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Morris to the Rangers

Derek Morris won't be coming to Washington, after all. The veteran defenseman has been acquired by the Rangers, according to reports, in exchange for Dmitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes.

The trade deadline, meantime, has passed and the Caps have not announced any trades, though deals sometimes trickle out later due to a backup of paperwork at the NHL headquarters. So stay tuned.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 4, 2009; 3:00 PM ET
 
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damn. no new d man.

Posted by: CaliCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Not even Manny Legace?

Posted by: _jordan | March 4, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Rangers and Flames win so far - what say you, GMGM???

Posted by: yosemite_sam | March 4, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Rags overpaid, as usual. You can't blame GMGM for that.

Posted by: ModestProposal | March 4, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Dmitri Kalinin, Petr Prucha and Nigel Dawes...that's a pretty steep price to pay for Morris. I really wanted to see him come here, but it sounds like Phoenix played the bidding war well.

Posted by: Blueline | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Last year's trade deadline provided enough excitement i suppose... At least GMGM didn't mortgage the future for now, our time will come soon enough
C-A-P-S

Posted by: sloozebury | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Not sure what the caps would have to have given up to get him. Kalinin, Prucha and Dawes - does that sound like a lot?

Posted by: Grape8 | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow, is this disappointing.

Posted by: CapsKH | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

i'm really mad... we did nothing! now i know we are not going far in the playoffs, not with the defense as it is right now.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Stuck with Nyles & no new blueliners = bummer
Not giving up the future for a twilight player = smart

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Moore to Buffalo for a 2nd round pick.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Kalinin, Prucha and Dawes - does that sound like a lot?

Posted by: Grape8 | March 4, 2009 3:09 PM

That's because it is.

Posted by: Section117 | March 4, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

i am dissapointed we didnt help the blue line, but on the other hand, i would not want to give up too much for this year only. Hopefully we give thanks for today next year!

or.......maybe we made a move and havent seen it yet.

tic tic tic tic

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 4, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Tarik needs to grill our GM.

Posted by: _jordan | March 4, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

No new D = No Stanley Cup
Thanks GMGM!

Posted by: NatyBG | March 4, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

There are four teams that are going to hammer each other in the East semis: B's, Flyers, Devils, Caps. Only one get through this year and I didn't see anyone more today that would have increased the Caps chances in the second round. If things go to form, we'll see the NJDevils in the second round. I'll take my chances and not mortgage the future.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

starting sunday this has been a pathetic week as a caps fan. being blown out at home TWICE with very little effort is sad enough but not addressing glaring defensive needs and a poor goaltending situation (im sorry theo is not even close to taking this team anywhere) is just unacceptable

Posted by: skinzfan4 | March 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Yawn!!!!

Posted by: rarcr | March 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Lots of players are going for picks. The Caps weren't going to do that because it seems like The Plan doesn't include dealing picks but rather using them, getting more young talent, then trading the young talent.

The problem is, the Caps have a wealth of young talent, but have signed players like Nylander and Erskine to contracts that forbid them from making young player-for-veteran trades at the deadline.

No one put them in this position other than GM. He gets credit for the moves at the 2008 deadline. It helped get them into the playoffs. But he also, it would seem, put the team in a position where it can't add anything at this deadline to improve on last year's effort.

The plan doesn't include getting knocked out in the first round over and over again, however. By record, this team is farther along this year than it was last, and as such, it's fair to expect them to at least move forward to the second or third round.

As the team is presently constructed, the ability to do that is very limited, barring a superhuman series from Ovechkin, etc. That's certainly possible - but given the nature of playoff hockey, the weaknesses on the defense are going to get exposed.

God help this team if Theodore gets hurt.

Posted by: writered21 | March 4, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216:

Sometimes not doing anything is the best thing to do. Maybe the defense will get their a$$es handed to them during practice. I dunno'. I'm not gonna' sulk though.

GMGM and Boudreau know what they're doing. No change in the team doesn't mean we're screwed. Just they gotta' work harder for the wins tomorrow and Sunday. Let's Go Caps!!!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So, how do you think Scotty Upshall feels going from his Flyers to a non-playoff team. That's got to suck... glad to see him sad!

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

You guys need to be patient! There are still trades rolling in.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

nylander best start putting up some numbers. he must be done!

Posted by: capscla55 | March 4, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes doing nothing is for the best.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | March 4, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I thought that the last two games would make GMGM realize that we REALLY REALLY need help on D... that's why i thought the last two losses could be a blessing in disguise... how could he watch those two games and think we could win the cup?

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@_828

We, of course, never feel sorry for any Flyers.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

No tears here to see Upshall suffer in Phoenix for a while. Can't stand the guy.

