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New Lines

Sorry for the delay today, but I was live chatting and have been playing catch up ever since. Anyway, Coach Bruce Boudreau has put together some new lines and defensive pairings today.

Here's how they look:
Forwards
Ovechkin-Fedorov-Semin
Fleischmann-Backstrom-Fehr
Laich-Nylander-Kozlov/Clark
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley/Steckel
Defense
Poti-Morrisonn
Erskine-Green
Schultz-Jurcina

So far, the focus of practice has been -- surprise, surprise -- the power play and penalty kill.

More later.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 30, 2009; 1:21 PM ET
 
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my response to the line combinations/shuffle at forward...


...WOW!!!!!!! I'm not sure what to say to this. I do like that RED ARMY LINE though.

Posted by: dcox50 | January 30, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I hope we see a more aggressive approch on the PK. I would love to see our guys pressure the point and make the other teams PP not have too much time on what they want to do!

But I can only hope!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | January 30, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

WTH is this? Let's give everyone new linemates so nobody (nylander) can complain about line shuffling?

*sigh

This has been probably the most frustrating thing about this season for me. We are over half way through and it feels like BB doesn't know who should be on what lines when healthy.

Like the d-pairs though. 52/4 has been solid.

Posted by: FFSEnough | January 30, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I am not a big fan of those lines, but I AM happy to see Fehr getting a shot at top 6 ice time based simply on the fact he plays his butt off and you'd have to think a couple of his dozens of chances will find the back of the net before too long.

Personally, I'd like to see Flash, Laich, and Fehr reunited for a few games and see how they do. They looked decent last season and that was before Flash found all his confidence and Fehr began showing a consistent effort nightly.

Posted by: Jeff_ | January 30, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

could you tell us who was on the PK? Are OVI and Semin still on the PK?

thanks

Posted by: mauree | January 30, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

weird - hope this doesn't stick

i never liked ovy/semin on the same line except a couple shifts a game to switch it up. Seems like there aren't enough shots to go around with them on the same line and having them on diff. lines allows for a more balanced attack.

Posted by: 202-206 | January 30, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

World champs line gonna beat ass.

Posted by: _jordan | January 30, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

count me among those who would prefer Semin on the 2nd line.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Lots of games coming up, so expect rotations in the bottom 6.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

That second line is going to produce if Bruce keeps them together.

Posted by: Matt_L | January 30, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Can we do something with Fehr if he doesn't get it going with top 6 minutes?

Posted by: _jordan | January 30, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd almost swap Fehr and Semin. Ovie needs someone who will get a dirty goal and put in his rebounds. I know thats asking a lot of Fehr but he always plays so hard and is supposed to be a goal scorer. Give him the opportunity.

Posted by: ThePat | January 30, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I love the top line. That is Russia's Gold Medal Line, aka the Red Army line. I would love to see them in the playoffs, even just for a few games in the first round.

So far that line is 1-0 in the NHL, and 6-0 at the WC's.

They also won an additional game in overtime, though they were just together for 1 shift in the 4-on-4 situation a week ago, they managed to get it done.

Hopefully that, along with Sergei's added motivation, will be enough to chop the Red Wings down in size on the weekend.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Boudreau goes back and forth between thinking "scoring is contagious and if I put Semin with Ovi I increase my chances of getting some scoring started" and thinking "if I put Semin on the second line now I have TWO lines with an insanely dangerous scorer." I don't blame him for alternating on those strategies. Right now, they aren't scoring much, so try plan A. When they get to the point where secondary scoring is the issue, try plan B.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 30, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's gonna be interesting. I can see pros and cons for keeping the lines this way, but the biggest con I can see is the ease of shutting down both Semin -and- Ovechkin by playing the line-match game.

Of course, Boudreau could be fooling all of us, and it was just for the one practice.

Nothing's set in stone... er... ice?... until the game's over.

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

what is so wrong with OV, Backstrom and Kozlov? Keep Semin with Fedorov and Laich and the 3rd and 4th lines can rotate around for all i care.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 30, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

By the way, just noticed Fehr's spot on the second line. Big opportunity for him to shine, and for the young guns to gel together and show their stuff. If that line does not get it done, simply swap Fehr with Laich...then they will get it done.

Kudos to BB for these moves.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 30, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Random comment. If I am playing the off-D for the Wings tomorrow and OV has the puck coming into the zone I am ready to jump his cross-ice pass that is sure to come. He has been pulling up at the line and looking for that pass for a couple weeks now.

