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Michal Neuvirth injured

Tim Leone, who covers the AHL's Hershey Bears for The Patriot-News, reports that Caps goalie Michal Neuvirth has a lower-body injury:

Bears head coach Mark French said Tuesday that Neuvirth was scheduled to start Wednesday's game at Norfolk. Now he has been ruled out with a lower body injury.

The Caps sent Neuvirth to Hershey on Monday so he would be eligible to play there during the Olympic break.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  February 3, 2010; 12:44 PM ET
 | Tags: Michal Neuvirth  
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poo...

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | February 3, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

kyle_woodruff:
succinctly summed up in one compact word - well done

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This being the (unfortunate) case, I suggest the Caps start Theo against the Rags and Holtby against ATL at home.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Brendon Witt is on waivers...

Posted by: saintex | February 3, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

So the Bears will have Cash (Bacashihua) in goal tonight with an ECHL call-up on the bench. The Bears don't play again till Saturday. By then Varly will be ready to go or Mikey will be healed up.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 3, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

What is it with our goalies! At leat they seem to be taking turns.

Posted by: capscoach | February 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Holtby gets the nod in MSG, and let Theo get Friday night....

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Oh, . Hope he heals fast!

Posted by: Section416akatheAlps | February 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's play with 6 skaters and no goalie.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I think we can beat the Rangers with 6 skaters for 60 minutes...

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

i vote for holtby at MSG...atlanta may suck, but theyre forwards are top notch and a lot better than gaborik and umm...gaborik.

Posted by: carsonspence | February 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

This is the best Theodore has played on an extended basis since 2002. He looked like Dom Hasek in his prime last night, throwing his body at the puck and doing whatever it takes to stop it. I'm glad to see a growing appreciation for Poti and Pothier. Those guys are both very solid puck carrying D-men. If they stay healthy (big if, no doubt), we're well set in that regard.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Irbe must feel likes it's groundhog day all over again as his goalies just keep going down one after another....this is starting to get redik

Posted by: sloozebury | February 3, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Based on what I saw on TV their last two games, the Pens seem to now be at the top of their game. Sunday should be a true clash of the titans.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'd imagine that BB will start Theo in both games. He's been great, and that is what great goalies do.

Posted by: Padow1 | February 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Witt is on waivers. Should GMGM inquire? he's that big stay-at-home d-man that could fit the bill.

Just wonderin'.

Posted by: redrocker2 | February 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

BB's not gonna pull Theo in favor of someone who's never had an NHL start in the middle of a historic winning streak... NOT gonna happen.

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Witt is big. Witt stays at home. (probably because he's so freakin slow)

That's about it. He's a big, stay-at-home pylon.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

as long as the streak is alive, no way BB puts in Holtby. Stick with Theo right now - hes on fire.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | February 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Witt of yesteryear = stud D-man and light-heavyweight enforcer.

Witt of today = pylon

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

OTOH,

You Must Construct Additional Pylons

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Concur. If the streak is alive the Caps need to stay with Theo till Varly or Neuvirth are back with the big club.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

if varly/neuvy are not ready to return, holtby will get a start ... the game after the streak ends

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? He has to rest Theo...Theo cant play 3 games in 4 nights....

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Witt did not want to be a part of the rebuild, I don't want him now that we have rebuilt into a powerhouse.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if Witt was ever a stud...

I loved watching him..always gritty and causing commotion. But, yeah...
Does anyone want to buy my Black Witt jersey? haha

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Why not? Brodeur just did 33 IN A ROW.

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Pothier for Team USA???? IS it possible?

Posted by: kyle_woodruff | February 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

Quote from Theo;

"I can do 100 games in 10 days if they need me to, I'm a bear."

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 PURE WIN for the StarCraft reference.

Posted by: sandyflee | February 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? He has to rest Theo...Theo cant play 3 games in 4 nights....

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 1:34 PM

that may be true - but BB won't hesitate to play him. he played varly 3g in 4 nights against the pens in the playoffs - and then went back to him for a fourth game in 6 nights.
in the grand scheme of winning the SC - this streak is only important to the players to see how long they can keep it going. right now the best chance is with theo in net.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I think the whole "Goalies need a break" or "can't Play back to back" thing is overrated. I can understand mental breaks ( I need many of those) but unless injured there should be no reason a goalie can't play everyday. They used to. Some still do. I will admit there will be wear and tear. But judicious time off is absolutely reasonable. Next thing you'll know, we'll see "relief Goalies" like in baseball.

