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Posted at 2:07 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Speedy Jason Chimera will skate on Capitals' top line vs. Isles

By Katie Carrera

The Capitals' forward lines against the Islanders should look like what they did Wednesday at practice, with Jason Chimera on the top combination with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

That exact alignment came about mid-way through Washington's 3-2 overtime loss to Philadelphia and the reasoning behind it is pretty simple -- add speed. While Ovechkin and Backstrom aren't slow skaters by any means, Chimera has a different sort of speed and stride.

"It just opens things up more," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "When he's going down with the speed that he has and Nicky's got the puck, he's going to get it to him, and you have to honor the speed. That's what the great thing is about those fast guys -- it makes it awful difficult for the defenders."

Backstrom said he saw the benefit of playing with someone as quick as Chimera against the Flyers. The line had some successful breakouts that allowed them to get set up in the offensive zone.

"He's so fast, he's easy to play with because you just have to give him the puck and he goes. I think we need that sometimes," Backstrom said. "He's probably the fastest guy in the NHL and it's easy for me to see him, and because he's pretty much always first in the offensive zone with the forecheck, too, and that's what we need."

By Katie Carrera  | January 20, 2011; 2:07 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Chimera, Nicklas Backstrom  
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Comments

Nothing about Varly ? Can he play tonight ?

Posted by: enrinat | January 20, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

My tea leaves are telling me:

1 Isles score first, but the Caps explode (Semin-free) all over the ice tonight...walk away with a sound 6-2 trouncing of the Isles.

Ovie - 2 goals (legit ones)
Majo - 1 goal
Green - 1 goal
Knuble - 1 goal
Carlson - 1 goal

2 DJK gets into a fight by his 2nd shift.

3 Holtby gives up a soft goal.

4 Chimchim (aka "Oliver's Metacarpals") receives a beautiful pass from Backstrom but misses.

Bonus As an added bonus, Steckle freight trains Okposo...although the tea leaves are grainy, that could be Beagle I see (to finish what he tried against Ottawa).

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 20, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

This is probably the change that the team needed to make, not having Chimera on the top line.

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 20, 2011 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@enrinat, Holtby's in tonight. Varly's presumably dressed and on the bench.

Posted by: Justafan | January 20, 2011 2:23 PM | Report abuse

lol the captain talks about the need to crash the net then he floats around center during his 2 minute shifts....he must be snorting Chernobyl dust or something

Posted by: wendel2 | January 20, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

25 is a great skater but TERRIBLE finisher. I can only imagine how many greats passes from Backstrom that he messes up on.

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 20, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

oh well, at least I'd have them miss easy shots then generate zero offense like they have for the last month

Posted by: landocalrissian | January 20, 2011 2:46 PM | Report abuse

What's the over/under for how many goals the Islanders score before the Caps score their first?

I would think 1.5 would be the over/under for that.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

25 is a great skater but TERRIBLE finisher. I can only imagine how many greats passes from Backstrom that he messes up on.
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Can't be as many as Knuble has already missed this season. That dude's an anchor with those other two.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 20, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Chimera will probably wipe out 3-4 icings with his speed and then promptly lose the puck with his cinder block hands. And probably blow at least 2 scoring chances for good measure.

Posted by: jdove80 | January 20, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

BB changing the lines again...shocker!

Posted by: streve | January 20, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

What's the over/under on how many shifts Chimera will skate with Nicky and Alex before BB changes the combos?

Posted by: griz0615 | January 20, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

What's the over/under on how many shifts Chimera will skate with Nicky and Alex before BB changes the combos?

Posted by: griz0615

4.5

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@MattBradley10

if he keeps true to recent form, #8 will guff plenty of Backstrom passes, too. maybe Nicky will realize his linemates aren't about to earn him any assists and blow up the Islanders' goal himself

Posted by: mcintire_will | January 20, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Here's an awesome photo from today's morning skate, of Chimarea on the top line with 8 & 19:

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/08_03/titanic_468x288.jpg

Posted by: LesGrossman | January 20, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Chimera could work well with this Backstrom and Ovi. Knuble is just too slow this year to make this a true top line.

But as far as the over/under on keep this line together I'd say 4.5. If they have 2 bad shifts Boudreau will probably go through 25 more line combos.

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | January 20, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

@MattBradley10

if he keeps true to recent form, #8 will guff plenty of Backstrom passes, too. maybe Nicky will realize his linemates aren't about to earn him any assists and blow up the Islanders' goal himself

Posted by: mcintire_will | January 20, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Very true...and I hope Nicky finally scores!!

