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Kozlov's Status Uncertain, Alzner Update

A few other items of note from Tarik El-Bashir this afternoon:

Capitals GM George McPhee said he couldn't confirm a report on French-language TV network RDS that Viktor Kozlov has signed with Salavat of the KHL.

Kozlov will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has received several offers to return to his native Russia.

Alzner Still Sidelined

Prospect Karl Alzner has been sidelined for two weeks with a concussion and it's unclear whether he'll play when the Hershey Bears make their third appearance in four years in the Calder Cup finals beginning Saturday in Winnipeg.

Alzner, 20, was injured in Game 4 of the second round and has not been on the ice with his teammates since. It's the first documented concussion of his career.

"You never know with concussions," McPhee said when asked whether Alzner could return in the finals. "It's possible. But in our minds, there is no such thing as a minor head injury. Whether it takes three days or three months, we're going to take our time with this."

Alzner, the fifth overall pick in 2007, appeared in 30 games for the Capitals and is expected to play full-time in Washington next season.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 26, 2009; 5:27 PM ET
 
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Comments

first!

Happy if this is true...too bad he can't take Nyls and Theo with him. Free up some Cap space baby - lets go shopping GMGM and Uncle Ted!

I will say these prophetic words: the Caps will learn at some point that Hershey is not the answer for that cieling we gotta break through. Not in playing talent, or shall I say the unspeakable - coaching talent. Boudreau has to get over his Hershey ways: in his game management and in his personnel biases, or sadly like Doug Collins for MJ, next year this time, the conversation maybe having to look for a Phil Jackson type coach to take Ovie and the boys to the next level.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | May 26, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

My bad on the other thread. It's not the one-way deal that would affect Bourque, it's that he has played out his entry-level contract and thus would be exposed to waivers if her were sent down. I'm sure at least 1 team of the 30 would claim him; therefore I conclude he'll be a Cap next year.

One more thought on those questioning the adequacy of Aucoin - the Caps got 108 pts this year and made #2 in the East with their #2 and 3 centers getting 60 pts between them. Just like I bet last year that Laich would outpoint Kozzie this year, I will bet now that Aucoin and Steckel will score more pts for the Caps next year combined than Fedorov and Nylander had combined this year. So, therefore, the Caps can succeed with Aucoin as #2 center (caveat: in the REGULAR season).

What I really think they need, as I've said, is a #1 RW and a 1st pair S@H defenseman.

By the way, I was the originator of the Jose Theodore Detractor's Club. I see we have regular membership from most of the blog now. I'll open the meeting:

"Hi, my name's Tom, and I'm a Theo detractor. Stayed on the wagon awhile, but just couldn't quit."

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 26, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

First.
Any updates on whether Brash will return? Hate to lose all three older players to KHL. Also, I'm not real familiar w the KHL. Heard they don't pay the players what they tell them they will. And is it only a Russian league?

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 26, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, according to SovSport.ru, Gennadi Velichkin, general manager of Metallurg, declined to comment on Fedorov. He said, "I don't know where those rumors come from."

General manager of Salavat Yulaev Oleg Gross has confirmed that they continue to negotiate with Victor Kozlov, but said that it would be too early to say if Kozlov would play for his team next season.

http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2009/05/chris-osgood-to-lose-fedorov-to-khl-is.html?showComment=1243368508768#c8678788205659482759

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 26, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Riddler1 | May 26, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Alzner! Here's hoping Bruce Boudreau proves you wrong, Political_Stratgst. I'd venture to say that he does have what it takes to get a Stanley Cup. Do you have any proof that Mr. Boudreau or any former AHL coach can't coach an NHL team to a Stanley Cup? Would be interested in reading your analysis. Otherwise, you're a stinker for making that type of "prediction".

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 26, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

It's a real shame about Alzner having a concussion. He seems like such a nice kid. Get well, Karl.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 26, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

@Political_Stratgst: You sound like Dan Snyder. We have to buy from without. Funny, look where that's gotten him.

Also, anytime someone makes a sweeping and all-knowing blanket statement that says or implies "I'm right, you'll see", they're almost ALWAYS wrong. Just sayin'.

The truth, as usual, lies somewhere in the middle. The core is fine, but the cap DOES NOT allow for injudicious free agency purchases and trades. You have to build from within and augment with judicious signings. See: Detroit.

