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Ovechkin returns to Caps

After taking three late night/early morning flights, Alex Ovechkin has returned from Vancouver and is on the ice for practice at KCI. With Alexander Semin also out there, the Caps' roster is now complete.

Michal Neuvirth, meantime, has been sent to Hershey, leaving Semyon Varlamov and Jose Theodore as the goalies.

The lines, for now, are:

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Knuble
Laich-Morrison-Semin
Chimera-Fleischmann-Fehr
Laing-Steckel/Gordon-Bradley

The 'D' pairing, for now, are:

Schultz-Green
Erskine-Poti
Sloan/Morrisonn-Pothier

I'll have more after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 1, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
 
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Comments

First....welcome back, time to make a run for the cup..thoughts on deadline trades tarik?

Posted by: smkinjersey | March 1, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Ladies & Gentleman...please fasten your seatbelts.

Posted by: pmoravek | March 1, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

S. Morrison plus whatever for a real D would be nice...

Posted by: smkinjersey | March 1, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Wait..I thought that Varlamov was sent down a few days ago?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

and a real #2 center would be nice too....

Posted by: smkinjersey | March 1, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Let's go Caps. Lots of division games remaining...let's making it 20-0 the rest of the season.

Posted by: instinct227 | March 1, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

people who are hoping for a deadline deal to shore up the D, etc. Did you read Ted's blog? He all but said they are not making any trades at deadline.

Posted by: ralph4100 | March 1, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Deadline trades - on the Caps that might be moving on - keep an eye on our UFA's and RFA's at the end of this year with the exception of Backstrom. Some of these guys are looking for large pay increases that will not fit under the salary cap for McPhee's plan. Look for a 2nd/3rd liner, a D here and/or in Hershey (someone who's been up and down a few times) turning in their sweaters.

Posted by: puckman | March 1, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Tess. Neuvy going down leaves the Caps with 2 healthy goaltenders.

@hockeyweasel: I'd have to say no, the casual fan is no more aware today than they were two weeks ago. Before every game I think they could have marketed things better by having head shots and which NHL team them belonged to throughout the game. Definitely a missed opportunity.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 1, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Varly was brought up this morning after posting a 28 save 9-2 win over the weekend. Laing and Sloan were brought up too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 1, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

speaking of headshots, here's our own 1st rounder from this past draft doing his best impression of Steve Moore on Markus Naslund

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ghmqshPthE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owpYYNjWnro

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

@ralph4100

True, Ted did say that, but Calgary also said it wasn't trading Phaneuf. What Ted said could be true, it could also be a bargaining chip.

I took that to mean there won't be any Kovalchuk type deals that involve a lot of players within the organization. But I do think the Caps will add at least one guy.

I've been hearing Barret Jackman (if he agrees to waive his no trade clause). I would like that addition. He is a top 4 defenseman and is even a + player on St. Louis. That's impressive.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 1, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1 - you are incorrect, Braden Holtby played the 9-2 Hershey win on Saturday. Varly won yesterday in a 2-1 shootout victory in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

And yes, he is back with the Caps today...

Posted by: netminder71 | March 1, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Wednesday or Thursday would be a good day for a chat, Tarik.

Great to have all the boys back. I don't think there'll be any lingering effect whatsoever from the guys who didn't get gold in Vancouver. In fact, their motivation will shift into overdrive.

I can't see Caps trading for a goalie, btu I can see a top 4 D-man or center.

Posted by: redrocker2 | March 1, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The Caps didnt dump Nylander for no reason. They wanted the open cash at this time of year...we will add pieces...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

That's a legal hit. If the NHL wants to make a big deal about prospects doing it, then maybe they should discipline headshots at the NHL level?

I'm not saying the hit was "okay", but it was legal. And until Richards, Fanooooof, etc.. get their suspensions for headshots, let it go on.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Jackman is a $3.6M cap hit and has two more years on his deal. Even though he is 28 years old, I doubt McPhee will commit another 2-years to any new acquisitions right now...

If the Caps do anything, it will be a rental for the rest of this season only...McPhee needs time and cap flexibility to assess what becomes of Karl Alzner, John Carlson, and other prospects...

Unless, of course Poti can be dealt then anything can happen...

Posted by: netminder71 | March 1, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Unless, of course Poti can be dealt then anything can happen...

