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Kozlov set to return?

Viktor Kozlov is on the ice this morning after missing Sunday's game with a lingering groin muscle injury. I don't see a call-up from Hershey out there, so I'm assuming that means the Unsung Russian will be ready to return tonight against Carolina.

I'll have more after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 3, 2009; 10:09 AM ET
 
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Yes, the Ungung Russian who so many wanted gone a couple months ago. Here is hoping that we can keep him for another year.

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

...or is Bill Guerin on his way? LOL
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: fauxrumors | March 3, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Yes, the Ungung Russian who so many wanted gone a couple months ago.

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:15 AM

If still do, particularly if he puts a goose egg up (again) in the playoffs.

Posted by: Section117 | March 3, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

T & K

Tea and Krumpets.

Thanks for the work, we depend on you. Can't wait to read what you put up during the playoffs.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Oops, "unsung" sounds so much better than "Ungung". Stupid fingers.

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

*If still do

Or I still do, whichever.

Posted by: Section117 | March 3, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

From last post:

@kittypawz

We can afford to bring in two players with an annual salary of $4million. Each of their cap hits for the remainder of the season would be around $800K. And we have $1.7 mill in cap space available, but we have to send a player away in any deal we make bc we are at the 50 player limit. So we basically have around $2million in cap space to work with.

Posted by: ThePat | March 3, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

refreshing, Faux.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Good news -- Koz really fits better than anyone else on that top line.

@ Kitty -- I think you are right. No moving Nyle's contract and roster spot basically means the Caps are stuck with the spinning Swede

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 3, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

re: Backstrom

For the ones supporting his coming to the Caps... can you enlighten me on who would you give away / and how to deal salary issues? You surely don't believe that MIN would just trade him for Theo now, do you?

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS

If that's the case look for him to be a healthy scratch for much of the rest of the season, and do you think GMGM will buy out his remaining after the season is over?

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 3, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat: Thanks for that, that helps. Let's assume Mo goes in a deal (if we drop a player and Nyles won't waive his NTC, he's the best candidate), there's still not enough for Pronger, Guerin, or Kaberle.

As I stated in previous thread, not really interested in Kaberle anyway. He's a PP quarterback, and we need a PK'er more than a PP dude. (Our powerplay is crazy good already.) Plus his asking price will be too rich for our blood.

I still think we need D or G more than a RW, which is why the Guerin trade makes me scratch my head.

Me? I like the Backstrom trade idea, the more I think about it - we do need a top-notch goalie, and while Theo is good, I'm not convinced he's good enough. Backstrom probably is.

I'd be good with either Pronger or Morris, and if we don't get Progner, I hope he stays where he is.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

You know what's funny - all the people that bash the players in the Capitals organization instead of supporting them.
Keep fueling the fire... these kids will prove you wrong.
I hope they don't change a thing on this team and win the whole fricken thing. Then, it will prove what a bunch of dumba$$ses that post on this site.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@ Dizzy -- I hope not cuz part of the buyout counts against the cap and the Caps get nothing in return. Let's hope life in limbo pushes Nyles to reconsider his opposition to being traded. He simply does not fit into the Cap's system

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 3, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I am not a dumba$$.

But you know best, so we all defer to your higher eschelon of thought.

and comment.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

dork, putz, nerd, goofball - yes

dumba$$, not so much.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

WhyGo, you're not bashing anyone... a lil strange, yes, but not a dumba$$.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I'm still waiting for Schultz to prove my dumba$$ wrong...

Posted by: tURBO8 | March 3, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

828 - did you watch the florida game? do you honestly think we can win it all with this set of D? I sure dont.


Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@ Dizzy -- I hope not cuz part of the buyout counts against the cap and the Caps get nothing in return. Let's hope life in limbo pushes Nyles to reconsider his opposition to being traded. He simply does not fit into the Cap's system

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 3, 2009 10:29 AM

At this point, I have to think that Nylander would be willing to be moved as he can't be happy here, not playing. At this point, I'd guess that his remaining contract is a bigger obstacle to getting something done than his NMC.

