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Theodore, Gordon Missing at KCI

Practice just began here at KCI and goalie Jose Theodore and center Boyd Gordon are not skating. Theodore is suffering from back spasms, which flared up last night in the first period after he reached for a loose puck.

Theodore's status for tomorrow's game is uncertain, but given that he's not practicing, it seems possible that he'll miss tomorrow's game against the Predators and the Caps will have to recall a goalie from Hershey.

Just for today, the Caps have turned to web producer Brett "Stretch" Leonhardt to be the target at the end of the ice.

Gordon, meantime, did not play last night because of a sore back. Keith Aucoin is still with the team, so it looks like it's possible Gordon could miss a second game tomorrow.

Defenseman John Erskine (bruised hand) has returned to practice, but he remains on IR.

I'll have more after practice.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 16, 2009; 10:58 AM ET
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Stretch obviously has the best job in the world. Day to day, he's a video dude. But every now and then he's taking shots from the best players in the world.

It would be like, back when I was an elite golfer and worked as a range boy, if the pro came by and said "Jack Nicklaus is here to play the course and needs someone to play with. Get your sticks." Of course, this never happened.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | October 16, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm a first time STH. I didn't plan on going to every game, but am having some difficulty selling my tickets. During last year's playoffs selling was a piece of cake. Now I am not getting responses to craigslist ads, even at prices considerably below face value. Are any other STHs having this problem and do you have any suggestions?

Posted by: ralph4100 | October 16, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

FYI it looks like Holtby(he has his nameplate on a locker stall at KCI) is going to be called up for the game tomorrow. Gordon isn't practicing. So not to bring it up again but now Nylander might get in because if Aucoin and Holtby are both up we might be over the salary cap. Nylander went to practicing with the 3rd line today.

Posted by: ThePat | October 16, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Yes Stretch has a great thing going. He probably didn't think that he would ever get that close to his dreams for an NHL career. I mean practicing with Ovie and the rest. How cool is that?

I am sure Varly will start tomorrow. I think recovering from back spasms takes some time. I hope he does well. We really need another win. What this team has to show us is consistency.

Posted by: caraveli | October 16, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

ralph, demand picks up after the skins season, believe it or not. perhaps earlier this year. my advice would be to try and put together a package of 5 or 10 games to sell to folks. i've done that in the past and it really helps. other than that, accept that there are going to be some mid week games that just arent hot tickts. you are also in with a larger group of folks who jumped in and bought full ST but cant make every game.

btw, i would avoid craigslist. sure the posting is free, but you get a lot of guys fishing for tix who never come through. thats why ebay or stub hub are your best bets for secure transactions, although both charge stupid high fees. better to pay $10-$20 to ebay/stub hub than to be standing outside VC waiting for some dude to showup w/ cash.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I am having zero issues getting rid of my season tickets for games I can't go to. You are better off selling tickets to friends and coworkers than going the stubhub route. Get to know the people you sit around, maybe you can swap games.

Posted by: caps512 | October 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey Ralph4100,
Where are your seats at? I might be able to help you sell some of those seats.

Posted by: Lou_Franceschetti | October 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Lindsay Applebaum

"I'm proud to say that I wasted several hours on the company dime Photoshopping that Ovechkin mug. Don't tell my boss."

Well, you may want to tell him. I'm sure that you could license that and save the Post from bankrupcy!

Posted by: Greg S. | October 16, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Never had a problem selling our tickets even though we are in the 400s. We either sell them at the office or use the ticket exchange at the Capitals website. We charge either what we paid for them or face value--never more money than that. And sometimes we give them to friends. Our goal is to not leave the seats empty. And not to have rival team fans in them.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 16, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I recommend you use the Caps Ticket Exchange to sell your unused tickets. You can access the exchange through the CAPS web site. Having said that, friends of mine have had little interest when trying to sell their tickets also so you're not alone.

Posted by: christophermbishop | October 16, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Also find a different circle--one connected with hockey. Our son plays hockey with the Ice Dogs and we also sell to the parents. Again we don't try to make money on them so we usually sell them for what we paid, a little less than the actual face value. And the Caps ticket exchange does work though I believe you have to sell them for the actual face value and there is a fee involved but we still come out even.

