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Laich: 'I have to be better'

Nicklas Backstrom, as you've probably seen by now, was officially named to Team Sweden just before the Caps hit the ice for practice here at KCI. The news, of course, was not much of a surprise. But the 22-year-old still was pumped to hear it officially, anyway.

"The Olympics has been a dream since I was a kid," Backstrom said. "It was fun to hear the news. I'm excited right now."

Making the Olympic team also happens to coincide with Backstrom's best stretch as an NHLer. His nine goals this month are tied for the second most in the league with Andrei Kostitsyn and one behind Stephen Weiss.

"It's a good thing to want to dish," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "But he's enjoying scoring goals and he's pretty good at it."

Some other notes and quotes from this morning's session:

*Brooks Laich has one goal in his past 17 games and did not get a shot on net in last night's 4-1 win over New Jersey. This, after scoring 10 goals in his first 21 contests.

As you might imagine, he's not taking the slump well.

"To be honest, I'm playing like [crap]," said Laich, who has spent the past three games at center rather than left wing, the position he's played most often over the past two seasons. "I'm just not doing the things I usually do. The chances aren't coming. I'm trying to work through it, but sometimes it goes like this. Personally, my job is to produce goals and points and I haven't done it. It's not good enough to just work hard. I have to be better."

Boudreau said he talked to Laich again this morning about relaxing. Laich takes losses and poor performances harder than just about anyone on the team (other than Mike Green).

"He puts too much pressure on himself," Boudreau said. "I told him to just go out there and play."

*Boudreau wouldn't commit to his starter in goal tomorrow, one day after saying veteran Jose Theodore wold be between the pipes against Carolina. That could just be Boudreau being coy, though.

Boudreau did, however, acknowledge that all three goalies (Theodore, Michal Neuvirth and Semyon Varlamov) are starting to feel the pressure of competing for playing time. (Varlamov faced shots today and is inching back to being ready).

"Now we've got three goalies vying for ice time and everyone pushing each other," Boudreau said. "Sometimes it's a good situation. Sometimes it's a not so good situation. We'll find out what it is. We'll find out what it is before it's all said and done."

When asked about Theodore's comments yesterday, Boudreau said: "Do you not have a bad day at work and get [upset] at your employers? You know what? It's not unhealthy to be upset. If he wasn't upset, it would show that he doesn't care. He cares. We all want to start. But that wasn't his decision."

*Boudreau couldn't be happier with Neuvirth, who has won three straight starts and posted a 1.67 goals against average and .946 save percentage in that span.

"If you remember, last year he started three games for us and the third game was against Carolina," Boudreau said. "He looked like an American league goalie at that point. Through time last year, he got worse. But it's totally opposite this year. If you look at his first couple of starts, they were really mediocre. Then you go to the Edmonton start, he didn't really have a lot of work to do, but he was pretty solid. Then you go to the Buffalo start and he was pretty solid. Then he was more solid last night. He's getting better with the more work he gets."

*Tom Poti, who missed Saturday's game with an undisclosed injury, skated briefly this morning. But he won't play tomorrow, Boudreau said.

That's it for now. I'll have a little bit more in tomorrow's Post.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 27, 2009; 1:46 PM ET
 
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The Poti injury is no big deal since we have 38 NHL caliber defensemen.

Posted by: SA-Town | December 27, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

how weird is it that I have no interest in watching USA or Canada win the gold?

go russia or sweden.

this is messed up. hope the fox news channel doesn't find out.....

Posted by: CF11555 | December 27, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Laich is absolutely right, he has to be better...

The problem is he isn't a natural play making center. He is two-way crease crashing LW, that is what he excels at.

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I've been thinking lately:

Fehr has been in a bit of a funk as well, notably since he and Flash got broken up. It might not be a bad idea to re-unite the two with Morrison, and move Knuble to a line with Laich and Clark. Tomorrow night would be a good game to try it (against a much inferior opponent) and it might spark Laich, Fehr and Knuble (who hasn't looked overly great since returning, although it may still be rust).

