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Poll: Tonight's Scrimmage

Here are the lineups for tonight's three-on-three scrimmage:

Team Theodore:

Goal
Theodore
Defense
Green
Poti
Pothier
Jurcina
Forwards
Brashear
Kozlov
Nylander
Backstrom
Fleischman
Fedorov

Team Johnson:

Goal
Johnson
Defense
Erskine
Schultz
Morrisonn
Forwards
Laich
Gordon
Semin
Clark
Fehr
Steckel
Ovechkin
Bradley

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 29, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
 
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Comments

First comment? Wow!

Wait... POTHIER is in the lineup?! I assume this is a no-contact "scrimmage" like the All-Star game was, then...?

Posted by: irockthered | January 29, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

3 v 3 too many grinders on Johnny's team - more finesse on Theo's team.

Again, is this for charity or just to entertain rich white people?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 29, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

A blurb tomorrow about Pothier's performance would be great, Tarik.

Even if it is no-contact, this is a huge step. Remember, he was once bedridden for weeks after just playing with his kids. A three-on-three scrimmage is a huge jump even from reports this offseason.

Posted by: JohninMpls | January 29, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

From the previous thread: @gtydings: hahahahaha. Can barely see through the tears in my eyes. My point was, unless it is a charity event, it should be open to the public, as are other Capitals practices. If Chevy Chase Country Club is the one that shuts the event off to the public the Capitals should walk away and play somewhere else. When I say the Capitals, I mean ownership. Do you really think that these guys want to go outside and freeze their butts off to get back to their roots.
I don't want to get back into my beater car that generated heat 20 minutes after I drive off on a cold winter day, heck no, I want my car that is warm enough to ride around in a T-shirt 5 minutes after I drive off. If the snobs want to see the Caps practice, or scrimmage, they can go to the top of the Ballston center like the rest of us steerage.

If it should be closed for any group of people it should be for season ticket holders. This 3 on 3 game is going to be cool.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 29, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Pothier is playing? Awww, that rocks. I assume it's non-contact, then. I so hope he can get cleared for contact this season, even knowing the cap nightmare it'll create if he does play this season.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 29, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

To all you people whining because the practice is not open to the public today, if you listened to Bruce's post-practice interview yesterday he referred to the outdoor thing as a "team bonding opportunity" not a "fan bonding opportunity." It's not alway about YOU. Let the guys have their fun without a bunch of fans stalking them.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 29, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock1 - I totally agree with you.

Charity event = cool.

Entertaining rich people for no reason other than they can pay for it = not so cool.

Posted by: irockthered | January 29, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@gtydings - If I had a spare $80k lying around, I certainly would NOT join some country club. I can think of much better things to do with my $80k... like getting a better camera than the one I have, and travelling.

Posted by: irockthered | January 29, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

@tess2201: Every road trip is a team bonding opportunity. Your comment makes absolutely no sense. The area in which the CCCC rink sits holds so few people that the players are going to feel closed in more than they do at a regular practice. Unfortunately they will be surrounded by some hockey fans, and then others (non-hockey fans) that will only be there to say they were there. Kind of like the expanded fan base at Verizon that are there because the Caps are good (thanks for helping pay the salries) but won't sit their A$$e$ down during the game because it's the cool thing to do in town.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 29, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

From the Chevy Chase Club website:

The Capitals will be on the ice at 6pm. Afterward, they will eat dinner and will be signing autographs as they leave approxamitely (sic) 7:30 - 8:30. The Pee Wee selects and Pee Wee CBHL WILL have practice 7:25 - 8:25 (shared ice). House league and girls club practice have been cancelled due to the event. All practices after 8:30 are on as scheduled.

Posted by: irockthered | January 29, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

IRTR

Since you have a spare $80K, can I have your old camera? We'll set the exchange at Mr. Days at an away game and you can buy me a beer. :D

Posted by: Greg S. | January 29, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Too many grinders in Johnny's team? AO, Semin, Steckel, Laich? I'll take 'em. Of course, Theo has totally stacked his skater squad with Russians (bar AO) and Scandos. He's knows what's what on the pond. Seems that Johnny also has a severe lack of speed on D.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I think this is really awesome the team is doing this. Every once in a while a team needs to have some fun to get away from the mental and physical grind. This could be a good refresher for the guys without having a few hunderd sets of eyes watching you.

