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Monday Practice Update

Bruce Boudreau said Viktor Kozlov, who missed the past two games with a groin injury, was just playing it safe by not participating in full practice today and that he is going on the road trip.

"He was just taking it slow today," said Boudreau, who added that Alexander Semin is going on the trip despite the day off of practice. "(Kozlov) felt fine, but felt his groin was going to stiffen up. (There's) no injury just very precautionary."

*Because the Caps were short a forward though, and eight defensemen strong, Brian Pothier wound up skating as a forward with Sergei Fedorov and Brooks Laich. Don't expect a position change any time soon though, the defenseman joked afterward, "You have to skate so much more out there as a forward," Pothier said. "It makes such a difference when you're skating up and back, and up and back not just to the blueline back. You use a lot more energy."

*Staffan Kronwall was paired with Milan Jurcina creating a bit of a mountain range along the blue line with the two 6 foot 4 defenseman, who are 220 and 233 pounds respectively.

"It's a bit of a different system here that I have to adjust to but hopefully it won't take too long," Kronwall said. "I was a little rusty at first. I haven't skated in a couple days I felt a little tense and nervous but I'll adjust. There are some of the best players in the world in this locker room so that's probably the biggest adjustment so far."

*Boudreau hinted that Kronwall will get in a game this week.

"It's great depth" having eight defenseman, Boudreau said. "Staf looked pretty good out there and I'm sure he's going to get into a game at least this week. Especially when they're all getting healthy. We've got guys that can play and it should push everybody to play better and I think it did on Saturday. We limited them to 21 shots and one goal and that's a pretty good thing."

*The attention on Mike Green, who was named the NHL's third star of the week , continues and Boudreau was asked if all the defensemen have the "green light" to head into the offensive zone, prompting one of the best quotes of the day.

"There's a difference between driving a Volkswagen and a Lamborghini," Boudreau said. "The Lamborghini can go up there, guys that are in the trucks and that they stay back. Everybody knows Milan Jurcina isn't going to be going up the ice all night long but if he thinks he can go and do it, go ahead and do it, but he knows he can't so he's not gonna."

*I talked to Michal Neuvirth a good bit today and will have more on him in the paper later this week, but it's been a whirlwind weekend and past few weeks for the 20-year-old netminder. Saturday he was in Washington backing up Jose Theodore, yesterday he started for the Bears in Hershey and this morning he's back at KCI.

"It's been crazy," said Neuvirth, who added it was nice to pick up some clothes from Hershey though. "If someone would have told me I'm going to be in Washington in February after starting the year in the ECHL I don't know if I would believe it."

*Neuvirth's mother, father and younger sister are visiting and have been in the country for about 10 days now. They're staying through the Caps trip to Florida this weekend so he's hoping they might get a chance to see his NHL debut perhaps against the Panthers or Lightning.

By Katie Carrera  |  February 9, 2009; 1:04 PM ET
 
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Comments

Tarik!!

Why didnt Semin skate fully today???

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

good question.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

also, go kronwall.

hope he turns out like his brother. real gritty, solid defense man.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Sa-Town, that was a katie update.

So...

katie, where is semin?

Posted by: Leeguru | February 9, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Katie, Tarik, Bueller?

Semin?

Posted by: SA-Town | February 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Alexander Semin is going on the trip despite the day off of practice."

Looks like he took the day off

Posted by: Matt_L | February 9, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

That BB quote is great...LamborGreenie.

I don't think Milan would like being compared to a truck (or a Volkswagon), but you are what you are.

Posted by: saintex | February 9, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I like those quotes too -- Juice can do it if he wants, but he can't so he won't.

Posted by: Sonyask | February 9, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is actually driving a truck, right?

The age of sick scoring machines has come: When the Green scoring machine and the Russian crazy score machine exceed average human's...

Posted by: CodePoetry | February 9, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Heading down to FL this weekend... it would be really cool to see a Neuvirth debut.

Posted by: FedorovCrunch | February 9, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to watch Capitals Red Line Monday show tonight! ;)

Posted by: rachel216 | February 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I will be at the game in South Florida. Maybe I'll be able to find Neuvirth's family in the stands.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 9, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Any other fans coming to Panthers game - there will be likely four in our group. We should be obvious enough. Wife will be jerseyless I guess; daughters wearing Ovechkin and Green; and I'll have Hunter.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why does Greenie keep getting dissed by NHL.com? Third star two weeks in a row? He deserved the first start this week! He's below Quick who had a shutout, 4GA (one by Green) and 1GA - that's slightly above average. Hossa had 7 points - same as Green - and he plays offense!

