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Practice Update

Got to be brief today because I've got a meeting in a few. But I wanted to catch you up on this morning's practice at KCI:

No Laich
One day after Brooks Laich registered a goal and an assist against the Pens, the forward was absent from practice today. Coach Bruce Boudreau said Laich is not injured, he's just got some bumps and bruises, which Boudreau added, is the cost of standing in front of the opponent's net.

No Alex, Either
Alex Ovechkin also scored a goal yesterday. And he, too, did not skate. Boudreau said he got the day off to rest and that he'll be back in the lineup tomorrow in Nashville.

'I Don't Like It'
Asked if he could remember the last time he lost four games in a row, Boudreau did not hesitate. He said it was five years ago when he was the coach of AHL Manchester.

"It's been a while, and I don't like it," Boudreau said. "The good news is that I think we're getting better."

Tomorrow's Story
As you probably read in my previous post, the Caps have only received one goal from the third and fourth line the past four games. And none of them were "dirty" goals.

So that's what the Caps worked on today in practice, generating traffic in front and jamming in rebounds. That will also be the focus of my story tomorrow.

Western Struggles
Tomorrow, the Caps take on a Nashville team that is desperate (the Preds are in eighth) and unfamiliar. The Caps have had trouble recently against opponents who are a) desperate and b) unfamiliar. In fact, Washington is 7-10-0 against the West this season.

"Their sense of urgency will definitely be at its highest level, and we have to meet that sense of urgency," Boudreau said. "Until we've won two in a row, you can't say officially that we're out of our little funk."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 9, 2009; 12:16 PM ET
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I'll do what I can to update this when I can.

Currently, the Cap's magic number is 11.5 out of their next 15 to clinch the division.

Each day FLA plays I will update the number (if needed).

Posted by: FFSEnough | March 9, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Re: secondary scoring, I have a question. Where's Flash? I mean, I *know* where he is, but where the hell is he?

Brooks is awesome.

Posted by: Zornado | March 9, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

(from previous post)

Funny that not even Tarik is allowed to point out that yes, we might have some troubles? Come on folks this has gotten too far. People that express their opinions are made fun of instead of respected if it's not Caps rainbows, and that should stop.

Tarik mentioned many issues and I agree with all of them. There is one more he didn't mention: our defense is not exactly elite. Our explosive fire-power masked its weaknesses all season... but if we rely too much on defense (whan offense can't bail us out for example), it get caught slow and not prepared quite often.

Since we passed on reinforcing it, the only solution is: play solid forechecking, and with yesterday's third period intensity and determination. Score 4-5 goals per game :D

Very dangerous game tomorrow. Let's go Caps!

Posted by: mauree | March 9, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Can we send Brash to Hershey? I watched him yesterday, he did not hit anyone, did not get rough with anyone, skated around the top of the circles like he thinks his name is Alex, and was about the biggest non-factor he could possibly be. I am fed up! He does not protect Ovie or Semin, he does not fight anyone, he is slow, can't score, can't pass, so why is he here?

Posted by: majiksea | March 9, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I thought Viktor Kozlov had a superb game yesterday. Expect some goals from his line if he keeps it up.

Posted by: LouLewis | March 9, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Flash was set up about 6 times the last few games, he can't finish.

Posted by: majiksea | March 9, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Flash isn't alone in not finishing.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 9, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought:

Only half of the top 8 teams in each conference have winning records in their last 10 games. Seems alot of the good teams are having trouble at this point in the year.

Posted by: Padow1 | March 9, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Tarik's report is nothing more than paraphrasing of bb's and others' comments. Nothing new, but he is not an analyst.

I am not an analyst neither, but here are my two cents:

Too much is being made of the four loses. San Jose has the same losing streak, so what?

I think the problem has been the mixing of the lines. It is so obvious and painful to see because the players start playing solo more often than not. There is no chemistry, too many errant passes, turn-overs, shots on goal with not support from line-mates, etc., etc.

