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Posted at 8:14 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Capitals recall Patrick McNeill

By Katie Carrera

The Capitals recalled defenseman Patrick McNeill from the Hershey Bears and if he makes it into the lineup in Wednesday's game against Anaheim it will mark his NHL debut.

Recalling McNeill likely is a move that corresponds with the uncertainty of Mike Green's status for the contest against the Ducks.

McNeill has 35 points (eight goals) in 62 games 13 points in 26 games for the Bears this season after a lengthy recovery from undergoing reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder this summer. He will wear number 46 for the Capitals.

By Katie Carrera  | February 15, 2011; 8:14 PM ET
Categories:  Patrick McNeill  
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Comments

http://www.tedstake.com/2011/02/15/they-scored-on-their-power-play/#comments

Read the comments. Pretty tremendous read. In large part, the fans have had enough of this.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 15, 2011 8:28 PM | Report abuse

@ underpants2

I am actually shocked that the comments were actually left there for everyone to see. Thanks for the link as I almost never go to his blog, only so much of his rose clored views I can deal with.

Posted by: bqts | February 15, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Am I am the only one wondering if the players want BB fired? I remember that last game before BB came, how lazy the players were and listless.. you could tell that they didn't want to play. I feel like I see that again; there just doesn't seem to be respect there to some extent.. just avoidance that wasn't there a year ago.

Posted by: kmr2r | February 15, 2011 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I want the Caps to acquire Chris Neil. I think he would be a great player to play with Semin on a line(I know Semin would have to move to LW). Having Neil creating scrums around the net and punishing anyone who touched Semin would seem like the perfect winger to pair with Semin. If the Caps aren't able to acquire a center then you have Laich play center on the 2nd line with Neil and Semin. Semin sort of just dances around and does things sort of on his own and likes to shoot from the outside, while Laich enjoys playing near the net but not creating huge traffic. So Neil could create all the havoc while taking the beating that creates a rebound and Laich could be there to put the rebound away.

This is out of left field and is based on nothing but me day dreaming, but I like the idea. I want the Caps to get Chris Neil.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 15, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps players want BB fired, they should be very careful what they wish for. The odds are very good that a replacement would be a hard-a*s who would make many of their lives miserable.

Posted by: zmega | February 15, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse

@zmega
You are right. They are playing in a way that is going to get BB fired. Here they have a friendly coach who gives the stars every break in the world, and yet they are the ones pushing him out.
I remember when Ron Wilson left he said something such as "sometimes your message gets stale, and they don't listen anymore". I think BB's message and antics got stale with this group 5 months ago. He appears to have lost the team even though for the most part he's their best buddy.

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 15, 2011 10:10 PM | Report abuse

"If the Caps players want BB fired, they should be very careful what they wish for."

Look, I don't think they are going to fire BB this year and even if they do they are just going to promote from with-in.

It's time for a change, but it's just not going to happen this year. Not what people want anyway.

Personally, I think they just don't have the players to run the new system they want to. I liken it to the 'Skins going from the 4-3 to the 3-4 this past season.

They just don't have the parts.

Saying that, just let them play. As the boner head on Versus said last night "I like the system they played last year." That might not be the answer long-term, but they are losing anyway.

Just let them play, they have too much talent to be the way they are right now. Nobody is scared of them this year and they are playing like poo.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | February 15, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin scored the 2-1 game winner for the Bears in Norfolk tonight. Certainly a better second line center to create some offense than Perreault or Johansson.

Posted by: dull | February 15, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

@Ray

I agree with you that they dont have the parts needed. And that is why people get so frustrated with Ted and McPhee because they keep trying to tell everyone we do and spin things for their benefit.

Posted by: ThePat | February 15, 2011 10:33 PM | Report abuse

ThePat

we still can take contracts up to $5million annualy. my sense is that this is not the final roster for the playoffs

Posted by: samb99 | February 15, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps players want BB fired, they should be very careful what they wish for. The odds are very good that a replacement would be a hard-a*s who would make many of their lives miserable.