Posted by: kittypawz | May 26, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Come on Caps Fans. With Kozy, it was a "love - hate" relationship and we know it. With the same salary, he can be replaced with so many other available players at the same production level. Besides, we know our system has to get more physical on both offense and defense so his vacancy is a potntial benefit.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | May 26, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Riddler1: That is sad news. My thoughts are with the Zezel & Maple Leafs families.

Posted by: uncatim | May 26, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Peter Zezel...

Wow I havent heard that name since I was a kid. Bad times, hopefully the family can find some peace out of such a crazy mess.

Any cahnce they can bring back an old Cap D-man as an assistanct coach? Al Iafrate

Posted by: CheyenneWY | May 26, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I only wanted to keep Kozzie around because of the dimples.

I kid, I kid!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 26, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Al Iafrate was a lousy defenseman. I can say that because he and his slapshot were my two favorite NHLers once they traded Dino. Al was a lousy defenseman, and so was Kevin Hatcher. Calle Jo - he was a good D man. Reekie, too, and Tampa basically gave him away (3rd round pick).

If you want someone from the past to coach defense - I would suggest Kelly Miller.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 26, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Scott Stevens would be interested in coaching with his old club. He knows a bit about playing defense.

Posted by: MReilly9 | May 26, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Reekie was a very good defenseman. He was a classic s@h guy. His +- was very good. I wonder who will take Leechs spot. Can't say I'm surprised.

rumors out of Russia are useless.


Posted by: oo7 | May 26, 2009 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice that the first photo on Tarik's story about Feds for tomorrows paper has a photo of Kozlov & a caption about Feds?

Posted by: tbhayf | May 26, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Even though the stories have not been confirmed yet, both Kozlov and Fedorov fall into the "nice to have but too expensive to keep at their present price" category. I'll miss them both but the Caps would now have more money to fill in the gaps (and pay for Semin and Backstrom in future years).

As for Theodore, I assume he'll be the backup goalie, although expensive. I figure he'll get plenty of playing time since Varlamov's stamina is probably still an issue. (Maybe we can trade him but I'm not sure.) The good news -- he may be expensive but there's only 1 more year on his contract.

Nyls is more the problem. Expensive but does not fit into our system. I will really feel sad if Semin is gone and Nyls is still around. (Nyls was a good mentor for Backstrom before getting injured last year.)

Yes, the Caps have spent an awful lot of money and have an awful lot of Cap space tied up with mentors for our kids. Maybe its time to go with the kids. (If the "Generations" author is right, they are part of the next "Greatest" generation.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 26, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

LMAO @ CheyenneWY.. Iafrate as a coach, are you on drugs???

I can't think of anyone who's less qualified to coach than Iafrate, he's the biggest waste of talent in the history of NHL.. nobody has done less with more than he has, that's the exact OPPOSITE of what you need in a coach.

Posted by: joek443 | May 26, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1,

Iafrate ruined Hatcher's career with the Caps once Poile made that trade to get him from the Maple Leafs for Mike Ridley and Bob Rouse, two very solid players for the Caps. That was the worst trade Poile ever made.

Kevin Hatcher stopped being physical and tried to play like Iafrate, his former childhood rival from Detroit. Iafrate had the talent to win the Norris Trophy every year but if he had the heart to go along with his immense physical talent.

Posted by: joek443 | May 26, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

I think that the Caps traded Peter Zezel for Al Iafrate according to wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Zezel

Posted by: MReilly9 | May 26, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

It is just sickening to listen to joe b call these pens games. puke

Posted by: daddy_axe | May 26, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

kozlov federov and brashearov all gone......lets get uounger and tougher and cheaper....great news

Posted by: wendel2 | May 26, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

MReilly9, you're right.. I got the centers mixed up. It was Zezel and Bob Rouse for Iafrate.

I wouldn't have given up Rouse for Iafrate straight up.. Rouse was a solid D-man, a very tough player.. the kind of D-man the current Caps desperately need.

Posted by: joek443 | May 26, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm simply stunned at Carolina's level of compete. Good thing this series has 3 games left! Oh, oops.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 26, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what this really means...but no way Caps would have swept the Canes..

The Canes are much better than what final series was. They're a fast, hard forechecking team, with a shut-down goalie. We probobly would have needed 6 or 7 games.

Posted by: floms | May 26, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

the finals are all but decided. It's de ja vu all over again.
Canes had no answer to malkin. They just likes watching him.
Feeling better about the caps now anyone?
Wings are gonna win again.

