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Kronwall Activated (Updated)

I'm told newly acquired defenseman Staffan Kronwall's immigration paperwork has been completed and that he's been activated. I'm expecting him to suit up for at least one game this weekend and I'm planning on writing a story on him for Saturday's paper.

Update:Also, goalie Brent Johnson had surgery on his hip on Tuesday. I'll try to get some additional details on his recovery time, etc., in the coming days and weeks.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 12, 2009; 12:51 PM ET
 
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Thanks Tarik,

Looking forward to see what he's got .... even if he's simply trade bait.

That said .... update on Semin / Kozy?

Thanks!

Posted by: MFepelst | February 12, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

No practice today. I returned to DC for a couple of TV commitments and will be joining the team Saturday morning in Tampa. I should have an update tomorrow, though.

Posted by: el_bashir | February 12, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I think one thing that Rangers fans all agree on after last night.....

We own them this year, and they still suck.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 12, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it. Why did we get this guy? Is it their understanding that he is an upgrade to our current corps of dmen? What about the others who are waiting in Hershey? Lepisto, Sloan, Carlson etc...?

Posted by: Andoy | February 12, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Andoy, there has got to be some sort of trade in the works and I have a feeling it will include 2-3 dmen in the package. He was cheap and they saw upside. I look for them to package the 2-3 dmen and a prospect and maybe even a pick to get a stud dman.

Posted by: PhilR | February 12, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Busy day.

GOOD on Kronwall. Looking forward to seeing what he's got, and hoping ShaMo spends a game or two on the pine to stop with the horrid big penalties.

@mauree: Exactly. It is far too much to ask for everyone to show up at 100% mental acuity and 100% effort every single game. The season is too long for that. I still think the ice and a couple of lucky caroms played a huge role. The bottom line is that the stars aligned their way on a lot of levels.

I love how everyone is like "we're going to get eliminated in the first round" every time we lose. Do we have improvements to make between now and then? You bet. Is the sky falling yet? No. We've already seen what this team can do when push comes to shove and it's produce or else. (Remember last year?) I think that when we come down to the final drive, you'll see the kind of focus you're looking for.

That said, we need four points this weekend. We need to bring down the house, and we need some road wins. Last night was disappointing, but it wasn't ugly.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 12, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

How could Kronwall be trade bait?

We just picked him up on waivers.

If other teams were interested, they would have claimed him--why would they now trade for him?

Posted by: caps_fan_in_santa_monica | February 12, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm about at the end of the line with ShaMo. His play has fallen off a cliff the last 6-8 weeks. I think he's not long for DC.

Posted by: Zornado | February 12, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Update: Is everyone prepared for the 21-game salute?

Guess by now everyone that is not a newbie is starting to see this picture. Picasso couldn't have painted a more beautiful scenario. Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead:

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

cool

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 12, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR: Yup, expecting similar. Not sure it'll be Kronwall, though. I don't know if we can package him, and I wouldn't want to do so until we see what he's got. I expect ShaMo to be part of a deal, as for the others, I can't say.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 12, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

caps_fan_in_santa-monica,
I don't think he is trade bait but Shmo, Erskine, Lepisto, maybe Sloan.....Kronwall will be there to fill the hole when they package two or three of them together.

Posted by: PhilR | February 12, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@windjammer

Im not excited about the Predators game, so Im going to disagree.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 12, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Here is a prediction: Morrison's first game as an ex-Cap will be against the Caps.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

told you Ove hurt - dislocation of the shoulder out until Feb.

Posted by: windjammersouth | December 4, 2008 7:43 PM

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Posted by: SA-Town | February 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why so many of you constantly want to get Bowmeester. WE DON'T NEED HIM. We have two puck moving defensemen (Green and Poti). The three things we need are: 1. Figure out within the next 3 weeks if Theo/young guy combo is going to get us a Stanley Cup (I BELIEVE WE'RE READY!). 2. Big playoff proven stay at home defenseman. (Niclas Havelid) 3. Big playoff proven net crashing forward (Tkachuk, less than 1 mil, UFA at the end of the year).

