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More on Milan Jurcina's return to the Caps


Where ya been, Juice? (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)


The Caps are on again with defenseman Milan Jurcina after making a deal with Columbus for a sixth-round draft pick.

*"Having reacquired Juice, I'm hoping the Caps are now attempting to get back that 7th rounder they just traded. I miss it already." (@dcsportsbog)

*"Jurcina was Alzner's partner when Alzner was playing his best up in DC. Could we see Karl back up for the playoff run?" (@mgiannotto)

*"Interesting aspect of Jurcina deal -- he was just diagnosed with a sports hernia." (@TSNBobMcKenzie)

*"We've been saying that the Caps needed a big, veteran presence on their blue line. We just figured it'd be one that didn't already have a jersey waiting for him at Verizon Center." (Puck Daddy)

*A few basics. (TSN)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  March 3, 2010; 3:05 PM ET
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Comments

Another trade got slipped in!

Posted by: mjwies11 | March 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse


Pierre LeBrun:
I'm told the Washinton Capitals slipped under trade under the radar... waiting to hear what

Posted by: ttn703 | March 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Hope the unknown deal is not Corvo

Posted by: docjohnson | March 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Stil waiting on to hear the return for Pothier/Osala...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

hmmm, why did Col not move Clark?

Posted by: flee001 | March 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, there's something that got on the grill. We'll see shortly.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm told the Washinton Capitals slipped under trade under the radar... waiting to hear what

Posted by: ttn703 | March 3, 2010 3:07 PM |

Pothier and Osala...still waiting to hear the return.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind getting Juice back but now he's hurt? What the heck? Juice with a hernia, Walker with shoulder problems -- wonder what's wrong with Belanger.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | March 3, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

-Stempniak to Pehonix for draft picks
-Stephen Yelle has been traded as well

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Corvo coming for Pothier and Osala.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Corvo? Really?

Posted by: UMWHockey | March 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Pothier/Osala should not bring anything mayor... could be wrong

Posted by: guer_j | March 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina was our 3rd best D behind Green and Schultz so I'm glad to see him back, but it sure is a strange move.

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 3, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

we get Corvo, in exchange for Pothier and Osala.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

joe corvo to caps for pothier and osalo (sp)

Posted by: natresgroup | March 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

It is Corvo

Posted by: docjohnson | March 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

TSN...
Capitals send Pothier and Osala to Carolina for Joe Corvo.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Yep. deal done.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Corvo to the Caps

Posted by: billster | March 3, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Corvo? A definite upgrade over Pothier.

Great two-way defenseman. Not the big bruiser everyone wants, but still a good move.

Sad to see Osala go before he ever got his real shot.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Corvo is coming

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

i dont like the corvo deal...mcquire just called him ohno corvo....that doesnt sound real great

Posted by: skinsst21 | March 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

damn corvo, really?

Posted by: _stevo | March 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Corvo is a Cap. Will it be enough?

Posted by: SavedByZero | March 3, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Joe Corvo??????? F that

Posted by: numero94 | March 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Alberts to Vancouver.

I would've liked him over Juice.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I feel for Pothier :/

and we never got to see Osala :(

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Corvo always plays great against the Caps.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 3, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

@skinsst21:

mcguire also famously called Schultz big and "nasty." He gets paid to talk; so he talks. But his expertise is sometimes suspect.

Posted by: large23220 | March 3, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Another high risk, high reward type player in Corvo. Might fit BB's system great... but also will give us heartattacks.

Posted by: visionof75 | March 3, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I would've liked Hamhuis, Kubina, or even Alberts over Corvo, but he is definetely an upgrade over Pothier.

I'm not so sure if Corvo was worth Osala as a throw in. Then again, Osala seems to not be favored in the Caps system...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Is Corvo they guy who got his leg sliced open vs Caps a few months back?

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I'd say GMGM has had a pretty decent day. Now, it'll be interesting to see how the team deals with all the forwards.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

and we never got to see Osala :(

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 3:13 PM |

This is what bugs me about the trade. I like Osala. Big, big body.

