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Nylander: "It's A Good Situation" (Updated)

Michael Nylander is back - and he's not planning on going anywhere.

The veteran center confirmed moments ago that his Potomac home was put on the market, but he also was quick to say the sale has nothing to do with his status with the Caps. In fact, he said, the Nylanders are probably going to end up keeping the house.

"My wife thought that [Potomac] was too far away," Nylander said. "She wanted to be closer to things, in Georgetown. But we're here now. I'm happy where I am, but my wife wanted to move. But I think we are going to convince her to stay [in Potomac] because it's good for our [six] kids, a good area to go to school and play hockey. If we move downtown, maybe not."

"We got back two days ago. Everyone is jetlagged, but back in school."

I also asked Nylander about all of the trade rumors (Vancouver, New York, New Jersey, etc.) that surfaced over the summer. He acknowledged that he heard them, but he said he's not worried. And for good reason:

"I have a no move clause in my contract," he said. "So it's really up to me if I want to move. I want to stay here and I'm looking forward to the season. There's lots of rumors about lots of players all the time."

Nylander also said he's not thinking too much about which line he'll play on this season. (If you remember, I reported earlier this summer that the coaching staff has him penciled in on the third line, skating between, Tomas Fleischmann and Chris Clark, rather than on the first or second line with one of the Alexes).

"It's out of my control," he said. "Coach made good decisions last year. I'm sure he will do the same this year, and I expect lots of myself. I expect to be back to myself from the injury."

"You always want to play as much as possible, but performance will tell where everyone will play. So I am not worried about it."

So overall you're happy here in Washington?

"Yeah," he said. "It's a good situation. Last year was a big year for this team, and with the new confidence, we should be ready to go at the start."

As for his surgically repaired shoulder, he said it's fine.

"I played in a physical game in Stockholm, and I didn't have any problem," he said. "It feels good."

So there you have it, Michael Nylander in his own words.

I think Nylander, now that he's healthy, will be a productive player for the Caps. But I do have concerns about how he's going to fit in (both on the ice and in the dressing room) after missing last year's run, which brought a close team even closer. I also wonder how he's going to take a reduction in playing time (if it comes to that.)

I guess we'll know soon enough.

Note: Don't forget to watch Washington Post Live on Comcast SportsNet tonight. I'm on with Coach Bruce Boudreau.

Update:I'm also told Brian Pothier skated on his own wearing a coaching jumpsuit this morning. I wrote last week that he was making progress, and it now sounds like we've got further proof.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 9, 2008; 1:20 PM ET
 
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Posted by: loser | September 9, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Thanks for the update

Posted by: fat jack | September 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

excellent coverage Tarik!!

I look forward to WaPo Live, keep up the great work!

Posted by: fullright | September 9, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff Tarik. Nylander seems to be saying all the right things. This is how I was hoping it would shake out. Whether Nylander is on the 1st, 2nd or 3rd line I expect him to be a fixture on the power play so there will be plenty of time for him to get on the score sheet.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Where in NJ Greg S?

Nyls playing third line? Wow, we are deep at center.

Posted by: Steve R | September 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Nice Tarik - that concludes those rumors.

Posted by: 828 | September 9, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Excellent news and excellent work Tarik! The quote about his house and kids could not have been better if you'd scripted it. Hopefully this puts all the silly speculation to rest.

Will be interesting to see Nyles' line/linemates.

I especially appreciate the heads-up on WaPo Live - heading to the DirecTV DVR scheduler now!

Posted by: Jill | September 9, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Still can't imagine Nylander being on the 3rd line. I would prefer Nylander moving to wing. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin, Fedorov, and Nylander all need top 6 minutes in my opinion. I think Kozlov is a good supplement to Ovechkin on the top line, and that gives a very solid 3rd line of Laich, Clark, and Fehr.

Of course there will be injuries, so all that will probably be thrown out a few weeks into the season. But Nylander should be getting top 6 minutes.

Posted by: Aaron | September 9, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Aaron, Moving Nyls to wing is like moving Kozlov to center. Sure he can play there, but it's not his position. Oh, and Backstrom too. He was better at center than at wing. BB should play him where he helps the team most, and if that is 3rd line center, so be it.

A top flight player who WANTS to stay in Washington. Hmmm, who woulda thunk it?

