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NHLPA Releases Statement

Here's a statement from the NHL Players' Association on today's steroid allegations:

"The NHLPA and the NHL have a program in place that subjects all NHL players to up to three no-notice tests for performance-enhancing substances. In addition, our members are tested during international hockey competitions. These are unspecific and unproven allegations, so it would be premature to comment further at this time."

-- Paul Kelly, Executive Director

For league/team/player reaction, go here. And check out the Nationals Journal for team president Stan Kasten's response to the report.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 27, 2009; 6:14 PM ET
 
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The thing about the KHL is that its culling the weak out of the herd, so to speak. There are guys that just don't command as much money anymore. Federov isn't worth 4 million next year. But a KHL team willing to pay that almost makes it stupid to turn down. Tax free? That's almost a no brainer. It will begin to draw European talent too. The money's good, and Russia aint so far from Slovakia, Czech republic, Sweden... its no further than Toronto to Tampa, or Vancouver to Atlanta. NHL talent, even aging, puts butts in the seats, and more players offered huge sums may begin to venture over.


Posted by: oo7 | May 27, 2009 3:56 PM |

Just to point out again, players can go over there and sign for a bunch of tax-free money, but that doesn't mean that they are going to see that money. In their very FIRST year of running, the KHL has already had a redraft. Yashin commands quite a large contract from Lokomotiv, but he didn't see all of it. In fact, most players saw their signed "contract" prices cut in half.

Like I said, Metallurg is a somewhat stable club, but they were still affected heavily by the redraft.

Maybe a guy like Fedorov is somewhat immune to it, like Yashin was, but still...most players got paid about half of what they signed.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The fishy thing is he said "many teams and players" but wouldn't name any specific teams or players but he would name the Caps and the Nats? Strange.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

KHL cut their "cap" by nearly half for next season also limited the number of non-russian born players again as they did in the super liga. This all adds up to a total mess and a grab for aging big name Russians from the NHL. I have had my theories and ideas for awhile but I am patiently waiting to see what happens. Including a certain Russian Sabre who happens to be on his own next season, seems to only play well with a host of other Russians - Wants to stay in NHL but many rumors from KHL swirl...

Posted by: hannah8 | May 27, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

As long as it isn't Ovie, I don't care a whole lot. Say it ain't so, Ovie.

Posted by: ejohnsto | May 27, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

the whole thing is just beyond strange.

(its been the off season that keeps on giving when it comes to news, huh?)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I'm discounting this steroid crap as the suspect's attempt to get 15 minutes of fame. I'm taking it as utter bull until proven otherwise.

As for the KHL business - that's rumor mill, too, until it's confirmed. Kozlov is confirmed; we'll be OK without him. Fedorov and Brashear are still rumor only, and until I hear it from their own mouths, that'll be where it stays.

I just wish the media would quit blowing this crap out of proportion.

Posted by: irockthered | May 27, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Huet playing out of his mind in the first period for the Hawks. Wow. Chicago fans have him to thank for the game still being scoreless.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

irockthered: Yeah, maybe the guy wants attention but why would he randomly name two Washington teams? Incredibly weird.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

@rachel216 - Ahhhh... crap. And if he wins the series for them, we'll have to put up with the pile of bullsh** that "we should have kept him and blah-blah-blah..." :-p

Good try for diverting the conversation, though.

Posted by: irockthered | May 27, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

rachel, because he's from Pittsburgh :)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

irockthered and rachel216: Agreed.

Everyone: Hi. :)

(Mostly posting just to point out that I'm still alive ... ha!)

Posted by: GregAnnapolis | May 27, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

hey Greg!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Never a dull moment for the Caps off season!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 27, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

its certainly been the strangest off season I've seen in quite a while.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

All we need is another Mikail Tatarinov...

Posted by: joek443 | May 27, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Hey Greg!
Watchin' the game? Huet has been *gag* unbelievable. COME ON WINGS!!!

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Huet will break at some point. He always does.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:15 PM | Report abuse

oh god, Blysma's on my TV. What did I do to piss off the sporting gods that the Penguins made the SC finals and I've had to endure get another incredibly stupid debate concerning gymnastics? (please, someone help me give up that addiction. Nastia Liukin fans make Penguins fans look highly educated, well spoke, and possessing superior intellect)

/completely off topic rant.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie: Great point.

Hi Greg. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Huet will crack sooner or later.

Go Red Wings, beat the Penguins! They will be my second favorite team if they beat the Pens in the finals. =)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I knew none of you would remember Mikail Tatarinov... LOL

Posted by: joek443 | May 27, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

what does bringing up Tatarinov have to do with any of the conversations currently going on?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"Nastia Liukin fans make Penguins fans look highly educated, well spoke, and possessing superior intellect"


Well spoke? lol. Priceless!