Doesn't seem to fit in with the Caps though.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Corvo deal is excellent.......if he's healthy, that's a steal. pothier is good, but corvo is better

Posted by: smkinjersey | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Defensemen:

Green
Corvo
Jurcina
Erskine
Poti
Sloan

Am I missing someone else. My brain is fried.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Osala is a disappointment. He is regressing this year in that he's not improving.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I like the day GMGM put together....upgrades overall but the question is will it be enough.....guess time will tell.

Posted by: PhilR | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess Fehr, Flash, and Bruce can breathe a sigh of relief. So, I guess this means Laing and Sloan are off to Chocolatetown and Juice to IR?

Posted by: ablake70 | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Corvo was done b/c GMGM found out about Juice's hernia after he traded for him. Maybe Columbus didn't know either is my point. I know they have to disclose it before they trade him but if they didn't know either until the last second.....

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Well Corvo is a upgrade from Pothier, but lets hope they aren't done.

Posted by: beargibson | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

these moves don't seem to make any sense to me. hopefully mcphee proves me wrong because these seem like a downgrade

Posted by: _stevo | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

You missed Schultz.

It's OK, most people do.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Defensemen:

Green
Corvo
Jurcina
Erskine
Poti
Sloan

Am I missing someone else. My brain is fried.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abus
------
Morisonn.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

there is Alzner, Carlson as well but in Hershey.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Schultz....second in the league in +/-.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

robo, missing Schultz....

Posted by: PhilR | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

, but lets hope they aren't done.

Posted by: beargibson | March 3, 2010 3:16 PM

They are.

4 trades is enough.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Corvo is a career plus 43 player, and thats not neccesarily playing on excellent teams. How does that = turnover machine.

Posted by: BACKS | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

kausatoday Quite a day for the Phoenix Coyotes. They also add Stempniak to their mix. First look Coyotes big winners, and Caps are No. 2.

@robostop10 Alzner if he says up he is better then Sloan

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Thank you elicea.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

ROBO - Shaone Morrison

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 3, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If, as they say, upping the PK is primary, then these are pretty good moves. Also add some more grit. I'm okay with it. We gave up nothing to make these moves. There may still be something in the hopper.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

So we've got:

Green-Schultz
Corvo-Poti (I would bench Poti but I know Bruce will put him on the second pair)
Jurcina-Morrison

???

Posted by: butcherbaker | March 3, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The Caps also gave up a second round pick in the Corvo deal. Where did we get another 2nd round pick?

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

i dont think we addressed blueline issues.

Posted by: doughless | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

And Morrison....geez...so top six D

Green
Corvo
Poti
Morrison
Schultz
Jurcina

looks like Carlson and Alzner may not even get a shot this year in the playoffs.

Posted by: PhilR | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Pothier, Osala, and a 2nd.

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Canes also get a second rounder from from Washington for Corvo
-------

that's not good. that's way too much.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

2011 2nd. We still had that one.

Posted by: jdhoover | March 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

green-sha-mo
poti-Schultz
Alzner-Corvo-Erskine

Works for me..

Posted by: BACKS | March 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

These are upgrades without losing a great deal. I think these guys are solid positional players that should be able to grit it out in a long playoff series.

Posted by: cappies | March 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Green
Corvo
Jurcina
Erskine
Poti
Sloan -> Alzner

Posted by: guer_j | March 3, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Considering we traded Pothier for Corvo, how can anything be a downgrade. Otherwise, the roster is exactly the same for the league leading team.

Posted by: saintex | March 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

So once again we have 8 D with Alzner and Carlson in Hershey.

If next year isn't their yr then it'll never be. We have a lot of UFA's on D after this yr and if they can't play up here next year they won't.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

2nd rounder in 2011

Posted by: docjohnson | March 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

According to Lebrun, Caps also gave up a second rounder for Corvo.

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Well... aside from Corvo being an awful human being that GMGM overpaid for... this isn't the worst trade deadline ever by any team.

