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Caps release schedule for 2010-11 regular season

For the second straight year, the Caps and Penguins will face off at Verizon Center for a Super Bowl Sunday matinee, the NHL announced today. (Though there are no guarantees of another Snowmageddon-plagued overtime thriller.)

Washington will open its season Oct. 8 in Atlanta, with the home opener set for the next night, Oct. 9, against New Jersey.

Click here for the complete regular season schedule.

Tarik is en route to Vegas for the NHL awards show, but he'll chime in later with some analysis. The team's news release is after the jump:

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals' 82-game regular-season schedule for 2010-11 begins on Friday, Oct. 8, at the Atlanta Thrashers, with the home opener set for the next night, Oct. 9, against New Jersey at Verizon Center.
The 2010-11 NHL schedule format, like the last two seasons, has the Capitals facing the other teams in the Southeast Division six times each and the remaining Eastern Conference opponents four times each. Washington plays each team in the Western Conference at least once, with two games each against Anaheim, San Jose and St. Louis. Nine Western Conference teams will visit Verizon Center.
The Capitals will face the Pittsburgh Penguins on New Year's Day at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh for the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic. The two teams will also face off on Super Bowl Sunday for the second straight year, a 12:30 p.m. faceoff on Feb. 6 at Verizon Center.
Washington has six homestands of at least three games on the schedule, the longest being a four-game stretch at Verizon Center from Dec. 4-11. The Capitals have only two stretches of at least four straight games on the road, and both should allow the team to return home during the road trip (five games from Feb. 14-21, six games from March 15-26). The team has 15 sets of games on consecutive days.
Nearly half of the Capitals' 41 home games at Verizon Center fall on weekends, including five Friday games, eight Saturday games and six Sunday games. The schedule features holiday home games on Veterans Day (Nov. 11 vs. Tampa Bay), the day after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26 vs. Tampa Bay) and Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 6 vs. Pittsburgh).
All but six of Washington's home games are scheduled to start at 7 p.m., with the exceptions all falling on Sunday afternoons or early evenings.
Television broadcast plans will be released at a later date. All Capitals games can be heard on Caps Radio 1500 and 820 AM as well as WashingtonCaps.com.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  June 22, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
 
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Comments

Play St Louis, Anaheim and San Jose twice.

Posted by: ThePat | June 22, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This strikes me as a rude piece of scheduling - 5 game bicoastal road trip ending with a back-to-back in Buffalo and Pitt:

Mon Feb 14, 2011 Capitals @ Coyotes 9:00 PM
Wed Feb 16, 2011 Capitals @ Ducks 10:00 PM
Thu Feb 17, 2011 Capitals @ Sharks 10:30 PM
Sun Feb 20, 2011 Capitals @ Sabres 3:00 PM
Mon Feb 21, 2011 Capitals @ Penguins 7:00 PM

Posted by: yosemite_sam | June 22, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

@yosemite sam

The NHL has to make sure the Pens can beat us at least once this year.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 22, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

all that matters is who we play in round one starting mid April. That being said - cant wait till my tickets arrive.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 22, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

From the NHL.com web site:

April 13, The start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The last possible date for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final is June 17.

That's the Capitals season in a nutshell. The 6 exhibition games and 82-game pre-season are meaningless. I just hope they last more than two weeks this time.

Posted by: braunt | June 22, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

When the Caps play well during the regular season can we please not have posters come on here to say how the regular season means nothing and how we shouldn't care about it. We don't need to hear from those idiots or read their idiotic posts.

Everyone on here wants postseason success, but let us enjoy the upcoming regular season and the successes and fun from it.

Remember, sports is just entertainment. So lets enjoy it for all the fun it is and then hope for the most entertaining and fun playoffs the Caps have ever had(which means SC championship)

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

all that matters is who we play in round one starting mid April. That being said - cant wait till my tickets arrive.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 22, 2010 12:36 PM |

No, it's not all that matters. You need to somewhat care during the regular season to..you know..make the playoffs.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

We weren't even a playoff team 2+ years ago, and now all of a sudden the regular season doesn't even matter.

Yeah, I understand the point trying to be expressed by harping on such cliches, but the regular season is not meaningless. If a team ever felt the regular season was meaningless, it should be to tank for a #1 overall. (see; Mario).