Posted by: PensFan98 | May 27, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

joe:
With all due respect, you seem to think that no one here knows anything. I was not sure what your point was in mentioning him so I didn't have anything to comment on. If you care to elaborate I would be happy to respond! :-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie,

I can talk about whatever I wanna talk about, you're NOT in charge here.

Also I hope the Pens win the Cup becaue if you're gonna get beat, you wanna get beat by the eventual champ. That's the WINNING attitude. All of you sound like petty losers. This is just hockey, not war.. the Pens aren't your mortal enemy. The sooner you folks realize that the better.

Posted by: joek443 | May 27, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Wings score!!!!!!!!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Aaaaaaand, Huet cracks ... woo hoo!

Tarik:
I was reading something on another blog about the steroid story and you will be happy to know that it references CI "the best source for updates" (http://puckcentral.blogspot.com/2009/05/capitals-steroid-scandal.html). Always good to see you getting your props! :-) Anyway, I pulled this entry from the blog - pretty funny:

"If it is true, who do you think are the most likely users? Donald Brashear? Chris Clark (has been doing a lot of rehab for injuries the past few seasons)? My guess...Alexander Semin - remember that fight with Marc Staal from earlier this season? The one where Semin started playing the drums on Staal's back once they were on the ice. There is now an explanation for that - roid rage ;)"

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Fedorov's last shot at the cup was this year. He didn't produce or keep up enough to justify the money in the NHL, but the KHL will happily pay it. Fewer games, back in the ussr, humble amount of dough and a pacemaker year on the Caps, 18 year old russian girls ready to welcome him home...man this guys mind must be swimming.

Kozlov gone and Fedorov gone take the Russian contingent down a few notches, even with Varly in. What effect will that have in the locker room? What effect will it have on the remaining Russians?

Posted by: oo7 | May 27, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

No, I'd rather watch the Wings win again because I like how they play hockey and I like how their organization is run.

And I can't tell you what to talk about, but you can demand of us that we discuss Tatarinov? well, what would you like to discuss about him?

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Huet didn't really crack, it was a great deflection by Dan Clearly. Huet couldn't do anything there.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Joe, dude, why do you go there? Of course you can talk about whatever you want to talk about - no one said you couldn't. The point is, we didn't know what your point was. So unless you are clear, please don't be surprised if no one responds. And no response does not mean that we don't know who you are talking about or that we don't know a thing about hockey. I, for one, grew up with the game in the great white (American) north, have been a Caps fan since the late 80s, have been a STH for years and have been on this blog almost as long. So if you wanna talk hockey, I'm all in. But if you want to resort to name-calling and the like, I'll pass. Alrighty? It's all good just stand down - you're among fellow fans.

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

rachel216:
I prefer to think that he cracked! :-) Osgood, however, did not crack ... ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Hawks score :(

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Joe is making sure we're not saying bad things about the Pens. =)

Joe: Yeah, you're right, this is hockey, not war, but we can still hate the Pens and hope the worst for them. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I meant Cleary, not Clearly. :)

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't hate the Pens. I just don't want to see Crosby get the Cup before Ovechkin.

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 27, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Emrick might have a heart attack himself.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

What about Mikhail Tartinov? Do you have a point to make, or are you name-dropping to try to come off as knowledgeable and older?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Huet with two huge saves that just saved Chicago's season. WOW.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Wow...

what a ridiculous save by Huet.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

hopefully overtime ends real quick.

Snipe snipe, Zetters!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Joek, aren't you the kid that tried to tell me that the Pens/Philly rivalry was more intense in the 90s than Pens/Caps? lol. I also remember your reasoning. "Pens/Caps is not a rivlary because the Pens won 5/6 playoff series..it was one-sided! But wait...when the Philly stomped the Pens EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY PLAYED EACHOTHER in the 90s...it was a rivalry!" playing each other 3 times in a decade, and one team losing all of them = rivalry, but teams playing each other 6 times in a decade is not a rivalry because a team won 5/6 times? Do they teach formal logic in elementary school now?

You also mentioned how much you hate Hartnell, etc With no mention of the Legion of Doom or ANY older guys. Weird, since the Legion of Doom terrorized your team all during the 90s.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I guess all the Hawks fans bashing Huet after game 4 love him now after this game.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Huet with 41 saves. Amazing performance. Only a great deflection gets by him.

