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This & That: On Smith, DiPietro vs. Johnson, Lightning Announcements, Caps’ Playoff Hopes and More

Introducing This & That. a feature set aside for those days when my brain is incapable of any smooth transition from one thought to another. Instead, a random spattering of things I’m thinking, items I meant to include elsewhere but may have forgotten and miscellaneous ramblings that may otherwise have no defined category or forum for inclusion.

(Plus, this way, I never have to use the term “hodgepodge” again.)

Off we go:

—-“If Smitty gets claimed, it’s good for him. If he doesn’t, he goes down and plays for us down there. We want to get him playing.” – Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, on recently waived netminder Mike Smith.

To the first point, absolutely. As far back as late last season, I was wondering whether or not Smith might be better off with a fresh start. Amid flashes of brilliance, Smith has struggled consistently throughout his tenure in Tampa and had all kinds of promise stifled by injuries. This year, despite unsightly statistics, some in scouting circles have seen reason for optimism in his game, giving new life to the idea that he might somehow flourish in a new situation.

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  Tags: brent+johnson, cedrick+desjardins, dwayne+roloson, jeff+skinner, mike+smith, nhl+guardians, rick+dipietro, steve+yzerman

Video- A One Punch Goalie KO

Brent Johnson with a left to the head of Rick DiPietro.

added 10:14pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.

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Penguins Sign Brent Johnson

The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Brent Johnson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Johnson, 32, played 21 games with the Washington Capitals, finishing with a record of 12-6-2 during the 2008-09 season.  The veteran goaltender recorded a .908 save percentage along with a 2.81 goals-against average.

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Caps Goalie Johnson Out 6-8 Weeks

From TSN:

Capitals goalie Brent Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.

The decision to have the operation was made Thursday. The Capitals said Johnson could be out six-to-eight weeks.

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Afternoon Line- Part 2

I’ve received a lot of emails from readers since Michael Nylander put his Potomac home on the market and that news hit the blog circuit. I’m hearing that it’s nothing more than Nylander wanting to purchase another home (yes, in the Washington area). I’m not saying that he won’t be asked to waive his NTC and get traded, all I’m saying is that there’s no connection between him selling his home and his current status with the team.

-Tariek El-Bashir of the Washington Post, where you can also read a feature on Caps goaltender Brent Johnson…

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  Tags: brent+johnson, michael+nylander

Caps Lose Goalie, Ovechkin Gets Stitched Up

from the Washington Post,

Ovechkin left the game early in the third period after being cut on the leg by a skate. The Capitals’ leading scorer (he tallied his 26th goal in the second period) required “a few” stitches to close the cut, but he will play on Saturday in Ottawa, General Manager George McPhee said. Ovechkin declined to talk to reporters as he limped to the team bus, saying only that he was “okay.”

The prognosis was not so good for Johnson, who will miss the next two to four weeks with a sprained left knee.

more (reg. req.) on the Caps loss to Pittsburgh…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, brent+johnson

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