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Kozlov signs with Cap

The Caps have confirmed that Viktor Kozlov is a now Cap. It's reportedly a two-year, $5 million deal.

And they are still working.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 1, 2007; 8:22 PM ET
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'Still working' had better mean on the phone with Nylander's agent until something good happens. While I would be... not furious if the new 1st line was Ovechkin, Yashin, and Kozlov, I'd much rather see Nylander on the 1st line.

Posted by: KurtYungel | July 1, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be shocked to see Nylander sign up as well.

His job is gone in NY, and a few places have said they're talking with him.

Though he might be waiting on a few teams who lost out on Drury/Gomez, which would leave Yashin as a fall back.

Posted by: Chimaera | July 1, 2007 8:31 PM | Report abuse

they're obviously not working for hannan. signs with the avs, 4 years 18 mill. not bad money considering timmonen's check.

Posted by: pgreene | July 1, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to Washington, Russia, home of the Washington Islanders.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad signing....a HUGE guy with some skill. I just dont think he is answer to the void at the first line center spot.

Tarik, can you get word on whether Kozlov was signed to play center, or will he play RW?

Posted by: DuggerWV | July 1, 2007 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one that sees Kozlov on the second line with Semin and Backstrom, and new Center with Ovy and Clark up front?

Posted by: FS | July 1, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure he's here to play the wing. He could be an option up the middle down the road.

Posted by: Chimaera | July 1, 2007 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Good move by the Avs. A couple of hours ago Smyth was a done deal to them now rumors are that Smyth could be headed to Mtl or SJ.

Posted by: Eric | July 1, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I'd imagine the Rangers will be looking to make some low return trades this summer what with them handing out high-dollar contracts like Halloween candy. GMGM could probably get some decent quality from them for draft picks and prospects.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

I think it is pretty obvious that Kozlov was brought in to play RW. My guess is that Kozlov signing was contingent on the Caps being serious about bringing in Yashin. I also think we'll try and add one more defenseman. Maybe trade for one after that. I'll be content if we get Yashin or Nylander and then a nice player at D.

Posted by: Marleau | July 1, 2007 8:38 PM | Report abuse

How long before Drury and Jagirl throw down in practice? What a soap opera that's going to be. As for the Caps, of course they're not done. They've only added 5.5 mil to the cap there's still work to do to get over the salary floor.

Posted by: eric | July 1, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if Kozlov won't play on AO's right (with the new center) moving Clark to the 2nd line with Semin and Backstrom (since Clark is more defensively responsible). Could go either way though, I don't believe this is to address the first line center hole.

Posted by: Jay | July 1, 2007 8:40 PM | Report abuse

"How long before Drury and Jagirl throw down in practice? What a soap opera that's going to be."

In the real world... who knows? But in the OMGNYSPORTSMEDIA!!11one I give it until three or four games into preseason.

I look forward to much entertaining subway reading on the subject.

Posted by: KurtYungel | July 1, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Pgreene where did you see the Hannan signing? I also hate the fact that both Drury and Gomez went to the Rangers. It shows it's all about money. These guys supposedly would go to teams where you win now. And the Rangers haven't done squat the last couple of years. I hope they don't even make the playoffs this year. Drury/Gomez..wish they could've gone elsewhere. I'm tired of the Rangers. I hope it's the same story. All spend and no action.

It only makes me wish if it was about the money the Caps may have tried to make a push for them. Oh well what can you do. Just stay patient. Still lots of FA's out there.

Posted by: Jonathan | July 1, 2007 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Hannan signing is up on, which means it's a done deal and not a rumor.

Posted by: KurtYungel | July 1, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, any idea if the caps are still looking at bringing back Zubrus?

Posted by: southweststalker | July 1, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I have to say, i'm a little disappointed that we didn't get Blake. Granted, Islander # 3 of the day, but I think he would have been a huge asset to the Caps, and all for 4 mil. a year. the Caps can afford that, even with the ridiculous money and that Semin and Ovechkin are gonna make at the end of next year.

