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The blog is back ... we think

Just got an email from the blog powers that be, and it would appear that Movable Type is back up and running.

Please bear with us as we play catch-up. In the meantime, here are Tarik's Twitter updates from this morning (in reverse chronological order):

*Semyon Varlamov returned to Washington to see the team doctors. But that doesn't mean his injury is more serious, Coach B. Boudreau said.

*Won't know for sure until tomorrow, but all signs point to Jose Theodore starting tomorrow.

*Brian Pothier is expected to return tomorrow night from an 11-game layoff because of a cracked rib.

*Tyler Sloan also signs two year extension. No word on money yet.

*David Steckel signs for three years, $1.1 per.

*Semyon Varlamov has returned to Washington to receive treatment on his sore groin muscle. He is not expected to skate, however.

Also, here are some photos from the Caps' 4-2 win over Montreal last night.

Late add: While the D.C. sports madness carries on around us, Dan Steinberg talked to the drama-free Caps about their new captain.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  January 6, 2010; 12:53 PM ET
 
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Comments

Where is Varly rerturning from? I thought he was already back here?

Posted by: jyjr16 | January 6, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

why is there no article or blog posts from teh WaPo on the usa junior team winning the world cup last night and specifically on our boy john "no look" carlson for scoring game winners in both the semis and gold medal games?

i love the caps and the story on ovie and the captain C...but the junior team story blows this away...

what a freagin game that was last night...what a freagin tourny for the USA...that was some of the best hockey ive ever seen...unbelievable!!!

Posted by: deadskin | January 6, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

the replay of the game is on comcast - at least until the Shanny press conference. Awesome game last night, a great crowd despite being a Tuesday after the holidays, and the USA junior game was even better to watch afterward.

Posted by: Section104 | January 6, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Penguins lead the league in power play opportunities...dead last in pct...

The refs are trying to give them goals, but they just wont take them. Maybe they feel guilty.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 6, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Great that the blog is back online!

Posted by: MReilly9 | January 6, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Guess all the Caps needed was a captain! After a week of depressing losses, last night was quite the pick me up! OV as captain, caps win, and Carlson wins it for the U.S.!!! Great Day!

Posted by: capscoach | January 6, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Guess all the Caps needed was a captain! After a week of depressing losses, last night was quite the pick me up! OV as captain, caps win, and Carlson wins it for the U.S.!!! Great Day!

Posted by: capscoach | January 6, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

ya think they could atleast post the link to the espn article...

http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olyhockey/news/story?id=4799816

man im still buzzing after watching that game last night...

Posted by: deadskin | January 6, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I was thinking Steckel at $1.5 a year - partly because I really like his play on both ends of the ice - so getting him for three more at $1.1m is a steal in my mind. Great stuff.

Posted by: saintex | January 6, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@jyjr16 - Varlamov was sent to Hershey on a "conditioning stint" last week. He played one game and reinjured himself in a dogpile in front of the net (or something like that). Apparently he looked good in the game, but, well... groin = ow.

They can send both Varlamov and Neuvirth up and down at-will due to entry-level contract stuff, I *THINK*. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong?)

Re: Sloan and Steckel - Excellent news on both fronts! Glad to have that knocked out. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | January 6, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Getting Steckel in at 3yrs, $1.1M is a good deal for a nice cog in the system. Congrats to him for earning it.

I like Sloan and his dependable utility too. He'll get between $800k-$1M and deserves it. His deal will prob. only be 1-way though so that ability to demote him w/o waivers may be gone...

I also think GMGM will lock up Backstrom ($6.1M per for 6yrs), Fleischmann ($2.9M per for 3yrs), and B.Morrisson ($2.1M per for 2 yrs)...and he'll do it before the roster freeze for the Olympics. That way the guys focus on winning games down the stretch and not their respective futures...

GMGM will let Fehr dangle in the wind a bit to motivate him. With too many good prospects needing 3rd/4th line time...goodbye and good luck Boyd Gordon.

GO CAPS!

