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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Boudreau talks about the anniversary of his first day with the Capitals

By Katie Carrera

Three years ago on this day, Bruce Boudreau ran his first practice as coach of the Washington Capitals and wondered if the team would even listen to him during drills.

Boudreau and the Capitals have undoubtedly come a long way since that day in November of 2007 when Washington held the worst record in the league at 6-14-1; and it's evidenced by where they stand entering tonight's game against the Devils. Washington owns the best record in the league at 14-5-2 and is looking not just to win any more, but fine tune the way they do so.

"I was a little more nervous three years ago -- just wondering if they would accept the drills that I'm going to offer them. Are they up to their standard?," Boudreau said this morning when asked what has changed since then. "You never know if you haven't done it. Are you going to be able to yell at 'X' player? ... Or give him crap if he's not doing the things you want to do. Those were the things that were going through my head then. Now I don't think about those things. You just do what you have to do."

The Capitals have gone 155-61-30 in the regular season under Boudreau's guidance and the biggest difference the coach noted when discussing the anniversary was simply that he feels he's a better coach now then he was when GM George McPhee called him to come to Washington that day.

"You gain more experience. I think I do video an awful lot better than I did," Boudreau said. "You learn little intricacies of the game better and it's like at anything. You think you're good at something and you do it for 10 years and then the next 10 years you do it, you're [thinking] I'm so much better now than I was 10 years ago."

By Katie Carrera  | November 22, 2010; 2:09 PM ET
Categories:  Bruce Boudreau  
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Comments

You would think after looking at all that tape that he would have come to the same conclusion the majority here have come to by now.......Tyler Sloan is incredibly horrible and needs to be sitting eating hotdogs and nachos, not playing in the NHL!

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

BB need to start thinking about shut down D-man.

Posted by: instinct227 | November 22, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

The coach is not the GM.

Posted by: thiazzi | November 22, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

And when will it be Flush's "turn" to sit again? I know some said he played a good game on Saturday but I just didn't see it. The guy looks as meek on the ice as a mouse being thrown in a cage with a pet snake.

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I don't like Sloan any more than the rest of the fans, but a trade takes two to tango and an imminent one was nixed by Belanger running his mouth in the offseason. Poti is injured.

Who are they going to call up from Hershey that is any better? Souray? He'd have to be a member of the team first, and even that probably won't happen until the deadline for cap reasons the math nerds can explain better than i can.

Posted by: GFisher1 | November 22, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

i like bruce, but i think this team's work ethic is a disaster (with the exception of a few players). that starts with the coach. the team obviously has the talent to be excellent, but their play is shoddy and irresponsible. yes, they can get by on talent during the regular season...but no one in that organization seems to have learned that talent won't even get you out of the first round of the playoffs in most cases. the gm and coach have failed in building and developing a team that can do much more than accumulate regular season points. it is style over substance. and until they show otherwise, there is no reason to believe this team will be any better in april this year, than it was last.

Posted by: dingram3 | November 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

i like bruce, but i think this team's work ethic is a disaster (with the exception of a few players). that starts with the coach. the team obviously has the talent to be excellent, but their play is shoddy and irresponsible. yes, they can get by on talent during the regular season...but no one in that organization seems to have learned that talent won't even get you out of the first round of the playoffs in most cases. the gm and coach have failed in building and developing a team that can do much more than accumulate regular season points. it is style over substance. and until they show otherwise, there is no reason to believe this team will be any better in april this year, than it was last.

Posted by: dingram3 | November 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

Flash on saturday played better than he has recently and thats because he got moved back to wing. Now he played better but he should have buried at least one of the 3 glorious chances he had early in the game. And again being on the wing he was still the last guy back on D a number of times but at least on the wing thats more acceptable. So while he played better I still dont think he was good, but a slight step in the right direction.

