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Tonight's Lineup

Based on the fact that Michael Nylander (healthy), Sergei Fedorov (ankle) and Shaone Morrisonn (goin) are out, here's what I expect the lineup to look like tonight against the Martin Brodeur-less Devils:

Goal
Theodore

Forwards
Ovechkin-Backstrom-Semin
Fleischmann-Laich-Kozlov
Fehr-Steckel-Clark
Brashear-Gordon-Bradley

Defense
Schultz-Green
Poti-Sloan
Erskine-Jurcina

Some other notes and quotes:

*Fehr, who is usually a right wing, will be on the left side tonight. It's a bit of an adjustment for him, but all he cares about is getting back in the lineup. Boudreau said it was very hard to scratch Fehr against the 'Canes after he played one of his best games as a pro against Tampa Bay.

"Eric is at the stage where he just wants to play and prove he belongs in the NHL," Boudreau said. "You could play him on defense, and he'd be okay with it."

*Chris Clark has only one point this season, and would likely be a candidate to take a seat soon if he doesn't get on track. But the coaching staff is hoping that he'll be able to play his way out of the funk, so that's a big reason why he's back in there tonight.

*Superfast defenseman Mike Green has a new nickname -- "Lambo-Greenie", in honor of his new ride. Not sure who coined it, but that's one of the best nicknames I've heard.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 14, 2008; 11:35 AM ET
 
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Comments

Here's hoping for another good game for Fehr and out of the scratch rotation but good.

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

semin would be leading the all-star voting if he were in the western conference, instead he is over 100,000 votes behind 3 habs

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I made it a little late to the Nylander speculative party a post or two ago, but that's definitely suspicious...

Then again, don't you usually play your trade-to-be so that he can continue to impress his suitors?

I dunno. Weird.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 14, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Could it possibly be that they feel sitting Nyls now against a team that is difficult to stick handle through is a good time. Seems to me to beat NJ's trap, you need to dump and chase. The lineup tonight seems more apt at doing that. Just a thought.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 14, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

haha "Lambo-Greenie" is awesome.

Fehr did score his onetimer from the LW area against the 'ning.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I think the Nylander thing is just coming to a head tonight. If you check his playing time last game he was under 14 minutes. Laich was over 20. While there were a number of penalties to be killed you'd expect your #2 center to get more than 14 minutes.

While he could end up being traded I tend to agree with those who said this is just a game off due to underwheleming performances over the last few weeks. Plus, Fehr definitely deserves a jersey tonight.

Posted by: Jeff_ | November 14, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

@CTCaps

Only thing to do now is speculate until you see Nylander back in uniform tomorrow.

Caps are saying nothing...Tarik seems to be deflecting it because of the no trade clause...

We have nothing.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

DrinkingPartner

Usually they DON"T play him so he can't get hurt and kill the deal. Seems all I've ever heard from a player just before they were to be traded (like Eminger to TB) was you're scratched tonight, and then the call comes that the trade goes through

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Funny all of a sudden not so deep at center. Injury, off couple of nights and poof, Laich is back at center and we are all wondering what is going on with Nylander. It can not help that every night he has different people to play with, just an observation. If a trade is coming, then Nylander knows about it as he can not be traded without approval. Could be he has been approached about a trade and that is bothering him......is that enough theories for one post?

Posted by: RichC3 | November 14, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

So is his Lambo actually lime green, like he said? Because that wouldn't be the first amongst local stars (LaRon Landry I believe has the other one).

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm right in saying that the rumors are just that, and that it's a coincidence that Nylander sits tonight.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have on update on Nylander's home on the market situation?

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 14, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town

Agreed about waiting as it is all we can do. I was just taking the angle of him getting a night off and this is a good team to take it off against. I am still under the belief he is not being traded, but I am not holding my breath either way.

I have to believe if he is, then we will get something really good in return.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 14, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The "Continue Reading This Post" links have to end. Put the whole post up, don't care how long.