Posted by: netminder71 | March 1, 2010 11:43 AM

Oh, please god.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

netminder71: You are correct and that means he played even better by saving 30 of 31. Varly was officially called back up as of this morning though. I read this on Japers rink...Bears' bench boss Mark French on Semyon Varlamov's 30-for-32 performance Sunday afternoon: "He was excellent. Really solid. Looked very efficient in the net. He made all the stops that I thought he should have made, and probably some more that you don’t expect the goalie to make."

I knew the Bears had won 9-2 this weekend so I assumed that was Varly. Saving 30 out of 32 is impossible when you only give up 1 goal in regulation. I didn't look at the Bears site to get my info just read quotes, should have done my own research.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 1, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Who are we kidding. Nothing significant is going to be done before the deadline to improve the defense. If something were to happen it would have before the Olympics. Caps are just going to repeat what they did in the playoffs last year. Struggle in the first round and then get knocked out in the 2nd by either Pens,Flyers, or Devils. This team just can't win the big games when it matters.

Posted by: madflava | March 1, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

@netminder

True, but $3.6 is not a huge price for a top 4 defenseman. So I'm sure that is a situation GMGM could figure out in the offseason when the upcoming RFAs get re-signed.

Also, Jackman could always get traded again or any number of players. $3.6 is not a huge number so I would trust GMGM to be able to figure it all out in the offseason.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 1, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

If something were to happen it would have before the Olympics.

Posted by: madflava | March 1, 2010 11:49 AM |

You might want to help explain this logic to me.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Madflava, that was an amazingly pessimistic post.

Posted by: _Mark | March 1, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Also, two of the teams he mentioned were...knocked out of the 1st round last year.

The other team won the Cup.

lol?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

The Caps will make a deal...they are already trying to get rid of Pothier, so they are probably making room for a new D man. I would be willing to just GIVE Sloan away!

Anyone else surprised to see Flash back at Center...sucks that he is third line, but he has played well with Fehr before!

Posted by: capscoach | March 1, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

We have cap room, it's just a matter of having the roster spot open.

I said it before, and I'll say it again, that Chimera trade was opening up GMGM to possibly make a trade at the deadline. Now, whether he actually finds a trade that works...that's another story. But we have the cap space.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Also, Steve Ott was just resigned with the Stars.

I really wanted to see him in red and white...oh well.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

1st Question - If you can move a Poti, Pothier, or Morrisonn; who comes back? Hamhuis? Sutton?

To do that someone has to go. That way, you can bring in a new top 4 guy and call up Karl or Kid America.

2nd big question is -- Backstrom extension? Flash extension or trade?

Posted by: netminder71 | March 1, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Jackman or Kubina, and a power forward. do it GMGM

Posted by: doughless | March 1, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I still have to think Flash is a possible move option...not because we dont like him, but he is due for a raise...if he doesnt fit into the economics we might have to make a deal.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 1, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I want no part of having to play Ryan Miller in the playoffs!!

It will be interesting to see how the Caps goalie situation plays out. Theo has been outstanding, but Varly has the potential to be a dominant shutdown goalie. If Varly is going to be the guy, you almost gotta let him go 15 of the 20 final games to get on a roll.

Posted by: adamkatzen | March 1, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

1st Question - If you can move a Poti, Pothier, or Morrisonn; who comes back? Hamhuis? Sutton?

To do that someone has to go. That way, you can bring in a new top 4 guy and call up Karl or Kid America.

_____________________________

Pothier and SHaMo are pending UFAs. Trading them isn't going to help anything for the future, shall we acquire someone who is signed through.

We can afford to keep someone who is signed through without having to move anyone, at least for this year.

Poti is signed through. If we want to trade for someone who is signed through and want to keep that person, then Poti has to go.

Simple..sort of.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

i cant take this. Is is Wed yet? I just want to see the playoff roster.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 1, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

except I think the Caps love Poti. Why, I'm not sure. He's inconsistent, which is an improvement from the fact he was very consistently BAD since about the midway point of last year thru about a month ago.