Caps played down to the Rangers level last night and it ended up biting them.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 12, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey windjammer...its "Sabres" not "Sabers", and you forgot to capitalize "Carolina." If you're going to continually post this, the least you can do is make it consistent.

Posted by: reesem37 | February 12, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Bold prediction ThePat

Posted by: superpaqman | February 12, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Here is a prediction: Morrison's first game as an ex-Cap will be against the Caps.

Posted by: ThePat

And if that happens, he'll play a great game, make several incredible defensive plays and not take a single penalty...

Posted by: BigRed8 | February 12, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Here is a prediction: Morrison's first game as an ex-Cap will be against the Caps.

Posted by: ThePat

And if that happens, he'll play a great game, make several incredible defensive plays and not take a single penalty...

Posted by: BigRed8 | February 12, 2009 1:45 PM


Just like Emminger did!

Posted by: Leeguru | February 12, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

The discussion Green - Coffey is unfair to Green.
He is having a great season and is red hot right now.
Nevertheless, he is 23 and his carrer stats are:
GP: 216 Goals: 42 Assists: 78 Points: 120
In the playoffs, he has:
GP: 7 Goals: 3 Assists 4 Points: 7

When Coffey was Mike's age (23), he had the following Stats:

GP: 314 Goals: 107 Assists: 236 Points: 343

Playoffs: GP: 49 Goals 20 assists:25 points:45

He had already been at the ASG 3 times and had made the Second All-star team post-season 3 times. He had collected a Stanley Cup Ring.

Coffey ended up 12th best career scoring player of all-time with 396G, 1135 Assist in 1409 games. He also got 196 playoff points in 194 games.

In order to achieve this feat, Mike Green would have to 1411 carrer points. At the whopping 1 point per game, it would take him another 17.2 season. He would then be 40 years old.

Coffey was a phenomenon who played on a phenomenal team. Mike is an outstanding player who plays for a good team. He will never come close to posting numbers like Coffey did nor will he ever collect all the hardware and awards. It doesn't mean he will not turn out a great career; he is just not a Paul Coffey.

So, give it a rest. I bet most people who are comparing him to Coffey have never seen Paul play in his best years.

Posted by: atybat | February 12, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

fanohock,
I'm with you....just say no to Bowmeester....Tkachuck would be a fine pick up. I would like to see us put in a bid for Pronger on the D...

Posted by: PhilR | February 12, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Sorry atybat, I thought this was a forum for discussion, guess I was wrong. And wow, you are on a first name basis with Coffey. I'm impressed!

Posted by: PhilR | February 12, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

and windjammer you even make-up your own news and scedule..we play the Pens twice at home..I have better things to do than compare the rest

Posted by: capsgary | February 12, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Bowmeester either. I think the two targets on D are Kaberle or Pronger. I think Kaberle comes at much less a price than Pronger would be.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Zornado. ShaMo is a liability with his free agency coming up, his cap hit, and his stupid play of late. If Kronwall plays well or a Hershey player steps up, cya later. The missing piece is a slick skating tough defender. I can see why so many people are looking at Pronger, but I just can't see the Caps affording him. Witt is more available for a cheaper price and MAY work out better than a combination of ShaMo, Schultz, and/or Erskine.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 12, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Witt blew his chance when he jetted during the rebuild. Plus he takes really stupid penalties and we already have someone who does that. No Witt for me, but that is just my opinion.

Posted by: PhilR | February 12, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Bowmeester and Pronger are too expensive with the Caps at the cap. The Panthers and Ducks are in the playoff hunt, so they will be relunctant to trade. The Blues and Isles are going to be the big sellers, so Keith Tkachuk, Bill Guerin, Richard Park, Mike Sillinger, Doug Weight, Brendon Witt, and Andy Sutton may all be available for younger players and picks. I can see ShaMo, Schultz, Fehr, Bourque, Godfrey, etc... being made available for rebuilding teams. I doubt that the Trashers will want to trade with the Caps both being in the SE.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 12, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

kaberle over jaybo?

lol.....

Posted by: richmondphil | February 12, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Update Fixed: Is everyone prepared for the 21-game salute?

