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Semyon Varlamov: 'It's been too much waiting'

One more quick goalie update:

Just saw Semyon Varlamov putting on his gear in the locker room. He's going to come out on the ice here at Kettler in a bit, the first time he's skated since last Wednesday.

"It's been too much waiting," he said, adding he's been doing some off-ice training the past few days. "I'm excited."

More to come.

By Mark Giannotto  |  January 27, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
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Comments

var-ly var-ly var-ly..

Posted by: carsonspence | January 27, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

hope he is ready soon!!! It would be great if he gets a chance between the pipes while the forwards are slamming 5+ goals a night down the oppositions throat!

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | January 27, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

PleasepleasepleasepleasePLEASE don't hurt yourself again being overenthusiastic, Varly! We need to keep you healthy down the stretch.

Posted by: irockthered | January 27, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Keeping my fingers crossed, Varly!

Posted by: uncatim | January 27, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Oh - also: for those who have not been watching Holtby this season in Hershey, the man is a BEAST! I watched him do a diving poke-check last week that sent the puck back out across the blueline and stopped a breakaway, and he got back to his net lightning quick, too. :-) I <3 Holtby!

Posted by: irockthered | January 27, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

for those who have not been watching Holtby this season in Hershey, the man is a BEAST!

Posted by: irockthered | January 27, 2010 10:50 AM |


I'm also looking forward to his quirks before faceoffs.

Posted by: Fro_ | January 27, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

From previous:
You know somebody last night made the correct observation that GMGM made a critical signing with Knuble. I couldn't agree more but I also think BMo was a great signing as well. His point totals lately haven't been what they were at the beginning of the season but he is always quick to the puck and digging it out of the boards etc. I think it's a matter of time for his points to start coming around again. You don't work like he does and keep getting blanked in the points department. Knuble by far was the greatest signing but I think BMo should get a "honorable mention".

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 27, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

From previous:
Speaking of the trade deadline, I'm not so sure I'd want any of our top 9 forwards or Brads to be dealt in order to improve on anything. If you want to deal Gordon, Steckel or Laing etc I think you're not upsetting too much chemistry there but this team has really gelled and don't know that you want to mess with that in order to get a Nieds or Phaneuf etc. I'm ok with giving up some prospects to get a Staois or the like or maybe even Souray. I'm just not so sure you want to give up a player in the top 9 or Brads along with picks and/or prospects to land the big Dman. I've been hearing Foote lately but why would the Avs do that? Makes no sense for them. I'm sure Chimera would be all for it knowing he played with him for a few yrs in Columbus.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 27, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

FYI- Jack Hillen out 6-8 weeks with a broken jaw and damaged teeth

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Dee-Karl/Jack-Hillen-Update/129/25796

Posted by: Fro_ | January 27, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

While part of me is interested in seeing Holtby the other part is hoping it's saved for another time. I'm holding out hope he's a 2 day call up to back up Nuevy tonight and Theo will be back for FLA.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | January 27, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

give the rookie holtby the start tonight BB!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Just in...Varly toe picked himself coming onto the ice...groin pull and both knees are blown - out until 2016

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I hope the Caps get ONE goalie hot for the playoffs, phew -- little consistency.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | January 27, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Start Varley tonight...

Posted by: SA-Town | January 27, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Just in...Varly toe picked himself coming onto the ice...groin pull and both knees are blown - out until 2016

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 11:09 AM |


My boss just asked me what the hell was so funny.

Nice work dude.

Posted by: Fro_ | January 27, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon - We are not amused...

(And that would be me and the mouse in my pocket, for those of you asking.)

Posted by: irockthered | January 27, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

i would like to see Holtby get a start. The kid is crushing it in the AHL. lets see what he can do in the bigs.

Posted by: doughless | January 27, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to undo the Chimera trade? I didn't think so. CC is a great guy and it was disappointing to see Jurcina go, but it's becoming very clear why GMGM wanted Chimera.

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Funny now having won 10 out of 11...our goaltending situation may not be so funny in April...this could be a SC team, but will need exceptional goaltending in the playoffs.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

@pokerface. Absoulutely cannot trade Steckel. He is our best face off guy and will be crucial on the PK during the playoffs.

The only deal the Caps should make is for Defensive minded defenseman. A guy they can send out against other teams top units. Someone that they could get for a draft pick and younger player not currently on the roster.

This team does not need any additions along the forward lines.

