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Sunday Morning at KCI

Chris Clark and Tom Poti are both on the ice for practice; Alexander Semin is not. Clark, though, is not assigned to a forward line.

Both the Captain and Poti, so far, are participating fully, so I guess it's possible they could play at some point on the upcoming road trip. I'll have to check on their status after practice.

Here are the forward combos:

Ovechkin-Gordon-Kozlov
Backstrom-Nylander-Fleischmann
Pettinger-Steckel-Laich
Brashear-Sutherby-Bradley

Because of the structure of practice at the moment, it's impossible to tell what the 'D' pairings look like.

Update:Okay, here's what I know about the injured guys: Semin isn't going on the trip, but Coach Hanlon said he still doesn't think it's a "long term" injury; Poti is going and will be a game-time decision; Clark isn't going, but he's improving and said he could join the team at some point this week.

Update:Looks like Kolzig will get the start in Carolina and Johnson will start in Atlanta. Not sure about Ottawa.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 4, 2007; 11:41 AM ET
 
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I can't see how they can be in much of a good mood after their 2-8 record of late.
Tough game tomorrow and potentially a winless or losing 2 of 3 on this road trip. What is your sense, Tarik?
I also wonder why Ovie would even want to stay with the Caps in the future if this trend continues.

Posted by: kenhockey | November 4, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Someone mentioned in an earlier post that the Caps played really well against the Rangers and just had bad luck. But if they kept playing the way they were, they'd be in the playoffs...

Reality check time

The Caps are at 5 wins in 13 games, or 38.46%. Over an 83 game season, that comes to winning 32 games. Winning 32 games in a season wins you the right to pick first in the draft.

Exactly WHEN does the subject of management and coaching change get raised in the boardrooms???

Posted by: Greg S. | November 4, 2007 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to tell the Blog time keeper to set his clock back.....

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the blog time keeper overslept.

Posted by: Tarik | November 4, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

i hear it's a deep year for the draft...

Posted by: jim | November 4, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Reposting: Does anyone know where Dino Ciccarelli is today? I met him once when I worked at a toy store in Glen Burnie. He came in with family looking for a specific doll. Ran to my purse to pull out his card which he signed. LOVED Dino Ciccarelli!

Posted by: Meghan | November 4, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Meghan,

Last I heard Dino was a co-owner of the Sarnia Sting of the OHL. He was a favorite of mine too.

I remember Dino had a signing scheduled when he got traded to Detroit. He went ahead and did the signing anyway. Great guy.

Ah, I long for the days when the Caps actually won a few games and made the playoffs. :)

Posted by: John | November 4, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks John! Yeah, I saw a Ciccarelli game at the old Caps Center in @1990. We beat the Rangers.

Posted by: Meghan | November 4, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

kenhockey, ovie will stay because he will be a restricted free agent until 2011 under the terms of the deal he signed as a rookie. please stop wondering why he would stay because it's not his choice (if he wants to play in the NHL that is). the only way he's going to leave is if goes back to play in russia or the caps refuse to match another teams offer if no extension is agreed to prior to then. if the later happens, my season tickets, and a lot of others, will be sent back...and ted knows it.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | November 4, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

@Jim

Please tell me you're joking. If you're not, we might as well move into the AHL and give Hershey a run for their money. That's the only league this team with this coaching/GM staff can handle.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 4, 2007 1:38 PM | Report abuse

This has already been said, but it really should be said again...

OV is a fantastic player and he DOES make players on his line better. Clark had about 3 seasons worth of points last year when he was with OV (only points this year were with OV as well). If you say OV doesn't make other players better, then clearly you're opinion of Zubrus and Clark is way over the top. Zubrus has 0 goals this year with NJ. Zubrus in his 2 years with OV averaged .83 points per game. Since he left, he has averaged .44 points per game. A little under half a point less without OV.

Oh, and OV over his first two years was about 1.21 points per game, this year he is at 1.23.....so Zubrus was clearly a huge help.