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

you've gotta be kidding me.

Posted by: j762 | February 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@ccCapsfan:

Theo did not look like Hasek. No one looks like Hasek. He was one of a kind.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about that. Brodeur is probably the only goalie currently playing who can play at such a consistent basis for so long.
There's other top goalies who get a huge work-load, like Kipper, but Brodeur is pretty much a freak.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Folks need to realize just how sarcastic SA-Town can be.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Theo did not look like Hasek. No one looks like Hasek. He was one of a kind.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2010 1:49 PM

can we say he played 'hasekesque'?

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Sarcasm Noted. Rabid, foaming at the mouth, over zealous Fan tag accepted.

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Theo did not look like Hasek. No one looks like Hasek. He was one of a kind.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 3, 2010 1:49 PM |

Hands down, best goaltender to ever play the sport. Sorry Pat and Marty.

I have gone on record saying that Varlamov sometimes reminds me of Hasek, though.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Folks need to realize just how sarcastic SA-Town can be.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 1:51 PM

or just remember it - i'm getting old, my mental capacity isn't what it used to be

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Remember what?

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Anybody think there is a chance for Poti or Pothier to get on the Team USA roster now that Paul Martin and Komisarek are off?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

jdhoover:
nice

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

uh-uh...goalie situation could get tragic soon...fingers crossed varley gets healthy real soon!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Witt demand to be traded because he didn't want to be part of the rebuilding process here? Let him go suffer in Edmonton or Columbus.

Posted by: TrabZ | February 3, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I found these as likely "candidates":

Carolina's Tim Gleason, Atlanta’s Ron Hainsey, Anaheim's Ryan Whitney and, perhaps, Pittsburgh's Alex Goligoski are the top candidates to bolster the American blue line.

But who knows...Poti or Potsy could be getting the call.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I wasnt being sarcastic about playing Theo 3 games in 4 nights...I think we can still win games with Holtby....the team has to play well in front of him...

And if we lose...oh well....it happens..

No need to wear down Theo

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Anybody think there is a chance for Poti or Pothier to get on the Team USA roster now that Paul Martin and Komisarek are off?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin

I suspect not since they didn't make the 334 man cut down in the tryout camp. I don't know if they are committed to that list or not.

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I think I'd take Scuderi over either Poti or Pothier

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

PHL should pick up Witt. He fits right in there. Witt completely useless as a defenseman. Think of Erskine's mean streak with Darcy Verot level talent.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | February 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I'll say, go w/ Theo until he starts to get cold.

Posted by: guer_j | February 3, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I just went to my boss and told him I can't work 3 shifts in 4 days. My resume is attached in case anyone is hiring.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Now, Neuvy injured... hmm I could feel the trade winds a blowing

Posted by: guer_j | February 3, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Theo starts, he has earned it.

Posted by: Grape8 | February 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Trade Green! He hasn't got a point in the past 2 games and is probably the reason Neuvy got injured.

Posted by: Aldred15 | February 3, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

can hershey draw on another goalie from the caps organisation glut of talent?

Posted by: j762 | February 3, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Anybody think Jokinen will help the Blue Shirts?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Now the question is when Varly comes back do we go with him or Theo. I mean Varly was 12-1-2 with a .924 save percentage. Even Neuvy has been playing well lately but the fact of the matter is that Theo has truly been playing lights out. I mean 2 40 plus save games is insane.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 3, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Trade Green! He hasn't got a point in the past 2 games and is probably the reason Neuvy got injured.

Posted by: Aldred15 | February 3, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Lol

Posted by: CapsXXVI | February 3, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Theo should start every game and Steven Strasburg should start all 162 games next year for the Nats as well.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Theo will be the #1 as long as he stays hot.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Re: Caps Goaltendign Controversy Chapter MMXLXXIXMICCkeymouse...

1) Always have a towel with you.
2) Don't Panic

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

that's Goaltending controversy....stipid keyboard...

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 PURE WIN for the StarCraft reference.

Posted by: sandyflee | February 3, 2010 1:42 PM


@sandyflee:

Thanx for the props...I was hoping somone would pick that up.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Theo should start every game and Steven Strasburg should start all 162 games next year for the Nats as well.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 2:28

Start and finish all 162. Heck, he shoudl play all the positions. Just like Bugs Bunny. No relievers, No fielders. Don't even hire 'em. Reduce the ticket prices and Give away free beer with the money they save.