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I have read the schedule a couple of times and beside the, as pointed out, rude
bi-costal scheduling in Feb why do we open on the road again ?????????? and then close on the road ?????????? Oh and in case anyone hasn't seen Cindy and the ice birds open at home, 2 years in a row WTF

Posted by: bqts | June 22, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the Sunday games during NFL season???

Caps vs. Philly 11/7 (Skins on the Bye week)
Caps vs. Atlanta 11/14 (Skins host Iggles the next night)
Caps vs. Carolina 11/28 (Skins hosting Minnesota at 1 pm on Thanksgiving weekend).

Caps @ Rangers 12/12 (Skins in Dallas @ 1 pm.)
Caps @ Ottawa 12/19 (Skins hosting Tampa @ 1 pm)
Caps @ Carolina 12/26 (Skins in Jacksonville @1 pm).

And there's also the pre-season game 10/3 when the Skins are in Philly.

8 sets of back-to-back games on the road. Twice in Florida (we've always bombed those) and three of the 5 in March. 3 sets of three games in four nights on the road. 9 sets of three in four overall.

Posted by: CapsNut | June 22, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

6 games while I'm home from school including a home game against Pittsburgh! Looks like I know which game I'm going to this year.

The Chicago game is Spring break time - maybe I'll go to that one too!

However, three years in a row I have returned home from school for the year and the Caps have been eliminated from the playoffs. I don't get home until the third round. Let me come to a playoff game this year, Caps!!!

Posted by: gocaps99 | June 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

although I would have liked to see different repeat Western Conference opponents (Chicago, maybe?), it's good that the Caps have games against the Devils later in the year. I would have liked to see the top two eastern conf. teams compete later last year.

Posted by: j762 | June 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Only 1 game with the Red Wings?

Posted by: RockRed | June 22, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Why the six-game, 15-day road trip in mid-to-late March? Is the circus in town or something?

That road trip starts and ends in Montreal, so by the time they play that second game it will feel like a home game.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 22, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

don't lose sight of the big picture (i.e. playoff-capable roster) when playing during the reg season. Of course you have to make the playoffs but the Caps can make the playoffs with a less skilled roster. One that has better balance.

The key is for the Caps coaching staff and front office to not freak out if we're off our goal pace from last year and if we're not at the top of the league standings. We could have a better team and still do worse in the reg season standings.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

per bob mckenzie's twitter:

"Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick. Done."

per TSN:
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=325375

Hmmm, that's interesting...

Posted by: FrankM73 | June 22, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

On NHL Network, they were just discussing how the Pens do not have a west coast trip next year.

Posted by: zmega | June 22, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

also an interesting tidbit from McKenzie...

"Hawks cap situation is believed to be so tight that they can't make qualifying offer to Andrew Ladd and therefore are shopping him hard."

Posted by: FrankM73 | June 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"Horton and Gregory Campbell for Dennis Wideman, 15th overall pick and another draft pick. Done."

and the big, get bigger. Horton gives the Bruins another talented big forward. Greg Campbell is a real gritty 3rd/4th liner.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

also an interesting tidbit from McKenzie...

"Hawks cap situation is believed to be so tight that they can't make qualifying offer to Andrew Ladd and therefore are shopping him hard."

Posted by: FrankM73 | June 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

and the canucks are rumored to be interested. Most teams should be interested. Ladd can play on a 2nd or 3rd line and provide a big strong body, strong corner work and some timely goals.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

@zmega -

Well, they do have road games at the Ducks and Coyotes, November 5-6. But it is "interesting" to see that they only have single games against the Kings, Sharks, Canucks, Oilers, and Flames - all at home.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | June 22, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Nathan Horton is mostly a RW, which is his better position.

The Caps need a true center who has always played center, not another center who's stronger position is actually on the wing.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Everyone on here wants postseason success, but let us enjoy the upcoming regular season and the successes and fun from it.
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well, some fans, me included, get little joy from watching a reg season win IF that win consisted of a less than gritty effort. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd rather my team lost games and played in a very gritty manner, but I don't get a lot of joy over seeing the team run off a 5 game winning streak if the games were won primarily off their skill level and didn't display enough balance. I like the intensity of a hard-hitting game. And some teams win with that style. And the Caps win despite not playing that style, in the reg season anyway.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Nathan Horton is mostly a RW, which is his better position.