Green had 7 points as a defenseman, became the first defenseman in 25 years to score in 6 consecutive games, and gained sole posession of the top scoring defenseman title this week. He's also a plus freakin 21 this year. He's a plus 1 over the past 3 games playing about 25 min a game!

How exactly wasn't he the first star this week?

Posted by: patrone | February 9, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@FedorovCrunch - I'm jealous!!! Have fun in Florida!

"...[I]f he thinks he can go and do it, go ahead and do it, but he knows he can't so he's not gonna."

I

Posted by: irockthered | February 9, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say I (heart) Boudreau and his circular logic, but apparently I can't type... :-p

Posted by: irockthered | February 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

@patrone

because the Caps lost to the out-of-the-playoffs LA Kings, surrendering 5 goals -- a fair portion of which were attributable to Green.

Just sayin.

Posted by: dml1077 | February 9, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

Awesome. I'll either have my old Feds Russia jersey or a Poti Caps jersey. I'm letting my friend borrow my white Caps jersey. Not sure where we're sitting, though. :)

Posted by: FedorovCrunch | February 9, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

And yet Green turned in a neutral +/- for the night.

I'm just sayin.

Posted by: Greg S. | February 9, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"2009/02/09: Rising superstar rearguard Mike Green has been named the NHL's Third Star for the past week of league action, according to NHL.com. Green, 23, ran his streak of straight games with a goal to six, becoming the first NHL defenseman in 25 years to achieve that feat (with legend Raymond Bourque the last to reach six games, when he did it in 1984). It is Green's second straight Third Star award."

From THN.com

Posted by: Greg S. | February 9, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CodePoetry | February 9, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry

I thought Schultz was the pylon on the road.

@patrone

Don't you forget to call Dr. Drew tonight on The Love Line Show to ask him for his analysis on your thoughts & comments of you banging Mike Green!

Posted by: puckman | February 9, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You mean these guys get paid for this garbage? Jesus. What a job.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

the outstanding blog content by Tarika nd Katie are really something that keeps me glued to post.com all day. The chats with ALL of the staff (excepting the idiot known as Michael Wilbon) is something that makes the entire Post operation stand above every other newspaper in the country.

Dear Washington Post,

Do you know what would save you money? By not sending me a paper EVERY DAY when I only paid for Sunday. I've told you this. It keeps coming. I'm flatterd that you love me so much that you provide your newspaper to me for free, but, geez, don't you have to make money?

Posted by: RedBirdie | February 9, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

diehardcapsfan:
Ticket Exchange is the only (non-Ticketmaster) way to get tickets that you know will be legit. However, friends/family and I have used StubHub for other stuff with no problem. I also know a lot of people who have successfully used Ebay and Craig's List. Another option is to hit up a STH - STHs can get extra tickets without paying the Ticketmaster fees (I think that saves about 20%!). Or sign up for the Caps blood drive and get free tickets. Other than that you can just beg for extras here! :-) Good luck!

Posted by: Boo- | February 9, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Tarik has already said he wasn't getting paid to do the live-chats.

irockthered, not a lawyer, but you're exactly right on the conditioning loan. The player has to agree to being sent down, then its 6 days or 3 games, whichever one is longest, with the possibility of an additional two games (for a combined max of up to 14 days) if approved by the NHLPA & the Bettman, who is required to be reasonable about it. LTIR ends when the player returns from his conditioning loan and it can only be used once per LTIR occurrence.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 9, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The Post has been a very, very good newspaper organization over its long history. That's why Warren Buffett invested in it a few years back. But I think they are missing the boat on digital media. These blogs are the present and the future, and they need to stop treating them like red-headed stepchildren. The articles duplicated from the print edition should be available on the web, but the blogs should be up front and center. Why do you have to scroll to the bottom of an article to find the "insider" link? It makes no sense. I don't need to read the game report--I watched the game, and I live in New York. What I want is the locker room access that the Post can get and distribute through the blog. That's what they should be pushing online.

Posted by: Kirg | February 9, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

TOMINFL,
FEDEROV CRUNCH,

I will also be at the game. Im getting my tickets on Friday from a friend. Ill actually be wearing a New York rangers jersey, Leetch.

Posted by: heckster89 | February 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Opita, my only question: if this blog is "garbage" as you claim, why do you continue to read it?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | February 9, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Tarik/Katie - Too late for today's practice I guess, but you should check in with Tom Poti and get his thoughts on the Beanpot. I'd love to hear what a former BU MVP has to say about it. And if anyone's down in Hershey, grab Chris Bourque too!

