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Q&A: Mike Wise on Donald Brashear

Quick programming note: Columnist Mike Wise will be online at 3 p.m. today to field questions about his profile on Caps enforcer Donald Brashear and anything else Capitals-related (or not).

Click here to submit questions and here to go to the chat.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 5, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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Brashear goes next week to Russia to sign the contract with KHL according to KHL GM Alexei Zhamnov. Check this:

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

How can Brash go to sign a contract in Russia when the Caps are still in the playoffs? The suspension ends Saturday (assuming Caps play 5 games). He will be needed next week as part of the Caps playoff roster.

This story is an urban legend!

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 5, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

No, it's not. Brashear is signing for the next season. This season he is still with Capitals, but next season he is a free agent.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I am pretty sure Brashear'll play in these playoffs if Caps advance. After that he'll go to KHL.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

He has to stay with the team until they are eliminated. It would be more credible if it stated that Brash will fly to Russia once the Play-offs are over.
Secondly, the KHL is in serious financial trouble. Do you really think they will spend $1M + for someone like Brashear? Many players who went there are trying to come back. Radulov is the best example. So is Bob Esche, Jagr and others...

Posted by: atybat | May 5, 2009 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Richard Zednik has just signed with KHL. Brash will go there, sign the papers and come back. Probably will be gone for a couple of days.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Here, Zednik will play for Varly's former team Locomotive next season:

AP. May 1, 2009:
Russian hockey club Lokomotiv of the KHL announced Thursday it has signed Zednik to a two-year contract.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Maybe not, TWT:

There was a report in the Russian newspaper Sport-Express this morning that Donald Brashear will fly to Russia next week and sign a contract with the KHL club Chekov.

Bruce Boudreau called the report 'a fallacy.'

"That's news to me," Boudreau. "To me, that's a total fallacy because I haven't heard anything about it."

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

But, didn't we learn already this season that Brash has been learning Russian? More so than just the I need to speak with Semin Russian?

If Brash gets a contract with the KHL and can keep playing for a good salary, more power to him.

If this playoff season is the last we see or Brash in a Caps sweater, good luck, Donald.

Posted by: saintex | May 5, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Although I can't see the Caps letting him fly to Russia during the playoffs to sign a contract for next year, maybe he intends to later this week while on suspension. My guess is that Brash must have gotten the word from GM GM that he wasn't in the teams plans for next year and wanted to line up a contract for next year in Russia. I'm making the assumption that he has permission from the Caps to travel out of the country to sign a contract.

As far as playing again in the playoffs, I think Brashear was done regardless of the playoffs if we advanced to play a team like Pittsburgh. Fighting is usually a big no-no in the playoffs and it seems like Clark was in the team's plans if they advanced.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 5, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

If the KHL thing is true whenever it happens, this Wise story's timing is fitting. It's like telling the story that was never told when all is said and done.

Posted by: makplan20002 | May 5, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I seriously, seriously, seriously doubt the Caps would allow any player under contract - during the playoffs - to voluntarily fly to the other side of the world to sign a contract for next season. Zednik signed because Florida's season is over. Even then, the NHL could lodge a protest because, technically, Zed isn't a free agent until July 1st (and the two leagues are supposedly not tampering).

The suspension is over Saturday. Should there be a Game 6, it is Monday. The Conf Finals start next weekend. Brash I'm sure is with the club and staying in shape - not accumulating jet-lag.

Posted by: tominfl1 | May 5, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Actually BB might not know that. Corey should've ask GMGM.

Tarik said in his online chat that Brash will have to have a significant pay cut to get a new contract with Caps for the next year.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I find this amazing. Versus analysts did not say a word about the Kunitz hit on Varly and NHL Live just had a caller bringing it up and they were like, "What you talkin' about, Willis?"

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

There's no jet-lag if you go there for a day and come back. Jet-lag happens when you get acclimated and then have to come back. Tired? Maybe, but not a jet-lag.

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Brash from tweeter:

donbrashear87: Well good practice today. Can't wait to get back playing - Monday, May 04, 2009

Posted by: CodePoetry | May 5, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Brashear signing with Vityaz Chekhov? Just how many enforcers does 1 team need? They already have Chris Simon, Darcy Verot and a couple of fighting Russians. They're like that Chiefs team from Slap Shot now.

Posted by: ranndino | May 5, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

And I doubt you have to fly to Russia to sign the contract. That's what agents are for - and fax machines or email/scanners

Posted by: NJNJ | May 5, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I hope Brashear does NOT go. He is part of the Caps' team chemistry. A great enforcer. And a fan favorite. GMGM resign him. He is worth what he is asking.

Posted by: capsfan01 | May 5, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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