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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 01/24/2011

Video: Matt Hendricks answers your questions

By Washington Post Sports Editors

Readers sent in questions for gritty Capitals forward Matt Hendricks, who has quickly become a fan favorite since he arrived at training camp on a professional tryout in September.

Want to know what Hendricks and Tampa Bay's Steve Downie talked about in the penalty box after their fight on Jan. 4? Well you won't find out from watching this video, but Hendricks's answer is amusing nonetheless.

Check out the video below:

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | January 24, 2011; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Hendricks  
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I got the impression he thought many of the questions were beyond lame. Cant say I blame him, I saw all the submissions back when they requested them. Hope they choose better ones when they do ChimChim.

Having said that...haha Pedialyte. LOVE IT.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 24, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I have a whole slew of questions for Chumbelina.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 3:05 PM | Report abuse

A MN buddy [and very good player in his own right] says Hendu 'tore it up' playing high school hockey in Minnesota, was a big-time scorer for a very strong team. Amazing how some guys can transform themselves and adapt like that - and scorer to scrapper would be a tough one. I love watching Hendricks play, he's one of those guys who seem to just immediately raise their linemates' play.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Great win last night but these are teams we HAVE to beat. Sweet goal by Ricksy and he deserves everything he has earned since camp.
Even with Holby getting another start because he has the hot hand is great but having our #1 and #2 goalies injured is not ideal anyway you look at it.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | January 24, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why do I feel Hannan could be inserted here come springtime - good defensively, solid shot-blocker but the outlet passes look like they could be a problem. Hopefully just part of the 'adjustment phase' however.

Posted by: Timbo_1

at the start of his career Hannan was paired with another youngster in Brad Stuart. And Hannan was considered the defensive dman while Stuart was considered the offensive one. Now Stuart's considered to be the hard-hitting rugged defensive dman while Hannan is more of a tweener. He's serviceable, which on this team means a lot. He's not the shutdown D guy that McPhee claimed he was. But he's ok, he's not a liability on most nights. I think they need to pull off one more deal though and I'd like that person to replace Sarge.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

As for Chimera, I was critical last season but I've liked what I've seen this year. And there's no denying this is the best hockey Ovie and Backs have seemingly played all year.

Maybe it's just a coincidence that it's been since they've added Chimera. Maybe. But Ovie plays his best when he's moving his feet [who doesn't], which he seemingly has to be when paired with JC. And Nick is lethal if you give him time and space, which speed creates. [To be fair physicality can as well, but it's tough to be physical if you're always a step behind the play, which #22 has seemed to be a few too many times this year, to these eyes].

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Great win last night but these are teams we HAVE to beat. Sweet goal by Ricksy and he deserves everything he has earned since camp.
Even with Holby getting another start because he has the hot hand is great but having our #1 and #2 goalies injured is not ideal anyway you look at it.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan


Agreed. You have to beat the Rangers on home ice. The fact that the Rangers are starting Biron tells me they don't expect to win.

Does anyone know how long beofre Crosby comes back? It has been a while. Is he in jeopardy of missing the game Super Bowl Sunday?

Posted by: underpants2 | January 24, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I think they need to pull off one more deal though and I'd like that person to replace Sarge
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I agree - and I'd have to think his trade value right now is about as high as it's going to get. But mgmt [so therefore by extension, BB as well] seem to really love the guy. I don't get it.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I love watching Hendricks play, he's one of those guys who seem to just immediately raise their linemates' play.

Posted by: Timbo_

He's like Kono in a way. When you look back at the role players on past Caps teams who raised the level of play of guys around them, it starts with Kono, Dale, Stevens. Hendricks is a lesser version of that but that's certainly not a slam.

Also time for Bradley to raise his game. He's been content running around finishing some checks here and there and occasionally dropping the gloves. He needs to be become more of a veteran force on the ice. He needs to be more visible, more fiesty. He's become a more polished player in some respects but he needs to rediscover the way he played when he got his shot under Hanlon on the Suts/Clymer line. He was more of a sh_t-disturber back then. Not quite an Avery but definitely more than the good citizen he's turned into. And that IS a slam.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

But mgmt [so therefore by extension, BB as well] seem to really love the guy. I don't get it.

Posted by: Timbo_1

you mean the same mgt who thought Corvo was the pick of last yr's litter? the same guys who deemed Poti worthy of an extension.

