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5 Brian Pothier D
Height/Weight: 6-0/198 | Birthdate: 4/15/1977 | Birthplace: New Bedford, MA, USA | Team: | College: RPI | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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3/3/2010

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Corvo to Caps for Osala, Pothier

News: The Hurricanes have traded D Joe Corvo to the Capitals for LW Oskar Osala and D Brian Pothier.
Analysis: Corvo had a 48-point campaign in 2007-08 with Carolina, but his offensive game has taken a dive since then with 38 points last year and just 12 points in 34 games this year. He missed a chunk of time with a broken leg and hasn't picked up a point since returning. He obviously finds himself on a much better squad in Washington and could certainly find his game again playing with guys like Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin. Don't activate Corvo just yet until we see what his exact role will be, but you might want to add him in deeper leagues if he's available and you have the roster room. Osala, a fourth-round pick from 2006, has 29 points in 53 AHL games this season but has no long-term keeper value at the moment. Pothier, meanwhile, is a veteran defensive presence who has dealt with a slew of injuries over the last few seasons. His minimal value will take a bit of a hit with this move south.

1/27/2010

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Pothier returns from latest issue

News: Capitals D Brian Pothier returned to the lineup on Thursday against the Ducks after missing six games with an undisclosed injury. He had no points and finished at even in 18:20 of ice time.
Analysis: Pothier has played only 33 games this season due to injuries and is becoming an injury-prone skater. But he is really blessed to be back on the ice after a concussion nearly ended his career. Pothier is a good two-way player, but he has low-end Fantasy appeal when healthy. He just doesn't stat enough on a regular basis.

1/26/2010

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Pothier expected to return Wednesday

News: The Washington Post reports that Capitals D Brian Pothier (undisclosed) has been cleared to play and should return Wednesday vs. Anaheim.
Analysis: Pothier has some Fantasy value in deeper leagues as a low-end Fantasy option, when healthy. He has only 10 points in 32 games this season, but is capable of more.

1/21/2010

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Pothier placed on injured reserve

News: Capitals D Brian Pothier was scratched against the Penguins on Thursday because of an undisclosed injury. He has been out for four games and has been placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: The fact Washington hasn't divulged much on Pothier's status is a little scary since he only recently returned from a rib injury. Pothier is a decent low-end Fantasy option in larger formats, but he doesn't get a lot of publicity because he isn't a high-flying offensive weapon.

1/19/2010

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Pothier still out for Capitals

News: Washington D Brian Pothier (undisclosed) and D John Erskine (upper body) were both scratched on Tuesday for the game against Detroit. Both players are day to day.
Analysis: Pothier has some Fantasy value in deeper leagues as a low-end Fantasy option, when healthy. Reserve him until he's able to return to the ice.

1/17/2010

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Erskine, Pothier remain sidelined

News: Capitals D John Erskine (upper body) and D Brian Pothier (undisclosed) both remained out for Sunday's game vs. the Flyers.
Analysis: Erskine doesn't have much Fantasy value when healthy, so don't worry about his status for Fantasy Week 16 (Jan. 18-24). Pothier, meanwhile, has a little more value but is only a flier option in deeper leagues.

1/15/2010

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Pothier out with undisclosed injury

News: Capitals D Brian Pothier was scratched because of an unspecified injury on Friday against the Maple Leafs. To fill the void, the Capitals recalled John Carlson from Hershey of the AHL.
Analysis: Pothier just returned to the lineup a few games ago after missing a month with a rib injury. It would be a shame if he suffered a relapse already. Pothier has had his fair share of injury issues in his career and no bigger than a concussion that almost ended his career in 2007-08. But he has fought back and has been pretty productive in 2009-10. Pothier is more of a low-end Fantasy option since he is a two-way player and not just offensive minded.

1/13/2010

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Pothier has first goal since Nov. 17

News: Capitals D Brian Pothier scored a goal and finished at plus-1 on Wednesday against the Panthers. Washington made it 4-2 when Pothier scored with 3:48 remaining in the second period. It was his fourth goal and first score since Nov. 17.
Analysis: Pothier spent most of December on IR with a rib injury and only came off on Jan. 7. Pothier has had his fair share of injury issues in his career and no bigger than a concussion that almost ended his career in 2007-08. But he has fought back and has been pretty productive in 2009-10. Pothier is more of a low-end Fantasy option since he is a two-way player and not just offensive minded.

1/7/2010

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Pothier comes off IR Thursday

News: Capitals D Brian Pothier played on Thursday against the Senators for the first time since breaking a rib on Dec. 9. He had no points in 20:09 of ice time and finished at even. Pothier has no points in his last seven games.
Analysis: Pothier has had his fair share of injury issues in his career and no bigger than a concussion that almost ended his career in 2007-08. But he has fought back and has been pretty productive in 2009-10. Pothier is more of a low-end Fantasy option since he is a two-way player and not just offensive minded.