I think team Theodore has the better defensive group (Poti, Pothier, Green) while Johnson has the better forwards overall (Ovechkin, Semin, Laich...). This would be fun to watch.

Tarik, possibly some photos??

Posted by: dcox50 | January 29, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S. - You. Wish. LOL! ;-)

I wish I *did* have a spare $80k lying around!

But I'll still buy you a beer at the next Mister Days outing, LOL!

Posted by: irockthered | January 29, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1:
I'm just quoting Bruce when I say "team bonding."

They did this last year, they'll probably do it again next year. B*tching about it won't change a thing. Get over it. Be glad you can go to Kettler and see most of the practices. Those of us who live farther away don't even get to do that.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 29, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll get the second round. Had a good time last time. :)

Posted by: Greg S. | January 29, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

@dcox50 - I expect there WILL be a few hundred sets of eyes glued to the ice tonight. And after dinner, they get to sign autographs on their way out, with an "approximate" departure time.

But I do agree that the 3-on-3 scrimmage should be a blast for the guys, no matter who it's in front of. I'd like to see Boudreau in his referee's stripes, LOL!

At least the guys should have a really good meal out of the deal, if the last country club I managed to eat at was any indication. ;-)

This one's so exclusive that the content of their website can't be viewed by non-members, apart from a few short pop-up links... How's a non-member supposed to find out anything at all, like how to join up, etc. = or even if they would WANT to sign up! - without access to the content of the website?

Posted by: irockthered | January 29, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Tess2201: Actually B*tching about it might change it as long as I go through my season ticket Rep. FYI, I come from the Eastern Shore to see the Caps play at Verizon. Verizon-70 miles for me, Kettler-75 miles, Chevy Chase-70 miles (but can't get in). Again, I wouldn't even care, I swear, if Kettler was locked down so these guys could do some "team bonding." I've dealt with many members of the CCCC first hand, and unless they are paying for the Caps to have a closed practice, they shouldn't even be considered for something that incredible. If they are rich enough to be a member of the CCCC they can become a season ticket holder if they want exclusive access to the team. Of course is this coming from someone who had to pay his own way to get where he is today. Anyone who hasn't (like my kids) won't understand why it irks me so much.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 29, 2009 1:30 PM | Report abuse

OK, done...the Caps should have fun, and then get back to work tomorrow.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 29, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Why are there 6 forwards on Theo's team and 8 on Johnson's??

Posted by: tma28 | January 29, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, why would you care about this one practice when what, 150 throughout the year are open to the public? Is it because the fact that it's outdoors makes it unique, in the tradition of hockey roots? If that's the case I guess I see your point that it's a drag that everyone can't experience it. But if its simply that you feel simply every single practice should be open throughout the year, and anything less is undemocratic, then that seems a little over the top.

But how do you know the Caps don't enjoy it? Playing outside is definitely in the pond hockey spirit, everyone who knows hockey know this... I think its cool the Caps get to do this, and I also see the logistical problems of opening it up to the public, since it's outdoors and more unique and might be a much bigger draw.

Otherwise this is general country club bashing, which makes sense, but has nothing to do with the Caps. I bet the Caps love it....

Posted by: capsfan7 | January 29, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

the goalies just picked based on who they wanted on their team i thought. johnny wants more offense on his side?

Posted by: abuddy2004 | January 29, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Wow, just let them have their fun. Who cares about the venue or that it is closed to the general public? It is just them having some fun. The country club members that get a look are lucky, but so what?

Jeez folks, get a grip. They allow so much access at Kettler with all of the free open practices. I certainly don't begrudge them having a little fun when I can't watch. Good for them.