Posted by: Leeguru | September 9, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Well, if I had ever predicted Nylander would be traded, I defniitely would have preened myself at the news that his house was on the market. I mean, it's like conclusive proof! What could possibly go wrong? ;-)

Posted by: norske | September 9, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Good job, Tarik. The comment about Nyls' wife wanting to move into Georgetown should tell everyone that she'd never approve a move to the Alberta prairie or any other small market. She sounds like an urban east coast woman who yearns for the culture of DC, six kids and all.

Posted by: bob. g | September 9, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Thanks for the top notch report on Nylander, its nice to have him back in the fold.

Is there any chance someone here can give us NARCF's- er, I mean out of town Caps fans, a recap of the WPL show? Thanks.

Posted by: captnclark | September 9, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

@Captclark

sometimes clips from WPL end up on the caps microsite on comcastsportsnet.com

http://comcastsportsnet.tv/pages/capitals

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 9, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I was for the trade before I was against it.

Posted by: SP | September 9, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

@SP: LOL

Posted by: honed | September 9, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Nyls on the 3rd line is fine by me. If he has two gritty wingers, his puck possession skills will frustrate the hell out of opposing teams. You have to run him and chance a penalty to get the puck from him. If the 3rd line can play most of their shift with the puck, the Caps will be far better off for it.

2 weeks until preseason...

Tarik, are the preseason games going to be televised?

Posted by: oo7 | September 9, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

We're going to start Nylander on a checking line w/ Brashear and Doig.

That is all.
McPhail.

Posted by: McPhail | September 9, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

This is why you will see nyls playing some wing this year. 1st and 2nd line.

Posted by: capscaps | September 9, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey, great job Tarik. i am sure that Nyls will show his stuff and get top playing time also. He was great to watch last year. He just needs to be on a line with a great shooter. Not that he can't shoot, because he gesta bunch of goals too, but he sure as heck can see the ice and pass the puck like nobody else can.....

Posted by: Cap Fan | September 9, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey McPhail..that's McFail, right? I hope that was a joke...

Posted by: Count Down | September 9, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,
How did everyone look out there???

Posted by: More Caps | September 9, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Interesting Update on Pothier. Maybe rumors of his career's demise were a bit premature. I have a hard time believing he'll be ready anytime soon though

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 9, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Leigh | September 9, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

anyone see him yet?

Posted by: GREENER | September 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

awesome!

Doesn't Washingtonpost.com stream "WaPo Live" online somewhere or is this my imagination?

Does anyone know, or know where it's linked?

Posted by: Ben | September 9, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

i want to see mike green in dc NOW

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Local Hockey must be doing well if guys like Nylander are saying that Maryland is a good place for his kids to play hockey.

I applaud the Caps for this over the years.

Sapper
http://sapper.blogtownhall.com/

Posted by: Sapper | September 9, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

this is hilarious

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=16689

has anyone been able to find NHL 09 today and where -- I've only been able to pick up 2k9

Posted by: capsgary | September 9, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Having Nylander on whatever line will make the guys around him better. He's back and his attitude is good too.

As for "sidehillman" go back to the side hills or whatever the hell that stands for.

Posted by: MNMNT | September 9, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

mmmm.. Czarniak

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Jurcina sucks please trade him for a bag of pucks.

Posted by: juice stinks | September 9, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

juice may suck but crosby swallows

Posted by: ? | September 9, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

How is Nylanders hair rehab coming along? Anything visible up top?

Posted by: John Rogaine | September 9, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

nope

crosby swallows juice

Posted by: dada | September 9, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

If players develop near expectations (that means Flash, Fehr, and Alzner plus some D). If Clark, Nylander, and Semin are healthy. If Jose Theodore is the right Jose, then this team has no big weaknesses. Lots of ifs, but I think this team goes deep into the playoffs. Which costs me more money in tickets, but winning is fun.

Posted by: Caps 423 | September 9, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Glad Nylander is back and healthy, now, can we stay healthy for an entire season or is our age catching up to us, that is the real question? This was the second shoulder surgery correct so no more shoulder injuries, Right????
"The season is approaching"!!!

Posted by: Greenie | September 9, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Nylander will probably be playing less time even strength but he'll be playing on the Power Play a lot.

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Laich-Fedorov-Semin
Flash-Nylander-Clark
Brashear-Steckel/Gordon-Bradley/Fehr

Nylander wouldn't really be on the 3rd line. I'd say it's a 2a, 2b type thing. And With Fedorov getting older I'd imagine that Nylander would play a couple of shifts with Laich and Semin to give Feds a rest.

