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'Team A' Takes the Cup


Any surprise the team with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Knuble on the same line captured the Duchesne Cup?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 16, 2009; 2:17 PM ET
 
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Yeah no surprise here... What time is practice tomorrow and is it here?

Posted by: whsqb10 | September 16, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I can't get a firm answer to that question either, thats why I took two days off in case they aren't at Kettler tomorrow I will be able to catch them on Friday.

Posted by: PhilR | September 16, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Yeah hopefully Tarik reads this and/or someone so I dont waste the morning coming out to kettler...

will you post it to me if you find out?

Posted by: whsqb10 | September 16, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Yep, will do...

Posted by: PhilR | September 16, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

of all the former players, whey did they pick Gaetan Duchesne to name the trophy after? i loved gaetan, but just wondering......

Posted by: capsfansince74 | September 16, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

The complete training camp / practice schedule is up on the Caps website:

http://capitals.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=497793

Posted by: ArlingtonVA3 | September 16, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

We realize that but are trying to determine if the practice tomorrow will be in Buffalo or at Kettler due to the game tomorrow evening.

Posted by: PhilR | September 16, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

It's probably at Kettler. I don't think they would send the entire 3 scrimmage teams up to Buffalo. Seeing as how two practices are scheduled, it's probably two teams here at home and one on the road to play the Sabres.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 16, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: koalatek | September 16, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

thiazzi, Thanks...I should have thought of that, it makes sense. Its just I am coming all the way from Hagerstown so traveling that distance and then finding Kettler locked up like a drum would not make me happy!!

Posted by: PhilR | September 16, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Yeah the next question is what group goes to play and what group doesnt?

I doubt too many of the vets play the first preseason game plus its on the road

Posted by: whsqb10 | September 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You might consider calling the pro shop and asking them about it. A couple of the guys would definitely know. Couldn't hurt to try.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 16, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

About the practices, not about the preseason game roster.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 16, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised, since the team with 2/3 of that line didn't win last year.

Posted by: superpaqman | September 16, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Just spoke to the front desk at Kettler. She went and checked with someone who said there will be a practice at ten that will consist mostly of the players not making the trip to Buffalo but had no idea who would and who would not be on the ice. Think I will just wait unitl Friday to go, if I didn't get to see Backie I would be irate!

Posted by: PhilR | September 16, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Finally an UPDATE!!!

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | September 16, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

from previous thread:

Aucoin and Laing are border line NHL players. They both have a purpose in the organization......its called depth, in case of injuries. If they have to clear waivers and be exposed so be it. Matter of fact every NHL team has had a shot at getting either one of them the last three years and nobody wanted them. Don't get me wrong I like the energy they both bring to the rink.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | September 16, 2009 11:24 AM

not so about Laing. Laing is a legitimate NHL player in the sense there are several of other NHL players who have his skill set or less (Columbus just signed Derek Dorsett to a 2 yr deal and he plays the same style). Mike Brown from Anaheim. Jeremy Reich now with the Islanders. Brad Winchester with the Blues. Half the Maple Leafs. The Hawks 4th line. Etc Etc. This idea that Laing is a fringe NHLer stems from 1 thing:

1) Opportunity

The Caps have depth at forward AND at the checking line role so Laing is a fringe Capital. Other teams have similar types of players so if we cut him he may or may not move onto team's roster in a checking capacity.

But if you compare his skill set, he has the size, strength and forechecking ability that most teams can use.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2009 1:29 PM |

I don't know if you are on your meds, or off. But whichever it is, please continue. This is an insightful post without the perceived superiority and I for one appreciate it.

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | September 16, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | September 16, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

From Tarik's twitter like 5 hours ago:

Neuvirth is wearing a clear plastic throat protector after taking an Ovechkin skate to the neck yesterday. He looks uncomfortable.

Posted by: rachel216 | September 16, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Rachel. I wished Tarik could post this not just on Twitter. Thats something that would have been nice to read 5 hours ago instead of refreshing for nothing all day and get nothing but the same post from 530 this morning..