Posted by: ThePat | November 22, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

i like bruce, but i think this team's work ethic is a disaster (with the exception of a few players). that starts with the coach. the team obviously has the talent to be excellent, but their play is shoddy and irresponsible. yes, they can get by on talent during the regular season...but no one in that organization seems to have learned that talent won't even get you out of the first round of the playoffs in most cases. the gm and coach have failed in building and developing a team that can do much more than accumulate regular season points. it is style over substance. and until they show otherwise, there is no reason to believe this team will be any better in april this year, than it was last.

Posted by: dingram3 | November 22, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

@ PhilR

I am with you. I guess there isn't enough tape for some people to see the Sloan and Flush are nothing but hot dog reps.

Posted by: bqts | November 22, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

GFisher,

I say give Collins a shot and if McNeill is back in the lineup now, after his shoulder injury, bring him up for a few games. There have GOT to be better options than Sloan. Collins did pretty weel for himself when he was called up a couple years back, why not give him another shot?

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good poll for CI.

If you were conducting a school yard pick and it's your turn to pick, and there are only 2 players left: Sloan and Flush. Who do you pick?

Personally, I would hope it starts to rain and recess is cancelled. =)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else think the time to move Semin is now? Sell high! He would cripple our cap moving forward. Plus, the long list of players in every major sport that have career years in their contract year is endless. McPhee should not let this get close to the deadline. It's a trick George, don't fall for it.

Posted by: underpants2 | November 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

155-61-30

Yeah, we're a bunch of geniuses.

Congratulation on three years. It's been a wild ride.

Posted by: saintex | November 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Since Boudreau has been here the Wings, Pens, and 'Hawks have won the Cup. Three really good teams. I want it just as bad as anyone but we aren't looking at some 10-12 year period of time. I feel like the windown opened, officially, during the 2009 playoffs. I say we've got six good years for a Cup(s) and there are four to go.

Posted by: saintex | November 22, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

At this point I really miss Sami Lepisto, he wasn't that great but is a huge upgrade over Sloan!

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

@ SAOTI

The school bully just kicked the $#!t out of both of them and both kids pickin have agreed to play 4 a side :)

Posted by: bqts | November 22, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

At this point I really miss Sami Lepisto, not the greatest dman for sure but a HUGE upgrade over Sloan!

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

TOM TOM WHERE ARE YOU? As much as I dislike your brigade...I think someone above needs deployment ASAP.

Get their orders ready.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Who or what are we going to move Semin for? Let's say that it takes $6-6.5 per year on a long(er) term deal to sign him. Under the "sell high" premise then we'd want to get back equal value which will eat into the cap the exact same amount. Or, should the team move that salary for a few players worth $4m total. I don't see that going over well.

The team is already on the hook for $6m this year and it gives them a chance to see if that kind of money can be worked over a longer period. It's certainly risky but I don't see the FAs all getting resigned this year and the Bears have young talent to can move up.

There's also little question to me about the value of having another scorer - whether on the same line with Ovi or on a second line - to pulled some defensive line ups.

Posted by: saintex | November 22, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What is up with this CI site this afternoon? Some posts are being delayed for quite some time.

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

@PhilR

I actually think they might have some coding/hacking issues. Earlier I noticed under the "Sponsored Links" the first 2 links said:

Daniel Briere's IQ = 110
Average Flyers IQ is below 99

And now its back to Home Mortgage Rates and such. Was a bit odd...and funny.

@saintex
To reply to such a silly statement is pointless. It's like trying to explain to certain posters why they are wrong and them still thinking they are right.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

tominsocal has been strangely quiet today, maybe he finally had his interview with GMGM and Ted for the capologist position!

Posted by: PhilR | November 22, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations on three good years, Bruce. You made a big difference!
People forget that a coach can be too "old school" hard on the players, and thus getting tuned out, like what happened to Glenn. The key, going forward,will be to instill defensive discipline & retain the respect of the players. Now, get us a Cup!!

Posted by: Hattrik | November 22, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

The Caps D is playing well with what they have...BB is not the GM..take our 7 dmen and put them under any other coach and I don't think you could get much better results.

