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Posted at 2:26 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Capitals' Marcus Johansson growing more confident

By Katie Carrera

While it's uncertain how long any of the Capitals' latest line combinations will last beyond Friday's practice, Coach Bruce Boudreau commented on how the recent strong play of Marcus Johansson made him think, why not put Alex Ovechkin next to the rookie center in this round of tinkering?

It won't be the first time that Johansson serves as the pivot on Ovechkin's line this season. Boudreau tried it on Nov. 17 against Buffalo and the young Swede didn't have the most steady outing. But as he's played through the first three months of his NHL career, Johansson's confidence on the ice has grown.

"I think just knowing you can't take a shift or a night off -- you've got to really pay attention and you've got to absolutely believe in what you're doing. That's why you're here," Johansson said when asked about the biggest adjustment he's had to make. "You can't look at someone else and think: 'Well he's pretty good'. You've got to know that you're good at what you're doing and go out and do it, not just be around."

Johansson missed nine games earlier in the season with a hip flexor injury and most recently sat out because of lingering effects from blocking a shot with his ankle against Boston on Dec. 18. But in his past five contests, Johansson has created plays offensively while maintaining his responsibility on defense, and looked more at ease. The challenge now is to do so on a regular basis.

"The last five games he's played real well. Before that it's been inconsistent," Boudreau said. "You can see the potential in him and he's a young guy, but he's been consistently good the last five games and that's what we need from a guy like him."

As for the pressure of playing alongside Ovechkin, Johansson believes that he's learning how to accept that role without constantly worrying about where the two-time Hart Trophy winner is on the ice or if he wants the puck.

"Maybe sometimes you do [think about where Ovechkin is] but I think that's where you've got to stop thinking," said Johansson, who also noted how much fun it can be to play with Ovechkin. "He'll get the puck when he should have the puck and he'll make his plays when he should -- that's the part of the game you don't want to think about too much."

By Katie Carrera  | January 7, 2011; 2:26 PM ET
Categories:  Alex Ovechkin, Bruce Boudreau, Marcus Johansson  
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Comments

Arnott would be nice but I just think its doubtful. Look to teams that GMGM has done trades with in the past. And as crazy as it sounds with his comments about our team previously, tominsocal's dreams may come true and RJ Umberger could be coming our way. Just a gut feeling.

Posted by: ThePat | January 7, 2011 1:42 PM


@ThPat:

Please not Umberger! Sure, he's a tough guy and a decent player, but IMHO hockey people have long memories. His remarks in the press about the Caps--accurate or not--would make him a cancer in the locker room if he came here. Either that, or he'd spend the whole season in the press box tying up salary cap space (with #89, hahaha).

And for what?

Say what you will about GMGM, but I somehow doubt that he's is the kind of guy to deliberately blow salary cap space just to park some guy in the press box for spite. Even if he were, he knows there's too much at stake to ever allow another Nylander redux.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 7, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Umberger was dead on with his comments about the Caps last year. DEAD ON. He is a gritty player that would fit on this team. He could fill the 2C roll. However, the Blue Jackets are only 3 points out of a playoffs spot. He has another year with a cap hit of 3.75 million. The Caps have 7 UFA's and 3 RFA's this year. I'm not sure if Umberger's cap hit is a good idea.
Arnott isn't a 2C anymore.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 7, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Go to Puck Daddy for the link to the 93-94 Caps Calendar. Pretty funny.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | January 7, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@chriscaps:

Whether Umberger was "dead on" or not is irrelevant: By bad-mouthing the Caps organization, he basically poured Drānō® on any chance he may have had to positively contribute to it.

I won't dispute with you that grit is a good thing...of course it is. But the Caps have more of it now than they did when those comments were made, adding guys like Hendricks who have contributed a significant amount of "snarl" to the lineup. Yes they're having some trouble scoring the expected mass quantities of goals right now, and the power play--to put it mildly--needs serious immprovement. OTOH, look at where the defense and penalty kill are vice last year: much, much better.

Sure, grit matters. A lot. He11, a super lot. But team chemistry is every bit as important.

My point is this: How much damage are you willing to do to the Caps' overall team chemistry just to add one (1) slightly above-average player, simply because you admire him for speaking what you believe to be an inconvenient truth?

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 7, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Free da King already!!