The Caps need a true center who has always played center, not another center who's stronger position is actually on the wing.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

or...you redo your 2nd line by trading for Andrew Ladd and Nathan Horton to play on each wing and get a real playmaking center in the middle. Then, you can really get away with having a finesse creative playmaker at center. The grinding will be done by the 2 wings who are capable enough of playing as top 6 forwards and the center has more room to finesse that puck around.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

"and in Washington Capitals off-season news".... (que crickets chirping)

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

If you do not enjoy many of the regular season games, that is fine. But why try to make things less enjoyable for others who do enjoy watching the Caps play in the regular season?

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 -

Yeah, those comeback wins "off their skill level" against the Pens and Hawks were just painful, eh? Give me a break.

I'm not saying the Caps shouldn't be able to win with grit and/or skill as the situation requires (esp. in the playoffs), but to act like a "skill win" is less enjoyable than a "grit win" is ridiculous. Sounds like it's time to invest more of your fan energy into ultimate cage fighting or something.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | June 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

What's with all the Sunday games during NFL season???

Caps vs. Philly 11/7 (Skins on the Bye week)
Caps vs. Atlanta 11/14 (Skins host Iggles the next night)
Caps vs. Carolina 11/28 (Skins hosting Minnesota at 1 pm on Thanksgiving weekend).

Caps @ Rangers 12/12 (Skins in Dallas @ 1 pm.)
Caps @ Ottawa 12/19 (Skins hosting Tampa @ 1 pm)
Caps @ Carolina 12/26 (Skins in Jacksonville @1 pm).

And there's also the pre-season game 10/3 when the Skins are in Philly.

8 sets of back-to-back games on the road. Twice in Florida (we've always bombed those) and three of the 5 in March. 3 sets of three games in four nights on the road. 9 sets of three in four overall.

Posted by: CapsNut

Well the Caps can only overlap the Skins on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Every other game will be during the day so you won't miss much. You will miss the Sunday night game but its not a Skins game.

I mean if you are a so-called "CapsNut" then a random Sunday night game shouldn't be as important to you as a Caps game, right?

FYI - this is me just busting your b@lls

Posted by: pkendrick | June 22, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

If you do not enjoy many of the regular season games, that is fine. But why try to make things less enjoyable for others who do enjoy watching the Caps play in the regular season?

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

its not about making it less enjoyable, not the motivation. Its about reminding folks that having a great reg season record doesn't equate to playoff success. Or beating a team 3 out of 4 times in the reg season doesn't automatically give you an edge in a playoff series v them. Most Caps fans act like giddy little schoolgirls and put down any attempt to bring some reasonable discussion to the table questioning some of the basic flaws that other fans have seen even in the midst of a long losing streak.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1 -

Yeah, those comeback wins "off their skill level" against the Pens and Hawks were just painful, eh? Give me a break.

I'm not saying the Caps shouldn't be able to win with grit and/or skill as the situation requires (esp. in the playoffs), but to act like a "skill win" is less enjoyable than a "grit win" is ridiculous. Sounds like it's time to invest more of your fan energy into ultimate cage fighting or something.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | June 22, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

and there's always some jackhole who likes to leap to an extreme conclusion just to make their own viewpoint seem more plausible.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

But why try to make things less enjoyable for others who do enjoy watching the Caps play in the regular season?
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and seriously, is this a forum for cheerleaders? or is this a forum for discussion? Sounds like what you are implying is, that fans come here only to rejoice in everything that is good about the Caps and anything to the contrary will ruin that experience. Blame the team for ruining your experience in the end, not someone who comes on here and says that they believe the team is overhyped. This isn't just your team sgm. All of us are fans of them. Some of us think they have significant lingering systemic issues. And some don't.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Salary cap 5% escalator approved and CBA extended. Salary cap appears to be $59.64M.

Posted by: ThePat | June 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Reasonable discussions are fine. Such as suggesting "While we are playing well I think we may need to upgrade so-and-so"

But people on hear don't need to be reminded of the playoffs. Everyone here wants the Caps to win in the playoffs, but we also enjoy having fun and getting excited about watching great hockey in the regular season too.

No one wants to hear someone trying to tell them that they should not be excited or happy about watching regular season games. No one has right to tell others what they should or should not be happy about.