Posted by: rachel216 | May 27, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Toews have a terrible playoff beard! Hope he gets to shave real soon. Go Wings.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 27, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

As a Caps fan during the 90s, I hate the Pens. One of the better rivalries in the 90s.

But I still defend Crosby, Malkin and the Pens on here all the time. I posted how the Pens will win the East and how they are easily the best team in the East..and consequently get a lot of crap for that here. Posters like you, joek, make me regret having to defend your cry baby.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

So now Huet finally gets his act together.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 27, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I can't type. Toews "has' a terrible playoff beard.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 27, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

When will we just accept the fact that Pens fans actually like Caps blogs and talking to us. They come on here all the time to read and comment.

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | May 27, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Every goalie has a good game now and then.

God, I hate Huet.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Tess, I was thinking the same thing about Toews! The moment I saw him, I muttered "is he kidding?? mutton chops?? he's only 12!!!!" I guess he's trying to be like Wolverine? ;)

Posted by: BlondeCapsFan | May 27, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Pens fans come here because no one actually comments on their (few) blogs. Of course, no one comments on pens blogs because Pens fans are too busy hanging out on Caps blogs....

Its a vicious cycle. Help a pens fan break it by directing them to the nearest penguins blog. Only you can save a pens fan!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

speaking of people who look like they may be doing drugs....Mike Emmrick is totally tweaked out

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

You guys do know Toews is actually only 21 right?

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

RedBirdie, if they are so fascinated with Caps blogs, then they should just move toward the light and admit their pent-up desire to cheer for the Caps! We accept all converts.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 27, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

This is like a Wings PP.

Oh wow...there it goes.

Repeat of last year.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Phil, my brothers had more facial hair in high school than many of these players who are 20+ years old.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 27, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

The Wings WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

I'll ask again.

If the Pens win the Cup will Hossa sign with them next year?

LOL.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

my brother had a Zetterberg style beard at 16. It was gross.

However, it works on Zetters :)

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Pens don't have the Cap room to sign Hossa.

besides, Detroit? Totally going to win this. Just wait until Crosby gets Kronwalled: http://a323.yahoofs.com/ymg/ept_sports_nhl_experts__32/ept_sports_nhl_experts-802119135-1243465237.jpg?ymVo1UBDRC0.YF5j

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Nice job, Detroit. Way to finish off things! Helm scores after missing his previous shot.

Okay Wings, it's time to clean the clocks of those cold weather Antarctic birds.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 27, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Um...I am fully aware of that.

Do you not see the hilarious irony? Hossa goes to finals with Pens...gets offered 9 mil to stay....turns down to sign with Wings to get a cup for 7 mil....loses in cups finals to the team he left so he could win a cup...

I guess I can't make any jokes on here.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand the mentality of the trolls who hang out on other team's blogs. Like SC1907, SC87, Windjammer, and all the Pens fans who are hanging out on this blog.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 27, 2009 10:28 PM | Report abuse

phil, I got what you were going for, but, you know, with the well known cap problems in pittsburgh.....

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Pens fans would consider it just desserts for Hossa if the Pens beat the Wings when Hossa left to get a Stanley Cup. However, I think the Wings are a much classier organization and a team I have more respect for. Okay, the Pens have some great players but they are .... filthy.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | May 27, 2009 10:41 PM | Report abuse

My honest opinion;

Wings in 6. Just like last year. This year's Pens team is much better from top to bottom, but so are the Wings. And I think their defense has looked much better than last year's. As long as their guys can stay healthy, they (Wings) will be fine.

Crosby or Malkin will be neutralized. Will force Bylsma to shuffle lines like an ipod. Hossa will be fun to watch. Hopefully Datsyuk returns healthy and tears it up, as it will deepen my man-crush for the best Russian center man playing the sport of hockey.

And as RedBirdie said, someone WILL get Kronwall'd, though I doubt it will be Crosby.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

the Pens have some nice talent, but unfortunately it comes with whining and crying.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully it'll be Orpik who gets Kronwalled.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 27, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Also, by neutralizing either Crosby or Malkin, the other one will go on another insane scoring spree.

Osgood or Lidstrom for Conn Smythe.

Also, Green is lucky the playoffs aren't considered for the Norris. Lidstrom will take that hunk of medal again if it was...

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully it'll be Orpik who gets Kronwalled.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 27, 2009 10:49 PM |

I can support this.

Orpik or Cooke please.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Last minute entry- Kunitz.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 27, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Awh - not Cooker!

Posted by: --Boo-- | May 27, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately, Dats was reportedly seen wearing a fracture boot :( Maybe he'll be back, though.