Posted by: great81 | January 7, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Did people see that the Caps were rated the #1 Big Winners from the WJC? With the great play of Kuznetsov, Orlov and Eakin. Also thrown in was that Patrick Wey looks like a depth player.

That's amazing considering how horrible GMGM drafts.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 7, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3:
can you post the article please?

Posted by: FrankM73 | January 7, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone notice that tomorrow's Georgetown game is starting at 11 am rather than noon or later? I hope that's a sign that now that Ted owns the VC he will create a schedule a bit more favorable for the Caps; the extra hour should help with the ice conditions.

Posted by: Thisistheyear | January 7, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN.com NHL Draft Blog on 2011 WJC

Big Winners


Scouts from these teams did back flips on the way to the airport Wednesday.


1. Washington Capitals: Yevgeni Kuznetsov was the single most spectacular talent for the champion Russian team. He more than any player in the tournament showed the ability to take over a game, starting and finishing plays against the contenders in the elimination round. He took shifts at center -- it wasn't a position of depth for Russia and you'd have to suspect that he might be more comfortable on the wing at the next level.

Kuznetsov's teammate Dmitri Orlov might have been the best all-around defenseman in the tournament with a combination of high puck skills, hockey sense, size and bad attitude. The Caps were able to risk chasing Russian players because they're convinced the presence of Alexander Ovechkin will get them past signability issues. That's the only reason that Kuznetsov fell to the late first last June and and Orlov to the second round in 2009. (Getting the two in the fold may not be easy though, so that's a big asterisk to attach.)

Center/Winger Cody Eakin seems likely to be a great score at 85th overall in the 2009 draft. Eakin's size might hold him back from being near the top of the roster but he has uncanny anticipation. Against a bigger Russian team in the final, the Canadians wilted in the late going but Eakin continued to win 50-50 pucks through hustle and industry.

American D Patrick Wey looks like a depth player.

Other Big Winners: 2. St Louis Blues and 3. Florida Panthers

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 7, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I hate when there's so much down-time between games....GO CAPS, KICK PANTHER A@@ TOMORROW!

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 7, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

How can GMGM be such a bad drafter if the Caps have been one of the best teams in the league the last two years? Almost all of our key players are young and only getting better. Also, the picks we have waiting in the wings will be role players once they get their shot.

Posted by: Caps4Life1 | January 7, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino

You notice RJ was right and the Caps have changed their system. If they want to know what kind of guy he is in the locker room all they have to do is ask Chimera and they can find out fast. Chimera was responsible for hurting Ovi and all was forgiven once he got here.

RJ has 14G, 14A so far this season. He'd be a perfect fit at 2C and would never be sitting in the press box if we acquired him. I think you are completely off base in suggesting that would even be possible if they got him.

His cap hit isnt bad at all and most likely we don't have a 2C next year either. Kuz and Eakin wont be ready. And personally I think Kuz will be a winger in the NHL.

Will they even go after RJ? I have no idea. I just know GMGM likes to deal with GM's hes dealt with in the past so I was looking at it that way.

Posted by: ThePat | January 7, 2011 8:14 PM | Report abuse

And me saying Kuz wont be ready isnt a skill thing, its his KHL contract.

@sgm3 mentioned he could get out of it. But apparently it isnt an opt out, he'd have to buy his way out of it. The Caps havent been given any indication yet that he plans on doing that.

Posted by: ThePat | January 7, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

FYI: Bears Update
Bears are playing tonight at Manitoba. Game just started at 8:30 and already it's 2-0 Bears. Goals by Brian Fahey and Nikita Kashirsky.
Radio broadcast on 1500am or at HersheyBears.com

Posted by: tess2201 | January 7, 2011 8:45 PM | Report abuse

How is Souray looking, Tess?

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Three days no Caps hocket soooooo boring.

What's the purpose of the Caps signed the King if he is being sent the press box so often. Is he becoming another Nyls.

Free the King

Posted by: instinct227 | January 7, 2011 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Hockey - damn finger

Posted by: instinct227 | January 7, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the heads-up on the Bears game being carried live on the Caps radio station - 1500 AM. Something to listen to while waiting for the next Caps game to start (tomorrow night).

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 7, 2011 8:55 PM | Report abuse

zmega:
Souray isn't playing. He missed game early on with a broken hand, came back for about half a dozen games, and now is out again with a sprained knee. Probably another week or two at least till he's ready.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 7, 2011 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Tess.