Posted by: Aldred15 | December 27, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

At this point in their careers... Fehr is a better all around player than Knuble. Fehr is heading up and Knuble is not. Flash/B.Mo/Fehr were great and producing points that compared favorably to the SOB line 5 on 5.

I'd like to see Steckel center Laich and Knuble...

And Beagle center a combination of Laing, Bradley and Clark

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm a long time DC resident who is new to hockey. It's almost funny after the Skins and Nats to hear about the Caps "problems". So Laich, a proven, classy veteran is in a slump and pissed about it and says effort isn't enough. And they have three great goalies and one pissed because he isn't playing and the coach is glad he's pissed because it shows he wants it.

Those are the problems the Skins and Nats are dreaming of having. Nine goals against Miller and Marti was really fun to watch.

Posted by: Avar | December 27, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

@Avar - You said it! That's exactly my opinion. :)

Posted by: irockthered | December 27, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Nylander has 7 assists in 5 games since going back to the Griffins, maybe we can use him.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | December 27, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Nylander should net a draft pick in 2010.

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@Avar - I agree, it's important to maintain perspective. These are great times for DC hockey fans.

Posted by: zmega | December 27, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

@old time - I will assume that was sarcasm and let it slide.

Posted by: zmega | December 27, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I'd like to see Brooks do better also.

@Aldred15 -- your suggestions on lines seems like a good idea. Fehr for some reason produces better on the second line.

@JSchon -- your ideas sound pretty good too. Laich is better as a winger than a center.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 27, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey I posted this a week or so ago but having gotten any takers so I am trying again.

I have two tickets to the Caps in Pittsburgh on Thursady January 21st. They are in section D-10. They are $77 dollar tickets and I am selling them at the face value. If I can't get them sold to a Caps fan I am going to have to go on ticket exchange and a Pens fan will get them so I am hoping not to do that. If you are interested email me at icehammer97@aol.com

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 27, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Just watching Team USA in the Junior Hockey Tournament. As is typically the case, the Canadian hockey fans feel that they have to boo the US team after the US takes a 2-0 lead late in the game. Thanks Canadian hockey fans...

Posted by: MReilly9 | December 27, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

let them boo, who cares.. that's about the only thing they can beat us on, that and curling probably

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

and if our army had paid a little more money early in the last century, the Gretzkys wouldn't have moved up there either.

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

let them boo, who cares.. that's about the only thing they can beat us on, that and curling probably

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? Well, without Canada you wouldn't have a hockey franchise.

Posted by: zbeast32 | December 27, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

LOL there are only 6 teams left in Canada.. think again

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@joke 443.........you are right and 60% of the players in the NHL..think again

Posted by: wendel2 | December 27, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@ wendel2

what the heck is your point?

all I said was who cares if they boo the american team

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

testy arent we today joke

Posted by: wendel2 | December 27, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'll take that as a no... you don't really have a point

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

point is you started yapping about Canada and hockey and only six teams but they are the top 60% of nhl players

Posted by: wendel2 | December 27, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

geez, let me guess... you're Canadian

LOL

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

gee u r brighter than i thought u were

Posted by: wendel2 | December 27, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

at least we don't boo your anthem... we have manners here

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

better check that opinion out....u talking for all 200 plus million? You yanks love exaggeration dont you

Posted by: wendel2 | December 27, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

LMAO.. you don't have anything to counter that, do you??

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

google booing and philly fans or boston......ps some french canadians boo everone....so dont take them as representative of all canadians just like philly or pens fan dont represent all americans

Posted by: wendel2 | December 27, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

right that was AFTER that incident, NOT before...

they're still your contrymen even if they're french

Posted by: joek443 | December 27, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I agree, French Canadians are extremely annoying, even the French find them annoying, and everyone finds the French annoying.

Canadians are somewhat smug about their hockey but the US isn't without their own smugness...

It's absolutely normal to have national pride and it is absolutely normal for it to be fervent come Olympic time...