What do you think?

OV-Backs-Knuble
Laich-Belanger-Semin
Flash-BMo-Fehr
Bradley-Steckel-Walker

Green-Schultz
Corvo-Poti (oh no!)
Jurcina-ShaMo
Erskine

Pretty much confirms that Alzner and Carlson are bonding together in Hershey this spring.

Posted by: KurtNYC | March 3, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Do you want Carlson and Alzner in this year ... no, let them get the Calder at top 1-2 pair. Moving Osala also opens up spot in hersey for some of our young guys in Sweden ... who's that center we just drafted?

Posted by: flee001 | March 3, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Faxes have to be in, but it takes time for them to be processed and show up. Maybe the other something is still coming.

(please?)

Posted by: hockeyweasel | March 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the caps are going after... The Cup....I hope Corvo makes me eat my words!!!!!

Posted by: numero94 | March 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

KurtNYC:

you forgot Chimera

Posted by: doughless | March 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I can not believe this is it. Someone else has to be on the move. They brought in four roster players and sent back one. Even if sloan and Laing are sent down, someone else has to go.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 3, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Probable defensive pairs:

Green-Schultz
Poti-Morrisonn
Corvo-Erskine

I think Jurcina will be back for the playoffs, and we have Sloan, Alzner, and Carlson at Hershey. Sounds good to me.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 3, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the Caps just acquire some SC winning experience?

Posted by: FloridaCapsFan | March 3, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Overall, not a bad day for GMGM. He traded a 2nd, 6th, and 7th pick, plus a fading prospect and a decent defenseman for a better defenseman and a pair of physical forwards -- all with expiring contracts. Though I think the Caps would have done fine standing pat (and I'd argue that Keith Aucoin could be the short-term solution for 3rd line center -- but that would take longer to argue than what I can do here), these moves make the Caps better and specifically provide more defensive beef for the playoffs. And as an added bonus, the Caps didn't move any of their more-promising prospects (the goalie triplets, Alzner, Carlson, Perrault, Gordon, Miskovic, or the kids playing in juniors).

Posted by: tfirey | March 3, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Great deadline day. The only "miss" I see is Seidenberg, and potentially Alberts. Corvo > Sutton.

We addressed the #1 issue in a PK center, and we addressed blue line issues, though maybe not as much as people wanted.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

contract talks between Volchenkov and Ottawa are still ongoing....

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Also, I'm just going to say this, but with Green and Corvo on the same team, the Caps = official Frat Brah team.

ooof.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 3, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Alzner and Carlson being in Hershey for the playoffs. It'd be risky for a deep playoff run. I'm just saying with Corvo, Erskine, ShMo and Juice being UFA's after this yr, if Alzner and Carlson don't make the club next yr they probably won't ever make it here.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

OV-Backs-Knuble
Laich-Belanger-Semin
Flash-BMo-Fehr
Bradley-Steckel-Walker

Where's Chimera?
Is he hurt bad?

Posted by: guer_j | March 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Great trade day. Would have been happy if they stood pat, but I like this better. Two hard working forwards and a very tough two way d-man in Corvo. Every caps fan should be excited to see these guys in red

Posted by: apollak8 | March 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

(caps red)

Posted by: apollak8 | March 3, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Corvo kills 3:23 per game and also 4:38 on the PP. This will help us on both special teams.

Posted by: icehammer97 | March 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny the segment of ppl:
1) who cling desperately to future draft choices of 18 year kids who never turnout to be anything

vs.

2)the ppl who want to trade a top 2 line winger(s) for a 3rd-6th level defenseman

vs.

3) the ppl who want to give up every player on the roster for a blockbuster deal just to say we have a blockbuster

vs.

4) the weirdo that wants to give up on young goaltending for a 3rd-6th level d-man.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Corvo is just one of those names destined to be carved on the Cup

Posted by: flee001 | March 3, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

TSN...
Vishnovsky from Edmonton to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

btw, Modin to LA so two former SouthEast/TB players

Posted by: flee001 | March 3, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm really interested in seeing what the forward lines will look like.