Posted by: writered21 | March 4, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hope the Caps can get up for the Toronto DraftPicks tomorrow.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Remember, there could be a backlog of paperwork at the NHL HQ, so we could see an announcment within the hour if the Caps did anything to shore up/strengthen their blue line. That is, unless Tarik can confirm that GMGM did nothing.

Let's make this run count boys!!

Posted by: cfrazier9 | March 4, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Only one get through this year and I didn't see anyone more today that would have increased the Caps chances in the second round. If things go to form, we'll see the NJDevils in the second round.

Gotta get through the 1st round first...

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 4, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Somebody said that we will never win a cup with our current D, that may be so, but give our current d 3more years experience and add more experienced versions of Alzner, Lepisto,and Carlson and the D will be alot better. We are young across the board and now is the time to trust our farm system

Posted by: doncosmic | March 4, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

@jmu

true, last year I didn't hear about hossa until way past 4

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm missing something. When you have a pair of twos and you think your playoff opposition has 3-of-a-kind, you draw NOTHING? The bluff will not work. This was not smart, at all.

Posted by: wutzthedeal | March 4, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

It took the team years to build to this point. How many of us remember sitting in an empty Phone Booth watching a team that would struggle in the AHL? For five years, GMGM, Ted and the core season ticket holders have been waiting for this team. Very smart of GMGM to not blow it up for a run this year. The Caps should be active during the draft. By then, they will have a lot of cap room: bye bye Clark, Nylander, and Federov; hello new contracts for Semin and Backstrom. The team will know what the 09-10 Salary Cap is and will be able to make a run at players like Boumeester, Pronger, and a decent #1 goaltender. One more season of playoff experience and this team is primed for a series of long runs at the Cup. One more season of patience fellow grasshoppers, one more season...

Posted by: Matt23185 | March 4, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

mikebrady1: no. we need major help on defense. we cannot go far if this defense remains the same. we need help! thanks for nothing, GMGM.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau is going to love the game tomorrow. The guys gained the confidence of the coach and management...except for Nylander.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

writered21 and saintex...

I just wanted to point that out. I can't stand Upshall either.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Come on, people. You know the Caps are cap constrained. Any move would need to be a salary wash. And most of our guys weren't going to bring much in a matching trade either.

Posted by: koalatek | March 4, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The team defense needs to be much better. I missed the PS last night so I'm not sure why it was awarded, but the two SHGs - the backbreakers - were purely the fault of PP point play (AO on both) and not strictly the defense. I stayed through the entire Florida debacle on Sunday and when you get three PPGs against - and a penalty shot stopped - you are going to lose. I add up 5 of the 11 goals as not necessarily the fault of the defense, and by that, I mean the blueliners. Take those out and the Panthers and 'Canes each score three and those games are much, much different. When the team defense is playing better and we stay out of the box, we can compete with everyone in the East in a seven-game series. Are we still a year away, maybe. I don't buy the premise that all is lost.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@Matt23185 - sure hope your right - but its hard not to want it this year when we are primed to have our best record in the history of the franchise. I've waited too long to say one more year!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 4, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

'starting sunday this has been a pathetic week as a caps fan. being blown out at home TWICE with very little effort is sad enough but not addressing glaring defensive needs and a poor goaltending situation (im sorry theo is not even close to taking this team anywhere) is just unacceptable"

Classic Skins Fan Rant

Sorry mate but i cant help but chuckle a little bit. Our playoffs dont depend on One guy who is only slightly better the ShaMo. Ny drasticly overpaid for a rental player. As for Goal there werent that many that would be considered an upgrade over Theo.

I would still love to offload Nyls contract if we are not going to use him but other than that im not complaining.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 4, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Guarantee Nyls plays tomorrow

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 4, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, I like our team and I like our chemistry. We've had a rough few games, but lets stay the course and see where it goes. This is a marathon, not a sprint...

Posted by: jesstyr | March 4, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

rachel216,

Are you sure that's the Caps problem? Just the other day, it was bad goaltending. Who knows, maybe tomorrow it will be wingers...

GMGM got you a young team that is leading their division and hanging with the top teams in the NHL.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to guess that any trade involving the Caps now had to involve Nylander to Vancouver or Chicago. One can hope at least...

Posted by: RightWinger9 | March 4, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm really disgusted that we wern't able to move Nylander.

I'm assuming he didn't waive his NMC? If that's the case, he needs to be waived.

Posted by: patrone | March 4, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

jesstyr... too much logic for them to comprehend. Please use smaller words like suck and bad.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Onion is reporting that the reason Nylander did not get traded was because most GMs used Tarik's blog to scout him and were scared of what they read.

Posted by: opita1 | March 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

doncosmic

you're kidding... it will take more than 3 years for Alzner/Carlson to get that good, even more if there's no one to guide them.

It's too much to want the Cup this year... but do you really have in mind a 4-5 years plan?

