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Caps Today 2009 Pre-season

Postby Bob 0119 » Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:42 am

Today’s Storyline

Impressing the Coach – Defenseman John Carlson looked comfortable, confident and strong on the ice yesterday. “Easily the best and most polished player on the ice today,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau . The 6’2” and 218-pound Carlson is only 19 years old and looking to make the big club. The Caps selected Carlson in the first round of the 2008 NHL Draft (27th overall) and he has been impressive ever since. He played last season with the London Knights in the OHL, under former Cap Dale Hunter, and tallied 76 points (16g-60a) in 59 regular season games and 22 points (7g-15a) in 14 playoff games. Carlson then joined Hershey in the AHL playoffs and contributed immediately, scoring the game-winning goal in his second game. He had three points (2g-1a) in 16 playoff games as Hershey went on to win the Calder Cup. Carlson has also been invited to the United States national junior evaluation camp, slated for Aug. 7-15 in Lake Placid , N.Y.


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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:27 am

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Trophy Holders – Seven of Washington ’ 24 prospects at development camp this week were part of a championship team last season. Francois Bouchard, John Carlson and Mathieu Perreault played for Washington ’s AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears last season and helped the club with their 10th Calder Cup and second in the last four years. Braden Holtby practiced with the Bears throughout their playoff run and served as backup for one game in the playoffs. Josh Godfrey won a Kelly Cup in June with Washington ’s ECHL affiliate, the South Carolina Stingrays. Andrew Glass, who the Caps drafted in 2007, won the NCAA championship with Boston University at the Verizon Center in April. Stefan Della Rovere, who the Caps took in the seventh round of the 2008 draft, was a member of Canada ’s gold-medal winning World Junior Championship team.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:30 am

Capitals Announce 2009 Preseason Schedule

2009-10 regular season schedule to be announced at 3 p.m. on July 15



ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals 2009 preseason schedule features six games against three opponents and includes three games at Verizon Center .



The Caps play their first preseason game on the road at the Buffalo Sabres (date and time TBA). The team’s preseason home opener at Verizon Center is Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. against Buffalo .



In addition to playing Buffalo twice, the Caps also have home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers.



The Capitals were 5-1-1 in the preseason last year, and their all-time preseason record is 131-109-29-9.



Audio from every preseason game will be broadcast live on WashingtonCaps.com.


2009 Washington Capitals Preseason Schedule



Date Opponent Location Time

TBA at Buffalo HSBC Arena, Buffalo , N.Y. TBA

Sat., Sept. 19 at Chicago United Center, Chicago , Ill. 8:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 21 Buffalo Verizon Center , Washington , D.C. 7 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 23 Chicago Verizon Center, Washington , D.C. 7 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 24 at NY Rangers Madison Square Garden , New York , N.Y. 7 p.m.

Sun., Sept. 27 NY Rangers Verizon Center , Washington , D.C. Noon



All Times Eastern
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Postby Bob 0119 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:19 am

Today’s Storyline

Happy returns indeed – Two participants in Capitals Development Camp are seeing things from a bit different perspective than they did at camp last season. Center Jake Hauswirth and defenseman Zach Miskovic both came to the 2008 camp as free agent invitees, and their efforts helped them land contracts from the Caps in the spring. Hauswirth is a big center with touch around the net who signed straight from the They came to this week’s camp with the start of their professional careers looming in the fall, and Caps brass will be watching to see where they will fit in – not whether they want to bring them back.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:50 am

Today’s Storyline

Dividends are paying off – Jake Hauswirth had a successful 2008 Capitals Development Camp and a strong 2009 USHL season with Omaha to parlay that into signing a professional contract in March with the Washington Capitals. The 21-year-old tied for first on the team and eighth in the league with 28 goals last season in Omaha . He also finished fourth on the team with 52 points in 58 games. Hauswirth’s performance is this week’s rookie camp will be the next step in moving up the Capitals organization.

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Today: Alex Ovechkin will appear at the NHL Store in New York at 4 p.m. to celebrate the launch of the NHL 2K10 video game. Ovechkin will arrive at the store driving a Zamboni down 6th Avenue .
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Postby Bob 0119 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 9:49 am

Today’s Storyline

Broda Steadily Improving: Capitals prospect Joel Broda has steadily improved as a goal-scorer in his five-year WHL career. He made his WHL debut in 2004 at 15 years old, appearing in two games for the Tri-City Americans. In four full seasons in the league, Broda developed into an offensive force. Splitting time with Moose Jaw and Calgary last year, he led the WHL with 53 goals and was a big part of Calgary ’s run to the 2009 WHL Championship Series. Entering his second rookie camp, Broda can draw upon his success in the WHL as he continues to develop within the Capitals’ organization.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:14 am

