The Caps stay north of the border for tonight's game against the Senators in Kanata and while one hopes the players are focused on the task at hand, Caps fans have been anxiously anticipating the impending trades of a couple of veterans, namely Brendan Witt and perhaps Jeff Friesen. Then comes word today via the WTimes' Dave Fay that the captain - Potomac's own Jeff Halpern - is also a candidate to be dealt, as is backup goaltender Brent Johnson. Personally, I'd be shocked if the team traded Halpern, especially now that he is finally healthy for the first time this year, but I guess time will tell. Fay suggests that the Caps might go after an enforcer/pest-type in trade, but is pessimistic (as usual) that the team will be able to get anything more than draft picks for their most prized trade bait, Witt. Again, time will tell.
In obscure Caps coverage news, thanks to Kukla's Korner I saw this article in the Falls Church News-Press (whatever that is) on the Caps' rebuild.
Thread of the Day: Avery Rumor (Admittedly, I started this thread, but was surprised at the decidedly mixed - and voluminous - reaction to the rumor)
Elsewhere 'round the rinks:
- With the Caps beating the Leafs on Tuesday, the Bears completed the week's organizational sweep of Toronto last night as they downed the Marlies last night in Hershey.
- The trade season is gearing up as Atlanta has sent goaltender Jani Hurme to Anaheim for forward Joel Stepp just one day after Calgary sent Cam Severson to Columbus for Cale Hulse.
- Allan Muir wins the award for "Most Clueless Journalist Of The Day" by penning the following quote:
How good was teenaged Russian Evgeni Malkin in Turin? When he wasn't the team's second best forward behind Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, he was its best.Presumably Muir is not one of the writers that voted Alexander Ovechkin to the tournament's All-Star team (an honor garnered by neither Datsyuk nor Malkin), but this assertion is still somewhat puzzling, and by "puzzling" I mean "assinine". I will say this for Muir, though - at least he showed himself to be of that increasingly-rare breed of Sports Illustrated columnists expressing semi-original - albeit it ridiculous - thoughts.
- Hart: Scott Young (2 goals, assist on game-winner, +1, 2 blocked shots in 4-2 win)
- Ross: Scott Young (2 goals, assist)
- Norris: Aaron Ward (2 goals, including game-winner, 4 blocked shots)
- Vezina: Craig Anderson (20-save shutout win)
- Richard: Brad Larsen, Aaron Ward, Scott Young (2 goals each)
- Calder: Dustin Byfugliean (Game-winning goal, +2, 2 blocked shots in first NHL game)
- Aiken: Jussi Markkanen (Loss, 3 goals against on 10 shots in 39:59 before being benched for the third period)