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Jurcina's Arbitration Date Set

Milan Jurcina's arbitration hearing is set for July 28 in Toronto. The defenseman still has until then to strike a deal with the Caps, but if that doesn't happen, his salary for next season will be determined by a third party.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 9, 2009; 5:57 PM ET
 
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I wish Juice luck, he deserves a pay raise, and I'm sure anything the 3rd party grants won't be bank-breaking for us. hopefully we can sign him before the date, but if not i hope we pay what he deserves

Posted by: capsfan387 | July 9, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

First things first – First-round draft picks in attendance this week are: Anton
Gustafsson (2008), John Carlson (2008) and Joe Finley (2005). Making an impression – Six players who attended last summer’s development camp ended up playing for the Capitals in 2008-09. Karl Alzner (30 games), Simeon Varlamov (six regular season games and 13 playoff games), Jay Beagle (three regular season games and four playoff games), Michal Neuvirth (five games), Oskar Osala (two games) and Andrew Gordon (one game) all saw action in Washington last season after spending a week last summer at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.


Ring it up – Francois Bouchard, John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault played for
Washington’s AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears last season and helped the club
with their 10th Calder Cup and second in the last four years. Braden Holtby
practiced with the Bears throughout their playoff run. Josh Godfrey won a Kelly
Cup in June with Washington’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays.
Andrew Glass, who the Caps drafted in 2007, won the NCAA championship with
Boston University at the Verizon Center in April. Stefan Della Rovere, who the
Caps took in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, was a member of Canada’s
gold-medal winning World Junior Championship team.


Lots of letters – There is a lot of leadership in the dressing room this week. Ten of the camp attendees either wore a letter for their club last season or will wear one in the upcoming season.


17 to 24 – Similar to an NHL roster, there is some age disparity between those attending camp this week. Recent draftee Garrett Mitchell (born Sept. 2, 1991) is 17 and is the youngest player this week. On the flip side is Zach Miskovic, who turned 24 on May 8 after finishing a four-year college career at St. Lawrence.


Happy birthday – Andrew Glass, who recently completed his freshman year at Boston University, will turn 20 on Tuesday of camp. Dmitri Orlov, who the Caps took in the second round of the 2009 draft, will celebrate his 18th birthday on July 23.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope we bring Jurcina back. I really like how he played down the stretch and hopefully he will improve and be one of our better defenseman. lets hope that Morrison and Schultz get traded or arent brought back.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | July 9, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan5252: Don't worry, when Jurcina filed for arbitration, he basically said he will play for the Caps but thinks he is worth more than what he was offered by the Qualifying Offer. Now, he is not on the RFA table. So, he will be playing for the Caps, it's just a matter of how much they will pay him.

Posted by: DrCapsFan11 | July 9, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

yeah i know DrCapsFan11 I just hate that some Caps fans dont want him back. I dont know what they are smoking. He was one of our best defensemen in the playoffs. Lets just hope Alzner and Carlson can step up and play well this year.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | July 9, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Ok... Arbitration hearing...


Jurcina: Hello, I want a raise.
Arbitrator: Why do you think you deserve one?
Jurcina: Erskine.
Arbitrator: Thats a very strong case.
Capitals: Ahem, your arbitratorship?
Arbitrator: Shut it. Ruling Jurcina $1.4M.

Posted by: JSchon | July 9, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

On good information I know that Japers is having a mock arbitration posted tomorrow morning.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | July 9, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Saku Koivu in Anaheim. I wish he was wearing the Caps red, white, and blue instead.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | July 9, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

@freakinandpeakin

Told you Komisarek would get over $4M.

Posted by: JSchon | July 9, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how much he has left in his tank but I would have liked to see the Caps go after Rob Blake if they had some money left under the cap, much more so than another finnesse player like Koivu.

Posted by: joek443 | July 9, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Rob Blake physical? He's big but hardly physical comparative to his size. 66 Hits last season, Mike Green had 86, Jeff Schultz 53. Rob Blake is puck mover, a very big one, always has been. Koivu has more in his tank than Blake in his, imo. Koivu would've been great centering Flash and Semin.

Posted by: JSchon | July 9, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

JSchon,

Rob Blake in his prime was the second best open ice hitter in hockey, second only to Scott Stevens. He WAS a physical defenseman.

