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Saturday A.M. Update; Recchi To ATL

I didn't make it back to Arlington in time for this morning's pre-game skate, but I hear that the injury situation is unlikely to change for tonight's game against Atlanta.

Chris Clark (strained groin muscle) skated hard, but is most likely out. Michael Nylander (undisclosed injury) also skated but probably won't play. And, of couse, Boyd Gordon remains sidelined with a broken hand.

If anything changes, I'll provide an update before faceoff.

Update:TSN.ca is reporting that the Thrashers have picked up Mark Recchi off re-entry waivers.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 8, 2007; 12:40 PM ET
 
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Posted by: capthis! | December 8, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

That's more than the Caps can say ;)

Posted by: keef | December 8, 2007 1:14 PM | Report abuse

So, playing the role of Jon Sim tonight will be ... Mark Recchi; wonder if the Thrash will get him here in time for the game tonight.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 8, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Nylander showed up, so that's good. Any new insights on what might be going wrong there?

Posted by: billy | December 8, 2007 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see who Pillowhead Schultz gets in a slap fight with in tonights game!

Posted by: Lee | December 8, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

not hard to be first when everyone is ticked off.

Posted by: jim* | December 8, 2007 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Schultz: "No, don't skate towards the middle, someone will check you there! go to my left. let me push you that way." (Overheard during last nights game.)

Posted by: Lee | December 8, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

What are the chances we have more than double-digit wins before we open our x-mas presents? Hey, I'm just being realistic!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 8, 2007 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I am watching Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - I still think that a dose of Gordon would do wonders for the team. Soccer, cooking, hockey - it's all the same ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | December 8, 2007 1:46 PM | Report abuse

The chance that we will have more than double digit wins before Christmas is zero. More than double digit would be triple digit and we don't play that many. Smile, no harm intended. In reality, even 12 is too much to hope for.

Did you notice BB called out Olie for a soft goal? About time since there have been several years of them, especially at the most inopportune times.

Posted by: Old Bob | December 8, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@Old Bob
Technically, you can pick a date sometimes in the past such that all out wins amount to 96 or so.

So, we have a chance to reach double digits since that date.

Sorry I couldn't resist :p

Posted by: mauree | December 8, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, I will be interested to see who starts in goal tonight. I see that Gabby is not to pleased with Kolzig after last night. Will Gabby give him tonight's game to redeem himself or will he throw Johnny in there. Johnny is no world beater, but I wouldn't mind seeing him play vs. Atlanta considering his numbers vs them are pretty good.

Another observation I made from last nights game was Alex Semin. I know he's been hurt and is working his way back into game shape. So all of you whistleblowers keep tight and let me finish. This is a trend he's had since he arrived in Washington. He is extremely flimsy on his skates. Don't get me wrong, the dude can skate. But, you could also touch him with a feather and he'll fall to the ground like a stuck hog. I like the fact that he's attempting to take the body against the other team, but it's getting to the point now where he seems to spend a lot of time picking himself up off the ice. His goal last night was simply amazing. His talent cannot be questioned. But his skate strength is wreched....and so are the lazy penalties he takes.

Now, I'm going to predict what you're going to see in tonight's game. First, the Caps are going to come out flying. Why? Because Gabby is going to put his foot in the arses before they take the ice. Second, I wouldn't count on seeing the All Russian line tonight. They started together last night, but hardly played together over the course of the game. Lastly, Ovie is going to rip the Thrashers apart and I'm taking the Caps 4-2 tonight.

Posted by: Mitch | December 8, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

So, Johnny in net tonight?

Posted by: old time hockey | December 8, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mitch,

It's amazing how you and others can remain confident of anything good happening to this team after they look like they do night in and night out.

The fact is they are the WORST team in the league!

Posted by: capfan1 | December 8, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Here we go again crippled by a couple of injuries. And "Dead man Walking" gmgm has no one to turn to, but will still try to blame someone other than himself. It's great to see BB calling out the players who think they can just show up. Too bad BB has been handcuffed to the useless assistant coaches who are there, but it's good to see BB is still trying to get wins on the board. With no movement during the break, (other than the CCCC Mcpheeble future employment tour) it's obvious the team is going with what they have through the rest of the year. Mcpheeble should be fired in March (it should have happened already) and hopefully Ted brings in Dale Hunter to right the ship. While I'm thinking of it Ted, here is a plan for you. Keep gmgm until March, that's right March. Let him hear it from the fans. "FIRE McPHEEBLE boom boom boo boo boom, FIRE McPHEEBLE!" No use in making changes and paying some one else right now. Fire gmgm in March, make Dick P step aside, and then bring Dale Hunter in for the end of the season to evaluate who he wants and who he wants gone. Let him bring in HIS people, and show the Fans your serious about making this club a Winner. Do it in March to get a jump on ticket sales for next year and with Hunter back use the marketing tag of "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN!"

