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Morning Reading List: Caps' No. 3 Not Too Shabby

(Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

[Update: Thanks to the few commenters who reminded me that Alex Ovechkin turns 24 today. С Днем Рождения.]

After four days of practices and scrimmages at training camp, Michal Neuvirth has closed the gap between himself and the incumbents in the Capitals' net.

Will he eclipse Semyon Varlamov or Jose Theodore and snag a spot in Washington? Probably not, at least not right away. But the Caps' future between the pipes is looking good.

Click here to read Tarik's story on the 21-year-old netminder.

Brendan Morrison, Survivorman

Dan Steinberg talked to the Caps' new center about how he's built his skating back up following a slew of surgeries, and- Oh, wait -- never mind, none of that. They talked about scavenging for food, building a shelter and starting a fire in the wilderness. No hockey talk, but highly entertaining nonetheless:

New Caps center Brendan Morrison was in California surfing with ex-teammate Brad May during the offseason when May mentioned this idea he was working on. He wanted to join up with Les Stroud--the star of a Canadian outdoors show called Survivorman--to do an NHL-themed wilderness show, a takeoff of Stroud's week-long trips into the middle of nowhere to survive by himself in the wild.
"If you ever pull it off," Morrison told him, "let me know."
Not long after, the two men were on a golf course together. "The deal's done," May told Morrison. "Are you in?"
Morrison, being an outdoorsy kind of guy, agreed. Which is how he wound up flying to the remote Northern Ontario town of Hornepayne last month for a crash course on outdoors survival.

A few more items of note, rapid-fire style, after the jump.

* Caps sweep the Sneakerball Awards (DC Sports Bog)

* Ovechkin repeats as D.C. Sportsman of the Year at Sneakerball (Capitals)

* More on Team A's big win at camp. (Dump n' Chase)

* A vote of confidence for Michael Nylander (The Capital Letter)

* Cousens showcases talents for Caps (Georgetown Independent & Free Press)

* Hockey video game reviews (In the Room)

* Top D-men under 25, starring Mike Green (The Hockey News)

The Caps' first preseason game is tonight in Buffalo at 7 p.m., and Tarik will be there to scope out the action. Be sure to check back later for live updates from HSBC Arena.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 17, 2009; 5:27 AM ET
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is that new mask Neuvy is wearing? looks cool. and I've always said Nuevy and Varly will def be #1 and #2 soon. and I think Neuvy can def challenge both Theo and Varly for a spot, but I agree he won't beat either out for one, at least not anytime soon.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 17, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Not the type to keep B!tching, but PLEASE PLEASE have atleast one or two updates before 2:30/3:00. Please. Cant have TWITTER at work.

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | September 17, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

tonight's game being streamed?

Posted by: rh71 | September 17, 2009 7:14 AM | Report abuse

btw, I love Greener and those numbers are ridiculous for a D but a list about top _defensemen_ should have a player or two ahead of him. If you look at Green, he does nothing special on D and that's no secret.

Posted by: rh71 | September 17, 2009 7:16 AM | Report abuse

Green finished 2nd in the Norris trophy voting. Whether some of you want to admit it or not Green IS considered a stud in the league. What Green does on D is he makes the opposing team begin to back out of the zone when he has control of the puck because once he has control he is a scoring threat. He is also the best at throwing the old fasioned hip check.

He is used on the PP, PK, when the Caps need a goal at the end of regulation, when the Caps need to hold the lead at the end of the game, at the start of OT, in the closing minutes of OT. Yeah, Green does nothing special on D except for being considered one of the best all around defenseman in the league.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 17, 2009 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Hey Lindsay,
Today should be a Capital's Holiday!!!!!
1st Pre-season game - can you smell it - Hockey season is almost here!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: psugolf | September 17, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

happt b-day OV!!!!!! i think that you will see more of neuvy than not!!!! cant wait till monday night to see all my fellow Caps fans and friends,and employees i have made over the years in the acela club and in sec. 217. and 2 hear "unleash the fury" at 4 bazillion decables! C A P S CAPS CAPS CAPS!!!!!!!!

Posted by: bigBinMd | September 17, 2009 8:21 AM | Report abuse

He is also the best at throwing the old fasioned hip check.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 17, 2009 8:06 AM

I thought I was the only one that noticed that. Love seeing it.

Posted by: Fro_ | September 17, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

To the Green bashers...again...for the millionth time...someone posted the stats last year, when Playoffs started, and Green's "goals allowed" (when he was on ice even strength) for every 60 minutes of ice time was virtually identical to Chara and Lidstrom (something like 2.15). And this is on a Caps team where total team-D isn't as good as Boston or Detroit (especially, our forwards don't check as effectively). He's high risk/high reward, and mostly it's high reward.

Posted by: tominfl1 | September 17, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik,

How about a story on how the new additions (knuble and co) are fitting into our system, and if chemistry is starting to grow?

Posted by: Devo2 | September 17, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Devo, we're certainly going to do that story at some point. It's just a little early to judge chemistry and how the system works when they haven't all played a game together yet.

Just a little reassurance for everyone: It's a long season and we'll get to everything! Ideas, of course, are always appreciated, and you can e-mail me if you have a brilliant one.

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | September 17, 2009 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Could mention that Varlamov looked very poor yesterday..

Posted by: thiazzi | September 17, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

From Corey's twitter:
Forwards going to Buffalo: Laich-Backstrom-Knuble, Giroux-Morrison-Clark, Bourque-Gustafsson-A. Gordon, Finley-Beagle-Pinizzotto.

Defense going to Buffalo: Schultz, Pothier, Alzner, Collins, Carlson, Sloan

Goalies will be Varlamov and Bacashihua. That's a pretty deep lineup for the first preseason road game.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 17, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

fanohock, I said nothing "special on D"... which means even if he is a very steady defenseman, he is not a big checker (yes I notice the occasional hip check) or a guy who will clear you out like a Chara.

Posted by: rh71 | September 17, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

BTW, why did Chara win Norris despite Green's top numbers? Lidstrom for years? Because top defensemen mean more than offensive numbers. Remember how much we wanted Sergei Gonchar to win the Norris at one point?

Posted by: rh71 | September 17, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

hopefully it's streamed, can't wait to see what this Carlson talk is all aboot.

Posted by: rh71 | September 17, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday, Ovie!

Lindsay, good job with the Russian birthday wish :-)

Posted by: BigRed8 | September 17, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

rh71: On the NHL awards day prior to the results coming out the Experts on the NHL Network said that Chara was probably going to win the Norris this season as a lifetime achievement award. They said that Lidstrom had of course won it many times and Green was a candidate for the 1st time and most likely has others in his future.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 17, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

washingtoncapitals - Are you allowed to have an RSS reader? Because you can follow the Twitter updates that way.

Posted by: amberlynne | September 17, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Happy Birthday Ovie!!!!!!

Posted by: hockeyfan8 | September 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if you can listen or watch the preseason games and where????

Posted by: wendel2 | September 17, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Great to hear about Neuvirth. I thought he did well in the games he played in last season. Either way, you've got to give kudos to the front office for drafting both he and Varlamov.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | September 17, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

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