BJackman is another defenseman who I'm not sure fits into the Caps style of play. He's an in-your-face player who will take aggressive penalties to keep his zone clear. The restrained personality of the Caps doesn't lend itself to that type of player. A guy like Jackman is at his most effective if he's allowed to break a few eggs along the way. You look at a player like Erskine and what he's been reduced to over the years as a Cap - he mostly just glares now. He used to really rough up opposing forwards.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

ftr, I didn't see anything wrong with that Johanson hit. People are just overly sensitive now. The NHL survived for 8 decades without having to revamp their entire mentality on these alleged head shots. Granted, concussions are a serious thing and there's more awareness about it recently and thats a good thing. But shoulder hits to the uppper body should be perfectly legal imo. As long as the elbow isn't involved.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I gotta hand it to Ovie...he must be exhausted after the olymoics, media, and closing ceremonies, but he comes to practice anyway! I love how people try to pawn him off as a selfish player! Go Caps!

Posted by: capscoach | March 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

somebody explain the poti hate...

he has been our most consistent PK defender this season...which is important b/c every now and then Semin loses the puck in the offensive zone then...hooking #28, 2 minutes.

Posted by: carsonspence | March 1, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1:

my feeling is that if the Caps are going to make anything more than an appearance in 1 or 2 rounds, they need to turn Lumberjack loose and/or sign someone like Jackman. Our current D loves for opposing forwards to camp in our crease. that is a recipe for a round of early golf for Caps.

Posted by: doughless | March 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

But Jackman is a much better player than Erskine.

I think it would be dumb to trade Poti this year. The problem is that he is often on the #1 D pairing for defensive situations.

I think he is a solid defenseman and if the Caps acquire enough depth to have Poti as the 4th defenseman or maybe even a 3rd pairing defenseman then that would be great.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hope McPhee amd Ted realize standing pat is moving backwards. Other gms will not be standing pat, thus making their teams better.

Florida is having a fire sale. Ballard might help this team.

Posted by: barney56 | March 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

any thoughts on Kubina??

Posted by: doughless | March 1, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

That is exactly why we need a guy like Jackman, though. Is it not?

Sort of seems like an unneeded shot at the Caps system there.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

@ralph4100

If they do make a deal then Ted did not lie. Noone makes trades at the deadline. They make them before it.

Posted by: lornemyoung | March 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@ralph4100

If they do make a deal then Ted did not lie. Noone makes trades at the deadline. They make them before it.

Posted by: lornemyoung | March 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Kubina would be good. But if Leopold went for a second, it will cost more. Maybe a first.

Also, Atlanta might want players to make a run. Shoane plus a second might do it.

Posted by: barney56 | March 1, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1:

my feeling is that if the Caps are going to make anything more than an appearance in 1 or 2 rounds, they need to turn Lumberjack loose and/or sign someone like Jackman. Our current D loves for opposing forwards to camp in our crease. that is a recipe for a round of early golf for Caps.

Posted by: doughless | March 1, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

ok, i get that, and i'm a huge proponent of that type of defensive effort. But if you look at the Caps philosophy over the past 10 years, clearing the crease has never been a huge priority on this team. Under Hanlon, that part was probably emphasized a bit more but we didn't have the personnel who could really do it effectively. Under Boudreau, they added one guy (Erskine) who could do it but since its not emphasized team-wide, our other guys who have some size (Mo, Juice, Schultz etc) never really incorporated this into their game.

Point is, looking for a prototypical crease-clearer who is also good defensively is a fine goal to have. But unless that mentality is enforced team-wide, your benefits are minimal. And that one defenseman will stick out like a sore thumb because he'll be the only guy pushing and shoving forwards from the crease which will likely lead to some PPs against etc. And then he'll end up being a fan/coach target who will want him to be more restrained. Can't have it both ways.

The better way to go would be to get all our defensemen to react with more crease urgency. That way if our big tough defenseman isn't on the ice, our other players are still knocking forwards down in front of our goalie and cleaning up rebounds. To set an expection of only having one player perform this role will result in very minimal benefits. All of our defensemen are capable of playing with a lot more crease awareness.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Lets wait and see what GM does before we start feeding him to the sharks. Price should not matter this season! Even a prospect like Alzner. Carlson. or even Nuevy should not be off the table. This could be our best chance for a while. Its time to go all in.

Posted by: capscoach | March 1, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

the reason I took away 'no trades' from Ted's post is he says he's trying to manage expectations. He knows everyone is saying it's critical to make the final moves for cup contention and he doesn't want people disappointed when we do nothing. They must have already determined there aren't trades out there that are "worth it" and are trying to keep things in perspective for the backlash.

