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Injuries;Boudreau's Status;Kolzig on Simon

Everyone who's supposed to be on the ice is out there, including one surprise: Boyd Gordon, who's been sidelined the past nine games with a broken right hand. Gordon is not assigned to a line, but he's doing all the drills and taking shots. He's avoiding contact, though.

This is definitely a positive development for the Caps.

But there's also some concerning news: Chris Clark isn't practicing. He's already missed nine games with a strained groin muscle and it's looking like he's going to miss several more. I'll try to get a definitive update on his status.

Update: GM George McPhee said that he expects Gordon to miss 7 to 10 more days at minimum. As far as Clark, McPhee said he's got to be pain free before returning to practice. That hasn't happened yet.

Update: McPhee also said that while he's pleased with the team's performance under Boudreau, he hasn't made a determination on Boudreau's status yet. So, for now, Boudreau will still be the interim coach.

Kolzig, though, gave Boudreau a vote of confidence.

"I think he definitely deserves to lose the interim label," Kolzig said. "I don't understand the interim thing anyway. What does that mean? You're going to look for another coach? I just respect him and look at him as my coach."

Boudreau said: "I just keep going. I wake up every morning, I look out the window and say, "I'm still in Washington. That's not bad."

"I'm feeling more comfortable with the job, and I hope they are feeling more comfortable with me. I just keeping going and doing what they want."

"George has been good to me. When you're 32 years basically up and down or in the minors, you're not going into his office and saying, 'Hey, we won!, what about now?' Whatever he thinks is good for the team is what he's going to do and I'm okay with it."

Update:The NHL has suspended Islanders forward Chris Simon for 30 games for this incident last Saturday.

Kolzig had this to say about his former teammate: "Maybe he'll seek some sort of anger management. To come off that [25] game suspension and then to snap again the other night, that tells me there's some help that he needs. I know Si, he's a great teammate and a great person, but he has a switch that when he gets aggravated he doesn't realize what he's doing."

Update:If you haven't already, wander over the DC Sports Bog. It's got some must-read Caps material. Here's a hint: the title is "Ovechkin on a Segway."

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  December 19, 2007; 10:46 AM ET
 
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Comments

Good to hear that Gordon is doing better

Posted by: ffx | December 19, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

is there more to Clark than being reported????

Posted by: mj | December 19, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Hope Clarkie gets better soon!!!

Posted by: Tracy | December 19, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Well I guess half a positive is still a positive...

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 19, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Just in: Simon gets 30 games for the Ruutu foot-stomp.

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 19, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

30 games? Wow, I knew he would get suspended, but that's harsh even for a repeat offender in this case, to me anyway. He did say he was goign to take soem tiem away from hockey no matter what. I hope he can find some help somewhere, because he certainly needs it.

Good news of Gordo. I hope Clark is just getting some treatment somewhere. We need him back, and I'm sure he needs to get back for himself as well.

Posted by: EricS | December 19, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it's more than a groin. I just saw him walking around. I'm hoping to talk to him in a bit.

Posted by: Tarik | December 19, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Tarik - any more info on the ice at Verizon Center? That was a pretty hot topic and just curious if they have done anything.

Posted by: Roose | December 19, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who plays hockey will tell you that a groin injury is often very nasty. They don't heel easily and its a completely essential muscle in skating.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 19, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Just ask Sutherby about groin injuries.

I'm disappointed that Simon didn't get the rest of the season. I hope the Islanders make him sit the rest of the year suspension or not.

Posted by: Jay | December 19, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

How many people/fans usually show up at practice?

Posted by: S.A. Town | December 19, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Simon is a thug. I don't like Ruutu, but Simon knew he could have injured the guy pretty seriously, ending his career.

There is no place in hockey for idiots like Simon.

Posted by: Finn | December 19, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

@ Roose - Its funny, I sent verizon center an email asking about the ice. Nothing bad, just had questions... What a suprise I never even got a response. Not even the token "thank you for your email". Nothing.

Posted by: gamer | December 19, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

It'll be good to see Gordo and Cap'n Clark back in action, I just hope they don't rush things. It must be cheering them both up a bit to see things coming together and will help take some pressure off them when they return. Things are starting to get interesting!

On Simon - he obviously has some issue with being able to control himself in a game situation. He's had enough chances and simply represents too much of a danger on the ice. Hockey is a dangerous enough sport without having guys that regulary 'snap' and do things like he does. The NHL needs to remove him permanently.

Posted by: TheCapitalist | December 19, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if I would call Simon a thug or just a head case. Even checking a guy from behind into the boards is at least part of the play, if not dirty. Even the face rub or sucker punch has some relationship to reality. But, who in their right mind steps on a guy with a skate? Its up there with Roberto Alomar's ref spitting or players who go into the stands to fight the fans (NBA and NHL, I'm thinking of you...) as one of the stupidest things in the history of sports.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 19, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what suspension this would get in todays NHL? There have been a lot of record length suspensions handed out in the past 2 seasons.

Dino Ciccarelli, Minnesota North Stars: 10 Games for hitting Toronto's Luke Richardson in the head with his stick, 1988.

Posted by: Stormblue | December 19, 2007 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Valiant effort against Detroit Monday night. OUR TEAM should be proud of their effort, playing the entire 60 minutes and NEVER GIVING UP.