If I am happy after seeing Ovie score a hat trick to beat the Pens, then I am happy and you have no right to tell me otherwise. It doesn't mean you should be happy, but those events are fun for me to watch and make me happy.

What's the point of coming on and telling people they should not be happy. It isn't an interesting discussion or anything. I just don't see the point in doing an of that. If people are happy because they enjoyed watching a win, then they should be happy and let them be.

This is sport and entertainment. It is supposed to be fun.

Would I want a Stanley Cup instead of those regular season games? Of course. But they are not mutually exclusive. I am going to continue enjoy watching the sport I love, team I love and the best player in the world lead his team with an exciting brand of hockey.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

And nevermind on that hard number of 59.64 just bc it raises 5% doesnt mean it goes up 5% apparently.

Posted by: ThePat | June 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked Horton. And Boston got rid of Wideman. I like that thrade for them. Flordia is gonna be awful this year. Georgie better get in line for Weiss. A see a fire sale in Florida.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - the caps could sleep walk through the regular season and make the playoffs with this squad.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 22, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

lol, seriously come on. When do I ever come on here and say you don't have a right to be happy!?! you're totally going overboard. I'm not responsible for your good or bad moods anyway. If you want to be happy with an Ovy hat-trick, then go ahead. I don't tell you not to enjoy that.

(And actually I DO have the right to tell you whatever the heck I want to tell you. And you have the right to ignore it or tell me to get lost)

But in reality I don't ask you not to enjoy what you enjoy. My point simply is, don't make that leap into thinking the Caps as a team are better than (what I think) they really are. The basic disagreements we have on here has to do with the actual measurement of this team's potential success. It has nothing to do with individual game outcomes or a player's accomplishments. It has to do with how we perceive how good, bad, overrated or underrated our team is. That's it. So if you get bummed out if I say this team has some big flaws that will prevent it from reaching certain goals, then that's kinda your issue, not mine. We can still discuss it. Or you can ignore it or tell me I'm wrong or whatever. But that to me is still "reasonable discussion".

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"and there's always some jackhole who likes to leap to an extreme conclusion just to make their own viewpoint seem more plausible"

Well, it's so easy to do when the conclusions are obvious from the exaggerated rhetoric and single point of view that you keep harping on - "I don't get a lot of joy over seeing the team run off a 5 game winning streak if the games were won primarily off their skill level..."

And thanks for the always enjoyable ad hominem behavior.

Posted by: yosemite_sam | June 22, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Plekanec just resigned. $5m per year.

One D gone: Hamhuis
One C gone: Plekanec

UFA market was slim to begin with.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

I agree that was a pretty good move for Boston. They really needed to upgrade on the wings (especially with Seguin likely going to Boston) and since they re-signed Seidenberg there was not really a need to keep Wideman.

IMO, Florida is the leader in the running for the #1 pick next year. I also see them getting rid of Weiss. Given his age and salary, Weiss would be a very good pickup for the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

"and in Washington Capitals off-season news".... (que crickets chirping)

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 2:45 PM

Except for Backstrom being re-signed... and talks with Schultz... and talks with Fehr... and talks with Flash... and talks with Belanger... and Corvo, Walker, and BMo being told they aren't coming back.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, it's so easy to do when the conclusions are obvious from the exaggerated rhetoric and single point of view that you keep harping on: yosemitesam
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really? so you suddenly get to define for others what makes a hockey game enjoyable and what doesn't?

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse


I agree that was a pretty good move for Boston. They really needed to upgrade on the wings (especially with Seguin likely going to Boston) and since they re-signed Seidenberg there was not really a need to keep Wideman.

IMO, Florida is the leader in the running for the #1 pick next year. I also see them getting rid of Weiss. Given his age and salary, Weiss would be a very good pickup for the Caps.

Posted by: sgm3

With Seguin, Boston is gonna be good this year. Rask has a full year.

Caps better get on it.

Fire sales in FLA, CHI, CAL and NSH.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Plekanec just resigned. $5m per year.

One D gone: Hamhuis
One C gone: Plekanec

UFA market was slim to begin with.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:36 PM

#2C is not thin - there are quite a few left. And there are still a few #1 dmen left - admittedly, not many of Hamhuis' quality. Plekanec at $5M seems like it might be a bit pricy.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil - the caps could sleep walk through the regular season and make the playoffs with this squad.