Posted by: Rob | November 4, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

And this years draft is not that great ... the 2009 draft will be the one to shoot for. Steve Anthony and John Tavares will both be Crosby/Ovechkin type first rounders. Beyond that the depth is as good as it gets. A bunch of Finns/Swedes will add to the typical north american talent. If we keep losing, I'd start stockpiling 09 first round picks like my life depended on it. If we could add Tavares to OVs line, then you could see those two could combine for 160 goals.

I could deal with 2 losing seasons to get Anthony or Tavares (so long as we locked OV up for like 8 more years or something).

Posted by: Rob | November 4, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Has eminger been traded. He left practice with two bags of stuff, then made another trip for more stuff?

Whats happening there? Trade, conditioning stint with hershey?

Any info

Posted by: Eminger??? | November 4, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Why does Hanlon insist on keeping Backstrom on the wing with Nylander at center. Put one of those two centering Ovechkin and have the other centering the Kozlov line. We haven't been able to score all year, yet he has basically kept the same lines together. Split up Ovechkin and Kozlov and split up Backstrom and Nylander!! It's ok to change things up to see what works cause obviously these lines aren't working.

Posted by: fire hanlon | November 4, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I understand the rational for the top 2 lines, but I'd tweak 'em. -put Nylander or Backstrom at center with OV. Zubris's setup passes to OV are missed, Nylander could fill that void. And Backstrom at center with OV might accelerate Backstrom's development. And put Pettinger on the second line, he's shown he can score.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 4, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

@Tarik: I'm with Eminger??? two posts above. What's going on here? Did GMGM finally make a move? Please tell me we got something for him...

Posted by: Raber | November 4, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I kind of don't get it with Semin. When I played Lax in high school and college I had plenty of sprained ankles. You tape 'em up and you play. What's the big friggin' deal?

Posted by: Sapper | November 4, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

forgot to add name, 2 posts up.

Posted by: Hattrick23 | November 4, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Sapper ~ athletic shoes do not put a strain on the ankles the way ice skates do. Strain on sprain = no play.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

yes, it was sarcasm.

Posted by: jim | November 4, 2007 4:03 PM | Report abuse

weird mix of complaints about Seming: we need him back/ we'll complain about what he is doing to get back.

fortunately, Semin is better than a high school lacrose player. let the man do his job. he is not sicking out so he can avoid archiving data at the office or so he can watch the Gilligan's Island marathon.

i don't see it as beneficial to slander one of the best players on the team.

Posted by: jim | November 4, 2007 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wanda,
Your wrong. Skates support your ankle better than shoes. I have a feeling the Semin signing is going to go down as a bust. If it's not a long term injury as Hanlon says then why isn't he traveling w/ the team? Get on the ice and skate kid, even if it's practice. Or is he being kept off the ice to provide the latest line of excuses for Hanlon and GMGM. "WE CAN'T WIN W/OUT HIM?" He's one guy, where's the depth these guy's (Hanlon and GMGM) said they added during the off season. BRUTAL!

Posted by: Tape it up and Play | November 4, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Tape it up and Play ~ Yes, ice skates do support the ankles better than athletic shoes, but the strain on the ankles is greater with ice skates, no matter how tightly they are laced.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The severity of the sprain is obviously a factor,also. And remember, the ankle was reinjured.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I disagree, but it doesn't matter. He's still walking to the bank to cash that check!

Posted by: Tape it up and Play | November 4, 2007 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, on crutches.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 5:25 PM | Report abuse

No, Semin is not on crutches, I've seen him at the last two home games wearing a suit and walking without a limp. Maybe he sprained his wrist after signing that contract.

Posted by: n..n | November 4, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Good to see all the doctors here can diagnose he severity of Semins injury.

What about Eminger leaving Kettler with bags of stuff today. Has he been traded?

Posted by: Soft Euro | November 4, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

yea, what's the deal with eminger?

And why is Semin the team whipping boy? Semin is amazing, and it sucks he got injured, but it happens. Ankle injuries are the worst injuries you can get, and they take a very long time to heal properly. It's not a wrist or an ear or a rib, it's his ankle. Skating puts tremendous pressure on your ankle, and I just don't understand how everyone here can be so certain that he just doesn't want to play. OF COURSE HE WANTS TO PLAY, BUT HE IS INJURED!