Guess by now everyone that is not a newbie is starting to see this picture. Picasso couldn't have painted a more beautiful scenario. Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead:

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against Carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabres (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

cool

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 12, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

a lot of teams trade within their division, i dont know what that means.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 12, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Schultz is going to go anywhere simply because BB seems to like the guy so much. I would personally hate to see Fehr go, really been liking his game lately.

Posted by: PhilR | February 12, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

@atybat,

So you're saying that Green will never win the Norris or the Cup? Its way to early in his career to predict the latter, and as for the former, he is clearly an elite defenseman. Whether he wins the Norris or not depends on the press. I'm not saying he'll win as much as coffey did, and I agree that given the way the league is now, he'll never score as many points as him, but the blanket statement about not winning hardware seems a little premature.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 12, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

yes Gary back to work now -- the last 21 games includes only 1 game against the Pens.

You must be an editor.

401, 301, 201, are we going to 101?

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 12, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

From yesterday's posts, how can anyone come down on Semin for a groin pull? The groin is the last thing you ef with for a speed player... get off it for a few games and get back to 100%. Any speed player knows this, that a groin pull kills breakaway speed, turning the corner on someone, etc... and that continuing to play with it or coming back too soon is the dumbest thing you can do... just maintaining attendance without his incredible upside does nobody any good

Semin is a breakout player-- the Caps will survive without him but need him at 100% of his gifts later and into the playoffs

nobody fakes a groin. its not like he's choosing to not fight through sore ribs...

Posted by: capsfan7 | February 12, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

Yes I'd take Kaberle over JayBo. For a couple reasons:

1st-He has much more expereince than JayBo.

2nd-He is already signed for two more years at an affordable price. JayBo will be seeking 6.5 to 7 mill a year and wants to play in Canada. Why would we give up a lot for someone who is going to be gone.

3rd-He's in our division, I don't want to see anyone we trade 6 times a year.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

After watching the Rangers park 1-2 guys in the crease most of the night, the Caps need to trade for a tough blueliner who can actually skate. It was like watching the Flyers in last year's playoffs. Erskine is too much of a liability with his poor skating and puck handling skills for my taste

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 12, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

The one guy who I'd love to get but not sure how possible it is due to the NHL having to approve moves made by Phoenix is Jovanoski, that and his cap number is high so not sure how we could fit him in.

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

After watching Nylander with OV, getting Koz back and trading for a tough forward who can stuff in garbage goals will be great. OV seemed to be on a line with Backs alone at times.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 12, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

kaberle is the biggest pansy in the league. jaybo is green caliber puck mover.

wanting kaberle over jaybo is weird.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 12, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@atybat

While I agree his stats are nothing compared to Coffey's... his style and his clutch play are certainly Coffeyesque. I think Green gets that distinction because there hasn't been too many D men that play like that.

and yes I saw Coffey play... many times.

All that being said I think in order for Green to really be compared to Coffey he needs to put up a +30 goal, or a +100 point season (or both).

In the end think all this is ironic and funny, I can remember Coffey being compared to #4 and people getting all bent out of shape over it.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | February 12, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

what is weird is your mancrush on JayBo

Posted by: ThePat | February 12, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Mo knows he's standing in a chalk outline. I'm sure his agent is talking with GMGM. Poor play is not going to help his case for staying or getting a good deal somewhere else.

I'm in a betting mood lately:
I bet we lose Carlson as part of the deal. His name comes up in comparisons to Kronwall. (Carlson being presumed a better long-term option of course). I'm only okay with losing Carlson if we get a stud D, not another O guy.

Posted by: austinsteve | February 12, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"his style and his clutch play are certainly Coffeyesque"

Agree 100%

Green is dancing out there on the ice. He is really starting to grow into his skills set.

Posted by: LIVINIT1 | February 12, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and are we really going to throw a new D guy AND a new goalie in over two games? Possibly the same one?

I don't like the idea of that particular chemistry experiment.