Isn't it time for GMGM to remove the "Interim" from Boudreau's title. In my opinion, he's certainly earned the respect of the team and fan base. Now it's time for the rest of management to step up and do the right thing.

Posted by: dogdaze | December 19, 2007 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Maybe 'roid rage is to blame for Si's actions.

Posted by: Jill | December 19, 2007 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought..Take away the interim tag from Bruce, and put it on McPhee.
McPhee needs to go. Bruce needs to keep putting his methods to work for the Caps.

Posted by: kenhockey | December 19, 2007 12:35 PM | Report abuse

There's a certain irony to Kolzig suggesting that someone else needs to control their temper. Maybe Simon should drag around a hockey net to smash his stick on.

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Uh?,

That *is* control. Kolzig hits the net instead of hitting opposing players - think Ed "Crazy Eddie" Belfour's attempted castration of Slava Fetisov back in the 90s.

Hockey is an emotional sport. You've got to have an outlet that doesn't involve blatantly attempting to injure other guys on the ice. If Kolzig wants to whack at the net to get himself focused and let out a little anger at the defense/other team/himself, then by all means he should do it.

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 19, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Anger management? At practice today Kolzig absolutley lost it when a high shot hit him in square in the facemask. This is not the first time he's lost it after high shots in practice. Smasking sticks, and flinging it into the bench is a routine response from him. The others were clearly amused as they tried to hold back laughter. Too funny!

Posted by: Martin | December 19, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Is the "interim" label just a contract thing? Have the Caps even bothered to interview anyone?

Posted by: tallbear | December 19, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

HolyOlie,
Agree with you 100%. Slight correction, Belfour attempted to castrate Ciccarelli, not Fetisov. There's a big difference in channeling anger in ways that don't hurt others and acting without regard or concern about others, Simon clearly doesn't have he ability to control himself.

Posted by: Jay | December 19, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Smashing sticks is one thing. Deliberately injuring someone is quite another.

Gabby's quote cracked me up for some reason!

Posted by: Jill | December 19, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Gosh guys, throwing Belfour's name in there really doesn't do much to justify Kolzig's behavior. It's not unlike saying that because there was a Hitler, then Charlie Manson's probably not that bad of a guy.

Sounds like Kolzig blew another gasket in practice today. I play hockey and understand that you need to release some steam every once in a while, but I've never broken a stick.

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Simon is old American Hockey. Old habits die hard, but they must die. I want to see a hockey game not a pugilist match, for that I watch UFC and Boxing.

BB's "interim" label should be taken down, so that in one weeks time we can blame GMGM for doing it, for no looking at different coaches, for no hiring XYZ, etc., etc.


Posted by: Joe | December 19, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, guys, if you wake up and still in Washignton? it's not bad :-)

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 19, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

@Uh?---OV smashed his stick after a game a couple weeks ago...that wasn't even a practice situation..does that mean he has anger management probs as well?

Posted by: K | December 19, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If Ovie makes a regular habit of it...then maybe he does. Of course, he's been using those defective CCM sticks all year and they seem to break on simple wrist shots.:)

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Just got finished reading about Schultz's "half slap" shot. Must have been put in use to complement Pothier's "half @ss".

Posted by: Fire Hanlon | December 19, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Uh?,

You had to bring Hitler into it, didn't you? What I was pointing out was that Eddie, like Simon, is an example of someone who couldn't control themselves and took their anger out in very detrimental ways.

When Kolzig swings his stick at an opposing player like Jack Nicholson running down Shelly Duvall or goes all Happy Gilmore on somebody, then I'll worry about his ability to control himself. If he wants to let off steam by whacking the net, it ain't hurting anybody.

There's no penalty for abusing the net.

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 19, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on! It's a practice and someone's shooting at his HEAD? I'd be peeved, too!

I have no problems with someone breaking sticks over goal posts or benches. Rather than than a Simon issue. That could have crippled the guy. I think 30 is about right, along with mandatory counseling for the rest of his NHL career.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe that someone was shooting at his head for a reason? Maybe Ovie will smash another iPod against Kolzig's head? Maybe that will make him play better and crack the "best 30 goaltenders in the NHL"?

Posted by: Finn | December 19, 2007 1:48 PM | Report abuse

So, Mr. Kolzig, what do you call your episodes of stick snapping and goal post kicking? What that place you in the same category as needing anger management sessions?

Posted by: Mitch | December 19, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind when people bash on the players when there's a legitimate reason to do so. Olie's bone headed attempted pass 2 games ago comes to mind. Mindlessly bashing someone like we're doing now is beyond the pale. There is a world of difference between taking out frustration on inanimate objects and trying to purposely hurt someone. They're not in the same league. So get off it!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

@ Greg S. - I tried to make that same point earlier (see above). But why let logic and reason get in the way of all the bashing fun? [\sarcasm]

Posted by: Jill | December 19, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

After being pissy over getting hit in the helmet (which is why we all wear helmets) - all I have to do is aim high and he will duck?

Perfect.

Practice like you would play in a game Kolzig (aka 31st ranked goalie in the league) - it's not like the other team isn't going to aim up high.

Posted by: Saku Koivu | December 19, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Greg S. I'm curious, if your kids start smashing things around the house when things don't go their way...you're cool with that as long as they don't hurt anyone...right? My original point is that Olie is probably not the one to make any comment about anger control. He's one a small percentage that blows a cork on a regular basis. Not knocking...just saying.

