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Nylander Out vs. Devils

Looks like the Caps are going to be short-handed tomorrow against the Devils.

In addition to being without Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) and Boyd Gordon (broken right hand), I've just been told that Michael Nylander will be sidelined in New Jersey with the dreaded "undisclosed" injury. The weird thing about this is that Nylander practiced yesterday.

Alex Ovechkin also isn't skating. Is he nursing an injury? I'm starting wonder. He didn't practice Tuesday night (the second practice of the day) and left yesterday's practice about 30 minutes early.

Update:I'm now told that Ovechkin is going to play tomorrow. I hear from a source that he's fine.

Update:Looks like there will be a call up. Not sure who yet. But that would mean someone would have to join Gordon on IR to make room.

Update:As far as possible line combos tomorrow, your guess is a good as mine. The lines were all jumbled today at practice and one player told me he didn't know for sure who he would skating with.

Update:Owner Ted Leonsis addressed the bad ice at Verizon Center on his blog today. Check out what he had to say.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 6, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
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This is getting ridiculous.

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 6, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully he's out getting a second rudder installed. :)

Posted by: keef | December 6, 2007 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Will there be a call up for Nylander?

Posted by: dave | December 6, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Can we use some of that cap room we have to sign a free agent or something? Just for a the rest of this injury-plagued season? I'm starting to worry over here.

Posted by: Jordan | December 6, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

What!?!?! What is going on with this team this year!!! This team is really beginning to look pathetic...

Posted by: K | December 6, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm available if they need another player ... not that I can play, but at least I can just stand there and block shots.

BTW, did anyone read TED'S TAKE on the VC ICE? Check it out:

As to the conditions of the ice at the arena, we are working with all parties to improve the quality and consistency. We deserve great ice. We have a great facility. We will do our best to work with building management to make it right.

Posted by: Boo! | December 6, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

it's the ice. blame the ice!

Posted by: pgreene | December 6, 2007 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I hope Ovechkin dodges that "undisclosed" injury... Can anyone tell what else could go wrong with this team this year?

Posted by: Finn | December 6, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

These guys can't catch a break. It has not been an inspiring season.

Posted by: bill | December 6, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I managed the ice at the phone booth. It is the finest ice in Washington. Its much more solid than the stuff on the sidewalks.

Posted by: ice man | December 6, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

And to think we fired Stan Wong. God George, get a clue...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 6, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Nylander to?! geez, this is as bas as the Lasy terps. Half the team had food poisoning and/or the flu last night. I hope this is nothing serious. I'm kind of thinking that Ovy may have pulled something or bruised his foot. I'm suprised more guys don't get foot injuries blocking shots with their boots.

Posted by: EricS | December 6, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

WHERE'S MOTZKO? Get him in here to center the first line.

Posted by: Ghost of Hugs | December 6, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

So with Nylander out for tomorrow who can we expect to center that top line?

Posted by: VA Caps Fan | December 6, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

@ ice man:

Huh? Are you serious? Is that all you have to say: you "managed the ice at the phone booth. It is the finest ice in Washington. Its much more solid than the stuff on the sidewalks." When was that? In your dreams?

Posted by: Clarendon | December 6, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Kozlov centers AO (much to my chagrin) and they leave Backstrom on the 2nd line with Semin.

Personally, I'd rather they just replaced Nylander with Backstrom and kept Kozlov on the RW, then use someone else Laich maybe? to center Semin's line (since he was used to playing with the likes of Beech or Klepis last year).

Posted by: SM | December 6, 2007 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, how long ago was the game where Ovie blocked a shot on net which hit him on the glove? I wonder if he has something going on with his hand/wrist?

Posted by: Ffx,.VA | December 6, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I am having flashbacks to last December when the team was obliterated with injury and illness ... here we go again!

Posted by: Boo! | December 6, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Can someone tell the GM that Francois Beauchemin from Anahiem might be traded because of Scotty Neidemeyer coming back. Lets do something about this D. Give them their 2nd round draft pick and Eminger for him. That would be him for Suds and Emmy. Great trade if you ask me!!!

