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Caps Sign Theodore; Huet to Chicago (Updated)

In a surprising move, the Caps have signed free agent goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract. The team had been discussing a three-year contract extension with Cristobal Huet, but the sides couldn't close the deal this afternoon.

"It just fell apart," Huet's agent, Stephen Bartlett, told Ken Campbell of The Hockey News. "We just hit a couple snags that we couldn't work through."

Update: The deal with Theodore is for $9 million ($4.5 each season). That's obviously less cash and a shorter term than the three-year, $15 million the Caps had been discussing with Huet.

Update:I just heard from a source that Huet asked the Caps for three years, $15 million and the Caps offered it to him. But Huet told them he wanted test the market today and see what might be out there. Now it's looking like he'll sign a four year deal with Chicago for $5.6 million per.

Update:Here's a quote from Theodore about rebounding from his post-lockout struggles and playing well in the second half of last season.

"I struggled but I feel like I have my game back on," he said. "It was two things: confidence, obviously, and just working really hard, I think. Sometimes There were a couple distractions on and off the ice, and from there you loose confidence a little bit. But when you reach the lows in your career and you bounce back up it makes you a better person and a better players. My confidence is as good as it's ever been, so I know I can play at a high level for a long, long time. "

Update:Majority owner Ted Leonsis offered this on his blog, Ted's Take:

We couldn't come to terms with Cristobal Huet even though we met his ask and NOT for a lack of trying. We became very concerned that this player just didn't want to sign with us so we had to move quickly to sign a new number one goaltender. We believe that Jose Theodore will fit in nicely in DC. He is a former league MVP and a former Vezina Trophy winner and he led his team into the second round of the playoffs last season.
We still have work to do - more as it develops - but I feel good that we delivered a new, younger, number one starting goaltender today.


By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 3:02 PM ET
 
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Comments

WOW

Posted by: Birdie | July 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Can I turn in my Season tickets now???

Ugh...All of the goodwill last year seems like it just got tossed out the window...Sigh...

Posted by: Krazijoe | July 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I would rather of had Kolzig back then bring in theodore

Posted by: BOB | July 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

crap crap crap!

Posted by: tonka | July 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

oh sweet baby jesus

Posted by: Dumbfounded | July 1, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Please tell me they didn't give the Huet money to Theodore. We gotta get more than this.

Posted by: mike | July 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

What!?!!? That was totally unexpected! What's his stats like?

Posted by: KT | July 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

??????????

Hopefully its for a lot less than Huet would of gotten. Then we can go and sign a dman maybe?

Posted by: Trevor | July 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Huet's #'s are better the last couple years. I would argue that playing behind the Av's defense is also a bonus over the Habs and Caps -- not liking this one. GMGM must really think that either Varmolov or Neuvirth (spelling) are close to ready

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

A couple of snags. Holy Moses.

Posted by: jak | July 1, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

You all are cracking me up:

shart-stink kolzig
jeff(Philly) go run into a tree while you are speeding

Relax - don't jump on the guy just yet. Everyone was pissed when they saw Huet's stats when we first got him. We needed a #1 goalie and now we have him. My guess is that Huet wanted too much. We don't have a lot of wiggle room so we can't afford for the players to call the shots.

I am fine with this. I feel that Huet and Theodore are similar. I am not too worried.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Terrible Deal!!!!!!!
He`s been inconsistent for 3 seasons.
The whole bloody league knew he was overpaid and Mcphee just went out and did it again.I`d rather have seen Conklin here at 3 million!
George`s worst move in his tenure,without a doubt and at a crucial time for the Caps.

Posted by: Paul N | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

2 years, 4.5 per year.

Posted by: Krazijoe | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Can we please trade him for Ty Conklin???

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

conklin to detroit 1 yr deal

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I literally feel sick to my stomach right now! This is really horrible! I am beyond disappointed!!! I also feel like crying...

Posted by: puddin_an_semin | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I think people are overreacting on this one. A two-year deal is great and Theodore had just as good of a 2007-08 season and postseason as Huet. Caps fans give Huet too much credit for the late season run without analyzing his mediocre playoff performance.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Theodore basically carried the Avs to the 2nd round of the playoffs before running into the buzzsaw called the Red Wings. He is a solid goaltender who, at 31, still has a lot to give. I like the deal. It's reportedly for $4.5 million a year.

Posted by: Gregg | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Good move, if they recognized that it wasn't going to get done with Huet then it was smart to act quickly and scoop up the next best option before we were left with nothing.

Posted by: nhcaps | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

THIS blows. I am sooo disappointed. Huet was the best option out there. Theodore better be real cheap, but I still think this deals a major blow to our chances of a deeper playoff run next year. I think I'd rather have kept Olie.

Posted by: errantelf | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

The sky is not falling people. Are you really going to turn in your season tickets because of this? Gimme a break.

Posted by: Leigh | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Well if its only a 2 year deal, at least Theodore will be good in year 2. He only shows up for contract years, no?

I'm disappointed, but if Huet was looking for a lot more money then it was either this, or wave good by to some other players.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

And yes that was a joke, but I do think that Conklin would be better than friggin Theodore. Seriously he needs to be traded along with some prospects or draft picks or whatever for a reasonable goalie, so DC can stay a hockey town.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Me want more Propecia

Posted by: Theodore's Hair | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

id have rather had conklin at detroit's price if we couldn't get huet..

Posted by: renstar | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

A couple of snags?! WTF does that mean? Everything was peaches and cream the last time his agent said anything which was YESTERDAY. How could things fall apart so quickly?! Someone PLEASE explica por favor!

Posted by: SLM | July 1, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Cheaper than Huet, doesn't run the risk of leaving us with nothing, and leaves more money to possibly bring Fedorov back.

Posted by: FS | July 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Theodore:

2007-08 Colorado NHL 53 28 21 3 3028 123 1367 3 2.44 .910
2007-08 Lake Erie AHL 1 0 1 0 60 3 24 0 3.00 .875
2006-07 Colorado NHL 33 13 15 1 1748 95 870 0 3.26 .891
2005-06 Colorado NHL 5 1 3 1 296 15 133 0 3.04 .887
2005-06 Montreal NHL 38 17 15 5 2114 122 1025 0 3.46 .881
2005-06 Total Mtl/Col NHL 43 18 18 6 2410 137 1158 0 3.41 .882

Huet:

2007-08 Washington NHL 13 11 2 0 771 21 329 2 1.63 .936
2007-08 Montreal NHL 39 21 12 6 2278 97 1150 2 2.55 .916
2007-08 Total Mtl/Wsh NHL 52 32 14 6 3049 118 1479 4 2.32 .920
2006-07 Montreal NHL 42 19 16 3 2286 107 1280 2 2.81 .916
2005-06 Montreal NHL 36 18 11 4 2103 77 1085 7 2.20 .929

Not even close on sv%, wins, and gaa

bad, Bad, BAD

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Theodore is inconsistent. Flashes of greatness.

Could probably put a big 37 and 'Kolzig' on his back and you wont know the difference at times.

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Question: what will be the most heard announcement at Verizon Center this season?

Answer: Now in goal for the Capitals, Brent Johnson...

Posted by: RightWinger | July 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Look who will be a free agent in two years.

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=VAN

That's right.

Roberto Luongo.

Bank on it.

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I love how no one mentions that we just signed a former Vezina Trophy winner. Maybe we should wait until the season starts before lynching the guy.

Posted by: Matt | July 1, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

All I can figure is that it must have looked like Huet wasn't going to sign today, and someone else was looking at Theodore, so he did what he had to do to make sure that he had someone signed by the end of the day.

Really, looking at it that way, it makes me glad that we signed anyone at all, given that after Huet and Theodore, there's practically nothing left.

Plus, Theodore's stats last season weren't that bad.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | July 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

guess we'll have to wait a couple more years for the cup...

Posted by: derek | July 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

28-21-3 record and a 2.44 goals against average in '07-'08 with the Avs

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I just HAAAAAAD to buy the Huet t-shirt. Just HAAAAD to have it!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Not the end of the world, though I would have preferred Huet.

Prior to Huet's hot streak at the end of last season, they had nearly identical numbers.

Theodore: 28-21-3 SV% .910 GAA 2.44
Huet: 21-12-6 SV% .916 GAA 2.56

Posted by: michael | July 1, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I think Theodore played pretty well last season....2.44 GAA, decent in the playoffs. Huet was kicked out of his starters job in Montreal, played his padded backside off in Capsland, was ok in the postseason. I think that maybe his agent was trying to create a bidding war? The Caps needed a goalie, and it was Huet or Theodore. I saw a good goalie in Theodore last year, so I am hopefull he will be good for us next year.

Posted by: Elaine | July 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

we lose one goalie (Huet) with a history of being terrible in the playoffs and get another goalie (Jose) with a history of being terrible in the playoffs.

sweet

Posted by: sean | July 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Huet will prolly go to Tampa Bay now...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

It'd really be best to reserve judgment until Huet signs and the terms of the contract are released. If it would have taken 7 million a year to keep him in DC, Theodore was the better option.

Posted by: dmg | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

For all those pointing our Theo's Vezina, Kolzig has one of those too. I can't wait to see what tarik is able to give us as to the "Snags."

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I heard he's so-so in the playoffs, never got past the 2nd round. True?

Posted by: nihat | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Ouch...this one hurts, its a shame we could not get a deal done for Huet. Theodore is about as consistenet as Ollie. This move will probably cost us about 10 wins next season.

Posted by: 7k rpm | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Well at least we won't have to hear that retarded "hip hip Huet" chant anymore...

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

My initial reaction is that the Caps fans were just punched in the stomach. We needed a solid goalie. The team felt comfortable with Huet. The team liked Huet. The coach liked Huet. Big mistake. Congratulations Caps you just kicked your players and fans collectively in the teeth with this one.

Make up for it and sign Brooks, Mo, Fehr and Feds with the extra money you better have saved. And we can just expect for the Cup a few seasons after our young stud goalies arrive. Provided of course that we can keep all of the players that will have contracts up in the next few years.

Now wouldn't it just be a real kick in the shorts if Huet ends up in Tampa? Just kidding, I think.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

RightWinger:
hahaha no this just promises Johnny the starting gig. God damn it McPhee you were on a role!!! Why did you put all your energy in signing an RFA who we would have had final say on no matter what. Now we have no hope of bring the cup to DC for at least two years. GOD DAMN IT!!!!!

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Please note how much better Huet was with the Habs IN THE SAME YEAR:

Theodore:
2005-06 Montreal NHL 38 17 15 5 2114 122 1025 0 3.46 .881
Huet:
2005-06 Montreal NHL 36 18 11 4 2103 77 1085 7 2.20 .929

A goal a game better folks -- GMGM screwed the pooch on this one

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

wtf.

Posted by: wtf | July 1, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

@ 828

"We needed a #1 goalie and now we have him."

Uhhhh... Brent Johnson?

Posted by: ultra | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering who we'd get if we didn't sign Huet. I am not sure what to make of this. I wonder what "snags," exactly?

"Spurn" implies that the problems were on the Caps side.

Posted by: Jill | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

1)This is actually NOT as bad as some are making it out to be GMGM got the second best available UFA goalie, and only for 2 years.
2) This shouldn't be a shock folks. If Huet really wanted to stay in DC a deal would have been done long ago. It probably wasn't about money (he'll get his cash somewhere) it was about playing where he and his family felt most comfortable


http://newfaux.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Fauxrumors | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Former Vezina trophy winner?
Guess we should`ve signed Kolzig,or maybe Hasek.
The guy had 1 great yr in Montreal.
The sad truth is everyone and I mean EVERYONE knew he was overpaid,the Avs couldn`t give him away so what Does Mcphee do?.....he gives him the same money...brilliant!

Posted by: Paul N | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I thought Huet was all but signed. Way to surrender, Frenchy. Bah!

Posted by: Joe | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@ Matt

He is a LONG way off his Vezina days.

Bad signing..just bad. They need a legit # 1 and Theodore has faltered the last few yrs.

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

SIGN HUET NOW TRADE THEODORE LATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I personally would have chosen Huet over Theodore. That said, to see how people are reacting...geez. You'd think Tarik just posted the Caps named BB head coach all over again or something!

Here's hoping that in 6 months or so I can re-post all of the stupid comments about how this is the worst signing in Caps history.

One thing I WILL point out...Huet has never played more than 52 games in a regular season before, and over 42 just once. While Theodore has had his ups and downs, when he IS on he is one of the best goalies in the league. Let's hope he plays these next 2 seasons the same way he played the 2nd half of last season.

Posted by: Jeff | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It is NOT April Fool's Day!

WTF???

Posted by: Baildog | July 1, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you 828. I suspect the Caps offered very good money to Huet, probably the same if not more than what JT is getting and it wasn't enough. If the Caps had overpaid Huet, y'all would be crying just as loudly.

JT had a suspect second half last season, true, but it's still a big upgrade from Kolzig and Johnson, IMHO.

Posted by: beanboy66 | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

It might be a downgrade, but how much of a downgrade, really?

Relax people. Those of you that don't want to go to games can give me your tickets.

Posted by: Shadowplay | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think a lot of this reaction is just emotional. Its no secret Theodore and Huet were the top two options. Theorodre has been more inconsistent, but has had higher peaks that Huet.

Going into today I was sure Huet was going to be a Cap, and my gut react was definitely "WTF mate?"

Now that Theodore is off the market, expect a bidding war for Huet between the Avs and the Sens. He'll go for a lot more than 4.5 per season.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

ultra,
Sorry Bud, but BJ is a #2 goalie... always has been, always will be.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"I love how no one mentions that we just signed a former Vezina Trophy winner. Maybe we should wait until the season starts before lynching the guy."

Yeah, and we just let one go too...To me it's how the team seemed to gel at the right time last year and Huet was a key component to the success the CAPS had last year and now to take that key component out for a goalie that has had attitude problems in the past, and then we lose the man who ran the locker room the last 12 years all in one day is mind numbing...

Posted by: Krazijoe | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I think Theodore is a downgrade from Huet, but not drastically so. I like the term (2 years) but not the numbers ($4.5M per); I'd have thought the guy could have been had for a little cheaper ($3.5M?) The Capitals need to pinch pennies wherever they can.

It could have been worse, I suppose. Had McPhee kept trying with Huet, only to fail on July 3, for instance, there would have been nothing out there at all for the Caps to sign. He had to get something done... and he did.

Posted by: garbage_goal | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

So many drama queens in here... including me

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't see what the big fuss is about Ty Conklin. I mean, I'm as big of a Conklin supporter as anyone out there as someone who went to UNH (his alma mater), but would you really want to give him 3 mil a year for an extended period of time based solely on a two month stretch he had with the Penguins this year. I mean, he hasn't done a whole lot outside of that.

Posted by: nhcaps | July 1, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I am in shock. But, it's not all that bad - just a surprise. JT did not have a great season, but he was solid in the playoffs (sean - he really did play well in the playoffs). Hopefully his playoff performance (and not his regular season play) will be what shows up in DC. Wow. Unbelievable.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

this is a true disaster. All the effort that went into building this team completely thrown down the toilet.

Posted by: sean | July 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I will also add the JT is a good bit smaller than CH -- look for even more goalie interference (not being called that is)

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Jill... Huet prolly wanted too much. If we are going to sign these other players, then something had to give.
Hopefully, we can sign those other players soon though.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Ben:
Luongo is not coming here - our farm team boys will be here by the time he is free.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

@Paul N,

Unless you've found some new source, I don't think that anyone's announced the dollar value of Theodore's contract.

Posted by: dmg | July 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

What are the odds that Jose's dad handled the negotiations? Anyone have the over /under on the amount of time gmgm has left after this one?

Posted by: sewk | July 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Well, on the positive sign, all of you who hated the "Hip Hip Huet" chant will be relieved.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 1, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow, this came out of left field but I agree that we shouldn't jump on the guy. Huet is a good goalie, not an elite goalie. Theodore is solid. And the market is so thin this year the Caps couldn't let Huet hold them hostage especially after shelling out $21 million to Greeney this morning.

My bigger concern is Pothier. Who do we go after if he's done?

Posted by: Bart | July 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

like i said before, this better mean 100% were bringing back Fedorov, otherwise you might as well call me Chief 2.0. If he did this with Feds in mind, then he knows what hes is doing because Feds is no role player, he is a vital piece to a potential championship team, then again so was huet until 5 minutes ago.

p.s. i dont like goalies under 6 feet tall

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

@dmg

look way above

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I am definitely not worried. I think our defense is much improved and didn't I read somewhere that Theodore won the Hart? or am I completely off on that?

I think we should give the man a chance...And you guys can't be serious about Olie being better....Comeon guys..

Posted by: Roger # 94 | July 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad signing . . .I should mention that i think this team is poised to make a "real" run at the SC in 2010 and 2011. I think they will need one more season to get polished . . .

That said a two year deal with what we have coming up in the minors I think is a smart move.

Regarding Theodore vs Huet. Huet clearly is the better net minder . . .and I also believe that Theodore is better then Kolzig.

That said I think 4.5 is a little steep unless GMGM felt that we had zero chance at Huet. . .

Posted by: WhooHoo | July 1, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Dont judge this move until Huet is signed.

My opinion -
Huet may have wanted too many years...(Semin and Backstrom will need new contracts) Theodore was willing to come for two years.

I would like to see another D-Man come in this mix, and I think we will be OK..

Like I said..WAIT FOR HUET's Deal to throw GMGM under the bus.

It was a thin Goalie field from the start, and we got a #1 goalie.

Posted by: SA-Town | July 1, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Any chance we will go with 3 keepers again? :-) Or are any of the solid S@H dmen still available? What's Orpik's status?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This works for me - Theodore is a solid #1 - as has been pointed out prior to being traded and his great run with the Caps Huet's numbers and Theodore's numbers were very similar. Theodore is a former Vesina winner and he was great in the playoffs till nobody but him showed up to play the Red Wings. The two year term and the $$ work; if there were more good #1 goalies in the pool he might have been had for $4M but no less. My bet is Olie gets a similar deal from the Lightning as well. Can't wait till next season. LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Usually Frustrated Caps Fans | July 1, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

If huet signs for anything less than 6 mil i will be FURIOUS

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Lets say Huet wanted 6 mil or even 5.25 mil... from signing Theodore... that difference in money can be used towards Fehr and Gordon. Maybe the difference was with Green - who knows. Maybe if Green would have settled for 4.5 mil, we could have signed Huet. Can't have everything... I am not dissappointed. At least not yet. Either way, Theodore will have a winning record.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

The only problem with Theodore is his attitude. He's in for a rude awakening if he thinks OV will let him get away with being a slacker.

This also means we can probably afford Fedorov. Doubt Fedorov will put up with the Theodore drama b.s.

Expect a bounce back year from Theodore, then he'll be playing for another contract in '09-'10, then we sign...

Roberto Luongo.

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Hip Hip Jose!

Posted by: sean | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

snags like the agent being a d-bag and waiting too long to see what's out there when it sounds like huet and the caps had been thinking along the same lines for a while.

Posted by: BROWN | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I cannot get over this signing. did folks here watch Theodore deconstruct in this years playoffs?? Since we signed such an outstanding goalie, I would STRONGLY suggest that Ted and GMGM scrape up some money and go find a REAL D-man to save our new goalie and our $21million faux D-man.

everyone who is displeased should visits Ted's blog and let him know. McPhee is a total BONEHEAD!!!!

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@SA-Town

You said it...

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

kolzig to tampa, theodore to washington? what is going on in goalie world?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

huet will get 5.5

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

828:
Yeah he might, but he sure as hell won't be lifting the cup

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

@ Matt -- Keep in mind, Jim Carey is a former Vezina Winner too. That was a great year. After that?

Posted by: FOHS Marc | July 1, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This means that Varlamov and/or Neuvirth will get a shot this year if/when Theodore falters (say, around game 9). In reality, this could be pretty good for the Caps--remember that Cam Ward guy in Carolina a couple of years ago? That turned out pretty well...

Posted by: RightWinger | July 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed, to say the least, but I'll reserve judgement until A) we see what Huet signs for or B) the season starts.

I do thin $9 mil is overpaying though... sigh.