(Okay back to work)

Posted by: austinsteve | February 12, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

You know, if Brodeur comes back in good shape before the trade deadline, the Devils might look to trade Clemmensen who has been playing in a Brodeur-like manner since Marty's injury. He's a UFA at the end of the season and I believe the Devils would more likely make him available if they are comfortable with Brodeur's level of play than they would Weekes, who I believe still has time left on his contract. Could anyone here see Clemmensen as Jose's backup for the playoff push?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 12, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@ Windjammer

"is anyone more excited than me" is bad grammar. It should say "is anyone more excited than I." Yes, I'm a grammar nazi. Sorry.

@DevilsCapsGal

I think the Devils will look to unload Weekes. I don't see them trading a goalie who's been playing so well for two reasons. 1) Why trade such a capable backup? If you keep Clemmensen you know you have someone you can plug in without worry for back-to-backs, or just to rest Brodeur from time to time. Which leads right into 2) Brodeur is coming off of a major injury that caused him to lose a lot of time and required surgery. Who knows how long it will take him to get back to being the best goalie ever? Or even if he will? What if he gets reinjured? They'll keep Clemmensen as insurance just in case Brodeur suffers a setback or isn't able to play like he used to right away.

Posted by: sirbobalew | February 12, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal

I think the Devils Org. would be stupid to move Clemmensen, but if the Caps could land him im all for it...

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | February 12, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@FedorovCrunch and Heckster89:

Upstairs tickets for caps at Panthers on Sunday are $10 each. We got section 418 near center ice, row 2, seats 1 and 2.

Second row upstairs, near center ice. That's pretty good. And $10. And panthers fighting for playoffs vs the caps and they haven't sold out?

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 12, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

REPOST (damn new thread!) /.[)

@fanohock1:

I could to some extent agree with you on not "needing" Bouwmeester. I guess the only real arguments for having him are:

1) Because he is a significant scoring threat with all-around skills, that's one more person for the opposition to worry about; Green--for example--has definitely benefited from opposing teams' tendency to double-team 8 & 28--if they started coming after 52, they'd have 8 on the loose again...

2) In the playoffs I'd probably rather have Bouwmeester wearing a Caps sweater than an opponents'.

I agree we'll probably be fine in net.

As for D, I agree with some earlier posters that maybe 26 should sit this weekend so that we can evaluate Kronwall against a non-critical (but still dangerous) opponent like TB.

I've always wanted to see Keith Tkachuck in a Caps sweater. He plays the old fashioned smash-mouth hockey the Caps were once famous for. Again, he might seem redundant given how OV loves to hit people. Still, having KT do that for us would be nice.

Tkachuk (kə-CHŬK'): 1. (n.): Veteran NHL forward known for above-average skills and physical style of play. 2. (n.-slang): The sound made by vigorously checking an opposing hockey player into the dasher boards. 3) (v.-slang); the act of violently checking an opponent, so as to deter further transgressions by same: e.g.: "The other guy had been slashing at my ankles all night long. Once he put his head down, I just had to Tkachuk him"

I, too felt that we were somewhat listless during much of last night's game (52's milestone and PK improvement notwithstanding). That said, I also agree with the assessment of the NHL On The Fly analyst: In the waning minutes of the OT, it was obvious that NYR was not playing to win, but were instead playing not to lose; they WANTED the shootout--makes sense when you're 11-2 in the SO and have King Henrik in net. The guy from NHL Network says that's OK in the reg. season, but won't work in the playoffs: no SO; no 4-on-4, just keep skating 5 on 5 until someone scores.....too true.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 12, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm just not sold that we need some big trade to bring in some D. I mean we played our best hockey this season with Hershey call ups platooning on the blue line. Why go to all the trouble to look for someone who is asking for lots of money when you have perfectly capable blue liners in your farm system?

I would do a trade for prospects or picks and bring up our guys in Hershey I think if you move Mo, and Schultz and bring up Sloan, Collins, Helmer or give the new kid a shot, it would pay off dividends .

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | February 12, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

you guys we arent going to trade any huge prospects like carlson,gofrey,lepisto etc..
If we do trade anybody it would be nylander,gordon,morrison,schultz, and jurcina. We arent going to give up our youth. I do agree with getting a guy like pronger but i think it will cost to much unless we give up like morrison/jurcina/schultz and pokoluk and pick

Posted by: Watdaflip93 | February 12, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1I: I live in West Palm Beach and I'm going to the game on Sunday. I don't know if that game will be a sell-out even though its at 5 pm. It's South Florida, hockey just isn't big down here, unless they've got a winner. An 8th place, borderline play-off team is not really gonna draw down here. I'd think the only way they sell out is people wanting to see OV.

