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Sloan Recalled

Tyler Sloan was recalled after Hershey's loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton today, and the defenseman will join the Caps on their road trip to Calgary, Phoenix and Dallas later this week.

I'll get Bruce Boudreau's thoughts on the move after tomorrow morning's practice, but it could mean Tom Poti (groin) won't be ready for the start of the trip and/or that Sergei Fedorov is going back up front. Fedorov made a great pass to Alexander Semin on the Caps' first goal against the Devils but he wasn't so hot back there the rest of the game (by his own lofty standards, at least).

That said, Sloan, 27, has yet to appear in an NHL game, so we'll see. The recall also makes sense from a logistical standpoint -- Calgary, Phoenix and Dallas are a long way from Harrisburg International Airport.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 19, 2008; 9:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

sloan sucks....they should have brought up Alzner or lepisto as they are in the orgs future..why not play Alzner in CALGARY?where he's from?

Posted by: capsfan98 | October 19, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Sloan is up here to play any games. He's up here just in case somebody else gets hurt. I bet Feds stays back on Defense.

Posted by: Tyler | October 19, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

Sloan is from Calgary too. Too bad that Poti might not be ready.

Posted by: Mary | October 19, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sloan?? Who? No worries, Jurcina will just pick up more ice time! :)

Posted by: Jaymagz | October 19, 2008 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I dont understand why sloan over lepisto and Alzner...

Posted by: Shwedick | October 19, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Sloan's the cheapest call-up, I'm betting. Alzner is the most expensive, and I'm betting that Lepisto, though cheaper, is leaps and bounds more expensive than Sloan. But good for him, I'll cheer for him if he gets into the game.

Posted by: Drinking Partner | October 19, 2008 11:30 PM | Report abuse

That is a curious choice, though. There's no way Alzner is coming up now unless Poti goes LTIR, and we won't know for awhile on that score. Collins, Godfrey and Pokulok are at 850K which would be over our cap limit. There's no salary cap room for any of them right now.

Lepisto is an option at 700K, but if they're trying to build room for Alzner or Godfrey et al for later in the season, that doesn't build it very quickly.

So why not McNeil or Dovgan? At 500K, they're only a little more expensive than Sloan, and they seemed tolerable on the ice.

I frankly can't remember Sloan at all. That could be a good thing, though. If he's the stay at home type D-man, he could be useful. He's 6'3", 190. Not a lot of points. Maybe that's his bag - to tend to the house.

Posted by: Greg S. | October 20, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

I think he's there for insurance, in case someone gets hurt on the 3 game road trip.

Posted by: Thomas | October 20, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I think Thomas has it right. Sloan is big, can be nasty, and hits hard. He's one of the guys that Bruce wanted to reward for a good camp, I'm thinking. If you remember, last year they called up Sloan to practice with the team during the playoffs.. probably in case Mo's several injuries got to be too much for him (though we didn't know this at the time).

Posted by: Jordan | October 20, 2008 1:47 AM | Report abuse

Sloan's puckhandling behind our net in one of the preseason games was atrocious.

If he's here as a security measure and sits on the bench from the start, I understand not calling up Lepisto or Alzner. If he gets right into the Calgary game, I'll be scratching my head.

Posted by: keef | October 20, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Sloan?

What?

Sloan...?

Posted by: JSchon | October 20, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

well good luck with Sloan he gives the puck away alot.He gets out worked along the boards, and takes dumb penalty's. I am not a fan of him and I see him play in all the Bears home games and my girlfriend and I are unimpressed with him.

Posted by: Chad | October 20, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Is Sloan tough enough to be insurance if Brash can't play because of his hand? I definitely don't see Lepisto or Alzner in that role.

Posted by: RinkRaith | October 20, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Well, this should be interesting. I would have to agree with those who say Sloan is a cheap insurance policy. He may not have been great during pre-season, but he did play well in the rookie game(s). Fingers crossed!

Riddler:
Yes, juicey rumors ruined before they even had a chance to get started - party pooper! :-P

Greg:
You're right - maybe I better not go the sir route ... ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 8:45 AM | Report abuse

RinkRaith:
I 'think' Sloan is fairly tough, but McNeill would have been better for that role.

Posted by: Boo! | October 20, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Sloan is solid on defense. he isn't going to score many points but he is a big stay at home defensemen. And he impressed during Camp with the Capitals and this is as much a reward as it is useful. The cap is coming into play here more than anything.

And to the person who said Godfrey could be called up later this year.....he can't even break the lineup in hershey regularly.

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Posted by: Greg | October 20, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Steinblog has photos of the boys at RFK for those who are interested.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2008/10/morning_look_capitals_invade_f.html#more

Posted by: Section 117 | October 20, 2008 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Sloan...

Alzner would have been better, but I understand the money issue. I guess that puts Sloan on the same list as Theodore for me:

Show me you can do it.

Posted by: bubblegirl1 | October 20, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Sloan is gonna sit in the pressbox the whole trip, as long as no one gets hurt (forward or blue-liner). I more pro-Karl than anyone. But I (and GMGM) wanna see him getting minutes, not sitting in a suit. He is gonna get minutes in hershey. The "cap space" considerations are valid too of course. But if a d-man goes on IR for any length of time, they will make room for Alzner in the top 6 somehow.

Posted by: galu | October 20, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Dump Kozzy love and JT and we don't have a cap problem.

Right Jimbob from Lancaster?

Posted by: JT's Swiss Cheese Factory | October 20, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

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