Posted by: Murshawursha | July 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

CUJO to Toronto

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Theodore posted a 6-1 record in shootouts this season and has a 9-2 mark in shootouts in his career.

Thats some good news!

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

More food for though.

Huet has never played more than 52 games in a season. Theodore has played 67 games twice and has played in the high 50's a couple of times as well.

Time will tell. Still not entirely comfortable with this move.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@ SA-Town is right on the money, everyone stop being Chicken Littles. IF Huet really wanted to be here he would have been

Posted by: Doug | July 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

So one year and .5 was the difference between Huet and JT?!?!?!?!?! Wow we need to prioritize. We damn well better sign Fedorov

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are ridiculous.

The 2 best goalies on the market were Huet and Theodore. I seriously doubt the Capitals would have rejected a 3 year/$15m deal for Huet. Which means he wanted more.

Which the Caps cant pay. So they got the 2nd best option. Like ANY OTHER TEAM WOULD HAVE DONE.

Posted by: get over it | July 1, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

huet will end up in ottawa. he and theodore are about the same type of goalie & were only going to be caretakers until varlomov is ready the season after next.

Posted by: jim cee | July 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

@ 828

That's totally my point. Now we have 2 backup goaltenders, neither of which can take us to the Cup.

Our offense better kick ass and take names and we better get Pothier back and/or sign some other Dman and hope our young dmen take a big step up, because we're gonna be playing without a goaltender this season.

Posted by: ultra | July 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that move is more than a little unexpected. I guess its bridging the gap between Kolzig and Varlamov/Neuvirth/UFA goaltender.
Let the whining about giving up a 2nd for Huet commence!

Posted by: pga3 | July 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

http://youtube.com/watch?v=c4IiseWm334

TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND WATCH THESE THEODORE HIGHLIGHTS ON YOUTUBE. IT WILL HELP

Posted by: CHILL OUT!!! | July 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

As much as I'm disappointed with this, you cannot overlook the fact that maybe Huet just didn't want to play in Washington.

Rumors were out there that his family wasn't happy here, that alone could have been enough to make him turn down any deal and look northward for a contract.

We all know agents/players/GMs say what they want to say and it rarely works out the way they say it will.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

this is terrible

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I guess I fell for the line when Huet's people said he wanted 3 years 15mil. I do agree with those that said if he wanted to sign here he would have. So that doesn't bother me. I just don't think Theo huxtable is the answer.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Nihat

You're gonna hold Theodore responsible for not getting past the second round?

How many times have the Caps been past the second round?

Posted by: Eddie C | July 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget that the Wings need a keeper.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

CHILL OUT!!!:
Yeah but that's not the Theodore we're getting, we're getting the washed up one while our defense continues to suffer, and it doesn't look like Pothier will be able to solve that problem for us.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Huey wanted 4/20
Now he's begging Ottawa for a job.

IMO, nobody wins, neither goalie was the answer, huey was the lesser evil of the two, but not a goalie you build with or around.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- people are ready to charge the castle gates and string up GM. You guys don't have any facts yet. Keep yr pants on.

To me, Theodore and Huet were the top two goaltenders on the market and at least we ended up w/one of them.

Watch all the now-naysayers go ape two years from now and criticize GM for only signing Theodore for 2 years.

Posted by: Michael | July 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

i hate caps fans.

Posted by: yo | July 1, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

And I don't mean to sound like I'm throwing GMGM under the bus, I have a lot of faith in the guy and I'm sure there were some circumstances out of his control that led to this signing, I'm just saying that the unfortunate result is that our goaltending will be suspect.

Posted by: ultra | July 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@ get over it (et al)

Look at JT's #'s -- they are Kolzig #'s, not Huet #'s. Huet has consistently had more wins, less goals (by about a goal a game), and a better S% (880 for JT to 920 for CH). This may cost the Caps a playoff spot -- really! The Caps sneaked in at the end with the hottest winger in the league, with a lot of help from Huet. w/o Huet, the Caps may be outside looking in.

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I am with those that say if Huet signs for anything close to 5 mil that I will be royally ticked. .5 mil will not bridge the 2 mil difference between Caps and Feds. (so he may be history anyway).

Even my eight year old daughter's first thoughts were that JT was no Huet. Team chemistry people.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"That's totally my point. Now we have 2 backup goaltenders, neither of which can take us to the Cup."


You're forgetting that we dont have the defense to take us to the Cup....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Things obviously fell through with Huet and McPhee went out and got the only other viable option in terms of available goalies. Would I rather Huet? Sure. But obviously it was not going to happen so George pulled through and got the only other decent option out there. Good for him for not losing out on both of them.

Posted by: Pat | July 1, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

MASS HYSTERIA

Posted by: the washingtoncaps.com forums | July 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect signing. 2 years. Capitol!

People get so attached so quickly, root for the jersey not the name on the back of the jersey.

If Huet was asking for 1 more year, 4 x 5M... then he can go couchez with himself...

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Think Jose can bring Foote with him?

Posted by: Dave in Alexandria | July 1, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

SIGN A D-MAN, NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

@ boo

wings signed conklin

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

From another french canadian site (Affiliated to TSN): Huet refused an offer from the caps @ 4.2 millions par years... We are far from 5 millions...

Posted by: Olivier | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

playoffs:
JT - 3.15 .906
CH - 2.93 .909

regular season:
JT - 2.44 .910
CH - 2.32 .920

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Calm down guys, this will give us room to sign Feds

Posted by: Dmitry | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

See TEB's update, Huet was going to get what he asked for and then wanted to test the market. GMGM really had not other option, I say kudos to him and getting us one of the top 2 goalies in free agency.

Posted by: Doug | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I guess it could be worse. At least it was not Emery. Of course the day is not over.

GMGM you better do something to redeem yourself here really soon.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I hope that either Varlamov or Neuvirth is ready for NHL action pretty soon because JT is barely over 500 in wins for his career -- even the Vezina season

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

dave

foote signed in colorado already

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

@dmg

Tarik has posted an update with the numbers.

Posted by: errantelf | July 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Huet was a great goaltender but Theodore isn't all that bad. He's better than Kolzig and is about the same as Huet.

AND I SAID IT BEFORE... I HAVE A FRIEND WHO WORKS WITH THE CAPS AND HIS WIFE HATED DC!

Every married man knows what that means....

Posted by: This is FINE PEOPLE! | July 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Dave:
Foote already signed.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hip Hip JOSE!!!

Posted by: Flamer | July 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Told you for Chicago... Better learn french to have good news...! ;)

Posted by: Olivier | July 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

ultra,

Well, I guess Colorado was using a better backup than us during the season. Conklin is a backup goalie - he just had a good run. So is Raycroft. Huet and Theodore were the only true #1s on the market and we got one of them. Don't knock it until you tried it.
If I recall - Theodore only allowed 2 Capital goals this season.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well I guess I'm wearing my Beaupre jersey to games instead of my Huet one.

Posted by: MNMNT | July 1, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I confirm for his wife that didn't like DC...

Posted by: Olivier | July 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Please read the above update from Tarik.

Huet is potentially going to sign a 4 year/5.6 mil per season deal with Chicago.

Even tho the $'s COULD have worked, I think it's tough to sign a goalie who has never played over 52 games (nor won a playoff series) to a deal worth more than 22 mil over 4 years when you have 2 young guys in the system who are expected to take over the reigns in 2-3 years.

I said earlier that I would take Huet over Theodore, but that was comparing a 3 year/15 mil deal to a 2 year/9 mil deal.

Posted by: Jeff | July 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - You are the man. Thanks for the updates.

Posted by: pch49 | July 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I don't dislike Theodore, I saw him in a few games and when he's "on" he's impressive. I hope he'll be consistent.

What I don't like is the steep price for it. 4.5M/year... Conklin and CUJO are signed for exactly 1/6 of that. I don't think Theodore is 6 times better than Conklin.

I bet GM went for Conklin, but Detroit was more appealing.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

In this day and age, I'd take the freedom. Huet had a great run here, but let's be honest, we're not going 70-11 next year with Huet-- he's not Hasek in his prime. He's a good goaltender that caught fire when we needed him to. Is that worth $20M+? GMGM didn't think so, and he's probably right.

If we had signed Huet, I wouldn't have been upset-- but it's also nice that we will have cap flexibility in two years if things go south--or if they go well. And remember, Theodore could turn out to be a good, if not great, goaltender for us. He's 31, a tad younger than Huet, and he has something to prove. Huet was a prime candidate for post-big contract recession syndrome.

If we could get Pothier off the books, we could go sign a top flight D man and be in great shape, but sadly I don't see him retiring when he can collect a paycheck. It's a shame we couldn't buy him out, his playing years look to be over.

Posted by: GJ | July 1, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm happy...we got a legit #1 goalie for the next two seasons...we have 3 top prospects to take over and compete for playing time over the next 3 seasons...Huet wanted to test the market and he's at the age where he's going after that last big payday contract!...GMGM did GREAT by realizing that it wasn't going to happen and moving quickly to pickup the second best option out of a shallow pool...$4.5 is lees that we paid Kolzig last year, so if he is as good as Kolzig its still a discount, and Theodore is like 31, so he should be in his prime! GMGM made the right call, maybe not the one everyone (including me) wanted, but the right call!

Posted by: mike b | July 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
We should have bet on Huet ... I don't know what the bet would have been, but we would have surely both been surprised by this one! Anyway, thanks for being a stand up guy, but don't worry - I won't make you pay your debt!! ;-)

Kim:
Amen on Avery!

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

he asked for $15 and 3 and the caps gave it to him. then he say's thanks but no thanks. if that's true, he's a [french word for shower]-bag. i'm glad they didn't sign him for 4 years.

hip hip jose indeed. perhaps we should just issue a jersey number 1 with the word GOALIE on the back.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | July 1, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

On the one hand, that's kind of a bush league move to demand something, get it offered and then back out. On the other hand, if he signs, that's an extra year and an extra 7.4 over the life of a deal, so you can't really fault the guy for the cheap trick.

But, he has to live in Chicago, so there's schadenfruede for us.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

FOr 5.6 million Chicago??? You can have him!!!!! Screw Huet. Greedy French PricK!

Posted by: ZMAN | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I hope Green and Mo are working out together now. Also, please let Alzner really be all that and a bag of chips.

Okay now let's get us our ladies man back and go get another player Ovie wants.

Has Brian Campbell been signed yet? I know he is not coming here, just curious.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

4.5 for a washed up goalie is a total RIP

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

2:54pm: TSN has big blue-liner Kurt Sauer going to Phoenix on four-year deal worth $1.75 million per season. He's 6-foot-4 ("and full of muscle") and 220 pounds. As I blogged recently, all these blue-line signings are driving up the cost of those who are still on the market. Brooks Orpik may soon have more money than he knows what to do with, with a new suitor emerging that is believed to be the Washington Capitals.

Posted by: The Truth | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

We screwed

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well, there you go. Seems Huet got greedy, we offered what he wanted but then wanted to test the market. Good move from GMGM for making sure we didn't end up with Cujo:)

Posted by: ncmayhem | July 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and seeing the update, anyone who goes to Chicago is a sell out (like Khabibulun). Yes, they have Kane and Toews, but after what the Wirtz family did to that franchise, anyone signing there is either a masochist, a sell out, or a wishful dreamer for the future. I've yet to see any NHL-ler who demonstrates the third category not with a home team that drafted them.

Posted by: GJ | July 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

We'll see how it plays out I guess...GMGM would know better than me. This does make me want to return my season ticket package, though.

Posted by: RT | July 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

From trade deadline genius to bonehead in four short months? Jeez people, lighten up. I think GMGM wanted to not be tied down to a 3 or 4 year deal with Huet plus have an opening for a youngster 2 years down the road.

Posted by: Mark 56 | July 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

But Boo, I look forward to paying you!

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Sceond rate goalie for a second rate organization.

How does it feel losing out Ted & McFail ?

What about defense, seems now it's required more than 2 hours ago ?
Get Kiwi back, you guys are the best at getting guys back.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Tampa bay signed Adam Hall

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Shocked I am. We'll have to wait till all our FA's are signed to truely understand this one.

Can someone check on commonalities between agents? Theodore, Green, Laich, Mo.....etc.

Sky's not falling. Is JT better than Huet? Probably not. Huet is more prone to being broke, though. Is JT better than BJ or OK. Hell yes. We had to grab something, and letting Huet keep us at bay only to sign somewhere else would really F this team.

Infact, that may have been Huet's plan all along. As payback for getting his ass kicked by Ovie.

I hope Huet lands in the SE so Ovie can whoop his ass!

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse


Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Caps Fans: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, real wrath of God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If he got offered the 15/3 years but decided to wait... well then, au revoir.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Caps have two Hart trophy recipients now...might be a first for the franchise

Posted by: nhcaps | July 1, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

My goodness people. Relax. This is not as bad as it could've been. We could be stuck only with Brent and that wouldn't have been good. Theodore is not that bad.

Posted by: fan | July 1, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: NO! | July 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

You all are like a roller coaster... F Theodore... who is this guy, we need Huet. Then you see the numbers on Huet - then it's F Huet, good call GMGM... that prick wanting too much money...

Makes me laugh. Now all we need is the Count here to count how many millions Feds is going to make!

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

@Boo, Actually I meant Emery not Avery. Just seeing the name Avery on this board made me shake just a bit though. That one would be pretty bad to.

Seriously, I want Brooks back baby. Memo to GMGM, do it now! Apparently you have a little extra cash available to bridge the gap.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

someone put in a call to "D-Men R Us", QUICK!!!!

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Fire McPhee!!!!! NOW!!!!!!!!

LOL!

Fire him tonight..

Posted by: opus | July 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

My god, you people have to settle down. I love it when fans who read ESPN and watch Sportscenter think that they know more than the GM of a team.

Obviously, Huet was the first option for this team. GMGM wanted him and the fans wanted him. I'm sure that GMGM threw him Theordore money, but for a longer term (probably in the neighborhood of 4.5/5 for 3 years).

Now, had Huet agreed to that deal, he's be a Cap right now. But, Huet didn't and since there were only two good goalies out on the market and plenty of teams that need a netminder, the Caps had to act fast.

So, GMGM had two options. First, he could negotiate with Huet while someones signs Theodore and then with only one good goalie (Huet) left on the market, Huet's asking price goes up significantly. And, then Huet has the Caps over a barrel, so GMGM then has to give Huet 5.5/6 mil a year or risk having no proven goaltender going into next season.

If GMGM does this, everyone would rip him for giving Huet way too much money and then we would lose out on our other RFAs and definitely no Sergi Feds people!

So, rather than all of that going down, GMGM takes the next best goalie on the market for a lower price than Huet.

If you people think he chose Huet over Theodore with all things being equal, you're crazy.

GMGM has to be smart about his salaries. We have a very good young team, and while we'd like to keep them all together, if you start overpaying people, it sets a bad precedent and on top of that, we obviously start losing good players.

Also, maybe our two young goaltenders are two seasons away from playing. If that is the case, we are saving big time money in that third year. If we had signed Huet to a three year deal, that is an extra 5/6 million on our books when our young netminders are ready to play!

Theodore has been inconsistent, but you could say the same thing about Huet. In the playoffs, Theodore had a much better 1st round than Huet. And, like I said, keep in mind that the knock on Huet is his consistently and that is the same exact knock on Theodore.

Lets wait until the season starts to evaluate this move. Maybe we are going to be a goalie in Theodore who returns to his Vezina form and looks like an all-star playing behind a awesome young Caps team.

I'm a huge Caps fan, and I wanted Huet too, but we have to be practical about this situation, and I'd rather have Theodore than no one.

Posted by: Kevin | July 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

well if he wants 4 years I will say that might be a good reason not to sign him along with wanting 5.5 or more per. For a 33 year old goalie who has never really been a true #1 for an entire season that would be a leap for me to tie up all that money for that long. All and all we upgraded our goaltending from last season for what, 1 mil per less? Not all too bad

Posted by: Mike | July 1, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

From the March 4, 2008 issue of The Hockey News, the magazine's crew (with input from scouts) ranks the top 30 NHL goaltenders:

1 Luongo
2 Nabokov
3 Brodeur
4 Leclaire
5 Osgood
6 Giguere
7 Vokoun
8 Miller
9 Lundqvist
10 Turco
11 Kiprusoff
12 Hasek
13 Thomas
14 Bryzgalov
15 Conklin
16 DiPietro
17 Toskala
18 Backstrom
19 Legace
20 Theodore
21 Gerber
22 Huet
23 Biron
24 Ellis
25 Garon
26 Ward
27 Harding
28 Niittymaki
29 Mason
30 Lehtonen

I feel a bit better, but we still could be better off with Huet.

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

3:43PM Chicago signs UFA goaltender Cristobal Huet (undisclosed)

Posted by: Egon | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

We are saving 1.1 million per year for two years then 5.6 million a year for the third and 4th year. Guess who is a RFA after 2 years...Backstrom. Semin will be up in this time. So will others. Don't be so shortsighted and think things through. This is not NHL '08 on your X-Box.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

OK, so who are our best D-men options out there?

Granted I want to get Feds and Brooks signed too.

Posted by: JPC | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Tarik was right... Huet to Chicago, terms undisclosed, per TSN

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Huet to Chicago

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Huet to Chicago - 4 yrs 5.6 per according to ??? (rumors)

Posted by: NJ | July 1, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Where does that leave Khabibulin?
He still has 1 yr & 6.75m left

Posted by: Wayne | July 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

great GMGM , he must go!!!!! How many times can one screw up -- Huet probably sees how a franchise/team player like Olie gets treated and decided he wanted no part -- we had so much potential... now no D (besides Green) -- no solid goaltending -- we need one or the other -- get busy and we need all over our other FAs signed now..no excuses

Posted by: capsgary | July 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Tarik - Thanks for the continued scoop. In light of your most recent update, I'm glad you took the "Caps Spurn Huet" out of your post title. Sounds like the Caps offered what he said he wanted but Huet and his greedy agent went looking for more. Wonder if his wife prefers Chicago over DC...

Posted by: Jill | July 1, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

@Chief
Like Huet was any better than Theodore. They are the same keeper, only one cost @1M less than the other.

Seriously, your schtick is STALE.

I think that GMGM didn't do too bad on this one.

I also think that Dale Tallon is a moron.

$5.6/yr is big coin. That puts Huet in the top 1/5 of goalies in terms of salary. But Huet isn't anywhere near the top 1/5 in terms of results.

So long sucker.

Posted by: Defense Wins Championships. | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

TSN reports Huet just signed with Chicago, so I guess that deal got done...

Posted by: Keebler | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

its official

chicago signs huet

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Huet sign with CHicago

Posted by: arge | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if Huet DOES sign with Chicago? They have 6.75 mil wrapped up in Khabibulin this season...and they want to spend another 5.6 mil on Huet?

And you all think GMGM makes bad decisions...

Posted by: Jeff | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

By then, maybe a real Team Manager will be there to facilitate the deals.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a huge blunder for the Caps front office. It's one thing if the Caps were still in rebuilding mode or if they had a guy ready to take over the number one spot, because then it wouldn't make as much sense to blow a lot of money. I guess they didn't like the playoffs that much and decided they wanted to go back to rebuilding because teams who expect to compete for a Cup pony up the cash to make sure they have things squared away in net. In my estimation, for the team going forward next season with playoff aspirations, Huet was the most important piece to get squared away, and a deal should have been ironed out long before now. Theodore could end up being great, but why leave things to chance?

Posted by: Will | July 1, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I think the question is not who we would have rather had... Huet or Theodore. I think all of us, including GMGM may have preferred Huet.

But not at that price for a four year term.

Remember, four years down the road, the Huet we have known will likely not be the Huet of the future.

I would bet if you asked GMGM, he would tell you the term of the deal was a bigger factor than the money.

You never know... That year four money Huet wanted might need to go to an Alzner contract or somebody else... I wouldn't want to lose him (or another key player) cause we had a $5.6M remaining on a player that was no longer worth it.

Nobody likes to lose Huet, but Huet went for the dough and left the Caps in a rough spot.

Give Theodore a chance and lets see how they do...

This was not sabotage on GMGM's part, it was damage control. Chicago made the move, legal and above board. Time will tell who made the right one.

