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Varlamov out a week or longer

Semyon Varlamov's groin muscle strain could sideline him the next five games, Coach Bruce Boudreau conceded this morning.

Varlamov was hurt on the last shot of Monday's game in Tampa and has been placed on injured reserve. Technically, he could play Tuesday in Colorado, but Boudreau made it sound like he's going to be out longer.

"He probably won't skate until Monday, so probably [his return won't happen] until the end of the Vancouver trip or when we get home against Buffalo [on Dec. 23]. That's my guess right now," Boudreau said.

That's a tough break for the Caps and Varlamov, who has a history of missing time with groin/leg injuries.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 11, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
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That stinks. I suspect Theo will be especially motivated for the game at Colorado.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | December 11, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Rest up Varly!

I expect Theo to be particularly motivated for tonight's game as well. Buffalo was down from his recent mastery and he wants to be back on top.

Maybe we see Mr. Neuvirth tomorrow.

Posted by: Sonyask | December 11, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey did anyone catch Richards getting away with embellishing a hit to draw a PP with just over 2 minutes left last night? The Flyers were trailing 1-0, and Richards was barely, I mean barely, pushed from behind and he smeared his face on the boards and collapsed into a ball to draw the boarding penalty. It turned out right though because before the PP expired, with the goaltender pulled, the Senators scored a shorthanded empty netter while killing the penalty. I'm tired of Ovi being the victim of these subjective calls. Of course Captain Canada didn't get called for diving.

Posted by: fanohock1 | December 11, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

hope this doesn't turn serious- groin injuries can linger forever.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 11, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed the injury trend with our team...we get one guy back and then lose two more!

Posted by: capscoach | December 11, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Let Varly rest, and then when he says he's well, have him rest another week. Can't risk a reaggravation - use the time to get Theo back in a groove and see what we got with Neuvy.

Posted by: hook99 | December 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Well I'm just catching up on Caps news now (injuries ugh) so here is what I wrote to Kelley who clearly is in the twilight of a once illustrious career and has forgotten the ethics of journalism.

My email response to Kelley's new but no better article:

I just re-read your piece here. For shame. You are again trying to make Ovechkin a dirty player by now arguing intent to injure by hitting Gleason in his head with his shoulder. Changing it from elbow to shoulder does not make it okay for you to think that you understand the intent in that moment of the game better than the actual players on the ice. Thirty years of experience does not make you immune to factual and interpretive errors.

You don't like Ovechkin. That is abundantly clear in your "hack" jobs on Ovehckin. But ou are responsible to journalistic ethics and you are still trying to glide over what you meant by what you wrote. You did make the knee-on -knee correlate to some of the most notorious incidents in hockey history. Just by including them in the same article with your inflammatory words you performed a journalistic "drive by shooting" on Ovechkin. You maintained absolutely no objectivity or respect for your subject.

The article is out there now and no matter how much you try to restate what you meant in that last article, you are still trying to blacken Ovechkin by essentially saying it was a shoulder to the head that missed which turned into a knee on knee. You are only making it worse by now trying to make the original incident into an even worse one by arguing intent to injure another player by hitting him in the head. For shame indeed.

Take responsibility for what you wrote, for crossing that ethical line in journalism, and stop trying to make it Ovechkin's fault.

Posted by: Capsyoungguns | December 11, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Great job Hook99. You hit the nail on the head. This guy sounds like a Sabers fan (not a beat writer) who has had an axe to grind for the last 5 years. It is irresponsible to include incidents like Bertuzzi in the same piece as this latest Ovechkin hit because it implies the Ovechkin hit is on the same level as other cheap, dirty plays. Poor journalism, but this guy wanted to create a stir and wanted to get his opinion on Ovechkin out there. He accomplished both. He is entitled to his opinion, but he should take care and understand the responsibility he has to provide accurate and unslanted information. Being a columnist who states opinions does not provide carte blanche for hack jobs. It would be neat if the Caps PR brought this guy in and showed Jim hours of Ovechkin video, forced him to talk to GMGM, Ted, Bruce, Ovie and other players. But, the bottom line is he has an axe to grind and needs something to bring attention to his under-performing column. He was successful. He probably has more hits and more feedback from this one article then he has had in the last two years combined.

Posted by: DisgustedinArlington | December 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

I want to officialy discuss the split up of OVi and top linemates. We've had an ongoing discussion here about Semin (keep him, or trade him), and I want to add and this OVi debate thread. I'm not just bringing this up because of last nights game. This is a feeling I've had now for some time, after carefully watching our team mature over the last few seasons and grow talent around the grt8, yet experience early playoff exits.

Tarik, please take notice. Hopefully you will write something about it so it gets some attention by the Capitals coaching staff.

For the better of team success, and at the possible expense of not winning the INDIVIDUAL scoring race, BB needs to pair Ovechkin with someone other than Semin, Backy, or Morrison. OVi can be centered by Perrault, Steckle, or Clark. OV is in a completely different league on his own. HE DOES NOT NEED TALENT AROUND HIM TO SCORE GOALS! Look at his offensive production when he was with Clark and Zubrious a few years back. Nothing to be ashamed of. Spreading the talent around will make the caps unstoppable IMO. Not stacking them up to serve OV, or to have the most dominant single line in hockey. We have the luxery of having the most talented player in the game, who doesn't need talent around him to score, and from his play elevates those around. Why not take full advantage?

Think about it. BB can still give him 20-23 minutes a game.

Line Combos for a Stanley Cup run- (note, the order means nothing)

1. Semin, Backstrom, Laich
2. Flash, Morrison, Fehr
3. OVi, Perrault/Steckle, Bradley/Clark/Beagle
4. Lang/Sloan, + odd man out line 3.

As for defensive pairings, I'd put the more defensive pair with line 3, but do we really have a more defensive talented pair anyway?

The combos I suggested I believe will produce a legitament, Pittsburg Penguin/Detroit Red Wing 'esk multi-line threat. A threat that can't be mitigated by playing some defensive trap, or by shadowing a player or two, or by a hot goalie.

The combos above will NOT help OVi collect hardware awards, including MVP. He would most likely loose to another hot winger, or Crosby or Malkin.


Now, fellow Caps fans, which would you prefer? Team success vs. OVi success? I know most of you will answer Team. But just really think it through. Everyone wants to see OVi do his thing, including me. Could we tolerate OVi doing his thing to the degree of 35-40 goals vs. 55-60? Same thing in playoffs. Less points individually. Less attention. Could we tolerate that?


Lets remember folks that he is a winger, not a Center. His job is to score when on the ice. But not be over-servred or catered to for individual awards. He is 'A' weapon on our team, and not THE single weapon, as was the case a few years ago.


Posted by: floms | December 11, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Capsyoungguns: Excellent letter except you forgot to tell him he was in the Doofus Brigade and that he was entitled to a free suit as soon as he makes an appointment with Don Cherry's tailor.

Posted by: tominfl1 | December 11, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

well varly being out just SUCKS! I hope theo plays like he wants it like in the beginning of the season.
I am goin to have to agree with you on that one but maybe have him play with a little better players than stecks or beagle.I'm not knocking those players,i think there both awesome but ovi does need a little better talent around him than that.I think maybe like ovi,flash,bmonwould be a little better.allthough,i do agree with you still that we need to break up the top talent and spread it around.In the other hand though,whatever BB has been doin must be working cause the caps are the best in the NHL so whatever.I love the caps no matter how they line up but i do see your point.GO CAPS!!!

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