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | September 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you on that, this twitter thing is horrible! Many of us are blocked from that site during the day and rely on this site for our news during lunch and breaks, ok and sometimes more often than that! Anyway Tarik, please start posting here again instead of the exclusive twitter stuff!!

Posted by: PhilR | September 16, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Well atleast my headache is gone now that I have some CAPS news. Now I can drive home with out a headache. I need help for this addiction.

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | September 16, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Love Tarik's blog, but he didn't do much at all on twitter today. You didn't miss anything, guys.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 16, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

thanks koalatek - didnt realize he passed away. RIP Gaetan.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | September 16, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Twitter is gheyer than Cindy Crosby. In fact, I hear that the two are having a civil ceremony later this month...

Posted by: sargeantmofo | September 16, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I have been at the last 3 sessions and here are my observations for today's session, in no particular order:

During scrimmage:
-Alzer lost at least 3 battles 1-1 along the board or behind the net. He will need to show a lot more agressivity if he wants to move up
-Oskala looked slow and lacks finesse but he is a beast. Things good happen for his line when they were deep in the offensive zone.
-Giroux had a solid performance today, even had two great backcheck pickpockets. If he can add that dimenso=ion to his game, maybe he'll get a chance..
-Varlamov was absolutely terrible. Goals came in from all angles including at least 2 five-holes. He seemed jittery in goals and got himself out of position a lot.
-Morrison also had a solid game. He does look somewhat frisky and caughed up the puck at least twice instead of taking a hit. He played with Semin and had some synergy.
-A guy named Bouchard impressed me; lots of speed and skills. Broca scored at least twice...very opportunistic.
-Gustaffson is a comlete dud. He must have been on the ice for 5-6 goals from the opponents. No wonder he can't even play in the Elite league in Sweden.
-Ovie-Backstrom-Knuble looked really good, especially in the O-zone. I am not convinced that Knuble has the speed and stamina to play on this line. Once he parks himself near the net, I had some flashbacks of another old Flyers named Tim Kerr.
-Carlson was one of the best D-men out there. He sure can break out the puck, has great vision; his first passes are really good.

Other observations:
-Bourque had a very difficult practice today. He had to repeat the same drill three times in a row because he couldn't catch a very simple pass, fell on the ice several times and just looked out of sort. Maybe he is too tight and nervous.

-Nylander looked very good all three days. I don't remember seeing him with so much energy. His execution was outstanding, in every single drill. He got in heavy circulation during drills and came out with the puck, every single time, sometimes against two opponents. He worked his tail off, staying on the ice, doing solo drills until the end. He was one notch above most of the guys on the ice in terms of skills, effort and execution. He doesn't look like someone who is just here to cash a salary...a consummate professional; it is inconceivable that we can not give this guy an opportunity to contribute...

Posted by: atybat | September 16, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

http://www.onfrozenblog.com/2008/09/23/open-file-duchesne-cup-championship.html

"Bruce Boudreau gets the credit for conceiving the Duschesne Cup, and initially, I thought it was merely a homage to a fan- and organization-favorite former Cap, now sadly gone from us. But it's actually more than that. It's also a powerful reminder to the team's prospects -- particularly those drafted late, or even signed as free agents -- that dedication and drive and a team-first ethos can lead to an unheralded prospect's making a long and prosperous NHL career, against the odds. Duchesne, you may recall, was an eight-round pick by the Caps and made the team in his very first training camp. The three-day competition is also a fabulous way of generating enthusiasm among the players for the start of camp."

Posted by: no_private_info | September 16, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm also one of those people for whom social networking sites are blocked at work. This blog is one of my only reliable sources for Caps news. I usually avoid ragging on Tarik & Co, but the lack of updates is getting kind of frustrating...

