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Poti Questionable vs. Florida

Sorry folks, but I've got to be brief today.

Defenseman Tom Poti was not on the ice for the Caps' optional practice at BankAtlantic Center. The team's ice time leader, Poti suffered what is believed to be a leg injury in the first period last night in Altanta and did not return.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Poti is questionable for tomorrow's game against the Panthers with what's officially being called a "lower body injury". If Poti cannot go, Steve Eminger will get back into the lineup.

Also, the weekend goalie rotation is expected to be Brent Johnson vs. the Panthers and Olie Kolzig vs. the Lightning.

That's it for now.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 14, 2008; 2:05 PM ET
 
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Comments

Tarik,

Can we get an answer why BB went with Gordon in the SO?

Posted by: TJ | February 14, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Oh goodie, Eminger, he suks

Posted by: Bob | February 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Should have brought Lepisto on the trip...doh

Posted by: TJ | February 14, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I could be wrong, but hasn't Gordo gone in the first 3 Rounds of a shootout before?? I don't see what the big deal is anyway. He was an inch from scoring, more than can be said for Semin's shot....(and I'm not a Semin basher!)

Posted by: Don-Ald | February 14, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I hope people aren't freaking out that Gordon went 2nd, cause I tell you what... that was an incredible save by Letnothinin (I know the spelling is wrong, but read it). GB beat him, KL just got ridiculously lucky. which he seems to do often when he plays the caps.

Posted by: Go Skins Go | February 14, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Gordon scored in the shootout earlier this season...with a broken hand.

Posted by: SBDD | February 14, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Just some random stats.

Caps right now have the 2nd most cap space available. over 14M of space to play with. That is a lot of room to make some good moves this offseason. If guys like Markus Naslund, Pavol Demitra or Ladislav Nagy can squeeze their way onto the market, I'd hope we could land one of them (Nagy could be easy as he probably wants out of LA.)

As for UFA G's there are not many to choose from, but Lehtonen is a RFA that I'm sure the caps could make an offer that ATL could not match.

But to me, if we really feel this Russian Valimarov is the future, inking Lehtonen long term could be a problem.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 14, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

no poti = playoff chances decline significantly


unless Eminger/Erskine step up..............................

Posted by: ns | February 14, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

No need to freak out. The Caps have played shorthanded all year with Nylander, Pothier, and Clark missing significant time. Eminger looked like he started playing a little better when he got more ice time, so I'm sure he'll be fine tonight. The offense needs to ramp it up a little though. I was at the Carolina game last week. They can't keep scoring 1 or 2 goals when they are geting 35 shots on goal. They are badly out shooting their opponents and losing games 2-1, 2-0, 3-2.

Posted by: Adam | February 14, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Are you saying we should of broken Boyd's hand and sent him out there for the shootout? I would seriously consider that down the strecth.

Posted by: @SBDD | February 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

@ GoSkinsGo:

I had Lehtonen on my fantasy team before he went down with the injury and I had taken to calling him Lehtenemin (lettin' 'em in).

Sure hasn't been the case in his last two against the Caps. Sheesh.

Posted by: John in Mpls | February 14, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I say emergency recall Karl Alzner.

I used to think emminger had some redeeming qualities, but not after he totaly blew a 2 on 1 by skating into the corner vs Car.

Im glad we have some blue chip D prospects in the pipe.

Posted by: TJ | February 14, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Can anyone explain to me why GMGM and Ted run this team like the CIA? It's a contact sport and injuries are going to happen. So, hiding an injury doesn't make sense since the injured person is going to get kabonged the first time they come back.

Just curious!

Posted by: Mitch | February 14, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

@TJ

Alzner is tabbed for Hershey after OHL season is over. No need to rush him (c:

Lepsito is a better fit for the club at this point.

And if Poti only misses FLA, then they are ok right now

Posted by: CantMissKid | February 14, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

@Mitch:

Do you see any other NHL team being open and forthright about injuries to players? I think it has become common practice around the league to be as mysterious and non-specific as possible about injuries. I also follow the NJ Devils and I rarely see Lou Lamoriello giving great detail about Devils injuries or anything else he is contemplating, i.e. trades.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | February 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Mitch

It's all about showing your cards. There are many people who are against the idea of injury reports all-together. The ONLY purpose they serve is the sports booking community.

And to give us something to talk about during the week.

I don't mind the lack of info on WHAT the injury is. I just wish we had more info on the severity and length of a player's absence.