Posted by: netminder71 | January 6, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! I am going to the game tomorrow night and don't want to see Jose Threeormore in net.

I guess the good news is that Ovie is primed for a monster break out night.

Posted by: srobert1117 | January 6, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

CONGRATS TEAM USA! CAPS! OVIE! CARLSON! STECKS (83% Faceoffs (10/12) last nite, way to earn that paycheck)!

Great games last nite. Matt Bradley had a great game in his few mins, 4 SOG. I will replay Carlson no look shot highlight all day today!

LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: malujoker | January 6, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

@saintex: I'm with you. Stecks at $1.1 per for the next three is a great deal. Works hard, can score, win faceoffs. Great asset as a solid third or fourth line type like he has been, and now sewn up for an affordable price for three more years. Wonder if he was willing to give up just a little bit in salary demands to make sure he gets to stick around a few more years for some good runs at the Cup...?

Posted by: BigRed8 | January 6, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Interesting comments in the print edition about Clark's wife being a sort of den mother to the other wives. We always knew clarkie was an "in the room" kind of captain, but apparently it extended to away from the rink as well. Might explain some of the funk. If the wives are unhappy at home, the guys might feel it on the ice. (They are people too, after all.)

Speaking of the print edition, WaPo, WTF was the Shanny/Redskins story doing A1 above the fold? Really. The team is terrible, its the off-season, and a new coach for the team is about as common as Snyder changing socks. Front of the sports page? Sure. But real news? I think not. Get your priorities straight.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 6, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I love the stecks move.... i think he def fills a much needed role in the team and he really does step it up when we have big games.

as for sloan they probably kept him because he can play multiple positions. this has come in handy when there are injuries etc. bb and gmgm must be looking for some insurance in case players get injured again.

Posted by: mrszilla | January 6, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

FWIW...I kind-of see Boyd Gordon as the 2000's version of Pat Peake.

Peake had a bit more goal scoring flash, but he was severely hampered after that terrible injury...Peake played 134 games, 28g, 41a for the Caps...

Gordon a bit more durable, but that back issue will stalk him the rest of his career. 276 games played, 20g, 47a...

Points are almost identical...I just don't see Gordo getting much playing time the rest of the way, and don't see him coming back next campaign.

Posted by: netminder71 | January 6, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

This flood of good news kinda came out of nowhere, didn't it? After looking bad losing to San Jose and LA, it didn't seem like things were going that well for the team. What a difference a couple days makes! Ovi, Carlson, Semin looking great last night, Fleischmann playing well at center, Della Rovere and Johansson really establishing themselves in the Caps future plans, and the team playing with some energy and standing up for each other. The Caps are back!

Posted by: zmega | January 6, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

in case you all cant get tarik's tweets:

Pothier on his broken rib: "Sleeping, breathing, coughing, sneezing, laughing, twisting, anything with your ribcage, it hurt."
1 minute ago from web

Steckel: "I love this organization. I think this team is pretty special, and I want to be a part of it for the long haul."
13 minutes ago from web

More Sloan: "In the cap world, it's good to have a little versatility. I fit well under the cap and can play both positions."
15 minutes ago from web

Sloan: "It's funny to sign a two-year deal and you're not playing right now. But that's the way it is right now."
15 minutes ago from web

BB on Sloan: "Sloaner doesn't play a lot. This is his first real year. When he comes in he does a great job. There's no downside."
22 minutes ago from web

Boudreau on Steckel: "Stecks is a big game guy ... when it comes to big games or playoffs, he's been as good there is in the league."
24 minutes ago from web

Continued BB on Theo: "If he's not at the top of his game, these two kids are going to push him out."
27 minutes ago from web

More BB on Theo: "He understands that these two kids are coming in, and they're playing and they're pushing him."
27 minutes ago from web

BB on Theo: "We're going to need Theo to play and we're going to need Theo to play good. We're going to need Theo to get his confidence."
29 minutes ago from web

BB on Varlamov: "It isn't more serious, but we want to make [sure]. This is a prized prospect. We want to make 100-percent sure."
33 minutes ago from web

That was Bruce Boudreau on John Carlson.
about 1 hour ago from web

There's nothing like getting winners in your organization. The don't except losing, which is what we want.
about 1 hour ago from web

Posted by: mrszilla | January 6, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

FWIW...I kind-of see Boyd Gordon as the 2000's version of Pat Peake.

