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Ovechkin Interviews Boudreau

At today's Caps media luncheon, Alex Ovechkin stole the show -- and our Bruce Boudreau interview -- when he grabbed a reporter's voice recorder and started asking questions.

Earlier in the day, teammate Alexander Semin jokingly stole Boudreau's rolling suitcase and Ovechkin wanted his coach's reaction. Check out the short clip below:

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  September 29, 2009; 4:43 PM ET
 
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Posted by: richardware | September 29, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

how about an interview of GMGM from bourque, so he can actually explain to the poor kid's face why he isn't as important as fehr and flash. id like to see that interview more

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

One more reason to love number 8.

Posted by: Raber | September 29, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Funny you mention it, Capsfan... that Bourque video is coming soon.

Posted by: Lindsay_Applebaum | September 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

how about an interview of GMGM from bourque, so he can actually explain to the poor kid's face why he isn't as important as fehr and flash. id like to see that interview more

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 4:52 PM |

You sound like a borderline-troll with all this now.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Fehr and/or Fleishman are both better than Bourque - get over it.

Posted by: NJNJ | September 29, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of trolls, don't forget to set your lineups for the fantasy league this week ;)

Posted by: thiazzi | September 29, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

how about an interview of GMGM from bourque, so he can actually explain to the poor kid's face why he isn't as important as fehr and flash. id like to see that interview more

Posted by: capsfan387

Seriously, you're embarrassing yourself. Bourque is getting his chance in the NHL whether he plays opening night in Boston or he gets picked up by another team. He's been told "you're playing Thursday" and the decision to put him on waivers is all strategy.

If, when Flash/Fehr get healthy, Bourque looks significantly better, then he'll be the first call up from Hershey when a forward injury happens. Bourque is smiling ear to ear right now - knowing that the Caps care enough to try and keep him (sending him through now) and that he'll play Thursday.

Posted by: Raber | September 29, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

capsfan387, you don't think GMGM talked to Bourque about why he was put on waivers? Just let it go man. It's a common practice in the NHL to put non-elite prospects through.

Posted by: ouvan59 | September 29, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of trolls, don't forget to set your lineups for the fantasy league this week ;)

Posted by: thiazzi | September 29, 2009 4:58 PM |

In no way, shape, or form will I ever want Drew Stafford. haha

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil

I agree. What ever makes the team better is all that's important. Cbo will never be more then a marginal player. The Caps have plenty of better prospects waiting in the wings.

Posted by: sidehillman | September 29, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

how about an interview of GMGM from bourque, so he can actually explain to the poor kid's face why he isn't as important as fehr and flash. id like to see that interview more

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 4:52 PM |

Are you kidding? Are you asking Tarik, our hard working inquisitive reporter, to interview GMGM? LOL.

Posted by: opita1 | September 29, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil

Had to give you some kind of counter-offer :P

Posted by: thiazzi | September 29, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Makes you want to beg Lindsay/Tarik for an unpaid internship so you can join the fun, doesn't it?

So yeah... if there are any unpaid internships, guys... neweissman@gmail.com

Posted by: nicko | September 29, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

How about what Tarik found out from BB about Nylanders status? I thought today was "The day" to find out?

Posted by: Jgray85 | September 29, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I read a blurb the other day about Forsberg wanting to play for the Caps & Caps wanting him. didn't get to read the whole thing because I am not an ESPN insider :) Was it just a tease of a headline? Anyone know anything about that?

Posted by: PGM17 | September 29, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

thanks lindsay I look forward to it.

Posted by: capsfan387 | September 29, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Oh those crazy Russian kids!!

Posted by: CapsKH | September 29, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

PGM17 this is the epsn thing

Peter Forsberg wants to play for the Capitals, and the Capitals want him. That's according to Hockey30.com via Hendrick's Hockey.

But to clear room for Forsberg, the Caps will have to get rid of Michael Nylander's contract. (Perhaps they should think about sending Nylander to the "Price is Right" in place of their mascot, Slapshot, who is slated to appear on the show on Wednesday. At least no one would overbid on his salary -- $4.9 million.)