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

what is hershey doing up there with our goalies?

Posted by: j762 | February 3, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

A player's stats don't tell their story if they are on a bad team.

I say pick up Witt...what's the worse that can happen? He becomes good friends with Sloan in the press box?

And we need another goalie. I don't care if Theo turns into the next Ken Dryden. Because the problem is....what if he turns into "theo in the playoffs"...we are caught with our pants down...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

@rich phil

As a Thrasher season ticket holder, I can tell you Hainsey is very impressive. I would welcome him on the Caps!

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 3, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Witt got hit by a car in Philly...told everyone gathered that it was ok he was a hockey player..

Then went out and played the Flyers that night...

Witt wanted to have nothing to do with a rebuild...he is Frado Corleone....he is dead to us.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 3, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

And he has the added advantage of his last name... No need to give him a cute moniker like "Ferhsie", "Brooksie", "Langsie", "Clarksie"....

You gotta think of team chemistry...

Posted by: jdhoover | February 3, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

oh..and whoever thinks Pothier has a shot at the Olympics is a true Caps HOMER!!!

I want the US to WIN the gold....

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

lets face it... if Theo gives up 3 in a period against the Pens on sunday, most of you will be asking when is Varly coming back??

I think the tandem or Theo and Varly or Neuvy has worked pretty well so far and whoever is hotter in late March and early April will get to start in the playoffs.

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"S-A"...get over it...it's a business.

If and it's a big "if" he can help, let's get him...

Can't be any worse than Sloan and Erskine...and Alzner may not be ready just yet...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 3, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

--Joe..

I won't do that to Theo. he has played well the past few weeks.

I just like to have a contingency plan.

As I have always said...the next two year are our closest shot at the Cup (on paper)...just want to cover all our bases so we aren't throwing rocks at Theo in April when doesn't do well in the playoffs.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 3, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I think the work in the gym that Varly has been force to put in this year will be beneficial to him later in the year since he basically ran outta gas last year, both mentally and physically.

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Am I a homer if I think both Sloan and Erskine are better than Witt? Then so be it, I guess I'm a homer on this issue. I'd take Jurcina before Witt.

Go here to see a side-by-side comparo:
http://www.dobberhockey.com/frozenpool_compare.php?compare[]=961&compare[]=2048&compare[]=1606&sent=go&games=2009-2010%3AR%3A99

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

No, you aren't a homer...but you would be if you thought Sloan should be on the Olympic team...


And don't throw stats at me...put Witt on any high winning percentage team and he probably would look much better...

Opinions are welcome. You thinking some players are better than others is fine.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Brendan Witt may have been a bum but we did trade him for the draft pick that became Varlamov so the guy is not all bad, and really that trade could not have been better, with hindsight we can say it was probably one of the best trades in Caps history.

Right up there with Robert Lang for Fleischman and the draft pick that became Mike Green, but Lang was leading the league in scoring when we traded him, Witt was a bum I can not believe we got a first round pick for him.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@CAP-lanta

Those were possible Team USA defenseman replacements, not possible trading partners/d men for the Caps. :)

Witt is horrible. End discussion.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 3, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Овечкин короля хоккея

Posted by: hessone | February 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Though they by no means tell the whole story, stats help when you can't see the person play every game.

I think it speaks volumes when a bottom-dwelling team waives the guy shortly before the trade deadline.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Do all of you remember Crysby sitting on our goalies doorstep and knocking in multiple goals at will? Witt wouldnt let that happen...again

Posted by: PrincetonCaps | February 3, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Очень верно

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The Caps need someone like Mark Tinordi.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 3, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Хоккей царя Ovechkin

Posted by: BobLHead | February 3, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Is there a chance Sunday's game will be cancelled since we're expecting 12-20 inches on Saturday?

Posted by: jakopz | February 3, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Points-per-minute-of-ice-time update.

ESPN has a stat called PROD, which is actually minutes-per-point, so lower is better.

The Capitals have FIVE of the top 18 in this stat (minimum 30 games played). Fehr has slipped recently from actually being in the top 10 down to #18, but Fleischmann has recently moved ahead of Kovalchuk, while Backstrom is now #8.