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 16, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Loved the line combos last night. I thought having Aucoin in for Gordon really sparked things. The 4th line of Steckel, Brads and Laing had a very good game IMO. I had always thought that Backstrom-OV-Knuble was the way to go but I think I like the Morrison-OV-Knuble and Backstrom-Semin-Laich mix even better.

Posted by: ouvan59 | October 16, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Did people actually watch the game or are you guys just in love with Aucoin? His line did zero last night. Created no chances. On the ice for the Sharks goal. And he got knocked off the puck the whole game. The love affair people have with Aucoin is like Redskins fans thinking Campbell is a good QB. Aucoin = AHL lifer.

Posted by: ThePat | October 16, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

thepat, I'm with you. I have the same sentiments about Giroux, his worth is as a scorer, yet people want him to come up and play on our 3rd/4th line where he would be looked at to have a more defensive role. Yes he lit the AHL on fire last year, but he also had plenty of shots last year to make an impression and didn't (or the ones he did weren't for the right reasons).

Posted by: superpaqman | October 16, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

1) Agree with ThePat that Aucoin looked like an AHL-er last night. Is he really the best option the Caps have from Hershey?
2) As for tix resale, the caps ticket exchange changed their rules about pricing. Last year one could sell their tix for whatever price they wanted. This season there is a set MINUIMUM (no less than the face value) They also have 3 tiers of pricing so a game on the weekend(regardless of opponent) might have a much larger face value than most week day games
3) The result is a glut of available tix on most night so far on the exchange site. We'd suggest using Stub Hub. Its a little less convenient as you have to physically mail out tix, but there you can set your price at whatever level you want!

Posted by: fauxrumors | October 16, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I've found it a little tougher this year to sell the games that I can't attend, but I from the games I've been to I've come up with the following theory:

The market is flooded. The Caps' success in the last season and a half may have attracted a ton of new fans who actually go to the games, but it also became an attractive investment option. I mean, if you got in on season tickets, you are in the club as long as you want (not unlike Redskins tix). Case in point, a friend of mine who already had tickets bought two more: two to use, two to sell. Another guy I know goes to half the games and sells the rest. He can't be the only one. These folks are flooding the market online. I think that once the season gets rolling the tickets will sell easier.

Posted by: Rainier1 | October 16, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

send me a email at
with details I have a five game package but would like to go to some more games. would be able to help you out with some advance notice.

Posted by: billd2 | October 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Nylander will be playing tomorrow night. The salary cap bug has caught us and will force him into action. Finally Nylander will be FREE!!!

Posted by: ThePat | October 16, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

and nevermind about Nylander, they placed Flash on LTIR. Boy they really hate Nylander.

Posted by: ThePat | October 16, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@Lindsay Applebaum - E-mail me at irockthered {at} gmail {dot} com! I wanna know how you DID that, LOL!

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

@ThePat - Source for Fleischmann to LTIR?

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Twitter...its retro to the beginning of the season so he's eligible to come off in 3 games.

Posted by: ThePat | October 16, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

In the beginning there was Void.

Darkness lay across the waters and the fan base, for the Caps had lost 4 in a row.

And the Coach said unto the Team: "Never have we lost 5 straight since my arrival, and I'm not about to start now."

And the Team said "Amen"

And the Refs said "Let there be Caps power plays in all their multitudes", yet only one goal ensued, which the Sharks did equalize.

And so there was whistle and a horn, and an end of the First Period.

And in the Second Period there were shots and there was hitting, and OV and Knubs put a guy named Vlasic in a "Pickle Sandwich"

And the the Fans saw that it was good.

And then there were forechecks and penalty kills (but not too many) and breakaways and sweet saucer passes and Ovechkin scored.

And a mighty Shout did go up to the heavens (or at least the rafters of the Temple).

And the Crowd saw that it was good.

And before the cheering was even finished for the first goal, OV did smite Nabokov's SV% again.

And the Commentators saw that it was good.

And so there was a whistle and a horn and an end of the Second Period.

And the Coach spoke unto the Players, saying: "Let there be more scoring from my 'grind' lines,"

And Varly did make a multitude of great saves to deny the Sharks their vengeance.

And the Players did trap cycle and forcheck and control the puck and did not take stupid penalies.

