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Despite battling back to score three goals in the final five minutes of regulation last night, the Capitals fell 4-3 to Minnesota to mark their fourth loss in the past five games. Washington has allowed 26 goals during that stretch and is now 4-7-2 on the road.

*More concerning than the Capitals recent results though are their mounting injuries, as Jeff Schultz (broken finger), Boyd Gordon (back) and John Erskine (undisclosed) all left the game. While Schultz will miss several weeks and his absence will likely force the team to recall a defenseman from Hershey, Gordon and Erskine along with Alexander Semin, Mike Green and Sergei Fedorov are day-to-day. The Caps aren't practicing today but we'll keep you posted on call-ups and injury updates.

*Boudreau warned reporters at the morning skate that the Wild were due for a handful of goals and unfortunately for the Caps it came sooner rather than later led by rookie Cal Clutterbuck's first two NHL goals.

*Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard told the Star Tribune's Michael Russo that he believes his younger brother, Caps prospect Francois Bouchard, is the better Bouchard brother.

*USA Today spoke to Boudreau about Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin and what it's like to find a balance with the two stars. Read the full Q&A here.

In the system:
*Stefan Della-Rovere didn't record a point in the the latest installment of the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge, but the Canadiens won 3-2 to go up 3-1 in the series as it shifts to the WHL.

*Braden Holtby and the Saskatoon Blades fell 5-4 in overtime to the Wheat Kings on Sunday as Scott Glennie recorded a hat-trick goal with the game winner.

*John Carlson added his fifth goal of the season in London's 5-2 win over Peterborough on Friday. He also leads the Knights with a team high plus-15 rating in just 17 games this season.

By Katie Carrera  |  November 25, 2008; 8:28 AM ET
 
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Carolina loses - again. At least we stay atop Southie, which is fast earning it's mediocre rep again.

Posted by: basrfg | November 25, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

This road trip can't end soon enough...!

Posted by: something1 | November 25, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

"*Boudreau warned reporters at the morning skate that the Wild were due for a handful of goals and unfortunately for the Caps it came sooner rather than later led by rookie Cal Clutterbuck's first two NHL goals."

BB should know better than to play politics and use pre-planned excuses.
Almost sounded like a Joe Biden comment, "Mark my Words". Pretty pathetic.

Posted by: Cheef | November 25, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Can I raise a practical question at this point? Are we gonna do "Stonehenge" tomorrow?

Posted by: Section117 | November 25, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Nice typo in the dead tree edition "Ovechkin beat Fleischmann" or something like that. That might be true as some form of hazing, but not on the ice...

Nice article otherwise.

In other news, loyal blog readers Sombrero Guy and Section 117 have been called up and will play against the Thrashers on Wednesday.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 25, 2008 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't think I could take the pay cut.

Posted by: Section117 | November 25, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

This is my take on the trip. I knew it was gonna be a tough trip before hand , just because of the scheduling. Caps playing teams off of long rest ( San Jose ), playing a tough Back to Back, agaisnt a team that had a few days off ( L.A. ). Then compound that with the injuries and the travel time. Three points out of ten. Still in first, not too far out of the running for first in the East.

Sloan had his worst game last nite, Fehr Jump started the comback, the Refs were HORRIBLE (especially on the two 5-3 calls), Nylander looked like he was show casing his skills for the first time in a long time. Was too little too late.

Nice to be comming home !

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 25, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Or the hours.

Posted by: Section117 | November 25, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

How soon does Schultz go on LTIR? Does he have to wait the 10 games, or can he go on it, now, and allow us to bring up Lepisto (we assume) immediately?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

DrinkingPartner, I think all you need to do to put someone on LTIR is have the team doctor decide that the player will be out for at least ten games. Then the Caps would request a LTIR exemption from the NHL. If I'm reading the CBA right though, Fedorov is ineligible for LTIR relief even if he does miss ten games because the Caps list him as day-to-day.

Posted by: koalatek | November 25, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I think no way jose's peformance last night settled the score as who our #1 goalie is. He was the only reason there was even a chance for a comeback.
I also thought that was nylander's best effort of the season as well.


get well soon sexy lumberjack

Posted by: _stevo | November 25, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I've said this, and I will say this again: Semin has no heart.

Put Semin on LTIR; so if he doesn't want to play, we can at least try to bring someone up who wants to play!

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 25, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. LTIR is actually requires a determination that a player is unfit to play for at least 24 calendar days and 10 NHL games. Not just 10 games.

Posted by: koalatek | November 25, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Not going to get any easier against Atlanta. In 6 games against the Southeast the Thrashers have recorded 10 points (4-0-2). Can't assume the caps will do better with the percieved easier schedule coming up...

Posted by: clarkj | November 25, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I hate to say it, but when you pick the puck up and badminton it into the attacking zone, like Ovie did, that should be a penalty. Poti should have been fine though, as all he seemed to do differently than the norm of catching the puck and putting it on your stick was the way he dropped it between his legs.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

I assure you that a broken finger takes more than 24 calendar days to heal. XD

Good morning sunshine o.0 I was trapped without Versus last night, but oh man sounds like a wild night. Dude, did somebody hex the Caps or something? This number of injuries is unreal.

And do the Caps at any point in the season EVER get a five-day break?