I expect his ice time to be around 17-18 minutes.

Posted by: Tyler | September 9, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hope the trade rumors are laid to rest. i talked to nylander yesterday, wrote what information i knew and he confirms that info today! Man i am good. Anyone else PISSED NHL 09 is not out till tomorrow...

Posted by: BOOMER | September 9, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Help, panic, no rumors of Nylander leaving for a bag of pucks and Mats Sudin (puff, puff -- running about like chicken little)? When will the Caps ever release the Capettes roster so I can stare at them like the Redskinettes in my mom's basment (puff, puff -- still running around)? The Caps defense will suck because Alzner will play for the bigs and Pothier's going to skate, too (yet more panic ensues).

Posted by: Panic at the disco | September 9, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Steve R.

In Princeton. I used to watch the Princeton U hockey team in Baker Rink when it had chicken wire around it back before glass. I remember one game against Harvard. Princeton down by 2 with 1 minute plus to play, but their play should have had them well in the lead. We were all screaming at them and pounding on the wire making one hell of a racket. Princeton won it in regulation. The place went nuts.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 9, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the trade conversations...we need all these guys,except for the obvious ones who won't make the cut at the camp

Posted by: Caps Rule | September 9, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

NHL 09 wont be available untill sep. 11th. check out nhl.com

Posted by: capscaps | September 9, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

What a wonderful feeling to know we might send perfectly fine NHL material to Hershey this year rather than robbing them of AHL players. There was a lot of positive anticipation at this time last year, but you can feel an even higher level of confidence from everybody.

The idea of talent like Nylander being our third line center just gives me a big evil grin. I've also heard talk of Clark centered 3rd that would be a combo bruiser scoring line too... ah the possibilities.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | September 9, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

It's not our roster that will win us a cup. It's our beautiful capettes. They will distract the opposition. Well except for Crosby, he will be salivating while watching all the guys skate around the rink.

Posted by: O-V-P | September 9, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Nylander is back and all of a sudden the Caps win the cup

Same team as last year = same result

Posted by: Anonymous | September 9, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

bob. g:
If you recall from last year, Nylander's wife was the one who put the kabosch on the plans to go to Edmonton for more $$$, so I am inclined to believe him when he says that she wanted to sell the house and move to GTown (didn't someone post the other day that they wanted a house that they saw in GTown?). Anyway, glad to hear that he is sticking around!

Posted by: Boo! | September 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

8:32 PM Anonymous = Chief

It's not just Nyls. It's a very good young team that's a year older. Go away.

Posted by: Pivonka | September 9, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous,


actually its a better team then last year as Nylander probably would have added an additional 30-40 points had he been healthy last half of the season as well as clark....so really we've gained 40-80 points with these guys (Nyls,Clark)

Posted by: capsfan98 | September 9, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Tarik (or anyone who knows):
Am I reading correctly that WaPo Live is not on until 11:30 tonight?

Posted by: Boo! | September 9, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Any chance we can pay someone to hit Pothier on the head? I feel sorry for anyone in the Caps net! Jurcina, Erskine, Poti, Pothier, so where is the defense? After a bunch of good news, Pothier getting better frankly sucks.

Posted by: Bob | September 9, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

@Bob
Take it easy on Pothier.I would not wish that happen to anyone.The guy is trying to just return to normal for God's sakes.Use your head before you type.

Posted by: capsfannmiss | September 9, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Boo
WaPo Live was on at 5:00. There'll be a rerun of it at 11:30.

Posted by: tess | September 9, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

capsfan98:

Also, Semin missed 19 games with that bad ankle and struggled a few more trying to get back into skating shape. He could have had another 15+ goals plus some assists as well.

Posted by: LFR | September 9, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Just finished watching WaPo Live (recorded it at 5). Great work, Tarik. Nice long interview with Gabby. Loved hearing him talk about the upcoming training camp and season and give his thoughts on Ovie, Alzner, Theodore ("his resume is better than Huet's" - ha!), etc.

After watching this I'm totally stoked -- Opening Night cannot come soon enough!

Posted by: Jill | September 9, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

I too just got finished watching the DVR of WaPo Live. Very entertaining and informative interview with BB. He seems just as excited about the upcoming season as i am!

Jill,

that remark about Huet was funny, I think i smiled throughout the entire interview!