That's disappointing.

Posted by: DrinkingPartner | July 1, 2007 8:50 PM | Report abuse

TSN broke the Hannan news at 8:22.

Posted by: HolyOlie | July 1, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

(repost from previous thread)
Kozlov is not a natural center, although he can play there... He is much more effective at RW. So the Caps are definitely still in the hunt for a center.

Btw, Kozlov gave an interview to the Russian press a couple of days ago, where he specifically said that Washington is an attractive destination for him, and that he would enjoy playing with Ovechkin and possibly Yashin, to recreate the chemistry they had on the Russian national team.

I don't know how serious Caps are about Yashin, but Zubrus would also be a good fit with these guys - a lot less skill than Yashin but a lot more energy.

Check this out:

Zubrus: 6-4, 225
Yashin: 6-3, 225

Kozlov: 6-5, 235
Ovechkin: 6-2, 220

These guys are all good puck carriers, its extremely hard to knock them off the puck, and they have the skills to do a lot of damage with it.

Posted by: Vlad | July 1, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Incidentally, I would love it if the Caps couldn't do squat this year, if not doing squat means making it into the playoffs and actually getting deeper than the first round.

Posted by: KurtYungel | July 1, 2007 8:52 PM | Report abuse

what about handzus as a cap? young center with grit??

Posted by: jay1 | July 1, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse


Unfortunately, McPhee's teams have two modes: miss the playoffs, and lose in the first round of the playoffs.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

yea that would be good we should miss the playoffs and then watch ovy, semin, and clark walk...????????

Posted by: mike | July 1, 2007 9:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL. I'd love to see the Caps do that as well but c'mon before the Rangers even did what they did last year...they got swept in the first round the year before..and even before that they were not making the playoffs after spending millions and millions just for the sake of getting big names into their uniform.

If the Ranger squad of this year does nothing...the media is going to have a field day up there. Oh well.

LET'S GO CAPS. Drop the puck already.

Posted by: Jonathan | July 1, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Well Kozlov definitely will bring our shootout conversion rate a well need lift. If anything he may be the tie breaker that we need if Semin or Ovie whiffs. Ovie should be excited as he has his countrymen that he worked with in Turin. These are good signings but nothing to go bonkers over. They need a solid center to round out that first line and shift Clark to the 2nd line.

Posted by: Cup1975 | July 1, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

You fans suck. We haven't even gotten through the day and you can't stop complaining. It's amazing. I think you people would find pleasure in watching a dog get kicked. Signing a guy like Kozlov will help Ovy or Semin. He had 25 goals last season on the Isles. He's now going to play with Ovy. Ovy managed to help get Clark 30 goals last season. Kozlov could easily hit that and more. Poti should work to solve our seriously poor PP. That's two positives that are easily seen right now. Now let's see if 24 hours can actually pass since the start of the signing period without one more comment that is vomited out of the pessimists mouths.

Posted by: blankn1612 | July 1, 2007 9:34 PM | Report abuse

amen to that!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yikes blankn1612 maybe it's time to try decaf.

I'm bullish on both signings the Caps made today, because it's clear that both players address needs.

But as I expressed yesterday, I was hoping for Hannan to be our big #1 D-man. I don't see any other free agent defensemen that might have helped as much -- plus he signed in Colorado for less than the Caps could afford to pay him.

That being said, we're just getting started, and if they can't find a free agent maybe there's a way to acquire a #1 D with a trade.


Posted by: Oneal | July 1, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

"That being said, we're just getting started, and if they can't find a free agent maybe there's a way to acquire a #1 D with a trade."

This. The acquisition of Poti, yet another defenseman, says to me that GMGM is looking to move one or two prospects.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 9:46 PM | Report abuse


Can we expect any more news tonight?

...or can I go to bed.