I see GMGM as doing a Brian Burke on this one. Too much is too much, not so much now as in the future.

Posted by: Muddapucker | July 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

panthers sign cory stillman

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully one of the younger goalies are gonna be ready to play soon.

Posted by: dcherd | July 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

If anyone is giving away their ticket packages please let me know. This is one caps fan that thinks players like Ovie, Semin and company can make due with Jose. We could call on Pete Peters or Don Beaupre to see what their up to if that would make everyone feel better. Or better yet, we could contact another former Canadien, Patrick Roy to see if he's interested in coming here.

Let's see how this plays out before getting all "dogs and cats living together".

Posted by: ncmayhem | July 1, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Huet to chicago... TSN confirmed...

Posted by: Olivier | July 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

3:43PM Chicago signs UFA goaltender Cristobal Huet (undisclosed)
3:41PM Florida signs UFA forward Cory Stillman to a 3 year deal worth $10.6-million
3:40PM NY Rangers sign UFA forward Aaron Voros (undisclosed)
3:40PM Pittsburgh signs UFA forward Eric Godard (undisclosed)


Oh, no... Now we have to deal with Goddard! Brashear will have a lot of work to do.

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Alright, maybe I went a little overboard given Tarik's update. Maybe McPhee didn't make yet another mistake, but that will be determined during the season. However, I wonder how much the agent had to do with urging him to test the market. Huet seemed happy here and liked the direction the team was going.

And I'm gonna go ahead and say that the wife probably didn't have a say in this one cuz Chicago is less European than DC.

Tarik--thanks for keeping us updated with everything!

Posted by: SLM | July 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Chicago signed Huet, no terms yet.

Posted by: beanboy66 | July 1, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

uh-o!

Posted by: caphcky | July 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

bye MO, hello Orpik

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have J. Theo for 2 years 4.5 then Huet for 4 years 5.6.

We need to win the Cup in the next 3 years. If Theo doesnt get it done, we have year 3 to make a switch.

Bring me another D man...Federov can play for peanuts....

Posted by: SA-Town | July 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Hi Chief. Good to hear from you again.

Varlamov will be up soon. He would have started in the worlds but was injured.

If Osgood can win the cup, Theodore can win 30 games for us.

Posted by: pch49 | July 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Would all you "fair weather " "FANS"...please just give my boy a chance. If he doesnt get the job done, BJ will come to the rescue!

P.S. I love you Jose!

Posted by: Jose's Mother | July 1, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

2 #2 goalies.
No quality defense
High powered offense

Welcome you 2007/2008 Caps
I mean you 2008/2009 Caps

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Theodore has a shot so let's give him a chance. If our D plays to snuff, he can be a legit #1. If not, BJohnson will be a happy man.

Posted by: BernieWolfeFan | July 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Kim:
I meant Emery, too! LOL!! But the sentiment is true for both.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Now that I've calmed down, everyone remember: whoever the Caps signed it was just a bridge to the youngsters. The defense is still young, the goalies are still working on getting here. The plan is not to win the cup this coming season (as nice as that would be). The plan is stability for the long term and winning several cups. let's see how this plays out.

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I don't mind this deal. I would rather have picked up Dooby from the Isles though. ;)

Posted by: Capies | July 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Peter Bondra is making a comeback. All he wants is access to the Kettler weight room, and snack bar.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11353

It's official....Huet to Chicago. $22.4 million for four years when you have two up and coming goalies in the minors and another one drafted in this year's draft, Theodore was a better option.

IMHO, I see GMGM going after Feds, Laich, Morrisonn in FA and waiting to see if Fehr and Gordon take the team to arbitration. The question is whethers Feds deal will be for one or two years?

Posted by: straub21 | July 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Chump I mean Chief,

Our defense has at least one more year of experience than the 2007/2008 team.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow Chief is actually right for once. We do have some quality defense in Green and to a lesser extent Morrisonn and Poti, but other than that......LET'S GO CAPS STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS 2011!!!!!

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"Brooks Orpik may soon have more money than he knows what to do with, with a new suitor emerging that is believed to be the Washington Capitals."

Well screw me sideways....

If this is the case, say goodbye to ShaMo.

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

fire mcphee? for this. sounds like they offered the guy what he wanted, isnt that what he's supposed to do? the caps couldnt and shouldnt offer the guy 4 years. he's 33. there could be many other reasons to fire mcphee, such as being in this position in the first place. but sounds like the team met his asking price and he weaseled out...

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | July 1, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

A little perspective: Marty Brodeur made $5.25 Million last year.

Huet isn't worth it.

Jose rocks - get used to it!

Posted by: Shaggy | July 1, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

So Huet spurned the CAPS. We gave him what he wanted then he changes his mind. That seems to take some of the bite out of the news. So now instead of F GMGM it's F HUET you bastard!

Posted by: krazijoe | July 1, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

I give this a thumbs up...would have rather kept Huet, but can you imagine how happy caps fans would have been if we ended up with no starting goalie after today. Still, its pretty shocking.

Posted by: No Huet | July 1, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I am not an advocate of Mass Hysteria, just a big fan of Ghostbusters.

If it would have taken 5.6 million to sign Huet, I am fine with Theodore for the next couple of seasons. Thank god we didn't wait too long and end up with nothing.

Like Chief said, at least this gives us flexibility in a couple seasons. Hard to see Theodore leadings us to the holy grail, but maybe Varlamov will be ready for backup duty next season, then who knows.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the news Tarik!

Sad to see Huet go, but hoping to get our RFAs and Feds back in the exchange. This is far better than be left empty handed or trying to pass Johnson as a true #1 goalie.

GO CAPS!

Posted by: AM capsfan | July 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Chief, shut the hell up....No one takes you seriously and you're just a punk. No one wants to hear anything you have to say....

Posted by: Roger # 94 | July 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Personally speaking, I never thought Huet was "all that."

The Caps need to get some defensemen to go in front no matter who the goalie is.

And from the sounds of it, Huet was offered more money elsewhere after the Caps gave him what he wanted(some snags?) and opted to remain a free agent.

I dunno, but I don't see this as bad as many of you do.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | July 1, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

We are saving 1.1 million per year for two years then 5.6 million a year for the third and 4th year. Guess who is a RFA after 2 years...Backstrom. Semin will be up in this time. So will others. Don't be so shortsighted and think things through. This is not NHL '08 on your X-Box. by Chief.

I'm shocked. Is he actually defending gmgm? :D

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Huet signs with the Hawks...not sure of terms yet - I sure hope it is significantly more than 4.5 m per; otherwise GMGM fanned on this one.

Posted by: CapsnSkins | July 1, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

@King Huet...

what now?

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

sounds like McPhee is taking a page from the Barry Melrose book of hockey: all offense, no defense.

i don't want to wait until 2012 for youngsters. why are people making excuses for bonehead decisions being made?? we are the ones paying (at least if you have season tickets).

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Everyone calm down... Thank god the Hip Hip chant is gone... I propose:

"Joooooose Jose Jose Jose... Joosee Joose
Joooooose Jose Jose Jose... Joosee Joose!"

And now back to the hysteria, here's Tom with the weather...

Posted by: MetalCap | July 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Actually, from the sounds of it, I'm going to say "Way to go, GMGM."

If Huet was offered EXACTLY what he asked for, and didn't take it, that's his own problem.

And that's too bad. I thought he was a really good fit here.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | July 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Come on!! Huet was a mediocre goalie that left for Paris when the playoffs started. Gimme a break, I bet Theodore can lose in the first round just as well as Huet. WhoEh did crap last year in reality, in spite of all the fawning and hero worsjip on this board, you all can kiss JT's butt it will taste much the same.

Posted by: Bob | July 1, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Paging King Theodore! Paging King Theodore!

Posted by: the artist formerly known as King Huet | July 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

@Will

Sheesh, give me a break. Huet was here for 3mos. Give the rebuilding talk a rest. He wasn't a cornerstone.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Funny reading how this sucks and how terrible everything is now with Huey gone

Then scroll down and read how this isn't so bad, this "might" be good, what a smart move.

The bottom line, this team manager has demonstrated a consistent pattern of mishandling Free agents.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Mauree, I was thinking the same thing... about chief's 'good' comments and King Huet. Joker Jose?

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Joni Pitkanen to 'Canes for Erik Cole.

Sundin getting offers from Canucks.

Caps in running for Orpik?

My head is spinning.

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If I don't handle the big deals, nothing will ever get done.

I'm considering a change.

Posted by: TL | July 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Theodore has had a lot of luck in the 1st round of the playoffs...it's the 2nd round where he seems to come up empty.

He's been a starting goalie for an NHL playoff team 4 times, and all 4 times his team has made it to the 2nd round. And all 4 times his team has NOT made it to the 3rd. :-)

Posted by: Jeff | July 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Huet just signed with Chicago

4 years - 5.6mil a year

Posted by: Tracy | July 1, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

If GMGM would offer that money to Huet a month ago, he would sign.

But GMGM waited till June 30. It was clear Huet will get a better offer, it was clear Huet will be gone.

Oh well, if GMGM will sign Orpik, I'll forgive gim :-)

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

THEODORE WAS GREAT ONCE HE TOOK OVER AS THE AVS #1 GOALIE MID-SEASON. IN FACT HIS NUMBERS LOOK A LOT LIKE HUET'S.

1ST HALF: 10-10-1 / .896 PCT / 2.72 GAA
2ND HALF: 18-11-2 / .919 PCT / 2.25 GAA
TOTAL: 28-21-3 / .910 PCT / 2.44 GAA

Posted by: REGEHR | July 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Chief,
You can shove a stake up someone's arse... you would know, right. GM gave Huet what he wanted and Huet refused... good luck in Chicago - take care now, bye bye then.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh now the ghostbuster fans come out!!

Posted by: Egon | July 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

okay as you all know i've been very angry in my posts, but you can't blame McPhee for this. It was because of him that we had Huet in the first place. Huet probably told him that he was signing a contract that GMGM didn't think made sense for the Caps to match, so rather than risk it all and hope for a trade Huet over paid for a washed-up net minder. That's the nature of free agency, it sucks but it's the way it is. Thank you GMGM for landing Huet in the first place, and hopefully you can find a nice deal that sends Theodore out of DC for good in exchange for a capable goalie before camp starts.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

bottom line, this team HAD to sign a goalie; there were really only two out there worth signing; and they signed one of them. Was he the better of the two...not sure. Was he the better DEAL? Definitely.

Was it a surprise? Hell yeah.

Posted by: Baildog | July 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Who would you rather have? Green or Huet? You have to sign Green first...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

I don't know, definitely need to change my user id. :-) Oh well, let me be King Huet for another day.

The King is dead and we don't have another King. D is too young and immature.

I don't know. Sign Orpik!!!!

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Who on earth would spend $10 mil a year on Sundin? This is getting absolutely obnoxious (like Chiefs posts)!!!!

I like this though...
Theodore started 20 of the Avalanche's last 21 games in 2007-08 en route to his fifth career 20-win season. He ranked fifth among NHL goaltenders with a 2.24 GAA after January 1. Theodore posted a 6-1 record in shootouts this season and has a 9-2 mark in shootouts in his career.

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

My first reaction to the was "WTF" but after reading it up, I've calmed down and it's not so bad at all. Looks like we saved a cool million on signing Theodore and 2 years in term. That means that we'll have that contract off our hands in two years, and quite possibly two young stud goalies ready for NHL action.

I wanted Huet back just as much as everyone else, but seems like his agent and Huet himself got a little greedy and the offer that was originally good for both sides suddenly wasn't good enough for Cristobal anymore. Theodore should be given the benefit of the doubt. Let him prove or disprove himself here before calling for GMGM's head. If he signs Orpik then we'll have a great D unit in front of Theodore and we could go a long way.

As someone else noted Theodore has a Veizna, a MVP, and carried Colorado to the second round this past season. We give him more scoring than he saw in Denver, and a chance to prove himself again. This could be a solid move indeed.

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Don't drink the cool-ade yet, we are stable in goal and now we can groom the two young studs and have money to spare.

Posted by: Seattle Rob | July 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Tampa keeps signing forwards -- this is really bizarre with such a porous defense and no goalie (maybe Ollie)

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I do love how they signed Theodore after Huet wanted to play the market a little more. We don't need money grubbers, we need guys who generally want to win in this city.

Posted by: Capies | July 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

What do you mean "what now"? We keep trying to get better.

Posted by: Shadowplay | July 1, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

lets all relax last year we all just wanted to make the playoffs now because we lost in the first round the next year were winning the stanley cup. RELAX huet WAS NOT WORTH 5.6 OVER 4 YEARS i credit the caps they offered him what he asked for then all of a sudden he says wait let me see what i can get. NO goodbye well sign the next best option and at 1.1 mill less that could be the difference between feds staying or leaving. and if he dosent work out or one of the kids comes up 4.5 is easier to trade or buy out then 5.6 over 4 years

Posted by: brian | July 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

4:02PM Colorado signs UFA forward Darcy Tucker to a 2 year deal worth $4.5-million

Oh boy, if Tucker got $2.25 mil, how much Feds can get? Bye Feds, it was nice to seeing you.

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

One thing of all these posts thatr is missing is coach bruce's influence. I think he pushed Huet to what he was with us and he will do the same with theodore. This coach expects his players to play to their potential and huet never really did until he played for him(with a couple of cheap goals allowed i might add) I have faith thet the coach will make the goalie all that he can be and we'll be Ok...now sign Fedy............

Posted by: Kenny | July 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Tucker to the Avs.......

Posted by: Egon | July 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Also I'm quite interested to hear some comments from Theodore about coming to DC and GMGM on negotiations.

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Pens offer deal to Jagr? Where are people getting all this money?

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Well, the career shootout record for JT is impressive. Remember how many one-goal games we played last year?

Who's going to be the starting goalie in Hershey this year?

If it's any consolation, Huet won't be playing for a Stanley Cup anytime soon in Chicago.

Dang it all.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | July 1, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

CAREER POSTSEASON

Jose Theodore, 19-26, 2.76 GAA, .914 save pct.

Cristobal Huet, 5-8, 2.65 GAA, .919 save pct.

Posted by: eggs | July 1, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

So much for moving forward...Theodore sucks....he'll be stuffing his face in Bethesda by November. It's going to be like the beginning of Talladega Nights, where Ricky Bobby gets his shot when the driver pulls over to take a leak and grab a chicken sandwich in the middle of the race....except we don't have a Ricky Bobby...I hope George and Ted enjoy Verizon Center going back to an average attendance of 9,000 when the Caps keep dropping games 3-0, 5-4 and 8-5. If they do something like sign Budaj or David Aebischer, make it 8,999.

Posted by: James | July 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@ keef

I understand Huet wasn't here very long, but did you forget already what he accomplished while he was here? Are we trying to be like Ottawa here in DC with a team that should be winning playoff series but is shackled by inconsistant/inferior play in net? 4 years at $5.6 mil per year is too much, but this situation might have been avoided if McPhee had ponied up a little extra cash and offered $5.5 mil for 3 years a week ago.

Posted by: Will | July 1, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

@Shadowplay
I was referring to King Huet's name - he'll need to change it.

As for the Caps - the best "what now" would be sign Orpik or Commodore and Fedorov.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Well, that sort of makes Huet a bum in my mind.

"Here's what I want."
"Great, that works for us, here you go."
"Well, actually, that's what I want but I also want to see how much MORE I can get."
"Oh, well, in that case, go take a flying..."

Have in Chicago playing the Stanley Cup champs 6x a year ya bum.

Posted by: E | July 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Does anybody have a link to the Orpik rumors or did somebody just make that up?

Posted by: Orpik? | July 1, 2008 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Let's also remember that Huet really didn't hang on to the starting roll for the entire season in MLT. He was very up and down just like JT. Looking like 1mil less per year for 2 less years for JT, i am fine with that.

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Posted by: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO | July 1, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

If we'd have said "we signed green and a french goalie" this morning, would anyone have been upset??

i'm ok w/ Jose for 2 years. Huet came in, did great, got offered the contract he asked for (per tarik's update) and walked... can't blame GMGM for that... so he made a move to solidify the spot. i applaud him for that. i'd rather have huet, but he made his own bed... i hope nikolai comes out HOT in the spring and keeps the starting job :-)

Posted by: Scofield | July 1, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Why the panic? 2 years is a good time frame. Either we're locked in with one of the youngsters by then or we punt and go for another UFA. Not the end of the world.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Let's just dig up Roman Chechmanek while we're at it.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

@James

I agree

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Per TSN - 28-21-3 record and a 2.44 goals against average. ... for Jose. I can live w/ that!

Posted by: Scofield | July 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig and Rolston just signed with TBL -- how can they afford all this with a cap?

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

WHOA Kolzig to Bolts for 1.5 mil!!!!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I wanted Huet, a bunch of us did but this is not bad. JT is not a #2 goalie...But if you believe JT is a #2, then you should keep Chris Osgood in mind.

Posted by: Just Think about it | July 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

washington just took a step back

Posted by: jon capital | July 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Just to point out, a lot of these posts were made BEFORE the whole Updates came out about how HUET is such and asshat. Now that we learned he spurned the CAPS he can take a flying leap and I can't wait to play Chicago so I can throw some things at him.

Posted by: krazijoe | July 1, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig is an ass

Posted by: Finn | July 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

It's official Kolzig's going Tampa for one year 1.5 per.

Posted by: CA Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Rolston for 7 mil!!! They have to trade away someone -- too many forwards and too much money

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay signs UFA goaltender Olaf Kolzig to a 1 year deal worth $1.5-million (plus bonuses).

geez, we could have let him ride the pine for that.

Posted by: DCDireWolf | July 1, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

No hip hip Jose, it's "Jose can you see"

Posted by: Joe B | July 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Huet was and is the better goalie, but if we sign all our other free agents, I'll be ok with this.

Posted by: fansince74 | July 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Stop your crying. Everyone. Go outside, enjoy the summer and dry your freakin' tears. You will live, and so will your hockey team.

I'm guessing that people who get paid to manage/hire players may know more about the situation than message-board hounds.

Posted by: Scrapple | July 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

HIP HIP - We're screwed!

Posted by: Uh-oh | July 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...That hurts about Kolzig.

Posted by: krazijoe | July 1, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Olie to the Bolts, so what. Who do you think he had to practice against here in DC? I think our boys will know how to beat Olie. Plus with TB's defense it's not like we are going to play against the Red Wings.

Posted by: ncmayhem | July 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Okay, it's a surprise, but I think I'm okay with this. Theodore is fine, and the money can be put toward someone else. Given what Huet was asking, there's over $1 million/year difference. That might be the margin to, say, bump Fedorov to $3 mil.

I'd take that.

Posted by: Eric | July 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

kolzig for 1year/1.5+bonuses...Tampa Bay per TSN.ca

Posted by: mike b | July 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Olie could have made at least 2 times in Washington what he took to play in Tampa.

Posted by: MikeR | July 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Huet was good but he also was weak in the first 3 games of the playoffs. Plus I don't think he could carry the work load.

Posted by: RH | July 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

828:

disagree.

as for Orpik, I have seen a thing here or there, but it is mostly that he is still available and has the D-man characteristics that the Caps are sorely lacking. Theodore is gonna need all the help he can get, especially with Greeners propensity for tripping over his skates or standing behind the net.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Green - Done - $5.25M
Theodore - Done - $4.5M
Orpik - Done - $4.75M
Fehr - Done - $.850M
Laich - Done - $2.0M

bye

Morrisonn
Fedorov
Cooke
Gordon

Great day for us... Everybody chill the F out...

Save the drama for yo momma

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

What we got? Definitely Huet is better, but you never know those goalies, see what I mean? Khabibulin won the Cup with Tampa, EVERYBODY wanted him and he sucked.

Osgood was Osbad in Detroit for a long time and now he won the Cup. He had one before, but he didn't carry the team back then.

So you never know. I just hope Theodore at least will bring us to the second round, I doubt we go any further, but even the second round would be good.

You never know those goalies, they are special breed.


4:14PM Tampa Bay signs UFA goaltender Olaf Kolzig to a 1 year deal worth $1.5-million (plus bonuses).