Posted by: fullright | September 9, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

So, umm, they're making a movie about Sean Avery. Anybody else feel the need to laugh hysterically?
"New Line Cinema has announced that it's moving forward with a movie based on professional hockey player and Vogue summer intern Sean Avery's experiences at the high fashion mag."
Oh, and its a romantic-comedy.
Barf.
Looking forward to the official start of hockey.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | September 9, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tess! I meant to DVR it and I forgot ... :-(

Posted by: Boo! | September 10, 2008 7:11 AM | Report abuse

Does anybody I have a link to reviews for the PS2 version of NHL 2K9? I'm itching for hockey, but I want to make sure they actually updated it rather than just adding new rosters like NHL 08 for the PS2 did last year.

Posted by: AM Capsfan | September 10, 2008 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Try www.gamefaqs.com for a review. you should trade in your ps2 and get an xbox 360 and NHL 09 instead of 2k9 though :)

Posted by: Tim | September 10, 2008 8:10 AM | Report abuse

you must be an idiot if you would want someone to hit a guy in the head, grow up and move out of your mother's basement you loser

Posted by: caps fann | September 10, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Whilst we are in a slight lull in proceedings, I was wondering what you thought of British Comedian Russell Brand when he hosted the MTV Awards last week?

Did anyone see it?

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 10, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

@ Boomer
I spent last night searching high and low for NHL 09 -- Bestbuy was supposed to have it yesterday..EB tried to sell me 2k9 again and GameCrazy didn't know the difference...please someone employ the hockey fans

although my night did end good I beat some competative punk from Boston in OT in 2k9..he was so po'd it was funny

Posted by: capsgary | September 10, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

NHL 09 was supposed to be out yesterday..2K9 had bumped their game up to monday and EA dumped theirs up from the 11th to the 9th but none of the stores were aware -- it is out today the 10th

game on!!!!!!!

Posted by: capsgary | September 10, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

JSchon - in
Sombrero - in
Honed - in (w/o name)
MNMNT - in
828 - in
Jordan - in
TFL - in
Edge - in
fullright - in
Yosh - in
Go Skins Go - in
Keef - in

Waiting on capscprndog and ontheverg... you now have 32 hours to respond...

if not, Pat and FFS Enough are in...

Posted by: JSchon | September 10, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm somewhat of a giant videogame nerd so let me add my two cents here:

NHL 09 shipped, yesterday. So, technically, it did come out, but not for sale anywhere outside of California where they could actually have gotten the games in that day.

NHL2k9, on the other hand, actually shipped out on Monday, the 8th, for an in-store release date of the 9th.

I could be wrong, but I fully expect to get my copy tonight after work, after the overnight shipping.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | September 10, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

DrinkingPartner is right. Games usually have a "release date" on Tuesdays, but most stores wont get them on the shelves until wednesday

Posted by: Tim | September 10, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 94 | September 10, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Imagine if they had played USA or Canada.

Posted by: Jordan | September 10, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I really don't see it being much worse, since you think about it, how many more goals can you fit into the time they were on the ice?

Posted by: AP | September 10, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

hey jschon, what am I missing out on? Its not a reg season fantasy draft is it?


Posted by: oo7 | September 10, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I have a nice shiny new copy of NHL 09 in my hands right now. Too bad I can't play it until tomorrow :(

Posted by: Tim | September 10, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I have nothing against Huet, and cant really complain about him taking more money somewhere else. It just shows the business side of it...

That being said..Anyone have some creative chants to heckle this guy with on opening night?

Maybe a "Sell-Out" chant...or if we are winning a "Jo-se's Bet-ter" Clap-Clap-ClapClapClap

Posted by: Huet ideas? | September 10, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

"Boo-Eh"?

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 10, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

How about we ask Ted to provide us with newspapers, and we all pull them out when Huet comes on the ice

Posted by: AP | September 10, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Or what about "Resum-EHHHHHHHH"

Posted by: AP | September 10, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok, one more for ol' Huey. What if everyone "coughs" 'bal' when he does something?

Posted by: AP | September 10, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I still like the same ol same ol favorite... HUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET

Posted by: Super | September 10, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Huet ideas?

"Anyone have some creative chants to heckle this guy with on opening night?

What about a nice standing ovation thanking him for carrying a team to the playoffs on his back? Or is that too short sighted of me?