Posted by: ckm21 | February 9, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov Crunch: I will post when we get tickets. Daughter said there's a special on Panthers website $14 each, upstairs (400s), row 5, one section over from center. I don't mind paying more, but not a lot more for little gain.

Heckster89: Are you a Caps fan? I try to be a 21st century kinda guy, but associating with Rangers fans might be taking it a little far. Not as bad as a communist, but close.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 9, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

TOMINFL,
I am a Rangers fan/Caps fan. I really enjoy watching the Capitals and the passion that they put into the game.

Everytime someone scores and they erupt with the red sea it seems like it is the goal that won them the Stanley Cup. It is something that the Rangers lack.

Although the Rangers are my background, I am extremely jealous of the Capitals right now and Im slowly converting to a Caps fan.

In fact, Im not even going to the Rangers game Friday because I wont support them until Sather or Renney is gone. Also I cant wait until Gomez, Drury, Redden, and Rozi are gone.

Posted by: heckster89 | February 9, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Thank you guys for all the ticket-buying advice =] I'll definitely keep all of it in mind.

@fanohock1: unfortunately my little sister really wants to see the caps play the canadiens, she's also a hardcore caps fan and would be totally peeved out if i didn't bring her along. thanks for the offer though =]

Posted by: diehardcapsfan | February 9, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

heckster89:
Why do you want those guys to be gone? I'd take one or two of them!

Posted by: Boo- | February 9, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@heckster89

Gomez? I thought he was pretty good.

Posted by: mauree | February 9, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

lol Boo, great minds...

Posted by: mauree | February 9, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I look forward to seeing what Kronwall can do for us. I am glad that Kozlov will be back...we missed him! Well I am looking forward to Wednesday, we are heading up to NYC for the game...anyone else heading up there?

Posted by: NatyBG | February 9, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

@CodePoetry

That's horrible news!

I wonder if this is the reason we've been seeing more Katie and less Tarik of late. No offense meant for Katie, she's great! But she has been pulling a larger share recently.

@Tarik and Katie
I appreciate everything you guys do. You are my 5 minute break every hour or two at work! That said, if you need to cut back on coverage to send a message to the Post - do it! You need to get paid - just like everyone else!

Posted by: patrone | February 9, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

mauree:
I always knew that you were a smart guy ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | February 9, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@heckster89:

OK, anyway, I can never begrudge someone in a Leetch jersey. Now if it were a Messier jersey...

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 9, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

gomez is okay, but gets payed way to much for what he's done in new york. every single jersey fan laughs hysterically at renney for signing gomez to what he was signed to.

drury is awesome, and would love to see a caps uniform on him.

redden and rozi...overpaid d men...

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

sather* not renney

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Opita, my only question: if this blog is "garbage" as you claim, why do you continue to read it?

Posted by: ShariLeigh131

Sharileigh131
Where did you read "blog" in my post?
I suggest you read it again.

Why do I read this blog?
I read it, not because I expect any good reporting from Tarik, he doesn't, actually, I think Katie does most of the work there, but that is neither here nor there.
I read it because there is a lot of diverse opinions from posters, they are the ones who attract me to this blog, NOT tarik's reporting. Some of the bloggers make sense, some comments are funny, some are stupid, some are very good comments, in other words, there is a good exchange among the posters. So I read it because of the posters. I hope that answers your question.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

opita, perhaps the caps message board on washingtoncaps.com would be a good place for you. no blog post just an exchange of views probably from many of the same people who post here.

making comments such as the one you made above are pretty cheap and gratuitous. expecially considering it's only because of tarik and katie's reporting that there actually is a blog for you to freely post your opinion (for free, i might add). either way, your useless commentary about the quality of reporting gets in the way of those of us who do enjoy reading the various comments that are usually on topic.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | February 9, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers are SUCH a boring team to watch!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 9, 2009 8:39 PM | Report abuse

so, opita. You don't appreciate the host but you enjoy the party they provide?
It's easy to tell the difference between a guest and a cockroach.

Posted by: redlineblue | February 9, 2009 8:53 PM | Report abuse

opita

What experience do you have in the field of print journalism? This is a legitimate question because I wonder what qualifies you to tear down Tarik's reporting and writing. I wonder if you know what it's like to work on the extreme deadlines he does. If you do, fair enough. If not, then that's a different discussion. Tarik provides great content and does keep this blog updated with some interesting information. Katie, certainly, helps in that regard, too.

