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McPhee: 'Don't Be Surprised if We Sit This One Out'

Barring a trade (or two) to clear space under the salary cap, the Caps don't figure to be big players when the free agent market opens at noon tomorrow.

It's just math, really.

When you add up all the salaries of the players under contract (Ovechkin, Nylander, Semin, Clark, Backstrom, Laich, Bradley, Fleischmann, Steckel, Green, Poti, Pothier, Alzner, Erskine, Theodore and Varlamov), then add up the salaries of the restricted free agents (Fehr, Gordon, Morrisonn, Jurcina and Schultz), and factor in the Clymer buyout, that leaves the Caps with 11 forwards, eight defenseman, two goaltenders and roughly $3 million under the salary cap ceiling of $56.8 million.

That doesn't mean the Caps won't be active tomorrow. It just means they probably won't be in the hunt for any of the big names, a sentiment echoed by GM George McPhee this afternoon.

"Don't expect us to do big money deals or long-term deals," McPhee said. "Those just haven't worked around the league. For the last several years, there have been lots of players that have signed big money deals and you'd be hard pressed to find a handful that were any good. It seems that six months after those deals are signed, GMs are trying to move that same guy."

"So we're going to be prudent tomorrow and see if there's anything makes sense for our club. If there is, we'll be involved and try to sign somebody. But if doesn't make sense, we're not going to do anything right now. No deal is better than a bad deal."

"If it's the right player at the right money, we'll be interested," he added. "But it's not going to be big money. The teams that have done that regret it. Don't be surprised if we sit this one out."

Here are some other highlights from the interview:

*McPhee said that, if necessary, he would consider going 10-percent over the ceiling, which is allowed during the offseason under the CBA to allow GMs time to figure out how to squeeze everything under the cap.

"We'll have to see what develops tomorrow," he said.

*This is not a particularly strong class of free agents. "There seems to be a couple of good players in each category and then it drops off," McPhee said.

*Asked about the trade market, McPhee said: "A lot of things seem to be subject to what happens on July 1."

*As far as which positions he is targeting, McPhee said: "The forward position, if we could add some more talent or depth we would. On defense we're fine. Goaltending we're fine. We have enough [forwards] internally, we believe, to be a good team, a playoff team. But if there's something that makes us really good, we'll be involved. If not, we'll just go with what we have."

*Asked about Michael Nylander's status and the possibility of him leaving for Russia, McPhee said: "There were some teams that were interested in him. But his position is that he wants to play in the NHL.

How much do you want to bet that's the last time McPhee includes a no movement clause in a player's contract?

*Asked whether he might get Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin signed to extensions by the start of next season, McPhee said: "We'll see. We're focused on ... free agency right now. We can deal with our guys later this summer or during the season or at the end of next season."

The need to sign Backstrom and Semin, though, will affect how he approaches any deals he might make tomorrow.

*McPhee also said he will continue to negotiate an extension with Brent Johnson. To me, that means he's still open to trading Jose Theodore.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 30, 2009; 4:11 PM ET
 
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Comments

nothing new here...Mcphee with his typical jargon

Posted by: reesem37 | June 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

this is the same old bs from mcphee

Posted by: _stevo | June 30, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I am quickly losing faith in GMGM. If he thinks we are fine on DEFENSE he has lost his ever loving mind!

Posted by: ERHDC1 | June 30, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

SHOCKER!!!!

What do we expect him to say? Im moving Morrison, Theo sucks, We are going to try and assassinate Nylander to free cap space...Wayne Gretzky is in great shape, and Im talking to his agent...

We were a top 5 regular season team, so dont expect to hear anything from McFart until the deal goes down.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm hoping this is just McPhee reverse-speak.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Um, we're fine on defense? How so? Is Calle back?

Posted by: jakopz | June 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

At least we can all relax now....GMGM says we are fine on defense......ha!

Posted by: OviFan08 | June 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

TRADE THEODORE PLEASE! TRADE HIM FOR ANYTHING! A 3RD ROUNDER, ANYTHING!

'Don't be Surprised If We Sit This One Out'
-George McPhee regarding his philosophy towards life.

Posted by: gfsportsfan | June 30, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Samuellson or Clowe on the RW, I don't think we can swing a Center deal this summer.

Circles - you want to retire, you want to retire....come on make the announcement tomorrow morning so GMGM can go shopping!

I hear Long Island has a new center you could mentor, still a big city for the misses :)

Posted by: caps28fan | June 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

get rid of this guy our so called GM. He thinks he is way to cool and smart for the rest of us. trade deadline came and went. draft came ane went. he just does not get it. Our time is now to win the cup. who knows players get injured, players move on. maybe semin goes back to khl to play with his long lost cousin. look at what happened with gilbert arenas. We are close but our management is paralyzed..