Maybe Zetters will find his scoring touch....

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

if Kunitz gets Kronwalled right out of the playoffs, I'll buy a krownwall shirt.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

After the steroid guy got arrested I haven't seen SC1907 on here, has his identity finally been revealed?

Posted by: Osfan092589 | May 27, 2009 11:21 PM | Report abuse

well, if it was SC1907, that would go a long way towards explain why the Caps and Nats were seemingly so randomly singled out!

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

You are allowed 21 skaters and 2 goalies. I put only 19 skaters, leaving room for 2 additions, and included estimates for Fehr, Gordon and Sloan (who is UFA).

Ovechkin 9.538
Nylander 4.875
Semin 4.600
Clark 2.633
Backstrom 2.400
Laich 2.067
Bradley 1.000
Fehr (Est - RFA) 0.900
Gordon (Est - RFA) 0.900
Flash 0.725
Steckel 0.725
Beagle 0.688
Aucoin 0.500
S/T 13 Forwards 31.551
Green 5.250
Poti 3.500
Pothier 2.500
Alzner 1.675
Erskine 1.275
Sloan (Est - UFA) 0.750
S/T 6 Defensemen 14.950
Theodore 4.500
Varlamov 0.850
S/T 2 Goalies 5.350
Total 21 Players 51.851
Cap Space (Est) 57.400
Available 5.549

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 28, 2009 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Here, I went ahead and added Osala and an estimate for Jurcina so you have a full compliment of 21 skaters and 2 goalies, all made from within the organization. I excluded Morrisonn and Fedorov, not expecting them back.

Ovechkin 9.538
Nylander 4.875
Semin 4.600
Clark 2.633
Backstrom 2.400
Laich 2.067
Bradley 1.000
Fehr (Est - RFA) 0.900
Gordon (Est - RFA) 0.900
Osala 0.735
Flash 0.725
Steckel 0.725
Beagle 0.688
Aucoin 0.500
S/T 14 Forwards 32.286
Green 5.250
Poti 3.500
Pothier 2.500
Alzner 1.675
Jurcina (Est - RFA) 1.275
Erskine 1.275
Sloan (Est - UFA) 0.750
S/T 7 Defensemen 16.225
Theodore 4.500
Varlamov 0.850
S/T 2 Goalies 5.350
Total 23 Players 53.861
Cap Space (Est) 57.400
Available 3.539

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 28, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Last year, at the draft, McPhee traded Eminger and a #3 for Philly's #1. That turned out to be a shrewd move, as Carlson was the player taken with the acquired pick.

I can see them doing the same thing this year with Jurcina and Morrisonn. That could be two extra #1's if McPhee can find trading partners.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 28, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

All of this conversation about Fedorov and kozlov truly amuses me. What's funny is that so many of you would very much prefer they both return. JESUS! WHY? for what earthly reason? Neither is "Championship timber." Certainly, Kozlov never was. And, the other guy is ( AT best ) not even a reasonable facsimile of what he once was.
The root problem with most on this board ( Not to mention George McPhee ) is your fascination, and acceptance of mediocrity. The Eric Fehrs, Tomas Fleishmans, Tom Potis, and Nick Backstroms of the world are great examples of this. YES, I DID SAY YOUR CUTE LITTLE BLOND POSTER BOY, "Nicky." For MY MONEY he's vastly overated. VASTLY. "Why?, you ask. Well, for starters he's S L O W as hell. I'm talking woefully turtle slow. Secondly, he's one more with little fire in his belly, and certainly lacks any and all desire to "Mix it up." Basically, he's a gmgm "Special." He LOVES guys like "Nicky." Although I've seen NOBODY other than Puckguru willing to touch the topic, the kid IS NOT 1ST. LINE CALIBRE. Nort in MY book. But, you idolisers are hopeful George will sign him to a 13 year contract. Dear God!
you guys ( The majority of you ) wouldn't recognise a first line center if you tripped over one. Unfortunately neither does that lame assed George McPhee. There'll be NO CUPS in D.C. as long as he's here. Book it!

Posted by: Puckguru | May 28, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

if Kunitz gets Kronwalled right out of the playoffs, I'll buy a krownwall shirt.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 27, 2009 11:08
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RedBirdie, if you make the road trip to Hershey next week you'll get to see the younger Kronwall. He hits just like his brother!

Posted by: tess2201 | May 28, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

tess2201: I'll be making the trip to Hershey next weekend, my first of the season. What do you know about the Moose? All I really know is that they have a great logo.

Posted by: uncatim | May 28, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

@puckguru

Backstrom not being the real deal is comical.