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

It's easy for Caps fans to be annoyed with Canada, especially having Ovi, Semin, Backstrom and Varly on our squad. 2 of the 3 biggest public enemies for the Caps are Canadian, Crosby and Richards.

I love to boo people I want to boo, in hockey, most of them are Canadian.

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Not 3 good goaltenders Make that 4. Braden Holtby (6-1-1-1) 1.21 GAA In Hershey. Michal Neuvirth (10-5-0-0)1.99 GAA in Hershey.

Posted by: sporttraveler | December 27, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

You know, my one daughter is living in Canada for a year - Hamilton. (She's the one of the three who doesn't care about hockey, what a shame.) Anyway, we are eating dinner and there's Tabasco sauce on the table and she tells us how the Canadian version of Tabasco is terrible.

"Maybe so," I tell her, "but their beer is way better than ours."

"So they have beer and hockey," another daughter says.

"Yes," I say, "when you have the two most important things in life covered, why worry about anything else?"

To our Canadian friends: Happy holidays and thanks for sharing your game. Not all 307M Americans care for it, but enough of us realize it's not only a great game but that it helps bring many peoples of the world together.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 27, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Come World Cup Soccer time, I become a USA flag waving yank bastard... A drunk and belligerent mess of human who only sees thru red, white and blue glasses...

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"I agree, French Canadians are extremely annoying, even the French find them annoying, and everyone finds the French annoying"

Posted by: JSchon | December 27, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Haa haa haaa!

BTW Pitt. fans (Penguins and Steelers with Terrible towels) are annoying, too...

Posted by: arakakij | December 27, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

The hell is going on here.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 27, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

how about nbc somehow involves ovechkin if he is at the game. doesn't nbc broadcast hockey? i know the caps are not in the winter classic, what about the olympics? pretty weak.'

Posted by: underpants2 | December 27, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I know it's just a regular season game, but we beat the two other East division leaders with our 3rd goalie.

Yeah.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 27, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

pens fall to tor - they had tied it up at 3 with 2:15 left then gave one up with 1:22 to go.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 27, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Just went to the NHL to see the Caps at the top of the league at 54 points (have to enjoy it while it lasts). Then I checked the individual stats--amazingly in the league-wide plus/minus category the Caps have five players in the top ten and seven players in the top twenty. Ovi is of course number one but hey Erskine is at seventeen. I know the plus/minus can be a misleading stat but having so many Caps players with such good numbers is--well--just great.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 27, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

I also noticed that Pittsburgh fell to Toronto. And they took a few minor penalties, as well but none were costly.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | December 27, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

In International play I am always a US fan first. Since the reality is that our teams are not dominant in the sports I like(Soccer, Hockey) I pull for a surrogate team if USA is eliminated.

For soccer its always been Germany and for hockey its been Sweden.

Posted by: trunkenmath | December 27, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Don't mean to mention that team that plays that other sport in this town, but Al Michaels is talking about the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin on Sunday Night Football.

It's a great time to be a Caps fan.

Posted by: Capcrazy77 | December 27, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Toronto's victory over the Evil Flightless Birds, the Capitals retain their #1 seed in the Eastern Conference; however, due to the Blackhawks' victory, we are now one point out of 1st place in the League.

Tomorrow night, that could change, as we play, but Chicago does not.

Let's Go, CAPS!!!

Posted by: irockthered | December 27, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm a skins fan too so I watched the train wreck at FEDEX until the end hoping the skins would break the shutout. Anyhow, I never thought I'd see the day a Let's Go Caps sign would be held up at a Skins game. Unbelievably cool. Al Michaels said that we aren't Hockey Town, we're not Detroit, not yet.

The atmosphere at Verizon for a regular season game has the electricity of a playoff game. We may not be hockey town, but we are hockey crazy. The Caps are going to snag a few Cups for us soon, they're coming.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 27, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Just got done watching the Redskins futility. Washington should thank its lucky stars for the Capitals, the areas only winning franchise. Being number one in the league is great and all that but doesn't mean squat come playoff time - just ask the Sharks.