Posted by: joek443 | July 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The guy that I would love to see step up and make the team that no one has mentioned recently is Finly, 6'7" and 240, and loves to hit people. Could be the guy we are missing, but like many of recent draft picks missed a lot of time last year with a concussion, but he could the hitter we lack on the blue line.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

The guy that I would love to see step up and make the team that no one has mentioned recently is Finly, 6'7" and 240, and loves to hit people. Could be the guy we are missing, but like many of recent draft picks missed a lot of time last year with a concussion, but he could the hitter we lack on the blue line.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 9, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't know when "hit" became official stat in hockey but like so many stats, it's just another useless stat.

do we really need to count the hits to see who and what teams are physical? LOL Mike Green will NEVER be the physical defenseman that Rob Blake was in his prime, it's not his game.

Posted by: joek443 | July 9, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

JSchon,

Rob Blake in his prime was the second best open ice hitter in hockey, second only to Scott Stevens. He WAS a physical defenseman.

Posted by: joek443 | July 9, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Exactly Joek. Its comments like that which make me question some of the knowledge on this board. To even question Rob Blake as a physical defenseman shows me JSchon never watched him play in his prime. Blake was a big open ice hitter and usually the most physical defenseman on every team he played.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 9, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok... Arbitration hearing...


Jurcina: Hello, I want a raise.
Arbitrator: Why do you think you deserve one?
Jurcina: Erskine.
Arbitrator: Thats a very strong case.
Capitals: Ahem, your arbitratorship?
Arbitrator: Shut it. Ruling Jurcina $1.4M.

Posted by: JSchon | July 9, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

considering Erskine actually played well, this isn't that clever. Replace Erskine with Poti and you may have the semblance of a cute skit.

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 9, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

rob blake re-signed with the sharks so forget that idea. i dont think he would've fit in anyways

Posted by: capsfan387 | July 9, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

McKee signed with the Pens for 800K. Not bad at all. If he doesn't do good, put him in the AHL or give him away.

That would have been nice.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Blake would have been awesome, salary cap issues aside. I don't watch a lot of Sharks hockey, but he went 10-35=45 last year. Not bad at all for a 39 year old.

I don't want to get in between all this, but I am just going to say that Blake is considered one of the better open ice-hitters ever... To suggest otherwise is sort of weird.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

hahahaha... this cstanton guy takes a dead serious approach to his internet hockey talk. He means serious business... hahahahaha

Posted by: tmac2yao | July 10, 2009 1:50 AM | Report abuse

It seems funny to me at times the amount of grief that I read here about OTH players like NYLS etc that we have brought in and then our knowledgable writers says things like "in his prime" in relation to wishing a player were on our roster. Just an observation

Posted by: CapCenterholdover | July 10, 2009 6:29 AM | Report abuse

I will pay Jurcina $5 for every bone-crushing hit he lays next year. Arbitrate that!

Posted by: SA-Town | July 10, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Exactly Joek. Its comments like that which make me question some of the knowledge on this board. To even question Rob Blake as a physical defenseman shows me JSchon never watched him play in his prime. Blake was a big open ice hitter and usually the most physical defenseman on every team he played.

Posted by: cstanton1

In High School English Class we all learned the conjugation of words. One of the irregular conjugations is the word "be". The present tense of the 3rd person present being "IS" as in "He is a hard hitting defenseman." The 3rd person past tense being "WAS" as in "He was a hard hitting defenseman."

Past tense indicatess that the condition is not a current, or present tense case.

So, now the case of Mr. Blake who WAS a hard hitting defenseman but is no longer. If the need IS for a hard hitting defenseman, why would you want a man who WAS one but is no longer?

Posted by: Greg S. | July 10, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

"considering Erskine actually played well, this isn't that clever."

At the time of the contract extension- he was not, in fact, playing well. Ironically, he seemed to earn his contract after he signed it, not before.

Posted by: Fro_ | July 10, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

McKee signed with the Pens for 800K. Not bad at all. If he doesn't do good, put him in the AHL or give him away. That would have been nice.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 9, 2009 11:37 PM |

Where is this confirmed? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as of this morning says he's still talking to a bunch of teams. I would be SALTY if we pass up on signing McKee if he's available for $800,000! Trade to make room!