Posted by: kittypawz | November 25, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Not sure if someone else has asked or if this has been addressed, but with our current cap situation and injury bug problem - is there any way to get Pothier's contract off the books (then we can call up Alzner among others)? Can the caps buy him out and offer him a FO position? He shouldnt come back and play hockey anyway so why is he still on the roster? Are contracts in hockey guaranteed? If anyone has an answer i would appreciate it.
Thanx.

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | November 25, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Pothier's contract doesn't count against the salary cap because he's on long-term injury reserve.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

kittypawz: Sometimes a broken finger never really heals. I had a tendon snap from catching a football (properly - the injury was freak). Didn't get it checked because I thought it was like the 50th time I had jammed a finger. Was sensitive for like four months. Two years later and the finger is still puffed at the joint and can't fully straighten. They call it "mallet finger" or something. Anyway, why do you put XD all the time in your posts?

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

And do the Caps at any point in the season EVER get a five-day break?

Posted by: kittypawz | November 25, 2008 9:31 AM
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Yep, between the 1/20 and 1/27 games at OTT and BOS, respectively. There's another from 3/25 to 3/31 where they play once (at home to TB).

Posted by: Section117 | November 25, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

So, does this mean that Alzner can come up from Hershey now, and prove that he deserves a spot in the NHL more than Jeff Schultz? Is the finger really that bad? I know Erskine was sidelined last year, but thats because his thumb was bent backwards while punching someone in a fight. Even the trainer said he almost got sick when he looked at Erskine's hand, while Erskine asked when he could go back out and play. Did Schultz cry?

Posted by: capsfan55 | November 25, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Pothier does not count against the cap but Ted is paying his contract since it is a work injury. Should be interesting if any of these guys are out for any length of time. Shultz we know about but if Erskine goes out as well we may have a problem on D. Losing Gordon is only a problem if Feds/Semin remain out. We have two extra forwards so we can handle two injuries up front without calling anyone up. We don't have that luxury on D. This is why trading Nylander makes so much sense. It frees up cap space so we can carry an extra dman and rest Erskine/Jurcina/Sloan on a regular basis. The best situation is to carry 13 up front and 7 in back. One HS each night both front and back.

I almost chimed in yesterday with all the Fehr bashing on here. That first goal last night was just sheer will by Fehr and Bradley. Fehr is going to be that grimey forward who does all the dirty work. He will be a top six guy next year doing the dirty work for the stars.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | November 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

It's Jurcina and Erskine whom I'd think would be worrying about their jobs if Alzner and Lepisto made it up here. Schultz has his half-slap shot and all, but he's a damn good, positionally sound Defenseman who is pretty good with his stick, all told.

No, Poti, Schultz, Mo, and Green don't have anything to worry about concerning roster spots.

For all the low expectations we have of Pothier, he would be a great 3 or 4 D for us. Hopefully, he will heal.

But I'm okay with Lepisto (and Alzner, but probably not) in the mean time.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Pretty sure Lepisto is the only real move the Caps can make. Since Schultz is expected out for weeks, he doesn't have a large enough cap number for Alzner to come up.

Posted by: koalatek | November 25, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Once they trade Nylander (if it happens), Alzner will be up here to stay. By the end of the year we could have Alzner and Sloan up here for good. For this to happen (we would carry 7 dmen), Jurcina would go away.

Posted by: waitingsince75 | November 25, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Is the finger really that bad?
Did Schultz cry?

Posted by: capsfan55 | November 25, 2008 9:47 AM
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Now I know why Tarik hasn't been doing chats.

Posted by: Section117 | November 25, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

@waitingsince75

What's kinda amazing about Fehr is that he has never been the gritty dirty work kinda guy. He has always been the open ice sniper goal scorer type.

He has managed to change his game to best suit this team. He has done it with sporadic playing time.

Posted by: JSchon | November 25, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: JSchon | November 25, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Obviously if last night was too late for some of you, I had no chance of staying up to watch the game!

I found the result out prior to catching up on the comments. Reading through the game thread was actually funny. People were increasing desperate, the sky fell further and further, then the late rally came and everyone ended up having to change their tune. I guess the boys made a few people eat their words last night.

I don't usually agree with a word Cheef says but I do agree with he/her/it that the rally last night was probably down to the Wild taking their foot off our neck as much as the Caps playing better. So while I appreciate what people mean when they say "I wish we'd have played like that for 60 minutes" sometimes you can only play as well as you are allowed to play.

Spliting this trip 2-2-0 would have been ok and after the first game I thought more was possible. However, it seems someone walked under a ladder whilst breaking a mirror with all the bad luck we have had with injuries this season.

On the plus, despite a 3 game losing streak we are still a point clear at the top of our Division with a game in hand. Plenty of teams would like to be in a similar position.

Also we are currently the joint-top goal scoring team in the East with 69 tied with Boston and Philly. However, we have also conceded 69 which is second worst in the East (only the Leafs have conceded more) and joint 3rd worst in the league (joint with Anaheim behind Dallas and Toronto). No prizes for guessing where our issues lie but I'm glad to hear my boy Jose played well again last night. Now, if we can just give him some help.

