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Laing Making Progress

Tim Leone of The Patriot-News reports that Quintin Laing, who suffered a torn spleen in March, is nearly recovered and could crack the Hershey Bears' lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday.

"He's getting close," Woods said. "Every day, he looks stronger and stronger. We don't want to rush him, but we want him a part of it. The more he can skate with the team and get his legs under him, the better he'll be. If we can wait, we will; if we need him, he'd probably be ready to go."

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By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 20, 2009; 12:49 PM ET
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Posted by: Rhino40 | May 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Is Laing basically another Boyd Gordon?

I don't know much about him.

Posted by: adamkatzen | May 20, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

1) Folks, how about maybe picking up Mattias Ohlund from Vancouver? He's fairly young, got decent skills, probvably won't cost too much $$, and (I think) goes UFA this summer.

Please discuss.

2) I know this sounds like a broken record, but if I could add ANY D-men I wanted to the Caps lineup (contracts/cap notwithstanding) I'd try to get Phaneuf and possibly Regehr from CGY.

Posted by: Rhino40 | May 20, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

good to see QL on the comeback road...

Posted by: Rhino40 | May 20, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

The Caps actually beat good teams from the West and then lost to bottom dwellers. That was consistent throughout the season whether playing the East or the West. I can throw an excuse out there for a couple of bad losses on a western road trip. The boys beat the Ducks but in that win lost Mike Green and Sergei Fedorov and fell flat in LA and SJ.

Teams in the West they beat:
Blackhawks 4-2, Canucks 5-1 (allowed like 10 shots unbelivably dominated them), Ducks 6-4, Blues 4-2, Red Wings 4-2, and also beat the Preds and Stars.

Playoff teams in the West they lost to:
Columbus 3-0 twice, Mason robbed us, he was unbelievable both times.
Sharks 7-2 (no green, no feds)
Flames 2-1.

Those were the only playoff teams we lost to, the lowly teams we lost to were:
Kings-twice, Coyotes, Preds, Wild, Oilers, and Avalanche.

I would support wrapping up some guys in a couple of deals to get what we need. I would even be OK with Alzner going if we get a high 20's/low 30's (age) defensman that can bring experience and grit to the line-up and would be with us potentially for 6-8 years or so. I do not support getting rid of Semin or Varly though.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 20, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse


How about Matthias (sp). Ohlund from Vancouver? He's got decent skills, is fairly young, and (I think) goes UFA this summer for not too much $$.

Your thoughts, please?

Posted by: Rhino40 | May 20, 2009 12:34 PM

Thats a guy i wished they'd picked up already. (I also like the idea of Komisarek). Ohlund is a very good stay at home D.

The issue these days is who is really available? When you're in your thirties and have a wife and kids, investment in a home, etc, and have the option of staying and signing a deal, its tough to leave. Journeymen are different. Guys like Ohlund call their own shots, it seems.

On another note, after the lockout, GMGM bought into the new NHL deal, and we have a bunch of slight, light players rather than weight and size. The caps are tall, not big. Looking at the roster, and keeping in mind the adage that teams resemble their GM, does anyone see a similarity there?

Posted by: oo7 | May 20, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys,

Assuming the Hershey/Providence series comes back to Hershey, does anyone have an idea as to when the game(s) would be played? Games 1 and 2 were sat/sun, then Game 3 wasn't until friday. If Game 5 happens, it will be monday the 25th. Would it be safe to assume, that Game 6 would be on fri the 29th or sat the 30th? I was thinking about heading up, but I'm not too familiar with AHL scheduling etc.


Posted by: Fro_ | May 20, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse


Game 6 will be Wed 5/27 and Game 7 will be Thur 5/28.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 20, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Good to hear Quintin is almost back to playing; I hope we can see more of him up with the Caps next season; he leads a really good example of giving your all every shift, and god knows we could use the help shot blocking.

Posted by: Justini | May 20, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Please enough with QL already playing with the Caps. Nice story, but this isnt the Caps of 2004/05. This team is way beyond having nice stories on it.

Posted by: JSchon | May 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I love Laing, and love what he did and brought to the team when Bruce first took over, but I can't see him being part of the opening day roster.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | May 20, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

QL has played in 43 NHL games since being drafted in 1997. Why? Cause he isnt that good at anything hockey skill related other than trying real hard.

Posted by: JSchon | May 20, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

jschon obviously bb knows more about what hockey skills the caps needed last year and this year when he brought up ql for the playoff drive ...are pk shot blocking and defense on the fourth line that checks the oppositions top line important skills? You should know YOUR ROLE BEFORE YOU SPOUT OFF

Posted by: wendel2 | May 20, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Laing clears waivers like you chime in on people being completely honest about your favorite player.

Laing = great story... unfortunately thats it.

Posted by: JSchon | May 20, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

i like laing, but i agree that he won't crack the opening day lineup

Posted by: _stevo | May 20, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

BB played QL because he knew him from Hersey, there was a comfort level. QL didnt play a game after 3/17 in 2007/2008. That was the playoff drive. The playoff drive didnt start Nov 24th when BB took over, that was trying to right the ship.

Posted by: JSchon | May 20, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

seemed pretty clear gabby & gmgm had plans for ql to be playing w/ the caps in the playoffs. they made it seem pretty deliberate that he was gonna be in a caps jersey more for the playoff push than the reg season.

Posted by: am_jim | May 20, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 20, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

SCHON I was refering to the drive for the playoffs which was why bb was hired and continued to the end of the season when they made the playoffs

Posted by: wendel2 | May 20, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm referring to the same season Wendel. Hanlon fired Nov 24th, BB hired. The Caps were 6-14-1 when that occurred. There was no playoff push at the time. No one thought playoffs, it was fix the problems and figure out what team we had. The playoff weren't in sight until sometime around New Years.

Posted by: JSchon | May 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Caps prospects makes me feel good about the future of the team. Most of these guys sound like they will either play with the big team down the road or will make great trade bait.

I didn't know Finley was that much of a monster. Between Finley, Carlson, Alzner and the other prospects, if we have two of those guys develop into big time defensemen, we're going to be in good shape.

I would also like to see Bourque, Osala and Aucoin get some love on the big club next year. These are the typical lunch pail players we need to muck it up in the corners and in front of the net.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 20, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

lol whatever you say ...guess you must have just let bb know when it was time to start the playoff push........when in doubt just argue semantics eh schon...what a joke

Posted by: wendel2 | May 20, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

good answers by Cooley in an SI interview

SI:What's your least favorite city to visit?
Chris Cooley:Philly. I really don't like Philly. I got a cheesesteak the first time I went there, but other than that, there's just nothing exciting about Philly.

SI:What's your favorite sports venue to visit as a fan or player?
Chris Cooley:I haven't been to very many. But I'm gonna go with the Verizon Center for Capitals games.

Posted by: _stevo | May 20, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Here's a list of FA defenseman, along with anything else you would like for the upcoming season, thanks to

Posted by: DaleHunter | May 20, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

i think some folks are missing the point about QL: he his tenacious and gritty and has balls. while he may never be Caps starting day material, he does exhibit some huge qualities that the current team doesn't exhibit on a consistent basis.

Posted by: doughless | May 20, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

with ql in camp - maybe some of the other 3rd/4th lines guys will see what it takes to make themselves a little more valuable to the team. he might not have the best hockey skills - but if he pushes just one other player that does have the skill - then he's good to keep around in hershey to let others know that they are a few lazy shifts from being a AHL'er

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | May 20, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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