Posted by: mauree | March 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

wow all this anticipation the last few weeks and NOTHING... nothing :( every team got better in the E. Conference and we don't get anything.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

we'll see.

Posted by: oo7 | March 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

If that is the truth then Schultz is doomed

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Alzner may get a call-up tomorrow.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Please, someone send McGuire back to the Shire.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

@Duffman,

I don't have any worries about the first round, whatsoever. There isn't a team outside the top four that will beat the Caps in a seven-game set. If we take away the last two debacles - it's TWO games - this team has gone 9-2-1, 7-4-1, and 11-3 over the last three months. They've lost games to teams they shouldn't have but if you think they won't get out of the first round, you might as well just give up. It appears a lot of folks have already. If only we could have got Morris! Really! Some body named Morris would have been the difference?

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand Nylander... but, I hope he does come back and do well.

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

828, guess you weren't here yesterday, i said my beliefs have shifted after watching everyone stand there and not help Neuvy out.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@ patrone

A No Movement Clause means he can't be waived either.

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216

I think its been pointed out before but most of these trades will be looked on as failures after the season is over. Dont stress on it so much. Besides moves still not being announced... announcements could go on for a while.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 4, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Guess I have to take a chill pill :p

Posted by: mauree | March 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Just remember: everyone thinks this team isn't that great, and they are still top 5 in the LEAGUE. Imagine what happens when those Young-uns grow up and we have all that accumulated young talent.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

upshall is a punk, but he does have a smokin hot girlfriend

Posted by: _stevo | March 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Deadline deal comparisons often don't consider the timing of the deal: what does this player contribute to our playoff success chances this year.

That's the main reason's to buy talent at this time as opposed to in the off-season/draft. That needs to be considered in determining if a team that paid too much actually paid too much.

If the Rangers win the Cup (ha) then I don't think they paid too much.

Posted by: austinsteve | March 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

No player moved that would change the Caps fortunes this season had he ended up in D.C.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@Matt23185,

In the end, you're right IMO. It looks like this team is another season or two away from learning how to be consistent, until then it doesn't make sense to part with your best assets for rentals.

But man, does that Nylander contract hurt or what? This team could really be significantly improved with his 5M distributed to defense/grit..

Posted by: VladG | March 4, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

If we don't have the goaltending, we need to at least have a good defense in front of the net...but it looks like we didn't get any help this trade deadline...tear! Hopefully we can at least make it to the first round...but the way we are going Florida could very well pull the same win as we did this time last year! The guys better deflate their big egos and start playing like they want it...and by it I mean the cup!

Posted by: NatyBG | March 4, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This is the fastest Caps team to 40 wins! GMGM is doing this the right way. All of you doomsday fanatics with no life must really get a grip. The nucleus of this team is built to win several cups not just this year. We have winning record versus most of the Eastern Conference. We have an organization full of good defense. We will be fine. All those people upset at no movement aren't really fans of the Caps, your fans of winning, bandwagon jumpers and idiotic armchair GM's
The Caps are going to be fine - Just wait and see!

Posted by: psugolf | March 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

rachel216, I saw that you changed your mind yesterday. I am just saying - maybe you will change your mind tomorrow. We only scored 4 goals in the past 2 games... maybe our offense sucks too?

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Nyls NMC is the issue. I think we're all assuming he was a turd and wouldn't waive it - based on what I've read, he's well-liked and an overall good guy. It's the $4.6M that's the problem. Nyls could waive that baby all day long and I don't think there's a team that will pick up that load of salary and give any kind of equal return. That $4.6M is JayBo money right now. I'm pretty sure that Nyls would like to be playing hockey every night and if that meant going to Toronto or Vancouver, then he probably would have.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Alright ladies, no crying in the breast milk

Posted by: superpaqman | March 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

it would have been nice to pick up a good D man and give up little, but as you can see, D men were at a premium. i'm glad gmgm didnt mortgage the future for some short term gain. as i've noted, the future is next year. hope the t

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Tarik,

"Stay tuned" as in "Its normal for stuff to take awhile, so who knows" or "I have information that something will happen with the team we're all watching, so I am already firing up my computer for my interview with the new cap for the paper tomorrow"?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree, considering the oldest of our star players just turned 25, and the others are a few years younger, i think the team's peak will be in about 3-4 years, especially considering that that is when our goaltending prospects should be coming into their own. yes we could win a cup before that if we made the right moves, but there weren't any impact defensemen available this time, maybe their will be in the off season, we will see

Posted by: doncosmic | March 4, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

let's just hope the D magically gets better once playoff time is here.

Posted by: rachel216 | March 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Welsh from FLA to TB for Eminger

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

someone just aquired someone at 3:29

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Eminger got traded

Posted by: alee06 | March 4, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Eminger traded again to the other Florida team. Yawn.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Eminger just got traded.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Just because you question your GM's effectiveness in his given role does not make a fan a fair-weather person.

