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Theodore: 'I Didn't See That Coming'

Jose Theodore made his first comments to the media this morning after being replaced as the Caps' starting goalie before Game 2. Here's everything he had to say:

"Like I said the day before, I didn't see that coming, to be honest," he said. "As one thing through my career that no one could take away was I was always a fighter and able to bounce back through big challenges. And for me, that was a big challenge. But I didn't have a chance to bounce back because I didn't play."

"I was really supportive of Simeon," he added. "I was in a similar situation in Montreal when I was 20. I wasn't supposed to play and I ended up playing the last couple of games. I just tried to give him some advice to make sure he wasn't too nervous. I thought he did a good job.

"For me, it still could be a long series. For so many years, you can look at Carolina, so many different situations where both goalies had the chance to play and they still made a long way. So I'm going to work hard and be ready. Like I said, I'm going to be supportive of my teammates."

Theodore was then asked if he "was understanding and not angry, or...?"

"I didn't say that," he shot back. "I wanted to play. I thought I would play. But if there's anger, I want to keep it inside because I don't want to be a distraction for my teammates. For sure, I want to play. You work hard to play in the playoffs and to be able to bounce back when the challenge is there."

He said Coach Bruce Boudreau hasn't told him which goalie will start Game 3 in New York tomorrow. I'm hearing Boudreau might not tell the goalies until tomorrow morning.

"I don't know," he said. "I just had a good practice today and I'm ready to go if I'm going."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  April 19, 2009; 12:14 PM ET
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Add: Brashear, Aucoin, Clark

Why: Brash might not skate fast, but he hits and brings a physical presence that the Caps absolutely lack at this juncture. Aucoin needs to center in Nylander's absence. Clark can replace Gordon; they need their captain back on the ice with them; he commands respect from both teams and he's ready to go; dress him as an extra forward if need be in case he gets hurt. Wont matter, he'll play anyway.

Drop: Nylander, Gordon and TBD

Why: Nylander hasn't made a case for staying in the lineup all season. If Theo gets pulled for his play, Nylander should be pulled as well. Aucoin will bring the energy and desire that Nylander has not. Gordon, because someone has to make room for Clark/Brash and Steckel/Bradley have been solid.

Make someone on Brash's line stand in the slot because thats where Brash passes to every single time. Its not rocket science.

Posted by: oo7 | April 19, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Another obvious change to me - insert Laich into the PP in place of Flash. Laich is the one guy who consistently sets up in front of the net and causes problems for the other team.

Posted by: CBT2 | April 19, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Well said oo7
Nylander looks like and old man out there. Aucoin's all action style is just what we need. We need Fehr in front of the net. he's 6.4!

Posted by: pierrelebard | April 19, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Some thoughts looking ahead to next year.
GMGM needs to unload Nylander, Kozlov and Clark. Probably Schultz as well. Alzner needs to be brought up full time. He is the type of defender this team really lacks. Also need some forwards that are willing to park in front of the net. I hope Oscar Oksala develops into that type of player.

Unfortunately Fedorov and Kozlov have looked old and slow during the playoffs.

Posted by: srobert1117 | April 19, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse


I know you had mentioned this was an optional skate. How much of the team showed up today? Thanks

Posted by: O-V-P | April 19, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Can't we put someone on waivers and bring back Alzner?

Posted by: MNMNT | April 19, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

We need to fight harder, block shots, and put more bodies in front of the net. The only way we are going to get pucks past Lundy is by getting rebounds, that requires someone being at the net! Look at Detroit they always have someone in front of the net an obviously it has paid off. Keep Varly in he tracks the puck very well, Kozlov needs to get it together, Green/Ovie need to quit turning over the puck, and get a player in there who is willing to take one for the team and block shots!

Posted by: NatyBG | April 19, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

We lost 1-0, the defense is not the problem right now so I don't understand why people want to bring back anyone up.

The problem is the same as it's been the entire season. The lack of going to net and being in a position to put in rebounds. The rangers are just stacking up infront of Henrik and blocking half the shots we put on net.