BB keeps on hammering the idea of shoot, shoot, and then shoot some more, he obviously dislikes the European play of looking for the best shot. Well, the team is doing that, the result an increase of shots on goal with a very little result because the shots are taken from points of low percentage of success. It is not who shoot the most, it is who scores the most. The shoot-and-lets-hope-to-get-lucky idea is not great hockey to me, but I know that is what a lot of North Americans like.

The defense units are slow to react, period. JT is good on the first save but too often is out of position for rebounds. Better defense could help cover his mistakes.

Nylander needs to play.

Other than Gordon, the fourth line could be improved.

Posted by: hock1 | March 9, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse


7 min of ice time, 2 hits (2-3 more "moments of contact" that I would have scored hits) and a roughing minor is not enough for one game for you?

Brash has a job. He's a member of the only line on the team that works hard every night, and never takes a shift off. (maybe that's cause they skate less than 10 min a game). He's a physical presence that has been drawing penalties at an alarming rate recently.

As far as protection is concerned. This team got tough last April. Semin in particular. The kid's got spunk and he's showing it this year. You don't see him get bumped from behind then cry to his teammates to come help him out. They are taking care of themselves just fine. The only guy with whom liberties are being taken is Backstrom and even he's not afriad to get in the middle and get his golden-locks ruffled.

As for yesterday's game, I'm pleasantly shocked we did not see more instigator/roughing penalties being called on the Pens. Juice's hit on ...Kennedy... that broke the glass was a prime example of what's pissing me off in the league this year, and it's 100% on the ref's shoulders to stop it. You get hit cleanly and come back at the guy who hit you, you need to spend some extra time in the box. Juice didn't deserve 2 min for that exchange, and if he did, Kennedy needed 4.

Posted by: FFSEnough | March 9, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

@GoPens: To answer rediculous claim from the last thread...

"The more fans try to get under his skin, the better he performs." That quote was in regards to Crosby. What happened to him the last time he played at Verizon 2 weeks ago? He choked!!
"Also, is it any coincidence that the laughable franchise record of 11 straight sellouts was broken last Tuesday in the middle of a losing streak? Keep telling yourselves that DC is a hockey town... I'll look forward to readily available tickets the next time the Caps drop two in a row. LET'S GO PENS." First of all, the Pens home sellout streak ended earlier this season. Hmmm, they weren't winning, you guys stopped going. As far as tickets being abundant, I just check on your home team's website and I can purchase tickets for EVERY remaining game the Pens have at home. Sit down and keep coloring.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 9, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"I thought Viktor Kozlov had a superb game yesterday. Expect some goals from his line if he keeps it up."

Fully agree. He was hitting people, and using his size to corral the puck in the corners/side of the net.

Am happy the majority of the next ten are on the road. Hopefully we'll come together away from home as we did last year.

Posted by: guiliano89 | March 9, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

LOL at Penguins fans thinking they invented how to be hockey fans. That fanbase wasn't crap until Mario came along. For all the claims of bandwagoning that are lobbed towards Caps fans, those idiots are no better.


When the Stanley Cup teams of the early 1990s first captured the hearts of Pittsburghers, fans flocked to Civic Arena. But even championships and star power galore couldn't guarantee sellout crowds.


"Pittsburgh traditionally was and still is a football town," Penguins president David Morehouse said. "What has changed is now Pittsburgh is also a hockey town. Mario was responsible for the emergence of hockey as part of our cultural fabric. That was the foundation. It established hockey in Western Pennsylvania.


It wasn't all that long ago that the Penguins were struggling to stay in business. Mellon Arena had bigger crowds for the circus a few years back. In 2003-04, one season before the NHL lockout when the Penguins were the worst team in the league, the average attendance was 11,877. Only 5,500 people had season tickets, and there was one sellout.

Posted by: Zornado | March 9, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Crosby, Guerin, Kunitz or Ovechkin, Kozlov,Semin for post season ?

I wonder which line BB would choose if he was neutral.

BTW, when do the World's start up ?

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Feds and Semin ahve been feeding Flash perfect saucer passes on the stick, he's failed the last 3 agmes.

I'd give him the rest of this week, after that, see ya kid, Laich is back on line 2.

