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Backstrom, Caps Negotiating

Nicklas Backstrom, the Caps' No. 4 overall draft pick in 2006 and a key figure in the rebuilding club's future, is currently engaged in talks with management on a contract aimed at bringing the highly-touted center to Washington next season, a team official confirmed today.

Backstrom, who elected to remain in his native Sweden and play in that nation's top professional league this year, expressed his desire to play in the NHL during a meeting with General Manager George McPhee at the World Junior Championships in January.

Negotiations on a three-year, bonus-laden entry level contract with the Caps began a few weeks ago.

Backstrom is expected to be one of Washington's top pivots next season, likely on a line with Alex Ovechkin or Alexander Semin.

I'm going to dig for more details on this development. But in the meantime, here are some other notes from this morning's skate at HSBC Arena:

Dainius Zubrus had dinner with a few of his former teammates last night, and stopped by the Caps' practice to say hello to everyone else, including the trainers, media and equipment guys. Asked how he likes Buffalo, Zubrus said going to a mall, restaurant or Starbucks is like attending "an autograph session". But he loves the attention.

Zubrus also joked about driving a borrowed Hyundai, rather than his slick Porsche 911, which he had to leave in Maryland.

Alex Ovechkin ditched the full face plastic cage he wore yesterday and will probably play with a half visor against the Sabres. His lip still is swollen from the 16 stitches he received Sunday, but there's no risk of further damage.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  March 21, 2007; 12:37 PM ET
 
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Now all we need is a No.1 Center, and now the Caps will finally have offensive centers for the first time since Robert Lang.

Posted by: dan | March 21, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Excellent regarding Backstrom... The first move for next season /check.

Posted by: usiel | March 21, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

good news about Backstrom
I'll feel better when he's here!
The Caps have soooo many other issues
though, its up to GMGM and Ted to give
the guys a chance to win everynight.

Posted by: caphcky | March 21, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Datsyuk

Posted by: Finn | March 21, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

No Datsyuk. Excellent timing, given Fay's little piece yesterday.

Fay is such a joke

Posted by: Graham | March 21, 2007 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Yeah. So much for that "word out of Sweden" line we were fed yesterday.

Posted by: norske | March 21, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

But Fay said... ahem.

And no Datsyuk. Based on the FACT (remember those guys?) that when asked by the Detroit Free Press about the rumor of going to Washington he laughed. Not a good sign. Possible of course, but I would concentrate the fantasies on other pending UFA 1st line centers or a trade.

Posted by: Shmoo | March 21, 2007 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - where does Zubie stay up there? Hotel or with another player?

Posted by: On Ice | March 21, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Come on down Backstrom, we've been waiting for you.

Forgive me for this dumb question:

Is Datsyuk a legit #1 Center?

Posted by: Go Skins Go | March 21, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

You'll see. Datsyuk is the only guy who will even consider coming here.
What's up with all this Fay abuse? Tarik didn't say Backstrom was coming over. He said they're in talks and have been for weeks! How is it a bad sign? There is one line in Fay's article that is oh so true: "...Ovechkin, who has been neglected for a season, allowing Sidney Crosby to latch onto the title of "world's best hockey player." Imagine a true force Ovechkin is when he is playing alongside an NHL caliber center!

Posted by: Finn | March 21, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Great-That's all we need is Zubie telling AO and Semin what it's like in a hockey town. They'll be requesting trades soon.

That's why no one wants to come here.

Posted by: Digitalman08 | March 21, 2007 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Digitalman08 -- I'm not saying DC will be up to par of B'lo but remember they were left for dead a number of years ago.

The caps will never be #1 or #2 in this town. 3 is pushing it, but doesn't mean there are no fans. They start winning, the tide will turn, the fans will come, life will be different - (not sure how much but it will be)

Posted by: Go Skins Go | March 21, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

A lot can be done here within the Caps organization so that Semin and Ovechkin would just disregard Zubie's comments in favor of playing here. Has it been done? No. Is it being done? No. Will it be done? The future will tell. I, for one, don't believe that it will be.

