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Varlamov, Sloan and Laing assigned to Hershey

The Caps demoted Semyon Varlamov, Tyler Sloan and Quintin Laing to Hershey this afternoon. Varlamov was reassigned; Sloan and Laing were sent down for conditioning stints. Although the Caps were off today, all three skated this morning at KCI with goalie coach Arturs Irbe.

Varlamov has played in just one NHL game since Dec. 7 because of injuries. Sloan been a healthy scratch 18 of the Caps' past 31 games and Laing has been a spectator is all but two of the past 20 contests.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 27, 2010; 4:22 PM ET
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Posted by: cbs75 | February 27, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Varly was "reassigned." Does this mean they have given up on him for the time being? Or is this just rehab related? Don't know how to interpret.

Posted by: CapsLust | February 27, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Just a rehab.

Sure would like to know what GMGM is working on! It's gonna be a long next few days. I'm hearing a lot of names being associated with the Caps and all of them are good names and names that would definately be an upgrade. I'm not however hearing any names going back for these players which is even better. We shall see. I think it goes without saying he WILL do something to upgrade this D.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | February 27, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Do you guys think that Sloan and Laing have to go through wavers? I hope not cause they are great guys

Posted by: Tondi | February 27, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If anyone speaks Russian I'd highly recommend watching the Feb 24 episode of "Ledovy Kontinent" on Excellent, very detailed analysis of the Russia - Canada game among other things.

As for camera incidents with Ovie the same show discusses it on today's episode. Aside from the video that's all over Youtube apparently Ovie also broke RIA News reporter's camera. However, the details are unknown. He's obviously very upset and has been hounded to death. Guess he snapped. As the show guests said though while his behavior is understandable it's regrettable. Just gives a lot more fodder for his haters.

Posted by: ranndino | February 27, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Vokoun for Varlamov & Alzner
Raffi Torres for draft pick
Wisneski (D) from Anaheim for Fehr

That put us in a Cup winning position
Just my two cents.

Posted by: diner99 | February 27, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Varly needs time between the pipes is all. I hope he looks good and gets ready for NHL play and ready for the playoff push. Sloan and Laing are nice guys, but not really NHL material. Maybe Laing as a pk specialist, but not really sure even about that.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 27, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Vokoun is good and I'd love to see him in a Caps jersey but trade Varly? No thanks. Vokoun is 33 years old.

Sloan isn't NHL material, period.

Posted by: rachel216 | February 27, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt we are tradeing for a goalie...once we get that top 4 D man and a 2nd line center we will be set

Doesn't Sloan have to clear waivers? Maybe somebody will take him!!!!

Posted by: capscoach | February 27, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

The story on the rumored Vokoun trade seems to be Theodore, plus either Carlson or M. Johansson to go to Florida in exchange for him. A draft pick or two might also be in there as well. But then again, Vokoun has not waived his "no trade" clause yet. There'd be more substance to the rumors if he did.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Story on the Hershey game. In spite of reports to the contrary, Varly isn't in goal but Holtby is. Hershey is absolutely destroying their opponent (Binghamton) at near the end of Period 1, 5-1. That's more like the Hershey Bears we all know and love.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Sloan and Laing were not reassigned. Varly, on an entry-level deal, was reassigned and has his pay cut by 90%. Sloan and Laing though were sent down on conditioning assignments. I forget from the CBA, but this means they are on the Caps roster like it's IR and they get full NHL pay. There is a limit to how long the conditioning assignment can last, and it can extended (from memory) up to two weeks if the player agrees.

Once the roster freeze data passes (March 3) the Caps can sent guys like them + Aucoin up and down with less fear of waivers since after March 3rd another acquiring team couldn't use them for the playoffs.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Aucoin recalled since they are paying him anyway and there's no longer that fear of him being claimed. He's a good guy to have around for the occasional game. Everyone always complains about him ("he gets muscled off the puck") but he has a lot of energy and puts up solid numbers.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 27, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse


It's understandable that Ovi would snap after being hounded to death at Vancouver.

I almost hope he doesn't stay around for the closing Olympic ceremony so he can get some peace and quiet (relatively speaking) and recover emotionally.

It was a bad week in Vancouver for my favorite Russians and, sad to say, not just on the Olympic hockey front. My favorite non-hockey Russian (okay, he's not technically Russian but the son of Russian descended Lithuanian immigrants) lost a son last week to suicide in Vancouver as well.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

So now I'm wondering what's happening on the Caps roster front with their game coming on on Wednesday.

They've sent down Laing and Sloan (for conditioning assignments).

Chimera is still hurting, since he left the last practice early.

It sounds like the Caps not only have no players to spare but don't even have enough players to dress for a game.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe the Vokoun rumor, and don't like it anyway. He has a big cap number, around $6M, with one year to go. And he has a no trade? Even worse. Waiving it to come here doesn't allow him to then be dealt by the Caps in the offseason. Bad, bad, bad. I have posted many times the cap speadsheet for next year. With Flash at 3.3 and Fehr and Schultz at 2.0, there's less than a million left. And that's with Varly and Neuvy at less than $2M combined. Tell me how you can move a $800K goalie and put back a $6M goalie and not have a ripple effect like a tsunami. Bad, bad, bad.

