Washington Capitals

Alex Semin

scan0014 by hockeyttmDate sent: January 16, 2011
Date received: May 11, 2012
Total time: 481 days
Total players responses: 528
Total 2012 responses: 131

A fantastic return from Alexander Semin, formerly from the Washington Capitals, now with the Carolina Hurricanes. He will be there to add more offense to the lineup (and obviously of a more physical presence as well =P). I’m thankful for this auto from Alex, as it’s my first time I’ve gotten his signature. Thanks Alex!

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John Carlson

Date sent: October 20th, 2011
Date received: November 28th, 2011
Total time: 39 days
Total players responses: 372
Total 2011 responses: 367

Finally an NHL return, although to be fair, lately I’ve been sending prospects hockey cards to get autographed.  John Carlson is a great player for the Washington Capitals.  He played his first full year in Washington, piling up 37 points in the process.  John definitely has the potential to put up points as he previously scored 76 points in the OHL with the London Knights.

Nicklas Backstrom

Date sent: February 1st, 2011
Date received: October 13th, 2011
Total time: 254 days
Total players responses: 332
Total 2011 responses: 327

Holy cow, what a nice return.  Nick Backstrom is really lighting it up for the Washington Capitals this season.  I believe I sent it through the team last season, and am happy to see a return from him!  He’ll need to be a lot better if the Capitals have a chance at the cup.  Good luck this season Nicklas!

Michal Neuvirth

Date sent: June 22nd, 2011
Date received: October 4th, 2011
Total time: 104 days
Total players responses: 321
Total 2011 responses: 316

Michal Neuvirth burst on the scene in 2011, playing in net for the Washington Capitals.  He managed to snag about half the games in net, where he provided 27 wins.  Unfortunately all that great work last year didn’t mean a whole lot, with the acquisition of Thomas Vokoun.  It looks like Michal will have to beat him out of a job to regain his #1 status. Good luck Michal!

Nolan Baumgartner

Date sent: July 7th, 2011
Date received: September 10th, 2011
Total time: 65 days
Total players responses: 302
Total 2011 responses: 297

Wow! What a nice autograph from Nolan Baumgartner, current Vancouver Canuck.  Although he isn’t on their main roster as of now, he’s in a position to be a depth defenseman, probably between spots 8 – 10 (I’m guessing?).  Standing at 6’2 and at the rip old age of 35 years old, Nolan can provide some height and wisdom for this team.  He’s currently in the minors for the Manitoba Moose Chicago Wolves and is their team captain.  Way to go Nolan!

Sergei Gonchar

Date sent: January 26th, 2011
Date received: April 4th, 2011
Total time: 68 days
Total players responses: 182
Total 2011 responses: 177

Sergei Gonchar currently plays for the Ottawa Senators.  I had gotten his autograph via IP earlier in the season, and wasn’t really counting on this card to come back, as I thought Ottawa would be quicker known their TTM return history.  I really like Sergei’s autograph, nice and bold signed in black.  Looks great!

Semyon Varlamov

Date sent: January 15th, 2011
Date received: February 15th, 2011
Total time: 31 days
Total players responses: 56
Total 2011 responses: 51

Semyon Varlamov currently plays in net for the Washington Capitals.  He made his NHL debut on December 13, 2008, winning 2 – 1 vs the Montreal Canadiens.  He was selected to be part of the Vancouver 2010 olympics for Team Russia as the third goaltender behind Evgeni Nabokov and Ilya Bryzgalov.