Posted by: Roger | December 6, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

We trade Sutherby and now have to call up two (nonprospect) forwards?

Posted by: Sour Grapes | December 6, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse


Erskine would be a better fit in Anahiem than Emmy I think.

Wouldn't it be great to give them Shultz? Just think about him and Pronger on the ice together...

Posted by: Steve R | December 6, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that call up will be Mark Recchi from the Baby Pens and Teddy will only hve to pay half his salary.
I'm only half kidding. I like Recchi a lot and think he has some gas left in the tank.

Posted by: Shaggy | December 6, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking the same thing...

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 6, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

These type of injuries always pop up when a real coach comes and works his team. It's another BB test to see who will go the distance and perhaps Nylander won't; better to know sooner rather than later. I would also like to see AO spending more time on the ice. Leaders are out there regardless of skill level or a nagging injury. If he's healthy enough to play in a game he's healthy enough to practice.

Posted by: DarrylHockey | December 6, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse


I think that was sarcasm ;-)

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 6, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Enough with the Recchi stuff people. He's way over the hill and there's no reason to give his minutes to someone that could really use the ice time.

As for Sutherby... I never really understood the love for him. I personally thought he was awful. Definitely not a goal scoring threat, a decent defensive forward, might check someone more than others on our team, and couldn't win a face off to save his life. I say "good riddance."

Posted by: Phil C. | December 6, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, It won't be Bourque...

Posted by Tim Leone, The Patriot-News December 06, 2007 12:35PM
Categories: Breaking News, Hockey - AHL Hershey Bears
Chris Bourque, bothered by concussion-like symptoms, is expected to miss a week for the Hershey Bears.

The left winger said he was initially injured on a hit by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's Ryan Stone on Nov. 25 and has taken head shots in subsequent games.

In addition to Bourque being sidelined, the Bears are expected to lose a forward to recall to the Washington Caps, who are already without injured Boyd Gordon and who aren't expected to have Michael Nylander or Chris Clark in the lineup Friday at New Jersey. Since Bourque is sidelined, the likely recall candidate figures to be Joe Motzko.

If the Bears indeed lose a player to recall, they are expected to call up a player from the ECHL. With Quintin Laing also up in Washington, they make look for a defensive-oriented forward.

Posted by: Bears Woooo | December 6, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse


Beauchemin would be a great pickup; unfortunately so long as other teams are willing to look at Mathieu Schneider, I would bet Anaheim will be looking at dealing him (together with his $5.265 million cap hit this year and next). According to TSN, there is interest out there in Schneider.

Posted by: Fred | December 6, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

How bout this, Nylander + one of our D + picks in a trade for two D from Anaheim.

Posted by: billd | December 6, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

everyone go to and search "steven stamkos" and get familiar with the name/player/capital.

Posted by: top 2...IN THE DRAFT | December 6, 2007 1:30 PM | Report abuse

@ Fred

Your bang on about Schneider. Several playoff caliber teams are very interested in him. That's too bad because Beauchemin would have been a nice fit.

Posted by: red dragon | December 6, 2007 1:37 PM | Report abuse

This ain't the year...

Posted by: Green Trees | December 6, 2007 1:43 PM | Report abuse

will we finally see Clymer called up?

Here are your lines for tomorrow:

Ovechkin Kozlov Clymer
Semin Backstrom Fleischmann
Pettinger Steckel Laing
Brashear Laich Bradley

Posted by: deano | December 6, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

top 2 in the draft-
He sounds great-too bad there's a draft lottery now.

Posted by: dave | December 6, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

When was the last time the Caps actually disclosed an injury?

Posted by: Kim | December 6, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Enough with putting AHL caliber players on the first line!

Posted by: Finn | December 6, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I agree it is probably not our year (again). But my biggest worry is how this will look to OV and what our losing does to his feelings about staying. I wish we would get some good news about Ovechkin signing long term in Washington.

Posted by: worried | December 6, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

@ finn

Hard to not put an AHL caliber player at RW on the top line when ALL 4 RW's available are AHL caliber.

