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Knuble set to return

Amid all the bad news regarding injuries this morning, there was a positive development for the Caps: Mike Knuble said he's going to return to the lineup after missing a month with a broken finger.

Including the Minnesota game (he was hurt in the first period), the Caps went 8-3-2 without the rugged winger. But there have certainly been times during that stretch where Knuble's net presence and leadership have been missed. Wednesday's lackluster 3-0 loss in Buffalo is a great example.

Knuble said he's excited to be back, but added that he anticipates needing a few games to get back up to speed.

"You really have to play your way back into it a little bit," he said. "As a player, you have to keep it simple. You have to move your feet, just skate, and let everything else just kind of happen. You're fooling yourself if you think you can just jump back into the best league in the world after you miss time."

Knuble also said that his finger is still sore after having six screws and a plate inserted during surgery, and that he'll wear some additional padding on his glove (and perhaps a splint) to ensure that he doesn't re-injure the digit.

"It does still [hurt]," he said. "And it's going to for a while. But it's not enough to keep me out. The break, it would be really tough to fix if this repair breaks a part, you know? That's why it took so long and we waited a little bit longer."

When asked whether it affects his stickhandling or shot, he said it does to an extent. But he also cracked that when you make a living "whacking and hacking at the puck" it shouldn't hinder him too much.

"I don't get a ton of shots, anyways," he said.

Bruce Boudreau didn't show his forward combinations during the morning skate, so it's unclear who Knuble's linemates will be tonight against the Hurricanes. But the coach did say that he will keep tabs on the veteran winger's minutes.

"He's worked really hard [but] nothing is like a game," Boudreau said. "Nothing is like a game [but] we'll try to control his minutes. He's a big-bodied guy that we've missed ... and we're glad to have him back in the lineup."

A couple more notes from this morning:

Boudreau confirmed that Mathieu Perreault got food poisoning in Tampa. The rookie is expected to be back in the lineup tonight.

"I think it was raw and Japanese," he said. "You can figure it out."

Guess he's not a fan of sushi.

It also looks like Matt Bradley and Tyler Sloan are going to be scratches.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 11, 2009; 12:32 PM ET
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Both 85 & 22 should provide some good effort & energy.

Posted by: uncatim | December 11, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 11, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Poor Perrault...I got food poisoning from sushi a few weeks ago and was in the emergency room from dehydration and constant passing out! Glad he is feeling players are sure tough!

Posted by: capscoach | December 11, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

As a very long time fan, this is the best team we have had since 1986. It is probably better. It does suffer from the same Achilles heel though - lack of a stellar goaltender. In 85 - 86 it was a past his prime Peeters and Al Jensen. The only reason those guys shared #1 duty was the three hall of famers in front of them. Hopefully Varly heals up soon and develops into a certified all star. Enjoy the ride. Oh and this team doesn't have Dave Christian as its leading goal scorer.

Posted by: sailchef1 | December 11, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse was just food poisoning. Get an IV and some antivert and strap them on my lad. Just kidding. Food poisoning is just horrible. Glad your back 8.5

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 11, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread (beating a dead horse, I know) - Kelley claims that he originally said that Ovi intended to hit Gleason in the head with his shoulder. Actually, what he said originally was that Ovi intended to hit Gleason with his elbow. In fact, Ovi never raised his elbow. If the hockey thing doesn't work out, Kelley can have a great career on Fox News.

Posted by: zmega | December 11, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Could we refrain from bringing political views into a hockey blog zmega? Just saying....

Posted by: PhilR | December 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

tarik --

do you mean sloan and pothier as the scratches?? w/o bradley in we only have 11 forwards

p.s. any update on that nylander guy? i take it he cleared waivers for december

Posted by: sexypills03 | December 11, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@ PhilR - probably not.

Posted by: zmega | December 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't eating raw fish designed for being stranded on a desert island?

Posted by: Bartolo1 | December 11, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I want to officialy discuss the split up of OVi and top linemates. We've had an ongoing discussion here about Semin (keep him, or trade him), and I want to add and this OVi debate thread. I'm not just bringing this up because of last nights game. This is a feeling I've had now for some time, after carefully watching our team mature over the last few seasons and grow talent around the grt8, yet experience early playoff exits.

Tarik, please take notice. Hopefully you will write something about it so it gets some attention by the Capitals coaching staff.

