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Green Re-Signs (Updated)

It's confirmed: Mike Green has re-signed for four years at $5.25 million per. The deal was finalized moments ago, I'm told. Green is scheduled to speak to the media later, so check back for an update with his comments.

"It took a long time, but this puts him in a position where he's competitive with many of his peers who are signing similar deals," said Don Meehan, one of Green's representatives. "He's in the same class as Jeff Carter, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, he's in a class like those people."

"There was some discussion of a longer term deal, but we didn't get to numbers that we felt would be relevant for him," Meehan added. "I think by doing a four year deal, it's in the best interest of both sides. In four years, we'll all have a better perspective of what we should be doing on a longer term deal."

A number of teams, I'm told, called to see what it would take to sign Green to an offer sheet.

Per the team's release:

"Mike has developed into an impact defenseman in the short time since we drafted him, and he will be a key part of our team moving forward," McPhee said. "We look forward to his further contributions as we continue to improve the hockey club."
Green's 18 goals included eight power-play goals (tied for third on the team), four game-winning goals (tied for second on the team) and three overtime goals (tied for the NHL lead and the Capitals' single-season record for OT goals). Left wing Alex Ovechkin and Green - who were both chosen in the first round of the 2004 NHL Draft - became the first teammates to lead the NHL in goals and goals by a defenseman, respectively, since Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey in 1988-89.

Is Huet on deck?

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2008; 8:56 AM ET
 
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Thats just super

Posted by: AP | July 1, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

blockbuster Deal!

Posted by: Omar | July 1, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Quick... all you nervous Nelly's need to start worrying about Huet now... GMGM is the master... re-freakin-lax

Posted by: Dave in Alexandria | July 1, 2008 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Good. Huet is next. i also think Laich is a really important player to sign. As I watch the flyers series on my DVR I notice him doing all the little dirty work that a lot of player refuse to do, like going to the net, taking a hit to make the play. We need him as insurance against Clark's groin injury.

Posted by: Genotype55 | July 1, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget about MO

Posted by: AP | July 1, 2008 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Awesome, resign Huet and lets make another run at the east next season.

Is anyone here even slightly interested in making a run at Brian Campbell?

Posted by: SuperCaps | July 1, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Nervous Nelly, reporting for duty! Sign Fedorov too for christ's sake! That is all!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:10 AM | Report abuse

This is excellent news!

Posted by: MikeR | July 1, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

My first post ever, been reading everyone for quite sometime - but this one deserves a big fat

WaHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ames00 | July 1, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a more than what he's worth, but when you think of the slim takent pool, it is what is is.
Was there really ever a doubt? He loves his coach and Washington's young player core is the best outside Pittsburgh.
We just need a goalie...

Posted by: Shaggy | July 1, 2008 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Did everyone forget about Boyd Gordon or did I miss a signing. He was at the awards show event, but then again so was Eminger.

Posted by: caps423 | July 1, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I have confidence we'll get Huet signed...as well as Morrisson, Fehr and Gordon.

My feeling is that it is going to be either Laich or Fedorov, but not both. Personally, I'd rather sign Fedorov and gamble that Laich won't get an offer sheet and will drop his price to something reasonable.

Posted by: Stormblue | July 1, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

for those that thing the dollars are too high, how much do you think they over paid by? also, since they paid so much do you see a trade coming to free up cap space?

Posted by: jay | July 1, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

So all that sabre-rattling about how the Caps would match any offer sheet for Green paid off. We were able to sign him for 4 more years.

Posted by: Resist The Machine | July 1, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

That money plus Laich, Huet (or some other goalie, but hopefully Huet), ShaMo, et al. probably means no Feds -- not enough cap space.

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Green is certainly a gifted player, no questioning his ability or work ethic.

Unless defense is addresed, the team is no better now than they were last year.
Meaning, they are not good enough to do any damage.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 9:15 AM | Report abuse

How has this been the only signing league-wide so far today? These GMs better get on the collective ball.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Shorter deal, more money......Team player..

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Who is the shlep on Elliot in the Morning?

Posted by: AP | July 1, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

UFA signings start at 12.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Neato! Super! Thats Just Swell!

Posted by: Ron Burgandy | July 1, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Green appears to be a game-changer. And he puts fannies in the seats, so I'm happy he'll be back.

Oneal

Posted by: Oneal | July 1, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

@ Chief -- disagree, players, especially blueliners, improve with age. I see the defense improving with ShaMo, Green, Schultz, and Jurinca all getting better. Erksine is as good as he'll ever be as is Poti, but the young dee will mature even more. Plus, Huet is a HUGE improvement over Kolzig. With Alzner coming on too, this defense will just keep getting better.

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

A little too much, IMO.

I hope he is working on his defense.

Posted by: thag | July 1, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

@ the guy that just mistakenly posted with my name,

I know, I meant that this is the only RFA or UFA that has been locked up by his current team in ADVANCE of the free agent period so far today.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Glad he's signed, but that's crazy money. Hope he earns it in the coming seasons.

Posted by: Jill | July 1, 2008 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, whats the status of Green?

Posted by: Dumb Poster | July 1, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

Not sure he is really worth 5.25 per, but it is cheeper then if we had to try to match an offer sheet. I am sure someone would have tried to offer around 6 per

Posted by: Mike | July 1, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

that's indeed too much. But... he's signed, that's good news. Let's all hope he'll become a top-D :D

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Whoooo hoooo!

Posted by: Grape8 | July 1, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I was one of the guys thinking green was going to make way too much money for what he's worth, but suddenly I don't care and I'm excited he's going to be back.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

@ Dumb Poster

I hear Green signed with Winnipeg for a ride at an aumsement park on Canada Day

Posted by: I'm B Cell | July 1, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm happy they were able to lock him up, but the price seems really steep for a guy coming off one good season. Does anyone really think Green would have received an offer sheet for that much per season?

Posted by: Will | July 1, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

Since he would have potentially gotten a lot more than that, I think it's safe to say that this is a fine deal on both sides of the fence.

Posted by: Goat | July 1, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

"A number of teams, I'm told, called to see what it would take to sign Green to an offer sheet."

For all saying that the price tag was too high - keep the above in mind. Yes, it was pricey, but the Caps would be much worse off without him.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Winnipeg is nice. He'll fit in well with the Jets. Now if only we could get an update on Pothier. Who's going to be the number one goalie, Kolzig or Johnson?

Posted by: Dumb Poster | July 1, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Isn't it a violation of league rules for teams to have been calling Green's agent before noon, or is that just for UFAs?

Posted by: Kurt | July 1, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Young D will certainly get better, only there are no mentors on defense to help these guys along.
Jurcina sucks, Erskine sucks, Poti is overpaid and weak, Pothier is finished.

This team needs a goalie (as of this post), and I don't believe Huey is all that to begin with.

Like I said, unless defense is addressed, enjoy watching them "learn".

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who think we overpaid for this deal. Here's a hidden angle you may not have thought about.

Mike's 22 now. He's got 4-5 more years of RFA eligibility (depending on when his Bday is).

It is in a player's best interest to be a Un-restricted FA. It's in a team's best interest for a player to be RFA. When the rumor was out that he wanted @4 and we were all shocked that they were still "a ways apart" that could have been years. Mike may have wanted a 5-6 year deal at 4M per.

To me, as a fan, I like this 4 year deal better than a 5-6 year deal because it makes him a restricted free agent when this new deal is done. This is great for the team. It allows us to get compensation if he leaves and gives us another evaluation period for this very young defen"c"eman.

The extra cash thrown at him is clearly an incentive for him to sign a shorter deal and be RFA again. I'm 100% happy with that. Great job GMGM.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Mike Green's buying drinks tonight for all of us!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

greg s., jschon, and mauree, please just admit you were wrong

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Kurt - RFAs can be spoken to starting a few days before July 1st, but no offers can be made. I don't think any of those rules apply to the player's current team regardless of his RFA or UFA status anyway.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Awesome news! Now for Huet and Laich!