Posted by: greener1 | March 9, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

@GoPens: I also remember a distinct roar when Boyd Gordon scored the go ahead goal and eventual game winner during the Caps first vist to Mellon this season. The Pens fans? are selling their tickets too. For a bunch of fans that want to call our fans bandwagoners I saw nothing bud Malkin, Crosby, and Staal jerseys yesterday, and of course a lot of T-shirts because they are cheap. If your road fan base was not a bunch of bandwagoners I would expect to see at least a couple of jerseys that haven't been purchased in the last year.
I'm not in denial, I know we have about 4000-5000 bandwagon fans for the last 100 games or so, Pens fans just want to keep acting like they're true fans and have been for decades. There was a drunk Pen fan behind me that knew about 5 players by number/name otherwise he would say common 2 (Gill is his name Pens fan) pick it up, c'mon 24, that was a stupid penalty (Matt Cooke). He wasn't one of those guys that calls players only by number either because he new Malkin, Crosby, Staal, and Gonchar, by name. Definition-bandwagon.

Posted by: fanohock1 | March 9, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention they tanked on purpose to get the first overall pick, not unlike what they did to land Crosby. Th Capitals finished third-worst in the league and got some good fortune in the draft lottery to get Ovechkin.

The Penguins are a pathetic, laughable organization with a pathetic, laughable fanbase.


Seventeen years ago, the Penguins and the New Jersey Devils were fighting for the right to be the worst in the NHL.

It was simple. Whichever team finished with the league's worst record would have their pick of two top-rated junior players -- Mario Lemieux from Laval or Kirk Muller of Guelph -- in the 1984 draft. The Penguins figured out how to responsibly ensure futility.

Center Doug Shedden remembers it well.

"There was such a big hoopla about Mario that (general manager) Eddie Johnston called up players from (minor league) Baltimore at the end," Shedden said. "All we had to do was finish last and we'd get the first pick." Shedden said during the last months of the 1983-84 season four players were claimed off waivers and were inserted into the lineup, and team captain Randy Carlisle was traded away.

"The players thought at the time that we'd have to trade somebody to make sure that we got the number one pick," Carlisle said. "Well I ended up being that somebody. I had value for the wrong reason ... but that's what the business of sports is all about."

Down one veteran, the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to outlose the Devils, including a pivotal game in which the Penguins lost 6-5 to the Devils with 12 games left. The final tally: 16-58-6 and 38 points for Pittsburgh; 17-56-7 and 41 points for New Jersey.

The '83-84 Penguins had the worst attendance in all of the NHL and the second-worst in club history -- 6,839 fans on average showed up per game that year.


The Penguins were definitely the third choice among Pittsburgh sports fans. The Steelers had won four out of six Super Bowls from 1975-1980 and the Pirates had won the World Series in 1971 and 1979.

"The team was not on solid ground," said Ken Sawyer, now the Penguins' chief financial officer who was then the CFO of the NHL. "It had strong ownership financially (headed up by Eddie DeBartolo Sr.) but for the amount of games the team was losing, it certainly would have been a struggle to avoid the issue of going out of business." Team ownership once before had declared bankruptcy in 1975.

Posted by: Zornado | March 9, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Here are the 04 attendance numbers.

What a solid franchise...Good or bad they bleed yellow and black?

Posted by: SA-Town | March 9, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse


You make good points. I have been noting how BB is an old-school guy, a part of the "Good 'Ol Boy" hockey network of mostly Canadians. Notice how he didn't come down that hard on Don Cherry, how he sometimes thinks the players celebrate a bit too much and how he blew up when Fedorov scored that goal last week.

There could come a time - hopefully not soon and maybe not ever - but there could come a time when the "BB Way" and the "Ovie Way" come to a head. Part of the reason to have Clark as captain could be a bridge between the "old guard" and the "new regime." BB and Ovie are both very strong personalities.

Sometimes you can detect the possibility of rift in subtle comments, such as: "We are trying to make the pretty pass too much." Then, like you point out, we see them trying for the perfect shot - which looks, perfect, when it works. Otherwise, putting the Canadian (Laich) in front of the net worked last spring and may well be part of the answer this year.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 9, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

semin is the man right now. not only is he scoring goals and getting chances each game but his stick checks are unreal. he is creating turnovers each game. keep that going.