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

"We" meaning the Caps, of course. Let there be no confusion on that.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Joe Finley was a stud at North Dakota(?) and the captain, I believe. I know he had a concussion last year, but if he or Carlson and Alzner can take the next step, then not signing a d-man or trading for Pronger is a shrewd move. The pipeline from the minors is starting to pump out players. It's nice to see that finally.

Posted by: jmurray019 | July 10, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

If Jurcina is brought back I would hope that he and Alzner get paired up for good. I am sure everyone remembers how much Alzner elevated Jurcina's game. I cannot identify why, some players just work well together. We do need more experience on the back line but as far as young talent that the Caps are trying to sort out on the blueline, I don't think another team has more potential NHL regulars. That may bode well for our Caps come the trade deadline next March. We may end up seeing an Alzner, Carlson, or Finley go for a proven S@H playoff performer. That is assuming we are able to shed some salary with the movement of Theo at that point. Hopefully Theo has a good enough season that someone wants to take him off our hands for a 4mil defenseman, or a draft pick, and then the Caps use the newly under the cap money for a proven playoff D-man.

Next week's camp should be fun to watch. I was amazed at the talent level of the players last summer that will never touch NHL ice.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 10, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Caps have some good young defencemen but they really need a good veteran to help them out. Tampa brought in Ohlund partly because he's a good player, but also because they needed someone to mentor Hedman. I think the Caps need the same thing for Alzner, Carlson, and Godfrey when he starts playing games for them. But I don't know who's left. McKee signed with the Penguins, he would have been an alright choice. Anyone know how Zubov's surgery went? Might be the best choice left on the market and could probably get him for about $3.5/season

Posted by: Stu_c | July 10, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

*yawn* man i hate being an intern. It's so boring.

Posted by: RITdude | July 10, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

why do folks assume Alzner will be on the team?? from the stuff I was hearing about Hershey, sounds as if he needs more seasoning. guess we'll see. Juice played fine on his own down the stretch. i see no reason why he shouldn't continue to up his game next season. asctually, with Knuble willing to camp out in front of the net, maybe his rockey of a slapshot gets uncorked more and more often (with more and more success).

Posted by: doughless | July 10, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Opinions on Alzner in Hershey varied. I went up and watched games 3 and 4 of the Calder Cup finals and Alner looked solid. If ShaMo and Schultz are moved like many on here assume and or hope, Alzner will be on the Caps next season. IMO Schultz should be given a little more time because he didn't play bad, again that's my opinion. BB certainly used him a lot which means he approves of his play too. A lot of people speculated that Schultz was benched for his play in Game 1 against the Ranger, but in the end we found out he broke a rib. If he wouldn't have gotten hurt I am sure he would have been in the line-up and Sloan wouldn't have seen the ice.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 10, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

personally, i thought after coming back from his concussion, Lumberjack was our best all-around d-man.

Posted by: doughless | July 10, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

In other news I will again be live updating either the Wednesday or Thursday scrimmage from development camp. Hope to see some of you all our there.

I'd do Saturday... but I work.

Posted by: TheVampireCorndog | July 10, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

maybe it cleared his head!! ;)

Posted by: doughless | July 10, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I would have loved it if the Caps had signed Hal Gill, the defenseman for Pittsburgh. He was like a dang tree in the playoffs against the Caps.

He signed with Montreal for 2 years, $4.5 mil. The Caps could've aforded that if they traded Morisonn, Schultz, and Jurcina for future draft picks.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | July 10, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Past tense indicatess that the condition is not a current, or present tense case.

So, now the case of Mr. Blake who WAS a hard hitting defenseman but is no longer. If the need IS for a hard hitting defenseman, why would you want a man who WAS one but is no longer?

Posted by: Greg S."

Well played Greg, can't argue with that logic. Plus he doesn't like hamburgers.