Posted by: FFS Enough | February 14, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Alzner Play in the WHL for the Calgary Hitmen but I look forward to seeing him soon if not this year, which as someone pointed out to me may start his RFA status a year sooner, but come October he will be in DC

Posted by: Rich C | February 14, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough

We aren't going to have that much space next year. The Ovy and Semin extensions kick in next year and Green and ShaMo are RFAs and will see more $$$. We wouldn't be able to afford high priced FA's if we expect to keep gems like Backstrom and Alzner down the road.

Posted by: biff | February 14, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

DOPES

Lehtonen? bhahaha CIA bhahaha

Posted by: What are you smoking? | February 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like he got a contusion on his foot or knee. Yuch. I hope it heals up quick. Those are nasty little things.

Posted by: EricS | February 14, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Eminger will see more ice time. He's easily our most underrated defender.

Too bad Schultz and Erskine won't be seeing any less. Which, for me, raises an interesting question - why do people say Boudreau "holds his players accountable", yet we see these two boneheads stink up the ice night after night?

Posted by: MikeZ | February 14, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I was expecting for more people to be bashing Kolzig for giving up both goals in the SO. I'm happily surprised that there hasn't been so much backlash (more people are bashing Semin for missing wide, which happens ALL THE TIME WITH PEOPLE), because Olie was the guy who got us to the SO, with great saves in the third, and than a beautiful save against Kovalchuk and a 2nd chance by Hossa in OT.

Gordo's got some moves. It didn't bother me him being in the top 3. I think our top three guys should probably be Kozie, than Semin, than Gordo/Laich/Backstrom

Posted by: Stephen | February 14, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse

MikeZ pass me some of that hashish!

Posted by: Harry | February 14, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I just don't get it. The Caps have injuries now to "key" defensemen that lead an already suspect defense and there are people here suggesting that the Caps try and trade for forwards.

Darn it all, trade Schultz with Eminger, or Erskine , or Jurcina for a stalwart defender that can anchor (a real anchor, Poti and Pothier are not anchors) the blueline already. If the Caps have all these youngsters in the pipeline, then none of those guys will be missed next season. I am sure the Caps can then offer the "rental" enough to make him stick around and mentor the youth. Not to mention the opportunity to send headman passes up the ice to the best goal scorer in the league for the next couple of years.

If first place Ottawa can figure out how to make trades, what is the rational for the Caps not to do so.

P.S. shhh, don't tell anyone: it's defense that wins playoff games.

Posted by: Clarendon | February 14, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

cs:
From the previous thread - yes, Green has said that he does not like to watch video - apparently he made that proclamation after the summer. Can't remember who said that - maybe Evason? - but apparently Green put together a plan of what he needed to do this year, and it included less (no?) video.

Posted by: Boo! | February 14, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Boo!

You're right about Green. He said that the watching video didn't help him. He felt it was a waste of his time and too much video just clouded his thoughts. He knows what he has to work on, and doesn't need to see it on film. Who can argue with the results?

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 14, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

A few thoughts on this -
1) The Capitals should announce the severity of injuries just like every other team in every other sport does. Why? Because fans pay to watch the product and deserve to know what's going on. If our best Dman is out for the year and they list him as day-to-day for the duration, I will not be happy.

2) Alzner is not ready, and rushing him up might damage his confidence. He's our future anchor, no need to rush him.

3) Don't hold your breath for a trade. This is a conservative front office, and they aren't going to give up anything of value just to have a shot at the #8 seed.

If Poti is out for a while, it just sucks. That's all there is to it.

Posted by: Ben | February 14, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@Boo!

I don't really care how much video Mike Green does or doesn't watch as long as he always plays the way he did yesterday. He was everywhere, joining/leading the rush, but always getting back to cover his man. I'd say that it was quite possibly his best game as a Cap.

Posted by: Stephen | February 14, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

I thought I was seeing things on a few occasions last night when Schultz actually made a few decent hits.

Posted by: BearsWoooo | February 14, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

All our old guys are hurt except Olie.

This game is too tough for the old farts.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 14, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

@Bears

Yeah, I also saw an occasion in the beginning of OT where Schultz put the puck right on an Atlanta stick at his own blue line.

Posted by: Stephen | February 14, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

EMINGER! HooRay! We are saved at last! He finally gets some ice time. He SUKS! The reason Shultz and Erskine play more is that they are better and the fact is they both suck, big time. But Eminger takes sucking to another level. He is a prime example of how badly the Caps draft. If we don't get the number one pick, we screw it up with an Eminger. Trade him, you say. To who? For what? We have enough practice pucks.

Posted by: Bob | February 14, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey kiddies! Good news the Bears are on tonight on the NHL network in HD, Cool.