Posted by: Tracy | July 1, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Yeah Chief you're right. Huet looked terrible at the end of the season and in the playoffs. I mean when the refs buried their whistles at goalie interference, Huet couldn't stop jack on his back (by the way, do you smoke crack?). Poti is hardly weak and Jurinca hardly sucks. At the end of last year, I truly enjoyed watching the defense "learn". Did I miss something, did they lose a veteran who wasn't with the squad at the end of the year -- you know, during the winning streak (or in your case, a whining streak).

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

chief, so right you are. lets go sign all those veteran free agent dmen. there names are ? and they will cost? and they will fit under the cap how? then we'll turn our attention to all the free agent goalies out there. you're pretty smart behind the keyboard. it must kill you to recognize that ted and gmgm actually stepped up and put their money where there mouth is.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | July 1, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

chief, poti overpaid at 3.5? Have you see these other contracts? I son think so buddy. Get over yourself

Posted by: sign everyone | July 1, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

@Leeguru - Beers are on you brother!

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 8:58 AM

Posted by: Sombrero guy | July 1, 2008 9:35 AM | Report abuse

son=dont

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

A little higher than what I would want to pay for just a four-year deal. But I'm glad he'll stay in Washington. With that and the (hopefully) impending Huet deal, I just hope this doesn't bite GMGM in the butt when the likes of Backstrom, Semin, and Alzner are up for new contracts.

In a few years, the Caps could be where the Pittsburgh Penguins are now: in a position in which it won't be difficult to keep a competitive team together, but impossible.

Posted by: PureAgression | July 1, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Does this mean the bet about signings today goes to those who said there'd be a signing before 12:15 today?

Posted by: AP | July 1, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Folks,

I'll be traveling downtown over the next hour and a half, so I won't be able to update for a bit.

Posted by: Tarik | July 1, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Go back and look at some of the goals Huey let in during the post season.
There were enough easy goals let in to question him.

He never quit on a play, that's his strength, but he gave up the easy stuff.

I'll give a pass on Huey before anyone on defense.

In the end, defense wins you a Cup.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Tooooooo much :/

But glad he'll be back in Washington.

Posted by: Trevor | July 1, 2008 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I feel that news of Huet inking a 3 year 5.15 mil deal is just hours away.

Posted by: 8b4Ovie | July 1, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

While its still more than I would have LIKED to have paid, I agree that other teams making offers would have driven up the cost a bit.

Beginning this season, in order to become a UFA Players must be at least 27 years of age as of June 30, 2008, or have 7 accrued seasons.

Green will still be 26 on June 30th of 2012 when his contract ends (his birthday is in October) but did his first season of 22 games count as an accrued season? If so, he's a UFA. If not, we still retain his rights.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

chief, in your opinion, huet was playing behind an overrated, terrible, young defense...how bad could he be. i think i've got most of the playoff games still on tivo, refresh my memory on which goals were softies and i'll go back and check it out. i'm sure you are correct because i know you wouldn't post something negative just for the sake of being negative.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | July 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

ACCRUED SEASON - a season of service used for the purposes of determining eligibility for unrestricted free agency. A player earns an accrued season if he is on his club's Active Roster for at least 40 regular-season games [30 if a goalie]; if a player suffers a hockey-related injury while on the Active Roster, the games missed due to such injury also count as games on the Active Roster to a maximum of the season in which the injury occurred and one (1) additional season.


I have no idea how long he was with the team in 05-06. he was recalled and sent down 6 times, so I assume they did that to keep him from actually "accruing" that first season.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Ouch.

That's a lot of money.

Last year we would have been choking on our coffee when reading this...but now. I don't know. Prices for blueliners are climbing to the stupidsphere.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

3 years from now, think of what somebody like Green would get on the open market. I think this deal is fine now that it's done and I can think rationally about it. It's like Ovie's deal. 10 years from now Ovie is going to be a friggin steal at 9.5 million.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

@AP

Pretty sure this wins us the bet!

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero-

NHL.com has him listed as 2 years exp. I'm going to trust that is right.

The only way this deal makes sense is if he's RFA when it's done.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone else fear the the NHL salaries are hurtling us toward oblivion again?

Posted by: Sombrero guy | July 1, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Funny Chief, but I do not remember seeing you on CI during the playoffs or late season run "complaining" about huet. hmmmmm.......

Way to try to bring down the CI on a good day so far.

Yes, I think this is a good day and I also think the price is fair. In 2 years we will think it is a steal.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

I'm just glad we locked him up before some desperate GM offered him a ridiculous 5 yr $35 mil contract that he couldn't turn down...

Posted by: Mango | July 1, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

capfan 1

Game 7, not sure if it was first goal or a tying goal.
Shot from 30 feet away that squeezed through the five hole.

That's one of about 4 or 5 during the series.

It's not so much the goal scored as it is the momentum change it caused.

If his most acrobatic, stellar save actually goes in, team can rebound easier than from a soft goal.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Great to hear Green will be back. He's fun to watch and fills the seats. C'mon Huet!

Posted by: AM capsfan | July 1, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Huet also got a gift when he tossed his stick aside to make a soccer-save and didn't get called for "stick throwing" which if not a penalty shot i think might be an automatic goal.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Those kinds of shots are going to find their way through on any goalie occasionally. He played the shot right, it just had barely enough mustard on it to squirt through, that's all. Give him a break, he's a lovable cheese-eating French goalie!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero guy,

I also fear the NHL salaries are hurtling us toward oblivion again

Posted by: Finn | July 1, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Sombrero Guy. Man my F5 key is getting a workout today.

Posted by: AP | July 1, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Can somebody check these for me?

From: Detroit, MI

Drive: 527 mi - about 8 hours 36 mins
527 mi - about 8 hours 36 mins
1. Merge onto I-75 S toward Toledo
Entering Ohio 53.8 mi
2. Take exit 208 on the left to merge onto I-280 S toward Cleveland/E Turnpike 12.5 mi
3. Take exit 1A to merge onto I-80 E/I-90 E/Ohio Turnpike toward Cleveland
Continue to follow I-80 E/Ohio Turnpike
Partial toll road 147 mi
4. Continue on I-76 E (signs for I-76 E)
Toll road
Entering Pennsylvania 184 mi
5. Take exit 161 to merge onto I-70 E toward Washington D C/Breezewood/Baltimore
Partial toll road 2.2 mi
6. Merge onto I-70/US-30
Continue to follow I-70
Entering Maryland 76.2 mi
7. Take exit 53 to merge onto I-270 S toward Washington 30.0 mi
8. Slight right at I-270-SPUR S (signs for Northern Virginia/I-495 S/Washington/I-270 Spur) 2.0 mi
9. Merge onto Capital Beltway/I-495 S
Entering Virginia 3.8 mi
10. Take exit 43-44 for Geo Wash Memorial Pkwy toward Georgetown Pike/Washingtown/VA-193 0.4 mi
11. Take exit 43 for Geo Wash Memorial Pkwy toward Washington 0.6 mi
12. Merge onto George Washington Memorial Pkwy S/GW Pkwy S
Passing through District of Columbia
Entering Virginia 10.9 mi
13. Take the exit onto I-395 N/US-1 N toward Washington
Continue to follow US-1 N
Entering District of Columbia 1.6 mi

To: Washington, DC

Posted by: Lord Stanley | July 1, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero - no, I do not think the salaries are throwing us to oblivion. Hopefully, we will see more and more people come to the Verizon Center. More people, more money for Ted, and more money he will spend. Basically, we need to win the Cup in the next 4 years... in which, I believe we will. I told a Sabre fan at the end of the 2007 season that we would win the cup in the next 5 years... I truely believe that.
We have a lot of young guys and we are building a core. I think we will be alright on money... if players are going to start to be selfish with money, then we probably don't need those types of players. Green got his worth - for now... we will see if he keeps it up or sits the bed.
2 more hours for Huet and Feds... and Laich, Morrison, and Fehr... there was one more?