Today’s Storyline

Holtby’s next step – Braden Holtby is the only goaltender under contract with the Capitals who hasn’t played an NHL game – in fact he hasn’t played a professional game after wrapping up a stellar junior career with the Saskatoon Blades. That makes him the forgotten man in net as veterans report to training camp tomorrow, but he’ll be in the spotlight in today’s rookie game at the Philadelphia Flyers, where he should play the full 60 minutes. How Holtby plays today and in the coming weeks will likely determine whether his pro career begins in Hershey (AHL) or South Carolina (ECHL) as the highly regarded fourth-round draft pick takes the next step in his development.
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Postby Gametime33 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:03 pm

Still scratching my head as to why Boudreau has Jose penciled in as the opening night starter between the pipes.

He won 30 plus games for the good guys in red last season, but was benched in favor of the young, and very green Semyon Varlamov.

The neophyte goaltender performed admirably with limited on-ice experience in his first taste of playoff hockey in the NHL.

Both are a study in opposite styles.

Jose likes to take chances, and will leave his crease to go after the bouncing biscuit.

Varlamov was a statue in the net. His movements were tentative and he relied heavily on his glove to stop the opposing players' shots.

Looking forward to seeing other forwards from Hershey get some extended PT this season.

Guys like Alexandre Gireoux, Brian Helmer & Chris Bourque have to make the most of their opportunities to impress Gabby.

The Caps need some guys to fill the voids left by Sergei Federov & Viktor Kozlov. (Both have returned to Russia)

Another MVP like season awaits the Great Eight. Backstrom gets 50 assists and the Caps make the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Bruins.

Let's go Caps
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Postby Sir_Monk » Sat Sep 12, 2009 8:37 pm

I think Feds is hard to replace, but Knubble seems to me to be a tougher and unfortunately older replacement for Kozlov. At least for the limited time he will play for us, he will provide the grit to drive to the net and dig for the puck in the corners that we did not have during the playoff run last season. I'm not sold on Morrison replacing Feds at the number two center position, but we did not have much cap space and he seemed like the best option. At least in the short stints with the big club I liked what Aucoin brought and off hand I remember him having a pretty decent season with the Bears last year. I was also really impressed with Gireoux Chris Bourque and hope they continue to grow and can stick around in DC.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:54 am

Today’s Storyline

Let the games begin – Training camp can be about individual battles for roster spots, but those aren’t the only competitions taking place at Kettler Capitals Iceplex this week. Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau last year introduced the Gaetan Duchesne Cup in honor of the late Gaetan Duchesne, who was selected by the Capitals in the eighth round of the 1981 NHL Entry Draft and made the team out of training camp. Everyone at camp – from the top Hershey players from last season to late-round draft picks – will get their chance to shine as the Gaetan Duchesne Cup competition starts up today.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:14 am

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Am I playing?: That’s a question a lot of players want answered. The Caps face Buffalo on the road tomorrow night, which means the coaches have today to figure out their lineup for the first preseason game of the year. Washington plays six preseason games this year and the first couple games typically feature a mixture of rookies and veterans. It is a big opportunity for the younger players to show the coaches what they can do in a game situation. Of course, not everyone can play either, so some players who are anxiously hoping to pull on that NHL sweater tomorrow night will be left home.
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Postby Bob 0119 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:33 am

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Red, white and blue debut? – The Capitals first competition of the season against a different colored sweater could mark the Washington debut for two significant offseason additions if they make the trip to Buffalo : Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison. Both have looked good in intrasquad scrimmages, with Knuble scoring twice yesterday to help lead Team A to the Gaetan Duchesne Cup. While the rugged goal scorer (Knuble) and creative, slick-skating center (Morrison) are new to the Caps, they at least know each other – they spent two years together at the University of Michigan and played together in Sweden during the 2004-05 lockout.
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Postby Sir_Monk » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:29 am

Bob have you made it out to camp thus far? I was wondering if you can get a sense what the loss of Feds and Kozy have on the team? How does Nyls look?
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Postby Bob 0119 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 11:00 am

I haven't been able to get out to Kettler. Unfortunately my paying job has been on high-alert for the past few months, so I haven't been given the luxury of "time off."
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Postby Bob 0119 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:59 am

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Setting a standard – The Capitals won last night 4-3 in overtime, last season the Capitals won their first four preseason games and ended the preseason 5-1-1. Everyone knows that preseason games don’t mean that much but for the Capitals last season’s preseason results foreshadowed the Capitals season. The Caps established a club record for points (108) and points on the road (47) and tied a club record for wins (50, with the 1985-86 team). Winning is something head coach Bruce Boudreau and his staff expects every time the Caps take the ice – regardless of the lineup or the stakes – and is something the Capitals accomplished 50 times last season.
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