Posted by: Bob | February 14, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Stephen

"but always getting back to cover his man. I'd say that it was quite possibly his best game as a Cap."

What game were you watching? Obviously not the same as me. Personally, I cut him a lot of slack because Poti went down and he was forced to play a lot of extra minutes. But he was anything but always getting back to cover on d throughout the 3rd period. It was so bad that my roommates and I were yelling at the tv at times.

Yes, he looks great on his end-to-end skating with the puck, but man, his defensive coverage was miserable.

Posted by: Yosh | February 14, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

@ Ben

Please tell me you don't mean Brian Pothier. Brian Pothier is not, and will never be, a top NHL D. He wouldn't be the Caps' best defenseman if the rest of the group was Jason Doig, Craig Laughlin, Michelle Obama and the last two mites to get off the ice after the first intermission.

Posted by: Reaper | February 14, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Eminder Schmeminger, let's talk about the really important stuff.

So, Tarik -- Saturday night in Tampa...you and the team and all the fathers...I remember last time the Caps played in Tampa...we won't expect a blog post from you on Sunday. ;-)

Posted by: Jill | February 14, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Ben Clymer just scored for Hershey! It's cool to see some of these future Caps playing. I wish the Bears were televised more regularly here in DC. Go Bears!

Posted by: MadFlava | February 14, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Jill knows Tampa.

Posted by: Esa Tikkanen | February 14, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

@Reaper
Michelle Obama's physical defense and wicked half-slapper are going to get the Caps to the play-ons. Book it.

I like sitting around in this big comfy chair, yakking about how Caps management of the cap, draft, and trades all suck. The team has lost one in a row and has been giving me a glimpse of a -really- exciting near future, every single night. Sure they're at the bottom of the---oh, wait.
Are Alex and me the only people who are ENJOYING this season? And can I have all you whiners' tickets to fill in gaps in my shed-yule?

Posted by: redlineblue | February 14, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This isn't tonight's Bears game...it's a game from last week I think.

Posted by: Jill | February 14, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This isn't tonight's Bears game...it's a game from last week I think.

Posted by: Jill | February 14, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This isn't tonight's Bears game...it's a game from last week I think.

Posted by: Jill | February 14, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

So Jill, do you think this is tonight's Bears game or one from last week?

Posted by: Not sure what you're trying to say | February 14, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Trading two defensemen at this point would be really stupid unless we could get two "anchors" in return and that wouldn't happen.

Posted by: ridiculous | February 14, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The Bears game you are watching on NHL network was played last week. The Bears are playing tonight in Cleveland and if you have Fox Sports package on your dish it's on Fox Sports Ohio.

Posted by: Tess | February 14, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I have it on the PIP while I watch the Pens suck it up against the Canes. Boy is it ever hard to root for the Pens, but we really need those butt holes to win tonight. Die Pens, but first beat the Canes!

Posted by: Bob | February 14, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Glad GMGM sent Sami Lepisto back to Hershey the other day. He just scored for the Bears. Tied 2-2 after periods.

Posted by: Tess | February 14, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

BearsWoooo/Stephen:

Yeah, Green is playing better this year than last (not all the time, but in general), so if no video works for him, then it works for me!

I have to apologize again for leaving in the middle of the game last night to skate. I could not believe what I was hearing on the radio - 2 goals against on my short drive to the rink! I'm tellin' ya, it was the hockey gods punishing me ... my bad.

Posted by: Boo! | February 14, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Our problem really hasn't been the defense. The problem lately is knocking the peanut butter jar off the top shelf. No traffic in front and shots along the ice (most of the time). Hope things change Friday!

Which Cap wants to camp out in front of the net?????? Is everyone afraid of AO's shots? Hell, Clark would stand back in front if he could get back on the ice! What's a couple more stitches if you get to ride the playoffs?

Posted by: Nils | February 14, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@ Nils,

I would think that there would be a herd of guys grinding to get that rebound (Laing), and some have (Gordon, Laich), Hell, put me out there and give me a break on my season tickets, I will take a hit for a goal.

I would love to see Clark back out there!!!

Posted by: Super | February 14, 2008 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Bad news for Carolina, their captain will be out for awhile.

http://hurricanes.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=353554

Posted by: Steve R | February 14, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

dear ridiculous,

If you want one good anchor, you've gotta give up more than just a tomato can. The Caps have two or three that they can easily give up with a bucket-O-pucks and no one will miss them.

Conservation is good for oil, water, and the environment, not vegetables or draft picks.

two-in-the-bush-is-greater-then-one-in-hand mcphee is in over his head-- it's time for him to fish or cut bait.