Posted by: Zack | July 1, 2007 9:58 PM | Report abuse

NO MORE F>ING ITCHING AND BONEING. WE GOT A TEAM BEING BUILT. Some people dog philly and NY for spending then dog DC because we don't spend enough. Is it possible that we are doing the right thing right now. Being semi-miserly, stacking drafts, and as of now, signing solid FA. GOOD WORK GMGM. LETS BE EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THIS TEAM BECAUSE IT IS LOOKING BETTER AND BETTER.

Posted by: I LOVE MY CAPS | July 1, 2007 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah cause GMGM has such a good history of doing well. hahaha

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

For the record, Ovechkin cannot 'walk' after next season. We own his rights for many more years before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

Posted by: GK17 | July 1, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

God, all you people who bag on GMGM... Who was it that drafted Ovechkin that we all love? How bout Backstrom that everyone's so excited about? You guys remember a little trade to Boston for some guy named Jurcina? Are you telling me none of that was "doing well"?

Personally, I'm happy with what we've accomplished today. Poti's an upgrade on the blueline, especially on the PP. Kozlov will be solid and should work well with Ovie. Now if we can just get Nylander or even Yashin I'll be happy.

Posted by: Murshawursha | July 1, 2007 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm noticing a definite difference in tone between the people who are pessimists or realists today and the unqualified optimists. Capslock and Coulteresque histrionics do not a good point make (not saying they're not there, just saying that I take things less seriously when imagery of vomit or our good friend Capsy the Capslock are introduced to the conversation).

I'm just saying, is all.

Anyway, I certainly can't wait up for any more signings, I've got a 6:55 flight to Illinois. If only THAT could be hockey-related.

Posted by: KurtYungel | July 1, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I am saying he has been so bad you are excited about a no brainer lucky lotto winner pick with Ovechkin, Backstrom has not even played but it was a top 5 pick anyway (not hard to work with), and Jurcina is not that great of a D-man.

Now if you said he turned a mid 1st rounder into a talent like Semin I might give you some credit.

I will give McPhee creidt when he actually WINS something instead of ALWAYS underacheiving.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin fell in GMGM's lap when he won the draft lotto. No credit there, it was a no brainer. Jurcina is ok, but he drafts those players anyways. How many playoff rounds has a GMGM team won, I forget?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 10:22 PM | Report abuse

too bad drury didn't go to san jose and a trade for marleau didnt happen. not that it still couldnt but i think he would be a great addition to center ovie and whoever if they could get him to agree to an extension

Posted by: Mike P | July 1, 2007 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Poti is a big question mark. I liked him in Edmonton, but as a Ranger - I wasn't really impressed. I think the fact he's bounced around is a testament to his inconsistent play as he matured. Time will tell with the Caps.
Kozlov - again - I think this is for Ovechkin, but really unsure of how much help this will bring.

If the Caps sign Yashin - I will laugh out loud.

Posted by: The Rock | July 1, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

In the ten years that GMGM has been here HIS teams have won ZERO playoff rounds. David Poile's team went to the show the year after he left (and that was due largely to the puck bouncing in our favor especially in other teams' contests).

We are asked once again to believe, " this will be the first year of a Washington hockey dynasty." ( We are getting all these great first round picks for Scotty Stephens;(okay that was Poile, but still...) we've signed Jagr, Ovie, Semin is back, Pothier, Jurcina, Novotny...)

At least during Poile's tenure, he managed some good trades, especially his first big splash getting Rod Langway here. He helped keep the Caps in the playoff hunt for many years.

So we complain because our GMGM seems as usual a year late and couple of million short.

Posted by: Clarendon | July 1, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Still moving at this late hour... Smyth to the Avs.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2007 11:19 PM | Report abuse

nylander would be key for next year

yashin has been floating around the past 5 + years not doing much of anything so i hope we dont get him, and go after nylander

Posted by: Jimmy got paid | July 2, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

smyth will be a bust in avalanche land

Posted by: Jimmy got paid | July 2, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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