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Morning roundup: Bradley steals the spotlight


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Morning roundup

Matt Bradley got into a fight that left him with a gash over his left eye in the first period, then scored the go-ahead goal in the Caps' 4-2 win over the Rangers last night at Madison Square Garden.

Oh yeah, and Alex Ovechkin returned:

Ovechkin also tallied on Tuesday in his anticipated return from a six-game absence with an injury, but it was Bradley's clutch, Ovechkin-like goal that everyone was toasting in the visitors' dressing room at Madison Square Garden afterward.
"Bradley was our MVP of the night," said defenseman Brian Pothier, whose empty-net goal with 17 seconds left clinched the win. "His fight changed the momentum of the game and scores the goal that seals the deal for us. Every time he had the puck he was doing something with it. And when he didn't have it, he was hitting someone. He was great tonight."

Read the full report here. Postgame wrap-up is here, video is here:

* More on Bradley's bloody night, from Steinz:

Bradley is giving up an inch and 14 pounds to Voros, but the fight seems pretty much even. The two men's contributions to this game, though, are not. Voros will log twice as many penalty minutes as minutes on the ice, and the rest of his stat line looks fairly empty. Bradley? Not so much.

* Puck Daddy:

No. 1 star: Matt Bradley
Bradley got the worst of it when trading wild right hands with New York Rangers forward Aaron Voros in a first-period fight. As he skated off the ice he appeared to ask a linesman, "is this mine?" while pointing at the blood cascading from above his left eye. The answer came in the affirmative, which didn't seem to faze the Washington right wing.

* Fans, photographers and reporters (Tarik El-Bashir cameo alert!) talk to NHL FanHouse about why Alex Ovechkin is the "classic superstar."

* In the Room:

If you didn't watch tonight's game, I'll let Brooks Laich sum it up for you:
"Everyone is going to be talking about [Alex] Ovechkin's return, but I think we should scrap that headline," Laich said. "Tonight's game was about Matt Bradley and Quintin Laing."

* New York Times:

The Rangers, of course, have Olympians of their own. Marian Gaborik, who will lead Slovakia into the Vancouver Games, scored two goals -- Nos. 14 and 15 -- tying him with Ovechkin for the N.H.L. lead. And Henrik Lundqvist, the goalie of Olympic champion Sweden, kept the Rangers in the game while they were being soundly outshot (21-11) over the first two periods.
But in the end it was a non-Olympian, Washington's Matt Bradley, who made the difference. With less than five minutes to go, Bradley, whose right eye was bloodied in a first-period fight with Aaron Voros, stole the puck from Wade Redden at the Rangers' blue line. He then used his body to shield the puck from Matt Gilroy and fired past Lundqvist, breaking a 2-2 tie. "It was a pretty sick goal, I think," Ovechkin said.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 18, 2009; 9:22 AM ET
 
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Comments

Caps showed me something last night. Everybody stepped up. They were a much more confident team last night.

Posted by: brian58 | November 18, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Agree 100%--what a team--everybody gets to shine. The Caps are really jelling as a team.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 18, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Great game for Brads...Love seeing a grinder get his revenge...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 18, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

They were scary good. Every single player was out there grinding it out in the corners. Brads taking one to the face and the coming back with the gwg.

Posted by: brian58 | November 18, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

That was a good team game, will hopefully be positive for the morale.

1) I hope Q-Laing gets back soon...he is so clutch for the PK and grind lines.

2) MP85 will get another extended stay while Laing and Gordon are going on LTIR.

3) Wonder what line combos come out now, and how Semin's "injury" will affect the pace of play.

Get healthy Caps...thank god it is Nov, and not Feb..!

Posted by: netminder71 | November 18, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Re-posting from the last thread..

Hey Tarik please ask the GM whether he will request an NHL review of the Avery punch to the head on Varlamov.

How obvious does this have to be? With the guy's history and that video, he's got to get at least two games off..