Posted by: srobert1117 | January 27, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

srobert1117: Respectfully disagree. It wouldn't hurt to have a forward who can contribute more on the PK. A guy like Kelly Miller used to be, or Dahlen, or Kono. Or a guy with some Tikkanen in him. What we don't need on the forward lines is any attempt to ADD scoring.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 27, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

HOLTBY, HOLTBY, HOLTBY, HOLTBY!!!!!

Posted by: madmax521 | January 27, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

From TFP:

The Washington Capitals want to get center Nicklas Backstrom locked up to a new long-term contract extension, but both parties aren't rushing into a decision.
According to sources, the two sides have touched on the subject, but negotiations have not heated up.

"Backstrom is comfortable with his status and is focused on helping the team win now," said a league executive. "The contract will come. Nobody's rushing into it."

The Capitals recently signed Alexander Semin to a one-year extension worth $6 million, and it's believed Backstrom will command a similar salary over a seven-year, or more, contract.

Backstrom, 22, is making a base salary of $850,000, but has a cap hit of $2.4 million.

Meanwhile, the Capitals are believed to be entering into several trade discussions and are reportedly in the market for a top-four physical defenseman and a second-line center.

According to one source, the St. Louis Blues are one of the teams the Capitals are speaking with.


Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Update on Hillen:

Islanders' defenseman Jack Hillen will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken jaw and damaged teeth. After taking an Alex Ovechkin slap-shot to the face last night, Hillen was rushed to hospital for further evaluation. He was in surgery last night and into the morning to insert plates into his jaw.

Moral of the story...steer clear of OV when he winds up! But seriously get better soon Hillen! Sorry to see that happen.

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Seems to be a serious case of shinynewthingitis in this room when it comes to the goalies. Playing Holtby sends a bad message to Neuvy. I believe Neuvy deserves to start tonight.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Semin's goal last night was the #3 Sportcenter "play of the day." I think that is underrating it. The eye-foot-hand coordination shown on the play is unbelievable. I still can't believe it watching the replays. How many other guys in the league could do that?

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I really LOVE seeing Semin play up to his potential. It seems like over the past few weeks, he has just tripled his drive and work ethic! I always felt bad for Semin before, as he seemed almost like he wasn't part of the team, but lately he has been GREAT! I hope this continues and he realizes that he has just as much star power as OV!...or at least close to it!

Posted by: capscoach | January 27, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see three lines scoring on regular basis, how many teams can say that? However, we need to improve the penalty kill. I agree with tominfl about a penalty killing forward, however BB likes to switch out PKers every 25 to 30 seconds, so for this to have value they would have to play 2 shifts on the PK.

Posted by: tomdchancar | January 27, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Do the Caps really need a second line center with how well Flash has been playing that position? He's a +4 with 12 points in his last 11 games.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Semin's goal last night was the #3 Sportcenter "play of the day." I think that is underrating it. The eye-foot-hand coordination shown on the play is unbelievable. I still can't believe it watching the replays. How many other guys in the league could do that?

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2010 12:07 PM


My life mate, Sidney Crosby.

Sincerely,

Gary

Posted by: Chase4 | January 27, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

@AleksanderO

That's my feeling right now. Flash is getting assists, doing well in the faceoff circle, backchecking, and his linemates are playing some of their best hockey of the season, especially Semin.

Posted by: jsnyd1 | January 27, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Play Neuvy tonight. But get Holtby a start before sending him back to Hershey.

from previous post:
Neuvy should be kept around. Varly needs to be healthy before anything can be done there. Holtby is going to be the best of the 3 in my opinion. I got to see all of them play with excellent Hershey talent. Varly is the most athletic of the 3. Neuvy is probably the most technically sound. Holtby is a fantastic combination of the 2 with a nice mean streak in him. 2 min roughing penalty last weekend was a good message sent. And he is proving to be a workhorse in Hershey.

Posted by: jbears1 | January 27, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

tomdchancer: Above someone posted -

"Meanwhile, the Capitals are believed to be entering into several trade discussions and are reportedly in the market for a top-four physical defenseman and a second-line center."

And this is exactly what some of us have been saying. Obviously the PK is the weakness but also underscores the need for more defense from the forwards. The perfect player would anchor the "checking" line, take a shift on the PK and also "shadow" Crosby the way Tikkanen did to Yashin when we beat Ottawa in 98.

