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Sloan Reassigned; Stajan Out

With Mike Green and Jeff Schultz set to return tonight, the Caps have reassigned Tyler Sloan to Hershey, I'm told. I suspected something was up when he walked out of KCI this morning carrying a box. Now it's official.

Also, Toronto's No. 1 center Matt Stajan is out at least a week after suffering an eye injury while playing soccer. Thanks to KuklasKorner for the heads up.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 28, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
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Posted by: even10 | December 28, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

OUCH! on Stajan's eye. Good for us, BAD for him. Dang!

But we get Green -and- Schultz back? That should be good; hopefully, they will both play well tonight. *fingers crossed!*

Posted by: irockthered | December 28, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising especially with how Collins has played with Morrisonn, can see Green with Schultz and Collins staying with Mo, and of course Alzner/Jurcina. Looking forward to seeing that #11 go up in a few short hours.

Posted by: BBDwrestling | December 28, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Defense Obersturmbanfuhrer Schultz and LamboGreenie are back... Awesome!

Posted by: CodePoetry | December 28, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

How to say "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch" in Russian from ESPN:

Of his 50 visits, Smith recalls a memorable, whirlwind trip that included stops in the Czech Republic, Moscow and Siberia. He jokes it was like being John Candy in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles": two days on a plane, two days on a train, two days in a hotel. On that trip, Goals & Dreams delivered 350 sets of equipment. On the last leg of the trip to Penza, about 400 miles outside Moscow, Smith met one of the many organizers with whom he would develop a friendship that transcends the program.

Rashid Davydov, a former Russian league netminder, asked Smith when he could expect a bill for the equipment. Smith laughed. No bill would be forthcoming, he explained. Davydov remained skeptical. He told Smith of a Russian saying: "The free cheese is in the mousetrap only."

Smith insisted there was no trap, that this cheese was, indeed, free.

Posted by: CodePoetry | December 28, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Have 1 spare ticket in 426 if anyone wants to join me tonight

Posted by: Steve_R | December 28, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think I would rather see Sloan than Schultz. Sloan plays smartly, but also adds a physical edge that Schultz doesn't.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | December 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Collins is quickly becoming a factor here in DC. I like the way he plays. He seems to be getting a lot more comfortable... and he has a pretty good shot from the point.

Posted by: apva2 | December 28, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I, too would rather see Sloan than Schultz. Maybe all this time off for his finger will make him realize that there are other guys in Hershey that are ready now to take his spot on the ice.

I've been very impressed with the play of the Hershey players over all and several in particular. Sloan is one of the better ones.

And, AO. If it's any consolation, these drivers that form a roadblock tick most of us off, too.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 28, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Sloan did a decent job as a fill in, but he was getting a little flat footed lately.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 28, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

What are we going to do when Erskine and Poti are ready to come back? I'm not an Erskine hater, in fact i really like his grit, and his willingness to drop the gloves, but at the end of the day Alzner out played him, and you could make an argument that both Collins Sloan did too. He got that new contract (still can't figure that move out unless GMGM is planning on him being our enforcer which would be less than ideal) but it seems like if one player proves he should be in the line-up more so than another, then that's where he should be. I know there's the cap issue, but it really seems like it's in our best interest to keep Alzner here for as long as possible.

Posted by: dcfury | December 28, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

I, too, agree with Puckdawg and Greg. Sloan > Schultz on the blue line. Would have been better to send Schultz down to Hershey "for conditioning" purposes before returning to the Caps (due to any future Dmen injuries).

The "Pillow Man" returns!

Posted by: puckman | December 28, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sloan makes quite a few mistakes lately, that's why BB prefers Collins. Schultze is way better than Sloan, c'mon guys, he is top 4 guy, Sloan is not even close. And when did Sloan hit someone lately except his very first game? The other one was when he missed a guy and hurt himself going into the boards.

Posted by: CodePoetry | December 28, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Been a while since i have been back here ...I see your boy Semin is still out LOL He is taking up space that a good Canadain boy could fill!

Posted by: StanleyCup1907 | December 28, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Just because Schultz isn't the best hitter on the team doesn't mean he isn't plenty good at almost everything else. He's steady, makes smart plays, and is quite reliable. Would I like to see a 6 foot five NHL defenseman through his weight around a little more? Of corse I would. Do I hate people who ask questions in conversation, and then answer them? Hell yeah I do. But neither of these things mean taht Schultz is worse then Sloan.

Posted by: dcfury | December 28, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse


We are doing just fine without Semin in the line-up....ty......
Just make sure its "a while" more before you come back.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 28, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

No one probably remembers this, but after Collins played 3 games I posted here that once more of our D-men are healthy I'd keep Collins over Sloan. Seems BB agrees.

Reading that we should keep Sloan over Schultz made me chuckle. C'mon people, let's not exhibit our lack of hockey knowledge so dramatically. As CodePoetry rightly said Schulz is MUCH BETTER than Sloan.

What in the heck was Stajan doing playing soccer during the season? I thought it's in all pro athletes contracts that you can't play another sport, one you don't get paid to play, especially during the season.

Posted by: ranndino | December 28, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Schultz is much more steady and reliable than Sloan. Tyler had a good run, but it's time to go back where he belongs, which is the AHL. Sorry, but it's true. It's funny how some of you fall in love with a player for whatever reason and stop noticing when that player screws up. Same the other way around. Like that DCStanton1 dude who picks on every mistake Green makes and totally ignores 1001 things he does great. Sloan has made a lot of bad mistakes lately. NHL players are very smart. They have figured him out. He's been even getting beat on one a lot due to his limited skating ability. Not only Schultz is better, but so is Collins. Which is why Bruce kept Collins over Sloan.

Posted by: ranndino | December 28, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

@ ranndino

It was soccer "hacky sack" style. They were warming up at Kettler before their practice. Alot of the players do this for warm-up/get the blood flowing.

I agree with you, keep Collins over Sloan is a good move!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 28, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

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