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Friday Roundup: Weight Problems

The Caps won't be as bad as everyone thinks, so sayeth Olie Kolzig.

The WaPo discusses the possibility of 19-year-old defenseman Mike Green making the team. As Tarik el-Bashir (hereafter TeB) notes, "[Green's] most remarkable statistic... is the number of obstruction penalties he's taken -- zero," and also mentions how valuable Brendan Witt has been in mentoring the young rearguard (though one wonders how a disciple of Witt's could get through one period, much less four games, without committing a penalty). Good stuff.

In today's WTimes, Dave Fay discusses the final round of cuts facing the team and the difficulties associated therewith given the variety of one- and two-way contracts and players who would have to clear waivers in order to be sent to Hershey. The bottom line is this: Witt, Steve Eminger and Jamie Heward have spots locked up. Lawrence Nycholat and Mathieu Biron both have one-way deals (NHL money whether they're in the NHL or not). Shaone Morrisonn and Nolan Yonkman would have to clear waivers (which wouldn't happen) in order to be sent down. That leaves Jakub Cutta, Bryan Muir and Green who could be sent down without risk or financial loss. Our unsolicted advice? Suck it up and send down Nycholat and Biron, Cutta and Muir.

Tonight's game: Penguins @ Capitals, 7:00 PM, MCI Center (TV: Comcast SportsNet).

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