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 20, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Im as big a fan as you are. I go to 99% of the games. Difference between me and you is, you are as optimistic as it gets, and Im just a realist. Its just a different in personalities, it doesnt make you or me a bigger fan that each other.

I said going into this season we werent going to be close to as good. That all the other teams got better and we in fact got worse. I think now is case in point of why I was worried. We went with pretty much all our young players this year. So when people get hurt you have absolutely nothing to back it up.

For myself, I believe you can only dress 2 or 3 rookies on a team. We are playing 2 goalies, 2 D, and 3 F's right now. And thats not to say those players havent faired well, just there is nothing left behind them when you go this route and people get hurt.

I hope GMGM goes out and get the much needed depth that we need. Which is basically a 2C and another wing. Here is something that would greatly improve our team in my opinion.

Semin + picks to Ottawa for Fisher and Ruutu. (Semin has a chance of signing in Ottawa. Not the main guy, they have Spezza and Alfredson. A Russian in Gonchar).

Then a draft pick or prospect for a top 6 Winger. Maybe like Tanguay. Those are the types of moves I think this team needs to get to the promised land.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 11:16 AM | Report abuse

I agree with almost everything here. I like the players you are suggesting.

But, IMO, you need to move Semin somewhere different. Ottawa will want a top prospect for Fisher, not Semin. Would you give up Eakin for Fisher? Tough one, but we need to try and grab this g0dd@ m cup this year. END OF STORY. Plus, Fisher has years left on his contract. It's definitely worth it.

McPhee should move Semin's contract first, to make room first. Your gonna get a good return for Semin.

It is the perfect storm for McPhee and Leonsis:

- HBO
- Winter Classic (incidentally, my kids and I had one of the greatest nights of our lives)
- Our prospects at World JRs were amazing ( Kuznetsov is untouchable however)
- semin ufa ( is there a better rental for: LA, STL, SJ, ANA, MIN, NSH, NYR, ...?)
- cap room like few other teams

If George McPhee cannot win the Stanley Cup with all of this in his favor, then there is no reason to believe he can ever do it.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

@chrisclarksucks

Yeah Knuble is way too slow. Thats why they put him on a line with MaJo, who is by far a better skater than Ovi and Backstrom. Come on man, Knuble has been one of our best players for the last month of the season. He started slow yes, but he has started slow pretty much all of the last 5 seasons.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

the salary cap space we once had isnt there anymore. Yes we still have some but remember we added $2M in the Hannan trade. And we have lost a lot with all the call ups. So we have like $1.4M in space I believe.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@thePat

It is if you move Semin.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2011 3:48 PM | Report abuse

"McPhee should move Semin's contract first, to make room first. Your gonna get a good return for Semin."

I disagree that he will get that good of a return for players that can effect the Caps this year.

Teams who are looking to rent a player for a playoff run will not give up core guys(i.e. top 2 center) for a rental. Semin could get back a good amount of prospects and draft picks, but not high end current NHL players.

You alse can't assume GMGM can just trade Semin for draft picks and prospects and dump those off to another team for a player.

As of now, there does not appear to be many top-6 forwards available. Fisher MAY be available, and he is probably the best. Arnott is probably the 2nd best.

With so many teams still in the playoff race there just aren't that many good players available. Most teams do not want to trade their top 6 forwards in hope of making a playoff run.

It will be interesting to see what teams end up playing themselves out of the playoff race before the deadline, but there usually aren't too many(Devils, Islanders, Maple Leafs, Flames, Oilers, Senators are probably the only one right now). Florida may join them also.

However, those teams will be looking to rid themselves of pending UFAs and veterans they no longer deem as very good(so probably not high end players). There isn't too much high end talent on those teams who will likely be availabe in a trade. Especially at the center position.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

Yes well than it is. Just thought you meant in terms of right now. My mistake.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"the salary cap space we once had isnt there anymore. Yes we still have some but remember we added $2M in the Hannan trade. And we have lost a lot with all the call ups. So we have like $1.4M in space I believe."

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$1.09m in Cap space.

I'm actually sad I looked that up, you know why? I learned that we have $10.75m in cap space spent on: Hannan, Poti, and Shultz.

Dwell on that for a second: almost a full 1/5th of our cap is spent on Scott Hannan, Tom Poti, and Jeff Shultz.