Posted by: capscoach | November 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Man I tell you, it's great to read the NJ blog sometimes. Part may be due to their rough season, but the NJ fans are totally respectful and worried about us and our offense. They have done nothing but praise it all day today. Things like "best offense in the league"..."another rookie d-man, Ovi is going to eat him up"..."ugh Hedberg vs the Caps, this is going to be brutal".

We by no means have anything locked up, but its nice to see other people respect our team (even though we still have gaps).

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

@capscoach

Where do you get 7 from. I have gone over the numbers again again, and no matter what way I look at it we have 6 NHL d-men, 5 if you dont count the injured. =)

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Throw us a link, will ya, SAOTI? I need a little pick-me-up this afternoon.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

SAOTI/PhilR: I'm here! I was quite talkative last night, so I'm giving everyone else the floor.

Doofus Brigade? Who needs to be sent to the Doofus Brigade? Is it the Semin trade talk? Semin BTW fits very nicely into next year's cap. I've already mentioned that a number of times. The only exception is if you want to have Green and another $5M defender. Then he doesn't fit. But, Flash and Knuble come off to the tune of 5.4. Their replacements will make $1-1.2M total. Semin gets say $7M and Laich gets $3.75M. At that point, you still have an extra $1.4M on top of the $3.2M we are under now. Alzner will actually make less next year ($1.675M down to maybe $1M). Carlson still under EL. Green not ready to re-up. Varly gets a raise, but likely not much unless he explodes down the stretch and Playoffs.

It gets a little sporty the next year with Carlson and Green due new deals, but the cap should be going up too. I am an anal person and worry about many things (like IRS LOSING my $6500 tax credit check after 19 weeks, now I must re-apply) but I'm not worried about Caps cap! Even with the Poti deal counted in!

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@SeminAllOverTheIce, very interesting regarding the NJ fans. I guess they don't know what a horrible team the Caps truly are and what a gawdawful record BB has put together in his sorry 3 years behind bench, as folks around here are so sure of.

Posted by: Justafan | November 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

Many people have been predicting Stamkos will get between $7.0 and $7.5. I think this is due to the slow in the market.

I have a hard seeing Semin getting as much as Stamkos. I still think it will be arund $6.0(for a longer contract) to $6.5M(for a shorter contract).

Posted by: sgm3 | November 22, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You would think after looking at all that tape that he would have come to the same conclusion the majority here have come to by now.......

Or you could think that some of us don't watch enough tape to know what we are talking about ...

Posted by: hock1 | November 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Please remember folks that the cap will most likely go up due to a new TV contract. ESPN is already doing things behind the seen to drive up the cost it will take a network to seize it. I do not think we will have a hard time signing Semin for the 6-7 mil he will be getting.

As for Sloan, I do not feel comfortable with him either but who else is there? Collins? Please, that is not an upgrade. I would rather have someone playing at the same level who has started to form chemistry on the team this year.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 22, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

UGH... F YOU CI. Broke pos.

Anyways, I will attempt to retype the post that just deleted itself...

@tom
I am not going to say exactly what post I was referring to, but lets just say that your guess to as which one was Doofus worthy...(wink wink).

@stevie_in_gp
I assume you meant the NJ blog link. So here you go Fire and Ice

Some fun reads in there...in particular the Kovy hate. Apparently he is on pace for 16 goals and they are upset about how much money that breaks down per goal LOL.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | November 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I myself can't see Stamkos signing for anything that doesn't at least start with an 8. The way he's playing now, who should make more? Ovi? Crosby? Who else?

If he goes RFA, he's probably one of the few players who'd be worth the 4 first round draft picks, especially if you're not in the top 5 for picking.

For now, let's say between 8 and 9 and we'll see how that holds as the season goes on. He's an exceptional talent. I don't watch Tampa much though so can't judge his D.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You would think after looking at all that tape that he would have come to the same conclusion the majority here have come to by now.......

Or you could think that some of us don't watch enough tape to know what we are talking about ...

But I do agree, Sloan is the weakest link on defense - but maybe BB has a set of cards and has to deal with them as they are dealt.