Posted by: capsfansince74 | June 22, 2010 3:25 PM |

No, they couldn't.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

hey yosemite, based on your myopic definition of when a fan should or shouldn't enjoy a game, you would enjoy ANY game as long as your team won. Is that correct? Since that seems to be your only criteria for enjoyment.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1, yosemite_sam - can you two just drop it? It's a very silly argument you two are having.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 22, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Also, there is no "fire-sale" in Nashville.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

#2C is not thin - there are quite a few left. And there are still a few #1 dmen left - admittedly, not many of Hamhuis' quality. Plekanec at $5M seems like it might be a bit pricy.

Posted by: timmyv38


I agree it's pricey. But I disagree in the UFA depth. One or two more D that are disireable(Volchenkov, Michalek). Only one center really that can help this team (Lombardi).

It you have other thoughts, I'd like to hear them.

Lot's of trades happening. Should be a crazy few days until the draft.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

I don't think Hamhuis has signed yet. It's likely he will, but you never know.

$5M/yr is a lot for Plekanec. Any idea how long the contract was for?

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Hamhuis has signed yet. It's likely he will, but you never know.

$5M/yr is a lot for Plekanec. Any idea how long the contract was for?


Posted by: sgm3

No idea. I agree, a lot of money for him.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

timmy:

Cap has gone up from 50.3 in 2007-2008 (when Ovechkin re-signed) to almost $60M next year (per ThePat). That's almost 20% in 4 years. So, maybe Plekanec isn't so out of line when you consider that.

Anyway, I can Flash's agent frothing at the mouth over this news.


Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 22, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

Paul Martin would be a #1 D signing.

Gonchar would be considered one too, but I'm hoping another team grabs him and that is one less team to compete with for eitehr Volchenkov, Michalek, or Martin.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

@sgm

30/6 is what I read.

RE; Hamhuis

UFA Rights being traded and then that UFA not signing with that team happens. (see; Brian Rolston)

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Dino's finally getting into the HHOF!

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Paul Martin would be a #1 D signing.

Gonchar would be considered one too, but I'm hoping another team grabs him and that is one less team to compete with for eitehr Volchenkov, Michalek, or Martin.

Posted by: sgm3

I am talking about guys that would help us specifically. Gonchar makes us worse.

Martin, yea, he'd be worth a look.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

One thing is someone posted above that Hawks can't even offer a qualifying contract to Ladd. I pointed out last weekend how, with bonus penalties from this year taking cap space next year, and rule that at no time in the offseason can you be than 10% above your cap, Hawks were in serious trouble. If they don't offer the qualifying amount by a certain point in time, he becomes a UFA.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 22, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Next March 17 and 19 the Verizon Center will have NCAA basketball round 1 and 2. That only explains one weekend of that long road trip.

Posted by: tim-n-VA | June 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

6 years for Plekanec. There was no way the Caps were going to do 6 yrs, $30M for Plekanec.

@tominsocal1

It will be interesting to see what happens with the salary cap after the tv deal ends this year. If the NHL is able to turn their increased ratings into a much larger tv deal(can't get much smaller than what they have now) then that could raise the salary cap by a few million in the following year or two.

The ever increasing salary cap will make the Ovie deal and the Backstrom deal look like bargains in 4 or 5 years.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Next March 17 and 19 the Verizon Center will have NCAA basketball round 1 and 2. That only explains one weekend of that long road trip.

Posted by: tim-n-VA | June 22, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I didn't know that happened to Rolston, but it has happened. It wouldn't shock me to see that happen in Philly too because of the cap situation they are in. If Hamhuis is asking for $4.5M or more, Philly may not be able to do that.

Cooke got $1.8M/yr for 3 years. That is a 50% increase for him, pretty significant as the Pens are another team pressed against the cap too.

@tominsocal1

I've been reading that the cap might actually be just above $59M. So that could add a few hundred more thousand to what is available. Not tons, but an extra $300k could be very useful at the trade deadline. It pretty much allows a team to acquire a guy with $1.2M more in salary.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

sgm: Yes, when Ovi signed his was almost max salary since max was 20% of 50.3. At this rate, say the cap goes up 5% per year for three more years and you get 70M in 2013-2014. Ovi salary then is only 13.5% of cap.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | June 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Weiss from FL would be nice as 2nd line center. as for the following...