Go screw another team over Georgie, we're sick of you and your inability to get us a basic defensive corps after this long.

Posted by: maven1918 | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Eminger to FL

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Florida just got Eminger... haha, they are screwed!

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't have any worries about the first round, whatsoever. There isn't a team outside the top four that will beat the Caps in a seven-game set. If we take away the last two debacles - it's TWO games

The point is that you shouldn't take anything for granted.

Did you take yesterday's game for granted? Sunday's? You're not allowed to just "throw out" the last two games because they don't fit your perceptions. The Caps have lost 3 of the last 4 at home, and 4 of the last 7. At some point you have to worry about something called a "trend."

Especially since...well..what kind of team are we likely to get in the 1st round? Surely, not a team like...oh...FLA or CAR.

AS for Morrison or whatever, I couldn't care less about him (which is why I didn't say anything about him). I'm concerned with "the defense" it's been an issue for a while - what's it going to take to get this team to play defense?

To me, everything that's wrong with this team's defense was exemplified in the 1st goal given up to the Avs the other week. That dude took a wrap-around, got stuffed, and then had the time to take FOUR whacks at the puck until it went in.

Where was the defense? Whose job was it to stop that? "Oh they're young" only gets your so far, pee-wee hockey players are taught things like "hey, don't let the other team take 4 whacks at a trapped puck near your goal."

2nd runner up was the 3 goals that PHI scored in 3 minutes last week.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To all the bandwagon fands complaining about the lack of moves. I'm sure you're all thinking "Why did I invest the last couple of months and $200 on a brand new Ovie jersey if they're not going to gratify me right now?"

GMGM built this team to win for the long haul and probably didn't expect them to be this good so soon. Their best players are still years away from their prime and they have solid prospects in the pipeline at just about every position. Tearing that down now wouldn't make sense.

And in case you haven't been paying attention to the entire season or to the end of last season, this team is capable of playing "playoff hockey". They're in a slump right now. Oh well, that happens. There's still 17 more regular season games to go to fix it.

Posted by: feyd991 | March 4, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Vogel: Eminger's turning into a suitcase

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 4, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Go screw another team over Georgie, we're sick of you and your inability to get us a basic defensive corps after this long.

No, you are sick of him. He has built a solid team. Are you confused by this season? Are they not good enough? Just 18 months ago, they were last place in the NHL? Is the process going to slow for you?

Maybe this isn't the year to become a Caps fan... next year?

Posted by: _828 | March 4, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

i am more pissed about the Leopold deal. are you telling me we weren't even trying to get him b/c he was traded at 11:40 this morning? we could not do better then a guy just picked up off of waivers, an undrafted player, and a second round pick? i mean come on! now i think not only are the players reading their press clippings, but the owner and gmgm are also believing the hype.

Posted by: passerby | March 4, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

@psugolf - All those people upset at no movement aren't really fans of the Caps, your fans of winning, bandwagon jumpers and idiotic armchair GM's.

That is ridiculous. God forbid someone who has watched this team his entire life would like to see GMGM go out and try and make us better on defense. God forbid we want to see what is probably the best caps team in the history of the franchise improve at the deadline to help make a run at the cup.

You think I havent watched almost every game the last 30 years? Give me a break. I'm insulted. For that comment - I hope PSU goes to the NIT!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 4, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Go screw another team over Georgie, we're sick of you and your inability to get us a basic defensive corps after this long.

Posted by: maven1918 | March 4, 2009 3:31 PM

Does this mean you are not pleased with the Caps so far this season? Because if you aren't (and I don't mean the last 2 games) you are a tough person to please.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 4, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

GMGM about to come on

Posted by: docjohnson | March 4, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Caps' defense is Green, Poti and a bunch of garbage. Mchool fails again.

Posted by: alanb1 | March 4, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Eminger just got traded again, poor guy.

Posted by: cupcrzy | March 4, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

McLearn from SJ to Philly

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is with Vogel

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like the Caps made a trade. . . Stand by

Posted by: docjohnson | March 4, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@passerby

The problem is that the Caps have no flexibility to make trades because they are capped out and at the 50 contract limit.

That stinks, but that's the way it is.

Posted by: cainoo7x | March 4, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

The only thing worse than the people complaining about the lack of movement are the people pretending that there isn't a single issue with this team, and that everyone who disagrees with them is a "bandwagoner."

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 4, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

hahaha, not taking sides, but good one capsfansince74.

Posted by: Ov8fan11 | March 4, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"Go screw another team over Georgie, we're sick of you and your inability to get us a basic defensive corps after this long."

There you go!!! That is the spirit!! Don't even wait for Caps to be eliminated. Start the anti-GMGM chants early; Nyls, Schultz, and Semins are getting old.