Oneal

Posted by: thetick73 | November 18, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what Rangers fans are saying about their $6.5M defender (Redden) coughing up the puck.

NY fans are more fickle than some DC fans.

My guess is Redden needs to hire Voros or Brash to watch his back off the ice.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Watching brads I was reminded of the slapshot scene when killer carlson tries to earn coach's bounty:

"carlson is a killer!"
"carlson's a mess."

way to go brads...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 18, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

And, again, he's the:

BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE

"Takes a cut and then gives from the gut."

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Hope recent efforts deepen the team's belief that thay can be great if they stick to the plan.
Grinders are contributing;
we own the faceoff dot;
team was noteworthy while Ovie was out;
on defense Caps have denied time and space in the neutral zone;
scoring is so widespread it's tough to match up with them.
Go Caps!

Posted by: beeman | November 18, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

dcsportsfan: Funny you should mention that. We were watching last night and I said to my daughter, when Bradley came back, that it reminded me of the scene in Slapshot when the one player was being stitched up on the bench but then jumped back on the ice, stitches hanging down, to reenter the fray.

It was the guy with curly hair. Was that Killer Carlson?

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

MATT F'N BRADLEY.

LUNDY KILLER.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 18, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Tom, yes that was the guy. That actor went on to be Marcia brady's husband on tv

the stich up scene was great..."hey stop moving you're making me miss"

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 18, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Great game last night...but on a different subjec...Tarik, how can your colleagues at the Post continue to pile on the column inches on the Redskins to the expense of almost every other sport played, including the Caps, even though the Skins may very well be pro sports worst franchise? I know the publisher continually says that the polls the Post takes always have the Skins miles ahead in popularity. I am tending not to believe that anymore, and also tend to think that it is a self-fulfilling prophecy---you give the Skins more publicity, more people read it..you give other sports little coverage, therefore less interest. And if Boswell's last column on the Caps dates back to the playoffs LAST year, then that says a lot--i.e. no interest from him, Kornhauser, Wilbon, or almost every other Post reporter/columnist except you! I have subscribed to the Post for over 30 years...this may be the last...and many thanks for the fine work you do covering the Caps!

Posted by: RogerNoVa | November 18, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

From all the blood it may have looked like Bradley got the worst of it. But he landed one right that absolutely buckled that guy's knees for a few seconds.

Posted by: LouLewis | November 18, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

@RogerNoVA

It's all about web hits pal..

The day the Caps sites get more hits, then they will get more news...

If you were an ad exec, would you put ad's on Redskins pages with 1 million hits, or Caps pages with 1/4 million hits?

The pages with more ad's, get more content..

Thats Media 101...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 18, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what Rangers fans are saying about their $6.5M defender (Redden) coughing up the puck.

NY fans are more fickle than some DC fans.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 9:43 AM |


I was speaking with a couple of my Rags friends from back home last year- and they were ready to dump him in the Hudson back then.

He was a -5 last year and was supposed to be their savior on the PP.

Posted by: Fro_ | November 18, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

@tominfl1:

Thanks for the thoughts yesterday on the "retroactive benefits of LTIR." On the one hand I can see how there is "benefit" by making room under the cap for call-ups and on the other I can see your point that the "benefit" is illusory.

On print edition coverage -- it's about time we got a full page on hockey in the Post. No more miscellaneous notes about AP stories on page 2 -- put em on the hockey page! and expanded coverage of other games around the league. And how about waiting until 10:00 to typeset the other league games, instead of calling a Pgh-Fla game "*late"? Sheesh!

Trouble is, it's never going to happen with the direction the print ed is going.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 18, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Great game last night. I do want to say, that Lainger is amazing. He will do absolutely ANYTHING to keep the puck out of the zone and out of the net. I've seen him play in Hershey and I've seen him play in DC. There is nothing that man WON'T do. Get better Quintin! Hershey wishes you the best and can't wait to see you back on the ice in DC!!