This org is in love with players who don't do anything really well but they're quiet, well-behaved, steady in their own inimitable ways. Exhibit #1 - Gordo. #2 - Schultz


I can understand the Sarge love a little. He did post some sick +/- #s. But its time to move past the #s and see the player for who and what he truly is. And he's not some vital cog in the machine. Where is Boston's version of Sarge? Or the Rangers? Or the Flyers? Pens?

All anyone can point to is Lidstrom. And sorry to say the jury's in, he's no Lidstrom.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know how long beofre Crosby comes back? It has been a while. Is he in jeopardy of missing the game Super Bowl Sunday?

Posted by: underpants2

He is definitely in jeopardy of missing that game. Because he is missing the All-Star game due to an injury he is expected to miss at least the first Pens game after the break on Feb. 1(I guess this is the new protocol for missing the All-Star game due to an injury). After that the Pens have only one more game (Feb. 4) before playing the Caps.

I still think Crosby will play, especially with Super Bowl Sunday being a huge day for Pittsburgh this year. But it is defiitely possible he may miss the game.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 24, 2011 3:44 PM | Report abuse

past Caps teams who raised the level of play of guys around them, it starts with Kono, Dale, Stevens
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Oh man, talk about three guys who would certainly fall into the Melrose "not nice to play against" category! And three very strong dudes, the other two obviously but even Kono, it maybe didn't stand out / jump right out at you instantly like with the other two but what a powerful guy down low and in the corners. I literally remember defenders almost bouncing off him in the corners when they'd try to knock him off the puck along the boards. I see he's an Asst. Coach with the Avs now, I bet he's a heckuva head coach some day.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Isn't Schulz sort of like Hal Gill.

Tall, lengthy, big, blocks a lot of shots, but not very mobile and not as physical as you would expect from somebody of that size.

Gill has averaged 1 hit/game this year, Schulz .8 hits/game. So neither are hitting machines, but both are very big.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 24, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

How hurt is Poti? Any chance, god forbid, he has to go on long term IR?

But don't worry if he has to sit out the rest of the year,we have him locked up for the next two.

Posted by: underpants2 | January 24, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

A MN buddy [and very good player in his own right] says Hendu 'tore it up' playing high school hockey in Minnesota, was a big-time scorer for a very strong team. Amazing how some guys can transform themselves and adapt like that - and scorer to scrapper would be a tough one. I love watching Hendricks play, he's one of those guys who seem to just immediately raise their linemates' play.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I never saw him play in HS but the first time I remember hearing of him was in college when he got his eggs scrambled by Michigan's Jed Ortmeyer. See here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMLHqHu8NMY. I notice they talk about how good he was in HS there too.

Posted by: icehammer97 | January 24, 2011 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Isn't Schulz sort of like Hal Gill.

Tall, lengthy, big, blocks a lot of shots, but not very mobile and not as physical as you would expect from somebody of that size.

Gill has averaged 1 hit/game this year, Schulz .8 hits/game. So neither are hitting machines, but both are very big.
Posted by: sgm3 | January 24, 2011 3:50 PM

Having watched a ton of Habs games as a Habs convert, Hal Gill is slow as cold molasses nowadays so he's reduced to holding people and making diving poke-checks to knock the puck away. Some of the goals given up he's been responsible for are because quicker guys skate away from him before he can apply a hit. He also has his fair share of penalties, most due to his lumbering slowness. He gets burnt in the regular season because of these flaws. And yes, he's "soft".

That said, he raises his game in the playoffs(b/c they let him get away with the holding, grabbing, etc) and is still a a very effective penalty killer for the Habs. He also provides intangibles such as leadership and mentoring to the young guys. The same intangible qualities cannot be said with certainty about Schultz. Even so, I believe Gill still needs to take a paycut from his current 2.25 million, which, incidentally, is still less than Schultz's per year figure.

Posted by: slurpeesarecool | January 24, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As for Chimera, I was critical last season but I've liked what I've seen this year. And there's no denying this is the best hockey Ovie and Backs have seemingly played all year....Maybe it's just a coincidence that it's been since they've added Chimera. Maybe.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Timbo, you know it has nothing to do with Chimera and everything to do with DJK being in the lineup :) Here are some interesting stats for ya (maybe you've seen them, but wiley_1 can attest that I'm not afraid to repost worthwhile information):

In the 10 games DJK and ERSKINE and have played together:

Ovechkin: 10gp 7goals 9assists 1.60ppg and a “Star” player 4 games
Backstrom: 10gp 5goals 9assists 1.40ppg and a “Star” player 4 games

In the 39 games when one of #4/17 wasn’t in:

Ovechkin: 39gp 12goals 23assists .89ppg and a “Star” player 4 games
Backstrom: 39gp 7goals 25assists .82ppg and a "Star" player 4 games

Chimera's speed making Ovi/Backy look good? How about it's the first time all season that DJK has played 3-straight games, thus allowing Ovi/Backstrom to maintain the momentum they obviously generate when DJK's in the lineup.