He is not a high flying hard checking grinder, but has vision and calmness that is an awesome thing for a goal scorer to skate with.

I guess you though Adam Oates was a bum too?

Backstrom has done nothing but rack up points, get nominated for rookie of the year, and play in every game...what more do you want? You want him to drop the gloves?

Posted by: SA-Town | May 28, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Just to ask, is Carlson now a better "prospect" the Alzner? Carlson has shown alot in the very brief time we have had him, but he still has not plyed a second on NHL hockey. But at this point it seems like Carlson may be higher on the charts then the King is....what do you fans think??

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | May 28, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Don't know if Carlson is better than Alzner, but Carlson, Alzner and Finley could be half the Caps defense in 2-3 years.

Posted by: MReilly9 | May 28, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

@uncatim: The Bears didn't play the Moose at all this year, but they were pretty much the best team in the west all season. Their big star is Jason Krog, who starred for the Chicago Wolves in the Cup finals last year. So far this year he has 7G, 11A in 16 games. I tried to listen to some of their playoff games online but they started late because of the time zone and I usually fell asleep in the 2nd period!

@Capsfannmiss: Just in what I've seen, Carlson has passed Alzner on the depth chart in my opinion. He is very good all around.

Posted by: tess2201 | May 28, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

All of this conversation about Fedorov and kozlov truly amuses me. What's funny is that so many of you would very much prefer they both return. JESUS! WHY? for what earthly reason? Neither is "Championship timber." Certainly, Kozlov never was. And, the other guy is ( AT best ) not even a reasonable facsimile of what he once was.
The root problem with most on this board ( Not to mention George McPhee ) is your fascination, and acceptance of mediocrity. The Eric Fehrs, Tomas Fleishmans, Tom Potis, and Nick Backstroms of the world are great examples of this. YES, I DID SAY YOUR CUTE LITTLE BLOND POSTER BOY, "Nicky." For MY MONEY he's vastly overated. VASTLY. "Why?, you ask. Well, for starters he's S L O W as hell. I'm talking woefully turtle slow. Secondly, he's one more with little fire in his belly, and certainly lacks any and all desire to "Mix it up." Basically, he's a gmgm "Special." He LOVES guys like "Nicky." Although I've seen NOBODY other than Puckguru willing to touch the topic, the kid IS NOT 1ST. LINE CALIBRE. Nort in MY book. But, you idolisers are hopeful George will sign him to a 13 year contract. Dear God!
you guys ( The majority of you ) wouldn't recognise a first line center if you tripped over one. Unfortunately neither does that lame assed George McPhee. There'll be NO CUPS in D.C. as long as he's here. Book it!

----------------------------------------------

Wow! just Wow. are you the self proclaimed oracle? get off your high horse and engage in civilized banter. are you a Pens fan?

Posted by: Redwolf1 | May 28, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

@Puckguru: You are far from a hockey guru. To put Nick Backstrom in the same class as Eric Fehr and Thomas Fleishman is flat out ignorant. Yes you are ignorant. Backstrom has 21 points in 21 playoff games and was 10th, TENTH, in the league in scoring this season. He averaged 1.07 Point per game and only finished 15 points behind Crosby (seems to be the bar even though he finished 3rd in scroing). He is also outstanding in our zone.

I am so tired of self proclaimed experts making stupid statements. Before he leaves Washington he will be key in winning a couple of Stanley Cups, and will also land a Selke or two.

I agree with you on Fedorov and Kozlov but if you were being serious about Backstorm, I say again, you are ignorant.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 28, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

By the way puckguru(?) Backstrom (88 points)smoked his Calder class from last season. Toews (69 points) and Kane (70 Points). During this season's playoffs Backstrom may have had less goals, but had more points than both of them too. Backstrom (14 games, 15 points, +3), Kane (16 games, 14 points, -9), Toews (17 games, 13 points, -1). Backstrom is quietly becoming a superstar, and YOU don't even see it. You are S L O W, and have no fire in your belly.

Posted by: fanohock1 | May 28, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tess!

Here is a new Neuvirth photo for Rachel:

http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2009/05/bears_begin_calder_cup_finals.html

Posted by: uncatim | May 28, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: uncatim | May 28, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

uncatim: LOL! I saw that pic of Neuvy yesterday and I thought of Rachel right away!

Posted by: tess2201 | May 28, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

@Puckguru

I get it, you are making a joke about Backstrom, right? I am sure you are not seriously trying to lose the little credibility you had left by making your assertions so, it must be a joke or an attempt to troll us...

Say it ain't so Jimmy!

Posted by: atybat | May 28, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

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