Worth Noting

A few items to help kill the time remaining before this season’s opening faceoff:

Six members of the 2006 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears made the Capitals’ opening night roster this season: Tomas Fleischmann, Boyd Gordon, Mike Green, Brooks Laich, Jeff Schultz and Dave Steckel. That’s a fourth of the roster.

Washington’s roster purge of 2003-04 is directly responsible for the presence in Washington of the following players: Green, Shaone Morrisonn, Schultz, Fleischmann and Laich. And Jakub Klepis, who is still in town and practicing with the team even though he is not on the roster. The same purge could also be seen as at least indirectly responsible for the presence of both Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

Including the injured Steve Eminger and Eric Fehr, Washington has 10 of its own first-round Entry Draft selections on its opening night roster: Olie Kolzig (1989), Brian Sutherby (2000), Eminger, Alexander Semin and Gordon (2002), Fehr (2003), Ovechkin, Schultz and Green (2004), and Backstrom (2006).

Imports Viktor Kozlov (1993), Steckel and Morrisonn (2001) were also first-rounders, giving the Caps a total of 13.

Kolzig has played more career games (657) than the No. 1 goaltenders from the other four Southeast Division teams combined (634 between Thomas Vokoun, 384, Kari Lehtonen, 110, Cam Ward, 88, and Johan Holmqvist, 52).

Matt Pettinger has eight shorthanded goals in the last two seasons combined. Only Atlanta’s Marian Hossa (10) and Ottawa’s Antoine Vermette (nine) have more over the same time period.

The only GMs who have been with the same team longer than Washington’s George McPhee are Lou Lamoriello (1987-88, New Jersey) and Jim Rutherford (1994-95, Carolina). Three others – Darcy Regier (Buffalo), Ken Holland (Detroit) and Larry Pleau (St. Louis) – also started in 1997-98. In the last quarter century, only two men — McPhee and David Poile — have occupied the GM’s chair in Washington.

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5 Comments on “Worth Noting”

  1. Mike L Says:

    One thing to add about the 2004 Purge… one of the players who was part of the purge, Michal Nylander, is back with the Caps! He’s one of the two players I would have wanted to keep (the other being Mike Grier). While our third line of Clark-Pettinger-Gordon is good, imagine Clark-Pettinger-Grier forechecking… although no one on that unit is as good a face-off guy as Gordon.

  2. al Says:

    i agree, i was sad to see nylander go, he was good, fun to watch and not on the books for very much compared to most of the others. as far as grier goes, ill take gordon every day of the week, plus you need a center. didnt we only trade him for klepis though, hmmm…..

  3. al Says:

    the time is off on the posts btw, its 11:33

  4. dumpnchase Says:

    Good point on Nylander. I don’t fault the thinking on the Grier deal. An impending UFA, you owe it to the franchise to see what you can get for him. Klepis is a talented hockey player, just didn’t work out in DC. Hindsight is 20/20, but I can’t fault the logic behind that one.

    No idea how to fix the time.

  5. Mike L Says:

    Oh, I know why they did it, I just wish they hadn’t… and wish they had resigned Scott Stevens, and pulled the trigger on bringing Temu Selanne to Landover in the 1990s… but it is what it is.

    Anyway, I think all of the trades we made in the purge have worked out for the most part and say more about Boston than they do about us. Since 2004, we sent them Nylander and Gonchar, and gottne back Morrisson, Laich, and Jurcina. We also have Nylander back, and Gonch is in Pittsburgh…Boston has a bunch of question marks… The only thing that will keep the B’s out of the eastern cellar this year is that the Islanders are still in the Eastern Conference…

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