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05-12-2006, 11:18 AM
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Tarik El-Bashir chat

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050800570.html

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Interesting that he sees Willsie as a player who won't be returning. I disagree, frankly, unless they really intend to bring in the kids.

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He, like others, have Ovechkin running away with the Calder, given his conversations with the media folks (who do the voting) around the league.

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Agreed on the Willsie thing.

I'd def. recommend submitting questions to everyone - he's answered two or three of mine (Old Town, Alexandria) pretty much as soon as I've submitted them. It's a nice luxury.

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No Willsie?!?!!?


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Sent in a couple (e.g. special teams, journeymen retention) but it seems to be bogged (or winding) down.

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Ah, he's answering questions again, just a backlog.

From what I can tell, he expects them to sign Halpern (protracted and messy, but successful negotiations), sign a UFA center, and integrate as many as four or so rookies onto the roster, plus Semin.

I like him, but I'm not sure Tarik El-Bashir can count. Something has to give somewhere.

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Though I disagree with him on a few points, this is actually a very interesting chat. The Johnson not Kessel is very interesting.

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Aside - Biron and Majesky just may be done in the NHL. If you can't get a spot on the Caps' blueline...

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Agreed. I am a fan of his as a team beat writer. Though I'm still not sure he can count.

Just riding him a bit. He's a little more sanguine about a large number of prospects for next season than he might be had he thought it through, is all.

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It's refreshing to hear someone with an open mind write about Alexander Semin in the media.

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Aside - Biron and Majesky just may be done in the NHL. If you can't get a spot on the Caps' blueline...
I think Biron is done, and should have been done after 2004.

Majesky... I'm not even sure he's done here. If the Capitals strike out with their Plan A and Plan B options on defense, I could definitely see a scenario or two where he could return. Conversely, if they sign one fairly expensive defenseman and need to sign another at a cheap price to affor him, Majesky might also fit that bill. The injury recovery time really killed him this year.

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Agreed. I am a fan of his as a team beat writer. Though I'm still not sure he can count.

Just riding him a bit. He's a little more sanguine about a large number of prospects for next season than he might be had he thought it through, is all.

Sorry, I meant that more as a musing to myself - I debated as to if I was even going to read it. It has surpsied me pleasantly.

And agreed on the having an opinion but not opinionated thing, as opposed to a certain other writer about a certain Russian winger.

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It's refreshing to hear someone with an open mind write about Alexander Semin in the media.
I agree

Thanks to those that sent in questions, just grabbed lunch and reading through the comments; I agree with the comments about the players on the ice for the PP, but I still think they need some PK coaching; interesting comments about the Halpern situation - I wonder if it is term, amount or both that is causing the strife, but first I have heard in awhile of any actual negotiations

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Though I disagree with him on a few points, this is actually a very interesting chat. The Johnson not Kessel is very interesting.

I cant listen right now...can you fill me in on the finer points?

what was said about Kessel/Johnson?

Semin?

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It's not audio. It's a written chat transcript, updated in real time, at the Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050800570.html

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It's not audio. It's a written chat transcript, updated in real time, at the Post:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050800570.html

coool.....that I can handle

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This is pretty sweet. It's 1:30... seems he's going to keep going until they kick him off.

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This is pretty sweet. It's 1:30... seems he's going to keep going until they kick him off.
yes, he is answering a lot of questions, but now some people are repeating; hopefully, he continues; it would be great if the Wash Post sends him to cover the Bears next series

Great answer on the Pettinger question, although I can't say I am any more worried about injuries with him than anyone else; seems to me once he got in the line-up he stayed in the line-up for most of the season

"Matt maximized his playing time this year -- and will be rewarded with a contract he probably never thought he'd get. He proved himself to be a solid third line player. I like his game and this enthusiasm; i am concerned about his durability. Guys who play the way he does, always seem to get hurt."

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Reston, Va.: Do you see the Caps bringing back the same goaltending tandem? I thought Johnson showed some good stuff in the last half of the season, and I don't like it when the team rides Olie too hard.

Having them split duties 60/40 seems to be a solid combination.

Tarik El-Bashir: Not sure. Olie is obviously coming back. Johnson did rebound (no pun intended) late in the year. In fact, he great in his final six starts. He's hands down the most popular player in the room. The young guys love him.


I hope McPhee keeps with the Kolzig/Johnson goalie rotation

But I also have concerns on Johnson being a legitmate NHL goalie, let alone a backup goalie b/c of his past history and some of the type of games he had this year...there times he looks brillant and others when it seems he went ******** but if the guy is that popular in the locker room and is content in playing behind Kolzig, I say re-sign him

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Unless Johnson wants a mammoth raise, I'd sign him if he's keen to return... I would not be surprised to see a team or two tender him an offer, though. He turned a head or two down the stretch, I would expect.

Yet if he wants to be here, I would think it's a no-brainer... he only made $525K this year. Vets don't come much cheaper.

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I definitely wouldn't mind if Johnson was brought back (never heard he was so popular with the player however)...and I would be glad if Willsie is gone.

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I wonder if Cassivi gets consideration for the back up job? Might come cheaper than Johnson.

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That was definitely a positive chat - TEB sees young guys making the team, positive about Semin's attitude, sees a couple of half-decent FAs, some filler-players to leave... good stuff.

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I don't think he said half decent. He said, "think medium and small names". That means half decent and not so decent.

Johnson may get salary offers that are more than the minimum that the Caps will want to pay for backup goalie. The Capitals have NO intention of paying their #1 goalie $5m and then giving him 40% of the games off. That makes no sense. Particularly when you factor in Kolzig's track record of shaky games after games off.

He likes to play and plays better when he plays and since he is making a franchise player salary, he is going to get franchise player ice time.

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