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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Alexander Semin's new deal worth $6.7 million

By Tarik El-Bashir

The Caps considered signing Alexander Semin to a multi-year extension, but the player and his agent decided that another one-year deal suited them best, GM George McPhee said on a conference call with reporters this morning.

Semin's deal is for $6.7 million, up $700,000 from this year's contract, and it does not include a no trade or no movement clause, according to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

"A lot of times when you do these deals, it's basically the player's preference," McPhee said. "Does he want to do short-term? Does he want to do long-term? Alex was basically comfortable with another one year deal and that was fine with us."

"We were wide open to [long term extension] discussions. We said we could do one, two, three years or longer if you want to talk about it. We were open minded about whatever you would like to do here. The player came back and said they were comfortable with a one or a two, and last week said a one year deal would be fine. And we said, 'Okay.' After that, it was a matter of working up a number. It was done this week."

McPhee also hinted that the extension had nothing to do with the approaching trade deadline.

"Alex was going to be with us anyway, so extending his deal a year really doesn't change anything, you know?," he said.

Asked why he thinks a player of Semin's caliber agreed to another one-year deal when it's possible he could have cashed in on the open market in a few months, McPhee said:

"I don't know, but maybe it keeps players hungry. I don't have a problem doing one year deals with anyone, and I admire the guys who are comfortable doing that. It gives them flexibility and this is what the player preferred to do. There may be some looking ahead to what the next CBA is going to look like, so why don't we just do one or two year deals until we get there and see how things work. That may have come into the process, I'm not sure."

The dollar figure, McPhee said, was linked to that of center Nicklas Backstrom, who also earns $6.7 million per season.

"We just didn't feel that it would be fair to go beyond that," he said. "They are two really talented players. I wouldn't call it a ceiling, but we just thought if the two of them were at that number, then everyone would be comfortable with that."

As you are aware, Semin has been sidelined with a groin muscle injury since Jan. 8. And before that, hadn't registered a goal in 14 games after a red-hot start that included three hat tricks in October-November.

Asked if the team's shift to a more defensive mindset might be behind Semin's slump, McPhee said he was unsure. He did, however, say that organization believes a more defensive posture is necessary to ensure postseason success and that offensive players' numbers are going to suffer as a result.

"There may be a connection, I'm not sure," McPhee said. "He's always been a streaky scorer, and when he gets hot, look out, he can score from anywhere at any time. We are trying to be better defensively, so we may have a lot of players who don't get the numbers they typically get. But they'll get good enough numbers to help us win."

"We've improved in a lot of areas this year. Our goaltending has been really good this year, our team defense has been really good this year, we've improved our penalty killing, No. 2 in the league. If you're anywhere in the Top 10 in the league in your penalty kill it bodes well for the big games."

"We've learned how to play real good defensive hockey the past six weeks. We're not giving up much to other teams. We're a goal away from getting a lot more points. When you put a 40-goal scorer back in your lineup and your power play starts to execute the way it should, that's the difference. We think that's the formula to win a lot this year and have success in the playoffs -- to be really stingy defensively and have game breakers in the game, and have your power play execute the way it should. This is how we want to play this year. We're hopeful that when you have a player like Semin back in the lineup, and an Eric Fehr back in the lineup and a Tom Poti, who has missed most of the season, those are players who move the puck pretty well, generate offense and it's a razor-thin margin now between winning and losing and those guys could make that difference."

Semin is expected to be ready to return after the All-Star Game break, and McPhee hopes he'll give the struggling power play the boost it so desperately needs. Right now, it's a lowly 19th, a totally confounding ranking considering the amount of offensive firepower on the team.

"The one area where we need to improve is our power play," McPhee acknowledged. "It's been good the last few years. It has let us down so far this year. Adding a player like this, putting him back in the lineup and having him on the power play, could be the thing that gets it going again."

McPhee also said he's confident that Semin will prove himself to be a playoff performer this spring. The sniper has taken a lot of criticism -- perhaps rightfully so -- for going 14 straight postseason games without a goal.

"Montreal may have limited him in scoring, but he had 44 shots on goal in that series, which is remarkable," McPhee said. "That's more than six a game. It's one of those, as we all know, a series where a goalie got hot and snuffed everybody out. But he has produced in the playoffs for us before. A couple of years ago in the Pittsburgh series, he jammed his thumb and we had to freeze it to allow him to play. That's a hard way to play. Before that he was producing. If you don't have those kinds of players in the lineup then you're too easy to shut down. I hope he has a great playoff and scores a lot. He's capable of it. Certainly I'm comfortable going into the playoffs with a player like that, because you've got have them if you want to succeed."

