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Schultz Hurt? (Updated)

Defenseman Jeff Schultz is not practicing this morning. He didn't practice yesterday, either, and I'm hearing that he's hurt. I'll post an update when I get more info.

Update: It doesn't look like Schultz is going to play tomorrow. The Caps did not comment on the nature or extent of his injury, saying only that he's day-to-day. If Schultz is indeed out, Brian Pothier will get into his first playoff game since 2005-06 with Ottawa.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 17, 2009; 10:35 AM ET
 
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A blessing in disguise?

Posted by: capsnumber1 | April 17, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse

That would be unfortunate if Schultz was hurt. We can always use another defenseman. Somehowe, though, I supect the sentiment on the blog will be somewhat less charitable....

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 17, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure I know what it is!

He hurt his pride

Posted by: sirbobalew | April 17, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Over/under on classy remarks by "fans":

41

Posted by: Section117 | April 17, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

He's not hurt. I think this is his way of saving face. It's okay, every Dman gets beat so bad they actually fall on their @ss. It happens all the time. Really.

Posted by: 1800DrWong | April 17, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

he caught a cold from the gust of wind dubinsky let when he blew by him

Posted by: _stevo | April 17, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

That's a big loss, I think. He had a few mistakes, but he's been solid all year.

It does mean that Pothier comes in and adds slightly more speed and experience, though. May not be a terrible trade-off.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 17, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Might explain why he managed to get turned inside out so easily on that fourth goal depending on what it is and when he got it...

Posted by: ModestProposal | April 17, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I think George McPhee slashed him where it hurts! While nobody wants to see an injury to our team, I was guessing that Pothier would take his jersey on Saturday anyway.... meanwhile, heal up Schultzy!

Posted by: IzzySez | April 17, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Hope he is ok. He might have ups and downs but he is still a Capital and a Human being.
Though if this leaves space to use Pothier(whom we pay bank for) and possibly a callup it could turn out to be ok

Posted by: trunkenmath | April 17, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh......The old "Tell everyone he's hurt." ploy in order to not damage his young ego. Time to get Pothier ramped up for tomorrow. Lets go CAPS!! Hate to have to say it this early in the series, but I feel Game 2 in a "must win" already.

We need to build confidence heading to NY.

Posted by: jarresm | April 17, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I bet it's a lower body injury.. (It's his A@@ after he fell on it the other night.)

Posted by: rarcr | April 17, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

for the record, i like schultz, and have been one of his defenders this year. i just thought the hurt pride thing was too easy. i hope he's ok.

Posted by: sirbobalew | April 17, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

@117,

So far I count 2.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 17, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

im guessing its either his ego is hurt or his ankles are broke. Love the guy with the best +/- on the caps (for d) yet what happened cant happen in the playoffs.

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | April 17, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Couldnt have happened to a better Donkey!! Ride the bench Schultz thats where you belong!

Posted by: darrylrbaker | April 17, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I heard he seriously bruised his tail bone after missing his landing on that single axle jump in front of Dubinsky.

JS55 needs to get some lessons from Michelle Kwan.

Posted by: puckman | April 17, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I think Schultz is part of the problem, and I mock him for his ballerina twirl and fall on the GWG the other night.

That said, this is unfortunate. You never wish injury on anyone, and I hope he gets well soon because he adds needed depth to an already pretty bad Defense.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 17, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

After Game 1, it was looking like he would sit anyway. This just takes any choice out of Coaches hands. Heal up and get back quick Jeff. We need to have the luxury of a seventh D right now without calling someone up.

IMO Schultz is still a valuable assett to this team in spite of his many detractors. There are still a few of us out here and in a year or two, perhaps the rest of you will come to the good side. :)

Posted by: _Mark | April 17, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Get well soon, Jeff. And by soon I mean 6-8 weeks.

Posted by: CapsChick | April 17, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Shultz is in the hospital getting a double ankle replacement.

Posted by: TJ2008 | April 17, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

What happened can't happen in the playoffs? So Dubinsky made a nice move and schultz bit it. Dubinsky still scored from a crappy angle on Theo. Theo was cheating off the post even though the pass was taken away.

