The Caps are going through practice right now at K-Plex. Tyler Sloan has been sent back to Hershey, which should mean Tom Poti is ready to play tomorrow. The lines are the same as they were for Tuesday’s game (and both Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov are practicing). On a lighter not, Shaone Morrisonn is wearing the pink helmet during practice. That was not the most ridiculous sight though — a guy in a hot dog suit just walked by the media room.
Finally, there is officially a book deal in the works for Bruce Boudreau. It is scheduled to come out in October 2009 and it will be written by Tim Leone, who covered Boudreau while he was the coach at Hershey. From the release:
“Washington Capitals head coach Bruce Boudreau has signed a deal with Potomac Books, Inc. to publish his autobiography. The book, co-written with Tim Leone of The Patriot-News in Harrisburg , Pa., is scheduled to come out in October of 2009. It will chronicle the colorful Boudreau’s playing and coaching career and his storybook rise to the Capitals after more than three decades in the minor leagues. Boudreau guided Washington from last place to the Southeast Division championship in 2007-08 and won the Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year. Leone, a winner of numerous national and state sportswriting awards, covered Boudreau during his tenure as head coach of the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears. Potomac Books, Inc., based in Dulles , Va. , is located on the Internet at www.potomacbooksinc.com.”
UPDATE: Poti did indeed pronounce himself ready to go tomorrow night. Boudreau said he’s ready to go, his minutes will not be limited.
This is likely to be the seventh game in 10 that Eric Fehr will be a healthy scratch. Boudreau said he has faith in Fehr and will no hesitate to put him in the lineup, but Boyd Gordon and David Steckel are both playing too well right now. Also don’t forget that people thought he would steal some games from Tomas Fleischmann, but that doesn’t look like it is happening anytime soon.
Here is what Boudreau had to say about the book:
“It was great. Tim had an idea in the summer, and thought it was a pretty interesting story about the way things went over the course of the year and then we delved back further into when I was playing. He did a great job writing it. I thought it would be, ‘Who wants to hear about me?’ Some people have read it and said that they were pretty entertained by it and enjoyed it, so that’s why it is coming in time for next hockey season and we’re hoping to add at least one more chapter. It is cool.”