Danny, are you for real suggesting Semin is taking his own sweet time getting back into the line up? Do you really think that he would deliberately say he was unfit when secretly he could play? Have you not read Tarik's reports on how frustrated he is? Do you think he would want to sit when he's on the hottest streak of his life? Come on please, have a little think about it.

Finally, ranndino - thanks for talking so much sense.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

tominfl1: XD is an emoticon indicating laughter. Look at it sideways.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 25, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Phew, that was a long one - sorry folks!

Boo!
You lived up to your name - I was pretty scared!! :)

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Can someone please tell me when the Caps are going to get a goalie who can stop a puck?

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 25, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Danny, are you for real suggesting Semin is taking his own sweet time getting back into the line up?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 10:02 AM

Yes. That is EXACTLY what I'm saying. Don't tell me that OV doesn't always get hurt (especially the way he plays). But did you see OV missing any games?

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 25, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Injuries or no injuries, this team is not as good as they think.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

So if Schultz is gone for 10 games and he is making $763,889 is it a case of 763889/82 x 10 to work out the Cap saving?

People are talking about Alzner coming up but as he makes double what Schultz does is Sami the only viable option at $700K?

Sombrero? Help!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

kittypawz: That's funny. I did twist my neck so I could look at it sideways and now I'm day-to-day with an undisclosed, upper body injury. I have 5 cats btw - that's 20 paws.

Some people may not want to read it - but the quickest and easiest cap solution is to trade Kozlov (for a pick or prospect) and then recall Bourque and Alzner. That and you can also short-tern swap Schultz for Lepisto. The Kozlov trade would get you two active bodies for one, essential with injuries. I can't see the Nylander thing happening any time soon, if at all.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully this road trip wakes them up and they actually start battling for wins. San Jose was a good litmus test of how far we still have to go. I've said it a million times - average defense and average goaltending will get you a quick trip to the golf course in the Spring.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Dave: Actually it's the salary divided by 186 days, multiplied by the days they are on active roster:

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=WAS&season=0809

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

DannyBoy, you're an idiot.

If Semin is hurt, I don't WANT him on the ice. I do NOT want him reinjuring himself. Look at what happened when Fedorov came back too soon.

You are NOT Alexander Semin.

You do NOT know what his shoulder/back is feeling like.

And you need to shut up now.

Thanks.

Posted by: irockthered | November 25, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

When is the Caps management going to go out and sign an actual starting goalie?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

@DaveUKCapsFan - I think that's right, with the cap business, and why we would call Lepisto rather than Alzner.

The problem with putting Semin and Fedorov on LTIR is that once they are there, they HAVE to be out for 24 days/10 games, whether they wake up tomorrow healthy or not. While we probably should have for Fedorov (with his ankle sprain), leaving Semin day-to-day would be my preference. That way, he CAN come back when he's ready. Ditto with Green.

Posted by: irockthered | November 25, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I thought Jose played decent last night. Tough when you are killing 5-3 pp and trying to stop 2 on 0 breakaways.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Sami is viable, cheaper, not to mention statistically better, has more pro experience, more offensive-minded..

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Seriously...you can rip a player all you want, but to call guys soft for not being in the lineup is uncalled for unless you are the trainer or doctor.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 25, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

poopy-

i would recommend putting D on the ice first. and by the way, have you actually been watching JT play??

Posted by: doughless | November 25, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Danny,
So is Green faking? Is Feds? Whats the difference?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Tom, irock,

Thanks for clarifying.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Cal Clutterbuck! Cal Clutterbuck.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Yeah obviously Dannyboy1975 doesn't any kind of sports at all.

Posted by: MNMNT | November 25, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

@DannyBoy

Are you honestly suggesting that we can compare the physicality (both of health and of checking) to ANYONE else in the league? Especially to Semin?

I love Semin, but I recognize that he isn't Ovechkin, and that no one else on this team, or in this LEAGUE (perhaps the world) is Ovechkin. To watch Ovechkin take his licks and keep on tickin' and expect the same or better from Semin is like asking a dog to meow -- they're not the same animal and cannot do the same things. Semin succumbs to injury. He's been in the league 4 years now, and he's had injuries in all of them. We didn't want to see it happen, but it did, and it does, and it will, most likely.

Fedorov is actually the one I'm most concerned about. He misgauged his injury, and is now out even longer. He's also old. This injury might keep him out another 2 weeks. I almost hope they do, just to make sure he's absolutely healthy.

@ Poopy_McPoop

You appeal to my 3rd grade sense of humor, and I enjoyed reading your post.

@TominFL1

While that's "reasonable" in theory, it's unreasonable in practice, especially right now. If Semin gets back and doesn't get hurt again, then yes, trading Kozlov makes a little more sense. But would it, really?

I think Alzner's a no-brainer, but Bourque, as much as I like him, is not Kozlov. He's a St. Louis-type (we hope!) and not an Ovechkin-feeder. Fehr is close to that in style (not in history, certainly), but can't take his place.

Unless Semin stays absolutely healthy and stays as Ovechkin's RW.

Which I've already suggested that he can't.

So, I don't think Kozlov, at this point, is tradeable.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

@ Poopy

I got caught up in your name and missed your actual post, I think. I support both of our goaltenders -- we need stronger D.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

DrinkingPartner: They might trade Kozzie anyway, if there's a taker, just because of the 2-for-1 effect. I agree at this point it would be difficult - not because of the Semin injury, but because of Clark. If Clark were the Clark of two years ago, he could be #1 RW with Semin out and #2 with Semin back. Fehr has earned a regular shot, my opinion. I believe given "Kozlov minutes," Fehr would give you just about "Kozlov points," at about 30% the cost.