Except for Backstrom being re-signed... and talks with Schultz... and talks with Fehr... and talks with Flash... and talks with Belanger... and Corvo, Walker, and BMo being told they aren't coming back.

Posted by: timmyv38 | June 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse


timmy, like i said, crickets chirping.

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

It would be nice to have something to get excited about since the playoff disaster.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think that the forthcoming regular season is the most important one since 2007-08.

Figure:

in 07-08, Hanlon was fired, and the team had to be near perfect the rest of the season in order to make the playoffs on the very last day of the season, all while learning and executing a totally new system.

After adapting to that system, it became clear that such system could produce extreme regular season success and thus a high playoff seed. This system was adhered to in the following 2 regular seasons with similar execution and results, thus rendering the regular season somewhat meaningless from a certain point of view.

Now that 2 known quantities are in play (1, the system works great in the regular season and 2, the system does not work in the playoffs), Common sense indicates that the team should use the existing system just enough to secure a playoff spot, but should use the balance of the forthcoming regular season to experiment and improve in preparation for next year's playoffs.

Posted by: LesGrossman | June 22, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

(And actually I DO have the right to tell you whatever the heck I want to tell you. And you have the right to ignore it or tell me to get lost.)

Repeatedly told to get the puck out but never leaves. Repeatedly reminds me my favorite player blows chunks despite some of the goals he (Semin) has made. Yeah, that's making sure people are still enjoying the game. Hypocrite.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

LeBrun tweeted what the expected cap is supposed to be. The extra $300 to $400k may make it more possible to sign Volchenkov or Martin.

http://twitter.com/Real_ESPNLeBrun

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Florida has started cleaning house with Horton off to Boston. Hopefully Washington has been in talks to get Weiss.

Posted by: Stu_c | June 22, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Semin blows chunks? During the playoffs?

Posted by: Steve_R | June 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

semin = headcase. get rid of the bum! future KHL hall of famer

Posted by: doughless | June 22, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

People need to stop killing Semin over one bad playoff performance, he still averages almost a PPG in the playoffs - while the list of Caps who excelled this spring is relatively short [Varly, Backs, Carlson, Poti and Ovie] those who definitely did not [Laich, Schultz, Steckel, Corvo, BMo, etc.] is pretty lengthy.

We ran into a phenom [who MTL in its infinite wisdom has now moved out of the division] - and while we do have some needs, we are very solid [and young] at [almost] all the key core spots [goal, sniper, playmaker and D [for the most part, I'm still not sold on Schultz].

Nothing that bringing in the A-Train [and maybe another playmaking center] wouldn't solve. I realize GM's said nyet to the A-Train, but I am choosing to believe sgm's thinking that GMGM is merely outsmarting the competition and waiting in the wings. Or, so I hope...

Posted by: Timbo_1 | June 22, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

However, three years in a row I have returned home from school for the year and the Caps have been eliminated from the playoffs. I don't get home until the third round. Let me come to a playoff game this year, Caps!!!

Posted by: gocaps99 | June 22, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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@gocaps99,

You cannot come home at all this summer. Is seems that you are the cause for this years' early playoff exit.

Posted by: estuart01 | June 22, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting that Dustin Byfuglien is on the block. I'd love to have him. While his point totals weren't great, he brings a lot to the table and look at what he did in the playoffs. I think he'd be great to throw out there with Semin ... a la Ovie/Knuble. Cap hit is $3M next year, but I think he's worth it.

Posted by: CAPSHOCKEY2 | June 22, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

@tominsocal1:

I thought the info on Ladd would be helpful... more to the point that Chicago is not in position of getting max value in any trades...

Here's howing for Sharp or Bolland in a ba!!sy move by GMGM! ... ok, end of wish! arg...

Posted by: FrankM73 | June 22, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

how is Paul Martin a #1 D signing? This kid is decent but he's far from a shutdown dman.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

and i think Florida now has the 3rd and 15th overall picks so they should get 2 strong players out of this draft. Although their drafting is highly questionable.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Send Florida our 1st as well. That and something else for Weiss.

Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

but I am choosing to believe sgm's thinking that GMGM is merely outsmarting the competition and waiting in the wings. Or, so I hope...
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thats kinda the mentality you HAVE to have as a Caps fan seeing how McPhee is generally dull and plodding.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Cam Fowler is going to be #3. Don't know who they have an eye on at #15, but it's a pretty deep draft.