No team will ever be filled with 18 skaters who do everything. But, just like we got us the net crasher in Knuble, we need, I think, this kind of forward.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with the team we have? It is not perfect but I will not change a thing this year. Are there better players at a particular position? Yes. Will they make the team better? Doubtful. It took BB a couple of years to realize that steady lines combination would produce more than just moving super-stars around. We have great chemistry on our lines and they are getting better, it takes time to build that.
Enjoy the ride.

Posted by: hock1 | January 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

The Caps would be better served taking less penalties than getting a better penalty killer. Besides, they say your best penalty killer is your goalie but that is a whole of can of worms. They are currently 13th out of 30 for most time short handed. The only other division leader that has spent more time short handed than the Caps is SJ and they are an amazing 87% on the PK.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

If there is a trade for a second line center, would Morrison be the one to go in trade? The team essentially demoted him to to the third line, moving up Flash. If the Caps were to make the trade, I can't see them sitting either Flash or Steckel. Move Flash back to wing, when he is doing so well working with Semin?

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

It sure would be interesting to see Holtby start tonight.

Posted by: elicea | January 27, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

I agree with you and I am assuming this added player will play on the 4th line. So I'm assuming he would replace Gordon because I think Steckel and Bradley are both valuable in their roles on the team.

The next step would be to find a player who fits that role who is better than Gordon. If they could add a Tikanen or Dahlen type player I would be all for that.

For some reason I am getting the feeling that the Caps are going to acquire Kaberle. It just makes a lot of sene for both sides. I could see the Caps trading a 1st round pick (which is what Toronto desperately wants) and a defenseman with an expiring contract (Erskinse, Morrisson, etc.) for Kaberle. Toronto would get its pick along with more payroll flexibility next year to sign a player such as Kovalchuk or Marleau and the Caps would get a puck moving defenseman. We would need to trade a defenseman because there just wouldn't be enough room on the roster for everyone.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

if you're so mindful of NOT taking a penalty, it takes away some of your aggressiveness and that's not what you really want.

you don't want lazy penalties but if you play aggressively, you will take some penalties... I don't think the Caps take many penalties but they are magnified because of their inept PK

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

@SROBERT:
@pokerface. Absoulutely cannot trade Steckel. He is our best face off guy and will be crucial on the PK during the playoffs.

I like TominFl respectfully disagree. I think Steckel on the PK is part of the problem. He is too slow for the PK. If you look at the top penalty killing teams in the league they have speed up top. Yes he is great at winning the draw so if you're deep in the kill and just need to win 1 more draw to complete the kill that's where Stecks comes in otherwise he's part of the problem.

I actually think that BB's philosophy is part of the problem with the PK. I don't think you should run everybody through the PK. Our PK would be much better if BMo, Brads, Semin and Backs were our main penalty killers. The other thing is our best PKer is Laing and he's a healthy scratch most nights which is mind numbing. NOBODY on this team blocks shots from the point like he does. Gords should sit and let Laing in on the 4th line and be a big PK minute guy.
I'm not too bent outta shape about it as I'm hoping the PK will look more like this come playoff time. I'm sure thinking that BB will know you can with the Cup with this bad of a PK unit.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 27, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

CAN'T as in can NOT win the Cup with this bad of a PK unit.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 27, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I don't have any stats to back up my thesis but in general I feel like most of the Caps' offenses ARE of the lazy sort (hooking, holding, tripping) and not of the aggressive sort (roughing, interference, cross checking, boarding). Naturally, I could be wrong.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | January 27, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Kaberle is he still has one more year at 4.25. Anyone who wants him, explain how he fits for next year:

Ovechkin (2008-2021) 9.538
Backstrom (signs 2010-2021) 6.500
Semin (impending UFA) 6.000
Flash (signs 2010-2013) 3.300
Knuble (impending UFA) 2.800
Laich (impending UFA) 2.067
Fehr (signs 2010-2012) 2.000
Chimera (signed thru 2012) 1.875
Steckel (2010-2013) 1.100
Bradley (impending UFA) 1.000
Johansson (est) 0.950
Perreault (w/bonus - impending RFA) 0.792
Laing (re-signs yearly) 0.550
S/T 13 Forwards 38.472
Green (2008-2012) 5.250
Poti (impending UFA) 3.500
Schultz (signs 2010-2012) 2.000
Alzner (w/bonus) 1.675
Erskine (impending UFA) 1.250
Carlson (EL 2009-2012) 0.846
Sloan (2010-2012) 0.700
Collins (impending UFA) 0.650
S/T 8 Defensemen 15.871
Varlamov (impending RFA) 0.822
Neuvirth (impending RFA) 0.822
S/T 2 Goalies 1.644
Total 23 Players 55.987
Cap Space 56.800
Available 0.813

Obviously I'm using my own estimates for Backie, Flash, Fehr and Schultz. But, even if they get a little less than I am projecting, you can't shoehorn another 4.25 in there unless you move Poti.