There's no reason in the world not to go with Varly, Neuvy and Holtby (if an injury) next year and then get a vet at the deadline if there's an issue. With those three in goal and the rest of the roster in place there's more of a chance that Nancy Pelosi will switch parties than the Caps wouldn't make playoffs in April, 2011.

GMGM: In the words of Nancy Reagan, just say no.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 27, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

CF75: Slaon and Laing can be recalled from the conditioning assignment easily in time for the Sabres game. Also, as I pointed out, they can now bring up Aucoin since he only played 9 games so far (remember that one? had he played his tenth game, he'd need waivers. GM was a smart cookie on this one). Replacing Chimera for one game is no biggie.

There will also be, almost certainly, a trade. I have been advocating for moths a solid checking line center/shadow in the Esa Tikkanen mold and a cheap but servicable defenseman ala Andy Sutton. The forward should be as good as Billy Guerin and should not cost more than a #2 pick. The defenseman, Sutton or otherwise, should also not be more than a #2 or else a guy like Osala.

Some people want Jackman from StL but he has two more years at $3.6M. That would cost you significantly more than Sutton and you'd need to trade Poti before next year for cap space.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 27, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I am in European purgatory. Stationed in France this week, i'm desperately trying to find a location that will show the game of US vs CAN. I will slight my European vacation to get a glimpse of this game. If anyone knows of a Caps-centric location in district 6, feel free to comment.

Posted by: fricknoutstandin | February 27, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Tom, You are a spreadsheet whizkid, thanks. I don't see Voukon in a Cap' jersey. I can see a 2nd line center who can play the pk well. I see veteran defender. Now what the Caps give up is the interesting question, if any good trades are out there.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | February 27, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Trading for Vokoun would be beyond idiotic. Especially if we have to give up Varly or Carlson. No way would McPhee make that move.

For the salary cap next year it's crucial that we have Neuvirth/Varly/Holtby with their small hits. We cannot afford $6 mil for Vokoun who is very good but is only going to get worse given his age.

The only big names I see possibly getting moved from the Caps are Fehr, Flash, or Alzner (in that order). Poti, Pothier, or Morrison could also be moved with some younger prospects for a defenseman. Carlson and Varly are untouchable. Neuvirth might get moved if it clearly put us over the top, but I doubt it's going to happen.

Posted by: butcherbaker | February 27, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Smart money/pro handicapper says break came at a great time for Caps.

Mike Wise don't you look dumb right now.

Posted by: rockbroker | February 27, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

butcherbaker: I have dubbed the Fab Five who are Carlson, Alzner, Varly, Neuvy and Holtby. Johansson can almost be added to that list, but not quite. All of the Fab Five have put up numbers at Hershey to suggest they are ready to graduate. However, none of them have done enough (Varly almost) at the NHL level to where trading them now would get you full value. I see each of them as a stock on the NYSE that's $10/share now but expected (with W Buffett stamp of approval) to double over the next two years.

I only trade any of them if I get my $20/share now or if I get back a similar young player in the same situation.

And I only trade Flash or Fehr to get a similar age defenseman in the same service and salary category. Even with Alzner and Carlson coming up, we are still top-heavy at forward compared to D. We have 6 guys now for future (Ovi, Semin, Backstrom, Laich, Flash, Fehr) who are quality 1st and 2nd line forwards but only Green on D is a top-3 defenseman.

Posted by: tominfl1 | February 27, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse


There's a lot I don't like about the proposed Vokoun deal as well. For one thing, I don't like the idea of including a stud defenseman prospect; i.e. Carlson, in the deal when we could use help on the blue line and when the blue line is a more pressing need than goal.

And the fact that Vokoun is so expensive, even more than Theodore. Having the two kids for next year (Varly and Neuvy) was the Caps game plan for next year (and their comparatively cheap cap hit.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse


I've never been there so I can't vouch for it, but it's a canadian sports bar in the sixth.

Posted by: msmith510 | February 27, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

i just found out nylander is playing in finland. was there a blog post about this?

Posted by: gocaps01 | February 27, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

The Hershey Bears won 9-2 today. The Bears came out of hibernation today.

Holtby had a good game today and was back in fine form.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse


Oh, and go CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: cbs75 | February 27, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

@tominfl1 -- I think if we're going to trade someone for a stud defenseman it's going to be Flash or Fehr plus maybe a lesser prospect or pick. We're loaded on offense and tight on money to pay those guys, plus other GMs would presumably place a reasonable value on them given their high per-minute production, so I think you get good value trading either of them. Given Boudreau's love of Flash, I think Fehr's going to be the odd man out.

Posted by: butcherbaker | February 27, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse


I know what you mean. I am so disappointed that my favorite player in the world did not destroy Crosby and his team. My hope now is on our USA boys. They have been looking so good.