BTW, great article on World Juniors from the Canadian perspective http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/bob_mckenzie/?id=348283 .

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse

It's great that the Leafs are hammering Atlanta on the road 6-1 late in the 2nd.

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 7, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino

What are you nuts? Umberger is exactly what this team needss: play off guys.
R.J. was right about the Caps. Hal Gill and the Smurfs proved that.

Get him in here, if it is doable !!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Now 8-1 Leafs after 2.

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 7, 2011 9:14 PM | Report abuse

@CAPS4life

Yea, GMGM"S draft picks are leaving a trail of bodies and bent net twine as they rocket through the playoffs. GEEEEZ!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I lived in Montreal sometimes as GMGM's bull dung answers would last about 4 minutes on a hockey educated crowd used to winning cUps.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 9:19 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

My college roommate lives in Lethbridge, but still roots for the Swift Current team.
I've seen Eakin play twice. He will be a star for our team SOON. He will quickly pass Backy as the #1 center, as Backy is proving he has ZERO playoff grit.(zero goals in elim games!)

Best internet highlight of Eakin. You tube Eakin vs Konan of Medicine Hat. In a very "unCaps- like move" Eakin puts a major beat down on a bigger D-man who just boarded his wing. This guy has playoffs written all over him, Backy just has a big Eurowallet now. Taking 40 games off when you're playing alongside the best player in the world is disconcerting.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@joshu1

Yea, the NHL has changed. What Bull !
Did you attend the game when Sutton took 2 runs at Mike Green in a game that was basically over ? Brash went out and put a massive beat down on one of Sutton's teammates that was a classic. I thought Brash over did it, because there was blood everywhere and Sutton was the culprit.

The message went through to the Atlanta boys to stay away from Green. Did you watch DJK in ST.Louis? Or are you just mouthin' off. He didn't look slow there. The Blackhawks fans (my cousins) are glad he's gone from the division, because he is a beast. If you don't play, how can you look good ???????????????????

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 9:42 PM | Report abuse

HFC, I'd like to take a bet on that "number 1 center" statement, but I guess we shouldn't be doing that here. I watched the video - it looks like an "angry little brother" fight, with Konan pushing Cody up against the glass and holding him there until the refs intervened.

Look, I am a fan of Eakin and I like his game. But let's not set unrealistic expectations for the kid and end up disappointed if he doesn't reach that level. And Backstrom isn't the only one not playing great now. If the Big Four don't get it together we can write off this season. But I remain optimistic. How great will it be if/when they all heat up at the same time in the playoffs?

And how great will it be to see Eakin and the other young guys start to contribute for the Caps?

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse

He will quickly pass Backy as the #1 center, as Backy is proving he has ZERO playoff grit.(zero goals in elim games!)
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He has more grit then Ovi if you actually saw him block back to back shots in a point blank range during a PK last year, got a standing ovation for it too.

If you think you can measure GRIT by looking at the scoring sheet, you know absolutely NOTHING about hockey.

And you will NEVER see your boy Ovi block back to back shots on PK and get a standing O, you know why?

Because he doesn't do PK, he only gets easy minutes on PP.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Also how many breakaways has Ovi missed in Game 7s???

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:05 PM | Report abuse

My college roommate lives in Lethbridge, but still roots for the Swift Current team.
I've seen Eakin play twice. He will be a star for our team SOON. He will quickly pass Backy as the #1 center, as Backy is proving he has ZERO playoff grit.(zero goals in elim games!)

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 9:29 PM

as in centering the first line? you're a riot!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 10:08 PM | Report abuse

@joek

I was at the game Backy blocked two shots. Where is that guy ? He's gone. Ovi may not block shots, but at least he moves into the slot with desperation and desire. Backy may turn out to be just another smooth passing Swede. We're 40 games in. I'm seeing nothin'. We don't need another Begnt Gustof-"i can't do it in the playoffs" Swede.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Captiankirk

Are you ready to go into the playoffs with Backy playing the way he is, or does the Eakin you saw in the JR. tournament look more like a guy that will HOIST some day ??