Now, protecting goalies publicly is almost always done. For many reasons, first and foremost because teams are only 2 deep. Plus goaltenders are a strange breed, much like a pitcher in baseball, too much time for them to talk to themselves. Now for Schultz, he has been playing hockey for years and successfully. He learned years ago that he has to let things like Dubinsky's move go because every shift is a game within a game. He probably tweaked a knee or ankle when he got juked, that's why he ate it, he was trying to make his skates do something they were incapable of and he caught an edge. Hopefully he'll be back soon. Luckily we had another NHL caliber defenseman as a healthy scratch. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

He probably hurt himself falling over his jockstarp on the Rangers 4th goal

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 17, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

My seats are right near the Caps tunnel and Schulz limped to the dressing room late in the 3rd. I couldn't tell what was going on, but I assume it had to be something. Wednesday's game was definitely not his shining moment, so maybe a game off wouldn't hurt him. It would also give us a chance to see if Pothier is up to the challenge. Get better Schultz!

Posted by: NatyBG | April 17, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@ oldetime and 117

4, now.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 17, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

You never want to see anyone hurt but in this case this will indeed help the Caps. Schultz maybe a good guy but he is an abomination of a hockey player.

Posted by: asharifi10 | April 17, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

"So Dubinsky made a nice move and schultz bit it."

It wasn't that nice of a move, dubinsky didn't even really have to do much. It just looked nice because Schultz did his best Spinja impression on his way to the ice.

PS - Does anyone else remember "Spinjas?" I used to love those things. IIRC, there was even a hockey player one.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 17, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Tarik: Jeff, where were you this morning?
Schultz: Umm... let me ask George.
(talks with GMGM in the corner, comes back)
Schultz: I was getting my skates sharpened.

Posted by: koalatek | April 17, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Was Schultz even on the ice at all after the Dubinsky goal? I thought BB benched him but maybe he got hurt when he fell. I noticed that Fedorov dropped back and played D late in the game.

Posted by: tess2201 | April 17, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Thank goodness, Schultz needs to sit this entire playoffs out, until someone else really gets hurt.

Posted by: DrAdamson | April 17, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The hockey gods are smiling upon the Capitals today

Posted by: Bagher | April 17, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

What nice move did Dubinski make? It wasn't even a curl and drag, it wasn't even a move really. He caught Schultz puck watching and he went inside on him. Brandon Dubinski is a third liner at best, he had 13 goals this season. Let's not make him Pavel Datsyk. If you watch the reply Schultz was out of position and we wasn't goint to take the body. I have nothing against Jeff Schultz as a person but he is a highly paid athlete. His skating is poor, his position play is attrocious and he doesn't know how to use his big frame. Let's call a spade a spade. He is a prospect. He should not be in the NHL right now. I feel bad for homeless people and stray dogs. Not Jeff Schultz.

Posted by: moltzjo | April 17, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Also, I think Theo can recover from his disaster of a game. Maybe it happening this early will have him play light's out through mid-June. Us Caps fans can only hope.

Someone mentioned a few posts ago that the Rangers might not do as well against Varly because they don't know where to shoot on him to score, but they have figured out Theo. Not hard to figure out Theo is he comes out and plays like he did Wednesday. Everyone knows where to shoot on Theo if he plays like that...AT THE FRIGGIN' NET. OK, deep breath. I just have to keep remembering, and all of us have to keep remembering, when the Caps lay an egg the players are more pissed than we are. They wake up and do an early workout because they are dreaming of winning the Stanley Cup rather than get on this WAPO site. Like I said earlier one player played badly on Wednesday, he fixes HIS game, we are fine.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Schultz was heading to the bench, so yes a blessing in disguise. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions and they arent always good ones. He may have the day off to re-coup, he'll be back!!

Posted by: bhound69 | April 17, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

How fickle we are! in previous blogs everyone was screaming "Hang Schultz! Hang Schultz!" Now the room is split and people are suddenly feeling sorry for him. Very funny... I really don't think he is all that bad. He just isn't all that great. What is so frustrating is that with his size he has so much potential which he will obviously never stand up to. Theo lost that game for us, not Schultz-who cost us one goal. Theo cost us 2-3 goals. I admit that all the talk around the hockey world of the Caps being suspect for the second round because of goaltending is coming to be. I am worried. Very worried.

Posted by: eyechip | April 17, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Schultz got deeked [spelling?] out of his jock and still can't find it.

I hope he's not too injured, even though he looked bad on that play, we still need him.

Posted by: bigschu8 | April 17, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

"Now the room is split and people are suddenly feeling sorry for him."

You can harp on someone for stinking on ice (literally), without wishing injury upon them.