Posted by: Huet left the building (former King Huet) | July 1, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Can't say as I am suprised with all the rumors about the ole ball and chain not liking it here. That and his not really talking to any media while he was here. It looked like he tried to keep everything at arms length the whole time he was here.

After hearing that the Caps gave him what he wanted and he backed out to test the market, good for GMGM to let him rely on the market now. If his wife hated DC, I don't think Chicago is going to be any better. F him.

Posted by: nadir | July 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

people calm down, dude didnt want to play here...we offered what he wanted and he balked....

Posted by: chris LArry | July 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

At least we get a lot of chances to see Kolzig give up 4 goals in a period, and give him all the cheers he deserves...maybe Kolzig is really a plant, and will throw all the Lightning playoff games if the Bolts/Caps meet.

Posted by: James | July 1, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Gary Roberts to TBL also

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

If its true that Huet did what he did... then GMGM was smart and lucky to run out and lock up Theodore... if he had waited... and Huet signed the longer term deal with Chicago anyway... then we could have had no one in goal. So if its true... then good job on scrambling by McPhee.

Posted by: Esposito | July 1, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig's contract specifies that he plays in all games against the Caps. After the signing, Olaf could be seen wearing a Flyers' "Vengeance Now" t-shirt.

Posted by: beanboy66 | July 1, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

@jschon,

Why are Gordon and Mo gone exactly? The signing period is more than one day.

Still don't get Kolzig wanting to go to Tampa unless hetrying 's to get his golf game back in shape.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

like this move more and more...the day is not done, either.

I think Huet turned down a fair offer, so good luck to him. Credit GM for having a very solid back up plan in place.

Posted by: bigonetimer | July 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Now Kolzig will stay on his head to beat Caps. One word: REVENGE

Posted by: Huet left the building (former King Huet) | July 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Caps sign Jagr, Fedorov to Tampa!

The caps have just signed Jaromir Jagr to another 7 year 77 million dollar contract. Fedorov has now signed with the lightning for 1 year 2.5 million....

Posted by: Is this the next great move? | July 1, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I think I read somewhere on this post at the end of the season that the free agent market was very thin, especially at goalie and because of THAT (and not his ability), the Capitals would probably have to offer Huet more money for longer contract than they would otherwise want to do. Instead, it seems they signed the next best (maybe the smarter) option for less money/shorter contract. Let's be realistic -- was Huet really going to be THE playoff goalie to take the team to the Stanley Cup finals? I have my doubts. Is this guy Theodore any better? Probably not. So let's not get too wound up because this imaginary figure of a goalie we say we need is simply not available right now. So we wait and see if this guy earns his keep. And we wait and see if our promising prospects pan out(sooner rather than later, I hope). Time will tell. So in the mean time, calm yourselves and enjoy the ride - it should be interesting.

Posted by: Vic | July 1, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't say Orpik is done until the ink is dry on his contract. And I think signing him and dropping ShaMo would be a mistake, Morrissonnnnn was a great player for us this season.,

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@Old Time

IF the caps somehow sign Orpik, then there won't be need for Morrison, and won't be enough money for the other guys.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey idiot posting about Jagr....if you've ever been to a game, you'd know that 90% of the fans boo the hell out of Jagr (irrationally I might add) every time he visits....and Jagr is too much of a cry-baby to face playing in DC again.

Posted by: james | July 1, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Ottawa signs UFA goaltender Alex Auld to a 2 year deal worth $1-million

Huet's better :-(

Posted by: Huet has left the building | July 1, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

jschoen

Where did you see Orpik, Laich, Fehr being signed??

Posted by: jak | July 1, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

No, if the caps some how sign Orpik there will no longer be a need for Jurcina. Morrisonn is a valued member of this hockey team and will be part of it for at least a few more years.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen one legit source concerning the Caps signing Orpik so I wouldn't get your hopes up.

Posted by: Rob | July 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if Ottawa had gotten Theodore, and Tarik just posted "Washington signs Alex Auld"

talk about mass hysteria. GMGM did what we had to do this time around. I would prefer Huet, but not for 4 years. I'm cool with this.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig just wanted to room with Halpern again -- those silly lovebirds.

Posted by: The Ocho | July 1, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I support the GM on this one.

Posted by: Jaymagz | July 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay signs UFA goaltender Olaf Kolzig to a 1 year deal worth $1.5-million (plus bonuses).

Bonus: For every game that Lighting wins vs. Caps, Olaf gets $500,000. :-)

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Tampa Bay signs UFA goaltender Olaf Kolzig to a 1 year deal worth $1.5-million (plus bonuses).

Bonus: For every game that Lighting wins vs. Caps, Olaf gets $500,000. :-)

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think I would have preferred saving 3 million and signing Kolzig.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

3:30 p.m.: As usually happens in the hockey world, Toronto gets the Finger. This time, it's defenseman Jeff Finger, a 6-1, 205-pounder who had 19 points and a plus-12 in Colorado. Finger will earn $3.5 million per year for four seasons. Seriously?! Never even heard of him, I'm sad to admit. If he's getting that, Orpik has to be in the $5 million range. Washington and Buffalo lead the group vying for Orpik.

Posted by: Carl Williams | July 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Read the story Tarik's story carefully hypervenilating Caps fans...Huet doesn't want to be here. The Caps offered him what he wanted. Huet's reply was the NHL free agent version of "no thanks". And look folks, Huet had a nice run, but he's not the second coming of Terry Sawchuck for crying out loud. In fact, he's not even the second coming of Kolzig in his prime. Deep breaths, folks, deep breaths.

Posted by: RedWingfan | July 1, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Good to see things settling down a bit. It was Jim Fassel-level hysteria there for a while.

Posted by: dco | July 1, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

That made my decision for getting a full seasons worth of tickets much easier. Thanks, but no thanks. I will wait and see.

Posted by: Tyler Durden | July 1, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm gay and I would love to meet Brooks Orpik.

Posted by: Steve Lippman | July 1, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

More outta TB....

SPORTSNET.CA

The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping goaltender Mike Smith around after signing Olaf Kolzig to a one-year deal, Sportsnet has learned.

Kolzig signed for $1.5 million with the Lightning after 15 seasons with the Washington Capitals. Earlier Tuesday, the Capitals signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year deal worth $9 million.

Smith was acquired by Tampa Bay at the NHL's February trade deadline in the deal that sent Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars. Smith went 3-10 with a 2.79 goals-against average with Tampa Bay.

Posted by: ncmayhem | July 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Back to the 6-4 hockey games...

Posted by: Joel | July 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Where is this info about Orpik coming from? Link anybody?

Posted by: AM capsfan | July 1, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I've seen Theodore in some pretty amazing games last season (like, he was just stopping everything) but I've also seen him in some pretty bad. I guess one of the major differences for him will be that he technically won't have to compete for the starting position. I wonder how's that going to influence his performance...

Posted by: MarcusFenix | July 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I've never really liked Theodore, but I was very impressed with the way he rebounded last year.

My problem with him has always been his attitude. He is a whiny little biatch. However we've learned that if a coach can manage whiny goaltenders (hasek, roy) that the result can be great.

Huet wanted too much. When we offered him what he wanted, he turned it down anyway. Theodore was the 2nd best goaltender out there.

He's a former Vezina winner and we now have two Hart Trophy winners on the team. Fine by me.

Posted by: Hip Hip Jose | July 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get what everyone is overreacting about. Either way the Caps go here, neither Huet nor Theodore were going to be the long term solution at Goalie for this team. They both are a stop gap until either Varmolov or Neuvirth are NHL ready. We just took the cheaper of the two options when Huet decided to test the market.

Posted by: SuperCaps | July 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hey James, ever hear of sarcasm? Lighten up dude. Anyone who knows ANYTHING about hockey knows it was sarcastic commentary on the Huet\Theodore situation.

Posted by: Jagr | July 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

If what Tarik says is correct. That's a crapy move by Huet. To ask for an amount and get it from the team, Then come out and say let me test the market? That's unmanly, Trashy move.

Posted by: AK1 | July 1, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I want my $190 back for the Huet jersey I bought for my bf that we never got a chance to wear to a game.

Posted by: manaxpower | July 1, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

You never know what I might have in store. I AM...The Undertaker.

[organs blasting]

Posted by: The Undertaker | July 1, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye Huet...you can take your greedy butt to Chicago! He could have made something out of his career here in DC, but he will instead just vanish in a losing team! Enjoy!

We need to give Theodore a chance...he just might be a good fit here! Real fans support their team...they don't give up their season tickets over a goalie change!

Let's go Caps!

Posted by: McB | July 1, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Don't get too excited, I promise you Orpik won't become a Cap - the cost would be too high. The only question now is if they are able to sign Fedorov or not.

Posted by: eggs | July 1, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

RedWingFan: "Not the second coming of Terry Sawchuk..." made me LOL and take a deep breath. Thanks!

Posted by: Cheri | July 1, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I'll take season tickets... GO CAPS!

Posted by: AM capsfan | July 1, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Okay, I'm pissed.

Posted by: Fairfax | July 1, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Did Lalime just go to Buffalo?

Posted by: DCDireWOlf | July 1, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

What a gongshow!

Posted by: puckpolitics | July 1, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Mo needs to stay. That is crucial. I'm okay with JT in net...as someone else stated, we offered Huet what he wanted and then said he wanted to test the waters. We would have lost him had we waited and probably lost JT...where would that have left us??? In a hole...that's where! But MO must come back. We need him and Laich. Feds would be nice too but Mo and Laich are crucial. As for Orpik...look at the last Penguin garbage we had...I think we just stopped paying half of his salary after last season...oh right, and he didn't even play for us. Go figure. My hats off to Ted and GMGM. Go CAPS.

Posted by: Kelhu | July 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Kinda ironic that we ended up with neither Kolzig nor Huet ... who would have predicted that 3 months ago?

Anyway, at least Theodore is easier to pronounce than Huet.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

manaxpower,
So I guess I won't be the only person! haha

Posted by: MNMNT | July 1, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero,

Well, I'm not sure I buy the premise that Mo and Oprik are mutually exclusive parts. But, even if I did, I think he Oprik rumor is still just a rumor.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

i wonder how many people are going to mispronounce Jose.

Posted by: MNMNT | July 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

We need Defense fast............

Posted by: Ali | July 1, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

We need another signing....

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone want to sign Orpik when Redden is available?

/shows his smart arse out the door.

Posted by: Section 117 | July 1, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Columbus signs UFA defenceman Ogie Oglethorpe to a 4 year deal worth an average of $3.75-million a year.

Posted by: DCDireWolf | July 1, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

How is Theodore a downgrade from Kolzig? They each had one Vezina year, neither has that much playoff experience, discounting Olie's run 10 years ago. On the other hand, I feel Theodore is a better puckhandler, and might regain his form back on the East Coast with the slightly slower style of play. And at 31, I feel there's time for J-T to find his game, especially playing for a real contender. Fun fact - sometimes a star player makes everyone around him better - back in the 90's teams realized their goaltending improved by about .022 goals against per game when Jagr was in the lineup. I think A-O will have a similar effect.

Posted by: Caps98FanInNorcal | July 1, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Redden, Orpik....i don't care. we need a quality D-man!!!

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

@JSchon

I'd be ok - actually I'd be more than ok - with that. It would suck to see Fed and Cooke go, but a top D-man is our main priority now.


Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Huet? Who eh?

Keep signing those Hart winners.

Posted by: beanboy66 | July 1, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Geez there are a lot of yentas here. How about some cheese with that whine?

Posted by: Jill | July 1, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Orpik has offers on the table from the NYR, LA Kings, Buffalo Sabres, Atlanta Thrashers and San Jose. I'm being told the Penguins may be willing to go 6yrs. Their last official offer was 5yrs - 18 million.

Posted by: DCDireWolf | July 1, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we can afford Orpik.

Right now, the only way we keep everybody and stay under the cap would be

Feds 2 million
Morrisonn - 1.5 million
Fehr- 840,000 (qualifying offer)
Laich - 1,500,000
Gordon - 715,000

that would put us at 56,461,934 with exactly 23 players on the roster.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

go shove it, Jill

Posted by: anti-jill | July 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Com'on throw us a bone ... any updates/rumors on our RFAs? What about Feds?

Posted by: Tracy | July 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Leeguru:
Great picture - thanks for the reminder! :-) BTW, so nice that you still want to pay up ... I can picture it now!! :-D

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

New Number One Goalie
We couldn't come to terms with Cristobal Huet even though we met his ask and NOT for a lack of trying. We became very concerned that this player just didn't want to sign with us so we had to move quickly to sign a new number one goaltender. We believe that Jose Theodore will fit in nicely in DC. He is a former league MVP and a former Vezina Trophy winner and he led his team into the second round of the playoffs last season.

We still have work to do - more as it develops - but I feel good that we delivered a new, younger, number one starting goaltender today.

Posted by: From Ted | July 1, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Tarik:
Please give us anything.....speculation about fedorov, crazy rumors about Orpik, trade options for Theodore......ANYTHING

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

@anti-Jill,

You are a douche.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

One thing is clear, we need a good d-man, a.k.a Orpik. Our d is too young, too immature. We don't have Brodeaur in goals. If GMGM won't get a good d-man, it could be a long season.

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Well Jill you have to remember, winning the hart isn't good enough for some people here.

Posted by: Anthony | July 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

@Lee

I hope we'll see many more of those :D
And... I wanna be there when it happens!

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh, now you need defense ?

Where have you been since 2002 ?

How about letting the homeless guy on F Street run the team ?

Posted by: Tinner | July 1, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"6 packs and pools" are definitely in Tampa.

Posted by: puckpolitics | July 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I am 90% certain that the Orpik thing is an unfounded rumor. If I am wrong, i'll actually leave my Sombrero home one game next season.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Forget the CAPS, lets talk about the Mystics and D.C. United.

Posted by: Steve Lippman | July 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

From washcaps.com RE: JT:

21-13-2, 2.24 GAA, .919 SV% in last 37 starts

fifth among NHL goaltenders with a 2.24 GAA after January 1

6-1 record in shootouts this season and has a 9-2 mark in shootouts in his career

ranks 10th among active goaltenders in career appearances (444) and 14th in victories (183)

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

@ posted by:

thanks

Posted by: anti-jill | July 1, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

If Jose Theodore is going to be our starting goalie getting skilled defense needs to be our #1 priority. It was some what of an issue when we were planning on Huet now it's a MUST.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

So, with Jose in net, should we start calling the backline "Jo-se and the pussycats?"

Posted by: old time hockey | July 1, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@DC Fury:

wholeheartedly agree

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

But I thought McPhee was everybody's HERO?!?!? I told you people and you didn't listen...

Posted by: #37 | July 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Van put in an offer sheet on RFA Backes from the Blues: 3 years, 7.5m total.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Theodore catches right? ewwwww..

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

GMGM: We like your style. What'll it take to keep you here a few more years?
Huet: Hmm... I'd stick around for 3 years, $15mil.
GMGM: Fancy that, I happen to have just such a contract right here! Hang on, I'll get you a pen.
Huet: Well, uh, actually... I'd like to see what kinds of offers come across the fax machine on Tuesday. You know, just out of... curiosity. You'll be my #1 pick, I promise.
GMGM: Uh, okaaaayyyyy.
GMGM (aside): Susan, could you get Jose Theodore's people on the line?
Huet: Hmmm... You know, George, you should really take a look at what Chicago's offering me.
GMGM: Bite me, Christo. Enjoy your new life in flyover country.

Sounds about right to me. Same goalie for $1.1m less. Sign Feds, the rest of the RFAs, and ShaMo, Orpik, or Redden and I'll be alright with things today.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Just sign Fedorov, Morissonn, Gordon, Laich, Fehr, AND Orpik. That's what I'd do.

Posted by: Dan Snyder | July 1, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Huet was great. We had no reason to expect greatness when we got him. The whole caps world was stunned by the news that we traded for him. No one had any idea what to make of him, until we heard that we only gave up a draft pick to acquire him. He got a shot, delivered us to the playoffs and no farther.

GMGM saw something I must admit that I did not.

I see no reason Theodore should not have a shot to impress.

I do not think Huet's wife will find Europe in Chicago btw. Oh well.

Posted by: Reyi | July 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

When I saw the news, my stomach plummeted.

Having read the terms of the deal however and provided that the Caps aren't lying about the circumstances of the negotiations, the Caps probably made the right choice.

We offered Huet exactly what he wanted, he turned it down so nuts to him then. Thanks for the great two months but come on.

Theodore is a riskier bet than Huet though it could be far, far worse - we could have scrambled for an emergency band-aid like Andrew Raycroft.

The honus now though is on our prospects - namely Varlamov and Neuvirth to show continued growth and progress.

Posted by: Zach | July 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Also, don't forget the Marcel Marceau accent when reading Huet's parts.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Chief the other. Stop posting that drivel under my name. I am the real Chief. The real Chief loves Theo and lots of mayonnaise.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone looking at the stats? This is not that bad - they are not that different. Jose seems to be getting better as of late - next season could be his best yet! Stranger things have happened.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@ King Huet;

Yes, you're absolutely right. The 31-year old Poti and the 27-year old Schultz don't have the ice presence or command, so let's throw upwards of $4.5 per on a 27 year old who's a whopping +12 over the last 3 years, and never mind that we've got to give two guys some long looks in camp.

Seriously folks, calm down, have a glass of wine and a cigar or something, and realize that there are some folks in house that talks have got to shift to, OK?

Posted by: Section 117 | July 1, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I am thrilled.

Huet was GREAT at stopping the 1st shot, but was HORRIBLE at getting back in position to stop the 2nd shot.
(just like Kolzig.. they were big in net and hard to pass w/ 1 shot, but get them out of position and they were very SLOW to cover the other post)
Everybody in the NHL knew this, so I am glad the CAPS didn't pay his old,slow a$$ and got somebody cheaper until they find a real solution.

Posted by: D-rock | July 1, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Cristobal HueT?

Posted by: Bill Swerski | July 1, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Let's not sign Orpik. Instead, let's just have Alzner and Sami on the team this season. Spend that money on Fedorov!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

maybe the D looks better from section 117

Posted by: section 421 | July 1, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Big props to GMGM for making the moves he had to.

Huet can take that extra cash and shove it, he is definitely not deserving of the amount that Chicago threw at him.

Theodore will definitely make ends meet until the young bucks are ready to move up to the big league.

Posted by: Cap Man J | July 1, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@Section 117

Schultz is 22 not 27. But if your post was meant to say "don't get Orpik" then you can't be serious. Orpik is a proven D who has SC experience. And by the way, the Pens played really well defensively, it was their O that sucked in the finals.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I want to file a complaint!!! why on earth did they put your editor on washpo live today!!! that is silly it should have been you Tarik, no one even knows who this guy is, and we are supposed to take his perspective as valid! come on, we want our trusted beat writer, you do all the actual work, you actually go to every game...has this guy even been to a Caps game? outrageous!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

well said, mauree. Lepisto is pedestrian

Posted by: we need d-men | July 1, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, 45 points in 55 games.. real pedestrian for someone playing their first season in North America..

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Buffablow takes Patrick Lalime for $2m/2yr

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

@ Mauree,

My bad, I meant to say Erskine.

But my point still remains that paying Orpik the money that's being tossed around winds up bumping the team up against the Cap, and possibly not being able to re-sign some of the Caps forwards. I'd much prefer to keep a balance and re-sign the FA forwards we have, so that hopefully our O doesn't fail deep in the playoffs like Pitts did, as you pointed out.

Posted by: Section 117 | July 1, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Mauree,

Cap space is getting tight (considering number of people unsigned). If you want Orpik, what (whose) salary gets dumped to make cap room?

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

man i would love orpik. he's exactly what we needed in the playoffs but only if he's not too expensive

Posted by: gocaps! | July 1, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

AND THERE THEY GOOOOOOOoooooo!!!
The crybabies are all out, oh, lord the humanity!!!


Who let the CRYBABIES out?
(waah, waah, waah, waah)
(waah, waah, waah, waah)
(waah, waah, waah, waah)
(waah, waah, waah, waah)

Who let the crybabies out (waah, waah, waah, waah)
Who let the crybabies out (waah, waah, waah, waah)

waah, waah, waah, waah)

When the party was nice, the party was jumpin' (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
And everybody havin' a ball (Hah, ho, Yippie Yi Yo)
I tell the fellas "start the name callin'" (Yippie Yi Yo)
And the girls report to the call
The poor cry-babies show down


LOL woof, woof, woof ...