Posted by: CDon | February 9, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

to thoses who do not like my opinion, I am only stating what I think, just as you do. Why do you feel necessary to kiss someone's arse for doing a half-ass job? Why do you consider it necessary that everyone kiss his ass when they don't feel like it? Why do you feel necesary to misinterpret what I say? ONCE AGAIN. I did not say this was a bad blog. I merely asked, "Are these people (Yes, meaning Tarik in this case) really getting paid for this garbage (meaning what he calls reporting). I did not say anything bad about the blog or the bloggers.
I am glad you are happy with the reporting. I am not here for the reporting, I am here for the exchange of opinions. Is there a rule that says if you want to exchange opinions you must like Tarik? It is not Tarik that has this blog, it is the Washington Post, I am sure if he was not here the blog would still be here, they have it for all sports, don't they. I don't consider Tarik a top reporter, that is my opinion, you may have a different one, THAT IS OK!!!
Get off your hypocritical pedestal.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

opita,

Why can't you just say you don't like Tarik's or Katie's reporting? Why do you have to call it "garbage"?

Posted by: mauree | February 9, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Whereas you, I guess, are doing a whole-ass job. A few questions:
1) In what major media outlet are you seeing better coverage of the Capitals?
2) What are your qualifications to assess anyone's reporting skills, and why do you think we care if you think Tarik's a "top reporter"?
3) Why don't you know what "hypocritical" means?
4) Is this a Capitals blog, or a Journalism blog?
5) Who do you think adds more value to this blog, you or Tarik?
6) If your answer to #5 betrays any sanity at all, why don't you STFU?

Posted by: redlineblue | February 9, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Red Line show. Its not bad so far. Green's new digs are pretty sweet. I'm jealous for sure.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 9, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

CDon,
I have not have print journalism experience, but I read, I am highly educated and I can analyze and make objective opinions based on comparisons to similars events. You do not need to have working experience to do such things.
I have worked on projects with, as you put it, extreme deadlines. Deadlines where there are consequences if they are not met.
This guy, in my opinion and obviously not in yours, is a second rate reporter. But, once again, I am not here because of him, I think Katie does a better job at maintaining this blog than him, I am here because of the bloggers. I am sorry I rub you the wrong way by classifying Tarik as a second-class reporter, but that is how I feel.
By the way, It was only a simple rethorical question which you guys are making it into a huge world class drama.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

So a quick question to those that have followed hockey for a while. At what point did the Conference winners stop touching the trophy?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | February 9, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

redlineblue,
I am only answering to acknowledge your reply. But son, don't you think it is past your bed time? If you have a meaningful question, please make it, otherwise, just keep quiet or you will look like an idiot, and I am sure you are not.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,
You are absolutely right. I shouldn't have used the word "Garbage". A huge mistake by me.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Caps Red Line is hilarious. Wish the Greene Turtle could have sprung for a host. Like the way they use GT's theme music. I imagine Bugsy Watson must have taken...maybe 50 takes before they could piece together his segment.

So they talk about Mike Green and Ovechkin in the first week. Are we really going to see the apartment that Erskine and Gordon share in a couple weeks? They're gonna run out of subjects quickly.

I have seen cigar store Indians that show more attention than Professor Bradley.

All kidding aside, I am so happy that we have a fan-boy show for the Caps for once. I grew up watching all the nonsense that the Redskins and the Bullets/Wizards had on Channel 4. I am so pumped that the Caps are getting so much love.

p.s. The guy from Jones Rogers (certified Lennox dealer) has some really crazy eyes.

Posted by: crooks_c | February 9, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,
I also should say that I think, it appears to me, that Katie does her job well. My only complaint is with Tarik's reporting. But that is just my personal view.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

To me Tarik is the best beat writer in the NHL. Of course, people watch and learn, and Corey is picking up, but Tarik is a pioneer of this new era of blogging.

To me Tarik's best were his live chats, I'd pay for them, seriously... It's a like a breeze of fresh air, a light in the dark, I've never seen anything better before.

Tarik exemplifies what true reporting is about. I told you, WaPo, put a donate button on Tarik's blog and live chat and you'll see...

BTW, what happened to Madoff, I mean Sombrero's guy camera? :)

Posted by: CodePoetry | February 9, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Meant to say: I have seen cigar store Indians that show more emotion than Professor Bradley.

