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Semin Skates

I'm told Alexander Semin practiced fully this morning in Tampa, which could mean he'll be ready to return tomorrow against the Lightning. Semin missed the Caps' 5-4 shootout loss to the Rangers on Wednesday with an undisclosed injury. I'm also hearing Viktor Kozlov also participated in some capacity, though his status for the weekend also remains unclear.

I'm scheduled to talk to Coach Bruce Boudreau by phone early this afternoon (I'm catching up with the team in Tampa tomorrow morning), so check back later for another update.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 13, 2009; 11:51 AM ET
 
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thats the best news of the day so far

Posted by: _stevo | February 13, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

What I don't understand is why the IOC insists on MLB players in the Olympics but yet allows Olympic soccer competition to be restricted to under-23 squads.

Posted by: koalatek | February 13, 2009 9:29 AM

I think it might be less their insistence and more of a co-op deal. The soccer one is more complicated because no deal is in place with all of these countries (as far as I know). As a result, the club team has more pull in what players they let go and how many times that occurs. The NHL has it built into the CBA, and since all of the players are in one area, it makes it easier.

For what it's worth.

Posted by: Section117 | February 13, 2009 9:44 AM

Not quite. Soccer is different because FIFA is the governing body over all of soccer from the club teams to the national teams. And FIFA has come out and said "Country over Club" so a team can never hold a player from competting with the national team if the player wants to. Some owners try and bully their players into not playing for their country but for the most part it is not a problem.

FIFA also helps when it comes to players being traded between leagues (a player being traded from an Italian club team to an English club team.) It helps keep everything pretty fair.

Posted by: NFeKPo | February 13, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

thats the best news of the day so far

Posted by: _stevo | February 13, 2009 12:00 PM

If by best, you mean best....then yes, this is the best news of the day (If by day, you mean day.)

Posted by: thegr8one | February 13, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

sorry, Im waiting for a client to come to my office so Im doing things to stay loose :)!

Posted by: thegr8one | February 13, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Red leather yellow leather red leather yellow leather..

Posted by: _jordan | February 13, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

@thegr8one - What are you, some kind of a lawyer or something? ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 13, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Re: Semin skating - That is indeed excellent news, and I'm glad to hear it! I'm hoping Kozlov will be back soon, too; we really missed him against the Rangers.

Posted by: irockthered | February 13, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha. That is good news. I think that Semin and Kozlov both make us a better team and I'm looking forward to having them both back.

Does anyone else think that Semin was out with an injury to the bongo drums?

Posted by: kittypawz | February 13, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

@kittypawz - *snort* I don't want to think about Semin's bongo drums... But there is a possibility that since the game with the Rangers was going to get "chippy," - and we all know it did - that he was kept out an extra game to keep it from being five, if that makes sense?

My take is that he really was/is hurt, but even if he could have played vs. the Rags, they wouldn't take the chance with him being hurt again, worse. I think with Semin, caution is the better part of valor. He seems very easily damaged...

Posted by: irockthered | February 13, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@thegr8one - What are you, some kind of a lawyer or something? ;-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 13, 2009 12:17 PM

I just play one on t.v. ;)

Posted by: thegr8one | February 13, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Their absence showed. If they let Kozlov go and not replace him with another skilled winger with hands, I'd be pretty bummed. Our young guys in Flash and Fehr are good for their age but we need Kozlov's poise rather than have Nick/Ovie waste energy chasing pucks going back to our zone half their shift. Fehr has a good shot but no one can rival Ovechkin's or Semin's where they can score at any given chance... we need this depth all around in the playoffs.

Posted by: rh71 | February 13, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Adam over at the Hockey News answered a question regarding the Caps adding Pronger to the roster, if available:

http://thehockeynews.com/articles/23385-Ask-Adam-Friendly-fire.html

And I agree with him.

Posted by: LA_caps_fan | February 13, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

why is pronger still discussed? he isn't worth what he is, and we can't afford him.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 13, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

rh71 makes a good point.

Going deep in the playoffs usually means fringe players have to step up when injuries hit. I think the Caps have done a great job at building depth from the ground up, but if Semin, Feds, Backs, or heaven forbid AO go down with injury in the playoffs, can the Fehrs, Flashes, and Nylanders step up and win a tough playoff series? (and not to mention goaltending)

I hope so, but I think this is an unanswered question. Thoughts on who you think can step up in the playoffs?

Posted by: justbrewit | February 13, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

if too many of our top 6 forwards go down, our chances will be slim to none even with our depth. this is a potential problem every team faces.

I think (read: hope) that we are going to see an offensive explosion from our little fehr real soon....i think (read

Posted by: richmondphil | February 13, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Actually, richmondphil, Adam at the hockey news said we shouldn't look at Pronger, and I agree.

With Pronger having a tendency to get suspended right around playoffs - something I hadn't realized about him? Not a snowball's chance in the phone booth we should! If A) Pronger were less expensive (by about half), and B) he didn't take as many penalties as he does, then maybe we might want to look, but at the rate he commands? No way.

