More from media day

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I was a little surprised at the lack of media at, well, media day but I guess there was a Redskins game to be played in like 48 hours. There’s not a lot of other news to report. GM George McPhee said he’s not sure yet, but it looks like the Caps could carry the full allotment of 23 players. He had mentioned to me at the draft this summer that keeping less guys would be an option, especially because the team will be pretty tight up against the salary cap. Remember, it is a day-to-day thing, so sneaking a few days with only 20, 21 or 22 guys on the active roster could help some a little cap space to be used at the trade deadline.

McPhee also said Brian Pothier has made “significant progress” in his attempt to return from post-concussion syndrome, but there is no timetable for his return. I talked to Brian briefly in passing, and he seemed to be in good spirits. He said he’s not ready to get out on the ice, but he’s making “baby steps.” Bruce Boudreau pointed out that he might need a couple of months of practice time once he can acutally return to hockey-related activities. Given the Caps cap crunch, they can afford to wait and be as cautious as possible. Besides, when it comes to head injuries, teams are always going to be cautious.

I haven’t had time to transcribe everything from today yet, but here are a few snippets from the day:

ALEX OVECHKIN

On the Game 7 loss to Philadelphia:

“It is history now and we can do nothing about it. It was a great time for me and my team.”

On how good this team can be:

“We can be very good, we can be terrible, we can be normal, you know? You never know. It is life. You can say we can win the Stanley Cup right now. It is all about us.”

CHRIS CLARK

On his groin injury:

“Everything feels good. I’ve rehabbed all summer and it has gone as planned. I am ready to get on the ice tomorrow.”

“I’m looking forward to it. There is a little concern, but I’ve passed every hurdle this summer and all the little tests I set for myself.”

BROOKS LAICH

On expectations:

“Last year we came to camp sort of hoping to make the playoffs. We didn’t really know where we were at. This year it is a different feeling around here. After what we did last year, we are expecting to get into the playoffs and not just expecting to get in but do something when we get there. It is a lot more pressure from around the league and from the media and stuff like that, but I think we’re ready for that.”

On the Game 7 loss to Philadelphia:

“I think it stung everybody pretty deep, and I don’t think anybody forgot that over the summer. It is still pretty fresh in our minds. We still feel like we have something to prove.”

“That loss didn’t sit well with anyone. We knew the way we were playing, we weren’t scared of anyone. We knew we we’re going to play Pittsburgh in the next round if we won, and we weren’t afraid of that. We were looking forward to that.”

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