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

nice work with Green GMGM. Im hoping Huet and Federov are next. I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday so all the goals Huet let up in the playoffs arent that vivid in my memory, however, I do remember our D just handing the puck over to the flyers more than once and Huet was left out to dry on a few. No soft goals come to mind.

Posted by: fansince74 | July 1, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Too much? Really? What would you have done if he rc'vd an offer sheet for 6M and the Caps would have gotten inadequate compensation in the way of picks?

You might think it is too much, but the market is the market. You either pay him or lose him.

Its not a "I want him, but I want to pay him less than market" kind of world. You want a low budget hockey team with mediocre players, you can find one.

Kudos to GMGM. I bet he comes thru big before the day is done. All the GMGM bashers should take note.

Posted by: Muddapucker | July 1, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like TEB is foreshadowing a Huet deal.

Posted by: Omar | July 1, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

For what it's worth, any time anybody says anything about Huet on XM, they say he's going to stay and can't see him going anywhere else.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

@828

Gordo

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Lord Stanley,

Cute.

Chief,

So tell me, oh wise one - What goaltender on the market do you take over Huet?

Emrey?

Grahame?

Thibault?

Cloutier?

Someone else?

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

It's just like buying a house... in this area, my house is not "worth" as much as I paid for it... however, a house is only worth as much as someone will spend on it. My house is worth 1 mil... if someone wants to pay that much for it.

So, it's like players... Green is worth 5.25 mil because the Caps are paying it.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Yes!!!

I like July so far. Sure we paid him a lot of money, but I am looking at the positive side of this. In the next few years I expect Mike to be a bargain.

I also think that Mike is smart enough to know that his scoring touch and smooth skating coupled with stronger defensive play will make him one of four key members of the future Caps.

So I also expect that after news of a Huet signing a Mo signing will not be far behind. My whole summer would be made if we also keep Laich, Fehr, and Fedorov. I hope we can keep Gordon too.

Posted by: Kim | July 1, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

@828

I didn't mean the Caps specifically, but the NHL in general. In theory, the Cap keeps the distribution of revenues between players and owners at a set percentage, but it makes me nervous to see the Cap floor now higher than the ceiling was originally.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Chief wants to resign me! I NEVER let in the soft goals!

Posted by: Olie's 5 Hole | July 1, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Huet deal is reported to be almost done : http://nhlline.ca/news/?p=133

Posted by: SuperCaps | July 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

chief, 1 goal and you can't even recall which one it is. good argument. keep on digging.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | July 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

@Muddapucker

The only reason I'm choking over the price is that we have no clue if Green will continue to grow and play consistently.

Other prices thrown out there have been ridiculously high for the talent they're going to but at least the clubs know what they're getting.

If Green can continually improve his numbers, add a little defensive savvy, and keep playing with his heart, then looking back in four years, he would have been a steal.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

is there anywhere to listen to a live feed of the tsn of nhl network show at noon today??

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Damn Sombrero - is it just me (the one who reads all of the posts the wrong way)?

Then yes, these salaries are going up and the sport aint even that popular... so, we could see the same issues that we saw a few years back.

You know, hockey is the next sport to be humilated by steroids... I hope not, but I see it coming. That will put a damper on the market.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

he is effing overpaid!!! but what can you do...

Posted by: wanggo | July 1, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

So, 10.8M under the cap left for Huet, Morrisonn, Laich, Fedorov, Fehr, Gordon.

The Caps have to keep Morrisonn, and if Huet signs for something like 5.5M, then its going to be not just Fedorov or Laich, but possibly Fedorov or (Laich+Fehr+Gordon)..

If only it were possible to move Nylander to NY.. Fedorov is a better fit and a lot cheaper..

Posted by: Vlad | July 1, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

828

Hockey is officially more popular than basketball. Yet we get to feed off the bottom of the TV contracts.

Guess if kids would wear Air-Ovies to school very day, we'd see more commercial marketability and better TV slots.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

According to that caps article on the cap... there should be 14.8 mil left to sign Gordon, Feds, Laich, Huet, Morrison, and Fehr.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

How are all these people calculating how much the Caps have left under the Cap? All thats been released so far is that the contract gives him an AVERAGE annual salary of 5.25M over 4 years, which could mean he's making 2M in the 1st year (just an example), and more toward the back end.

Posted by: Leigh | July 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

@ Chief

I agree that defense wins you cups but you also need to realize that you need consistency wins you cups. Detroit has great players but also longevity. I haven't run the numbers but I would be willing to bet that they keep their players on average longer then most teams in the NHL. For the Caps the players aren't great (yet) but they now have a cohesive and consistent front office and on ice team. I think this signing gives us another two or three years to see if this team and players can become great . . .

I think we can make a deep run into the playoffs next season but not win the Cup.

I think this gives us a very good chance to win it all in 2010. By that point the Young Guns will have seasoned.

Your ongoing mistake (I'm being nice because I think you are just being a tough guy because you are old and angry:) is that you don't seem to value team chemistry or any of the big picture items.

Get over yourself.

Posted by: WhooHoo | July 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Here is the one thing that can come back to bite us about these contracts. It seems with how much money the teams in Can. make, the cap is going to be tied mainly to the exchange rate between the US and Can $. What happens if the Can $ starts falling to the US and all of the sudden the revenues decrease because all the revenues generated north of the border are no longer as much as they are now? If the cap is truly tied to revenue, then that would cause the cap to decrease, wouldn't it?

Posted by: Mike | July 1, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Leigh - the Caps is based on the Average money a player makes per year.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

@ Keef

I am not disrespecting your opinion. I understand about this being his only "big" year. That makes for a very difficult choice but GMGM sees an upside that I agree with it.

You didn't answer my question, although it was mainly rhetorical. In spite of the lack of a record of proven consistency do you dump him at that price or take a chance?

In my opinion there is absolutely no point in having a farm system and participating in the draft if you are going to take a prospect to this point and bail out. Heck, this is why you have a farm system. We have developed him, he flourishes in BB's system.

Besides that, who can we can thats any better for the same money?

Posted by: Muddapucker | July 1, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"He's in the same class as Jeff Carter, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, he's in a class like those people."

Wait, his class is power forwards who have already scored 20 goals a season in the last 2 seasons? Don't get me wrong, I'm glad he's re-signed, I was hoping a hometown discount was in order.

Posted by: Section 117 | July 1, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Leigh makes a good point. That would be a good way to sneak Fedorov in for a year or two under the cap.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

oops - The cap... not the Caps...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

@Leigh

the cap hit is based on the average $ in the contract. you can't front load a contract and have a different cap hit in different years

Posted by: Mike | July 1, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

@Leigh

the Cap number, used to determine the impact on the team's salary cap, is a per year average over the life of the contract, the the 5.25 million number is all that matters for salary cap implications.

I don't know how that Caps article was determining how much room they had. They must have forgotten to include potential entry level bonuses and must have taken Pothier out of the equation.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

WhooHoo - good point with consistancy... that is why the Skins will never amount to anything but a team trying to make the playoffs each year, vs a contender.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

How come nothing else has happened yet?

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero, I hear ya, but I am just going on what I read... it came from the Caps website, so it must be legit.

Did you remove Laich, Morrison, Gordon, and Green's salary from the previous year... that might have been it. They aren't on the books until they are signed.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@ Sombrero Guy

Yes, it does seem as the the salaries are starting to push themselves into "pre-lockout" range. On the flip side of that though, I believe the league said it was looking for "cost certainty" which, to me, would mean... if the league is making money, and each team is benefiting from that, then the league has found cost-certainty. Becuase of the cap... if we have a downward spiral, that cap goes down and people start scrapping to reduce salaries. Thus continuing the cost certainty. seems like this will eventually even-out over the next few years. you'd think it has to slow at some point...

