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A healthy scratch Saturday, Johansson misses practice Monday

Feb 11, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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Some intrigue today in Washington, where forward Marcus Johansson missed practice with what the Capitals are calling an upper-body injury.

Johansson was a healthy scratch in Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Florida, and according to CSNWashington.com’s Chuck Gormley, “trade rumors are beginning to swirl about the 22-year-old Swede.”

As the Washington Post notes, it’s unclear how Johansson was hurt.

The 24th overall pick in the 2009 draft was criticized by head coach Adam Oates for his play Thursday against the Penguins.

“We need more execution and didn’t get enough in Pittsburgh,” said Oates.

Johansson has just one goal and four shots in nine games. He had 46 points in 80 games last season.

  1. jpelle82 - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    bum

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Something needs to change on that team – they have SO much offensive talent but it’s like there’s no spirit there. Maybe take the “C” off of Ovi…hell you’ve changed the coach already, and the GM isn’t doing badly (the talent is there, and they drafted just fine).

    • stakex - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      See, this is a myth that keeps getting pushed… the Caps really don’t have that much offensive talent. They have Ovechkin and perhaps Backstrom, but then is a bunch of second and third rate guys. In years past they had Semin as a true secondary scoring threat, but this year that is a threat they just don’t have… which is a serious problem.

      • ironyisadeadscene - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Agreed, and their defense is just attrocious.

      • jpelle82 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        exactly. look at the roster. no one really to speak of in the winger category other than ovechkin. fluke production from ward and brouwer is nice but we all know they cant do it all year and without the big names scoring, it doesnt get you wins either. crabb – terrible. chimera is old. johansen – bum, perreault had a good game the other night….against FLORIDA…oooh ahhh. i love hendricks but he isnt that good either. ribiero was supposed to be a legit #2 center but has no one to work with…most of his pts are off the pp (3G 5A) with the 1st unit.

  3. londonfletcher59 - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I think he has a “Being traded with Neuvirth for Luongo” injury. At least, I hope that’s what’s wrong.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 11, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      maybe schneider… remember gm said he could never take luongo’s contract

  4. thecheeman - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Maybe Johannson just needs a flashier number to inspire him to play better.

    • thecheeman - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Coming from the Devils system I’m surprised Oates didn’t send a message like that.

      “Johannson, turn in your 90. Your new number is 12″

      “Holtby, let me see that 70. I don’t know, I’m kind of feeling you in a 33. Let’s talk again after you’ve played more than 30 games in the NHL”

      “85 eh, Perreault? Let’s see you’ve got 55 career points in the NHL spread across 4 seasons. Of course some other piece of garbage on the team already has 55 so how about we at least take you down to 54.”

      • thecheeman - Feb 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        For those who don’t get the Devils reference, there are ZERO players on the current roster with a number higher than Brodeur’s 30. (and no facial hair)

      • smgraff4 - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

        If the Caps stick with Oates for more than just this season, I’m expecting some of this Devils’ quirkiness to rub off on the Caps. And then have the Caps retire Oates’ #77 (and Bondra’s #12, and Kolzig’s #37) at some point in the upcoming seasons.

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