Your top 20 so far this season (minimum 30 games played):

1. OVECHKIN 13:19
2. D. Sedin 13:22
3. H. Sedin 13:41
4. SEMIN 15:52
5. J. Thornton 16:05
6. S. Crosby 17:10
7. P. Kane 17:24
8. BACKSTROM 17:41
9. M. Gaborik 18:13
10. B. Richards 18:22
11. D. Heatley 18:29
12. E. Malkin 18:37
13. FLEISCHMANN 18:46
14. I. Kovalchuk 18:47
15. Z. Parise 19:13
16. S. Stamkos 19:20
17. P. Marleau 19:21
18. FEHR 19:30
19. A. Burrows 19:57
20. M. St. Louis 19:57

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Chimera, if you look at his numbers since he joined the Capitals at www.nhl.com, and get out your calculator, you'll see he has a 23:02 PROD in his 17 Capitals games, which is exactly the same PROD as #51 on the above list if I'd continued it that far, Scottie Upshall, and just ahead of #52 Thomas Vanek and just behind #50 Patrick Sharp.

Chimera is also +5 while with the Capitals.

And it's clear, even ignoring the numbers, that he's got some speed along with some fight and has got some decent offensive skills. He's not making many errors either--at least not ones I've noticed.

Maybe GMGM wasn't merely trying to clear up cap space--maybe he was trying to actually improve the team as well?

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Ha! I'm off to see the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Lowell Devils tonight (because it's at Prudential Center and I never pass up close-by AHL action), and whose name do I see on the Lowell roster but ex-Bear Louis Robitaille, back from Italy!

And yes, he's already got more PIMs this season than pounds on his frame - averaging 4.9 a game (which I guess means he got lazy one or two nights this season).

Always good to see the guys from Hershey still kicking around in pro hockey.

Posted by: KurtNYC | February 3, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

@phil

OK, I got it now. Guess I'm not ready for the Olympic break yet!

Posted by: CAP-lanta | February 3, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Also, Mike Knuble is now #27 on the PROD list (minimum 30 games played). His is now 21:03, right between Elias and Alfredsson.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Is there a chance Sunday's game will be cancelled since we're expecting 12-20 inches on Saturday?

Posted by: jakopz | February 3, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Doubt it unless Pens can't get into the area. They have a game on Saturday and aren't scheduled to arrive until later on Saturday.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually I miscalculated by a second. Chimera's PROD is 23:01, so, his Capitals PROD would be between #50 and #51 on my list if he qualified.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Is there a chance Sunday's game will be cancelled since we're expecting 12-20 inches on Saturday?

---------------------------------------

I'm not certain, but I somehow doubt it. This is far from being historically bad snowfall--even for the DC Metro area.

Moreover, I think the NHL would require that all 82 games on a team's regular season schedule be completed, if not at their originally planned time & date.

For example: see the recent game involving the New Jersey Devils which had to be suspended due to power failure at the Prudential Center, and was then completed at a later date.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@ BB's not gonna pull Theo in favor of someone who's never had an NHL start in the middle of a historic winning streak... NOT gonna happen.

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 1:28 PM

I was thinking the exact same thing. We are involved in something that possibly could go down in the record books leage wise, and I don't know if you want to put that on a young rookie goalie. Might ruin him mentally if he gave up a bad goal and the team lost. I gotta have a feeling that it's gonna be Theo all the way thru, untill Varly or Neuvy is ready to return.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | February 3, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@youaresquishy: Thanks for the stats on Chimera. It is pretty obvious to me that this guy is an extremely valuable addition to the team. He is big and really fast and he has that nastiness that we have seemed to lack. As usual, GMGM knew what he was doing.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Hitchcock just fired in Columbus

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

CTCapsPhan - serves him right for making Jurcina a healthy scratch.

Posted by: KurtNYC | February 3, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

KOVALCHUK JUST TOLD TO EXPECT TO BE TRADED IN THE NEXT DAYS/HOURS. VERY INTERESTING TO SEE WHERE HE'LL GO

(Sorry for the Caps Lock, it was an accident and I was too lazy to re-write it)

Posted by: Aldred15 | February 3, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@KurtNYC,

You going to the game tomorrow night?

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Bwitt has a $3M cap number through next season. No thanks. anyone think he's better than

green
schultz
alzner
carlson
erskine
poti

thats probably our defense for next year barring a trade. i'll take erskine at $1.25 vs. witt at $3M.

besides, i really dont think GMGM or ted want him back after he wanted out of here.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 3, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Playing Theo 3 nights out of 4 could result in injury, then where would we be. Someone other than Theo will start one of those games...my guess is Friday, and I'm guessing (guessing folks, not making a iron clad statement of fact) Varly will be back with Theo on the bench.

