Well, today certainly turned out to be a busy one here at K-Plex in Arlington. Lots to get to, so here we go:
* Eric Fehr has been cleared for contact. He was cleared yesterday and practiced fully today. He said there wasn’t much contact, but Shaone Morrisonn took a run at him (which Fehr was jokingly gracious for to test out his shoulders).
Fehr said he should be ready to play soon, but not by Thursday. Bruce Boudreau said it will probably be two weeks.
* Quintin Laing, Chris Bourque and Tyler Sloan have all made the team and will be in Boston on Thursday night. All that is left roster-wise is whether or not Michael Nylander will still be with the team on Thursday.
* Boudreau said Brooks Laich and Alexander Semin are locked into being top-six forwards (this is news for Laich, but not Semin), so it looks like Chris Bourque will be a third/fourth line guy.
* Boudreau wants to give Michal Neuvirth until tomorrow to prove he’s heathy, but he is almost certainly going to Hershey (unless he is going to be out for an extended period — then the Caps might keep him here for rehabilitation purposes).
* Bourque said he was avoiding Boudreau because he saw the guys who were cut packing up their bags. Boudreau came over to him and gave him the news by asking him if he wanted to have dinner at his dad’s place on Wednesday night (NOTE: Ray Bourque lives in Boston).
Bourque will have a ton of ticket requests. He is from Boston and played the TDBank North Garden in college (besides the obvious hanging out with the Bruins while his dad played there portion of his life). He said his mom and sister are on vacation, so they might not be there for his first NHL regular season game in Boston. His brother, Ryan, is playing for Quebec in the QMJHL so he probably won’t be there either, but he’ll have plenty of friends and other family members there.
“I guess [my mom and sister] weren’t that confident me,” Bourque said about them taking a vacation.
* Boudreau said Tlyer Sloan “was the best defenseman in camp.” He said Sloan and Bourque made the team on merit, not because they might have been claimed on waivers. He did tell Karl Alzner that his contract played a role in him not making the team.
Boudreau said Bourque just had a better camp than Alexandre Grioux, and Quintin Laing filled a need as an energy guy on the third or fourth line.
* Alexander Semin (under the weather) and Chris Clark (day off) did not practice, but Boudreau said everone will be on the ice tomorrow.
* The Caps are going to play paintball this afternoon as a team bonding exercise.