The Caps need to fake the slap shot (or execute some slap passes) because the defenders are going down right away. The Caps can use this to their advantage. The Rangers are overcommitting on our shots to try to block them.

If the Rangers do happen to advance, you'll see how a team can play against this type of defense from the Bruins.

There is definitely still hope, it's a matter of making some adjustments. It's not like the Rangers are a great team. They are executing playing against a more talented team flawlessly right now and have a hot goalie.

Posted by: Moose33 | April 19, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I agree, the defense isn't the problem. We do have to watch the turnovers though. The Caps need to play with a little more heart. THey have to want it more than the Rangers. They should be able to do that is game 3 as they're backs are against the wall. Playing with more heart means winning the battles, fighting through checks [will draw penalties], paying the price and playing as a team. Mike Green needs to take care of the defensive zone first. Then make good outlet passes. He will get his offensive opportunities on the PP. I agree than Aucoin would bring some motivation as well.

Posted by: bigschu8 | April 19, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

If Theodore plays, they might as well forfeit...Varlamov deserves to start the rest of the series...

Posted by: MigMora | April 19, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Drop Nylander please, agreed. Id try something more radical. Anybody remember that 4-2 win over Atlanta? Top 6 of:


Koz and Flash become huge scoring threats and the top line is bound to score as well.

Our only hope atm.

Posted by: DrAdamson | April 19, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

We need Brash to stand in front of the net and win battles down low, not to give in to Avery's antics. It's common hockey knowledge that when a goalie is hot, you chip away at him by not letting him see the action. I think Clark will be a lot more productive now that his groin is healthy, but that's just a guess.

Posted by: snakegriffin | April 19, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Leave this issue alone..... seriously... get over it people

Posted by: chberan | April 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I think if Varly wins the next two that next year you should have Varly and Johnny rotate. That kid has proven he is ready and on the biggest stages he remains consistent in his approach and his play. I think that next year - The Flash experiment should be over. As much as I like Kozlov he has to go. So does Nyls. I think Feds will retire. We need two good pivots and a winger that can score goals.
I think we are too pushy for Alzner. I think Sloan should get a chance and that we shouldn't be hesitant to let the young guys in Hershey push those on the big club.

With all that said, I have not given up hope on this year. If they can win 2 here we can win 2 there. In both games we haven't played bad we just haven't won. If we limit our turnovers and play our game we have the fire power to destroy the Rangers. It may take a bit of Fire Wagon Hockey at first. The Rangers don't have the size and speed we do. Time to open it up a little. And will someone please tell Greenie that he has been caught on over half the goals they have scored. These Caps don't quit and they will find a way to get it done. Lets Go Caps

Posted by: psugolf | April 19, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

LOL. Bring Brash, a tortoise to keep up with the hares. Yes that is the way to win.
Oh, but he is tough. Yes, all we need is to offer more power plays to the Rangers.
Give me a break.

Well, my pre-playoffs predictions are coming to fruition: Blames will be dished out to Theo, Schultz, Nylander and Semin.

Posted by: opita1 | April 19, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

There is only one group of people who want Brash in the line-up more than the people contributing here... and that's the NY Rangers.

Honestly, the guy is big and mean looking. But he really doesn't scare anyone anymore.

We have to have a better answer than that.

Posted by: sinbin | April 19, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

The Caps have to change something or they are done. I see talk about next year and people patting themselves on the back about their playoff predictions. WTF???
They have only played two games and some are righting them off. I appreciate the ideas that have been presented. The Caps need to change something to turn this series around. IF the Caps are done, then why bother even playing out the next two games? Come on people, I am sick of hearing about how bad this team is and how they are not built properly and how they dont have a chance. I'd hate to be around some of those on here who are so negative. YEah, I'm concerned too but until the Caps are eliminated or win the Cup, I am believing in them this season.
Go Caps

Posted by: bigschu8 | April 19, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Thank you bigschu8. I don't get this talk about next year either. Let's worry about that IF we're eliminated from the playoffs. Right now, we've still got at least 2 more games to play. I thought the Rangers outworked the Caps in Game 2. We're going to have to pick up the energy level tomorrow night, and it's obvious that someone, anyone, will have to park in front of Lundqvist to screen him, annoy him, whatever it takes. Let's go CAPS!

