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Neuvirth To ECHL South Carolina

Just in from Bears beat writer Tim Leone: Michal Neuvirth is headed to South Carolina of the ECHL.

Earlier this week, it appeared the Caps planned to loan Neuvirth out to another team, perhaps another organization's AHL affiliate. Apparently, they've decided to go in another direction -- at least for now -- with the young goaltender.

I hope to get some more details on the decision tomorrow.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 17, 2008; 7:53 PM ET
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I just hope Neuvirth takes it well (don't tell any body but goalies can be a little flaky).

Posted by: uncatim | October 17, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: m | October 17, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow i hope this doesn't count as another hit to Neuvirth's confidence. Being traded all those times really did a number on him last year I hope this doesn't do any more damage.

Posted by: DC FURY | October 17, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

He's got talent down there with him that would be AHL for any other organization. I think he'll be okay.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 17, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Woods is going to be bashing some heads during intermission. 5 on 2 for the Phantoms...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 17, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

scratch that. 5 on 3, with a penalty waiting...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 17, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys... free customization for jerseys on today only.

I hate it when they do this to me.

Posted by: Jordan | October 17, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

does this mean that the organization has little confidence in Theo??? So when Varlamov gets called up Neuvirth can easily go back to Hershey?

Posted by: sean | October 17, 2008 8:58 PM | Report abuse

How does one get such a judging gig?

Why are you picking on Steve? I don't recall him saying anything that led me to believe that he had a "Napoleon complex" ... what has he done to you, my friend?

I think we may need to meet before the game for a group hug! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 17, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Some years ago a young goalie came down to Norfolk then the Caps ECHL affiliate and I suspect that he may have felt slighted at the time. He proved himself, gained experience under a legendary coach, John Brophy, and played for a winning organization. I think Olie Kolzig benefited from his time in the "Coast" and with the right frame of mind Neuvirth can also.

Posted by: Jamie | October 17, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know the score of the Bears game?

Posted by: Jason | October 17, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

4-4 late in the third. Osala tied it up a couple minutes ago.

Posted by: Jordan | October 17, 2008 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Check that!

Dean Arsene scored and there's like 45 seconds left.

Posted by: Jordan | October 17, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Bears win 5-4 in regulation!

Varlamov sounded really good toward the end. Arsene had a Gordie Howe hat trick. Bears win despite giving up NINE powerplays.

Posted by: Jordan | October 17, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Woooo! Go Bears!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | October 17, 2008 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Deano doesn't score often, so that one was huge. Go Bears! Can't wait for the home games this weekend.

Posted by: tess | October 17, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Someone asked about Bourque's impact on the salary cap. I believe that we have around $733,000 give or take. Didn't I see that Steve R., or was it Sombrero Man?

Anyway, it's over 700K. Bourque takes 633. I'm not about to calculate the per day rates going on here, but we have room. Not a lot, but room none the less.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 17, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Excited about seeing more Feds on D. It's great that Bourque is getting a shot. He's earned it.

The injuries are rough, of course, but man I'm feeling good about the depth we've got.

Looking forward to tomorrow's game. Being a native Michigander, I will never forgive NJ for '95 and I take extra pleasure in rooting for the Caps against them. As though I needed an excuse to cheer extra hard for the Caps...

Go Caps!!!

Posted by: Muff | October 17, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Sean, your observation is spot-on: having Neuvirth in SC means he can easily come to Hershey when Varlamov is called to DC.

Posted by: OrderedChaos | October 17, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I think that like many here, GMGM and BB have little faith in our situation in net. JT has good years and bad, this one is starting out BAD! Johnnie has had a number of chances to take the #1 spot away from Olie and just never stod up, I have my doubts he can justify a starting position now, unless it is just by comparision to JT. I have a hunch that they wanted to keep our goalies in the system so that it will be easy to replace a Caps goalie who can't seem to close his 5 hole. Who would of thought we would end up with a bow legged goalie? But then I have a feeling a phone call would get You-Eh real cheap right now!

Posted by: Bob | October 17, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Its a good thing this league is not run by a bunch of armchair GM,s like some of you guys
i.e. Bob

Posted by: ArmChair | October 17, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

So Armoire

What am I wrong about? I take it you are a You-Eh fan! There won't be many of those left in Chi Town at the end of the season!!!