We are paying Sarge 2.75m for the next 3 years. He's the longest player under contract for this team not named Ovechkin or Backstrom.

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 20, 2011 3:57 PM | Report abuse

just doing some browsing, I have a question for people who know better than I:

I thought there was a hard Cap, how is PHI ~$2.3m *over* the cap?

Posted by: VTDuffman | January 20, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

That cap space is projected and is fluid. It is projected as if all of the guys up will remain on the roster until the end of the season. However, once guys get healthy and other are sent down that space will open back up.

It is projected(again, dependant on call ups and such) that at the deadline the Caps will have the salary cap space to acquire a player with a salary of $5.5M/yr-$6M/yr. The closer it gets to the trade deadline the bigger that salary cap space gets(the space doesn't get bigger but you can take on larger /yr salaries due to the proration of the contract).

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Good points, disagree a bit though. If your Murray at Ottawa, and McPhee says Eakin, B. Gordon and a 3rd for Fisher, I think he jumps at it.

The question is, what does LA, STL, NSH, ANA give you? You don't need a center, you just got one. High pick and prospect is fine.

At that point, you get a wing fro one of the teams you mentioned. A guy like Tanguay. He is cheap, one a cup, scored some big goals.

Are we better with Fisher and Tanguay, or Semin?

No question though, he will have to work his ass off to do it.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@VTDuffman

They can exceed the cap through LTIR(Long term injured reserve). If a player is out a minimum of 10 games or 27 days they can be placed on that. Which is what they have done with Ian Laperriere. He is basically retired, but wont announce it bc then it counts against the Phi cap number and they cant use LTIR.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@underpants

Murray would definitely jump at that deal. He is a GM fighting for his job. Not trading anyone leaves them in the same spot next year. Getting younger like you have in that trade....or getting Semin in a trade and the prospect of having a 40 goal guy to play with Spezza. Yes they'd have to sign him, but as I mentioned there are other players there so he wouldnt have to deal with the media. Murray has to do something or he is gone after this season, and he might be regardless.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of talk regarding Knuble and Chimmy not being able to finish scoring opportunities, but the way I see it - the whole team needs to practice on better passing and shooting. The past month or two has produced a serious amount of amateurish 'passes to noone' and shots missing the net by wide margins.

Posted by: HokieSkin | January 20, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

I do think Fisher could be had and the trade you proposed could realistically be enough.

However, the Caps wouldn't have to trade Semin for that trade to work. If they waited(I think) about 3 weeks, that trade will fit under the cap. The Caps trade BGordon($800k) and add Fisher($4.2M), that is an additional ($3.4), but then you have to prorate that, which, by 3 weeks from now, will count only as a little over $1M in space as the rest was already used and counted against Ottawa's salary cap.

Once the Caps get a few of their injured players healthy and send down Holtby and MP(who would be sent down if Fisher is acquired) the Caps will gain even more cap space.

I would want Fisher and Semin and it can work with the trade you proposed for Fisher.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:21 PM | Report abuse

this won't last.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 20, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Fisher may be a good fit and all, but more importantly, it will be great to be able to look at Carrie Underwood at the Verizon Center!!

That alone is worth the trade

Posted by: MattBradley10 | January 20, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Plus, I throw in Perrault for Carrie Underwood.

Imagine Carrie Underwood and DJ Pauly D in Leonsis' box for game three of the Cup Finals.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2011 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov salary only $570K but prorate that down to around $280K. Yes the Caps should put a claim in for him.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Imagine Carrie Underwood and DJ Pauly D in Leonsis' box for game three of the Cup Finals.

Posted by: underpants2

That would ridiculous and awesome. They would probably get more sportscenter time with that, although it would consist of 10 seconds on Underwoord and Pauly D and 2 seconds of game footage.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov salary only $570K but prorate that down to around $280K. Yes the Caps should put a claim in for him.

