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WJFK 106.7 to broadcast some Capitals games

WJFK 106.7 will broadcast at least four of the Capitals' remaining regular-season games and possibly more pending the station's schedule availability. The station carried the Capitals' season opener and home opener this season and has broadcast the Capitals' playoff games the past two seasons.

The four games that will be carried on WJFK are:

March 6 - Saturday vs. New York Rangers
March 10 - Wednesday vs. Carolina
April 1 - Thursday vs. Atlanta
April 11 - Sunday vs. Boston

All four also will be carried on the Capitals' flagship station, WFED 1500 AM and 820 AM.

By from staff reports  |  March 4, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
 
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Cool, I guess. For the casual fans at least...

Posted by: glb8p | March 4, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Cool, I guess. For the casual fans at least...

Posted by: glb8p | March 4, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Poti-Corvo pairing kind of worries me.

Posted by: elicea | March 4, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: elicea | March 4, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I actually like the Poti-Corvo pairing as both can skate, can play very good positionally, can play the puck or stick and sometimes the body, can move the puck and jump in on offense. If they play defense first and carefully commit, awesome. If they over commite, well that's bad. Poti has been great at commiting wisely this year.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thats great for people who dont have a TV.

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Or get games not broadcast on CSN or Versus or NHL networks.

Posted by: Rocc00 | March 4, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I like the idea of competition for playing time, but I just hope BB sticks with the idea of the players playing the best will play. If a player sits a game after having a good one, that does not send out a good signal.

Overall, I like the situation we are in.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | March 4, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

An example of why I'm concerned about the Poti-Corvo pairing - Tampa has some big forwards, notably Lecavalier and Malone. How are Poti and Corvo going to handle those guys if they decide to go hard to the net? Poti and Corvo won't be pylons, but they might be speed bumps. I'm sure BB will try to avoid that match-up, but he probably won't be able to for the full game.

Posted by: zmega | March 4, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

@zmega

By taking away space through positioning, taking away the puck with a stick-lift or a poke-check, using a timely hip-check or shot-block. Not all blueliners are physical man-handlers like Pronger or steam-rollers Erskine. If you expect Poti to play like Pronger, then you'll be disappointed. If Poti plays well, he can play very well in the Caps system as he has shown this year. Maybe Corvo show us that he can play well in the Caps' system. I hope so as a fan.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

How many extra guys do the Caps have now? Competition is good, but I hope it doesn't backfire. Some of the guys could start playing tight like Hershey call ups for fear of being benched.

Also, someone mentioned that they liked the Brooks was showing some #28 moves. I don't. That's why Brooks went through his slump in December. He's best when he keeps it simple.

Posted by: ablake70 | March 4, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

@JIMALLCAPS - I've seen Poti get manhandled near the crease too many times to be optimistic. His recent better play primarily involves making good decisions about getting more involved in the offensive end IMO. But maybe we will get an indication tonight as to how it will work.

Posted by: zmega | March 4, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

"Does anybody know how the Pens always seem to be able make huge aquisitions at the deadline...when is all the trading they do gonna catch up with them when it comes to Cap hit and loss of prospects?"

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It's already catching up to them. Their cap space is limited and their farm system is rated 28th out 30 teams by hockeysfuture. It is basically a four to five year process because the draft picks are usually 18 years old.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | March 4, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

***FYI***

I'm not sure if anyone has posted jersey numbers, but according to washingtoncaps.com...

Belanger-18
Corvo-77
Walker-24
Jurcina-23

Posted by: robostop10 | March 4, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I think we could beat Tampa tonight with having one player on the ice at all times with no stick...it would be a good test, but I think we get the job done 6-5.

Thats the beauty of having such a big lead...we can make a guy like Erskine play a full game right handed for the hell of it.....

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Zmega, I agree that Poti can get pushed out of the way in the crease, but that's not his strength. His play should be preventing being in that position and it should be the team's defensive gameplan not to rely on Poti fighting for position in the crease. I've watched good skaters/stick handlers make Pronger look like a fool, blowing past him or making him take a stupid penalty -- it's not his strength, but who would want to fight Pronger for space near the crease -- besides Holstrom.
My point is that the Caps should not allow a team to have a player cherry-pick in the crease because they cannot get the puck up ice for odd-man breaks. The Caps system is predicated on getting the puck up ice and keeping it out of their own defensive end. When the Caps allow teams to cycle in their zone, they get torched for a goal. A Pronger may clear the crease, but he'd be a serious liability more often than a benefit.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 4, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Ray Bourque - 77
Paul Coffey - 77
Joe Corvo - 77

Coincidence? I think not...