@ Green's Money... (not a poster, just the topic)

I do feel he his somewhat overpaid, and to whomever pointed out that he's still going to be an RFA (FFS Enough i think) that makes much more sense... although it does put a bind on signing the rest of the RFA's we have labeled "priority" like Feds, Huet and Laich.

Sombrero... you said that's 11.5 left for this season. where does that leave us with ideas for Feds, Brooks, Mo and Huet... you can toss boyd gordon :-)

Posted by: Scofield | July 1, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

To all those thinking we paid to much - Bryce Salvador D for the Devils just resigned for 2.9 million a year. the young players are the ones who are making the big money - last year the Oilers gave RFA Dustin Penner a 7 yr 49 million dollar offer sheet. Mike Green for 4 years at 5.25 million is a lot but is affordable and the player is worth it.

Posted by: edhunter | July 1, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Gotcha, thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by: Leigh | July 1, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

According to www.nhlnumbers.com the Caps, adding in Green @ 5.25 (including Pothier, the 250k hit for Clymer, and Backstrom's potential bonuses, but NOT including Alzner) still leaves 13.397 mil in cap space.

Not sure if it's 100% accurate, but it seems pretty solid to me.

After reading the posting on Pothier it'll be interesting to see how he is handled.

Posted by: Jeff | July 1, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Jordan,

Because you touch yourself at night.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

@Muddapucker

Oh, you definitely take the chance.

It's just an expensive chance. :)

I don't disagree with the price, I'm sure someone else would have given it to him and as long as we get Huet signed, we're not going to be missing out on too much (this year) with that hit.

I remember a week or so ago, 6mil was being thrown around, so this is bargain with that thinking. :)

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Jurcina is a lazy bum on the ice that makes mistakes. Whoever said he's learned a lot is ridiculous. Reports from Buffalo said the same thing before he came over here. They do need to address defense. Mid-80s through the 90's it was all about the defense here in DC. We got the scoring capability now we just need the D guys to really do their job.

Posted by: MNMNT | July 1, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Caps have 18.6M of cap space according to NHL Numbers. That includes ovie's raise.

-5.25

we have 13.35 left to sign the rest of our dudes.

Plenty of room for EVERYONE + Defender if we so choose. Unfortunately, there's no good defenders on the market.

So:
13.35
-5 (Huet)
-2.5 (Laich)
-2 (Mo)

Gordo, Fehr and Feds with @4M seems easy to do IF Feds can take 2M. If he wants 4, he can go play with Jagr in Russia.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

@ Dave in Alexandria...

GMGM is the furthest thing from a master...I've said all year he gets no free pass from me; regardless of the trades he made at the deadline. Just because everybody hails him as a saviour because he made trades that helped the team?!? THAT'S WHAT GM'S ARE SUPPOSED TO DO!! Big whoop. We suffered through some awful years because of him, and now he's doing nothing more than trying to save his own butt; because if the Caps didn't make the playffs, GMGM goes bye-bye...which would've been a GREAT consolation prize, IMHO...

Posted by: No Likey McPhee...sorry! | July 1, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

@ Keef

Gotcha... We're on the same page

Posted by: Muddapucker | July 1, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Great Signing Caps!!! Just Please sign now in this order Huet, Morrison, Federov, Laich, and Gordon. All the way to the Cup in 2009 baby!

Posted by: McClure22 | July 1, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Plenty of GM's would have let the kid go.

If Huey is not already a done deal, this signing will be nothing more than window dressing.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

@MNMNT;

Jurcina was aquired from Boston; not Buffalo.

Posted by: Correction | July 1, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

No Likey McPhee...sorry!,

You can go back to calling yourself 'Chief.' It's not fooling anybody.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Chief,

I'll ask again - What goaltender on the market would you take in his place?

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@828

here is a good breakdown of the Caps and the Salary Cap. These numbers are right in line with mine.

I currently have Ovechkin, Nylander, Semin, Poti, Clark, Kozlov, Pothier, Backstrom, Alzner, Brashear, Bradley, Jurcinba, Johnson, Schultz, Felash, Steckel, and Green on the roster for a total cap hit of 45,366,934

all numbers from www.nhlscap.com

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

it's 10am i made a mistake. It did start with a B and it's up north, my bad. Jurcina is still a lazy bum. I'm not a fan.

Posted by: MNMNT | July 1, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

cap fan 1

Remind me, how many goals did they lose by ?

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Its nice to have the originator of the "Mike Green Hat Trick."

That's when you score 2 goals and remove (or nearly remove) an opposing player's testicle(s)with a puck in a single game.

I say we start petioning the league to track this stat form now on.

In our house he'll always be known for that spectacular game, he'll always be Mike "2 Goals and a Testicle" Green.

Posted by: 2 goals and a testicle | July 1, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@No Likey McPhee...sorry!

Everything happens for a reason... if we did not have those crappy years, we would have never picked up Ovechkin, Green, Semin, Backstrom, and the rest of the fun bunch.
So, if none of that happened, we would not be here for the next few exciting seasons.
Just think, you have the best player in the world playing in your back yard... because of guys like Jagr coming here wearing a purse.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

From Corey:

"The deal is worth $21 million, with a salary cap hit at $5.25 million per season. This puts Green under contract through the 2011-12 season, at which point he will be an unrestricted free agent."

Therefore it doesn't appear Greenie would still be a restricted FA at the end of this new deal.

Posted by: Leigh | July 1, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

New Jersey re-signs defenceman Bryce Salvador to a four-year deal worth $11.6 million (average of $2.9 million per season).

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

MNMNT

I'll give you a pass and assume you meant Boston and not Buffalo. They both begin with B's, but don't dare try to tell anyone from Boston that their city = bufftown. You might lose an eye.

Juice removes players from pucks. Plain and simple. The way he manhandles Lecaviler and St. Louis brings a smile to my face. Watch who BB puts out against the other team's top lines when we're at home. Juice typically gets Ilya, and the TB Boys. His physical play is better than ANYBODY else we have on the roster.

They all make mistakes. Don't expect a 25 year old with 4 years NHL experience to be playing like a Neidermeyer or Lidstrom. You'll never be happy.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero, yeah, I have your sheet... and have the same number. Not sure where they got their numbers... I just believe it. Either way, McPhee needs to deal with the costs and grab the guys we need.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

No likey mcphee...sorry=chief


what an idiot

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

A possible goaltender solution would be to bring up two from the minors and see what happens.

At some point the development has to happen in the show, not the minors.

If fans are so supportive of Caps front office and actually believe in the farm, then why not get the process started ?

Imagine how much money could be saved on a couple (more) entry level contracts.

Players will be on their best defensive game with rookie goalies.

Might as well take it on the chin for a little longer if you're serious about building from within, otherwise go pay Frenchie a boat load to look good in the regular season, just like Nylander.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Caps have work to do on the D since Green has never seen a blueline that he likes. I disagree FFS, there are some good D-men to be had.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Since your brought up the "hat trick", does anybody else wonder what kind of inferior protection device was being worn by the defender? I mean, even Johnny Knoxville had better protection that that...

Maybe he had it on backwards or something...

Posted by: Muddapucker | July 1, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Anybody hear about Kolzig being looked at by TB. That should be interesting playing him 8 times.

I wonder if he is going to yell at Vinny for shooting the puck too hard in practice.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

From ESPN (NHL Insider Rumors):

An NHL source tells The Washington Post the Capitals and G Cristobal Huet's agent, Stephen Bartlett, continue to talk and are closing in on a three-year deal at around $5M per season. Huet can talk to any other team beginning Tuesday and is one of the top unrestricted free agent goalies on the market.
After being traded to the Capitals at the deadline, goalie Cristobal Huet has said he's willing to stay put.

