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Practice Update

I just caught up with McPhee and he told me Semin won't play this weekend. They hope to have him back for next Thursday's game against the Islanders.

Jakub Klepis, meantime, will probably sign with Hershey and join the Bears in the coming days. Not sure what type of deal. I'll get some clarification on that.

Semin just came out to skate on his own (without pads). He seems to be moving okay, but he isn't cutting very hard.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 10, 2007; 12:16 PM ET
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Its a long season. Id rather he wait a few days and heal then to reinjure himself.

But when he comes back into the lineup at at least 90%, he'll be dangerous to defend!

Can't wait.

Posted by: Go skins Go | October 10, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

That's a bummer about Semin's ankle. Hopefully, he gets completely better soon. I'd hate for this to linger all season long.

I actually had some suspicions that Klepis might sign a minor league contract with the Bears, mainly because he didn't make the NHL team but continued to stick around.

With Semin out, can we expect Bradley or Laich to play on the Nylander-Backstrom line, or will we see someone get called up to play the other wing? Bourque? Klepis?

Posted by: billy | October 10, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Definitely. Nice to be this deep so we dont have to rush him back. In fact Im going to enjoy watching C. Bourque skate in his place while he's out. Granted I'll be as glad as everyone else when Sasha's healthy again.

Posted by: CaptnClark | October 10, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Ok, what am I missing?

Suds has been a scratch for all games and they would rather call up someone for a spot game? I realize that some of the guys in Hershey could develop into better skill players than Suds, but if Bradley is going to play on the second line, then whoever they bring up is just geting 4th line time, which Suds could certainly handle. Even if they want the extra guy in case someone else gets hurt, they're only going to NYC and Buffalo. You could easily call someone up to meet them in Buffalo if necessary. As for Shultz, it seems liek the right call. Erskine has earned continued time with his solid, if lumbering, play. Eventually someone will get hurt or traded, and they'll bring him back.

Posted by: old time hockey | October 10, 2007 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Sutherby's long for this organization if they're making that kind of move around him.

Is he hurt?

Posted by: Goat | October 10, 2007 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I think there has to be something wrong physically with Sutherby. He wore an A in the team picture, and to start the season Kozlov was designated an A for a game or two but didn't actually wear an A. If Sutherby was actually on the outs I wouldn't expect him to still be the owner of an A...while not dressing for games.

Posted by: Jeff | October 10, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Semin: hopefully he'll be back for Pittsburgh. We seriously need to beat the Pens this year. I'm really sick of losing to them. Health comes first though. sigh. goddamn penguins.

Sutherby: Whats the deal, Tarik? Why recall when you have sutherby in the press box?

Bradley: he's earned everything he gets. If he can help out the 2nd line by being defensively conscious and retrieving pucks from the corners (as long as he passes accurately to Nys and Nick) I'm all for it. And since my word is law...

Posted by: 007 | October 10, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

It seems that the biggest question that alot of us want to know is what's up with Sutherby? Any insight on why he's still sitting and not playing especially since they're thinking about bringing another forward up?

Posted by: Pat | October 10, 2007 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Tarik has posted previsously that Suds has a hand or wrist injury, so he is recuperating. Tarik also has written more than once that Eminger has a lower body injury. I'm glad that the Caps can let players nurse injuries and still win. I hope that Semin is back for the hated Pens and that the PP can gel soon.

Posted by: Jim | October 10, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

With all the hush-hush that the Caps do for injuries to players, I'm curious if Sutherby not playing has more to do with showcasing players in case of a trade (ie: Bradley, Fleischmann, or others)?

Posted by: FrankM73 | October 10, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I dont know about the A on Sutherby, but that might make him more attractive for a trade. Just think how others would see it, wow the caps are offering us their alternate captain, etc etc

Posted by: czechsmix | October 10, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Suds seem to have a nagging injury, same with Eminger. It woudl be nice if the NHl rules made the reporting of stuff like this more clear. Sounds like Semin still has some swelling in his ankle as it appears he's takign it easy right now.

Posted by: EricS | October 10, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to think the Caps are at a point where they are playing for this season rather than playing "lesser" guys with the intent of driving up their value to trade them for a 5th round pick next year. If anything, playing Flash is hurting his perceived value...especially with him getting all of 9 minutes a night. :-)

Posted by: Jeff | October 10, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

If we had only given Kris Beech the C last year we could have traded him for a 1st rounder! I kid, I kid.

Posted by: Jeff | October 10, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else see the irony in the recent Semin updates by Tarik and the comments? We're getting daily, sometimes multiple daily informational updates, on Semin's injury, how he looks in practice and when he is next likely to play.

Simultaneously, it remains a big mystery about the exact nature of Sutherby and Eminger's injuries, how they look in practice and when they are next likely to play.

Posted by: Monty | October 10, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they should consider switching Kozlov with Nylander for a couple of games, at least until Sem's is back. Give them more scoring chances, Nylander and Backstrom are both gifted passers, Ove seems to be a bit of a shooter and Kozlov appear to be shooter as well. No offense to Bradley and Flash they aren't proven to be either yet, until they have they are just there to reap in the +/- category!

Posted by: Iwatsu | October 10, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

And Strungout commits Hari Kari.

Posted by: LOL | October 10, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I get the logic in not rushing Semin back. What I don't get if why he's out there skating with a sprained ankle. Having had more than a few sprains in my time, the last thing I'd want to do is go out on ice and try and balance myself on a quarter inch blade of steel. Unless that's a new form of physical therapy.

Posted by: b.orr4 | October 10, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Jacub Klepis, otherwise known as the Hydra. Apparently all but cut, he just regenerates on the roster! Gotta commend the guy, he obviously has enough talent to play, say, in Russia, where he'd probably make way more than in the AHL -- but he's sticking around. So I hope he makes it, although the odds are really stacked against him.

Posted by: Vlad | October 10, 2007 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I think Klepis has a world of talent. If he pulls it all together one day he's gonna be a heck of a player. Remember, there are a lot of great players, who didn't do a lot till their mid 20s (Jokinen, St. Louis to name a few). Seems to me that keeping Klepis within the organization any way you can is the smart thing to do.

Posted by: Scai | October 10, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Concerning Semin's injury, to all of you criticizing skeptics and wanna be geniuses, I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!! They don't call me "Guru" for nothing, ya know. Absolutely not! I've EARNED IT, many times over.

Posted by: Puckguru | October 11, 2007 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I like the idea of an injury/issue-free Semin on a line with two centers. He's a talent, and should be amazing on a line with guys that can consistently feed him the puck. Now about those injuries and issues......

Posted by: C-Way | October 11, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Puckguru, you pointed the finger at Hanlon for having him play last Saturday. Perhaps you should consider pointing the finger at Semin for deciding he was healthy enough to dress for the game and subsequently reinjured his ankle.

I don't think a single person on this board suggested he should play before he was ready to.

Posted by: Jeff | October 11, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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