Posted by: Bears21Caps83Fan | November 18, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I wonder what Rangers fans are saying about their $6.5M defender (Redden) coughing up the puck.

NY fans are more fickle than some DC fans.

My guess is Redden needs to hire Voros or Brash to watch his back off the ice.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I'm just thoerizing here, but I think the Rangers fans are syaing taht Redden is their Circles, just without the NMC.

Posted by: jwash4472 | November 18, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

http://insidehockey.com/columns/4971

The "story" itself is nothing we haven't heard. The disturbing portion is at the bottom.

Who is Michelle Kenneth? That's what I wondered. http://michellekenneth.wordpress.com/about/

She appears legit, has written for the NHL in the past.

If you go to this URL:

http://michellekenneth.wordpress.com/

Search on Nylander and you will see her input on Nylander from the 16th. I guess in this case no news was not good news.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

@RogerNoVa be careful what you wish for. Boswell's Caps columns are great but when Kornhauser and Wilbon try hockey it's a disaster.

Posted by: ralph4100 | November 18, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Loved Bradley's effort last night. Great game. He did always seem to be around the puck and the action (in a good, not-out-of-position kind of way). Glad Ovie's back, too. Good physical game played by all, too. Even Backstrom was throwing his weight around. Great to see a total team effort...

Posted by: BigRed8 | November 18, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Long Island Press wants Nylander for isles (near end of story): http://www.longislandpress.com/2009/11/18/road-trip-bringing-out-best-in-isles/

Posted by: uncatim | November 18, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Boswell's columns are "interesting." Except for baseball, which he appears to know something about. For other sports, he strings together a lot of statistics, then makes a prediction based on the statistics. He is essentially always wrong.

Is there anything that the Caps can do to light a fire under Nylander? Do they have any leverage at all, other than to continue to make him sit? The lack of information on the situation makes it even more frustrating.

Posted by: zmega | November 18, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Slap Shot = greatest movie evar.

"You do that, you go to the box, you know. Two minutes, by yourself, you know and you feel shame, you know. And then you get free."

Posted by: snakegriffin | November 18, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Nice find uncatim. Hopefully the Isles really want him, and more importantly, he is willing to go there. I know he has the right to exercise his NMC but the man is already separated from his family. At this point you would think as long as he is going to make the money he assumed he was going to get that he would just make a move. I honestly was on his side until a couple of weeks ago but now it seems he is being as petty as the Caps and he's getting them back. Of course I do not know the details, but again, it's not like he would be uprooting his family I am sure where ever he ends up this season his family will stay put for the school year.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1 Since you're curious about me, I thought I'd help you out in your search for the Nylander information I sprung on the media world.

The information you're looking for is at the very bottom of my column from the Caps @ Devils game.

http://www.insidehockey.com/columns/4962

Michelle Kenneth

Posted by: mk11 | November 18, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Do the Isles want to pay more money though? If they keep playing like they are now and keep fighting for that 8th seed, they may want to break their house budget.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 18, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

@mk11 (from the link to your article):

"Capitals have confirmed that Michael Nylander (Washington Capitals) will not be going to Russia this season...Nylander was a scratch on Saturday and he will remain on the roster, according to the Capitals."

Link to official release?

Posted by: Fro_ | November 18, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I believe we need to replace Thanksgiving cranberries with lingonberries because I don't think the the bald Swede is going anywhere soon.

Posted by: uncatim | November 18, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@mk11

Nylander staying put is more than likely, but I'd be hard-pressed to believe that tight-lipped GMGM, or anyone in the Caps organization for that matter, would go on the record saying as much.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 18, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Wait, what is this about Nylander? There has been an official statement somewhere that he is not going to Russia? How could something like this not be headline news. Hard to believe.

What options do the Caps have if he does not go to Russia? I am still not sure how the waivers work. What are the new options available to McPhee now that were not there before?