For the better of team success, and at the possible expense of not winning the INDIVIDUAL scoring race, BB needs to pair Ovechkin with someone other than Semin, Backy, or Morrison. OVi can be centered by Perrault, Steckle, or Clark. OV is in a completely different league on his own. HE DOES NOT NEED TALENT AROUND HIM TO SCORE GOALS! Look at his offensive production when he was with Clark and Zubrious a few years back. Nothing to be ashamed of. Spreading the talent around will make the caps unstoppable IMO. Not stacking them up to serve OV, or to have the most dominant single line in hockey. We have the luxery of having the most talented player in the game, who doesn't need talent around him to score, and from his play elevates those around. Why not take full advantage?

Think about it. BB can still give him 20-23 minutes a game.

Line Combos for a Stanley Cup run- (note, the order means nothing)

1. Semin, Backstrom, Laich
2. Flash, Morrison, Fehr
3. OVi, Perrault/Steckle, Bradley/Clark/Beagle
4. Lang/Sloan, + odd man out line 3.

As for defensive pairings, I'd put the more defensive pair with line 3, but do we really have a more defensive talented pair anyway?

The combos I suggested I believe will produce a legitament, Pittsburg Penguin/Detroit Red Wing 'esk multi-line threat. A threat that can't be mitigated by playing some defensive trap, or by shadowing a player or two, or by a hot goalie.

The combos above will NOT help OVi collect hardware awards, including MVP. He would most likely loose to another hot winger, or Crosby or Malkin.


Now, fellow Caps fans, which would you prefer? Team success vs. OVi success? I know most of you will answer Team. But just really think it through. Everyone wants to see OVi do his thing, including me. Could we tolerate OVi doing his thing to the degree of 35-40 goals vs. 55-60? Same thing in playoffs. Less points individually. Less attention. Could we tolerate that?


Lets remember folks that he is a winger, not a Center. His job is to score when on the ice. But not be over-servred or catered to for individual awards. He is 'A' weapon on our team, and not THE single weapon, as was the case a few years ago.


Posted by: floms | December 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse


Didn't this get posted a few days ago?

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 11, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse


where's knuble? second, you want your best players to get the most ice time. Why would you want the best player in the world playing 11-15 (or whatever 3rd liners play) minutes a game

I'm fine with a different perspective and opinion, but personally i don't agree with it and second, i don't think it would ever happen IMO

Posted by: _stevo | December 11, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

He's posted it a couple of times -- overwhelming response was that it was a somewhat ridiculous post and that what BB has been doing is obviously working - stupid to overhaul the highest rated offense in hockey.

Also don't remember seeing "floms" before but could be mistaken about that - I'm starting to think he's trolling.

Posted by: hook99 | December 11, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse


I agree totally. You don't want to have Steckel get more ice time than either Backstrom or Morrison. You always want your best to have the most ice time. Plus, who says we don't already have a RedWing-esque depth in scoring. Dumb idea.

Posted by: luckyute | December 11, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear 85 is back. Never understood the fixation with sushi with people. Talk about the worst food to eat raw in terms of health. I worked in a seafood restaurant a long time ago and literally had to take classes on what bad seafood can do to a person. Yuck. I'll never touch the stuff...I know too much.

Posted by: southside721 | December 11, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else get to hear the interview with Phil Esposito on NHL Home Ice yesterday around 5pm or so? I'll tell you what, he flat out said that Gordie Howe would have been suspended all the time if he played now. He said with all the camera angles, and game reviews, in which suspensions can be handed out even if a penalty wasn't call, he would have been sitting a lot. Esposito said you could be gliding behind the play and if Howe noticed the officials weren't looking he would give a vicious elbow to the chops, for no good reason, just to intimidate.

He also told a story about him getting ready to take a face-off against a young kid who had been flying around (I forget what the situation was, all-star, exhibition, I honestly can't remember) and Howe jokingly told the kid he should slow down. The kid said, what's the problem old man, you can't keep up? Esposito said the face-off was one, he heard a little scrap, turned around and the kid was holding his crotch on the ice. Esposito asked what he did and Howe said he speared him in the balls. Then Howe skated by the bench and asked if anyone else wanted some, and they replied, no Mr. Howe. One last one was a story about a young player putting the puck between Howe's legs at practice when Howe wasn't paying attention. The next time the kid passed by he clipped him for 10 stiches and told him never to embarrass him again.

Anyhow, I just found the stories interesting so I thought I would share them here. I guess our goons of today couldn't hack it with our Hall of Famers from the past.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 11, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

You wnat to give BB some suggestions on how to run his team, the team on top of the NHL standings at the present moment because why? No team is going to win and/or dominate every single night...not even our beloved Caps. Just relax, let BB do his thing, that's why he is where he is and we are where we are.

And you really think that if Tarik writes about it BB is going to say...holy S*&^...why didn't I think of that? No offense Tarik! That is all BB thinks about. Sit back, enjoy the games and cheer your team on...that's what fans do!