Myself, I would very easily trade Kozlov to another organization if I could get Bourque and Alzner in return. Therefore, although Alzner isn't fully seasoned, I would be willing to trade Kozzie so I can elevate those two from Hershey.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

TominFL,

What is it about Fehr that makes you think he can put up around 60 points in an NHL season? I'm not being combative, I'm just genuinely curious if you're seeing something that I'm not.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Jordan: Fehr was a big time scorer in Juniors. Then he put up big points in the AHL, mostly we hear (from Boudreau quotes) by scrapping in front of the net. Now we see him every game make a few very skillfull plays, like his set-up on Bradley's goal last night. He reminds of Laich from a year ago, and looks like he's step or two from making the transistion to becoming a regular contributor.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@ jordan

I'm with Tom in that I think that Fehr can produce Kozlov-numbers if given Kozlov-minutes. That's the kicker. He has shown he can produce in the limited minutes he gets (2 assists last night). Just think what he could do with a steady shift.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Tom,

Sounds promising, and I'll agree that Fehr never looks particularly bad when he plays, but what if we pull the trigger on a Kozzy trade and Fehr doesn't put up numbers? We'd be toast on RW with Semin in injury trouble, Clark doing nothing much, and Matt Bradley being unable to fill that particular role. In summary, I'm scared!

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

An attempt to set the record straight, because this has gotten out of hand.

I LIKE Green. I like that he shoots the freakin' puck because too many Caps won't for some reason. When he does, it generates possibilities. This is what Coach B was talking about when he said too many cute plays. He wants guys to take shots like Green does.

Green does a wonder job carrying the mail. He generates a lot of scoring chances doing that for himself and others.

Green's problems, that when he does his offense schtick he leaves his post as a D-man. OK. Not a problem if he has a reliable D to cover his back. Last year it was Mo. Mo's in a funk now. He needs an opposite number. We don't really have that - at least not a high quality one. And this is where I get frustrated with the D.

Green has looked like a pylon out there when playing on D followed by playing good D and limited Offense. He's given us half hearted poke checks and awesome hipchecks.

I LIKE Fehr. He's going to be a great asset to the team, no doubt. I hope that this year can be his break-out year. It looks like he's getting it into gear, and as he does it will be harder to sit him. I'm not sure I can see him in a grind role, though, so he's still going to have to fight for ice time. He's making it more and more difficult to deny him. That's a good thing.

The problem is that this team is an offensive minded team which makes sense on 2 levels. First you have Ovie and Semin and about a half-dozen other scorers that should be potting between 35 and 50 goals a year. Second, goals sell seats. To win the Cup, though, you need defense. Still. And we don't have it at least not yet.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 25, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Fehr's got speed, size, and sniping skills. He's responsible in his own end. He's a tenacious forechecker (as JSchon points out, this is a recent development) or a dangerous lurker thanks to a very good wrist shot.
I bet he'd get you 22 and 32, but not from the press box. I wish I knew who should sit instead, but I think Fehr's worth a regular shift to the Caps.

Posted by: redlineblue | November 25, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Based on what I saw from Fehr in the AHL, I'd love to see what he could do if given a full-time regular position with the Caps.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 25, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I guess I'd rather see Fehr than Clark at this point. But man, it sure feels bad to say that.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Clark should sit instead, but, for obvious reasons, BB won't sit Clark. If Clark weren't the Captain, on the other hand...

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I agree, redlineblue. Fehr is becoming a convincing player. What DrinkingPartner said about him is interesting as well - as a Kozlov replacement. I could see that in him. Maybe over the next year or so he'll be there. It certainly gives options to GMGM over the summer as Kozlov is UFA.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 25, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Boo!
Forgot to mention. How come you gave Lee a pass for his "stuupid Midwesterners" remake on the game thread! I thought you'd have thrown down after that!

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 11:46 AM | Report abuse

"If Semin is hurt, I don't WANT him on the ice. I do NOT want him reinjuring himself. Look at what happened when Fedorov came back too soon."

Dude, it's hockey not tidly-winks. Those guys play hurt all of the time and are never 100%. If he's that much of a wuss then he shouldn't be playing at all.

That's one of the reasons why Ovie is so likable. He's not only a top goal scorer, he dishes it out as much as he takes a beating.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 25, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Greg, I agree with everything you said. But then again, we agreed all summer when we were calling for a rugged S@H D-man.

JSChon, we are not attacking Green... come on I love the guy. I'm just saying that he's not going to magically heal our D. Either BB modify the system, or we trade for some good experience D-man. My point is that with the current D-roster we can't afford the current system - if we want to go deep in the end-season that is. Which is a lot to ask, sometimes we forget to be content with what we have hehe...

Posted by: mauree | November 25, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

How come no one (that I remember) commented last year on how big a wuss Chris Clark is when he was out for ages. (Because by Ray and Danny's logic he must be a massive wuss for sitting out so long).

