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Poti, Ovechkin and Theodore all to play

Coach Bruce Boudreau just met with reporters and said Tom Poti (groin) and Alex Ovechkin (foot) will play tonight against the Maple Leafs, and Jose Theodore (flu) will start in goal.

I'll have more in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 5, 2009; 10:49 AM ET
 
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Kolzig's in net for the Leafs, right?

Posted by: Section117 | March 5, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I predict a Capital romp of the Leafs tonight.

Posted by: bigschu8 | March 5, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Sweet

Posted by: cbs75 | March 5, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

This Varlamov situation is really unfortunate.

Posted by: large23220 | March 5, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

large23220-

Which is??? I don't often hear updates about Varly. Last I heard he was coming back from a sprained knee, or something. have there been any news on him? Don't tell me a setack...

Posted by: griz0615 | March 5, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

This Varlamov situation is really unfortunate.

Posted by: large23220 | March 5, 2009 10:56 AM

What situation?

Posted by: ThisGuy | March 5, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Last I heard Varlamov may start for the Bears Saturday in Toronto

Posted by: m4ilm4n | March 5, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"the Capitals go to war with Jeff Schultz, Milan Jurcina and John Erskine as the blue line muscle."

Please come back soon Pothier.

Posted by: patrone | March 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Satan still out there...we could use another forward that is scared to go to the net and can't play defense?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 5, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Was there any doubt that AO was going to play? Me thinks Tarik is creating a story that never existed...he took a puck off the foot and it stung, you see that almost every game.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | March 5, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I never had any doubt about Ovi. Russian Machine never break!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | March 5, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@Section117

Obviously I meant sign Kuba for the long term, otherwise it doesn't make sense.

For a Carcillo long term, yes I'd be ok with Borque and a second. I don't see Borque in the Caps future - that's just a feeling.

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

JT had dem deep, dirty, low-down, trade deadline flu's?

Posted by: austinsteve | March 5, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@freakin, if Tarik didn't create stories, what would we do at work all day?

Posted by: fronesis1016 | March 5, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

the real story: Has the NHL office approved Olie to the Leafs? Will Olie meet up with the team here, tonight? Will we get one last lump-in-the-throat interview with the guy who defined the team for 10 years?

Posted by: RedBirdie | March 5, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

the situation where he has been injured and wasnt ready to step in at this critical time.

Neuvirth is so bad that Theo plays in his stead, flu or no flu. It is really unfortunate that Varly couldnt be ready to step in.

It is also really unfortunate that our D is so bad that Poti has to play with a pulled groin. Him coming back this soon might be as bad as Pothier's comeback period.

Posted by: large23220 | March 5, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

he sucked you all in on that one.

haha

Posted by: WhyGo | March 5, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I can see the merit of GM's strategy of building for the long-term rather than "rent a player" for the short term. It has worked so far. The only point I disagree is the goalie situation. I don't think it is enough of a priority for this club. We tolerated Kolzig for too long before finally bringing Huet. And now we have a team with all the makings of an elite team, without elite goaltending.

jw22xy

(from two posts back) I AGREE TOTALLY with you on Huet. He was the best goalie the Caps ever had and we saw the results right away. They should have done everything in their power to keep him. As I understand it, the sticking point in the negotiation was that he wanted a 3-year contract and the Caps could only commit to two so that their prospects would not have to wait too long. In my opinion this was stupid. In the first place, we saw the prospects' limitations this year. They are not ready yet and it looks like Neuvy may need 2-3 years to mature more. With Huet, we could have brought Varly next year and wait a while for Neuvy.

Now we have a team with Ovechkin on one end and no Brodeur on the other end. I have no idea what GM thinks we will do in the play offs. Maybe Johnson will be healthy but how ready and competitive will he be? Maybe Varly can fill in, but it looks like the Caps are not convinced that he has the toughness and stamina to withstand an NHL type schedule. Maybe Theo will rise to the top of his abilities, but so far inconsistencies have continued to keep his overall performance (and stats) below average.

And I am asking again, anybody who is knowledgeable. Have the Caps ever had an elite goaltender--among the topc 5-8 in the league?

Posted by: caraveli | March 5, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Too bad about the LeeGuru situation....

Posted by: WhyGo | March 5, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I too am hoping that Nyls gets back into the line up. People complain about him skating in circles, but holding onto the puck has its advantages. The longer we are in the offensive zone, the less the other team is in ours. Plus, even if a shot isn't taken, with enough cycling the higher the chance of drawing a penalty. I wonder how much our defense would improve just by staying in the offensive zone longer...

