 5, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

In light of that update, I admit I was wrong in calling Semin a "wuss" and "soft." This is a serious injury, especially if it's on his shooting side (it would be impossible for him to shoot).

Comments I made were purely out of frustration and I apologize. Let's all hope Semin recover soon.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | December 5, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

stupid armpit muscle

Posted by: _stevo | December 5, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1

Everyday I get out of bed feeling about 85-90%...but I go to work anyway. So whats Mike Greens excuse?

Lighten up..haha

Posted by: SA-Town | December 5, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Great....Semin is out with a torn armpit.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 5, 2008 3:52 PM
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LOL! I almost choked on my soda when I read that!

Posted by: tess2201 | December 5, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I should clarify...I don't mean Semin's injury is funny; I laughed at the way SA-Town phrased that.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 5, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't know JSchon, Gaborik is talented yes, but verryyyyyyyy fragile.

Posted by: Steve_R | December 5, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Can't really say that update on Semin is much of a surprise. I think we all, or at least most of us, had a pretty good idea that his injury was much more severe than what the team wanted us to believe.

That said, It's definitely something I never wanted to hear (or in this case read).

Posted by: elicea | December 5, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Everyday I get out of bed feeling about 85-90%...but I go to work anyway. So whats Mike Greens excuse?

Posted by: SA-Town | December 5, 2008 4:17 PM
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I get you two mistaken all the time. ;)

Posted by: Section117 | December 5, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I think they want to keep Oscar in Hershey to let his development continue. Let him find his game in the AHL,gain valuable expierence on that level, and maybe give him a game or two towards the end of the year to get a "taste" of the NHL.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 5, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Off the subject, but I think it is important.

Has anyone received any of your postings back as undeliverable mail to the Washingtonpost? The following is an example of one of my posts being returned by email:

Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:59:59 -0500
From: MAILER-DAEMON@relay1.wpprivate.com
To: (my email address is here)
Subject: Returned mail: see transcript for details

The original message was received at Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:45:01 -0500 (EST)from [172.19.60.21] ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- ----- Transcript of session follows -----550 5.1.2 ... Host unknown (Name server: mailhost.wpprivate.com: host not found)

--Forwarded Message Attachment--
Subject: [Capitals Insider] New Comment Added to 'Morning Reading List'
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 10:45:01 -0500
To: carrerak@washpost.com
From: (my email address is here)

A new comment has been posted on your blog Capitals Insider, on entry #99391 (Morning Reading List).

@melissa2809 and FFSEnoughI am in total agreement with your 8:3x a.m. posts about Avery. @people talking about Johnson not ... (the complete post is here)

Commenter name: opita
Commenter email address: (my email address is here).comCommenter URL:
Commenter IP address: (my ip address)

View comment: Edit comment: Report comment as spam: --

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In order to minimize the possibility that someone is hijacking, I have posted using two different computers, and to different blogs. Only on this forum and in both computers I find the problem. I have scanned the PC for malware, viruses, etc... So Tarik's tech group, do you have an explanation?

Posted by: opita | December 5, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

@opita

I got one such message today. Mine was supposedly addressed to Tarik. While I have directly e-mailed him in the past (and he was good enough to take time to reply), I know I didn't direct e-mail him this afternoon. In fact, I got my kickback right after posting the link to the SI Semin story. Must still be a few bugs in the system.

Posted by: leetee1955 | December 5, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

@leetee1955
Thanks. I feel better that it is not my pc alone. I think you are right about the bugs. I still don't like the fact that someone is appearing to be receiving emails from me when in fact I haven't done such a thing, there is a lot of guilt by association stuff happening everywhere.
LOL. Now I am going to get label as a paranoid man.

Posted by: opita | December 5, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

@opita,

Just got another one.It's interesting that the e-mail also includes my IP address, which I deleted. I wonder if Tarik is getting these posts? Probably will ge another one after this post. LOL!

From:
Mail Delivery Subsystem

[Add to Address Book]
To:
leetee1955
Subject:
Returned mail: see transcript for details
Date:
Friday, December 05, 2008 5:41:51 PM

[View Source]

----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----

----- Transcript of session follows -----
550 5.1.2 ... Host unknown (Name server:
mailhost.wpprivate.com: host not found)

(Attachments successfully scanned for viruses.)

*

Attachment 1: Name Unknown (message/delivery-status)
Attached Message
From: leetee1955
To: elbashirt@washpost.com
Subject: [Capitals Insider] New Comment Added to 'Injury Update'
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2008 17:26:51 -0500 (EST)

A new comment has been posted on your blog Capitals Insider, on entry #99452
(Injury Update).

@opita

I got one such message today. Mine was supposedly addressed to Tarik.
While I have directly e-mailed him in the past (and he was good enough
to take time to reply), I know I didn't direct e-mail him this
afternoon. In fact, I got my kickback right after posting the link to
the SI Semin story. Must still be a few bugs in the system.