Posted by: homusphomus | April 19, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad someone said it. Bring Brash back. He has a physical presence that can chip away at the Rangers. Put him in front of the net to shake up the goalie.

Posted by: capsfan01 | April 19, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

i'm not arguing that theo should be left out for the rest of the playoffs, however, he is completely missing the fact that he had a chance to bounce back within the game after letting in each bad goal. he also had the chance to bounce back before the playoffs after letting in weak goals in the last game of the season.

Posted by: am_jim | April 19, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I really hope the Caps get rid of Theodore, Nylander, Clark and Federov. Here's why:

Theodore - Terrible goalie and requires a great defense to get the win. He hardly ever makes big saves, and his game one performance was absolutely atrocious. If he's upset at anyone that he's not in net anymore, he needs to take a long look into the mirror. Also, he is the most expensive siv on the planet.

Nylander - A great debate I've had in the past is just who was the worst pickup for the Caps, Nylander or Theodore? I think I'm going to say Nylander since he is more expensive and maybe even more of a pathetic excuse for a hockey player. I think I actually saw him hit a Ranger with his purse in game 2. Why couldn't the league have declined our attempt to sign Nylander and let him go to Edmonton?!?!?

Clark - This guy is the worst captain ever. How can you be a team captain AND NEVER PLAY?!? 50 games in two years and he makes right around 2.5 million per year. That's a lot for a cheerleader. Especially when that cheerleader puts up only 15 points in those 50 games. PATHETIC! I would say that the United States women's hockey team is looking for a player of Clark's caliber, but that's just insulting to the U.S. women's team. Clark should be waving his pom-poms on the unemployment line.

Federov - If he were to take a major pay cut I could live with him on the team since he is the best face off guy we have. However, he demands four million per year and that's just ridiculous. He looks completely out of gas after warm ups these days.

I really hope George McPhee takes a long look at the roster a the end of the year and tries to cut some of the waste off of this team. we could be great if we spend our money wisely. I also wouldn't cry if the Caps were to trade Semin either. He takes WAY too many penalties at the worst possible times. That screams one thing to me, SELFISH. We could get a shutdown d-man, a top line forward, or even a top draft pick if we let him go. Pack your bags boys...

Posted by: Randolph_B42 | April 20, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if anyone else noticed this or not, I guess not because I haven't read anything in the articles written in the Post or elsewhere, but it seems once again the Ovie is forcing things and has completely changed his style in the playoffs.

During the regular season he was relaxed and didn't hesitate to make a pass at the last second to a wide open player, but now it seems he is taking every shot even if it's an attempt that has NO chance! Also, especially in game 1 it seemed he was constantly on the ice. This is not as good as it might seem because then the other lines have no chance of developing chemistry or a forecheck. In fact there doesn't even seem to be a forecheck so far. One shot and done mostly.

I am the biggest Caps fan and also Ovie fan, but the best TEAM wins not the best player. Ovie needs to just calm down a little and take what the give him.

Also where is Semin? The only time I've seen him is high sticking someone and heading to the box.

Posted by: capfan1 | April 20, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

to Randolph,

I agree with most of what you said with the exception of Chris Clark. He is legitimately hurt. What can he do? When healthy he is a great Captain and gritty no nonsense player. His first year with us he did great and I would think he will get back to that once healthy.

Theodore is a temporary fix. Varly should be number 1 soon, w/ Nueruith not far behind either.

I love BB's style of play but in Game 1 he pushed the O to hard. We got caught constantly on turnovers and it wasn't much better in game 2. Ovie gave up a lot of turnovers himself. Of course Hockey is a game of mistakes, but we are making too many to win. We also need quality defensemen.

Posted by: capfan1 | April 20, 2009 12:56 AM | Report abuse

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