Posted by: VTDuffman | April 17, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

What the F*uck is with all these "Get better soon Schultz's"? F that! I don't wish injury on anybody but if I had to choice one player on our team to have one its him.

And by the way, this little doe-ce-doe he did isn't the first time. Remember Kovy during the Atlanta game? And to all you idiots that don't know much about hockey, on the fourth goal, you take the BODY!!!! Surprise Surprise, he got played because he was trying to skirt the issue, like always!!


So screw Jeffrey, Screw #55, screw GMGM for being in love with him....

Posted by: numero94 | April 17, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Get well soon Schultzy...I want you out there instead of *shudder* Pothier.

Posted by: TheOriginalEgon | April 17, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Double twisted ankles and his jock strap fell off ,6-8 weeks!

Posted by: tvn22 | April 17, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Lazy fans like to rail on Schultz because any mistake he makes sticks out like a sore thumb because of his size. As bad as he looked on the 4th goal on Wednesday, he's a lot better than most in here are giving him credit for.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | April 17, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Section 117 and oldtime:

I'm going to take the under.

My guess is that it's an ankle...

Posted by: dcox50 | April 17, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Schultz isn't my favorite player and I don't think he's all that great, actually, but, and this is my softie side coming out, I feel kinda bad for him. He seems like a nice, quiet guy that works hard, although isn't particularly talented, isn't "me-first" and is out there grinding away for the team. So while I never been particularly thrilled with his play, I have a problem with people practically dancing up 7th Street celebrating a potential injury. Some of you act like he attacked your mother and then ran over a big full of kittens for good measure.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 17, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

@numero94

I am totally with you on this. There is nothing like being hammered drunk and being able to turn around and YELL at GMGM in his tented press box and tell him how bad Shultz sucks.

I understand it might take a giraffe a while to get cordinated but thats why they have the AHL, he brings NOTHING to the table but a big @SS liability. Lets go Pothier or Alzner....ANYONE but #55

Posted by: whsqb10 | April 17, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Technical question here. Are there still emergency call-ups or would a call-up for an injured Schultz count as one of our 3 remaining?

While I expect normally Pothier would step in, with Poti's groin and Pothier's lack of substantial ice time this year, was wondering if they would want a call-up as insurance before the road trip to NY. As I understood the emergency rules, the player had to play the game before. Therefore any emergency call-up would have to be made before Saturday's game.

Still think it will be Pothier, but just wondering if there were other possibilities to deal with the Schultz replacement if he is injured and not just benched.

Posted by: Kim-3 | April 17, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

@tess

Good thought.

Schultz being hurt may explain Feds dropping back to D late in the game. I just assumed it was because we needed a goal so we turned a forward into an extra offensive defenseman, but your idea makes more sense.

Posted by: sirbobalew | April 17, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Actually, it's a shoulder, arm, or wrist. I watched him get hurt on the far boards (TV side) at around six minutes and finally get off the ice and head straight to the lockerroom. I'd forgotten about it until right now. He did leave early and that's why Feds was playing defense with Green over the last six or so minutes.

Posted by: saintex | April 17, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

While a defenseman other than Shultz might make us happy, beware. The last time Pothier played regularly was the end of the 2006-7 season when he was being crucified on this message board for failing to hold the blueline and allowing breakaways. The Caps coasted at the end of this regular season and Pothier didn't look especially faster or better than anyone else. I hope he is as close to the top of his game as he can be if he plays Saturday.

Posted by: fehrrocks | April 17, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Can Three Or More be hurt?

Posted by: hart2014 | April 17, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Like some of the others have said already, I'm not Schultz's biggest fan, but I would never wish injury upon anyone. While I would have been happy to hear that BB decided to scratch Schultz for Game 2, this isn't the way I would have wanted it to happen. Ideally he'll get better soon but the Caps' defense will be playing so well by then that he'll continue to be a healthy scratch.

Posted by: capsfan26 | April 17, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I guess everyone will have to blame Theo for anything that may happen

Posted by: capsgary | April 17, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

It's the Stanley Cup playoffs and #55 blew it playing the puck instead of the body. Jose could've played it better but Dubinsky shouldn't have gotten to him in the first place.

I dont like bashing any of our boys but time and time again this season we've watched 55 get out skated to pucks and toss around by smaller players.

For his size he doesn't strike fear into the hearts of opposing players like Scott Stevens used at the Cap Centre.

Posted by: tvn22 | April 17, 2009 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@tess

Good thought.