Posted by: jeets | February 3, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps the worst that could happen is he is useless and his salery keeps the Caps from trading for something they feel they need at the deadline.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The Hitchcock firing is absurd. I know they can't waive all the players but the coach isn't the problem there.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

No one is serious about bringing back Witt are we?

The Islanders who have lost Hillen, and are pretty thin at the blueline do not want him.

Why would we? (you can substitute we with any team in the league)

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Is there a chance Sunday's game will be cancelled since we're expecting 12-20 inches on Saturday?

Posted by: jakopz | February 3, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Cancelled, no. Postponed? Maybe. Especially if the Pens can't get into DC on Saturday after their 2 p.m. game in Montreal. I'd hate to see that, though. I was looking forward to a hockey-Super Bowl doubleheader on Sunday. A lot of Super Bowl parties are going to get ruined if we get all the snow they're calling for.

Posted by: rbpalmer | February 3, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The Hitchcock firing is absurd. I know they can't waive all the players but the coach isn't the problem there.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 3, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Although you are partly right in that the players didn't really execute Hitchcocks philosophy. Part of the problem was Hitchcocks philosophy.

Drafting Filatov = Fail in Hitchcocks system

Columbus is one of those teams that under a more open flowing offensive system will almost immediately be better.

Wrong pieces there for that system.

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I really, REALLY hope that Caps do not go after Witt even on re-entry waivers where we only have to pay half of this years remaining cap hit. Witt still has a year left on his contract after this year at 3 million of a cap hit. Given how tight we are going to be trying to resign Backstrom, Flash, Fehr, and Shultz there is no way we should add an extra 3 million to next season. Even if after the season we waived him we will still probably have to eat the salery just like we did with Nylander and how many guys is Ted going to want to pay who aren't on the team?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 3, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Why pay $3mm for someone who did not want to be here before? For those who say it is a business...that is a stupid business decision to bring him back.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to back up the earlier post.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=308800

Note that the Caps are not mentioned in the article.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Why would the Caps be interested in Kovalchuk, even as a rental? Don't we have enough offense?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Here's the link to back up the earlier post.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=308800

Note that the Caps are not mentioned in the article.

Posted by: JohninMpls | February 3, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I have to think with this streak and the chemistry, we aint doing anything to change the team unless necessary due to injury. Kovy is not a necessity.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps have a good chance of winning on Thursday in New York.

Rangers just added Jokinen, who got 0 points and went -2 in his first Rangers game but did post 4 shots on goal.

But it's the Rangers' first game at home after a three-game west coast road trip. I think the first-game-home effect could come into play here. And it's the Rangers' fourth game in six days.

Counting OT losses as losses, Caps' road record is 17-12, while Rangers' home record is 12-17.

Lundqvist, according to ESPN, is on a five-game personal losing streak with a 3.66 GAA during that time. But he only gave up 2 in in LA on Tuesday.

According to ESPN, Lundqvist is 2-2-2, which really means 2-4, in his last six vs. Washington, with a 3.69 GAA in those six games (although I am pretty sure that's just regular season--I think he was 3-4 with a 3.00 GAA in the playoffs last year.)

I like the Caps' chances to run it to 12.

Then Caps have to play the next day (Friday) against the Thrashers, and the Thrashers will be well-rested and not happy about having been spanked by the Caps 8-1 less than a month ago, so that's iffy for sure.

But if the Caps can get through the Rangers and the Thrashers, then they get Pittsburgh in DC on Sunday, one day after the Penguins have to play in Montreal. And the Caps beat them 6-3 earlier this season.

If the Caps can somehow win their next 6 and tie the record of 17 in a row, that's when it gets tough, because they will then have an appointment in Buffalo. One way or another, I don't see it running to 18, but it's been fun.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Although I guess by Friday the Thrashers are probably going to be Kovalchukless, so that will help a lot.

I believe the chances that Kovalchuk will be a Capital are 0.0 percent.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, because I like stirring it up a bit, HockeyBuzz is saying there is a frontrunner team for Kovy that no one is talking about who has offered exactly what Atlanta wants...a deal that help thems now and in the future. They did not name the team, but anyone care to guess?