The fact that Semin may be on the other wing wouldn't suggest his decision making is going to change. While Semin and Ovechkin (and Fedorov for that matter) work well together they definitely appear to defer too much to one another at times.

Not that this is news to anyone here.

Posted by: Jeff_ | January 30, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I am all for seeing just wtf e fehr can do with consistent top six ice time.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | January 30, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

BB really likes the Erskine-Green combo. Not sure why... By putting Backstrom on the 2nd line, do you think he'll think about shooting now? ...Interesting line combos and I wonder if it has to do more with matching up against the Red Wings or possible tinkering to permanent.

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | January 30, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm another one who is not a fan of putting 8/91/28 together. While is sounds cool in theory, they don't seem to find the net as much as when all of that fire power is on one line. This bit 'em before ... I hope it does not bite 'em again this weekend.

Greg/Kitty:
Responded to you on the previous thread. :-)

Posted by: Boo- | January 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

capsfansince74, I do really like the Semin-Fedorov pairing, that is perhaps the best pairing in terms of pure chemistry on the Caps' team. O-B-K is awesome and they will probably get back to it at some point, but adding Ovechkin to the Fedorov-Semin pairing is simply to good to be true.

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

I know said earlier that I like the top line because I think it can be deadly, but I would like to see balance as well and have Semin on the second scoring line. Maybe Fehr will excel with Backstrom setting up Flash to shoot and Fehr there to clean up the mess in front and bang in the rebounds. Glad to see his going to get his shot, though.

Posted by: dcox50 | January 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree with everyone that Semin should be on the 2nd line. However, I am intrigued by the idea of Feds centering the first line. It will be nice to have someone who can consistently win faceoffs on a line with OV. I don't get to watch many games living in Philly, but from the few that I have seen, it appears like the 1st line often loses the faceoffs and that effects the amount of time the puck is on OV's stick which is where it needs to be. Another observation, Clark is looking lost alot of the time, probably attributed to the amount of time he has missed, but he seems like a shell of the player he used to be.

Posted by: Beggarsandthieves | January 30, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Boo- they did sputter before before a few great games, but that was with Backstrom as the center...they are 1-0 so far with Feds centering that line (2-0 if you count the OT win).

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 30, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

just thought of this - with a month to go before the deadline, you think BB is showcasing Fehr? He might be used in a deal...

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | January 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin-Fedorov-Semin

Really? OK...

Posted by: Section117 | January 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

why does fehr deserve top 6 icetime? yeah he has played hard, but so does bradley and gordon. fehr hasnt showed me anything that deserves that he is a top 6er

Posted by: _stevo | January 30, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

regardless of the lines - tomorrow is gonna be fun!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 30, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I like it, in theory. We'll see if Fehr can contribute in a 2nd line kind of way.

I think the 3rd line could do really well against some tired defenses too, with Laich making trouble in the crease and Nyls and Kozlov playing keep away - if somebody will take some shots!

Posted by: yosemite_sam | January 30, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@capsfansince74, I guess I should clarify one more thing. When I said:

"I do really like the Semin-Fedorov pairing, that is perhaps the best pairing in terms of pure chemistry on the Caps roster"

I meant that they have responded to each other's presence to the greatest degree. For example, does anyone recall the player that Semin was before Fedorov moved to DC? Yeah, neither do I...

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 30, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, in this case I think its the right move to shuffle the lines. 5-on-5 we've been stagnant, and even the top line what has been together for a long time wasn't producing. There are many positives:

- Ovechkin & Semin always have energy when playing together. But with Backstrom, it becomes too cute. Feds can manage the flow more consistently.

- Kozlov is the only player on our team that seems to have some chemistry with Nylander.. that line still won't finish, but they should be able to keep possession and put pressure on the opponents.

- Any lineup where Clark and Bradley are on the bubble is good. They are nice guys, but from a pure hockey sense, they are not adding anything to the team. Fehr and Steckel are far more useful players already, and have a ton more upside.

Posted by: VladG | January 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

@Boo- - Shredding = what a cat does with its claws. ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

But Shultz-Jurcina scares me - slow and slower!

Posted by: yosemite_sam | January 30, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

@DrAdamson,

38 goals, 2006-7. With that said, I agree that Fedorov has only helped Semin since he came to town.

Posted by: _jordan | January 30, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@VladG - You make an excellent point about the Ovechkin-Semin-Fedorov line. He is a stabilizing influence on the other two, and those two need it when on a line together.

