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Caps roster cuts around the corner

Morning Roundup

On the eve of the NHL's roster cut-down deadline, don't be surprised if the Capitals make some of their decisions and re-assignment moves today. Of the forwards still fighting for those open positions, Andrew Gordon and Matt Hendricks would need to clear waivers if they were assigned to Hershey.

"It's tough," Coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Especially at the forward position, where we've got guys who can play in the NHL. It's unfortunate that some of them are going to go to Hershey, but sometimes it just doesn't fit."

Here are some links to start the day before practice and this afternoon's media luncheon:

If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out the Sports Business Journal's story on the NHL's pursuit of a new broadcasting rights agreement after and how the league's success since the lockout gives it much more leverage in these discussions than it had when it signed this agreement with NBC and Versus.

Early signs suggest that a bidding war is developing. The league is expected to enter an exclusive negotiating period with Versus later this year, and Versus has made no secret of its desire to renew with the NHL, which consistently brings the highest ratings to the Comcast-owned sports channel. NBC also has said that it would like to keep its rights package.
But others are lurking. ESPN said it wants to be involved. And sources said Fox Sports is considering whether to bid on a package.

You can read the full story here.

IN THE MINORS
Hershey's preparation begins in earnest for its regular-season opener while awaiting the arrival of the final players to be cut from the Capitals' camp roster. (LDNews)

Michael Nylander arrives in Rochester.

AROUND THE WEB
After being released from his tryout contract with Vancouver, Brendan Morrison signed a one-year, $725,000 contract with the Calgary Flames.

Eric Fehr looks to build upon his breakout season from 2009-10.

It's the season preview time of year and Japers' Rink breaks down the Capitals strengths and weaknesses, new additions and offers a few early predictions.

RMNB introduces its prospect watch and has a collection of your stories from the past weekend's Caps Convention.

The Canadian Press previews the NHL's Eastern Conference and says the Capitals should dominate that half of the league once again.

ESPN's slate of analysts make their picks for this year's divisional winners and individual awards.

By Katie Carrera  | October 5, 2010; 9:09 AM ET
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Comments

NO! Not Fox Sports -- do you remember those glowing pucks and the baby-talk announcers, ugh. No thank you, Fox. ESPN, maybe, but not Fox.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 5, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

I do remember the glowing puck disaster. At the time Fox figured nobody was watching because they couldn't follow the puck so this was the bright idea. Absolutely made it intolerable to watch a game. Did they use the Doc/Davidson team or someone else?

I did always used to like ESPN's coverage, especially when Tom Mees was around, RIP

Posted by: JS26121820 | October 5, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I like CSN, NBC gets annoying b/c it is hockey coverage for people who never watch hockey! And why should we listen to the analysis of Mike Milburry...the worst GM in NHL history?

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Give it to ESPN again...PLEASE!!!

Big/weekend games can be national on ABC.

Give me back my "National Hockey Night" and "Fire on Ice". I will even take back the Mullet and Bill Pidto.

...and for the love of all that is holy...

BRING BACK GARY THORNE!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | October 5, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Make a statement Caps...tell us fans that mediocracy is NOT acceptable...and we are prepared to make a CHANGE from last year's debacle...

Cut:

B Gordon
M Bradley

Trade or Release:

T Fleishman
J Chimera

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

And Gary Thorne is nothing but a loud obnoxious OVER dramatic dolt.

If ESPN is going to win the bid and hire Thorne or EMMRICK to do hockey, I'd rather it stay on VS...

What SHOULD happen is TSN/CTV should be able to bid and pick the broadcasting teams. Those guys on HNIC are ALL very knowledgable and understand the game (like they might have actually played or coached it)...

Steve Kolbe is terrible too...he has no understanding of the game. If you have kolbe on and watching the TV...it's two completely different games. Another over dramatic dolt.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

@SoaringCaps

And the replacements would be?

Posted by: JS26121820 | October 5, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

@ soaringcaps

is that realistic for any team? First off...when helthy B-Gordo is a solid 4th liner! Also good on the PK. I like Chimera...if his shot improves he will be even more valuable...my guess is that Flash will be traded when MJ shows he is ready...and it would be iresponsible to trade him before that. Sure we have a lot ofguys in Hershey who could play the 4th line...but do u really think we have a better shot at a cup with a team full of kids...Bradley is a huge locker presence and steckel needs to leave WAY before Brads does.

