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Update From Centre Bell

The wireless here is very spotty, so I've got to be brief:

*The NHL has not announced a replacement for Sidney Crosby in the starting lineup. Word is that a decision will come down at some point this afternoon or evening.

"We haven't hashed that out yet," Eastern Conference assistant coach Claude Julien said. "We don't know if [the NHL] will give us the opportunity to make that decision, or whether they will make it for us."

*Alex Ovechkin and his Eastern Conference teammates just wrapped up practice. It was truly amazing see an almost capacity crowd here for what amounted to a morning skate with introductions.

The fans here screamed for about two hours straight. During intros, the Bruins players and coach were roundly booed. Who said it's just a game? Not to the fine folks in Montreal.

*Ovechkin wiped out really hard during practice while attempting to deke Tim Thomas in shootout practice and went hard into the end boards. Afterward, Ovechkin said during a television interview, "Don't worry Ted, I'm okay."

Indeed, Ovechkin is fine.

*Ted Leonsis is here, I'm told. I haven't seen him yet, though.

I hope to have my wireless issue resolved in time for tonight's festivities, though it seems like lots of reporters are having the same problem.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  January 24, 2009; 11:49 AM ET
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You are being blocked by the canadian press. So you can't report on Ovi....

Posted by: Leeguru | January 24, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

they are only allowing pro Crybaby posts to get through. all others are having "interference" with their signal.

Posted by: ewwsombra | January 24, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

From last thread. Tarik did we know about this???

Any one see this on TSN site.

From Dregers column
"Let's look back at last year's game, when the Washington Capitals approached NHL Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and asked that the league not invite Mike Green. If he was to be included, Green wasn't going to the game. Afterwards, the league was criticized for not inviting him.""

Did we know the Caps asked that Mike Green not go to last years ASG????

Posted by: billd2 | January 24, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

The morning practice was actually shown live on the NHL Network. It is being re-shown right now and the Eastern Conference all-stars got on the ice a bit ago.

They showed AO's spill and he got up smiling and joked afterwards that there must have been a sniper who took him out.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | January 24, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

billd2, who is Dregers? Why would the Caps ask the league to do such a thing? Why would the league listen to such a request? So many questions, so much garbage floating around on the internet ...

Posted by: superX | January 24, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Darren Dreger is one of the main NHL columninsts on TSN, respected up there with our northern neighbors,
go to TSN .com under NHL

Posted by: billd2 | January 24, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a lotta fun up there. I have a souvineer puck I bought from the NHL ASG in DC,Cap Centre, actually, from years ago. It would be off the charts in DC in the next couple of years the way the Caps are getting,crowds,ink,TV time,exposure the way the do now.

Posted by: ridgely1 | January 24, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse


I had nothing else to do, so I typed in the address bar which took me to the site.

I clicked on NHL and I didn't find Mr. Dreger.

I looked under NHL Experts but he wasn't listed as one. So I did a site search for his name and found three articles that do mention him.

The one with the most relevant information is in
Ray Slover's column which mentions him this way:

"From what I hear an emergency meeting was arranged between Steve Simmons, Al Strachan and Darren Dreger -- founders of the Truth, Rumour and My Dog Told Me Club -- where they sat down at an unassuming Swiss Chalet on the fringe of Toronto and discussed how the media will spin the story. Apparently Strachan put gravy on his fries and ordered a second root beer, which Dreger interpreted as a clear indication that Burke is bound for Boston."

Sounds like a lot of gossip, to me.

Darn. I am bored.

Posted by: superX | January 24, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

It's not

Posted by: mauree | January 24, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Sounded like Tarik crumpling paper into his keyboard while typing: "sorry, krttcchh, can't make ou..., krttcchhh, ...thing you said, bad, krrrttccchh...nection, i'll call...krtch ..ater, when i krttcch, with my beer.. krrtttcch.. click."

Posted by: oo7 | January 24, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This just in from the upper hands of the NHL.

In an effort to find a suitable replacement for Sid the Kid, the league has invited the whole Atlatna Thrashers team to take Sid place. Best of luck to the East squad in finding seating arrangments on the bench.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | January 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

since no one else will do it, i'll start the trade rumor i've heard here - nylander for kaberle...

Posted by: ThatGuy2 | January 24, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@thatguy2 Cap numbers are close - 4 1/4 mil to 5 1/2 mil (kaberle - Nylander). Length of the contracts are both up after the 10/11 season. Two of the TOR centers contracts are up after this season. Will Nyls waive his no-trade clause?????? Maybe they could throw in Schultz in the trade.

Posted by: puckman | January 24, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

@That Guy

that rumor is for every team. The team's underachiever for Kaberle. Kaberle is just one of those guys. you can find the same rumors about JayBo.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 24, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse


Sounds good to me, Kaberle can play. Caps save something like 600K with that move.

Posted by: Steve_R | January 24, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse


Kabelre 4.25
Nyls 4.85

Posted by: Steve_R | January 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

nylander isnt worth half a kaberle.

throw in a prospect/1st/2nd round or two and maybe we've got a kaberle.

question is why would toronto want him. i can't think of one.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 24, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

From Ovi on the red carpet coming into the arena right now, after being asked about the red carpet welcome that they started two years ago: "Lots of people here, great, and more girls too".


God knows he deserves'em. The ladies of Montreal should be so lucky as to get him.