RAGS ARE GOING DOWN TONITE!! And the Caps point streak w/DJK in the lineup will hit 9 consecutive games....not a bad track record for a useless nobody who's only good for five minutes a game.


Posted by: vermontcaps | January 24, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Have to win tonight. On home ice against a Rangers team of AHL-ers. Seriously - Biron in net. No Dubinsky. No Callahan. No Prospal. No Girardi. No Fedetenko. Prust got hurt the other night, too. Their most senior D-man is Emminger, and they have 3 rookies in their top 5.

This is a must, must win.

Posted by: sinbin | January 24, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Have to win tonight. On home ice against a Rangers team of AHL-ers. Seriously - Biron in net. No Dubinsky. No Callahan. No Prospal. No Girardi. No Fedetenko. Prust got hurt the other night, too. Their most senior D-man is Emminger, and they have 3 rookies in their top 5.

This is a must, must win.

Posted by: sinbin | January 24, 2011 5:15 PM | Report abuse

And the Caps point streak w/DJK in the lineup will hit 9 consecutive games....not a bad track record for a useless nobody who's only good for five minutes a game.
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That's about as useless as the analysis that Greeberg came up with earlier in the season when he stated whenever BGordon is the lineup, the Caps win.

Posted by: joek443 | January 24, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@fro

Here you go you Trevor Bruess lover. Haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tih6jEZR4E&feature=player_embedded#at=44

Bruess plows into the goalie off the faceoff win and a few fireworks start flying. What I liked about this clip is you see a kid like Miskovic who isn't very strong nor is he very tough, comes flying and takes on a legit fighter in Harry Young. A guy completely out of his weight class. This is probably the 3rd or 4th notable example that Miskovic has had recently where he's added an edge to his previous soft game.

Another example recently was he chased down Flyer prospect Zac Rinaldo after Rinaldo blew up Aucoin at center ice on a clean but hefty hit.

I love it when players who are traditonally soft players make a concerted effort to expand their games. And they deserve to be recognized for it. And when he chased after Rinaldo, he was doing it to stick up for the big hit on Aucoin. And when he engaged Harry Young, he was giving his tough guy Rechlicz a hand who had just gotten knocked down by Young and Leblond.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

It's a measuring stick game tonight, of sorts. The Caps looked to be a level below the Canucks and the Flyers, and they have recently beaten some bottom tier teams. The Rangers are a level above the lower tier teams, although sinbin notes their injury situation. The Caps need a win and they need to have Ovi and Backstrom continue to play better.

Posted by: zmega | January 24, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

Did you really watch the Habs series ? I don't care how many hits Gill has during the season. He threw Laich and Fehr around like "rag dolls" because the rules are different in the playoffs.

This, not being a hockey town, is why we exit early. The RULES ARE DIFERENT IN THE PLAYOFFS. We still don't get it, because this town really never sees the playoffs.

The Schultz to Gill comparison is a Joe Frazer to Aunt "B"(not Aunt BB !!) comparison.

Gill is a playoff beast with rings. Schultz is the +/- King with no playoff "slot presence"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | January 24, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

also worth mentioning, of the 7 fights in the Hershey-Albany game, at least 4 of them were by non-fighters on Hershey's part. And 3 of the 7 fights occurred because Hershey players were sticking up for a teammate. Fahey fought Robitaille because he charged the goalie. Recker fought Leblond once because of a goalie encroachment. And Miskovic came in aggressively enough to take on Young because Recker was getting double-teamed. Greentree and Bouchard also did a good job in the Robitaille-Fahey scuffle.

Always a great sign of team togetherness when your skill guys are willing to mix it up.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 5:37 PM | Report abuse

It's a measuring stick game tonight, of sorts. The Caps looked to be a level below the Canucks and the Flyers, and they have recently beaten some bottom tier teams. The Rangers are a level above the lower tier teams, although sinbin notes their injury situation. The Caps need a win and they need to have Ovi and Backstrom continue to play better.