How come there was no "hockey players play with injuries all the time" then?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 25, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

It might be time to consider waiving Clark for purposes of assigning him to Hershey. He could get 20 minutes down there and work himself back into old form. Its unlikely any other team would claim him given his contract term and cost.

And while he's down there, that's $2.5 million freed to bring up prospects. Alzner and Bourque could be here for the same price as Clark.

Posted by: stormblue | November 25, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The point about Green is that we know is defense is the lesser of his skills. No question. Sometimes though with his great, natural ability he breaks up a play with a real nice poke check. The most important factor about him though is that he brings so much offense, that it makes your defense work less. This is how the Red Wings do it. In football it's called time of possession. The other team can't score when you have the ball. I'm glad the overall sentiment is positive for Fehr. I honestly think the cap fix is: Move Kozzie; give Fehr Kozzie's mins; bring up Alzner and Bourque; give Bourque Fehr's (limited) minutes; let Alzner settle in; eventually move Jurcina; acquire a S@H veteran for he stretch drive. At that point, Kozzie and Jurcina are gone and replaced by Alzner, Bourque and Unknown S@H. At that point, you are carrying 21 skaters, not 20 like today.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 25, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

ESPN has us ranked as the 7th best team in the league. I would highly disagree...not even top 10 especially if you can't win on the road.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

BTW - how bad must it suck to be Kolzig right now?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

What 10 teams are better than us?

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

i'd put ahead of us - SJ, Det, Pitts, Montreal, Boston, Vancouver, Minn, NYR, Chicago, Anaheim

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

My votes for best of plays of the night:

1. The Stop. That was an incredible save - the best I have seen in a long time - by Jose last night, however, one great play does not make a great performance, I think he can be better.
2. First goal. A tour de force play by Fehr and Bradley. I like these two guys efforts.

My opinion on Green. Yes, his offensive skills are missing, but lets not get over excited and make him Bobby Orr and/or the savior of this team.

My opinion of some people's view of Semin and Nylander. You are showing your lack of hockey savvy on your disparaging comments about their abilities and what they bring to this team.

*** NOT SO FINE PRINT - PLEASE READ ***
Please, don't misquote me if you want to attack my opinions. I meant what I said, nothing more. You are welcome to disagree

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

i agree on Fehr. also, we need D in a big way. finally, the talk about Semin is ridiculous. what good is a player that is not 100%? ask Feds. believe me, when Semin is back and it is bombs away again we'll hear none of this idle twittering.

Posted by: doughless | November 25, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

The way we are playing and the numerous injuries mean the ten teams better than us are the eight that make the playoffs in the east plus the leafs!

Posted by: Kiltmon | November 25, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't think half of those teams are better than the Caps.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@Ray,

I'm glad someone agrees with me. That's right, Semin is a wuss.

He needs to stop throwing helmets at the locker and suit up. The next 5 games is do-or-die for us this season. SO BE A MAN SEMIN!

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 25, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

one of the things that the Caps seem unwilling to do as a team is get out there and do some grinding in front of the net. meanwhile, teams like the Rangers and Devils come into the Phone Booth and do just that. why can't the Caps make this a regular part of their game? really makes you appreciate guys like Brads and Brooksie. i mean Bouds talks about this but seems to go in one ear and out the other for most of the Caps. aside from D, i think this is one of their major shortcomings.

Posted by: doughless | November 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Sorry can't count but you get the idea. At what point do you call up Bourque and Alzner? Do we need to pull the trigger on a trade or just blame it on a tough road trip and injuries. If we lose to the Canes and then Montreal were close to batting .500

Posted by: Kiltmon | November 25, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry everyone, I don't see Kozzie going anywhere.....Semin and Ovie call the man "Dad" for god's sake.....We have already seen what happens when Ovie has his mind elsewhere....do we really want that caused by internal turmoil from trading Kozzie???

And please stop with the ridiculous comments on Semin....the man is hurt, if he could play he would....obviously those who are questioning him have never had a back injury, I have and would not wish that pain on anyone!!!

Posted by: PhilR | November 25, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@Jordan

I agree with you when we are playing well - I'm talking about today.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I don't know Jordan, right now we're playing pretty crappy.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin is not the toughness standard. The Machine is a stone freak, okay? He's an outlier on the grit-per-pound scale, the guy only Chuck Norris can stand to be compared with.
Call Semin soft if you want. To make it stick, you'll have to take 15 minutes of the slashing and jamming he takes on a typical night, and then take the puck from him along the boards...Cupcake.

Posted by: redlineblue | November 25, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I've been the biggest naysayer when it comes to Kozlov. I doubted his signing, and I've been screaming for his head since last year. But earlier this year I've noticed a difference. He's more of a compliment to Ovie and Nikki. Say what you want, but he's been playing significantly better as of late.. Don't believe me, Backstrom's goal against the Ducks is the perfect example. That was all Kozlov.

He's not the longterm solution for this organization, but he's not the reason why we struggled on that road trip.

Say what you want, but the guy is playing better.

Posted by: goskinsgo | November 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Danny,

the next 5 games are do or die ...really?
Sop being a wuss...oops, sorry to offend

Posted by: NJNJ | November 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

rmcazz and dannyboy1975,

You certainly have a lot to say about Semin. Impressive for a couple guys sitting in front of a computer. I am sure you are both pretty tough, too. Work through hang nails and such. Way to gut it out.

