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Morning roundup: Fehr finally breaks out

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Morning roundup

Eric Fehr is having his best season yet. The 2003 first-round pick has 14 goals in his past 36 games, including a power-play strike on Saturday night.

"I just wanted to finally be able to contribute consistently on the offensive score sheet. I mean, that's what I did growing up in juniors and the American [Hockey] League," said Fehr, who debuted with the Capitals in December 2005 and split time between the NHL and AHL until last season. "I've missed it at this step a little bit, and hopefully I can regain that from now until the end of the year." | Full story »

Practice starts at 11. Until then, some very light reading:

*Caps rock out. (Alex Ovetjkin)

*It's been a pretty good week to own the Washington Capitals. (Ted's Take)

*Who could be on the move before the trade deadline? If you're the Capitals, the answer is nobody! (Not buying it.) (The Hockey News)

*Caps casino night and auction video:

*Caps on the Caps Rap. (Bog)

*Caps selling a lot of jerseys. (Bog)

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 25, 2010; 10:29 AM ET
 | Tags: Eric Fehr, Morning roundup  
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Posted by: fanohock1 | January 25, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Re-posted from Previous thread:

Hey, what do you all think of trying to get Jovanoski from the Coyotes? I'm sure in their finacial situation they would be willing to unload his salary. I know their playoff hopes would take a hit, but would you rather have Jovo-Cop or Sheldon Souray?
Posted by: jmurray019 | January 25, 2010 9:34 AM

How about neither? Jovo-Cop is considered a bum who can't stay out of the box in PHX, and I don't think the Caps want to get into the Souray bidding war. The big "D" problem the Caps have solved this season is team defense. Our forwards are actually back-checking now and the games show it. We have our big shutdown d-men, they just never got support from the other three guys on the ice until now. You could be Rod Langway, and stopping a sustained 4 on 2 would still be a 50-50 shot.
Posted by: rovingbandit | January 25, 2010 10:41 AM

Posted by: rovingbandit | January 25, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

I agree with rovingbandit to an extent. I feel like this team sholdn't make a move for a guy like Jovo, or Souray. If that is all the Caps are capable of getting then I think they should leave the team as is. However, is Nieds, Volchenkov or Phaneuf are able to be acquired for a reasonable price then I hope GMGM goes full speed ahead. Our defence is very good this year, so I don't think the team should make a move unless it for the right player (ie: don't make a move for the sake of making a move).

Posted by: Aldred15 | January 25, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall when clubs start talking trades. I wonder if they bring players like Ovi, Backs, Semin and say, hey we have a shot of getting ?????? (defenseman) what do you think of them as a player? Are they easy to solve? Or, hey here's a list of guys that are attainable. Give me your thoughts on how good they are. I am not saying that players should make the decisions but getting the players perspective seems like it would help the GMs.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 25, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Poti and Neuvirth/Holtby for Volchenkov.

Posted by: zmega | January 25, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

re: the yahoo sports article about kovi. the caps are NOT going to give up a lot to get him. if they can get him for a pick and a prospect maybe. why would they do that? obviously have no problem scoring goals at this point. and they have NO shot at signing him long or short term. why give up alot to a team in your division for a two month rental player? sorry, but thats not going to happen. you dont have to have been paying attention to mcphee for long to know its not his type of deal.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 25, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

zmega: Poti is coming on and one of most reliable PKers on a PK unit that is finally starting to click. With Varly injured so often I wouldn't be comfortable trading Neuvirth and/or Holtby at this point. IMO Varly is the future if he can stay healthy, but so far, not so lucky in that department. Neuvirth shows flashes of brilliance like most young goaltenders do and at times fans believe he might be the answer.

On Holtby, well, he's the goaltender for the top team in the entire AHL. His record is 15-2-1 with a GAA of 1.82 and save percentage of 93.5. Who knows, he might be the goaltender of the future. My thought on the goaltenders is that they are all on entry level deals and they are RFA through next season. The Caps have some time and don't have to prematurely move the potential future goaltender of the franchise.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 25, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

if it's a choice between Souray and Jovo-cop, I'll take Jovo-cop... granted that it will cost about the same to get either of them.

Jovo-cop was a number one overall pick for a reason, has more playoff experience and leadership quality.

