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Motzko Sent Down

No official word yet, but Joe Motzko was putting his sticks and equipment bag in his SUV when I pulled up to KCI this morning. Guess that means Alexander Semin is coming off IR.

Also, the power play units were on the ice a half hour early for some additional practice.

Update:The third and fourth lines are a little different. Here's what the combos look like today:

Ovechkin-Kozlov-Clark
Backstrom-Nylander-Semin
Pettinger-Gordon-Laich
Brashear-Steckel-Fleischmann

extras: Sutherby, Bradley.

Update:I had a brief interview with Semin (through an interpreter) after practice. So look for a story in tomorrow's Post.

McPhee said that Semin won't come off IR until tomorrow morning, just to make sure, but that he's confident Semin will be able to play against the Lightning.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 23, 2007; 10:18 AM ET
 
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Comments

So either Suts or Matt Bradley returns to the lineup...

Posted by: 20008 | October 23, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I just hope Semin is 100% fit. Not even 99%.

Posted by: Finn | October 23, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

After seeing Motzko slip and trip on banana peels all night long, Saturday night, this can only be a good thing ; )

Posted by: Don-Ald | October 23, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Flash on the 4th line? Really? With Brash and Steckel? Interesting line...doesn't seem like the styles of those 3 really match up well at all.

Posted by: Jeff | October 23, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

The new lines make more sense. Clark will add some grit to the first line, and at the same time Laich on the third line is a good fit (He even looks like Clark). Go Caps.

Posted by: brajole | October 23, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If Semin can play on the RW on the 2nd line, why can't he do it on Ovechkins line???

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

we don't need grit on the first line, we need a real right wing with skill who can bury some chances. Clark is good player, but he doesn't belong on the top line on any team trying to compete for a playoff spot.

This team continues to try and plug square pegs into round holes instead of going out and getting something that fits or makes sense. It's nice to see some money spent in the off season, but at some point you need to jetison the peices that don't work and pick up some that do.

Maybe there just aren't any good trades out there to be made. Or maybe they just aren't looking, I guess we'll never know. I wouldn't sign an extension to stay with this monkey business, so I don't expect OV to either.

Posted by: enough already | October 23, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Fleischmann on the fourth line was my only real "Whaaaat?!?" when looking at those lines. I'm gonna be weird about them on a whole until the whole "no center on the top line" thing is finally over (however it happens to stop), but putting Fleischmann on the 4th line seems so random. What does he bring to that line that's even remotely complementary to those linemates?

But then again, the way the fourth line gets treated, it's basically the same effect as scratching him at that point. We, at least I, keep hearing all this talk of balancing lines, but that seems to stop after the first two. The fourth line for the Capitals seems to be as close to the press box as a player can get while still wearing skates, what with the amount of ice time they seem to get.

Posted by: Goat | October 23, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, could you comment on why the switch of Backstrom and Semin from RW to LW and vice versa?

Posted by: stepguybrian | October 23, 2007 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Semin a natural LW?

Posted by: Finn | October 23, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Goat, I agree with you. The 4th line really is just a line on paper and nothing more. Steckel ends up getting close to 10 minutes a game, if not more, due to his faceoff ability, and his PK time. Brashear goes out every now and again, but certainly doesn't get a regular shift. Flash could end up seeing less than 5 minutes a game, which really seems worthless. I am no Sutherby fan, but at the same time it seems like he could make more of an impact with 5 minutes of ice time than Flash (maybe throw the body around a bit, has a physical presence, works in the corners). But really, it doesn't even matter. The top 3 lines on this team are going to get at least 50-55 minutes of ice time on a typical night.

Posted by: Jeff | October 23, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

off topic - remember our great coach Butch Cassidy? The one that was probably the biggest reason for the big fire sale that Caps had? Well after Chicago Blackhawks gave up on him as an assistant he took a head coaching job in OHL. Well guess what - his team went 2-9 this season and he got fired even from there :)

http://www.tsn.ca/chl/news_story/?ID=221216&hubname=

what an excellent choice for a coach GMGM!

Posted by: me | October 23, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Any idea why are 2 best playmakers (Back and Nylander) arent playing with our best finisher (Ovechkin)?

Posted by: Sean | October 23, 2007 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom is more comfortable on the left; Semin told me he doesn't mind playing the right side.

Posted by: Tarik | October 23, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Clark showed last season that he belongs on the 1st (or 2nd) line. His skill level is underated and he can indeed bury some chances. And I would not undervalue the importance of leadership and grit. I bet Ovechkin doesn't either.