I'd take Martin. Though he is known mostly for his offensive prowess, he defends well. He's not physical and nasty, but he can defend. I still contend he is going to re-sign with NJ though.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

On Plekanec, it's a 6 year $30 Million deal.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 22, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Nabby is done in San Jose. You know GMGM is going to talk to his agent at the very least.

Personally, I'd rather go with the kids but there still seems to be a group of fans out there wishing for a goalie.

Nabby is still very good, but recently he seems to have the tendency choke along with his team. (Olympics, Kings meltdown, etc) Maybe if he can be kept to around 40 games in the regular season he won't be all worn out for the playoffs. Either way, he wants too much money than the Caps should be wanting to give a goalie.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 22, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

It's been discussed before. Certain teams do well against certain other teams. And do badly against other teams. The Caps generally played well against the Flyers, Pens, and Boston last year. They played poorly against the Devils and Montreal and Ottawa.

Most of the teams that the Caps play poorly, with the exception of Ottawa, tend to be the defensive trap teams, like Montreal and NJ. LA is another team they have problems with. (I don't know if they're a trap team but they are good defensively.) Last year, the Caps could beat Buffalo, Boston, and the Rangers even though those teams are good defensively, with good goal tending. Of course, they need to figure out a way to beat the NJ's and the Montreals of the world or at least improve their odds of doing so.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 22, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"ESPN is reporting that Dustin Byfuglien is on the block. I'd love to have him"


most teams would like him i bet. The Caps simply would not put a big bruising player at LW unless they planned to either trade Fehr to get him or move Fehr down to the 3rd line RW slot. Or move Semin and have Fehr and Buff on the 2nd line.

A big part of Buff's success was having the right linemates. He'd definitely need some skill around him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The Caps generally played well against the Flyers, Pens, and Boston last year. They played poorly against the Devils and Montreal and Ottawa.
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and ironically, their easiest playoff opponents were probably the Devils, Habs and Sens. Those 3 teams were more beatable than would've been the Pens, Flyers and Bruins. The latter 3 teams would've exacted a more physical toll on our team. I realize that Montreal beat the Pens in the 2nd round. But I still think matchup-wise, we don't match up well with the Flyers, Bs or Pens for a multitude of reasons, and reg season head-to-head meetings mean very little. There are so many more dynamice that come into play in a playoff series that just don't exist in a singular instance like a reg season game.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

"but I am choosing to believe sgm's thinking that GMGM is merely outsmarting the competition and waiting in the wings. Or, so I hope..."

and when was the last time the Caps landed any of the legitimate big targets? You'd have to go back to Zubrus/Linden and even that wasn't a huge splash. All the big targets are usually landed by other teams. Some have worked out very well, some not so well. But when you look at players who combine grit with skill, those are the guys who generally end up working out. Its when you go after players like Gomez, Drury, Nyles/BMo etc, that you're taking a real chance because when those guys aren't scoring, they're not providing intangibles. Guys like Hartnell can go a few games without putting up any points but he's still grinding it out, providing energy, etc. He's not useless when he's not scoring. We need more of that and less of the pure skill player.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 22, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Did you just honestly say that Drury doesn't provide intangibles? He has more intangibles in his pinkey than Hartnell has in his entire body. Drury is clearly overpaid, but to he doesn't have intangibles compared to Hartnell is ludicrous.

On Paul Martin, did you see what Brian Burke thinks of Martin? He waited until the last possible second before finalizng his roster in hopes of putting Martin on the U.S. Olympic team even though Martin hadn't played an NHL game. That's how highly Burke thinks of Martin. I will side with Brian Burke on this one.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is a lawyer and he uses logic, reasoning, and patience before making moves. It would not be wise to make trades for potential UFAs or even other players without knowing what the salary cap will be for next year.

Any attorney knows that you do not assume important facts when making decisions. That can lead to disaster. GMGM is being prudent and thorough. God forbid he doesn't take the first thing that his offered to him just to satisfy the crazies. He had a plan last year and signed Knuble. That was an excellent free agent signing at a good price.

Could he have a poor plan? Sure. But why criticize when you can just wait a few weeks and see what GMGM actually had planned instead of just guessing and then criticizing GMGM for making those moves he actually hasn't made.