Posted by: someone else who knows | December 8, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

@Mitch

Hahahah, I completely agree with you about Semin's stability on his skates. I watched the highlights from last night and he was falling all over the place. Thankfully he gets up quickly and fires that wrist shot like a cannon.

Posted by: keef | December 8, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

You know there is the possibility of Recchi scoring the winning goal. I bought a bungee jumping ticket to increase the potential irony.

Posted by: mauree | December 8, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Just in...

December 12, 2007
The fake reports about sustained injuries did work and demoralized the infidel.

An enlisted coach cannot stay in the coach position forever. An enlisted coach must be promoted by certain time-frames during his career, or he must separate from the service.

That's why I've promoted Head Coach BB from Interim to Super Interim.

The thrash from Atlanta will be defeated just like the devils from NJ.

We are heading to playoffs.

The Stanley Cup will soon be ours! Go Caps!

Baghdad Bob

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 8, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Mitch:
I think Semin is fine on his skates - he is just a drama zarina. He dives like Greg Louganis. He is a GREAT talent and, at times, more fun than anyone on the team (including Ovie) to watch. However, at other times he is just incredibly immature (in every sense of the word).

CapFan1:
Maybe you should change your screen name ... ;-)

As I said before, despite their mistakes last night, they played better (in a depleated state) than I expected. If they come out strong tonight, and tweak those mistakes out of the system, they COULD actually win!

So join us CapFan1 - you, too, can be hopeful!! :-)

Posted by: Boo! | December 8, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Baghdad Bob has had one too many bombs dropped on his head!

Posted by: Mitch | December 8, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

why is Schultz still on this team? what is wrong with management? can't they see that the kid is overwhelmed playing at the NHL level??

Posted by: minus 55 | December 8, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

It was coming from Baghdad Mitch.. :-) Hey, just kidding...

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 8, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see Dale Hunter come back to Washington. I'm too young to remember the days that he played here, but still...

Did anyone else freak out when Ovie got knocked down in the 3rd period. I immediately dropped my cup of ramen and lamented the final nail in this season's coffin until he got up again.

And, Schultz and Brashear playing, Erskine not, in addition to a handful of forwards who should be on the team instead of Brash; Sutherby, Clymer... Green playing forward with Eminger and Erskine on defense. I just don't understand the logic that went into these roster and line decisions.

Posted by: MikeZ | December 8, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

B0O
Actually capfan1 is wrong. They are far worse then the worst team in the league.

Posted by: sidehillman | December 8, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

recchi would have been a great pickup for the caps

Posted by: Peter | December 8, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Sidehillman - NICE!! So I take it you will not be going to the game tonight?

Posted by: Boo! | December 8, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Nylander injured ? SURE.....

Posted by: Chief | December 8, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

from the peerlessprognosticator:

OK, here is the rest of December for the Caps...

Atlanta (14-13-1)
New Jersey (16-10-2)
NY Rangers (15-12-2)
Buffalo (12-13-1)
at Tampa Bay (13-13-2)
at Detroit (20-6-2)
Montreal (14-10-4)
at NY Islanders (13-12-2)
Tampa Bay (13-13-2)
at Pittsburgh (14-12-2)
at Ottawa (18-7-3)

Counting each team only once, the combined record of opponents is 149-108-21. Every team but Buffalo is at least a .500 team. There are three division leaders and six top-eight teams in there. Ten conference games...

Let's say the Caps go 9-2 against these teams. They'd still be 18-19-2.

Posted by: mauree | December 8, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

18-19-2 Nice dreams, Semin & Kozlov to lead the way

Posted by: Chief | December 8, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

mauree - so you're saying that we can't go 10-0?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | December 8, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Recchi reportedly won't join the team until tomorrow so the Caps get a reprieve before he starts killing them with the Thrash.

Posted by: Meh | December 8, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I wish people would stop trying to make Mike Green a forward.

Posted by: Jordan | December 8, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

On Brashear: a team has many roles to be filled. The fact that the opposition doesn't generally take liberties w/ Ovechkin and other skill guys is at least partially due to #87 being in the starting line-up. I fail to see how making Brash a healthy scratch will solve the teams scoring woes. Guys who should be putting the biscuit in the basket simply aren't. As Brashear is doing the job he is paid to do, let's stay focused on the players who aren't filling their respective roles.

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | December 8, 2007 4:20 PM | Report abuse

honestly these are all good/great teams. Buffalo included. If the injured don't come back soon I don't see how we can go over .500 in December.

