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Poti Put On LTIR

The Caps have placed defenseman Tom Poti on long term injured reserve, temporarily clearing $3.5 million of cap space, which allows the team to keep Karl Alzner in Washington, Coach Bruce Boudreau said.

Poti, who is out with a groin injury, will be eligible to come off LTIR on Wednesday.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 9, 2009; 11:16 AM ET
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Get that groin healed, Tom. We could use some TP on our back end.

Posted by: _jordan | January 9, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Hooray for Karl!

Posted by: MarylanDChris | January 9, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

We could use some TP on our back end.

Posted by: _jordan | January 9, 2009 11:21 AM
A better diet would solve that problem.

/shows himself out

Posted by: Section117 | January 9, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Holy Canoli. I am becoming an expert at this LTIR thing. I predicted this in my last thread. That means Feds is back today too! I still say the Caps still keep playing and let the phone ring, because it will.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 9, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Nylander and Fehr are out tonight. I think Theodore is going to start, but In my opinion, I would play Theo tomorrow, and Johnson tonight.

Sloan will play for Shultz who's finger is still hurting.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 9, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Fehr should stay in, they should play this guy to death until he proves what he can do. One way or another.

Posted by: WTF_Fehr | January 9, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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 rush to rush back Poti.

Posted by: windjammersouth | January 9, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

No Nylander and Fehr tonight. Healthy scratches.

Posted by: mugod | January 9, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I'm a little late to the party, but I was reading the morning reading list, can anyone tell me what the counting chant is all about that we direct towards visiting goalies?

Posted by: superpaqman | January 9, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow, this team is getting healthy, I think this is going to force guys to play even harder?

Posted by: WTF_Fehr | January 9, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse


Good work, you guessed the situation that tarik and other bloggers have been talking about for a few days!

On subject, Well something is going to have to move by Weds. I think a Nylander dump would be best. He is a great player, but appears to be slouching at the moment. Problem is; NTC. What if he just says "no" which could be likely as this team def has the makings for a great playoff run.

As for Trading poti...Unless there is some super secret GM only info, the obvious answer to that is nope. Would not make sense at all. We need experience on the back line.

Posted by: trunkenmath | January 9, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Goalie chant-

Count up however many goals we have-
"1...2...3...4...5...6...7...and it's all your fault!"

It's pretty popular over in the 107/108/109 areas.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | January 9, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I don't see Nylander going anywhere.
Stecks is the only guy I can imagine being on the table...but who knows. GMGM is sneaky.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | January 9, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

@trunkenmath: Nice attempt at a slam, everyone in the previous thread was predicting some kind of trade and I simply stated Poti was going on the LTIR. A Nylander dump is a stupid move, he is one of the few NHLers that were in the line-up the entire time. He's become the focus of poor play since Theo has fixed his game. Hockey fans think Nylander stinks, people that know the game realize how valuable someone like him is to our team.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 9, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Called it. :)

@SA-Town: I can go either way on the goalie question, but I'm mildly in favor of starting Theodore tonight.

1. Theodore seems to do better when he isn't in and out of the goal like a Mexican jumping bean on speed. More starts in a row seems to help, and I'll go with whatever helps Theodore.

2. Montreal's faced Theodore this year. They haven't faced Johnson. I see nothing wrong with giving them a different goalie every game - in fact, it's kind of fun.

3. With a win tonight, we stay within five points of Boston, ahead of Philly, and take a 12-point lead in the SE Division. Plus, if we win tonight, BB locks up assistant coaching for the All-Star game. Plus we keep that awesome home record.

Also, who's got the better road record?

@117: From last thread, Mo-Green hasn't been so amazing this year, and the palindrome pairing's been rock-solid. With the chemistry search, he might just go for minimal disruption. But yes, I'm not sure Sloan can handle backing Lambogreenie. I could go either way, as BB is not afraid to ask a lot of his callups and for the moset part they've delivered (and how in some cases).

Posted by: kittypawz | January 9, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Oh, if he is sitting it's only because there is something going on with a trade. The ONLY reason for moving him is his salary, not his talent.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 9, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

san jose has a better home record than we do, they havent lost in regulation

Posted by: _stevo | January 9, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse


Theodore shut out Montreal though. I would like to see him in there tomorrow. Maybe he will go back to back if he plays well tonight since the break is coming up?

Posted by: SA-Town | January 9, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

In another post, I think Tarik mentioned that Poti would be placed on LTIR retroactively. Does anybody here know the rules surrounding such a maneuver?

Posted by: EBC1 | January 9, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@Trunkenmath: Actually, think about it for a minute. It's not as crazy as it first appears. Tomas Kaberle is an All-Star puck-moving defenceman who plays much in the same style that Poti does, and has about 20 pro games on Poti as well. You'll get the experience, especially playoff experience. Nylander and Poti and possibly one of our young prospects like Giroux for Kaberle and maybe something else is a fairly balanced trade that clears cap room for us and unclogs our farm a bit, gets them a playmaking center that doesn't fit well with us but might just do well for them, plus replaces Kaberle's role.

