Wednesday, October 8, 2008

2008 Washington Capitals Opening Roster

The Capitals finished the preseason 5-1-1 and made their final roster moves ahead of Friday's opening night in Atlanta. The Caps sent Chris Bourque, Karl Alzner and Quintin Laing down to Hershey. These guys played well in the preseason but were unable to unseat the incumbents from last season. However, the veterans better perform or not only will they find their spot missing they will be gone off of this team. With the salary cap extremely tight for the Capitals, I get the feeling that the players knocking on the door will make it that much easier for the team to pull the plug on a player who is under performing.

In two days the Caps head to Atlanta for opening night against the Thrashers. They turn around and play the home opener against Chicago on the following night. The team has 3 former Hart Trophy winners in Alex Ovechkin (2008), Sergei Fedorov (1994), and Jose Theodore (2004). Returning from injury are team captain Chris Clark and Michael Nylander. The squad also returns all six top defensemen from the end of last season. The expectations are very high for this team. They are expected to contend for the Stanley Cup. Will this be the year? That's why they play the games, I can't wait to find out.

# Pos Name Age Height Weight Birthplace Birthday
1 G JOHNSON, BRENT 31 6'-3'' 196 Farmington, MI 3/12/1977
2 D POTHIER, BRIAN 31 6'-0'' 200 New Bedford, MA 4/15/1977
3 D POTI, TOM 31 6'-3'' 210 Worcester, MA 3/22/1977
4 D ERSKINE, JOHN 28 6'-4'' 216 Kingston, Ontario 6/26/1980
8 L OVECHKIN, ALEXANDER 23 6'-2'' 216 Moscow, Russia 9/17/1985
10 R BRADLEY, MATT 30 6'-3'' 205 Stittsville, Ontario 6/13/1978
14 L FLEISCHMANN, TOMAS 24 6'-1'' 188 Koprivinive, Czech Republic 5/16/1984
15 C GORDON, BOYD 25 6'-1'' 201 Unity, Saskatchewan 10/19/1983
16 R FEHR, ERIC 23 6'-4'' 204 Winkler, Manitoba 9/7/1985
17 R CLARK, CHRIS 32 6'-0'' 200 South Windsor, CT 3/8/1976
19 C BACKSTROM, NICKLAS 19 6'-0'' 183 Gavle, Sweden 11/23/1987
21 C LAICH, BROOKS 25 6'-2'' 208 Wawota, Saskatchewan 6/23/1983
23 D JURCINA, MILAN 25 6'-4'' 233 Liptovsky, Slovakia 7/6/1983
25 C KOZLOV, VICTOR 33 6'-4'' 232 Togliatti, Russia 2/14/1975
26 D MORRISONN, SHAONE 25 6'-4'' 210 Vancouver, British Columbia 12/23/1982
28 L SEMIN, ALEXANDER 24 6'-2'' 200 Krasnoyarsk, Russia 3/3/1984
39 C STECKEL, DAVID 26 6'-5'' 215 Westbend, WI 3/15/1982
52 D GREEN, MIKE 22 6'-1'' 200 Calgary, Alberta 12/10/1985
55 D SCHULTZ, JEFF 22 6'-6'' 215 Calgary, Alberta 2/25/1986
60 G THEODORE, JOSE 32 5'-11" 182 Laval, Quebec 9/13/1976
87 L BRASHEAR, DONALD 36 6'-2'' 235 Bedford, IN 1/7/1972
91 C FEDOROV, SERGEI 38 6'-2'' 205 Pskov, Russia 12/13/1969
92 C NYLANDER, MICHAEL 36 6'-1'' 195 Stockholm, Sweden 10/3/1972


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