Peake had a bit more goal scoring flash, but he was severely hampered after that terrible injury...Peake played 134 games, 28g, 41a for the Caps...

Gordon a bit more durable, but that back issue will stalk him the rest of his career. 276 games played, 20g, 47a...

Points are almost identical...I just don't see Gordo getting much playing time the rest of the way, and don't see him coming back next campaign.

Posted by: netminder71 | January 6, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Uh....sorry, Pat Peake had tremendous offensive potential before he got hurt, Gordon has never shown any..also you are correct in the fact that the points are similar but Boy Gordon has played more than twice the games...good bye and good luck.

Posted by: opus1m | January 6, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please spell out for folks that being in the Winter Classic for the Caps does not mean we'll be doing it here. The probability of 40 degrees plus and a little sun (which would make it a water polo match) is close enough to 50 percent to make it a snowball's chance.

Posted by: TheCapitalist1 | January 6, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@thecapitalist: actually the big problem for the WC here would be rain. The NHL compressors can get the rink pretty cold as long as its not in direct sunlight. They've held games in Vegas outside. But it almost never rains there. It rains here in the winter more than it snows. A heavy rainfall would be a disaster.

I'm not sure where they are going to have this, though. RFK would be a nice-sized venue, but its a dump. Yankee Stadium is out because of the bowl game that starts next year. Citi field might work, but its hardly got the cache of Yankee Stadium. Frankly, if they don't tear down the old Giants Stadium, that would be cool. But, it will likely be a parking lot by then.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | January 6, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The Winter Classic was supposed to be in Yankee Stadium, Caps vs. Rangers. But evidently there is a chance that a college football bowl game might be played there, which might leave them without sufficient time to set up the rink. Details at 11.

Posted by: BobLHead | January 6, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Well the Oldtimer beat me to the punch. I'm not sure the bowl game is definite but I could be wrong. We should play the Pens in the new Pirates stadium instead.

Posted by: BobLHead | January 6, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Crap Three-Or-More gets the start, right after Neuvy continues to prove his Virth? This is madness. Still I guess it's time to give Neuvy a night off, definitely glad we have him. Theres a good chance that we'll need him to win the cup. Varly might be the better goalie but right now it isn't by much.

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 6, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts:

1) Captain OV...YES!
Instead of these nicknames:
"The Great 8"
"The Next One"
"The Other One"

etc., etc.

...let's just go with:

"The One"

and so it begins...

2) Great win last night. While I don't hate MTL the way I hate PIT, they do get on my nerves, since they are seemingly the Yankees of the NHL--i.e., always shoving their history, their traditions, and their expectation of victory-as-part-of-God's-Natural-Order in everyone's faces. So it is always satisfying to beat them.

3) Carlson > Team Canada...The Green Curse...ROFL!

4) Third star of the game for Poti was well deserved. He was getting around and moving the puck and making a difference and still taking care of business in his end. Only good things can come of this. Take that, O you silly Haters of P-Platoon!

5) Flash superb in his debut as an NHL pivot...he seems bigger, stronger, and more effective than he did at the wing. Plus, I noticed late in the game that he seemed able to plow through obstructions along the boards, rather than getting stapled to them.

And finally, (lest I neglect to mention):

6) Neuvy > Price

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

6) Neuvy > Price

Posted by: Rhino40 | January 6, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I know right. According to the pattern Jose is due for a game with less then 3 goals (currently two games of 3 or more followed by one game of less then three), but Neuvy has one more game of 2 or less (his pattern is 3 good games then one horrible game).

Posted by: CapsXXVI | January 6, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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