12/21/2009

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Pothier back at practice

News: The Washington Post reports that Capitals D Brian Pothier (ribs) returned to practice on Monday.
Analysis: Pothier is probably still at least another week away from returning to action, so keep him benched for Fantasy Week 12 (Dec. 21-27) in the deeper leagues he has value in.

12/11/2009

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Brian Pothier

Pothier out with rib injury

News: The Washington Post reports that Capitals D Brian Pothier will miss anywhere from a week to six weeks with a rib injury.
Analysis: Pothier has quietly produced eight points and a plus-11 rating in 28 games this season. It's really great to see Pothier on the ice for Washington and actually contributing after a severe concussion threatened to bring his career to an end. Pothier was a promising blueliner before the injury and is starting to look like his former self. Stash him away in deeper leagues until he's healthy again.

12/10/2009

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Brian Pothier

Pothier misses last half of game

News: Washington D Brian Pothier didn't play the last half of Wednesday's game against the Sabres because of an undisclosed injury. He had no points in 9:59 of ice time and finished at even. He has no points in six games.
Analysis: Pothier has quietly produced eight points and a plus-11 rating in 28 games this season. It's really great to see Pothier on the ice for Washington and actually contributing after a severe concussion threatened to bring his career to an end. Pothier was a promising blueliner before the injury and is starting to look like his former self. Hopefully, this latest setback turns out to he minor. Pothier is more of a low-end Fantasy option when healthy.

11/14/2009

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Pothier scores go-ahead goal

News: Brian Pothier got the go-ahead score early in the third period during the Capitals' 3-1 win against the Wild on Friday. Pothier put the Capitals ahead with a wrister from the left circle two minutes into the final period. He has two goals and three assists in his last four games.
Analysis: It's really great to see Pothier on the ice for Washington and actually contributing after a severe concussion threatened to bring his career to an end. Pothier was a promising blueliner before the injury and is starting to look like his former self. Still, he has low-end Fantasy appeal until further notice.

11/7/2009

Brian Pothier, D, CAR Pothier picks up 3 points Friday

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Pothier picks up 3 points Friday

News: Washington D Brian Pothier recorded three points during the Capitals' 4-1 win over the Panthers on Friday. Pothier assisted on Tyler Sloan and Brendan Morrison's goals as the Caps took a quick 2-0 lead. He then added his own goal in the 3rd period to make the score 3-0. The goal was scored on a power play and was his first of the season.
Analysis: Pothier now has just four points on the season and three of them came Friday. His other point came on an assist back on Oct. 8 against the Rangers. We can't say he's going to do this consistently at the moment and that keeps him just a low-end Fantasy option.

9/11/2009

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Pothier could be key for Caps

News: The Sports Xchange reports D Brian Pothier's return to the Capitals late last season was a huge jolt for the team. Many felt that Pothier might have been finished due to some concussion problems, but his doctors suddenly found a solution to the problem, which let him return to the lineup after a year's absence. Pothier surprisingly played very well for the Caps, and if he can do the same this year, it will be another plus.
Analysis: Pothier was developing into a solid two-way skater for the Capitals before he was knocked down by a severe concussion in 2007-08. He seemed a little hesitant at times upon his return last year, but now that he has had time to get back into shape, Pothier could regain his old form. He is more of an injury-risk Fantasy sleeper Draft Day. Playing for a contender like Washington adds to his appeal.

3/27/2009

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Pothier's first goal a winner

News: For more than two periods, the game was about possible retribution for a week-old goal celebration by Alex Ovechkin. Then, with the score tied in the third, the player whose career was nearly ended by a concussion scored his first goal in the more than a year, an emotional moment that brought the Verizon Center to its feet. Brian Pothier's slap shot with 15:30 remaining proved to be the winning goal, and the Washington Capitals maintained their dominance over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night with a 5-3 victory. This was Pothier's fourth game back from a career-threatening concussion, and his scoring shot threaded through a crowd of players to beat goaltender Mike McKenna high to the stick side. It was his first goal since Dec. 26, 2007 -- also against the Lightning -- and the first goal scored by any Capitals defenseman other than Mike Green in 16 games.
Analysis: Pothier's career was in jeopardy after he was checked into the board by Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic on Jan. 3, 2008. The 31-year-old defenseman had headaches and dizziness for nearly a year, and he wasn't able to skate until a specialist fitted him with glasses that fixed his vision problems. He made his NHL return on March 16 -- defying suggestions from some who suggested he retire -- and continues to do daily eye exercises. It was a special moment to see Pothier score Friday, but Fantasy owners don't recent sentimental points. Pothier still has limited Fantasy appeal until the points come in regularly.

3/16/2009

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Pothier makes long-awaited return

News: Washington Capitals defenseman Brian Pothier played his first game in more than 14 months Monday night after recovering from a career-threatening concussion. Pothier, an eight-year NHL veteran, was injured when Bruins forward Milan Lucic checked him into the boards on Jan. 3, 2008, in Boston. Pothier, whose hooking penalty in the first period Monday led to Slava Kozlov's goal and a 2-0 lead for Atlanta, took three shots and blocked a shot in the Thrashers' 5-1 win.
Analysis: The Capitals, who signed Pothier to a four-year, $10 million contract as a free agent in July 2006, was recalled Sunday from a short stint with AHL Hershey. Pothier has played in seven NHL seasons. In his only full season with in Washington in 2006-07, he led all Capitals defensemen in points (28) and assists (25) and led the team in ice time (23:59 per game) while playing in 72 games. Monitor his progress before adding him in Fantasy.

