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Gustafsson Signs

The Caps have signed center Anton Gustafsson to a three-year entry level contract. Gustafsson, 19, was the team's 21st overall pick and is the son of former Cap Bengt Gustafsson.

I'm assuming we'll get another look at Gustafsson, a player GM George McPhee is really high on, at development camp this summer.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 14, 2009; 3:59 PM ET
 
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Comments

How has he been doing? Didn't he have concussion issues?

Posted by: Richmondcapsfan | May 14, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

no, Anton had a herniated disc in his back that caused him all those problems last summer. I hope its healed.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 14, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

he barely played last year with his bad back. Hope this doesn't turn into another Eric Fehr situation.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 14, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Takik,

Can you get us an update on his back? As I recall, he had a lower back disc issue

Posted by: SeattleRob | May 14, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Two other Caps prospects are fading out as well with injury issues - Pokulok and Dovgan. Pokulok will most likely not get re-signed this offseason.

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 14, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

How many days until rookie camp?

Posted by: jen-s | May 14, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Barry Melrose:
"Caps tried to win with out working"

BINGO! Barry, BINGO!

Posted by: LIVINIT1 | May 14, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is mentioning Carlson. I honestly wouldn't be surprised if he makes the team out of camp.

Posted by: Steve_R | May 14, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Add $875,000 for Carlson cap hit.

Posted by: puckman | May 14, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

There are a bunch of UFA defensemen out there that could fit the bill. Couple of interesting one's out there include:

Anton Babchuck
Johnny Oduya
Rhett Warrener

But if you want to make a splash:

Komisarek
Bouwmeester
Ohlund

Posted by: Moose33 | May 14, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Previous Thread -

Here's a look at next year's signed D -

Green $5.25 mil, Poti $3.5 mil, Pothier $2.5 mil, Alzner $1.675 mil, Erskine $1.25 mil, Sloan $0.64 mil. Total $14.815

Could change via trades and/or signings.

Adios ShaMo, not worth over $2 mil, Jurcina - it's him or Alzner, so he's out. Schultz - Caps could get burnt in arbitration like they did last year with ShaMo.

Posted by: puckman | May 14, 2009 3:45 PM

Posted by: puckman | May 14, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Subtract Fedorov, Nylander, Kozlov from the lineup next year. They're old and useless (maybe not Kozlov but he won't be signed)

Posted by: cstanton1 | May 14, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I think Komisarek, J-Bo, and Ohlund are probably all a bit too pricey, and looking for longer contracts that the Caps are able or willing to give.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 14, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Komisarek is the winner out of those guys. Ohlund is ancient, Bouwmeester might be a bit out of the price range. Babchuck would be a nice pick up; Oduya was in the Caps system a while ago, wouldn't mind him back. Warrener is another decent FA D-man. Those six guys on that list are upgrades in my mind from what we have in DC. The only guy that is safe on the blue-line from this year's team is Mike Green.

Posted by: reesem37 | May 14, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

bowmeester will be 26 at the start of next season. i see no reason why you wouldnt sign him to a 4 or 5 year deal at market rate ($6M per). they will have cap space after losing koz and feds (or feds will have to take a significant pay cut). theo and pothier come off after next year and poti the year after that. depending upon what they do w/ nylander, they may save some caps space there too. they can do it and resign semin/backs too...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 14, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Ohlund is only 32...I had to do a double take on that. I thought he was much older. Warrener in comparison is 33.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 14, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

$6 million for Bowmeester? I think that's probably a little too high, particularly this year with the uncertainity surrounding the salary cap numbers the next few seasons. I'm sure someone will be willing to spend that short of cash, I'm just not convinced its the best investment one could make.

Posted by: RedBirdie | May 14, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

$6M might be high, but it'll be north of $5. it's evident that the caps need a solid dman and while alzner might fit the bill eventually, he will still be a rookie next year. they are going to have to test the FA waters...

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | May 14, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

- trade Theo, bring back BJ for backup. Have Neuvy at Herschy for 1 more year.

- We have to cut our losses with Shultz before he turns into another Eminger.

- Resign Feds but at a huge discount. I mean, not more than 2 million per.

- Trade Nyls for whatever we can get. It's better than us paying him and him sitting. Bring up Accoin.

- bye Mo!

- take a good long look at Carlson. Remember, he had a better training camp than Alzner last year. He is that good.

Posted by: Andoy | May 14, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Lepisto

Posted by: thiazzi | May 14, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Previous thread -

most people who posted in this blog seem to think it's a defensive issue. i know we have talked about the caps d during the season a lot. however, i think the break downs in the playoffs were offensive issues: not going to the net and not setting up a sustained forecheck (through methods i've posted about elsewhere). those issues require tweaks to the system & drills & you can do that with the core of the caps team in tact.