Posted by: opita1 | March 4, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

lol @ Emminger to Florida

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | March 4, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

The Rangers probably overpaid for Morris... what else is new. But at the end of the day, they still got a guy we really could have used. Anyone lucky enough to see our boys play the last few home games knows that.

The other big issue remains goaltending. We don't know if Johnny will be ready for the play-offs. If he's not, our back up is a guy with an entire 4 NHL games. I just don't think you should go into the play-offs with one goalie, especially one who's had some real consistency problems over the past 5 years.

There's not a team in the league that wants to face Ovie, Green, Semin. But you don't win games in the play-offs 6-4. It's a different game.

Posted by: sinbin | March 4, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

psugolf: not true. I've been a real Caps fan for 32 years and I see no movement for a Dman as apathy. We DID need somebody, and it COULD have been done. Yes, we'll survive. Yes, we'll have a great team short-to-medium term (long-term is yet to see) but sitting on your hands at crunch time has never won anybody a Cup. You gotta break some eggs to make an omelet.... We can't rely on the O-Bomb, the Green Machine, and the Seminator to do EVERYTHING :))

Posted by: wutzthedeal | March 4, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Defense wins CHAMPIONSHIP! I guess GMGM has no cluse what that means. Let's say he is building this team for the future, who are our future in with defense? Alzner and Green (forward playing Defense). Mr. Pillow Schultz? Come on......

Posted by: 555Mass | March 4, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Wizards fan here. I have posted on this blog 2 or 3 times the past year or so. Although I must admit I do read it often, based on the fact that my beloved Wiz suck. I enjoy coming here every so often and offering my 2 cents (for what it’s worth).

I appears that the overall population of Caps fans I read here are a bunch of whiners like there boy Crosby. There are a few levelheaded fans, but the majority seem as if they are about to board the Titanic. Let me say this, I am a long time DC resident, and the you people have a GREAT team. Your team is currently in a battle for 2 place in the ENTIRE Eastern Conference, yet I still feel the general consensus is that they are not that good. I can’t even remember the last time the Wiz were seeded this high, this late in the season. Get your heads outta you’re a$$e4, seriously. You people are comical. The Caps play 2 bad games and now all of a sudden they need to do this, need to do that, should have done that, the list goes on and on. It’s beyond ridiculous. I can guarantee you the Capitals are one of the most feared teams in the playoffs, simply based on pure talent. You people act like they are fighting for the 8th seed or something. The Caps are good, very good. Say what you want about Theodore, but he is a former Calder winner, and a former Hart winner, the guy knows how to play the game.

Case in point, recognize a great thing when you have it. Recognize a good team and enjoy the ride.


Posted by: cj658 | March 4, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Nice, Capsfan74!!!

Posted by: bhound69 | March 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps win the cup, you will look back at today as the biggest day in the history of the Washington Capitals Organization.

McPhee's performance today is comparable to JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

What is GMGM saying. at work so I can't listen

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Eminger to Florida for Welch and a 3rd, I'd take Eminger over Schultz anyday of the week. Last year, this year anyyear

Plus we played our best defensively this year when pairs were Green/Sloan , Mo/Collins, and Jurcina/Alzner. You can sub Erskine/Poti in Sloan's spot, but that definitely keeps Schultz out

Posted by: BBDwrestling | March 4, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@duffman

This team is better than the bottom of the playoff qualifiers over seven games, every other day, for two weeks - no question in my mind. In an opening series there won't be teams coming off an emotional win vs. another team in another city (Boston/Florida) nor a team just mailing it in (Carolina). Single game losses to Carolina, Florida, Edmonton, Colorado, Columbus, and LA don't cause much serious concern. The Flyers game is definitely a problem and that's why I think the second round is going to be much more problematic. None of the other teams that have come into Verizon and beaten the Caps are built like the Flyers so my worry about Philly, as compared to the likes of the Canes or the Panthers, is far greater.

I'd be very surprised if anyone really thinks this team would lose a first round series to anyone without Boston, Philadelphia, or New Jersey on the front of the sweater.

Posted by: saintex | March 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Logic alert! I can handle the Caps standing pat. Taking a step back, it is kinda hard to complain too much when we have a 40 win team with a very good chance to win 50, which has only been done once by this franchise, 25 years ago. We haven't had a losing streak of more than 3 games this season, the only top 8 team in our conference that can claim that. Given that track record, I think we'll overcome the past two stinkers pretty handily.

The one player I am absolutely glad neither BOS or PHI picked up is Pronger. That would have been a true game changer. Everyone else traded today is a spare part, plain and simple.