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I am really worried that McPhee is just waiting for the Caps to go on a little bit of a skid so he can justify installing one of his cronies as coach.

Posted by: Cpl Cespod | December 19, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@uh?

You don't get your sticks for free, so you probably don't break them in anger very often.

And everyone else, you can't throw out Dino's various castrations without mentioning the two-handed chop Dino gave Patrick Roy, and which Roy completely deserved.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 19, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

lets not equate smashing a stick on a goalpost with stepping on a guys leg with a sharp object or hitting him in the head with a blunt instrument. with all the bashing of olie's play on the inc, i would think we'd all be glad that he cares enough to get p o'd in practice.

i seem to recall a stories that olie's temper used to be REALLY bad to the point where he wuold be smashing sticks all the time. practice/games etc. think this was addressed during his time in the minors.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | December 19, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't think McPhee would install another coach just yet. I think he is just cautious... the Caps did better when Cassidy was fired and so that is why he went with Hanlon. I just think he is cautious. I would think BB will not get the full time job until he takes the Caps to the playoffs this year.

Posted by: 828 | December 19, 2007 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S,

No argument, holding on to Olie does have a certain PR value. But we have to assume that the Caps are going to be creeping close to the cap limit with new contracts to OV and Green. How much can the Caps afford to spend on Olie? Giving him #1 goalie money next year because he used to be all world = not having cash for position players = the rebuild will continue for another year.

@Boo!,

Hold Olie alone responsible..? No, it is a team sport. But it is kind of hard to argue against Olie being good for a soft goal a game +. OV and crew aren't scoring a ton, the soft goals are just a dagger. Loyalty to Olie is great, but it doesn't win as many games as a true #1 goalie would.

Posted by: Steve R | December 19, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

BTW,

As of today, Kolzig is 33rd in GAA and 34th in SV%....not even 31st anymore

Posted by: Finn | December 19, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I think/hope McPhees job is on the line...I think that he is a weak link for the Caps. I admire what Ted is trying to do with the team but worried at his inability to get rid of gmgm...I hope he gets over it and hires someone else.

Posted by: K | December 19, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

828,

I agree. The job is Boudreau's to lose. I think that if they even get within fighting distance of the playoffs this season, BB will be behind the bench full time next September. McPhee is not the brightest bulb on the string, but I think that even he realizes that changing coaches twice in a season, barring another horrific downturn, would be a disastrous move.

I think McPhee will give him about 30-40 games total behind the bench to make sure that the recent upswing isn't a fluke before removing the interim tag.

Posted by: HolyOlie | December 19, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe that someone was shooting at his head for a reason?"

That, actually could be true. I played NCAA D1 college and during a game against one of our biggest rivals, our #1 goalie got a thorne up his rear about something and decided to throw a tantrum and 'stop' playing for a while.

The next day at practice, one of our D men took his hardest and most accurate shot and hit the goalie square in the cage. He flipped out, shot pucks broke sticks, yelled, and screamed.

You always make it a point in practice and warmups to keep shots down so the goalie doesnt get hurt.

Someone could have been a bit angry at Kolzig for something..but then again, I have never watch more pro hockey players miss their mark on so many shots, so they could have been aiming glove side.

Posted by: Joey | December 19, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Saku Koivu - didn't you cross-check someone in the head last night?

Posted by: jon | December 19, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

old time hockey -- I really don't think it's a money thing. I'm sure that the Caps pay for Olie's sticks, but it is an anger management issue. Kolzig's been breaking sticks for as long as I can remember and it's not behavior that 95% of NHL players exhibit with the same regularity as Kolzig.

Again, the point I was trying to make is that he isn't the poster child for self-control, so it was a bit ironic for him to call out Simon for snapping. And even though Olie has slashed quite a few players in the back of the legs over the years, his actions are not even in the same league as Simon's.

And Jill, this has nothing to do with logic, reason, or bashing...it was just an observation. Feel free to disagree with me...I really don't mind...it's not personal for me.

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 2:32 PM | Report abuse

During a game all is fair. In PRACTICE you don't do that kind of stuff. People get hurt. Then you're stuck with the goalie that's ranked 40th (or whatever he's ranked at). Is that better???

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

@828,
Getting the Caps to the post season would be pretty remarkable considering our start. I just don't like the idea of GMGM pulling the strings regardless of who holds the title in '08-'09. Hopefully Leonsis understands that BB's turnaround of the team was expected and required, and doesn't give McPhee credit which is due to Boudreau.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | December 19, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I know there are some other guys that have played the game on this board and I am surprised that nobody has mentioned this.

What Simon did violates the unwritten "CODE" of hockey.

While it's still a penalty to swing your stick at a guy, or hit him from behind, those are things you can expect to see in a game. Not saying those things are not dirty plays.
But trying to stomping a guys leg with a razor sharp skate on your foot just begs the question "What was he thinking?" and I think the answer has to be this...
He wasn't thinking.
He completely lost control.

I liked Simon when he played for us, but he obviously has some hidden demons that need to be dealt with. Not just from a hockey perspective, just as a human being.
The guy needs to go get help.
Hopefully the Islanders and the league will assist him in getting whatever help he needs.