Semin is not OV. There are not many in the league that can handle injury the way OV does and has. As was pointed out, Semin has been on top of his game and at the top of the league this season. If he could play and help the team, then I have faith that he would be out there.

Posted by: _Mark | November 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

the collective IQ around here is dropping.
semin is a wuss? idiotic.
steckel is huge and plays small. once again, no physical price when you play the Caps. except for Ov.
Our blueliners r no where near good enuff to win a playoff round. you cannot be all offense. 4 gpg with green in or out; it's too many! you can't win 5-4 all the time.
theo is getting better.
if the "system" is dependant on one offensive defenseman this team will go nowhere. it's a collective.
lepisto ain't enuff.
it's only 20 games. fixes happen now. gmgms job is on the line again.

Posted by: oo7 | November 25, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

For years now many of us have said we need a #1 defender yet GMGM has done nothing about the need. You can not blame a goalie if the D is not there if we are a bust this year by not getting past the first round GMGM must GO!

Posted by: CalleJo | November 25, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

right on oo7

Posted by: doughless | November 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

lets review:
top goal scorer/point getter - out
top dman/ppgoal scorer - out
top line center - out
top 4 dman - out
top/only physical dman - out
top pk fwd - out

team is hurting. evey team has injuries, no one that i can think of has this many to key players. fortunately non of them appear to be season enders like morrow in dallas. we are up against the cap and have some limited ability to call guys up. its going to be a tough strech w/ 3 games in 4 nights. but it's november and the team is still in first place in the division (does anyone remember where we were at this time last years...i know the wizards do). lets hold off with the "whose better than us" talk. lets be glad its happening now and not in april...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely agree - the goals will come to this team...there is just too much talent to keep them held down. Average goaltending and average defense equals golf course in May.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Been busy with work and haven't caught up with everything but

regarding Fehr - I think he can very easily be a 60 point scorer in the NHL given more minutes. His wrist shot is nasty and he is getting his timing back and while he doesn't look smooth out there yet, he looks better than he did at the start of the season. He missed a LOT of time but has the natural ability and hockey sense to be an impact player.

Regarding the LTIR, i humbly suggest everyone read the few paragraphs over at http://www.nhlscap.com/cap_faq.htm#article_50.10

One key point

Putting a guy on LTIR does not mean you automatically mean you get additional Cap space. You have to max out the regular cap before it kicks in. I think.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Dave:
Thanks so much ... that's the nicest thing you have ever said to me! :-P I hope you know that won't do - I expect a full reply ASAP!! ;-) RE: Leeguru, he gets a pass on a lot of things, but that might be the exception; once I get a chace to read his post, I will surely have more to say (Leeguru - consider yourself warned ... ;-)).

Posted by: Boo- | November 25, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

dcsportfan,

Nothing wrong with Nicky. He's for sure our #1 center. Feds was keeping his spot warm while he worked out the early season kinks.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Boo, what did Lee say?

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

steve, i agree on backstrom, but feds was playing on the top line when he got hurt and doing well. i dont think that was going to change in the short run. call him second line center. he's valuable and is not playing.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | November 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
Dunno - haven't found it yet. Dave (aka Brash) is just trying to instigate a fight. He does not like fighting alone, and he has been awfully feisty lately. Typical limey ... oh, I mean ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@dannyboy1975
Most have been a hell of a night, eh? Bought tickets to watch the Redskins and ended up watching the Caps?
LOL - I have had nights like that.
In any case, I am glad you watched the game, in time you will understand it.

Posted by: Loco2 | November 25, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@ dcsportsfan

Yeah, Backis is by far our best center.

He's been stick-handling figure 8s around the opposition lately.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

oh,oh! "figure 8s"?

A term previously associated with another player, which shall remain nameless, in a derogatory manner of his play.

Say it ain't so.

Posted by: Loco2 | November 25, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Figure 8's must be a Swede thing

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Found it:

"Listening to the MN feed. First time. SOunds like the Carolina guys. Thought the caps scored. Stoopid uppermidwesterners!"

OK, Leeguru ... some of us consider ourselves "uppermidwesterners", so play nice!! Besides, while Terhaar may be from the uppermidwest, Greenlay is from just about every place but the uppermidwest! So don't blame the rest of us for his crazy antics (and vision problems) ... ;-)

Pfew. There. I feel better now. :-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Boo, you live here, right? So wouldn't you be an exuppermidwesterner? Is it soda or pop?

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Loco2,

You are not even making any sense. Learn how to write a coherent sentence and think it through, before launching another ill-advised attempt at mocking me.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

@DannyBoy1975
Hang in there DannyBoy, in time you will sober up and things will become clear.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Learn how to write a coherent sentence and think it through, before launching another ill-advised attempt at mocking me.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | November 25, 2008 1:43 PM
-------------------------------------------
Your opinions do that for us.

Posted by: Section117 | November 25, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@Loco2
Are you Spanish? "Most"? I got you.

@danyboy
Disregard what I wrote, my apologies.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I must have missed something. DannyBoy has peoples ire up.

So who's getting called up? Lepisto?

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

sounds like Lepisto

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 25, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I love BB and I hate to take issue with him, but IMHO it was not about the Wild "breaking out" and scoring four goals as much as it was a mediocre Caps defensive effort.