Posted by: ralph4100 | March 1, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I think the Caps need to add a proven winner. While adding Chimera, Knuble and Morrison has been nice during the regular season, they've never really won at this level. I think GMGM really needs to look at adding a Cup winner or two to help BB and the boys with the little things needed to win the Stanley Cup.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 1, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

any thoughts on Kubina??

Posted by: doughless | March 1, 2010 12:28 PM |

Definitely my favorite out of the rumored group.

A poor man's Regehr with more offense, if you will.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The Pens aquired Leopold

Posted by: instinct227 | March 1, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Ted may be trying to temper expectations, but that does not mean we will not trade...in fact I would be shocked if at least one move was not made by the deadline.

A lot of names have been tossed around...Even Vokoun has been mentioned for us...which the only way I see that happening is if GMGM doesn't have the ability to amp up our D, or the faith that they can improve before playoff time.

Posted by: capscoach | March 1, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

somebody explain the poti hate...
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Can't speak for anyone else and I really have no idea how many fans like or dislike Poti. But my dislike for him really started at the end of 2007, it grew in the playoffs v Philly, and then I thought he got worse last year when he got back from his groin injury and into the playoffs. I don't dislike him personally, I just think he makes too many mistakes for a player who is counted upon to play a lot of minutes and be a veteran leader who can be looked upto. He makes too many careless clears or flubs defensively when he has the puck that leads to extended offensive-zone opportunity for the other team. That's it, that's why I dislike him. I wish I had a Poti collage to post somewhere, esp from last yr's playoffs v the Pens. He made so many dumb clearing passes or whiffed on them that went right to the Penguins and it burned up a lot of unnecessary energy for our team running around in our own end. To me, he's not a top 4 guy by any stretch. He's a liability defensively. And when you already have a Mike Green who pulls a lot of minutes and is known to be a tad lackadaisical with that puck, you need everyone else to be on top of their game. The best upgrade on this team wouldn't be to replace Erskine, it would be to replace Poti simply because we count on Poti to do much more than Erskine

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Knuble did win a cup with Detroit. Only played a few games in the playoffs, but his name is on the cup.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | March 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

something is coming...

i mean...no one exactly saw the Huet, Fedorov, Cooke deals coming a few years back.

Posted by: carsonspence | March 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

From Ted's Take: "We won’t do anything dumb. We won’t get too far off our plan.

Get excited. No one knows what will happen by Wednesday but I threw out our “stupid pills” a couple of years ago. :-) I believe in George and our scouts. We will do the right thing the right way. Go Caps!"

Sounds right to me. I guess if Ted buys the Wiz, Grunfeld is gone.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 1, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I've hated Poti since I watched him "run" the powerplay with the rags. When your job gets taken over by Fedor Tyutin..you're doing it wrong.

I'll commend him when he does good, but I never really liked Poti. Posters have pointed to his ability to clear the puck/kill penalties, but I see him bluff up a clear as much as any other of our blue liners.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What about Dennis Seidenberg or Jordan Leopold from FL? They are both UFA at end of year and 2.25M and 1.75M respectively. Not big splashes but guys we can probably get for picks. Seidenberg leads FL in both blocked shots and minutes so he should step in as a number 4 (to play with Poti).

Posted by: DWGie | March 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

From Ted's Take: "We won’t do anything dumb. We won’t get too far off our plan.
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translation: stay cheap and only get an expensive player if he's a rental.

So that means any impending FAs are potential acquisitions. The Caps historically also haven't resigned players they've picked up near the deadline. From Rick Tocchet to Matt Cooke.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Knuble did win a cup with Detroit. Only played a few games in the playoffs, but his name is on the cup.

Posted by: capsfansince74

Even he admits he was just a passenger going along for the ride on that Redwings team.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Also, Poti makes 3.5 mil/yr and is signed through.

ShaMo and Pothier, are pending free agents.

@DWGie

Leopold was just traded to the Pens for a 2nd. As for Seidenberg, he would be an upgrade, but mostly offensively. I don't see him being better than Kubina, Jackman, Hamhuis, etc.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I don't understand your logic. I agree that Poti gets too much time as a high pairing defenseman, but if he is better than Erskine (which he clearly is) wouldn't the best move be trading for a defender that could move Poti down to the 3rd pair and Erskine out. That would give the Caps the most value. Not having a newly acquired D-man replace Poti and keeping Erskine.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The only ones off the table should be:
OV, Backstrom, Green, Carlson, Knuble, Laich,Varly, and Neuvy.