Posted by: deano | December 6, 2007 2:09 PM | Report abuse

OH MY GOD!!! what is wrong with nylander? anything please!!!

Posted by: sheesh | December 6, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse


play Semin there. I forgot the last time any Caps' coach played him as a LW where he BELONGS... He probably forgot it too. Semin as a RW is way better than any AHL-er.

Posted by: Finn | December 6, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse


It was a joke. I saw a bunch of people slipping on sidewalks this morning, hence that reference. There are plenty of atmospheric reasons why our ice will never be, say Calgary cold, but the real annoyance is when we have a day like today or yesterday where its dry and cold (perfect ice weather) and the ice still stinks. Its the building. A better facility will make the bad days bad, but not terrible. Its completely inexcusable that the ice is worse than Florida, the hottest, most humid venue in the league. (So humid, in fact, that there was a report once that the skates would actually rust from the humidity while in transport from practice rink to rink.

Posted by: not ice man | December 6, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"This ain't the year..."

you don't say.

Posted by: master of the obvious | December 6, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

why does jesus hate us?

Posted by: jamebow | December 6, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Steve Stamkos shoot out goal (thing of beauty).

Posted by: Goodness | December 6, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@ finn

Your right there, I would like to see Semin at RW, and we really need Semin to get going and be the force that he was last year.

Posted by: deano | December 6, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

haahaaaaaaaaaaa! you just made me choke on smoke. no, but seriously why does he?

Posted by: Anonymous | December 6, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse


last year he did play about half of his games at LW... before switching to RW when Glen Hanlon tried to save games. This year he is unfit (still) and is playing out of position. But hey! What else is new?

Posted by: Finn | December 6, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to buy the lineup card from Hugs last game? Quality memorabilia right there...

Posted by: Scott | December 6, 2007 2:49 PM | Report abuse

jamebow - Jesus does not hate us - he loves those who suffer most of all!! So he must REALLY love us!! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | December 6, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

What? Me? Worry? I am not worried. And neither should you be.
There are no injuries... Never!
These reports are to fool the infidel.
The ice is good, I triple guarantee you.
We are heading to playoffs as always.
The Stanley Cup will soon be ours.

Posted by: Baghdad Bob | December 6, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This is why I'm not Christian. Jesus loves those who suffer. Those who suffer are ones that find comfort in him. So to keep loved, he makes us suffer. What a vicious cycle...

I think he's a Pens fan.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 6, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Scott - that is VERY interesting ... I will keep an eye on this one! Are you bidding?

Posted by: Boo! | December 6, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Greg S. - I don't want to start a religious discussion (Lord knows that's the last thing that we need on this board ... no pun intended ;-)), but I thought that you might find these to be amusing:


Posted by: Boo! | December 6, 2007 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@ Boo!


On the NHL Auction of Hanlon's last game. Is it really worth $25? I'd bid $0.25, but it won't let me.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 6, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe when hell freezes over we'll get a new GM and then it will be cold enough to keep the ice frozen in the VC

Posted by: The Injury Fairy | December 6, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Bob McKenzie
The message Burke has sent out to other GMs is that any defenceman on the roster - not named Pronger or Niedermayer - could be had.

Mathieu Schneider would appear to be the obvious choice. His cap hit next season is $5.625 million, more than enough to get Niedermayer back now.

Posted by: GetSchneiderNow! | December 6, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@ Holy Olie, @ Ice Man, @ not ice man,

Whew! Sorry, I do tend to go off the deep end (which is the end the Caps try to score on for two periods; talk about puddles)

You know, I just don't understand why I have to take my jacket off when I go to a game. That building should be cold, just like a real phonebooth. Jeez, turn the heat off and open the doors for Gods sake. Letterman keeps his studio at 50 degrees because he knows that cold people have to jump around and get excited to stay warm. Besides better ice, the fans might make some noise.

Posted by: Clarendon | December 6, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

"The rebuild is over" - says Teddy!