Posted by: SA-Town | March 4, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

How many times will I think it is Pettinger out there when I see #18?

Pretty sure I won't mistake Corvo for Oates.

Who last wore 24? Cooke?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Adam Oates also 77? And I think that he is an assistant coach for the Bolts.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 4, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

What's up (down) with Alzner? Will he crack the lineup? Why bring up Carlson instead of Alzner?

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I think Locker was also #18. Maybe Joe B. will ask the plumber tonight if his number should be retired.

Posted by: MReilly9 | March 4, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah Carlson versus Alzner -- I think BB likes Carlson's two-way play better than Alzner's more limited style of play. Carlson has a much bigger offensive upside and I think they are fairly equal in their own zone, so...

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS1 | March 4, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The reality is, do we want to find out if these guys can play well for us NOW or in game 6 of the first round? Yes, the President's Trophy is fun and all but I am sure there are some Sharks who can tell you how much it helped them win the Cup, except not at all. And the huge division lead is a nice cushion to have with 19 games left. While other teams are playing for their playoff lives, Bruce & Co. can try to find the best line combos to get us wins in the playoffs.

Posted by: amberlynne | March 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Alzner is approaching no-waiver limits due to age and nhl games played.

As caps fans, we saw first hand mortgaging the future in he late 90's. A few bad picks and injuries and the team had to rely on free-agents and bad trades. Not good longterm but produced short term.

I think BB needs to play the new guys and find out what skill level they bring compared to what was already here. The caps need to a combo of 10ish wins and other team losses to clinch the east, so this is a good time to tinker and work out the kinks. This may also be a chance for a Steckel or Brads to get some 3rd line time. It's pre-post-season prep time.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | March 4, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Yea. I am used to seeing Pettinger on the back of 18. Cooke was the last to wear 24. Tinordi as well wore it. Didn't Jeff Greenlaw wear 24 as well?

Posted by: robostop10 | March 4, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Shero has the easiest job in the NHL. All he has to do is refill the cast of characters around his core at the deadline, and he can go to the Beach and wait until June.

Granted, he created that core in the first place, so I'm not trying to take anything away from Shero, but seriously..he has the easiest job in the NHL.

Posted by: richmondphil | March 4, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

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GMGM is about to have a very similar situation. With the young core the Caps have, his job will be very easy as well. Actually I think the Caps core is deeper and I know their farm system is deeper so, I think GMGM's job will be easier than Shero's real soon.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 4, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

As well as these guys:

24: Larry Fullan (1974-75), Paul Nicholson (1974-76), Brian Kinsella (1975-76), Larry Bolonchuk (1975-76), Ron Jones (1975-76), Brian Stapleton (1975-76), Alex Forsyth (1976-77), Tom Rowe (1976-77, 1981-82), Robert Picard (1977-80), Bob Kelly (1980-82), Howard Walker (1981-82), Eric Calder (1982-83), Bryan Erickson (1983-85), Daryl Evans (1985-86), Jeff Greenlaw (1986-88, 1991-92), Mark Tinordi (1995-99), Rob Zettler (1999-02), Brian Willsie (2003-06), Kris Beech (2006-07), Matt Cooke (2007-08)

18: Ron Jones (1974-75) Bill Riley (1974-75), Rick Bragnolo (1975-77), Eddy Godin (1977-79), Greg Polis (1978-80), Glen Currie (1979-80), Harvie Pocza (1979-80), Tim Tookey (1980-81), Lou Franceschetti (1981-82), Roland Stoltz (1981-82), Craig Laughlin (1982-88), Doug Wickenheiser (1989-90), Steve Maltais (1990-91), Randy Burridge (1991-95), Andrew Brunette (1995-98), Trevor Halverson (1998-99), Matt Pettinger (2001-07)

Oates was the only one to wear #77 until today.