Posted by: daddy_axe | March 9, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

mauree, get off your pedestal really. No one is talking about you or anyone else who provides insight into the caps problems. We are talking about the likes of people like gtydings, cstanton, wendel, etc who obviously post stuff just to a kick out of people.

The world does not revolve around you, step off your pedestal, take a deep breath, and until you start posting trolling posts none of our sarcasm applies to you.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Crosby, Guerin, Kunitz or Ovechkin, Kozlov,Semin for post season ?

I wonder which line BB would choose if he was neutral.

BTW, when do the World's start up ?

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse


that's some good stuff. I hate it when pens fans make the bandwagon/sellout argument. just hate it. my friend from pittsburgh was in town yesterday and we went out to a bar after with some pens fans he was with. they were all very cordial, except for this one girl. she was explaining to her friends who were casual fans (read: bandwagon) that caps fans don't know hockey and are all bandwagon fans. because I was with my friend and his mom and aunt, i took a deep breath and bit my tongue so as not to start a yelling match with this girl. i can deal with trash talk, but i cannot deal with their bandwagon and lack of hockey knowledge arguments.

Posted by: sirbobalew | March 9, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

speak of the devil.

going against the grain nets me 15 e-points.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

also, since Ovechkin-Kozlov-Semin is the highest scoring line in the NHL, im going to guess that BB will choose them.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

oh i meant, Ovechkin-Backstrom-Kozlov.

that line you posted Sir Troll isnt even a BB line....idiot.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

It's a no-brainer: Ovechkin, Semin and Kozlov.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 9, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Caps have achieved their goal, to sell sell sell tix with a highly skilled team.

No sense in trying to convince anyone that they are actually far away from lifting the Stanley Cup.

You may be a success by accident, as in the case for the Caps "gm", but it will never win you a Stanley Cup.

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 12:59 PM

+100 e points.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

IF fighting were banned, caps could spend that million on a young skilled player!

Posted by: sporttraveler | March 9, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

i've had my arguments about Brashear here, im not going to get into that.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Little known facts I learned from Pens fans at the game yesterday. These facts all have a bearing on not only the outcome of yesterday's game, but the season as well:

1. Early in the 90's the Pens won back to back Stanley Cups. THe Caps have not won any.

2. The Steelers have won 6 Super bowls, including this last one. The caps have not yet won any.

3. Caps fans are so dumb, they don't even know what icing is. I explained that it was when they freeze the pucks in the cooler stored in the scorers table so they slide on the ice better.

4. Ovi is overrated.

5. Semin fell on the blue line because it was "up-raised"

6. The Southeast division is not a "real" hockey division, so the fact that the Caps are so far in front is irrelivant. Also, the Eastern Conference is the weakest in hockey (yes, it was said in the same sentance)

7. The fact that the Caps are 3rd in the eastern conference and 5th in the NHL doesn't matter, since the regualr season is meaningless.

8. Jose theodore is the WORST goalie in hockey.

9. The Caps should just quit now since they will be eliminated in the first round anyway.

10. The PEns went to the Stanley Cup finals LAST season, whereas the Caps lost in the first round.

I was honored to be around those knowledgeable fans. I am so much smarter today because of it. I just wish they hadn't talked while I was trying to read the definition of the penalties displayed on the sign boards.

Posted by: Leeguru | March 9, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I love Nylander roaming the halls while getting paid, how "prudent".

Here's a No Trade Clause, because I'm the smartest gm in the league.

Hey Alzner, sit tight, don't get hurt and maybe we can afford you when I finish with my other mistakes, thanks for playing.

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Alzner isnt called up because if he plays more than 40 games, he enters free agency a year earlier.


Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse


did they forget that malkin has 10 more points than Ovie?

Posted by: _stevo | March 9, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Alzner isnt called up because if he plays more than 40 games, he enters free agency a year earlier."

Nice mentality, stay hot in fantasy land.