Posted by: Rob | November 4, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Soft Euro ~ we must implore Tarik to answer question on status of Eminger.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Rob ~ Thank you for reiterating my above post.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Dino Ciccarelli - do you all remember that 4 on 1 break with that stripper in the limo - Sheehy, Scott Stevens, someone else, and Dino...they were all gone after that incident except Dino.

Posted by: powerplay | November 4, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Dino did open a dance club (Club 22) in Detroit just over a year ago. Here's the link with photo: http://www.macombdaily.com/stories/073006/loc_dino001.shtml

Posted by: Meghan | November 4, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

These line combos continue to frustrate and befuddle me.

Posted by: Trevor | November 4, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Meghan ~ Thanks for the link to Dino. I'm impressed that his hockey career spanned 19 years, including 4 years with the Red Wings. No mention of having been a Cap. We just can't catch a break.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news, Caps trade Eminger and 2008 first and second round picks for Bryan McCabe. GMGM also announced they would continue to pay Eminger's contract through 2009.

Posted by: Rob | November 4, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Just looking at Boyd Gordon centering the top line of the Caps says it all about this team/franchise/management. Joke.

Posted by: The Hammer | November 4, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Do know how to put this, but I'm still very upset over the fact that not one Cap stepped up to answer Coburn's hit on Nylander in the third.

It may have been a clean hit, but somebody needed to stand up and make it clear that it was not acceptable. Why the heck are Brashear, Bradley, Erskine, and Sutherby on the team?

There is something seriously wrong here..... and I am now convinced that it won't get better until some changes are made.

Posted by: noper | November 4, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

i wss more concerned about running into kolzig

Posted by: jim | November 4, 2007 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Why does this team not protect their own? COACHING. It's not a beer league, the players do what they are coached to do. They play when they are told, and sit when they are told.

Posted by: someone else who knows | November 4, 2007 7:49 PM | Report abuse

go skins go
oops... erm *cough* I meant go away Hanlon you suck

Posted by: mauree | November 4, 2007 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Who's passing around the silly pills tonight? It must be the time change.

Posted by: Wanda | November 4, 2007 8:16 PM | Report abuse

@Tape it up and play

30% of the power in a skater comes from the toes and pushing off after a stride. All the hacks in adult leagues who think they're good or great can be easily beaten if you simply push off with your toes. You have any idea what that does to an ankle that's sprained? No, you don't. Because you don't push off. Which is why at 52 I can still beat out the "kids" at 25 to the puck. Semin is a world class skater. Take 30% of his speed away, and he's perhaps average.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 4, 2007 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@Rob

Source, please? This looks interesting...

Posted by: Greg S. | November 4, 2007 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.
1st) I have no idea why responding to your post is necessary. You say enough on your own.
2nd) Are you playing in the C- adult league? And are you in the division with or w/out double runners?
3rd) Are you sure your success is not attributed to the JUICER purchased from QVC?

Posted by: Tape it up and Play | November 4, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.

It's on the Caps website. By the by, we also picked up Mike Rathje, $7.2MM over 2 years.

Posted by: Rob | November 4, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

@Tape it up and play: Frankly, I'm getting kind of sick of reading your comments about Semin as well as your comments directed at other people on the board. Your last post had no facts and was entirely derogatory comments towards Greg S (who has actually posted here a bunch).

Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, but the fact of the matter is that Semin will play when he feels like he can play. There is no benefit for him to sit out additional games - the team is suffering without him and you can bet he doesn't want to watch that anymore than we do.

Ankle sprains get worse every time you re-injure them, as it appears Semin has done at least once if not twice this season. You increase the chance of re-injuring the ankle if you try to go back before it's fully healed (taped or not). We'll see him on the ice as soon as he and the trainers are convinced he won't hurt it worse.

Posted by: Raber | November 4, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Tape it up and play,
Clearly you have never sprained an ankle and have definitely never tried ice skating with a sprained ankle. These things can be more painful and nagging then a break. From my experience and teammates experiences with spained ankles, it can take two months before you even think about playing on it...it can be even longer before you are full speed ahead...espeically for a player the style of Semin.