Sources tell the Denver Post that Forsberg looks better than he's looked in five years. According to Swedish hockey expert Niklas Wikegaard, a lot of NHL scouts in the stands were "drooling."

Posted by: icehammer97 | September 29, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I read a blurb the other day about Forsberg wanting to play for the Caps & Caps wanting him. didn't get to read the whole thing because I am not an ESPN insider :) Was it just a tease of a headline? Anyone know anything about that?

Posted by: PGM17 | September 29, 2009 5:15 PM |

We had a big discussion about this yesterday. Wouldn't put too much stock in it, just another fun rumor to kick around.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

I know this is a shot in the dark but anyone doing ESPN fantasy hockey? I joined a random league the other week and the name is C-A-P-S Caps, Caps, Caps. I wouldn't be that surprised if someone from CI was in it too.

Posted by: Moose33 | September 29, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

FYI...

GM McPhee will be interviewed live on XM Home Ice this hour by Scott Laughlin and Phil Esposito. I'll post any nuggets that I hear.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Actually, McPhee is on now!

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

thanks for the replies...but do you think that's why "they" are hinting at a decision on Nylander soon?

Posted by: PGM17 | September 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Yotes signed Robert Lang. Glad to see a team signed him.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

First, they said the decision might be Tuesday or Wednesday.

Me, I'm just crossing my fingers and praying Bourque makes it through waivers without getting claimed. They have to do it sometime when Fehr / Flash come back - they have no choice - so better to do it now when there are lots of guys on waivers. This is a strategy move, folks. Chill out. If they can sneak him through waivers now, then they can send him down without having to clear waivers when Fehr is healthy.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 29, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

yeah i saw that, had to chuckle a little when Boudreau said that "defense is a strength" for this team. Gotta like his bravado.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd be happy with Davison or Bissonnette (who can also play defense). Biznasty is just a quicker version of Erskine and possibly a better fighter.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Moose33 and thiazzi - if you want in to my league email me at pokerface1208 at yahoo. We're no longer doing money so it's free. It's on CBS which is the best website by far. I went around looking at all the other ones and they just don't compare. We'll do the draft online so let me know if your interested. BTW after pokerface is the numbers 12 and 08. The 1 is a 1 not an I.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 29, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Lashoff is the only person on that list I would take a second look at, given our roster situation. And it seems like every Bruins fan I talk to has nothing but awful things to say about him.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 29, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The XM guys posed a question about where Nylander fits in. McPhee talked about the proposed trade to Chicago in the fall of 2008 and that Nylander was disappointed it got nixed by the 'Hawks (story here). McPhee then said that the team/Nylander are still looking at options in Europe, but if nothing happens on that front, Nylander will remain a Capital (albeit one dressed in a suit most of the time - my words, not his).

McPhee also said that Neuvirth has a groin pull instead of the always popular "tweak" or "lower body injury".

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

matt lashoff makes steve eminger look like ray bourque.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

(repost from end of last thread)
OK new rule. Any time anyone uses Nylander's name they must put the following immediately after:

"(No Movement Clause)"

Abbreviations are not acceptable as people don't apparently understand what it means.

This rule applies to Tarik, Mark Giannotto, Lindsay Applebaum, and anyone else reporting on the Caps.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 29, 2009 4:03 PM


@Greg S.:

ROTGDFLMMFAO, Greg; I just wish this drama about whether Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" skates or sits would come to an END!

Since it is unlikely that Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" will waive his "(No Movement Clause)", I think the best thing for the Caps to do in the short, medium and long term is to just PLAY the man!. Seriously folks, what are the possible outcomes?

1) Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" does great and we make the payoffs.
2) Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" turns out not so great and we still make the playoffs.
3) Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" gets injured. And we still make the playoffs.
4) We don't make the playoffs (God Forbid). Which--if such a horrible thing should happen--would be caused by things of far greater consequece than Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" skating in circles.