You're a joke. Like a typical Caps fan you let guys take extended vacations. The Flyers fans refuse to watch it. Maybe that's why they're always banging on the door !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@ Hunterforcoach,

man WTF is the matter with you?? now you're really getting on my nerves.

you're attacking two of my all-time favorite Caps' players of all time in Gussy and now Backs... if every player was as versatile as those two, I friggin' guarantee you we would have won a Cup by now.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:16 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

I hope you're right, or the Pens will have last laugh AGAIN !!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:17 PM | Report abuse

if Potvin didn't break Gussy's leg, they had a very good chance of winning the Cup that year... just ask Ron Weber whose favorite Caps' player of all-time was none other than the old number 16.

And I'm NOT talking about Alan May.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

@joek

Both of those guys are soccer players at heart. Dino and Stevens are the kind of guys that would have Hoisted here eventually.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

hey I like Stevens and Dino too but that does NOT mean I want a locker room full of those types of players.

you cannot have 20 players who play the same way and expect to win anything in any sports. I appreciate grit as much as anyone I want BALANCE.

That's something you just don't seem to comprehend.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:26 PM | Report abuse

@Joek

I want "Potvin- like guys". He hoisted 4 times. The man was a BEAST. He beat us to death. I guess Bengt knows that. I want GMGM to bring us the Potvins and Eakins of Canada, not the Bengts of Sweden.

Potvins win cUps, Bengts don't. Are the Ranger fans still yelling "Potvin sucks" in the second period ? I want playoff guys who the Ranger fans are still wearing at 20 years later. Then we'll win a cUp.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Dino was also an one-trick pony, he was a specialist who couldn't do a thing for you on defense.

Yes you want a player like that on your team but you need at least two Gussy's to cover for him on defense.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Captiankirk

You're a joke.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:15 PM

this is the kind of entertainment i come here for. you may want to go back and re-read some of your posts (and not just todays either). you never fail to put a smile on my face.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 10:34 PM | Report abuse

@joek

I agree on the balance issue, but we need skill guys that have the heart of Dino and Stevens. There is a major wimp factor on this team that spells "doom" again for the playoffs.

Backy had better be coasting, saving his energy, into the final strech. If not we're toast !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

hey Potvin was an all-time great D-man who could be on the ice in all situations, just like Gussy and Backs...

you know who can't be on the ice in all situations???

how about Ovi and Dino???

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I've watched a few of the Pens telecasts when the Caps play the Pens and the announcers for the Pens just rave about Backstrom.

You can tell that they respect the he11 out of him and his ability to play all ends of the ice and his compete ability. (Hint, they feel the complete opposite about Semin)

And for a poster to honestly compare a 19 year old's(I think) production in a few games against other 18 and 19 year olds(many of whom will not play more than 82 career games in the NHL if any at all) to the production of an All-Star player in the NHL and use that as reasoning as why the 19 year old is better is insane.

It would be like comparing a kid dominating high school basketball who scores over 30 points and grabs over 10 rebounds a game and then saying he is better than Kobe because Kobe doesn't put up as good of numbers.

You need to keep in mind quality of competition when looking at the play of players.

I like what Eakin showed and he showed a lot of promise, but he needs some more time to develop. I think Kuznetsov showed more than Eakin on all levels(heart, grit, skill, guts, etc.) and that isn't a slight on Eakin. But to even think that Kuznetsov could come in next year and be a full time #1 center on a SC competing team is not smart. Kuznetsov will probably start out getting 4th line minute time while spending some time on wing with the 2nd line and an occasional game as 2nd line center.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 7, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

hey if you wanna attack someone on this team, go after Semin, Fehr or Laich who have a habit of disappearing for a long stretch... God knows there are plenty of them.

NOT the only true legit number one center who could very well be the next Ron Francis.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Also Backs hasn't missed a game for a long time, has he??

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

@captainkirk

I'm not fooling around. I want a cup. This is my team. not George's. If you think assembling a cup winning crew is funny, fine. You haven't lived through what we've lived through the past 36 years.

Joek is telling me about this guy who centers the best player in the world that blocked two PP shots once. Where did he go ??????????????

At least a guy like Eakin will not disappear on you. "the guy is a corker"
"a beast in the making". The guy will take Backy's job, because Backy will not show for the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I think HunterFC is just yanking our chains. He couldn't actually believe all this stuff.

Posted by: zmega | January 7, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Also Backs hasn't missed a game for a long time, has he??

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:45 PM

you are so right.
since backstrom has been a capital - he has played 315 out of 315 possible games (287 reg season and 28 more in the playoffs)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

@joek

I would rather have Dino on the ice to score a "DIRTY" playoff goal late in a series. If that is "one trick", so be it.