Posted by: crooks_c | February 9, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

@opita1

Just wondering, what do you think Tarik could do to better his reporting? What is your complaint with his reporting, exactly? You have such high standards, or you're just really picky!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 9, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Rachel216,
Four questions. Last two first. Maybe I have high standards and I am really picky. I don't feel that way, I just dislike mediocracy and in my opinion that is what I see on him.
What is my complaint? His reports are nothing more than sound-bytes he hears on press conferences. By the time he reports them, they are old. The WP could get a young intern to do that. How many good articles can you point me to that were written by Tarik? Maybe I have him wrong, I am willing to admit it, but first I have to read something meaningful from him.
What can he do? Well, take advantage of his position and access to the coaches, players, and the organization and be more investigative. For goodness sake, something, anything, more than the sound bytes he hears from other reporters questions.
I know your question were not answered fully, but I will have to write a whole paper explaining myself and I think this subject has gone too far. My apologies.

Posted by: opita1 | February 9, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Opita, sorry none of my questions suit your insipid position, son. We'll all bookmark your highly-informative hockey/journalism blog--cool how you type with your head stuck in your semi-colon.

Posted by: redlineblue | February 9, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

As long as no unnecessary insults are involved, one is entitled to his/her opinions. So what, he doesn't like Tarik, why are people so eager to convince him otherwise? And why are some are even answering with more insults? tsk tsk...

@rachel
One problem I have with Tarik is that I'd like him to ask the tough questions to GMGM or BB, not just the easy ones :D. And not to settle for non-answers.

Posted by: mauree | February 9, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

redlineblue:
opita1=cockroach. I love it! Get the Raid.

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 9, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

i'm not a journalism major or anything, so i'm not going to pretend to know good reporting from bad reporting, but for years I have used this blog to help me mostly with game to game coverage. This blog has provided me with more than enough information I need, which would be the lines of the night, scratches, injury reports, etc. Maybe it's because I don't expect much, but I feel this blog goes beyond most clubs' insiders. What I come to this blog for is really simple, and the operators have always delivered.
just my two cents..

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

i guess i'm saying is that I don't come here for the caps reporting, persay. I come to get the most pragmatic information I need, and it's always here. I'm not a Post subscriber either.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,
"I'd like him to ask the tough questions to GMGM or BB, not just the easy ones :D. And not to settle for non-answers."

So if he gets a non-answer, I guess he needs to jump over the podium, wrestle him to the ground and twist his ear until he gets an answer. That'll work, right? I know, let's get the Post to put Bob Woodward on the case--he'll be much more valuable digging up answers like how close the Caps REALLY are to the salary cap, or maybe why Semin doesn't shoot enough. Jeez folks, what the heck?

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 9, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

any info I need is here and then some. I have no problems with this blog.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 9, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

You know that print journalism isn't what it used to be right op head? The job Tarik does with so little resources from the Post is amazing.

Posted by: Rocc00 | February 9, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

*laughs at cockroach comment*

Opita1's posts make me sick ... I can't stand incorrect verb tenses, sentence fragments and comma splices.

This blog rocks.

Posted by: Cerealman | February 10, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

This place really tears itself apart when there's nothing to complain about.

Tarik should start making things up.

I don't think we should be counting on a couple of 20-y/o netminders to help carry us through the playoffs.

I'd like to see FLA make the playoffs (along with us) and see how far they go comparatively. Their goalie has the 2nd highest save percentage in the league.

Posted by: austinsteve | February 10, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

(We are ranked 24 and 36. Boston has #1 and #5)

Posted by: austinsteve | February 10, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe all of the kvetching about Tarik (and Katie) in this blog. People talk about them like they are not even "here". It is like being invited over to someone's house and then doing nothing but complaining about them once you are there. Guests are supposed to be gracious - you guys should be ashamed of yourselves. Heck, they even bring in guest bloggers to entertain us - how often do you see that? I would not blame them if they decided that this was not worth trouble and bagged it. How rewarding can it be to spend time doing this just to have a bunch of ungrateful people throw it back in your face? Talk about looking a gift horse in the mouth.

Tarik/Katie:
Thank you not only for ALL of the information that you provide every day (sometimes many, many times a day!), but also for providing this forum for the fans to interact. Most of us greatly appreciate it and recognize how much time and effort you put into it. I hope that the recent budget cuts won't impact the blog but if they do, it was great while it lasted. Bravo to you both!