Posted by: Rcpike | July 1, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Leigh

Corey clearly doesn't know what he's talking about. Only factors on U/RFA status are age OR years played, whichever comes first. 27 or 7 years. Green qualifies for neither of those at the end of this deal, thus, RFA.

I also think there used to be a "third NHL Contract" clause but I can't find that in the current CBA.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

@828 (again)

I didn't have any of the unsigned RFA or UFA's in my figures. But it all depends on which players people assume will be on the roster. I listed mine, with the "assumption" that we're retaining our RFA and UFA's.

Sadly, hockey buzz is now partnered with NHLScap but NHLScap swears the numbers and figures will only be facts not rumors. We'll see. Here is how they list the Cap's cap.

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

nhlnumbers.com seems to show salaries, but not cap hit. Backstrom's Salary is 850K, but his cap hit is 2.4 million because of the potential bonuses.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Chief, just a few minutes ago you were talking about the young defense and how we all see them learn and how we need some veterans in there. And now, you want to put in a rookie goalie to watch him learn. that makes sense. Maybe we should make Ovechkin the Coach and have BB play left wing.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey Shaggy,

Don't know why you think Pitssburgh young player core is better than the Caps' core.

Posted by: GP703 | July 1, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Chief,

That's your solution? Bring up a couple of minor leaguers? You honestly think that Neuvirth and/or Varlamov, one of whom hasn't even made it to the AHL, and one of whom hasn't even played North American hockey, are going to be a better option than Christobal Huet - a goaltender with a 2.30 gaa and a .920 sp in the NHL?

Thanks, your response was every last bit as feeble and useless as I had hoped.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

don't wanna put words in Chief's mouth, but he may be employing this thing called sarcasm.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

doughless

Name em. You need to find guys that are BETTER than what we have for 3M or less. They don't exist this year. If they did, Green would not have been signed this AM.

Sombrero-

NHLNumbers has Backs listed as 2.4 cap hit. Not sure what page you are lookin at. Where I think NHLscap is mistaken is listing Giroux and Alzner's contract as if they are on the active roster. I'm not one who believes Karl will see time in a caps uni this season barring additional injuires to others besides Pothier, or inability to resign Mo.

Now, I also believe that we need to keep room under the cap to be able to pull Alzner up just incase. So for all intents and purposes, we need to have him listed.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

holy olie,
agreed, arent those the kind of ignorant, crazy, uneducated comments you LOVE to see chief make. more and more irrelevant with every word. he did try for a couple days though, awww too bad.

Posted by: sign everyone | July 1, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain that, if the cap hit is based on average salary over the length of the contract, is there a reason why Ovechkin's contract was laid out like it was with an increase in the later years?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

teds budget

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

My comments are tied directly to the way this organization works.

Hey, lets hire Cassy, no lets hire Hugs, oh wait, how about the last one that we never liked.

Kwiatkowski is available, maybe he will save the defense, Heward ?
So many stupid moves, yet they all forget so easily.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

RE: Ovechkin's contract

When he signed there was a comment about how it was essentially two separate contracts. The first was more or less completed when there was a suggestion to "buy his UFA years", which they did for the 10 mil per season. At least that's how I remember it.

Posted by: Jeff | July 1, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

inflation

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

greg s., jschon, and mauree, please just admit you were wrong

Posted by: | July 1, 2008 9:32 AM

I don't know who you are, but you apparently havent read any post that came from my keyboard about M.Green.

Here's a lovely one...

23, 39, 66, 46, 20 and 56...

Those are the points registered by M.Green for every season since 2001. The 20 was posted under Hanlon.

18 in 21, 16 in 19 and 7 in 7?

Points scored vs games played in the playoffs by M.Green.

12 in 9...

Points scored in Worlds vs games, most by any defensemen... 1 defensemen was better than him in my opinion, B.Burns.

Here is another number for you.

$6.25M...

Average salary for the top 10 scoring defensemen in the league. (non-FA)

A. Please dont tell me he hasnt proven anything yet. He's done it in the minors, the play-offs and the Worlds.

B. $5.5 would be a discount or at least a fair price for him.

C. Admit thats its silly to expect him to give us a hometown discount or to try to make as much as he should when he can.

Posted by: JSchon | June 16, 2008 10:53 PM

Here's another...

Boo... I share and love your enthusiasm about the Caps... And yes, the Caps are an attractive destination for FA's, however, to demand or expect any player to take less to play is as selfish as a player holding out for more money. This is Green's first big contract and it could be his last, you never know.

And the fact remains that we dont have any idea what he has turned down. He could have turned down a 10Y 30M deal or a 3Y 10M deal. We have absolutely NO idea what is going on.

I negotiate deals for a living and not many deals are structured and finalized at one sitting. I have never received a home town discount from anybody. Sometimes I come out looking better and sometimes I end up overpaying. Green deserves the chance to get what is fair market price regardless of what the penny pinching ninnies say in here.

If Green gets a $5.5M, there are ways to make room for it...

Trade Nylander, replace him with Fedorov... That should save us almost $3M a year.

Trade Poti and replace him with Eminger...

So many options...

Posted by: JSchon | June 17, 2008 7:23 AM

and another...

Lets a few things settled here... I'm in no way related to Mike Green. He's not boy. We arent cool with eachother or not cool. I'm not his agent, nor do I play his agent on TV.

The number $5.5M is just a random number based on the money thrown around to offensive minded blueliners.

Personally, I think Green should get a $4.5M contract, but its not about what JSchon thinks, it about what 1 GM might think Green is worth. All it takes is for 1 rogue GM to ruin our party.

My stance is that if someone offers Green $5.5M a year, you have to match. He is far and away the best blueliner we have.

As for the Poti thing... I'm not impressed with his play and salary, they dont match. Maybe he was nursing a sore shoulder and maybe his numbers will increase next season... there are a lot of maybes there for an older, slower guy with a bum shoulder who we owe $10.5M to over the next 3 years. And JIM, you dont have to call me sir. I love B.Laich, but not at $3M a season, catch my drift?

As for Nylander, I dont want to trade him, but if we are counting pennies he is expendable. We got into the playoffs without him for half the season and at half effectiveness when he was playing and had success without him and Fedorov playing.

Thats all I'm saying.

Posted by: JSchon | June 17, 2008 9:22 AM

hey what about this one...

Why are we comparing Lidstrom's abilities to Greens? One is 22 the other 38... One has been blessed with playing with some of best talent ever assembled on one team for years, Green? We'll talk 16 years from now.

Green @ 22 18G 38A +7
Lidstrom @ 22 11G 49A +36

GPGA 2007/08 5.57
GPGA 1991/92 6.96

WAS blueline - Green, Morrisonn, Schultz, Poti, Jurcina, Erskine

DET blueline - Lidstrom, Chiasson, Konstantinov, McCrimmon, Racine, Crossman

Bottomline...

Some people in here that say M.Green hasnt proven anything... FALSE

Won a Calder, been scoring all of his life.

Some people say he isnt a great defender... FALSE TBD

He was 7th is Norris Trophy voting, +7, and he is not a stay at home defender.

Some people claim he is being greedy... FALSE

We have no idea what he has turned down, maybe GMGM is being greedy?

Anyone who wants him or expects him to play for 2 more years at a reduced salary is living in LALA Land.

Players are compensated on past performance and future potential... Its risky game to play...

I would like to get him at $4.5M, I dont think its going to happen... $6M is my limit, but I'd still be tempted... and if I did... I'd make a trade to make it work.

Posted by: JSchon | June 18, 2008 11:50 AM

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Chief, you are making no sense. You bulld a team from what you have, player wise and budget wise.

We have been building a solid team that is turning into a great team with a great young core. now you fill in the pieces with veterans.

You have been complaining that GMGM does not spend money to get a good team. Now he is spending, smartly IMO, and bringing along the youngsters when needed.

Huet is the best option and a good option to bridge the gap until the Var and Neu are ready.

