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Fedorov Deal Is Done (Updated)

I was just putting the finishing touches on my story for tomorrow's paper when I got a phone call from a team official, who informed me that the Caps were just told that the Sergei-Fedorov-to-Russia deal is only "90-percent done."

Not sure what exactly that means for Fedorov or the Caps. But things are certainly getting interesting on the eve of the NHL entry draft.

Update: A team spokesman just confirmed, after receiving a text message from Fedorov, that the veteran center is indeed going to Russia -- it's a done deal.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2009; 5:55 PM ET
 
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Why don't you just send him a text ?

Posted by: LarryDavid | June 25, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm not optimistic but still hopeful that Feds will stay a Cap. Even if not, so glad I had a chance to see him play.

Posted by: pirate1 | June 25, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

It means he's only getting $3.42 million per season.

Posted by: JohninMpls | June 25, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

If the agent says that his client's signed with a KHL team, then I'd take that as 100%. I'd guess the "team official" is somehow out of the loop.

So what was it? Did he only sign part of his name?

Posted by: Greg S. | June 25, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

why is this news? He wouldn't and shouldn't crack the top 15 lineups in hockey next season. Thx for the memories, you should never have been brought back this year, you ran out of steam by the 5th game in the 1st round 2 yrs ago, don't let the door hitya where the good lord splitya!

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 25, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

what a d-bag

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 25, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

In Tarik's comments he says that without Federov, GMGM will have to deal for a second line center. My question is: Does Federov have the skills of second line center? In my opinion, he is good for the Caps due to the experience and leadership he provides, not the actual "player" skills.

Posted by: dezlboy1 | June 25, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see him go, but the Caps desperately need the money to fill a lot of holes. This team is several players away from making a serious run at the Cup. They need all the cash they can save to pay some free agents to fill their needs at defense and forward.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | June 25, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

from espn.com

If Bouwmeester is the top defensive dog, the bruising Montreal defenseman is a close second. Komisarek, like many of the Habs, did not have a stellar season, and this might hamper his market value, but not a lot. Komisarek is a prize asset because of his physicality and personality. He's never going to produce a lot of offensive numbers, but, like a Brooks Orpik in Pittsburgh or a Robyn Regehr in Calgary, he is someone around whom you could build your defensive system. Washington is going to have some money to spend with the departures of Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov and would like to add a solid defensive piece. Likely too pricey for Boston, although Komisarek would look good in a Bruins jersey (plus he wouldn't have to fight Milan Lucic anymore).

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

from espn.com

If Bouwmeester is the top defensive dog, the bruising Montreal defenseman is a close second. Komisarek, like many of the Habs, did not have a stellar season, and this might hamper his market value, but not a lot. Komisarek is a prize asset because of his physicality and personality. He's never going to produce a lot of offensive numbers, but, like a Brooks Orpik in Pittsburgh or a Robyn Regehr in Calgary, he is someone around whom you could build your defensive system. Washington is going to have some money to spend with the departures of Sergei Fedorov and Viktor Kozlov and would like to add a solid defensive piece. Likely too pricey for Boston, although Komisarek would look good in a Bruins jersey (plus he wouldn't have to fight Milan Lucic anymore).

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I've been on the Komisarek push for awhile now. I liked what I saw when we played him. I like what I'm reading, and he could be bought for much less than Pronger or Bouwmeister. We'd still have change left over for that forward that likes to park in front of the other team's net

Posted by: Greg S. | June 25, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Is "only 90% done" kinda like being 90% pregnant. You either are or you are not. Loved what Feds did for us and our team. I wish him the best in Russia next year.

Posted by: phknlwyr | June 25, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Greg S.

I think Mike Knuble would fit that role perfectly. I know he's almost 37 but he probably still has a couple years left.

So the Caps should go after the two Mikes, Komisarek and Knuble!!!

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Komisarek yes, Knuble wouldn't be a bad choice, just not a great choice. He really looked his age for parts of last year.

But the caps just don't really value players like Regehr, Komisarek, Orpik. We only throw big money at players who put up points.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 25, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1,

If the Caps management is really serious about winning the Cup and not just selling tickets, they will have to spend money on players like Komisarek.

You just can't outscore everyone in the playoffs, you have to stop people as well. And you can't sell defense short and try to do it on the cheap either with guys like Erskine.