Posted by: Yosh | September 10, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

ready for another pst

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Yosh - More far sighted than short sighted.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 10, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

@ Sombrero Guy

Thanks for that link btw. No luck this time but at least now I can catch recaps of some of the shows.

Posted by: captnclark | September 10, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Okay guys let me break it down. Nyls has to be on the 2nd line. He has the best stickhandeling(besides ovie); can stickhandle in a phone booth. Offense flows much better and can creat for others. FEDS should be on the 3rd line. He fits better there. Remember FEDS is old so being on the 3rd line helps him out(less minutes) and he can play on the PK as well. Lets see if FEDS ego gets in the way playing on the 3rd line. Top line is set. Kozlov-backstrom-ovie(dont mess with that). Semin-nylander-clark(90% sure)

Posted by: smartfan | September 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

what happened to just serenading an opposing goalie with just his name

Posted by: MNMNT | September 10, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"can stickhandle in a phone booth"

Well they do play in the Verizon Center, a.k.a. The Phone Booth....

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 10, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I am going with this combos:
Ovechkin-Fedorov-Kozlov
Semin-Backstrom-Clark
Laich-Nylander-Fehr
Brashear-Steckel/Gordon-Bradley

Posted by: BB | September 10, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I certainly wouldn't be opposed to having Fedorov work the third line. Thats where I had assumed he would end up initially, but a lot of people want to see Fedorov with either Semin or Ovechkin.

Still, having a two time Selke winner on your third line...well you could do worse.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 10, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

NHL 09, has anyone gotten their copy? Or is this Wednesday release date a magical hoax?

Posted by: Ben, a nerd | September 10, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The lack of nerd response to my nerd inquiry suggests that all the nerds have obtained NHL 09 copies and are too busy playing to check this blog. So my question has been answered. Thanks!

Posted by: Ben | September 10, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@Yosh

He didnt carry this team on his back. He was a nice piece of a total package during that stretch. Not once did I say...Man...Huet is just getting it done, and we would be screwed without him.

He got it done in net..But no one carried us.

Posted by: SA-Town | September 10, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I like having Feds on third line, to "save" him for logging too many minutes. I'd also like to see him sitting out on back to back games ocassionally. We just need to remember its a marathon not a sprint. I like Nylander on the second line with Semin and Clark. That line would be as potent as the first.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | September 10, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Tarik:
If I write an up-to-date article about Ovie, and find a recent decent photo of him (which should not be hard - they are ALL over the Internet), can you please get your editors to put that in place of what is the the 'goal oriented' section of WaPo's Caps landing page?!? ;-) For the love of Ovie, PLEASE get them to change that!!! Heck, even an article about your lowly blog family would better than that! (For the record, we may be lowly, but we're oh so adorable ... ;-)).

Dave:
Sorry but I missed it.

Interesting article on espn RE: 10 big questions - preseason edition:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3576983

Posted by: Boo! | September 10, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Boo!

I thought everyone had missed my post.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 10, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Dave:
What on earth are you doing up so late?!? What time is it there, anyway? Go to bed, sleepy head! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | September 10, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Interesting marketing. I think it's awesume!http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AslS5Q1XWCzrVs6ERSNKFjp7vLYF?slug=cp-nhl_penguins_ticket_delivery&prov=cp&type=lgns

Posted by: Capsfanniss | September 10, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't know: looks like coach of the year needs some coaching. Just becuase Feds can mentor Semin, doesn't mean he needs to be on his line.

I think we all agreee Feds is not going to give us what we need game i and game out on 2nd line. He'll be great on 3rd line and PK, maybe some PP

Posted by BB almost got it right, but needs a minor change:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov
Semin-Nylander-Clark
Laich-Fedorov-Fehr
Brashear-Steckel/Gordon-Bradley

Tell me what's wrong with this line up. I think I nailed it.

Posted by: Sr Coach Advisor | September 10, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

@Sr Coach Advisor

That's pretty much the lineup I would go with, but apparently Bruce wants Semin to play on the RW. He did so in the Worlds and that way if Ovechkin takes a long shift, they'll both be on the ice at the same time. It'll be interesting to see how things shake out.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 11, 2008 12:09 AM | Report abuse

regarding NHL 09, the best buy near me in Baltimore had it, but they didn't have it out on shelves. I asked a guy if they had it, he told me to wait and went to the back to get a copy. He had to walk me to the front with the game for some reason. I'm not sure if they weren't supposed to sell it until tomorrow or something weird like that.