Posted by: Finn | March 21, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't give up on DC just yet. Back in 91-92, the Caps sold out more than half their games at the US-Scare Arena, and the city also got behind the Caps when they went to the Cup. (Remember Clinton betting Chretien over the Caps-Sens series?) To get on people's radar, though, requires a winning team, a team that's exciting to go see. DC will never be Vancouver, where people shell out $75 just to see hockey regardless. The Caps have to make their product worth people's money, and when they aren't able to do that, no one comes.

Posted by: katzistan | March 21, 2007 2:37 PM | Report abuse

My only worry is this: even if Backstrom comes over next year, there will be an adjustment period. And we still need a top winger and a good, veteran D man.

So my worry is that GMGM and Co. might use Backstrom coming here as an excuse to fill the other holes with mediocre/cheap players and then toss the Caps out to see how they do in the season, like this year.

I want to be as optimistic as possible about next season but I feel like those are some legitimate concerns.

Its like Tarik says, if July 5th comes and goes and we have not signed/traded for the correct people we need, my finger is going to start inching toward the panic button while my other hand reaches for a bottle of vodka.

Posted by: LB | March 21, 2007 3:03 PM | Report abuse

oh, and if you win, the fans will come....

If you were perusing the Times and saw the article by Fay, you would probably not come to a Caps game or buy a ticket plan. But if we are winning, the tilt of the news cycle can change everything.

Posted by: LB | March 21, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why are the negotiations taking so long. He should be given the max base salary and same for bonuses. Give him the same contract they gave Oveckhin. There should be nothing to negotiate. I certainly hope the Caps are not trying to nickel and dime him. Come on GMGM lets get this deal done now.

Posted by: 4capitals | March 21, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

How much do you think Ovechkin is worth? What will Ted offer to pay him at the end of next season? Just base

Posted by: Finn | March 21, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Backstrom and his agent (and most likely his parents) probably want to have some idea of what life will be like for him over here, who he'd room with, where he'll stay until he buys a house, GMGM is probably talking up the team to them, probably letting them in on who they plan to trget this offseason, things to make him feel welcome and that he's coming to a good team, things of that nature. The max allowable under the CBA is probably already on the table, and was probably knocked out the first few meetings.

Think about, Backstrom is in Sweden, GMGM is probably over here. He calls Backtrom's agent. The agent tells Backstrom (given that the playoffs for Backstrom only ended recently, he would have been at practice and with the team, games etc). Backstrom talks about it with his parents. Backstrom talks to his agent again, agent talks to McPhee. Thats what I would guess (with absolutely 0 insider info). Since the swedish papers are reporting TODAY that Backstrom gave his agent the go ahead to negotiate and NHL contract, the "negotiating for weeks" part might have been GMGM laying the groundwork with the agent and the parents.

Again, Backstrom's team was only eliminated from the playoffs i think on monday.

Posted by: Graham | March 21, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

That's a good point, Graham. Negotiations may take awhile because there are a lot of issues to work out other than salary and bonuses, and the Atlantic divide doesn't speed up the process.

Tarik, are there any league-imposed limits or deadlines as to when this deal can/must be done?

Posted by: Devil Dancer | March 21, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Very good news. I needed some after the debacle in Hartford last night. Considering he's looking for 7 mil a year, I don't see Datsyuk coming here, though that figure is likely a negotiating strategy. I would hope that GMGM has offers put together to the tune of at least 5 mil a year plus bonuses for Datsyuk, Gomez and Drury. Of course, they could all want to stay right where they are to. No garuntees in that kind of business.:^\

Posted by: EricS | March 21, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

has datsyuk ever played with ovechkin? and it doesnet really matter if a player doesent wanna play in D.C., if u pay if em enough they will come. im confident the caps will spend the neccesary money to get the rite person

Posted by: timbers | March 21, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Zubie's new nickname in Buffalo:

Zubaz

I like Zubie better:)

Posted by: LB | March 21, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

"Tarik, are there any league-imposed limits or deadlines as to when this deal can/must be done?"

