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Neuvirth sent down; Holtby recalled

Jose Theodore will be backed up this afternoon by Braden Holtby, not Michal Neuvirth.

Neuvirth, I'm told, has been sent to Hershey so that he can qualify to play for the Bears for during the Olympic break. If you recall, it's the same thing that happened to Karl Alzner earlier this month.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 31, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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Hopefully Jose plays well today, although it would be interesting to see Holtby. Random thought.

Posted by: carlton46 | January 31, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

hello Holtby

Posted by: elicea | January 31, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

How 'bout that? Personally, I'd just as soon have no reason for Braden to play.

Posted by: Sonyask | January 31, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Bye Neuvy ;(

Posted by: rachel216 | January 31, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"Interesting Phaneuf gone, Souray hurt. This changes things as far as the Caps trade rumors. What do you think now?"

Posted by: kcbrichmond

Hey! There's still hope for Scott Niedermayer. Who cares if he's old, he brings some of the best playoff experience of any NHL defenseman aside from Lidstrom.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 31, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It's on you Theo, more power too you.

Posted by: zosodave | January 31, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Since we've been discussing the integrity of the NHL, would any other pro sport allow someone with a felony conviction to be a head coach? Especially a conviction for "financing a nationwide sports gambling ring?" Think it was a one-time error in judgment? Seven weeks after his conviction, Tocchet played in the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Gambling is legal in Vegas, but is this the kind of guy any pro sport that is concerned about its reputation for integrity would allow to be a head coach?

All you pollyannas out there, spare me.

Posted by: zmega | January 31, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

This had me very confused for a moment lol.

Take it to 'em, Theo!

Posted by: j762 | January 31, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Per twitter:

Depending on when Semyon Varlamov is ready to return, it's possible Michal Neuvirth won't be returning to Washington anytime soon.

Posted by: elicea | January 31, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Like it, called it. Hard to imagine messing with the win streak but, it is still early enough and the Caps are doing well enough to give Holtby a shot. Theo missed some time with an injury, Neuvy brought his stats back up, and Varly is probably almost ready. A solid game or two for Holtby could open the door for a trade. One that would allow one of the 3 hot rookies to get a cherry position with a NHL team.

Basically you have a top team fighting for perfection as the 10 game win streak suggests have 3 rookie goalies demanding ice time from a solid winner of the NHL's version of a MVP trophy (Hart plus the Vezina for best goaltender won by Theodore). Anything short of a championship would be a disappointment for the Caps. But a Calder Cup and some strong NHL stats from the 3 rookies would have to make for good press and a favorable trade for the Caps.

Posted by: chavez66 | January 31, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

anything short of a championship a disappointment? Not for me. Beating the Pens in the conf. finals is my prime goal, winning the SC would be nice but I won't be too disappointed. I'd also like another Hart for Ovi...but maybe that's getting greedy.

Posted by: rjma1 | January 31, 2010 11:42 PM | Report abuse

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