Posted by: _Mark | January 29, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I want to know who was picked last. I would say Schultz but my guess is dmen went first (stupid goalies!).

Posted by: waitingsince75 | January 29, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1:
I see your point. I've had nothing handed to me; I worked to get where I am today too. But in the greater scheme of things, it's just one practice...it's just not worth obsessing over. Truce. We'll agree to disagree.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 29, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan7: A few reasons. First, the 3 on 3 game is not something regularly done by the Caps so it's unique in that respect. Second, I doubt the Caps have made this a closed event, the CCCC probably has, which IMO means the Caps should walk away. Third, every hockey program would love to have exclusive access to the Caps at their rink for their youth hockey players, besides having an outdoor rink, why the wealthiest group in the area with one of the weakest youth programs?

Anyhow, that's where I am coming from. No, I don't believe every practice should be open to the public. The players and coaches really don't ever get a chance to be regular people. Bruce may hold back, or an unresolved issue between players may not happen because the team is always exposed to the public. I believe a majority should be private so these guys can yell, cuss, and work out problems so they are ready for the next game.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 29, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Re: The scrimmage,

To be fair, after the scrimmage the groundskeepers have got to clear the course afterwards for gophers.

/ducks

JMU/Dave,

Email sent.

Posted by: Section117 | January 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

waitingsince75, according to Steinberg, Ovi was second to last, so draw your own conclusions.

Posted by: koalatek | January 29, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

i thought tarik said morrison and the sexy lumberjack were the first two taken? but they are on the same team

Posted by: _stevo | January 29, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Update:

Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead: Really really Good News UPDATE!!!

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

Posted by: windjammersouth | January 29, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I think I hear JT60 and Brent talking about a trade involving Nyls. Any one know anything about that?

I not bothered by the CC thing. It's not a practice, it's an event.

I hope they have a grand time and I hope no one gets hurt. Maybe I'll fire up my DVD of Pond Hockey at home tonight, imagine I'm there, and start speaking with a Canadian accent.

Have fun, guys.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

fanohock, all fair points in general, but this is about the Caps having a chance to play on an outdoor rink, plain and simple, and nothing else. They are not going because they were enticed by rich people, or care one way or another that they are rich. I totally agree it would be great for them to cycle through the local rinks, that would be great PR and fan-building for the Caps, and great for all local clubs. But for now, to ask why are they doing it there other than the fact they have an outdoor rink-- well, that's the only reason. It doesn't matter that they are wealthy, exclusive, or how good their youth hockey is.

Its the outdoor ice.

Posted by: capsfan7 | January 29, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It would be cool to build and outdoor rink on the Mall and have the Caps play them three-on-three there for a few sessions and then build stands for 20,000 (we did for the inaguration, right?) and have a Winter Classic vs. the Flyers at night. Light up the monuments and take it all in...

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

capsfan7 is correct in outlining the reasons why the caps go to CCC. Fanhock1, I commend you for earning your own way in life -- it's a beautiful thing that our country is still a meritocracy (see, e.g., our new President). Maybe one day you'll realize the many benefits that a club can offer you and your children, and then you might see things differently. Snobs are snobs whether they're rich or poor, club members or not. I hope that any ill-will in these comments is more a product of "I wish I could be there," rather than "F the people of CCC."

Posted by: Mo-Ris | January 29, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

@saintex: You just know the weather would so oblige us by being 50 degrees and rainy :)

Still makes me wonder if next year the Winter Classic will involve the Caps. I can see them doing Montreal/Boston.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 29, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@saintex
Nyls invoked his no movement clause. Johnny tried to package Clark and Schultz, but Theo is up against the cap and wouldn't give up Fedorov to make the salaries match.

Posted by: koalatek | January 29, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

would love to be there to see this practice, but either way, i think its great that they do it. Im sure the players love it.

i dont see dc ever getting a winter classic here simply because you just cant predict our weather. could easily be freezing cold and perfect for hockey, or we could get a 50 degree day and ruin the whole thing!