I apologize for my ignorance in the matter but I want to ask you all (and Tarik) this:
how could we get reinforcement ("we" = the Caps)? I mean technically. Are there time constrains and what kind? Are there contract constrains and what kind?

Specifically: suppose we like one player, and want to get him. How would we do it? Very naively I would say: we contact his team, see if we can negotiate him.

I don't mean this to banish gmgm. It does look like we can use some experienced help on both defense and offense though.

Posted by: mauree | December 8, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Hi everyone! Mitch, I have to agree, they will come out flying but I'm not sure about 4-2. In all honesty I don't think this team can score 4 goals right now, if they win it will be 2-1 or in ot/shootout.

So after some thinking I was trying to figure out why we didn't pick up Bryzgolov off waivers. He could be splitting time with Olie right now and maximizing the efforts each night from both. Then, use Johnny in a trade package with Sutherby and Eminger to Anaheim to pick up one of the defenseman they are trying to shop. You know they wanted Sutherby, so why not add eminger and johnny (ducks need another goalie whose cheap if they are placing one on waivers)and aquire someone to help this awful d-fensive corps. I also wish they would send Schultz to Hershey so he can quit and won't have to deal with him anymore. He's awful!!!!and soooo soft he could be the little bear on the laundry detergent ads.

Prediction: Caps play hard but lose in a shootout. They need a top flight right wing and D-man and until that happens we aint goin no where.

Posted by: PJ | December 8, 2007 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"I wish people would stop trying to make Mike Green a forward."

And I wish Mike Green would stop thinking he's Bobby Orr. The Caps are weak enough on D; they don't need one of their D to keep rushing and forcing a wing to stay back at the point.

IMHO, Green also takes too many shots on the PP when he has an open lane to pass to Ovechkin for a much closer shot.

Posted by: Joe | December 8, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

To those getting on Semin's case.
Taking lazy penalties? This guys has only 10 minutes of penalties, that is 5 2-minute penalties. He is tied for 4th, with OV and Poti, on the least penalized list of Capitals who have played over 10 games. This guy falls like a feather? What game are you watching? this guy can give as well as he can take and he is playing with a bad ankle. Heck I don't care if he plays on his knees as long as he scores, I think he is one of the better if not the best player in the team.
Give me a break. There are many things wrong with this team, but Semins is not one of them.

Posted by: Joe | December 8, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

In the forest of sports teams in the region, the Caps are falling, and we seem to be the only ones that hear it. It is amazing to me how Ted can go through another year of this, much less the rest of us.

Are there any good movies on the tube tonight?

Posted by: Clarendon | December 8, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@Bob, @Mauree,
Mere semantics, I know, I know, but I meant more then double digits as in reaching double digits (and that is hard to fathom now) and another win prior to x-mas. The point being can we get 2 more wins before the rest of the league thinks there is no NHL team in Washington. LA reached "double digit" wins almost two weeks ago which left only us in that dubious category. I give away most of my games to friends and family because I believe seeing an NHL game from the fourth row is pretty exciting. I'm sad to say, that novelty is wearing off and so is my passion for THIS team. Man, this sucks.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 8, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Nylander injury secret ?
wow, like it matters.
They should tell us the truth, he wants a few days off to spend holiday with family.
Oates did it every year with his "back"

Posted by: Chief | December 8, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

And I wish Mike Green would stop thinking he's Bobby Orr. The Caps are weak enough on D; they don't need one of their D to keep rushing and forcing a wing to stay back at the point.
IMHO, Green also takes too many shots on the PP when he has an open lane to pass to Ovechkin for a much closer shot.
Posted by: Joe | December 8, 2007 05:03 PM

Best 'eating crow' post of the day

Posted by: slappy | December 9, 2007 12:42 AM | Report abuse

In repsonce to Joe: "To those getting on Semin's case.
Taking lazy penalties? This guys has only 10 minutes of penalties, that is 5 2-minute penalties. He is tied for 4th, with OV and Poti, on the least penalized list of Capitals who have played over 10 games. This guy falls like a feather? What game are you watching? this guy can give as well as he can take and he is playing with a bad ankle. Heck I don't care if he plays on his knees as long as he scores, I think he is one of the better if not the best player in the team.
Give me a break. There are many things wrong with this team, but Semins is not one of them."

Semin has only played in a few games because of his injury which is why he hasnt taken many penalties, Semin is known todo stupid penaltys like throwing the puck in the net. Also I agree with you that Semin is one of the better players on the team...I think he has the best shot on the team, maybe in the league. Hes a crazy fast skater and is like a 2nd ovechkin on offence, but he doesnt get back and play D and he does go down pretty easy from hits and avoids the physical aspect of the game.

Posted by: Troy | December 9, 2007 2:18 AM | Report abuse

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