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Four More Cuts (Updated)

I'm hearing that Tyler Sloan, Sami Lepisto, Grant McNeill and Simeon Varlamov were all sent to Hershey this afternoon.

If Sloan and Lepisto have in fact been demoted, that leaves the Caps with seven defensemen, including 2007 first round draft pick Karl Alzner.

More on this later.

Update:The moves were just confirmed by the Caps.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  October 2, 2008; 1:48 PM ET
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Alzner has stood out by not standing out. No flash to his game, but he always seems to be between the puck and the net.

Posted by: Ovi Wan Kenobi | October 2, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

So if we're picking top 6... we need Juice and Erskine for their size and grit... Schultz on the other hand...

Posted by: Anonymous | October 2, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Borque is staying????

Posted by: Bob | October 2, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

1) Alzner is NOT going to show much 'flash', especially in his rookie season. If he can provide stable, defensive defensemen ability he'll be just fine. As long as he EARNS his spot, he'll be OK.
2) The question might be is what moves will GMGM make before next week to get under the cap? Alzner's cap hit would include not only his rookie capped salary BUT also ALL potential bonuses he can earn, boosting his cap hit to 3+ million.
3) That's why the Black Hawks suddenly had cap trouble. With the CBA not renewed (yet) bonuses can't be set off for the following season as it had been the last 3 years

Posted by: Fauxrumors | October 2, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

*perk* Bourque is staying so far? If so, good on him. He's been solid through ths whole preseason. I'd love to see him get a crack at the opening night lineup.

Posted by: this space for rent | October 2, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

@ Fauxrumors

You're wrong about Alzners cap hit. With bonuses he would top out at a hit of $1,675,000. It's still a problem in relation to fitting everyone under the cap...but it's not as bad as you are posting.

Posted by: strungout | October 2, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

correct me if I am wrong but I thought they pro-rate the salary cap -- so you can be over a certain percentage but numbers can change and you have to the end of the season to correct -- so right now like GMGM said we are fine

Posted by: Anonymous | October 2, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

GMGM says we are fine on the cap, even with Alzner. I would think he knows more than we do. My issue is what if we realize a need during the season? We will have to trade $$ for $$ to fill a gap and make a deep run in the playoffs.

Looks like our D is set. My guess is that Juice and the Lumberjack will rotate in and out of the pressbox. Alzner may get a break on occassion, especially if he looks at all like he is struggling. That view from up top can really help sometimes.

As for forwards do you think Bourque has forced GMGM's hand? We have to make a trade to keep Chris. Could be an interesting week.

Posted by: kenwood | October 2, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

We have two good beat writers covering the Caps and so far the only people writing about the Caps being over the cap are the commenters on this blog. Does that strike you as strange? Is it unlikely that professional writers would be letting such a potentially huge story just slide? Do you not think that it might be actually the biggest story of this last week before the season? The reason is we are not over the cap! Not as long as Pothier is on long term IR and Alzner is in the line up.

Posted by: Bob | October 2, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I predict that Erskine will be spending a lot of time upstairs, and Jurcina will be joining him if Pothier comes back.

Posted by: Matt | October 2, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Bob---precisely my sentiments. The amount of time and energy people on here worry about the salary cap (like they have some role in deciding who's going to be on the roster) is amusing (but only mildly).

Posted by: OldPhil | October 2, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

1) Dale Tallon said the same thing about the Hawks, then he traded lang and placed Khabibulin on waivers.
2) Don't listen to GMGM. Its not his job to give us correct answers. HOWEVER we agree that the media should know the Caps cap hit. BTW why isn't this public informnation? should publish that number for each team and update it daily!

Posted by: Fauxrumors | October 2, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

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