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Theodore practicing

Jose Theodore, who is sidelined with a suspected hip flexor injury, is on the ice and facing shots from Tyler Sloan, Matt Bradley, Quintin Laing and the assistant coaches. Theodore doesn't seem to be having any trouble getting up and down.

If all goes well, it's possible, if not likely, that the veteran goalie will be ready for backup duty tomorrow against the Panthers. That would mean Braden Holtby, who is also skating, will be returned to Hershey.

Also, Semyon Varlamov skated on his own again this morning.

I'll have more after this morning's five-player practice is over.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 28, 2010; 11:16 AM ET
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Great news that both Theo and Varly are practicing. Get well both PLEEEEASE!!!!!!!!

Posted by: realoldcapsfan | January 28, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

brads is really the only regular out there?

Posted by: _stevo | January 28, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised Matt is out there. Maybe he was bored, or wanted an hour or two of relative quiet with the baby in the house?

Posted by: EricS2 | January 28, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Bradley did get an extra 5 minutes of rest during the game last night. :)

Posted by: writered21 | January 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

from what i could look up - flash played his first game at center against mon on jan 5th.
including that game:
12 games
11 goals
10 assists
10 +/-
i don't know how much of that comes from in game line changes (not with flash) or from pp/sh time
either way, he is on fire

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ

Thanks for the info on Semin. Not hearing much sentiment to trade him for Kovalchuk these days.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 28, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Brads: Sorry HunnyBunny, I can't change that diaper just now, I gotta go to work.

HunnyBunny: Say What? I read the blogs and I know that you are just going to toss pucks around with a few of your buddies. Now get in there and clean that babies butt!

Brads: Yes, HunnyBunny.

Posted by: WhyGo | January 28, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Trade Semin! Fire Boudreau! Waive Green!

Posted by: SA-Town | January 28, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

writered21: Funny!

SA-Town: Funny!

Posted by: uncatim | January 28, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Trade Semin? Fire Boudreau? Waive Green? We've got a pens fan in here boys.... "release the hounds"

Posted by: martini0703 | January 28, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

and fire McPhee! We need a new owner!

Posted by: Mike4169 | January 28, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

is this thing on????


Posted by: WhyGo | January 28, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Why the angst Realold? Not like we are not winning! We have not really missed Varly! He can take his time get healthy. We are 2 points out of first place overall and 21 points ahead of FL. These guys could stay out until after the Olympics with not great drama. Neuvy, KICK SOME BUTT!

Posted by: majiksea | January 28, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Tarik are you going to Vancouver to report on our guys?

Posted by: washingtoncapitals | January 28, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

id like to see Holtby get the start.

Posted by: brian58 | January 28, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

If Varly isn't back healthy and playing well by the trade deadline, I don't see how the Caps would risk their playoff drive on Theo who has not been consistent. He's playing exceptionally well currently, but he also had streaks last year where he played well. The Caps need a top goaltender to be able to beat Pittsburgh, Buffalo and/or Boston in the playoffs. We can't expect to simply score 4-5 goals every game against quality teams.

There will be a lot of 3-2 games similar to the one we played against Detroit which will be decided by the netminder. I just haven't seen the evidence that Theo can keep this up for an entire playoff run. If Varly is healthy, we may have enough in goal to win it all, but I'm not as confident with Theo at our No. 1.

We definitely could use another quality D-Man like Niedermayer who has won Cups and has a lot of playoff experience. I like our top 5 defenseman but we could still use someone like Niedermayer for a long playoff run. Since he's planning to retire, I wouldn't give up any more than a draft pick and a 2nd tier prospect.

Posted by: wizfan89 | January 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I love Scotty Nieds, but he is not the same player he was. If one of the Caps defenseman had been turned into a pylon the way he was last night there would be blood-curdling screams on this blog. Would I take him for the equivalent of Ted Ruth - sure. But, not for much more.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | January 28, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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