Another favorite Russian of mine is Plushenko and I was disappointed not to see him get gold again (though it is great that the US won in men's figure skating for the first time in years).

Ha ha! I just heard the NBC guys say that, in spite of expectations, Crosby has been a "no show" in these games. Let's hope this streak continues tomorrow. I am so nervous about the game.

And, why on earth are they saying that Varly is being "reassigned" rather than going for a conditioning stint? It must be some kind of technicality. No way would they give up on the best goalie we have.

Posted by: caraveli | February 27, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Carlson is untouchable.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | February 27, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Peter Bondra's team takes a 2-1 lead late in the 2nd.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 27, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse


Since they can technically send him down without asking for waivers. (And pay him a minor league salary to boot.)

Laing and Sloan, they still have to pay their major league salary. And they have to get their consent to send them down for conditioning. Normally, if they were trying to assign them to Hershey, GMGM would have to obtain waivers.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

@caraveli -- Varly was reassigned because he doesn't have to clear waivers to go up and down. The other two are on "conditioning stints" to keep from having to pass them through waivers (though I'd be shocked if anyone claimed Sloan...).

@ccCapsfan - Agreed on Carlson. I'd trade Alzner much sooner than Carlson at this point. Not to say Alzer isn't good, but Carlson looks like he might be special.

Posted by: butcherbaker | February 27, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse


I hope our boys from the USA win tomorrow. (And shut up the team of Crosby.)

At least the USA boys are brightening up an otherwise awful week in Vancouver. (Definitely bad for Russians, in general there, this past week.)

I hope Ovi will be okay. (My thoughts and prayers are currently with Ovi as they are with the Koenig family.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 27, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse


Okay just had to get that out. Come on USA!!!!!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | February 28, 2010 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tess2201 | February 28, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Translated from a Russian website:

The participation of athletes in the presentation of Sochi 2014 during the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Vancouver is subject to the concept of "past - present - the future of national sport.
Our illustrious past are intended to embody three-time Olympic medalist in the USSR team - Figure Skating Irina Rodina (now the deputy of the State Duma) and hockey Vladislav Tretiak (State Duma deputy and president of Federation of hockey of Russia).
Present (judging by the results in Vancouver - a controversial) - Olympic champion-2006, two-time silver medalist of the Games-2002 and -2010 in figure skating and hockey player Evgeni Plushenko Alexander Ovechkin Who participated in the Olympics-2006 and -2010, but not yet won a single medal.
Beautiful future will show the children twice Olympic Champions - Figure Skating Ekaterina Gordeeva and hockey Igor Larionov. Children Gordeeva - 17-year-old Daria ( father - two-time Olympic champion Sergei Grinkov, who died during training in 1995) and eight years of Elizabeth ( father - Olympic figure skating champion Ilia Kulik). Children Larionov (and his wife, double chepionki World Figure Skating Championships in ice dancing Helena Batanova) - 22-year-old Alain, 18-year-old Diana and 11-year-old Igor.

Source: All Sports

Posted by: tess2201 | February 28, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Also from a Russian site (not a great translation but you'll get the idea):

OI-2010: Vancouver already sold T-shirts "Canada-champion"

28.02.2010 10:45Official ekipirovschik Olympic hockey tournament with the company "comma" released the day before the final T-shirts with the inscription "Team Canada - Olympic champion 2010 Vancouver" (Team Canada - Champion Olympic Games 2010 in Vancouver).

The cost of red shirts with a maple leaf on his chest in the store on the main hockey arena in Vancouver - $ 32. Selling T-shirts began exactly one hour before the start of the Bronze match Finland - Slovakia. People are buying them with lightning speed. It seems that Canadians believe 100 percent that beat tomorrow in the final U.S. team.

Source: Soviet Sport

Posted by: tess2201 | February 28, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse


Great information you provided us. Thank you.

It would be even more sweet if the US beats Canada today, and render the Canadians' printing of that Tee Shirt was premature. (Nothing like jumping the gun here.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | February 28, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I'm sure some kids in Haiti would love a "Team Canada - Olympic champion 2010 Vancouver" T-shirt

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 28, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Word from Ted

I don’t see us doing anything dramatic this week. I want to temper folk’s expectations.

We want to improve the team but NOT take risk of trading young assets now for older players with big ongoing contracts that would hinder us from keeping our core together. That would take us off our plan. It is ironic that many players being offered around the NHL in trades are older vet players who recently signed huge contracts. Many deals being discussed around the league are what I call “sucker’s bets” - trade a very good young player in the lineup today, a prospect and a first round pick for an aging veteran. In essence, do to us what we did to teams during our rebuild before the lockout.

Posted by: samb99 | February 28, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dc33 | February 28, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

why the hell would we try to get ANOTHER goalie? with the glut of talent we already have?

theo's contract will end after we win the cup this year, leaving us varly and neuvy in the pipes for the coming years.

Posted by: j762 | February 28, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

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