I'll be on watch tonight with Theo back in net, to see if HE, unlike BJ, slams the ice with his stick when we are nearing the end of our PP. If Theo doesn't, then there has to be some other mechanism from the bench that takes care of that. I'll be sure to keep my ears peeled... Though it's tough when the crowd around me is grumbling cause of another failed PP.

Posted by: FFSEnough | November 14, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else find it odd that no major News Outlets have picked up on the All Star Ballot stuffing?

Will our man Tarik also stay silent with his press friends?

Will you Tarik?

Posted by: RongCapsFan | November 14, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Chat Today, Tarik?! Please. We want it back!

MReilly

There was a post a while back where Tarik brought it up with Nyls, and the response was, they had already moved into another neighborhood nearby and were just trying to sell that one.

Posted by: FFSEnough | November 14, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

So Greenie drives a Lambo? How the heck can he drive that really low car inside the Kettler garage? Wouldn't he be scraping the bottom a lot?

Posted by: Andoy | November 14, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

We must remember that Nlys missed most of last season same as Clark. So the not big numbers yet fact does not mean much to me. Why give Clark slack and not Nlys? He had some ridiculous number of points this time last year and he will again say after Christmas.

You do not bench your #2 center because he is not good at the dump & Chase. You bench him becuase he is leaving very soon and they don't want him hurt.
Personally I like Nlys a Lot and hated when he was traded last time, but it's a business.

Posted by: Iceman10 | November 14, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Nylander needs to shoot or pass... Not just spin move, triple toe loop, spin move. It's not Disney on Ice! May this is why he is sitting.

Posted by: ashburnpaul | November 14, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

ooops Maybe not May

Posted by: ashburnpaul | November 14, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Protest the Bots. The only reason we are behind the Habs is that WE don't cheat, and THEY do.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/feedback.htm

Complain! They should scrap the whole thing and make everyone start over, with no bloody BOTS allowed! One vote per person. THEN we'll see how our boys are doing!

Posted by: irockthered | November 14, 2008 12:57 PM | Report abuse

One more comment, we all know it is bull that BB says he is resting. If Feds was playing, ok but with him out, it makes absolutely no sense whats so ever.

Posted by: RichC3 | November 14, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Greg:
"Other ponderings... What jerk thought that "dyslexia" should be the name given to people that switch letters and numbers around, use the "spelling" rules incorrectly... That word alone is enoough to give you dyslexia!"

HA!!! First that and then "Lambro-Greenie" ... I love this place!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Nyls is nearing the end of his career, at least closer to the end than the middle. He has two kids that play youth hockey, one of whom you will very likey see in an NHL jersey one day. Everybody knows that youth hockey landscape for legitimate prospects in our area is less than good, some would even say that to be given serious consideration, you need to be living elsewhere. My point is that Chicago youth hockey, while not Michigan or Minnesota is still a hotbed of great teams and great coaches. Washington, DC is not. In addition to his overall career outlook, Nyls may have one eye peeled for his kids.

Posted by: WhyGo | November 14, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

#2 center is Fedorov, and BB officially said it. And before injury Feds was actually #1 centering Ovie. So Nyls is #3.

Eric Duhachek:
In the post-lockout NHL, the trading game usually grinds to a halt between the second week of the season and the middle of February, but the one player that may legitimately get moved is the Blackhawks' Nikolai Khabibulin, who inches closer to free agency every day; sees the dollars click off that $6.25-million (all currency U.S.) annual salary – and continues to play great. Khabibulin was sensational in last week's 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Apart from the money, performance and attitude were the two red flag for teams pondering a move on Khabibulin had to consider. It doesn't seem as if either is an issue at the moment …

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

The NHL doesn't care about the voting. They only seem to care about how much traffic that site gets to the page. They are probably making a killing, and if they can get a page view per minute from thousands of people, they're gonna take advantage of that money.

Who in the right mind wouldn't want to regulate voting for anything? WTF.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 14, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

What the heck? I have not been reading the Post Sports section lately because it's horrible NHL coverage. But what is with Nylander not playing? He is one of our top 5 players. Come Tarik how about a little more effort on your reporting.