Posted by: Pat | November 4, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

@Rob: Well, there's the stay at home defenseman if that's true. Wonder what the pairings will be?

Posted by: Raber | November 4, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

...I've been bamboozled haven't I? The first one was actually believable - aside from McCabe's no trade clause, but Mike Rathje? @3.5 mil???? I mean come on :-P

Posted by: Raber | November 4, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

hahaha i bet some of you wish you had malkin instead of semin right about now and staal instead of backstrom

GO PENS GO! GO PENS GO! GO PENS GO!

Posted by: bwahahah sucks for u | November 4, 2007 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Rob, if you posted that nonsense on the Caps message boards you would be kicked off the board for inventing a trade rumor. Or maybe that is why you post that tripe here.

Posted by: Novaron | November 4, 2007 9:29 PM | Report abuse

@bwahaha: And we would've gladly taken those two if given the opportunity :-P

I'd still take OV over Crosby - I still remember his dive and then trying to talk back to Peter Forsberg... I also remember OV checking him to the ice when the pansy tried to spin around OV earlier this season.

Plus it's not like Pittsburgh is having a stellar year this season. The Pens are horrible 5 on 5 and good on the PP. They're average everywhere else.

Posted by: Raber | November 4, 2007 9:31 PM | Report abuse

bwahahah, well since Semin was drafted a year earlier than Malkin, a pretty dumb comparison. And I am perfectly happy with Ovechkin here in lieu of Malkin (although if the Pens had been able to draft Ovechkin they might not been able to draft Crosby). Also I do believe Jordan Staal was already picked by the Penguins when the Caps picked Backstrom.

Posted by: Novaron | November 4, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

folks, I haven't been informed of any move re: Eminger. That doesn't mean something hasn't happene. But I'm usually told when a move is made/about to be made.

Posted by: Tarik | November 4, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The bigger question going forward are should we have picked Kessel instead of Backstrom and Gagner instead of Alzner.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that in the long run GMGM made the right calls. In the short run (as in, right now) his calls don't look so good.

By the way, you can chalk up this 2-and-8 stretch to the curse of Scott Stevens... as long-time readers of these boards will remember it is my theory that the Caps are (and should be) cursed by the unconscionable decision to let him walk in '90.

It took the Red Sox 86 years to break their curse.. let's hope the Caps can overcome the Curse of Scott Stevens sooner.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | November 4, 2007 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Any reason why Ovie left practice so early? Is there an injury or does he just not feel the need to stay for an entire practice?

Posted by: CapsFan | November 4, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

@Oneal: So is NJ cursed by the retirement of Scotty then? It would seem to fit :-P

Posted by: Raber | November 4, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

weakness, rather than just pain, is an issue for sprained ankles.

Posted by: jim | November 4, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@ Raber - No way!

He retired from Jersey.. that's kosher. But to let him walk in the prime of his career is a move that might be stupid enough to bring about a legitimate curse.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | November 4, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin leaves practice early a lot. As you know, he plays lots of hard minutes.

Posted by: Tarik | November 4, 2007 10:49 PM | Report abuse

if they lost fighting for every inch of the ice, i could stomach it. but they only put forth about 20 minutes of effort on any given night...and, as a season ticket holder, that is hard to swallow. i don't buy the injury excuse at all. every team in the league has to cope with injuries, defections and loss of talent. that's where coaches make the difference. but i guess not in our case.

Posted by: disappointed in dc | November 4, 2007 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Letting Stevens go was vintage Pollin. His cheapness started an entire round of salary increases. The sad part is that Pollin always wound up paying. The problem was he wound up paying more and getting less.

FWIW, this is not the curse of Scott Stevens. It is a direct result of Pollin selling his soul to the devil to win the 78 NBA championship on the cheap. It will take still more years and incredible, but as yet undefined circumstances, for any team presently or formerly associated with Pollin to win anything.

Posted by: Old Bob | November 4, 2007 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else have issue with Kolzig starting against Carolina? Don't get me wrong, I love Olie as much as the next guy/girl, but the last 2 games haven't been his greatest. Johnson should get the start. I'm really not liking Hanlon's decisions as of late.