NEVER MIND! I bet it thrills Ovechkin and Co. to play for a team that is just glad that they might get a sniff at the playoffs. Plenty of time to try and play in May one year: Ovie has signed for 13.

Until ownership grows up and plays like men, we fans are stuck wondering what it must be like to have real professionals running the team.

Posted by: Clarendon | February 15, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Clarendon - why are there so many teams that want to use the Caps as a model their future? And who said they were glad to barely miss the playoffs?

Posted by: 828 | February 15, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

I know this is an extremely off the cuff remark, but I smiled a bit at the Brind'amour news... I feel dirty...

Best wishes to him and a speedy recovery during the offseason.

That out of the way, let's hope the Caps can actually capitalize on the Canes in the future this season being without 3 of their best this season (including the 2 that went to Ottawa).

Posted by: Raber | February 15, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

The RB injury puts a fork in the Canes. I'm guessing we are now fighting the Tweetys for 1st place. Not sure that I don't want to finish in 8th and play the Sens, but the we would end up playing the Pens next and that might not be fun.

Posted by: Bob | February 15, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

On the subject of the team as a whole:

Maybe I'm missing the big picture, but I don't feel that the Caps are the model of how to build a team. I think the first thing people should be doing is not building their teams like the Caps, but building like Detroit. Detroit has managed to stay good for a bit more than an entire decade. They do it with a combination of young skill players and older, veteran defensemen and goaltenders. Detroit seems to have an amazing skill for picking players who are just about to hit their prime, or turning an aging player who has to take a cut because their numbers are going down and turning them back into a star.

I guess I don't get how much of it is coaching, GMing, or just the players themselves. I know there are people who are going to throw insults at the latter two (far as I know no one's got it out for BB after what he's done) but I like what we've done.

This year, we're actually competing (a welcome change) and we've signed the Alex's for a bit. Backstrom's as good as many of the first line centers in the league, and after how abysmal Kozlov looked early in the season he's improved a lot under BB. Next season, our young core gets stronger with the additions of some of our players in juniors.

Random comment for the day:

What are the odds we could hire a goaltending coach that trained with the Red Wings? Just a thought - they seem to have that part of the game down...

Posted by: Raber | February 15, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Even with Brind'amour getting hurt early in the first period, the Canes still manage to win their game. The team still has many weapons and Eric Staal is one of the best players in the league. By far on paper, the Canes are the strongest team in the division and the Caps will need to step up their game if they want to win the division.

Posted by: MadFlava | February 15, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Other deserving Hart candidates include ...

Malkin, Tarik, you forgot Malkin, he can steal the show.

Posted by: alexovetjkin | February 15, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

@Alexovetjkin

Malkin is good, but its hard to see him as a Hart candidate given that his "team leading" credentials only picked up after Crosby went down. He's elite, no doubt, but for the whole year, he's still going to be considered second banana in Pitt.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 15, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

I think you hit the nail on the head. Be like the Red Wings, and everything will be fine.

Posted by: @Raber | February 15, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that was entertaining reading all that. I'm amazed at where some people get their ideas.
Top one from this thread:
1) Let's be like the Red Wings and everything will fix itself. Guess what, guys? The Red Wings built through the draft: Osgood, Lidstrom, Yzerman, Fedorov, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, you name it, and yes, they've made some good trades for players (Chelios) and signed some quality free agents (Fetisov, Larionov). Sounds like the Caps this year, though, doesn't it? Build through the draft (Kolzig, Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Semin) makes some trades for talent (Morrisonn, Jurcina) and sign some free agents (Kozlov, Nylander, Poti, Johnson). Sounds like we're on track to be the Detroit Red Wings of the 2010s.
2) Just go out and acqurie a bedrock physical linchpin defenseman at the trade deadline, because its easy. This has to be my favorite: How many of these kinds of players are there in the league, and how many teams have two or three while others have none? Those teams that have two or three are going to the playoffs (Det, Ana, Ott) and those teams that don't have em are willing to trade, but don't have anything we want. To get a top 30 defenseman in the league, you've gotta give equal value, and that means even more at the hyped-up trade deadline, and then the defender's gotta learn our system and anchor our defense through the playoffs? What would we have to give up? The farm, basically, which is what our future is based on. You know how to get an expereinced defenseman? Start him out young and play him in a lot of games, like we're doing now with Mo, Green, Schultz, Jurcina, etc.
3) Rod the Bod. All the best, wish you make a full reovery...next year.