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I hate Comcast but I think Versus has shown a real dedication to hockey with not only the games but hockey related programs pre and post games. What other channel shows Youngblood and slapshot over and over again?

Posted by: cappies | October 5, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I understand my thoughts are a touch off the wall...but I would keep:

Hendricks
MJohansson
A Gordon
M Pearrault

(in no particular order)

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Also...not getting the cup may have been an upset, but the Caps are not mediocre...that is just frustration speaking no truth.

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

U really think that many rookies is going to make us better? Also...why not get rid of steckel.

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I like Bradley..but he can't win faceoffs and he is so so in his own dzone.

Steckel has zero offense, but he can do those things.

We have guys who can score, we need guys who can help keep them out.

Gordon/Steckel...you only need 1 of them.

King/Bradley/Chimera...you only need 1 or maybe 2 of these. Chimera has more offense, and King and crush bradley in a fight.

We need to send a message in the locker room that last year will NOT be like this year!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I would lose steckel and trade flash for a D man after MJ shows he can handle 2nd line duty. Gordo is a good PKer

Whats funy about what soaring caps wants is that the players he calls to cut (except) flash r not responsible for the playoff loss.

And flash is good...I just don't think we need him.

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I would lose steckel and trade flash for a D man after MJ shows he can handle 2nd line duty. Gordo is a good PKer

Whats funy about what soaring caps wants is that the players he calls to cut (except) flash r not responsible for the playoff loss.

And flash is good...I just don't think we need him.

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I would lose steckel and trade flash for a D man after MJ shows he can handle 2nd line duty. Gordo is a good PKer

Whats funy about what soaring caps wants is that the players he calls to cut (except) flash r not responsible for the playoff loss.

And flash is good...I just don't think we need him.

Posted by: capscoach | October 5, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Actually trading Semin and Fleishman for the RIGHT Dman maybe the right two to trade...

I believe Marcus Johannson AND Matt Pearrault will be a HUGE upgrade from Belanger/Morrison/Fleishman.

Erskine and Sloan are the next two to go.

We didn't lose because of the guys I want to cut, but they certainly didn't help...

We are only as good as our worst player...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Not saying I am an expert, just a Caps fan. However, @soaringcaps, Bradley contributes on the 4th Line, so does Gordo in his own fashion. I would like to see Stecks moved and possibly Flash based on last years playoff performance. (I may go either way with Flash, his regular season was fine.)

Eventually GMGM will make changes, no need right now to be drastic with them though.

Posted by: CapsKnewbie | October 5, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I usually disagree with SoaringCaps but his suggestion is not that outrageous.

Getting rid of either Steckel or BGordon and Bradley and replacing them with young players may be good.

I really like Bradley but he is replaceable. Youth can be very effective for a 4th line energy line. Moving Bradley would create an open 4th line spot for AGordon to play. Probably the ideal spot for him to start, and if he plays well for a while he could move up to the 3rd line.

The 4th line then could be centered by either the leftover of BGordon/Steckel or Hendricks or even MJ to start the year. LW could be DJ King or maybe sometimes Hendricks when he isn't playing center.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 5, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Spoke too soon:

VogsCaps: #Caps have resassigned forwards Jay Beagle, Andrew Gordon and Mathieu Perreault to AHL Hershey. Gordon must clear waivers first.

Sorry to see Beagle and MattyP go. Thats 3 of 5 cuts to be made last I checked.

Posted by: CapsKnewbie | October 5, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Per Vogel, Beagle, Andrew Gordon and MP have been sent the Hershey. Gordon must clear waivers.

Discuss, rant, b#tch, etc.....

Posted by: DaleHunter | October 5, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree..maybe Steckel should go. But Gordon is ALWAYS hurt.

And yes, I have confidence George will make the right moves when necessary.

But it's a message board, non of us have the power make any trades or changes.

I personally don't think Bradely has that much upside or contributions to the team ON THE ICE. We have tons of off-ice leaders (unfortunately Ovechkin is not one of them).

I badly want the cup this year. I am MORE than happy to "mortgage the future" for a cup.

I'm tired of winning Calder Cups. Seriously, who cares...if I wanted Calder Cups, I would move to Hershey...(which is a nice place to live)...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

What time is practice today, anyone know?

Posted by: govtimbo | October 5, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Really surprised about MP, but BB must really like MJ at 3rd line center.