Posted by: hock1 | November 22, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

I agree that Stamkos is awesome and deserves a lot of money, but I'm just saying what is supposedly expected. The market has come down considerably since Ovie and Crosby signed their contracts. Remember Toews only signed for $6.3M(I think).

And as good as Stamkos is, he does haven't the market draw that Ovie and Crosby have(and that does factor into salary), and he likely never will.

It will be interesting to see, but my guess is that his annual cap hit will fall in the 7s and probably around $7.5.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 22, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Sir SAOTI. I'm having to go through too many old threads, but I do remember that link being posted (perhaps by Katie), so I appreciate your indulgence.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 22, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm a little late to the discussion here...

PhilR said "I say give Collins a shot and if McNeill is back in the lineup now, after his shoulder injury, bring him up for a few games. There have GOT to be better options than Sloan. Collins did pretty weel for himself when he was called up a couple years back, why not give him another shot?"

Patrick MacNeill is still rehabbing the shoulder. And Collins and Souray were on the ice for two of the goals against Saturday night and did not look good.

Posted by: tess2201 | November 22, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal -THANK YOU! I was one of the people thinking that the Caps should trade Semin before the deadline, but I'm at ease now that you explained it.

Sorry if you explained it before, I haven't been on here as often as I would have liked.

I think you should talk to GMGM about the "capologist" job. You'd have my vote!

Posted by: jwash4472 | November 22, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

sorry, work got in the way......yeah, i'm a 70s-90s throwback and, after your response, i still don't know why someone on the team didn't try to initiate a fight. Like yourself, i don't "demand" a fight take place whenever we fall behind.....but after a listless 5-0 trouncing against a division rival, and a similarly-listless 3-1 deficit against a hated historic rival at home, WHEN ELSE WOULD YOU SUGGEST STARTING A FIGHT TO SPARK THE TEAM/CHANGE THINGS UP??? Under BB, it's the style the team has chosen to play and because of it, i fear we won't we able to compete for the SC championship...it's hard to defend DJK right now, but i assert he's been mishandled since day #1 (or should i say ignored? i saw him play lots in St. Louis; the man can skate and he's fearless; only in DC, where people think Brash was king, can King's attributes not be maximized..go figure)

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

sorry, my post was intended for: fanohock1

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

sgm: You have a good point re: Toews and Kane at 6.3 each. But, go back to when they signed (about a year ago). Their stats weren't near Backie stats. Then those two guys went and won the Cup. Had they waited until July to go RFA and work out deals, do you still think only 6.3? (Forget that Hawks were cap-strapped - would another club offer three #1s and $7M?) OK, you have those two and you have Backie whose four RFA years were settled in at about Kane/Toews money. Is Stamkos worth more? Surely Yzerman can and will hold up those two contracts as comparables. So Stamkos can go the RFA route if he wants. He has Richard in his second year - way above what Toews and Kane had accomplished by that time. Maybe I could see a three year deal for slightly less and he saves his big payday for July, 2014 when he negotiates from strength when the cap is larger.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 22, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps, I enjoy the fights too, but the Caps did better than that to change the momentum; they came back from a 2 goal deficit and then a 1 goal deficit through hard work and skilled play. Apparently no fight was necessary.

Posted by: Justafan | November 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Mindboggling that anyone would seriously criticize the job BB has done. No, they haven't won the Cup yet, but it will come. Where this team is now versus where it was three years ago? Come on people, get a grip. Hats off and congrats to BB. Who's to say we'd be anywhere at this point w/o him?

Posted by: truke | November 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

uh-oh . . .

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 22, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

truke: He was arguably outcoached in all four of his playoff series unless you give him a draw vs Torts.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 22, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1

I agree that Stamkos will get more, that's why I think it will be between $7M and $7.5M. My guess is that it is a 4 or 5 year deal worth about $7.5M/yr. This enables Stamkos to hit another rich contract and also allows TB to not sign another long term committment(Lecavlier). It also puts Stamkos significantly ahead of Toews, Kane, the Sedins, and Backstrom. So the ego thing is met too.

