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Practice updates

Update: Tarik reported yesterday that Michael Nylander is likely headed to the KHL's Dynamo Minsk. Now, TSN's Bob McKenzie tweets that Nylander is indeed headed to Russia:

Nylander makes the final call on whether he's going to Russia but it looks like he's prepared to do it. Not formalized just yet, though.

There's a good indication that we should have some answers fairly soon.


Taking pity on the Twitter-less this morning. Here are a few updates from @tarikelbashir (I'll add more as he tweets):

* Alex Ovechkin and Jeff Schultz skated with S&C coach Mark Nemish before the team practice.

* Alexander Semin, who is nursing a few injuries, including a sore wrist, is back on the ice this morning.

* Alex Ovechkin upgraded himself to day-to-day. He said he's feeling much better but still anticipates missing a few more days.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  November 10, 2009; 10:39 AM ET
 
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FYI: Wikipedia has updated their entry again and the sentence stating that Nylander has been loaned to HC Dynamo Minsk has been removed.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 10, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Wikipedia also says that George Washington was the first martian to go public- don't trust that fake reference site!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

lylewimbledon: wikipedia's sports pages have been very reliable. I hear jokes about wikipedia being wrong but I have found it to be very useful.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 10, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well folks I think we're gonna find out here within the next 24-48 hours (if not by the end of the week) why all this went down with Nyls now. While nothing is certain there are a ton of credible and some questionable sources stating that Foppa is ready to come back to the NHL now and Washington is "very high" on the list of possibilities. My 2 cents is that I bet GMGM has already had discussions and cleared the space in order to bring him aboard.

So the question is.... is this a good move. Well of course 1st you have to ask about what kind of money is involved. Be it that we're well under the cap now we will easily be able to accomodate a contract for him and still have a couple mill left over. 2nd, how healthy is he and how much will he play. Lets keep into focus that we're playing for the top 3 spots in the east and we'll most likely be in the top 2 w/o him so if he's able to play 35-40 games of the remaining 65 or so the top spot is more than realistic. The big thing is for him to be healthy in the real season come April. If he comes here gets to know the players, coaches and system etc and then is firing on all cylinders come post season we're setting up pretty good especially knowing that we're still under the cap come the deadline.

Things are looking pretty damn good right now in Capland. Even if something happens and Foppa falls through, we have a lot of room to do lots of things. Our elephant in the room is gone so our options are almost limitless.

Nice work once again GMGM and Nyls thank you for your time here and the class you've demonstrated. Best of luck in your new home.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | November 10, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for taking pity on the twitter-less!

Posted by: DCTexan90 | November 10, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

So, I've finished 10 teams so far, and here are my results based only on my opinion. Here is where Jeff Schultz stands after 10 teams.

Anaheim - 100% yes
Atlanta - 50/50 - you could argue.
Boston - 100% yes
Buffalo - 50/50 - you again could argue
Carolina - 75% - he should be in the mix
Calgary - Not top 4, top 6 yes
Chicago - Not top 4, maybe top 6
Colorado - Not top 4, top 6 yes
Dallas - 100% yes

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Forsberg would be an interesting piece to this team...wow!

It's going to be nice to have cap room available...

Great work George...!

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

If Forsberg is coming to D.C. I'm sure it's a one-year deal (remaining season) because that money next year is needed to sign Nicky, Semin, Steckel, etc.

And with an early apology, where is Forsberg going to play, center-wise? I'm happy with 19 on line 1 and BMo on line 2.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

As Forsberg is concerned, I want him. He can play wing with B.Mo and Semin. Two C's setting up Semin would be awesome. Line 1 could be Ovi/Backs/Knuble. Line 3 could be Flash/Laich/Fehr and 4 would be Laing/Steckel/Clark/Bradley...

That would be sick.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

JSchon, lot of work. Interesting.