Posted by: SLM | November 4, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

By the way, from earlier posts...I thought the ridiculousness of my comments about Rathje/McCabe/Eminger was fairly obvious that I was not serious.

And if you would take McCabe, you defintely need to get the Center Ice package. He is attrocious (scratched in 5 games). And Rathje was the worst player in the NHL last year, probably the reason why no team has even offered him the league minimum. That includes the ECHL.

Posted by: Rob | November 5, 2007 12:08 AM | Report abuse

And by the way, if I recall correctly, Scott Stevens and Dino Ciccarelli were accused of sexually assaulting a 17 year old girl in Georgetown in 1990 (maybe 1989), which had a lot to do with getting rid of them. Not great publicity to have a D.C. superior court grand jury investigating your players.

I know they were never prosecuted and charges were dropped, but that kind of news isn't great for a team. Some also consider that a big reason why Dino will never make the Hall of Fame.

Posted by: Rob | November 5, 2007 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Geoff Courtnall was also accused of being in the limo, and also traded that year.

Posted by: Rob | November 5, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Sorry I got so caught up in the Green NFL pre-game show on NBC that I turned my lights and computer off. Raber don't worry, you weren't completely bamboozled, and the trade details were just a bit off. The actual deal was Eminger to the Dept. of Energy for Al Gore and a six pack of compact florescent Bulbs. And BTW, I didn't realize you and Greg S. were line mates. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised if Eminger called BS on the club after they decided to send him to Hershey. As it was written at the end of camp, his so called injury was a pure roster move.
Pat, (BTW, are you the character from SNL?) From the time I started playing hockey competitively as a kid through college, at some point in time I did play w/ ankle injuries. Also since you ask, during that time I played each position from forward, D to goalie and at some point in time, yes w/ an ankle injury. Like Jim said, at some point you have to suck it up and play.
It amazes me how once something contrary to the "company line" is written on this Blog, certain posters sign cumbayah, and defend this hapless mismanagement. It's also interesting how the feeling is, "he can come back when he is ready." Well, Ted and the boys are paying this kid a $h$t load of money for Semin to call the shots. It's comical!
LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN ME SAY THIS, I LOVE SEEING THIS KID PLAY! But I wonder, does he have the heart to play in the NHL?

Posted by: Tape it up and Play | November 5, 2007 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Stevens wasn't coming back to Washington and D. Poile got the best he could for the organization out of a bad situation.

Posted by: yougottabekiddingme | November 5, 2007 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to attend the non-televised Caps-ATL game on Tuesday night ... but why do I never get to see Kolzig play in Atlanta?

Ha, I remember seeing Maxime Oullett start in the ATL in 2003 ... oh wait, the Caps won that game, 5-0.

And true, Brent Johnson has done well his last couple games in ATL. :)

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | November 5, 2007 12:49 AM | Report abuse

no i meant ankle weakness. can't get it to do what you want. no pushing off power. it's not pain per se that is the issue (that's more in impact like walking). but in skating & range of motion it doesn't perform like you want. even pushing the gas pedal for long periods can be harder than just running on it.

i got no gripes with Semin and wanted him to take more time off in the 1st injury. i'd like him to be around for a long time.

Posted by: jim | November 5, 2007 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Rob ~ For shame! My daughter called to tell me that Eminger had been traded for McCabe. She saw it on your post. I told her it must be a joke, which it turns out it was. Thanks for rattling cages........
I have to tell you that I kept switching back and forth between blogs and Caps web site for info on Eminger and made a right damned fool of myself in the process. Gee, do I feel stupid!

Posted by: Wanda | November 5, 2007 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why the Caps versus Thrash game tomorrow night is not being televised?

Posted by: Wanda | November 5, 2007 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, will you please wake up the blog time keeper?

Posted by: Wanda | November 5, 2007 6:33 AM | Report abuse

Caps/Thrash game not being televised because it falls on a "versus exclusive" gamenight, meaning unless you have center ice, and a canadian team is playing, the game on versus is the only one available in the US

Posted by: Versus sucks | November 5, 2007 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Versus sucks.

Posted by: Wanda | November 5, 2007 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Interesting theory.. maybe it's the Curse of Abe Pollin and not the Curse of Scott Stevens..