You just can't handle it when the front office does something well.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@Posted by: | July 1, 2008 9:32 AM

wrong about what :D ?

Green @ 5.25 and Huet @ 5 is a mistake in my opinion... it could be a huge mistake actually. Getting so close to the salary cap... what are we going to do about Backstrom and Semin later on?

But most importantly: are we going to keep this same D for 3-4 years? We need a veteran to jump-start our D into SC level. I was hoping to get there sooner than a few years.

On a personal note, @Chief
Your posts got a lot better when you leave animosity and insults at the door.


Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

sarcasm it was.

Now that I look back and think about it, I actually find it to be fact, about how this team has been managed.

I hear Sykora will be signed today by the Caps.

Bring back Doig & Henry !

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"He's in the same class as Jeff Carter, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, he's in a class like those people."

Frankly I'm surprised at the modesty of this assessment coming from Green's agent. I was fearing the worst: that Meehan was posturing Green in a class with Phaneuf, Campbell, Niedermayer, even Lidstrom - in preparation of a $6+ million offer sheet.

I'm relieved and satisfied with the deal. It's right on par with the market. He's better than the Shea Webers and Ryan Suters and J.M. Liles of the world (each of whom signed for $4.5 millionish) but not in the company of the aforementioned $6-7 million blueliners.

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

This is the first and only time I'm going to respond to Chief.

I was just talking to a guy this weekend who met Uncle Ted at an event during the NHL Lockout. He remembered asking Ted how he felt. His response was:

When they play, I use $20M a season. When they are locked out, I lose $10M.

We all wanted this organization to bring in top-level talent and compete, but simple math did us in. We do not get revenues from consessions or box seats at the booth. We are in a horrible hockey market and yet you seem to want the Caps to have the ability to attract top level talent, let alone pay for it.

We don't forget the poor decisions of the late 90's, early 00's. But some of us understand why they had to be made in order to KEEP A TEAM IN DC.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Chief,

Keep dwelling on the past... the more you think about it, the better it will get.

Sure, they made some stupid decisions, but if it were easy, you would see one team winning the stanley cup year after year.

Relax dude, the Caps seem to be getting out of their hole. If you don't like it, then go be a Flyer fan... or root for TB... I see they are making 'your' type of moves.

The bottom line - no one cares about the mistakes. We are all looking at what's to come. To me, that is exciting... but again, why am I explaining anything to you... all you want to do is btch like a lil girl.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

@FFSenough

i was here http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=WAS&season=0809

Do you have a link that shows cap numbers? If so hook a Caps fan up!

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Spare me the BS, if you want to believe that then go right ahead.

Real deal players have avoided DC for YEARS, thanks in large part to team owner & his manager.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

So JSchon, what you are saying is that you were hoping Green got signed....?

I guessed pretty well last night b.s.ing with Lee. I nailed 5.25m but had 5-6 years.

Well done GMGM.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

The Washington Capitals have signed president George W. Bush to a 4-year extension to keep him in town.

Posted by: D. Cheney | July 1, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

THEN STOP BEING A FREAKIN' FAN OF THE CAPS.

WE DON'T NEED YOU!!!!

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@FFSenough again

I wasn't including Giroux, but I was including Alzner only because I think either he or Sami will end up on the Caps this season with Pothier likely on the shelf. it would be ideal for us not to need Alzner but I think he could handle himself pretty well based on what little I have seen of him.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero

"Cap Hit" column. Has 2.4 for Backs. Dark gray before 06/07 salary.

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Chief - the Dungeen of Doom is calling you... you would fit right in!

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

So many stupid moves, yet they all forget so easily.

Do you honestly think that every great team in hockey has never had to go through an extended period of sucking and rebuilding? If you do, then you clearly don't remember the days of the Dead Wings... They used to have to give away cars to get people to show up at games. Carolina, Tampa, Anaheim... they've all sucked far more recently, and yet they've all won Stanley Cups over the last few years.

You have to slog through the muck if you want to get to the goal - it's the way the world works. It takes more than just a wide open checkbook. As a result of that slog, we now have a winning team with massive amounts of promise for the near future, despite the gloom and doom prognostications of people such as yourself. Get over yourself and try to enjoy what we have.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Where's Lee?!?
(He lost his guru today!!) Lee - we're waiting for our beer, ice cream and bow-down-ed-ness!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

828:
Bring out the DUNGEEN!!!

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

@Steve R

Where is Leeguru anyway? I hope he doesn't think we're all forgetting our little bet heh heh

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 11:12 AM | Report abuse

B. $5.5 would be a discount or at least a fair price for him.

C. Admit thats its silly to expect him to give us a hometown discount or to try to make as much as he should when he can.

Posted by: JSchon | June 16, 2008 10:53 PM

I had it pretty close 2 weeks ago...

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Cheif,

Name 5 real-deal players that have avoided Washington.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

In a move that please everyone in Capsland,
Chief has been traded to Columbus for the rights of RFA Defenceman Clay Wilson. The Caps then waived the player 15 minutes later leading this reporter to think Chief was not very liked in Washington, and everyone is glad to see him go. Stay tuned for more.

Posted by: TSN.CA | July 1, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Glad to have Green signed, but hope he'll learn to play D during the next four years (sooner rather than later).

Definitely need to sign Huet next.

Why does anyone ever respond to Chief?
The best option is to ignore his posts.
Laugh at them, groan at them, but do not respond to them.

Posted by: Joe B | July 1, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I think Tarik is Chief messing with us all - Like a lil kid with a magnifying glass aimed at ants.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Sombrero and Boo,

I don't know where Lee's hiding at. I'll collect on some beer on the 12th at a cook out. Might be our misguided Pens fan friend Kraig's beer, but I'll collect one way or the other.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

@FFS:

here are a few D-men.

Orpik, Bouwmeester, Rozsival, Hainsey, Stuart, Commodore....

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

chief is fun guy huh!

nice on Green....I think we gotta sign Laich to soon, thats the kind of blood and gutz playa we need!

Posted by: chris LArry | July 1, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Steve:
You associate with Pitt fans?!? Anyway, since we can't be there, can you please be my proxy and have Lee bow down in front of you?

doughless:
In what context are you listing those Dmen?

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Good for Green, he can buy tonight.

Posted by: The BoD | July 1, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Boo,

The Pitt fan is goalie on a couple of my soccer teams, plus Lee was his best man. Not a lot of choice (plus he has a kegerator with good beer), we're stuck with him.

Lee needs to bow down to you at the Phone Booth, I'm not a worthy sub.

Posted by: Steve R | July 1, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

@everybody

how are the players actually paid? Is it by-monthly instalments? :D

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@BOO!

FFS said there were no good D-men out there (in relation to the Greener saga). I was pointing out a few. FFS then added a strange caveat ($3 million or less). I am not so sure that some of the D-men I listed couldn't have been signed for $5.2M per year.

Don't get me wrong, I like Greener. My overall point is that Green was signed as a D-man, not a forward. Heres hoping that those extra dollars will help him get a little more acquainted with the blueline.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Players are paid by U-Haul in the NHL and Dump Truck in the NBA and MLB.

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

There are fans like Chief in every fan base. This one lives in an era of Henry and Doig and if the Caps do something positive will go back to their Doig and Henry routine. I've never been a big fan of McPhee or Mahoney but I've also never been a fan of fans who would be better served as being RAGS fans because the name fits them better.
There is a major difference between intelligently critiquing current moves and constantly reverting back to a Doig and Henry show. That is usually a mode of operation of an individual who is looking at their own best years in their rear-view mirror.

Posted by: Seravat Holdings | July 1, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

20 minutes remaining in the period.......20 minutes

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the tip Freud.

Players are paid based on games, not a set time frame.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Devs re-sign Pandolfo and Tallackson, decline option on Brylin.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sportsnet.ca -- It appears both goalie Cristobal Huet and forward Brian Rolston are headed to free agency later today.