I think that over the next three season, by the time Schultz is 26-27 years old, he'll be a top-2 d-man on this team. I think he's been very good this year and is only getting better. He'll continue to grow into his game.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

JSchon - like your analysis so far, although I doubt the Schultz-bashers will pay any attention to reason.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | November 10, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm shocked that the Internet would provide an incorrect fact.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 10, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

JSchon...I love how I get bashed for my opinions (which are anti Schultz), but you don't for your opinion. The GMs for those teams you think Schultz, oh, sorry SARGE, could play for might not feel the same way you do...

You did do diligent work..and I commend you for that, but there are intangibles in some of those opinions in which you favored SARGE....

Come on people, be objective here. I know you are die hard caps fans, and yes...the caps are my favorite team, but seriously...nobody is scared of Jose Theodore in net, and other than green...the caps defense (as a unit) is marginal.

We are 8th most goals against...but are tied for 4th in total points.

Only 1 team in the west (bottom 7) has given up more goals than us...

Only 5 in the east (granted some of those teams have 2 games in hand).

Look at the facts, we OUTSCORE teams now...but when the playoffs roll around, it's a different game.

You may hate me and my views, but seriously, our defense needs to be upgraded (not by much)...and while Alzner and Carlson may not be the answer this year...someone else out there might.

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@SinkingCaps

Our defense could use an upgrade absolutely. I dont think Schultz should be removed from the lineup however. At times last year I would have agreed with you. But this year he has been great. To me Green, Schultz, Pothier and Juice are the 4 guys that stick. S. Mo, Erskine, Poti could all be replaced. To me Poti has been bad this year with the exception of 2 games.

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

and yes I know Poti has a good +- but when watching the games he just looks like he gets pushed around and people have his way with him. He has turned the puck over and hasn't been good on the PK.

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

have their way with him that should say.

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@sinkingcaps

I'm not saying I'm right about Schultz, but at least I have provided some numbers to look at. All the Schultz bashers are quick to point out the NYR playoff game, or the fact that Schultz uses his stick and reach moreso than his body.

To some degree, numbers do not lie. The numbers I have presented are not ones I have hand selected to boost Schultz up. The reality is simple, Schultz is young, tall, lanky, slow, awkward defensemen with good hockey sense and prefers to dislodge the puck from the opponent instead dislodging the opponent from the puck. It works for him.

BTW, he also makes next to nothing for the job that he does.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Can Forsberg play defense? No. Then the answer is no I don't want him.

Posted by: capsfan01 | November 10, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Hockeybuzz just had an update stating Nylander to Russia and Froppa to Caps...more to follow. This update was like six minutes ago....hopefully GMGM will shed some light soon...

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | November 10, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

What annoys me is the people yelling negative stuff at Schultz during games. Way to support your team.

Posted by: mikebrady1 | November 10, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I think if you look at all the d-men in the league over at behindthenet.ca (you can sort however you like...) there's some objective support for and against other players. You can also sort by position, by teams, etc. Even if you don't agree with the methodology, the numbers are objective.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Not sure what Regehr is paid but Phaneuf and Bowmeester make A LOT of money.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 10, 2009 7:43 AM |

Regehr makes between 4-5 mil. An absolute steal for all that he brings.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

And although I commend JSchon and his defense of Schultz, it is sort of a crude analysis to conclude that Schultz will make/not make a top 4 based on a few stats.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Forsberg does play defense, as he is/was one of the best 2-way forwards to EVER play the game.

The blame for the "whatever" (I have no idea why people are so up in arms about the defense), does not only lay on the shoulders of the defense. Defense is played by all 5 players on the ice. Have Varlamov and Theodore let in some softies? Yes. Have some of the forwards made mistakes leading to odd-man rushes (including Ovi)? Yes. Does Tom Poti stink? Yes. Do we play a high risk high reward offense? Yes.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The reason you get bashed SinkingCaps is due to your lack of backing your argument....Schultz sucks, Theo sucks doesn't hack it. Put the time and research in that JSchon does and still prove that Schultz and Theo suck and maybe you would garner some support.

Posted by: PhilR | November 10, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Can Forsberg play defense? No. Then the answer is no I don't want him.