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

OK, you can come out of your room now, detention over.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Guerin is going to be traded to the Caps and then packaged with someone else and moved and actually never plays for the caps.....just a theory.

Posted by: RichC3 | March 3, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@mauree: No. Minnesota has a solid #2 in Josh Harding and doesn't need a goalie. What they need and will be looking for in any trade will be offense. His cap hit is 3.1 (thank you nhlnumbers.com) - and if we send away Morrisonn and Tomas Fleischmann, I think we'd be good.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I think Nyls is still a good player. I wish that I understood why he has not come back after the surgery last year to be the player he was before. Perhaps the role that the team needs him to fill right now is not a fit, but there has to be more to it. A guy that is that talented should not be in the funk that he is in for as long as he has been. I look ahead to next year and wonder who our second line center is going to be. Maybe that is too far out to be looking right now. Is he so damaged with us that it will take a fresh start somewhere else for him to recover?

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

@kittypawz

Nooooooo not the Flash! :-)

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 3, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

capsfansince74,
I did watch the Florida game... what's your point. Is Detroit going to win it all or go deep into the playoffs - they just got beat by Nashville 8-0. Those games happen. Florida wanted it more as they just got hammered by NJ.
And yes, I do believe we can win with this set of D... with our record and our record against the East, I have no reason to believe why we can't. Last I checked, they had 3 PP goals early in the game. So, my advice - stay out of the box.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Although the situation is much different, GMGM did an excellent job at the trade deadline last year. While past performance is no guarantee of future results, I think GMGMG will pleasantly surprise us and do a good job again this year. He keeps things pretty quiet until they are completed, so let's wait patiently. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

Posted by: TrackCollector | March 3, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

@_Mark

2nd line center... I would think they would bring up Giroux or Aucoin next year if Feds doesn't get a deal.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 3, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

that's what I thought, and I disagree :D
If we have to give up Flash, I'd rather want Pronger than Backstrom. Unfortunately I don't think either of them will come here.

GMGM is probably looking at Guerin and Dandenault not to give up our young talent.

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Kitty - It has been pointed out over and over that Nyls has told the Caps he is willing to waive his NMC. Does that mean we will get something done? Heck, he may have told them that he will only waive it to go to Chicago for all we know.

I still think he is gone. He wants to play. That won't happen here.

I also don't get your fixation with Backstrom from MN. We need defense more than a goalie.

Pronger/DeVries/Bouw/Morris puts us in the conference finals at least. I don't think Backstrom does that for us.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | March 3, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

828,
You are not alone in believing that the team and individuals on it are not so bad as some here portray. I too think that we can make it pretty far with our young D. The team could be improved, but they are pretty good as they stand right now. I hope that your frustration with some of the doom and gloomers on here does not send you away on another hiatus.

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

waitingsince75

is Morris that good? He's -13 this year. I just don't know him well enough.

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

And Flash and Mo for a rental is ridiculous.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | March 3, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Morris is a good stay at home guy who makes the first pass and is great in the corners, just like DeVries.

Both are unsung and very possible. Good fits on this team.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | March 3, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I thought the Minnesota fixation was supposed to be......... Clutterbuck!

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

828, with all due respect, look at the defensemen that have won the cup over the last decade. liking the boys or not, the regular season is not the playoffs. if they're a glaring deficit in the regular season they'll be more so in the playoffs. you don't have to call anyone out to admit to it. you're entitled to whichever opinion you want. I'm just not seeing what you're seeing.

Posted by: oo7 | March 3, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

When has something ever happened with GMGM that has been reported in the papers or by outlets prior to it happening?? He is always quiet.

My guess is you see Nylander sent to Vancouver for Ohlund.

Morrison and Borque sent to Colorado for Hejduk.

Again these are just total guesses because he never does something we expect or reporters report on.

Posted by: ThePat | March 3, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

We don't have to have Pronger. Look what GMGM did by signing Poti. Unsung dmen could be very productive for us in this system.

I'll tell you who I would love to see in this system. Streit from NYI. Did you guys see him last night? Very aggressive yet defensively responsible.