Posted by: moet5 | December 11, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Also don't remember seeing "floms" before but could be mistaken about that - I'm starting to think he's trolling.

Posted by: hook99 | December 11, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Bingo. Move him to the doofus brigade. We can now ignore.

Posted by: Sonyask | December 11, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

It is called thge Gordie Howe hat trick for a reaeson...

Posted by: rovingbandit | December 11, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow, seems like so much has gone on this week since the horn blew in Tampa, with the injuries, call-ups/send-downs, babies. And that abomination of an effort in Buffalo. I think the boys are going to be very happy to get on the home ice and just play hockey tonight. Predicting an inspired performance and statement win.

Posted by: LouLewis | December 11, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

what? why would'nt you give tonight's start to Neuvy? you're gonna make him play in a hostile crowd at toronto? ;(

Posted by: rachel216 | December 11, 2009 2:41 PM | Report abuse

That's at least the 3rd time I've seen floms' post. It was lengthy, painful trash the 1st time I read it and doesn't get any better over time. There have been plenty of replies that clearly stated the multitude of reasons why it's stupid, he's just being a d-bag now. Go back under the bridge!

Posted by: Chad8 | December 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@zmega...I thought Kelly's reporting was more like Keith Ubermoron on MSNBC!

Posted by: boomer44 | December 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

@ floms

Your nuts.........your nuts.......your nuts......your nuts.......your nuts....

I think I have seen your post 5 times now.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 11, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Dear floms,


Posted by: snakegriffin | December 11, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

If each line got equal playing time then I think floms idea has merit. Then the opposition would have to decide which line was the greatest threat.

I do think that OV and Semin should be on different lines. If I was King I would play OV, BMo, and Laich on a line and put Knuble, Semin, and Backstrom on a line. Third line would be Perrault, Flash and Fehr, and fourth line would be Bradley, Clark and Steckel.

I thought it was hilarious that flom thinks that if we all banded together and demanded it that BB would listen to us.

Only four more hours ...

Posted by: fatboy08 | December 11, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Floms - I posted a comment with my thoughts the first (?) time you posted this today. Enough already with the spamming.

Posted by: CapsChick | December 11, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

"whose on the ice"
Consider yourself whacked upside the head with a style manual.

Posted by: OvechkinFan92801 | December 11, 2009 10:57 AM


Ummmm, no.

May I see your Posting license & Blog registration please?

Do you know why I stopped you?

Tarik is correct here, as the word "Who's" (with an apostrophe) is a contraction of "who is". Thus, his sentence works, given the context.

"Whose", on the other hand, is a possessive pronoun, e.g.:

"...And take back one Kaddham to honor the Hebrew God whose [artifact] this is..."

(BONUS QUESTION: In what film was that line spoken?)

I'm afraid I'll have to cite you for one count of giving erroneous grammatical advice. I must also cite you for one count of impersonating a Grammar Enforcement Officer.

Without admitting guilt, please sign your name on line #24; your court date is shown on the reverse of the citation. Have a nice day.

The ***Real*** Grammar Police....

(Düüüde! I'm JOKING!)

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse


Raiders baby, Raiders. It's currently 1 of 2 movies I still own on VHS. The other? Slapshot, of course.

Posted by: Fro_ | December 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1: I'll pass along another story I heard one time. Howe, at the end of his career, skated up the ice with the puck when a young whippersnapper reached out and poke checked the puck away. Howe turned instantly and cracked his stick over the young player's gloves and took the puck back.

"Don't you ever do that to me again," Howe then told Wayne Gretzky.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 11, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Headed off to the Dewar's Club for unlimited booze, food and Capitals Hockey! Go CAPS!

Posted by: snakegriffin | December 11, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Headed to a crappy bar near Baltimore where the game will be shown on the smallest screen in the place (only because I ask to see it) and probably without sound. Blower! But still, GO CAPS!

Posted by: Chad8 | December 11, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

If Bradley & Sloan are scratches and Aucoin & Giroux were sent back down, doesn't that leave us one forward short?

I assumed I just forgot someone, but after writing down lines on sticky notes for ten minutes, now my head hurts... help?

Posted by: jay-17 | December 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Did you get to see that "Sports Jobs" show on Versus yet, the episode featuring the Caps? Your boy Mikey has a speaking role in it. ;-)
He is a cutie (though I'm old enough to be his mom).

Posted by: tess2201 | December 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The Gordie Howe hat trick myth. Gordie Howe only had 2 career Goal, Assist, Fight games. Shanni has about 15. Not really sure how the Howe myth became a stat.

