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Tracee Hamilton to discuss the Capitals during First Things First

Join Post columnist Tracee Hamilton for the latest edition of her "First Things First" chat, Monday at 9:30 a.m.

Submit your questions, but first, read on to see what's on her mind:

Once again, so much to talk about, so little time. We've got Game 6 tonight in Montreal, with Coach Bruce Boudreau throwing some of his players under the bus, then fishing them out again before they got run over.

And we've got a little Redskins news to rehash. New draft picks, plus the departure of Jason Campbell, and the non-departure of Albert Haynesworth --- and whatever else you want to discuss. Join me!

By Sports Editor  |  April 25, 2010; 9:47 PM ET
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Good and fair article about Semin from Barry Svrluga.

"When he's scoring . . . you can't just sit there and wait and put your best defensive players against Ovechkin's line all the time," Boudreau said. "You just have to sit there and go, 'Oh, now we've got two lines to worry about ..."

True BB, but you have not established a second line, if anything you have created a very week line with your constant changes, the only thing constant on it is Semin. You have handicapped your team and one of the best players on the world.

Posted by: hock1 | April 25, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

oh, mine. I am confused. The following quotes contradicts so much of what the mighty cstanton1 has been preaching between bouts of stupor produced by that Ripple wine

"one of the best shots in the league, if not the best," according to teammate Tom Poti

"A lot of people are talking about it," said Capitals forward Brooks Laich, one of Semin's linemates. "Despite what the media's saying, we're not concerned about [Semin]."

Scott Walker, a midseason addition who has played with countless skilled players in a 15-year career, including Pavel Bure and Alexander Mogilny. Semin, Walker said, ranks with the most talented offensive players in the league, "and he's stronger than I ever thought he was."

"If 'Sash' was out there not shooting the puck," Laich said, "I would start to be concerned. . . . He is increasingly becoming the most dangerous player on the ice, ..."

"I don't even think the goalie saw the puck," Poti said. Yet it bounced off Halak. It did not go in. Semin remained scoreless, and the Capitals lost.

oh, mine what are these people talking about mighty cstanton? Enlighten us and tell us everything is ok and that this guy really sucks ... LOL.

Posted by: hock1 | April 25, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Fourth, fifth, 6, 22, 85...HIKE!!!!

Posted by: TempusFugitRGV1 | April 26, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

oh, mine what are these people talking about mighty cstanton? Enlighten us and tell us everything is ok and that this guy really sucks ... LOL.

Posted by: hock1

I'll stand in for him and paraphrase: "Caps suck they will never win a Stanley Cup. Semin is a cancer on the team. Boudreau is a joke and McPhee loves nothing but offense and will always have us with a soft defense and generally weak team. I hate the Caps but I love them"

Close enough?

Posted by: TempusFugitRGV1 | April 26, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

My main question is about the line-building policy. What is BB's and GM's view on the ideal Caps team?
I understand, that it should be flexible with variable tactics, but First things First:
1) What should be the key skills of the team, what kind of hockey it should play? (possible answer - Caps should continue play Cordiac hockey - with 6:5 SO wins and huge comebacks - it's good for the ratings). This will some logic to the future acquisitions and sells.
2) And then down to the logic behind the line-building. Now it seems like a patch-work on 2nd and 3rd lines. The only consistency is in the 1st and 4th checking lines. Is it Ok?

Posted by: Michael01a | April 26, 2010 3:43 AM | Report abuse

I don't mind juggling the 2nd and 3rd lines with the personnel the Caps have. The first line is set and should be because those 3 guys produce and produce due to knowing one another. But Flash, Morrison, and Semin are models of inconsistency, so juggle them to ignite them. Laich and Fehr are also fairly inconsistent in scoring, but not in terms of committment to team play. They will flip lines to help the team.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | April 26, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Dear Sports Editor,

Please stop announcing chats here if they're going to be all about the Redskins. We have no trouble finding Redskins coverage in your content even though their season is months away and our beloved Caps are in the midst of a playoff run.


Posted by: psujohn | April 26, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Sports Editor

Six Capitals questions vs. seventeen DC Football questions. I guess if the Capitals play a seventh game for the Cup in June then the questions will be split evenly?

What ever happened to Tarik's on line chats?

Enough of DC Football in the middle of April!

Posted by: dezlboy1 | April 26, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

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