They are not going to trade him. But boy would he be good in this system.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | March 3, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Mark, not really frustrated - just confused as to why people are saying a 23 year old sucks... he's fricken 23! He is going to make mistakes. Heck, that's half our team.
The Caps are not in their position they are in by using other players. They are there because these guys can actually play some hockey. Sure, they get lazy and can be beat from time to time, but for the most part - they have played some pretty darn good hockey.
Heck, if some of these guys never got injured, I could see the Caps with 5+ points. That would put us tied with the 'mighty' Wings. So again, are people looking at the whole season or are they just looking at the Florida loss?
Possible franchise record for points and people want the team to change. Is great not good enough?

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Agree with the Pat -- we have no clue what GMGM will do, unless the other side leaks (which may be the Guerin case)

Yes, Nyles salary is also a part of the problem for his current production

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 3, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

A lot of assumption that Nylander is holding up a trade...but could also be that the Caps want to move nylander, but another team needs to move someone else first (i.e. Chicago).

Things could start falling like dominoes once a few large contacts get traded.

Posted by: stormblue | March 3, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

@waitingsince75

I'm with you. Adding either Morris or DeVries would be a nice little move. Personally, I'd love to see DeVries added to the PK as he brings a physical aspect that is sorely lacking with the current squad.

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 3, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

@Dizzy1205

Feds will not be here next year. He will not accept $1 to $1.5 MD and we CAN NOT afford to pay him more. He has done his job as mentor and we need the roster spot for another. I'm still surprised we gave him $4MD this year. Look for him to retire.

Posted by: TrackCollector | March 3, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

richC3:
exactly, multiple trades. more creativity with a cap pressed above your head.
conspiracies are my favorite.

Posted by: oo7 | March 3, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

_Mark, Another day, another obsession with a Minnesotan. But I did get a good chuckle out of the game the other day. He actually had two really good chances, but Roloson was on his game.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 3, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

oo7,
Well, my job is not to coach these guys. I TRUST in BB that he will figure it out. Again, I have no reason to believe why he would not figure it out.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

828, I'm with you on looking at the whole season. We have stumbled a little and we are in a dogfight for second, but we are having a great season. GMGM will probably pull off a trade to improve the team, but if not, I am ready to enjoy the ride as far as our young team will take us.

Posted by: _Mark | March 3, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

At the point a player becomes overrated for being underrated, isn't that the time you sell?

Posted by: austinsteve | March 3, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Don't count Feds gone yet. So much depends on what happens this spring and this summer. Yes, his salary will have to come down, but he's gotta be aware of that too.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 3, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Fleishman and a D (Morrison?) for Kaberle?
A rumor....word of mouth

Posted by: NJNJ | March 3, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but its more than just the Florida game. our defense is just not capable at the moment of getting us there. I think this is the best caps team ever assembled, but we need a big guy on defense to clear out the front of the net. I dont think we can beat the Flyers with this team. (it pains me) I'm also not convinced that Theodore can get on a long role to win 16 games. He gives up to many long rebounds. As you mentioned, the number of penalties we take per game will kill us in a 7 game series. We seem to average 9 minors a game - pathetic.

Sure hope I'm wrong - either way though - I'm fired up for the playoffs and bought season tix for next year.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 3, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Anybody seen the rumor about Niklas Backstrom to Caps?

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 3, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@TrackCollector

Im sure that will happen as well. That is why I said look for them to bring someone up to fill in the missing center position. As much as I have posted in the past that I think Nyles is an important piece on this team it looks like BB thinks the opposite. I trust BB's Hockey sense and think maybe its time for him to be moved.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 3, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Me? I like the Backstrom trade idea, the more I think about it - we do need a top-notch goalie, and while Theo is good, I'm not convinced he's good enough. Backstrom probably is.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 10:28 AM

To everyone that's supporting this, I have two questions:

Why do you make this move with THREE goalies signed for next year (with a 4th all but on the way), with two of those guys being under 21 and have seen starts this year?

Can we move on now?

Posted by: Section117 | March 3, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@828: Hahah :) You can call me whatever you want to and it means exactly as much as anything I post.

Yeah, I'm frustrated. I want them to wake up and get it together, because it's not a question of talent, it's a question of drive,m and that's something I can't give them.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I have to run out for the rest of the afternoon, but will be watching tonight. I leave everyone with one thought that maybe has already been brought up.