Posted by: capsfan01 | November 10, 2009 11:41 AM |

Yeah man..(arguably) the best two-way forward in the history of the sport can't play a lick of defense!

Of course you mean the position, but it still doesn't make much sense then.

Are people really saying they don't want freakin Peter Forsberg on their team at the right price? Really?

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Interesting discussion re Schultz.

Stats aside, I do not believe there is any basis based on play this year to assert that Schultz is the weak link in our D corps. In terms of responsible play, accurate passing, positioning, and disrupting offenses, he has been one of the steadiest Caps on either side of the line.

Posted by: Sonyask | November 10, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

This could be quite a day for Washington Hockey.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

My project is hardly scientific. Its for fun mainly. I'm just waiting for a Schultz basher to come up with his/her analysis project to rival mine.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Phil,

I agree. Even if we give him the remainder of Nyls salary for this year, I'm in...all in.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

As Forsberg is concerned, I want him. He can play wing with B.Mo and Semin. Two C's setting up Semin would be awesome. Line 1 could be Ovi/Backs/Knuble. Line 3 could be Flash/Laich/Fehr and 4 would be Laing/Steckel/Clark/Bradley...

That would be sick.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:24 AM | Report abuse

-----------------

Don't you wanna see Forsberg centering Flash though? Especially now that Flash is looking like a 40-goal guy. Get some hot Swede-Swede action going.

If Flash can keep this up, I see no reason to pay Semin next year.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 10, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Russian wikipedia for nylander says that on October 10th he has signed a two year contract with “Salavat Ulaev” club.
I checked russian speaking internet – no other mentions.

Posted by: goldenpack | November 10, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm sitting here waiting for some finality on the Nyls story and for someone to utter those timeless Washington words..."our long national nightmare is over..."

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | November 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

and yes I know Poti has a good +- but when watching the games he just looks like he gets pushed around and people have his way with him. He has turned the puck over and hasn't been good on the PK.

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 11:35 AM |

Poti has been polarized on this board this season. Some seem to be catching him when he's making good plays, and others seem to only watch him while he nmakes bad plays.

I think he's been remarkably well this year, and I am far from a Poti-lover. Our PK is not as good as it is right now for no reason.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

isn't Flash a Czech?

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@butcherbaker

You're right. I forgot that Forsberg would only be good for about 3rd line minutes. He could gain more minutes on the PP.

Forsberg centering Flash and Fehr would be great.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

If this happens, where do Clark and Gordon play? I'd like to see -

AO/Backs/Knuble
Laich/BMo/Semin
Flash/Forsberg/Fehr
Laing/Stecks/Bradley.

I'm going to write names and lines on my notebook cover.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Flash is Czech, correct?

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

wow - amazing. Agreed that Foppa would be a one year player - and no hurry to get him over here, either. We need him healthy for the playoffs. One big subtext to this is that BMo has not yet been able to be effective as the 2nd line center. No one seems to score playing with him - but perhaps he does improve as the season wears on. Also, some support for Semin (I see all the bashing at Japer's rink): For someone who has been awful (according to folks at Japer's) we should note that his ice time in all 3 games was near the team high for forwards - clearly BB ready to play him. And although he registered no points, he also was not a minus, so obviously not killing us out there. He's a player the other team has to reckon with, and if that's all he does, it frees other players up. Crosby's gone 4 games without a point, it doesn't mean you bench him.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | November 10, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Flash is not a swede but whatever..lets rejoice what is to come...

Posted by: OVIHtrick8 | November 10, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

That would be an F St. line...

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

@saintex

Law of majority wins; Flash is Czech.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

@saintex

Gordon plays 4th line C for say Minnesota or somewhere else and Clark plays his role of cheerleading Captain and solid injury/give a break fill in. No problem with either of them not in the lineup, that is not an issue to me

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Lindsay - you are the best.

One more plea... stop using Twitter! This is just another example of why the Post is failing. Put your news on your site!