Okay, it's back to Hoyas for me. Katie should be in Raleigh by now and will take it from here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  | January 27, 2011; 12:54 PM ET
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Comments

Tarikkkkkk - nice post. Glad Semin is here for another year.

Guess due to the power outage in the District, I didn't missed much of a game last night.

I wish the Caps would switch back to a more offensive system. And for the Love of God, I just hope they make it to the playoffs. Forget Lord Stanley's Cup!!!

Posted by: instinct227 | January 27, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface1208

I have a question for you on the Caps and Brooks Laich.

Is it already considered a given that the Caps will re-sign him or are they at least entertaining the possibility of letting him walk?

Posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2011 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Erskine(sorry vermontcaps, I am all for keeping Erskine but $1.5M/yr is too much for him)

posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to be sorry about, sgm3, I've accepted that I can't have everything in life and we'll probably never agree on much. (But we have been in agreement frequently as of late....Steckel's improved play, Laich underperforming, I opened up to Weiss, and probably another point or two that escapes me.) I'm just happy we've got him inked for 2 more years and that you, too, have come to appreciate and value Erskine's contributions to an extent.

I think Hannan, Poti, and ****55 making TWICE AS MUCH as #4 is wasteful spending, and Erskine would've gotten his extension (and possibly more) if he tested the open market. 1.5mil/year is fair for Johnny, and in 2yrs at 32 he might command even more.

Posted by: vermontcaps | January 27, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Not sure how I feel about this yet.

I knew they weren't going to trade him, but after one more season both sides might be tired of one another by then.

Semin has so much talent, he just doesn't always use it.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 27, 2011 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy let the GMGM bashing begin. I think I'm gonna leave for the day. I already know the comments that are coming so I'd be wasting my time reading what I already know is coming. :) In case some of you are unorganized I'll break down the 2 points you want to beat to death:

1. Ran into hot goalie
2. Poti returning will improve our offense

Have fun fellas (and ladies)!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | January 27, 2011 1:34 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, reading an article by Tarik again, almost felt like getting a letter from an old friend. Thanks, Tarik, for the article!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 27, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Sounds to me like they might be getting ready to deal him. Why give a streaky player on IR that kind of cash... and why 1 yr? So a potential trade partner knows they won't lose him after this season.

Of course, every game he misses -- the lesser player we potentially get back.

Posted by: sinbin | January 27, 2011 1:43 PM | Report abuse

The leash is shortened to this year with regard to BB and GMGM. If they don't make substantial headway in the playoffs, they should be gone.

Fresh outlook, fresh perspective. Ted can agree on that.

Interesting to see how this plays out.

Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | January 27, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

Hannan is a pending UFA so he hasn't received anything yet. But I did include Poti in the overpaid department also.

If Erskine hit the UFA market I would've guessed he would have received about $1.25M/yr. That is my guess based on what other similar type players make when they go to the UFA market.

Also, the original point of my post is not meant to single out Erskine in any respect or criticize him in any manner. It was only meant as a criticism of GMGM and his penchant for overpaying current Caps when re-signing them

Posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Only in ice hockey can you fail to perform your duties consistently -- if at all -- for nearly two months. . . and get a $6.7 million contract and a 11% raise. I'm in the wrong business.

Posted by: Exile_in_Philly | January 27, 2011 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he hasn't scored in his last 14 games. Sure, he hasn't scored in his last 14 postseason games.

BUT HE HAD 44 SHOTS IN THAT PLAYOFF SERIES AGAINST MONTREAL!!! THAT IS "REMARKABLE"!!!

Posted by: chrisclarksucks | January 27, 2011 1:53 PM | Report abuse

OMG.....what the hell is gmgm doing???? It better be a trade or he needs to be fired. Overpaying a player that decides to take the months of November and December off and rewarding him?

Posted by: CB28031 | January 27, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

All I can say is WOOOO HOOOO. And big smiles of course. Get to watch my boy for another year. And to the haters...(insert DX gesture). Sucks for you all, but great for the rest of us. Heal up Sasha and come back to silence the nay sayers.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | January 27, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

The negotiations were very hard on Semin. Atleast he didn't shoot out of here.

Posted by: pejochum | January 27, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

High five to SeminAllOverTheIce. The only time you hear anyone talk about Semin is if he effs up. When he doesn't and he's scoring, some times moreso than Ovi, alla' the "Semin S*cks" people are too busy braiding each other's hair.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 27, 2011 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Just win in April, and this nightmare of an offensive season will be forgotten.