Speaking of Fedorov:

Go to: http://capsroadcrew.com/ and print out the "91 I am Legend" sign and bring it to the game! They want to do an unofficial Fedorov tribute on Saturday, since he got most of his 475 goals as a Red Wing. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

i think federov has helped semin a great deal on and off the ice. keeping them on the 2nd line is perfect. keeping OV, Backstrom and Kozlov on line 1 works for me as well.

maybe put that russian army line together on the pp but kozlov works best with OV.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 30, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

And OH JEEZ! We have to cheer for *Pittsburgh* tonight?! They're playing the Devils... Can't let NJ expand their lead!!!

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I would be ok with the Caps being in third in the East if it means the Devils beat the Pens and the Pens don't make the playoffs.

Posted by: _jordan | January 30, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Beggarsandthieves:
See your point about faceoffs. In NHL 2009, federov wins almost every faceoff. Same with Boyd. Backtrom: so-so. Nylander: Horrible (but at least his passes always connect to set up lots of pretty goals so i play him as left wing with fed centering him and semin).
OK back to REAL hockey..

Posted by: 202-206 | January 30, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

- Any lineup where Clark and Bradley are on the bubble is good. They are nice guys, but from a pure hockey sense, they are not adding anything to the team. Fehr and Steckel are far more useful players already, and have a ton more upside.

Posted by: VladG | January 30, 2009 2:02 PM

Disagree with Brads not adding anything to the team. The guy plays with a lot of energy and puts shots on goal, granted his skills are not all-star caliber but he does a great job of pressuring the other team and wearing them down.

Posted by: CapManJ | January 30, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

In Bruce we trust

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 30, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, well, the Flames are right on our tails, too, and they play the Predators tonight...

The Rangers, also right on our tails, don't play tonight, but they play Boston tomorrow.

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Steve_R | January 30, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Eh.. as long as we win the division, being 2nd or 3rd conference seed is not that big of a deal, IMO. If that's what it takes for Pens to miss the playoffs, its fine by me :)

Posted by: VladG | January 30, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

This is puzzling. I think everyone else has hit on the potential high points and low points of a 8-91-28 line. Could this be a way to get an additional advantage with the last line switch thing? Trying to temper who is up against Lidstrom and Rafalski all the time?

I am actually surprised that it is Bradley/Steckel vs. Brashear/Steckel. Personally I think Steckel has a lot of PK and face-off upside to him and I am not sure that we need Brash's skill set against Detroit. If we do, I would think Brads or Erskine could cover. Is this a shoots left vs. right thing (Guess that is a long way of saying I would like to see Steckel get a sweater but do not understand why it is Bradley on the bubble vs. Brash)?

Schultz and Jurcina scare me. Two very big guys that sometimes are not so good with the puck and not always as physical as their size would allow.

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 30, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

stevo,
Fehr has a rep for being a scorer from his AHL days. As much as I love Gordo and Brads I don't think either would described themselves as a scorer.

IRTR,
Nah, lets go Devils. We can catch them later, I'm all for Pittsburgh missing the playoffs.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I dunno.. you need a lot of toughness in your lineup to play against the bruising Red Wings.

Oh wait..

Posted by: _jordan | January 30, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Steckel get a sweater but do not understand why it is Bradley on the bubble vs. Brash)?

Aaron Downey got recalled by the Wings and played last night. Guessing that might be the reason, but like everything else, that's speculation.

Posted by: Section117 | January 30, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Steve,

Simeon Varlamov (16-5-0 with Hershey) will be recalled and assume the No. 1 role heading into the post-season.

Throwing a rookie into the playoffs? Not sure it's the right move... I'd rather call him for some quieter games at home around the end of the regular season (if we're in good position).

Posted by: mauree | January 30, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Simeon Varlamov (16-5-0 with Hershey) will be recalled and assume the No. 1 role heading into the post-season.

^No way that happens

Posted by: CapManJ | January 30, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

This takes pressure off of Backstrom, a move that has worked in the past, and will hopefully get him going.

This gets Fehr into the line-up in a place he can get going and prove his value.

Obviously, Clark and Steckel are the odd-men out here, which makes sense. BB has been in a tough position all year with Clark (when he's been healthy) since he has been underperforming but is at the same time the captain of the team. I think having Clark compete with Kozy for a jersey (rather than Fehr) is more palpable to a verteran captain like Clark and more politically correct in the room.