Posted by: sam | October 23, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

thank the gods. if i have to sit through another game with motzko on the powerplay, i think i might go frackin' crazy!

seriously though...these are about as good as our lines are going to get (though I still would like to eventually see backy at center on the second line with kozlov and nylander on the top line).

Posted by: dan dc | October 23, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, any chance of Frolov coming to Washington?

Posted by: M- | October 23, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

tarik, at what point does backstrom get a tryout at pivot on the first line? his little behind-the-net-blind-drop-pass would land well on ovechkin's stick...

Posted by: pgreene | October 23, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Hey me, I mean you, you know how me is:

I saw that story as well. Cassidy can't even coach in the OHL. Wow I bet GMGM would love a muligan on that one.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | October 23, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@Sean: My only guess on this is that Hanlon doesn't think Backstrom is ready to play center. When he's ready in Hanlon's opinion, he'll probably move up to first line in between OV and Kozlov. At least that's the common consensus on the blog...

You don't want to put both of them together because there'd be too much passing and not enough shooting. In Hanlon's system, we'd ideally have one guy who's a sniper/stick handler, one playmaker/passer, and one guy who will stand in front of the goalie or dig in the corners.

This is why I think the lines will eventually be:

OV/Backstrom/Kozlov
Semin/Nylander/???

with that ??? being filled with someone who can skate and isn't afraid of the corners. This might be Laich if he ever shapes up to be the player we've all wanted him to be since we got him. Otherwise it'll be Clark and Laich will be on 3rd line.

Posted by: Raber | October 23, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Not that I am 100% taken by Hanlon's system. I'd like a line that was all speed & playmaking that I've seen on other teams. There's the kids lines on Chicago & Atlanta, what Buffalo had last year, Tampa Bay and their snooty frenchman & french canadian, really a bunch of teams have this type of line.

But not with our current coach behind the bench - he's yet to try something like that (not that he necessarily has the personnel to).

Posted by: Raber | October 23, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

So is it Hanlon or needing a top-shelf right-wing that has led to this fairly lousy start? I think that the team is doing a good job with puck possession again, but just not scoring. It seems that Semin back and buying a RW, like Frolov, are the answers. If the Caps continue to lose into November, then find a new coach.

Posted by: Jim | October 23, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

In a nutshell, both McPhee and Hanlon are clueless. Very simple....

Posted by: Puckguru | October 23, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

yet you, puckguru, all clued in, can't get a job in the NHL.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Flash will be shortly behing Motzko.. one-way deal or not.

They schould have car-pooled together

Posted by: ButterSchultz | October 23, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

After watching last nights game between Boston and Montreal, the problem clearly is Hanlon. Boston doesn't have top skilled players and their PP did a fantastic job of setting up and blasting shots from all over. Lots of quick passes, every player moving his legs and making the defenders get off their mark. Im still waiting for a call from GMGM to be brought in as a power play specialist :-)

Posted by: Eric | October 23, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

How is it Hanlon? You dont think he wants the guys to pass like Boston was doing and take point shots with more accuracy? I'm pretty sure he's not telling them to stand still. He called them out last week when he told them not to just wave their stick in the crease. he said someone had to stand IN the crease, blocking the goalie. Its not his fault that they dont actually do it.

Posted by: ?? | October 23, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

It is his fault. When the players aren't responding to what the coach tells them, you either get rid of the players or coach. Its a huge problem if they players wont respond to listen to their coach. I dont think its the players since we dont seem to have the type of guys that would purposely disobey the coach. Since Hanlon has arrived, the PP has looked the same. Our 5-3 are pathetic as we just make passes back and forth. I like Hanlon but im really starting to think we need to bring in a guy with more experience who knows how to get the players to respond

Posted by: Eric | October 23, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are still just 1 proven #1/2 line goal scorer away then we will be set you put a A.Frolov or A.Kovalev on one of our top 2lines then u put Clark back on the 3rd line and we are dangerous...

Posted by: ZackAttack | October 23, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah!

Posted by: I LOVE KOVALEV | October 23, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

God this is getting old, if you all really knew so much, you would be in the NHL but you have no clue, no wounder we aren't a "hockey town" all we do is complain. we are 7 Games into the the season people frickin chill, and if Motzko is so bad, why does he have something alot of caps players don't A RING!!! none of the caps problems are his fault. So stop the complaining and be happy we even have a hockey team, cause one day we may not.

Posted by: Stop the Complaining | October 23, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Uh Eric, I watched that game too. You are say that If the Caps display the same "good" power play, you would accept the same score (Montreal 6-1). I think not!

Posted by: A Hardwick | October 23, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hanlon needs to tell the PP to start moving their feet. It seems like the guys all just stand around when they don't have the puck, and they're so predictable - pass to ovechkin for a one-timer or pass to the point for a shot. no creativity.