Remember, TB does have some money issues too.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 22, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

What would be interesting is if Stamkos became a free agent and Toronto offered him a $9M/yr contract over 10 years(or something similar). Would Tampa be able to match it? Would it be worth the draft picks? That would create a lot of interesting debate.

Burke and Toronto would be the only team I could see signing Stamkos to an offer sheet.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 22, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

sgm: You can extrapolate from 2009 to 2010 and then project 2011.

http://www.mynhltraderumors.com/2009/09/11/compensation-for-signing-a-nhl-restricted-free-agent/

Bottom line this past summer you could have offered up to $7.7M per year (a tidy sum indeed!) for a guy like Stamkos (yeah, right, they grow on trees) for the meager price of two firsts, a second and a third.

For a team picking in the back ten or so picks, that's nothing for such a player.

Leafs are cap-strapped this year, don't know if next year they will have more room. I can seriously see Burke offering on Crosby in July 2014 when his current 5-year deal runs out (if he hasn't re-upped, he'll be a UFA).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | November 22, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

@tominscocal1

If a team signed Stamkos to a deal worth $7.7M/yr it would be matched. That's why it is unlikely he will get such an offer from another team. I think he will only get an offer from another team if they think TB won't match it. That's why I think it will take above $9M/yr for TB to not match.

But just because they are willing to match that high doesn't mean Stamkos will get that contract. If Stamkos doesn't sign with another team I think he will get arond $7.5M/yr. TB could offer that and say "if you can do better sign somewhere else and we will match". Other teams are generally not willing to negotiate a contract for another team. So again, he will only receive offers from other teams that those teams seriously believe that TB won't match.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 22, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

@justafan

No doubt, it was a good comeback and we were fortunate. As I see it, though, the end doesn't always justify the means. Can anyone honestly point to a situation this year where we tried to stem the mounting momentum against us w/a fight? I can't, but I'm not advocating we use fighting as a means to stage a comeback all the time, either. I would just like to see a little more emotional-intensity from the team, and have it emerge from our uninspired play instead of responding to something the other team did

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 22, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

only then, i believe, will we display the heart, drive, and determination of a champion :) GO CAPS!!

Posted by: vermontcaps | November 22, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

@vermontcaps

Machiavelli would strongly disagree with you.

Posted by: sgm3 | November 22, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Washington is showing maturity that it had not possessed in past seasons. I have no problem not blowing teams out and then losing the close ones. I would much rather see them hang onto 1-goal leads consistently and every once in a while lose 5-0 or whatever than lose those close ones. I took a glance at the schedule magnet on my fridge the other day and then it dawned on me - it's November. They are still playing football. Nascar just ended. It's a long season. I like what BB and GMGM have done to solidify the D (yes - they could always do more). I like how the team is playing in front of the net. I like that the 3rd and 4th line have kicked some serious tail lately. I would like to see Semin moved back to the second line once Knuble returns. But not a bad start to the season. Oh, and I really like that they are getting competition from Atlanta and TB. I don't mind losing to those teams if it means keeping it closer come March and April. Nothing wrong with having to stay on your toes.

Posted by: Rainier1 | November 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Stamkos is worth more than Semin. He is seven years younger and not near his peak. Frankly he looks much better than Oveckin in at least the last 60 games. For that matter he looks better than Crosby also. I would take Stamkos over Ovechkin at this time. He has a better work ethic. He also does not seem to be as obsessed with being the center of attention. I loved Ovi his first four years. I am becoming less of a fan since about the half way point last year. Stamkos migh end up being a better player. I think he does more both directions.

Posted by: pkme | November 22, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If it came down to individual talent and drive - I would rather have a Russian Machine on my team. If I needed to put an entire team together, I would go with a bunch of Canadians. Since this is not the Olympics, I am going to take OV or Semin over Stamkos. Except for the PP, I think Semin and OV play better apart from each other. One Russian at a time, please.