3/15/2009

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Pothier returns from long IR stint

News: Brian Pothier, who hasn't played in the NHL for more than a year because of vision problems resulting from a concussion, was recalled from the minors by the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The 31-year-old defenseman suffered a concussion in a game at Boston on Jan. 3, 2008, and had headaches and dizziness for nearly a year, putting his career in serious doubt. Finally, in December, he was diagnosed with a stigmatism in his eye and was fitted with glasses, and that's made all the difference. "It's been a long time coming," Pothier told reporters in a conference call from Atlanta, where the Capitals play the Thrashers on Monday.
Analysis: Pothier will wear contacts on the ice and glasses in the locker room. He does daily eye exercises, such as tracking a ball on a string, to help strengthen his vision. He recently saw his first live action since the concussion, a four-game stint with Hershey of the AHL. "I took a few hits and I actually gave a couple," Pothier said. "I was actually excited about it. I was relieved. You don't know what to expect. Once you get hit, you realize you're not damaged goods. Everything still works well. Now it's let the instincts take over and let's play." The concussion was the fourth of Pothier's career, and he said there was people who advised him to think twice about playing again. Pothier has played in seven NHL seasons. In his only full season with in Washington in 2006-07, he led all Capitals defensemen in points (28) and assists (25) and led the team in ice time (23:59 per game) while playing in 72 games. Monitor his progress before adding him in Fantasy.

3/4/2009

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It's make or break for Pothier

News: The Washington Post reports Capitals D Brian Pothier's comeback from a concussion has officially begun. The veteran defender was sent to Hershey of the AHL Wednesday for a conditioning stint. "He's got a conditional clearance to play on a progression," GM George McPhee said. "If he gets through that and there are no symptoms, we'll bring him up here and see what he can do. If he doesn't get through that, he's probably done. If there are symptoms then his career is over."
Analysis: Pothier has not played since January 2008 because of a concussion and it's make or break time. It sounds as though if he suffers any sort of setback, he will have to call it a career. Pothier was a developing defenseman before the concussion hit and it will be interesting to see how he comes back from the injury. Leave him alone in Fantasy until further notice.

1/19/2009

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Pothier not cleared to return

News: The Washington Post reports Capitals D Brian Pothier flew to Denver last week to meet with Dr. James Kelly, a noted concussion specialist. Pothier, who has yet to play this season, was hoping to receive medical clearance to resume playing. He did not get it as Kelly told Pothier he still needs time to recover. "I was optimistic," a disappointed Pothier said.
Analysis: Pothier will spend a few more weeks getting therapy before attempting to get clearance again. There is no date for his next appointment with Kelly. Pothier was a developing defenseman before the concussion hit and it will be interesting to see how he comes back from the injury.

12/31/2008

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Pothier practices with Capitals

News: The Washington Post reports that Capitals D Brian Pothier practiced Wednesday for the first time since suffering a devastating concussion last January. "I'm hoping the next step will be morning skates because they are 20 minutes (and) quick," Pothier said. "I need to get my eyes and hands and eyes going. Do that for a few weeks. And then take the next step, which will be practice and working on systems. And the next step will be bouncing around in the corners and see how I respond."
Analysis: There is still no timetable for Pothier's return, so continue to ignore him in all formats for the time being.

12/17/2008

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Pothier skates before practice

News: The Washington Post reports that Capitals C Brian Pothier (concussion) skated in full gear for the first time in almost a year before practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Pothier suffered a concussion suffered last season and might not ever play in the NHL again. Continue to ignore him in all seasonal formats at this point.

10/26/2008

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Pothier remains out indefinitely

News: The Sports Xchange reports Capitals D Brian Pothier remains out indefinitely with a concussion. He has not played this season.
Analysis: Pothier still suffers from vision and balance issues from a concussion suffered last season. The sad reality is that Pothier might not ever play in the NHL again, so you can surely ignore him in all seasonal formats at this point.

10/21/2008

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Pothier still out with concussion

News: The news on Capitals D Brian Pothier (post-concussion syndrome) is still quiet. The Washington Post reported in September that, while Pothier is encouraged by the progress he's made, he still suffers from vision and balance issues.
Analysis: The sad reality is that Pothier might not ever play in the NHL again, so you can surely ignore him in all seasonal formats at this point.

1/31/2008

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Pothier not ready for return to ice

News: Capitals D Brian Pothier (concussion) remained on the sideline for a ninth straight game and continues to be day to day.
Analysis: The Capitals continue to be very cautious with Pothier as he recovers from a concussion. He was playing well before exiting the lineup, but is still nothing more than a low-end Fantasy flier when healthy.