Posted by: reesem37 | February 12, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

@ thePat:

Sure...having JovoCop in a Caps sweater might be fun too...

If the choice is Bouwmeester or Kaberle: Kaberle would be nice, but he's injured. Bouwmeester is not.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 12, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The discussion Green - Coffey is unfair to Green.
He is having a great season and is red hot right now.
Nevertheless, he is 23 and his carrer stats are:
GP: 216 Goals: 42 Assists: 78 Points: 120
In the playoffs, he has:
GP: 7 Goals: 3 Assists 4 Points: 7

When Coffey was Mike's age (23), he had the following Stats:

GP: 314 Goals: 107 Assists: 236 Points: 343

Playoffs: GP: 49 Goals 20 assists:25 points:45

He had already been at the ASG 3 times and had made the Second All-star team post-season 3 times. He had collected a Stanley Cup Ring.

Coffey ended up 12th best career scoring player of all-time with 396G, 1135 Assist in 1409 games. He also got 196 playoff points in 194 games.

In order to achieve this feat, Mike Green would have to 1411 carrer points. At the whopping 1 point per game, it would take him another 17.2 season. He would then be 40 years old.

Coffey was a phenomenon who played on a phenomenal team. Mike is an outstanding player who plays for a good team. He will never come close to posting numbers like Coffey did nor will he ever collect all the hardware and awards. It doesn't mean he will not turn out a great career; he is just not a Paul Coffey.

So, give it a rest. I bet most people who are comparing him to Coffey have never seen Paul play in his best years.

Posted by: atybat | February 12, 2009 1:49 PM

If Coffey played in this era, its highly umlikely that he'd post anywhere near the numbers he did for his career. Scoring is WAY down now, so simply saying that Green's numbers pale in comparison to Coffeys isnt saying much IMO. I do think though that its a little premature to compare any player under 25 to any of the all time greats. Coffey was amazing (although his defense has been tremendously overrated by some in the last few threads), and Green needs to be consistently dominant for at least the next five years before any discussion comparing him to Coffey should begin (or even Leetch for that matter.)

But lets be clear, we are witnessing (barring injury of course), the beginning stages of a defenseman who could quite possibly be the best offensive Dman the league has seen since Brian Leetch. As Caps fans, we should all be excited.

Posted by: thegr8one | February 12, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@Watdaflip93

i wouldnt really consider lepisto a huge prospect anymore

Posted by: _stevo | February 12, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

"But lets be clear, we are witnessing (barring injury of course), the beginning stages of a defenseman who could quite possibly be the best offensive Dman the league has seen since Brian Leetch. As Caps fans, we should all be excited" - thegr8one

Amen to that.

Posted by: opita1 | February 12, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Put this new kid in and take Alzner out. He was responsible or played a part in 3 of the goals scored against us last night. He just doesn't protect the front of the net at all. On the 1st goal he decides to wave at Backstrom to have him cover the forward when he should have moved over and blocked the pass. On the other 2 goals he just got easily outmuscled in front of the net. The kid isn't tenacious and he's not willing to battle. Send him down until he learns what it takes to play at this level now that we have more depth on D. He sucked last night and the Rangers came to play hard, he wasn't upto the task.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 12, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

After watching the Rangers park 1-2 guys in the crease most of the night, the Caps need to trade for a tough blueliner who can actually skate. It was like watching the Flyers in last year's playoffs. Erskine is too much of a liability with his poor skating and puck handling skills for my taste

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 12, 2009 2:28 PM

no doubt. Even if you just look at the highlights you can see the Rangers moving bodies out from in front of our own net with Alzner being the main culprit and Schultz a close 2nd. Having both of them out on the ice at the same time is a nightmare for our goalie, neither one wants to battle with the other teams forwards.