Posted by: DaleDUI | January 24, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The only way the Leafs would consider Nylander for Kaberle would be if Washington included one of their young defensemen (Alzner or Carlson) PLUS a 2nd round pick. And obviously there's no way the Caps are going to do that.

Leafs are looking to get young and Nylander does not fit the rebuilding plans at all.

The Caps don't need a soft, no defense blue liner (they've got enough of them already...sorry but it's true). What we need is a big body, bruising dman.

To wit - Chris Pronger. Anaheim is struggling right now. If they are still falling and out of it at the deadline the hot rumour is Pronger will be moved.

He would be PERFECT for Washington. He is exactly what they need. He is a monster and has an edge. No longer would players like Malkin or Richards be able to crash into poor Brent (or Jose) with impunity. Basically Pronger scares people. He is a force of nature, much like Chara.

So the question becomes, what would Anaheim want for him. Well since he is a UFA after next year, it won't be as much as if he was signed to a long term deal. And given all of the youth the Caps have they can afford to part with picks. How about this - Joel Broda (leading the WHL in goals this year for the Hitmen) and the Caps 1st round pick this year (might have to throw in another late round pick as well to close the deal). The Ducks would do it as Broda is a stud and while it's a lot to give up, the Caps really don't need another sniper at this point. And the addition of Pronger would address the one glaring weakness (assuming Mr. Theodore continues his recent better play...possibly a large assumption) of this team.

Obviously there would be salary cap issues going forward next year for the Caps but with only about 1/6th of the season left after the deadline, only 1/6th of Pronger's salary would count vs our cap this year so I'm pretty sure it would be doable especially if they can move Nylander (who they should totally start showcasing and giving more PP time btw to facilitate this) at the deadline as well.

There you have it. Pronger for Broda and a 1st round pick + late rnd pick, moving Nylander to create cap room = Lord Stanley's favourite mug parading down Constitution Ave in late June.

Posted by: DaleDUI | January 24, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse


I wish man... I've always liked Pronger.

Unfortunately it's going to happen, but thanks for the 5 minutes lottery-like "what if" :D

Posted by: mauree | January 24, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse


The Leafs are struggling far more than the Ducks are. I also see us getting JayBo or Morris way before we even consider someone like Pronger.
I highly doubt Pronger will come to washington either way.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 24, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I meant "it's NOT going to happen".

Posted by: mauree | January 24, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Chris Pronger = 6,250,000.

He's also under contract until 2010. Not worth the problems he brings.

Get over it. We're not going to get your "Big bruising d-man" because your big bruising D-man does nothing but take stupid penalties and isn't suited for the NHL. You just want to see big checks.

Posted by: Whitermage | January 24, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

i woould have to disagree with you there. although pronger can be goonish, he is a very solid defenseman. and for a guy who spent so many years prior to the new NHL, he has adjusted arguably well id say. he has 22 minors this season which is sort of high, but its no where near the highest. I would like pronger on the caps, but it would never happen.

Posted by: richmondphil | January 24, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand this constant blather about Nyls. He isn't going anywhere this season, period. No offers for him came; no offers are coming, period.
Can you guys please move to another subject. In June, Nylander will still be a Caps, period.

Posted by: atybat | January 24, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Is that a muppet at center ice playing the piano? Or I am just being horribly ignorant and acting my age? And who is that chick? Ugh.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Man, that intro singer FLOPPED, nobody was into that junk.

Posted by: moondue8 | January 24, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

This announcer guy is making me laugh. Kovalchook? Dustin Broon?

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Second year in a row with malfunctioning timing equipment, haha

Posted by: ludeman95 | January 24, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

you know, the NHL could spend a few pennies and get some real talent.

Posted by: melissa2809 | January 24, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

anybody wanna comment of caps signing
S Collins to a 2 year one way deal for the next 2 seasons?

Posted by: wendel2 | January 24, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

wendel, Guess it would depend on how much they're paying him. He's fairly solid and will get better with more time in Hershey.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

600 then 700

Posted by: wendel2 | January 24, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

He's awesome :)

Posted by: mauree | January 24, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

but 1 way money is questionable

Posted by: wendel2 | January 24, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RITdude | January 24, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Was that Alex Ovechkin, or Clinton Portis in the breakway challenge?

Posted by: goskins1982 | January 24, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Clearly pandering to voters. He's learned a lot in dc :p

Posted by: honed | January 24, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

That's why he made up with Malkin!

Go Ovie!

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | January 24, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

League minimum is 500 for both seasons. One-way does seem a bit hefty, unless they have plans to keep him in Washington for a good chunk of the time.

Ovie = Goober. He's ridiculous.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I used to like the Skills competition, but know I find it boring. I find the whole ASE weekend boring now.

OMG someone got slightly checked!

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | January 24, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

chris bourque benched by bears for silly 5 minuter that cost them the game last night

Posted by: wendel2 | January 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Bears update: Halfway through the second, game tied 1-1. Goal by Aucoin. Already more penalties than will be doled out all weekend in Montreal. (Including the one I've already given Lecavalier for that cardigan thing he had on yesterday.)

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Pat Lafontaine

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

crap, I forgot you can't make less than symbols without effort. argh. Anywho, Lafontaine hearts Ovi.

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | January 24, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Ov wins!

Posted by: DCTT | January 24, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

OVI wins by large margin - He deserved it too haha :)

Posted by: mauree | January 24, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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