Some people say our D is good enough to go far and some say the trick is for us to stay out of the penalty box. Maybe the reason we are going into the penalty box is because our D is not good enough and must do things with the wrong technique and execution.

I know we have had some strange calls, but we have also been called for a lot of hooking and holding as the other team is racing past the D.

Just a thought. Have a great afternoon!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 3, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

If we have to give up a forward going back to Toronto it will not be Flash. That is not the type of player Burke likes. Fehr, Osala, or Giroux would be that forward that Burke would want. That being said as much as I think Kaberle would help, I am with 828 and like the team the way it is. I think we could use help on the D but Nylander and Mo would be the only two current Caps that I'd move.

Posted by: ThePat | March 3, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

nevermind, saw it prev thread :-)

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 3, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

@117

see? Sometimes we agree. Now, on convincing you that Schultz sucks... (just kidding :D )

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

(@Dizzy-Collector)

Yeah, I wonder where an experienced face-off guy is on GMGM's wish list.

I agree the picture is a little dim on Fedorov and his experience next year

Posted by: austinsteve | March 3, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So, are the Caps going to be buyers this year? I'm not too sure. It depends upon the expectations of the management and owners.

If they expect The Cup this year, we're buying. We have to. The D isn't good enough now to win the cup, the goalie situation isn't good enough, and we need a crashing, banging forward.

If the expectation is that the Caps will go deep and gain experience, the only move we'd make would be if it made sense for next year. If we go to the Finals, fantastic. If we win, stupendous.

My gut tells me we're in the latter category. I don't expect much movement at all.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 3, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

capsfansince74, I am not going to get pissed if McPhee upgrades any part of the team. That is not what I am getting at. I just hope he doesn't do anything just for this year. So far, he has been pretty good thinking "long term". I don't want this exceptional season to ruin his patience.
A lot of people are half empty type people. That's not me. I believe in these guys and I believe in Theo. You can't knock it until you tried it, right? These young bucks get up for big games - I just have this feeling that they will be ready for Philly - they concern me the most, but I think we will be alright.

great comment BTW: GMGM will probably pull off a trade to improve the team, but if not, I am ready to enjoy the ride as far as our young team will take us.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

What's the upside on Guerin? Yes, a grizzled vet and good locker room guy, but he sucks this year.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

ESPN:

Let's start the morning with a Derek Morris update.

From the calls we've made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Let’s start the morning with a Derek Morris update.

From the calls we’ve made, we believe Boston, Washington and Philadelphia are the three Eastern Conference contenders in the mix for the right-handed defenseman.

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 3, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"My insiders tell me a deal is very close involving Washington & Toronto with Kaberle heading to the Caps for a 2nd round pick, Eric Fehr and Joe Finley or Sasha Pokulok."

Anyone else see this? What do you think?

Posted by: patrone | March 3, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

hehe, I am slow today...

It would suck if Morris would go to Flyers. Don't let it happen, GMGM!

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 3, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon

I think a lot of people are thinking the same thing. He was great pre lockout.. now? not so much.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 3, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

morris cost a lot. wed have to move a contract to get him.

geurin has had a bad season? more like the entire islanders team. guerin is one of few shining lights on that team.

@828, i am going to just assume that no one is actually reading your post and continuing to argue with you for no reason.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Fixation? Nah. I'm speculating because the idea amuses the hell out of me and I have nothing better to do at work today. You're getting too wrapped up in this. Take a chill pill, my friends, and appreciate the conversation for what it's worth - idle speculation to fill our need for news, nothing more.

Hell, why would the Wild want to move Backstrom? They want to keep him if they can get him to sign, but he may want to move.

I could go with Morris, too, if we can swing him. We have to move someone, though. As much fun as it is to play what-if and dream of big names, history suggests that it's the small signings that get it done, and that's what we need, right?

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

> What's the upside on Guerin?

Didn't Leonsis put an end to this rumor yesterday? He said "no Guerin."

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 3, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

@117

see? Sometimes we agree. Now, on convincing you that Schultz sucks... (just kidding :D )

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 11:04 AM


NEVER!!!!