Schultz being hurt may explain Feds dropping back to D late in the game. I just assumed it was because we needed a goal so we turned a forward into an extra offensive defenseman, but your idea makes more sense.

Posted by: sirbobalew | April 17, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I've seen BB try that configuration before when down one goal late in the game and taking the faceoff in the defensive zone. Honestly, if I'm the opposing team and I see Nicky, Ovie, Green, Feds, and Semin (or whoever-you just need a goal scoring winger here) lined up across from me with a minute left, I'm getting sweaty palms. Those are FIVE really really relly dangerous guys, all of whom can snatch the puck, streak down the ice, and score. Every other team in the NHL probably wishes they had the ability to send out five guys like that.

Unfortunately, it didn't work on Wednesday :(

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 17, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

This is not as complicated as you people make it, I digress:

He is NOT hurt. BB likes Schultz, we all know that. Yeah, he’s a good kid, a nice guy, hard worker, all that BS. If you have actually been watching the Caps all year, any fan who knows one iota about the game of hockey knows that this guy didn’t belong anywhere near an NHL rink. Pure and simple. He needs at least 2 more years in the system. Alzner was far more fundamentally sound and effective (although he was not perfect).

All that said, BB and Schultz are going to make up some bogus injury, and announce that Schultz is out INDEFINTELY. You will see. BB is going to allow him to “save face”, because he likes him.

It’s playoff time, no time for “nice guys”, and “hard workers”. Plain and simple. If he doesn’t fall, Caps probably win. Easy as that. All you people can blame Theo all you want. How many D-men on the Bruins could you see that happening to? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

That was a High School mistake that cost the Caps a playoff game. Inexcusable. Now he will be in the press box, where he belongs. Thanks goodness BB has come to his senses. This should have happen a LONG time ago.

Just my 2 cents. You will not see me post here ever again. Thanks.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Nice spin on this story!!

Posted by: cfrazier91 | April 17, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

I never wish an injury on any player, but if it had to happen, thank god its just circles. I mean come on, the guy spends more time working on his figure skating than playing defense. I wish him a speedy recovery, but only in 6-8 weeks, and he better take it easy so lets aim for 8 weeks.

Posted by: abuddy2004 | April 17, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@cj658....he is hurt. He left the ice, I watched it. See my above.

You can rant all you want about BB liking Schutlz, etc. but the idea that it's being made up - to what? protect BB or Jeff - is stupid gossip and does not good. If you DVR'd the game, go back and watch it.

Thanksfully, you already signed off so we don't have to read about your opinions anymore.

Posted by: saintex | April 17, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

“It's the Stanley Cup playoffs and #55 blew it playing the puck instead of the body. Jose could've played it better but Dubinsky shouldn't have gotten to him in the first place.
I dont like bashing any of our boys but time and time again this season we've watched 55 get out skated to pucks and toss around by smaller players.
For his size he doesn't strike fear into the hearts of opposing players like Scott Stevens used at the Cap Centre.”

The best post I’ve read here in a long time. If the scrub doesn’t fall over like an 8th grader, Caps probably win 4-3. The Theo bashing would have been at a minimum. Winning cures all ills. Theo played poorly, but Schultz cost the Caps the game. At least Theo was man enough to man up to the media. The Caps don’t need a Hasek like effort from Theo to make a deep playoff run. They just need D-men in front of him who understand the basic fundamentals of the game.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Guys played through some pretty serious injuries last year during the playoffs, I can't see Schultz tripping and go "ouch, I'm hurt!" You suck it up. Which leads me to believe he's got a pretty serious injury, to the point that trying to push through the pain is just impossible.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 17, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Excerpt From Pierre LeBrun's interview with Jeff Schultz after the game:

PL: Jeff, that was a tough game...
JS: Yeah, the Rangers played well...
PL: You often have been critized for not playing a physical game?
JS: Yeah, it's geting annoying! This whole "checking" thing is overrated, and frankly sometimes it hurts.
PL: But you are a big player...
JS: Yes, but I think hitting people is mean. I'm much better at waving my stick back and forth really fast in the air...if you do it fast enough it makes noises like farts! Plus, I know Jose is behind me, so that pretty red light will come on and it gives the stick the strobe effect which is cool along with the farting noises.
PL: What happened on the Rangers fourth goal?
JS: Dubinsky is really fast. If I push him into the wall and stop the play...I stop. I'm so slow that if I stop it takes me half a shift to get going again. He came down the wing and I looked at my skates to make sure they were still on...I have to look...have you ever walked on ice without skates? It's cold, man...really cold! So he goes by me, and I tripped on something? I looked down and it was my jockstrap...I could tell it was mine because it had Schultz written on it.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | April 17, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