Posted by: samb99 | June 30, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Caps are probably "regular season" fine on defense. They need a better partner for Green, but there isn't really anything available in their budget. Caps have plenty of 4-6 type defensemen. Unless you can trade up on Poti or Pothier, not much you can do.

Posted by: koalatek | June 30, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Dont be surprised if "WE" sit next year out...I will use that quote when they ask to re-up for season tickets in 10-11.

I guess this is question...Is it better to see what we have and try to add mid year and at the deadline if nothing looks good?

If we do nothing, that has to be the approach...If we do nothing now, and do nothing at the mid-year or deadline...then we can all go nutz...

Posted by: SA-Town | June 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who has followed the caps for a number of years could have expected this from Mcphee. Everything is fine, we are a great team, why would I make any moves... that is until he does something.

The only thing I find shocking is that "he would consider going 10-percent over the ceiling." That is GMGM speak for I am signing/trading for someone and we will be above the cap. Then someone will be sent to the minors (who doesnt deserve it) for us to be under the cap. I really hope that doesnt happen to alzner again.

Posted by: caps512 | June 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Haha.

Start the riots.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

what doesn't nylander get. he doesn't fit in in the locker room. he doesn't fit in on the roster. he doesn't fit in with the fans. he doesn't fit in with the salary cap. he should just retire or go to the khl because the only place in washington where he fits in is the press box because he will be a scratch for the final two years of his contract.

Posted by: gfsportsfan | June 30, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@samb99: One of you is the General Manager and one of you isn't. Guess which one you are? Yeah, that's right. You're not the General Manager. Had you the skills to back up your words, you'd actually BE a General Manager and not an armchair a$$hat. Let McPhee do what he's going to do and enjoy the awesome games the Capitals will be playing next season.

It's unnerving how you people come on here, p*ss in everyone's cornflakes because you need some way to validate your existence, and also insult everyone in the Capitals management team because you people actually can do better than them. By all means, prove it. Get a job as a General Manager on a hockey team and work your magic on them. Leave the management of the Capitals to the people hired to do so and save us from having to hear you people whine and complain about what McPhee does or does not do.

I'm here to enjoy the Capitals play hockey, not tell them or their management team how to do their job.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 30, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I really don't understand why everyone on here is crapping on GMGM. You think that Glen Sather and Holmgren aren't regretting the huge and long contracts they laid on players like Gomez, Drury, and Briere? I mean, look at what happened with Nylander and Theodore. Huge splashes in the free agency isn't a good way to build a team with a salary cap. Would you all prefer GMGM go on a shopping spree and then lose Semin and Backstrom next year because he can't afford to pay them what they are worth and someone sends an offer sheet their way?

Posted by: Yitzhak | June 30, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm here to enjoy the Capitals play hockey, not tell them or their management team how to do their job.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 30, 2009 4:56 PM

thanks for the feedback leftcoastfan. Looks you and GM must be playing golf when cindy was winning the cup. how can one support a GM when he leads with we will sit this one out. Even his coach has said that Hershey does not have a top 6 forward. so where do you propose one will come from. People that don't know hockey should not respond to postings.

Posted by: samb99 | June 30, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Im getting pretty sick with all the bashing GMGM comments lately. They did a rebuild and are just coming into good form. He is doing a bang up job with the team and things are getting better. Yes lets drop 20 mil, hire some big names all for a chance at the cup. Maybe we can get Jagr back. Then it can be 7 years ago, we suck again, and the caps fade away.

Posted by: trunkenmath | June 30, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Smoke screen for a huge trade tomorrow!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha.

July 1st is almost as fun as the deadline.

Almost.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@samb99, and other people who cannot read

"That doesn't mean the Caps won't be active tomorrow. It just means they probably won't be in the hunt for any of the big names, a sentiment echoed by GM George McPhee this afternoon."

So basically all this did was say that we were not going after JayBo and Hossa. I think we all already knew that. Well...the people who know a thing about the Cap already knew this. We need to fill our holes, not pick up some big name for the sake of making some big trade.

Honestly, there is probably not one FA who I would want to resign that is worth over 5 mil, except Cammallari.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is banking on an all Swedish center line-up...but that's still years away...what about this season? What about this season!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

For the idiots out there, it's called playing your cards right and negotiating in your best interest. What McPhee is saying when the defense and goalies are fine; means he's probably gonna go for defense and possibly trade out one the goalies. Showing eagerness before negotiations is never good. Relax.

Posted by: MNMNT | June 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

BMCAT! The one constant on this board is the general contempt towards GMGM. Take a look at the farm system and the big team before being such a bunch of whining babies. This franchise is loaded people. I really doubt that GMGM is going to come out and trash his team and announce all of his plans for all to read. Sit back relax. Have a beer or a sedative and enjoy the off-season.

Posted by: jbears1 | June 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil: No kidding. And the IQ of a mob is the lowest IQ of anyone in the mob divided by the number of people in the mob.

Caps boards, explained.