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | December 27, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

why did everyone stop posting!??!?!??!??!??!???!?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!!!!???!??!??!?!?!???!??!?!?

Posted by: nickiefan83 | December 28, 2009 1:36 AM | Report abuse

@trunkenmath:
"For soccer its always been Germany and for hockey its been Sweden."

Is there a reason for this choice?

Sweden for hockey seems ok to me ;-): It's been a combination of very high skill, intelligent play and some "Canadian-style body use" ...

... but Germany for soccer ? ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | December 28, 2009 3:03 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1
Canadian beer is not "way better that ours." Dogfish Head, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Weyerbacher make the best beer in the world! Go USA! Go Caps!

Posted by: carlton46 | December 28, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

@FCKoeln:
Been watching Bundesliga since I was 10. The only logical progression I can give is: Father was a Submariner, Interested in submarine history, learned about Otto Kretschmer, became interested in Germany, watched telecasts and read webpage to learn the language. Then I moved there for a bit and well you know the rest, we discussed last year :)

@carlton46: Can't judge a nation's beer output by it's craft breweries. If I walk into a store in random US town 99% of the domestic stock will be swill.

Posted by: trunkenmath | December 28, 2009 4:47 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1 - That is AWESOME!

Posted by: irockthered | December 28, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

....

Wow, guys. Chances are the reason everyone stopped posting is that the smart ones went to bed.

The Caps literally are the area's only winning franchise this year. DC United finished in the middle of the pack and just missed the playoffs. Every other pro sports franchise finished below .500. College hasn't been much better. For all we snipe and analyze and pick apart every little detail, it's good to keep a little perspective. Half the clubs in the league wish they had our problems.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 28, 2009 7:57 AM | Report abuse

It's fun to have a winning hockey team. I feel sorry for Skins fans this year, although they have had some great years in the past and will have great years some time in the future again.

It's exciting to see the pride in the DC area for the Caps and to watch the popularity grow. I am making a vow to remain a Caps fan through thick and thin, though! Ted Leonsis, George McPhee and Bruce Boudreau have done a great job of putting together the team and getting them to this point.

Much as I love the Caps and all the Caps players from other countries, I will be cheering for Team USA in the Olympics. I wish for all the players who will be playing for their countries to have a fantastic experience, but I'm definitely wanting the US to win. I do not want Canada to win, but I want Mike Green to be chosen as long as he doesn't get injured!

I can't wait to watch the game against the Hurricanes tonight in person! Let's Go Caps!!!

Posted by: dccitizen1 | December 28, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | December 28, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

@Kittypawz

Well I am so smart that my life exists 13 hours into the future. By the time you go to bed I am already halfway through tomorrow :)

Posted by: trunkenmath | December 28, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the delay but holiday issues...from 2 threads ago:

I'm curious how Gordo's going to look in this rejuvunated team. Spare part or supercharged?

Posted by: Sonyask | December 27, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Sonya, you forgot option C... Anchor & D...Healthy Scratch.

Posted by: opus1m | December 28, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I'm watching NHL Network. They're doing some kinda special on Mario Lemieux... There was a scene in the locker room where he is greeting every player with Jagr as they leave the locker room to get to the ice before the game begin...

He's calling all the players as they leave...

Marty (Martin Straka)
Kovy (Alexei Kovalev)
Langer (Robert Lang)
Morozov

2000 Pens... God I hate them... They were stacked...

Mario, btw, had 76 points in 43 games. 35 goals.

Posted by: JSchon | December 28, 2009 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Laich hasn't been doing much of anything lately but to me it looked like he was skating a bit harder the last couple of games. Not much came from it but at least he was keeping pressure on the opposition.

In goal I would probably start Theodore tonight and go back to Neuvirth next game. But that's a tough call with Neuvirth starting to play way better than he was the first couple of games. Don't know if it's worth slowing his progression to put Theo back in for the sake of using a goalie who's not going to be with the team next year and has been outplayed. Sometimes the competition does bring out the best in all of them so it could be a good move. But what do you do when Varlamov comes back?