All the same, I miss the Hanlon-era Chris Clark.

Posted by: dml1077 | January 30, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I've lost more good shirts and pants to cats. Mostly due to their kneeding. Had to replace furniture, too. Seems my cats never liked a scratching post. :/

I know that players need to be able to skate and connect with everyone on the team at any given point. We're 49 games into the season and have played with 52 line combinations (seemingly).

With out Bruce, we got nothin', but jeez let me take a line to the bank for once!

Posted by: Greg S. | January 30, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't know what wall that Varlamov thing bounced off of, but it sounds dubious at best.

Preparing to eat my words...

Posted by: Greg S. | January 30, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@kim-3

you raise a good point. With the defensive pair of rafalski and lidstrom, you know they are going to be out against our red line. why we are putting (most) of our eggs in one basket is beyond me but thats why im not an NHL jack adams award winning coach.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 30, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Caps will deal Johnny and then Varly will push Theo as they head into the playoffs. Dealing Johnny could make sense since he is at the end of his contract. Is Johnny a UFA or RFA after the season?

Posted by: dml1077 | January 30, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think Steckel AND Gordo should get sweaters while we work out these PK issues. They are both solid defenseive forwards. I would also 86 the offensive forward on the PK. Sit 8 and 28 for the PK and use Laich, Clark, Bradley, as the other forward.

Varlamov might very well be NHL ready from what I've seen. He might also be playoff ready. But really, that's a pretty high risk move to do at the deadline. Maybe they deal Johnson and try Varlamov out for awhile and see if works on a time sharing deal with Theo, and if not send him back and bring up cheese to back him up. But the idea that they would just throw Varlamov into the playoffs willy nilly is close to absurd.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 30, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I was at practice today, I must say the Russian top line looked like it worked, a lot of direction and talk between Feds and Semin. And on defense, I am sad to see Karl go, but Poti is ready. And Pothier was on the ice working with Brash for a good amount of time - both looked sharp. Hopefully today's practice is a good sign for tomorrow's game!

Posted by: abuddy2004 | January 30, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

my response to the line combinations/shuffle at forward...


...WOW!!!!!!! I'm not sure what to say to this. I do like that RED ARMY LINE though.

Posted by: dcox50 | January 30, 2009 1:29 PM

@dcox50:

Already taken...How about the Troika Line?

I always thought it would be cool to hang a banner at VC containing a portrait of 8/28/25/91 (done in the Socialist Realism style).

It would have a caption--in Russian, of course--reading either Герои Революции (Heroes of the Revolution) or Герои Хоккейной Революции (Heroes of the Hockey Revolution)

Cool or what?

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 30, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Johnny's UFA, and that would make sense to move the Iron Curtain up to the Caps. To be a #1, though, in the run for The Cup doesn't make a lot of sense to me. And that's why, like richmondphil, I'm not an Adams winning coach either.

Nor am I a GM, but I play one on the computer...

Posted by: Greg S. | January 30, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - Probably not to a Russian.

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - Especially since Fedorov defected from the USSR to come and play in the NHL in the first place...

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Can someone teach me how to get to Tarik's chats w/o requiring someone on this board posting a link? I can never seem to find it, otherwise. i just don't know where to look.

Tarik, can you start posting the link to your chats here? I guess I just missed the whole thing about getting to the chats on my own.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | January 30, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

oh, wait, i found it in Katie's post. Sorry.

Still, how else do you find it?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | January 30, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if the person writing about Varlamov just got confused. He may not be coming to take the #1 spot, but he may be coming to take #1's (ie Johnson's) spot.

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 30, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

ANOTHER goaltender controversy?!? Sweet.

IRTR:
Good point and, based on Greg's more recent post, maybe he did mean shredding?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | January 30, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

And as far as Backstrom being moved around, let's hope it helps him get back into the groove, he's been spotty as of late in my book.

Posted by: abuddy2004 | January 30, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

@ abuddy2004 said:

I was at practice today, I must say the Russian top line looked like it worked, a lot of direction and talk between Feds and Semin.

And that was, what, 3 vs 3, friendly interteam game... I also understand that Brashear got 3 goals? It's about time that BB puts him on the Powerplay....

I don't disagree that the line may click but your reasoning is .... well, you get my meaning.

Posted by: atybat | January 30, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

@202-206

The reality is that Fedorov is winning over 55% of his faceoffs while Backstrom is only winning 46%. While I know the chemistry between Backs and OV is great, I think it will be interesting to see how many more opps OV gets if the Caps have the puck in their control more.