Posted by: SA-Town | January 27, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

We're hopeful that when you have a player like Semin back in the lineup, and an Eric Fehr back in the lineup and a TOM POTI, who has missed most of the season, those are players who move the puck pretty well, generate offense and it's a razor-thin margin now between winning and losing and those guys could make that difference."
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and this is why George McPhee is the biggest moron in the NHL. And why he'll prolly look for another Joe Corvo type at the deadline.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@LeftCoastCapsFan: "When he doesn't and he's scoring, some times moreso than Ovi, alla' the "Semin S*cks" people are too busy braiding each other's hair."

That made me laugh out loud. Thanks.

Posted by: orson72 | January 27, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, please come back to the Caps beat!

Posted by: JillC | January 27, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

@SOTI:
Me too. I'm glad to have him back and look forward to seeing him out on the ice.

For the rest of you, yeah I know there are issues at times, but those moves more than make up for it. The best curl and drag I've ever seen by far.

Posted by: BetterOffWithFedorov | January 27, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

do you guys want a president's trophy again? would that make you happy? cuz if so, then your comments are valid.

but if you want to do well in the playoffs, you better pray we keep semin and our only real option for secondary scoring. or teams will just put out their number one d pairing against ovi and nicky and we'll keep losing games 2-1 for all eternity.

and i have yet to see an arguement that semin is not talented enough. so, if he's so talented, and he takes another 44 shots on net this spring (yes, you morons, we will make the playoffs with or without semin or any other single player), I'll be happier with him than any other forward we have, including ovi.

he doesn't have to score another goal the rest of the year for all i care. just bring back the 44 shots every playoff series we have.

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Gotta make the playoffs first. Fehr is great at nothing and Poti is awesome at scoring on our own goal. I would trade package both those bums for a center.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to ask Mcphee WHY he suddenly decided that a defensve-oriented philosophy was the way to go? It coincided with the losing streak did it not? He makes it sound like it was always part of the plan

That guy's runnin a shell game here.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

T-pain, we miss you. I hope GMGM knows what he is doing. But, I'm not so sure.

Talent.

Posted by: CF11555 | January 27, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

...Sucks for you all, but great for the rest of us...

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce

I think it sucks for us all, as well as you all. Basically it sucks for everyone, you just aren't aware that it sucks for you, yet. :D

Posted by: LloydChristmas | January 27, 2011 3:03 PM | Report abuse

@SeminAllOverTheIce -- Glad we got our boy on the ice rocking the red for at least one more year. (Must admit, I have a kid, now grown, who's similar to him in many ways.)

@LeftCoastCapsFan -- agree with Orson72, that comment made me laugh also. It does seem that Semin detractors are pretty numerous.

Now we just need to get him healthy so he can be productive again. Sasha has frankly not been healthy since late November. At that time, we had heard news that he was being held out of a practice (before the Blues game) due to a nagging condition. Don't know if it's due to the current groin/hip issues or different.

And other health related issues for Semin in December. He was one of the flu victims on the team. Plus, there was a lower body injury that happened in mid-Dec that caused him to miss 3 games. He came back too soon, given the fact he played in a game when only the previous day he was considered "doubtful". It wasn't Semin disappearing just to disappear but more a guy playing through less than stellar health and having less than stellar productivity as a result of that.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | January 27, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The only time you hear anyone talk about Semin is if he effs up. When he doesn't and he's scoring, some times moreso than Ovi, alla' the "Semin S*cks" people are too busy braiding each other's hair.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan |

The only time you ever seem to talk is when you get to rip on other posters. Congrats!

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Steckel makes 1.1m, leads the league in faceoff percentage, is a solid defensive player. I bet he would get picked up if waived. Sloan makes 700k, if he was released, the max savings is 175k. Erskine will make 1.5m. The Caps may have saved 200k or so on him. But, they could have easily lost him UFA. How much would a replacement cost? IMO crying about 375k in savings is ridiculous.
Poti was a horrible signing given his health & ability.

Posted by: chriscaps | January 27, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

@wimbledon

fehr is knuble's replacement, so we need him or similar

I agree that poti is garbage though, especially at 2.75 mil... "leaving money on the table"... as if anyone else would pay him close to that. send him and keep erskine, who can do anything hannah can for a third of the price

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

@wimbledon

fehr is knuble's replacement, so we need him or similar

I agree that poti is garbage though, especially at 2.75 mil... "leaving money on the table"... as if anyone else would pay him close to that. send him and keep erskine, who can do anything hannah can for a third of the price

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

@wimbledon

fehr is knuble's replacement, so we need him or similar

I agree that poti is garbage though, especially at 2.75 mil... "leaving money on the table"... as if anyone else would pay him close to that. send him and keep erskine, who can do anything hannah can for a third of the price

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I think it sucks for us all, as well as you all. Basically it sucks for everyone, you just aren't aware that it sucks for you, yet. :D

Posted by: LloydChristmas

hahaha! tru dat

I think its only a 50/50 shot that Semin enters the playoffs completely healthy. Then he'll waltz his way thru the first 2 games, get some heat in the press, then turn it on with several shots per game to salvage another poor start effort-wise to the series.