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Komi, yes. Knuble? Not so much.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 25, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Komisarek and the Habs got abused by the Bruins. Why do a few Caps fans always campaign for him. We abuse him too. He'd be a waste of cap space.

Posted by: fanohock1 | June 25, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

fanohock1,

because the Caps defense corps has more holes than swiss cheese, that's why some of us campaign for a big/strong d-man like Komisarek.

You can't judge anyone by a couple games you see here and there. According to espn experts, he's the second best free agent defenseman available. And more importantly he'll cost a LOT less than Bouwmeester.

I saw Rod Langway get abused by Tim Kerr many times, and we all know Langway was one of the best ever. The Habs as a team sucked collectively last year, doesn't mean all their players are worthless.

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Anyway all this talk about Komisarek might be all moot. According to a few articles and posts I've just read, he might be heading back home to Long Island. The Isles are several million under the league minimum and after they draft Tavares to improve their offense, they may go after the hometown boy for their defense. They can afford to pay him $5mil/year.

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

So it's now officially a done deal.

Do svidaniya, Sergei. (And Viktor and Don, while we're at it.)

Udachi, Sergei. (Good luck!)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 25, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm just gonna say I would for us to sign Chad Larose from Carolina, a steady, hard nosed player, that when you watch him play he's the kind of player that doesn't score 25-30 goals but he'll give u 15-17 minutes a game 3rd line player good enough for 12-15 goals and 40 points i say go get him GMGM 3 years for 5 million, 2 million for the 1st 1.75 million for the last 2

Posted by: littlespaz34 | June 25, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Florida's Jay Bouwmeester. The unidentified team offered a player and a draft pick for Kaberle.

In addition to the offer received earlier this afternoon, sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs have also heard from at least three other teams who have checked in and asked Leafs GM, Brian Burke to name his price.

Toronto had originally intended on holding on to Kaberle until after the July 1 free agent frenzy in hope of attracting a better package from a team that wasn't able to land a free agent defenceman.

Sources say the Leafs are seriously considering the offer while waiting to see what other interest materializes in the coming hours.

Think the Caps were one of the teams? He would look good on our Blue Line

Posted by: CapCenterholdover | June 26, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Thx for the memories, you should never have been brought back this year, you ran out of steam by the 5th game in the 1st round 2 yrs ago, don't let the door hitya where the good lord splitya!

This may be the most disgusting and ungrateful comment I have seen posted on this blog in a long time. You should be ashamed of yourself. No, the Caps no longer need Fedorov, nor can they afford to pay him what he's looking for, but to tell him not to let the door hit him in the butt on the way out is just plain disrespectful. The guy's a freaking legend, and he's done quite a bit for us. The least you can do is say thank you and wish him luck.

For those of you looking to free agency and trades to solve all the holes, look at how well that worked for Dan Snyder ... or the New York Rangers. In other words, expect some pieces to be filled out of Hershey, and others in trade. Don't even expect all the holes to be filled in the offseason - I think you'll find deadline deals will happen because they'll save money and have the same effect where they're needed most. I see three pieces that I'd like to have, and you're not going to be able to buy them all in free agency.

Komisarek at 1.7 is probably in our price range even with a raise. Kaberle at existing salary of 4.25 is assuredly not, especially when he's got another year after this one on his contract and will interfere with re-signing Semin and Backstrom. (numbers from nhlnumbers.com) Also, TOR can afford to wait on dealing Kaberle. MTL can't. Komi is a UFA this year, and he'll just walk for nothing come July 1. MTL may take less to make sure they get something for him. Knuble as an RW is another animal and a different question.

The most immediate need, because it's something we don't have anything approximating in the organization, is a replacement for Fedorov as 2nd line center. The closest thing is Nylander ... yeah. We have a shutdown Dman and a tenacious, hard-working RW ready to come up from Hershey, and McPhee may opt to give them a shot rather than going out and buying overpriced, overripe talent out of free agency. If they can't cut the mustard, they'll deal at the deadline. But expect McPhee to deal for a center first.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 26, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

McPhee talks about the draft, and his philosophy, and what he expects to do.