Side Note: I've only been playing Be A Pro mode recently and I have twice as many goals as OV. So I guess I should be playing RW on the Caps first line.

Posted by: Beggarsandthieves | January 30, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

DrinkingPartner, I just follow the "Discussions" link on the front page. Or you can use the menu bar on top, it's under News. The Discussions page should have a list of all chats for the day.

Posted by: koalatek | January 30, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@Boo- - That depends; it might well have been a typo; shedding vs. shredding is a fairly easy one to make... or it could be a double entendre... or... yeah, LOL!

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Apologies Buddy, that was yesterday. Still, that's even worse, a line clicking at practice...., really?

Posted by: atybat | January 30, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Boo-

I used to do audits (internal, not IRS) in an IG's office. I've learned to cover the bases pretty good. So I covered Shedding (the intended word), and shRedding. So I'm good. :D

Kim-3

That does make more sense, but it didn't read that way, did it?

Posted by: Greg S. | January 30, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Clark and Brash sit this one out. Brash is not needed against Detroit. Clark does not provide much of anything.

Posted by: CapsFanSince1979 | January 30, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: _stevo | January 30, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I think these lines are good. The only thing that could make them better would be to dump shultz off the face of the earth and put alzner back with jurcina. That pairing was really good earlier.

Posted by: JSeagull1 | January 30, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

That Varlamov rumor is interesting. I doubt he would be coming up to start full time at this point. Even though Theo is playig well, it could be a good salary cap move trade him. Maybe they feel that the combo of Varlamov/Johnson with reinforced D (Kaberle and/or Alzner) is better than Theo with weaker D. I could buy that.

Posted by: makplan20002 | January 30, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

CapsFanSince1979:

I would like to see brash against detroit. that numbnuts Downie might try to fight him again. Remember the last time? If not, youtube it.

Posted by: makplan20002 | January 30, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

is Bruce trying to slow down Backstrom's numbers so he won't get bonuses? :D

Posted by: rh71 | January 30, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

It must really suck to be Michael Nylander right now. Switching lines again!? No wonder he isn't playing so well.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 30, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - Especially since Fedorov defected from the USSR to come and play in the NHL in the first place...

Posted by: irockthered | January 30, 2009 2:48 PM

@irockthered--

To clarify:

When I said "Socialist Realism", I was referring to an overall artistic STYLE similar to that of some of the propaganda posters seen during the Cold War...you know, the kind with Marx, Engels, Lenin, et al. looking away to the horizon, etc...

In other words, I'm all for artwork casting 8/28/91/25 in such an heroic tableau.

That said, I definitely DID NOT mean to suggest inclusion of the hammer-and-sickle or any other Soviet-era ***emblems*** in said banner.

As far as the caption is concerned, I simply thought we--as an intelligent fan base--could do far better than simply writing English words with some of the letters backwards (e.g., "ЯUSSIAИ MACHIИE")...

I hope that I've made clear that absolutely no offense to anyone is intended from my suggestion. However I might also offer the following to keep things in perspective:

Many years ago, a person's life could be totally ruined by merely **suggesting** that that person knew someone, who knew someone else, who knew yet another person, who may have considered attending a Communist Party meeting ONE TIME to chase after some random girl while in college...

That was beacuse--at that time--Communism was regarded as a dire threat not only to our American way of life, but perhaps our very existence.


Nowadays, calling someone a Communist is tantamount to calling them a fool, because most of us now regard Communism less as an ideology of evil than as simply a failed economic theory.

(of course there are also those who might argue that Capitalism isn't looking so hot right now either).


but I digress...


Bottom Line: My whole idea is NOT intended as a promotion of what history has shown to be a repressive and brutal regime. Rather, as an enthusiastic expression of the high esteem in which we hold our Russian stars, as well as a recognition of (and respect for) where they come from.


Like it or not, they ARE our Heroes, and they WILL Revolutionize the way the rest of the NHL looks at DC.


'nuff said!

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

As long as I can wear my Semin jerseys for at least two years, I'm good with whatever line he plays on. I'd love to hear what magic that Red Line makes together in tomorrow's game. Sadly, I'll be following your posts since I can't watch the game, seeing as how LA doesn't think this Caps game is important enough to show on tv. I wonder why. =P

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 30, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

@_jordan:

Good point!

Posted by: DrAdamson | January 31, 2009 2:45 AM | Report abuse

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