And people calling for a trade for Kovalev (or Frolov) need to wake up and see that Kovalev doesn't solve our problems. He's way too expensive and too old. Frolov...I doubt the Kings would give him up, especially considering we probably don't anyone worth great interest. Eminger? Sutherby? Those guys don't get you very talented players.


And to "Stop the complaining," Motzko has a ring because he played 4 games in the SC playoffs last year for a grand total of zero points. He's clearly an AHL guy who has some worth as a spot call-up if absolutely needed. But as a first line RW, and a power play guy at the point of all places? No way. He botched 3-4 plays on the PP on Saturday so thank God Semin is coming back...he adds a whole new dimension to our offense.

Posted by: Tyler | October 23, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Semin a lot. He gets a bad rap that I think he does not deserve. Thanks, Tarik.

Posted by: jim | October 23, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey you guys touting the Boston system, they lost , what was it 6-1

Posted by: billd | October 23, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

At least with Semin in the lineup we will get new hope. I just pray that he is 100% fit

Posted by: Finn | October 23, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Not sure why people are surprised Flash is on the 4th line. He doesn't seem to be the pest Hanlon wants on the 1st line, Semin is back on the 2nd and there's no way he going to be on the checking line.

Posted by: tallbear | October 23, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey the STOPTHECOMPLAINING... if we didnt care we wouldnt complain..

The fact is Motzko, was/is and always will be a fringe NHL-er... Not a guy you should have on the point of your PP, with Pothier and Green on the bench.

Motzko does have a ring and much credit be given to him for that. But that doesnt make him a PP QB either. The fact is this organization has tried to fill holes in the past with these types of players hoping for a miracle in a bottle... i.e Kip Miller, Ivan Ciernik, Terry Yake, James Black, Patrik Augusta, Benoit Gratton, Patrice Lefebvre, Joel Kwiatkowski, Craig Johnson, Bates Battaglia, the list... goes on.

Posted by: ButterSchultz | October 23, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

We are doomed. The Hanlon experiment went wrong.

Ovie should have the best center and it is Nylander.

And put Backstrom to his natural position.

That's all I ask. :-)

Posted by: alexovetjkin | October 23, 2007 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Enough Already, you said it all. Putting Clark on the first line is taking 1 step forward by taking 3 steps backwards. McPhee, take some pointers from Paul Holgrem, he took over a pathetic team last year, and with some TRADES, has that team into a big time contender. I am not blowing the Flyers, cause I hate them, but they know how to run an NHL team.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | October 23, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Im not saying Boston is a better team or anything of the sort...but their sole goal was a PP one and thats more than we can say for the most part. Regardless of the score, their PP looked much more effective than ours

Posted by: Eric | October 23, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Semin on Ovie's line doesn't necessarily make sense. There's only one puck. Clark up with Ovie isn't a bad idea - it worked before and he's crashing around creating turnovers and crease distractions might be a good complement. Besides, he's just enough of a scoring threat that the D have to keep an eye on Clark, which frees up Ovie from the constant double and triple teaming he got Saturday (and other games). I'd love to see Nylander up there, though.

Posted by: teetering on the brink | October 23, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Just took a quick peek to see if there is an update, and voila - thanks Tarik! I guess its human nature to start taking things for granted, but at least most of us can still remember, every now and then, a time when Caps would've been lucky to get 1/5th of this coverage.

Anyway... Flash and Steckel together on a line tells me that maybe the 4th line won't be a mere afterthought tomorrow, which could be nice, since the Caps desperately need a spark from somewhere other than the top-6. Or the top-1, as the case might be.

Flash basically spent his previous games adjusting to two fairly unique players in Ovechkin and Nylander, so maybe the role of the main creator on a line will be a fresh breath for him. Although, the O2 is running out.. I would've liked to see him with Backstrom a while little, but he's got to use whatever chances he has left...

Frolov would be a very useful addition to any club, but I'm sure it would take at least one quality prospect or player (supposedly, goalie) to get him, and I don't think the Caps would be willing to pony up what it takes.. Flash/Eminger/Sutherby/etc are not going to cut it..

Posted by: Vlad | October 23, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I think Clark on line 1 is fine... the chemistry hasnt been there on lines 1-2 and line 3 as well... something needs a shakeup and stacking lines isnt necessarily the way to do it.

Posted by: ButterSchultz | October 23, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I just want to see if Semin actually is the missing link -- i'm not counting the terrible performances by both Atlanta and Carolina.

Maybe he is.

Tomorrow night can't come soon enough.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | October 23, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

i still think it's the red uniforms....