I do agree that the defense will be a critical component if we are to be serious cup contenders. It is hard to believe that unless Nyls is off our payroll, we absolutely cannot improve defensively.

Posted by: caraveli | November 18, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@mk11: Thanks for the link. Since you received your update on Nylander on the 15th do you have any inside information on whether or not the story coming off the island is legit?

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else see flashes of Ovie in Perreault? He's been playing like a mini-Ovie ever since we called him up. Just watch him skate - he plays with the same intensity and grit that Ovie displays on a nightly basis. He doesn't have the raw natural talent that Ovie has - but I love this guys heart.

Posted by: patrone | November 18, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Michelle, glad to see that someone is doing some reporting regarding Nylander. If you learn anything more about what options the Caps may have and what the salary cap consequences are of those options, there are many here who would be interested in reading your work

Posted by: zmega | November 18, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

If your Nylander, why not wait until the trade deadline to see if there is an ideal situation? It seems to me this has been the one and only scenario this year that makes sense to the player. Unless he really wanted to go to Russia, which seems unlikely.

Posted by: jeets | November 18, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Nylander's situation just continues to get more confusing. Even in Minsk, Belarus isn't a nice place to live, he'd be focusing on hockey and re-establishing himself as an NHL caliber player. As far as Minsk being his home town team, he is actually closer to Sweden (where his family is reportedly living) in Minsk, so why not go?

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

We as fans should sue Michael Nylander...Im not sure what for, but I'm sure we can find a lawyer to represent us..

This would make for some great press....

Washington Capitals Red Army vs. Michael Nylander DC District Court...

Posted by: SA-Town | November 18, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'll just take a wild guess and say Nyls does NOT want to go to Russia even if it's closer to Sweden.

And he doesn't owe the Caps any favors... if he doesn't want to go, so be it. they're just stuck with him and it's their fault.

Posted by: joek443 | November 18, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

is Semin on IR? according to Yahoo fantasy hockey this is so. not the most reliable source for news but they don't tend to get IR qualifications wrong.

anyone know if this is wrong. I haven't heard this anywhere else.

Posted by: donkey1 | November 18, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

That's about the size of it. Nylander wants to play in the NHL, or, he may just want to stick it to the Caps and GMGM. Either way, this game of chicken will continue until either Nylander caves (I'd say that's pretty unlikely at this point) or GMGM finds another NHL team to move him to, either by reentry waivers or through a trade.

Posted by: cainoo7x | November 18, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Brads is the man! as someone mentioned earlier; other than blood, he held his own against a bigger guy.

Posted by: doughless | November 18, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

jeets, sometimes these transfer agreements allow for the nhl club to recall the loaned player. i would think that if an nhl team wanted to trade for nyls, the caps could recall him and trade him.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 18, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Great 3rd-4th line grit win! Hope Laing is ok- talk about heart and a tough SOB!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 18, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Nyls simply wants a chance to play in the NHL and it's just a matter of time or an injury suffered by another team, before someone picks him up provided the Caps cover his contract. I don't think it's realistic that we would get anything in return; hopefully, the rumor of him going to the Isles is true. I don't think Nyls is trying to stick it to GMGM or BB. He doesn't want to play in Russia so can you blame him?

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 18, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Lyle, How can you call one guy that is constantly getting injured (Laing) a tough SOB and another guy who constantly has the same bad luck and gets injured (Fehr) fragile or weak? You are completely contradicting yourself by saying this. I think both of those guys are two of the toughest SOB's around but somehow in your jaded mind Fehr is weak....don't get it.

Posted by: PhilR | November 18, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's the deal on Nylander - I find it very likely that he gets moved just before the deadline. Follow the logic:

1) His NMC expires after this season. The Caps will waive him, if he's still around. He either gets claimed by a team not of his choice or not claimed, in which case the Caps will assign him to the new hockey franchise being proposed on the Moon. If Nylander doesn't go wherever they assign him, he loses that last $3M.