Posted by: geauxcaps | March 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

“@cj658, Yes, the team is good, but I think the consensus is that they are not SC good yet. (I'm not sure anyone in the East is, but we'll see how NYR, Flyers and Boston improve (or not) after the trades.) Hence the complaining.” - Oldtimehockey


Well, I beg to differ. In sports, it is a BRAND NEW season once the playoffs start. Period. Do you think all the Cardinal fans thought their team had what it takes to go the the Super Bowl. I know the analysts and so called “brains” sure didn’t think so. Point is, you can’t typically judge a team in the playoffs, based on a few rough games in the regular season. The Caps HAVE the talent to win the East and go to the finals, and any level headed fan knows that. Even with a subpar D and average goaltending, based on the rest of the conference, they can easily win the East. The Caps problem is NOT talent or system. It is heart and determination, “will to win”, “playing harder than the other guy”. Come payoffs, one would think all that would change. Look at the Caps this year, they seem to get up for the BIG games, and that should eb a good omen come playoffs. Do not rush to judgment, we will see what this team is made of come playoffs, and there is NO clear cut fav in the East.

Posted by: cj658 | March 4, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

GMGM's just said that Pothier will go back to Hershey for a while. No dates though.

Posted by: fnralch | March 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

All this BS flying around about GMGM. He has done a very good job rebuilding this team and it is not over yet, just because this trade deadline passes(as of now without a deal. Next year Karl Alzner will be fulltime, maybe Pothier comes back. John Carlson could be making his way to next year D as well. The pieces are coming together, remember the young goalies will be ready for next year. Should we have traded Flash or Fehr to get someone average on D? No one was going to take Nylander. What would you have traded away?Come on.....Do you think the Devils would trade a goalie to the Caps?

Posted by: sazzwho | March 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Nothing yet other than he wasn't going to trade an Alzner, Karlson or Varlamov for a rent-a-player. Also said Pothier is going to Hershey. Also says only Pronger or Boumeester would have been an upgrade on the blueline, and would have cost too much

Posted by: docjohnson | March 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Was Pahlsson Chicago's C solution?

Posted by: alee06 | March 4, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Kyle Mclaren to Philly from San Jose for 6th rd.
Sam Pahlsson to Chicago from Anaheim for James Wisniewski

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Also, I don't understand the love affair with Green. He is only a threat on PP, that's it. He avgs 3-4 turnovers a gm, he can't the clear the zone, he certainly can not play defense. GMGM should have traded Green while his stock is high. Now, that Caps are stuck with Green, BB should play him @ forward and bring up Alzner.

Posted by: 555Mass | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"he wasn't going to trade an Alzner, Karlson or Varlamov for a rent-a-player"

And people think he should be fired?

:-/

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@555Mass
Hahahahahaha

Posted by: alee06 | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The only ones that are better that we should worry about is Boston, and I'm not too terribly worried about them. I think we can still take them.

The Rags and Pens got better mostly because they couldn't get much worse. Considering what NYR gave up, though, I'm glad we lost that race.

NJ improved a bit getting Havelid.

Most of the changes seem to be around the fringes.

Posted by: Greg S. | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Only Pronger or Bouwmeester would have been an upgrade? Every defensemen that was traded today is better than most of ours. What a joke

Posted by: VegasCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Why can't GMGM just say there were no trades.

Posted by: ERHDC1 | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

people forget how good nylander & clark were pre phone booth crap ice groin pull injuries. should people be getting about that instead of mad at them imo.

winner in trade= tbl

Posted by: am_jim | March 4, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

yeah, the team has a problem but it's best years are still ahead of them. You can take a shot at fixing them now or you can have a long window of contending teams.

And it might not be everybody that disagrees is a bandwagon fan but I can remember going to games a recently as the middle of last season and seeing VC half empty. Wonder what changed?

And I doubt many people who were fans of this team 2 years ago would be calling for GMGM's head considering how far they've come.

Posted by: feyd991 | March 4, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Yes, what McPhee just said was exactly what I've been thinking. The Caps have seemed alittle nervous, alittle distracted, hopefull with the deadline passed they'll get back into it.

Posted by: alee06 | March 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Also, I don't understand the love affair with Green. He is only a threat on PP, that's it. He avgs 3-4 turnovers a gm, he can't the clear the zone, he certainly can not play defense. GMGM should have traded Green while his stock is high. Now, that Caps are stuck with Green, BB should play him @ forward and bring up Alzner.

Posted by: 555Mass | March 4, 2009 3:43 PM

He is only a threat to go end-to-end every time he touches the puck, is a dynamic scoring threat who must be accounted for, has a deadly shot, is a once-in-a-generation skater and defensive playmaker, and single-handedly turns defensive possessions into offensive ones, and is only 22 years old. Other than that, I agree he is terrible.

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 4, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind GMGM so much, but really, only Boumeester or Pronger are upgrades? Morris is better than Jurcina and Erskine, unless you want them in for size.

It would be good to see Pothier will be playing.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Defense does not always "win" Championships. That is one the most moronic cliches in all of sports.

Edmonton 80's, Pens 90's, TB, Car... yada yada yada...