I believe Backstrom has to exercise an out-clause in his Swedish contract by the end of June.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | March 21, 2007 4:50 PM | Report abuse

that's true about Backstrom needing to back out of his deal. as far as when it needs to be done for him to play in the NHL next season, that's not until the end of the summer, I believe.

Posted by: Tarik | March 21, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

They probably call Zubie "Zubaz" in Buffalo because half the town still wears their early '90s "Zubaz" Bills pants that go mighty fine with their sweet mullets.

Posted by: Bill | March 21, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Shmoo wrote:
"And no Datsyuk. Based on the FACT (remember those guys?) that when asked by the Detroit Free Press about the rumor of going to Washington he laughed. Not a good sign. Possible of course, but I would concentrate the fantasies on other pending UFA 1st line centers or a trade."

Because the best thing to do would be to confirm an interest in checking out the open market when the team that currently pays your salary is in the middle of a playoff race.

Posted by: HB | March 21, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

This was obviously fed to Tarik to respond to the Fay column. Don't read too much into it either way.

Posted by: mrmoa | March 21, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't fed to me. I asked. I saw the report in the swedish paper and asked the question. no conspiracy theory here.

Posted by: Tarik | March 21, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The answer came in light of Fay's article though.

Posted by: Finn | March 21, 2007 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I heard the Caps are going to sign him just to spite Fay.

(sarcasm)

Posted by: Graham | March 21, 2007 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Timbers:
From a Feb 07 comment by FINN:
Datsyuk and Ovechkin played together on a Championship winning team in Russia during the lockout. They understand each other. Maybe Datsyuk-Ovechkin is a winning combination.

Posted by: Dezlboy | March 21, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Add the Olympics to that and WC

Posted by: Finn | March 21, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Did anyone catch Bengt Gustaffson mention a few weeks ago that Backstrom had been in "a slump for two months"? That should be a negotiating point for the Caps, and unfortunately means he probably is not a first line center.

Posted by: Bearcaps | March 21, 2007 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Just don't sign Briere. We don't need that groin-spearing tool here.

Posted by: Mike | March 21, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I still find it very interesting that the Caps now say they are negotiating with Backstrom right after Feys article. And until he is signed I am more reserved to say he will not be here next season. And no reason to believe he will be a number one center, so even if he is signed Caps still need a 1 or 2 center and top right wing and PP quarterback D-man. Ted will have to come off a lot of cash for that. will he do it?? July is a long way off but we shall see...

Posted by: jr4caps | March 22, 2007 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Graham makes a point about the negotioations may be about living arangements here as I have to believe he has been offered the most a rookie can make, BUT Backstrom still be negotiating with his current team. He could probably make more money where he is and be a bigger star. Unless the Caps makes moves to really improve (like they promised Kolzig they would, and didnt) than he really doesnt need to be here.

Posted by: jr4caps | March 22, 2007 1:26 AM | Report abuse

No way he makes more money in Sweden. He will get the rookie max plus a nice amount of bonuses for different goals reached like Ovechkin did. It will round out to a nice amount.

Posted by: Comebackkono3 | March 22, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Its most likely more about GMGM assuring Backstrom's parents and him that everything will be okay over here, that he won't go to the minors, that the caps won't let him get killed, things like that. Thats my speculation of course

Posted by: Graham | March 22, 2007 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Everybody defending Fay, nobody who's ripping his article is defending Leonsis. The Caps have done a crap job surounding Ovechkin. But the point of the article was WAY off base. The Penguins have had 6 straight years of top 5 picks. The Caps have had 3. If you're a professional writer you should do a little homework.

Posted by: eric | March 22, 2007 9:10 AM | Report abuse

Why is everyone talking about 6 years ago? Fay clearly said: "Two years ago Washington and Pittsburgh started out about the same level -- two bad teams with one exceptional young talent." So TWO years ago each team had ONE exceptional talent each (Ovechkin and Crosby). Malkin did not join the club until this year. Besides, who is to blame that the Caps' scouting should have been fired years ago? Who is to blame that the Red Wings, for example, can draft well deep (Datsyuk, Zetterberg)? Who is to blame that half decent players (Zubrus) are being traded for forgetable prospects (Novotny)?