Posted by: zmega

I'll go a step further with this. A measuring stick for sure. But a win or a loss doesn't signify where the Caps are. Quite simply, its how we play. If we pull out a win despite not playing well, it wouldn't mean much to me. If we lost and played a great game, then I wouldn't throw this team under the bus because of it either. Anyone can win or a lose a game in this league on any night. Its the way you played the game is what will matter in the long run. The Caps need to play a hard hitting energetic game. And let the chips fall where they may. Anything less than that will be a disappointment, win or lose.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 5:48 PM | Report abuse

That's about as useless as the analysis that Greeberg came up with earlier in the season when he stated whenever BGordon is the lineup, the Caps win.

Posted by: joek443 | January 24, 2011 5:27 PM | Report abuse

And just think how many readers thought there was some validity to his stats, too ;) It is what it is, Joe, but I'd really be interested in hearing your explanation as to why THE NUMBERS ARE SO GLARING. You know I've got mine, I just don't want to lay all my cards out until the rage builds up and I can't help it.

And the difference between DJK and Gordon is that DJK brings something noticeable to the game....hits, fights, intimidation. Boyd Gordon??
I think ownership knows this is business and DJK will put more seats in the stands than a gentlemany player who is positionally sound and responsible

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 24, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

sgm - I wouldn't say your comparison of Gill to Sarge is apples and oranges. More like lemons to limes. Both are part of the citrus family. One's a little sweeter than the other.

Gill has proven himself in intense physical battles more than Schultz has. Meaning, he's more willing to step in there and rough it up. He's been in some scrums, he's stuck up for his teammates, he's put it out there. Again, he's no beast imo, but he's a couple shades above Schultz in terms of grit. His crease play is also better.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse

@joek

I'll try to beat ya to the punch....didn't realize my 2nd para. in post to you was there....had a change of thought to my response, so that idea of ownership/business is an undeveloped idea

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 24, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Gill has proven himself in intense physical battles more than Schultz has. Meaning, he's more willing to step in there and rough it up. He's been in some scrums, he's stuck up for his teammates, he's put it out there. Again, he's no beast imo, but he's a couple shades above Schultz in terms of grit. His crease play is also better.

Posted by: cstanton1

I can agree with that. When comparing players they are never identical. Overall Gill and Schulz play a very similar style of game.

But Schulz has time to pick up more grit and toughness in his game. Wasn't Gill known as not being a very tough player when he was young?

Posted by: sgm3 | January 24, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

CStanton, as far as sticking up for teammates goes, I would like to see more sticking up for Semin and Green. These are meal ticket players, even if they are not beloved in the locker room. They are both consistently targeted by opposing teams. That is how I would use King in particular, rather than having him just fight exhibition bouts. And I would not limit it to King by any means, but that is one place where King could really contribute IMO.

Posted by: zmega | January 24, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

CStanton, as far as sticking up for teammates goes, I would like to see more sticking up for Semin and Green. These are meal ticket players, even if they are not beloved in the locker room. They are both consistently targeted by opposing teams. That is how I would use King in particular, rather than having him just fight exhibition bouts. And I would not limit it to King by any means, but that is one place where King could really contribute IMO.

Posted by: zmega

I agree.

When the Caps play the Pens on Feb. 6 and Orpik takes a run at Semin(I'm assuming Semin will be back by then) as he usually does, the Caps should have DJK take a run at Orpik and tell him the next he does that to Semin he will have to fight DJK.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 24, 2011 6:12 PM | Report abuse

But Schulz has time to pick up more grit and toughness in his game. Wasn't Gill known as not being a very tough player when he was young?

Posted by: sgm3 |

not as shy as Schultz. He was definitely tagged as a softer player because of his size. But in reality, he was still more aggressive than Schultz was when it came to sticking his nose into scrums.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 24, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps play the Pens on Feb. 6 and Orpik takes a run at Semin(I'm assuming Semin will be back by then) as he usually does, the Caps should have DJK take a run at Orpik
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Actually I'd say go old school and have DJK / Hendu take a run at Crosby, once Orpik takes his inevitable run at Semin and/or Green. Fight fire with fire.

@vermontcaps - if those really are the stats when both those two are in the lineup [and I'm not doubting, I just don't know 'em] then there could well be something to that.

Hell, it would make sense, guys took so many runs at Semin last year it was hard to keep track. Ovie too, it's just that he's built like a freaking brick sh!thouse. Who can move.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 24, 2011 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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