Posted by: x | July 1, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Please stop talking about Orpik. He is not coming to the Caps. Someone just made up that rumor on these boards and everybody is running with it like it's legit.

Posted by: Rob | July 1, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

LOL ok blogs experts so much for huet being the answer and crazy about DC
ditto for fedorov its about the money with these ufa's why else would someone sign in Chicago why need to concentrate on grit talent not european tenders or a babysitter for ao

Posted by: wendel | July 1, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

please stop posting.

Posted by: y | July 1, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

X----You must be the least funny person on earth. seriously what the hell was taht?

gocaps!----Orpik exactly what we need to make the playoffs???? No a legit goalie is what we need, not an overpriced and overrated defenseman

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Rob,

I don't think anyone honestly believes the rumors. He'd be a good pick up, he's what we need, and he's available, so why not talk about it?

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Huet and the Caps were at cross purposes. Huet looked at this as his max contract at age 32. The Caps see two prospects in their system that will be ready in 1-2 years and didn't want to commit out to 4 years with Backstrom and Schultz and others needing to be resigned in the coming years.

Unfortunately, this was a very thin year for goaltenders and the second and third choices were players that had some significant question marks attached to them. If Theodore did not have these, Colorado would not have let him go.

This change in goal won't hurt the club as much in the regular season next year, but I do have some reservations about how far Theodore is going to take you in the playoffs.

Posted by: Roy Hobbs | July 1, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

x:

the way i look at it....the Caps are spending MY money. If I think they make a stupid decision, damn right I am going to have my say. If that is considered whining, so be it!

don't know about you, but MY cash doesn't grow on trees.

Posted by: season ticket holder | July 1, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

This is the root of the Orpik speculation on this blog:

"2:54pm: TSN has big blue-liner Kurt Sauer going to Phoenix on four-year deal worth $1.75 million per season. He's 6-foot-4 ("and full of muscle") and 220 pounds. As I blogged recently, all these blue-line signings are driving up the cost of those who are still on the market. Brooks Orpik may soon have more money than he knows what to do with, with a new suitor emerging that is believed to be the Washington Capitals.

Posted by: The Truth | July 1, 2008 3:39 PM "

I have since scoured TSN for verification of this and have found nothing. Appears bogus. Orpik talk is 100% speculation.

I repeat for lazy eyes scanning:

Orpik talk is 100% speculation.

Carry on.

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

No way @ 4 years. Traitorous - yella - french bag.

sorry to you all in the diplomatic corp.

Posted by: Victor | July 1, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Wendel,

Wishfull thinking doesn't change the fact that the only way Laing will play more than a half dozen games with the Caps this year is if the team is wiped out by injuries. He does one thing very well. Everything else, not so good. Big heart, no talent. It is what it is.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping goaltender Mike Smith around after signing Olaf Kolzig to a one-year deal, Sportsnet has learned.

Kolzig signed for $1.5 million with the Lightning after 15 seasons with the Washington Capitals. Earlier Tuesday, the Capitals signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year deal worth $9 million.

Smith was acquired by Tampa Bay at the NHL's February trade deadline in the deal that sent Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars. Smith went 3-10 with a 2.79 goals-against average with Tampa Bay.

Posted by: Kolzig a starter? | July 1, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Huet proved it was all about money for him. Instead of being #1 on a play-off team (and rising) he chose to *split time* with Khabibulin on a rebuilding team because they gave him one more year. LAME!!! F him!

Posted by: me | July 1, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Well well well all you GMGM haters can shut your mouths up and go stick your head in the sand. They offered what Huet wanted and then he basically flicked the Caps off. Good riddance to him and his greed but I'm not surprised.

Allows them to have extra money - go land a defenseman.

Posted by: Jonathan | July 1, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

@X
I disagree with DC FURY, I think you are very funny.

The same people that are crying now will be kissing GMGM arse during the season.

keep it up.

Posted by: Kolzig | July 1, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Ben-We know it just gets our minds off how screwed we are. The hopes of having our defense improve to make up for our hopeless goaltending situation :-)

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Finally, a right handed goalie in Washington...my life is now complete! I wonder if I can paint a Caps jersey on my McFarlane Theodore figure (yes, I'm a dork)

Posted by: fullright | July 1, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Look on the bright side. We no longer have to pretend to like the French.

I think Ted should rename French fries "freedom fries" at all VC food stands.

Posted by: Sarcasm | July 1, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Kolzig--That's why we benched your ass :-)

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Orpik? No, not a done deal, but could happen. Who thought JT would be on the roster?!? ANYTHING can happen.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I love Jose signing, I love pepper steak, I love Ted, Ted loves pepper steak

Posted by: Mr. Mom | July 1, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Why do we need to sign Gordon if we sign Fedorov?

OV-Feds-Semin
Laich-Nyls-Kovlov
Fehr-Backstrom-Clarkie
Brash-Stecks-Brads

Where does he fit in so why sign him? Steckel I think is better in the circle, better defensively, bigger and more of a scoring threat.

Where??????????

Posted by: Roger # 94 | July 1, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

In the last five NHL Entry Drafts, Washington has chosen six goaltenders: Justin Mrazek (eighth round in 2004), Daren Machesney (fifth round in 2005), Simeon Varlamov (first round in 2006), Michal Neuvirth (second round in 2006), Dan Dunn (sixth round in 2007) and Braden Holtby (fourth round in 2008)

....considering how much we have invested our youth in goaltending, this move makes sense. Even though Huet for 3yr/$15 mil might make sense as well but I think this is a better move. We need to show our youth that we are committed to them and that we want them to step up in the next year or two.

Posted by: straub21 | July 1, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I heard Huet signed for 5.6mm per year in Chicago. $1mm extra to get Feds signed

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

@DC FURY
I read all your posts, it made me understand your sense of humor and your well chosen name of "FURY".

Your are too funny, man!

waah, waah, waah, woof woof

Posted by: x | July 1, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

if it couldn't be locked up.. better 2 lock someone up quickly... no reason 2 be left out.. the green contract (2 much imo) ticks me off more than this one but oh well.

Posted by: jim* | July 1, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Campbell to Chicago
Team is shaping up

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@Roger # 94

Because Gordon should be a cheap depth player at about 715K. At best, you would save 200K by bringing up an AHLer, but they wouldn't have the same experience, face off or PK ability that Gordon has.

An NHL roster can be up to 23 players. Usually its 14 forwards, 2 goalies, and 7 D-men. We still need 2 more forwards after your list.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@Roger #94

To add to Sombrero Guy, cuz he holds onto the puck.

It's an asset to have a player that sits on the puck in the O-zone, allowing your top line a chance at it.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@Chief

any idea what Campbell signed for? Nothing on TSN's website yet.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Still finalizing 8/56

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Even if Fedorov AND Nylander end up being on the team next year.. no chance in hell Backstrom ends up on the third line.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am happy for Kolzig. I hate tampa with the rest of the world but the guy deserves the best. That being said I am happy he gets to end his career with one of his closest friends in Maryland Native Jeff Halpern.

About Huet, screw him....I was one of the ones that was counting him basically as a Cap before it happened but I am not going to hate Jose. Like someone said before we are fans for the name on the front and not on the back.

Lets go Caps!

Posted by: Phil9 | July 1, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

TSN on NHL Network reports 8 years $7.1 million per for Campbell in Chicago

Chicago about $5 mil over the cap now.

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

@steve r
Can u read? did i mention laing? no
I just mentioned those people who figured all the ufa's would flock here due to our finish at the end of last season and how i didnt think we should just sign more soft euro prostitues who r just in it for the $$$$ as for no talent...... that shows how f'en stupid u r

Posted by: wendel | July 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Where are Chicago and Tampa finding all this coin?!?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Let's talk about something important.

If I remember correctly the last time we played Tampa we broke an arm of a superstar

They then went and signed Kolzig who I imagine walked away with some anger.

Is anybody else looking forward to that game . .especially if Kolzig starts?

I think its going to be a bloodbath!

Regarding Theodore signing . . .I think we didn't have a chance at Huet at a reasonable number, and I think GMGM realized that and went after the next best thing. I don't believe anybody things he is better then CH but given the circumstances with the contract our young guys and our best chance to win the SC (2010,2011,2012) in my opinion totally the right move.

Posted by: WhooHoo | July 1, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

on tsn now

campbell to blackhawks...8yrs 56.8 mil

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Chicago just has to sign Orpik and they'll be all set.

Posted by: Section 117 | July 1, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Bulin on the move.
Maybe by now some buyers remorse has settled in, anything can happen.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Section 117:
HA! Good one!! :-) Or maybe he will go to Tampa?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Chicago said they're not trading Bulin. They have to do something, they're 4.5 million over the cap now. 12 million tied up between their goalies.

Posted by: Brett | July 1, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

WHERE IS TARIK?!?!? DID SOMEONE LOCK HIM IN THE DUNGEEN OF DOOM??!?!?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME! i knew GMGM wouldnt fail me. HUET agreed to 3yr $15mil but wanted to test FA. Chicago gave him 4yr $5.6mil. For a 32 year old goalie thats a long deal and risky one. Jose #'s & HUETS are pretty much the same. Jose has been more consistent throughout his career and better in the playoffs. HUET was suspect in the postseason; numbers dropped. With the money they saved they can sign FEDS and other people. Not loosing much here. People are just emotionally attached to HUET

Posted by: smartfan | July 1, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

@Jordan

Good catch, I didn't even pay attention to Roger #94's lines. To add to your comment:

THERE'S NO WAY IN HELL BACKSTROM'S ON THE 2nd LINE!

:)

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

jose might just be better than huet, in the playoffs huet got pushed around too much.

Posted by: caps3234 | July 1, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

i am sorry that Cristobal left the Capitals, but Théo was in Montreal to and i know is a good goalie. Im sure is gonna be good for the Caps. You have the best goalies that comes frome Montreal so dont worry about it is gonna do the job!!!

Posted by: Melanie | July 1, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

@Keef

I've seen a lot of people trying to put OV Feds and Semin on the same line and I just don't see it.

IF we sign Feds, he'll get time with his countrymen on the PP but not on regular lines. I can't see BB breaking up Backstrom and OV.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

They better sign Federov now since we went cheaper and signed Jose! i reely want 2 reunite the Mother Russia Line of
Ovie/Feds/Semin!

Go Caps Go!

Posted by: ZackAttack | July 1, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Chicago is going crazy stoopid. They won't get jack in return for Bulin. Who else can they trade? Handzus? Havlat?

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I'll take Melanie's word for it since she was bang-on about Huet when we first picked him up.

Fedorov. Sign your damn contract.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

@Sombrero Guy

And those must be the crazies that expect the Ovie/Feds/Semin line to get 60min of ice time a night.

Gotta have scoring from all-around, folks. I think Ovie benefits from Backstrom and Semin from Feds. Keep 'em together.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

If you fools want an all-Russian line so badly, drop Kozzie down and make it Semin/Feds/Kozzie.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we should underestimate the value of the flexibility Theodore's 2 yr deal gives us - Especially if the Huet is getting a 4 yr deal from Chicago. 4 yrs is a looooong time for any goalie. And if the young guys move up through the system as we hope, i like having an open net in 2 yrs. Having said all that, this isn't the news i wanted to hear today.

Posted by: Billy Dee | July 1, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I am really waiting here for some news. Any update will do. Where are my Laich, Fehr, Mo, and Fedorov signings?

Throw me a bone. Please. Are they talking, mulling offers?

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

sad news huet is gone and tampa have a team
the cup is far from dc, now i have to see the blackhawks fan site hope you have fun with josé allez la france and congratulation for cristo 22.5 good job chicago believe in him not the caps to bad

Posted by: stephane | July 1, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Laich, Fehr, and Mo are restricted and aren't going anywhere, so there's not a huge rush to sign them. Feds is a luxury and won't happen until after these three are signed.

Posted by: Matt | July 1, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Tampa has Kolzig as their goalie and Melrose as their coach. I wouldn't be to concerned with them.

Posted by: Brett | July 1, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to investigate Tampa Bay's salary cap!!! how in the world can they just go out and sign what 8 FA in two days??? I mean they must be at like $80million by now!!!

Posted by: mike b | July 1, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I had the "pleasure" of "meating" Sergei Fedorov. It was pure bliss.

Posted by: Steve Lippman | July 1, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

If you gauge where we are starting this comming season to what we had at the start of last season...I think we are ALOT better off. And the fun has just begun. If the Jose expierment doesnt work out, I am sure you will see someone else between the pipes before the end of the season. Have a little faith....LETS GO CAPS!

Posted by: puckhound | July 1, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Commodore signed with Columbus 5 yea deal worth $18.75 million. I'd throw the same amount (or more) to Orpik.

@Steve R
Hurts to say this but I'd let Fed go if we have a shot at Orpik. I want the SC this year!

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Theodore plays for the money, period. he plays for contract years, thats the only reason he had a decent year for Colorado last year. this is a disaster. just keep the damn puck away from the guy and we might be ok.

Posted by: der | July 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Roloston to the Devils, 5 for 20.

Posted by: fullright | July 1, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Anyone hear Theodore on XM?

He said Washington was his top choice, is thrilled to be coming here, was hoping the Caps were in the mix once he saw Huet wasn't signed.

Here's a guy who *wants* to come here. Huet wanted to go fishing for money. Theodore wanted to be a Cap.

They asked him what GMGM had to say to convince him to come, and Theodore said, "Nothing, really. I wanted to go there."

I'm feeling better already.

Posted by: Eric | July 1, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Philly signed Ossi Vaananen (D) to 1 yr 1 mil

WHO???

Posted by: Tommmy | July 1, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

@Eric

Ever heard of "lip service"?

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

@keef

Yeah, I know, but that's what Huet was lacking. I'll take it.

Posted by: Eric | July 1, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

@Steve Lippman

I hope you intended to you had the please of "meeting" Fedorov. Otherwise I'd think we'd be seeing him more in the Dupont area.

Posted by: Guy | July 1, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to hear that from Theodore. Hopefully that means he'll be motivated to play here.

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

@Eric

Huet wasn't lacking it. There was that article that came out during the World where he said he wanted to stay a Cap. ;)

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Wow...loosing Huet is a big surprise. But..considering how much cheaper Theodore is and we're only locked up for 2 years instead of 4...I think it was the right move.

Now I gotta go home and break the news to my wife. She was finally starting to warm up to the idea of buying season tix. She had the "hots" for Huet.

Posted by: RockDaRed | July 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

it seems that only us on the board are the ones who really think that Huet is really a better goalie then JT. TSN had him ranked in the bottom 20 in the league and he is now making more then Broduer. the hawks can have fun with a goalie who has never really been able to claim a true number 1 status for top 5 money. I am happy with JT at the price. Yea, I would have liked him under 4 mil, but really with what little there was on the market this is what we have to pay for someone who has been in the league for a while and can take the load of being the #1 for a season.

Posted by: Mike | July 1, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

@ Guy

Good one. That's funny. I was thinking the same thing. LOL

Posted by: RockDaRed | July 1, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

This has been a great day for the Caps fans.

Let's be honest, Huet screwed us. But I'm glad that he has showned his true self.

I'm impressed with how GMGM quickly went to our next best option (a former Hart trophy winner, no less). It could have been worse - we could have end up with Ray Emery. Then we would be really screwed.

Now we have Green and a good goalie for next year. Great job GMGM!

Posted by: Danny | July 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

crap columbus got Mike Commodore i thought he was the one guy that would really help us that we would also have a legit shot at

Posted by: crap | July 1, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

@Red

I think the 2 vs. 4 years is something that's perhaps underappreciated. If the Caps had signed Huet to the deal Chicago gave him, there'd be many on this board who would start worrying about how we re-sign Semin and Backstrom in 2 years.

Posted by: Eric | July 1, 2008 6:32 PM | Report abuse

GMGM...let's get ORPICK now. He just may be the final piece of the puzzle. Sign him up George!

Posted by: RockDaRed | July 1, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

GMGM video up on the Caps homepage http://www.washcaps.com

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

It is very likely it got down to this: Offering Huet less than the goalie he was replacing (Kolzig- beat him out of a job) had to create a feeling of getting him cheap. No matter the cover-up of "we gave him what he asked for"......... when that happens and someone else offers what you think YOU should have been offered in the first place you take it and run. McPhee just screwed the pooch on this one.
Huet's agent didn't tell the Caps what they wanted, they waited for an offer. It's negotiating 101.
Theodore will now be presented as who they wanted all the time. Like he was part of a plan.
This is not job done well by McPhee.
Especially when you think that Bryzgalov could have been had FOR NOTHING.

Posted by: Seravat Holdings | July 1, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

@ Eric

Excellent point. That's exactly what I was thinking. Let's give McPhee some credit. He's carried us this far...let's not doubt him now. We need to continue to invest in our young talent.

Posted by: RockDaRed | July 1, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope JT "meant" what he said about the Caps (wish I could have heard it). CH never seemed very enthusiastic about being here (just in the way he talked about it, although he never said anything bad). Keep in mind that CH was surprised when he was traded. But he seemed to be warming up to it. Oh well. At least JT had a say in his move - hopefully that will translate to enthusiasm. I've got to believe that he had other offers, and that he CHOSE this one. Attitude can make a big difference in play (and our guys seem to be pretty happy go lucky, so that will reinforce JT presumed good attitude).

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Philadelphia Flyers sign UFA forward Glen Metropolit to a two-year deal

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Look Out! Glen Metropolit to Philly. Let's hope we don't play them again in the playoffs next year.

Posted by: eggs | July 1, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Bunch of immature babies who are posting based only on an exciting playoff run. Calling Kolzig an idiot? The Capitals made it clear they didn't want him anymore. Do you blame him for signing with another team?

He plainly reports that the Huet gave the Caps a number and they met it. Huet's agent was obviously in touch with other teams and when Chicago offered more money he took it. Huet's wife didn't like the area so he is gone.

Calm down. In December Huet will be a distant memory.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

From the vid, GMGM's going after Feds in the next day or two.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Another Dman gone:
New York Rangers re-sign UFA defenceman Michael Rozsiva to a four-year deal worth $20 million

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

As long as Oloaf Fatzig isn't in goal, I could give a crap. Huet sounds like one greedy Frenchman. Hope the Caps sail into the Stanley Cup while he gets anal warts in goal for the As.

Posted by: shushi | July 1, 2008 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Is Brooks Orpik the one who clocked Jagr after he scored during the NYR/Pitt playoff series? Hmm...

Maybe two people named Brooks on a team would be cool. Are both of them named after Herb Brooks or just Orpik?

Glad to hear Feds is still in the picture. What about Laich and Mo?

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I do not like the way Huet played the negotiations. GMGM did the right thing with this one and now we have more money to sign the other players while getting a goalie at the same level as Huet.

Nice move GMGM.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I'd love share a "banana split" with Theodore and Fedorov. Ice cream keeps me cool in the summer.

Posted by: Steve Lippman | July 1, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Please may we at least sign Fedorov

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

wow, those were some candid comments from McPhee about the Huet negotiation.

sounds like it turned into an auction with the agent going back and forth between the caps and chicago just trying to get to the highest offer.

Good for the caps to walk away from that.

Posted by: Stormblue | July 1, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so I've relaxed and I'm ready for Theodore to swoop in and impress us all.

I'm also ready for Fedorov to sign! Get it done, George!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

If Sundin is getting 10 mil, a guy who never won anything, how much do you think Feds(Hart@Selke, 3 Cups) will get?

Say goodbye to Feds. As soon as GMGM couldn't sign him and Huet before July 1st, it was clear they will be gone.


Sources tell TSN as many as four teams have tabled offers for the 37 year old, including the Vancouver Canucks, who have offered a whopping $10 million per year on a two-year contract.

Sources tell TSN the Canucks offer includes a $5 million signing bonus, plus $5 million to play in 2008-09. There would be $5 million due on July 1, 2009 and another $5 million to play in 2009-2010.