The most exciting thing about watching the JR's is that we can dump these floaters like Semin, Fehr, and Laich eventually. Poti's contract is another GMGM disaster.

I don't want Backy in the the line up in important playoff games. He wilts. Look at his stats. They suck. I'll take Dino when the series is on the line.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Players like Backs and Gussy do every little thing that most people don't notice very well. But the players who play with them or against them know how great they truly are.

Gussy used to shut down Gretzky and Lemieux like nobody else could... I remember Lemieux showing respect to Gussy by giving him a tap with his stick at the end of one game for the job he did to him defensevely.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

@joek - agreed on the hockey injury rule - never be glad your opponent got injured!

Anyone who thinks there is anything good about Sidney Crosby being injured is a child. This is a player that is good for the game and the league and one should only feel that his injury is bad news...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | January 7, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Backy in the the line up in important playoff games. He wilts. Look at his stats. They suck. I'll take Dino when the series is on the line.
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I don't want you claiming to be a so called "fan" of this team... Backs will be in the lineup whether you like it or not.

Get used to it!!!

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 10:58 PM | Report abuse

@captainkirk

I'm not fooling around. I want a cup. This is my team. not George's.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:45 PM

you are beginning to make me think you are delusional.
it is teds team, who has chosen GMGM to run it.
you sir - are just a fan that wants his team to win the stanley cup (not cUp).
i personally have been around for more years than the caps have existed - and while i didn't 'grow up' around hockey - i have followed them since year 1. i have felt all of the heartache and disappointment of past teams just like many others here.
what you have 'lived through' - entitles you to nothing more than still wanting your team to win the cup

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I don't care what the Pens booth guys say.
WHERE THE HELL IS BACKSTROM ? This is the time he should be fine tuning his ice work with Ovi for the playoffs. We shouldn't be wondering, "What the Heck" happened to our world class wing and his center. Instead, they're both AWOL.

I'm looking at Eakin's hockey heart and it is 10 times that of Backy's, and that matters BIG TIME late in the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't want Backy in the the line up in important playoff games. He wilts. Look at his stats. They suck. I'll take Dino when the series is on the line.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:53 PM

28 games, 12 goals, 18 assists for 30 points - that is some real wilting he has been doing.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I don't care what the Pens booth guys say.
WHERE THE HELL IS BACKSTROM ? This is the time he should be fine tuning his ice work with Ovi for the playoffs. We shouldn't be wondering, "What the Heck" happened to our world class wing and his center. Instead, they're both AWOL.

I'm looking at Eakin's hockey heart and it is 10 times that of Backy's, and that matters BIG TIME late in the playoffs.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 11:08 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how someone who wants more GRIT only sees grit on 1/3 of the ice and neglects to see the other 2/3 of the ice.


For every gritty goal Dino scored, there are two goals that went the other way because he was too slow to get back or failed to check his guy.

But most people just see and remember the goals.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 11:12 PM | Report abuse

"I'll take Dino when the series is on the line."
Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 10:53 PM

I see one major problem with that. Dino will be 51 in a few weeks.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 7, 2011 11:16 PM | Report abuse

umm who scored the goal in OT of Game 2 against the Habs last year and prevented them from going down 2 games to none???

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I see one major problem with that. Dino will be 51 in a few weeks.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | January 7, 2011 11:16 PM

but if he still has heart... - that all that is needed :)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 11:18 PM | Report abuse

@captian

Wow! You googled his playoff stats. Dissect those playoff numbers. How many game 5,6,7 assists and goals ? Report back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ovi and Backy are both big major parts of the late series folding.

I'll be a fan long after Ted dies from the
18 blockages in his heart. I'll also be a fan when GMGM is working for his buddy LL in Jersey as "chief of scouting". So, it is the DC area's team. (Tell Purina that team didn't belong to the city of St. Louis.)It's our team.

These guys have folded at home 3 years in a row. You would think we could get a better effort out of guys that have been given massive contracts despite the fact that they have become the "New Choketals" according to my Flyer fan neighbors. Amazing !!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't care that he is the new iron man (Cal has a ring!) If you look at elimination and late series games, this guy is nonexistent.

If been down near the ice each time we've fold at home. Backy always has this "dazed" look on his face. Like he didn't know it was going to be a fight to the death.