2) If he accepts a trade on March 1st, he gets to pick the team and it makes it more likely for him to play in the NHL next year.

3) By deadline time, the actual dollars remaining to be paid to him will be approx $1M this year and $3M next. This is far easier to swallow than the $7M actual cash outlay due to him as of this moment.

3A) wizfan89: The CBA prohibits the Caps from picking up part of his salary.

On March 1st, Nylander MIGHT have an opportunity to be traded within the NHL and he will accept it, knowing the alternative is that his career and pay stream are over.

If you ever want to predict the future, just calculate the path of least resistance.

Signed, NostraThomas

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who didn't see Tarik's tweet:

"Coach Bruce Boudreau said Sean Avery talked trash to him for the entire warmup last night at MSG. The comments were mostly about BB's book"

Someone has got to take Avery out....

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | November 18, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The only problem is the Caps can't "cover" Nylander's contract. I guess they can if they bring him through re-entry waivers and a team picks him up, thus the Caps are stuck with 1/2 his salary. Again, remember, Nylander has to approve a move, because it seems he will not just to go any team willing to have him. Well, the Caps made their bed, and they'll have to live it. It would just be nice to have some Cap space to make any necessary defensive additions for the playoffs. Appears we are set offensively, even when resorting to call-ups. Last year's defensive call-ups did well too and Alzner and Carlson are probably up to the task if needed.

BTW, I didn't notice ShaMo the last 1/2 of the game, and it wasn't mentioned during the broadcast. A look back at his minutes and he logged just over 10, and Erkine, who normally logs 10 or so was at 18. Was he injured or benched?

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@DevilsCapsGal "Someone has got to take Avery out...."
Growp up.

Posted by: guer_j | November 18, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

^^ Grow (sp)

Posted by: guer_j | November 18, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Here is my question about NYls..now that he has cleared waivers but not yet assigned to moved anywhere..how does it affect the cap space until he goes somewhere?

Posted by: RichC3 | November 18, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Why hasn't Tarik mentioned anything about the Nylander situation in days..if in fact he's not going to Russia?? Also..whats up with Semin??

Im also frustrated that the Post hasnt gotten around to having a Caps Chat every week...after all they are the ONLY thing going on sports wise in DC....

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | November 18, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@Phil

Easy answer - Laing plays everynight in pain and sacrifices his body despite that...Fehr gets a hip chck and is out for 2 weeks.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 18, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1: We've been over the re-entry waivers. I'm certain the Caps won't do it, since that would put them on the hook for half his cap space for not just this year, but next. No way can they afford to waste $2.45M cap space next year. As it is now, they can waive him and be done with it.

Also, there is no cap for playoffs. Aucoin, Carlson, Alzner...any and all within the organization on the trade deadline day are eligible. The only problem with Nylander hanging around is you can't do deals and fit the extra player...unless someone on March 1st is on LTIR.

Also, McPhee might bend and eventually accept a contract in return. Remember: we could take a guy in return and then waive that person (unless he also has NMC) to get cap room.

It isn't over until he's still here the day after the deadline.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Great game by one of my favorite players - Bradley. He doesn't have the natural skills of the stars but he always gives his best on the ice. I love the way he plays. Good quote by Laich.

People, give up on the Nyls situation. We depend on a reporter (?) who only observes and reports trivia so you are not getting anything from him. The Caps have screwed the whole thing for whatever reason they have. It has gone from bad (NMC in contract) to worst by sitting and maligning a player to the point of making him untradeable. They deserve what they got. Having said all that, I still think GMGM has done a good job putting a great team together. I hope Nyls is able to play again in the NHL, he is (was?) a great player.

