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Nick Wass-The Associated Press

*Sports Illustrated becomes the latest to throw a Mike Green hat into the Norris Trophy ring.

*The Toronto Sun talked to Staffan Kronwall after he arrived in Washington to get his take on going from the Marlies to the second place team in the NHL's Eastern Conference.

* talked to Eric Fehr about the opportunity he has with Chris Clark out of the lineup and Alex Ovechkin adds that he thinks Fehr should shoot more.

*Former Capital Dennis Maruk talks about his "quiet" 60-goal season back in 1981-82 and what Ovechkin said when he broke Maruk's franchise record for goals in a season last year.

*Don't forget that Caps Red Line Monday debuts tonight at 9:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. Here's a preview of today's episode, featuring a tour of Green's new condo.

*NBC selected the Caps game against the Penguins on Feb. 22 as the game of the week, changing the start time from 3 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

*In case you missed it over the weekend, Tom Boswell had a new column about the Capitals after the loss to Los Angeles and looks at the organization partially through the eyes of former-Washington coach, current Kings coach Terry Murray.

*Many of you may have already seen this, but just in case ESPN's league-wide player survey is definitely worth a look.

In the system:
*The Bears got six out of eight points this weekend with a 5-3 win over the Phantoms Friday and a 3-2 shootout victory over San Antonio Saturday before falling 3-2 to Portland on Sunday.

*Michal Neuvirth got the start in Hershey last night, his first since Jan. 31, and didn't have the smoothest of outings against the Pirates but the 20-year-old said he didn't feel rusty despite the time between starts.

By Katie Carrera  |  February 9, 2009; 7:43 AM ET
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Posted by: tomdchancar | February 9, 2009 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Once again Katie misses the best Caps-related coverage on the Web because she refuses to link to a 'competing' blog. Japers' Rink on Nick Backstrom's faceoff woes:

Posted by: j1234561 | February 9, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Boy, what a boring next few days.

Posted by: Section117 | February 9, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

@Section117: Amen to that. Good to know the Pens game will now be at 12:30 instead of 3 - I'll have to update my calendar accordingly. Although, you knew that was going to happen - Alex Ovechkin vs. Sidney Crosby? What media mogul could pass that up?

One thing I will be interested to hear about - whether Kronwall's paperwork comes through in time for Wednesday and what he looks like in practice. It's definitely an upside that he already knows the Swedes on the team and has played with Backstrom before - that will help. Also, will he get Mo's sweater on Wednesday?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love an owner that responds positively to players and fans -- thanks Ted for all you do for the Caps and their fans!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 9, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm LOVING that Crosby got worst complainer in the player survey -- with a whopping 52% of the vote. Meanwhile Ovi beat him very soundly on player you'd want to switch lives with.

Posted by: ralph4100 | February 9, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Once again, Katie delivers an interesting item I would have missed otherwise. Thanks for the Maruk story, Katie.

Posted by: uncatim | February 9, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse


Of course Ovie would beat him in the 'player you'd want to switch lives with' category. Who wants to live in Mario's basement?

Posted by: _jordan | February 9, 2009 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Would love to see DC/phone booth get into the "most disruptive fans" category, I suppose we need another year or two of rocking the red before the players give us the props.

Posted by: justbrewit | February 9, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Not so sure that "most disruptive fans" is necessarily a good thing. You can cheer your team and yes, heckle the other team and rock the red like crazy without being nasty like Flyers fans are.

I'd rather be known as "loud and exciting but not necessarily rude".

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Fair enough, I wouldn't want our fans to be equated with Philthy, but don't you think that category constitutes some recognition of a tough environment for opposing teams? You can be tough, fair, and fun without being rude (and I think we are).

Posted by: justbrewit | February 9, 2009 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Tough environment in Philthy for opposing teams as well as the home team and children.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I love that Mike Green is getting (well-deserved) attention, especially from credible sources like SI. But get your facts straight when writing: ALEXANDER SEMIN scored the first goal against the Kings; Mike Green scored the SECOND goal.

Posted by: 28_is_amazing | February 9, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

When I think disruptive, I shudder as I think of the way we Caps fans acted after the 7th game of the Philthy series last year. Very disheartening to have some at the phone booth turn that ending ugly.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm... I also found this interesting note about Mike Smith from the section that had the blurb about Eric Fehr....

"Tampa General Manager Brian Lawton and interim coach Rich Tocchet confirmed Wednesday that the injury wasn't a result of Smith's uncharacteristic outburst Jan. 30, when he was pulled in a loss to Philadelphia with over six minutes remaining after allowing six goals on 30 shots.

After allowing the final goal, Smith took his frustrations out by swinging his stick and hitting the water bottle on top of his net three times. After skating to the bench, he slammed his stick on the ground several times before using it to knock over a cart that rests behind the bench."

LOL... sounds like Olie is showing Smith the ropes down there in Tampa.

Posted by: chombie13 | February 9, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Gotta love an owner that responds positively to players and fans -- thanks Ted for all you do for the Caps and their fans!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | February 9, 2009 8:32 AM

Dan Snyder could learn a LOT from "Uncle Teddy."

Posted by: stwasm | February 9, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Stat of the day...

Shots per minute played

Ovi .288
Fehr .214
Semin .163
Flash .126

Fehr is exactly where he needs to be at this stage of his career. Semin needs to shoot more.

Posted by: JSchon | February 9, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

There was nothing "quiet" about Dennis Maruk's 60-goal season for those of us old-timers who were there. I can still hear the "Maroooook" cheers coming from the Cap Center stands whenever he started a rush. Pretty bleak years, those were, but Maruk, Gartner, and Carpenter were great fun to watch, and they kept us coming to the games.

BTW, Maruk has a Facebook page. Any of you old coots who are also members can look him up (Dennis John Maruk, Toronto) and send him an appreciation if the spirit moves you. I did.

Posted by: chrisd3 | February 9, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

@justbrewit: And sure, we can be tough, fair, and fun without being rude. I think we juset have to keep up the way we're going and we'll get there. This whole thing of having a rockin' loud building is pretty new, and a lot of people haven't caught on yet. That's okay, it'll get there. Like you said, I don't want to be equated with Philly fans, and I sure don't want us acting like we did at the end of Game 7 like Mark said. That was horrid.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 9, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

At the game Saturday night, I was encouraged by the lead in to the National Anthem encouraging fans to sing loud and proud. Hard to tell the response because Caleb is such a strong singer, but I was feeling it.

Now, about those chants.... I kid, I kid.

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 10:27 AM | Report abuse

New thread

Posted by: _Mark | February 9, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Maruk is on my top 10 Caps-great list. 878 points in 888 games? It is just about a point a game, not bad at all. It is great to know that he is doing well.

Posted by: hock1 | February 9, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

@ 28_is_amazing: I think she was refering to his first goal in the NJ game...

Posted by: sexypills03 | February 9, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse


Said: "Of course Ovie would beat him in the 'player you'd want to switch lives with' category. Who wants to live in Mario's basement?"

Not to burst your bubble but Ovie lived in GMGM's basement when he first came to the Caps...

Posted by: atybat | February 9, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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