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

While it is true that from the perspective of the talent they have already assembled both GMGM and Shero have easy jobs, when you think about the expectations on both teams (neither town will be happy without a Cup this year), the job is not so easy. It looks like GMGM did a pretty good job at this deadline of improving the Caps for this year's run while not hurting their chances for next year or the following year.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 4, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Carlson played in his 8th game last night, so that is it for him for the year (cause after 8 this year would count toward his unrestricted free agency)

so, that also explains why he was on the ice for that last shift.

I assume erskine starts tonight and we send carlson down and bring alzner up for the playoffs...WHICH IS WHAT I WOULD DO EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IM NOT A COACH...

Seriously, alzner sick positioning would seem to naturally fit as a partner with Corvo, or Poti if you want to put morrison with Corvo...

Posted by: cotelloer | March 4, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

ccCapsfan,

That's a fair point. However, I doubt either one of them would like to trade jobs with Waddell or Poile.

Posted by: croftonpost | March 4, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Carlson looked every bit like a player who is ready to be an NHL regular. I am excited for this kid's future. He looks like he is going to be the real deal.

Posted by: srobert1117 | March 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I like Carlson a lot
but at this point, if he isnt going to be here for the playoff run, which i doubt...send him down so we can retain control over him, like what the pens did with Letang...

This game is also very important, we need to dominate the Lightning who we might play in the playoffs

Posted by: cotelloer | March 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

so is carlson here for the long haul. i have no problems. GMGM wants his D to move the puck and join the rush to score goals.

Posted by: samb99 | March 4, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town - How many people do you know who have televisions in their cars that they can watch while driving?

I regularly listen to the start of a game on the radio, either on WFED or wherever it is being broadcast, because I happen to be driving at the time.

Posted by: irockthered | March 4, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

@AleksanderOMunchkin
"Lou Franceschetti (1981-82), "

---Didn't Franceschetti wear #25? I'm 99% sure he did. Anyone?

Posted by: robostop10 | March 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Why are the Caps benching Steckel tonight for Gordon? Gordon is one of the two worst forwards on the team, and easily the worst center. And he's being played for one of the best faceoff men in the NHL. Seriously, just bench Gordon for the rest of the year unless there is a totally meaningless game.

I don't like Bradley being benched either, but I think Walker can fill in for him fine. Plus, he can help take care of Tampa's goons - that is the one advantage he has over Bradley.

Posted by: timmyv38 | March 4, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

@ timmy
He is playing Gordon as a reward for last night, i wouldnt be surprised if this is his last game of the season

Also, it makes additional sense to start Walker against a Southeast opponent who he is familiar with, and i assume brads and stecks are in for the playoffs with Walker being the first go-to forward if someone gets hurt...

I'm really looking forward to Belanger tonight cause i just dont know much about him, but Ive heard good things so far...hopefully he proves a solid pivot between fehr and flash

Posted by: cotelloer | March 4, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@croftonpost : Agree completely. And we wouldn't want to have to root for their teams either. :^)

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 4, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Awesome- isn't that the Redskins network?

Does radio still exist?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 4, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

From previous thread...

"the KHL guys (especially the d-men) "can't play"...

I've seen several people and now GMGM make the generalization comment that the KHL players couldn't play. That's what's wrong with generalizing. I saw KHL players that I thought were capable of playing in the NHL. Jagr, my man (Fedorov), and Kozlov to name a few. Yeah the Russians would have been better if they had made better player decisions (i.e more NHLers), but I disagree with saying that the KHLers can't play. Many of the KHLers are not of NHL calibre would have been a better and more accurate statement IMHO.

"why won't the caps give Erskine the chance to play regularly?? He's no more error-prone than Shultz and he's far more physical and intense...i'm disappointed every time he's not in the lineup :( "

Because they have other defensemen that they feel gives them a better chance to win hockey games. Erskine has an upside (physical edge, clears the crease etc.), but he also has a downside (slow and at times has trouble moving the puck out of the defensive zone). Take a look at when the Caps get trapped in their defensive zone. How many times is Erskine on the ice? How many times is it Schultz? That's why. In other words this system is predicated on quick ups by the defensemen which is not Erskine's forte. IMHO his failure to move the puck quickly out of his defensive zone is probably the biggest reason.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | March 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

@lylewimbledon: Only in automobiles.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 4, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

@BetterOffWithFedorov: Well said on both counts. I like Erskine, but there is no denying he can stuggle to get the puck out of the defensive zone.