Green actually showed some teeth on defense yesterday, its nice to see that. He needs to do it more often now.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

one bad game and send alzner out? wut.

trade mo.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 12, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

They are not going to trade away Carlson. And if they do, GMGM should immediately be fired.

Carlson is going to be one of the best, physical defenseman in the league one day. I have seen him play and Scott Stevens is the player that comes to mind. I am not sure where all this scoring came from but I like it.

Posted by: numero94 | February 12, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

It's inevitable that Greene would be compared to Coffey, but that doesn't make it fair. There are great players and there are players who transcend an era at a position. Orr did it and Coffey was the next. Coffey played in a different era when goals per game were much higher. He played his first 11 seasons with Edmonton and Pittsburgh scoring 317 goals, then played 10 more seasons for different teams and scored 79 goals those last 10 seasons.

Posted by: tomdchancar | February 12, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Here is a prediction: Morrison's first game as an ex-Cap will be against the Caps.

Posted by: ThePat

And if that happens, he'll play a great game, make several incredible defensive plays and not take a single penalty...

Posted by: BigRed8 | February 12, 2009 1:45 PM


Just like Emminger did!

----

Who's this Emminger you speak of? Is he related to Morissonn? or to Zednick?

Posted by: FrankM73 | February 12, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

bourque..

Posted by: richmondphil | February 12, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

All season the Caps have not been willing or able to do 2 very basic things that become all the more important during the playoffs:

1) Create traffic in front of the opposing teams net.
2) Clearing traffic from in front of our net.

If these don't get fixed, Caps are going to have trouble extending their season.

Posted by: doughless | February 12, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Update Fixed II: Is everyone prepared for the 21-game salute?

Guess by now everyone that is not a newbie is starting to see this picture. Picasso couldn't have painted a more beautiful scenario. Is anyone more excited than I about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead:

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against Carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabres (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

cool -- good to see we have the Zoo seeing what I see.

Posted by: windjammersouth | February 12, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't prepared for this 21-game salute.

Posted by: mauree | February 12, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

play around the creases at both ends has been a Caps deficiency for quite a while now. I would say it is their biggest weakness

Posted by: Baildog | February 12, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

How does one paint a scenario, anyhow?

Posted by: Jeff_ | February 12, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Update: Is everyone prepared for my 25,000th identical post?

Guess by now everyone that is not a newbie is starting to get annoyed as hell with me. Picasso couldn't have been more out of touch with the rest of the world than me.

Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Clearly, not.

Looking Back:

The last 21 times windjammersouth posted, I stabbed myself with a pencil:

13 times in my upper body
4 times in my right eye
3 times in my left eye
3 times in my right ear
3 times in my left ear (2 times I left the pencil in there)

2 times in my Maple Leaf (wtf?)

1 time in my right leg (FUWJS)
1 time in my left leg (FUWJS)
1 time in my right foot (FUWJS)
1 time in my left foot (FUWJS)
1 time in my right butt cheek (FUWJS)
1 time in my left butt cheek (FUWJS)

Looking bad if buttjammedinthesouth keeps spamming these threads! All we need is an ignore feature on this site for obvious reasons.

uncool

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 12, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

this site is starting to make my eye twitch.

Posted by: Yoshietree | February 12, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@Yoshietree: It's starting to make all of me twitch. I completely agree that the crease play on both ends is probably the single thing we could improve on most, but I've noticed us crashing the crease more on the power play, and frankly, Fehr seems to be really good at it. (By the way, on a positive note, the F3 line was the best line on the ice last night, and Fehrsie is really stepping up. Good stuff.)

But, let's look at the D while the Hershey guys were here, because they were really good. Did they clear guys out of the crease? I genuinely don't recall, but think about it. If not, what did they do that was different?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 12, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

But yes, it's starting to make all of me twitch, especially since we have until Saturday night to kvetch and stew and snipe at each other.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 12, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

can someone explain to me how (w/ in the salary cap) alzner is back?

thanks

Posted by: am_jim | February 12, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

@sm_jim: Chris Clark (cap hit: 2.6) is on LTIR for the rest of the season.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 12, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1 -

Thanks for the heads up! $10 is an amazing deal. Looks like Row 2 is available in 417 as well. I'm going to call and see if I can get a pair nearby... maybe on the 417/418 aisle. I'll let you know what I end up with!