Posted by: Section117 | March 3, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

> Hell, why would the Wild want to move Backstrom?

According to Slam, Backstrom wants too much ($6mil) and Wild can lose both Gaborik and Backstrom, they can't afford it, someone has to go.

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 3, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

My prediction:

Kaberle to the Caps for Fehr, 2nd, Lepisto

Antropov, 2nd (maybe) to the Caps for Nyls

Hamhuis (Nash) to the Caps for ShaMo

Guerin to Philly, van Riemsdyk to the Caps, Bourque, 2nd to the Isles (or something where the math works -- Guerin to Philly is the real prediction, here).

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | March 3, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"The Caps are not in their position they are in by using other players. They are there because these guys can actually play ... " - 828

AMEN!

Posted by: opita1 | March 3, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil - huh? I don't think anyone is arguing with me - just telling their side.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

ranndino:

You made the goalie argument much better than I could (2 posts back). Brilliant! For everyone who still thinks that gaps in other positions take priority over, or are just as important as, the goalie position read his post carefully.

After reading it, I am even more convinced that we cannot sustain an elite level status without a goalie who does for D the the equivalent of what Ovechkin does for the offense. And, in spite of promising prospects, all we have right now are long-term possibilities or short-term odds that Theo's brilliant side may at one point overcome his other side; the one that is prone to unpredictable melt-downs.

So do we find out by tomorrow afternoon what, if any, trades will be made?

Posted by: caraveli | March 3, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

@828 and Greg S: Realistically, as much fun as it is to reflect and dream of big names, I'll buy what you're selling. I think we make a small, long-term move, if any at all. GMGM and Ted aren't great ones for rentals, and I'm not sure a change of bodies will give us what we need most IMO. Remember, this is idle speculation for amusement's sake.

@richmondphil: True, he's near $4M. I think we have to move one anyway, though, don't we, contract limit? Maybe Mo? I dunno.

@patrone: I don't buy Kaberle for a couple of reasons. One, cap hit, two, what he'll command in the market, and three, Kaberle's a power play guy, and I think we need more help on the PK. I'm thinking more defensive than offensive, myself.

@117: Good point and fair enough, unless one of your goalie prospects are trade bait. Truth be told, why? Because the idea amuses me, that's all. Y'all are taking this way too seriously.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sue S. Morrison is tradable...if the scouts are watching the same games we are...who in the world would want him?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon

A team that is trying to get rid of a bigger salary that has more years on it. Mo is an RFA, they won't have to bring him back unless he performs well over 20 games.

Posted by: ThePat | March 3, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

But to add to that - defense and goal are our biggest needs, if we need to bring in anyone, and with the contract limit, I can't help but think our bargaining is going to be kind of limited. Backstrom could happen, Morris could happen. Maybe nothing happens. There's arguments on both sides for just about everything. Probably our best guide as to what will happen is to watch McPhee. Funny, he's not saying much. Never does :) He's a wily son of a gun.

Posted by: kittypawz | March 3, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Trade deadline day and CBC's website is down???
WTF?

Must be all the hits from people checking out old "Sour Grapes"

Posted by: pmoravek | March 3, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

My prediction:
The naysayers will never be happy with the Caps.
The cheerleaders will never find a fault with OV
The apers will swing with the mood of the naysayers and the cheerleaders

Posted by: opita1 | March 3, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

kittypawz, well, in that case... I hope we trade Fedorov for Gretzky and Lemieux. Then, we can trade Lemieux for Roy and a non-breakable stick for Alex.

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What's our face-off win percentage when Feds is not in the circle? If we need a clutch playoff face-off win and Feds is injured or used up in a game

We say we'd like a guy with a (broken) nose for the net this year. (Secondary to back-end help). I'd add that we want the nose guy to have strong face-off skills too.

Posted by: austinsteve | March 3, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

van Riemsdyk is going to be really good.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

opita1 - haha... we can all agree on Crosby is a BallWhacker though!

Posted by: _828 | March 3, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Guerin doesn't improve us going forward. That is why this one should die already.