Posted by: opita | November 14, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Wait, is someone expecting Bettman not to screw up? Of course the All-Star voting is wacky.

Posted by: koalatek | November 14, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Opita?
"I have not been reading the Post Sports section lately because it's horrible NHL coverage. "

Lately?

You must read it, like never. They've always have one writer, and sometimes the Post may throw a bone and put in an AP article other than what Tarik writes. It's hardly any coverage at all, but to talk about it as if they used to give a lot of NHL coverage is hilarious.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 14, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think Tarik is going great. Look at how many people they put on the Nationals and the Redskins. Vs. how many for the caps. There is nothing new about that at all.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 14, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

"Nylander needs to shoot or pass... Not just spin move, triple toe loop, spin move. "

Nylander is a playmaker, one of the best in the NHL, why shoot or pass if there is nothing there? Why give up the puck hoping for a lucky break when you have control and confidence in yourself that you can make something happen?

I think what you see is the difference of strategic game vs a shoot-dump-luck game. I prefer the way he plays, but to each his own.

Posted by: opita | November 14, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I still say using a bot to vote is cheating.

Posted by: irockthered | November 14, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

re Nlys, lets wait and see. Some on here are almost offerng to help him pack.

Boo,
Other ponderings:

Who thought it was a good idea to put an S in the word lisp?

If people from Poland are called Poles, why aren't people from Holland called Holes?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 14, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

So when Fehr sits in favor of Clark everyone goes ballistic, but sitting Nylander makes sense? Whatever. Nylander is 10 times the player Clark is. The truth is that if anyone should sit it's Clark. Nylander is a very good player who's been hampered by constant changes to his line mates. If we're gonna trade him I hope it's for a legit top 2 defenseman.

Posted by: ranndino | November 14, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Ovechkin was supposed to get the new lambo-something, what is he driving now?

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

WhyGo:

Eh, there's some merit to that, but I don't think that's it.

Look at Jeff Halpern. He made it to the NHL while playing for the Little/Junior Caps as a kid. He's not a comparable player to Nylander, really, but the point is that he was able to figure out what worked for him, and I think that's true for most NHL players. It has to do with their dedication to the game and the amount of work they put in (and talent, certainly), not necessarily the best coaches or best competition (though they're not insignificant).

All I'm saying is that Nylander's child has Michael Nylander as a role model and as competition, because we all know that his dad will be able to keep up just fine with him for some time.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 14, 2008 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Dave:
LOL!! Sounds like you've already gotten a start on your Friday night!! ;-) BTW, check your email ...

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If you're going to show a Lambo and what Greenie's gotten into, check this:

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/90350/top_gear_lamborghini/

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I don't think many people went "ballistic" when Clark was sat -- as a matter of fact, I was a proponent of keeping him out for a few and letting Fehr play.

And, honestly, Nylander doesn't have the points, but I don't think he's been playing poorly, really. I wonder if there really will be a trade...

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | November 14, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

If Nylander is in fact going to be dealt, which I dont think he is. Check out NJ's lineup tonight to see if a Colin White or someone is scratched.

Maybe a 3 team deal involving them and Chicago and theres an agreement not to play the players involved over the weekend to avoid injury and then the deal gets done on Sunday.

But like I said I don't think or rather hope he's not getting moved.

Posted by: ThePat | November 14, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

@mnmnt_snow
I don't know if you are being sarcastic or not, but if you find the coverage of the NHL in the Washington Post satisfactory, well, I am happy for you.
By the way, I was not attacking Tarik, I merely was stating that in my opinion the Washington Post - not Tarik in particular - does not provide enough coverage to one of the most exciting sports. But, yes, I think Tarik could do a better effort when it comes to potential big issues like Nylander's situation; it is not easy but it can be done, then, again, it might be that he is unable because of the paper support for the sport.
Nothing personal, just a view on the local publication.

Posted by: opita | November 14, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't AO have a M-B S class? Or was that Semin?

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I thought I read somewhere that AO has a BMW.

