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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
While it’s unclear who will be able to suit up, this much is known: The Capitals have been one of the league’s best teams over the past month despite an injury-ravaged lineup that, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, was minus eight players who were on the ice opening night.
Since the roster became a virtual revolving door on Nov. 24, they’re 10-4-0 and have built a comfortable eight-point edge in the Southeast Division.
In that span, 11 players have been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, five have made their NHL debuts, and even a front-office employee was signed to serve as a backup goaltender. In all, 35 players have donned a Washington jersey this season compared with 26 at this point a year ago.
The words of Rangers coach Tom Renney after blowing a 4-0 lead and eventually losing 5-4 to the Capitals in OT.
Watch his post game press conference below.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defensemen Bryan Helmer and forward Andrew Gordon from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Helmer, 36, is a 6’1”, 215-pound 16-year pro from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He is the Bears captain and is the active AHL games played (894) and assists (361) leader. The undrafted Helmer, No. 43 with Washington, has 11 assists in 25 AHL games with year. He was recently named captain for the Canadian team in next month’s AHL All-Star Classic. This is Helmer’s second recall of the year, as he recorded one assist in six games with the Capitals from Nov. 28 – Dec. 10. He has 24 points (8g-16a) in 140 career NHL games with Washington, Phoenix, Vancouver and St. Louis.
Gordon, 23, is a 6’0”, 185-pound second-year pro from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has 20 points (10g-10a) in 30 AHL games this year and is one of only four Bears to have double-digit goals and assists. Gordon has two game-winning goals and has tallied at least one point in 15 games this season.
via On Frozen Blog,
In Saturday’s SovetskySport, an obviously frustrated Alexander Semin informs Dmitry Chesnokov of his latest injury—incurred non-accidentally at the stick of St. Louis’ David Backes Thursday night:
“I have already been to the doctor. I think that maybe my nerve was hit. And now it is squeezed. I can hardly walk. I have no clue how many games I am going to miss. I felt bad this morning. I feel worse than I did yesterday. I am trying to [use] pain relievers . . . I am so tired of these injuries. Just [recently] one injury healed, my shot got better. Now here is another one. When is this all going to end?”
Bill Eichenberger of the Sporting News Today chats with the Capitals Mike Green,
Q: How is this team different than it has been over the last few years?
A: We have a lot more structure. I think the guys are following what the coaching staff is telling us. With (coach) Bruce (Boudreau) here, he’s been the biggest difference.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
And then there were no replays in the press box - because Nassau Coliseum doesn’t get Versus. Go figure.
more on the Caps OT win against the Islanders.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
Caps website producer Brett Leonhardt speaks to the media about getting the call to back up tonight.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Here’s the latest on the Caps’ goalie situation. You might want to take a seat.
Jose Theodore is, in fact, hurt. He is day-to-day with a hip flexor. I’m not sure when this injury happened.
The Caps have summoned Simeon Varlamov from Hershey and he hopes to arrive from Houston in time to be on the Caps’ bench by the second period. He’ll backup Brent Johnson. Eventually.
continued with more on the the first period backup goalie, Brett Leonhardt.
And there’s more on Leonhardt also available from the Associated Press via the Globe & Mail.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled goaltender Simeon Varlamov (SIHM-yahn VAR-la-mohv) from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears and reassigned forward Oskar Osala and defenseman Sean Collin to Hershey, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.
Tarik El-Bashir, the Caps beat writer for the Washington Post, did an online Q & A today…
Annandale, Va.: My neighbor Alexandria wouldn’t ask you about Nylander, but I will. He is definitely struggling. Do you know if the Caps are still trying to move him?
Tarik El-Bashir: All of the injuries put the brakes on the Nylander to Chicago trade speculation. But now that the Caps are getting healthy again, I expect them to start heating up any minute now.
Nylander is really struggling to find his place on this team and in Boudreau’s system. It’s to the point now where I’m not sure he ever will. The problem is it’s really, really hard to make a trade, especially when the player is older (36) and has a big cap hit ($4.875 million).
much more on the Capitals…
via Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take,
...we have grown our payroll and related expenses faster than we have grown our revenues so we will LOSE more money this season than we did last season. And that loss will be way more than $5 million for the year.
But there is good news. We can’t grow our payroll anymore. We are at the cap max basically so any additional revenue growth cuts into the losses. The business model is not fixed but it has improved dramatically with the new CBA for us in DC. Thanks to our fans but we have miles to go before we sleep. I would be celebrating if we lost $5 million this year on our hockey team. That would mean we would have won a Stanley Cup in four 7 game series. Even then, I bet our loss would be more than $5 million.
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