828-I agree with your assessment. We are pulling off a heck of a year and doing it earlier than expected by everyone. If need be, we can rest on that. I also agree that we can't mortgage the future to fix something that isn't broken.

117-Good shot on the goalie situation. Makes no sense unless one is going the other way.

As for the Kaberle rumor. I like this better than what we would have to give up for Pronger, but still think that DeVries/Morris is a better fit. Kaberle's contract is suitable and has 2 yrs left. But don't give up Fehr. Fleishman I understand since we have several smallish guys coming up that could fit in that slot (Bourque, Perreault, Bouchard, etc). I just don't think we have that many grinders for the front of the net and I think Fehr has that potential coming in the next year or two.

Question is, do you want to mess with the forwards that much? Trade Flash and Nyls and you will need another forward. Wait a minute - Guerin for a third rounder? He might fit in well there.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | March 3, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Oh yea - there is a game tonight.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I'm with 828 here.

This is not the year to mortgage the future for a one year run at the cup.

I do not see the Caps giving away Fehr, Flash, Schultz or any top draft picks. Fehr is turning the corner, and he and Flash are producing well and cost us very little. You need those types of cheap secondary scoring options to be successful long term.

I do see the Caps trading ShaMo, 2nd or 3rd round picks, possibly a bubble prospect like Lepisto.

If we do add someone, it won't be Kaberle. We don't need another player like him.

Derek Morris makes sense, and can probably be had for ShaMo and a 3rd round pick. Phoenix would get a pending RFA for a guy who likely isn't going to resign with them.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 3, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

You know the Bruins, and Flyers are going to make some big moves-big names...do we keep pace this year or wait one more year?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Hmm..dont see it here but
Happy Birthday Alex Semin!!!-)

Posted by: Lutz09 | March 3, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

You know the Bruins, and Flyers are going to make some big moves-big names...do we keep pace this year or wait one more year?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2009 11:34 AM

good point, but are they in the middle of a rebuild?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

defense wins championships and in the finals the caps are going up against San jose's blueline or Detroits.
what's the upside on guerin? not much really. he has a habit of choking in the playoffs.
kaberle for fehr and pokoluk? heh. you're lose a rw and Id be less thrilled to lose fehr. for kaberle? now ohlund... Dandenault is out there two. ohlund AND Dandenault? finals here come. green ohlund, Dandenault poti, erskine and whomever.
I love the pipe dreams. deadline is my favorite time of the season. it's like thanksgiving. the cups Xmas but you may never make it up for Xmas.

Posted by: oo7 | March 3, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

@ranndino

You have very good points - I just went back and read your posts from two blogs ago. However, you loose me when we start to look at things from a practicality stand-point.

I'd love to add Backstrom. He's a great goalie. However, he's being delt for a reason. He's a UFA at the end of the season. He's going to want Huet money - we can't retain him. That leaves us relying on Varls or Nuvi (I'm assuming if we bring in a goalie this late in the game we piss off Theo - he won't be very useful in net for us after that - see Kolzig, Olie) for next year. Looking at how our contracts are structured - this year and next year are our best chances to win a cup. We've got the talent now - but I'm skeptical we'll be able to afford it (economy/cap concerns) past the end of next year.

That, combined with what Minn will ask for Backstrom, makes a trade very unrealistic in my mind. The value isn't there.

A dman or two, however, could still help us dramatically. I don't think we'll take the cup this year (I agree, we won't beat whoever comes out of the west) but we could definetly get to the cup or conference finals. We should be able to add a strong dman or two without breaking the bank or our farm. We might even get someone like Kaberle, whos got an additional 2 years left on his contract.

Do you think buying backstrom is a better value than adding depth at the blue line?

Posted by: patrone | March 3, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey SombreroGuy, what about Bieksa for the Canucks. He has performed well and has an existing contract. They would probably want an NHL forward (Flash) and a pick but Bieksa has a lot of upside.

Posted by: diner99 | March 3, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

new thread. Nyl scratched again. This is getting ugly.