Posted by: Lee | October 23, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Seriously,

I don't remember who said it, and I'm too lazy to scroll up, but I tend to agree that it seems Hanlon does not have any sort of systme/philosophy. He might have been a good coach during the rebuild, but not to take them to the next level (that being the playoffs.) He is not a motivator, he is someone who works well with AHLers, and that is where we found him.

And I know he had something to do with the red....

Posted by: Lee | October 23, 2007 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Vlad- I agree, it takes more than Sutherby for a trade. We have a lot of draft picks for this years draft though. And they want a little goalie help...

Posted by: 007 | October 23, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

GMGM: You want answers?
Bloggies: I think we're entitled.
GMGM: You want answers?
Bloggies: We want the truth.
GMGM: You can't handle the truth.

Posted by: GMGM | October 23, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

(after the end of last season, Leonsis meets Ovechkin and his mother)

Leonsis: Hey Alex, Hello Mrs.Ovechkin!

Alex: Whazz-uuup boss!!

Leonsis: Just wanted to show you guys the nice shirt colors we're considering, here..

Ovechkin's mom: (ignoring the drawings) Zey vill be red!

Leonsis: But..

Ovechkin's mom: (crushing a basketball in her palm) Red! Do you speak Inglish? Go wash ears and soap!

Leonsis: (retreating) ..yes ma'!m.. I mean, great, so I'll see you guys in September.. (runs away)

Posted by: Vlad | October 23, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

i don't know what you guys are talking about...i love the new red jerseys

Posted by: fullright | October 23, 2007 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The purpose of Flash on the fourth line is two-fold. If during the game Semin pulls up lame with the ankle, Hanlon can re-insert Flash on the second line for Semin. Second, Hanlon might double shift OV on the fourth line a couple of times. Otherwise, after a couple of shifts with the fourth line in the first period and maybe once in the second period, don't expect to see Flash out there again unless the team is behind in the third by more than one goal.

Posted by: Monty | October 23, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

yea the whites are great, i especially like watching them LOSE EVERY GOD DAMN GAME THEY PLAY IN THEM!

Posted by: reds are better | October 23, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

except that first game, right?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

and the 3rd game vs. the Islanders?

Posted by: Jeff | October 23, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I was so excited about signing Nylander. I thought finally, Ovie has a center. But NO, they go and screw this one up.

Posted by: Ivanka | October 23, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Vlad that had to be the dumbest dialogue between leonsis and AO's mom. Why would she be mad at the color of the jerseys being red. This may come as a surprise to you but that is the color of the russian jerseys too being an olmpian I think she might approve.

Posted by: Luis | October 23, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Luis, you are clearly illiterate.

As for the Caps, they'll finish 26-43-13....maybe get a few extra points in SO losses. They'll get another talented winger who all of us will be infatuated with....who they will proceed to keep in juniors for 3 more years. Bouchard and Perrault will play next year in the ECHL and get a shot at the AHL in 2010.... Fehr will never skate again for the Caps. And we'll be sitting in front of Tarik's blog wondering when GMGM finally gets fired. Have a good day everyone.

Posted by: Rob | October 23, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

the point is she mandated them being red, for exactly that reason, Luis.

Posted by: the point | October 23, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I am, actually, really concerned for Fehr.

It's entirely for the wrong reasons as I only want him to play (not be healthy to be healthy), but I really want Fehr to get better so he can come dazzle us with a 50-goal season.

Is he skating, even? Or is he rehabbing? I know that they don't know anything as to why he's hurt, but, i mean, is there ANYTHING?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | October 23, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

poor poor Luis. He'll never be able to post with that name again.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 23, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

i work a block away from the new NHL store in Manhattan, and have been there a few times since it opened up a few weeks back.

When asked, the sales people told me the Caps red unis were a hot item. I have to admit, they do look quite good until you see the pric tag!

Believe it or not the NHL store had sold out of a lot of Caps merchandise!!!

Could there be many closeted Caps fans in Ranger's country??????

Posted by: Genotype55 | October 23, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Geno: Hah, I'm one of them..

But (a small) part of the explanation could be that there are lots of Russians in Ranger country, so a red Ovechkin jersey has additional appeal.

Myself, I like both Caps' shirts..

Posted by: Vlad | October 23, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Flash on the 4th line? Really? With Brash and Steckel? Interesting line...doesn't seem like the styles of those 3 really match up well at all.

Posted by: Jeff | October 23, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I was so excited about signing Nylander. I thought finally, Ovie has a center. But NO, they go and screw this one up.

Posted by: Ivanka | October 23, 2007 03:56 PM


I actually think that Backstrom will move up to that 1st line as a center once he gets more comfortable with the NHL.