As for putting OVI on the 3rd line.
#1 please stop the same long winded post every day
#2 floms=Cheif(or whatever his name is)
#3 Ovi is a finisher and thus needs a quality assist player on his line(backstrom and Bmo)

Rhino40 good timing on the Raiders pull.
snakes why did have to be snakes.
Asps very deadly. You go first

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 11, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse


It is from the inscription on the head piece to the staff of Rah that is used to locate the Well of Souls. The final resting place of The Ark of the Covenant!

Posted by: eorr53 | December 11, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the crack CI crew figured out that @floms is a troll (probably one we know well with a new name) -- we'll probably see this post from now through the end of the regular season, a la last year's "21 game salute" or whatever the heck it was. The only intent is to stir emotion and waste time.

Pests are persistent. Time to start ignoring.

Posted by: Sonyask | December 11, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

that was windjammer with the 21 game home stretch
i'd welcome him back over some of these others

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 11, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse


Can you say cougar? :D

Posted by: Greg S. | December 11, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL, Greg!
If I'd go for a younger man, I wouldn't go THAT young. That would be too weird.

Posted by: tess2201 | December 11, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

well varly being out just SUCKS! I hope theo plays like he wants it like in the beginning of the season.
I am goin to have to agree with you on that one but maybe have him play with a little better players than stecks or beagle.I'm not knocking those players,i think there both awesome but ovi does need a little better talent around him than that.I think maybe like ovi,flash,bmonwould be a little better.allthough,i do agree with you still that we need to break up the top talent and spread it around.In the other hand though,whatever BB has been doin must be working cause the caps are the best in the NHL so whatever.I love the caps no matter how they line up but i do see your point.GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | December 11, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Love the stories about Howe--especially his giving an attitude adjustment to that young whippersnapper Gretsky.

Ignored the kook Floms. Posting the same badly written and ludicrous post thread after thread is really tiresome. So I've been skipping it--especially once I saw he had Ovi on the 3rd line.

Finally, regarding Kelley, the once notable but now hack journalist in the twilight of his career. In my email I told him that trying to argue intent to injure by suggesting that Ovi was attempting to his head with shoulder (which he conveniently changed from elbow) was ridiculous. No one including the refs on the ice was calling Ovi's knee-on-knee an intentional head shot gone wrong. Only Kelley has made that assertion. I told him that thirty years of commenting on hockey did not make him immune from factual and interpretive falsehoods. Indeed that I thought that his piece was a journalistic "drive by shooting" of Ovi and that he needed to take responsibility for his words because he crossed the line in the ethics of journalism. That he KNEW better than writing such irresponsible junk and that's why he was being so defensive now about the piece. Also told him he needed to be as courteous to Ted as he was being to Kelley. Whatever reputation Kelley had has been severely damaged as far as I'm concerned.


Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 11, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Fro_ for being first to respond correctly.

Honorable mention:

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 11, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse


You're right. Kelley is most certainly in the doofus brigade right alongside Cherry.

I love how the Russian coach who was over here to watch the Russian players in games called Ovechkin half Canadian in his game, that he is that unique of a player. And the myriad North American commentators over here think he's to the right of Genghis Khan.

All this tells me is that we are really lucky to have such a unique once-in-a-generation athlete such as Ovi whose particular passionate style bridges the divide between the European and North American style of hockey. Ovechkin epitomizes NHL hockey.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 11, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Cat 1 Hurricanes heading to town. Better run to the store for beer and chips.

Will be glad to have Obi Wan Knubie back out there.

Posted by: Steakum | December 11, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Apologize for the multiple posings. Had a technical problem. The threads weren't updating so i wasn't sure if it was a problem with that specific thread.

Not trolling. Just want to have a discussion on how we can tweak the team for better success in the post season. Like I said, its kind of along the lines of the Semin debate, where there are going to be fans being on both sides of the fense.

To those of you who disagree with spreading around the talent, and that BB doesn't have to change anything because we're #1, that's fine. In fact I love watching OV play more minutes per game as well. I really don't care if they exit early in the playoffs every year because I'm content with the joy they bring in the regular season. They're fun to watch and take away some of the stink of the Skins.

My suggestion was targeted towards building a more balanced team for the playoffs, so that when we play the Pens again, we're not outshot 2 to 1 or more every game.

And if you're pointing out our record as evidence that we don't have to tweak a thing, please consider that we're 8-0 against the crummy SE division; that's 16 easy points right there. Our record against NJ is bit different (a solid defensive team with a good forecheck and stellar goalie. Kind of like the NYR of last year's playoffs, who took us to a close gm 7)

Posted by: floms | December 11, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse


I forgot--yes he's our Obi Wan Knubie. Perfect moniker.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Drop the damn puck already...LET'S GO CAPS. LET'S GO CAPS. LET'S GO CAPS.