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Stevo, thanks! I forgot, when they showed that Ovi was 2nd in the league in scoring, they yelled "who is in first?" That had a bearing on the game too!

Posted by: Leeguru | March 9, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | March 9, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

fantasy land? Thats the reality of why Alzner isnt up. We have room for him.

like i said, nice try. find a new thing to troll on. and stop signing into your other accounts to try to look clever.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Leeguru!! I am so very happy that you passed on that knowledge to the rest of us naive and ignorant fans. Maybe one day I'll be as omniscient as Pens fans...dare to dream!

Posted by: CapsKH | March 9, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Crosby, Guerin, Kunitz or Ovechkin, Kozlov,Semin for post season ?

I wonder which line BB would choose if he was neutral.

BTW, when do the World's start up ?"

How stupid can you be? 1st off lets assume that you're talking about the 1st lines for each of the teams. In this case you'd be wrong because Backstrom centers this line 97% of the time.

OK so lets say that you weren't talking about the top lines and you were talking about "Worlds" since that was your last comment. Well that doesn't work either because Guerin is as American as it gets you idiot. So take your Pennsyltuckian edumication back to Pennsyltucky where you belong. I'd be embarassed if I were a Pens fan to know that one of my fans spoke this kind of ignorance. Guerin a Canadian, buwahahahahahaha! IDIOT!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 9, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil: The rule for hockey is that ten games, not 40, count as a year towards free agency.

Because Alzner has played I think 30 games this season, he will already become a free agent at 26 years old rather than 27 otherwise (this assumes he playes more than 9 games as well next year and the following).

Now, by Alzner staying at Hershey, he earns a lower salary and might well miss out on some of his bonuses. Had he played, say, 70 games with the Caps, he would have made about $1.5M in total. If they keep him under 40 or 44 games (not sure which), he will only make half of $875K and then half of the yearly minor league salary.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 9, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

bad trolls are the worst trolls.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Cheef is obviously a troll and a Pens fan. He's trying to stir trouble. Please don't respond to his idiotic and repetitive posts.

Posted by: Sonyask | March 9, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I said if he played 40 games he will enter free agency a year earlier. Every ten games = a year early, you're right. It's 40, btw. My comment coincides with everything you said.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

""Alzner isnt called up because if he plays more than 40 games, he enters free agency a year earlier."

Nice mentality, stay hot in fantasy land."

I am going to nominate you for "Fan of the Day" with both of your idiotic comments today. I've already addressed the other one and now I'll address this one.

How soon we forget that the beloved Penguins CHOSE to keep Marc Andre Fleury in the minors so they wouldn't have to pay him. In the words of your former coach Eddie O (after asked how he felt about being fired) "Well I don't really feel like I was given a fair shake, I mean after all, of the 3 goalies we had, due to financial constraints we had to keep our best goalie in the minors and it didn't give us the best opportunity to win on a daily basis". Really dude? Don't come in here with smack that you can't back up. Alzner not being here has NOTHING to do with $$$$! We are $1.7M BELOW the cap dummy! I'll let you and your infinite wisdom do the research on how much Alzner's contract is and how much of the season is left. Like I said before, your Pennsyltuckian edumication don't work here son.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | March 9, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Slice it up anyway you like, come post season we all know Kozlov, Nylander, Backstrom and Semin will disappear.

As for the World question, It's obvious that's marked off on OV's calendar, NOT winning the Stanley Cup.

Many of you that are angry will be best served by holding those accountable for short changing you.

I'm not from Penn. I do find it amusing how defensive people get when comparing a 2 time Stanley Cup winning organization to a ZERO Cup winning organization.

Oh, the Cup finals last year ? Well,in addition to that SO beauty yesterday, Sid is ahead when it comes to winning in the post season.

All the pieces are in place for failure WITHOUT a Cup.
The wait and see approach, hahaha

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

yeah, cheef's back. and showing some restrain, waiting until a four game losing streak vs the traditional one game slide. and now with even 10% more useless commentary. yeah!