Posted by: oo7 | May 26, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

jmu_capsgirl,

it's called lack of talent. The Canes play harder than just about anybody in hockey but they just don't have enough fire power to compete with teams like the Pens.

I think the Caps would have had harder times with the Canes than the Pens did because the Pens play much better defense than the Caps as we saw in the previous series but they still would have beat'em handly.

Posted by: joek443 | May 26, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Carolina is a perfect example of what everyone here wants Caps to become. Bunch of Hard nose grinders. Hard working guys with not enough talent. Staal would be our 4th best player in terms of Talent and Skill. These king of teams are fine, but eventually you can't play at that intensity level over the whole course of playoffs. That's why you see teams like Boston, Carolina, Philadelphia that can't advance past 2nd or 3rd round unless things break their way and someone knocks a team like PITT or CAPS out.

Chicago got exposed as well. Good Young team, but in terms of talent Kane, Havlat and possibly Toews are the only ones who are able to create offense when things are not breaking their way. Again those guys would be our 4th and 5th best players (Havlat 2nd or 3rd).

We are lucky to have Guys of skill Level like Ovie, Backs, Semin, Green. If we get rid of Semin we will have a much tougher time scoring and won't have the firepower to compete with Likes of Pens and Wings. It will be easier to focus and shutdown Ovie.

Detroit's Skill is amazing.

Zetterburg
Datsyuk
Hossa
Franzen
Lidstrom,
Rafalski,

Its not even Fair.

And I haven't even included, Filppula or Hudler and Helm.

When you have this much talent, you attack from 3 to 4 lines and its impossible to DEFEND.

With Caps we have 2 Lines that can bring this kind of talent. We need more Skill, possibly 2 more skilled players.

In my Opinion if we lose Feds and Kozzy. We will have lost some serious skill and as a result will have to win more games next year with better D then outstanding O. As a result come playoffs we may not have enough firepower if we run into Pens again.

You are not going to beat Pens 2-1 or 3-2. Just won't happen. You have to beat them 4-3 or 5-4. Just like we've done in 3 out of 7 games. Same with Detroit you have to have enough firepower to score 3-5 goals consistently.

Posted by: lightshow | May 26, 2009 11:14 PM | Report abuse

too bad for the Pens...what, you didn't know about the curse of Sergei Gonchar?

Posted by: fullright | May 26, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

How about the curse of Larry Murphy?? LOL

Now that curse is a lot more real than the curse of Scott Stevens because some of the fans drove him outta town basically unlike Stevens who wanted to leave.

Posted by: joek443 | May 26, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

All kidding aside, it's pretty amazing that the Caps had 3 future hall of fame blueliners on the team for most of the 1980's... Langway, Stevens and Murphy.

If they only had a little more goal scoring and better goaltending...

Posted by: joek443 | May 26, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the contributions Feds, now don't let the door kick ya where the good lord splitya! He was pretty useless for most of the playoffs inspite of the one critical goal he scored. He's got nothing left in his tank, he just wanted to squeeze in one final paycheck in the nhl.

And Alzner won't see any playing time even if he did get declared healthy. The Bears have too much defensive depth and with the way they're playing it would be foolish to insert Alzner and bench someone else.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 27, 2009 12:35 AM | Report abuse

Ok, let's hope Detroit is Hockeytown and Pittsburgh is Football Conurbation? Anyway, I hope the Wings get another banner and another engraving. Pittsburgh can have their successes in football, I would be absolutely disgusted if PA got 3 championships in 3 different sports.

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 27, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Mark Tinordi for D coach!!

Posted by: nwilson2 | May 27, 2009 2:30 AM | Report abuse

reekie was a good d- man

calle jo had a hole in his stick and could't keep the puck in the zone. he also couldn't catch up to the puck when it went through his stick.

Posted by: am_jim | May 27, 2009 3:39 AM | Report abuse

I just read on Japers Rink that Kozlov is definitely a goner this year -- to Russia

Do Svidanya, Viktor, or in Cyrillic:

До свидания!

It will save caps space but leave a gap. (Should the first line right wing slot go to Semin or Fehr or someone else? Please, not to Nylander.)

Some people do see Fehr as a second line right winger for next year. Well gee, we've never tried a line with both Fehr and Semin (except who will be the first line right winger?)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 27, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, what's with this newsreport coming out of Tampa about a steroid bust and the guy saying that he supplied to the Caps and Nats?