Posted by: capsfansince74 | January 29, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

How did this draft work? Didn't the Bog say that Erskine and Morrisonn were the first 2 taken, but they're on the same team?

Posted by: sirbobalew | January 29, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@stevo...

obviously I didn't read earlier comments carefully enough...

Posted by: sirbobalew | January 29, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

koalatek,

That's what I'm hearing. The cap is a pain and I'm sure that the CBA and the NMC will abort the deal. Where are our resident capologists to sort this out? I also heard the Theo wanted to bring up Alzer for the event but was afraid Brent would claim him off waivers.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

GET A GRIP! The majority of teams in the NHL open up maybe 1 in 10 of their practices. We not only have open practices, we have a great place to have open practices. Does not make much sense to complain about a one shot deal, unless you just hate country clubs. I would imagine this is being held there because of a long list of Caps players that have been members of this club in the past. Keep in mind that most Caps lived in MD before the practice facility was built in VA. The food will probably be average at best, the food at Congressional is not great and the food at Army/Navy is OK, so I would not expect a lot from CCCC.

Posted by: majiksea | January 29, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

@capsfan7- I care only because this practice (which is actually way cooler than a practice) isn't during work hours. Sure, the Caps have a ton of open practices, but I can't go. I'm not sure what you do at 11AM Monday through Friday, but I know I'm at work, north of Bethesda starting at 8:30AM.

Maybe if I was CCCC member I'd be free at 11AM during work hours.

Posted by: Jeslettt | January 29, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps are involved I think a nation's capital vs. nation's capital would be cool and we could play in Ottawa. I think the weather there would cooperate.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Fanohock,

From what I remember, its an undersized sheet of ice at CCCC. Also, I don't recall much in the way of stands, and parking is limited. Add to that security needs, insurance issues and the fact that the Caps do this most years. can you just let it go...I will...

Posted by: NJNJ | January 29, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I hope the PK looks better at tonight's game. Both teams need some muscle in front to shield the goalie and push the other thugs out of the crease. I'd really like to see the percentages increase.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, seriously, what gives Tarik? Bruce clearly said yesterday that Mo and Erskine were the first two picks. Now he's making me look like a liar. This is rigged. I blame CCCCCCC members, Nylander, Malkin's agent, Bettman and voting scripts.

Posted by: DanSteinberg1 | January 29, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

in fourth grade I picked everyone who never got picked for my kickball team. I thought I was nice. my team hated me for it. then we got spanked.
I'm with you, hoser. share the love!

Posted by: oo7 | January 29, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Stop with the passive aggresive overthrow of the Caps beat writer Steinz.

Posted by: Section117 | January 29, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg busting onto the blog with a smackdown. You're not here to fact-check are you? Bruce knows you don't cover the Caps enough so he just fed you some names to make you look bad. BB and Tarik are laughing over a beer right now.

By the way, you might want to write out the Clutterbuck for Nylander trade that was just confirmed.

All kidding aside, nice to see you join us in here.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

capsfansince74

"...we could get a 50 degree day and ruin the whole thing!

In the days shortly after I realized that the probability that I could be a pro hockey player were dramatically less than "you've got to be kidding me", I played on a sheet that was covered but opened on the sides. The temp would get to maybe upper 30's low 40's. The air was damp and the ice cold. Made for great "clouds" under the roof.

I could imagine the cameras trying to shoot through the fog to see players let alone pucks at RFK.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 29, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

If that really is Dan Steinberg, man you're funny. I used to blow over your column (maybe it was the lack of caps coverage...), but now I'm strangely drawn to it...

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 29, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The comments from some individuals here makes it clear why this is a closed event. Imagining a bunch of drunken a-holes crashing CCCC with their Gartner and Iafrate jerseys, dressed in acid washed jeans and black hightop Reeboks is a pretty funny visual.

One "closed" practice and it's whine, whine, whine.

Posted by: gtydings | January 29, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Would be cool a video of this was posted in the Caps site after.

Pothier is playing?! Woah!

---

@ mauree

Noticed your post directed at me in one of the previous threads (I hate this format... impossible to not miss stuff).