But guys, think about it. Don't just knee-jerk, stop and think. This is not a fantasy league, and big names come with big contracts in the real world. Plus, McPhee is spot on. GM's who sign the kinds of contracts that are out there right now are generally looking to get themselves out of salary cap hell six months later. There isn't a whole lot in this free agency class that makes sense for us, and my figures on what we had to spend match Tariq's (about $3M).

Would you say that Minnesota has good defense? I bet you would. (Scoring is another story.) Do they have any star defense players? No, no they don't. So how do they have good defense without star defensemen?

*cue Jeopardy theme*

What is everyone's involved in the defense, Alex? That's right, every single member of their team is involved in defense. BB's system works the same way - defense is a team effort. It's about coverages. The problem comes with forwards who either aren't so great in their own end, are slacking, or take penalties because they don't move their feet. The defense does their job, but defense is a team effort, and has to be 100% of the time. A star player on defense will not fix that. That's why Jay Leach was let go. We have eight solid NHL-caliber defensemen right now. Maybe not top-pairing in the sense that you guys expect and want, but they are quality defensemen. And don't give me that crap about Schultz, who at 23 had the third best defensive stat on the team. That's just more meme nonsense.

Defense we have. A crashing right winger might be available in Hershey, though I wouldn't mind looking in free agency. Our real need is a second-line center, unless you'd like Nylander to fill that spot. Yeah, I thought so. Get a defensively-responsible 1st or 2nd line center who can play at both ends of the ice.

Lots of wants, sure. But ... with only about $3M to spend and given what is out there, you're not getting more than one player. You're just not.

Someone else on Japers' brought up a point that I thought was really good. Look back to previous years ... we identified a need at 1st line center, and signed Nylander. We identified a need in goal, and signed Theodore. Now, both of those positions have been filled better out of Hershey, and most of you are screaming bloody murder to buyout/trade/sell for a bag of pucks. Let that be an object lesson to you guys about the dangers of rushing to fill a need from free agency.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 30, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

If you take a look at nhlnumbers.com (which is apparently down now), it's hard to come to any other conclusion than GMGM's. We have $12M to fill 8 positions, most of which are coming from our RFAs. The Caps can't take on any more expensive players as they are right now. Our young defense will continue to grow and Alzner, and perhaps Carlson, Sloan, and Collins will aid our blue line.

GMGM is lowering expectations and gaining leverage by publicly saying he is able to walk away from a FA signing unharmed. If you ask me, we can throw $4M/yr at Antropov and see what happens, but he's asking for $5.5M, and there just aren't that many players that fill a need of ours significantly better and cheaper than what we have in our system.

If we can find a suitor for Nylander or Theodore, however, the sky is the limit.

Posted by: washcaps | June 30, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

MNMNT: I understand your thinking, but I think it's too early to trade goalies yet. We don't know if Neuvirth will pan out at the NHL level, we don't know anything yet about Holtby, and we don't know if Varly's conditioning will stand up to a full regular NHL season. I'm not in favor of trading Theodore, because I don't think Johnson can take enough starts to keep him fresh.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

BMCAT! The one constant on this board is the general contempt towards GMGM.Posted by: jbears1 | June 30, 2009 5:16 PM

Uhhhh...you just described every Washington Capitals themed message board on the internet. Eventually the boards get taken over by those who hate McPhee, want 6 Derian Hatchers as their blueline corps and think European players are soft. It's the main reason why I hardly ever go to message boards anymore. I'm sick of reading the same thing over and over

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

NY has traded Scott Gomez, winger Tom Pyatt and defenceman Mike Busto to The Habs in exchange for winger Chris Higgins and defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko.
I have a feeling GMGM will be making a splash in the FA Market tomorrow as well.

Posted by: j3rockstar | June 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

GMGM banking on an all swedish middle...couple years away- what about next year? what about next year!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | June 30, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Derian Hatcher?

What?

Haha, that is random.

@j3rockstar

link?

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The Caps are "regular season" fine on D, not making a dumb move via FA will allow the team to upgrade at D at the trade deadline.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 30, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind, I found the TSN link.

Suffice to say, Koivu is not going to be resigned. Though most of us already predicted that.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Derian Hatcher?

What?

Haha, that is random.

@j3rockstar

link?

Posted by: richmondphil

In other words they want 6 defensemen who try to bash their opponents thru the boards at least once every shift. Never mind if he can handle the puck, has hockey sense, is good in transition or has any other skills, just as long as he's physical

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

No one is advocating that we spend millions on a long term contract. On the other hand one has to acknowledge that their are holes that need to be filled. Look at what pitsburgh did at the trade deadline and see what the results were. do you think that the pens would have won the cup without guerin and kunitz and stabilizing the first line. Three times a year transactions take place trade deadlines, draft and free agency. Lets hope GM makes some moves.