Ok, so we didnt make a deal (yet)... No big deal Did GMGM mismanage the salary cap? Keep too many guys? The answer is yes, if you demanded a trade. I would have liked to see a move or two, but given the circumstances there wasn't a lot partners willing or able t dance with us

The sky is not falling. This bad stretch of hockey is an aberration. SJ, Det and Bos have all gone through it this season, better now than in April.

Posted by: JSchon | March 4, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Great move by the Flyers by picking up McLaren.

Watch your jaw boys!

Posted by: blanknerc | March 4, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This team is better than the bottom of the playoff qualifiers over seven games, every other day, for two weeks - no question in my mind.

That's fine. IMHO, it's dangerous thinking considering the fact that this team hasn't made it out of the first round in...10 years? 6? (I really don't know but it's been a while).

Single game losses to Carolina, Florida, Edmonton, Colorado, Columbus, and LA don't cause much serious concern

Viewed on an island, they shouldn't concern you. But viewed as a whole, they certainly should concern you. You manage to find a way to "explain away" each of the losses (oh, it was after a big game the night before, oh, they were mailing it in), but the circumstances don't manafest themselves in different ways. At the end of the day, the losses were because of lazy, undisciplined defense.

Get players, don't get player I don't care. Like Keenan Thompson from SNL on the Economy, just "FIX IT." Get players who can play defense, or figure out a way to get all of these allegedly promising young talents to actually play to their potential, just "FIX IT."

IMHO, if you're not even concerned about the first round, you're not paying attention. If you're content with no movement this trade deadline, you should at least view the POs as a "baby steps" process before lookign ahead to the 2nd round.

Posted by: VTDuffman | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

A couple things I really like about Jurcina though is that he's pretty good on making that first break out pass and he knows his role: if someone wants to go around the net he buries them in the boards. If Schultz needs to do something better, and he needs to do a lot don't get me wrong, it's use his SIZE FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE.

Posted by: alee06 | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Case in point of my previous post:

The Caps are 3-0-1 against the best team in the East, and possibly the best team in the NHL. The Caps have lost to the likes of Florida, Colorado, Carolina. Yet they handle Boston, Detroit, NJ, Pitt, etc. Point is, it seems as if this team simply does not take the subpar teams seriously, but when this team is motivated, they are damn near UNBEATABLE, and all of you know it. After last year’s demoralizing loss in the playoffs, do you think the Caps will be motivated for this year’s playoffs? Safe to say yes. When this team plays smart, tough, and disciplined, they are the BEST team in the East. 95% of the NHL would trade their entire roster for the Caps entire roster, based on pure talent. Talent CANNOT be coached, but the Caps problems are all mental, which can easily be coached/corrected. Period. To suggest McPhee (sp) is a bad GM for not making a move is pure, unadulterated nonsense. Get a grip on reality. This is coming from a Wizard fan who would LOVE to be in the position you guys are in right now. Enjoy the ride.

Posted by: cj658 | March 4, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

555Mass,

I smell a rat

Posted by: bhound69 | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

McLaren!? Talk about a pylon.

Posted by: geauxcaps | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

So, no trades today. This leaves us with Jose + two kids, one of whom is not recovered yet. Cross your fingers...

Posted by: fnralch | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall that last year at the deadline that I was thinking "wow, philly got meaner" and now I'm thinking the same thing. How they manage to get meaner every year at the deadline is a bit of a mystery to me...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | March 4, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, some of you fans are really bitter!

It's fun and interesting to debate about all the players and the team's activities, and we all (at least most posters) want the CAPS to win and go as far as they can in the playoffs. In the end, life will go on. Really, it will! Passion for your team is good, if put in the proper perspective.

Now let's hope we get things back on track with a home win against Toronto on Thursday night!

Posted by: TrackCollector | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Hypothetically, the Caps could field a playoff defense with:

Green
Poti
Pothier
Alzner
Fedorov
Carlson

Not saying this would happen, but there are still lots of possibilities even within the current roster.

Posted by: stormblue | March 4, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Canes got O'Sullivan from LA!

Posted by: tywright | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Travis Moen and Kent Huskins to San Jose from Anaheim for Nick Bonino and Timo Pielmeier

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

After last year’s demoralizing loss in the playoffs, do you think the Caps will be motivated for this year’s playoffs?

CJ658

Demoralizing?? We shouldn't have had any business being in the playoffs, at Thanksgiving we fired our coach and had the 2nd worst record in the NHL, THANKFUL, IS A BETTER TERM IN THIS CASE. Most of these guys don't know what playofss are at this level.

Posted by: bhound69 | March 4, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Kyle McLaren, is that a hit man hired by Don Cherry?