Obviously Boudreau likes Schultz because as soon as he was well enough he was inserted back into the line-up. I tend to think Bruce knows hockey slightly better than you (also, note the sarcasm). If you want specifics here's what I see. Schultz has good positioning, is not a bad skater and makes good outlet passes. His minuses are that he's not very physical for his size and his shot is terrible.

Posted by: ranndino | January 29, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Since Johnson's team has an extra player, does that mean he has to make a healthy scratch?

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 29, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon wrote: is this for charity or just to entertain rich white people?

1)Is this being held at a white-only country club, or are YOU assuming rich=white? Didn't we just inaugurate a rich black man president? LOL
2) Can we dispense with the class envy crap? Want to be rich? Work!
http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: fauxrumors | January 29, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of jerseys (and not acid-washed jeans), I'm thinking of adding a new area to my blog that covers something I'll call "What's with that jersey?". Here's what's been bubbling around in my mind: why do people wear jerseys that make no sense at a given sporting event. Prime example from the Bruins game earlier this month - dude in a Donovan McNabb jersey. What? Is the thought process that you must wear a jersey to a sporting event and that jersey can be anything? I could have maybe appreciated a Pat jersey (same city) or a Flyers jersey (same sport) but not an Eagles jersey. I'd also add in pictures of jerseys that people pounced on a bit too quickly: Rasheed Wallace Hawks jersey, Terrell Owen Ravens jersey; or ones that are generally a bit lame: Montana Chiefs jersey. Bring along your cameras and snap some photos.

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see if Brashear and Semin "mix-it-up" a bit.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 29, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If tonight is a non-contact game, how does that differ from most Caps games?

Posted by: gtydings | January 29, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

will this be televised at all? online?

Posted by: nadimzs | January 29, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Hi ranndino,

I don't see any of that, but it's all good. I hope he'll improve his play. Right now I don't want to trade anyone (well except maybe him), what I'd like to see is this very team getting deep in the playoffs.

I was surprised to see yesterday a few comments regarding trading JT. He's playing good right now, I was hoping for more support from the fans.

Posted by: mauree | January 29, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

SA-Town

That would be almost worth the $80K admission fee.

Although with Semin's interpretation of the "Blazing Saddles" closing sequence fight ("oh you brute!")...

Posted by: Greg S. | January 29, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Greg S. ...mental image: Semin in an Old West woman's frock.

ROFL.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 29, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

i predict team Theo wins. Puck moving defensemen + skilled forwards = advantage in 3v3 format

Posted by: SombreroGuy | January 29, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Do they check IDs? I'm crashing the party in a rent tux...they wouldn't stop a man in a tux, would they?

Posted by: saintex | January 29, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

How did Johnny get both Alexes? I guess Theo is not too bright.

And doesn't anyone remember that Pothier sucks? Good for him and all, but we do NOT want to see him in a Caps sweater.

Posted by: notfadeaway | January 29, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

pothier sucks?

i hope you are kidding

Posted by: _stevo | January 29, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

I remember Pothier being decent, just not top pair. Theo's plan seems to be to hog the skill centers/defensemen and play keep-away.

Posted by: koalatek | January 29, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

You can easily stroll into the Rink/Pool/Dining areas as long as you are dressed moderately well and don't cause a fuss. (Although one friend of mine who is Hispanic was questioned and turned away at the door two years in a row at their July 4th party while me and two other white guys walked right through) Just sayin...

Posted by: bogman | January 29, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Theo got a better defense, plus Kozzie, Backstrom, Flash and Fed. Going to root for his team, also as reaction to all people that "don't believe".

Posted by: mauree | January 29, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Theo is taking this as a real practice opp to take shots from Ovie and Semin. Now for a goalie, that would be worth 80K.
Pothier sucks???

Posted by: cappies | January 29, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Team Johnson has Jeff "Slow Motion" Schultz, good luck.

Posted by: OviToSemin | January 29, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

There is no accounting for it.