Now the teams know where it will be.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

congrats to Dino for finally making the HOF... the current Caps could sure use a player like him, would take him over Semin any day.

Posted by: joek443 | June 22, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

"and when was the last time the Caps landed any of the legitimate big targets?"
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Sorry to bring up bad memories, but how about Jagr? That was a while ago, but I think that the experience was so traumatic that it changed the team's entire approach to free agency.

It seems to me that Ted and GMGM have consistently said that (1) they are going to build through the draft primarily and not rely on big name free agents,and (2) they intend to stick with their offense first approach. I'm inclined to take them at their word. So I am expecting no big free agent signings, and no "gritty" imports. Maybe a 2C gets signed at reasonable cost, since I can't believe they are going to rely on MP and MJ at 2C and 3C. Maybe Pinizzotto gets a shot on the 4th line. Other than that, I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: zmega | June 22, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Could he have a poor plan? Sure. But why criticize when you can just wait a few weeks and see what GMGM actually had planned instead of just guessing and then criticizing GMGM for making those moves he actually hasn't made.

Now the teams know where it will be.

Posted by: sgm3


In fairness, the team has won 1 playoff series since 1998. I think any criticism McPhee gets, he has earned.

He has been GM for a long time, he has yet to really produce.


Posted by: underpants2 | June 22, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2

GMGM deserves any criticism for the moves he has made, especially during the 1999-2003 period (the Jagr years).

IMO, he has done a wonderful job of rebuilding this team through the draft.

However, he is fully open to criticism of moves he has made. But to guess on what moves he will make and criticize him before he even does something is not fair. In all honesty, no one can judge him on the offseason until the offseason is over.

Hypothetical, what if on July 1 GMGM signs Volchenkov for $1M/yr and trades Chimera for Jordan Staal (clearly this an absurd example and not even in this galaxy of being close to happening). All I'm saying is lets wait a few weeks and see how things turn out. The draft has not been held yet and free agency hasn't started.

If nothing happens by the end of July or even July 15, then yes, I think people can start criticizing (depending on what sort of contract the UFAs are signing also). But lets just wait until then to criticize and just throw out ideas that we think could be good deals to make.

Posted by: sgm3 | June 22, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Nabokov not returning to SJ. Will be UFA. Any interest in the big fish? Any way to make it work? Or is it time to let Nuevy/Varly go it alone?

Personally I think Nuevy has the inside track given back-to-back runs to the Calder Cup. That's real pressure packed playoff experience that he excelled in.

Posted by: RicketyCricket | June 22, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

well let's go after Nabakov, the Caps are the Sharks East after all...

that makes a lot of sense, let's spend $4-5 mil/year on the goalie who has never done much in the playoffs

but then again if you want them to win another Prez trophy, Nabby is the MAN!!!

Posted by: joek443 | June 22, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Just to let everyone know, Tarik is going to be a guest on Japers' Rink Radio this Saturday morning at 10 am from the draft in LA to talk about the draft, any trades that will have gone down and free agency.

The show can be found at www.blogtalkradio.com/japersrinkradio and archived on itunes. If you missed it this past Saturday we had on Karl Alzner and Scott Cullen of tsn.ca and both were great interviews!

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | June 22, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

@underpants2:

GMGM fielded a team that did something NO OTHER CAPS team has ever done... won the Presidents trophy and became the favorites to win the Cup! How is this worthy of any criticism? Did it fall short? Yes, massively!

buuut... GMGM did his job with the model that the owner has approved and endorsed, offensive hockey and putting butts in the stands... anyone that thinks he'll be fired clearly does not understand the owner's philosophy.

If GMGM was not being success in this model, then by all means, he should be fired... but the other GM's voted him top 3 executive of the year, he's drafted very well lately, has made smart signings, kept the Capitals cap figure in check, not mortgaged the future, and signed the fan favorites to deserving long-term deals.

If people want to rake GMG over the coals for the 1st round exit then you must be fair and call him the best GM in the league for the reg season that the caps had! Can't have it both ways!

And as a player who plays rec hockey, I don't turn to the coach or the GM (that I don't have) or the player that was on my wing and blame him for the loss. I take responsibility because the players play, the coaches coach, and GM's manage.

Personally, I am ecstatic that GM is running the team (and doing such a great job) and not the negative nancies on here calling for him to be aggressive...

Posted by: FrankM73 | June 23, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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