Posted by: ccCapsfan | March 4, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

from above: "Carlson played in his 8th game last night, so that is it for him for the year (cause after 8 this year would count toward his unrestricted free agency)"

I'm not sure about 8. I thought you were allowed 9, but then someone else says you have to play like 30 to count as a year. Are you sure on the 9th game counting as a season? From the CBA?

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 4, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Robostop10,
Good catch. Lou wore #25 from '87 to '89 and #32 from '83 to '87.

You can find all the info here:
http://capitals.nhl.com/club/page.htm?bcid=16420

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

@cotelloer - That's how I see the d pairings as well. Alzner fits with Poti, maybe Morrisonn with Corvo, so we don't have two "new" guys together. I would rotate Erskine for Alzner as appropriate. Carlson with Morrisonn also works.

As to whether GMGM and Shero have easy jobs just filling in around a talented core, I guess that's true if you consider this easy -
* Consistently hitting on draft picks to provide a steady flow of solid NHL players, even though you are picking at or near the end of each round, and
* Never missing on free agents, so you don't waste cap space on under-performers.

So if you call that easy, then I guess that's an easy job.

Posted by: zmega | March 4, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Looking through the list of Caps alumni, I came across the name of Jean Francois-Fortin who I happened to see live in his first NHL game years ago. I wondered what happened to him so I Googled him and found this photo on Wikipedia. It made me thankful they don't sell advertising space on NHL uniforms. Ouch.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Jean_Francois_Fortin_1209_2.jpg

Posted by: AleksanderOMunchkin | March 4, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I regularly listen to the start of a game on the radio, either on WFED or wherever it is being broadcast, because I happen to be driving at the time.

Posted by: irockthered | March 4, 2010 4:19 PM

i'm two hours behind here - i leave work at 4:00 to make sure my lazy *ss is parked on my couch in time to see the puck drop - i'm going to have to question your commitment to being a caps fan ....

before you get upset, i'm really just teasing you

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 4, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Capt Kirk: I'm going to have a 3-hr time difference starting soon. Games will start at 4. Here I work 6:00 am until 3:30, so it will work if I can do the same hours.

Either way I won't be able to pick up that Mickey Mouse radio station. Not 2000+ miles away.

Although, WTOP-1500, I have picked up in Orlando a few times.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 4, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Steckle over Gordon. Bradley over Gordon.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | March 4, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

tominfl1:
AZ doesn't do DST - so when i'm on the 3hr time difference - i just have to call myself a heathly scratch at 3p

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | March 4, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Dan Snyder thought that being a GM/president/owner was no big deal when he bought the Skins... how he done so far?

we can sit here and be critical of them but I'm under no illusions about the difficulty of their job... it's like when some people question whether or not racecar drivers are real athletes or the difficulty of their job, saying anyone can drive a car...

I can play basketball but that doesn't mean I can play as well as MJ... we can all drive a car but that doesn't mean we can get around the Daytona International Speedway as fast as Jimmie Johnson... if it was that easy, we'd all be making $20 mil/year driving around in circles

Posted by: joek443 | March 4, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I thought the rule was a player could only play in 9 NHL games and still be eligible to be sent back to juniors. If he was on the roster for 10 he would be ineligible to be sent back to juniors.

Posted by: sgm3 | March 4, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

joek: George Halas was owner/GM/president/coach and he did the laundry for the Bears.

Maybe Snyder thought he was a wee bit smarter than Halas and maybe it turns out he was wrong.

The world is filled with people who are dumber than they thought. Think about it - if you are stupid, how do you really know?

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 4, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay management apparently brought in a new assistant coach without consulting Tocchet. I interpret this to mean that Tocchet is on the way out, which would be good for the team and the league IMO.

Posted by: zmega | March 4, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

After all this talk about player's numbers I'm surprised that no one noticed that the last player to wear 23 was also named Milan Jurcina

Posted by: superpaqman | March 4, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Hello Caps Fans!

Hope our boys keep up the playoff hunger tonight.

Lets Go Cap - I - Tals!

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | March 4, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

After all this talk about player's numbers I'm surprised that no one noticed that the last player to wear 23 was also named Milan Jurcina

Posted by: superpaqman | March 4, 2010 6:31 PM

That's almost as an incredible coincidence as when Lou Gehrig caught Lou Gehrig's disease.

Posted by: tominfl1 | March 4, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

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