Pothier's numbers look pretty good. Not fantastic, but certainly not sucks.

He's still 3rd amongst active D-men in points, though that was with Ottawa. As a Cap, it's 6th in the 06-07 season. He's 9th in points even in his short season last year.

He's not a physical player, but he moves the puck really well, played a lot of minutes, and has some offensive skills.

Posted by: Greg S. | January 29, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Boo, Not sure if you saw this, but I thought I'd share, since you get as much joy out of this guy's name as I do.
http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/The-captivating-Cal-Clutterbuck-for-Calder-campa?urn=nhl,137631

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 29, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

ranndino, I should probably be offended about the comment about Lapierre, but lmao.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 29, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

gtydings still refuses to respond to me, and continues to act like a pompous ass.

awesome.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 29, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

@bogman

surprise, surprise.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 29, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Kind of like the expanded fan base at Verizon that are there because the Caps are good (thanks for helping pay the salries) but won't sit their A$$e$ down during the game because it's the cool thing to do in town.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 29, 2009 1:11 PM

@fanohockl: too true--I agree! I don't have the resources (read : $$$) to be a STH myself, and so don't attend as many games as I'd like. Nevertheless, I DO take the injunctions re: moving about during a game seriously, since this is my pet peeve about seeing a game in person.

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 29, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

TSN says that Nylander might be traded to Vancouver. Wonder what we might get back for him from the Canucks. My guess is just draft picks, which would clear a ton of cap space and give us all kinds of options as to which players to bring up from Hershey.

Posted by: ranndino | January 29, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

ranndino, Sundin. One bald Swede for another.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 29, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl

I assume you are referring to my comment on Puck Daddy's story about Montreal's Maxim Lapierre's bachelor's pad redesign being made into a reality TV show.

Glad you enjoyed it and non-offensive humor is not funny to me. I can only take so much of Bill Crosby's family safe comedy on the topic of "aren't those kids the darnest rascals?!"

Posted by: ranndino | January 29, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

ranndino, Yeah, that comment. It just made me laugh. Seemed sort of appropriate for the way they were selling the show.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 29, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl

I'm actually very happy that my fantasy league trade for Sundin was vetoed by my league considering how well he's doing so far.

Vancouver seems to be competing with the Rangers for the title of Florida of the NHL. And I ain't talking about South Beach.

Posted by: ranndino | January 29, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

@ jmu_capsgirl

Well, it worked as designed then.

Posted by: ranndino | January 29, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

ranndino, yeah, I've seen more than my fair share of complaints about Old Man Mats and his play thus far. Maybe they're going in the "older and wiser" direction.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 29, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

How about Matthias Ohlund for Nylander? Probably require draft pick(s) or a Hershey D or another player as well...

Posted by: yosemite_sam | January 29, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Trade Ohlund and Vancouver revolts, especially after Naslund left. Might as well ask for Bobby Lu.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 29, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I guess Vancouver would have to go the rest of the way in the tank before that would have a prayer.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | January 29, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

ohlund for nylander would be cool, and hopefully entice him to stick around next season! that's exactly the D we need but he'll come at a steep price.

Posted by: oo7 | January 29, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I completely agree with tess2201. What are you people thinking? This is a critical point in time for this team. They are almost there but, unless they tighten up things and sustain their momentum, they will not remain on the elite level. You don't think a coach has the right to design drills and serious, intensive training experiences for which an audience will be a distraction and publicity counter productive?

BB's job -- getting all these different personalities and talents to meld into a team and steer them toward the Cup--must be enormous. He can't do all this in front of audiences in open sessions.

Posted by: caraveli | January 29, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Oh yes, I do hope that Tarik will cover the game, however, and give us a report along with his analysis.

I am voting for Theo's team.

Posted by: caraveli | January 29, 2009 6:04 PM | Report abuse

JMU,
Thanks for your help (and of course you Boo).

117,
Reply sent.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | January 29, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Go team Johnny! Funny to say that Brent Johnson has been my favorite NHL player since his days in St. Louis. May not be the greatest goaltender, but has worked hard in my book. Go Johnny Go!