Posted by: ModestProposal | September 16, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Nice post, atybat

Posted by: Riddler1 | September 16, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong I love Q Laing he is a give it all you got, don't stop, never say die player, with MARGINAL skills (for NHL).

Every NHL team had an oppertunity to get him when he had to clear waivers and he had no takers.He is a type of player a team needs, just not at the NHL level IMHO where it takes more than what he has to play at that level.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | September 16, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

practice on friday should start around 1030 and last about how long???

Posted by: carsonspence | September 16, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

WOW 9-5
I guess thats what Bruce gets for asking Ovie and Backs to try harder.

Posted by: MZawacki | September 16, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"-A guy named Bouchard impressed me; lots of speed and skills"
Posted by: atybat | September 16, 2009 3:27 PM
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Bouchard, Perreault, and Osala formed the "rookie line" for most of the season in Hershey last year and were very successful. Three different type of players but they complemented each other well.

Posted by: tess2201 | September 16, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor Gussy...

I appreciate that he came over here earlier than needed. He'll need a few years in the A before getting the look he wants.

Like I and others have said though, when your team's next years #1 pick is already light years ahead of you in terms of development, it doesn't look too good for you.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 16, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know if preseason games will be televised or streamed? Or will it only be radio? Thanks.

Posted by: vsmartin007 | September 16, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Also looking forward to seeing Nylander perform. Or lack of...which ever. Hopefully the former.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 16, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Preseason games will be streamed. Read all about it on washcaps.com.

Posted by: thiazzi | September 16, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

anyone know if there have been anymore cuts? and was the concussions the reason they sent della rovere back to his junior team?

Posted by: _stevo | September 16, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

There's a story about Florida Panthers in the Toronto Sun http://www.torontosun.com/sports/columnists/steve_simmons/2009/09/13/10867536-sun.html

According to the Sun (take with salt), the Panthers are next on the sales block. According to the article, the owner tried to sell the team over the summer but couldn't find a buyer.

They didn't fill the GM position after Jacques Martin split to go to Minnesota.

They don't really have a marquee player.

Also according to the paper, there are rumblings that the ownership may just abandon the team (I find this hard to believe, though).

Any guesses how Bettman will deal with another team going down? Nashville is also supposedly in bankrupcy, too, but they're at least trying to evaluate an ownership change.

Posted by: Greg S. | September 16, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

As far as Q Laing is concerned I really liked the guy in the short time he was up with the big boys. The #1 thing I loved about him was his ability to get down and block shots from the point while on the PK. NOBODY else on our team does that or even tries. Not only does Laing do it, he does it very well. As I've stated many times our weakest points were PK and D. I think if Laing could be on our PK all year our PK numbers would improve. He's also a good 2 way player and back checks as hard as he jumps up in the rush so IMO I think he's a NHL caliber player.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 16, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Greg S- none of that news surprises me. In a recent email exchange with Ted we discussed the financial status of teams in the NHL and it isn't good. Whether he likes it or not I don't really agree with his assessment of the Caps financial picture. He's losing money because he doesn't own VC or ticketmaster etc. He is in a unique situation and the CBA can't be written up to help just him. The players don't give a rip that he isn't making money because he doesn't own the arena. Now that being said once uncle Abe sells it to him he'll be in a different situation. Trust me I want Ted to make money and have his investment be profitable but it's just not possible until he gets the rest of his investment. It'll come soon. If he owned VC etc and was sold out and still lost money then he'd have an argument. As far as Florida, Nashville etc are concerned if the economy doesn't improve and quickly or a major TV contract replaces the existing one with versus, Bettman and the owners will be forced to contract. If you have owners that want out and nobody to buy them I think the solution is pretty clear. The first thing they need to do is get our game back on ESPN and replace all the other crap that's on there.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | September 16, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

You know, I think this fanbase is spoiled rotten by the number of players who walked straight into the NHL. Anton Gustaffson is 19, folks. Yes, I'll say it again just so you don't miss it. He's -19-. So he doesn't come straight into the NHL. So what? It's WAY WAY WAY too early to call him a dud. Better and fairer to him to say that we don't know what he's going to do yet.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 16, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

In basketball terms both Laing and Aucoin are "energy guys." That is they give 120% in practice and games and push the other players. Both would be valuable additions to the locker room, even if they are scratched most of the games.