Posted by: brihobbs | November 10, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Flash is Czech... even if not, I don't want to taint my long-running image that accompanies the statement "hot Swede-Swede action". My mental picture is way hotter than Foppa and Flash on ice! LOL

Posted by: Chad8 | November 10, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Wait..so Semin is playing injured and Japer's tears him up, but when Schultz and Green played injured last year, Japer's spent the US Military Budget to defend Green and Schultz?

Okay.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Let it be said yet again, that for the price (and to be able to afford our Great 8 and others), Schultz is one of the best deals out there. This is not an opinion, it is a fact.

And Forsberg, at the right price (which is rather low) would be worth the gamble. Especially the way Steckel has been playing recently. 2 A in 17 games is less than stellar.

Posted by: Fro_ | November 10, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Forsberg in DC would be a blessing.

Stanley Cup Champion (1996; 2001
1994 Olympic Gold Medalist - Scored game winning goal in shootout vs. Team Canada
Scored a Hat trick in Game 2 of the 96 Finals against Florida
All Star 96-2001
Awarded the Art Ross Trophy for top points scorer in 2003
2003 Hart Trophy Winner
Was nominated for the 2003 Lester B. Pearson Award, but lost out to best friend Markus Naslund.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Is there a link to show how Forsberg is doing on his rehab? I would really like to know that a new toy is not broken beyond repair before jumping on the Forsberg express with the rest of you guys...the leadership, experience, and two way ability would be outstanding but not if he never laces them up for us.

Posted by: PhilR | November 10, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

What's the point in signing Forsberg.? We have plenty of players in Hershey who WELL deserve a chance and have already produced more than some of our 3rd and 4th line players. Forsberg would only be here for a year when we could develop around a young talented forward from Hershey.

Posted by: JD09 | November 10, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

How about Forsberg

171 points in 151 playoff games.
+242 in his career
+54 playoff career

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

You may hate me and my views, but seriously, our defense needs to be upgraded (not by much)...and while Alzner and Carlson may not be the answer this year...someone else out there might.

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

gee I wonder why anyone who says that he hopes Green and Schultz are out for the year would be hated

Posted by: joek443 | November 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

With regards to our D:
I still think too much effort is placed on analysis of "parts". Defense is NEVER about 1 part. Its players, coaches and Philosophy. Its attitude, desire and Effort. Its time, Maturity and sometimes simple good luck.

Simply changing 1 or two parts often is not going to fix it. Could it? Yes. WILL it? Unknown. I think I agree that our D has much room for improvement. It also has much room for GROWTH. Change will occur because of Financial reasons. Growth will occur with time and experience. Our D will improve because of BOTH.

Posted by: jdhoover | November 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I don't think the Laing/Stecks/Bradley line is going anywhere. I'm a huge Steckel fan - in the open - and they line up with the opposition's number 1 line, he's killer on faceoffs, he plays the PK...he's on the ice every game. I don't care if I get any assists from him. I think the day Stecks isn't in the line-up, when healthy, is the day BB is no longer coaching in D.C. Don't see it.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

@JD09

Please see previous post!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

@JD09

Because Forsberg helps you win a SC more than Perrault. Who is the only C worthy of a call-up.

Aucoin is not a youngster.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Whoops! Yes, Flash is Czech. Just too tantalized by the prospect of Forsberg to think straight. But yeah, bring on the F St line.

Posted by: butcherbaker | November 10, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

TSNBobMcKenzie Florida claims MacIntyre from Edmonton, Arnason (NYR) and Miller (TBay) on waivers. Mair (Buff) clears waivers. Nylander heading to Russia.

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

TSNBobMcKenzie FLA claims MacIntyre, Arnason (NYR) and Miller (TBay) on waivers. Mair clears. Nylander heading to Russia.

Posted by: jmhall1 | November 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I think I'd give Theo Fluery a shot before Forsgerg... at least he can walk straight

Posted by: joek443 | November 10, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Theo Fluery?

I hope you're kidding.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

dont need to walk straight to play hockey, just need to be able to skate baby.