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 9:49 AM | Report abuse

People keep pointing to Zetterberg and Datsyuk as this tremendous drafting the Red Wings have. Should 29 scouting staffs be fired for not drafting them earlier? We currently have a 6th rounder hird in scoring in his junior league, I think the scouting staff is alright for now (although early on it was pretty brutal).

The point with Pittsburgh is that they added from within. Sure two years ago they started the same, but the players Pittsburgh added players from their previous top 5 drafts.

Posted by: Graham | March 22, 2007 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Is Lemieux still crying over the guy that bumped him in the hallway so the NHL gives him another top 5 pick? Mario Lemiuex is an embarassment to the NHL and hockey as a whole.

Ovechkin, right now, is a better player than Sarrio ever was because OV stands up for himself. That's not to say keeping a guy like Brashear around is a bad idea, but imagine what the Caps would have if the opposition had to worry about others on the ice. OV can handle a 1-on-3 (just 1-on-1 with the goalie, not so much, a little Gretzky like!) but imagine if he had someone he could pass to and someone to pass to him. Surround OV, get a good puck handler for the PP, shore up the D a little and the Caps go far next season. Three more players (beyond Backstrom) minimum, five if you're serious (one if you're Abe Pollin).

Posted by: Spittsburgh | March 22, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The point made was that TWO YEARS AGO THEY STARTED THE SAME

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 10:00 AM | Report abuse

... and none if you are Ted Leonsis

Posted by: Spittsburgh | March 22, 2007 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Last night is a clear example what this team lacks. They have no #1 center alongside of Ovechkin to push the D back in their own end. They have no "SCARY" defenseman to intimidate the diminutive but skilled Briere from going right to the front of the net and scoring just 6 seconds into a power play while Emminger is loosing an edge because your ex winger Zubrus is cleanly taking him into the boards. And they were playing against a legitimate #1 goaltender in Miller who was not a sive like Holmquist and Denis back on Sunday. Wake up Ted and GMGM. You need to fill the holes beginning in July. Find out if the guy really wants to play for you: see Jaromir Jagr before you make the deal with him.

Posted by: AGP | March 22, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

But IIRC Malkin was drafted the same year Ovie was. In a sense, he's their Backstrom.

Posted by: tallbear | March 22, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Finn - That comment is still wrong. Two years ago they were nowhere near the same. They had Crosby, Fleury, and Whitney as their big youth (all top five picks) with Malkin waiting in the wings. And then he compares where they are now - look what else they were able to add to their playing roster between the two times he mentiones - Malkin and Staal, both #2 picks. So how is it comparable that two years ago the Pens had three upper echelon young players taken with top five picks (as well as having Lemieux as their motivator to move quickly), and were able to add two more second overalls between then and now. The fact that they were able to bring not only Staal from last year's draft but Malkin from two drafts prior means that the two teams were nowhere near equitable.

Fay's article was indefensible.

Posted by: Nomad | March 22, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

There is one point in the argument that I strongly agree with - "Lemieux as their motivator to move quickly". The Caps have no such motivator and haven't had a motivator for a while. My theory is that you can have a whole team full of 1st and 2nd round draft picks, but if they don't have someone to learn from, their advancement will take much longer. So Ted and GMGM can have all those draft picks but there's no one to teach them. They will make mistakes with no one to offer a solution for those mistakes, no one to teach them. And, honestly, bringing people like Novotny in doesn't help. To make a better product the Caps need to invest first.

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Finn, sure two years ago they started the same at the NHL level, but what they added was mostly a result of what went back for six years ago.

One year, the caps were in the playoffs while the Pens drafted their goalie #1 overall. Now as a Caps fan, which situation would you prefer?