Posted by: Stu_c | December 28, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

carlton46: Sierra Nevada is my favorite. When I posted that note, I typed in "Canada makes way better open bracket mass market close bracket beer than America."

When the note posted, the bracket and words inside weren't there.

My point is that the run of the mill Canadian beer, Molson, is way better than Budweiser. Of course, some of that has to do with the taste of the consumer and also because US has laws relative to alcohol content in beer.

BTW, Holtby is really tearing it up, isn't he? And they're going to have to send him back to ECHL?

What a great problem to have. It seems as if they can move Theo now, if they want, Holtby maybe good enough to be NHL back-up if Varly or Neuvy goes down. Neuvy is clearly "almost there" if not already.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 28, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Stu_c

When Varlamov comes back, there is only 1 thing the Caps can do. Send Neuvy back to Hershey.

The Caps will not be able to send Theo anywhere. He is here to stay the rest of the season. Unfortunately there wont be any suitors for Theo during the trade deadline either. That's my opinion.

Posted by: JSchon | December 28, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

According to the article I linked, Mark Howe is a scout for the Red Wings. So was he in Hershey watching the team in general, or maybe one particular player they're interested in, or just enjoying a hockey game with his dad?

Posted by: tess2201 | December 28, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Tess,
We were also wondering why John Paddock (asst. GM for player development for the Flyers) was at Saturday's Bears game? Scouting?

Posted by: ekays | December 28, 2009 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they were all there to watch the Admirals goalie?

Posted by: JSchon | December 28, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Tarik! Hello? It's 11:20AM on a game day and no sign of you, here or Twitter. If you've been in a car accident, where do we send the flowers?

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | December 28, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Canadian beer is not "way better that ours." Dogfish Head, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Weyerbacher make the best beer in the world! Go USA! Go Caps!

Posted by: carlton46 | December 28, 2009 4:12 AM |

False. The best beer comes from the other side of the Atlantic.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@Wiley_One1

For the impatient fans: Corey Masisak has a little bit of information ...

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | December 28, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

@richmondphil:

You are correct, of course - however,
degustibus non est disputandum ;-)

Theo in goal - I hope for a SO for him, because it will make BBs decision - who will be our No. 1 and No. 2 goalie - even more "complicated" ;-)
... and I am eager to know, how Semin will play after setting for a knew contract ...

... and I hope for an injury free game!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | December 28, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Semin = overpriced

Posted by: doughless | December 28, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@ all

I forgot:

Go Caps!

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | December 28, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@doughless

... what can Semin do to disabuse you of his importance for the Caps ...?

Posted by: FCKoeln1 | December 28, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

6 mil. is a bit high for me, but it was expected.

My only complaint about Semin has to do with his durability. If he played a full season, he would get more. He was 4th highest in pts/game last year, and is above the 1.00 rate this year.

Again, preserving the best line in hockey for another year is a good thing. (Also again, I assume Backstrom is a no-brainer)

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

BTW, those 3 people in front of Semin last year were; Ovechkin, Malkin, and Crosby.

So yeah...when you produce in that tier, you are going to get a raise.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

so with that contract, we have what, over five million for Backstrom on top of what he makes now? That is assuming that we are parting ways with three-or-more.

Posted by: hbcapsfan | December 28, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Circling back to Laich.

How many years has it been since he was a fullt-time center? The 3rd line with 16-21-17 seems like it'll take some time to get oriented, especially with Laich getting his winger 'legs' in center playing order. I only move here three years ago so I don't have a load of background on how he played center. Being forced to played more on the defensive end and increasing the set-up requirements on the offensive end are going to take some time. With Laich out of his normal wing position and both 16 and 17 struggling a bit on the score sheet it's going to take some real drive to be productive. I'm perfectly willing to give Brooks time to settle in - shoot, when I move cubicles I have a hard time adjusting and I'm at least still sitting in the same office chair.