Meanwhile - injuries abound, Semin is disgruntled baby, season is going down the drain, and Ovechkin is not signed. - but there's HD plasma's for you and the AOL mascot running around the rink.

I think Nylander may just be fed up with the whole situation and sitting himself out. Don't think it doesn't happen.

LOL - I bet he almost wishes he signed with Edmonton now.

Posted by: Joe Motzaballs | December 6, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

@Joe Motzkoballs,

Let Nyls sit, we have Motzko!

Posted by: Steve R | December 6, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd take either Beauchemin or Schneider. Schneider if I had the choice between the two, Beauchemin if Ted's feeling poor.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 6, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Dear God please give the Capitals brain trust the ability to call someone other then Joe Motzko up tomorrow. I'd rather see Brash double shifted then Motzko back in our lineup.

Posted by: Mitch | December 6, 2007 4:12 PM | Report abuse

@ everybody

woah woah what's happening? Some injuries and we're back to "this season is a disaster" attitude? Come on... *group hug* *hands beer to everybody*

Tomorrow's gonna be tough against the Devils, I saw their game yesterday, they're very good (almost seems unstoppable) at building momentum. They came back from 3-0 and won in OT. I'm not sure if the Caps should score first, but I know that if they do they better make sure NJ won't build momentum.


Posted by: mauree | December 6, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the beer, man!

I'm just looking to shore up the D, cause Poti just isn't doing it, and "Patty Cakes" Schultz isn't either. Also, there's the opportunity to do it fairly quickly, effectively, and inexpensively.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 6, 2007 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Motzko? I love that stuff, I pour it in milk, it's my favorite drink.

Growing up as a boy in Costa Rica, I heard a rumor that momma had taken a lover. Perhaps Motzko was this man's name...

The posts immediately after his previous call-up were mostly that he was an okay fill-in but people questioned why Hanlon had him logging all those PP minutes.

It's only as time has passed that people seem to be trying to make his name a joke.

I myself have never seen him play. The last time he was called up I was in an Indonesian bean field examining a rather peculiar weevil that, when crushed, exuded a very interesting hue for dying corduroy...

Posted by: J. Peterman | December 6, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Shultz has ever watched "Slapshot"? The Hansen brothers knocking the crap out of everyone has to give him deja vu all over again. Looks like him getting pummled every time he hits the ice.

Posted by: Yogi | December 6, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Greg S. | December 6, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.
The funny thing is that the ice is still better than ours even after the firehoses went to town!

Posted by: Phil C. | December 6, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, folks, but there's no way in the world that Burke would trade Beauchemin. He's too young, too good, and too cheap. Trading him would not clear enough cap space, so there's no reason to do it. Schneider is certainly possible, but not Beauchemin.

Posted by: norske | December 6, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

As a Hershey Bears fan I just want to say this. Take Motzko of our hands PLEASE!!! I'm tired of watching him figure skate!!!

Posted by: DRD | December 6, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'd bet Schneider is out of our price range anyway, especially given his durability issues.

Posted by: Fred | December 6, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey DRD,

Why would you want to get rid of your leading scorer? How can you not like a guy who was an AHL All-Star last year and on average scores about 60 points a year? What is so wrong with that?

Posted by: Jimmy | December 6, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps don't disclose an injury, does that mean it really didn't happen?

I propose the Caps change their home venue to one of two options:

1. Redskins Stadium in Landover: Went to the game tonight. Better ice there than in VC. Heck, there was even ice in the seats! Let's see Abe pull that one off!

2. KCI: Much better ice than either Redskins Stadium or Verizon Center, more adequate seating than either of the aforementioned venues and convenient parking. Also a spare rink...just in case a Zamboni goes up in flames. Additionally, Tarik's "press box" is much closer to the can even wave at him through the glass.

I vote for Option #2. Hey, the rent money that is saved will be helpful when we get back into that rebuild mode again in a couple of years.

GET RID OF GMGM, ALREADY! This is crazy!

Posted by: olemiss84 | December 7, 2007 2:17 AM | Report abuse

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