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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/ 1/2010

Scott Hannan will watch in St. Louis, play in Dallas

By Katie Carrera

Some quick notes from the skate at Scottrade Center in St. Louis before the Q&A at 1 p.m.:

--Newly-acquired defenseman Scott Hannan won't play tonight and will instead watch the game up in the booth with assistant coach for video Blaine Forsythe and take in the Capitals' systems and style of play from the way they kill penalties to movements through the neutral zone. Coach Bruce Boudreau said he expects Hannan to play Thursday night in Dallas.

"We do things a little bit different, system wise and we play tomorrow night -- I'd like him to watch a game and see how it is," Boudreau said. "It's out of respect too for a couple of our guys who have played every game for us. Don't want to let them think that they're all of a sudden being cast aside because we got another defenseman."

--Boudreau said that for the time being the Capitals will carry eight defensemen, which he's previously acknowledged can be a tough juggling act often with one player not seeing much ice time. That player will most likely be Tyler Sloan, as Boudreau acknowledged.

Having the extra depth on defense definitely won't hurt, though, in case any of the lingering injuries that have bothered the Capitals blueliners this season flare up again.

"Right now we're still at 23 so I think a lot will depend on what if we injure two guys or things of that nature," Boudreau said. "You have almost the Steve Eminger effect where he didn't play much and I've talked to Tyler about it; he understands, he's got a great attitude he's a real hard worker. He knows that eventually he's going to get back in but he's got to stay sharp, that's his job. The NHL's a tough league, you're only allowed 23 spots -- he's got one of them and he's got to do whatever it takes to stay here."

--Everything seems to indicate that D.J. King will get to face his former squad tonight. Blues' tough guy Cam Janssen should be dressed for the game as well, so the two may may take the opportunity to tango.

David Steckel participated in the scratches skate along with Hannan and Sloan, so it looks like he'll be out among the forwards with King in.

--Another player facing his old organization tonight will be Stefan Della Rovere, who was recalled by the Blues this morning and could make his NHL debut against the Capitals, who drafted him.

--Semyon Varlamov was the first goaltender off the ice this morning and appears set to make his fourth consecutive start since returning to the Washington lineup on Nov. 22.

By Katie Carrera  | December 1, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  D.J. King, Scott Hannan, Semyon Varlamov, St. Louis Blues, Tyler Sloan  
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Just send Sloan down and bring up A. Gordon.

Thanks,

WTF

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | December 1, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Really did not want to part with SDR, especially for what King has provided thus far. Having said that, King does serve a purpose, for games like these .... let's hope he earns his paycheck.

Posted by: MFepelst | December 1, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

i feel bad for Michal Neuvirth...i mean he haven't play in what will be 4 games now? I'm guessing Varly is hot right now and BB is going with him but we can't just take Neuvy out of the picture because he is our MVP so far this season.

Posted by: ttn703 | December 1, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

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

I agree that those players, and most players, are tradeable in the right deals.

However, I do not believe that MJ or Alzer are tradeable for a RENTAL player such as Brad Richards.

If Alzner or MJ were a part of a deal for a full-time player expected to be on the Caps for a few years, then they are considered tradeable assets.

On the Richards deal, I think it would cost about Fehr, a good prospect(maybe Eakin), and a 1st to get Richards.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

ttn703,

I think Neuvy is nursing a slight groion pull and Varly is hot. As long as Varly is hot it doesn't hurt to rest him until he is 100%.

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

My guess is that Neuvy, if capable, plays tomorrow. There is also no need to stress Varly and have him playing in back-to-back nights.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Each goaltender was going to play these next two games since they games on consecutive nights. For same reasoning the Blues called up SDR and that King is playing tonight is why I am sure Bruce went with Varly tonight. It gives him extra motivation and some redemption in facing Halak tonight.

Posted by: 104_CapsFan | December 1, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Well, this post answered a ton of questions. Only a matter of time for Sloan, though.

Don't feel bad for Neuvy. He's been injured, and he'll play tomorrow night -- it was one or the other.

Looking forward to seeing SDR tonight.

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

I just listened to the video chat and the editors certainly screened out just about anything unrelated to the trade. I submitted a question about DJ King and it was apparently not submitted to Katie for an answer because she said quite quickly that there were no other questions. Nice.

Posted by: 1995hoo | December 1, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

someone needs to run Halak..send a message..."not this time Jaro."