Posted by: Green Machine | February 15, 2008 9:48 AM | Report abuse

@Raber

Detroit has one thing in their favor, they have more money because they consistently have sold out buildings allowing them to throw more money at players. Ill timed decisions in the past have caused the Caps to be restricted/conservative in their approach to signing FA's. I would think that with more money being freed up (i.e. Jagr), we would see some more FA action in the future. We shall see.

Posted by: ctcapsfan | February 15, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Come on , Green machine, you're spoiling everyone's fun!!! We want to spout random trade possibilities, e.g., "send Emi and Petty to (name a Western Conf playoff race laggard) for top four physical defenseman who can keep Olie's sightlines clean, pot 15 goals a year, QB the PP, and develop that cure for cancer to boot", without accountability!!!
Take your logic and well thought opinions to your own blog, we like polluting Tarik's just fine.

Posted by: Shaggy | February 15, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

@ctcapsfan,

This is actually hitting the nail on the head. Comparing the caps to detroit is just apples and oranges. Detroit has SO much more money to dish around. People seem to keep forgetting that the Caps lose a huge amount of money year over year (what is it like $20 million a year?). I'm thankful we have an owner willing to take that hit to put as good a product as they have (and improving rapidly). For the smaller market teams, it seems like your best chance of being good is to do exactly what the caps have done: build through the draft. Hopefully it gets us deep in the playoffs the next 13 years =)

Posted by: TripDonkeys | February 15, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@tripdonkeys,

I agree that we are not Detroit, and we will never have as much money as them, but don't take Ted's claim of lost money at face value.

Remember that the Caps are one entity. They might actually lose money, true. But, Ted also owns related entities in part, like the arena. The caps pay the arena rent, Ted gets some of that money. Plus, the concessions. The caps also don't get ticket revenue or concessions from the club level, but Washington Sports does, which Ted owns a piece of. I'm not saying he's making money on the team as a whole when all this is considered, but he loses way less than you would think given the other revenue streams.

Of course, we should all be so lucky to be able to be able to afford to lose that kind of money year over year.

Posted by: old time hockey | February 15, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Good point... I hadn't thought of that, and I do know a lot of other teams do similar stuff (often to avoid paying luxury taxes, e.g., the yankees and YES network, where I think the yankees pay an inflated amount to YES network so it looks like the yankees make less money but all of the ownership is in fact the same... i might not be remembering all of that correctly).

That said, Detroit ownership should still be relatively much better off, right? Their ownership likely plays all of the same games and just does better across the board.

In the end, I trust that Leonsis is balancing his desire to win championships with some level of business acumen, and I can live with that (who wouldn't want an owner ready to lose money hand over fist for the fans, but i don't think that really happens). 5 years ago, he was willing to spend way more in the hopes of increasing demand, but it didn't work so well. So now he's taking a more measured approach...

Posted by: TripDonkeys | February 15, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

@ Raber:

We had a goaltending coach. He was let go on Thanksgiving Day.

Other thoughts: yes, I agree that building a team by experimenting with what you get "on the cheap" is tough. A few older guys - skilled, and with firm contracts with the club may seem attractive - but look at what we got with Pothier Kozlov etc. They didn't exactly pick up here where they left off previously. I think that Kozi's production has come primarily from Nyl's absense, but I hope I'm wrong on that one.

BB has done alot to get the reluctant rank and file in line, and those Hanlon holdouts will find themselves looking for work come springtime. Fortunately, I think that early resistance has been replaced with the rewards of winning and the organization is back in the saddle.

How it all changes over tne next few years remains to be seen.

Posted by: dogdaze | February 15, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Caps not mentioned in ANY possible trades around the league. Do we not need a 1,2,3, defenseman??? I like what we have in the minors, but no one is going to come up and fill the huge void we currently have. Does anyone know when the last time Shultz actually threw a body check, c'mon man get physical!! Eminger is no worse than 55! C'mon George, it's time to be a buyer instead of the past 4 years of selling. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO SOMETHING!!!

Posted by: NoVa Cap Fan | February 15, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

It's easy to say the "Caps should be like the Red Wings" but it's impossible to do. The Wings have done very well drafting amazing players in the later rounds of the draft. How many teams passed over Nick Lidstrom when he was selected 53rd over all in 1989. Turns out he's going to be known as one of the best defensemen to have ever played in the NHL, go figure. And Lidstrom isn't the only diamond in the rough they drafted. Holmstrom 257th overall in 1994. Datsyuk 171st overall in 1998. Zetterberg 210th overall in 1999. They had good scouting and took chances on players that were deemed too small to play in the NHL. The only thing the Caps could to do to be more like Detroit is maybe hire all their scouts away and wait 10 years to see what talent they can find.

Posted by: MadFlava | February 15, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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