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 10, 2009 6:33 AM | Report abuse

austinsteve:
Thanks for bringing it back to hockey! :-) I for one hope the FLA does not make it - they are getting tough! I would, however, not mind taking Fernandez off of Boston's hands. (They should not be so greedy, hoarding the #1 and #5 keepers all to themselves!) While that does not seem likely, stranger things have happened. In the meantime I am just curious to see what Kronwall can do - I hope he gets the nod tomorrow.

Posted by: --Boo-- | February 10, 2009 6:41 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to see opita's work product. He just types faster than he thinks.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | February 10, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

I gotta stand with Boo on this one. When you comment on someone's blog, it's like you're a guest in their house. Be nice. Especially when they're not being paid to do this. Everyone's entitled to their opinion, but if you're going to insult your host, do it on your own blog. I hear Facebook/MySpace/Livejournal/Deadjournal/Xanga/did I forget any? work. There's even a Caps community or two on LiveJournal :)

Since Boo said it much more eloquently than I think I can manage this morning, I'll settle for "Tarik, Katie, thank you both for all you do, especially since you're not getting compensated for it."

Now, can we talk about the Rags yet? It seems that we always lose when we get off track and start talking about other things - witness the chants discussion before the Kings game? :) So, back on track. Stat moguls, when was the last time we swept a season series with the Rangers? Having gone to the ESPN thing with Theodore last night, I missed most of their tilt with the Devils, but I was not impressed by the snippets of it that I saw.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 10, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

@austinsteve: I'd like to see FLA in the playoffs myself. I think they're a good team that works hard, but they just don't have the star power the Caps or the Bruins or the Red Wings do. Of course, the other part of me wants to steal a goaltender.

Regarding taking Neuvirth and Varlamov into the playoffs behind Theodore - no, on paper it doesn't seem like a real great idea. Especially not with Varlamov hurt as much as he is. But - our salary cap situation is pretty tight with all the D we're carrying. I don't pretend to be a capologist, but I know Alzner is eating a lot of the cap room that putting Clark on LTIR created. I don't know that we have the cap room to keep Alzner and Kronwall AND sign a goalie at the deadline.

Of course, with GMGM, you never know.

On a slightly different topic ... Tarik or Katie, what's the scoop with Brent Johnson? How's he doing?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 10, 2009 7:26 AM | Report abuse

@capsfan77

You tell me you wouldn't want answers to:
"why is this team often playing down to the adversary level?" or "the team was winning more when the Hershey D-men were playing, why is that?"

Come on, relax, you should know I appreciate Tarik's and Katie's work. No, he shouldn't "jump over the podium", but simply say: "you didn't answer the question, please answer the question".

I love this blog but sometimes one can't make the smallest comment, no matter if it's a civilized expressed opinion.


Posted by: mauree | February 10, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

opita

You don't have to have been a print journalism to be critical, but it would give you some perspective. How can you complain about his reporting if you don't know what it's like to report? Do you know how things work during and after game? These are legitimate questions because the answers can color how you view the job Tarik is doing. I think he does a great job covering the team. If you're talking about this blog, well, obviously, this isn't his sole project, so Katie fills in every day and provides the morning updates. Most other posts are from Tarik himself. And he keeps us all informed about the ins and outs of the team.

Of course, you're welcome to your opinion. If you feel he's a mediocre reporter, so be it. I simply don't find that to be true.

Posted by: CDon | February 10, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

And I'm sure they'll say, "oh of course Tarik, I was so rude not to answer your question, I'll be glad to do that."

That's not how it works; if they don't want to answer it, they won't. And the GM is notoriously tight-lipped, so he says as little as possible about most anything.

Posted by: capsfan77 | February 10, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

opita is probably one of those guests at a potluck that insists on not bringing anything to the party but partakes of the generosity of others. For the record, opita, it would appear you're in the minority since I don't think I've read anyone else complain about the content or the quality of Tarik's blogs. I'm in Los Angeles and get all the information I want from Tarik and his reporting. I concur with everyone else - where are your writing credentials? Where is your blog to compare with Tarik's work? I don't have any experience whatsoever writing for a newspaper nor running my own blog. I find it in very poor taste and a severe lack of respect for someone like you to be posting insults like you do. It's frustrating to read comments like yours and know that you can post bull crap like you do and then hide in cyberspace, thinking your actions have no repercussions whatsoever. I welcome you making those comments in public, say...at a Caps game at the Verizon Center. Let's see how quick you are to judge when your words are made public and in person. See if you could get away with it. I think logic would rule out and you'd keep your mouth shut. Try thinking before you speak. In the end, you come off looking like the moron. Not us. Wednesday can't come soon enough. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 10, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

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