Posted by: zmega | February 15, 2011 9:33 PM | Report abuse
May be better have miserable lives and play real hockey game, but not ahl dump and chase hockey aka BB style

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 15, 2011 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Just let them play, they have too much talent to be the way they are right now. Nobody is scared of them this year and they are playing like poo.
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The thing is they do NOT have that much talent, that's just what BB and his gimmicky system had everyone believing till they finally got figured out in the playoffs last year.

And they had a long losing streak in December when they were still using that gimmicky system. Some misguided people on here still believe that all they have to do is go back to that system and everything will be fine again.

Well I have some bad news for them - it ain't gonna happen. They should have traded away guys like Semin, Laich, Fehr and 55 when their stocks were still high and got some real players who can help you win in return.

Posted by: joek443 | February 15, 2011 10:49 PM | Report abuse

The Bruins are set to announce a trade. Apparently they are getting Chris Kelly from Ottawa for a draft pick.

Posted by: ThePat | February 15, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Who started BS that we need Aucoin in nhl? Him and Alex Giroux are ahlers for life. WE all remember how Giroux was dominating AHL, but when he came to the Caps, he was clueless, Aucoin was not better

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 15, 2011 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@beforeitstoolate

Of course Acouin is an AHL lifer, but we have Matty P playing 2C and he more than likely is Aucoin junior and will also be an AHL lifer

Posted by: ThePat | February 15, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Two players McPhee needs to target: Milan Hejduk, Stephen Weiss

Posted by: underpants2 | February 15, 2011 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Kelly is gone for 2nd round. way to go GEORGE!

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 15, 2011 11:01 PM | Report abuse

I am glad we are not in the same conference as the Flyers and the Bruins, they are both going for it.

Oh wait...

Posted by: underpants2 | February 15, 2011 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I am afraid that we might get Kovalev from Ottawa, since Senators started the firesale :(

Posted by: beforeitstoolate | February 15, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

@beforeitstoolate

Kelly is a 3C and a good fit for Boston. He's another Belanger type basically. We need much more than that. He's not a 2C. We need a 2C and a top 6 W. I wouldnt be upset about this one other than it helps Boston out. But it is a smart deal for Boston.

Posted by: ThePat | February 15, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is still looking for a perfect deal, too bad GMs like Espo ain't around anymore to accommodate him.

you just keep looking George... hopefully you'll be looking for a new job as well very soon!!!

Posted by: joek443 | February 15, 2011 11:11 PM | Report abuse

"Read the comments. Pretty tremendous read. In large part, the fans have had enough of this."

Yet another reason why Ted shouldn't be blogging about the Caps. He's always so selective about what he allows to be posted, so he's clearly making a statement here. He still hasn't learned his lesson from the Jagr signing and is still meddling in hockey operations. It's not helpful. If he's dissatisfied he needs to get himself a new GM.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 15, 2011 11:13 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal-(3,000 threads ago)

Sorry it took so long to respond. I just got back to a computer.

The reason I'm not buying BB's "they're losing because they aren't listening to me" argument is because 1) I don't believe the players are willfully defying him and 2) his "system" seems to take the one size fits all approach.

BB always tells the press he wants the guys to dump it in, get it deep, go to the net. Every game, I see guys trying to do just that. Hell, I saw Semin, SEMIN, trying to get back on D when the puck was still deep in the Coyotes zone. Unfortunately, the other teams don't send out 6 orange cones so the Caps can play their game.

As tmac always points out, the Caps as a whole are slow, so if the puck is dumped in, there is a good chance the other team will get to it first. There are teams that are good at breaking the cycle or are physically stronger and can easily muscle our players off the puck. There are also teams that have a strong presence in the crease, making the Caps look like beer league players.

Good coaches and veterans understand that each match up is different and plan accordingly. Sometimes that means exploiting the triple coverage on Ovi by passing to Backstrom and having him carry the puck into the zone. Sometimes that means an extra pass or two. They just don't tell their team to hit Malkin so he will take a penalty and that Sidney Crosby is great. Or at the very least they don't tell the media that their team lost because they were lazy and didn't follow the ultimate game plan that will beat every team.