Posted by: Bob | October 18, 2008 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Its a good thing this league is not run by a bunch of armchair GM,s like some of you guys
i.e. Bob

No kidding...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 18, 2008 12:16 AM | Report abuse

@Greg S (repost from a couple threads ago)

If Chris B gets called up, we lose $633,333 (Chris B's salary)/186 (number of days in the NHL season) for every day he is on the roster. Every day Bourque is on our roster we lose $3405 in cap space, even IF he replaces a LTIR player. The exception only kicks in once we hit the ceiling.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 17, 2008 12:59 PM

According to most estimates, right now the Caps have a little over $700K projected for the end of the season. Every day (day not game) Bourque is on our roster eats away $3,405 of that surplus.

I'm happy for him, can't wait to see what he does tomorrow night.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | October 18, 2008 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Kinda funny that the Caps dominate the Flyers in the pre-season 5-1, REALLY dominate the Canucks and come back from three down versus Pittsburgh after Feds goes back to defense. The other two games? Fedorov's other games on D. Jurcina looked like he could play for cryin' out loud (Feds was his partner). I'm no NHL coach, but, I'm thinking 91 should stay back there.

Posted by: Joe Say | October 18, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Anytime red-white-and-blue beats up on a Flyer is a good time to me:

Posted by: RobMonroe | October 18, 2008 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: RobMonroe | October 18, 2008 5:06 AM | Report abuse

Any time that someone in red-white-and-blue beats up on a Flyer is a good time in my book!

Posted by: RobMonroe | October 18, 2008 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Sorry for the triple post - having computer issues at 5 am on a Saturday. Silly light sleeping daughter!

Posted by: RobMonroe | October 18, 2008 5:42 AM | Report abuse

My Opinion Varlamov has a ways to go before he is ready to move up. Remember Goalies take longer to develop I honestly think you would see Machesney before Varlamov because of experience. Seriously would you want to replace a shaky veteran goalie with a shaky rookie Goalie and hope to make a run at the cup?

Posted by: Chad | October 18, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I think it's still a bit early in the season to be pulling goalies (or anyone else). Maybe I'm the only one who is seeing Theodore's puck handling, rebound control, and communication with his defense improve in every game he's in? He was damn near perfect in the last two periods in Pitt. I would have preferred to play him tonight, to give him every opportunity to work on that while the season is still young.

But I'm not the Jack Adams coach, nor have I been playing hockey all my life. What do I know? Maybe he's trying to give #1 the opportunity to take the #1 spot.

Like a lot of people here, I like Feds on D. A lot. He is making magic happen back there, there's no doubt about it. He makes everyone back there look good when he's back there. The whole game is just a little cleaner. Someone mentioned he says he likes playing D because he gets more ice time and he gets more time with the puck. I say let him.

My turn to be an armchair coach. Wonder how close this line looks to Boudreau's:

Ovi - Backstrom - Bourque
Semin - Nylander - Laich (why break up a beautiful thing?)
Flash - Gordon - Clark
Brashear/Bradley - Steckel - Bradley/Fehr?

Not sure about the last line?

Mo - Green
Schultz - Erskine
Fedorov - Jurcina


Posted by: this space for rent | October 18, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse


Amen! Varlamov is waaaay to green to make the move up yet. He was hurt much of camp and both of his Hershey starts have been very shaky. People need to be patient and give him time to develop and give JT time to settle in and find his game. Let's trust BB to know what he's doing.

Posted by: tess | October 18, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Maybe we just need to tell our goalies to start 20 minutes early. Seems they settle down after the first period.

Posted by: tallbear | October 18, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't able to post after the game the other night, but I don't really blame Joe-Say for any of the goals he gave up. First was a wierd/unlucky bounce that the NHL enables the Pens to have, the second I believe he was screened on, and the third was on a BS 5v3, off of 26's skate. He played strong otherwise.

I was very pleased with the resilience to come back, with the fans, the pens, and the refs against us.

Mauree, have fun in my seat tonight!

Posted by: Leeguru | October 18, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Was it me or did 14-15-16 look really good a the end of the Pitt game? And I'm no fan of 14 or 16! Not sure how we can keep them together though.

Posted by: Phil C. | October 18, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

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