McPhee Talks About The Draft

Posted by: kittypawz | June 26, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Well said Kitty, I don't see the Caps being in a panic mode there will be time to make the fixes needed. I was just passing on the TSN report on Kaberle as a thought provoker:)

Posted by: CapCenterholdover | June 26, 2009 8:08 AM | Report abuse

You have to think there is Center out there dying to skate with Ovie. Even if Backstrom is the primary #1 center, just being a top two center on Ovie's team will help pad your stats.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 26, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

The BRUINS put in the offer for Kaberle?! Kessel & a 7th pick? Wow. I'm floored. I can't believe they would do that!

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282921

Posted by: ShariLeigh131 | June 26, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Oh, man! Now we've got kittypawz shedding again!

Calm down, now kitty. You know cstanton is a tool most of the time. He just can't seem to help himself. It's OK.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 26, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

*curls up in Greg S.' laundry basket full of clean underwear*

@Capcenterholdover: No worries. Kaberle's out of our price range. Komi probably isn't.

The Bruins are offering for Kaberle? A top pick and Phil Kessel? That's a little much ....

Hunh.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 26, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

broken up with via text, how messy

Posted by: Justini | June 26, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

don't let the door hitya where the good lord splitya!

Posted by: cstanton1

Same to you!!

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | June 26, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I agree w you kittypawz. That was a pretty ungrateful comment along, but there seems to be a lot of ingratitude to players who have worked hard for the Caps (ahhem, Section117). Maybe being female makes me a little more sensitive to it :-)

Posted by: capsfan01 | June 26, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Let's trade for David Legwand. He's a big dude.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Or what about Zubie? He's a big C as well. Could put up similar numbers to Fedorov.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Kessel for Kaberle and 7th overall??? Wow! I wouldn't want to give up Kessel.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 26, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I bet cstanton1 was cheering really loudly when Feds scored that goal in game 7!

I know I'm thankful and grateful for everything that Fed's done, not just on the ice but also helping/coaching his teammates, esp. Semin... etc. I hope he does well in the KHL. Always a class act, unlike cstanton1.

Posted by: rachel216 | June 26, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Zubie??? If you read the comments on the Devils blogs the fans would LOVE to get rid of him - he really hasn't done well there at all and he got a big contract! The belief is that his numbers were only as good as they were because he skated with Ovie.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 26, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Zubrus will stand in front of the net!

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Chelios? - cheap , experienced - I know, too old, but is it far fetched?

Posted by: NJNJ | June 26, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I'd be salty if they wasted a roster spot on Chelios.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Zubrus was horrible last year.

Chelios is far too old.

@kittypawz

I read that rumor. The reality for Boston though is that they probably will not be able to keep both Savard and Kessel. Will be interesting to see who they move to keep both, or which one of them they actually move.

Kessel for Kaberle+ is lol...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I don't even like Komi that much, but I would much rather have him over Kaberle x100000000000.

Why would we need another soft, o-oriented d man? Kaberle is out of the question.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I think we need a Center more than a D.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me that Fedorov did the Caps a disservice by not waiting until next week to publicly announce his signing with the KHL. Now everyone at tonight's draft knows McPhee is desperate for a second line center. And that will make the price higher. Couldn't Fedorov have just told the Caps yesterday and announced it publicly some time next week?

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 26, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Metallurg announced it on their website. I don't think it was Fedorov shouting from the rooftops.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

You're a fool. Feds has accomplished more in one season than most on the current Caps roster will in their entire careers. Everyone grows older and loses their touch, but he contributed much even this season that doesn't show up in the stats. He's a legend, and your myopia doesn't change that. Did he deserve $3 mil per year to continue playing for the Caps. No. But to slam him like that shows you know nothing about hockey.

Posted by: FedsFan | June 26, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

If we are gonna go after a veteran D that could help our young guys that could be had for cheaper, why not Zubov? He's russian, can play both PP and PK. Knows how to win in the playoffs.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Seems to me that Fedorov did the Caps a disservice by not waiting until next week to publicly announce his signing with the KHL. Now everyone at tonight's draft knows McPhee is desperate for a second line center. And that will make the price higher. Couldn't Fedorov have just told the Caps yesterday and announced it publicly some time next week?

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 26, 2009 10:15 AM |

It doesn't matter. Other teams knowing that Feds is gone isn't going to raise prices for us.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Zubov is 40 years old and hasn't been healthy for years.

He hasn't even played in the WCs for a number of years.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Don't get me wrong, if Zubov could magically grow a healthy hip, then I would say go for him.

His situation is worse than Gaborik's right now though.

