Friday, February 6, 2009

Moves on the Blue Line

After allowing 35 shots against the Kings - not to mention a lot of prime scoring chances - the Caps did some alterations to their blueline on Friday, bringing up Karl Alzner back from the Bears and also acquiring Staffas Kornwall from the Maple Leafs via waivers.

Caps' GM George McPhee told the Post that the team would take a look at Kornwall, although he apparently won't be available for the Florida game due to immigration issues, but that indicates he should get a chance to wear No. 44 (do we really need to saddle someone with Eminger's number so soon?) against the Rangers Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

As for Alzner, with Chris Clark and Brent Johnson out for an extended period of time, it frees the cap room back up to bring back the first-round pick who has performed well in his time so far with the Caps this season. While Alzner looked more shaky than normal in his last few outings before being sent to Hershey, a sense that he wants to remain in the bigs and get more experience before the playoffs begin in two months' time might give him a boost.

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