Posted by: pmoravek | December 19, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

BernieWolfeFan -- That's a great point and unfortunately, changes are rarely made when the ship is sailing well. So if the Caps' good fortunes continue, I doubt that Leonsis would push for a change even if he doesn't credit GMGM with the success.

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I just officially named all of you in this blog, "interim fans." Any more snide comments and you can kiss your "Caps Scarf Night" on Jan 13th goodbye

Posted by: George McPhee - The GM | December 19, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh, wow. And that GAA includes 8 guys that have played 10 games or less, and 11 guys that have played 10 or fewer games with a better SV%.

If you want to use the statistics, use them properly. If we use your methodology, we should trade for Keetley or Weiman because their GAA is .000 and their SV% is 1.000. Of course they've only played one (1) game. Or NJ would only use Kevin Weekes instead of Brodeur.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@pmoravek

Amen, brother!

And as for purposely taking shots at someone's head, if I were coach of an NCAA D1 team that kid would be off the team and I'd take his scholarship also. It would happen so fast it wouldn't be funny.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 2:47 PM | Report abuse

BernieWolfeFan,
I am even cautious about BB. I think he is great and I hope he continues whatever he is doing. The fact is - the Caps ARE a good team - they just failed to play under Hanlon. Now that BB has some new stuff, maybe that is the new fuel that the Caps are using... who knows?

Either way, the Caps need to keep on doing what they are doing - one game at a time, one point at a time. Everything will fall into place - I hope.

Bottom line, the Caps have ALWAYS showed signs of good stuff - they just fell short in certain times of the games. Now, they are not making many mistakes and they are playing more aggressive. --- What used to piss me off so much was when we were in the other teams zone and the puck would be alone at the blue line. Instead of our D trying to get up and get the puck, they just skated backwards... now, we are not doing that, we are actually going after the puck and creating ops in the offensive zone. I guess it's all the lil things that BB is fixing. ???

Posted by: 828 | December 19, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

let me just say that if George somehow decides NOT to remove the interim tag from Boudreau's title, that he must be fired. We all know what happens when a coach hiring process is left to GMGM (see: Butch Cassidy's disgraceful benching of Calle Johannson in the playoffs and subsequent firing). I've taken - at worst - a neutral position when it comes to George's job as Caps GM. Largely, I think he's done OK, but this Boudreau opportunity - in addition obviously to Ovie -- is a critical component of our future as a franchise. Here we have a man who truly shows signs of being the type of coach that a franchise becomes identified with (Bowman, Torre, Jackson, et al) and I don't think I'm speaking too soon. The guy is clearly special, from his Gabby qualities with the media to his frankness with the players re: performance standards to his completely unassuming yet inspirational nature. Go ahead, George, try us a little longer when it comes to Boudreau, but not TOO much longer. We all know you covet Dale Hunter, but a funny thing has happened along the way: we've found a gem from Hershey

Posted by: MTB | December 19, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Greg S,

What are you trying to say? That he is a Top 10 goalie? Top 20? Top 30? Where does he rank in you opinion??

Posted by: Finn | December 19, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.
You just don't know how to watch a hockey game.

Posted by: Jupe2 | December 19, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

This just in, Olie signs 95 million dollar endorsement with Trojan condoms.

"89% Effective to make you feel like a winner" is the new slogan.

Posted by: ex-Trojan Man | December 19, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying he's top 10, even in his dreams. Possibly in the mid-20 to 20 range. I don't know. There are many factors that go into evaluating players. No one statistic can be utilized independent of the other factors. That's why we don't see Green in the Power Standings for defensemen even though he leads the league in scoring by a defensemen. There are other criteria to consider, like Assists and +/-.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@Jupe2

Yeah.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Greg S,

You put him at 20 (very arguably). That's still 4 short of a play off team.

I posted this earlier: As of today Kolzig is ranked 13th in total shots against. Of the 12 goalies above him 8 play for a play off team (as of today's standings). Of the 8 "play off goalies", 5 play in the Eastern Conference.

There are goalies who face more shots than Kolzig. And they are taking their teams to play offs. How many of us can say that Kolzig can take the Caps to the play offs?

SV% and GAA matter the most to any goalie. How much should he make next year if, as Tarik said, he returns? Brodeur, by the way, makes LESS than Kolzig. Is it justified? That $5.5m could be spent on a better and younger goaltender.

Posted by: Finn | December 19, 2007 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Steve R - I hear ya ... I think we are actually singing the same song (maybe just harmonizing a bit?!? ;-)).

RE: all the posts about Olie's temper, they call him Zilla for a reason ...

Posted by: Boo! | December 19, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about "interim'? All Coaches are interim anyway. Was there a single Coach who was not fired?

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 19, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Did I say someplace that he's going to lead us to the playoffs? Could happen IF the D eliminates rebounds, and IF they start to block more shots, and IF he starts limiting his bone headed plays, and IF he plugs that blessed 5 cavern of his.

No, there's a lot of "depends upon" in his game. I'm not an Olie lover. I think he's over priced for what we're getting. I'm just trying to be fair about it.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

If GMGM were so horrible, Bruce would not have the pieces to put together to build this bit of success he's brought us. It could be that GMGM is operating with a certain budget (yes, hockey is a business too) and has done what he can to bring in as much talent as possible within that given budget. It seems the additions over the summer were pretty good but Hanlon was not doing well at getting them to live up to their potential. Bruce has succeeded with these pieces and hopefully our budget will get raised as a result of bringing more fans in to see us win.