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

BTW, without knowing, my guess is St. Louis.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

bringing back old players doesn't workout
well. i.e. Richard Zednick

Posted by: Puckthepens | February 3, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers would look a lot scarier to me with Jokinen, Kovy, and Gaborik.

It'd be funny if we had to play Kovy a day earlier this week.

Posted by: Raber | February 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Anyone advocating Witt's return must not watch the Caps play hockey. Where does an old slow pylon fit in this system?

Posted by: IceNutz | February 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if the team in the front running for Kovalchuk was Chicago. They have so many pieces to give up in trade and with their cap situation this is THE year for them to win (according to many Hawks fans)>

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

If it is a suprise team then I would guess Philly, but I think L.A. makes too much sense for a Kovalchuk deal not to happen.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised if the team in the front running for Kovalchuk was Chicago. They have so many pieces to give up in trade and with their cap situation this is THE year for them to win (according to many Hawks fans)>

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 3, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Chicago has so many players that they wont be able to keep after this season its almost laughable.

You think that this is the Caps year, Chi has to win this year or else. Their window is closing. Salary cap is a mess.

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

And Kovalchuk would be a rental in CHI, there is no way they can afford him long term.

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't so long ago we had a glut of goalies

Posted by: rjma1 | February 3, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I am going to guess Kovalchuk goes to New Jersey.

New Jersey has cap space, almost as much as L.A. http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/ Only six teams have scored fewer goals than New Jersey so far, so the Devils clearly need him more than L.A. does. And I've got to think the Devils have plenty of prospects to offer, since their AHL team is doing pretty well (62 points in 50 games so far), although L.A.'s is doing even better.

The Devils defense + Kovalchuk = preventing another first round exit.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I think it's Boston. They have two first round picks this year. recently told Ryder he's on the trading block, and they are in a massive slump (0-6-2). All those factors seem to point to them, but it's impossible to know until the deal is done.

Posted by: Aldred15 | February 3, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Yup, I was just about to say Boston is my second guess. Then L.A. is my third.

Boston really could've used Kovalchuk the other day.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Re: Kovalchuk...


Any where but Pittsburgh...PLEASE!

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 3, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

If Boston is willing to trade the Toronto pick along with other things then I think it will absolutely be Boston.

However, I don't think they are willing to do that (I wouldn't if I was them) and I think that will be a deal breaker between the two because I think Atlanta was demanding that.

I could easily be wrong though.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

caps should claim witt off waivers

Posted by: gocaps01 | February 3, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40

I don't think the Penguins have Cap room for Kovalchuk. (Okay, that's less of an issue for rentals but still......)

I think LA or NJ are more likely destinations for Mr. K.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 3, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Picking up Witt without giving up anything like a young goalie, blueliner, or a pick seems like a good idea to me. He is gritty and coming to the Caps would be some Ponce Deleon juice. No way the Caps trade for Kovi -- too expensive for what Waddell will want and the cap hit will be murder. Ryder is interesting, but probably too expensive in terms of cap and trade. How long does Witter have on his contract?

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 3, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

My ears are bleeding. Witt? Witt makes $3.5M too much and isn't a UFA until 2010/2011.

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Kovi in NJ -- please God no! That's like serving filet to a pig -- not appreciated. Or giving a high-end sportscar to a granny -- doesn't know how to drive it. Kovi's talent would be wasted in NJ: the world's most boring hockey team (even including Columbus and Minnesota)

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 3, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hitchcock gone -- who made the virgin sacrifice to the God's of hockey? That guy coaches such a boring, stiffling system that robs Nash of his talent. If the hockey gods are truly happy, NJD will actually look at a calendar and figure out it's not the clutch-and-grab late 90's. And if the gods are super happy, Pittsburgh will lose the baby-blue uni's (even a total queen would call those unis a bit sissy) and Crysbaby will leave for Tibet to find himself for a decade or so.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 3, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes JIMALLCAPS1, after my post, I thought about that. And New Jersey doesn't exactly need another left wing. But they could definitely use a goal every now and then.

Posted by: youaresquishy | February 3, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Recommendations on goalies.

Would not recommend playing Theo in both the NY Rangers and Atlanta games. Back to back starts is a bit dicey for most goalies under most circumstances. Given the fact that Theo was just got back from being injured and the fact that we have had a bunch of really closely scheduled games, giving him a breather seems to be the logical thing to do. It would be one thing if it were the playoffs, but since it's regular season.