In most of these scenarios, Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" ends up having to WORK for his $4.5M/Year.

Wahtever your frustrations may be with regard to Nylander's "(No Movement Clause)" tendency to skate in circles or occasionally give up the puck, I think the balance of the talent we have on this club will more than outweigh any perceived harm done by Nylander's "(No Movement Clause)" perceived mistakes.

Like I said before: benching Nylander "(No Movement Clause)" indefinitely strikes me as petty and vindictive.

Posted by: Rhino40 | September 29, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I think Forsberg's attempt to comeback is over. Several articles today mentions that he's got zero balance in his foot and that the new skates didn't solve the problem. He's can barely walk. Odd thing is that this has apparently been going on for a month (as well as his stress fracture) and he's still able to dominate in Elitserien. However, he sounded very discouraged when interviewed today. I have a feeling he'll call it quits for good.

Posted by: jakopz | September 29, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

For Nyls - I posted this before but I think some of you have come on since. So we can't waive Nyls but we can buy him out/release whatever. In the event we do that he is an UFA and can sign with anybody he chooses and we get no compensation. For his remaining salary the cap hit is 1/2 of the money left in the contract spread over 2x's the existing duration. So he is due 5.5M this year and 3M next year. That means that his cap hit would be ~4.125M over 4 years (because he has 2 left on his current deal). So if we were to buy out Nyls we would have 1.125M of dead money for the next 4 years. GMGM was quoted as saying this is too much and doesn't work in his long term goals of salary cap management. So it would give us relief now, but it's kinda hard to swallow 1.125M for 4yrs in GMGM's eye.

Hope that clears some things up. As a side note another thing cramping this whole thing up is per the CBA, when a player is traded no part of his contract can be shared so if Nyls did agree to a trade then the team he's going to would have to pay his entire salary. We can't pay any of it. I think that's almost as big a factor as the NMC b/c not many teams want to pay 5.5M right now for a player who rides the bench.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 29, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Kitty - have you gotten my emails? Did your email address change?

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 29, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

I like Nylander and would enjoy seeing him play. With that being said, there was something that stuck out during the Rangers game. I am not putting Nylander at the same level as Gaborik at this point in their careers, so please don't twist this post that way. Anyhow Gaborik was rushing the puck up ice, entered the zone, and woooop, did a Nylander circle at the top of the zone while another Ranger crashed the net, then he shot a nice low shot towards the net. Just pointing out that Nylanders "circles" are a common practice with puck control forwards. It allows plays to develope without standing still. I too think that playing Nylander on a regular shift only increases the chances of the Caps having a better season than last year.

BTW, Schultz is throwing his body around nicely. Anyone that has gone to games and says they don't see a change are only seeing what they want to see. He dumped a guy in the neutral zone and didn't even put himself out of position to do so.

Posted by: fanohock1 | September 29, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

@ pokerfaceI208

The Caps would have to wait til next summer to buy Nylander out as the window for this season has passed (early August was the dealine). Steve Hindle/Hockeybuzz posted a couple of blogs back in August on that very subject with a full explanation of how the process works and the cap hit the Caps would incur if they decided to go the buyout route. Those informative blogs are available here:

The Buyout, as per the CBA

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=22326

and, Washington’s Chance To Buy-Out Nylander

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=22337

And, regarding the ill words for Hockeybuzz expressed in an earlier thread, yeah, we all know that Eklund has a very creative mind and can be a spectacular fiction writer. But, many of the bloggers on that site have some great info, and also write for recognized publications or do hockey radio shows. So, take Ek as you will, but there's some good stuff over there. Anyway, for pure entertainment value, the comments to Ek's rumor blogs are priceless. The posters have lively discussions and fire good natured pot shots at each other (and Ek) while managing, for the most part, to keep things from falling into mean spiritedness (which is surprising since many over there are heated rivals). I laugh out loud at stuff posted over there more often that any other hockey site. So, c'mon over to the dark side and check it out, if ya please.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | September 29, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

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