Posted by: joek443 | January 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan1: If the Kovi issue was up to me, it wouldn't be an issue. Like you said, we don't have trouble scoring. I also concur with not dealing with team within our own division. Don't want to see someone like Flash or Fehr score a game winning goal against us next season wearing a Thrashers jersey, meanwhile Kovi is playing somewhere else in the NHL or KHL.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 25, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I've never been much for mid-season trades for 2 reasons. First off, it's kind of a philosophical thing. You get these guys to work AS A TEAM, and with that comes wins and losses. I would like to see teams be required to start and finish the season with the same rosters (with the exception of being allowed to bring up players from the AHL). Secondly, fans are calling for trades that might seem good on paper, but there is much at risk - not just getting the additional player to fit into the system, but also the adjustments the rest of the team will need to make around him. As much as many will say that it's just business, anybody that has spent time on a team can acknowledge how important the chemistry is both on and off of the ice.

Posted by: gonchpup | January 25, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Cam Ward. Great goalie on a truly lousy team.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 25, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, gonchpup. Cooke/Huet/Feds sure sesmed to fit right in a few years ago.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 25, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Pens would have been able to win the Cup last year without Guerin... he sure seemed to fit right in also

Posted by: joek443 | January 25, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

All the Kovy to Caps rumors are most likely BS. Why would GMGM give up the farm for a guy the Caps would likely not be able to afford to keep once his contract is up after the season? Not to mention, he isn't needed whatsoever; what more can he add that the Caps don't already have? They're running 3 scoring lines and one of the more effective 4th lines in the NHL right now.

As for Volchenkov, again, what would the Caps have to give up to get a guy who will be looking for big bucks after the season? The guy's going to be looking for 5-6mil per, which could possibly eat up cap space for signing Semin, Flash, and Fehr to their long term deals. Then depending on how long the contract is and how well Alzner, Carlson and Varly play (or stay healthy), it could impact resigning those players.

You have to look beyond this season as there's never a guarantee that picking up one player for three months will win you a Cup...unless his last name is Hossa. ;)

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 25, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

i am all for last minute trades. Imagine if nylander had been moved to khabulin last year. I am sure that last game with pens would have been a different result. after that who knows what could have happened. my sense is that if you have to overpay for souray vs getting a rentlal for a moderate cost. go with the latter. the latter could be a forward for depth and power play. Injuries will happen down the stretch in the playoffs. Ray whitney looks great.

Posted by: samb99 | January 25, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

if they're gonna pick up someone for the PP, it will have to be a D-man who can QB it with Green.

Ovie playing the point is always risky, might cost them big in the playoffs.

Posted by: joek443 | January 25, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Caps at #3 on the ESPN power rankings behind Hawks and Sharks. I guess it's not enough to beat Detroit, Philly and Pit to get the top spot...then again who cares about power rankings in late January.

Posted by: Moose33 | January 25, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@ Moose33

Buccigross ranked the Caps #2, behind the Hawks last week... he's a better hockey guy than LeBrun as far as I'm concerned.

Posted by: joek443 | January 25, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Souray has a year left on his monster 5.6 mil/yr salary. Is Jovocop a pending UFA? If he is, there is your answer.

Phaneuf? Hellllll no.

As for Volchenkov, he is a rental player. It doesn't matter what he would want to make next year. All signs point to the Sens re-signing him though, so I think Volchenkov should be taken off the short-list.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 25, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Where does Bucci have the Devils?

Haha...ESPN hates the Devils.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 25, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

As long as Ottawa remains in the playoff hunt, and it looks like they will, there is almost no chance Volchenkov will be traded.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 25, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

As to who is available for trades, you have to look at which teams are not going to make it, then eliminate the SE Division teams as most teams do not trade within the division. Then maybe someone like the Islanders that may make the playoff, but know they are not there yet. With SE team being so bad this year, that does not leave a lot of trading partners. Only Tor, Edm, ST.Louis and Columbus remain options and a lot of teams may want any players made available so the price could be high. Teams outside the SE have more options. I also am ducking my head as I say this.....Brendon Witt, may fit as well as Andy Sutton from the Isles. Stay at home physical dmen. I am now hiding under my desk waiting for the artillery to fire

Posted by: RichC3 | January 25, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Back to the topic at hand, if Fehr got the same ice time as the top two lines, he would be a 30 goal scorer, no problem. He has the least amount and still is doing fantastic. We need to trade for a solid D or a goalie to have a run at the cup. Varls will not be able to win sixteen games in the playoffs for us. Maybe he will in the future, just not yet.

Posted by: Freez | January 25, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

As much as I'd like to see Kubina come in and be the PP QB, I think Adam Foot is exactly what's needed on the blueline. Both are UFAs after the season. Don't know their deals though in terms of going forward.

Posted by: bundy44 | January 26, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

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