If Bruce continues to do well, the ball is back in George and Ted's court.

Stay tuned...

Posted by: TheCapitalist | December 19, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

What can any D do about his rebounds? You have seen them lately, I am sure. They are too "juicy" as Locker puts it; Kolzig (this "great" goalie) should not give out such rebounds... The # of shots Kolzig faces is less than last year... The # of softies has increased dramatically (and those guaranteed 5 holes)... He acts like he is "holier than thou"... BB should let Kolzig know that he may be a Sacred Cow with SOME fans, he is not one with BB.

Posted by: Finn | December 19, 2007 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Keep the interim...and KEEP BRUCE! Could be we are watching the birth of a coaching legend...
again, stay tuned

Posted by: TheCapitalist | December 19, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@ Cap fan 1,
Obviously, there's little luv, caring, or affection in your life. As God is my witness, I truly feel a deep sense of compassion for your apparent misery and pain. As one human to another ( In spite of your vile remarks, I'll assume that you ARE human ) I strongly suggest you seek professional treatment for whatever it is that's ailing you. Please stop projecting your loathsome, despicable circumstances on people ( Like me ) that neither know you, nor have even the slightest impact on your pathetic life.

Posted by: Puckguru'salterego | December 19, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@ Cap Fan 1,
Be advised that my previous post WAS MINE, AND MINE ALONE. Somehow, inadvertantly that "Alterego" stuff got mixed in. IT WAS ME, AND ME ALONE, MR. Cap Fan 1. Got it?

Posted by: Puckguru | December 19, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What if Olie could send some of that anger Shultz's way to change him from the "anti-Pronger" into a hard hitting bada@@...?

OK, maybe it's more realistic to hope that Laing's shot blocking efforts rub off on everybody and the number of shots Olie faces decreases.

We can hope.

Posted by: Steve R | December 19, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Ovie smashed his stick in the Buffalo game after he dove on the ice to block the empty net shot that went in and made it 5-3. He obviously wants to win and was angry that another goal was scored.

Olie gets mad at himself during practice. Countless times he has smashed sticks out of anger and frustration when seemingly ever shot finds the net he is minding. At least we know both players care about the team, but it does appear that Olie has an anger issue. Not even close to the level of Chris Simon though, because smashing sticks does not equate to the dirty play that Simon engages in with other players.

Posted by: Tom | December 19, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What's the over/ under on how many days/months/seasons til a player is killed on the ice by a washed up goon like Simon? I liked Simon when he played with us; good enforcer with some skills but he has got nothing left except, apparently, rage. What will it take to earn a lifetime ban? What will it take to revise the instigator rule?

Posted by: kevbpgc | December 19, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

@Finn

The Goalie's job is to stop the initial shot, and make the heroic ones frequently enough. Yeah, Olie does give up some real succulent morsels, but the D-men have a responsibility to clear the area, and that includes pucks and opposition players. This is something that Poti, Pothier and Schultz have a difficult time in doing.

The goalie's job is also to control the rebounds. This has been tough on Olie in the past 2 years in particular. I'm not sure if this is because the D is still immature and allowing the opposition to get in on him so that all he CAN do is block the first shot, or if it's him slowing down. I lean towards the middle on him. He's older and slower. Perhaps he doesn't know his opposition as well as he should.

You know how catchers and pitchers study the upcoming team's batters so they can figure out how to pitch to them? Maybe Olie needs to study the other teams more to see how they like to shoot, like I'm sure they've done with AO.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MunTf_Xcgbs

Classic angry Kolzig. I wish I could find some video of his tripping non-call... I think it happened in November. Some opposing player (a Cane, maybe) got a little too close to the crease, and Olie wrapped his stick around the guys legs as he was skating away. It was great...

Posted by: MikeZ | December 19, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R.

Now THAT would be an improvement!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I think we should give hockey sticks to some of these bloggers, send them out on the rink, and let them get their frustrations out with each other.

Posted by: Joe | December 19, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

OK Caps Fans, I can't wait for the abuse I'm about to get for this post.
If you say Olie caused us 2 games we could of had this year, and the D caused us 2 we could of had and if our O scored more points and gave us 2 games , that would give us 6 more wins, 12 more points to 41 total which would put us in first in the Southeast, and second in the East. My point is we are close real close, too bad about the bad start.
All Right, Let the Inquistion begin.

Posted by: billd | December 19, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Good article on Green at the hockey news. I'd attach a link if I weren't a dumba@@ and new how to attach the story.

Anyway, it's worth reading.

Posted by: Steve R | December 19, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

puckguru/puckguru alter ego,
not sure what brought that on, but since i don't care about your hockey opinions, i certainly don't care about your opinion of me.

perhaps you need to hang w/ chris simon and his anger management classes. they might do you some good...

can we get back to bashing olie/gmgm?

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | December 19, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

@Steve R. -- Olie's only facing an average of 28 shots a game. That's not a lot...especially when compared to the past couple of years.

Posted by: Uh? | December 19, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I missed where Tarik lifted his ban on use of the p-word here...

Posted by: Jill | December 19, 2007 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Minor point, but the Islanders didn't suspend Simon for 30 games. The LEAGUE suspended him.