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Posted by: leetee1955 | December 5, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

torn armpit, lol!

That kid is always hurt. If its not his ankles its something else. He needs to be better conditioned because he gets hurt too easy.

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 5, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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Alzner showed some life in the last game but yes you are correct. TOO MANY SCREWUPS. Let him soak in Hershey for the year, he aint ready

Posted by: cstanton1 | December 5, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

@SA-town

must be quite challenging to get out of bed feeling significantly less than 100%.

Have a drink on me.

Posted by: windjammersouth | December 5, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

i'd rather guys stay out another couple days at this point than hurry back. No reason why we cannot win this weekend with who we have. The Carolina game is the bigger game since 1 more victory there gives us a tiebreaker edge. It also beats them down a little more. Victories on both nights would get us back towards where we are trying to go. I'm looking for alot more of Johnson and less of Theodore. People forget that when Theodore was the Vezina trophy winner it was before the NHL went to the smaller equipment, particularly the leg pads. check his stats since the rule changes.

Posted by: ergoroc | December 5, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand that Semin update...torn muscle?? I cant fathom the caps not putting him on LTIR if they knew that was the case. Especially when several injuries to others came after Semins and they were too cap strapped to do anything about it at first! Unless this is something they just found out...it doesnt make sense.

Posted by: thd1 | December 5, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

All these concussions. They have the players wearing helmets now I hope they soon develop one that gives better protection.

Posted by: sporttraveler | December 5, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Um, h/t to JP for this heads-up - Tim Conboy will likely be in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Caps. This kid is nuts - he's the one who went chewing on Steve Downie! What I wouldn't give to see Brash kick this little brat's butt.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 5, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

@DannyBoy1975 - Thank you for admitting that calling Semin a wuss wasn't the right thing to do. I appreciate the honesty.

@Tarik - Thank YOU for clarifying the problem. I know that the NHL doesn't always go in for full disclosure, and rightly so, but there were just too darn many people - though I was never one of them - thinking Semin had "gone soft" because he wasn't coming back straight off. Now that we know, I think the commentary on that line will go away, or at least diminish.

As for Erskine - IS there any thought of putting him on LTIR? This is really getting worrisome, and not just to me. Not so much as a player, but as a person, I'm concerned for him. :-( I hope he's at least starting to get better!

@SA-Town - your wording about the torn armpit just about made me snarff. Thanks. I feel BAD, because that's gotta hurt, but still... that comment was highly, highly amusing, and it didn't help I'd been thinking the same thing right before I read it...

@thd1 - They're saying, if I read Tarik right, strained or torn... there's a fine line, and it isn't always easy to tell. If Semin's been pushing it, it could shift from one to the other far too easily, and the only thing that can heal things like that is, unfortunately, time. :(

Green's bruised shoulder - Tarik, I've been assuming bone bruise, yes? I saw that hit, and may I say OW? I hope he waits until he's 100% before he comes back, though... re-injuries (ask Fedorov!) suck. :(

On a better note, I was heartened to see how well the boys played last night. The B'ars are coming out well, and all of them look to be improving, even over what I saw in Hershey. In particular, I was impressed with Brian Helmer. That man is a solid stay-at-home defenseman, and he brought good leadership qualities with him from Hershey. I was pleased to see him get an assist on the Kozlov goal.

Sami Lepisto, though he still made a few mistakes, also got an assist, and looked to be improving over the last game I saw him in. And Karl Alzner looked great; then, he always does!

Finally, I can't say enough about Ovechkin passing the puck to Bäckström for that empty-net goal. It was selfless, and it was highly classy. The hockey world needs more guys like Alexander Ovechkin... he could easily have taken the shot himself; he would probably have beaten that lone defenseman... but why take the chance, when the guy who has no points this game is ten feet away and wide open? It was a nice move on his part, and I applaud him for it. :)

Posted by: irockthered | December 5, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Alzner looked great when he got caught waaay up in the offensive zone a couple games ago which lead to a goal. He also looked great when Peltonen schooled him the other night. I like the kid too, but he's not the messiah that we all desperately want him to be.

Posted by: _jordan | December 5, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

@_jordan - I was TALKING about last night's game. I was not at the Tuesday game; I was stuck in New Jersey. He also said, "As soon as the second period hit, I tried to be overaggressive on a 2-on-2 and (Peltonen) caught me on it. That's where I don't have the timing down just yet. I'm definitely going to work on it in practice tomorrow I'm going to ask some of the guys to come down on me a few times and see what guys like to do in this league." - in my opinion, that is a good comment.

I never said he was "the messiah".

Posted by: irockthered | December 5, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you're right. I'm sorry. The kid ain't bad for a callup.