Posted by: Roydell | October 23, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I actually think that Backstrom will move up to that 1st line as a center once he gets more comfortable with the NHL.

Posted by: Roydell | October 23, 2007 06:54 PM


Backstrom isn't even a center, why would they think of playing him there on the first line, doesn't make sense to me...Put Nylander with Ovie

Posted by: Ivanka | October 23, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Ivanka, Backstrom is a center. They just put him on the wing. I won't dispute putting Nylander with Ovie though. Anything is worth a try right now to get the team going.

Posted by: Larry | October 23, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

backstrom is a center. the caps need a legit rw and hanlon is on probation until early november. if he can't get the team to win, he's history

Posted by: Jim | October 23, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute, Raber!

Hanlon has a system??? And for cryin' out loud, don't tell us that Cassidy is available. Crickie, GMGM will try to re-sign him!

Eric -

A few days ago I commented on the aenemic PP. How the Caps passed the puck around the horn in a nice orderly fashion. I had mentioned that my mother-in-law could have followed that puck passing and be in position to take the shot. What I didn't mention is that she's never been on skates, and she's 89 years old.

The Pens, on the other hand had a tight pass across ice to a one-time shot and a goal. We can't seem to do that for some reason.

To Stop The Complaining -

Listen to Coach Wilson on FSN (http://fsnbayarea.com/SharkByteVid.jsp). It's the 3rd clip. He talks about their loss to the Avs on the 7th. He says you have a few new players and you're trying to help them adjust to their new mates. The only thing a coach can do is to adjust the lines until things work.

He also talked about how if they had won their last game of the season and the Ducks lost their last game, the Sharks would have won the division. Their playoff slots would have been different and they could possibly have won the cup. If they had won the games in October that they should have won, they wouldn't have had to worry about winning the last game, and hoping that the Ducks lost theirs. One game. All 82 games are important. That's why Atlanta replaced their coach after 6 games. Not in December, not November. With the league as it is, you can't wait long to fix issues. "These games count just as much as the ones in March and April."

Which brings us (or rather me) to trades. There are trades to be done, and GM's are looking to make a deal. To get Frolov, you need a ready goalie. That's what they're shopping him for, or at least that's what the scuttlebut says.

GM's are paid to make deals to improve their teams (GMGM - read that as, "You are paid to make YOUR team better"). So, when you recognize a deficiency in your team, you see how to fix it. So you shop around and see what's available. It's not like there's a beginning bell for trades like on Wall Street.

And Vlad! Too funny!

Posted by: Greg S. | October 23, 2007 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Very nice article with Semin, Tarik.

Posted by: Hayley | October 24, 2007 6:32 AM | Report abuse

i tell you again: nice writing style. really enjoied the semin article this morning

Posted by: Helge | October 24, 2007 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Great Semin article this morning. But, it raises a question I've had: Now that Zubrus is gone, who's the unofficial interpreter on the team? Ovie's English is fair, at best. Is it Kozlov, or is the "unofficial" job still open?

Posted by: old time hockey | October 24, 2007 9:34 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S: Well if he's telling them to stand in the crease and screen the goalie, obviously he has some kind of plan... right? Perhaps I should've put "system" in quotes :-P

When we see Nylander on first line, it'll be because Hanlon sees the axe coming. If we lose that game, he will be fired. He might even be fired anyway. I just don't see Hanlon mixing it up like that unless someone else (who has control over his job) tells him he's got to try it.

Backstrom on first line when he's ready - let's all just hope that's soon.

Posted by: Raber | October 24, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

FYI - it was really Leonsis who's responsible for hiring butch cassidy..... He was wowed by his confidence and supposed "good looks", although the guy had proven nothing.

I don't think the GMGM was completely on board with that choice

Posted by: JB | October 24, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Tarik-

I heard RW Brandon Bochenski is on waivers. Any news that GMGM might pick him up? Thanks.

Posted by: WW | October 24, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

As long as we're talking line combos, why not role four lines and double shift OV. Get our best forward out every other shift. He'd love the extra ice time and if he needed a breather in the third, they could rest that whole line.

Posted by: tokyo fan | October 24, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Why we don'T put Semin on the first line and on the first Power Play. Ottawa put all their best player on the first line why we don't do that?

Posted by: Paul Morin | October 24, 2007 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Paul - because that would make sense.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 24, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Brandon would be nice on a 3rd line. he's a scorer, not a passer according to scouting, though last year in 31 games he had 22 points. 11 each on goals and assists. Have to wonder sometimes. So, why would you not play him? Makes you wonder what's going on in bean-town.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 24, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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