Posted by: samb99 | June 30, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

@tempusfugitrgv: LOL. That, sir/ma'am, is beautiful.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 30, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

*phew*, McPhee says we're fine on 'D'...for a minute there I thought he was going to make changes on 'D'...why in the world would he want to upset this defensive corps? As long as Schultz re-signs, why make any moves? *please tell me you sensed the sarcasm....

Posted by: R617 | June 30, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

@samb99: But don't go out rushing to buy something just to buy something. And that's exactly what GMGM said. If it makes sense, they'll look into it, but they're not going to run around willy-nilly like a lot of you mouth-breathing clowns seem to insist that they do. Like others are saying, the D might be better had at the deadline if we really do need it. I still think that having two-way centers will solve a lot of that problem.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 30, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey George,don't be surprised if this fan doesn't "sit this one out" when it comes to renewing his season ticket next year if you don't get a rugged Dman,a #2 center,and someone not afraid to "send a message".And before I forget,how did that 1st rounder in 2005(Sasha Polulok) work out,eh George,(about as well as taking Fehr over Getzlaf,right?)If your only goal is to have a "playoff team",I predict this will be your last year here.

Posted by: roccky | June 30, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

In other words they want 6 defensemen who try to bash their opponents thru the boards at least once every shift. Never mind if he can handle the puck, has hockey sense, is good in transition or has any other skills, just as long as he's physical

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 5:25 PM |


haha, okay. This makes a lot more sense.

I was just going to say, when I think of "pinnacle" defensive d men, my mind goes through about 123123123123123 other names before Derian Hatcher, haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

A Nylander and Theodore contract will make you "wanna sit this one out". Hard to argue with the guy when he's got 2 examples on HIS OWN team on why he doesn't want to do something. So pay attention folks, what he's saying is Jay Bo, Hossa and the Sedins won't be worth the money they sign for. Lets see if he's wrong. Last time I checked his calculations have been pretty close to dead on with the exception of his "2 examples".

Posted by: pokerface1208 | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious we need to fill our holes, but filling the 2nd line center problem through FA is expensive.

We can plug up the RW void and our D with affordable players.

@roccky

Good. I don't want fair weather fans buying season tickets anyway.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

FYI, there is a huge difference between band wagoners and fair weather fans. Seems the caps are full of the latter, unfortunately.

I'd rather have bandwagon fans.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Richmondphil and kittypawz. I agree with pretty much most of what you are saying. GMGM put this team together and has always done what leonsis wanted him to whether it be a fire sale or drafting good players. Yes he has made mistake but this team is more exciting than the bondra, hunter, or langway teams I watched.

There is nothing in free agency I would sign for more than 2 years.

Cammeleri (sp) I would not give 5 million too, it would kill the cap.

Posted by: caps512 | June 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the camp of those who are really tired of the GMGM bashing on this board. Are you the same people who were hating Green for being sick and injured? All I know is, I have loved watching the Caps for the past three years (I watched before that but wasn't loving it!)

GMGM is continuing to build a great franchise. Simmer down, folks. Just because he isn't panting and chomping at the bit to sign a huge contract with a free agent doesn't mean the Caps are doomed. There has been a change in the defense coaching, let's see what happens with a new coach and the current players and the ones that will come up from Hershey.

And no GM can prevent injuries---so the Nylander injury and all the guys who were injured in the playoffs were not his fault.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | June 30, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@Caps512

I was actually going to add to my Cammallari bit, "but only for 1 year."

I'd give him 5 mil this year, sure, but only for this year. We actually had a conversation a few posts back about keeping Semin or Cammallari long-term. As much as I love Semin (and don't want my jersey to become worthless), I think if things happened to work out a certain way, i'd want to keep Cammallari, solely for the fact that he provides what Semin does but down the middle.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

SombreroGuy as always is the voice of reason..

As I've said before, it appears that McPhee will be content to coast into playoff contention this upcoming season. Want to trade for Joe Thornton and try to win the President's Trophy? OK, but why exactly?

If that's his plan, then he can probably get away with Nylander as the 2nd line center for 50 games and some combination of Laich / Aucoin / maybe even Perreault for the other 32.

It is frustrating, but it would leave us in a much better position at the trade deadline to get set up for the playoffs.

The (obvious) problem comes if the Caps fail to remain in contention during the season. McPhee would be forced to make a move from a position of weakness.

As for tomorrow, I'd expect to hear about some kind of replacement RW for Kozlov, and that's probably about it.

Oneal

Posted by: TheRealOneal | June 30, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil...fair weather fan??? If not for people like me who bought 4 season tickets on a teachers salary in 1983 to keep the team from combining with the Colorado Rockies to form the NJ Devils,you wouldn't have a team here to "hop on the bandwagon". Get a life

Posted by: roccky | June 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Also guys, keep your eyes peeled for RFA's who do not get a qualifying offer. These guys will be UFA's tomorrow and are usually the cheaper, role players. Guys we could use for depth.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil...fair weather fan??? If not for people like me who bought 4 season tickets on a teachers salary in 1983 to keep the team from combining with the Colorado Rockies to form the NJ Devils,you wouldn't have a team here to "hop on the bandwagon". Get a life

Posted by: roccky | June 30, 2009 5:47 PM |

So people like us?

