Former Capitals Update

It’s a frustrating time for Washington Capitals fans right now with how the team is underperforming. So, I thought it would be a fun idea to take a look at how some of the recent former Capitals are doing. I’m only going back the past two seasons since I didn’t want to make this post too lengthy. It’s also to see if they would fit in on the team right now.

Sergei Fedorov

Fedorov’s in his second year with the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk, who are currently in 5th place with the KHL’s Eastern division. He has 7 goals and 21 points in 44 games this season, definitely not bad considering his age. I definitely miss having Feds on the team. I miss his leadership and he seemed like a good mentor for Ovechkin and Semin. However, would he fill the void as the team’s second line center? Maybe. His point production in the KHL doesn’t blow me away but you can’t deny that he’s likely a better option than Mathieu Perreault right now, even if he’s really getting up there in age. He just turned 41 last December. I was still pretty bummed when I heard that him and Viktor Kozlov were leaving for Russia. Speaking of which….

Viktor Kozlov

Kozlov missed some time with the Salavat Yulayev Ufa of the KHL last season but this year, he’s managed to stay healthy this year and has 16 goals and 30 points in 45 games. Likely to finish with a similar point total he had in his first season with Washington (54) only with more goals. Kozlov was nice to have on the top line but I do believe that Mike Knuble is a significant upgrade over him and has done a better job of getting to the net to score. Or at least he was last year but I still stand by this statement.

Milan Jurcina

Now here’s someone I don’t miss at all… Jurcina’s constant turnovers, sketchy defensive play and overall inconsistency made him one of my least favorite players on the team during the 2008-09 season. He scored his regular season goal in awhile with the Blue Jackets last season, was traded back to Washington, quickly placed on the IR due to a sports hernia, was picked up by the New York Islanders this summer and is on the IR again. He’s playing top 4 minutes in New York and isn’t having that bad of a season according to the numbers (relative rating of 1.03, 3 goals, 9 points), but that could change when he’s back to playing 20+ minutes a night. I did give him a lot of crap in Washington but he wouldn’t be more than a depth d-man on this team, which we have enough of.

Shaone Morrisonn

Doing about the same as he did in Washington as a stay-at-home d-man in Buffalo. He’s having a very “Morrisonn-like” year for lack of a better word. 1 goal, 3 points but the -6 rating is probably new to him.  What’s strange to me is he only has 16 penalty minutes. Could be Lindy Ruff’s doing.

Chris Clark

The former Washington captain has 5 goals and 14 points as a 3rd/4th liner for the Columbus Blue Jackets and scored his 100th goal earlier in the season. Definitely glad for him. It’s too bad that him and the Blue Jackets are drifting out of the playoff picture after a strong start to the season. It’s always tough to see your captain go but I understand why he was traded (bad contract, make room for Ovechkin getting the C) and we got Jason Chimera in return for him, who has been a pretty solid contributor to the team.

Donald Brashear

Currently playing in Ligue Nord-Americane de Hockey, which is a low-level hockey league in Quebec. There’s not much else to go after you get traded and your contract is bought out shortly after. Not much use in the league for an enforcer, who isn’t even good at that job. Here’s what surprises me; he has 16 goals and 29 points in this league but I think it’s your job to score there. The Caps enforcer is now DJ King and he’s been just about as useful as Brash so far and no that’s not a compliment.

Chris Bourque

No longer in Hershey and playing hockey for HC Lugano in Switzerland. This was after he was released from his $1 mil contract with HK Atlant Moscow of the KHL after a poor start. He has 11 goals and 27 points with Lugano so maybe there is a league for him outside of the AHL.

Brent Johnson

Backing up Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh and getting a lot more starts this season due to MAF’s early season struggles. He signed there last season and then took a paycut to stay with them. Yep, Johnny is dead to me.

Brendan Morrison

For a good part last year, I thought he solved our problem at 2nd line center after playing well to start the season. Yeah, that didn’t last long. Aside from that, I have no ill feelings towards him and he’s having a good season in Calgary (8 goals, 28 points). Two points away from matching his total from last year. Maybe there will be a bunch of people clamoring to trade for him. Yeah…I really hope not.

Eric Belanger

Didn’t quite make the impact we hoped he would after we traded for him at the deadline last year. He was supposed to be re-signed as a stop-gap for Johansson but the contract situation didn’t work out and he’s now with the Phoenix Coyotes as their 2nd line center where he has 7 goals and 23 points. Meh, not blowing me away but still better than what we have now.

Joe Corvo

Now here’s something that’ll make Washington fans mad. Corvo has as many goals as Mike Green this year, and 4 more points. Ouch. He’s also a -6  so that will remind us a lot of the 2nd half of last season where Corvo proved to be a waste of a draft pick. I still think trading for him was a bad idea, especially since he didn’t prove to be a “big minute defenseman” in Washington.

Brian Pothier

Playing with the Swedish elite league and that’s all I really know. He fits in the same category as Morrisonn and Jurcina even though I liked him.

Michael Nylander

Has only played 7 games as part of the Rochester Americans, which is Florida’s AHL affiliate. He was supposed to be the 2nd line center here but he hasn’t been the same since tearing his rotator cuff and it was clear in his last season in Washington. Either way, I don’t think I need to say much here other than it’s good him and his contract are gone.

Tomas Fleischmann

Traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Scott Hannan where he was moved back to winger and had 21 points in 22 games. He is out for the rest of the season with pulmonary emboli. I didn’t like him in Washington as a center because he was playing out of his natural position and was very ineffective as a result. Here’s hoping Flash has a quick recovery because I really hate to see him have to call it quits early due to that.

Alexandre Giroux

Playing for the Oklahoma City Barons in the AHL. The Hershey Bears miss him for sure. The Caps, not so much.


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