Posted by: C-way | September 16, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Florida should be bought by Basillie and set up shop in Hamilton Ontario

Posted by: NJNJ | September 16, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Well said Kitty, not every player can be nhl ready the day they're drafted, how many players take several years of seasoning before they're ready just to try and play with the big boys.

Posted by: superpaqman | September 16, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

@poker
To be honest with you, I wouldn't mind if they collapsed two teams, totaling 28. It would make it a bit more competitive across the league.

@kitty

Not sure if you are talking to me, but my comment was stating that I was looking forward to seeing him spend his years in the A. As for Gussy, he seems to think he will make it in a year or two, which does not seem the case at all. Again, when your 2009 draft pick (MJohan) is light years ahead of your 2008 draft pick, it's a telling sign. But then again the 2009 draft was pretty deep.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 16, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Well said Kitty, not every player can be nhl ready the day they're drafted, how many players take several years of seasoning before they're ready just to try and play with the big boys.

Posted by: superpaqman | September 16, 2009 5:21 PM |

99.9% of players would be my guess.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 16, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

anyone know if there have been anymore cuts? and was the concussions the reason they sent della rovere back to his junior team?

Posted by: _stevo | September 16, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

for some reason I want to say he wasn't even eligible for Hershey this year. Hope he gets over his concussion issues because he's going to have to drop the gloves a LOT this year for the Barrie Colts. They lost their chief enforcer who is currently trying to make the Bruins roster and SDR will be counted upon to shoulder much of that load.

FWIW, selecting SDR and Garrett Mitchell in the past 2 yrs signifies a new direction for the Caps. They haven't drafted kids in that mold ever in the McPhee era.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

In basketball terms both Laing and Aucoin are "energy guys." That is they give 120% in practice and games and push the other players. Both would be valuable additions to the locker room, even if they are scratched most of the games.

Posted by: C-way | September 16, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Laing is much stronger on his skates than is Aucoin, he's better in the corners, along the boards, crashing the net. Aucoin much like Bourque just gets pushed off the puck too easily, or getting swallowed up by a defenseman. The only Hershey players currently who I think have some combo of strength, checking ability, and skill enough to be 3rd and 4th line role players imo are AGordon, Pinner, Osala, Beagle, Laing. And I guess Giroux except that Giroux probably needs to show more of a scoring touch at this level to make it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

nice update atybat. Not surprised about Alzner, sounds like he needs another yr in Hershey.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | September 16, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse>

Its an homage thing. Duchesne passed away recently and he was just a hardworking defensive player.

Posted by: cstanton1 | September 16, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Kittypaws is right. Gustafson is only 19 years old, plus, he's had so much trouble with injuries. He was injured at camp last year. And then injured again at Development camp. Not to mention all the injury problems in previous years. At least he's healthy at the moment.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 16, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Here are video clips I took at today's scrimmage. All from the third period.

Giroux's goal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibI_JTSs9FA

Gordon's goal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq1IwDiHn8w

Last 50 seconds of the game and Ovie getting Duchesne Cup
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe0Igf1Z30Y

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 16, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I think a year in Hershey will do wonders for little Gus. I think he has the skill he just needs to adapt to the North American game. Generally, I think he has good defensive instincts. I wasn't at the scrimmage today so I can't say whether the goals that were scored when he was on the ice were his fault but I would be surprised if that were the case.