Telling us that you are not going to renew your season tickets over a quote on a website tells me you are quite the fairweather fan. Go watch the Expos or something.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Roccky bringing up Pokulok is an exercise in total futility. Every team has its share of failed prospects. Why don't you become a Ranger fan and remind Sather how bad Hugh Jessiman turned out? Or a Predators fan and give Dave Poile a call about Radulov? Or a Thrashers fan and chat with Waddell about Valabik? Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to the draft

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Roccky bringing up Pokulok is an exercise in total futility. Every team has its share of failed prospects. Why don't you become a Ranger fan and remind Sather how bad Hugh Jessiman turned out? Or a Predators fan and give Dave Poile a call about Radulov? Or a Thrashers fan and chat with Waddell about Valabik? Hindsight is 20/20 when it comes to the draft

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 5:52 PM |
What bugs me is that Fehr/Getzlaf is STILL getting brought up.

Really guys?

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

BTW, if you REALLY want to hurt the Thrasher fans (all 4 of them) mention Patrik Stefan.

hahaha

Sens...Daigle? In fact...if memory serves me right, the Sens failed at picks a bunch of different times, but only Daigle is coming to mind. Redden maybe?

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Too much whining for BIG NAME NEWS on this site. OMG SIGN US SOME BIG NAMES IF YOU AREN'T SIGNING PEOPLE OR MAKING MOVES YOU AREN'T HELPING THE TEAM OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG.

Yeah, let's go out and overspend on guys who aren't worth it when we have so much talent in the pipeline ready to cut their teeth up on the big club. Our 2 best defensive prospects could both be up on the big club this season, how that won't help out our D in some of the minds of people who are complaining on here I don't know...even from a simple competition factor if nothing else.

You don't want to end up like the Rangers with big money contracts to a bunch of donks who performed horribly. How they were able to move Gomez I don't know with his contract.

We have young guys who are going to improve don't forget, I know we like to pretend like we should never ever expect them to move up and contribute but you have to in today's NHL. Not to mention I like the fact they are looking ahead to re-signing Semin and Backstrom...the same people on here complaining about no big splash news would be the same people whining about us not having money to re-sign those guys next summer sounding very foolish in doing so.

We took the Stanley Cup champions to 7 games a few months ago. We've won back to back division titles. We've taken a step forward in both of the last 2 seasons. Our minor league teams have dominated. Let's use the talent we have in house that costs a heck of a lot less before we try to hit the bullseye blindfolded.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | June 30, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Google is my best friend:

Sens drafted Daigle, Bryan Berard (LOL), and Chris Phillips at #1 overall.

Damn...that sucks.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

So roccky is a long time Caps fan? And we owe him a debt because he helped save the Caps in 1982 by forking over part of his hard earned teachers salary? I'm sure he was one of those incredibly knowlegable fans who booed Larry Murphy out of the Capital Center

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | June 30, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Oduya resigned. Shucks.

@Dave

http://www.capgeek.com/cap_calculator.php?Team=2

Habs basically have to reorganize their entire team.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

GMGM - Where have I heard that one before?

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 30, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

It is still pretty funny though. habs basically bailed out Sather and his horrible contracts.

"I have no clue what the Canadiens are doing. I'm very discouraged by this. Unless they do something big tomorrow, this doesn't make any sense at all."
- Pierre Maguire on da Habs


hahahahaha.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

@Davethecapsfan: THANK YOU. I am so glad to see I'm not the only one here who's had it up to here with the stupid party. The D may come at the trade deadline, that makes sense. We have to let the young guys work up, too.

Posted by: kittypawz | June 30, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

and in all honesty, we may find that our D is good enough as is. Green was sick and injured, Erskine and Poti had broken feet in the Pens series but looked great against the Rags, Pothier is healthy again etc.

I am 100% on board with the idea of not going crazy with FA's. The Rangers got lucky unloading Gomez to the Habs. The Flyers are regretting the Briere deal. Think the lightning would shell out money for Ryan Malone if they could go back in time?

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 30, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I knew the minute they announced the Nylander deal that it was bad for the Caps. Why did McPhee do it? Nylander was too old then and they paid him too much.

Now we have to find someone to take Theodore, Nylander, and Morisonn just to make cap space. And Nylander has to approve the deal! What a roster blunder!

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

@caps28fan

Clowe has been inked to a deal already.

