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Theodore to Start Against New Jersey

Jose Theodore will get his third consecutive start tonight against Martin Brodeur and the Devils. Based on the morning skate, the forward lines will look the same and the scratches will be Jeff Schultz, Tyler Sloan and Michael Nylander.

*Coach Bruce Boudreau praised Theodore for his overall play this season and is impressed with his focus.

*The D-pairings will be Shaone Morrisonn-Mike Green, Tom Poti-Milan Jurcina and John Erskine-Brian Pothier.

I'll have more in a bit.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 12, 2009; 10:42 AM ET
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We need to replace at least 2 of the D-men.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 12, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

I think that Green needs to be benched a game or two. His ego needs to deflate some.

Posted by: ERHDC1 | October 12, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

go theo, marty hasnt been so solid so hopefully our offense can blast him and our d can help theo out and not let another great performance go to waste. i dont care if we win 10-9 or 2-1 just as long as we win

Posted by: capsfan387 | October 12, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Win...or else...

Posted by: SA-Town | October 12, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I am new to this site, but being from Canada I wanted to find a place to talk Caps hockey with other fans on a site that isn't hockeybuzz (I regret ever finding/registering for that site). Anyways, hopefully this is worthwhile, as there are literally 0 people in this country who cheered for the Caps prior to Ovechkin arriving there.

Personally, I like the decision to go with Theo again. He was very solid against Detroit and has been pretty reliable all season, aside from the third period against the Rangers. I still feel that Varly is a ways away from being a starter in this league (now that high trapper has been exposed) and Theo is the way to go, for the short term anyways.

Posted by: Aldred15 | October 12, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I am glad Boudreau saw how horribly Sloan played. Pothier had to cover his ass all game.

Posted by: mkyan978 | October 12, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse


Welcome to the blog...For you to post here, we will need to see your 200 words or less essay on "Why I hate the Penguins."

Posted by: SA-Town | October 12, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I know Nylander has a NMC, but I figured I'd pass this along anyway as I wonder how the Devils were able to pull this off...


From the article:

"...Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said tonight that left wing Brendan Shanahan’s contract has been terminated and he is now an unrestricted free agent. Lamoriello would not say if Shanahan consented to the move. “It’s within the rules,” Lamoriello said. “That’s all I’ll say.” Because Shanahan’s contract has been terminated, it no longer counts against the Devils’ payroll or their salary cap..."

Posted by: MetalCapsFan | October 12, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I really don't care who plays in net. It's the defense and stupid mistakes that are killing me.

I'd have to say the Caps have one of the lowest Hockey IQ teams in the league.

Posted by: thezaitsev | October 12, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I am a Theodore hater, but he played his ass off and deserved a win. I'm glad Bruce is sticking with him.

Posted by: Bagher | October 12, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

That's what I figured. I asked a few weeks ago if Shanahan actually signed or if he just had a try-out contract, and everyone told me he was signed.

It was probably some sort of try-out stipulation, like how some players signings are contingent on passing a physical.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 12, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I saw the Mike Knuble article in the last post. Whatever else we have, the team and the players are all very much part of a classy organization. (For anyone who missed it, he held up the team bus to get an autograph for a kid.) "You see a kid over there crying, you've got to make the situation right real fast if you can," Knuble said. "To be honest, the adults that go around looking for autographs don't really care if you turn them down. But they're kids, and you forget that as players. You were a kid once and it's a big thrill.

Great guy. :-)

Posted by: irockthered | October 12, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I'd have to say you are wrong then, Mr. Vasylly Zaytsev.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 12, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

They can fire a player for not doing his job. The trouble is, Nylander IS doing his job, as-assigned. Do we *really* want to deal with GMMN if we sack him? Or worse? I didn't think so. The trouble is, we have no grounds to sack him, and I am pretty sure Virginia is "right to work" as opposed to Maryland's "at-will"... if the Caps were based in Maryland, they could probably sack him for wearing a green tie one day.

Posted by: irockthered | October 12, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I think the reason for Shanahan was that he was able to clear waivers. Nylander isnt allowed to be moved unless he agrees to it, so there is no way for him to clear unconditional waivers (unless of course he accepts it). Not sure if that is totally right but it makes sense...

I like the decision to start Theo very much. I dont like the rotating defense situation. Schultz played a very solid game and was benched last game and is now benched again. Sit Green in "timeout" and make him think about the stupid mistakes hes made so far..