Seen this movie before, and I hated it the first 3 times.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

coldahybrid: What's with name calling? Can it.

cstanton: Yes, I believe McPhee somewhere in life really learned how to make excuses "on the fly."

"Sure, dear, that's it, the tire went flat and I had to spend the night in Hoboken. Sure, dat's da ticket."

Becuase we never heard this "defense first" stuff till after the fact. No, back in summer, it was, "We can't let 5 bad days change our plans."

Although...I wonder...too much to expect...but...what if McPhee and Boudreau secretly had planned all along (after playoff failure) to switch styles but just didn't want to admit in public?

Naw.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | January 27, 2011 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Poti's not worth league minimum. There isn't a player on another team right now I would not take instead of #3.

Vermont, I guess your boy sits again when the savior comes back into the lineup. I don't wanna be around when your head xplodes buddy. Start smokin weed now.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Tarik-come back....Please....

Posted by: Wood3348 | January 27, 2011 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Hi, Tarik, thanks for stopping by--great to see you back where you belong. Now that you're not the "beat" reporter, how about writing the occasional column on the Caps instead of the jokers who try to impersonate hockey experts that the Post once in a while grudgingly sends to write one? Any chance the editors will let you?

Posted by: jhershb | January 27, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

fehr is knuble's replacement, so we need him or similar
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Fehr is more fragile than Semin, don't let the size fool ya.

Posted by: joek443 | January 27, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

sorry for "morons" looking back, i guess? i just don't understand how people think this team, getting the worst results possible with some injuries and is still tied for 4th in the league in points, won't make the playoffs.

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 3:24 PM | Report abuse

4th in the east* in points, sorry

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Now we just need to get him healthy so he can be productive again. Sasha has frankly not been healthy since late November. At that time, we had heard news that he was being held out of a practice (before the Blues game) due to a nagging condition. Don't know if it's due to the current groin/hip issues or different.

And other health related issues for Semin in December. He was one of the flu victims on the team. Plus, there was a lower body injury that happened in mid-Dec that caused him to miss 3 games. He came back too soon, given the fact he played in a game when only the previous day he was considered "doubtful". It wasn't Semin disappearing just to disappear but more a guy playing through less than stellar health and having less than stellar productivity as a result of that.

Posted by: CapsFan75 |


wow, sounds like he's been unhealthy for the majority of his career if his periods of mindnumbing apathy are always related to poor health.

poor baby. Lets powder up his bum, fix that diaper rash and get him back on the ice.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I've only been following hockey for 3 years now and it's statistically proven that 100% of that time, the Capitals have not won a Stanley Cup. Maybe if I was following the Capitals for 30 or more years, I'd be equally p*ssed off that they'd give a contract extension to Semin who currently is injured and is still the 2nd or 3rd highest scorer on the team, which I guess doesn't say much since the rest of the team isn't scoring very much either.

I hope to never find myself yelling at the tv screen or the computer monitor because of anything the team or the front office does that reflects a stark contrast to what I "know" is right. At that point, I'd have to seriously consider getting a life. Glad Semin's back for another year. Get better soon, Semin, so you can score some more goals! We so need it!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 27, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Tom, I think you nailed the $ for the Semin deal, thus cementing your position as the official capologist of CI. The number of years was apparently just Semin's preference - he could have had a long term deal if he wanted. My take is that GMGM wouldn't give a no movement/trade clause and Semin wanted to avoid getting shipped to East BF for multiple years. As you point out, he's not going to be starving any time soon, unless he gets screwed by someone handling his investments.

Posted by: zmega | January 27, 2011 3:30 PM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1: pot meet kettle.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | January 27, 2011 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Fehr is more fragile than Semin, don't let the size fool ya.