I played for a couple hours and it is awesome.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 11, 2008 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Although for some reason they gave Dave Steckel a 50 on faceoffs....out of 100....

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 11, 2008 12:13 AM | Report abuse

If by pissed NHL 09 doesn't come out until tomorrow, you mean I pre-ordered it at game stop and they had it today at 12 noon, and I've been playing it ever since, then yeah, I'm really pissed.

My XBox Live name is Whiter Mage - I'll be reactivating tomorrow or Friday. Hope to see some of you guys on >:3

Posted by: Whiter Mage | September 11, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Boo!,

I pretty much posted that message then went to bed. Struggling in work this morning though!

Sr Coach Advisor,
I'd go with that line up too. If Feds misses the second game of a few back to back games I could see Brooks centering the third line with Bradley playing LW. Or maybe Osala may get a shot at that 3rd line LW slot. Depends on his camp I suppose.

Posted by: Dave UK Caps Fan | September 11, 2008 5:18 AM | Report abuse

@oo7

Yes my man... its a regular season FHL... We've only been talking about it for 2 month... And I've been trying to get people in it for the last 3 weeks...

Where have you been?

@everybody else

I know its a long season and Fed's it long in the tooth, but there is no denying that the best line in the WHC was OV/Feds/Semin...

I wouldnt mind seeing Feds centering Semin from time to time.

Honestly you could put a wooden indian on roller blades with OV and Backstrom and it would average 1/4 per game.

if Fehr develops during the season...

OV/Backstrom/Fehr
Semin/Feds/Kozlov
Laich/Nylander/Clark

Brash/Steckel/Bradley 6 toi

Posted by: JSchon | September 11, 2008 7:09 AM | Report abuse

NHL 09
gamertag capsgary

Posted by: caposgary | September 11, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

xbox 360

Posted by: capsgary | September 11, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

blwiseass xbox 360

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | September 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

JSchon,

I like your lines,however, I would just switch Fehr and Clark. I really believe Clark with be on that first line with Backstrom on Ovechkin.

Posted by: 828 | September 11, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

* will be - not with be

Posted by: 828 | September 11, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Im totally getting NHL09!! Like, if you want to be Pittsburg, WHATEVS!

xbox360 gamertag - BestSpiritChxEVER

No creeps though.

What is everyone's asl?

Posted by: Cassi | September 11, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Yosh, the only place You-Eh carried this team is out the door in the first round. He deserves something but it is not a standing ovation. As far as Pothier, his coming back does NOTHING to improve this team. Personally I wish him well, but I wsih it is somewhere else not here. Poti would look good in another sweater as well, free up cap space, on offense lost at all and very little defense lost either.

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

@J Schon
Hey! Watch it, pal!

Posted by: Wooden Indian | September 11, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

@Bob

I dont think Pothier is coming back...You dont have to worry. Pothier has been clear that he is not concerned with playing hockey right now. He is hanging around with the team so he can skate, and lightly work out as he tries to crawl out of his concussion symptoms.

He also lives here, so cut him a break..he is not trying to jump back on the ice..just get well.

Posted by: SA-Town | September 11, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

@Cassie

The correct spelling of Pittsburgh is with an "h".

Posted by: Get a Clue | September 11, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

From where did you get this info that Pothier does not want to come back and play? My impression is that he woould like to come back as soon as possible. For that I don't blame him, it is just that he is not a player we need on the team at this point in time. A bottom 4 defenseman is not that much of an asset.

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@Get A Clue
And who actually cares how you spell it other than the hillbillies, retards, and drunks who live in that festering cesspool?

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

In fact why doesn't everyone on the list just start to refer to it as festering cesspool. You know the festering cesspool Penguins lost again last night! The festering cesspool Penguins signed another over rated player today! That way we won't offend your delacate sensibilities by misspelling you hometown.

Posted by: Bob | September 11, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

What's the difference between Boo and lipstick?

Posted by: Palin | September 11, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey guys -- Pothier managing skates and Pothier being fit to play are two REALLY different things. Just because he's up on a pair of skates does not mean he'll be ready to play, this season or even ever.

Give the guy a break. He's trying to get himself back to normal and do a little light skating with the guys.

Posted by: september, finally | September 11, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

bob you must not see much daylight from your mothers basement. you ae complete idiot act your age not your shoe size

Posted by: caps fann | September 12, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

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