His disappearance this year and his late series lack of productivity has me saying "Who cares ? You can't get out of the first round. I don't care how "pretty"
your passes are. Put lipstick on 'em. You're a big part of the continual collapse. Where is He ????????????????

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

@captian

Wow! You googled his playoff stats. Dissect those playoff numbers. How many game 5,6,7 assists and goals ? Report back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 11:24 PM

i didn't need to google it - i knew i could find it at hockeydb.com

vs phi
1 0
1 0
1 0
3g, 0a

vs nyr
0 1
0 1
0 1
0g 3a

vs pit
1 1
0 1
0 0
1g 2a

vs mtl
0 0
0 0
0 0
0g 0a

12games, 4g and 5a. that's still not wilting.
and don't try and blame backstrom for the mtl loses - that was a team collapse (and a hot goalie hahahahahaha)

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 11:38 PM | Report abuse

@captian

Wow! You googled his playoff stats. Dissect those playoff numbers. How many game 5,6,7 assists and goals ? Report back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guess it didn't post the first time - so here it is again

didn't need to google it - it is all at hockeydb.com
vs phi
1 0
1 0
1 0
3g, 0a

vs nyr
0 1
0 1
0 1
0g 3a

vs pit
1 1
0 1
0 0
1g 2a

vs mtl
0 0
0 0
0 0
0g 0a

12 games 5g, 4a - not wilting at all. please don't try and say the loss to mtl was backstroms fault - it was a team collapse ** and a hot goalie :) **

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

His disappearance this year and his late series lack of productivity has me saying "Who cares ?

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 7, 2011 11:38 PM

now you're just making sh*t up. i'll repeat - you sir - are a riot!!

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 7, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

LOL what an idiotic solution... we can't win Game 7 at home so let's get rid of out best all-around player???

That'd be like the Broncos getting rid of John Elway- which they almost did to the Skins- because his team lost in his first 3 trips to SB.

What most sane people do in those situations is KEEP your best players and add a few who can help them.

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 11:57 PM | Report abuse

out = our

Posted by: joek443 | January 7, 2011 11:59 PM | Report abuse

hey Hunterforcoach,

How many points did your boy Crosby or Dino put in Game 5, 6 or 7s in their careers???

Posted by: joek443 | January 8, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

@captian
@joek
@sgm3

Somehow I knew the weenies would come full circle to the "hot goalie". Also, "team collapse" is tossed around as usual. Why do Ovi and Backy have to participate in a "team collapse", if they're so special.

I watched them both in game 5,they weren't ready to play. What a mess !!

I guess we'll see in the Spring. As a Caps fan I hope you are correct, and I'm wrong.

As an owner, a team that collapsed on me for the third year in a row at home, I would tell the GMGM to trade for folks with some playoff b@lls.

Boy, the team that lost the the Bolts wasn't given much mercy. (Dumped Bondra after that career? Dumped Lang when he was leading the league in points ?)

We're the Cubs. This isn't a hockey town.
If fans really cared, they would be pissed off. Like me. I'm tired of chants over national TV, "the caps have no cups". Or "same old Choketals" from drunk Flyers fans in buses as I leave the Booth with my kids. Aren't you ????????????????????
Guess not. It's a Redskins town when you drill down to the truth.

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 8, 2011 12:34 AM | Report abuse

As an owner, a team that collapsed on me for the third year in a row at home, I would tell the GMGM to trade for folks with some playoff b@lls.

i'm glad you're not the owner of the caps - you'd get rid of backstrom - that would fix everything because backstrom caused three playoff series losses - brilliant

Boy, the team that lost the the Bolts wasn't given much mercy. (Dumped Bondra after that career? Dumped Lang when he was leading the league in points ?)

guess you couldn't see the lockout coming and that the caps decided to jettison everyone - it had nothing to do losing to TB - for better or worse, they chose to start from scratch

If fans really cared, they would be pissed off. Like me.

almost everyone that posts here is a caps fans. just because some of us choose not to be 'pissed off' doesn't make us any less of a fan. disappointment, frustration - you bet. pissed off - not so much - i choose not to live my life that way. do people you know and associate with excuse themselves from the room when you show up? i just can't wrap my mind around be pissed off about things i can't control.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | January 8, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

What most sane people do in those situations is KEEP your best players and add a few who can help them.

Posted by: joek443

That's exactly what reasonable people do so I'm not sure if HFC qualifies.