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Morrison-Semin
Chimera-Fleischmann/Belanger-Fehr/Walker
Laing-Steckel/Gordon-Bradley

???

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

btw, Modin to LA so two former SouthEast/TB players w/ Halper

Posted by: flee001 | March 3, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Rumors of a caps winger packing his bags...

anyone heard about this?

Posted by: apollak8 | March 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

So I don't get it...we didn't trade away any fowards...so whose gonna be benched? Will Walker just be a healthy scratch held in reserve for injury replacement?

Posted by: capscoach | March 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Ducks trade Ryan Whitney to Edmonton for Lubomir Vishnovsky

Posted by: elicea | March 3, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Whitney got traded for Lubomir Visnovsky

Posted by: sgm3 | March 3, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Forward lines will be interesting.

Maybe:

Ovie-Backs-Knuble
Laich-BMo-Semin
Chimera-Belanger-Flash
Walker-Steckel-Brads

Except Fehr should be in there, just don't know where exactly. Maybe 3rd line until Chimera is healthy?

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 3, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

TSN...
Penguins trade D-Chris Peluso to Toronto for a 2010 6th Round pick.

Posted by: robostop10 | March 3, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Corvo's not a good defensive defenceman. Doesn't make much sense to bring him in considering the makeup of the team. And I was pretty happy when Jurcina was shipped out before so that one doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Corvo's not a good defensive defenceman. Doesn't make much sense to bring him in considering the makeup of the team. And I was pretty happy when Jurcina was shipped out before so that one doesn't make sense to me.

Posted by: Stu_c | March 3, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The Post Trade Poll forgot:

bring back a former slow hurt defenseman?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 3, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

*"Jurcina was Alzner's partner when Alzner was playing his best up in DC. Could we see Karl back up for the playoff run?" (@mgiannotto)

am i wrong to remember the talk about how lost jurcina was whenever he played with erskine and how alzner made him better?

Posted by: MNMNT | March 3, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Never satisfied.............

Posted by: KAS2 | March 3, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

These trades make so much sense.

Let's take a look at the following d-lines

Green/Schultz
Poti/Morrisson
Corvo/Jurcina-Erskine

All 3 lines have an offensive defensemen paired up with a stay at home type. Now that strategy goes 3 deep. All the defensive pairings are a threat.

Let's take a look at the offensive lines.

Ovie/Backs/Knuble (nough said)
Semin/Belanger/Laich
Fleischman/Morrison/Chimera
Fehr-Gordon/Steckel/Bradley-Walker

With the compacted end of year and playoff schedule it will pay dividends by giving your energy guys a rotated day off.

Each line has a scoring sniper, a center that can dish and win faceoffs and a grinder in front of the net to scoop up points off of loose pucks.

Backs/Belanger/Morrisson/Steckel should each win a majority of their faceoffs. In addition Belanger gives the caps two centers with a true defensive consciousness.

Awesome!!!

Posted by: joe_potosky | March 3, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

These trades make so much sense.

Let's take a look at the following d-lines

Green/Schultz
Poti/Morrisson
Corvo/Jurcina-Erskine

All 3 lines have an offensive defensemen paired up with a stay at home type. Now that strategy goes 3 deep. All the defensive pairings are a threat.

Let's take a look at the offensive lines.

Ovie/Backs/Knuble (nough said)
Semin/Belanger/Laich
Fleischman/Morrison/Chimera
Fehr-Gordon/Steckel/Bradley-Walker

With the compacted end of year and playoff schedule it will pay dividends by giving your energy guys a rotated day off.

Each line has a scoring sniper, a center that can dish and win faceoffs and a grinder in front of the net to scoop up points off of loose pucks.

Backs/Belanger/Morrisson/Steckel should each win a majority of their faceoffs. In addition Belanger gives the caps two centers with a true defensive consciousness.

Awesome!!!

Posted by: joe_potosky | March 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

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