Posted by: Steve_R | July 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hal Gill was guilty of interference the entire playoffs. Every time a forward entered the zone against him and dumped it to the corner to race him to the puck, because he's slower than any Capital, he would put his arms out and interfere. If he was to don a Caps jersey he'd spend too many minutes in the box. He was lucky he was wearing a Pens jersey in the playoffs.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

On Hal Gill again. I know some of you hate stats, and complaining the Pens were getting preferential treatment on penalty calls during the playoffs. Not only preferential treatment against us, but throughout the playoffs. Here's a little nugget for you. Hal Gill played 80 regular season games with the Pens over the end of the 07-08 season and 08-09 season. In those games during the regular season he averaged .8625 PIMs a game. That is pretty par for the course for his career for the regular season, and the playoffs when he played for teams other than the Pens. Now, with the Pens the last two seasons he average only .409 PIMs a game. Now, even the Pen biased VS guys were calling him out so he was getting away with crap he has never gotten away with for any team during the regular season and the playoffs. I am happy as heck the Caps didn't pick up Gill he's a horrible defenseman. He's too slow for the "new NHL" and you will see his PIMs rise now that he's out of Pittsburgh.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 10, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

anyone who really watched the playoffs this year should admit that Jurcina was our top defenseman. Way better than Green and Poti (whatever the excuse). Erskine also played well.

Re: Schultz and his broken rib... the kid isn't tough or robust enough to play at this level yet. He's now been out of his first 2 playoff seasons. And frankly, broken rib or no broken rib, he sucked even when he was healthy. I don't think having a healthy Schultz in the playoffs would have changed any outcomes. In fact if he ended up taking time away from Erskine we would have been worse off.

Also thought Mo did a damn good job esp against the Rangers. Go back and watch tape if you can, he was dominating along the boards and he, Jurcina and Erskine really stood upto the Rangers forecheck

Posted by: cstanton1 | July 10, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

agreed, cstanton1. i thought Pothier played pretty well considering him coming back when he did. Lumberjack, Juice, Mo, and Pots were most solid during playoffs.

Posted by: doughless | July 10, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@ fanohock

Still stings, eh?

;o)

Posted by: PensFan98 | July 10, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

mcphee could trade shultz or nylander probablty both and could get a decent second lin center

Posted by: funkyroyal38 | July 10, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I like Schultz. Would be a mistake to turn him loose this early in his career (age 23). Especially when he's so inexpensive.

Posted by: PensFan98 | July 10, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Where is this confirmed? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as of this morning says he's still talking to a bunch of teams. I would be SALTY if we pass up on signing McKee if he's available for $800,000! Trade to make room!

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 9:19 AM

Confirmed. All over NHL and TSN.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 10, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Gill is horrible.

It has nothing to do with being bitter...the dude sucks. I think any Pens fan is happy he is off their team.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 10, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Might be the best choice left on the market and could probably get him for about $3.5/season

Posted by: Stu_c | July 10, 2009 10:31 AM

I am just going to put this out there....


Salary Cap.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 10, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Someone please use that thing on top of your shoulders and between your ears.

McKee makes $4 M now. Are you serious that he'd go to $800K???

Posted by: Greg S. | July 10, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

PensFan:

my sources in the Caps organization tell me that the team is ready to DONATE Schultz to the Pens FREE OF CHARGE!!!

best of luck

Posted by: doughless | July 10, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure what you mean Greg S., but he was bought out by the Blues.

The reports are that he went for 800K, and I dont see why that is so farfetched. Pens don't have space, and McKee is on his second life here after all the injuries he went through with the Blues.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 10, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Not confirmed until 2:53 on TSN..!

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I would rather let one of the young guys play then McKee.

If we're going to get a D-Man I'd rather us go for someone who plays more like Bobby Orr.

Posted by: SA-Town | July 10, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

And I posted that comment at 3:24 PM...

Don't know if it is for 800K, but that is what the reports I read say.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 10, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

And your post referenced my post:

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 9:19 AM

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What exactly is your point?

I read reports, and I posted about it. It was not confirmed until today.

If I answered your post prior to the official confirmations, I probably would have linked you to the reports. Since I answered you after the official confirmation, I just said NHL and TSN.

move on...

Posted by: richmondphil | July 10, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

No! I won't move on!

Yeah, I don't care. Just bored at work. I think McKee would have been a good fit, though.

Also, it's funny to see the jerks on here clamoring for a veteran, physical stay-at-home defender. Then when somebody brings up Jay McKee, who is just that, it's "lol he sucks and is hurt lol" And then the Stanley Cup champions (blech) decide he's good enough for THEIR team..

Posted by: thiazzi | July 10, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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