Posted by: opita1 | November 18, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1 is right.
nyls has the leverage right now, but come the trade deadline - nlys time to 'choose' his own destination is soon coming to a close. if GMGM thinks nyls is d*cking with him right now and nlys keeps invoking his NMC - the caps will assign him to hershey and NOT entertain any offers for nyls. nyls choices would then be play for hershey or retire. i would guess that mrs. nyls wouldn't want to move to hershey.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | November 18, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

@Phil

Easy answer - Laing plays everynight in pain and sacrifices his body despite that...Fehr gets a hip chck and is out for 2 weeks.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 18, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse


Lyle,
So you are saying that Fehr wasn't playing in pain every game last season with two torn labrums....get a grip man, you just have something against Fehr and are blindly trashing him at every turn. Like to see you try and just walk around daily with two torn labrums less more try and play a professional sport.

Posted by: PhilR | November 18, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Kirk: They WON'T assign him to Hershey next year. Maybe the affiliate in SC. Or, better yet, they'll find some team in Arkansas or whatever where they people would say, "What are them folks and were'd they come from?" when they would see a family of Swedes.

The Caps at that point will do whatever they can to force him to retire. And then, they can likely invoke something in the CBA to NOT let him sign in Sweden (because he would have walked out on an NHL deal).

Nyles has leverage today, but come March 1st he's up in the tree and McPhee starts sawing down the branches.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 18, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

can we PLEASE stop all of the noise about Nyls?? who cares

Posted by: doughless | November 18, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1: I'm totally on board. I was just giving a modern day example of how the Caps would "share" a portion of an exiting players salary. Someone mentioned the Caps would have to pay a share of the the contract if Nylander was to be traded, and I was simply showing the only way a salary be shared and that is via a re-entry pick-up. Hope that makes sense. Salary burden can no longer be shared via trade.

The only thing I remain confused about is why Nylander would remain OUR problem if picked-up on reentry waivers. I have looked, and it doesn't mean it's not out there, but I cannot find anything in writing that states the team that loses a player on reentry waivers owes any more than 50% of the salary and cap hit. It doesn't say anything about the remaining contract. Wouldn't the rights of that player be transferred to the gaining team when they pick them up on re-entry waivers thus making next year's issues with the player picked up the problem of the gaining team?

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

There are millions of reasons to care. doughless you constantly campaign for a tough defensive player, getting that Nyls money back allows the Caps to pursue that need. The fact that it seems the Nyls to Europe deal is not going to happen but GMGM hasn't said anything might be an indication that something might be going on.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 18, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm tired of the Nyls discussion too.

I lost respect for Nyls over the past month because it appears to me from the limited information we have that he is refusing to negotiate. He has made the choice to play hardball with the Caps at this time.

But tominfl's analysis is sound. Nyls will have to make a decision come March 1st or then when the season is over he will have ceded the decision on where to go to GMGM. Personally I like the Moon. We won't know until March 1st.

So until then let's talk about other more interesting things. Like how about that Laing. And Bradley. And I knew Semin was playing hurt!!! And sorry Theo. And go Varly. And wouldn't it be exciting to see Neuvy.

See there is plenty to talk about.

GO CAPS

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | November 18, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

See, I don't understand why Nyls would screw the Caps to the wall that way if he wants to play in the NHL. Doesn't he realize that if he is loaned to the KHL, he has a shot of another NHL team picking him up, but if he refuses and just sits on the Caps' roster, they'll send him to the minors next year and that's the end? No team will want to pick up a guy that plays that kind of game.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 18, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

sorry fanohock

we have no control. it is what it is. we could spend more time talking about the game Brads had last night. sure we could use a little D help. if it happens, fine. personally, i like Nyls and am sorry to see his time with the Caps play out like it has. i am just not going to spend anymore time musing over it here.

come on Brads, 15 goals is not undoable!!!!

Posted by: doughless | November 18, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Bradley might just have something against King Henry or the blue shirts but this last game and his scoring in the playoffs make me wish he would play every game that way.

Posted by: breaklance | November 18, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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