Samuellson(sp?) is still up for grabs though.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Tarik's postings are just GMGM's BS at this point. I could just read this crap on the main website. The defense is fine? What a joke. The pens sh** on are defense and Malkin said as much afterward. Mike Green is practically a forward at this point. Yeah, I think he'll get better but he sure hasn't proven he can play any actual defense yet. Poti is falling apart at the seems and on this tragically poor ice his groin injuries aren't gonna lessen is frequency with age. At least they're legit top 4 defencemen though because no one else on this D fits into that category, which is why the defensive pariings are constantly revolving. Because no one on the team outside of those two actually deserves belongs there. The five, six, and seven spots are fine but we still lack two legit top 4 D. The second line center does not exist. No one even mentions Nylander anymore because the guy doesn't deserve to suit up and didn't do so throughout the playoffs despite all the injuries. The upside of promoting Brooksie is he'll actually throw his body around and D it up but his extra time should actually be coming in the form of more PP minutes. GMGm is right, this is still a playoff team. But it was a playoff team the last two seasons; we're supposed to be making progress. At least trade Mo, a prospect, and some picks and pull in a 2nd line center. Dump Pots back on Ottawa or somebody and sign a reasonable D man like Zanon or McKee. I love the fact that Tarik thinks we might still be open to trading Theo, a guy who played exactly one almost season ruining game in the playoffs before burning the rest of that $4.5 mil cap hit the Caps have invested in him. Hmmm... Ya think?! Way to put the clues together Sherlock. The problem is finding someone stupid enough to take him or who has enough space and making it worth their while. Meanwhile Sather just pulled off highway robbery in a trade dumping Gomez on Gainey who may now be the officially worst GM in hockey outside of those jokers in Tampa.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

I knew the minute they announced the Nylander deal that it was bad for the Caps.


Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | June 30, 2009 6:17 PM |

No, you did not.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

samb99:
so - if you wanted to purchase a vehical (new or used) - i'm sure you would want to let the seller know that the brakes are failing, the transmission is slipping, the tires are wearing thin, etc. you (nor GMGM) would not want to put yourself in a weak bargaining position. anyone (with hockey knowledge or not) that watch the caps for second half of the season and the playoffs are pretty aware of the teams needs. so are ALL of the other GM's in the league. GMGM is going to tell the press everything is good - even if it is not. i hope, however, that he is willing to walk away from any GM that asks him to bend over and grab his ankles - in no way should the front office make any deals like the one philly just did

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | June 30, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

if you want your team to make a lot of NOISE during the offseason, go follow the Redskins... what have they done since Snyder took over the team?

Do the Pats make a lot of noise during the offseason??

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

A Nylander and Theodore contract will make you "wanna sit this one out". Hard to argue with the guy when he's got 2 examples on HIS OWN team on why he doesn't want to do something. So pay attention folks, what he's saying is Jay Bo, Hossa and the Sedins won't be worth the money they sign for. Lets see if he's wrong. Last time I checked his calculations have been pretty close to dead on with the exception of his "2 examples".

Posted by: pokerface1208 | June 30, 2009 5:33 PM

Spot on. You people need to learn to read. No, we're not fabulous on defense right now, but we'll get better when Alzner and Carlson get up here and gain experience. What do you expect GMGM to do? Get Pronger for one year, lose Varly, Carlson, and who knows what else for him, and then listen to you whine in 2010-11 because we're in worse shape than we are now? To the people that are threatening to cancel their season ticket plans, please do, the Caps don't need fans like you. I get the feeling that THIS year was your first season ticket plan, considering your willingness to make stupid, impulsive decisions, impatience, and inability to look at things in a long term perspective, as well as those that are clearly spelled at and explained for you in Tarik's post.

Posted by: hareharey | June 30, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

The Capitals won't likely buy out the remainder of Michael Nylander's contract.

Nylander still has two years and $8.5 million remaining on his contract. His buyout amount is much higher than the $1.42 million that was previously reported, and the buyout amount would be extended double the years remaining. Bottom line, the Caps don't want to be paying any amount for Nylander to be playing elsewhere for the next four seasons. They will likely suck it up and hope he rebounds to form, or attempt to trade him closer to next year's deadline when one year left on his deal is slightly more palatable.
Source: Washington Post

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | June 30, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

rb-freedom-for-all:
We don't have to find room for Mo - he may be a goner ...

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

from espn.com

4:05 p.m. ET: Sedin twins still mulling offer; Scuderi apparently set to test market

The latest from Stockholm at 4 p.m. ET (10 p.m. over there): "Status quo" was what agent J.P. Barry said in an e-mail as his clients, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, contemplate Tuesday's last-ditch contract offer from the Vancouver Canucks.

• A note from Pittsburgh, where a source told ESPN.com it appears that defenseman Rob Scuderi, who was terrific in the Penguins' Stanley Cup run, likely will see what's out there on the open market Wednesday

3:30 p.m. ET: Agent says Komisarek will test market

Here is the official statement from Matt Keator, the agent for Mike Komisarek:

"After much discussion and thought, Mike Komisarek has decided to enter the free-agent market tomorrow at noon. Should they desire, we intend to keep Montreal involved in the process as they have treated Mike so well during his time in the organization. He remains interested in re-signing with them."