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say "the paper's lack of support... "

Posted by: opita | November 14, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

If Nyls was to go, it is doubtful he would be going to a team just trying to make the playoffs and nurture young players in the process just to finish out his career. To me, Chicago with Toews and Kane to tutor would seem redundant since Nyls has the perfect pupil right here in DC to groom.

Nyls is definitely no spring chicken so if his NTC is to be waived, he must be working with a very short list of real contenders to which he would be willing to go.

I could be wrong on this but if that short list of contenders does exist, Chicago is not on it. Not that Edmonton would be on that list either but Kevin Lowe made that serious attempt last season and could still be interested. My gut feeling says Montreal would want him and he would go if all this actually has legs. Again, just speculation.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 14, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

Ovechkin got 165 mph, this official test driver was doing only 170 mph? At the special place where he could step on it?

Posted by: CodePoetry | November 14, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Jozy at 4 Mill a Bust (so far)

Nylander at whatever Mill has been a bust considering he barely played last year and this year has been a non factor.

This team is built to entertain during the regular season, however if anyone thinks the Caps are post season contenders they are sadly mistaken.
Too many goalies last year, too many at center this year, all gettin PAID.

I'm amazed the same person has been allowed (and supported) to manage the team throughout all these years.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Ovie has a White BMW, I have no idea exactly which series or anything, not a big car guy.... but its always parked in the Verizon Center garage right near the elevator or just inside the fenced in area within the garage.

Posted by: ThePat | November 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

@Andoy

I have a very low car, and it's not too bad in the garage. You have to take the bumps slowly and at an angle though. Believe me, there's nothing worse than the sound of a scraping front lip, or worse your exhaust piping.

Posted by: TheVampireCorndog | November 14, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

We keep hearing about the CAPS having salary cap issues and they've proved they can win without Nylander. A trade would free up a lot of cap space; however, I just can't imagine they would be trying to trade Nyls with Fedorov on the shelf unless they could get another center of equal value for much cheaper. There's the other issue of the no trade clause too. You never know though.

Posted by: wienerdog4410 | November 14, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Nylander could care less about going to a contender, he's more interested in no post season at the same pay.

He's a skilled journeyman, always has been and always will be.
To have signed him TWICE is pathetic, especially at the amount. What a waste.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Right...not a big car guy driving at 165 and telling everyone he's president so no speed limits. :) I guess just small really fast ones.

No, he got it over 200 at one point.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@drinkingpartner:

Truth that, but still I think the early season rustlings on Nyls had some grain of possible truth. I'm leaning towards him wanting to go because his stock is high now (regardless of this recent mild slump) and all things considered he may just end up in a better financial, playing and family spot.

Would miss him, though. He is my favorite non-Alex Cap. Lot to learn by watching him, no doubt.

Posted by: WhyGo | November 14, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Cheef:
I may not play hockey, but I've got to believe that EVERY hockey player's dream is to win Lord Stanley's Cup.

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Cheef's posts would seem almost valid if he would just leave out the shot at GMGM at the end.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Opita,
I'm just laughing b/c you said "lately"

Like you said the paper never covers the Caps. I'm with you on that, it's been like that forever.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 14, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Cheef aka Ken Shearer JR doesn't play hockey either.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 14, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

why not package nylander clark and brash for a dman that can play defense and chuck the knuckles once every 6 or 7 games

Posted by: wendel2 | November 14, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I've watched Nylander well before he ever showed up in DC, he's a skilled journeyman that plays with ZERO passion.

Many european players do NOT have the Stanley Cup as priority #1 and that's ok.

He's all business when it comes to hockey, nothing more.
It's obvious his wife & kids are priority and they should be, so is living in Sweden.
I have no problem with his priorities.

My only problem is how much he thinks he's worth or the Caps GM has determined he's worth, in either case it's way too much.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Cheef's posts would seem almost valid if he would just leave out the shot at GMGM at the end"

Continue with being willfuly ignorant.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Here is an article that says Alex O has a BMW M6. That must be an awesome automobile!