Posted by: ThePat | November 10, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

yeah I'm kidding.. but Theo's got as much as shot as Forsberg.. which is none

Posted by: joek443 | November 10, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Whoever questioned BMo as 2nd line center, he has 13 pts in 17 games and that equates to 63 over the season. More than adequate as a 2nd line center. He and Forsberg could each log 16-20 mins/game between ES, PP and PK.

This would make it very easy to move Boyd Gordon and get some space back.

Posted by: tominfl1 | November 10, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I'd give Theo the edge over this Forsgerg.

I'm kidding...

Everyone be happy.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

TSNBobMcKenzie FLA claims MacIntyre, Arnason (NYR) and Miller (TBay) on waivers. Mair clears. Nylander heading to Russia.

Posted by: jmhall1 | November 10, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

is this real?? i hope so cause i've been on pins and needles wondering if mair was going to clear waivers...HA!

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 10, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I think I'd give Theo Fluery a shot before Forsgerg... at least he can walk straight

Posted by: joek443 | November 10, 2009 12:15 PM |

lol...

what.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

TB already waiving Drew Miller?

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

TSNBobMcKenzie

Nylander makes the final call on whether he's going to Russia but it looks like he's prepared to do it. Not formalized just yet, though.

Posted by: jmhall1 | November 10, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

If the Forsberg rumors are true, and assuming he is healthy, can still play at near his past level, and doesn't cost too much, the potential line combinations look positively scary. This may be an indication that team management thinks that this is THE year. Other shoes to drop later this year -
1. Gritty, pain-in-the-a** irritant like Matt Cooke was 2 years ago.
2. The big, physical, high skill d-man that we all covet.

Posted by: zmega | November 10, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy already, we got rid of the biggest issue IMO, which was the SC strangle hold.

No more Nylander at the practices.

Not that I dislike Nylander, just the distraction he has become.

Forsberg or not, we are in a better place than we were 48 hours ago and thats exciting.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

No doubt, that they think its their year. I thought that they had as good a shot as any going into to the year to win, and nothing has changed my mind.

The freeing of cap space makes it even more imaginable.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Nylander not final yet

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

if I was gonna sign one of these aging vets just for the playoff run, the first on my list would be Chris Chelios...

Posted by: joek443 | November 10, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure...but I am thinking Forsberg is not a winger...and if he is, do we really want his fragile body in the corners?

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

If Nyls does go to KHl that is the best situation as it would completly clear the cap space. If he does, then I was wrong about him being dealt at half price. Not only does it clear the space, we also do not have to worry about him coming back to haunt the Caps later as all disgruntled player always seem to do.

Posted by: RichC3 | November 10, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Chelios is 10 years older than Forsberg.

I guess the Caps got outbidded by all the NHL teams who were gunning for Chelios!

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we need a defenseman, or really anything else right now, and here's why:

I've been reading "Gabby" over the past couple of days. Unfortunately, it is slow going as I am not permitted by my cats to have a book in my hands when I am in the house. Therefore, my daily reading time is limited to the time I spend on the elliptical or bike. My life aside, I recommend that anyone who is calling for a D trade pick up and read this book, because it'll open your eyes.

One of the things that Gabby talks about in this books is how his game works and why it works. It does not ignore defense so much as postulate that offense and defense go hand in hand. It's a high-speed, high-pressure game and a game of puck possession. Most importantly, it's a game of coverage, support, and TEAM PLAY. The issue is not the parts, and it's not the system. The issue is when players try to be individual heroes instead of sticking to the system. When they are disciplined, move their feet, and stick to the system, you see what they did to the Sharks and the Bruins. When they do not, when they get frustrated or are tired and do not move their feet, you get some of the uglier games we've had this season.

The parts we've got are just fine, folks. A little more effort and a little more physical play has done wonders in the past couple of games, and without all those retarded penalties, I think we could have won the Devils game. This team does not lack for talent. It's just got some people moving their stick instead of their skates and some people who are trying to be heroes instead of playing within the system. Their job this year will be to learn to play as one. When they all work hard and work together, they're pretty dangerous. When they've got the whole team thing down, add Ovechkin back in and this team will be a freakin' freight train.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Chelios?
Fluery?
Bears?