Well I still can't help but think if the Caps had done everything they could to bring Stevens back they would have won 2 or 3 cups in the 90's. And of course I remember the Limo incident.. it didn't make sense to jettison those players back then and it still doesn't make sense now.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | November 5, 2007 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll say it: Tape it Up and Play, you are sooooo much tougher than the average NHL player. Congratulations on being so awesome and knowledgeable about the sport. Your obviously vast experience with the George Mason hockey program make you profoundly superior to the rest of us.

Posted by: aybee | November 5, 2007 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Sasha, chiropodist(eam)and get well soon.

Posted by: thepuckstopshere | November 5, 2007 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm

Crosby >>> Ovechkin
Malkin >>>>> Semin
Staal >>> Backstrom

Oh I am soo going to enjoy my team destroying your puny Crapitals year after year in the regular season, afterall with your pathetic lineup, I dont expect to be seeing yall in the playoffs!

Bwahahah!! GO PENS GO!

Posted by: P E N S PENS PENS PENS | November 5, 2007 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, like the Pingwings did sooo well in last year's playoffs! Har har.

Posted by: Wanda | November 5, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Some Penguins fans are obviously not too good at math skills, particularly ones that involve reading tables. If they were, they would be much more aware of the fact that currently, the Penguins are 9th in the conference, which wouldn't exactly qualify them for a playoff berth. har, har.

Posted by: aybee | November 5, 2007 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Meghan- I enjoyed reading that story on Dino, thx for the headsup.

Oneal- it's the big "if" & darkest day in Caps history, I've always felt the same way.

Posted by: Hattrick23 | November 5, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy the Penguins fans little post there.

Malkin >> Semin? Hrm...who had more goals last season? Oh, that's right...Semin...

Stall >> Backstrom? Stall had 6 points in his first 15 career games. Backstrom has 6 in his first 13 games. Or, we can look at this season! Stall has 2 points...Backstrom has 6.

And Crosby >> Ovechkin? Us Caps fans wouldn't trade OV for Crosby, just like you wouldn't trade Crosby for OV.

Posted by: Jeff | November 5, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Any word on Emmie? I ran into him on Saturday and he said he hadn't heard anything from Hanlon/GMGM... Someone posted that they saw him loading up the car on Sunday? What's the scoop? He deserves a chance to play!!!

Posted by: Tracy | November 5, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Ray Shero >>>>> George McPhee

Posted by: Anonymous | November 5, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

go get your mullet shaped up and then put some fries on your sandwich and shut the f up trash

Posted by: youre a joke | November 5, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think if we miss play offs again, Ovechkin and his mom will take the Caps to the cleaners...

Posted by: Finn | November 5, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

If the Pens players "are significantly better" than the caps, shouldnt they be significantly better in points to??? hmmmmm.... The pens have ONE more win than the caps thus far... yes, one -Singular.

To be honest, much more worried about Philly and Carolina than the pens this year... As should you be.

Posted by: cs | November 5, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Staal has 1 goal and 1 Assist and is -5.

Great Numbers!

Posted by: Staal is really lighting it up | November 5, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

You must be KIDDING me if you would really take SEMIN over MALKIN or BACKSTROM over STAAL.

I shall let the Crosby comment slide because both are PHENOMENAL players in their own regard.

However, our star players are significantly better than your star players.

Posted by: silly crapital fans | November 5, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

The Penguins chose 5,1,2,1,2 they should have better players than the Caps. They should have better players than most NHL teams. Semin is a better scorer than Malkin and was chosen 13th not 2nd overall. Backstrom has a ton more offensive upside than Staal. Staal will be a decent two-way 50 point player but Backstrom will top out in the 80-90 point range. So yeah I would take Beckis.

Posted by: Penguins suck | November 5, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

couldnt agree more about backstrom being better than staal

Posted by: Anonymous | November 5, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"Looks like Kolzig will get the start in Carolina and Johnson will start in Atlanta. Not sure about Ottawa."

Better start BOTH vs. the Senators. Ottawa will skate right around this d-corps.

Posted by: caphcky | November 6, 2007 12:23 PM | Report abuse

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