Posted by: dfe1 | May 27, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Here is the story: http://nhl.fanhouse.com/2009/05/27/suspect-in-florida-steroids-bust-implicates-caps-and-nationals/ On the radio, they said Ovechkin's name was speculated from the couple who were bragging about dealing with "high profile" names from the Washington Capitals.

Tarik, any insider information?

Posted by: _828 | May 27, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Is this steroid thing a ploy by Bettman to make Ovie look bad and Crosby look like an innocent Canadian?!? Or is this the Bolts way of getting back at Ovie for the "hot stick" ordeal?!?

Posted by: NatyBG | May 27, 2009 7:22 AM | Report abuse

That, or Tocchet bet against the Pens and lost all his money. Now, he is trying to get even with the Caps.

Posted by: _828 | May 27, 2009 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Seriously...who is this roid head that that has 200k of steroids, and just so happens to want to rip two D.C teams...this is a joke..

Posted by: SA-Town | May 27, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Another twist - the bust broke based on a tip from Philly. No joke!

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 7:48 AM | Report abuse

If the Nats bought the roids they are NOT using them correctly.

Seriously, This is total bull, I hate the Junkies, they are throwing Ovie under the bus already. Jerks!

Posted by: bhound69 | May 27, 2009 7:54 AM | Report abuse

Everything that I have read/seen has said that they have NOT named names (yet) - they just said Caps and Nats. So if some folks on the radio, etc. are saying Ovi, well that's just reckless. Frankly, to jump to that conclusion and say it on the airwaves is slanderous ... not cool.

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Junkies = homers about everything except faux MD slang. Won't even listen to them anymore.

Posted by: snakegriffin | May 27, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

No they are NOT all homers, unfortunately. Cakes immediately brought up Ovie's name (high profile) because every other sport has had a bust with a big name.

Posted by: bhound69 | May 27, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

Not that I want any of this to be true. Jose Theodore was busted in the past. http://puckstopshere.blogspot.com/2007/04/nhl-substance-abuse-policy-catches.html

Again, hopefully none of our players are guilty

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 27, 2009 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I've never taken a look at the NHL policy in regards to steroids because it really never has appeared to be a problem. The basic policy is:

Under hockey's new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the NHL and its Players' Association have established a Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under it, NHL players are subject to up to two, no-notice, random tests during the NHL season for the performance enhancing drugs designated on the Word Anti-Doping Agency out-of-competition list.

Positive tests will result in the follow punishment:

20 game suspension for the first offence;
60 game suspension for the second offence;
permanent suspension for the third offence.

Of course if any players are "named" that does not mean an automatic first offence because they are simply being accused and did not pop positive on a random test. Since the policy is "up to two" I do not know if one can assume that a player will be tested once at the very least every season.

Hopefully our boys have been flying straight and this is just a steroid dealer looking for a book deal.

Here's the link to the entire story on the policy. http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20050928/NHL_doping_050928?s_name=&no_ads=

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 27, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I have been looking for a picture(s) of Peter Zezel plaing in a Caps uniform online and cannot find any. Can anyone help?

Posted by: Riddler1 | May 27, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

fanohock1, There's a slight difference between Propecia and anabolic steroids. And Theo had a doctors note.
Caps Kremlin brought up a suggestion that maybe the Capitals he's referring to are former Caps now in Lightning gear, since that's pretty much everyone down there that didn't come from Pittsburgh.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 27, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Junkies are about to talk to the reporter who broke the story after this commercial break.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 27, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Couple of new posts.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | May 27, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Junkies want it to be Ovie, further proof that they are the biggest fairweather fans on the planet. What losers.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 27, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I am sure the Russian team have tests for the world championship and olympics this is BS

Posted by: CalleJo | May 27, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Not a good sign that Alzner has concussion problems already. He's got a lot of potential but early concussion problems can end a career. Hopefully it's not too bad.

Posted by: Stu_c | May 27, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Can the Caps encourage the KHL to sign some of our players?? We'd offer a release to Theo and Nyls, I'd think if they got a good offer. (I'm being serious, actually.)

Also, would like to see Feds coach here in DC. He'd be a great fit and would further strengthen the image of the Caps as a Euro-friendly place to play in the NHL. I'd bet he could help the defensemen a great deal...

Posted by: WritingLight | May 27, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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