"Yes it looks that way right now," Stephen Bartlett, the agent for both players, told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday morning.

Huet was acquired by the Washington Capitals from the Montreal Canadiens at the Feb. 26 trade deadline and it was assumed by many he would stay on. But despite constructive contract talks, the French goalie will likely dip his toe into free agency.

"The Capitals certainly remain high on our list and they are not out of the picture but we have indicated we will likely see what's there (on the open market)," Bartlett said .

Posted by: Omar | July 1, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

the Sportsnet.ca info is very bad news. Looks like the day is going to take a turn for the worse. hope this doesn't turn out to be one of those hindsite things, but in my opinion (humble as it is) Huet should have been priority #1.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

@Omar :

How up to date is that article? I thought Rolston already signed with Tampa Bay?

Posted by: SuperCaps | July 1, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Rolston told Tampa hes gonna check the UFA market, looks like Huet is also, but I still think the Caps will sign him but now at a higher dollar amount.

Posted by: Omar | July 1, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

Wait, can Fedorov play goal too? He does everything else..

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Steve:
I can see it now ... ah yes - that would be priceless, especially in a busy concorde!! Will you please hold the camera?!? ;-)

doughless:
I agree - there are definitely other good Dmen (per your list, although I don't think that they are all available?). Green is fairly unique for being such an offensive Dman, which is great. However, I'd really like to see us pick up a S@H guy.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I personally think Huet was thinking about how the overall situation was handled, by coming into a dressing that had 3 goalies and the way things ended with a long time veteran to one team.

Posted by: OK | July 1, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Greetings and Happy Canada Day!

The Green signing was very smart; better to pick your own number than have someone pick it for you; don't think that a club like Edmonton (new owner) wouldn't go in big to get a mobile defenceman; if they offered Derek Roy $7 million a season for 7 years (matched by Buffalo) two years ago, they'd probably offer similar #'s to Green; your only compensation would be (most likely) the other team's first-round draft pick. Green was a stud in the World Championships for Canada...would not surprise me at all if he were to make the 2010 Olympic roster.

Posted by: Patrick | July 1, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

@SuperCaps

I thought TB had his rights but didn't sign yet.

Posted by: keef | July 1, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Super Caps

TB only traded for the rights to sign for him prior to him being an unrestricted free agent. He was not signed.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Could it be ??

No goalie ?
Might actually be the end of team manager ?

Thank you Kolzig !

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Can't blame Huet, if earlier reports of a three year contract are true, he may be more interested in a longer term deal than the annual salary we are offering. From our perspective, though, we can't really afford to sign him much longer than three years, if we are to believe our young goalie talent is going to be ready to step in soon.

Posted by: JPC | July 1, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@Chief

You are no Chief. . .you are a little Indian.

You occasionally make some good points but for the most part you just whine and cry. There is no making you happy and thats a fact.

Regarding bring up rookie goalies . . .the only thing to describe that idea (not you the idea so its not a personal attack) is its moronic.

Yes, eventually the guys will need to prove themselves at the NHL level but bringing up a goalie (like a pitcher) is a delicate game. If you bring them up to early and thy keep getting crushed they may lose their mojo.

I don't think even you would disagree that they are not ready yet. So why risk breaking them down. This would ultimately cost us more money since we would then need to go out and buy talent.

If you are going to make a point then think it through, don't just post to get a rise out of people. I will say your recent posts have lacked substance. . . .

Posted by: WhooHoo | July 1, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

tick tock tick tock ...

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Oilers swap Torres for Brule

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to guess the $ amount and years that Huet will sign/looking for?

Posted by: Resist The Machine | July 1, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Could Huet be pulling a GMGM move by saying all things one way (we are close to a deal, I want a 3 year deal, etc.) and then doing the opposite? Wow, what a shock that could be.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | July 1, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

How will any season ending injuries to Clark/Pothier affect the team cap wise? What if these guys aren't ready to go? Can the team release them?

Posted by: Shadowplay | July 1, 2008 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Let the bidding wars begin....

Posted by: Resist The Machine | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Let the bidding wars begin....

Posted by: Resist The Machine | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

IT'S NOON!!!!!!!

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

A little pricey, but well worth it.

Let's get Huet and Fedorov before the day is done!

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

He's looking for 5+. I wonder if some other team thinks he's worth that much. Price is inflated for us because we desperately need a good goalie.

Posted by: mauree | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

It's noon and no Huet -- yikes!

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

PANIC NOW! AHHHH

Posted by: JORDAN | July 1, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Cristo worry for trouble in Washington.

Say to me boss is crazy and big jerk.
say ovechkin best player

Posted by: Jean | July 1, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@Shadowplay

for Long Term Injuries, teams can exceed the cap by the injured player's salary provided they are back under the cap when that player is ready to return to the ice.

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Like most on here, I feel that the per year price and cap hit are a little steep. I agree with the signing, though.

I give it two.....err....one thumb up. The formerly broken one isn't strong enough yet.

Posted by: Pothier's Thumb | July 1, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Huet will be signed - he does not want to play against Ovechkin...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

i CANNOT believe that the Huet deal was not done before now. Where the F do Ted and GM have their heads???

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Devil's advocate:

Can we provide an offer sheet to Kari Lehtonen and muddle up the Thrashers into spending a lot of $$ on their netminder?

Posted by: Resist The Machine | July 1, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Chill, everyone... It's aaaaall good

Posted by: Finn | July 1, 2008 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Soooooo - why hasn't Huet been signed? The Shagman declares it must be done NOW - I need to get some work done today!

Posted by: Shaggy | July 1, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Sources tell TSN the Detroit Red Wings and veteran defenceman Brad Stuart have agreed to terms on a 4 year contract that averages $3.75 million per year. Details to follow.


Its starts!!!!

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Sources tell TSN the Detroit Red Wings and veteran defenceman Brad Stuart have agreed to terms on a 4 year contract that averages $3.75 million per year. Details to follow.


Its starts!!!!

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Lehtonen or Conklin or Theodore....preferrably Huet. No goalie, no Cup!!! I am with you Shaggy, this is not going to be a productive day.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Cujo one year to Toronto

Rolston is a UFA

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

The guy just wants to smell the wind and nobody can stop him from doing it.

It's possible that the time to panic might be approaching, but it ain't here yet, folks. Let's see how things shake out.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green deserves everything he received - he's a good kid. But I think he owes Bruce Boudreau a couple million for allowing him to be in this position.

Posted by: Shaggy | July 1, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Ducks locked up Perry.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Cole to Edmontong for Pittkanen

Posted by: Pat | July 1, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Huet went to the open market for leverage. He wants to say to the Caps, this is what I can get elsewhere - how badly do you want me to stay? I would not be surprised if he passed on higher offers - he just wants to make sure that he gets as much as he can here.

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm freakin out man...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Joni Pitkanen traded to the 'Canes for Erik Cole.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Cole to EDM for Picanin (sp?) to Carolina

watching NHL Live

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This is my first foray into an NHL FA period. Is there any chance Matt Cooke comes back? 5.25 million for Green? The more I digest that number, the more I have to wonder if it would have been better to see an offer first. Maybe they had wind of one?

They've got to get tougher players. I'd like to see Sean Avery come over here.

Posted by: Shadowplay | July 1, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, look out for Edmonton next year. First Lubo, now this.

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Where are you guys getting your info? Nothing is on tsn.ca or nhl.com ...

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

GMGM: +1

good deal for both sides; key piece is RFA status at the end of the contract. end of story. Huet and the rest will fall in line.

now, let's go get Brooks Orpik

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

What does "The Fons" do........Be cool everyone....GMGM isn't gonna let us go into the season without a #1...He would be hung to the rafter...and I think Teddy would be right there with us....

Posted by: Roger Fons #94 | July 1, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked Erik Cole on the Caps... he is a tough player...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Huet to Ottawa (E2)

Posted by: Eklund | July 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

THANK YOU guys for the updates, my work blocks all these news sources!