Posted by: ThePat

I agree, especially considering they could stash Neuvy or Varly in Hershey without the fear of them getting picked up off of waivers.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:40 PM | Report abuse

the negative Knuble comments above are straight up stupid. #22 is the ONLY guy that plays the net consistently and is probably the best Capital in the corners and on the boards. He will have another 20 plus goal this season (even with broken jaw and other injury). LOCK

Posted by: doughless | January 20, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I would have to imagine Philly will make a claim for Nabakov. Luckily the Caps get to choose ahead of them.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Carry three goalies.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

if goalies are a concern, why not make an offer for Leighton? Nabakov is terrible in the playoffs. i saw a rumor earlier regarding Giggy or Kipirsof

Posted by: doughless | January 20, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

if goalies are a concern, why not make an offer for Leighton? Nabakov is terrible in the playoffs. i saw a rumor earlier regarding Giggy or Kipirsof

Posted by: doughless

Money. All those guys make much more(especially Giggy and Kipper), and Nabakov is not nearly as bad as people say. He did advance to the Conference Finals last year and beat Detroit on the way.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

If Nabokov signs with any NHL team, he has to pass thru re-entry waivers. If we want him & he is available, we can just claim him at that time. I'm not sure why the Red Wings even bother, he will never get thru the other teams.
Why not try Chimera on the 1st line? No matter how bad he is, the d still has to guard him. Maybe this provides Ovie with an option when he enters the zone. Of course, if he gets a pass he will most likely flub it.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 20, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

could have claimed Leighton off waivers. oh well. i wouldn't invest in Nabby.

Posted by: doughless | January 20, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Nabby a good enough goalie. The only reason I am saying that is to make sure we have stable goaltending for the rest of the regular season. Heck we could claim him. Play him for a month until we know Neuvy and Varly are both healthy and then trade him for a draft pick. That would be a smart GM at work.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@doughless

its $280K for the rest of the season. And you give up nothing. Not exactly investing much in him.

Posted by: ThePat | January 20, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Nabby a good enough goalie. The only reason I am saying that is to make sure we have stable goaltending for the rest of the regular season. Heck we could claim him. Play him for a month until we know Neuvy and Varly are both healthy and then trade him for a draft pick. That would be a smart GM at work.

Posted by: ThePat

Very good point.

So what are the chances GMGM won't put in a claim on him, 95%.

@chriscaps

Nabakov just passes through regular waivers, not re-entry.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Not only is Nabby a good enough goalie. The only reason I am saying that is to make sure we have stable goaltending for the rest of the regular season. Heck we could claim him. Play him for a month until we know Neuvy and Varly are both healthy and then trade him for a draft pick. That would be a smart GM at work.

Posted by: ThePat

Very good point.

So what are the chances GMGM won't put in a claim on him, 95%.

@chriscaps

Nabakov just passes through regular waivers, not re-entry.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

funny that after all the hype about the depth of the Caps, there is a mad scramble to add depth. not so much, in reality.

Posted by: doughless | January 20, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Did people see this Ovechkin quote about playing the 2 NHL games in Russia next year?

-Ovechkin also said he expects a sellout arena in Moscow for a game involving the Capitals: "I am 100 percent sure of it. Because not only I, but also Varlamov and Semin will play for Washington. Half the city of Krasnoyarsk will fly over to cheer on Semin." -

Maybe he forgot Semin is a UFA, but is sounds as though Ovie is pretty sure Semin will be back next year. Just food for thought.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I think if a team claims Nabakov, that team cannot trade him for the rest of the year.

I say, carry three like we did a few years ago,

Posted by: underpants2 | January 20, 2011 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I think if a team claims Nabakov, that team cannot trade him for the rest of the year.

I say, carry three like we did a few years ago,

Posted by: underpants2

Well I would carry 2 for salary cap purposes and sort of float Varly and Neuvy back and forth through Hershey for some playing time(clearly depends on who is healthy also).

Maybe then carry 3 for the playoffs(no cap ramifications then)

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I want to see Ovi and Backstrom EXPLODE tonight, and if it's because they're playing with Chimera than so be it. 8pts between the two of them.

Things will loosen-up some and Holtby will be tested, RISING TO THE OCCASION and showing the form he displayed his first couple of games this year. Not sure if Erskine will be in, but if he his he'll look to build off his inspired, agitating play in Philly.

And a GHH by DJK will bring smiles and congratulations from everyone on the bench, even a begrudging pat on the back and "way to go" from the coach. The team will come together, a corner will be turned, and we'll go from there.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 20, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

eakin, gordon, and a pick for fisher.....i do like carrie underwood, but eakin is a prospect i wouldn't want to part with

Posted by: _stevo | January 20, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Adding Perreault into the deal for Carrie Underwood? Ach! I think I just threw up a little in my mouth. He broke the epic losing streak with two goals in Ottawa and almost lost his face in that Carolina collision; we owe him more than that. In fact, I hope he gets one of those front-of-the-net "greasy" goals tonight. I think the trio of A. Gordon/Beagle/Perreault has the potential to make a real impact on the franchise. It's the confusion at the top level/first line that's got us hamstrung and looking like dopes on the ice.