Posted by: MCBT | October 12, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Waivers is a bit besides the point. The article says that Shanahan's contract was flat-out terminated, not just moved to the AHL team.

I am guessing that they waived him, told him to report to the AHL (knowing full well he would not), and that gave them grounds to "fire" him.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 12, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Well, so much for the accountability piece regarding taking dumb penalties late in games. Guess Boudreau is all talk and no follow-through with this? Maybe he's just waiting for a non-star player to use as an example??

Posted by: aybee27 | October 12, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Again, sitting a player out is one of the dumbest suggestions I have heard, especially when it's one of your better players. This is not football.

Accountability should come in reduced ice-time. Not sitting someone out, especially one of your best players.

Posted by: richmondphil | October 12, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Crazy NHL news story of the day...


Posted by: MetalCapsFan | October 12, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

@ SA Town

Why I Hate The Penguins by Aldred15

Two 3-1 playoff collapses in the 90's. Jaromir Jagr's salute. A 2-0 series lead blown last year. Sidney Crosby. The majority of their fans. Jaromir Jagr. Their logo before the one it is now.

Posted by: Aldred15 | October 12, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I find it very strange that Schultz is out of the line-up yet again. Doesn't Bruce know about his +/- rankings for the past 3 seasons??

This is an injustice of epic proportions. Jeff Schultz is a #1 or #2 defenseman on any team. Just ask one of the leolems for the stats!

Posted by: Jaymagz | October 12, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@ Aldred15

You had me at "Sidney Crosby".

Posted by: SuperG5 | October 12, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil: you seem to be confusing the concepts of "best player" and "highest-paid" player. If someone takes an undisciplined, lazy penalty near the end of a game that is still in doubt, after specifically being intructed to not do that, he is not your "best player." Best players get results.

On a team that doesn't have an excess of players who are wanting playing time, you could just say, "ok, I'll reduce your playing time." On this team, where you have 8 guys vying for 6 positions, it behooves you to play the guys who are going to perform within your system.

Mike Green hasn't put in a quality performance since before the playoffs. He needs to understand that he is not above reproach for his actions. You can't just say, "ok, if Jeff Schultz makes a mistake, I'll bench him, but if Mike Green makes one, I won't." That creates a culture where certain players feel that they do not need to follow through on what's been decided by the coaching staff. That's not acceptible. And it's interesting that that seems to be exactly how it's played out thus far.

Posted by: aybee27 | October 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'd say giving any player an ice time reduction for taking bad penalties is perfectly warranted. It's just basic accountability.

Having said that, everyone is so quick to focus on the penalties. Sure they are a negative factor, but I think the larger problem was that Detroit just outplayed the Caps for most of the game IMO. While the Caps effort was much improved over the Rangers game, in both cases I thought the team that put forth the better effort won the game. The struggle this season for the team is to play to their potential much more consistently. When they do that, there are few teams that can beat them. When they don't, you get more games like the last couple.

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | October 12, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Going with the goal tender that's playing the best at the moment is the way to go.

Mike Green needs to get his head out of his arse and start playing hockey or be sat down. Once again our D is going to be our weak link along with some one getting their nose dirty in front of the net.

Next player to commit a penalty in the offensive zone should be publicly flogged!

Love coaching from the couch! GO CAPS!

Posted by: gwells1 | October 12, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Please, please bench green for a few games; he is on the ice for a whole LOT more goals than the ones he scores. He needs to be traded for a decent D. Schultz is a COMPLETE joke!

Posted by: riceldi | October 12, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Theo in general has been playing well the last several starts, but he did lose us our last 2 games on easy shots.

Wings, Holmstrom's goal was soft.

Rangers, 2 goals 2.5 minutes apart, from atop the circles, unscreened.

With our D playing this bad the goalies can't mess up, except on generally hard shots aka rebounds, screens, powerplay goals

But the caps do need to win tonight or else this town and media will start to turn on them. That I garuntee

Posted by: breaklance | October 12, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green hasn't put in a quality performance since before the playoffs. He needs to understand that he is not above reproach for his actions. You can't just say, "ok, if Jeff Schultz makes a mistake, I'll bench him, but if Mike Green makes one, I won't." That creates a culture where certain players feel that they do not need to follow through on what's been decided by the coaching staff. That's not acceptible. And it's interesting that that seems to be exactly how it's played out thus far.