Posted by: SA-Town | December 1, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Regarding SDR. Remember a couple of years ago when Sean Collins got some games for the Caps? How many games has he gotten since then? SDR might be skating tonight because the Blues dressing room looks like a MASH ward. Don't read too much into it.

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

I don't get why they sit Steckel. When you've got the best faceoff guy in the league, there are situations in every game where he would be very helpful.

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

I don't get why they sit Steckel. When you've got the best faceoff guy in the league, there are situations in every game where he would be very helpful.

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

Richards is unapproachable for quite awhile. Even if you swap Fehr to get him, they have like a 4.8 cap delta and we have only about 1.6 in space (fully accounting for Alzner's bonus).

This means if you do the math that the season has to be about 2/3rds complete before it will fit under the cap.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 1, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1:
someone mentioned that near the trade deadline is when we could take on a contract of Richards size and be fine under the cap. I don't understand why people are thinking that we will! We'd have to give up way more than he's worth as a rental.

And even hypothetically if we tried to resign him... who do you sacrifice by resigning him to 6, 7, or 8 mil a season? Johansson, Fehr, Semin, Carlson, Alzner, Varly?

it's just not worth it in my opinion. Too much turnover and the org philosophy is to add pieces as they come available. Richards is too costly!

Posted by: FrankM73 | December 1, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

Yes, Richards would only be possible as a deadline deal. So if Dalllas wants to ship him away earlier, the Caps won't be able to get him.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@Steve_R
So you are saying they have a "Klinger" in the locker room?

@Stu_c
For a better understanding of Steckel's amazing faceoff prowess and his scratch tonight, check out a YouTube vid of the final 10 seconds against Carolina on Sunday. K thanks. =)

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

@Stu_c

b/c thats ALL he is good at...he can play well on ocassion, but you have to keep him hungry or he gets soft and lazy.

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

instead of trading for Hannan, couldn't we have coaxed Ken Daneyko out of retirement??

Posted by: vermontcaps | December 1, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm with WTF. Bring on A. Gordon!

Posted by: griz0615 | December 1, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@ttn703. Neuvy is still not 100% with his groin. I watched him before the TB game in warmups and he didn't go down once until the very end for the rebound game and then as soon as they scored he left the ice. I also was at the practice Saturday and he was going down some but still did not look comfortable moving from side to side. I also wouldn't be surprised if he played Thursday so Varly isn't playing back to back games if he feels he can.

Posted by: icehammer97 | December 1, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Having Hannan sit with the video consultant is a good move. Why? First of all Erskine is doing fine. Second of all, this will let Hannan sit back and watch the Caps system with one of the guys that compiles footage for the coaches to use as training points.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 1, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think it is a bit weird that they are having an 11 year veteran dman watch a game because you "do things a bit different?" He played for San Jose for crying out loud who were a high scoring juggernaut themselves during his stint there. Seems he should be able to step right in, just find it kind of weird.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Regarding some Caps fans desire for a solid 2nd line Center via trade...

here's a list of Centers that might be available:

C-Jason Arnott, $4.5, 1 yr, NMC, 36yo, 6'5", 235lbs, on pace for 27G, 13A, 40Pts, -20, 47PIM, 54Hits, 15:45ATOI
C-Tim Connelly, $4.5, 1 yr, 29yo, 6'1", 190lbs, on pace for 17G, 28A, 45Pts, -30, 28PIM, 43Hits, 17:08ATOI
C-RJ Umberger, $3.75, 2 yrs, 28yo, 6'2", 219lbs, on pace for 29G, 33A, 62Pts, +30, 89PIM, 85 Hits, 18:43ATOI
C-Jarret Stoll, $3.6, 2 yrs, 28yo, 6'1", 215lbs, on pace for 24G, 35A, 59Pts, +25, 42PIM, 135Hits, 17:20ATOI
C-Mike Fished, $4.2, 3 yrs, NMC, 30yo, 6'1", 210lbs, on pace for 22G, 13A, 35Pts, -30, 49PIM, 111Hits, 18:06ATOI

another player I'd love to have on for veteran leadership and his play is:
LW-Steve Sullivan, $7.5, 1 yr, NMC, 36, 5'8", 161lbs, on pace for 82GP, 21G, 24A, 45Pts, +11, 64PIM, 39Hits, 18:05ATOI

Posted by: FrankM73 | December 1, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Judging from YouTube (Scott Hannan Post-Game Interview from 2007 playoffs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4jRCPSlH7Y), Hannan's favorite phrase is "you know," which he says about 27 times during that interview. So get used to it. :-)


What I want to know is this: What if the word "like" (as in "like, totally!") and the phrase "you know" were eliminated from everyone's vocabulary?