To look at it through the eyes of an outsider: Washington will make a run into the playoffs this year and may well have a serious shot at the Cup, and will position themselves accordingly going into the stretch. Toronto is probably out of the playoffs, is looking at a rebuild, and is in need of prospects and draft picks - something Washington has coming out of its figurative ears. (Washington's farm is clogged with talent right now.) They also want a playmaker that hasn't got that much longer on his contract. Nylander is what, 36? He'll be getting ready to retire about the time they come out of the rebuild - works.

Okay, so I ramble when I should be working, but given Brian Burke's making moves, it sure isn't impossible that he's got a beady eye on Washington.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 9, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@ EBC: retroactive LTIR just affects when the minimum number of games (10) and days (24) missed starts. his salary will be taken off the books starting today, NOT retroactive tho.

Posted by: sexypills03 | January 9, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse



And I agree Nyles is a great player(as I said above). He is outstanding in the corners and has a great deal of experience. He was my favorite player(after Ulf Dahlen left) the last time he was here. But for the money he draws and the way he has been playing post injury has not been worth the 4.8 mil he makes. Now if he comes out and starts playing the way he is supposed to I would be happy to have him on the team.

Posted by: trunkenmath | January 9, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone recommend someone other than Al Koken, on the radio, who is worth listening to where the Caps are concerned? Do any stations cover them somewhere on the level that the Skins and Wizards are covered?

Posted by: WTF_Fehr | January 9, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse


"everyone in the previous thread was predicting some kind of trade"

Not too hard to guess against that because of his no movement clause.

"and I simply stated Poti was going on the LTIR"

Bravo to you good sir for being able to read the intrawebs. Bravo indeed.

"A Nylander dump is a stupid move, he is one of the few NHLers that were in the line-up the entire time."

That statement doesn't even make sense. So I'm not sure how to respond. I'll try this way though. Nylander DOES NOT fit into BB's system. That's it, not counter argument is needed because it would be futile. He is renowned for stupid penalties. He had, by far, the worst +/- on the team last year. And I'm not even going to mention his stats thus far this year. If there was a way to get rid of him for anything in return, GMGM would be a genius in my eyes.

"He's become the focus of poor play since Theo has fixed his game."

He's been the focus of poor play since his return to DC. Theo fixing his game has just allowed additional light to shine on his inabilities.

"Hockey fans think Nylander stinks, people that know the game realize how valuable someone like him is to our team."

All knowing hockey expert, do tell how Nylander is valuable to the Caps right now? I'm powerfully curious...please enlighten me.

Posted by: Yoshietree | January 9, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

If you want to trade Nylander, fine, but do remember it is called a trade for a reason, not a steal. You have go give something to get something. How many teams are really going to want an aging player with a big contract that is underperforming? Even without a no trade at this point he is going to be very hard to move. Let's put it this way, if BB and the Head coach of his national team can not motivate him, why would another team want him. You would think he would go all out with this team that has a shot at a cup if not this year,next for sure.

Posted by: RichC3 | January 9, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

What's with everyone dissing Locker and JB?! I think they are great! They know the game VERY well so they just talk through it. The useless conversations they sometimes break into is fun to listen to when the game is slowing down... What you want TK and Theisman? gimmie a break!

Posted by: gocaps71 | January 9, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse


I agree!

Posted by: RedRocker | January 9, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Nyls with accept a trade under the right conditions. He knows he can still play the game and help a team for the next 2 1/2 years.
GMGM knows those conditions and will work hard but BB has made trading Nyls almost impossible by matching him with clankers like Clark, Fehr, etc... and playing with everyone to the exception of my grandmother.
The issue comes from last year when Nyls was injured. He chose to hang out with his family (sons playing hockey) during his recovery and not be around the team too much. He fail in disfavor in BB's eyes. Nyls is a close to 1 point per game guy, would still be if he played on a stable line with guys who can put the puck in the net. He was second pointer in the pre-season game then, once the season started, BB used the "I'll piss you off so you can accept a trade tactic" and it back fired in his face, tying GMGM's hands.

Posted by: atybat | January 9, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I've been taking language lessons with professor Backstrom and I'm pretty sure "Nylander" is swedish for "expendable".
Nylander's getting criticized cause all he's been good for this season is driving 19 to Ikea. To say Theo's game (not Nylander's) is why Nyls is getting criticized would be hilarious, if hilarious meant pathetic.

Posted by: redlineblue | January 9, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Temporary move that eases the problem untill Poti is ready to return. And who know what might happen between now and then, Feds, might have issues with that Hi ankle sprain, seems only a couple days ago he was seen limping around, and now he is going into the game. He only lasted one game last time and had a set-back. When all the chickens are in the coop and they are all healthy, I would not be surprised if the King is returned to Hershey (hate to say it), untill they free up space to make room.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 9, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

New post!

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | January 9, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Hold it. I don't think Nylander stinks. Not at all. He's got the potential to be a very valuable asset to many teams. It's just his style of play doesn't fit our system - remember he was great under Glen Hanlon, who I've been told played a much . I think his problems have to do with the brand of hockey Boudreau plays.

Posted by: kittypawz | January 9, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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