(He is also only 38..bout to turn 39)

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@ richmondphil

I know he has been hurt. Should be able to get him cheap. But now knowing the salary cap is going to be $57 million and not come down at all. Not necessarily worried about getting someone for cheap.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=282925

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, a lot of us saw that coming. Cap is technically going down, but with the inflation buffer applied, it stays about the same. That is definetely good news for a team like us.


Zubov would be a HUGE gamble. He is a great player, but a it could turn out bad.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Richmond Phil: not true. Any GM worth anything will hold out for more knowing that McPhee has to do a deal. Either he has to do a deal or go into free agency, which both McPhee and Leonsis have said they would prefer not to do. So he has to do a deal.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 26, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I agree with dcsportsdude. But thats why I think we are more likely to trade for a D and go after Cammillari in FA. Just my opinion.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Cammillari is dumb not to want to skate with Ovie.

You can rack up assists by just dropping the puck to him at the Red Line.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 26, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

An apparent or perceived void in your team does not make another team gain more leverage on you. That is absurd. This is not the deadline we are talking about.

Naslund retiring did not make the price of traded-for wingers go up for the Rags.
Reinpreict leaving PHX did not make the price go up for traded-for centers for them.


Also, using that logic to say you don't want to trade for a center, but want to trade for a d man seems a bit counter intuitive, doesn't it?

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

*curls up in Greg S.' laundry basket full of clean underwear*

Great! Now my undies are all warm and fuzzy.

Now there's an image to get rid of. :D

Posted by: Greg S. | June 26, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to have Kessel on the Caps. With Komisarek on D added (or someone like him) we would still have cap room for the unsigned guys.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 26, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Trade Theo and some scrubs and a pick to TB for Hedman!

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Trade Theo and some scrubs and a pick to TB for Hedman!

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 11:53 AM |

Haha. Wishful thinking...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 26, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: caps28fan | June 26, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Jay Bouwmeester more fire power.that would take pressure off Green.

Posted by: sporttraveler | June 26, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

cstanton1,

If the Caps management is really serious about winning the Cup and not just selling tickets, they will have to spend money on players like Komisarek.

You just can't outscore everyone in the playoffs, you have to stop people as well. And you can't sell defense short and try to do it on the cheap either with guys like Erskine.

Posted by: joek443 | June 25, 2009 9:11 PM | Report abuse

hey, you don't have to convince me. Just pray that caps mgmt feels the same way :)

geez, a lotta panties get bunched up real ez on this blog. Of course Fedorov WAS a great player. That doesn't mean he was a great player for us for the majority of his time here. He was very good when we first acquired him and he ran out of steam towards the end of the 1st round v Philly. Even if we'd advanced, I doubt he had anything left to give. I commend anyone who can play at that level at his age. I just don't see any reason why his departure is a big deal. He didn't do sh_t for us last and we'd have been better served NOT bringing him back and finding a younger stronger alternative last offseason. Scoring one important goal in the playoffs doesn't make his entire presence in the lineup all season worthwhile. Sorry. Someone else could have scored that goal as well and provided a lot more over the course of last season than Feds did. Sorry to offend so many delicate sensibilities out there, didn't realize this was grade school.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

The Bruins move is a salary cap move to avoid paying Kessel considering they have so much money tied up in guys like Chara and company. And they obviously think they can get a real good player with the 7th pick. ballsy move

Its what the Flyers had to do last yr to get rid of Upshall's salary. They got a lesser player in Carcillo but someone who may have some upside. The Bruins are obviously hoping for the same from the 7th pick. Kaberle himself is probably the less attractive asset in return.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Toronto, Philly, Minnesota and LA are the 4 teams that are trying to trade for Clowe.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Well, there's some millions in cap space we'll get back. Not that we'll use it for good FA's though. I mean, we're already good enough to win. We don't need to make a deal for a Kunitz or a Guerin at the trade deadline. Oh wait....

Posted by: wesvenis | June 26, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

ATTENTION-
List of all 2009 free agents by salary and position-

http://www.sportscity.com/nhl/2009-nhl-unrestricted-free-agents-by-position/

Now who should teh caps try to get?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

List of all 2009 free agents by salary and position-

http://www.sportscity.com/nhl/2009-nhl-unrestricted-free-agents-by-position/

Now who should teh caps try to get?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

List of all 2009 free agents by salary and position-

www.sportscity.com/nhl/2009-nhl-unrestricted-free-agents-by-position/

Now who should teh caps try to get?