Posted by: irockthered | February 13, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

why is pronger still discussed? he isn't worth what he is, and we can't afford him.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 13, 2009 12:35 PM

@richmondphil: I agree. I once was one who may have said "we gotta get Pronger", maybe because I thought he was the deserving successor to Al MacInnis' (he of the Howitzer-Shot) in STL. Time has cooled this enthusiasm considerably.

Adam is right: picking up a D-man for the playoff push is self-defeating if that D-man has a history of becoming unavailable (due to suspension or injury) for said playoffs.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 13, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

why is pronger still discussed? he isn't worth what he is, and we can't afford him.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 13, 2009 12:35 PM

@richmondphil: I agree. I once was one who may have said "we gotta get Pronger"-- maybe because I thought he was the deserving successor to Al MacInnis' (he of the Howitzer-Shot) in STL.

Time has cooled this enthusiasm considerably.

Adam is right: picking up a "marquee caliber" D-man for the playoff push is self-defeating if that D-man has a history of becoming unavailable (due to suspension or injury) for said playoffs.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 13, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

not only adam's point, but we simply can't afford that guy without giving too much away.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 13, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Corey Masisak is already there! At one point TWT didn't have money to send him I forgot where, and now WaPo is saving peanuts on Tarik?

Is it true, Tarik? Or you just chose not to go today?

Posted by: CodePoetry | February 13, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - Exactly. I wouldn't be willing to give up what we'd have to give up to get Pronger. He's got a huge cap hit. He may be a "marquee caliber" D-man, but so is Mike Green, and we already have him. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | February 13, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

@codepoetry

I think Tarik had a TV appearance to do here in D.C. He also doesnt travel so Sunrise from what I remember, because a writer down there likes to handle those games.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 13, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

thats the problem i see with possibly going after JayBo. well, first ALL teams are going after him, haha. and second, he is like a mini green, instead of an anchor like pronger would be.

Posted by: richmondphil | February 13, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Rhino40: Pronger's hit is $6.5M and he's signed through next year Even with Clark on LTIR, the only way to fit Pronger into the cap would be to trade Semin and then also send Alzner back to Hershey.

I posted this several weeks ago - the Ducks would want (not saying he's worth it, but what they'd want) - at a minimum Semin, a top prospect forward, a top prospect defenseman and a top draft pick. Like, Semin, Osala, Godfrey and a #1 pick. I say that based on what was given in recent years for Forsberg and Hossa.

I think the Caps are too young and have too much going to go after Pronger.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 13, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@Code Poetry
IIRC Post writer Amy Shipley is near Sunrise. So Tarik doesn't do Panthers games.

Posted by: koalatek | February 13, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

I've covered the past few games in Sunrise and I'll be covering Sunday's game, too. The Post isn't cutting back on my travel; I already reported a story for tomorrow's paper (on Staffan Kronwall) so it seemed like a good idea to go down on Saturday morning for the skate.

--Tarik

Posted by: el_bashir | February 13, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Semin got "hurt" right before playing the team that got him so agitated he bongoed half-naked at center ice.
Now he's better and I'm not surprised.

Just had to throw out to "the machine" as I haven't seen it and thought I would.

I do think he was legitimately tweaked. And we shouldn't have needed him to beat the Rangers either way

Posted by: austinsteve | February 13, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Tarik: My daughter and I will be in Sunrise. We will look for you if we know where to look. There will be a few others from here at that game. I also wanted to meet the Cap fathers if possible. If there's a way to meet them, please let me know. Hope to finally meet you.

Tom in FL

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 13, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1-

So I've been told that the $10 tickets are supposedly only for kids under 12. Think they actually check such things at either will call or the gates?

Posted by: FedorovCrunch | February 13, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I kinda' wish everyone would just forget the whole Semin fight. Honestly, people, he does better scoring goals than fighting. I think it's fairly obvious. He got hurt. He's skating now. Let's look forward to his skills being used during the Playoffs. Let's Go Caps! Yay, Semin. Good luck tomorrow, buddy.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | February 13, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

(For the record, I predicted two goals from the Unforgettable Incredible Bongo Fighter this next game on an earlier TEB blog item)

:)

Posted by: austinsteve | February 13, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Tarik and everyone who responded. I actually forgot about Amy Shipley.

We have Feb, March, April and then going deep, deep, deep... WaPo should pay overtime to Tarik when we go deep... :)) We need him!

Posted by: CodePoetry | February 13, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

FedorovCrunch: We bought two of the $10 tickets. I have no clue if they check them at the gate or anything like that. That would be a bummer to have them not let us in, but I can't imagine that.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 13, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Semin is a great talent, but he has to be more durable for the team. He is constantly in and out of the lineup with relatively minor injuries. Tom Poti is another skilled player that hasn't been able to stay healthy in 2 years in Washington.

Posted by: leopard09 | February 13, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan: Please understand, my remark was intended affectionately. I don't blame them for pulling him out of that game, if that's what they did. He'd've been a target, and if he is nursing an injury, that'd be a problem. I'd rather they hold him out for that game.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 13, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

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