Posted by: barney56 | March 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What about Dennis Seidenberg or Jordan Leopold from FL? They are both UFA at end of year and 2.25M and 1.75M respectively. Not big splashes but guys we can probably get for picks. Seidenberg leads FL in both blocked shots and minutes so he should step in as a number 4 (to play with Poti).

Posted by: DWGie | March 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I like Seidenburg and was hoping the Caps would have signed him this season as a free agent. He's very strong on his skates and is a pretty good defensive player, keeps it simple along the boards. Takes out the player, clears the puck. I don't see the Caps pursuing him because they weren't interested in getting him for free as a FA after he came off a pretty strong season last yr.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Heres the way I see it...The caps or going to live or die on the speciality teams. We match up with anyone 5 on 5 but 4 on 5 not so much. Thats why we need DEFENSE. I dont mean just any defense man, a defense man that only scores assists by ACCIDENT. His only love is clearing creases and pucks. A guy who wont take any crap from no one near his goalie. If we can find a guy or maybe two like that we are the number one contender. Also I agree with most of you that a 2nd center would also be nice but only if he plays defense to.
I dont want to be citical of anyones opinion but if anyone wants us to get a goalie their crazy.

Posted by: cptjack70 | March 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

they need to bring back Johansson and Cote... I bet they can still play

Posted by: joek443 | March 1, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

From my understanding, Seidenberg's biggest contribution is usually his offense. But if he is as described above, then add him to the "list of people who won't be traded to the Caps probably."

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I don't understand your logic. I agree that Poti gets too much time as a high pairing defenseman, but if he is better than Erskine (which he clearly is) wouldn't the best move be trading for a defender that could move Poti down to the 3rd pair and Erskine out. That would give the Caps the most value. Not having a newly acquired D-man replace Poti and keeping Erskine.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

just goes back to "roles" for me I guess. I think Erskine plays his 3rd pairing role a bit better than Poti does. Erskine's better at banging bodies when he's playing against 3rd and 4th liners than Poti is. Go back to last yr's playoffs, Erskine played great against the Rangers who were a grind it out team. He came back from an injury v Pittsburgh and looked out of place, as did Poti. I can't make a strong case for wanting Erskine in there v Poti except I just think Erskine fulfills a role on that 3rd pairing better than Poti does. Its like Flash - is he better on the 4th line than Bradley ? hell no. Yet, Flash has a much better skillset than does Brads. So why wouldn't you automatically replace guys like Steckel, Brads, Laing with Flash, Perrault etc? Because of the roles these players are expected to play.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@cptjack70

I mentioned the goalie thing becuase thats what I have heard on the rumor hill...not because I want a goalie.

Dear Hockey Gods,

Please send the Caps a strong defenseman, better play in the defensive zone and if you are feeling particularly generous, then a 2nd line center...Amen

Posted by: capscoach | March 1, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

From my understanding, Seidenberg's biggest contribution is usually his offense. But if he is as described above, then add him to the "list of people who won't be traded to the Caps probably."

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

his biggest contribution imo is his defensive physical play. He's not an open ice hitter but he hits hard and usually wins every battle along the boards. He's had 280 hits over the past 2 yrs. But unlike Jackman, he doesn't have a real mean streak or reputation for being intimidating in the crease. He's a more consistent responsible version of Jurcina.

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I don't see a "3rd" defensive pair like a third line up front... if they get someone better than Poti, he's not gonna sit while Erskine plays

it will be Erskine who sits

Posted by: joek443 | March 1, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Here is blurb on Seidenberg from NHL.com:

First on the team and first in the league in blocked shots (175)...First on the team in hits (133)... First in ice time (22:51)...Notched two assists Nov. 27 vs TOR...Recorded first multi-point game (two assists) Oct. 30 at DAL...Registered first point (assist) while making Panthers debut Oct. 2 at CHI.

Posted by: DWGie | March 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Is he a pending free agent though?

Kubina and Hamhuis still seem a bit more attractive, since they are pending free agents.


Only if Poti was traded...

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

If you are asking about Seidenberg, yes, he is an UFA after this year.

Posted by: DWGie | March 1, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I think you guys have convinced me on Seidenberg.