Posted by: Rainier1 | November 22, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Stamkos deserves all the credit in the world but he's also lucky to have St. Lous playing next to him.

Posted by: joek443 | November 22, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

The Stamkos/St. Louis combo is very comparable to Hull/Oates.

Posted by: joek443 | November 22, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

How's this for a scenario:
Trade Varly + MP + low pick to NJD for Travis Zajac (Njd needs a goalie for when Marty steps down, and mp so they wont take on any more salary)

Flash+ to Van for Bieksa (Van needs to dump salary and have plenty of capable defenders)

Bury Sloan in the minors and trade Steckel for a low pick to i.e. Canes that needs a good faceoff-guy (wins 39,9 %).
If this were to occur today, this would leave us 1,5 mil to spend, which means a player with aprox a 2 mil caphit. (and at the trade deadline 6,5 mil give or take a few hundred grand) please correct me if i'm wrong

For this year we then have:
Ovi-Backs-Knuble
Semin-Zajac-Laich
Fehr-Majo-Chimera
Bradley-Gordon-Hendricks
DJ King

Bieksa-Green
Schultz-Poti
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine

Neuvirth-Holtby

And something like this for next year:

Qvi-Backs-Semin
Fehr-Zajac-Laich
A.Gordon-MaJo-Chimera
Bradley-B.Gordon-Hendricks
Beagle-King

Bieksa-Green
Schultz-Poti
Alzner-Carlson
Erskine

Neuvirth-Holtby

(For next year)
FORWARDS
Alexander Ovechkin ($9.538m) / Nicklas Backstrom ($6.700m) / Alexander Semin ($6.500m)
Eric Fehr ($2.200m) / Travis Zajac ($3.887m) / Brooks Laich ($3.600m)
Andrew Gordon ($0.550m) / Marcus Johansson ($0.900m) / Jason Chimera ($1.875m)
Matt Bradley ($1.000m) / Boyd Gordon ($0.850m) / Matt Hendricks ($0.600m)
D.J. King ($0.637m) / Jay Beagle ($0.512m)

DEFENSEMEN
Kevin Bieksa ($3.750m) / Mike Green ($5.250m)
Jeff Schultz ($2.750m) / Tom Poti ($2.875m)
Karl Alzner ($1.000m) / John Carlson ($0.845m)
John Erskine ($1.300m)

GOALTENDERS
Michal Neuvirth ($1.150m) /Braden Holtby ($0.637m)

CAPGEEK.COM TOTALS (follow @capgeek on Twitter)
(these totals are compiled without the bonus cushion)
SALARY CAP: $59,400,000; CAP PAYROLL: $58,909,573; BONUSES: $80,000
CAP SPACE (23-man roster): $490,427

Posted by: Walle | November 22, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Milan Jurcina, Sean O'Donnell, Mike Weaver, David Hale, Ruslan Salei were all free agents last year and make under 1.5 million. Take your choice most of these players would be an improvement over Sloan.
I think BB has done and excellent job with changing to a more defensive style.

Posted by: chriscaps | November 22, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Demote OVI to the second line and cut in half his PP until he starts to actually work. He is lazy in practice and is too busy being a moviestar.

Posted by: pkme | November 22, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

As a general rule, if you can shave at least a half point off your current interest rate, it is a good idea to refinance. If you currently have a home mortgage above 7%, the time is now to make a change. Look online for "123 Mortgage Refinance" they gave me the lowest rate than everybody else which is 3.21%.

Posted by: lauratran | November 23, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

An often injured goalie and an unproven rookie center and a low draft pick for a young 20+ goal scoring center who hasn't missed a game in 4 years (Zajac) and is signed for 2 more years!!! Can I have some of what you are smoking? Is Sami Salo skating or close to a return? Based on what I have read, he may not be back at all. Kevin Bieksa isn't going anywhere unless Salo is back and heathly.
Think of it this was if the Caps had Zajac right now, would they trade him for a young injury prone goal and an unproven center? No Way! So, why would Jersey?

Posted by: chriscaps | November 23, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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