Could anybody like, y'know, talk to anyone?

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 1, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@fanohock,

Plus Sloan can teach him the correct way to eat Esskay's and nachos!

I still think it's a strange move though.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

I dunno...I think the Caps do play a pretty unique style. Why not let him settle a little...you wawnt him to have a good first game.

Also I know they are professionals and all, but getting the call,goingt straight onto a plane, meeting a new team, and then playing with that new team all in about 36hrs. seems like a lot.

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I said earlier on the Hannan sitting tonight, its not a big deal. But I would have played him based on the fact he plays against the Western teams and has a better knowledge on how to play them then any of our current D corps. We will see him against the Stars though so no big deal.

Posted by: ThePat | December 1, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if Hannan has a family...I imagine it is really hard for a wife and kids having to move on such short notice.

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

Seems I am in the minority here so you may very well be correct. I really do not recall this happening with any of the other recent pickups the last couple years. Of course I do not remember the time periods those players such as Federov, Cooke, ChimChim, etc had before their first game.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 2:27 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


@griz0615:

LMAO.

Seriously, not a lot of coices there, though:

11 Not in use, so maybe...
22 Knubs
33 Not in use.
44 Fahey
55 Schultz
66 I Hate Mario. Always have. Always will, so any Caps player should sooner wear #666 before they don #66...
77 Worn by Oates (wasn't he a Selke finalist once?) and Ray Bourque, Currently worn by Jake Hauswirth (Bears?), so maybe a good choice...
88 Please don't jinx this sturdy guy with china doll Lindros' number...
99 is retired League-wide (Gretzky)

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Capscoach,

Google says he got married in 2008 but doesn't mention any children.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Nah, the only hard part is learning the names. But thats why their are numbers on the jersey.

Hannan: Hey you there, 89, grab me a hot dog too please.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 1, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

it sounded like he does have kids through the videos from today's morning skate, and yes he is married.

Posted by: ThePat | December 1, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Rhino,

I do believe 11 is retired and hanging from the rafters ala Mr Gartner.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

capscoach,

Further reserach shows one child born Jan of this year......so this will be a tough transition with a baby in tow.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I imagine it is really hard for a wife and kids having to move on such short notice.

Posted by: capscoach | December 1, 2010 2:26 PM

Even harder when you have to turn around and do it again a month later heading to Phoenix. =) ZING

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | December 1, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@ SAOTI - here is a better video to watch regarding Steckels prowess:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3HO6k50IR8&feature=fvw

has nothing to do with face-offs, but still fun to watch.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | December 1, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Varly = BIG Presence, Athletic, Menancing
Neuvirth = Plays SMALL, Technical, Pussy Cat

Such different styles, but both are good for 925 and 2.50.

Can't fault BB for loving how Varly plays - he is our #1 goalie.

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | December 1, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

You are correct. My Bad.

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 1, 2010 2:42 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


@griz0615:

LMAO.

Seriously, not a lot of coices there, though:

11 Not in use, so maybe...

Posted by: Rhino40 | December 1, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

first of all, Hannan is not a palindrome. Hannah is a palindrome.

Second of all, 11 isn't in use because it's in the rafters. Mike Gartner's name sound familiar?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | December 1, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I find how Zetterberg reacts to the All-Star game to be awesome.

http://www.freep.com/article/20101201/SPORTS05/101201034/1354/sports/Z-has-fun-with-writers-campaign

It's hard not to like and respect the guy.

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Someone earlier mentioned centers who could be available...I vote for Umberger.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 1, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

hannan will wear 23

Posted by: pwaiter | December 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who doesn't like Zetterberg, doesn't like hockey, regardless of what your favorite team is. That guy is the definition of hockey.

Posted by: LloydChristmas | December 1, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I second tominsocal's motion.....get on it GMGM!!

