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Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Live Caps Q&A: Today, 1 p.m.

By Washington Post sports editors

Join beat writer Katie Carrera from St. Louis, where she'll answer questions about tonight's game against the Blues and yesterday's trade that sent forward Tomas Fleischmann to Colorado for defenseman Scott Hannan.

Click here to submit questions. The chat begins at 1 p.m.

(Hannan, by the way, will sit out tonight's game and play tomorrow in Dallas, Coach Bruce Boudreau said this morning.)

By Washington Post sports editors  | December 1, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Scott Hannan, St. Louis Blues  
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Comments

Hmm ok, so I am predicting 5 questions will be fielded...

1) What are your thoughts on the Flush for Hannan trade?

2) With the addition of a d-man, who is the odd man out most likely?

3) Any word on (insert injured player).

4) Why is ice cold?

5) Was the crowd saying "boo" or "boo-urns"? In which Hans Moleman will reply, "I was saying Boo-urns."

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 1, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

looks like we may see SDR in his first nhl game tonight. and DJK against his old team

Posted by: _stevo | December 1, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

BTW, it's nice to see the King of the Dark Siders has reoccupied his throne.

I don't know, maybe wtf_e_fehr has more info, but my guess is he had three beers one night and it took him this long to recover.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 1, 2010 10:59 AM

Yes Tom, I believe his doctor just cleared him to post yesterday, declaring that he was finally sober.

The guy really needs to slow down, I mean, a man has to know his limitations.

TWO BEERS! THATS IT!

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 1, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Ok, where was this cstanton sighting? I can not seem to find it!!

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I thought SDR was still soooooo many season away according to some posters on here, apparently the Blues do not think so! That was a useless trade but since you couldn't see Hendricks in the future I guess it was ok at the time.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | December 1, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Only a certain few thought he was a few seasons away and those were the people just trying to find a reason to justify an unnecessary move. Like cstanton mentioned the Caps are better off waiving King and bringing up Pinner, who theyd use more frequently.

Posted by: ThePat | December 1, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

SDR hasn't played a game yet and you are already calling him a huge success. He was called up due to the massive amount of injuries St. Louis has suffered lately.

While King hasn't done much so far, SDR has done nothing. He is a future 3rd or 4th liner, IF he makes it to the NHL for an extended period of time.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Question:

I heard the Caps were looking to Trade Mike Green and Tyler Sloan to Nashville for Shea Weber, but Nashville turned it down because Sloan was in the deal. Is this true?

Question:

With Fleishman out of the way, when will Fehr be dealt?

Question:

Will you bring up A. Gordon so he can fail even worse than A. Giroux did in the NHL so all these "fans" will stop whining on this board?

Question:

When will you suit B. Gordon up in FULL Kevlar equipment so he won't get hurt?

Posted by: SoaringCaps | December 1, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

ahh a cstanton sighting, good to get him back....also in that thread, vermontcaps you are not the only lumberjack supporter on here

Posted by: _stevo | December 1, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I would sit Hannan tonight for a couple of reasons..... to let him get a look at our system and also because John 4skine gives us a tougher lineup vs the Blues who can be rather goonish.

Posted by: griz0615 | December 1, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

I fault Fehr for lack of production but I don't see a trade in the works. Unlike Flash, Fehr is not soft. He can fight for position, check, and he will score (his last one was a beauty).

Posted by: Justafan | December 1, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Hannan is a palindrome. What number will he wear? 77, 88? Something that is the same forwards as it is backwards, I assume. (kidding, of course)

Posted by: griz0615 | December 1, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter when Hannan plays.

It's only one or two games...it's not like we need them to make the playoffs.

B. Gordon should step into the third line spot.

M. Johannson should be the second spot center.

Steckel the Fourth.

We are still pretty stacked.

BTW... I would trade Fehr, and 2 first rounders for Brad Richards. I would even throw in a Matty P. as well.

Richards would be absolutely sick on PK and second line centers...

And best of all...he's not a soft Euro...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | December 1, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Except its not :-p

Posted by: griz0615 | December 1, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I think King will get a few games before they decide to call up A Gordo. We haven't really gotten a chance to see if he can skate yet.