Posted by: Used to Be King Huet | July 1, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Chicago signs UFA defenceman Brian Campbell to an 8 year deal worth $56.8-million

Wow, that changes the whole picture, I wish it could be Caps signing Huet and Campbell. Chicago is a contender now.

Posted by: Used to Be King Huet | July 1, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

If Feds didn't sign with those kind of offers it means he really wants to stay in Wash - as OV interview suggested :D

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Are the Caps doing ANYTHING else, or are we just watching this year?

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

I don't know, Huet also said he wanted to stay in Washington. I believe he didn't lie, but when the difference is in millions, even for millionaires it's a lot.

For that money even Edmonton could be good. :-)

Posted by: Used to Be King Huet | July 1, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

redden to nyr 6/39 mil..lol

Posted by: usiel | July 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

New York Rangers sign UFA defenceman Wade Redden to a six-year contract worth $39 million

Here goes Redden...

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 7:43 PM | Report abuse

@used to be king huet

That tsn blurb is referring to Mats Sundin NOT Feds

Posted by: O-V-P | July 1, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

@King Huet
That's true hehe.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

@O-V-P

Yeah, I was talking about Sundin, the guy never won anything, but he always had better contract deals than Feds. Beats me....

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Wendel,

Must have confused you with someone else with a Laing love fest thing going on.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess we won't see the Caps in SCF this season. Damn, there was a hope with Huet. Good goalie makes all the difference.

Now we have to wait until our prospect goalies mature. By that time Caps D will be very good. Seems like the it's all going to to blossom in 3-4 years.

............... But I want it now.
NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

obviously, Huet didn't want to be here as much as he and his agent let on. It was money only. We don't need players like that. I'm disappointed, but I do think the Caps treated him fairly, and got shafted in return.

Posted by: kenhockey | July 1, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Come next year, both Huet and the Capitals will wish they were still together.

Posted by: Villainaire | July 1, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm drinking a cold beer and feeling good. A goalie just has to stop the puck (a BB quote). It's not rocket science. Think Ovechkin, Semin, Backstrom, Green--it's all about scoring. I don't think BB was ever a 'build from the goal out' kind of coach, so why should we build a team based on a strategy we don't buy? Face it--occasionally the other team will score. Sometimes more than once per game. So, we score more.

I love Kolzig, now and forever. I enjoyed Huet's time with the Caps. I look forward to JT's contributions. And I think our #2 goalie is looking at some quality time in net. OK by me. We will more often than not score more than the other team.

So, like my beer, I am chillin'. And really looking forward to the season.

Paul R

Posted by: Paul R | July 1, 2008 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Paul R with the most sensible post of the day. Thank you Paul R. *cracks a beer open with you and toasts*

:) ICE BREAKERS GOAL SHAKERS

Posted by: Jonathan | July 1, 2008 8:09 PM | Report abuse

@Paul R

Thanks, Paul. I needed that. I just poured myself one. I believe Caps will have good season no matter what.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Okay - this thread is way too long now to read everything on it 9got about 60% down from the top) and with this hostile crowd I'll no doubt get jumped on but ... I just watched the McPhee press conference, all 8 minutes of it, and I believe his words. Sounds like because of the thin market, Huet's agent came in and put 15M/3 years on the table as a going in position - which as has been pointed out is just 600K less than Brodeur made last season. After that Huet's camp probably realized their original demand was low given market conditions, so they didn't budge for any of three or four rounds of oofers by the Caps. Finally before the free agnecy period started the Caps offered him, 15M/3years (matched his orginal demand), then said hey we'll test the free agent pool and he raised demand for more money per season. The then bit and raised the offer, Huet's camp then asked for 4 years and 5.6 and that didn't make sense since by then it sounds like the Caps were talking to Theodore - being smart and not wanting to get caught with just Johnson and 3 prospects going into the season, or having to offer Huet more then they could afford at all. If Huet wanted to play here he'd be here for over 5M per season with a 3 year deal. Instead, he knows this is probably his last contract so he went for the most he could get for as long as he could get it - unlike some I'm not upset at either GMGM or Huet - it's capitalism in the age of free agency and the salary cap. Theodore probably really did want to come here - it sounds like he signed for 4.5M for two years fast. I bet both Theodore AND Kolzig have better seasons than Huet next year just because both feel they have something to prove and both want to be where they've come/gone. Huet went for the money, and if it's true his wife didn't like DC either she'll be more unhappy in Chicago - home to the largest polish (nothing against poles just pointing out there probably aren't a great bakery for fresh french bread in Chi-town then here in DC) population outside Poland. Basically, sounds like she wants a more Frech place and in North American Cities with NHL franchises that leaves Montreal and they have a kid named Carey Price.

Can't wait till next season. LETS GO CAPS!!!!

Posted by: Usually Frustrated Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

the most important thing the Caps need to do is keep the young core together and allow for enough flexibility under the salary cap so that in future we can lock up Backstrom and Alzner and others.

Huet was not going to deliver a Cup on his own, the fans here that think he was the second coming of Dominik Hasek in his prime are way off the mark.

Here was a 33 year old player that wanted one big payoff as his career was starting to wind down.

By going to Chicago, Huet showed he is less concerned with winning a Cup than with getting paid the extra $600K.

The Canadiens knew Huet was going to go to the highest bidder and that's why they traded him to Washington and decided to count on Price perhaps a year or so before he was really ready to take on the responsibilities of being a #1 goalie in the NHL.

Posted by: bulldog | July 1, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I just don't get it, what Poles and Huet have in common. Huet wife is from Switzerland, they don't speak Polish.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Well I have calmed down a bit, but still feel we went backward in the goalie position. Stats are stats, but the D were comfortable with Huet. With JT being in the Western Division how much do the guys even know about him? The potential lack of chemistry/confidence concerns me. Especially if JT is not a good puck mover (we saw what that got us). I guess I wonder why Caps did not initially accept the offer when it was brought up at end of season. Clearly we needed a goalie signed. Guess we will never know if it would have been accepted or if the Huet camp would have come back asking for more then.

Is it just me or is anyone else a little scared that Tampa is next season's Flyers? Oh, and I am none too pleased to play against Kolzig. I believe he will be in alien mode in his first game against us.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

@steve r
yes i guess u r confused or just flat out stupid but hey its a free country so keep up with the idiot banter ... it keeps u outa of the alleys with your pals....

Posted by: wendel | July 1, 2008 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I think GMGM tactics are to wait to the end. Look at the offers that he gave to Ovie before frustrating everyone and then finally giving a big contract (I think Ted got impatient there, not GMGMG). At the beginning GMGM was told by Ovie's camp that they wanted slightly more than Crosby. Yet, it took SEVERAL offers to get there.

Do you all think that Huet wouldn't sign if GMGM would offer him 15M/3 in May or in early June? He would sign it in a heartbeat.

I do believe he wanted to be with Caps and Ovie, but negotiations went for far too long. I am sure Chicago told Huet they were just about to sign Campbell and that's big.

All in all, GMGM lost on that one, but I really don't blame him much, he did a terrific job in the last two years.

You can't always get what you want, right?

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

To the people that are dissapointed in losing huet and mad about geting Jose Theordre. Its not that big of a loss. Jose Theordre is a solid goalie.They have the same value. He has had better playoff stats then ChristoWALL which right now the caps are a playoff team obvisously. We got Jose alot less then the greedy frenchmen Huet. Mcphee is trying to keep everyone, and if letting Huet go to sign other players is smart in the long run. BUT WE BETTER GET FEDEROV.

Posted by: Sam Rosen | July 1, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I feel a little "My Name is Earl"-ish thinking that karma bit us in the butt seeing how the debated Nylander signing went our way last year.

It's not what we thought was going to happen, but all we can do is hope for the best.

Posted by: Charles | July 1, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

PEOPLE GET A CLUE!!!!! HUET WAS GONNA LEAVE SO THE CAPS DID THE RIGHT THING!!! How would you feel if Huet and JT was picked up else where??? I would understand the anger then but right now that anger is unjust.

Posted by: Brookboy | July 1, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Wendell,

Unless you are going to offer something other than personal attacks, don't post. That type of stuff is uncalled for.

Posted by: Leeguru | July 1, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I say good good riddiance to Huet. He is the reason we lost in the playoffs to the freaking Flyers. Not sure bout Theodore, but at least he seems to be better when it matters (Playoffs).

Posted by: Keith Ashdown | July 1, 2008 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Wow! What a day! And there's no way I'm going to read all these posts, so if I'm redundant, please accept my advance apologies.

Green's deal is done. Less than I expected, more than he's worth, but not by much. He has some room to grow into his contract, so he'd better do it. I'm somewhat OK with this.

Huet not signed? Never saw that one coming! Thought this was a done deal, but now I'm really quite content. Someone who asks for a specific deal, gets it and then rejects the offer and asks for more will not do business with me. Ever. I can't trust them.

Theodore coming to DC? There were 2 starting goalies in the U/RFA crop. Huet and Theodore. They're about the same quality-wise.

Pothier's condition confirms my thoughts from before. He needs to be placed on LTIR to free up cap space. I expect to see this happen tonight. Frankly, if I were him, I'd say thanks for the memories while he still has them.

Zilla now in TB at 1.5M for 1 year. He should have kept his yap shut. He would have done better here.

Still need a S@H D-man. Neither Huet, nor Theodore were top-flight goalies. Unfortunately, most of the good ones are gone. Orpik remains in play, I'd make a play for him. With the Isles just announcing the signing of Streit, Orpik is the best available. Of course, he knows this too so his price probably just went up.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11353
The complete list of signing so far today.....the 5 mill for Green looks like a good deal

Posted by: Rich C | July 1, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

@ Kim

I always enjoy your posts and I'm glad you have calmed down a bit. But you are worried about chemistry and puck movement? It's Canada Day. So, maybe calm down a little more? Not that I'm telling you what to do. I worry about puck movement, too. Mostly by the guy the goalie passed the puck to. But I think we have plenty of time to give those critical factors their due.

@@ Jonathan and UTBKH

Cheers!

Paul R

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

@Hey Leeguru
here is an idea .....mind your own business
u offer all the idiot comments u make then figure u r the content police get a grip u moron

Posted by: wendel | July 1, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Hey wendel here's an idea how about you stop trying to talk trash to the most valued contributors on here. It just seems smart since you don't appear to know a damn thing about hockey.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Wendell

You're right, I make some pretty off the wall comments every now and then. But I also let people know when they are right, and speak like an adult. Oh, and I do offer more than just personal attacks.

Posted by: Lee | July 1, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

hey, a troll! Sho! Sho! crawl away trollie.

From the GM interview, it seems we won't be signing any new FA :(

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

As much as I'd like more FAs, there's a certain logic to just keeping the team intact. BB was on pace for a 108-point season, and with the Young Guns getting a year older and gelling a bit more, maybe this is all the team we need. Come on, we were one BS non-call goal away from moving on to Montreal. This team is close as it is. Standing pat might be just fine.

Just a thought.

Posted by: Eric | July 1, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOO! For this, we got rid of Olie??? This is terrible news -- everything just clicked with Huet. We should keep trying to meet his price and then trade Theo.

Posted by: fmjk | July 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, do not know what Canada Day is. However, I will go ahead and have a beer (as we did sign one of my favorite Canadians today).

I will officially relax and have faith that things will be okay. Still would like to know if there is any indication on when we might hear something about the other RFAs. Just so I know if I should keep checking back tonight or just wait until tomorrw.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Well first of all let me follow Paul R and enjoy a beer :D

@Eric
You have a point. However, and let me put down the beer one sec... here. I think this team can have a terrific regular season. But we might have troubles in the playoffs without a solid, proven D.

But hey... let me get the beer back... here's for a great, rock the red season :D


Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Why are you still paying attention to wendel? He proved so long ago that:

1. He knows nothing about hockey.

2. He's an 11-yo kid who likes to fling his feces.

3. He knows nothing about hockey.

4. He makes Puckguru look like a genius.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 8:52 PM | Report abuse

and by the way:

Canadian Confederation was the process by which the federal Dominion of Canada was formed beginning 1 July 1867 from the provinces, colonies and territories of British North America.

cheers to Canada!

read the rest here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Confederation

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe that Sundin can make more than Ovechkin or Crosby? Apparently Canucks management is the dumbest in NHL.

Globe@Mail:

A source tells The Canadian Press that the Vancouver Canucks offered the Swedish centre a US$20-million, two-year contract after he became an unrestricted free agent Tuesday for the first time in his career.

Sidney Crosby of Pittsburgh and Alexander Ovechkin of Washington currently top next season's salary list at $9 million apiece.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

On TSN they were saying that the Blackhawks are now paying $12 Million for 2 goalies and with the signing of Campbell, they are way over the cap ($62 million) so they are going to have to get rid of some salary before the season starts.

Same for the Lightning who may need to get rid of Dan Boyle to fit under the cap.

Posted by: Joe D | July 1, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

What I can't believe is that Sundin is offered 2 years 20M and HE'S THINKING ABOUT IT!!!

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2008 8:59 PM | Report abuse

He wants to wear that blue and white forever.

Also, I take offense to Crosby making $9mm next year, isn't he in at $8.7mm? :)

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

really believe this will turn out to be one of GMGM's finest days...

to think there is a difference between how far the team will go with Huet as compared to Theodore is absurd...exactly 505 of the goalies to start in the stanley cup finals over the past decade would not, at the beginning of the season, have been ranked among the top 15 netminders in any preview for that season. Nearly any NHL goalie is good enough to get hot at the right time to carry a team through the playoffs. History is very clear on this.

so to resist spending an absurd amount of money on a goalie who has nothing in his career that would make one believe he is going to win a championship is a great move by the Caps.

Even more importantly, limiting this goalie signing to two years is outstanding. This allows the prospect the perfect time frame to arrive in DC.

What an exciting day for hockey in DC!

Posted by: Chris | July 1, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Hockey News:
There must be a second part to this move.

The Chicago Blackhawks signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a deal worth $5.625 million per season for four years, THN has learned.

Now, the Hawks still have No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on the books for a very cap-unfriendly $6.75 million next year, so something's gotta give here.

Not only do the Hawks now have quite a lot of cash tied up in goaltenders, but the funny thing about that position is you can only have one on the ice at any given time and most starting netminders tend to want to be out there as much as possible.

Khabibulin is no spring chicken at 35 years of age, but he still has some good hockey in him. He posted his best goals-against average since the lockout this year with a 2.63 mark and earned his first season with more wins than losses (23-20-6) in Chicago.

Huet is coming off a spectacular post-trade deadline run with the Caps, where he proved he can hold down the fort on a team whose young offensive spirit often created delicious scoring opportunities for the other team. This bodes well for a Chicago team whose defense corps is talented, but still pretty young.

But only one of these fine gentlemen can play 50-plus games next year. Perhaps this is paving the way for Khabibulin's exit from the Windy City.

Huet is a great fit in Chicago. The Hawks are putting together a solid combination of youth and skill in both the forward and defense units and the French national is at the top of his game. The question that remains then, is can Chicago benefit from this crowded crease through a trade?

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris:
Much of what you said is true, but Theodore is a major down grade from Huet. The only up side I've found so far is Theodore might play a few more games than Huet would have. We need to boost our defense to make up for our weakness in net we might be okay, but Orpik is just unrealistic, and Commodore who was in my mind our realistic alternative signed with the Blue Jackets. We need help, and i'm not sure how we're gonna get it. We also hugely over paid for Theodore

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

KK reports:
""On TSN about 15 minutes ago, Darren Pang reported that in his conversation with GM Dale Tallon today, Tallon claimed they would be carrying both goalies into next season."

I can't believe Chicago has lost confidence in Khabibulin. I remember him when Tampa won the Cup. For that time frame he was the best goalie I ever saw in my life.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Chicago all of sudden is a contender. If someone would tell me that last year, I'd never believe it.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Scruet

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Asked for $15M offered $15M and said "no". How do you negotiate w/ that? Maybe in France....

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I need a damned program to keep track of all these transactions...

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad move, they are close to the same goalie, less years, less money, and if he stinks then it's only 2 years. If Huet had fallen on his face, it would be 3 or 4 years depending on the deal that we would've been stuck..Plus you can't keep everyone in a salary cap era...They got a decent number 1 goalie, and still have some signings to take care, and he's younger than Huet. Also, gives the Caps time until one of the goalies in the farm system is ready or not ready...I remember a lot of people whining when they got Huet, and felt bad for Kolzig.

Posted by: jll | July 1, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Just a reminder ... Chicago finished ONLY three points out of the playoffs last year. Campbell, Huet and company will definitely help.

But I'll root against em. :)

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | July 1, 2008 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Interesting listening to GMGM's statements on signing JT. The Caps were interested in him at the trade deadline - didn't know that - but COL wasn't interested.

Also, that Huet had a number that the Caps met, but they raised the bar. Caps went up a bit, they came down. Even after the deadline the Caps went up a bit.

Fedorov remains in the mix. His emphasis is to groom the youngsters.

Pothier is on LTIR last year and may be there this year.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Huet at 5.6M/yr now makes more than...

GIGUERE, JEAN-SEBASTIEN 5.5
VOKOUN, TOMAS 5.5
NABOKOV, EVGENI 5.5
BRODEUR, MARTIN 5.2

and just shy of...

TURCO, MARTY 5.7

You can't tell me that he's better than Giggy, Vokoun, Nabokov, or Brodeur.

I have to give props to GMGM on this one. He made the right move, and given the circumstances, the best available one.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

@Caps fan in TN

Not to mention they destroyed us 5-0 when we were hunting for a playoff spot.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

After a second thought I think GMGM and Ted were right. This is what has been done in Detroit, no big $$ signing, Osgood makes like $800,000/year.

Any time someone wanted big money, they were not signed: Bertuzzi, Schneider...

Ted was preaching for that since Jagr.

I guess Detroit figured it out their own way.

What is important is a Head Coach. Detroit has Babcock, we got BB.

BB's better! :-)

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

but he's french...why didn't he surrender to GMGM??? :p

Posted by: mike b | July 1, 2008 10:18 PM | Report abuse

@mauree

Yeah, but how much of that was the team giving up in front of Olie?

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

UTBKH---sadly Washington and Detroit are incomparable. Detroit doesn't need to spend anything on goal tending because their defense is second to none. Our offense is second to none. If we want to get by the Jose Theodore we're gonna need a lot of help in the back end.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 10:22 PM | Report abuse

All right. I am ok with this. Jose has a chance to prove himself in a new city, which can make a world of difference in one's game. Huet didn't work out, but that allows me to recant my favorite goalie heckle of all time, Huuuuuueeeeeeet. More money to sign our others, hopefully Cooke is in the mix as well as Feds. Kolzig to TBL... great guy, but this is starting to look like the big top. Maybe they hired him for practice shots and confidence? Just MO. LET'S GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Super | July 1, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Holy Olie-
The late Marcel Marceau was a mime. Pray what accent do you refer to?

Posted by: kevbpgc | July 1, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the Inspector Clouseau accent is what your looking (or listening) for.

Posted by: kevbpgc | July 1, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Hey, jmu, remember that conversation we had about Theodore at the beginning of the playoffs?

Wow. Away from the computer most of the day and now this.

Well, Huet can take a long walk off a short pier. I understand him wanting a longer contract and I think he's entitled to that job security. But he asked for a certain #, it was met, and then he wanted to see what else is out there. That part I don't like so much, but hey, so the cookie crumbles. Looks like we'll see what Theo has in him, aside from wild inconsistency. sigh. very unexpected.

What is Chicago going to do with 12 million in goaltenders? I wonder where Bulin is going because if he stays in Chicago its gonna get weird.

Radim Vrbata at 3 million per? I don't bloody think so.

Sundin mulling over Vancouver's stupidity? Why? Take the dumb money and run, you knucklehead. You know you aren't worth it. Run.

Green = Good. Redden went for what was tossed around here. Kudos, fellas.

Campbell at 7 million. Hello Chi town. Can't wait to play them next year. When does the schedule come out?

WoW. Seriously, big shout out to all you that guessed correctly.


Posted by: oo7 | July 1, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

I'll still applaud Olie the first time I see him at VC -- then I'll really cheer when we score on him. I wish he would have retired a Cap, but he didn't ask me.