Posted by: 4capitals | September 16, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

You know, I think this fanbase is spoiled rotten by the number of players who walked straight into the NHL. Anton Gustaffson is 19, folks. Yes, I'll say it again just so you don't miss it. He's -19-. So he doesn't come straight into the NHL. So what? It's WAY WAY WAY too early to call him a dud. Better and fairer to him to say that we don't know what he's going to do yet.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 16, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

That's really a frightening thought. if some of you get spoiled by something like that, I can only imagine what they will be like if the Caps ever win the Cup.. will be worse than anything the Pens fans often get accused of on here... LMAO

Posted by: joek443 | September 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I actually agree with joek443 and kittypawz! Anton hasn't taken a faceoff at the AHL level yet. Give him time...he wasn't originally suppose to be in North America this year. So he could actually be said to be ahead of schedule.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 16, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

atybat:

Great post! Thanks for taking the time to give us a great review of the practice.

Glad to hear about Giroux. If he could transfer his goal scoring skills to NHL, we would be unbeatable.

I know that a bad game, especially practice, does not mean anything but what you said about Varly was a bit scary-- "Varlamov was absolutely terrible. Goals came in from all angles including at least 2 five-holes. He seemed jittery in goals and got himself out of position a lot"--only because I remember his meltdown in the 7th game against Pitt and considered what BB is saying about not having proven himself for the long run. Hope he doesn't have a consistent breaking point.

I am happy about NYLS. He has great skill and I would love to see him find his niche on the team.

I completely agree with you: "it is inconceivable that we can not give this guy an opportunity to contribute..." It is the only blind spot I have seen in Boudreau so far. I place the responsibility on him for not figuring out how to bring out and use Nyls' best.

Posted by: caraveli | September 16, 2009 6:36 PM | Report abuse

There was zero defense played at the scrimmage today. It was essentially a game of shinny with refs. I wouldn't take much from the performance of any goalie during this scrimmage...or any of the scrimmages for that matter.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 16, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

For those of you at Kettler, how did BMo look?

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | September 16, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Give him time...he wasn't originally suppose to be in North America this year. So he could actually be said to be ahead of schedule.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 16, 2009 6:31 PM |

Well, if you want to deny why he is really here early. He couldn't make the Elitserien team, so that is why he is here early. He said it himself in an interview.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 16, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

From freakinanpeakin: "There was zero defense played at the scrimmage today. It was essentially a game of shinny with refs. I wouldn't take much from the performance of any goalie during this scrimmage...or any of the scrimmages for that matter."

I could not disagree more. There is quite a lot of pressure on defensemen to perform to make the team. there is a lot at stake. To say that defense was ineffective and offense was rolling all over them is more accurate. Varly was really weak. No good stoppage, none... he did not keep his rebounds; his close up awareness was inexistent. He was weak, some defensemen were weak but not from trying; there is too much at stake.
There is actually a lot to infer from the scrimmage. GMGM and BB were up there and observing attentively. Of course, the pre-season game are now the critical part but I bet some players have received some negative after this scrimmage.

Posted by: atybat | September 16, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

anyone know where we can get roster for tommorrow in Buffalo?

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Posted by: lornemyoung | September 16, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

The thing about the Elitserien, and very likely the reason that he doesn't get much ice time there, is that the Elitserien is a defense-first league. If you can't play in your own end, you won't get much ice time. The North American style is a little different, and developing your offense first is okay. It's not that unreasonable for him to think that he might get more of a chance here.

Posted by: kittypawz | September 16, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

In spite of the fact that there's a lot at stake for young defensemen, certain games are just not good showcases for defense and goaltending. These include All Star games and intrasquad scrimmages. People has less incentive to hit and check when they're essentially playing teammates.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 16, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil, you aren't serious are you? The team he was suppose to be on was loaded down the middle with veteran centers and HE SAID he wasn't going to get playing time as a 19 year old rookie, so he came to the US to hone his craft in arguably a better league than the Swedish Elite League.