Posted by: spacehog | January 20, 2011 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"Here's an awesome photo from today's morning skate, of Chimarea on the top line with 8 & 19:

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2007/08_03/titanic_468x288.jpg

Posted by: LesGrossman | January 20, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse "

Thanks for the laugh!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | January 20, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

And if Fahey happens to play tonight, as long as he's paired w/Hannan things will be ok. I'll remind everyone that, yes he looked bad his first call-up, but he looked solid and steady the two games he played w/Erskine while ****55 was out. (I recall even saying I'd take him as #4's partner anyday over Sloan, Poti, or ****55).

Someone on the last thread pointed out that nearly 1/5 of our cap space was taken by Hannan, Poti, ****55. Mindboggling when put in that context, isn't it? Let's take a look at the backline stats since Hannan's acquisition:

Carlson (22gp) 2g 6a 8pts +5 17hits 29blocks 36shots 16giveaways 12takeaways 0fights

Alzner (22gp) 1g 3a 4pts +7 37hits 29blocks 27shots 9giveaways 10takeaways 0fights

Green (20gp) 3g 5a 8pts even 59hits 44blocks 47shots 22giveaways 9takeaways 0fights

Erskine (17gp) 0g 3a 3pts even 38hits 26blocks 16shots 10giveaways 1takeaways 1fight

Hannan (21gp) 0g 0a 0pts -5 24hits 28blocks 13shots 15giveaways 2takeaways 0fights

Poti (13gp) 0g 5a 5pts -6 4hits 15blocks 12shots 8giveaways 0takeaways 0fights

Shultz (13gp) 0g 0a 0pts -6 7hits 22blocks 4shots 9giveaways 2takeaways 0fights

GO CAPS, KICK ISLANDER A@@!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 20, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

sgm3, you may want to check, Nabokov has to clear re-entry waivers to return to the NHL. Where are you people getting the salary numbers for Nabokov? We would have to wait until Detroit or somebody signs him to see what his salary would be, he was UFA this year, he doesn't have a salary yet.
According to www.capgeek.com the Red Wings have a max cap hit of 5.4 million if they offer Nabokov around 5 million this year, that would scare alot of teams from taking him. I guess we will see what happens.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 20, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@chriscaps

You are grossly misintepreting capgeek's numbers.

The Red Wings would have that space ONLY if their guys on LTIR remain on LTIR. That max cap hit # is based on the rosters staying the exact same throughout. However, once those guys come off of LTIR(which they will), that cap space disappers.

Nabakov's potential contract numbers were given by Bob Mackenize and other hockey writers. However, it is not set yet.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 20, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the insight Vermont, I know we wont be hearing much from you during the game what with 17 & 4 in the lineup. You know, that whole lack of a free hand thing.

Posted by: pebowers | January 20, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@pebowers

Don't kid yourself, I need both hands

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 20, 2011 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov's interesting. He's a good goalie - know SJ wanted to pin another collapse on his head, but they're not exactly lighting the world on fire this year, without him.

Good rule of thumb: if you start for your natl team - and it's a power [Can, Rus, Swe, Cz, the US, + FIN] - you can freaking play. I know Russia flamed out in the Pics, but it wasn't because lack of talent.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 20, 2011 5:43 PM | Report abuse

As for Knubs, don't kid yourself - only a blind man, BB or Maguire could possibly think the guy's a good fit for the big two at this stage in his career.

P.S. And I like the guy, a buddy played with him growing up and says he's a great guy, which I'm sure he is - just calling it like I sees it, is all.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 20, 2011 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"25 is a great skater but TERRIBLE finisher."

I've been saying since they got him "If he could only handle a puck."

For the love of GOD stop it already with the line changes BB.

IT'S NOT WORKING AND YOU CAN'T COACH!!!!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 20, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Knuble an asset to this team. However, he really struggles to keep up with the top 2 lines. He is still good on the PP & PK (where speed isn't nearly as much of an issue).
I'm not going to bash BB (yes, 1st time for everything) for the line changes. Injuries have forced the changes.
If the Red Wings don't give Nabokov a fairly large contract, they are just doing the work for another team. Both 30 & 1 can be sent down without waivers. Nabokov would be a great mentor for a young Russian goalie. The Caps are 8th, I don't think a cheap Nabokov gets to us.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 20, 2011 6:36 PM | Report abuse

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