Posted by: isaacc7 | March 5, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Obviously I meant sign Kuba for the long term, otherwise it doesn't make sense."

And having 3 defensemen on the active roster making over $3.5m for the next two years makes sense how? You do that and you effectively waive buh bye to Backstrom or Semin in 2010 with a reduced cap.

Posted by: Section117 | March 5, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Quiet morning on the blog so far in terms of comments. Everyone tuckered out from yesterday?

Not to beat a dead horse, but I just wanted to put in my two cents re: the deadline... I'm fine with GMGM not making any moves. Sure I think Nylander would fit better somewhere else, but as has been said over and over, he's expensive and not performing. Who wants to take that on? Apparently, Toronto may have thought about it, but they make dumb deals all the time. Rational GMs wouldn't want to touch Nylander's current contract.

I wouldn't have minded a D upgrade either, but there wasn't that much out there to go after. The only possibility that had me halfway excited was Pronger, but he didn't go anywhere. Price would have been too high and Anaheim took him off the trading block early in the day anyway.

Glad OV's OK and that Poti and Theo will be back tonight, too. Time to right the ship a little and make up for the last couple outings. Come out as a cohesive unit, play some D, and put up another W. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: BigRed8 | March 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

what situation? am I dead or something?

Caraveli,

We gave Huet what he wanted (I checked with the one good source I have in the Caps Organization on that one.) It was all set to be signed at the opening of free agency, But huet and his rep wanted to see what esle was out there. I think we made out better so far because huet has looked real bad.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 5, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

mauree:
i understand the frustration of KNOWING we need help on D.
i still believe making no move is the right move by GMGM - based on what HE thinks would have made sense for the caps 'today'.
last years trade deadline deals worked out well because he gave up pretty much nothing. signing a rental that helps this year is something he has to take into account. last year cooke and huet left - the asking price for a rental Dman probably just wasn't worth the risk this year. the other GM's know what we have and what we need and most likely asked for too much. it's very posssible that the D might lay an egg in the playoffs and disappoint most of us. it is also possible that they could get their act together and play like they did most of jan and feb. they have enough talent to make it to the ECF this year, provided they cut down on penalties and play a full 60 minutes each game. they could also continue to play as they have the last few weeks which would not go well in the 'second season'

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@117

Poti is UFA by the time Backstrom is. I wouldn't resign Poti, not for that much salary, not with Alzner and Carlson playing.

Posted by: mauree | March 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

everybody, please make sure that you don't drop any food in this blog.

Posted by: large23220 | March 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised Brian Murray didn't snag Nylander...he seems dumb enough to do it!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 5, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Neuvirth is so bad that Theo plays in his stead, flu or no flu. It is really unfortunate that Varly couldnt be ready to step in.

It is also really unfortunate that our D is so bad that Poti has to play with a pulled groin. Him coming back this soon might be as bad as Pothier's comeback period.

Posted by: large23220 | March 5, 2009 11:36 AM

Neuvy played in Theo's stead, not the other way around. And he hasn't been that bad, the defense is hanging him out to dry. He's actually looked fairly good, and his rebound control has been great. I think Theo plays tonight because he's feeling better.

It would also take some sort of craziness for the Caps to miss the playoffs completely. That said, I doubt Poti would be playing tonight if they thought he wasn't ready to go.

Posted by: sirbobalew | March 5, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Just poking around for fun.

And, didn't Huet get a good bit more on his CHI contract than we could have afforded, where we are now with the cap?

Plus, his wife didn't like it here that much, she digs Chi-town

In addition, Huet, as you see, is having at best a below average season.

Posted by: WhyGo | March 5, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

thread bite!

Posted by: WhyGo | March 5, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

So much to catch up on!
doncosmic/_stevo, My clubs are hand-me-downs and I don't get to play too often, but I do enjoy it. Now, good at it? Nah. :-D
Yay! Boo's back!
DaveUK, Now, about that Wilde quote. I guess that makes me a child, too.
Glad to hear that Ovi & Poti are both feeling good enough to play. Hope JT is feeling much better. I will definitely be rooting for Pothier. I'm also excited next week is Spring Break and I can watch games without class interference.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | March 5, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

@ Caraveli

Where do you see our defense?? Just curious...

We all know BB's system hangs goalies out to dry, it's the way it works. Any goalie facing multiple breakaways and odd-man rushes every game is going to have skewed numbers... while I'll admit JT has been inconsistent this year, he, in no way, is our biggest problem!!