Posted by: CodePoetry | March 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@maven1918:

Actually, it does make you a fair-weather fan. If you feel you could do a better job than GMGM or Boudreau for that matter, then I would love to see you march right up to the Capitals front office and submit your resume and if you're allowed to have an audience with them, let them know what they've done wrong and allow them the opportunity to respond to your allegations. Quite frankly, I'm getting bored of reading people disrespecting players, the Coach, and the General Manager. If your rantings meant anything, GMGM would have given you his direct line. Until that happens, we gotta' hear you play out your General Manager fantasies on here with all the determination of a hefty guy who needs to change the tv channel without a remote. Lately, too many backseat General Managers on this blog. Ugh.

Sit down for a bit and eat a Pringle. Geez.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 4, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@555mass well according to the pure statistical analysis that TSN does (which is obviously flawed, but it can't be THAT far off) Green is the second most valuable player to his team in the league, behind Ovechkin. on another note the Caps also have both thetop two players in the AHL, which should help when people such as Federov, Koslov and Nylander leave.

Posted by: doncosmic | March 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Have to keep this season in perspective. When we lost Huet, we lost our ability to go deep in the '09 playoffs. Huet, unlike Theo, gave up few cheap goals. The reason we are not likely to go deep this year is the penalties. Until this team matures, they are going to make costly mistakes. Getting at least one playoff series win this year will be helpful. Then everyone gets a year older. Maybe we swap out Schultz for a JayBo, pick up another playmaker if Sergei retires and we continue the climb.

Posted by: 415fan | March 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Ummm...for all the myopic posters, GMGM put this top 3 Stanley Cup contender together from the rubbles of 4 years ago & built it to last another 10.

WTF is your problem - got alzheimer?

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

the defense has been horrid and it's been the goalie's fault?

this is where we were at the beginning of the season when the defense didn't help out at all and we can see that it happened again last night.

the team isn't as disciplined as it should be; as everyone can see from these up and down games, beating a top tier team then losing big time to bottom of the barrel team in standings.

Posted by: MNMNT | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Bhound69: Losing in game 7, in OT, is demoralizing, no MATTER how you look at it.

Posted by: cj658 | March 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Patrick O'Sullivan to Edmonton from Carolina for TBD

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Canes get Eric Cole

Posted by: ludeman95 | March 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

My my, where did all the Chicken Little's and Negative Nancy's come from? You've got a team that has won every month, 5-3-1 in Oct, 8-5-2 in Nov, 11-3 in Dec, 7-4-1 in Jan and 9-3-1 in Feb, and all of a sudden 2 losses in March have the "fans" near mutiny and questioning why GMGM could make no deals.

Who the hell is he going to trade? Nylander wasn't going to move, he wasn't going to trade any young talent or picks, so what's left? My trash for your treasure, the tried and true armchair method of GM'ing.

No one got significantly better in the East, if anyone possibly the Rangers but they overpaid just try and sniff the playoffs.

This is a very good team, with some deficiencies, but a team capable of playing late into the playoffs. 2 games does not a season make.

They've tasted what it's like to play playoff hockey, I trust they don't want the same result as last April.

Posted by: DaleHunter | March 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Can we please bring up Braden Holtby??

Posted by: iastdon | March 4, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Missing the playoffs last year by 1 points.....DEMORALIZING

Going 7 games with the team that made the ECFs, PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE....

Posted by: numero94 | March 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Dang, I was hoping they'd be able trade Schultz for Marty Brodeur straight up.

Posted by: chrisd3 | March 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

CJ, My point, we should have not been there. Flyers let up, we were a novice team playoff wise, to come back from 3-1 and come within a goal from winning....i dunno, i'm more of a glass 1/2 full person. Not demoralizing, its demoralizing when you go 50-23-9 win your division and lose that way. Heck, memory serves we did not get into the playoffs until the last day of the season.

Posted by: bhound69 | March 4, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

why does it feel like we just lost game 7 again..yeah no question we can score in some games but Theo can only do so much when guys are allowed to skate in our zone and our team turnsover the puck so much...I hope Bruce can re-light the fire under these guys -- Brooks said it best that you need heart not just talent and obviously we haven't shown any heart lately..excpet Semin who has really stepped it up since being call out on the penalties

Posted by: capsgary | March 4, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

TY, NUMERO94,, YEAH CJ, ask the Canes how they felt sittin in first all season only to have carpet yanked after game 82, definitely demoralizing

Posted by: bhound69 | March 4, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

@cainoo-
wouldn't we be giving up 2 contracts (equivalent of nycholat and wilson) and only taking back 1 (leopold)? i am too lazy to look up how the contracts thing works.

Posted by: passerby | March 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

It's demoralizing when the bandwagoners weren't there 4 years ago when we weren't even talking trade deadlines deals.

The Flyers let up...right. Give us some credit now.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 4, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

What's demoralizing is being mediocre the entire season by being near .500 & not making the playoffs & dumping salary.

Remember '04 much?

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 4, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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