Now cue up the CS1 rant with AGordo going down and through waivers (tick, tock)

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | October 5, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Wow...Matt Perrault is sent...wow...

That is a big suprise.

Now I really dislike Fleishman. He is holding Perrault's spot.

..shocked...and a little disappointed.

Oh well..I agree with Hendricks and Johansson being kept.


Posted by: SoaringCaps | October 5, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Not happy about Gordon but not surprised on the other two at all. I said it for a while MaJo is better than MP. Hopefully everyone else is on waivers today and Andrew slides through.

Posted by: ThePat | October 5, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I was thinking MP and Hendricks would get those last two forward spots; guess it'll be MaJo

@ SoaringCaps
I wasn't necessarily disagreeing with you, just wondering, if you want to jettison all these people, who's going to fill those skates that would be an improvement? Without answering those questions, it's just no solution spleen-venting. At this point, better to start the season with what we got and see who's going to be better, who's going to be worse, etc.

Posted by: JS26121820 | October 5, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

not a shock on MP, because he & MJ were competing for #3 C position. MJ didn't have to clear waviers. Hendricks was a keeper because of his versatility, can play all three forward spots, gritty but can chip in a goal once in a while. If Flash or MJ falter MP will be the first call up at Center. Stinks about A Gordon, but I was not impressed with him on Friday night, at least enough to unseat Bradley or B Gordo

Lines:
Ovi-Backie-knuble
Laich-Flash-Semin
Chimera-MJ-Fehr
King-Steckel-Bradley
B Gordo & Hendricks as extras

Posted by: boomer44 | October 5, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

So Hendricks beat out AGordon(I took it as they were fighting for the last spot as a winger). Wow.

MJ beating out MP doesn't shock me, especially if MJ would have gone to Sweden if he was sent down to the AHL.

Beagle was going to be sent down because of his lack of having to go through waivers.

I wonder if AGordon will get claimed. Most teams do not have many roster sports open. It will be interesting to see.

Posted by: sgm3 | October 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I really don't see an argument for keeping Steckel, when younger, cheaper guys - who can do what he does, just better - are readily available. C'mon BB, maybe Stecks was great for Manchester or wherever but clearly he ain't an NHL player, great guy that he is.

For that matter, after last spring's playoff performance [and the previous spring's], I don't see how anyone other than Ovie, Backs, Carlson, Semin, Varly, and maybe Alzner and Poti [maybe] is untouchable. Our 'bottom 6' to borrow a phrase from Brian Burke, consistently underperforms relative to other top teams.

Posted by: govtimbo | October 5, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I agree Fox Sports shouldn't get the contract.

I also think that if NBC/Versus renews, they shoud get rid of (in no particular order):

"Dick" Emerick -he's got his nose so far up Crosby's a$$ it's not even funny.

Mike Milbury -knows less about hockey then my two year old niece.

Keith Jones -never liked him as a player. Like him less as a studio "analyst"

Brian Engbloom -all he does is regurgitate things that I can find online. Lends nothing to any conversation.


Pierre McGuire -biggest pro Canadian homer there is and see Emerick above.

Posted by: jwash4472 | October 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

The only shocking thing about this is the fact that they're waiving Gordo to get this done.

Last two cuts are obvious (sabourin and Fahey). Keeping flash in spite of Perrault's performance reeks of taking the easy road with regard to waivers (Perrault doesn't need to clear). The eterneal optimist in me keeps saying that they need more time to trade flash and then bring up Perrault. If A. Gordon leaves via waivers to another NHL team that'll be a huge pain in the ass. Hopefully they think they'll be able to get him back up during the season and keep him up.

Posted by: GFisher1 | October 5, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

@jwash - all of his former teammates rave about Keith Jones' smarts and what a great teammate he was, and how smart he is. And I do kind of like Engblom, for what it's worth.

But McGuire - ugh, total pro-Canadian homer, adds nothing insightful, just total cheap shots all game long. Then again, he coached the Whale into the ground so maybe I'm biased. He is awful though.

Posted by: govtimbo | October 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I would like a combination of NBC, ESPN, and Versus. This arrangement could work like the baseball broadcast rights do. ESPN will never designate enough air time for hockey due to their NBA and NCAA basketball obligations. Just say no to an exclusive arrangement with ESPN unless you're OK with one hockey broadcast per week which I'm not at all OK with.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | October 5, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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