Posted by: aybee27 | October 12, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

ding ding! we have a winner, finally someone who gets it. Too bad you're not the coach or GM.

Playing favorites as blatantly as the Caps accomodate Green and Semin is just detrimental to the team. Why would those two ever change the way they play if there's no repercussions? Those 2 have been babied since day 1, esp Semin

Posted by: cstanton1 | October 12, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

If you don't like Green fine, but shut the HE double hockey stick up already. It is the same people saying the same thing over and over and over. The NHL disagrees with you and your assessment that he is not a good player.

I am enjoying the Bruin vs Avalanche game here in front of the fireplace on a holiday and just watched the Avalanche score. Chara and Morris (a lot of you said to get him at last year's trade deadline before the Rangers got him) were on the ice. The goal was scored in the slot and not one Avalanche player was knocked on their a$$. I thought Chara was a beast. The Bruins need to trade, sit, or send Chara down to Providence. Same with Morris. Those two players wouldn't be a 1 or 2 defenseman on any team except the Bruins.

Of course I am being sarcastic and I sound like an idiot too. Just like many of you.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 12, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Ooops. Now it is 2-0 Avalanche. Who was on the ice. Some lazy no good backcheckers like Lucic and Savard. Lucic was gliding into the zone while the Scott Hannan bagged a rebound shot on a 3 on 2. Pack your bags Savard and Lucic, you guys $uck and should be headed to Providence. Those guys are a waste of space and wouldn't be top 6 forwards on any team but Boston.

Posted by: fanohock1 | October 12, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Schultz must go.
He has gotten worst, not better.
Try to trade him.

Posted by: jmy999 | October 12, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

@Aldred15: Welcome! Great essay, you knocked it out of the park.

I got a hankering to go watch the Caps practice this morning. Never did that before and plan to do it again, and next time I'll show up on time because I'm sure I missed some of the guys practicing. Not everyone is required to be there all the time.

For all you people who are down on Green, fyi, it looked to me like he was working himself pretty darn hard at practice today. I hope that pays off tonight. I refuse to believe he doesn't care and can't have a great game without penalties. By the way, the first penalty on Green against Detroit was not really a clear cut penalty---very iffy. The penalties were fewer than before, and here's hoping tonight has even fewer for the Caps.

Varly was working with the goalie coach at practic quite a bit too. Up close, it's easy to remember just how young he is---in terms of a baby face. But he's working hard, and I think the Caps are on the way to having an embarrassment of riches in the goalie department.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | October 12, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

There is a positive thing: Green will not receive a slot in olympic team. It will be so clear for him so he will work harder later in the season.

PS: I bet there is a deal between OV and Gabby that they play SOB much before Olympics.

Posted by: Rambutan_ru | October 12, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

imo we need to move Knuble up to the 1st line and put Semin on the 2nd. we have 2 go to the net guys on the 2nd line, Laich and Knuble, we need a little more stead of are top 3 scorers on 1 line.I think the D pairings look pretty good 4 2nite, LETS GO CAPS!!!!!! c u all 2nite at the VC..........

Posted by: bigBinMd | October 12, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

i think they need to play Theo to build him up for the season.

Posted by: heathdog1119 | October 12, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Thought the team played MUCH better, but Steckel, Laich & Backstrom did not have their best game. D-wise ... Green & Poti were questionable especially considering their length of time at the NHL level & the amount they're getting paid. Shaone Morrisonn was solid. For the 1st game out on D, Sloan played well -- obviously B.B. thought so too or he wouldn't have played him for 24 shifts (18.33). Poti (18.58 & Green 26.50) ... but they always get major ice time regardless of how they're playing, which is not the case with the other D.

Posted by: gogetem | October 12, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

No more Theo for goodness sake. We keep losing in front of him, this game he was pretty solid, but lets face it in a dual of goalies in a SO neither of our guys could pull it out, though that 2nd goal from Langbrunner shouldn't of gone in. We need to be playing Varly to get him solid, if we are going to lose it might as well be getting one of our future goalies ready.

But I would also really like to see the top lines shook up: Ovie, Backstrom, Morrison /// Knuble, Laich, Semin.

Posted by: breaklance | October 12, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

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