Also, this team is not nearly as good as the one last year or the year before. While MarJo, Carlson, and Alzner (didn't include Perreault) may have a greater upside than guys like ShaMo, BMo, Jurcina, Pothier, and even Flash, they are not better now. Nothing replaces that NHL experience.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 15, 2011 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@ablake70

I believe that Alzner and Carlson, right now, are better than ShaMo, Jurcina or Pothier have ever been.

I agree that MJ, right now, is not as good of a player as Flash. And not even close offensively(MJ is probably better defensively though).

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The Caps did not need or want Chris Kelly. The fact that he got traded is a good thing. That is one less team now looking for players(or at least Boston is probably done looking for forwards).

Acquiring Chris Kelly would've done almost nothing for the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 15, 2011 11:52 PM | Report abuse

we still can take contracts up to $5million annualy. my sense is that this is not the final roster for the playoffs

Posted by: samb99

The Caps can actually take over $6M annually right now and probably closer to $6.5M. The Caps have 24 guys on their roster right now, once Fehr comes back that will go to 23 as a player is sent down(so drop at least $600k). Then if the Caps trade for a roster player, another player will have to either be traded or waived. Either way, that gets rid of that contact (so at least another $600k).

So the Caps have a good amount of cap room to fit almost anyone under the salary cap. With Dallas tanking, could Brad Richards be a possibility again(I know it is highly unlikely, but I can dream).

I want the Caps to acquire Brad Richards and Chris Neil(would love Chris Phillips also, but can't get too greedy). I have no idea what it would take to get those guys(a lot) or the exact maneuvers needed to be made to get under the salary cap, but that's who I would want.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 16, 2011 12:03 AM | Report abuse

OV and Backie need to punch each other in the back of the head to get each other going. They need to try to have fun again.

GMGM needs to address the glaring weaknesses that have been apparent in the current team since last April. WTF are we doing? GMGM can't REALLY think the pieces are all in place!!! The GM job is not getting done if we're actually looking to go anywhere - or make the effing playoffs... A lot of other GM's seem to be doing their job.

BB either needs to change his message - or the way he delivers it. Actually I think he's actually lost the team... Too bad because he's a good guy. Change needed.

GMGM needs to jump on the CUP bandwagon at SOME point. It's great that we have a long-term plan, but the way things are shaking out, we may not even make the playoffs. Our PP is abysmal. Let's be proactive like the other teams who win 2+ rounds...

How many goals has our D scored this year? Like 15 at the most? Yeah, that's another weakness... We have 1-2 guys that should even think about pinching. That's it. Yes, I think there's a problem there...

These guys aren't having fun anymore. If your players aren't happy, they will not produce. Is that a system problem or a coaching problem? Hmmmm... I say yes.

It's unfortunate to see things playing out like this. BUT, I see other teams immediately addressing their own needs. I don't see us doing that.

I am yet another frustrated CAPS fan that has watched this scenario play out for decades...

Just my $.02

Posted by: sca187 | February 16, 2011 12:14 AM | Report abuse

As pessimistic as I am about the Caps' chances regardless of who they pick up, they really gotta go for it this year. Next year they will not have the luxury of having nearly this much cap space if they intend to resign most of their FAs this summer.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | February 16, 2011 12:21 AM | Report abuse

@leftcoast
@tominMUDSLIDEcali


The line from the God Father when Al says something to the effect that "I thought I got out of there, but they keep sucking me right back in."

When I left Grad school in California, I was so glad to be rid of guys like Leftcoast. "But, I keep gettin' sucked right back in." Leftcoast, you are a total "wack job" from Marin County. There is nothing positive to be said about the Caps at this point ! We call 'em as we see 'em here. That's why we come here to post. Go over to Japers if you can't stand to hear the truth !

That site stinks because no one can speak their piece. When people wonder how a state with the tax base of California is broke, it is because of idiots like you.

What they were doing in California was unsustainable. What GMGM is doing (Ted too) is unsustainable. These are not tough men on this club. Look what just happened as we played the Western teams. Think of what will happen when real serious hockey franchises (Pens,Flyers,B's) start to gear up for the playoffs. We are going to get ripped to shreds, IF (BIG "IF") we make the play offs.

Tell me something, ANYTHING, positive about the Caps situation considering the play offs are close. ANY THING POSITIVE THAT MAY PERTAIN TO PLAY OFF PERFORMANCE !