Posted by: am_jim | May 14, 2009 4:07 PM

How many of the Caps shots were blocked by the Pens? They had 19 blocked shots to our 7? We had 24 shots on net. They had 42.

How many of Crosby's goals were practically from "in the paint" shots? something like 7 of 8?

We NEED defense.

Posted by: Greg S. | May 14, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

How many of Crosby's goals were practically from "in the paint" shots? something like 7 of 8?

We NEED defense.

Posted by: Greg S


Imagine if Crosby wasn't allowed to park in front of the crease, the first goal might've never happened. It could've been a different result.

Posted by: Andoy | May 14, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

With prospects the Caps have coming up I think it would make sense to get one solid defensemen of the Komisarek/Bouwmeester mold/price, and play Alzner and Sloan. They have to play some of these young guys to see if they have it and get some NHL experience.

So you would have

FA pickup
Green
Erskine
Poti
Alzner
Sloan

I actually like Juice so I would be sad to see him go, but if we need to upgrade and let the prospects get some playing time there is no room. If Alzner is not ready as some said previously, then keep Juice.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 14, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

It's a little bit of both. We have a fairly ineffective fore check and our defense is pretty horrible. Fore check can be fixed with our current guys, defense...not so much.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 14, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Komisarek and Bouw aren't that comparable. First of all, Bouw will be bringing in A LOT more money than Komisarek, probably double. We really can't afford Bouwmeester, but I would like them to go after more affordable defenseman who can play their spot. We don't need anything flashy.

Posted by: richmondphil | May 14, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

One of the reasons the Pens had so many blocked shots (other than the fact they were dedicated to doing just that) is that Washington's offense was ineffective at getting the puck in deep. Shots from the point are easier to block, setting up odd man rushes.

Part of the problem this postseason was definitely offense. There wasn't a comitted backcheck, they couldn't establish an offensive zone presence, and they were dominated in the neutral zone.

Defense needs to improve, but this was a broader breakdown than just the blueliners.

Posted by: JohninMpls | May 14, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

These should be the D men going into next season

Green-Alzner
Poti- Erskine
Jurcina-Carlson

Posted by: digster1013 | May 14, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

You're right about the price difference.

Komisarek is interesting. He's an absolute beast with a mean streak but not sure how much of an upgrade he is in the defense department.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 14, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

I see most of you all don't have Pothier on your lists... curious about the reasoning on that. Thought he came back and played well...

Posted by: mrszilla | May 14, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

My reasoning is that I forgot about him. Sorry Pots.

Can we trade for Chara? He only makes like $7MM.

Posted by: Moose33 | May 14, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

New Post

Posted by: mrszilla | May 14, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

dmen are important to team defense so is a good goaltender and so is a good defensive scheme. Yet if you have selfish forwards who wont backcheck the result is dominance by the other team. In game seven we got hemmed in because forwards didnt get in position on the wall to help clear the puck and start the breakout. The 2 greatest dmen in the world would look bad if they had to rely on our forwards work ethic and defensive accountablity to clear the puck.

Posted by: wendel2 | May 14, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse


Subtract Fedorov, Nylander, Kozlov from the lineup next year. They're old and useless (maybe not Kozlov but he won't be signed)
Posted by: cstanton1 | May 14, 2009 4:39 PM

2 of those 3 gave us a chance to move forward in the playoffs.
So unless, there are ways around the cap or a big power forward with speed & skill down on the farm.
The calls for midgets like aucoin or bourque to stand in front of the crease next year are just like the above post - useless.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 14, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse


How many of the Caps shots were blocked by the Pens? They had 19 blocked shots to our 7? We had 24 shots on net. They had 42.
How many of Crosby's goals were practically from "in the paint" shots? something like 7 of 8?
We NEED defense.
Posted by: Greg S. | May 14, 2009 4:58 PM

To play it yes. But it's a puck possession game. If they have the puck because of OFFENSIVE SKILLS & PLAYERS. Then hats off to them.
We had the same players & same system with an inconsistent goalie for a 50 win regular season & lost in the 7th game in the Semis.

Why don't we get a bunch of grinders & looked like the 80-90's Caps who didn't fill out the joint & scared no1 in the playoffs & pretty much got to nowhere either. '98? what happen the following season again?

The glass half full pretty much makes u un-greatful as fans IMO.
Considering where we were just 2 years ago.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 14, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Just want to say, Rocc00, et.al, that as a "newbie" to the blogs, I'm learning a lot from reading all the posts. Thanks for the insights.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | May 14, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Morrisonn and Brent Johnson are gone, if Fedorov retires they need to sign a top 6 forward, and they either resign Brashear or maybe go for a forward with a little more offense. Other than that this team stays intact. They need to conserve cap room for next offseason for Backstrom and Semin.

Posted by: theskinnypost | May 14, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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