Posted by: joek443

sure seems like it. When he tries to throw his weight around he ends up hurting his shoulders. Too bad because he has at least shown an inclination to be more involved in the action. I thought he made some good progress in that dept during last yr's playoff action although mixing it up in the crease vs Habs dmen isn't quite the same as doing it vs some other teams. I'd like to see him do that v Chara or some of the Boston dmen.

speakin of, my ideal 1st round playff series for the Caps this yr would be to face the Bruins. For one, we haven't faced em in a really long time in the playoffs. Two, that's a team which is hard to play against and I want to see how our lil darlings do. If they can get past the B's, I'll be impressed. Although I estimate Poti will last exactly one Lucic hit.

then McPhee can blame the loss of Poti as to why we lost the series.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Steckel makes 1.1m, leads the league in faceoff percentage, is a solid defensive player. I bet he would get picked up if waived. Sloan makes 700k, if he was released, the max savings is 175k. Erskine will make 1.5m. The Caps may have saved 200k or so on him. But, they could have easily lost him UFA. How much would a replacement cost? IMO crying about 375k in savings is ridiculous.
Poti was a horrible signing given his health & ability.


Posted by: chriscaps


Steckel should be at around $900k. Yes, $575k does not sound like that much on its face, but at the trade deadline that is the difference in being able to bring in guys with only a total of $4M in salary or guys with up to $6M in salary.

If you keep overpaying guys, especially 4th liners, 3rd pairing D-men and 8th D-men, by a few hundered thousand each, that adds up and hurts you and your ability to make moves later.

Posted by: sgm3 | January 27, 2011 3:35 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that Semin and Backstrom plays both ends of the ice, including PowerPlays, and are also dynamic scorers just below Ovechkin. This is a steal of a deal that allows the Capitals to evaluate talent without breaking the bank after this "Rebuiding" year.

Posted by: JohnWWW | January 27, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I've only been following hockey for 3 years now
--leftcoast--

now if you'd only said this from the very beginning i would have understood you a lot clearer. You don't know much about hockey obviously and so all you can do is rant against any fan who doesn't blindly support the same organization that you do. Understood.

Your entire existence on this board serves one purpose -- to smear any fan who questions the direction of the team or the efficacy of any one player. You're worse than a troll. Or at best, as bad.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse

If you keep overpaying guys, especially 4th liners, 3rd pairing D-men and 8th D-men, by a few hundered thousand each, that adds up and hurts you and your ability to make moves later.

Posted by: sgm3

or overpaying Poti by about 2 million. That hurts just thinking about it.

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Glad Semin's back for another year. Get better soon, Semin, so you can score some more goals! We so need it!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan

yay yay!

jeez, you sound like a pigtailed cheerleader suckin on a lollipop. Are you? Fess up

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 3:53 PM | Report abuse

If you keep overpaying guys, especially 4th liners, 3rd pairing D-men and 8th D-men, by a few hundered thousand each, that adds up and hurts you and your ability to make moves later.
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Such a good point, it bore repeating I felt.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 27, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Fehr is the most over rated player on this team. Not Knuble's replacement. He can't replace anyone from the doctor's table. Imagine if we picked Getzlaf instead of that bum?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | January 27, 2011 3:54 PM | Report abuse

i'm not saying what he can be or what he will be, i'm saying what he is based on who this team has. it's either him or laich, only other two possible net presences he have. unless we sign or ttrade, obv

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

i'm not saying what he can be or what he will be, i'm saying what he is based on who this team has. it's either him or laich, only other two possible net presences he have. unless we sign or ttrade, obv

getzlaf instead would have been something though

Posted by: coldahybrid27 | January 27, 2011 4:04 PM | Report abuse

If you keep overpaying guys, especially 4th liners, 3rd pairing D-men and 8th D-men, by a few hundered thousand each, that adds up and hurts you and your ability to make moves later.
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Such a good point, it bore repeating I felt.

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 27, 2011 4:05 PM | Report abuse

did you say it was a boring point?

Posted by: cstanton1 | January 27, 2011 4:10 PM | Report abuse

No wise-azz, I didn't - and if I'm not mistaken you've made a similar one in the past, in fact you were one of the first to point that out, IIRC!!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 27, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

No wise-azz, I didn't - and if I'm not mistaken you've made a similar one in the past, in fact you were one of the first to point that out, IIRC!!

Posted by: Timbo_1 | January 27, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

@Tariq!

Great to have you back for one entry! We'll wait to see your kids lace em up for the big club one day (although here's to hoping they win a Nobel prize in literature instead..hockey might be a good second option.)

Posted by: RedLitYogi | January 27, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

We wouldn't be able to afford Getzlaf, or maybe resign Backstrom/Semin, had we drafted him.. And yes, I would choose Getzlaf over Semin, but what's the point nagging about it now?

Posted by: Walle | January 27, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

With the Caps unable to put the puck in the net, it is critical to sign Sasha. He'll be fine and with some maturity can help come playoff time. Who are we going to get that can score like him?

Posted by: greendayer | January 27, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

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