@cj,

his falling didn't allow the goal. he was already beat when he fell down. so even if he doesn't fall down, they still lose.

also, to all the schultz haters. Jeff Schultz was +13 in the regular season. That's +9 better than ANY other Caps defenseman not named Mike Green. Alzner was -1 (albeit in 30 games to Schultz's 64). I know a lot of people think that +/- is a bogus statistic, but I'm throwing it out there anyways.

Posted by: sirbobalew | April 17, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

“@cj658....he is hurt. He left the ice, I watched it. See my above.
You can rant all you want about BB liking Schutlz, etc. but the idea that it's being made up - to what? protect BB or Jeff - is stupid gossip and does not good. If you DVR'd the game, go back and watch it.
Thanksfully, you already signed off so we don't have to read about your opinions anymore.”
-Saintex


I did sign off, but after reading that garbo, I signed back on. Curious, when did Schultz get hurt? After he got embarrassed. I would have “limped” off the ice too, if I just got beat on a simple move by a mediocre player. He is not hurt. He is an athlete trying to save face in front of his teammates, because he knows he cost his team the game. Again, anyone who defends this guy, does not know one iota about the game. Anyone who defends this guy, does not want to see the Caps make a run.

The Caps should still win this series 4-2. But having liabilities like 55 is nonsense I the playoffs.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

He was holding his abdomen and left for the locker room after the game winning goal.

Posted by: _828 | April 17, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

+/-, stupidist stat ever.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Brucie it's time to bring up the kid whether you admit it or not. Alzner!!!

Posted by: ovys8 | April 17, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Its a Cover Up. He is not hurt, BB just told him to stay away and clear his head. He knew Shultz was Public Enemy 1B. They will make some injury up/ Lower body or Upper Body. The least athletic hockey player i have see in some time. He needs to focus on improving his agility during the summer if he were to ever become a good D in the NHL. Steckel is the same height but looks like an elite athlete during the game compared to Shultz.

Posted by: lightshow | April 17, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry if Schultz or any Cap is hurt. I watched the replay of the game last night after being at the game on Wed, and although he looked pretty foolish on that 4th goal, it appeared to be completely within Theo's view and ability to stop.

On another subject, I also snuck a peek at the Nats game, and there was Brooks being interviewed. Looks like he's their lucky charm.

Posted by: bluejeener1 | April 17, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

@cj,

I'm glad to see that you know Schultz personally and so can guarantee that he is not hurt. I want to see the Caps make a run and win the cup as much as anyone else here. And yet I am defending Schultz. He's like an offensive lineman in the NFL. He's not going to make any spectacular plays. If you don't hear about him, he's doing his job. It's only when he screws up that his name is mentioned. So apparently it is possible to both want to see a deep run and defend him. And I know much much more than one iota about the game.

/I know, I know, don't feed the trolls
//couldn't help myself

Posted by: sirbobalew | April 17, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, we need an update, bad.

All the crap spewing from these people's mouths is wearing on me.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 17, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Gee, too bad cj658 couldn't stick to its one post and gone forever.

Comparing the vast majority of defenders in this league to a guy like Scott Stevens is unfair from the get go.

Let the anger go. It isn't healthy. Those of you that hate Shultz will not change your mind. You will see only his mistakes and never credit him with a good play. We get it.

Posted by: _Mark | April 17, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

lightshow: Well said, at least there is some common sense floating around on "Capitals Insider".

If that happens to a Wings or Bruins D-man, he would not see the ice again for the remainder of the playoffs. Time for Caps (BB) to start thinking like winners with a killer instinct.

Schultz is soft, unathetic and would not be NEAR the ice if played for the Bruins, Wings, or Sharks. Time for Caps fans to get their heads out their a$$e$.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

cj is a troll ignore him. people who post "And I'm leaving!" and then come back are just trolling for attention.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 17, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

@_Mark

There is a middle ground, you know. There are plenty of us who recognize that Schultz does some things well, and doesn't mess up every shift or even every game, but are concerned that he just isn't fast enough and doesn't hit hard enough, and that those problems keep rearing their ugly heads at very inconvenient times.

