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Erskine says he's finally feeling healthy

John Erskine can’t erase the past, but he can certainly explain it. A year ago, the Capitals’ 34-year-old defenseman came into camp fresh off summer knee surgery and told the Caps coaching staff he was not in game shape. “I told them I wasn’t ready to go and they put me in anyway,” Erskine said Saturday after a second hard day of practice under Barry Trotz. Erskine was...
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Capitals Defenseman John Erskine Accidentally Punches Linesman in Chin; Drops Colton Orr in Spirited Fight (GIFs)

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine was going to fight regardless of who got in his way on Friday night. Erskine was a man on a mission, wanting to drop the gloves first with Toronto Maple Leafs star Dion Phaneuf, but a linesman had other ideas early in the second period. The unlucky man in black and white attempted to break things up, but as he skated in between the pair...
January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

John Erskine still working to regain strength, no timeline for a return

Wednesday marked the first day John Erskine could be activated from long-term injured reserve, but despite reaching that threshold the veteran defenseman still has a ways to go in rebuilding the strength in his surgically-repaired knee. “It just seems like it’s kind of leveled out and is not going anywhere,” Erskine said after working out for more than an hour Wednesday morning...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington Capitals Re-Sign John Erskine

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman John Erskine to a two-year, $3.925 million contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Erskine will earn $1.925 million in 2013-14 and $2 million in 2014-15. Erskine, 32, currently ranks sixth on Washington in average ice time per game (19:30), the highest total in Erskine’s...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Capitals D Erskine suspended 3 games

The NHL has suspended Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine for three games for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds. Erskine was punished Saturday for a hit he delivered to Simmonds' face that sent him to the ice with a bloody nose late in the first period of Washington's 3-2 victory on Friday night. Erskine wasn't penalized for the shot that knocked...
Via AP on Fox
February 02, 2013  |  Discuss

John Erskine throws a flying elbow and injures Wayne Simmonds

I can’t believe that the referee and the linesman missed this elbow.  What on Earth were they watching?  This was a dirty hit and Capitals defenseman John Erskine was clearly targeting Wayne Simmonds head.After missing the puck, Erskine threw out an elbow to slow down Simmonds, who would have taken the puck down the ice on an odd-man rush and had a sure scoring chance.  The...
Via Diehardsport
February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Simmonds takes elbow to face from Erskins

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine elbowed Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds in the face, yet received no penalty, during the first period of Friday night's NHL game at the Verizon Center. Simmonds had to leave the game with a bloody nose and did not return to the game. Erskine will likely be facing a multiple game suspension from the NHL for his cheap...
Via Holdout Sports
February 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Offseason Evaluation: John Erskine

As the 2011-12 season has come to a close, the time has come to evaluate what it meant for the Capitals, both as a team and as individuals.  As such, as the summer progresses, I will be writing a report card, or individual evaluation, for each player who played in 9 (~10%) of the team's games, or 4 playoff games. Next up is rough and tumble defenseman John Erskine, who completed...
Via Rock the Red
May 18, 2012  |  Discuss

John Erskine Could Return to Capitals Lineup After Game 3's Nastiness, Bruins Should Thrive if Series Gets More Physical

After the series took a nasty turn in Game 3, the Capitals appear ready to bulk up for the next battle. While the main focus for Washington will be replacing Nicklas Backstrom up front as he serves a one-game suspension for cross-checking Bruins forward Rich Peverley, reports out of Washington hint that the Capitals might be making changes on their blue line as well. Perhaps in response...
April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Capitals D Erskine to make season debut vs. Ducks

Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks. Erskine has been sidelined since the playoffs last season with a shoulder injury. He had surgery shortly after the Capitals were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The 31-year-old Erskine, who will likely be paired with Jeff Schultz...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 01, 2011  |  Discuss
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