Link:
http://www.askmen.com/celebs/men/sports/alexander-ovechkin/index.html

Posted by: MReilly9 | November 14, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

OV has a white 6 series BMW M class I believe. I won't state what the plate says but it is Russian in nature.
Someone else has the black version, I think Kozlov? I couldn't imagine driving a Lambo anywhere in this area let alone in DC, though I have seen them.

Posted by: Iceman10 | November 14, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey Ken,
Slow day today? You're posting a bunch.

Posted by: mnmnt_snow | November 14, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Mr Negativity is on a roll

Posted by: Riddler1 | November 14, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

@cheef
glad to see you're still on the same complaints, means the meds haven't changed
re: OV's 165 was not mph but Km/hr

Posted by: billd2 | November 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

@ opita

I agree he is a great playmaker. It's just frustrating... Yes most of the time there is nothing there... But, I noticed that spin move, triple toe loop, spin move was usually followed by TURNOVER... I'm not saying it's his fault either. His line mates should move to some open space.. I'm not a hater just frustrated...

Posted by: ashburnpaul | November 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Cheef's comments are almost reasonable. I don't agree, but the tone was much more adult-like.

2005-06 81 23 56 79 31 (GP, GO, AS, PT, +-)
2006-07 79 26 57 83 12
2007-08 40 11 26 37 -19 Injury year

At this point this season, I'd agree that he doesn't seem to play with much passion.

I have to wonder, though, if it's a result of not being 100% from his surgery or being out of game shape from being off half a year. At the point that he stopped and had the surgery, he was on track for another 70-80 point season.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

The point production is not to be considered when looking at Nylander, he's always produced, that's why there are teams out there willing to pay.

The point is that he does not care enough to make any sacrfices, when the Team sees that, it becomes a problem despite success.

The Caps are built to succeed as a regular season team, throw in sacrfice and they no longer are threat.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

the donald has a black lambo and he drives it around dc

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

UNLEASH THE BOBBLEHEADS!!!

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Dale Hunter had a great pick up.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

OV still has his white BMW M6 and his white Mercedes S63 AMG. Other cars in his driveway frequently include a white S550 Benz (Mom and Dad I think) and a black BMW 6-series (not M) for his bro.

Jose has an S55 AMG and a couple of Range Rovers.

Who has the black Aston Martin with PA plates?

Brash had a black Lambo Gallardo with NJ plates.

Someone was pulling into Kettler the other day with a charcoal Ferrari 430 with a red racing stripe. Not sure if it was a Cap or not, but figured there was a good chance.

Posted by: alpca3877 | November 14, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

>>>>>>

Not when that player is 36 years old. Teams know what they'll get from Nylander and they've seen enough of him this year to know he's recovered from the shoulder injury. No point getting him injured before the trade.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 14, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Re Nylander. I think we all agree that in a perfect world, GMGM would send him away. But, absent some huge trade with many players each way, I don't see it happening in the short run. (And, I don't see a mega-trade either.)

What's GMGM going to do, call some other GM and say "how about your young, potentially awesome defensman or #1 goalie for our second to third line center who's overpaid, underperforming and needs to wave an NMC?" Shocking how little the trade offer of "My current problems for your future stud" come to fruition.

Posted by: oldtimehockey | November 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Good one, Cheef!

And I have a nice set of Johnston & Murphys and a Metro pass.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

ALPCA is right, I ran into Ovie at a Gas Station in Arlington after his Hair Cuttery shoot and he and Varlamov were riding around in his white Mercedes S63 AMG.

He does have a white BMW as well.

Posted by: cupcrzy | November 14, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see Cheef jump in once some GMGM topics come up.

Hey Cheef...while your on here, what do you think about the Penguins lack of putting together a solid 60 minutes of hockey?

Semin 1
Crosby 0

See you January 14th.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Here are my thoughts on the benching. Nylander has only had a couple of decent games,so far this season. There have been streches where he has been almost invisable. I think this may be a "wake-up" call for him.
This is one of the luxuries of having a deep roster , to be able to light a fire under someone when it is needed.