Posted by: saintex | December 28, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Twitter is abuzz with Caps trade rumor with Columbus. Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman are saying Col. is looking at Morrissonn or Jurcina. No word on what would be coming back.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | December 28, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Laich was used as a winger by even the Sens organization, so he's been off and on again with it. Flash is also listed as a "C" sometimes, but he's definetely far from that now.

Laich's offensive struggles actually existed before BB moved him to center, but that's okay with me. Laich isn't doing anything to get noticed negatively, he just isn't scoring. Stay stress-free Laich, you're still playing solid hockey. The points will come.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

According to Corey, Theo in tonight and Alzner is out. BB just wants to get Sloan into a game.

Discuss.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | December 28, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

lets add another russian. filatov..

Posted by: samb99 | December 28, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Twitter is abuzz with Caps trade rumor with Columbus. Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman are saying Col. is looking at Morrissonn or Jurcina. No word on what would be coming back.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | December 28, 2009 12:14 PM |

Why not Poti? Haha....

Maybe someone like Sammy Palhsson will be coming back...Solid 3rd line forward. Though didn't he just sign like a 2 or 3 year contract with em?

Tyutin maybe? How long does he have on his contract?

Rights to Filatov?

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling that getting Semin lineed up for next year and knowing the money is there for Nicky might open up GM a bit. The feeling is growing. I have no idea what might be cooking but my trick knee is acting up...feels like a move somewhere.

Posted by: saintex | December 28, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

According to Corey, Theo in tonight and Alzner is out. BB just wants to get Sloan into a game.

Discuss.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | December 28, 2009 12:19 PM |

I understand wanting to have people get work (Sloan), but Alzner should really play every game he can.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Filatov and I try not to feed the "Every Russian to Caps/ATL rumors", but if we can get a blue-chip prospect for someone who is just taking a roster spot right now, then go for it.

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil,

I agree. I do not like the idea of sitting Alzner.

But if any of these rumors are true, we may be shipping out a D-man and we may not have to worry about it going forward.

I kind of like the idea of having another blue chip prospect. From what I have seen on some video, he looks to be worth a shot. Heck, he already speaks better English than even OV.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | December 28, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

could be the reason alzner is sitting tonight. showcase the d along with theo and get some trade movement going! i would love to trade theo and have varly/neuvy as a 1/2 punch with holtby in hershey ready to fill in for injury. sickest goaltending treo for under 2 mil around!!!

Posted by: CapsSkins | December 28, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

And no, I don't think Alzner is in the discussion of these talks. Healthy scratch is a coincidence...

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"Another notable absentee is Vancouver's Mikael Samuelsson, who pulled no punches in discussing the snub.

"Probably going to get in trouble for this, but they can go (expletive deleted) themselves," was his reaction following the Canucks win over Calgary Sunday night."

Haha...

Posted by: richmondphil | December 28, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

both poti and alzner stayed late on the ice. so poti could be going to cbj. If it is Filatov. How many Left wingers do we need. Ov flash semin. we need a center and dman. Having said that I like filatov and think he would do well in DC. same way afigenov is doing in ATL vs Buffalo

Posted by: samb99 | December 28, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Semin = overpriced

Posted by: doughless | December 28, 2009 11:40 AM

100% disagreement. After checking all the comparable players, $6M is just right.

Just like $3-4M will be "just right" for Flash.

They can't trade Alzner. He's about the only NHL-level defenseman we have signed for next year. Moving ShaMo and/or Jurcina (they still have Collins who can be used) makes sense even for picks that can be used March 1st. Remember - Billy Guerin was had for a #3 and he was a difference maker.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 28, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Flash for $4 million = overpriced. We are rapidly re-entering lockout salary territory.

Posted by: doughless | December 28, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@jschon, @capsfan75

I like those lines, except for Steckel centering third. It's time to bring Perrault back from his exile and let him center Laich and Knuble. Love Fehr, Flash, and Morrison. The BFF line.

as for the trade rumors - Theodore + 1 or 2 d men we could easily expend for a super good center for the third line, or a superb checking winger. Another puck rushing d man wouldn't kill us, either.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 28, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

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