Now, Poti and a #1 for Kaberle? We'd be capped out next year (unless it goes up), but that might be a good deal.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 27, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I would never in a million years start Holtby tonight against Anaheim. I would, however, start him against either Florida (my preference) or Tampa Bay this weekend.

Posted by: irockthered | January 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

sgm3: The article above listed St. Louis as our dance partner. Who would we want?

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=STL&season=0910

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 27, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

aren't we 1 goal in the last 15 PK???

Posted by: billd2 | January 27, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

there is no reason to start Holtby unless Neuvy gets hurt

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I think Steckel's value on the PK stems from two things: his skill on the faceoff and his wingspan. If used properly, his reach and long stick can disrupt the other team's passing area.

Posted by: tess2201 | January 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Riddle me this everyone clamoring for trades??

What other NHL team, fighting for first overall, has lost there 2 top goaltenders and not been worried??

Old mother GMGM has stuffed the cupboard and the cupboard is full. No need to trade for a cup run and empty the cupboard. We need a stay at home defencemen?? Can we upgrade without getting screwed in the trade or next years cap. No trades without being able to work in longterm cap relief for backs and semin. When FA and RFA exodus occurs the caps need a full pipeline.

now if you can get kovy2 for Fehr, a pick and and an older Ahl prospect(Giroux) as a rental or similar situation on d with an upcoming RFA or FA and pick for an upgrade then I am in. But no trade should include the likes of Semin or top prospects.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | January 27, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

the only problem I have with Steckel is I wish he was a little more aggressive and physical... more like Joel Otto

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

For those wondering why trade when in first place....here is the answer. Other teams will make trade and get better at the deadline. The teams the caps are playing now will have different personel come April...it is an arms race and you want as many weapons as possible. And the room that you have now on offense will be much less in April, let alone May or when we really want to see them play, June when 5-2 or 4-3 games become 3-2 or 2-1 games.

Posted by: RichC3 | January 27, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Nylander to Jokerit (e4-5)

I am told that Nylander will officially be signing with Jokerit in Finland any time now.

"It will happen. It will be done very soon."

according to eklund. good for us for next season

Posted by: samb99 | January 27, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Ecklund=false rumor

Posted by: PhilR | January 27, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

cadlecreek1: The most I'd want to move is #2 or 3 draft pick or a prospect not expected to crack the line-up any time soon (someone like Bouchard). The example I use of the "right" trade is last year Pitt nabbing Guerin for a #3. I pointed out yesterday that the Caps will have a pick in the late 20s and that we've gotten Schultz, Green, Varly and Carlson in the late 20s recently. Plus Neuvy with like the 34th pick. So, trading the #1 is not something to do lightly given McPhee's successful track record in that range.

Posted by: tominfl1 | January 27, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I read that on Hbuzz and have been searching for other sources to confirm it, but I haven't found any.

I hate Eklund.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 27, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

I think we are in the market for a crease clearing top 4 defenseman and maybe a back-up veteran goalie if GMGM can move Theo in a trade...maybe a vet forward, but I think those rumors are false about a center.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

i thought finns and swedes dont get along? signing with jokerit is no different than being w/ grand rapids. we still owe him his salary unless he decides to retire. he is off the salary cap one way or the other, which is the key. maybe jokerit will agree to pay part of his salary, which will make ted happy too.

as for the need for a center. i think the key is we need a good two way center ala datsuyk (yes i know we are not getting him). i like boyd gordon, but if we can upgrade that position, i'm all for it. defense should still be the priority, imo.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | January 27, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Here's my Eklund case- from yesterday:

Here is the latest from who may be the best source to trust regarding the Kovalchuk situation: Kevin Allen, of The USA Today....

"Relax everyone...it will be next week before the Thrashers seriously start to explore their options with regard to trading Ilya Kovalchuk."

You have probably heard Kevin interviewed on XM Radio. You may know him as the President of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. What you may not know (due to the fact that Kevin writes for The USA Today) is how connected he is to the pulse of the goings on inside this sport. Especially inside the NHL and USA Hockey.