And lo, the grinders did grind and Brads did score the "dirty" goal from a sharp angle.

And the Coach saw that it was good.

And there was a horn and a siren, and an end of the Third Period.

And the crowd roared with joy, for a win against an elite team had been delivered unto the Players for their 60 minutes of solid work.

And the Hockey Gods saw that it was good.

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 16, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - Excellent! :-)

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - Can I steal that and cross-post it on my blog tonight with credit to you as the author? :-D

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

@IRTR; Thanks!

Yipee! I'm famous!

Of course you may...which blog is that?

I probably should have spell-checked it and put chapter/verse numbers , though XD

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 16, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino And Nylander said, to every season there is a press box, turn turn turn

Posted by: billd2 | October 16, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

We sit in 121 and have no problem selling tickets. As many have said, selling to co-workers is the way to go. My husband will send out an e-mail at work when we can't make a game and within 5 minutes they are sold at face value. Craigslist is good during the playoffs when everyone in DC wants to see ANY team in our area in the playoffs, but not as great during the regular season (except for big games, like Flyers and Pens). Good Luck!

Posted by: NatyBG | October 16, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse



"A time to shoot, a time to pass, a time to skate and a time to kick @$$. A time to trade away picks, a time to ga-a-ther pi-icks together..."

Posted by: Rhino40 | October 16, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse


And in the Second Period there were shots and there was hitting, and OV and Knubs put a guy named Vlasic in a "Pickle Sandwich"

-I love it...very creative!

Posted by: NatyBG | October 16, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I love it. This forum has gotten so rentally metarded that people don't even come around anymore.

Only like 75 people posted on a rainy day?


Guess folks are tired of know-it-alls like me psychically beating others to death for disagreeing with my ultra-important opinions.

Come back, suckers! I need an audience for this self-important vitriol! If I can't try to make you sound like an idiot, I won't have anything to do all day!

Posted by: large23220 | October 16, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

i think the complete bos and sj games should be put on a perpetual loop and played in the locker room.
the only thing i'd like to see more of is some hitting along the boards - just to let the opponents know that nothing is for free.
even though they took 5 minor against bos (and just 3 last night) - it is amazing how playing soundly for 60 minutes can make this team look so dominant.
it's up to BB to keep them motivated - as an athlete it is so much more fun to win (even more so convincingly) than it is to lose.
i'm in the camp that if you have to go on a losing streak - it is much better to do so in the early going
i can't wait to see how they play against nash

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 16, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Guess folks are tired of know-it-alls like me psychically beating others to death for disagreeing with my ultra-important opinions

honesty is the best policy (JK)
but remember dishonesty is the 2nd best policy

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 16, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Aucoin is on a one way contract which may partly explain why he was called up.

Posted by: wendel2 | October 16, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino40 - irockthered {dot} livejournal {dot} com. I can't update it from work, though, so it'll have to wait for tonight. I posted my e-mail address earlier; drop me a note with who to credit. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

ralph- i always buy my tickets on craigslist. i prefer the club level so if that is what you have we may meet one day.

Posted by: daddy_axe | October 16, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

A time to shoot pucks
A time to pass
A time to deke
A time to check
A time to throw down the gloves
A time to send out the Zamboni!

(sorry, had to, LOL!)

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

As for Flash, he's already missed 7 games, so if they put him on LTIR, he only has to miss three more.

I don't know the Holtby cap hit, but there should be room.

One day I want to know the complete truth on this Nylander story. Maybe when BB comes out with the 2nd edition to his book, they can explain it.

Posted by: tominfl1 | October 16, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

i think they only save flash cap space going forward, not back. holtby = $725 cap hit....

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 16, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse


you are right on the cap space. putting him on LTIR means he is out for 3 more games at least. And they did it so they dont have to play Nylander, it allows them to keep Aucoin, Sloan and Laing up. If they didn't do it, 2 of those would have had to be sent down.

Posted by: ThePat | October 16, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

As far as STH ticket selling, there is a glut of tickets on the ticket exchange, especially in the upper level. Last year I had games I could not make and had tickets listed for less on stub hub and face value on ticket exchange (which was the minimum they would allow last year) and I sold one pair on stub hub while the rest sold on ticket exchage with no problem. I think the uneven start this year and the red, white, and blue pricing levels have slowed some sales. As the play picks up, so will sales.