Posted by: Graham | March 22, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

I would prefer to add experience to the roster and bring Varlamov over as a replacement for Olie and start training him. Olie's got two years left in him. So a successor is urgently needed.
Don't call me names, but I honestly don't think the Caps will make the playoffs next year.

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Making the playoffs next year depends on what they do this summer. Nobody can say right now, without having seen what they do this offseason, whether they will or won't make the playoffs next year.

A lot of planning for the "post-Olie" era depends on what they want to do with Maxime Daigneault. He's been performing well this season in Hershey.

Remember, this past offseason on draft day, Toronto traded a goalie prospect straight up for an NHL starting goalie (raycroft for Tukka Rask). varlamov is probably another year away from coming over, although he has said that he wants to play in the AHL soon to get used to the North American style. I've even seen a picture of his goalie mask with the Caps logo painted on it, so I take that as a good sign.

Posted by: Graham | March 22, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Finn,

Predictions regarding playoffs or no playoffs for next season are ludicrous at this point. You have no clue what they will do this offseason. Who knows, they could make great signings, fill all of their holes, and then Ovey could have a season ending knee injury in training camp(knocking on wood it doesnt happen). Save next season's predictions for training camp next year.

Posted by: Leigh | March 22, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Way too early to predict next year. Let's see how we finish up this year. I'd love to see us get 71 points.

Posted by: kenhockey | March 22, 2007 11:49 AM | Report abuse

I was not predicting, I was stating my opinion. There's a difference. I don't gamble, thus, I don't predict things. But I do have an opinion. In my opinion, the Caps will not do as well in the postseason as most people here think. The reason behind my opinion is that most FAs would not want to come here to play. There is just one way to entice them here - overpay. We all know/feel that that is not what Ted is willing to do. Building team on the cheap is his motto, IMHO.

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I stand corrected

Posted by: mrmoa | March 22, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

So Finn, in your opinion, what would have to happen this offseason for you to be satisfied going into next season? Forget what you THINK will happen, and tell us all your plan for success.

Posted by: Leigh | March 22, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

It's been sad to see OV's season go into the tank along with the team's. At least last year we could watch him pile up points. He was crusing to another 50 goal/100 point year, but those are long shots now. Nice of him not to criticize his revolving linemates, but seriously, what can he do?

Posted by: Mike | March 22, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Mike, AO's been skating differently all season long. His goals are different from last year, for the most part. I think its a result of poor offseason training. Whatever it is, I really hope its fixed by next season

Posted by: Graham | March 22, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I think too much expextation has been put on AO's shoulders. He can't do it alone. The trap didn't help

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hanlon and McPhee are trying to turn Ovie into the old Yzerman before he's had a chance to be the young Yzerman.

Posted by: zamboni | March 22, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, Tarik, give us something new to chew on. This string is getting so old...

Posted by: Sigh | March 22, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Who would you like to see join the Capitals as a number one center?

Posted by: Fake Tarik | March 22, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Gomez if its added from Free agency. No datsyuk, no Briere, maybe drury. Its possible a trade happens though. I'd rather spemd free agency money on Hannan.

Posted by: Graham | March 22, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I still think Datsyuk is the only real candidate. Not to take anything away from the other guys. As for Gomez, I would be surprised if the Devils let him go. He fits so well into their system.

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Folks, I've got nothing. Was stuck in Buffalo for three hours this morning, and now I'm stuck at Dulles. Two flight delays. I'm hoping to get to Raleigh in time for face off.

The only positive is I got to have lunch with my family at the airport. (I just live down the street from Dulles.)

So sorry. I scheduled to arrive in Raleigh at 6:30 *crosses fingers*.