Huet played well to get us to the playoffs then got run over by a team that put traffic and pressure on him. He's not elite ... if he were, he'd have been #1 all year in Chicago instead of splitting time with Khabibulin.

Jeff Schultz, John Erskine, Shaone Morrissonn... these are not elite defenseman, they're barely passable. Mike Green scores alot, but his defensive play leaves much to be desired.

I, like everyone here, hopes for the best as we approach the playoffs and beyond, but to classify us "elite" ... nah... not a chance.

Posted by: Scofield | March 5, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

#1 Nyls has not played on the 3rd line all year, he has played on the 1st line and he sucked there as well. It is not the line causing problems it is the system! He needs a sit back and wait kind of hockey and BB plays a take it to em style.
#2 What the heck did we see with Neuvirth that was bad? You mean the fact that if you hang him out to dry and give NHL forwards a chance to go one on one with him all game long he will let in goals? Well DUH!!!! Marty B is not so good because his team watches him stop pucks, they actually play defense.
#3 With the exception of Calgary, who may have grabbed a top tier player, the players traded yesterday were not worth bothering about. The Rags gave up three roster players for a reasonable d'man who may or may not be better than Mo, Schultz, or Juice, but in any case there are not three players I would give up for him unless they would have taken Nyls (who would not have gone), Brash, and Shultz/Mo. They got a better offer from the Rags and we did not lose anything to worry about.

Posted by: majiksea | March 5, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Poti is UFA by the time Backstrom is. I wouldn't resign Poti, not for that much salary, not with Alzner and Carlson playing."

Poti's $3.5 million is for the year when the cap goes down.

Follow me for a second:

The reduced cap would go into effect into 2010-11, which is when you've got $12m on 3 defenseman ($15ish including Alzner and Carlson), and another $17m on 5 players. Let's say the cap is $50m in 2 years. You've got less than $20m to spend on 10 players, and two of them are Backstrom and Semin.

If it were me, I'd save the extra $3m, put it towards the players you traded away, Osala and his cheap contract will be up by then, and you've got more money to spend on fewer unsigned players.

Posted by: Section117 | March 5, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@Section 117.

Your defensemen contracts are wrong. In 2010-11 the Caps have Green, Poti, Erskine and Alzner all signed for a total cap hit of just under $11 million.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | March 5, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

@Section 117.

Your defensemen contracts are wrong. In 2010-11 the Caps have Green, Poti, Erskine and Alzner all signed for a total cap hit of just under $11 million.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | March 5, 2009 12:29 PM

Actually I'm running with a novel suggestion of trading for a Kuba-esque defenseman, as many others wanted, to illustrate how perilous it would be to the long term cap health of the team.

Posted by: Section117 | March 5, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Even though he might be a great guy, #60 is not taking us to any promised land. So we are to accept that he is our #1 goalie for the remainder of the season and pretty much next year. Varly and Neuvy just won't be ready. Goalies usually take several years to mature and adjust to the NHL game.

Huet thought he had us over a barrel and tried to get more than he agreed in principal to. No sweat off his back.

Now I have a long shot proposal for you. Let's see how many people jump on this one. After the season, dump Nylander's contract, dump Theo's contract, take the cap hit and sign Khabbibulin as your #1 with Varly as #2. That way you are getting your true #1 that you need and is a fellow countrymen who will be a mentor for the budding young Varly. Let them split the time next year. The upside on this type of idea is greater than the downside.

Posted by: diner99 | March 5, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

good idea diner99. Sign Khabi as a mentor. I think Varly's further along than Nuevirth. I'm not sure we need to keep both of them, either.

I think unless JT is amazing we don't have the horses. Past 2nd round would be a great accomplishment and fans should be very happy with that. With Alzner, D will improve. Would be nice if we could pull a Brian Bellows and get someone in from Europe for the stretch. I'm not sure what the rules are.

agreed on Huet, not GMGM's fault. GMGM did great not making trades: the deadline is the time of year for rip-offs, usually. No way anyone out there was worth Alzner or Carlson or Varly as a rental.

Posted by: WritingLight | March 5, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Isn't Satan still out there...we could use another forward that is scared to go to the net and can't play defense?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 5, 2009 11:15 AM

@lylewimbledon:

Satan's natural home is NJ...

Posted by: Rhino40 | March 5, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Great call on Ovie playing...

Posted by: nomarjax01 | March 5, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

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