Posted by: capsfan26 | April 17, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update, Tarik. I guess Pothier it is...

Posted by: capsfan26 | April 17, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I hear broken ankles hurt pretty bad.

Posted by: cnewton16 | April 17, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@moltzjo and VTDuffman: Dubinsky's move was great he hesitated, and then put the puck between Schultz's legs, which is why he went done line a ton of bricks. C'mon give a guy his due, when OV does it we all talk about how great it was, Dubinsky's not a mucker or grinder. He has 40pts in 88 regular season game which is pushing a 1/2 point per game. In playoffs he has 9 points in 11 games, which includes 5 goals.

Regardless of whether we think it was good move or not, the goal was crap and Theo should have stopped it. If he would have, and Schultz was injured on that play, he wouldn't be getting trashed so much. Even the Caps goalie coach said goals 1 and 4 were weak.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

This news is super.

Pothier, Collins, Alzner, anyone will do....

Posted by: wesvenis | April 17, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Did he leave the game before or after his GWG? That is your question? I'll let that float around.

He left after the GWG, from his next shift, after he got hurt. BB put him back out there for that next shift so I'm pretty sure he wasn't worried.

You can not like Schultz' play - most don't - or BB's managment, but the idea that it's a cover-up or anything else, when there is video evidence to the contrary, is just wrong.

Posted by: saintex | April 17, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

capsfan26,
I understand that and I tend to be more in the middle ground. The vocal ones that see no glimmer of good or positive in him are the ones that irk me.

cj is till trolling.

Posted by: _Mark | April 17, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

That's a big loss, I think. He had a few mistakes, but he's been solid all year.

It does mean that Pothier comes in and adds slightly more speed and experience, though. May not be a terrible trade-off.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | April 17, 2009 10:46 AM | Report abuse


Let me politely, but vigorously, disagree. My opinion is that his pyloness, masked in the regular season sometimes, is exposed in the playoffs.

Having said that, I don't wish injuries to anybody, and wish he'll get well soon and be back to be available.

Posted by: mauree | April 17, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The “fans” here crack me up. I want to see the Caps make a run just as much as anyone. It’s the playoffs, it’s not time to be “nice” and “considerate” of Schultz. Yeah, everyone makes mistakes. Ovie, Green, Semin, etc, but they MAKE UP for their mistakes with what they bring to the table. Schultz brings NOTHING to the table. He’s tall, woopdy doo!! He doesn’t hit, he screens his own goalie on MULTIPLE occasions, he is slow, he is un-athletic. Look, I don’t know the guy, he’s probably a great guy. Let me reiterate, it’s PLAYOFF hockey. Nice guys finish last. Mistakes that cost a team a game are inexcusable.

To call me a “troll” is pure unadulterated nonsense. This team has entirely too much talent to be put out by the Rags. I want to see them win. I’m not that “1907” guy who’s always talking sh!t to just to be an a$$ hole. I’m speaking facts. We all know it was an elementary mistake, that cost the Caps the game. Inexcusable. And BTW, who’s comparing him to Stevens? 99.9% of the D-men in the league would not have got embarrassed the way 55 did by Dubinsky. Dubinsky is a below average player at best. Pathetic, I cannot fathom how all you “fans” come running to this guys rescue. And you actually have the nerve to ask me if I know the guy personally? It is you people who act like you know the guy personally. Does he babysit your kids? Because he should not be getting a free pass. I simply state facts.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Jeff didn't have his best game on Wednesday. I would like to believe that he was hurt and it was responsible for him not playing like we (well some of us) know he can. Don't underestimate how much an injury can harm play. Poti was universally regarded as sub-par to what we would expect and we know he was hurt going into the game.

Pothier may have started tomorrow anyway, but can anyone REALLY say that a guy who (as talented as he is) has been hurt for over a year is going to be a game changer? I hope so, but let's be realistic. It only takes one great play by a forward to make a D-man look like a pylon especially with the Rags speed. If Drury does a spin-o-rama on Pothier, I don't want to come back here on Saturday evening and read a bunch of the same rants about how we need Alzner, or how Schultz should be playing or whatever.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 17, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

All y'all saying Schultz isn't injured? Y'all are MEAN. I'm sorry, but I have NEVER seen the Caps have reason to lie about an injury.

* Clark - surgery.
* Johnson - surgery.
* Brashear - sprained knee.

Shall I continue? If Boudreau wanted to sit Schultz, he'd sit him. He doesn't need to make up B.S. like "oh, he's hurt." There are rules in the CBA to cover things like this.

