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Morning roundup: Flash is (almost) back


(John McDonnell - The Washington Post)

Morning Roundup

Tomas Fleischmann is back in action. Well, minus contact drills. And probably not in the actual lineup for seven to 10 days. But still:

"He's a skilled player who can kill penalties and you can put into situations that he can be offensive and defensive," Coach Bruce Boudreau said of the winger. "He's a solid NHL guy. We missed him."

Read the rest of the story here.

Etc.:

* Caps sign Cody Eakin. (TEB)

* More 92-to-Russia rumors. (Sport-Express via Alex Ovetjkin)

* "Flashing a big smile upon return to Caps." Ohhh, it hurts! (The Others)

* Fleischmann is happy!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Examiner)

* Alex Ovechkin is clutch... (The Hockey News)

* ...but is he the most entertaining NHL player ever? (Ed Frankovic)

* Russians are good at hockey. (NHL.com)

* Defending Nicklas Backstrom (who, by the way, is the subject of tomorrow's story in The Post.) (Storming the Crease)

More from practice to come.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  October 21, 2009; 9:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

Damn- i've never seen so much coverage for such an over-rated player.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 21, 2009 9:46 AM | Report abuse

No - good for Flash - I'm happy!!!!!for him too...glad they caught the disease before it was fatal. What do you do with a guy that will be out of shape for a long time?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 21, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

From the Nylander post: "But Dynamo decided that they don't need the Swede. We doubt that the hockey player who missed almost all of the last season, could become of real value for the team." Ouch.

Posted by: hillg | October 21, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Nyls is like radioactive waste - not even the russians will have him! That quote says a lot about the whole situation.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 21, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

other centers on dynamo roster:

A. Kalyuzhny Age 32
V. Karamnov Age 20
L. Komarov Age 22
D. Tolpeko Age 24

its no wonder he can't crack the lineup...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 21, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

It would seem to support the argument that if we want to generate other teams' interest in Nyls, we ought to play him.

Posted by: hillg | October 21, 2009 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Do agree with lyle that Flash is overrated. Let's see what the future brings.

Nyls, sounds like the KHL doesn't want him either. How much salary are the Capitals asking any KHL club to eat?

Also, #92 has been out the last year and a half. With the Caps refusing to play him, I think this actually hurts their chances of moving him. You don't buy a car or a pair of shoes if you can't drive it or try them on. As to this situation, without playing him, has his shoulders heal and can he take the beating of continue game contact? Without playing him, these questions remain unanswered.

Posted by: puckman | October 21, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

FYI...Gordon and Semin both not practicing today. Fehr is up on the 2nd line and Flash is with Nyles and Clark on the 3rd line.

Who wants to bet that Nyles is going to play tomorrow night? Bc the Russian teams are stating they essentially want to see him play before they'd take him on.

Posted by: ThePat | October 21, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

From the Nylander post: "But Dynamo decided that they don't need the Swede. We doubt that the hockey player who missed almost all of the last season, could become of real value for the team." Ouch.

Posted by: hillg | October 21, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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He played 72 out of 82 games last season. Someone on the Dynamo scouting staff needs to get his head out of his ass.

Posted by: CapsChick | October 21, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Maybe they're confusing last season with the season before, when he did miss about half the year. Or maybe they're referring to ice time rather than games played? Either way, he's not playing this year at all, so if they want to get a look at him to assess his potential value to their team, they're not getting an opportunity to do so.

I'm not saying we should play Nylander. I don't claim to know more than BB or GMGM, and I'm sure they've got some justification for their decision to sit him, though I wish they'd just come out and tell us what it is and end all the speculation. But if he's willing to agree to a move, and we are trying to convince some other team to take him, I can understand why those other teams would be hesitant to do so.

Posted by: hillg | October 21, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Could it be a recycled story from a year ago? That would explain the part about missing most of last season.

With Boyd possibly out and Flash not ready, unless we bring someone up, or put Sloan at F again, Nyls plays?

Unfortunate situation.

Posted by: _Mark | October 21, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Japer's Rink a while ago analysed Nyls playing on different lines and any line combination with Nyls, including Nyls with Ovechkin, went down in points, +/-, etc.

That explains why BB doesn't play him, but it doesn't explain what happened to this guy. He was a great player, well, at least with Rangers! He really was.

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 21, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Maybe Caps need to give Nyls another chance...

Posted by: CodePoetry | October 21, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"Circles" does not fit on a team that is run and gun.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | October 21, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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