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Theodore -- 1 year left at $4.5 million.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | June 30, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

richmondphil Yes I did!

Boo I'm not trying to find room for him, I want to deal his rights away.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | June 30, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Re: hareharey

Alzner and Carlson are great prospects but that's all they are. If they didn't bring up Karl last season, I don't see why they would bring Carslon up this season. The Caps need some hard nosed D veterans with big time playoff experience. Carslon is not even ready to step into the rotation for the playoffs and Alzner has everything in the world to prove. Neither fit the criteria of top four D at this point and John won't even be on the team. Developing from within while making smart, patient moves and adding the missing pieces are not mutually exclusive strategies. You may recall the WIngs signing Hossa last off season and trading for a top four D man at the deadline the season before. Or perhaps you'll recall the Pens trading for Hossa the season before and then trading for Guerin and Kunitz this past season. Both maintained their core effectively. I agree that irresponsible signings are unwelcome (see: Michael Nylander). This does not mean the Caps necessarily can't sign someone like Chad La Rose or Mike Knuble though.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | June 30, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

rb-freedom-for-all:
Ah. Didn't think you wanted him - thought you thought we were stuck with him.

Hope we find a way to wrap Jose and Nyls up with a pretty bow and trade them in exchange for a S@H Dman, smooth center and gritty forward. That's all I want for Christmas ...

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 30, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Not here just to bash GMGM, maybe he is bluffing. However, I didn't like his comment about "we're a good team, a playoff team...". This team needs to be shooting higher than that. The Caps are one or two ingredients away from being a solid Cup contender, not just being happy to make the playoffs. Unfortunately, maybe he isn't bluffing, he made no deals at the trade deadline, he made no deals at the draft, what happens next? We need a couple solid players, however I don't see how you move Theodore or Nylander. Their salaries aren't worth what you will probably get from them on the ice...

Posted by: kcbrichmond | June 30, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone want to skate with the 2 time MVP?

I think some agents will be calling McPhee, not him calling them.

Posted by: SA-Town | June 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

re: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow

Um.... the Caps DID bring up Alzner last season. For 30 games. Or were you referring to 07-08? I understand what you're saying, though. I wasn't saying the two strategies are mutually exclusive, I agree with you about that. I'm just saying we don't want to sign another big name to a long-term deal and pay for it later. However, I do think our need for a second line center outweighs the need for D by a little bit right now.

Posted by: hareharey | June 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

for a little historical perspective....

The Nylander signing seemed to make sense at the time. The Caps needed to add some talent at F, and nobody expected Backstrom to be as strong in his first season in D.C. as he ended up being. The big C free agents that year were Gomez, Drury and Nylander. Nylander was coming off back to back great seasons skating with a high scoring Winger in Jagr. It made sense (again at the time) to expect Nylander to be able to click with Ovechkin and/or Semin.

The No Movement Clause was probably added late in negotiations because the Caps were desperate to add some top level talent (Nylander was coming off seasons of 79 and 83 points). Ovechkin still was not signed beyond his entry level contract, and coming up empty in Free Agency would have been an invitation for all of the media pundits and so called experts to accuse Washington of not being willing to spend the money it would take to succeed, Ovechkin deserves better, yada yada yada.

Could this team use a second line Center? Absolutely, but I'd prefer that the Caps lock up Backstrom for a long term deal.

Could this team use a punishing stay at home D-man? Sure, what team wouldn't want that, but look at what Philly paid for Pronger. There may be a time when overpaying for a shot at putting your team over the hump so to speak makes sense. That is more likely to be a trade deadline decision than a mid summer decision.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | June 30, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure what some of you folks expected GMGM to say... we're gonna go after this guy or that guy? and our defense can't stop a bus full of nuns??

LOL he may not be a genius but I don't think he's a moron.

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

@Richmondphil

Cammallari at 5 I still think would put us in a bind with the salary cap and resigning our RFAs. If you want to argue making him the #2 center for the next 4 years around 5 or less I could buy that. Cammallari also has no reason to take a one year deal being so young.

You are right a lot of caps fans are bandwagon. Everything in DC is. We like winners and the skins some DC fans can't handle reality. Look at attendance and tv ratings when teams are doing well vs when they aren't.

By the way anyone who wants to wear semin on there back in public I respect.

Posted by: caps512 | June 30, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

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Check out my blog site. I am a amateur Capitals blogger and would appreciate all the support. And feel free to disagree with what I write.

Posted by: alexanderperlmutter | June 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Just remember, boys and girls. Toronto got into their pickle that they're still trying to figure a way out of through the FA market and long term deals with NTC/NMC attached. I don't think we want to go there.

I hope that there are deals to be made, and that GMGM isn't afraid to make ones that are logical. This is NOT the time to just go out and buy someone. The move has to make sense.