If the Caps say Schultz is hurt, and he isn't, they can get in a heap of trouble.

I'm going with he's hurt. And I'm sorry to hear it. Hope he recovers quickly!

Posted by: irockthered | April 17, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

We still at 4 in the over/under?

Posted by: oldtimehockey | April 17, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Rock on, CJ. Although Theo didn't help matters in that game either as he had the worst performance of all the Caps...even though the Schultz failed axle got the most attention.

Posted by: wesvenis | April 17, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Problem with Shultz. First thing a casual person will see is that he is soft or he doesn't hit hard enough. Which is true by the way. But the problem starts in his inability to handle his own body. Like I said earlier his Agility rating has to be the lowest on the team. He is very clumzy in his lateral movement. He skates way too tall for his body. When a guy is 6'6 your first two strides from a stand still position need to be lower to ground. Easiest person to compare to on the roster that has a similar height make up is Steckel. Obviously Stecks is way better athlete then Shultz, but if Shultz had athletic make up of Steckel he would be a top 4 D without a question. But thats a big IF. Shultz will need to work on his Agility like crazy over the next 2-3 years while he is still young. If he doesn't he will be out of the league. Dubinsky's move really exposed his lack of agility and ability to shift laterally with ease at his height. Problem really is not that he is SOFT or TOUGH the problem is his body Doesn't allow him to be that. NOW on the plus side, Shultz does have some decent hands for a D Man.

Posted by: lightshow | April 17, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't Alzner being called up? He was averaging 20 minutes a night when he was here and Boudreau said that he trusted alzner in all game situations. He seemed to be at worst the fourth defenseman.

Posted by: pdanziger | April 17, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

“ Let me politely, but vigorously, disagree. My opinion is that his pyloness, masked in the regular season sometimes, is exposed in the playoffs.” - Mauree

THANK YOU!! Again, not all of you are hopeless (j/k). This is PLAYOFF HOCKEY. A lot of you fans don’t seem to comprehend that. Schultz screwed up a lot in the regular season, but things are not nearly as intense or physical in the first 82. There is NO ROOM for costly mistakes. This game was rude-awakening for Schultz, who is clearly not ready. Believe me, Torts must be licking his chops every time he Schultz back there after that embarrassment.

Posted by: cj658 | April 17, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@hart2014 - Wishing injury on someone ain't cool at all, no matter HOW much you dislike them.

Posted by: irockthered | April 17, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

oldtime, I hear ya. The bad news is some nimrods live to post the rants.

Posted by: Steve_R | April 17, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

lightshow, good comparison of Steckel to Schultz. I love watching Steckel out on the ice because he moves so fluidly.

Posted by: RedBirdie | April 17, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Have the playoffs started?

I'll send word to BB.

Posted by: saintex | April 17, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Bring up Tyler Sloan for the 7th d
He is big and physical and can skate. IMO I think Pothier is not quite ready. He is too inconsistent and doesn't carry the puck with alot of confidence. Alzner still needs to mature. Sloan has been around for a while. People need to be a little more patient with Alzner. He is a very good player but he is not the second coming of Bobby Orr.

Posted by: psugolf | April 17, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Steckel is a forward, Schultz is a defenseman. Aside from height, it doesn't make sense to compare them.

Posted by: saintex | April 17, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Careful, CJ.... if you post something factual but not positive about the Caps you won't be called a "fan" anymore....

Posted by: wesvenis | April 17, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I am comparing their Athletic Ability. They have a similar body make up at their height.

Posted by: lightshow | April 17, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

cj658: You speak about the game like a true arm chair coach and GM. You probably have never even received any formal coaching either. You can say the +/- is a bogus stat. The 3 main factors for deciding the Norris. 1. How did your team do this season as a whole? 2. Points (bigger factor than it used to be). 3. +/-, yup, that is why Lidstrom is still in the running this season.

"How many D-men on the Bruins could you see that happening to?" Semin and OV have undressed Chara on a few occasions this season. Talk about a big man that looks like an idiot when he doesn't play the body.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

As a Red Sox fan, I refer to that as being Foulked. In 2005, after he was brilliant in the post-season, Keith Foulke could not get anyone out as the Red Sox closer. Rather than demote a post-season hero, the Red Sox discovered a phantom injury that kept him out for 3 months. I believe Schultz got Foulked.