Somehow or other the Caps emphasis has changed to power hockey in terms of goals and offense and that works just great when you have the offensive horses... Its just that the Caps don't with Semin, Fedorov and Green down.

We can't play the same style as we did before and get away with it. We had better circle the wagons and try to get 3 goals and give up 2. Otherwise, the Caps problems won't end with this road trip.


Posted by: muddapucker | November 25, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: uncatim | November 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

?

Posted by: Loco2 | November 25, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@opita
No I am not Spanish, but English is my second language.

@DannyBoy1975
If you will be so kind to correct my grammar errors, I will not hold it against you. I am sure you are a well educated man with linguistic skills to match none.

Posted by: Loco2 | November 25, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Some others said it already but why would anyone think Schultz would be in danger of losing his spot while out. As a defensive-defenseman you should go unnoticed when you are on the ice. Schultz has developed into our best pure defenseman. On the other hand Jurcina and Erskine looked like a comedy act out there, the problem is, I wasn't laughing. Did you see the ignorant pass Jurcina made to Erskine while Erskine was standing flat footed in front of the net with a Minnesota player standing right in front of him? That wasn't Erskine's fault that time but if I had a dollar for ever time he got his stick knocked out of his hand I'd have season tickets in the 100 section rather than the 400 section. Actually I see the game better from the 400 section. Anyhow, I was hoping the Caps would move Erskine prior to the season to make space for Alzner and his salary. Erskine doesn't skate well, and his physical play has gone down drastically. Not sure if it's because he's gotten older, his jacked up finger hurts, or his wife told him to be good. Our defense and goaltending beyond Greene, Poti, Morrison, and Schultz was a question mark coming into the season. Now it's an albatross.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 25, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess Tarik should be updating us soon on what is going on with this team. I would think there will be some news; with all the injured players there must be some talk of ... something, eh? Tarik?

Posted by: Loco2 | November 25, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

I hope the call up Lepisto and Alzner both. And keep them working together..they are +14 and +15 respectively!

Posted by: Beltwayman2 | November 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
Good point - exuppermidwesternercurrenteastcoaster ... or something like that. Used to be pop, now it's soda (who said you can't teach an old dog new tricks?!?).

Posted by: Boo- | November 25, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Keeping a pair of minor leaguers (maybe NHL ready, if not, they're close) together might not be a good idea. They would both be nervous as heck. However, if they alternative would be to stick them with Erskine or Jurcina I'd say, keep them together, because those two will ruin their chances and make them look bad.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 25, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Time to fly away. I enjoyed reading your comments, mine were primarily in jest. I do follow the Caps when time allows it, but I consider myself a hockey fan first, a Caps fan second.
Dannyboy, peace? I hope when I get back I would have a better grasp of the English Language.

Posted by: Loco2 | November 25, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock

schultz is our best defensive defensemen? now that is funny.

Watch schultz, i mean really watch him during a game and you will see he really isn't good and is possibly the slowest NHLer i have ever seen. Or you could just go with what everyone else says on this blog about how erskine can't skate well or jurcina isnt good...yada yada yada

Posted by: _stevo | November 25, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

..but Jurcina ISN'T good and Erskine CAN'T skate well. When's the last time Schultz cleared the puck into the stands for a penalty or got angry and punched a guy after the play for a penalty? He gets us in less trouble than those two, and plays better positionally. I know everyone is still angry that he doesn't use his size to bury people, but c'mon. He's better than J&E, easily.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"When we did what we were supposed to be doing from the prescouting, we were effective," Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's when you get individualistic and you try to go through the middle against these guys, it's very difficult to go through."

Hmmm. Who is the masked man BB is talking about? Individualistic and through the middle? I have to pay more attention to the game.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

erskine may not look graceful when he skates, BUT he is faster than schultz. and i respect your opinion, but I think schultz is not better than juice or erskine. And if you are complaining about Erskine or Jurcina punching people after the play for penalty, start complaining about the donald

Posted by: _stevo | November 25, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Jordan on 55 being better than both 4 and 23, though 4 has been narrowing the gap lately (thou I'm not sure if it's 55 playing worse or 4 better). Just an opinion.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 25, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

He might be faster, but that lack of grace prevents him from doing things like pivoting properly to keep up forwards who have speed to the outside, like we saw last night. Then he has to hook or grab, and that's why he and Juice end up in the box all the time.

That's my major gripe with them. They take bad penalties and tend to chase guys around and worry about hitting rather than playing positionally and moving the puck.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

probably my biggest problem with schultz is he never shots the puck and when he does it is probably about as hard as Ovie's backhand. One thing the sexy lumberjack does well is he fires the puck at the net pretty much everytime he gets it

Posted by: _stevo | November 25, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Stevo,

Absolutely correct there. Erskine definitely shoots the puck, and that's commendable.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow. The chatterati come out in force when things aren't going well. Listening to half of you makes me think the season's over, jeebus Christmas. Everyone breathe, please. I understand that we're all frustrated and hoped for so much more, but sheesh, the sky hasn't fallen yet.

tominfl: Maybe you can go on LTIR and clear us some cap space. :)

Now, I do agree and have been one of the people saying that we need to shore up our D in order to make a Cup run. I don't think the G is to blame for a lot of the goals, I really don't. Yes, we need a #1 D, but I don't think we're going to trade for it. Besides, who could we trade for that wouldn't be a huge and costly gamble, especially with the salary cap possibly going down? Not all trades work out, as we all know. I think they're looking at Alzner to fill that role, and possibly Lepisto, but they don't want to rush it, and I don't blame them! So we don't get the cup this year. As long as we get further than the first round in the playoffs, and I think that we can, I'll be okay.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 25, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Jurnica is horrible. He puts the least amount of effort into each game as possible.