This recommendation would hold true even if the Caps weren't on a winning streak. Most goalies are usually not that sharp on the second game of back to back starts -- not just Theo. I'd say start Theo against the Rangers, use Holtby against Atlanta, and Theo against the Pens (when he's fresher). I know the kid will feel bad if he's the goalie in the first loss but then again, he was the main goalie playing during Hershey's streak.


Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 3, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Witt = d**k

Greatest goalie of all time = Tretiak

Posted by: zmega | February 3, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

About our goalies.

We have 6 more games before the Olympic break. We have lost 2 games since the New Year. Theo and Neuvy have been very good. Lets say we in our next 6 games, we win them all, going 20-2 in Jan and Feb.

Some of you people want to trade for Marty Turco by March 1st?

Knowing that Theo, Varly and Neuvy have gotten us this far, we are ready to pass the responsibility to someone else?

I can't see that happening.

Posted by: JSchon | February 3, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I am going for a surprise team for Kovy. I am going to go with the Islanders. I think that Witt getting waved was to clear up more Cap space for Kovy. I am not sure what exactally they would give up but I am sure they would be willing to.

For a second never going to happen guess I will go with TB for Vinny. Atl gets a star it needs and TB gets a player who can keep them in the race in the East and then be gone at the end of the year (since they are always trying to cut costs).

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 3, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

i would not mind getting kunbina and afigenov while everyone overpays for kovalchuck.

Posted by: samb99 | February 3, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

All of the teams listed above in the guesses are good, but they have been the rumored places for a long time. The new one is that it is a team not mentioned before or in the above answers.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Colorado and Minnesota are the two mystery teams not mentioned before.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 3, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Wallin looks headed to SJ.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | February 3, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

GMGM: Keep in mind the Caps have one 11 in a row with the current lineup (I know it's not the playoffs). But, if there isn't a prime defenseman available without screwing with the current team chemistry, let's just go with the guys we've got! I just read a blog about how Calgary was glad to trade Phaneuf because he isn't well liked in the locker room, thankfully we didn't get into that deal!

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 3, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, spelling error. Should have read; "won 11 in a row..."

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 3, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

@jakopz

It will depend on if the Penguins can get into town.

The "On Frozen Blog" blogger's most recent post has doubts about the Pens' ability to make it into town, if the airports get closed on Saturday (especially if it's blizzard conditions).

I would figure the game would not normally be cancelled. I assume the underground Metro stations would be working and the underground tracks clear. The "above" ground stations and tracks, well......

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 3, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@kcbrichmond

I've been reflecting on the trades. It seems that during the last year or two, almost every time another team's star was on the block, the suggestion was made to "trade Semin for him".

I recall suggestions of Semin for Heatley; Semin for Pronger; Semin for Bouwmeester (sp?); Semin for Phaneuf. And the Semin for Kovalchuk idea has been floated.

I would not have personally made any of those suggestions, being as the guys involved are all mega expensive and, for the most part, even more expensive than Sasha. I'm sure it's possible to get a good trade for Semin, just not likely. And I want to see him remain a Cap.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 3, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Bears at Norfolk tonight...trailing 2-1 after two periods. Cash is in goal (because we have no one else!). The boys are in need of a comeback, and soon.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 3, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Semin, Poti, Gustafsson and a 1st for Kovalchuk and Kubina. With Semin and Poti gone, and both Kovy and Kubina UFA, could perhaps afford to sign Kovy at a discount, if he is willing. Or, maybe a 1 year deal like semin took, or Hossa took a few years ago.

That line up guarantees a trip to the finals, and guarantees pittsburgh and philly don't get him.


Posted by: underpants2 | February 3, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

@Tess

Thanks for the updates

Posted by: ralCapsFan | February 3, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

No on Kovy and if I was gonna trade a farm for a d-man from the Thrashers, I had better get Bogosian in return.

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

there is no way GM Waddell is gonna trade Kovy to a team within the division... NEVER gonna happen.

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Spezza scores his second of the night to put the Sens up 2-0 on the Sabres with 12 to go in the 3rd. Senators keep winning, but a win would also help keep our gap above our Eastern Conf. opponents at a healthy 10 points.

10 points!

Posted by: Sonyask | February 3, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Whoah! Sabres score two 27 secs apart to make it 2-2 with 11 to go.