I'm glad for Metropolit. He's a good guy. I really hate the Flyers, but Glen is OK.

I'm worried about The Beaver, I mean Theodore. But all he needs to do to make me happy is win -- a lot.

Posted by: uncatim | July 1, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

oo7, per my convo with my Caps account rep yesterday, the schedule should be out in about 2 weeks. "Usually around the baseball all-star break" is what I was told.

tentatively, the caps aren't scheduled to open at home until Oct. 11 :( But that may change, and that's the only date I know.

Posted by: Birdie | July 1, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

hehe look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I44jRb1Xam8&feature=related

now they play together :D

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Scratch the last post. My mistake. I thought Theodore was on net. Was browsing for his saves on youtube :D

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Wendel is picking on Steve and Leeguru ... no beer, ice cream or bowing for him!

Tim:
HA! Let's call him The Beav!! :-D (Now every time I see him that darn song will go through my head.)

I am still hopeful RE: Orpik - how sweet would that be?!? No, I'm not counting on it, but it's a nice thought! Anyway, I bet the rest of our boys will be tied up this week. Anyone heard anything about any teams talking to Cooke?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I'm just wondering what Tampa is going to do for D..? Also, Chicago is over the cap and they want to carry two goalies with a combined 12m in $? Can someone smarter than me explain these points?

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

@Mauree
yeah and incase i missed something Fedorov has yet to sign with the caps, so even if it was Theodore it in net they still wouldn't be teammates.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

@DC FURY
oh yeah you're right... I must be too tired.

564 posts and counting haha, quite an interest for today.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

@mauree
Yeah man I don't blame you it's been a long, somewhat heart breaking day. Hopefully tomorrow we'll find out that we at least get to keep the two way, face off king, that has great chemistry with all our best players and is a great leader

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Kim:
I thought about the Philly/Tampa comp, myself ... I will be curious to see how they play.

Steve:
I can't figure out where they are getting the $$, either; I think they have to dump some talent before the season starts. Also, this might factor in:
http://sabermetricresearch.blogspot.com/2007/07/massive-loophole-in-nhl-salary-cap.html

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Detroit builds their teams correctly. They find good draft picks and trade for undervalued, underdeveloped players. Detroit had 2 transactions today. One was to sign forward Stuart who was a UFA of theirs this year (@3.75 now, was 3.5), and a backup goalie in Conklin from Pittsburgh. Conklin was pretty good for Pittsburgh when Fleury was injured for 2 months. A bargain at $750K.

The Caps have actually taken a page from them. If you look at the roster, we picked up a few FA's last year and one this coming (so far). Really, we haven't gone the way of NYR, TOR, TBL this year, by buying FA's to make a team. Yes, we bought Nylander, Poti, Clark, Kozlov and now Theodore. But really, all of these guys were inexpensive, and give our draft picks time to develop.

I'll be the first to admit that I railed at GMGM for lousy picks and boneheaded trades. Now, I'm not too sure. I understand what he's doing. Frankly, I like it.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2008 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Birdie, i appreciate the heads up!


Posted by: oo7 | July 1, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Boo!:

Newsday reports speculation that the Rangers are interested in Cooke.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/ny-sprang015748083jul01,0,7486066.story

Posted by: uncatim | July 1, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Steve:

From www.hockeyforum.com and The Dallas Morning News:

"NHL rules allow a team to exceed the cap by 10 percent with a free-agent signing if the team gets below it before the season starts."

Now for the real question - what if they can't cut their payrolls enough by Oct?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Tim. Too bad - I liked Cooker

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Great questions during the McPhee press conference! His reaction to the last one was priceless. Thanks for being a great "voice" of the fans!

Posted by: fullright | July 1, 2008 11:06 PM | Report abuse

We kinda knew Cooke was a goner the second we signed Bradley.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 1, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

@Greg S.

Ditto. But I think Ted realized it at the same time Detroit did. Ted was forced with JJ, Detroit just figured it out. They have a tradition out there, they have too many smart hockey-wise people out there. That's why they win no matter what. Give them Australian hockey players, they'll find a way to win anyways.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 1, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Greg S,

I'm starting to wonder if LTIR is in Clark's future too. Bo Jackson had a hip replaced and came back quicker than Clarkie (I exagerrate..). Seriously though, it has been months & still no skating... Any thoughts? Could there be a spot for Cooke?

Boo,

If they want to carry both goalies, they have to cut somewhere..

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

unfortunately, thry cant sign fedorov before they sign laich, but that not going to stop me from being obnoxious and saying SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDORV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV SIGN FEDOROV

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I liked Cooke's aggression &the way he loitered around the net. I also liked the way that trade gave both Cooke and Sutherby a second chance after languishing in systems in which they were underused.

Posted by: uncatim | July 1, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

what does cooke have to do with sutherby? what do the caps have to do with sutherby? what does ANYTHING have to do with sutherby?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 11:14 PM | Report abuse

fullright:
What was the question/answer?

DC:
True, but still kind of a bummer (like hearing about Kolzig today - we knew he was going, but it was still kind of sad).

Steve:
Yeah, I was wondering about Clarke, too. I am convinced that Pothier is not coming back, and starting to get concerned about Clarke. So who knows - maybe there will be room for Cooke ... but he may be too antsy to hang around to find out.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Tim:
Ignore the anonymous blogger.

Steve:
Oh - forgot to say - yes, they will have to cut someone, but who?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Oops, sorry --sutherby, pettinger -- whatever

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

@uncatim

nudge nudge...it was Pettinger.

Go get some sleep, been a long day. :)

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

That was me apologizing -- like most of my gender, I'm lousy at it

Posted by: uncatim | July 1, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

most people dont like him but sean avery would be a good addition to the team

Posted by: caps4572 | July 1, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

uncatim,

Suds went for a 2nd rounder, Cooke went for Petty

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

caps4572,

I would be a happy camper if Avery was a Cap. Don't see it happening, too much $ we have to spend elsewhere.

Boo,

I don't see how Chi can keep both goalies. They're over the cap with 20 players signed. Who would trade for the "Bulin Wall"?

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Boo!,

I listened to the press conf. again...Whoops! the last question wasn't Tarik's SORRY. However, whomever, asked mcfee about the fan's reaction to the signings (overall happy about Green...confused about Huet/Theodore). Mcfee seemed surprised at a question involving "fan reaction". He basically answered by saying he was happy with the signings, and so should we...i think.

I am happy with both signings. The tradeoff between Huet and Theodore is fair, plus i'm a big fan of right handed goalies. I think Jose will do just fine. and Green signing...duh, that was awesome (altho, to split hairs, .5 mil less a year would have been nice).

Posted by: fullright | July 1, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

586 comments! Good lord.

I heard/read somewhere that Avery was looking for the 3-4 million range. We don't have the room unless we dump somebody else.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 11:40 PM | Report abuse

Steve:
Arh, arh! I don't see how they can keep them both, either, but apparently that is what they have said they intend to do. Anyway, I don't know where they are going trim ... maybe Kane and/or Towes?!? ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

fullright:
I agree ... I am ready to see them all play together!

PLEASE no more Avery talk ... I am going to have bad dreams. :-(

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Not throwing crap at anyone but take a look at what goaltenders are left available at the end of today. (http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/freeagents.php?team=all&type=UFA&year=2008&pos=G)The best ones are Holqvist, John Grahme and Jocelyn Thibault. Now let's ask ourselves, if Huet was still on this list and Theodore had signed somewhere else - do you really think he and his agent wouldn't have asked for even more than $5.6M per season and 4 years?

Draw your own conclusions please, but I think GMGM did the absolute right thing. I really think when you look at that and the fact that JT signed for 2 years and "just/only" $4.5M/season he really wants to be here - I like that.

Yes, I think Olie would have gotten more if "he shut up and stayed" but that wouldn't have suited him - as long as the Caps only have 6 or 7 losses next REGULAR season I wouldn't even mind if all of them were to Tampa Bay with Olie in the net ---

Also I watched Tarik's "boss" Matt R, the "hockey editor" on Comcast's Washington Post Live - on Comcast Sports Network and my opinion is he is an ill informed first rate dweb(sp) - if you all want to rail about something in this ever growing thread how about lobbying the sports editor to move him to a sport he might someday understand - perhaps baseball or something he's into because I don't think it's hockey.
Can't wait for next season. LETS GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: Usually Frustrated Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 11:48 PM | Report abuse

avery would be an okay addition if he wasn't so expensive, we just need to focus on getting orpik or another veteran defenseman

Posted by: carzycapsfan | July 1, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Orpik, yes - Avery, no

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Boo!:

I'm getting the feeling that you don't like that schmuck Avery!

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse

yikes can't believe what some of these ufa's are getting

Posted by: fangfan | July 2, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Steve

There's a good (or is that bad) chance that Clark isn't healthy for next year. Cooke would be a good temporary fix for that. Maybe a 1 year deal. I don't hear a lot of knocking on the doors over him. He may go cheap. Better a paycheck for a year than none.

I can't believe that Huet thinks that Chi-town will be better than the gig he had here in DC. They have over 10M in 2 goalies, and Huet is the junior partner in net. Or is Niki on the way out? It looks and smells like the Montreal and Caps situation with 2 #1 goalies. Someone's feelings are going to be hurt.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 2, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse

Its really starting to look like Mike Green might be a steal of a deal. Rosival got about as much as Green did. Rosival is no Mike Green ladies and gentleman.

Redden and Campbell got way more than I would have paid.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 2, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Well July 1st is mercifully over we now have time to soak in that our best goalie is Jose Theodore meaning our hopes of the Stanley Cup are now even more outlandish than before. Let's just pray that tomorrow we sign Fedorov and a defenseman that can keep other teams from scoring more than four goals a game.

Posted by: DC FURY | July 2, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

I know it'll never happen, but god I hope we sign Orpik

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

this wouldn't be so bad if we hadn't overpaid so much for Theodore. He's worth three mil a year tops.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Not really much of a pot stirrer here, but TSN is reporting that Huet signed a 4 year deal for $16.875 mil. Not a math major, but that sounds like less than Jose...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11353&lid=sublink05&lpos=topRelated_nhl

Oh, and I panicked too initially, but Theo isn't that much worse than Huet.

Posted by: Raber | July 2, 2008 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Wow, what a day. Sitting in class on my laptop hitting refresh and up pops "Theodore Signed by Caps." I click the link to see if I'm actually reading it right and my battery conks out on me. Had to wait another two hours to read the story. My first reaction was shock, but it has worn off and now I'm ready to give Theo a chance. I remember watching him play for the Habs back when I was a kid (yeah, I'm that young) and he was the kid backing up Roy, if I recall correctly. He's had a rough time personally that seems to have affected his play, but that's hopefully behind him and as he said in his interview, his confidence is high. He may need a total blood transfusion to rid him of whatever he caught from Hilton, but I think we can hold a blood drive and get enough to fix him up. Can't wait for more signings! Let's go Caps!

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | July 2, 2008 1:43 AM | Report abuse

The Ignorance towards Jt is Amazing...The future is bright...The Caps are Solid in goal , period end of story@

Posted by: STEFANO | July 2, 2008 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Things got really interesting today.

I wonder what could be done to induce Nylander to move along somewhere else (this should teach us about no-trade-clauses). And I think LTIR for Pothier and Clark is the only way. We lose these 3 salaries, we have another $10M in cap space and our troubles are over: Feds, Cooke and Orpik can fit comfortably w/in $16M.

I've sadly resigned myself to not having Feds and Cooke around because of the vanishing cap space and the pressing need for a real blueline anchor; but that set of moves could save our team. I'd hate to lose those two. Especially Feds. And big coin for Green is more justifiable if we have an Orpik putting up big minutes too.

Avery is great, but with Feds, Cooke and Fehr all playing the deep pursuit and slot-loitering game, Avery would be redundant. Besides, any new hires at this point that are NOT blueliners would be dereliction of duty for GM. It would be Melrose-type moronic.

Speaking of, I'm pretty amused about the "trepidation" a few of you have about going against the big bad 'Nings next season. Like a grudge is going to elevate kolzig's game to shut our scoring talent down. His pride has never been good for his performance. I predict BIG wins against him.

Posted by: Defense Wins Championships. | July 2, 2008 3:45 AM | Report abuse

I'm very upset by this news. Goaltending is the most underrated position in hockey. The difference between a .910 save percentage (Theodore) and a .920 save percentage (Huet) is significant. Over 55 games, Theodore will let in about 16 more goals than Huet would have, costing us about 8 wins and 16 points in the standings.

Assuming we couldn't sign Huet, Conklin would have been a better choice. He had the second-best save percentage in the League last year (.923).

Posted by: remarkjd | July 2, 2008 4:51 AM | Report abuse

We have $7.247M left in the pot to sign... with a $1.650 bonus cushion.

Fedorov, Morrisonn, Cooke, Gordon, Laich and Fehr. Or maybe a S@H blueliner.

How do we allocate this?

I'd go this route.

Goodbye Feds, Cooke, Gordon and Morrisonn.

Sign Orpik - $3.75M
Sign Laich - $2.0M
Sign Fehr - $.9
Total - $6.65M

OV/Backstrom/Kozlov
Semin/Nylander/Clark
Flash/Laich/Fehr
Brash/Stecks/Bradley

Green/Orpik
Poti/Alzner
Schultz/Jurcina

Posted by: JSchon | July 2, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Its funny how things shake up and turn out. So many in here were calling Green greedy without knowing anything about the contract talks, he signs a fair market deal without going into FA status.

Then we read this transcript from Huet and most of us go wow, he is so nice, only to be Lee Corso'd "Not so fast", at the 11th hour. Instead of my original demands that you've met, I want another year at an additional $650,000. Real nice guy.

Now we've got Fed's apparently asking for $4M a year. Laich asking for $2.5M. It will be just as interesting to see the reaction of people in here as the actual signings themselves.

Posted by: JSchon | July 2, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

The ship jumping, fair weather fans here are amusing. Theodore was just signed (after Huet took a better offer) and nearly everyone is railing on him. Did anyone stop to think that, given the run the Caps had to end the season, that it was actually the TEAM that had the great run and not just to goalie? Huet played great, true, but not alone.
It is entirely possible that Theodore could have come here at the deadline, been annointed the savior, left for another team AND THEN we would be making the same disparaging comments about Huet.
I just looked at the calander to confirm it: IT'S JULY PEOPLE. The season won't start for three more months. I think that, if nothing more, we need to show support to the TEAM and not just when the team is going on a great run near the end of a season. I am guessing a great many of these detractors are fair weather fans who didn't really watch the team in the ealier months.

Posted by: TimDz | July 2, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

HUET SIGNED FOR LESS MONEY THAT THEODORE? WTF

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

No, he didnt

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Calm down. Huet signed for $5.6 million/year, Theodore for $4.5.

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

why does tsn say 4 years for 16.something mill?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Morrisonn better not be going anywhere.

Posted by: Caps fan in TN | July 2, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Calm down. Huet signed for $5.6 million/year, Theodore for $4.5.

http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/sports/story.html?id=36a5b7e4-5866-493a-bb07-37db17dbbdf7

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 7:36 AM | Report abuse

Tim:
Really? I can't imagine what made you think that ... ;-)

RE: Huet, sure enough, TSN is now reporting that he got less than $5M/year: Chicago signs UFA goaltender Cristobal Huet to a 4-year, $16.875 million.

Posted by: Bo! | July 2, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

chech out tsn's signings page, wtf is that about?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

from TSN

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Cristobal Huet to a four-year deal worth $5.635 million a season.

Huet, 32, finished with a 32-14-6 record and 2.32 goals-against average this season with a .920 save percentage between Washington and Montreal.

The Canadiens dealt Huet to the Capitals in February, electing to go with Carey Price as their starting goaltender. Huet was in the final year of a two-year contract and became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Huet has played 183 career games in the NHL. He posted a 83-61-24 record, a 2.43 goals against average and a .918 save percentage.
He posted an 11-2 record in 13 career games with the Capitals, with a 1.63 goals against average and a .936 save percentage.

Details to follow.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I WILL GO F-ING NUTS IF THATS TRUE

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Chicago Trib (& many other US & Canadian sources) reporting 4 yrs/22.4 million

ttp://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chi-02-blackhawks-rene-bourquejul02,0,6432142.story

Trying to redeem myself for Sutherby/Pettinger mishap

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Don't know why I can't make link work but Google news search Huet Chicago Tribune.

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

from ESPN

Having previously signed netminder Cristobal Huet to a four-year deal worth an average of $5.625 million a year, Tallon has significantly upgraded a Blackhawks team that fell just three points shy of the postseason last spring.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm actually surprised that yesterday was as quiet as it was: No Laich news, No Fedorov news, No big D news, nothing.

Kinda boring, actually, in some respects.


Posted by: DrinkingPartner | July 2, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Tim:
My last post was RE: Avery. RE: your last post, the tsn.ca trade tracker shows Huet at $16M and change.

Interesting article RE: all of the goalie moves - says that Huet and Theodore were the most prominent:

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=367458

Posted by: Boo! | July 2, 2008 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Boo!: Gotcha on the punk Avery. Tarik has front page of sports with yesterday's Caps news. Good link from Nhl.com -- Ithink GMGM did what he had to when Huet went for more $ -- now golly jeez, Beaver, just win.

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Can someone explain to me the fascination with Brian Campbell? Maybe I'm spoiled by our boy Greenie, but 7 mil for a guy who's highest goal total is six less than Green's? His highest point total is 48, Green outscored him by eight in his first full season. I understand he's good, but....

Posted by: GoCapsGo | July 2, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Take a chill pill people! GMGM would have been fried if Huet had gone to Chicago and we didn't get Theodore because there is nothing else out there. If Huet wanted to come back, he would have. But his heart was not in winning, it was in it for the MONEY! GMGM did the right thing because we don't want players that are here just for the money. GOOD JOB GEORGE!

Posted by: rockinravenmaniac | July 2, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

B.Campbell after being traded from Buffalo, had 19 pts in 20 games and SJ went 16-4.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Campbell is just a name brand like Sony. He is a good defender, but not worth 7 mil.

I'm not understanding these other Caps - Laich and Feds. If you aren't a young gun, you can be replaced. Did these guys not get the memo? With the D - we have a few defenders coming up - why is Morrison not signed - what is he asking for?

There comes a time when you have to make suck it up for the team. Laich somewhere else may be a nobody. Would Morrison play on another team. Feds, you are not 22 any more.

This should be interesting in the next few days and I hope it gets straightened out soon. Either way, I think we will be alright for next year. They just need to show up at the beginning and not wait until it's too late. I want to compete for the Eastern Conference Best Record... it can be done!

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 8:06 AM | Report abuse

828

Slow down a bit. Catch your breath. Laich, Mo, Fehr all would have gotten done yesterday had Huet just sucked it up and accepted the offer WE signed that HE put on the table. Instead Caps Brass had to scramble to lasso JT here for us.

Don't be surprised either, if we let Mo, Laich and Fehr get a few offer sheets before we sign them. RFA means fair market value for the player and team. No point in giving Laich 3M if nobody else is willing to pay more than 1.5. If Mo and Laich don't like it, to arbitration it goes but allowing them to test the waters gives us a big negotiating point at the arbitration table.

Laich, Mo and Fehr will get done. But don't be surprised if either of the 3 are allowed to walk if some other team comes in and wants to drasticly overpay.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 2, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough,

How much $ you thinking would be drasticly over paying?

Posted by: Steve R | July 2, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

FFS Enough:

If they end up going the arbitration route, when would we know compensation? Mid-month or could the tension be drawn-out?

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Tim:
I agree - GMGM did what he had to do (and thank goodness he got JT before he had signed with another team!). Now I just want to see what the Beav can do for us!! Is it pre-season yet?!?

Posted by: Boo! | July 2, 2008 8:24 AM | Report abuse

I'd agree w/ that FFS. I bet there might be some posturing going on w/ those guys... I can't see Mo or Fehr getting more than a minimal raise; neither was "outstanding". Laich did score 20 goals, so I'd bet he get's offered 1.75-2 mil from someone

Posted by: Scofield | July 2, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

FFS Enough,

Easy now - not stressing... just wishing it were a perfect world and these guys would want to play with Ovechkin and just deal with the millions of dollars a year that they have to live off.