I'm still pulling for Kubina, but those stats are hard to pass by.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 1, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't see a "3rd" defensive pair like a third line up front... if they get someone better than Poti, he's not gonna sit while Erskine plays

it will be Erskine who sits

Posted by: joek443 | March 1, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

its not that cut and dried. Its about matchups. And there are going to be times when Erskine will be a better option than someone else. Now since it appears this team loves Poti, I agree that it would be bizarre to scratch Poti in favor of JE. But situationally speaking, Erskine would be better against a grind it out team and maybe someone like a Pothier/Poti would be better as a 3rd pair option against a more speed-driven team.

Put it this way, if Erskine's a scratch to start off a series, Boudreau will definitely insert him into the lineup at some point if he feels our defense is getting bounced around like pinballs and we're losing some games. Lineups are not static entities, they're dynamic based on matchups and how a series is going. Same way you might find Flash getting scratched and a less skilled but more effective role player like Laing get inserted in for the same reasons outlined above

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Ted was on XM home ice this AM. Said they won't likely make any huge moves. Cited how they got a lot of their talent by trading players to "buyers" at the deadline and getting back good picks.

I suspect a Dman and possibly a center come our way.

Posted by: Capscup1 | March 1, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

capscoach-it wasnt a call-out, just a gneral statement. I think we agree on what the caps need.
I see pitt just picked up leopold. Great.
Crosby this, crosby that. pit this pitt that. canada this and canada that. Im so tired of this. Come on OVIE lets get it done..

Posted by: cptjack70 | March 1, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Another trade went down without any players of concern. St. Louis got a Goalie name Joe Fallon, and in return Chicago got Goalie Hannu Tovonen and Defenseman Danny Richmond.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 1, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

BTW as play starts after the break the Caps are 8 wins away from clinching the Southeast division and at least 3rd in the conference. Of course that number shrinks as the teams behind them lose. I suspect the Caps will break the 100 pt mark within the next two weeks even if they are playing just over .500 hockey.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Pittsburgh was smart enough to realize where they were vulnerable heading into the postseason with the loss of Gill and Scuderi over the summer.

Leopold is not the best defenseman in the game but he is solid and has playoff experience.

The Caps are so averse to trading any draft picks away but with Alzner, Carlson, Gustafsson et al already in the system, how many other younger players are going to get a spot here in Washington over the next 1-2 years?

Posted by: leopard09 | March 1, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I like Seidenburg and was hoping the Caps would have signed him this season as a free agent. He's very strong on his skates and is a pretty good defensive player, keeps it simple along the boards. Takes out the player, clears the puck. I don't see the Caps pursuing him because they weren't interested in getting him for free as a FA after he came off a pretty strong season last yr.

Posted by: cstanton1

The Caps had a very limited budget last summer and had to choose which direction to go first. In order to get Seidenburg they would have had to pass on Knuble. IMO a Knuble like player was a greater need than a Seidenburg type player. I don't remember the exact numbers, but I don't believe that passing on BMO would have provided enough cap space for Seidenburg instead. Like you and many others, I would also like to see a crease clearer that can also play solid D. The D doesn't have to be a monster ala Pronger or Phanouef, as I am not overly enthralled with monster hits in open ice at the expense of good solid positional D.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | March 1, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

got to agree with sgm3 - why does everyone want to trade Poti? To upgrade the d the Caps need to replace the weakest link, and that certainly is not Poti. IMO that would be Sloan (though he's probably not tradeable), Morrisonn, Schultz, Erskine (but he would be my last choice since he represents most of our toughness on d).

Posted by: ds_kelly | March 1, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin needn't have arrived back in DC exhausted and burned out after making three connections on red-eyes.

If he insisted on flying commercial, there are DAILY non-stops from Vancouver. Couldn't be that hard to have bought a ticket as soon as the Olympic schedule was set.

And, seriously, didn't he just sign a $123M contract (all guaranteed in the NHL). Try flying direct on NetJets or some other charter carrier. Sheesh.

Posted by: longtimedem | March 1, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm totally amazed by all this love for Varly. WHY?!! What good is a goalie who can't catch the puck? And, this guy has SERIOUS ISSUES in that regard.
To my way of thinking, Neuvy is hands down our brightest hope for the future. He has an outstanding glove. His rebound control is ( By far ) the best of the three. and, I like his calm demeanor very much.
I'd package Varly in a heart beat. He's not the answer. And, his "Entitlement" attitude sucks!

Posted by: Puckguru | March 1, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

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