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | January 29, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, this is REALLY tough, do we root for the Bruins tonight or the NJ Devils??? Either way, it sucks.

Posted by: rachel216 | January 29, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Devils.
We need to break the Bruin's confidence a little to catch them.

Posted by: austinsteve | January 29, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

game should be almost over - wonder who won :D

link for tonight's DAL @ DET, if anybody's interested:

http://atdhe.net/live-tv-2.php?i=720

Posted by: mauree | January 29, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

i root for anything but a game that goes to overtime, better to have a 2 point game rather than a 3 pointer

Posted by: _stevo | January 29, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Gotta go with NJ tonight, though yeah, it sucks either way. Thing is, though, we can make up that one-point difference between us and NJ once we get the PP and PK fixed. Making up a 13-point difference between us and Boston will be tougher.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 29, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Update:

Is anyone more excited than me about the beginning of the stretch run?

Looking Ahead: Really really Good News UPDATE!!!

The last 21 games of the season the Caps schedule includes:

13 games against division foe
4 against Atlanta
3 against Tampa
3 against Florida
3 against carolina (2 at home)

2 games against the Maple Leafs

1 against the Bruins (A)
1 against the Penguins (H)
1 against the Flyers (A)
1 against the Predators (A)
1 against the Sabers (H)
1 against the Islanders (A)

Looking good for the stretch run! All we need is a veteran puck moving defensman.

Almost February!

Posted by: windjammersouth | January 29, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

ahi ahi ahi DAL up 2-0. We don't want DET coming here after losing 3 in a row, last one at home...

Posted by: mauree | January 29, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

saintex/koalatek:
Diggin' the trade talk!! :-D After catching up on the blog (and all of the CCCC posts), your exchange was a welcome diversion. Good stuff!

JMU:
LOL! Great article - thanks for sharing. Clutterbuck's certainly got my vote for Calder ... after all, you can't spell Calder without Cal!! ;-)

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 29, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Watching the Florida/Montreal game. Wow. Not looking forward to playing Florida on the 7th.

Love that Zed got a goal though. Always liked that guy.

Posted by: Kim-3 | January 29, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Game is over 12 to 1.
Two fights.
Bradsheer beat the heck out of Clark
Fehr and Stecker broke Nyls leg.
OV Scored once
My Cognac was delicious.
Great game.

Posted by: opita1 | January 29, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

What a game in Detroit, Wings were down 4-0, now it's 4-2. That's not an easy climb, especially with DAL looking so good. Wings might be tired on Saturday, and still w/o Zetterberg.

Posted by: mauree | January 29, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Bruins lost ... they got a point, but at least it was only 1.

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 29, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? I was rooting for Boston. They are already far above us but we don't want the Devils to catch up and leave us behind. Better second than third or 4th in the Conference. Now I am really worried. We've got to beat Detroit.

Posted by: caraveli | January 29, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Call me crazy but I'm not worried about NJ. I have not studied it closely but I think the rest of their schedule is tougher than ours, we're finally getting healthy (although they are getting MB back), some of our best players have played better in the second half of the first than in the first half (I can only assume that will continue - ex: Ovi) AND I am convinced that we're gonna pick up a key player or two before the deadline. So NJ may be #2 momentarily, but I don't think they'll stay there for long. I'd rather focus on catching Boston ... it's a tough proposition but anything can happen!

Posted by: --Boo-- | January 29, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I felt like I needed to weigh in on the matter of the Caps "practicing" at this CCCC place. Let's be honest, folks, it isn't a practice. I mean, really? It's a party that the Caps play for and eat a fancy dinner. So the elite get to hob knob with them Russians and Scandinavians and brag about it the next day and absolutely forget all their names. If anything, I do hope their kids get a chance to meet them. I hope the Caps get some funding for their charitable organizations or something. Otherwise, it was a waste of practice and recovery time. Here's hoping they kick butt on Saturday. If they don't, I'm blaming it on the CCCC game.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 30, 2009 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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