I think Poti and Erskine will rotate in and out...Poti gets injured a lot, so it's not like Erskine won't get a chance...and all the better if those two have to compete for a spot...it's called motivation!

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

sgm,

Take another look at my post and explain to me where I said that SDR is a "huge success?" I simply stated that there were posters on here that were saying he was years away from suiting up, well guess what? You were wrong again!!

Pat,

I know it wasn't eveyone and only a few, I just like to push the buttons of those few and it looks as if I was successful with at least one of them!

good to see cstanton back as well, the guy gives well analyzed posts and was missed around here.

Vermontcaps,

You certainly are not the only Ersk fan on this blog, I am sporting the erskstache as we speak! I would be very happy to see a trade of Poti for another solid D or even Schultz for the right player.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Ovie-Backs-Semin
Knubs-MaJo-Fehr
ChimChim-Laich-Hendricks
BFV-(Stecks/Gordo)-King

That's my bet tonight.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

B. Gordon should step into the third line spot.

M. Johannson should be the second spot center.

Steckel the Fourth.

We are still pretty stacked.

BTW... I would trade Fehr, and 2 first rounders for Brad Richards. I would even throw in a Matty P. as well.

Richards would be absolutely sick on PK and second line centers...

And best of all...he's not a soft Euro...

Posted by: SoaringCaps |

Except for the idiotic Euro commentclearly done to get a rise out of people, I actually agree with this.

I like Fehr and like his role on the team, but if Fehr, a decent prospect such as MP(it may take a better prospect though), and a few high picks can get Richards, I think I would be for it.

Richards as a #2 Center would be huge.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@_stevo

what can be done for people here to see the light concerning Erskine? I think he's awesome, but he'll be scratched consistently starting tomorrow....i'm sure BB will throw him a game if we play the flyers or bruins, but basically he'll be treated like King this year once Hannan gets acclimated....what a SHAME

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 1, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

and all the better if those two (Poti and Erskine) have to compete for a spot...it's called motivation!

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree, lets let shultz and alzner get a little motivation in the press box once in awhile

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 1, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"I simply stated that there were posters on here that were saying he was years away from suiting up, well guess what? You were wrong again!!"

@PhilR

No, I said he was a few years away from suiting up with the Caps. Now that he is on a team with less depth at forward, and numerous injuries at forward, he was called up. A game or two, in my book, does not mean you necessarily ready to be on the full-time roster.

He is an injury call, just as was Brian Fahey. Who cares? He didn't make the opening roster(as predicted) and will not be on the Blues roster when their players get healthy.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@philR

you just made my day with your comment on Erskine....time to go instruct some 9th graders, have a good day all.....GO CAPS!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 1, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

but who would want Poti?

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Normally sgm3 will not admit when he is wrong, this is true. However, in this instance, sgm3 did say back in the day...that SDR was a a few years away at best for the Caps. He did mention that he may crack the line up sooner on a team with less depth. Or in this case, and injury depleted Blues.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 1, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

don't worry, erskine will be scratched some but between green and poti's injuries...he'll be in there a bunch

word on the street is sloan is going to be waived to bring up Perrault (possibly Agordon), but I don't think we'll see this until sloan gets off IR and until they give DJK a decent shot

Posted by: _stevo | December 1, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3

He might not be, but what if he plays awesome. You have no clue what hes going to do so stop making assumptions. DJ King has literally brought nothing to this team on the ice so far. He gets on the ice and all he does is try to find a fight rather than play hockey. The only reason he is in the lineup tonight is bc its St Louis. And that might be the only reason SDR got called up is bc its Washington and he has extra motivation. SDR brings a more complete game to a team than DJ King does regardless of who is and who isnt on a full time NHL roster.

Posted by: ThePat | December 1, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

sgm,

You are absolutely wrong on more than one occassion on this blog but noone has ever heard you admit it. Just once it would be nice for you to eat a little humble pie and admit when your stats have let youj down. Just a little friendly advice as your arrogance of feeling you are always correct is really getting stale.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

My [somewhat revised] take on Richards, in response to a previous poster:

"Let McPhee do his job and we will be fine"
-------------

One playoff win in however many years - well, sorry if some are starting to get a little impatient.