ANYTHING ! Now go back to your "hacy sack" game in the Haight.

And cease the pointless "positive vibs " crap. You're talken' to the wrong crowd DUDE !!

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 12:22 AM | Report abuse

@WaPo reporters

Love the cutting edge coverage on the major problems in the Caps locker room. When the Georgetown physicians are openly talking about it, the tension in the locker room must be pretty evident.

Great Fluff. Keep Ted happy !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 12:27 AM | Report abuse

@Hatfield

What FA's would a new GM sign ? We stink !

Big mystery of the season is not Ovi, it's "What the Heck is wrong with Nicky ?"

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 12:30 AM | Report abuse

@all fans of "jail break" hockey

Exactly what fancy trap are we running that has destroyed the power play EFFORT on this team ?

Look, if you can't play defense in the NHL, the words "Stanley Cup" should never come out of your mouth. NEVER !

Did ya' see what Jacque and the smurfs did to your "jail break" hockey.

If BB can't convince these guys to play offense, special teams, AND defense, he should be fired. ALL THREE FOR A CUP !
WE'VE GOT NONE OF THE THREE MCPHEE !! STOP THE LIES !

Posted by: Hunterforcoach | February 16, 2011 12:38 AM | Report abuse

@sgm3

I like the Carlson-Alzner pairing, but I don't have much faith in the playoffs. In a 7 games series, I think teams will take advantage of their inexperience. ShaMo, Juice, and Pothier are the opposite end of HOFers, but they knew their roles were decent in the playoffs. Who knows, they may have benefited from the Caps new defensive awareness.

Flash is a better NHL player, but not a better C the MarJo. Flash's stats benefited from God mode Semin. I wouldn't mind having Flash on the LW though.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 16, 2011 12:39 AM | Report abuse

OK, so we need a second line center. What qualities are needed in a 2C? Good puck handler, ability to skate thru traffic, good passer, better than avg shot, some defensive ability. Here is a different approach - How bout moving #52 to center. That would be interesting. Thoughts?

Posted by: justthefacts22 | February 16, 2011 12:43 AM | Report abuse

OK, so we need a second line center. What qualities are needed in a 2C? Good puck handler, ability to skate thru traffic, good passer, better than avg shot, some defensive ability. Here is a different approach - How bout moving #52 to center. That would be interesting. Thoughts?

Posted by: justthefacts22 | February 16, 2011 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Just to add:

I'm not pissed GMGM decided to upgrade the players he let go, just that he did it with rookies. Filling 5 key positions with rookies is not an upgrade in a Cup or bust year.

Posted by: ablake70 | February 16, 2011 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Get a 2C with some b@lls. Someone who would kill his own mother to win games in the playoffs. Grit, determination and leadership by example (and perhaps vocally). There is no other solution.

Pay whatever price needs to be paid.

Posted by: sca187 | February 16, 2011 1:02 AM | Report abuse

FYI, my next carefully-formulated comment is being held for approval because we wouldn't want to provoke any thought from anyone who actually cares...

Posted by: sca187 | February 16, 2011 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Our 2C should have some skill. Oh, and he should have some grit and character too.

Maybe he should have a competitive nature as well and not take losing as an acceptable result.

Posted by: sca187 | February 16, 2011 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I´m at Coco Beach and the captain of the catamaran we´re sailing on asks me the lineup against the Coyotes. When he learned DJK wasn´nt in he nearly sailed to NewZealand.

Too funny reading these posts from afar...I feel so disconnected!! BB still hasn´nt been fired yet?? I don´t think the team has won since I left country...IN FACT I KNOW THEY HAVENT WON. I´ll be back Saturday, and hopefully we´ll have a different coach by then. Looking forward to talking about hockey once again.

ps....lots of Canadians down here, met lots of hockey fans....proud to say a few hardcore Leaf fans told me I was the first and only hardcore Caps fan they´d ever met. Needless to say, I talked our team proud and they agreed that BB needs to go (though much to my chagrin, they hate Ronnie W. and spoke disparangily of him).

GET RID OF BB, TRIM SOME FAT VIA TRADES, AND LET´S GET ON W/THE BUSINESS OF WINNING A CUP!

