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Wednesday Roundup: We're #29!

Uncork the bubbly - Sports Illustrated has picked the Caps to finish 29th. SI's worst team in the NHL? The Rangers. Now, I don't think the Caps are better than the Rags, but it's still nice to see someone pick our boys to not finish last; picking the Rangers to finish DFL is just icing on the cake. On to this morning's papers...

A double dose of Tarik el-Bashir today. First, the WaPo's Caps beat writer covers the most recent cuts, notes that Mike Green not being sent down yet is a surprise, as the defenseman's hard work has earned him another week with the big club, and has a couple of quotes from Jeff Friesen on his trade to DC and from Glen Hanlon on the experience Friesen brings to town. Also mentioned is a new line combination of Alexander Ovechkin-Dainius Zubrus-Jeff Halpern that el-Bashir describes as "intriguing." Indeed. As if that wasn't enough, we get a fluff piece on Jamie Heward (that I admittedly didn't read). Good work, Tarik!

The WTimes' coverage adds little (other than "rumors that Washington is shopping for another strong, experienced defenseman") but does note that new Cap Friesen will wear the same number he wore in Jersey - #12. As Tarik el-Bashir might put it, intriguing.

Tuesday's Scoreboard:
In other NHL news:
  • Blue Jackets defenseman Rostislav "Rusty" Klesla will miss 4-6 weeks with a stress fracture in his right leg. This is a major early blow to an improved Jax blueline.
  • Sean Avery has apologized for his moronic remarks about the League's French-Canadian players. "I certainly did not want to offend anyone with my comments earlier (Tuesday)," he said. "I am an emotional guy who sometimes says things that shouldn't be said. I apologize if I offended anyone."