On the flip side, Bruce is gererally a if it isnt broke we do not need to fix it kinda guy. As we know he is also very supersticious, which makes me wonder a little bit about changing a line-up that just had prehaps its best 60 minute game of the year at Raliegh.

In the long run , this team needs Nylander, if not for this year, for next when Feds is gone.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | November 14, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm not specifically a Pens fan but over the past 4 years I'd take the Pens progress over the Caps.

The Caps don't "need" Nylander (see last season) but for less money and some passion can always use the points.

Semin ? Good for him, next you'll be telling me he's a player that you build around.

Posted by: Cheef | November 14, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

WhyGo ,

michigan youth hockey is a dangerous situation. lots of crazy fights/ plays/ parents. i wouldn't walk in there with a body guard let alone send a kind in there. lots of bad news comes out of the MI hockey scene and that's just what gets covered. anyway, long story short, i don't think nyles is looking to move nhl teams to put his kids on a different team. why would he want to leave a winning team?

also, i am doubting this Khabibulin trade talk. it seems other teams were willing to let the blackhawks punish themselves and worried Khabibulin wouldn't perform long-term.

Posted by: am_jim | November 14, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Alpca,

Black Aston Martin Vantage w/ PA plates is Fleischmann's ride.

Posted by: clusterfoulk | November 14, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

That's just it. It can be just as strategic NOT to make a change as to do a deal. By not moving anyone on a team that functionally doing fine, the margin of improvement is small, and the likelihood of not improving is large. You may get a mutt instead of a race hound.

Also, by not making a move, Chicago can't make a move - at least not for one of our guys. That bottles up their cap and their line-up. That keeps them needing to make changes but not being able to. We become a stronger team without really doing anything.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Nylander is gonna make a career decision based on where it's best for his kids to play hockey. If you're a parent and you recognize talent, you send the kid up to prep school in the northeast. The kids don't have to live with mom and dad.

Posted by: reesem37 | November 14, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Just throwing this out there - why would the Boston Globe, a city that has nothing to do with the Caps or Blackhawks, report yesterday that a trade sending Nylander to the Hawks was imminent. No other papers said anything including the NYPOst which usually starts the rumors. Especially since these rumors died when the season began - why pop up again now?

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | November 14, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

For the folks who were asking about the all-star voting abnormalities, the NHL is on to it:

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2008/11/14/canadiens-all-star-voting.html

Posted by: el_bashir | November 14, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

this team needs a few less lambourgeenie drivers and a few more that drive pick up trucks to work

Posted by: wendel2 | November 14, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

how the hell does fleishmann drive an aston martin. he is spending money like he was an NBA player

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Bradley drives a Prius. He's got way props from me.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | November 14, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

@Cheef

You are not a Pens fan? Then who do you pull for? We know who you pull against.

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

any idea what the sexy lumberjack drives? my would be a 94' bronco orsome type of big ol pickup truck

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

_stevo

Flash is just living up to his nickname. I think he bought it after his new contract was done which would have been during the Ford era. No doubt an expensive car, but not Lambo area.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Melrose out in Tampa... guess the Great Mullet Experiment (tm) has come to an end. Interesting to see what this sparks down there.

Posted by: KurtNYC | November 14, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Melrose was fired. A lot quicker than I thought it would be.

Posted by: Greg S. | November 14, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Iafrate used to drive a mean Harley. Probably still does actually.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

barry melrose....boom outta here

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

I predicted that Melrose would be shown the door before the Allstar Break due to these now idiot owners impatience. Poor Melrose, poor Tocchet. New prediction: Tocchet won't make it to the Allstar Break because these owners are morons with no patience. The Bolts are rebuilding and have a very weak defensive core. Their best player, Lacavlier, is not fully recovered from serious surgery -- what did these guys expect, oh yeah, to cruise to first in the SE, sorry that the Caps had other plans. TB is now in first for the race to the basement.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 14, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

The all star voting also (finally) added one of those "what code is in the image" questions to prevent the bots from wreaking havoc. Now they just need to throw out the fraudulent votes and all will be well.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 14, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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