Posted by: Tarik | March 22, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, in a separate Swedish paper they appear to indicate that Backstrom has to opt out by June 1, not the end of the summer...of course my Swedish is limited to online translation programs. Here is the link to the Swedish paper:

http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/sport/story/0,2789,1025716,00.html

and the key quote:

Bäckström har kontrakt med Brynäs även nästa säsong men kan bryta det före den 1 juni för en NHL-flytt.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | March 22, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Ted should offer a small percentage of the Caps to Langway or another legendary Cap that can be around the team in a motivational manner. Perhaps Rod can put a spark into Eminger, Schultz and others. More importantly they need to fill the holes. They are gaping at Center, significant at Right wing and gigantic on Defense. We are not going anywhere with Laich, Gordon or Novotny. Gomez would be my choice as our #1 with Backstrom tested at #2. Then you have Laich and Gordon. But Ted will have to get Gomez away from Philly so don't let him drive down 95 on his way here. Snyder will snag him with his check book before he gets to Delaware.

Posted by: AGP | March 22, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Tarik what do you think about the caps going the trade route with that Center?? Boston is Deep at center with Savard Bergeron (horrible spelling) and now Kessel. Maybe we could pry away Savard or Berg. ?? How about Marleau in San Jose ?? I dont know.. just throwing stuff out. We would probably have to give up alot more than Emminger and a 1st though.

Posted by: Comebackkono3 | March 22, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

i don't know... boston gave us jerky for a bag of pucks.

Posted by: pgreene | March 22, 2007 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the Caps do, they better do it well. I think Zubrus was asking too much for what he brings but so far Novotny has done nothing to impress me, and has had ample opportunity. HIs defense is ok but he was a 4th line center. Buffalo likely thought it amusing that their 4th line center/healthy scratch was centering Ovie. Its that type of thing that makes Washington seem like a joke and players refuse to come here. DC is a bandwagon town, not a hockey town, and players know it. They scoff at coming here or come because of all the 'playing time' they'll get. If it wasn't for Ovie, Semin wouldn't have come. What has George Michael and Fay so riled up is that after decades of being fans, the Caps are fielding a non NHL caliber team by a man that has billions of $. I'm tired of the slick marketing and blogspot bs. If they dont absolutely rock the free agent market this summer I'm stepping away from hockey for a while. The refs are a joke, the point structure blows and the things I loved best are melting away only to leave behind a watered down powerplay exhibition. To see a talent like Ovechkin squandered until he tries the same curl and drag game in game out is heartbreaking. Just because Ted was good at computers doesn't mean he's good at Hockey.

Posted by: Kerplunk | March 22, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

bring in drury he wins everywhere and has more playoff experience then datsyuk and maybe ovie can get markov to give dc a look. i doubt we're geting a winger if we spend top dollar on a center and defenseman

Posted by: Mike P | March 22, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Midway through the first period and no shots on goal

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Look at Ovechkin! One shot = one goal!

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Caps have so many holes, we need about three centers and four defenseman. Then goals by Ovechkin and Semin will stand up.

Posted by: Bearcaps | March 22, 2007 9:16 PM | Report abuse

10 shots on goal... Can the Caps go any lower than that? How the hell do GMGM and Ted expect to win games?

Posted by: Finn | March 22, 2007 11:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to give Ted and McPhee the benefit of the doubt and let them sort out the situation in July. If Ted really wants to win and McPhee is a good judge of placing the right already existing NHL talent on this team then we should be seeing fireworks in JULY. If they come with the same excuses after the FA signing begin that they are going to wait until training camp, then we can revolt. I'm hoping we see a Gomez or a Drury in a Cap uniform in the first week of July. I'm sure AO would like to see that too. Let's see if these guys put their money where there mouths are.

Posted by: AGP | March 23, 2007 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Kinda like we did last weekend. 3 goals on 10 shots is certainly efficient. Very strange night.

Posted by: EricS | March 23, 2007 12:20 AM | Report abuse

if it wasent for finn and co. i wouldent even read this damn blog

Posted by: timbers | March 23, 2007 2:35 AM | Report abuse

That is flattering

Posted by: Finn | March 23, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The Caps should sign Dave Fay to play center. I say, 10 years, $75 million. We could use an old fat pivot who plays on Ovy's line.

Posted by: Blackaces | March 23, 2007 2:23 PM | Report abuse

We need Depht. At the beginning of the year we had no injuries. And then midway through the injuries started to pile up.

Posted by: mac c | March 23, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

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