Oh my.

Most C's can play W, very few W's can play C.
That said, Forsberg is a C, but he has played W.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure...but I am thinking Forsberg is not a winger...and if he is, do we really want his fragile body in the corners?

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 12:33 PM |

His body is not fragile at all, it's one muscle in one foot.

I mean..you have seen him play before...right?

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The was story a few years back where Foppa ripped a man in half using only his goatee. Its true, I read it on-line.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Yes richmond, I have seen him play...

This is directly from wikipedia:

Forsberg's style of play has led him to deal with several severe injuries.


And that is recent. He's had ankle, leg, and foot problems. Here's more:

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/flyers/2006-05-10-forsberg_x.htm

Have you seen him play? I know hockey isn't real popular in Richmond...but maybe you should follow the game for more than 3 months before you comment on teams/players outside of washington.

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

FWIW, Minsk is not in Russia.

Posted by: 1995hoo | November 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Here here.

Posted by: saintex | November 10, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

That's true JSchon, he's a bad a@@

Posted by: Steve_R | November 10, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Chelios is 10 years older than Forsberg.

I guess the Caps got outbidded by all the NHL teams who were gunning for Chelios!

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

1. the Caps are NOT gonna win a bidding war for Forsgerg, NO chance of that
2. Chelios just played in the finals last year. I'm NOT for signing any of these old guys. But if you are gonna go after one, maybe Chelios can serve as a player/coach on defense

Posted by: joek443 | November 10, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

And Forsberg is listed as a Center. I am pretty sure he's never (or should i say, rarely) played winger.

Even in colorado with Sakic, they put Sakic on the wing...

Posted by: SinkingCaps | November 10, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Forsberg in the corners over Porcelein Fehr.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe that Forsberg is coming back for cash (Tony Kornheiser, maybe). He is coming back to win and play against the best talent there is, the SE division.

Posted by: JSchon | November 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Mackenzie tweet:

And since this Russian thing looked like it was going to get done a time or two before and didn't, we better wait for official confirmation.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse


Mackenzie tweet:

And since this Russian thing looked like it was going to get done a time or two before and didn't, we better wait for official confirmation.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 10, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Problem is he didn't wait...

Posted by: mikebrady1 | November 10, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=297863

Not anything more than we've already heard or read but at least tsn was willing to put out a story on it. I have been with Nyls on this but if he backs out of this one I am going to stop cheering for him. He needs to move on and let the Caps move on. He will get all the money he's due this season if he goes, so I wish he'd just go.

Posted by: fanohock1 | November 10, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

@joek

You completely missed my point about outbidding Chelios. Teams want Forsberg. Do teams want Chelios? No.

Also, Chelios did not play in the finals. His team did..yes. But Chelios did not. In fact, he only played 6 games in the playoffs that year.

@SinkingCaps

Personal attacks huh? I'm not one to gloat about how long i've been playing hockey/been around the sport or anything like that, but dude...

5 minutes ago you weren't even sure Forsberg was a center, and now you are an expert on him?

If you would like, we can meet up in person and you can tell me to my face all the things which you feel so strongly about me. Personal attacks are only fun to me if they're in person. I'll buy you a beer.

Posted by: richmondphil | November 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

@mikebrady1

because counting ChickenLittles before they hatch is fun! who cares if it's not the *smartest* thing to do...

Posted by: DCTexan90 | November 10, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday I've watched the Euro Hockey Tour and the match was Russia-Sweden (played 07.11.2009). Forsberg actually played LW. He wasn't much noticeable 5v5 (because it was really good russian squad like world championship caliber) with some young guys. But he did some pretty nice passes. During PP he was all money =) Just his partners weren't able to finish. So I thought he would be worse than what I saw.

We need to ask jakobz or somebody who watched all 3 EHT matches with Peter. I believe he will improve conditioning reasonably until playoffs IF he will come to NHL.

Posted by: Rambutan_ru | November 10, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

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