Posted by: honed | July 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh! And there it is! Big update on tsn.

Too bad about Stuart - he would have been a nice addition.

No Avery or Emery (or anyone ending in ERY), please!!

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Even only two years ago, a 22-year-old defenceman with one solid NHL season under his belt would never, ever get this kind of cash as an RFA.

Call it the fear of an offer sheet.

Green and his agent used that possibility to extract what they could before July 1, but give him credit for not putting GM George McPhee even more over a barrel by waiting for one of the other 29 teams to get desperate enough to offer a deal and picks.

Green may be young and inexperienced, and still needs some work on his defensive game, but he is already an elite offensive blueliner and will continue to blossom over the next four years.

What Washington didn't manage to buy is any of his UFA years, meaning he could be in line for an even bigger payday in the future.

Still, a good move to lock him up. Cristobal Huet is next, and he's likely to get a similar deal.

Posted by: from James Mirtle | July 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Boo!

Go to the main TSN NHL page, not the UFA signings tracker. Most of these are trades so far, not signings.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Huet to the Sens? NOT funny ...

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Penscums sign Pascal Dupuis, 3yr 1.4m

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

HolyOlie - thanks!

Posted by: Boo! | July 1, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Green on NHL Live in a couple minutes

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Trade Poti and replace him with Eminger...

So many options...

Posted by: JSchon | June 17, 2008 7:23 AM

WOW, what a comment, are you sure you wanted to rehash that one?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

What GMGM is thinking? Huet is gone now, he'll the offers he won't be able to refuse. Darn.

Posted by: King Huet | July 1, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Huet is close to signing with Ottawa (e1)

Posted by: Eklund | July 1, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Green says he was nervous today before signing that he really wanted to stay in DC -- just working out the numbers

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Funny how TSN has Brooks down as a D-man... do they know something we don't?

Unrestricted
F Matt Cooke,
F Sergei Fedorov,
G Cristobal Huet,
G Olaf Kolzig

Restricted
F Boyd Gordon,
D Brooks Laich,
D Shaone Morrisonn

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Whats to rehash anon?

I think everyone here knows how I feel about Poti, overpaid, underachieved and getting older.

Why not replace him with Eminger?
Why not trade T.Poti?

What would you like to rehash anon?

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green will be on NHL live momentarily: Updates will follow from the Corndog

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Eklund,

Heard you the first time. Still don't care. Take your rumor mill elsewhere.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Where's Tarik? Comfort us!

Posted by: Jordan | July 1, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

That comment wasnt a prediction, it was a suggestion...

Do you know the difference?

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Flames acquire Rene Bourque from CHI for a 2nd round pick.

Posted by: Section 117 | July 1, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Eminger in NO WAY compares to Poti

Poti is a proven blueliner -- voted to all-stars by peers

Eminger had 5 years to prove himself and never had a positive season

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

JSchon,

Eminger is gone, man

Posted by: Finn | July 1, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

The Pittsburgh Penguins are closing in on an extension with Evgeni Malkin that is believed to mirror the extension Pens captain Sidney Crosby signed in July of 2007, a five-year deal averaging $8.7 million.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

chief, name one player who has rejected dc recently. and dont say jeremy roenick. that was years ago. i'll hang up and wait for your answer.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | July 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

...andddddd my Tuesday productivity has hit a new low. Browser cannot refresh fast enough.

Posted by: Egon | July 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Green back on NHL Live -- he wants to play for Bruce and win the cup

"I wanted to be in Washington NO MATTER WHAT" -- what an awesome quote

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Finn for the update...

When I posted that comment, he was still a Cap...

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought

Posted by: Bring Back Kolzig | July 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Is everything going to happen today? Prolly not... I wish, but I am sure this will last a few weeks...

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

What?

Posted by: Finn | July 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the initial wave is over. Now the hard part begins... The waiting.

...and waiting


...and waiting

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"What would you like to rehash anon?"

what exactly did you have in mind, i dont think i have ever made as ridiculous a comment. Poti, btw, is our best all around D, for now anyway. Hes not overpaid, check the league salaries, and hes not that old, check his birth certificate.

Posted by: anonymous (oh my god!) | July 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Green said somethign special happened last season, and if they're going to go all the way Bruce is the guy who can take them there

Posted by: Sombrero Guy | July 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't be that cool...Don't go spending money on a D-man when we have no Goalie...

I have a question, Why on earth are people wanting to keep Boyd Gordon? Where does he fit in the puzzle? Especially when you put Fedorov there.

Posted by: Roger #94 | July 1, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

"NO MATTER WHAT"

Don't buy it.

Posted by: Egon | July 1, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Good news on Green. I'm okay with the numbers for the deal. Could have been better, but could have been much worse too. Can't wait to hear what other news they've got in store for us...

Posted by: jmu_capsgirl | July 1, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Bring Back Kolzig??? I would rather go with Chief and play the rookies.

On a side note... I hear Laing has been working with Johnson on the offseason.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Green says that the team wants back on the ice ASAP to keep building on the mo

Wants Huet to resign -- loves Cristo as a goalie

Wants his buddie Brooks back big time -- made a pitch for him

Posted by: JIM | July 1, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Mike Green on NHL live:

Says last year was "something special"
Bruce "will be the one to take us there"
"praying he was going to come back"
"guys are great"
"let Washington and his agent deal with it, wanted to be with Washington no matter what"
"this season was a big shock, happened all at once"
"Excited for next season, sucked to lose in game 7 on a penalty, if they had won definitely would have done more damage"

Hopes Huet will get a deal done "great guy and great goalie"
"I know Brooks very well, and hope he gets something done"

CapsCorndog says: I'm glad he said what he said, sounds like he is legitimately happy to still be with the Caps. Doesn't seem like he was being a jerk with the Caps at all. Congrats to Green, here's to 4 more great years at least

Posted by: CapsCorndog | July 1, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

enough with all of the Green loving.......we need a GOALIE!!!! how does Green propose winning it without a topnotch #1 goalie????

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

How would we know anon... you're anon...

and btw, not one GM would say that T.Poti is our best blueliner...

Finn, this is between me and anon... dont get mixed in on it... I'm on a mission...

We owe him $10.5M over the next 3 years and he's turning south at 31 years old.

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Did I miss anything?


Posted by: oo7 | July 1, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else hear that Nylander might be dealt?

If so, what should we get for him?

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | July 1, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Drinking Partner - Good... we can sign Feds for him then and pick up a defender as well. I always said to deal him away... too much for what he does.

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Rangers have a number of D available, Nylander going to NY and then a pitch to kep JJ makes sense, especially the way he played this past post season.

Posted by: Chief | July 1, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

thanks CapsCorndog

Posted by: Ben | July 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

there is a new blog!

Posted by: 828 | July 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"How would we know anon... you're anon..."

meaningless

"and btw, not one GM would say that T.Poti is our best blueliner..."

ignorant

"Finn, this is between me and anon... dont get mixed in on it... I'm on a mission..."

pathetic

"We owe him $10.5M over the next 3 years and he's turning south at 31 years old."

false


Posted by: who could it be? | July 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone getting any work done today? I'm not...waiting for news...

Posted by: MikeR | July 1, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

No work getting done here.
My colleagues from Detroit think I'm nuts for checking TSN religiously today.

Posted by: Egon | July 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

ok... you win...

I'm already tired of this...

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

new topic.. yay

Posted by: FFS Enough | July 1, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

like i said at 9 something this morning, just admit youre wrong, thanks ill take it.

Posted by: ?????? | July 1, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

anything for you anon...

Posted by: JSchon | July 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Don't be surprised about anything that you see today - we may see dome deals made to accommodate Huet.
Huet may not be signed yet but I really dont think GMGM is going to let him go with just Johnny back there.

Posted by: Shaggy | July 1, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

my name is ???, get it right.

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

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