Posted by: Westmorland | December 19, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@Uh?,

With an increase in soft goals allowed over the years, any decrease in shots that Olie has to face is a good thing.

@Greg,

Thanks for the link. One of these days I'll lose the computer dunce cap. Just not today...

Posted by: Steve R | December 19, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Let's just face it folks, nothing about the Caps will ever make some of us happy. First we jump all over Kozlov because he likes to flash smiles after making a bad play. Then we jump on Olie for smashing his stick after making a bad play. Personally, I have no problem with Olie's antics when he gets frustrated, and I think its going way overboard to say that he has anger management issues. There's one thing nobody can deny about Olie, he wants to win as much as anyone on the Caps, and he wears his emotions on his sleeve. Sure his play has been lacking this year, and I'm sure he'd be the first to admit it. But at the same time I would bet he works his tail off as much as anyone to improve his game. I just think jumping on Olie because he shows his frustration a little more than the other guys is a bit unfair. There are plenty of reasons to criticize him for his play this year, but questioning his emotions on the ice may be a bit much. Just remember other guys on the team have other outlets for their frustration, i.e. a hard check or dropping the gloves. Olie doesn't have those options.

Posted by: JPC | December 19, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Also, on the Hockey News is a small article, half on Simon and the other on Coach B.

http://thehockeynews.com/articles/12058-THNcom-Blog-What-does-it-take-to-get-a-lifetime-ban.html

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Who cares about "interim'? All Coaches are interim anyway. Was there a single Coach who was not fired?"

This is exactly true... but the underlying theme here is "he's got the job for now but we're not sure he can get it done"... just seems like a bit of a slam on BB.

You can call him "coach for life" if you'd like and at some point he will most likely be fired. Just seems a bit more respectful towards a man doing a great job for the Caps (and that didn't start with this year).

Lose the interim!

Posted by: Dave in DC | December 19, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

@Cap Fan 1,

I kind of enjoy bashing Shultz too. There are an endless number of choices when it comes to abuse potential.

Posted by: Steve R | December 19, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

billd-
you're right. Insane, but right!

Posted by: dave | December 19, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

@biild

I don't think you'll catch any grief on that. We could easily still be in the hunt if we had kicked it into gear a bit earlier, or if everyone played to their capabilities every night.

I mentioned in an earlier note that I thought that the Caps play to their opposition of the night. Play damned good against Detroit, NJ, Rangers but poorly against Florida. If they brought their Detroit game with them every night...

@Steve R.

Highlight the address, Ctrl + C to copy, then Ctrl + V to paste.

Also, you mentioned about Olie and the salary cap. We're so far under the cap now that we could absorb AO's and Green's new salary - whenever GMGM gets off his tookus and gets it done! - in this year. We have loads of space.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

steve r
how can you bash schultz? he's got the sweetest jump shot in the league!!

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | December 19, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@joe,

ROFLMAO for the "bloggers with sticks" comment.

Posted by: old time hockey | December 19, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

lol! too funny, Cap Fan 1!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Wanna know who cost the Caps Games? gmgm and Pres. Dick because that Glen Hanlon was such a nice boy. They couldn't fire him. NO, not last season. NO, not during the off season. NO, they had to wait for him to essentially resign.

Give Gabby the job already! Fire gmgm! "Accept" Pres. Dick's resignation!

The rebuild would be over if the Caps had a brain they could trust!

Posted by: Clarendon | December 19, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Keeping him as interim may be more of a way of hanging on to him if they decide to go another way, making this more of a "call up from Hershey"
If GMGM/Ted decide to get a different coach they can say "Thanks for helping us out BB, can you go back to doing the great job you were doing with our AHL club"
Mind you, I don't know many people who'd be happy with a demotion after doing what BB's done.

Posted by: Afan | December 19, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I know it's fun and all to bash GMGM and Olie, and everyone; however, how can we bash these people if A) we don't know what it's like to be them or do their job and B) we don't have any suggestions to make it better.

Fire GMGM... and replace him with who? Fire Dick... I'm sure there are tons of team presidents out there with nothing else to do that are looking for jobs. Get rid of Kolzig... so we are ready for the Johnny era then?

Posted by: Phil C. | December 19, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe what I heard come out of McPhee's mouth. He is still undecided about removing the interim tag. Are you frigging kidding me? That pisses me off, if they replace BB in the middle of the season with another coach, I am really going to be dissapointed. Is McPhee watching their games? Kenhockey, I could not agree with you more.

Posted by: Pete Peeters | December 19, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

There's a problem with firing Dick. He's a minority owner in the Caps. Would Uncle Teddy buy him out? How would he handle being fired if he was part owner? Would he be able to block decisions that affect the team?

In the corporate world, when the president is fired, s/he's pushed all the way out so they can't adversely affect corporate decision.

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 5:32 PM | Report abuse

So, if GMGM removes the interim tag will people say "good decision" or will they complain about how long it took? What's the difference -- he's the coach of his team today, and it's the same for every other coach in the NHL.

Posted by: Jeff | December 19, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

They are playing pretty well with him as "interim" coach. I say leave him as "interim" for the next 5 years!