Posted by: nomarjax01 | April 17, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm with sain....not an accurate comparison at all....

Posted by: wesvenis | April 17, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I don't like Schultz the player but I totally disagree with everybody that think this is a "fake" injury. Have a little faith in the Caps organization, there's no such conspiracy theory.

Posted by: mauree | April 17, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I really cannot believe that so many of you have the gaul to say that Schultz is not an NHL caliber defenseman. Basically you are calling BB an idiot. The man has played 174 NHL games and is a quiet stay at home defenseman. He has low PIMs which means, even though you guys don't want to admit it, he plays outstanding positional hockey. I'm tired of hearing how everyone that thinks Schultz is a good defensman is an idiot. He played a regular shift on the 4th best team in the NHL this season. Not everyone can be as flashy as Green. Not everyone is willing to make a big hit like Erskine at the risk of missing an assignment. All these guys bring something different to the game that resulted in a 50-24-8 season. They also DOMINTATED the Rangers, and Theo layed an egg as predicted and LOST the game single handedly. If he would have done his part the game would not have been 3-3 with less than 10 minutes remaining. I do feel he will redeem himself. He doesn't have a choice, if he doesn't, he will not have a team interested in him after he's done with us. HIS future is riding on how he responds to this.

Posted by: fanohock1 | April 17, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

@ saintex:

I saw this too, and it looked like he was holding his ribcage/abdomen so I'm gonna guess he's got a muscle pull in there. Probably won't be able to play through that for a series or two.

Posted by: cityspirit | April 17, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

@ lylewimbledon:
hahaha, nice.

from steinberg's blog:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hem4Cthi1nE

as someone mentioned here, i doubt BB would cover up a benching with a 'fake' injury. schultz only played 12:26 last game, which is a good 5-7 minutes less than he normally plays. it makes sense that he got injured late in the game (when he fell?) and feds was back on D.

cut the guy some slack. this is the NHL, and these guys are professionals. you don't play your whole life to get to the playoffs only to fake an injury...

Posted by: virkulous | April 17, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Damn... Other than that one slip-up (sorry) Schultz didn't play all that badly in Game 1... I barely noticed him, meaning he was doing his job.

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | April 17, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I think he should be careful and wait until next season to get back in the lineup. Can't risk a serious injury to our best defensemen.

Posted by: FancyDan | April 17, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

he caught a cold from the gust of wind dubinsky let when he blew by him

Posted by: _stevo | April 17, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse


hahahhhaahahaha!!

Posted by: cstanton1 | April 17, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Tripping over your own feet can do that in the playoffs.....'undisclosed injury' indeed. Can't bench him for the same reason you can't bench Theo - what if the next guy is worse (can't envision that being an issue though)!!!!!

Posted by: Section303 | April 17, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

the funny/itonic thing about schultz doing the toe pick on the last rags goal is that it was the one time all game he was going aggressive to the puck. my complaint about him before that was that he was not forcing the play or going aggressive to the puck. in general, that probably a good strategy for him, but there are times when he's going to have to be aggressive to keep the puck in the zone and rely on the fact that his d partner will cover him.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | April 17, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is clearly the worst player on the team and would easily compete for the #1 ranking on a list titled NHL's worst defenders. WHAT HE CAN'T DO: check an opposing player, shoot, or skate.
WHAT HE CAN DO WELL: nothing
What is most sad is it took fans to see his tumble in game 1 to realize he is terrible.

Posted by: BigG56 | April 17, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I only have two questions:

1. How does a player who never checks anybody, blocks any shots, and barely moves, get hurt?

2. How on earth could Boudreau even consider having Schultz in the lineup after that ghastly performance the other night? What does he have to do to be benched put five goals in our net?

Posted by: EricinMD | April 17, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"That's a big loss, I think. He had a few mistakes, but he's been solid all year."

You must be thinking about someone else. Sorry...this was about Jeff Schultz. Just wanted to clear this up for you!


Posted by: EricinMD | April 17, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Schultz really is hurt. He was hurt during the game, before that bad goal. He left the bench to get looked over by the doc earlier, and was obviously in pain.

Posted by: farmgirl19C | April 17, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

SCHULTZ IS AWFUL PEOPLE! I GUARANTEE IF YOU GAVE MY FRIEND JAMES BARTON TWO WEEKS TO LEARN HOW TO SKATE AND PLAY HACKEY HE'D BE BETTER THAN SCHULTZ.

Posted by: BigG56 | April 17, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

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