Posted by: _Mark | October 16, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@newbiecapsfan07 Wow another person with a connection with the Ice Dogs I didn't think they were many around anymore.

It does look like it is Holtby who is the backup for tomorrow. On the AHL website he is listed as no longer with the Bears so I am pretty sure he is on his way to join the Caps.

Posted by: icehammer97 | October 16, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, at some point you gotta ask the tough questions about Nylander. Whatever his future is, what the hell is the point of him sitting out the season? From every point of view, it seems like it makes sense to give him some games -- he's got talent, he needs to be showcased, whatever. Nobody really understands what's going on, so please -- find out. We understand Caps are "working on things", but what is the rationale of completely banishing a talented player to the bench?

Posted by: VladG | October 16, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I had heard that Holtby was headed for the Stingrays because Neuvirth was ready for the Bears. Interesting swing in fortune for Holtby.

Posted by: _Mark | October 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@icehammer97--he joined as a Mite and was one of the MItes on Ice last year. The Mites Ice Dogs were at Verizon at least twice last season. I don't know how popular youth hockey has been but currently there seems to be a lot of interest. Squirts have more than enough interested kids, fielding two house teams and two travel teams. Lots of kids are interested in being goalies too. I am most impressed by the coaches though, many of whom played when they were young. They are so dedicated and enthusiastic with the kids. It's been the best experience for my son who says that he "was born to play hockey."

Posted by: newbiecapsfan07 | October 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Why do fans feel entitled to information about player personnel status? Seriously, do you really think it is just a matter of Tarik asking questions and the team will give him some information to publish that will satisfy your curiosity?

Posted by: CapsChick | October 16, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@CapsChick - Hear! Hear! You said it right there. I am so sick to death of the whole Nylander thing! You lot are nosy as hell, and really, it's none of our business.

Posted by: irockthered | October 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, I believe I have seen the question asked and the answer was perhaps not to your liking. Everyone involved seems to have chosen to not speak about the subject in any detail. Maybe the question has not been asked in a tough enough way? Maybe the reporters need to beat the answers out of the Caps management?

The Nyls situation isn't great for anyone involved, but I would not expect any answers anytime soon unless the logjam breaks and he is moved.

Posted by: _Mark | October 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

i agree it is really none of our business - but that doesn't make it any less interesting. i'm sure schultz will fall down/have a bad clearing pass or just miss an assignment soon - then we can all get back to reading how he has to go. once the schultz dead horse has been re-beaten to death maybe the nyls fiasco won't seem so bad.

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | October 16, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is predicting playoff performance after 6 games obviously hasn't watched hockey very long. The Caps will have their share of 5 or 6 game winning streaks just like other teams that are hot now will go through streaks where they play .500 hockey. Tampa has had an easy first 2 weeks and in case you don't actually read other box scores got routed last night, they will fall to the middle/bottom of the pack as the season plays out. The Rags are paper thin and as soon as they get an injury, the 2 rookie Dmen who are playing over their heads start feeling the strain of the NHL, and Torts and Avery destroy the chemistry they too will fall back. The Caps are fine, they have worked out some different line combos that will serve them well thru the season, the D has shown improvement, and the goal tending has been better than most people expected. If the standings still look the same at Christmas time then your concern will carry more weight.


oh yeah there's plenty of time to go, its way too early in the season to worry about win-loss records although I expect Tampa to still be a surprise all season. But its also premature to say that Avery will ruin the Rangers chemistry. He fits in on that team, there's no doubt about it. He makes that team better. He may not fit into our team or our chemistry but you can't discount his benefit to NY. Now Torts..he's a tool. I don't think he's a great fit for that team at all.

"The Rangers are 63-26-17 with Avery in the lineup; 9-13-3 without him. He's scored 40 percent of his goals as a Ranger, despite the fact that he's been in New York for just a quarter of his career."

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 16, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Re: Nylander. If your goal is to get him off the roster so you have salary cap, why in the world would you play him and risk an injury that would keep him here? I think the GMGM is just being smart...

Posted by: hockeydad | October 17, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

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