atybat, You were at the game today...or so you say. I can count several times where I was watching defensemen leading the rush up the ice. There was very little hitting in the games and what contact there was was not all that hard. There was little pressure on the puck in the offensive zones by the defense. Boudreau himself noted that many of the top players were not playing all out and were exposing the goalies. These were intrasquad scrimmages and had about as much defense as an all-star game...I guess those all-star game goalies stink also for letting in all those goals.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 16, 2009 11:51 PM | Report abuse

@freakinandpeakin

You're definitely on the same page as me -- on defense in intrasquad games.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | September 17, 2009 12:05 AM | Report abuse

You guys don't understand professional hockey. There are all independent entrepreneur, trying to make the highest level of hockey team they can so they can make the most $ as possible. Yes, some players who have a sure spot may go easy but the ones who are fighting for a spot should be going all out. Anyone who has been at pre season camps for any length of time will tell you that there are even fights occasionally at scrimmage.
All the guys who are fighting for a spot want to prove something during these games intrasquad because they are going mano a mano against they the very guys they are fighting with for a job with the Caps. I am sure that Varly would not use your excuse; many goals were soft, poor defense or not, 5-holes ? First goal was a weak wrist shot from the top of the right circle...
You may be freakin but you ain't peakin...

Posted by: atybat | September 17, 2009 12:29 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil, you aren't serious are you? The team he was suppose to be on was loaded down the middle with veteran centers and HE SAID he wasn't going to get playing time as a 19 year old rookie, so he came to the US to hone his craft in arguably a better league than the Swedish Elite League.

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First of all, @kitty, he didn't get ice-time in the Elitserien because he never played in the Elitserien. In contrast to our 2009 draft pick, MJohannson.

Addressing the issue at hand, yes that is what he said. So tell me, what the hell is the difference between not making the team because it's "stacked" and just not making the team? There is none. He is here because he could not cut it at the Elitserien level. There's really no other way to look at it.

Also, the whole time I've talked about Gussy, I've said nothing but praise for him. I said that I am glad he decided to make the jump when he knows he could not finish his last year in Europe in the top league. I said he'll get more out of the AHL/ECHL than the second-tier of the SEL. But guess what..he is still behind in development. Why sugar coat?

Posted by: richmondphil | September 17, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I appreciate that he came over here earlier than needed. He'll need a few years in the A before getting the look he wants.

Like I and others have said though, when your team's next years #1 pick is already light years ahead of you in terms of development, it doesn't look too good for you.

Posted by: richmondphil | September 16, 2009 3:55 PM |

So what...is all what I said about Gussy not true?


Some of you guys read something and just cling to it without getting the context....

Posted by: richmondphil | September 17, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

Where are people seeing that the game is going to be streamed? Based on http://capitals.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=462973 it sounds like audio will be streamed without video. Sure they streamed the video of the rookie game, but I haven't read anything about preseason games. If I had to guess though, nhl.com will probably be doing their free center ice preview with all preseason games so you can probably just set up an account there if you want to see it. I'll be at work, so here's to hoping a justin.tv streamer gets a hold of a feed...

Posted by: Raber | September 17, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

richmondphil, How many complete games have you seen Gustaffson play? Preseason? Regular season? Playoffs? I'm guessing the total is zero, unless you spent alot of time over in Sweden the last few years. Are you a professional hockey scout? How you can make that absolute determination that he is behind is absolutely beyond me.

Heck, I couldn't give you a scoting report on B-Mo or Knuble right now that would be based on my own observations, because I haven't focused on watching them play during their long careers. I could give you a scouting report on Ovie, Green, Laich, etc. cause I have seen them play alot and know their tendencies and abilities from watching them. I also haven't really heard the guys who are paid to do the scouting say that Gus is behind.

Ultimately the only assesment I can make having never seen Gus play in a full game anywhere is that the hockey people in the organization aren't saying he is behind and he was not expected to be at the NHL level and hasn't cracked the line-up yet.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 17, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

atybat, If you want to flip out over goaltending during an intrasquad scrimmage on the fourth day of training camp go right ahead.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | September 17, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

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