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Joel Ward to be scratched for missing meeting

Posted on: November 23, 2011 12:08 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2011 12:13 pm
By: Adam Gretz

During their most recent home game, 4-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes, Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch for the Washington Capitals following a recent of stretch poor play.

When the team takes on the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night Semin will be back in the lineup. The bad news? Taking his place in the press box will be forward Joel Ward, who will be scratched for sleeping in on Tuesday and missing a team meeting.

Said Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau, via Katie Carrera of the Washington Post, “You don’t want to do it. He’s a good player but the rules have got to be the rules for everybody. It’s an unfortunate thing he overslept but he missed it. He understands the rules. He’s a good team guy. He feels bad about it but he knows the rules."

He had been sick earlier in the week.

Ward was one of the Capitals' biggest offseason additions, signing him to a four-year, $12 million contract after he spent the previous three seasons playing for the Nashville Predators. In 19 games with the Capitals he's scored four goals to go along with four assists. Even if it's for just one game, his absence will hurt the Capitals as he's an excellent defensive forward and generally plays in some of the toughest situations -- as he did in Nashville -- and tends to draw assignments against the other team's best players.

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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:16 pm
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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2011 10:03 pm

Joel Ward to be scratched for missing meeting

Sounds like  Bruce Boudreau is losing control of the team.
Do you play hockey Burgh boy? I only ask because you seem to be quite the agitator/instigator. That would be a great role for you. Unfortunatley for you it didn't appear to work because most people on this thread realize that is exactly what you are trying to do because you apparently dislike the capitals (pens fan). I have seen your comments on a number of threads concerning the caps and they are all similar in nature (derogatory). It's unreal how many Penguins fans complain about how unknowledgeable caps fans are and that the caps don't have the team to win a cup but some pens fans seem nervous enough about the caps to visit caps threads after every game and post derogatory comments, interesting.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:49 pm

Joel Ward to be scratched for missing meeting

The benching is justified. Washington's biggest issue is getting everyone on the same page when it comes to effort and team play. Even though Ward has been sick and a coach might be tempted to use that as reason to turn the other way and let it go, with this team at this time, the right message has been sent.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:36 pm

Joel Ward to be scratched for missing meeting

Bruce Boudreau scratched a notoriously lazy player (Semin) for one game in the middle of a bad stretch, and then he enforced a team rule by scratching a solid player (Ward) for missing a team meeting.  How is this losing control??

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 6:01 pm

Joel Ward to be scratched for missing meeting

I guess his "message" of getting tougher isn't getting through.  Still confident in the coach, but how many years have we been waiting to get over the hump? I think they should go back to opening up the offense some.  They are already giving up tons of goals so why not at least try and make it a shoot out.  Maybe opening up the pressure on the other tema will slow down their offense.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:12 pm

Joel Ward to be scratched for missing meeting

Sounds like  Bruce Boudreau is losing control of the team.

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