Oh yeah - and while I don't think Brad Richards is the player he once was [and that conn smythe could have easily gone to MSL, Pavel Kuba/ina [talk about an all-around, physical d-man!], Vinny, or Fedetenko - and should absolutely have gone to Khabibulin, and the guy's rarely been a plus player] - I don't necessarily agree all of those guys [MJ, Alzner, Fehr, Schultz, Eakin] are untouchable. Carlson, hell yes, Varly, yes - but I don't know that I agree about all of those others.

But it would certainly take way more than just Fehr + a 1st for Dal to make that deal, IMO.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | December 1, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

@_steveo

I think the Caps will keep Sloan up as the 8th D-man/14th forward. He does fit that role well and is useful if a couple of injuries occur that limit the forwards for 1 game. If a forward was gone for multiple games they can recall MP or Beagle and Sloan would remain at 14th forward/8th D-man.

The versatility of Sloan is helpful as the 23rd man on the team.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

You may have a point there, I don't see teams busting down the doors to get Poti that is for sure. I think putting Schultz in a package with a prospect and pick would get you a very good return however.

Not Schultz bashing here, actually he is ok in my eyes.....I just don't see a market for Poti and Carlson/Alzner/Green are untouchable in GMGM's eyes I believe. Of those three I would trade Alzner though if push came to shove.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat

You are right, if SDR plays awesome there is a chance he could stick. The same goes for any player called up by any team.

So I will amend my statement to:

He is an injury call-up, just as was Brian Fahey. Who cares? He didn't make the opening roster(as predicted) and will MOST LIKELY not be on the Blues roster when their players get healthy.

All good now?

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Why in the heck would you leave 8 dmen up here when two would sit in the press box every night? Makes absolutely no sense, Sloan will be waived shortly and a forward from Hershey will be recalled. Then if a dman gets hurt they either recall Sloan or Fahey.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

@ thought SDR was still soooooo many season away according to some posters on here, apparently the Blues do not think so! That was a useless trade but since you couldn't see Hendricks in the future I guess it was ok at the time.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 11:54 AM

Just beacause they bring him up to play in his first NHL game doesn't necessarly mean he is "ready for the show"......How many times have we given a young guy a "taste" of the big leagues??

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | December 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

You have 23 guys on the roster. You have 3 scratches. One will be a D-man, one will be a forward, so the other will either be a 2nd D-man or a 2nd forward. So either way you are scratching two players at one position.

With Sloan, as the 3rd scratch, he can be a forward/D-man for emergency situations(he played some forward with the Caps). Then you can always recall when necessary.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Versatility of Sloan??!! Really??!! The guy has been disasterous on d this season, Fahey is a better choice than he is and there are probably a half dozen better options at forward as well. Geeeeeez!

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

New post BTW

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The Hannan acquisition gives us depth on D, and Flash takes away one at F. I sure hope that Sloan moves to add another forward from the Bears.

Someone else can chime in on what waiver implications and possible cap implications there are.

Posted by: Justafan | December 1, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

"Why in the heck would you leave 8 dmen up here when two would sit in the press box every night? Makes absolutely no sense"
Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 12:48 PM

True. And, more significantly, why would you allow that 8th d-man to work against your cap when you might need those $$ at the trade deadline? Then there is the fact that Hershey could really use the help right now. No, this team will not be keeping 8 d-men when all are healthy.

Posted by: Wiley_One1 | December 1, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

@soaringcaps >

LMAO! Thanks for that one...(Damn, I love Greenie but I'm make that trade four times and have two Webers on each of the top two pairings...)

@sgm3 - if you find your "arrogance of opinion" getting stale, try putting it in the microwave with a paper towel and some droplets of water. Heat for 30 seconds.Works great on bagels.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 1, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, and a hearty welcome back to the Lord of the Dark Ones. (Spoken as someone who smokes the Kool Aid, but doesn't inhale.)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 1, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3 - you know I'm kidding, btw (not about the bagels though)...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 1, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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