Posted by: _jordan | December 6, 2008 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Although he's gotten little, if any mention in the local media, The Caps' 2nd. second round pick in last summers' draft is having a sensational debut season playing for The Quebec Remparts of The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. I'm talking about Russian born Right Wing, Dimitri Kugryshev. Thusfar, in 25 games played, he's scored 17 goals and registered 13 assists, and is a plus 9. Those are TERRIFIC NUMBERS. Be advised, he's been on Puckguru's radar since Day # 1.

Posted by: Puckguru | December 6, 2008 2:49 AM | Report abuse

LETS GO CAPS!!! Let's improve that road record!

Posted by: rachel216 | December 6, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Nice to see Kudryshev doing well, however I don't think he'll materialize into a solid NHL player.
Does anyone have any news on Anton Gustafsson? The latest stats show he's played in only 11 games (5 points) out of the team's 20, so I don't know if he's injured again or has been sent to the juniors.

Posted by: AO_Lets_GO | December 6, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, can you give us updates on Ovechkin's condition?
Is he back to 100% after that knock against the Isles? And where did he sustain the injury: was it the shoulder or arm?

Is he suffering from other ailments since he's been given a day off prior to the Islanders game?

Posted by: AO_Lets_GO | December 6, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I'm at least as worried about why Washington called up Sean Collins from Hershey :( What's going on?

Posted by: kittypawz | December 6, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Tarik- that was a nice story today, on Aucoin's perceverance. I enjoyed reading that!

Posted by: Max23 | December 6, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Puckguru, can you advise who has not been on your radar since day 1? It seems like you claim credit for everybody when they do well. Just sayin'.

Posted by: Steve_R | December 6, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

oh, and thanks leetee1955 for the Farber article link. Kolzig says that OV has had a bad groin, I guess that may explain his beginning of the season malaise.

And I can't help but think that Semin is getting close to returning. CSN reported that he wanted to be 100% before he returns, even though the pregame video showed him skating and pivoting pretty well, but I'm no Dr. We can only hope he gets back soon.

Posted by: Max23 | December 6, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@ Steve R.
Sadly, you don't appear to have changed one bit. Always with the negativity. Fact is, I follow ALL THE CAPS' DRAFT PICKS. And, as I said, Kugryshev, although performing at an exceptionally high level, has received scant attention from the local press. If you've got a problem with that, so be it. Seems as though, for the most part, it's not WHAT's Being said, but rather that Puckguru is the one saying it. Now, that strikes me as being funny as hell. Because you don't know me from a can of paint. I would have hoped you'd have grown up a little since my last post ( At least a month ago )but obviously that's asking more than you're capable of. Woe is you....

Posted by: Puckguru | December 6, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

@ AO _ Lets _ Go,
Why is it you don't think Kugryshev will "Materialize into a solid NHL player?" Have you seen him play. I have. Twice thusfar. And, I assure you he has an excellent chance of developing into a more than adequate NHL Right winger. He's extremely strong ( And aggressive ) in the corners. Has an absolutely lethal wrist shot. And, is sturdily built at just about 6 ft. and 185 lbs. Although he doesn't possess world class skating speed, ( Neither does Nick Backstrom ) he's imaginative with the puck, and usually makes accurate passes.
Quite frankly, I'm very high on the kid. And, am anxiously waiting for gmgm to sign him, as he's already done with two other of this years draft picks.
Let me say I'm pleased to make your acquaintance, AO_Lets_Go. I've been away from the keyboard for awhile and am not familiar with many of the current posters' names. And, as always, Let's Go Caps!

Posted by: Puckguru | December 6, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

sporttraveler,

Helmets have nothing to do with concussions. Helmets do not and cannot protect from concussions. Helmets protect from cuts and bruises. That's it. Concussions are sustained as a result of your brain bouncing off the insides of your skull when your head rattles as a result of some kind of impact. No helmet can be designed to protect from that.

Puckguru,

I have seen Kugryshev quite a few times (both for the Russian junior team as well as CSKA Moscow) and agree with your assessment.

BTW, y'all can see him play for Russia in this year's WJC, which as I posted previously, will be broadcast on the NHL Network in the US this year (all US and Canada games + all elimination round games).

Dannyboy,

At least you've admitted that what you said before about Semin was indeed idiotic. Good for you.

Jschon,

I generally agree with your comments about the East teams with the exception of Boston. Since I live here I can't help, but watch most of their games (especially since all of them are available in HD) and they just might keep this up. They're extremely deep offensively (have guys on the 3rd line who can score 20 goals), big, strong, fast... Probably have the best goalie tandem in the NHL with Thomas and Fernandez. People always doubt Thomas, but all he's done his whole life is prove everyone wrong. He's a tremendous and very underrated goalie. The guy never gets any credit. Every night he makes a number of saves of a "you've got to be f'ing kidding me variety", and is very consistent actually over his career everywhere he's played. Their D is very good also and deep. The 3 kids up from Providence due to injuries are looking very good (as I've posted recently).

Posted by: ranndino | December 6, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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