Posted by: Phil C. | December 19, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The decision to keep Coach B interim may well be due to Uncle Ted. His wallet is very tightly controlled by him. If they give him a contract now and call him full time coach instead of interim and they subsequently fire him, they'll have to buy him out. As it is now, they can pat him on the back, maybe give him a bonus for his hard work and send him back to Hershey.

Of course, if they ever did that, I'm sure some NHL team would scarf him up pretty quick - like Atlanta or maybe Quebec or....

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I hear Quebec and Hartford are hurting for coaches right now... :)

Posted by: Phil C. | December 19, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: OVECHKIN ON A SEGWAY | December 19, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

You know what. Olie shouldn't even be put in the same category as a goon like Simon..and I even like simon, but the man CLEARLY has issues when he goes out to hurt other players. Has anyone EVER seen Olie go out to hurt someone other than an innocent stick or goal post? That's not anger issues. Anger issues come to play when you go to hurt other people. Anyone who says otherwise is ridiculous.

Posted by: IrresistibleForce | December 19, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

@ Caps Fan 1,
not only are you a sick psycho, you're a bold - faced LIAR AS WELL. Your response TO ME in "Caps Confidence Gets A Boost" was, and I quote, "If losing is like dying to you, then here's hoping that the Caps go on a ten game slide." Sound familiar, chump? Or, in addition to your lunacy, do you suffer from amnesia as well? Your best course of action ( At this point ) would be to apologize and ask for everyone's ( Not just mine ) forgiveness. Otherwise, you will have branded yourself FOREVER as being both a sick and hateful moron, as well as a 2 -faced LIAR!

Posted by: Puckguru | December 19, 2007 6:41 PM | Report abuse

So help me to unnderstand: Its okay to jump all over Olie for his lackluster performance, but we should leave gmgm and Pres. dick alone because WE can''t determine replacements.

Let's see: The team had clearly tuned Glen Hanlon out last spring but it's okay because gmgm and Pres. dick are on the job. After Ted delares: "the rebuild is over", Glen, who really is very nice, Hanlon muddles along for another 21 games until he says "Gee, I don't know what to coach them on tomorrow." Then being the quick, smart and perceptive man that he is, gmgm says, "Glen, pack up your things."

President Dick "I know hockey because my great uncle was Lester Patrick" Patrick is there simply because he coughed up some serious bread for the team? Again, I don't recall reading how he toiled in the far outposts of hockey front offices, working his way up the ladder, gathering an incalcuable knowledge of team dynamics. He was an attorney, working in the area.

If you own the team, you can say, even to a minority partner, that you are out.

If this team wants to compete, it needs HOCKEY PEOPLE with good sense running it. And these two guys haven't demonstrated their good hockey sense-- the most glaring examples being their coaching hires. (They lucked out, Finally, with Gabby)

Posted by: Clarendon | December 19, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

@ ovechkinonasegway- That was the funniest blog I've seen in a long time. I hope they have the video soon! Those guys are crazy! How funny...I wish I could have seen it...

Posted by: K | December 19, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine used to work for Capital Segway...

Posted by: MikeZ | December 19, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

@Gamer - what a shock that you didn't get any response on the ice at VC!:) It's bad enough that Chris Clark got hurt on the bad ice, but do you think things would REALLY get in motion if Ovechkin got hurt? That sheet would change in a hurry...

Posted by: Roose | December 19, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

And Shultz opted out of the Segway adventure as the top speed of 12.5 MPH is "scary fast".

Posted by: Steve R | December 19, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

"No," Ovechkin replied. "Girls, where are you? I can't find you."

God I love Ovechkin...

Posted by: Raber | December 19, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Somebody post up as soon as you find that video....I am DYING to see that!!!

Posted by: pmoravek | December 19, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I had no idea, Segways are inherently unstable and that's why they are controlled by software just like "highly stealth aircraft (the F-117 and B-2) are aerodynamically unstable in all three axes and require constant flight corrections from the fly-by-wire system to maintain controlled flight."

That's pretty much explains why Ovechkin couldn't crash it. :-)

http://alexovetjkin.blogspot.com/2007/12/alex-flying-stealth-fighter.html

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 19, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

LOL! That was a great blog on AO, Green et al. Sounds like they really let loose. Bully for them!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 9:02 PM | Report abuse

@Clarendon

Nah! We need to get the Prez and GMGM fired. I'm just sayin' that getting the Prez fired will take a bit on account of the fact that he's a part owner, too. I don't know what his involvement is in the club anyway. Could be just a titular head of the organization.

GMGM on the otherhand is a hired flunky and could be unseated easily. Or at least easier. Sooner rather than later IMHO!

Posted by: Greg S. | December 19, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

Here's the latest theory of shootout losses for Washington Caps from HFBoards:

"I now figured out why ovy sucks at the shootout. You can only improve your game by going up against the best, and well, when they practice the shootout, they go up against kolzig and johnson...nuff said!!"

Lemme think... RWs scored all three in shootout and they have Hasek and Osgood ...hmmmm :-)

Posted by: alexovetjkin | December 19, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

i think puckguru should be banned from this board since he has obviously violated the rules.

"Likewise, you may not post content that is libelous, defamatory, obscene, abusive..."

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | December 19, 2007 9:15 PM | Report abuse

"Segway guys: Backstrom, Ovechkin, Green and Bradley.
You hear it here first: it's the foundation of the team who will some day will bring Stanley Cup to Washington."
-Ovetjkin's blog

Sounds good to me. I'm a big fan of all those guys.