I really don't care because we have a good core. Those guys that we mentioned are replaceable. If they want big bucks (like Huet) then they can take is somewhere else... that's all I am saying.

JSchon - how do you know Feds is asking for 4 mil?

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Tim:
Once they are scheduled for arbitration, it goes fast.

Posted by: Boo! | July 2, 2008 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Boo!:

Only a few days until development camp!

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Boo!: Re: arbitration -- Thanks

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 8:29 AM | Report abuse

828:
Tarik gave the $4 million figure for Fedorov on XM Home Ice Monday.

Posted by: uncatim | July 2, 2008 8:31 AM | Report abuse

@828

Not sure where I heard it? I think in here, so whatever that means.

Posted by: JSchon | July 2, 2008 8:35 AM | Report abuse

How about 2 million with 2 million bonuses? From what I understand, you can go over the Caps space, however, by the end of the year, you have to be at the allowed cap space. So, we could do that with Feds and then trade someone before the deadline. Seems simple! ;)

How much money is left? $7.247M Are we sure about this? If you go by the number from the cap space article on the Caps website - 20 Mil was to sign all 7 dudes. So, 5.25 + 4.5 = 9.75. That would leave us with 10.25 mil left to sign the remaining players.

Anyone else annoyed with the whole Caps, cap space and how the first 3 letters of each are exactly the same... Capitalize Caps, but not cap, then I just wrote Capitalize and now that threw another monkey wrench into this mess. Good thing we don't have to talk about Captian Chris Clark - damn it!!!

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Well, it's been 3 hours since someone said "Sign Orpik!!!!" so I figured I'd extend that lunacy a little more.

Sign Orpik!!!!

Posted by: Section 117 | July 2, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Let's be honest. Mo, Fehr, Laich, Feds, Cooke are not the primary focus this off season. The primary focus was resigning Green and securing a goalie. They did both in Day #1. Now they can work on the others. Not a surprise here.

Huet at 5.6 vs. JT at 4.5 was a no brainer. Huet was NOT going to lead us any closer to a SC in the next couple of years. He just did not have it in him. Do I think JT will? Probably not, but he does offer hardware in the MVP and Vezina. I think a change in scenary will do him good.

Now we have extra money to spend where we really need to AND we are not committing to more than 2 years. Heck, we could have signed Alex Auld and really made a splash (sarcasm).

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 2, 2008 8:44 AM | Report abuse

I should clarify, Huet was NOT going to lead us any closer to a SC than any other goalie available.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 2, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

@828,

Campbell may or may not be worth 7.1. But if Redden went for 6 and change, then I think Campbell is worth 7. The real question is whether the owners have lost their minds again. Green, if his potential holds up, is worth 5 on this same scale, IMHO. The real question is can we get a reasonably priced stay at home guy if someone like Salvador is pulling in nearly 3.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 2, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Karma's a b*tch, eh?


---Ollie Kolzig

Posted by: nhl3000 | July 2, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I predict Laich will easily get an offer sheet of at least three years, $2.5M/year. He's easily worth that much given what he did over the second half last year and in the playoffs and what similar players are signing for. Plus, a team offering that only surrenders a #2 pick. Morrisonn will either be one year $1.5M or three years at $2.0M per; personally, I'd rather get him locked in for the three years. Fehr at $900K (above guess) is probably close and Gordon will be two years, $1.25M each, or one year closer to $1M. You must also add Alzner at $900K, and he's not in the cap number at present:

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=WAS&season=0809

At that point, you are capped out. Sergei who? There's no room unless you get $2.5M relief on Pothier's number. Had the Caps matched the Huet contract, they would have needed then to move salary. Yes, folks, the Little Team That Could is now capped out.

Posted by: Tom in FL | July 2, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Old time,

What about Vandermeer?

Posted by: Steve R | July 2, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Well, i certainly alluded to possible greed on Green's part, and was DEAD wrong. I'm very pleased that Green is staying. Thats awesome. As for Theo, welcome aboard. I think that the Caps locker room has proven how great they are and can help Theo find his mojo again.

On Laich, I like him. I do. I think he played well last year and flourished under BB. If Vrbata can get 3 million (insane) then Laich can get 2-2.5.
I'd give Fed what he wants over letting him go. I think he can help out a lot. I think our young centers will only get better under his tutelage and I think our young stars will ony get better playing with him. Sometimes you have to pay a little, right?

Fehr isn't going anywhere. The Caps were good to him, he was injured a long time and he likes BB too. Most Importantly, we need a scoring RW!!

Clark worries me. Pothier is done. No ifs ands or buts. Too bad. I hope he recovers.

D will come through trades, no more FA's I think.


Posted by: oo7 | July 2, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

goalie, fine. Green, fine. our D looks static, at best. i don't see our current D taking us to a SC.

Posted by: doughless | July 2, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I think Pothier is done too - that frees up money to pay Brooks?

Also, there is a possibility of trades - Nylander (maybe?) although, I am not sure they would do that with Backs and Gus Jr coming up.

I honestly don't think we will be trading for a defenseman. Who knows, McPhee said he was fine with the team, but he was never one to tell it like it is.

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

@oo7

I don't think you were dead wrong. There had to be some sort of greediness, otherwise we would have signed him in march, and for less. Although, maybe it's not "greediness" but playing his own high market value. Anyway, I'm very happy he didn't pull a "Huey" :D

I'm going to go against the current and say that Laich is not $2.5M valuable. He's not an impact player. What he does, he's willing to be in front of the net and take some abuse... but he's not that particularly good at it though imho. I would have no troubles letting him go (provided we keep Ferh) to get Orpik... *ducks under the desk to cover from all the tomatoes thrown at him*

Posted by: mauree | July 2, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

With their offer to Sundin, Vancouver just annouced they have $10 mil to spend this year. Plus, they showed they are willing to use an RFA offer sheet.

so lets hope they sign Sundin and don't need to look elsewhere. With their salary cap situation and 4 RFA's, the Caps are not going to be able to match many $2+ mil offers for those guys.

Sedin - Sundin - Sedin line?

Posted by: Stormblue | July 2, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I can't say I am a fan of Theodore's, but you have to look purely at the $'s here. Basically it was match Chicago's deal and pay him 22.4 (7.4 more than he asked us for) or take JT for 9.5. That definitely leaves some space over the next couple of years. Hopefully some of that can be used to bring Feds back and I think Mo is the next big task. He's the closest thing to a good, stay at home D that we have.

Posted by: WV Phil | July 2, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Tom in FL

When figuring Cap # for a player, all potential bonuses come into play. Alzner is due 800+change in salary, and another 800k in potential bonuses meaning his cap # if he is on active roster is 1.6M. I do not know how that plays into the "bonus cusion" or what that even means. Sombrero?!

I've not been one to jump on the Alzner-is-starting-next-year bandwagon. Could he be an injury callup? sure. Could he be the real-deal at 19 and win a spot in camp? sure. But we'd do more good for him to stick him in Hershey for the year over rotating him in/out as the 7th dman.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 2, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Ready For Live Hockey | July 2, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

FFS: Good point on the bonuses. At the end of the year, though, they only count if they get paid. I don't know what Alzner's bonuses are for and what is the likelihood they get paid. Leaving him down a year also delays his UFA by a year until he's 27. Needless to say, with the salaries that are being paid, someone will throw some money at Laich and Morrisonn. I feel Laich could be 1st line RW with Ovechkin and Backstrom. He has a nose for the net and plays well on both ends. Back to Alzner, I doubt he'd be the 7th D-man. I'm expecting (but don't know of course) that he might well be a step up from Jurcina already. BTW, Chicago is now over the cap and they only have 11 forwards. Don't know why they did what they did.

Posted by: Tom in FL | July 2, 2008 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@Steve R,

Yeah, Vandermeer would be ok, and is probably cheaper than the rest of them. He's an upgrade from Erskine for sure, and probably Jurcina (although Juice has a harder shot), but I'm not sure he has great upside over Schultz.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 2, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

This is what
http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=WAS
is saying about our space:

Cap Space - 6,334,455

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

TARIK

i desperately need confirmation that huet did indeed sign for 5.63 mill a year and not 4.2 like it says on the signings tracker page at tsn.ca. please put my mind at ease, please!

Posted by: ??? | July 2, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

add 475,000 for Giroux. He is on there for some reason. We are listed with 14 Forwards.

That is odd that Chicago is over it's cap space.

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

??? - that is the ONLY place that has 4.2 mil per year with Huet. Every other place has has 5.625 mil. What is it going to matter anyways? It's not like it can be undone.
I could see Chicago trading away Khabibulin to free up some of that space. They are paying 12 mil for their goalies... that is a ton of money for one position.

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

We can debate whether Laich is "good" at going to the net, but at least he goes. Based on what we have heard the last few days regarding Clark (and more importantly Clark's groin), I am concerned that without Laich we will not have a net crasher next season.

If Clark cannot even skate at 100%, and if the reports are true that he is not sure he will be 100% for camp, then without Laich what does that leave us? How many times last season did we have comments on here about how we needed Clark back, we needed a net crasher, etc. Especially on the PP.

Besides, I think Laich's resemblence(sp) to Clark is deeper than his appearance and net crashing.

Posted by: Kim | July 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

@mauree

If it were up to you, you'd have 22 players @ $1.5M and Alex at $7M, because you dont think he's worth $9M.

Posted by: JSchon | July 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

You can go over the cap limit, but must be under when the season starts.

Posted by: Gustafsson | July 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Det is 10 mil under cap. Check out their squad and how much each are getting paid. That is the way it should be.

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

That chart is whack. It has Schultz in the minors.

Posted by: old time hockey | July 2, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

828

@7M is about right for the space we have. Giroux is a mistake to be listed. Alzner is borderline mistake to be printed. Flash is listed as C for whatever reason. Hell, maybe he is a C and that's why he sucks so bad.

With 7, I think Laich and Mo can be done for 2 each. Then the question is Fehr. He will cost 900-1M. That leaves us 2M. I say, toss 2M at Feds, if he says no, give gordo a nice raise to 800-1M. 1M of space to work with.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 2, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

@ ???

Look at the article on the Huet signing on TSN. It says 5.65 per, it is just a typo on the signings tracker page.

Posted by: Mike | July 2, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

We do not have the money for Fed's and Laich. Brooks is captain in waiting and should be a part of our future. Fed's is a luxury we may not be able to afford, especially is its anywhere near $4M a year.

@mauree

No one is actually deserves that much money for anything... but its not about deserving, its about what someone is willing to pay based on supply and demand. Based on the things I've seen, Brooks should be getting something around $2M to $2.5M.

Posted by: JSchon | July 2, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Random question: And the penalty for violating the cap is....?

Posted by: old time hockey | July 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Huet signed for 4 years for $22.5 million. The Hawks overpaid "big time". I'm not crazy about Theodore either, but he will be better than Kolzig was for the better part of last year.

On the bright side, Green is signed. It looks like a fair deal now, but GMGM will look like a genious by the end of next season. Over the long term Green is worth more than the $7 plus million per year Campbell got from teh Hawks. I wish they could have locked him up for 8 years.

Posted by: billy barule | July 2, 2008 10:13 AM | Report abuse

@828

Whats up bud? I saw the same thing yesterday. Back up goalie signing for 750k. Brad Staurt for 3 M. He would be like a number 2 or 3 D on our team. I really think it will even out around 5 or 6 years down the line because no one can make more than OV on this team and 8 mil won't be that much then.

What do you think?

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 2, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

828- Seems like the only team that can work that is Detroit, doesn't it? The other GM's are handing out crazy salaries. 3 million for Vrbata, man! I can't get over that!

Posted by: oo7 | July 2, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Everyone has a take so here's mine.

GMGM's original offer for a goalie of Huet's stature in a thin UFA crop year where he was clearly the best goalie available was insulting. Probably why it took a month to get back to him. So by GMGM's own admission he got a counteroffer of 3 years 15 million from Huet's camp somewhere around the beginning to middle of May. Instead of jumping on it for what it was (a completely reasonable, realistic and fair offer and would as we now know constituted a significant discount to Huet's real UFA worth) he turned into a used car salesman and tried to nickel and dime Huet down. You almost wonder if at some point he told Huet's agent he would have to back and check with his manager (Leonsis).

When that didn't work, because the original counter from Huet was a gift, he slowly moved up to the original offer a a little bit at a time until finally on the eve of July 1 he said okay we will take 3 years at 15 million. What he didn't understand was that Huet's 3 years at 15 million offer was good in May a month and a half before Huet became a free agent. When he finally begrudgingly accepted the original counter immediately prior to July 1 there was absolutely no incentive for Huet to take it and not find out what was available in free agency. Clearly this was the right move because Huet would have left about 7 million dollars on the table had he done that. None of this changes the simple fact that GMGM could have had Huet signed, sealed and delivered in May for 15 Million for 3 years. Instead he chose to nickel and dime Huet, when all along he was willing to pay that since we know he ultimately exceeded that offer in free agency before Chicago's bid got too high. GMGM simply severely miscalculated Huet's worth as a UFA on July 1 and he botched the negotiations with Huet if he could have had him locked up for 15 million over 3 years in May.

There are no more high draft picks on the horizon. This team is entering a window where the high draft picks we have obtained over the last few years are going to put us in a position to contend for a stanley cup (with no playoff experience, we took the team that went to the east finals to an overtime in the 7th game). I sure hope 7MM dollars over 4 years and shaky goal tending don't get in the way of being a legitimate contender. I hope Varlamov and Neuvirth end up being ready to play in the NHL in 2 years but even if they are will they be ready to take the keys and run with a team that should be a top 5 team in the NHL?

Posted by: Same Old Same Old | July 2, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

anyone notice that green and theodore share the same agent. nice! caps can go over the cap til training camp right??

Posted by: crbdcap | July 2, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Laich Captain? Serious?

Alex is Captain in 2 years... if not next year. how can you argue with that? He is working on his English - not taking that many hooking penalties (sike, you thought I was talking about Semin for a sec, didn't you?). Talking about Ovechkin!

Roger - that's a good way to look at it. No one will make more than Ovie, that might be how it is with Datsyuk. It just seems like there is pride playing for Detroit. Every where else - show me the money.

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Detroit has been so good for so long that people take the pay cut just to play there. It wasn't always like that though, remember pre lock-out?

Also, I don't think a good half a season in the NHL makes you a 2.5 per player. I like Brooks, but $1.75 for 3 might be the way to go and let him prove himself for an entire season. We are putting too much stock in short term production from players (Huet).

Posted by: Mike | July 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I'm with ya, doughless. Surprised that Orpik was not signed yesterday, so there is still a chance, but will take a major roster move by us to get it done. But there are numerous (and less expensive) options still available to get the D shored up.

Posted by: bigonetimer | July 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I gotta be honest - if the announcement was that we had signed Huet to 4/$22.5, I'd be nervous. We have to sign Semin and Backstrom in 2 years, and now we have some flexibility built in for that.

Posted by: @Same Old | July 2, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I should add that I wrote this. I don't like anonymous postings.

@Same Old

I gotta be honest - if the announcement was that we had signed Huet to 4/$22.5, I'd be nervous. We have to sign Semin and Backstrom in 2 years, and now we have some flexibility built in for that.

Posted by: Eric | July 2, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Same old...

Where did you read Huet's 3/15 offer was in May, and that we nickled-dimed him until yesterday? If it's in the conference call on japers, I can't hear it. Well, I can, but it's at @4x speed.

I find it very hard to believe that Huet, his agent, or the caps would start negotiating much before June.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 2, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,
Start a new thread please! :-)

Posted by: UTBKH | July 2, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough

GMGM said that himself yesterday. I don't remember where I read it, but he gave an offer to Huet so low that he didn't hear back for a month. And then it was a day from free agency.

Posted by: UTBKH | July 2, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Orpik hasn't signed anywhere on day 2 leads me to believe that he's holding out for huge money. I'm not saying that Orpik in a Caps jersey is out of the question, but I'd say it's pretty unlikely at this point.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 2, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

From Corey:

McPhee said the team initially offered Huet a three-year contract at $3.7 million a season, and his agent, Stephen Bartlett, counter-offered three years at $5 million.

Over the past several weeks, the team's offer increased to $5 million, according to McPhee,

Posted by: UTBKH | July 2, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

@FFS Enough:

In the video of GMGM's presser on the official site McPhee said he made an offer right after the end of the Philly series of 3.7 for 3 years and didn't get a response back for a month. The response was 3 years 15 million. Not sure exactly when the Philly series ended but I am assuming a month out puts you somewhere in May.

Posted by: Same Old Same Old | July 2, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

This should make you all smile:

http://www.hockeybuzz.com/cap-central/team.php?team=PIT

Look how many forwards they have. Look how many players they have to sign next year. Look at Marc-Andre Fleury in Arbitration!

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Wait a second....Isn't it true that if Alzner is in Hershey, he salary does not go against out cap because it is an entry level deal? Also I believe that Pothier is all but finished. If the man can't walk and chew gum at the same time a year after his hit, he is done. That is 2.5 plus 1.5 so another 4 million making it 11 m.

Am I doing this right ya'll?

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 2, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Who cares what the offer was in May or what has happened these past few days?

We have JT now - welcome him. Glad I told my mom not to buy the Huet jersey she wanted. Told her to wait because of something like this. Now, go out and get the jersey of the goalie with 2 first names.

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

New Blog

See you over there!

Posted by: 828 | July 2, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

All this angst over a crappy French goalie! Gimme a break, if he was a "GREAT GOALIE" like so many has stated why were we out in the first round??? You Eh never intended to come back to DC, wife did not like it (she deserves Chi Town) and he wanted the bucks. We just need one of our kids to show up soon!

Posted by: Bob | July 2, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Roger #94, I'll check but only active roster players (plus IR and buyouts) count against the cap. So Alzner would only count against the cap for the percentage of his contract when he's a Cap and not a Bear. You *could* also do it with Ovie, but that's silly (plus Ovie could never clear waivers).

Pothier actually counts against the cap. But you can go over the cap for the exact amount of a player on IR.

Posted by: tallbear | July 2, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@ 828 -- The Pens are 17m under the Cap (w/o Malkin's expected 8-9 mil/yr extension and Fluery's arb.) and the Caps are 6.5 mil under. Not too far apart, really. Next year the Pens are going to be in trouble, like TBL was with too few players earning too much. I did see that the Buzz listed Schultz as a prospect, not a player, so they need to do some work.

Posted by: JIM | July 2, 2008 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Sucks. I really liked Huet even before he came to the Caps and was very excited when we got him. He didn't disappoint to say the least. Thought this deal was as good as done. It's a little strange that Chicago signed him as they still have Khabibulin. Will be interesting to see what happens.

Theodore is not as bad as people think. Everyone commented that he was back to his best last year. When he came into the league he was very highly touted and he did win the Vezina and even the Hart trophy one year, not too long ago.

In other goalie news, I just read a short interview with Semyon Varlamov on a Russian site which mainly focused on whether he'd like to play in the new KHL or NHL this season. He's coming over. This is some of what he said:

"I hope that I can make the Capitals this season and am not even about other possibilities (playing in the minors). I want to play for Washington. I have always said that and intend to do everything in my power to make it happen".

Posted by: ranndino | July 3, 2008 12:30 AM | Report abuse

One more thing to add. McPhee might know something none of you realize. It's that Varlamov may very well be ready to at least backup this season, and possibly even start once he adjusts. It's not like he's coming from some junior league or out of college. He's come off a GREAT season in the 2nd best pro league in the world and lead his team not only to one of the best records in the regular season, but also to the RSL playoffs final where they lost to the Russian version of the Detroit Red Wings, Salavat Yulayev of Ufa... a club that loaded up before the season with a crapload of RSL stars and just rolled through the league for the entire season. I've seen a lot of RSL games last year and not only, I think, Varlamov is ready to start in the NHL, but also the level of play was very, very impressive. The skill of the players is such that they really test the goalie's lateral movement and positioning (typical Russian combination style) and Varlamov excelled.

Posted by: ranndino | July 3, 2008 3:57 PM | Report abuse

wtf are they doing? seriulsy.?

Posted by: mikew | July 8, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

wtf are they doing? seriulsy.?

Posted by: mikew | July 8, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

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