Now if they could just bundle him in trade......

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

In my opinion, 55, 4, and 23, are interchangeable, they each have some better skill over the others as well as some worse weaknes from one another. You gain and lose a litte with each one. In my opinion they are just average D-men. they will not alter your defense much one way or another.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

At least we can agree that Tom Poti is the best thing going back there these days. He's rock solid.

Posted by: _jordan | November 25, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, Mo seems to be doing a lot of that, too. At least lately.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 25, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina does have a bomb from the blue line, though. Wish he'd uncork it more often.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 25, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"At least we can agree that Tom Poti is the best thing going back there these days. ..."

Well, yes. But that in itself is kind of a sad statement. Poti has made his share of errors.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

He may have a bomb from the blueline, yet Jurcina doesn't have the power to clear the puck out of the zone. I think the wrister on goal last night from the point is the hardest I have seen the puck leave his stick all year.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | November 25, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I see we have a few who stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night (they are now Dr./hockey player who can determine the level of injury or player wussiness). I think that if we were in an end-of-season push or in the midst of the playoffs we may see a different level of playing through injuries.

Someone earlier hit on a key intangible to the whole Kozlov situation. Remember, Ovie loves this guy, wanted him here, and he is like a big brother/uncle to the young Russians. I think that it is interesting that Kozlov's play seems to have really picked up when Feds went down and Viktor was put back up on the top line. One could look at it that he is playing to ensure he stays on that line. One could also look at it that Viktor is taking on Fedorov's mentor role similarly to how Laich seems to be taking on the Captain role while Clark is struggling.

Posted by: Kim-3 | November 25, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.
I agree. Jurcina can really smack that puck. I often wonder how he would do at the point on the PP. I miss Gonchar's play on the power play.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

yeah poti is the best thing we have going on our D right now, but i wish that was really saying something. I still really think that if our original 6 D-men were "healthy" then they could be enough to make a serious run in the playoffs. Just hasn't been the case

Posted by: _stevo | November 25, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@kim-3
I did stay at the Holiday/Express and I did wake-up with a lot of hockey savy this morning. But I am finding out that I got taken for a ride. Oh, well, sometimes being delusional is not that bad.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

thank you doughless.
Lwts switch gears fora moment. many were saying that they wanted to trade nylander for sopel. what this team has needed for years is a high caliber s@h dman. look at what pronged did to green. name one time in the last 8 years that our d knocked someone out with a hit. we have no heavy hitters. erskine can't skate well enough or read well enough, jurcina was let go by Boston for a reason, schultze is as strong as a little sister. Mo just needs to fend off the rush and green gets danced around (1 hip check does not a hitter make, though he's more skilled at hitting than the others. still, he can't play offense and defense at the same time and he's better at offense). if it weren't for Ov, Bradley and brash, we wouldn't hit anyone. so sopel is useless. we need a punishing d. until then, there is no cup. soft teams don't win. we look softer and softer with each injury. if we don't get that type of dman, we all might as well relax and enjoy the reg season for what it is: entertainment.
did I mention I love what bradley been doing?

Posted by: oo7 | November 25, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

if you want to know the last time our D-men hit somebody like that....see sloan hit against calgary

Posted by: _stevo | November 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what Langway is doing....

Posted by: Leeguru | November 25, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Not very good. He's afraid to shoot. All last year he had 58 shots on net. Green has 60 already this year. But that shot that he took last night had everyone talking about it. Maybe it will wake him up to this as an aspect of his play. As much as he's on the bubble - at least as far as the experts on this blog are concerned - SOMETHING would be nice! Maybe give us a reason to want to actually *gasp!* keep him around?

Posted by: Greg S. | November 25, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Stevo! exactly. Sloan. No one has been calling for sloan head. He's been pretty solid. the occassional lapse or misfortune, to be sure, but otherwise that dude's been good. He's been the best blueliner after poti, defensively.
Hersheyites, who was sloan partner up there?
once, is was witt but they were more bark than bite. I called him the comeback killer. late penalty taking maroon...

Posted by: oo7 | November 25, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"Not very good. He's afraid to shoot."

Your point is well-taken. But if I was a coach I would do my best to utilize that powerful shot capability he has; maybe the coaches have tried to no avail, I don't know. Do the coaches think he is too uncoordinated or too slow for the PP? Does he not have confidence in his shooting abilities? Whatever the problem, I would try to find a remedy; there is not question he has an under utilized weapon.

Posted by: opita | November 25, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@rmcazz - of course it's hockey.

We're only 1/4 of the way into the season.

It's not going to kill us to let our guys get a little healthier before we end up with half the team on LTIR for reinjuries.

Posted by: irockthered | November 25, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

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