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

This has to do with Derek Anderson laughing in the Monday Night Football game, but the very same thing could've been used regarding Ovie laughing with Kovy. It's a good, short read.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/jeff_pearlman/12/01/derek.anderson/index.html?eref=sihp

Posted by: sgm3 | December 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal- While Umberger would be a great acquisition for our 2C, I think his comments about the Caps style of play will preclude that from happening.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | December 1, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

@sgm3 >

agreed. I do think if Kuznetsov or Eakin or Galiev look VERY good, MJ is very tradeable. I like the kid, I think he could even be a pretty serious player in this league (much more than a checker) but so can those other three. Fact is, playing in the NHL now makes him a bigger chip to play.

@wtf, griz - yes bring on A. Gordon, why not?


Posted by: RedLitYogi | December 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

So, question for everyone.......Would you do Schultz/prospect for Umberger? I know the Jackets have been playing pretty well but how strong are they on D? Secondly, how much cap would that leave to pick up another cheaper type dman so Sloan never sees the ice again other than maybe on the Zamboni.

Posted by: PhilR | December 1, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Maybe letting Hannan sit a game is the result of the Joe Corvo debacle. Whatever. If the Caps have the luxury of allowing the new guy to watch for a game instead of being thrown right into the fire, I think it's silly not to take that opportunity.

McPhee says that Hannan will wear #23 (Milan Jurcina's old number).

Hannan isn't really a palindrome, the last letter would have to be H for that to be true.

@tominsocal1: I don't see Umberger ever coming to the Caps willingly, and I doubt the Caps would be interested. The Caps pay attention to the chemistry in the dressing room, and I can't imagine a guy who said what Umberger did ever really being made welcome.

McPhee may not always say what the fans want to hear or think he should say, but I think he gets it better than many here believe.

Posted by: kittypawz | December 1, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR- Not unless the Caps change their style of play, which I don't see happening in the immediate future. I think Umberger is a really good player but his comments about the way we play make him a non option IMO.

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

I think getting a guy like Umberger would be great. For one thing, it seems like we ARE changing our style of play. For another, if you can't beat em, join em. What he said needed to be said maybe.

Schultz and a prospect? Maybe a good move, excpet once again Sloan would be #7. Instead, Eakin for Umberger you might consider. They're similar style players.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | December 1, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

After being scratched for countless games King will now be under the Caps fan microscope. God forbid he doesn't knock out Cam Janssen or misses a pass... ANY player needs time to adjust when coming into the lineup so please keep that in mind.

I'm telling you (the same as I did when defending Erskine) this guy is an impact player. Not on the scoreboard but he makes the entire team tougher, keeps Bradley from taking a beating and provides energy/momentum when the team needs it. BB just needs to give King a f'ing chance. I've watched King for years and there are very few enforcers that are as well rounded as him.

It figures I'm stuck in a hotel when King finally gets a jersey, I MAY be able to pick up the game online. If not I have the DVR set :)

Go King, Go Caps!!!

Posted by: FLDave | December 1, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

@tom- As far as our style of play, I think our PK has made an obvious change to their approach and with good results but our overall style is still a 'run n gun' which is what Umberger seemed to have a problem with. I personally think his comments were just sour grapes at the time, but once he put them out there he sort of painted himself in a corner.

Posted by: FunkyGloveFacewash | December 1, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say exactly what @tominsocal1 said. For the people that havent noticed the style has changed. Even GMGM acknowledges that in his press conference saying they realized last year you cant just get it done trying to outscore everyone and they have had to change the style they play.

They are trying to be good enough so they can win at any style of play. So the style and system have all been changed, maybe its just a slight change, but its definitely not last years style being played. Sometimes last year's style shows up but from the sounds of it they dont really want it to very often.

Posted by: ThePat | December 1, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Someone said, just send down Sloan.
Sloan is already injured*
The players he is refering to were Alzner, Poti and Erskine.

Also, I wouldn't feel that bad for Nuevirth, he is not %100 recovered from an injury, and he will soon get back into the regular rotation.

Posted by: capsfan42 | December 1, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

That pisses me off about Steckel being out for King. #1 waive King or #2 Fehr should be sitting, what has he done lately!?! Steckel is #1 FO man in the NHL.

Posted by: 30yrcapsfan | December 1, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

That pisses me off about Steckel being out for King. #1 waive King or #2 Fehr should be sitting, what has he done lately!?! Steckel is #1 FO man in the NHL.
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Steckel should be sitting out for losing CLEANLY the only draw that mattered the other night against the Canes with 7 seconds in regulation.

Posted by: joek443 | December 1, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

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