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Jurcina Receives Arbitration Award

Defenseman Milan Jurcina has been awarded a one-year contract for next season worth about $1.4 million, according to a league source. Because that figure comes in below the $1.570 million "walk away" number, the award is binding and the case has been, in effect, settled pending the completion of some paperwork this morning.

The award puts even more pressure on the salary cap strapped Caps to make a trade before the start of the season. Jurcina, 26, earned $912,500 last season.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 31, 2009; 12:52 AM ET
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Congrats, Milan! Looking forward to seeing you again on the ice next season!

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 31, 2009 1:16 AM | Report abuse

I don't think this is a major deal an honestly I think the Caps would've offered him close to this had we not been so far up against the cap. This does force our hand a little though and it could be a good thing. We obviously need to trade some assets but my guess would be that it'll be something of the "smaller" variety and receive picks in return.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | July 31, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

Gotta trade one of those d-men.

It'd be ever so lovely if GMGM could get rid of Nylander.

Posted by: Hatfield223 | July 31, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I think that of our lower rung dmen, jeff scultz probably has the most value.

Additionally, Nylander was invited to the Swedish camp, while Nicky Backstrom wasn't.

Speaking of the trades, I think we should try to package a pair of dmen and/or a prospect/pick for a proven veteran dman. A team like Florida may be willing to take guys like Schultz and Mo.

Posted by: wis193 | July 31, 2009 2:16 AM | Report abuse

hows bout we use this blog to congrat juice and not to bash any capitals players! you know,try something different.this is our team,lets support em,good or way to go juice,cant wait to see you and the caps next season.GO CAPS!!!

Posted by: gratefuldid | July 31, 2009 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Glad we're keeping Jurcina. I've always thought he's pretty reliable and one of our better D.

Posted by: capsfan01 | July 31, 2009 6:23 AM | Report abuse

Cap update - we are over, not even counting ShaMo. Two players need to move.

Ovechkin 9.538
Nylander 4.875
Semin 4.600
Knuble 2.800
Clark 2.633
Backstrom 2.400
Laich 2.067
Morrison 1.500
Bradley 1.000
Fehr 0.772
Gordon 0.761
Flash 0.725
Steckel 0.725
Aucoin 0.500
S/T 14 Forwards 34.896
Green 5.250
Poti 3.500
Pothier 2.500
Alzner (w/bonus) 1.675
Jurcina 1.400
Erskine 1.250
Schultz 0.715
S/T 7 Defensemen 16.290
Theodore 4.500
Varlamov 0.850
S/T 2 Goalies 5.350
Total 23 Players 56.536
Clymer (Buyout) 0.367
Total 23 Players + Clymer 56.903
Cap Space (Est) 56.800
Available -0.103
Extra Players
Morrisonn 1.975
Sloan 0.640
Collins 0.625
Bourque 0.578
Extra Players - Sum 3.818

Posted by: tominfl1 | July 31, 2009 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Additionally, Nylander was invited to the Swedish camp, while Nicky Backstrom wasn't.

What is the Swedish Camp??? Hard to believe Nicklas wouldn't be invited....

Posted by: CapsRockTheRed | July 31, 2009 6:29 AM | Report abuse

Jurcina is worth the $1.4 million salary award. I just hope there is no animosity after the hearing. I feel he is an important part of the team and he's only going to get better.

Posted by: thomas20 | July 31, 2009 6:40 AM | Report abuse

big congrats to jurcina!! :)

Posted by: spinner-33 | July 31, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

He's worth the 1.4. Seems to have plenty of potential, and on a team that doesn't play very physical, he was one of the more physical presences during the playoffs. 1.4 definitely seems fair.

And now, the Caps will have to shed a D-man, and my not-so-secret hope for a Shultz-to- Pittsburgh move will be complete. ;o)

P.S. Did ya see Zubov is headed to the KHL?

Posted by: PensFan98 | July 31, 2009 7:23 AM | Report abuse

PensFan98 feelin' the Schultz love.... You can't have him. The haters are pretty vocal on here, but none of them are the GM or Coach, fortunately.

Posted by: _Mark | July 31, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Sorry pensfan98,
GMGM and BB know all too well what Schultz's potential is, it will Never happen. Just be happy you scored Johnny from us.

For all the Schultz bashers, did anyone listen to the season ticket holder conference call? Please go read the player recaps over at Jaspers Rink or Peerless....then come back and talk about how we should trade him.

Posted by: caps28fan | July 31, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Reports look like Zubov signed for 2 years with SKA

Posted by: Rambutan_ru | July 31, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

1) Looking forward to seeing Juice "kabonging" (to borrow a 'Lockerism')enemy forwards for another year in a Caps sweater.
2) Nylander. Has. A. No. Novement. Clause. Deal. With. It.
2) Maybe Swedish Camp is the one with the Swedish Bikini Team...if so , this begs the question: WHY, then, was B├Ąckis (a young, single guy) NOT invited, while Nyls (married with 6,000 kids) was?

Posted by: Rhino40 | July 31, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

PensFan98 feelin' the Schultz love.... You can't have him. The haters are pretty vocal on here, but none of them are the GM or Coach, fortunately
the coaches arent that happy with schultz either, they just wont say it publicly; he's young and has potential but look for him to be under alot of scrutiny from the coaches this year (as in hes on a short leash)

Posted by: capinsider | July 31, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The camp has something to do with the olympic team, but it's apparently restricted to guys who are already in Sweden, which apparently Backstrom and the Sedin twins are not.

Posted by: wis193 | July 31, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Cuts, what cuts? We have Katie, Lindsay, it used to be just Tarik. :-) And that's all because of Alex Ovechkin!

In the second quarter of this year, the newspaper division -- which includes The Post, and some smaller publications -- recorded an $89.3 million loss.

However, that figure includes a one-time $56.8 million charge related to early-retirement (or "buyout") offers taken by 220 Post employees in the quarter, a cost-saving measure. The buyouts are paid from The Post Co.'s pension fund.

Second-quarter newspaper division ad revenue was down 20 percent compared with the same period last year, and online ad revenue was down 9 percent from the second quarter of last year. However, online display advertising ticked up 2 percent.

Posted by: CodePoetry | July 31, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Some Swedes actually made the trip back to Sweden but Backs and the Sedin twins weren't available and they let Gustafsson know that they couldn't attend. It's basically an orientation camp. The offical roster will be released in September and Backs will obviously be on it.

Posted by: jakopz | July 31, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

@PensFan98: Any chance you guys want Nylander? =P Just askin'. =)

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 31, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Nearly $1.4M for a defenseman who is no better than 7th on the depth chart... good luck with moving that. Right now the Caps top 6 defensemen are:

Green, Poti, Pothier, Morrisonn, Alzner, Schultz. Erskine is at about the same level as Jurcina (although Erskine gets way more out of his talent than Jurcina does... Juice has more talent to be sure.)

We'll see what happens at training camp, but if it goes like I think it will, Jurcina won't make the team and will be put on waivers before being sent down to Hershey (or, better, being claimed by someone else...) I can't see the Caps carrying 8 defensemen, and at the salary Jurcina was awarded, his trade value has gone to zero.

Posted by: MikeL-Caps91 | July 31, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

For a $400K raise, Jurcina had better get 20% more physical and maybe rack up some SOG. I'm not thrilled with this one.

Posted by: redlineblue | July 31, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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