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Samuelsson for sure. Defensively responsible grinding scoring winger like Laich. Also fast as hell.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

test

Posted by: floms | June 26, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

there were a ton of people in here at the last trade deadline that b*tched up a storm because GMGM did not make any moves. i don't know if these are the same people who now want GMGM and Ted to spend every last penny they have available under the cap - but they CAN NOT do this if they want to be able to make any roster adjustments next spring. its fun speculating any trades and UFA/RFA signings. please don't continue to b*tch and curse GMGM for what he does/doesn't do over the next few weeks. they will decide what is best for the team and we get to live with it.
i'd prefer that they give some of their young talent a chance in washington, save some cap space (and not use all 50 contracts) - so they can make those trade deadline moves that become apparent in late january and february. i think playoff bound teams can improve themsevles more at the trade deadline than they can in the offseason. also - it looks like it is easy to make acquisitions (nyls and theo) that you just wish you hadn't committed so much too.
to sum up - I AM RIGHT and most of the rest of you are wrong

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 26, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I would have thought by now we would have a new update on the insider from Tarik. Late afternoon and nothing to report or update. Seems like the post is not really into the draft. Still the same old story from yesterday on fed

Posted by: samb99 | June 26, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Richmond Phil: you're just wrong. If McPHee talks trade for a center tonight with another GM, that other GM is in a much better position because he knows Fedorov is gone. And that is compounded by McPhee and Leonsis saying publicly numerous time that they don't want to go into free agency.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 26, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Toronto, Philly, Minnesota and LA are the 4 teams that are trying to trade for Clowe.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse


I would be ALL over that if I was GM. Clowe can lock down that 2nd position wing and also play on the top line if necessary. Big strong mean power forward who skates well. All he needs to do is stay healthy. I can totally see those 4 teams chasing Clowe. Toronto now has Brian Burke who loves players like Moen and Clowe. The Kings have been bulking up since last offseason when they acquired Matt Greene and Stoll. Minnesota has been drafting and developing big power forwards also.

Ryane Clowe would be a better version of Scott Hartnell if we could get him.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Conversely, it could mean that teams will go to the Caps first with an offer because they know the Caps' intentions are to make a deal rather than sign a free agent. You can spin this either way. I just want to see how it all shakes out tonight.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 26, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

RPhil--An apparent or perceived void in your team does not make another team gain more leverage on you. That is absurd. This is not the deadline we are talking about


eh? really? So if I'm one of the 3 or 4 GMs who actually has a quality center to trade, I'm not going to feel I have more leverage over the Caps who desperately need to fill that 2nd center position especially in light of

1-- our expections for the upcoming season are definitely to be in the Finals and you can't do that without a quality 2nd line center

2-- Nylander is our backup plan? I guess along with Laich.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Pronger is being dealt and talks are heating up.

Posted by: ThePat | June 26, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

And that is compounded by McPhee and Leonsis saying publicly numerous time that they don't want to go into free agency.

Posted by: dcsportsdude | June 26, 2009 2:52 PM |

Just remember that GMGM and Leonsis said those things BEFORE Kozlov and Fedorov announced that they were going to KHL. The situation has changed. He is now forced to go the U/RFA route.

We need to promote from within. Some of the lads in Hershey are ready to come up, they should.

There are a few in DC that should be elsewhere. we'll see how it goes, but I expect the next few weeks to be very busy.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 26, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Andrew Gordon can play center and wing. He'd be my first choice if we had to promote from within to replace Fedorov. Beagle's a quality 4th line center prospect but he doesn't have Gordon's speed and skill. They both have oodles of tenacity thankfully.

Would love to see Gordon, Beagle and Osala make the roster next year. Get some youth and energy into the lineup ala what the Blackhawks did this past season.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 26, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

can someone explain what trading for the "negotiating rights" to j bow (or any other pending FA) gets you? what, two days of exclusive talks? is that really worth anything? do you think that j bow isnt going to hit the open market and let everyteam bid on his services? lets say you trade for his rights and offer him $7M/yr for 4 years. he says sorry, i'm going to hit the open market. are you not going to offer him $7M/yr for 4 years then too? am i missing something obvious?

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | June 26, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

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