Nolan Yonkman rather than get injuried himself and turned the tables on a teammate in practice today and broke Michael Nylander's leg. Nylander will be out 4-6 weeks. The new first line for the Capitals looks like this...Grier-Miller-Jagr.
wow. I think in the end Zubrus goes to center on the first line and Semin takes his place on the second line.
Yonkman put him into the boards. Supposedly it wasn't a extremely hard hit but Nylander was angry about it and the article says he threw his helmet at the glass going off the ice.
from what i read it was not the contact but the way yonkman wrenched his leg. it was a twist break. he thru his helmet because he heard his leg break and new he was not playing for a while.
I don't see any indication that Sutherby is going to move to a top line.
There is no way that grier and sutherby would be on a line with jagr.
Semin has not been working on the Jagr line in practice. That was Grier Nylander and Jagr. The second line was Semin Lang Zubrus.
I don't think that Cassidy is going to ditch his 3 lines with a gun plan either. Bondra will stay with Kono and Halpern. I think it makes sense to move Zubrus, but I am afraid that they will stick with Miller.
This is what it will start out to be. I am sure of it.
1. Jagr is very outspoken about playing with Miller. Miller's first priority is to pass the puck to Jagr. Watch and see how rarely Miller passes to anyone else on the ice. I also think that this line will be a failure.
2. this line is perfect. This line will be the force and I don't know what that says about late game situations and Jagr's ice time.
3. This will work both offensively and defensively. Halpern has his full measure of jump back from his knee surgery and Bondra has been sharp from the start. This line will last til they break up the first line.
Question...why does Jagr dislike playing with Bondra?
4. This is the 4th line for as long as Semin making the 2nd line work.
Gordon will get nights off when Cassidy feels like Peat needs to be out there or Pettinger will get the night off if Cassidy feels like Peat needs to be out there and Jagr is going to take a lot double shifting.
Semin - Lang - Jagr
Grier - Halpern - Zubrus
Kono - Sutherby - Bondra
Pettinger - Gordon - Peat/Henry
But what it will end up being:
Grier - Miller - Jagr
Semin - Lang - Zubrus
Kono - Halpern - Bondra
Pettinger - Sutherby - Peat/Henry
I am curious. Halpern and Konowalchuk always play better together than seperated. Why would you do that? Its possible that Kono-Halpern-Bondra could be the Caps best producing 5 on 5 line when you think about it. If Halpern can return to a 20g pace, there will be many more points for those guys with Bondra closing the deal. Also defense against the Halpern-Kono corner cycle will not be as tight with Bondra sitting in he slot. Defenses will try and contain them in the corner rather than try and take the puck away, because letting either of them skate out of the corner with bondra there is suicide.
I think they really want to keep Zubrus and Semin together because of the language thing, so in these hypothetical line combinations I think those that keep them together are more likely to be actual possibilities.
I'm sure they'll just slot Miller into Nylander's spot between Jagr and Grier and leave everyone else alone. Regardless of who plays with who, I'd much rather see Zubrus at center than on the wing though.