Also, why does HFC keep on posting comments such as "how many cUps has he won!!!!" when talking about Backstrom. Backstrom is 23 years old, but HFC has already labeled him a bust because he hasn't won the SC yet.

How many did Yzerman win by 23? Sakic? You can go down the list of great players who did not win a SC by the age of 23. It's really not some something to freak out about.

Also, the only recent playoff "collapse" was last year.

The year before they placed about where they were supposed to. They moved up to the #2 seed on the last day, then the got to game 7 in the 2nd round and lost to the eventual SC champs. Yes, we all would have liked them to win that game, but the loss wasn't a collapse(don't give me the up 2-0 bit, they were 2 home wins and Detroit did the same thing in the SC finals that year).

The Flyers were a better team than the Caps in 2008. The Caps barely got to the playoffs on the last day. That wasn't a collapse because Philly was the better team with the better record going into that series. The Caps also battled back from a 3-1 series deficit and almost won. Again, it sucked they lost but it was not a collapse.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 8, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

I would rather have Dino on the ice to score a "DIRTY" playoff goal late in a series. If that is "one trick", so be it.
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To me players like Dino are like DHs in baseball... can you win the world series with 9 DH type players in the lineup??

Yes, you need guys like Dino on your team but for every one of those one-dimensional players, you need SEVERAL more all-around players in the lineup in order to win the Cup.

Posted by: joek443 | January 8, 2011 1:27 AM | Report abuse

@hunter

How on God's green Earth can you come on any blog and state such junk as Eakin will beat out Backy for the 1C spot when Eakin hasn't even had a cup of coffee in the NHL yet or even sniffed a playoff game? How old is Eakin? He's a kid! Granted he looks real good with the competition he's played against so far but there are countless players who look a certain way and play a certain game in juniors or the minors or where ever then when they make it to the dance it's a different story. Men play in the NHL. If your argument was about him taking over 2C or 3C then maybe but I can't even believe your buyin what you're sellin.

Haha! On the other hand, if Eakin can beat Backy out for the 1C, because he is better then just hand the Cup to us baby b/c we have the best 2 C's in the world on our team at the same time. That's be like having Gretzky & Yzerman on the same team. Lovin it!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 8, 2011 2:28 AM | Report abuse

I just read this thread this morning, and I gotta say you guys have been hosed. After this it should be clear that @Hunterforcoach is obviously a troll comedian, putting out such laughable theories such as Cody Eakin will come in an take Backstrom's #1 job because of his "heart" etc. and basically calling one of the most powerful, durable, and skilled NHL centers to play in recent years just a useless "Swede."

This is so obviously a joke, yet he engaged you for hours on a thread. No one could be that stUpid.

Posted by: Justafan | January 8, 2011 6:25 AM | Report abuse

looks like Jason Arnott waived his NTC. hope caps are making the calls

Posted by: samb99 | January 8, 2011 9:54 AM | Report abuse

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=348383

Langebrunner to Stars, the fire sale has started. I wonder if the Lou will trade within conference. And Dallas got a 3rd, perhaps 2nd rounder for Lange = they got robbed. They have to trade away talent for salary dump. That Kovo deal looks better all the time, rofl

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 8, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

If Arnot is on the block, it's interesting, but what's his cap hit for next year? A veteran center with positive playoff experience could help the Caps a lot for a legit 2nd line or 3rd line as a checking line. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=348409

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 8, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Any link to the Arnott waiving his NTC info?

Posted by: pebowers | January 8, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

And the Caps have to win tonight to keep pace with Tampa who play the hapless Devils tomorrow.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 8, 2011 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Arnott is 36 and has declining skills. He makes 4.5 million this year and is UFA. No way he is a 2C anymore. This would be a wasted trade for the Caps. The Caps should be attempting to get an actual 2C not some stopgap who isn't better than the players that we have.
I've never heard any players knocking Umberger as a teammate. IMO he was be an excellent addition to this team. A cancer to the team? Give me a break. If GMGM could get a fair deal for RJ, I would be all for it (I read on the internet that he will start calling me soon to clear all possible trades).
Busting on Backstrom? He is one of the best two-way players in the league. Put him on the trade block and you will get 29 good offers. Sometimes I post some stupid stuff (maybe too often). The 4th line center from Canadian's WJC team is better than Backstrom? Wow, let's trade Eakin for David Krejci. I'm sure Boston watched the WJC.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 8, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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