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 9, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

For those new to the show (all you horrible bandwagon fans ;) )

Cheef is actually a Caps Fan. He just hates GMGM and only comes out when they lose. When he directs his mind away from GMGM, he actually is very knowledgeable in hockey matters. So, he's not a troll, let's just say he's the angry drunk in the back of the room.

Carry on.....

Posted by: Leeguru | March 9, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

pokerface1208, i was confused by your post. At first I thought you were calling me an idiot, but i re-read. Haha.

Tominfl1 breaks it down, but the real reason is to prevent him from playing 10 more games; thus 40. The money they save is just gravy at this point really.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Screwing Alzner out of money while rewarding guys like Nylander ?

You people are so blind.
Giving Brash & erskine 1 Mill ??

Keep on believin

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

What do you suggest we do about it Cheef?

Post on a blog maybe?

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Interesting link that shows that Jagr was a) trying to get back to the NHL this year (must have pissed him off when Severstal lost on the last day of the regular season and he had to do playoffs) and b) that he would do anything not to be picked up by Pittsburgh. Even as much as he likes to score, he didn't want Crosby as his centerman.
(4th article down)

Posted by: Varly | March 9, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Last year a number of players were in need of a contract, look forward to how well they play in the stretch and in the post season, should be an indicator of how well the team is built.

Place your bets...

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The gambler is in Siberia, yet wants to comment on Crosby. Hillarious.

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Isn't cheep the one with the man crush on the old equipment guy?

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | March 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

hmm..gmgm makes a sound fiscal decision by not wanting to call up alzner when the division and top 3 playoff seed is pretty much a lock and his biggest fan cheef thinks thats a bad idea. of course, its because GMGM thinks ahead thats going to benefit this team for a long time.

how have the pens made out after jumping the gun and trading for hossa? struggling to make the playoffs.

the caps had been one year behind the pens, who lost in 5 games in their "first" playoff run w/ cindy and malkin and then went to the finals. now i think the caps are poised to leapfrog the pens with a nice playoff run this year (probably without a cup) but without the pens-like drop off next year due to the restraint from making stupid deals this year.

$2M for mark eaton? at least erskine is younger...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | March 9, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

And yet making $7 million more than you in earned salary based on hockey abilities and knowledge. Anyway Malkin > Crosby.

Posted by: Varly | March 9, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Hold on "varly", maybe I actually come out ahead, considering I have ZERO debt, while the Gambler plays every shift to pay off his bookies.


Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

@ cheef

That's "Varly" to you.

Posted by: Varly | March 9, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread:

nice posts Zornado, welcome :D

rich: people whined even about Tarik's previous post lol, I'm just asking for a bit of acceptance on anyone's opinion when it's voiced within the limits of decency :)

So, he's not a troll, let's just say he's the angry drunk in the back of the room

lol so he comes out when booze stops flowing in his general direction?

Posted by: mauree | March 9, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess bad spelling isn't the mark of an idiot. Oh, wait, it is.

Credibility is shot if your thoughts are coming faster than your fingers could type. If you have problems with the GMGM, take it up through proper channels instead of being the "drunk in the corner" on the blog.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | March 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

new post, Sloan back to Hershey.

Posted by: mauree | March 9, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I didn't even read that post's comments. Maybe i'm just speaking for myself, but my sarcasm is only directed towards people like that. I'm all about criticizing our team, just within the constraints of a normal, logical, and calm discussion. I also really only get sarcastic about the deadline whiners, the criticism regarding our sub-par defense and mediocre goal tending has been valid all season, it just comes to shine in our little stint we got going right now.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 9, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

That's "Varly" to you.

Ok "Farly"

Posted by: Cheef | March 9, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Re: "Tomorrow's Story," i.e. "dirty goals."

It's. About. Time. Is BB just figuring this out?

Watch films of the Flyers. They're usually good at this.

Posted by: bucknelldad | March 9, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Tomorrow night we will see how many goals JT60 can keep out of his net. The Preds are fighting for a playoff birth and we have to be ready.

Thursday is another huge game against the bruising flyers.

We are going right into the teeth of the end of the season. This year the roles are reversed and we are the complasant team.

Look what Carolina is doing to the Rangers.

Posted by: diner99 | March 9, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

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