Posted by: Jonathan6 | December 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Did you get to see that "Sports Jobs" show on Versus yet, the episode featuring the Caps? Your boy Mikey has a speaking role in it. ;-)
He is a cutie (though I'm old enough to be his mom).

Tess- I saw the preview for it like 100 times but I didn't get to see it b/c I have direct tv and don't get Versus. :/ I know he's such a cutie!

Posted by: rachel216 | December 11, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse


#1 please stop the same long winded post every day

- Accident.

#2 floms=Cheif(or whatever his name is)

- Not this person. And not SC1907 or whatever it was during last year's playoffs.

#3 Ovi is a finisher and thus needs a quality assist player on his line(backstrom and Bmo)

- He is a finisher, a starter, a mover, a shaker, a hitter, and all of the above. Note his stats with Chris Clark as his centerman a few years back. Would you call Chris Clark a 'quality assist player'? I think a lot of fans forget how good OVi was without the luxury of an allstar center.

My point is OV is a once in a lifetime player who can produce on any line, in any circumstance. 10 mintues, 30 minutes a game, it doesn't matter. We should leverage this into making all our lines better by spreading the wealth as much as possible before we hit a diminishing return. And we won't find that point until we start juggling lines for more than a period or only when OV is out.

And I believe that Backs, Morrison, and OV can be on 3 different lines, and they will all be very productive. I don't think the diminishing return would occur if OV were to not be centered by Backs or Morrison. Possibly his individual numbers may slip, but the teams numbers should increase or at least because much more difficult to contain in the playoffs.

Posted by: floms | December 11, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse


This is a much better posting than that other one. I don't have a problem with tweaking and making other changes to the lineup including the trading of some of the players in preparation for the playoffs. Frankly I expect it. I also don't think it's a given that we will be facing the Pens. The Devils are also very strong. And who knows which other team can suddenly surge. I do expect us to push through the playoffs this season if we keep playing as well as we have.

In general my impression about our needs are not so much offensive power--BB has always made it clear that he wants three better yet four lines with offensive threats--but defensive consistency. In our strong games this season I saw how we can be disciplined and consistent in our defense, how the forwards came back for a more defensive role if our d-man is on the offensive. We controlled the puck so very well--especially on the rebounds if there was one, just picked that puck up and moved it down the ice. We looked so much more in control of the game's momentum.

I think this is where we need to improve our game--be disciplined with our defense when pressed by a better team or a hot team. We need to be more than just a run-and-gun team with scary offensive threats.

Now I believe this is exactly what our team has been doing this season, with some hiccups--all teams have them. And that is why we are at the top of the league. We need to learn how to be the hunted instead of the hunter (I thought that was a very astute observation of BBs). We are not use to be the number one team in the league even though many teams are nipping at our heels and we surely will relinquish and regain this lead over the long haul of the season.

So Floms does this satisfy? I am happy with the team but absolutely expect further changes. And honing and improving and maturing the defensive play by all of the Caps.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 11, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I just don't like when they have Ovi, Backie and Semin all together. I think that is too much of the same thing. Either put BMO at center with the two Russians or have Knuble w/Ovi & Backie. Then you mix & match Laich, Fehr, Flash and 85 to make three potent lines. The secret for me is getting Laich, Knuble and Fehr on three different lines so each line has a sniper, passer and net crasher.

BTW, Hurricanes earlier were downgraded to tropical depressions. Hope they don't regenerate tonight.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 11, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

i understand what you're saying. the problem is that you don't tinker or experiment with lines during the season. to have consistency you need to go with what is working. pre-season and injuries (which we have plenty of) would be the time to try some new things to see if they work. ovi does need someone that can put the puck right on the tape of his stick - he does not produce all of those points on his talent alone.
being a productive line is not as simple as putting at least one talented player on each line - these guys get to know each other on the ice and what to expect from their linemate. with enough time your line suggestions might work - but 'chemistry' does not just happen - it takes time.

HE DOES NOT NEED TALENT AROUND HIM TO SCORE GOALS! Look at his offensive production when he was with Clark and Zubrious a few years back

perreault and steckel today are not clark and zubrus from a few years ago.

i could never see ovi and steckel on the same line for any length of time as their styles and strenghts don't seem to compliment each other.

i trust BB knows what he's doing with his lines

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 11, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Ovi says he and Semin read each other perfectly. I like the Ovi, Semin, Backie line.

Posted by: Steakum | December 11, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Ovi, Backs, Semin line works. Why change if it works.

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