Sorry I said anything.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 3, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

The Thrashers made Kovalchuk's camp one last contract offer two weeks ago, said a source -- an eight-year deal worth $80 million, an average of $10 million a year.

On Wednesday, Kovalchuk met with Thrashers GM Don Waddell to discuss the situation. It's believed Waddell simply told the captain that since there hadn't been a response to the team's last contract offer, he would now have to look seriously at trading him very soon

By Pierre LeBrun
ESPN.com

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Bears tie it up late. Both Bears goals by Andrew Joudrey. Heading into overtime. Bears have been pretty much outplayed the whole game.

Posted by: tess2201 | February 3, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Alfredson just scored. Sens up 3 - 2 with 30 seconds left.

Posted by: gonchpup | February 3, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

Never mind... 4 - 2 Sens. Cool!

Posted by: gonchpup | February 3, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

How good are the Bears in Shootouts?

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 3, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Very cool the Sabres lost.

Now we have another reason to keep the streak alive, to beat the Sens ongoing 10 game streak. Big matchup 8 days from now, Caps in Ottawa.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 3, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Hershey picked up the win in the shootout!

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 3, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Go Bears!

Posted by: Sonyask | February 3, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Kovvy likely gone before the night is over. Flyers and Bruins are out.
Devils and Canucks just "monitoring" the situation.

That leaves the LA Kings as the most likely suitor to do a good deal.

But worry not - we WILL sign him as a FA. He wants to play with Ovechkin.

Next season's Pepco Energy Services Power Play: Ovechkin, Backstrom, Kovalchuck, Knuble, Semin and Green.

SILLY!

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | February 3, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry - that was the delayed penalty call lineup. :-)

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | February 3, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

hope you have better strategies for the guys you politically strategize for because you sure ain't make it as a hockey stragegist

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

strategist

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

the Caps already lead the league in goals by a mile so you wanna add Kovy?

it's like Obama having an african american running mate

Posted by: joek443 | February 3, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Exactly.

Posted by: jcanix | February 3, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Kovy turns down 80 mill for 8 years? That is more per year than Ovi is being paid. The guy is just out of his mind if he thinks he's going to get more anywhere else.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 3, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

I think Kubina could be a possible good addition. Atlanta has a bunch of young defensmen and doesn't like to spend much money so I wouldn't be suprised if they are planning on letting him go after the year. Like any other trade it would be dependent on the cost.

While they could still make a playoff run, that seems less likely if Kovalchuk is traded.

While anyone would love to have Bogosian, there is no way Atlanta is going to trade a 19 year old defenseman with his immense talents. He is more valuable than any prospect we have and I don't think Atlanta would even trade him for Carlson, Holtby and a #1 or possibly even more.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 3, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't mortgaging the future in a futile attempt to win a Cup by signing a big name and overpaying him sound just like the Rangers?

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 3, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

stl beats chi 3-2 in regulation

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | February 3, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Who would have thought Theo would be argubably our MVP this year so far.
12-20 inches of snow this wkd? hmmmm....I need me some cheap tixs...

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 4, 2010 1:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm with JIMALLCAPS - i think we should take a look at Witt. Remember he would be claimed off re-entry waivers so we would only pay 1/2 of his remaining salary this yr and next. So what, he'd cost us 800k this yr and 1.5M next yr? Not to mention the fact that we don't have to give up any players, prospects or picks. As far as the ones stating how slow he is, that may be true but he'd also be the nastiest Dman we have and would at least clear somebody out of the crease. If Schultz and Erskine have a spot on this team, Witt wouldn't be outta place.

So he may not be the best option but given that he's very cap friendly and we don't have to give up anything to get him, I think we should look at this. Don't forget too that he's been playing for the ISLANDERS! Really? How good can you really be on that team? Ask Chimera how much you can improve when you're surrounded by better talent. Not stating the Islanders are terrible because they are improving but the Islanders aren't in the Caps class.

I know he and Ted had a falling out when he left so I wonder how Ted would feel about this. Forgive and forget? We'll see.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 4, 2010 1:12 AM | Report abuse

i vote for holtby at MSG...atlanta may suck, but theyre forwards are top notch and a lot better than gaborik and umm...gaborik.

Posted by: carsonspence

Gaborik and uhm Jokinen. Jokinen used to light up the Caps when he played with FLA. And he wants to look good for his new team and fans.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | February 4, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

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