Posted by: FedorovCrunch | February 12, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

wow, two quick ones and FLA up 4-0 on CAR

Posted by: mauree | February 12, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Martin St. Louis with 4 pts in the 1st period (1g, 3a).

Posted by: tmac2yao | February 12, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Think FLA makes the best case for upset-itis if they make it...agree? Really hoping Cindy and boys does not make the cut but think they will.

Posted by: ralCapsFan | February 12, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Florida/Carolina game. Holy moly. While I do not want us to look past the Lightning, boy are we gonna have our hands full with the Panthers.

However, it is interesting to see all of the ticket promotions they are doing for the match-up with the Caps. Ticket, free parking, 5$ gas card, pizza...

No matter what, I am still glad to see Zed doing so well. Always loved that guy.

Posted by: Kim-3 | February 12, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

@ralcapsfan

Yeah, Carolina are doing their best to ensure that the Pens make that #8 spot.

Posted by: Kim-3 | February 12, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Not that it means a whole lot, but there was apparently a Caps scout at the Avs-Wild game the other night. http://tinyurl.com/aasov5
If we're trading people, anybody from either of those teams that would be worth their weight in stick tape?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 12, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

wow, only 23 shots and 5 goals for FlA while CAR had 42 and nothing to show for it. impressive

Posted by: minicoop828 | February 12, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

And no, Boo, Clutterbuck is *not* the correct answer! ;-D

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 12, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Check this out...
http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3900802

I wonder if the bathrooms will have a certain colorful element to them if this holds to be true? :)

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/01/capitals_urinal_art_a_history.html

Posted by: caps28fan | February 12, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

But, let's look at the D while the Hershey guys were here, because they were really good. Did they clear guys out of the crease? I genuinely don't recall, but think about it. If not, what did they do that was different?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 12, 2009 7:10 PM

The reason the Hershey defensemen do a good job for us is they keep things simple. They play the man when they need to, they clean up rebounds and they attempt to make a simple safe pass. None of this crap like Poti has been doing lately where he's trying to bring the puck through his own crease and losing it or Alzner and Schultz standing with their thumbs up their butts while forwards occupy the area in front of our net. 2 or 3 of our regular Caps defensemen are either too fancy or a tad lazy, thats how it appears anyway.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 12, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Vokoun with 42 saves... I'm starting to worry about the Panthers..

Posted by: rachel216 | February 12, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Alzner made a mistake yesterday, but he's hardly "with his thumb up his butt".

And to answer pawz, both Alzner and Collins clear the crease, and Alzner in particular does well what he didn't do yesterday - covering the pass in 2 on 1 situations.

Overall the call-ups did well also because every game was play or die for them. They gave all.

Posted by: mauree | February 12, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

@pawz,

by the way, I've been calling you "pawz" instead of "kitty"... hope it's ok?

Posted by: mauree | February 12, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@jmu(?)
I've mentioned a couple of Colorado angles.
The fact that their top two centers are out indefinitely with injuries/surgery and we fans had Nylander packed and ready to go not long ago.

When Foote is healthy he is really awe-inspiring on D. The whole team is better around him. saw him in a couple of games before the concussion this season. He's old though...

They'd be crazy to give up McLeod, he's got the Hunter intangibles. Boy can fight a bit too

Posted by: austinsteve | February 13, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Off-topic but here's a chance to give Mike Green some love:
http://www.sportsfanlive.com/web/poll?pollId=7026514

Posted by: mipost1 | February 13, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

@tmac2yao & @caps28fan
thanks for the humor, LOL!

Posted by: taricee | February 13, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

McPhee is looking to see if Kronwall can bring the kind of physical presence and skill to the defense as a third pair partner so the team doesn't have to go out and make a major trade for another defenseman whose price tag is going to be much higher.

Kronwall despite the odd way he came to the Caps, does appear to be a guy with size who also has a considerable degree of skill in puckhandling and clearing the zone.

If he works out the Caps get a player for under $500K and save future draft picks and players that might have been required in a deal for another D.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 13, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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