Posted by: vermontcaps | February 16, 2011 1:43 AM | Report abuse

The team we have right now is so close to a Cup winning team. Add a vet team leader type (ideally a 2C). MaJo is ready, the goalies are ready. A left-handed defensive & vet 2C would finish this team. The team can domanate when they try. I just drank a whole gallon of kool-aid (or maybe vodka). 22-08-19-27-74 are playoff ready players. 01 is the goalie. 23-4-26 & the 4th liners give us a chance. I love 52 & have maybe able to carry 55.
In my current drunk state, I'm going to make a statement, our team (your team) has the makings of a dangerous playoff team. If Varly was was gay & I wasn't married, He would be somebody I would hit on!
Let's actually play the correct type of hockey in spite if the fat assed coach.
It's time for 22 & Laich to grab there sack & make is happen, Players, man up & take control. I hope this makes sense becasue i'm totaly trashed!
When we get to the playoffs you must simply Want it more than the other guy. Mr. Semin, it's time to be a man!
Kool-aid time! We are going to the Cup finals!

Posted by: chriscaps | February 16, 2011 1:44 AM | Report abuse

BTW, congrats to McNeil, I always enjoyed working at the airport so I could greet the new arrivals. i missed that stuff. Good like Pat!

Posted by: chriscaps | February 16, 2011 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the angry mod took down Ted's Take like Egypt's President Mubarak. The blog is now offline and the post where all the angry comments were being left is now gone. I wonder if the Bumper Boards being down for maintenance caused this. A lot of fans use that board to vent their frustrations and without that outlet, I wonder if Ted's blog became new place to air out grievances about the team.

Posted by: madflava | February 16, 2011 6:31 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the angry mod took down Ted's Take like Egypt's President Mubarak. The blog is now offline and the post where all the angry comments were being left is now gone. I wonder if the Bumper Boards being down for maintenance caused this. A lot of fans use that board to vent their frustrations and without that outlet, I wonder if Ted's blog became new place to air out grievances about the team.

Posted by: madflava |

You are right. Obviously, the mob has been heard. Good start, keep it up.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 16, 2011 7:33 AM | Report abuse

Ted take down a negative comment?? Naaaa. Can't be. You're kidding me, right!????

Posted by: rblatch45 | February 16, 2011 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Jerome Iginla.............?

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 7:54 AM | Report abuse

No more russians/euros... please.

I don't want Kovalev or Alfredsson...

In any trade, we need to move a player or 2.

Who is in their last year of their contract...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 16, 2011 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Yes.

Iginla would be a GREAT addition...

But, I still the the coaching philosphy has to change. We can bring Gretzky in right now and Bruce will have him playing defensive hockey only in 3 games.

Just look at Ovechkin...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 16, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

This may all work out. I think the panic button has worn out by now. Let's see where we stand after the Shittsburg game Tuesday. It could be a totally different situation by then. If we lose all 4 of those games heads really will roll.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 16, 2011 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Despite their troubles, I haven't given up on the ultimate mission.

However, regardless of wins and losses there are a lot of troubling things going on over the past 4 months.

1) Ovechkin can't score.
2) Backstrom is non-existent for large stretches of EVERY game (except Tampa).
3) Too many shutouts
4) Too many periods where we have less than 10 shots on net
5) Our powerplay couldn't score on a Bantam AAA team.
6) Mike Green has few points and is generating NO offense.


These are bad signs. I'm ok with 2 of the above happening. But ALL 6 at one time? And I'm talking over a period of 40 games.

That is what is most frustrating.

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 16, 2011 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I'll add my troubling trends to SoaringCaps list:

1. Inability to keep the puck in the offensive zone - combined with an inability to efficiently and effectively clear the puck from the defensive zone.
2. When Caps cycle the puck, no one goes to the slot/crease area.
3. Can't navigate the neutral zone.
4. Consistantly slow movement to the puck.

Posted by: seth_malaguerra | February 16, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

All this talk about the need for a 2c ignores the fact that the top four wings aren't netting good shots when they get them, and the blueliners are taking long point shots that can be stopped. I'm not sure how a different center would change either of those problems.

Posted by: tfirey | February 16, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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