Posted by: MikeZ | December 19, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Oops. I meant NHL. Was writing too fast.

Fixed.

Posted by: Tarik | December 19, 2007 10:26 PM | Report abuse

BB doesn't care about the Interim label; he just wants to WIN games. A trait most in the Caps front office can't understand. Something more pressing would be placing the FIRED label on gmgm and the minority owner (and that is it!) label on Dick P. I say it happens in March.

Posted by: someone else who knows | December 19, 2007 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, i didn't quite get to finish my previous post. So let me just add this: if real hockey people were running this team, Randy Carlyle would be coach. He was an assistant here. Let's see, how many Stanley Cups has he won? How many have the Caps won?

Secondly, there was no skill in picking Ovie. The Caps got lucky on the draft pick in the lottery 3 years ago and Ovie was everybody's #1 pick.

Now it looks like the "brain trust" has sqaundered Olie the Goalie for what looks like his last year, and Ovie might be developing a bad taste in his mouth. They just don't get it.

Posted by: Clarendon | December 19, 2007 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Great story on the Caps on the segways.

Did anyone else see Boudreau's "coaches daily dialogue" on the Caps main site? He's so awesome, I love seeing him be interviewed.

Posted by: Stephen | December 19, 2007 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha.. thanks for the heads-up on the segway story, Tarik.

I have a funny story about Jurcina from yesterday on my site. Seems like the guys are cutting loose lately.

http://jordanwoll.com/caphits

Posted by: Jordan | December 19, 2007 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Finally, here is how it plays out: "'Interim' Coach Bruce Boudreau finished the season with the Washington Capitals. Bob Woods, former interim head coach of the Hershey Bears is named the head coach of the Washington Capitals. Coach Woods had great success taking over the Bears under difficult circumstances. He is ready to make the jump to the NHL...."

Gee, we've never heard anything like that before.

Since Gabby is to much his own person for gmgm and pres. dick, he won't get the job. He threatens them since he actually holds people accountable. His success exposes their shortcomings.

I am devoted to this team, so I am pissed off to be continually played for a chump.

Posted by: Clarendon | December 20, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The Segway stuff is priceless.. great to see the guys bonding. Now bring on the video.

Tarik - how are the healthy scratches decided? Does Bruce make the call on his own or does he have to consult with GM?

The reason I ask is that when Gordon comes back they're going to have to decide who to scratch. Or maybe they'll have to actually send somebody down.. obviously GM would be involved in that discussion.

I don't see how they could send Laing back, after the work he's put it. Shot-blocking seems to be becoming a very important skill in the league today, and he's great at it. For a while I've assumed Bradley was on the bubble, because he doesn't really have any particular skill that sets him apart from the other defensive forwards. But lately I think he's been stepping up his play too. Maybe Fleischmann? Maybe Laich? I'm not among the Brashear haters.. I think he's valuable. I guess it's a good problem to have. And it will get even more crowded when Clark comes back.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | December 20, 2007 12:29 AM | Report abuse

Been away from this board for a while, and I see nothing has changed very much. Puckguru is still being verbally abused, and, as always, returns the abuse. Geez, guys, lighten up already. 'Tis the season to be jolly. All right?

Posted by: Wanda | December 20, 2007 6:05 AM | Report abuse

Um, can one be verbally abused on a blog? What would the correct term be? Maybe just "abused" without the verbally part????

Posted by: Wanda | December 20, 2007 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Abused is too strong a word. Attacked is more appropos. Morally attacked, that's it! Forgive me for rambling, but I am lacking my caffeine fix of the morning.

Posted by: Wanda | December 20, 2007 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Ovie: "I'm from Russia"

Lady: "Well have fun"....something about humanity

Ovie: "I don't have any money"

Green: "No she said humanity"

Ovie: "Oh, what does that mean"

That blog has got to be the funniest thing I've ever read. I can picture Ovie riding in circles around the Police Officer while getting lectured....just like a little kid with no teeth!! I can't stop laughing and cannot wait for the video.

Posted by: Mitch | December 20, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

@Oneal -- I'm told Bruce has first and last say on healthy scratches, with minimal input from management.

Posted by: Tarik | December 20, 2007 8:10 AM | Report abuse

@Oneal
I might be the only one in this blog, but I think Fleischmann is getting a bad rap. I agree it is going to be interesting when the Gordon and Clark and returns, but there are still a lot of games to play before that, so there is more time for evaluation.

Posted by: Joe | December 20, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

I should have had my morning coffee before typing that last message.

Posted by: Joe | December 20, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Clarkie's still in bad shape???NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Darn it, Im going to be @ a Caps game in DC for the first time in half a year with my brand new CC jersey and he's not even playing....
Oh great, and on top of that I see we have a new troll. Get lost "Uh?".

Posted by: captnclark | December 20, 2007 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"@ Cap Fan 1,
Be advised that my previous post WAS MINE, AND MINE ALONE. Somehow, inadvertantly that "Alterego" stuff got mixed in. IT WAS ME, AND ME ALONE, MR. Cap Fan 1. Got it?"

Heh, more like you forgot which sockpuppet character you were talking to yourself in...

Posted by: Hielizy ;] | December 21, 2007 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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