Posted by: mauree | March 3, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@SombreroGuy

I like the idea of adding Morris, but it would be a lot better if we didn't have to give up Mo to do it. I'm not advocating that Mo is indespensible. Rather, I'm hoping the Caps can add a defensman that will take away some minutes from Schultz, and relegate one of Erskine and Jurcina to the pressbox (assuming 4 or 23 aren't part of the trade that brings in Morris).

@lylewimbledon

The Flyers are capped out and won't be making any big moves unless they can find a taker for Briere.

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 3, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

This is why we have this blog - to mess around with the combinations - both lines and players. Yeah, it's fun to say, "oh man we could have... and we could get rid of..." I just don't really see the need to move players for the sake of moving them. We still have a young squad.

Average age of D is 26. Leave out Poti at 31 and it drops to 25. As a squad, they're better this year than last. I'm pretty sure they'll be better next than this.

We need a presence in front of the opponent's goal. We have that in Hershey under development. We get plenty of scoring opportunities from at least 3 lines. That's pretty darn good. Again, next year will be better than this.

I just don't think we're quite there yet.

Getting another player in here as a rental means we have to give up a player. We can't do a deal for picks. There has to be aplayer involved in the deal. While we all have our pet dogs we'd love to chop, realistically who would it be? And what happens next year?

Posted by: Greg S. | March 3, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Lets not forget, this team has a pretty darn impressive record against Eastern Conference teams that would currently qualify for the playoffs.

3-0-1 against Boston
2-0-2 against New Jersey
1-2 against Philly
3-1 against Montreal
2-2 against Florida
3-0-1 against Rangers
3-0 against Pittsburgh

only a losing record against Philly. 17-5-4 overall against Eastern Conference Playoff teams. And some of you want to press the panic button?

Posted by: SombreroGuy | March 3, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

007 - Haven't thought about picking up two lower priced dmen.

HMMMM....

All comes down to cost. Can we make that happen without giving up much? We can't lose sight that improving for this year could hurt us over the next two or three. Rentals will be gone by then and the young guys who were traded for those rentals are gone as well.

Rentals for picks and marginal prospects only. That's why I like the idea of a Kaberle or Pronger since they both have some time on their contracts. However, the price may be too steep.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | March 3, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

828 - extremely happy with this years team - they have performed way better than my expectations. That being said though, I still think we need to add a player or two to win it all.

I cant take the suspense anymore.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 3, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

@SombreroGuy

We're worried because Boston, NJ, Philly, and Florida seem to be getting much better as the season goes on. At this point, I don't think we beat NJ or Boston in a 7 game series. Philly is getting closer to the 50/50 toss up it was last year. Florida is a total first round trap for us.

Posted by: patrone | March 3, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

New post.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 3, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I think it would be smart if we picked up Backstrom and Morris. A move like that would solidify the d. Don't get me wrong Theo does show flashes of a solid goalie, but I believe these flashes are evident on his spectacular out of position plays. It seems to me there are many games where Theo can't slide across the crease to make saves. He gives up huge rebounds and will ultimately be the caps early exit in the playoffs. It doesn;t help that we are in the penalty box 9 times a game

Posted by: Capsnskins1 | March 3, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

And from reading other peeps post... Schultz is a waste of space lol

Posted by: Capsnskins1 | March 3, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The Wild re-signed Backstrom.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 3, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

My two cents...err, with the recession, prolly not even worth that much: Not that 828 needs any defending, but I agree with him. It's not so much doom and gloom but rather the whole "I hate this player...insert something personally insulting...compare their hockey skills to inanimate object here...then wish that the player would be traded" schpiel that just gets annoying. How is one a Caps fan if we believe that they just plain ol' stink but when they win a game here or there or pull some miracle out of thin air, all of a sudden they're back in their good graces. We're supposed to be fans, supportive fans, whether they win or lose, whether they score a goal or not. The whole yo-yo'ing between "I hate them. I love them. I hate them. Keep them. Trade them. Keep them. Trade them." Nauseating.

We have a great team. Note: not a perfect team but still, a great team. Support them. Conditional support = bandwagon fan.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 3, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Isn't there a rumor that we're trading Slapshot, two cheerleaders, and the Dipping Dots cart for Crosby? Yes? No?

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 3, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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