Basically, what Bob McKenzie is to Canadian Hockey, Kevin Allen is to USA Hockey. Two of the most connected hockey people writing. They should both be on everyone's "Trade Deadline Must Read List."

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

I have to admit I do not know too much about St. Louis' players. But from what I hear I would think that Carlo Coliacovo (spelling is probably wrong there)would make sense with his salary. However, I am unsure how good he is. Sydor is over the hill and not worth acquiring. Their young defenseman are good but will unlikely be dealt.

As you pointed out there would be some salary cap things to be resolved next year if the Caps acquired Kaberle. However I think they could do it with some tinkering and depending on the salaries the players get. It would only take 1 year of tinkering too since Kaberle's contract runs out after next year (big plus from a Caps perspective) I do not think GMGM will sign Fehr to a contract worth $2 million, especially if it is for more than 1 year.

I think Fehr will likely be gone after this year. Not because he isn't improving but because he has improved enough that he had probably priced himself out of what the Caps can afford. Like the Red Wings have had to do, sometimes you have to let players go you would rather keep because they start to make too much money and you can't keep everybody.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

So...Kevin Allen is the most trusted source out there according to Eklund...allen says nothing is going on with kovy.

Eklund today:Also, I am told the Flyers are stepping up more in the Kovalchuk talks and that they may have a few key pieces that fill the needs of the Thrashers that many teams don't have. The Thrashers need help now and in the future.

The Kings continue to be interested, but it isn't looking as strong as my sources thought last week that they have all the right pieces. (despite reports coming out just now that the two sides are talking at all)

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

How does it work if we add a PK center and drop Gordon? First, Gordon is one of our best PKers, so whoever they bring in better be great. Second, which of the current centers do you sit (or trade)?

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1

I also wouldn't want to trade Poti now because even though he gets much grief it will be important to have him in the top 6 D-man rotation. Just not a top pairing defenseman.

In the offseason, possibly, but not now.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Carlo Coliachivio(hah) is a fringe NHL'r. 6-7-8 d-man. We don't need him.

@zmega

If our PK isn't good, and Gordon is our top PK'r...isn't something up there?

Posted by: richmondphil | January 27, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

St Louis- i'll take Backes

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - I don't think that Gordon is the problem on the PK. He was out injured when the team was having its worst PK problems. But just logically speaking, if the goal is to improve the PK, wouldn't you start by replacing someone who is weak on the PK?

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

As much as I like Varly, does anyone else worry that Varly will not be durable and/or fit enough to carry us through 4 grueling rounds of SC playoffs?

Durability has been a question mark so far in his career. I almost wonder if we wouldn't be better going with Jose into the playoffs (if he can keep his current form).

Obviously Varly has looked good this year. However, he's played 16 games over nearly 3 months and has had recurrent injury problems. In the playoffs, he could be called upon to play in 28 games in ~2months. That worries me.

Posted by: justbrewit | January 27, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Caps are no loger known in my house as CardiacCaps.

Posted by: guer_j | January 27, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

If we are in the market to rent a veteran goaltender, on the cheap, we should shoot to rent Roloson from the Islanders. He's had a save percentage over 90%, even on bad teams. He was moved out of Edmonton in favor of Khabibulin. He is the ONLY reason the Islanders are in the hunt even though our boys lit him up last night. He's probably attainable for league minimum. I know we seem to have a stock pile of goaltenders but neither Varly nor Theodore can stay healthy once they get hot. Rolo is durable too.

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

As far as getting Rolo, it would be a CHEAP insurance policy in net. With the luck our goaltenders have had, I would hate to have to going down to rely on Neuvirth or Holtby. This isn't far fetched either. Varly and Theo have rolled on and off the injury wagon. Neuvy has had to play in 12 games. (He got pulled from two that Theo became the goalie of record)

Posted by: fanohock1 | January 27, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

As far as trades I'd be hard pressed to see any of the forwards go. A lot of talk about getting Kovy(highly doubtful imo) or a solid defenseman like Phaneuf, if they were to happen, would probably see a defenseman or 2 from the starting line up and a Hershey Prospect, to which end I'd guess at Neuvirth or Holtby both are highly touted and have really solid records. I lean with the goalies more because I'd be hardpressed to think GMGM would trade away any of the defensive prospects (Dmitiry Orlov, Karl Alzner, John Carlson) without a whole, whole lot in return.

Posted by: breaklance | January 27, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

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