Posted by: Greg S. | June 30, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I am in total support of what GMGM has done post fire sale, but in all seriousness GMGM just got schooled by Glen Sathers (Rangers GM).

Why could that not have been a deal with Nyls?

Posted by: caps28fan | June 30, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

GMGM makes some moves tomorrow and I wouldn't be surprised at all if one of them is newsworthy. He's not dumb and watching the Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz hoist the Cup, he learned the hard way that you don't have to sell the farm to significantly improve your squad. He knows that the team is light on grit; he knows we need a 2nd line center; he knows our D was shaky in the playoffs. He'll address at least two of these holes.

Posted by: sinbin | June 30, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

I have to point something out for the masses here, because I keep reading it and it needs to be clarified.

Nylander has a NMC in his contract. That means if he doesn't want to move, he won't move. Period. GMGM didn't get "schooled" by Glen Sathers. That thought is so foolish I don't even have the words to do it justice. Sathers is still sitting there with Drury and Redden knowing his team has ZERO real chance to compete for the Cup and might sneak into the last 2 seeds for the playoffs again if they're fortunate.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | June 30, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

@ a$$hat, I mean, samb99: Glad that the only line you focused on was the last one I wrote. I'm not on here trying to prove who's better at memorizing hockey facts. You come off bad mouthing McPhee, for what? Not doing what you want him to do and that makes you a more informed hockey fan? Try this, why don't you let McPhee do what he was hired to do and accept the fact that if he doesn't do what you want him to do, it's nothing personal. You're still King of the Universe in your little head. Now roll the dice you role playing hack.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | June 30, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Hi Dave,

http://www.nhlscap.com/no_trade.htm

2/3 of the way down on the page you will find that Gomez has, strike that, had a no trade clause.

Posted by: caps28fan | June 30, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't quite get all the negativity and fire the GM mentality. There is a salary cap and they're currently pretty close to the limit. They have to work through the contract situations with their own players and look to the future with a young team of stars and budding stars that are going to require bigger contracts. With the bad economy the cap number only went up $100K this year instead of millions as it has in recent years. My reading of what he meant by we're fine on defense is they feel their biggest immediate need is filling the void of losing Kozlov and Fedorov. Also, I think what they're saying is that most likely none of the defensive free agents available in their price range are an upgrade on what they have. I'm sure if they could get a Bouwmeister in the cap room they have, they'd be all over that. But free agency always inflates salaries in every sport.

I suspect that after contracts get sorted out and they get into training camp, they'll look to move some prospects in trades and fill holes on the top two forward lines and on defense. I suspect if they can find a taker on Nylander or Theodore, they'll move them and create cap room or get an improvement. But you have to have a dance partner to do those things. I doubt you'll find anybody willing to make a move like that until free agency shakes out and the teams that didn't get sign a goalie or center they wanted have to rethink things. Nylander's salary is probably the only thing that is keeping a trade from happening. There are teams in the league where his style of play would fit well. Look at a team like Minnesota for instance that is sure to be looking for an upgrade offensively and is pretty well set defensively. If they don't score big in free agency, maybe there's a deal to be had there for example.

Posted by: thrh1 | June 30, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Flames sign Bouwmeester to a 5 year deal worth $6.6 million per year, quite a big cap hit.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283345

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 30, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

LeftCoastCapsFan

Looks like you did not take your medicine again today. that what happens. Point is simple with GMGM. Don't break the bank. Add a few parts to round out the talent. (Ie a Knuble type). Look at some prospects such as borque that might not be a fit and package them in a trade. Get a life dude. The goal is to win a cup. Tampa and Carolina have stanley cup rings.

Posted by: samb99 | June 30, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Gomez had a compete NMC; it was limited. I believe he had to tell the Rangers at the end of each season 3 teams he would not be traded to.

To the great delight of Devils fans, he has been a real bust in 2 years with the Rangers!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | June 30, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

TSN sources report that Chris Neil turned down the Ottawa Senators' offer of $1.7-million per year.

Is that too much to pay a younger Brash replacement? (If we wanted to have someone in that role). He got into 14 fights this past season.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 30, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Nice move by Daryl Sutter. Fair price. That's a nice blue line up there in Calgary.

Posted by: SuperG5 | June 30, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: alexanderperlmutter | June 30, 2009 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I said it yesterday and I'll say it again.

THIS is why we fail. We don't have the guys capable of even getting to the conference finals. I am so tired of this organization being lazy and cheap.

Yep, we're locked into Nylander and Theo...but I also said those two moves were garbage when they happened. We have a great chance to make a run for the Cup this season if we bring in a few good players. Not asking to give away the farm for someone like Pronger, but a few good solid names wouldn't hurt, Backes, Neil, and if Cammalleri could bring himself to play with Ovi he's be nice too.

So disappointed as a Caps fan.

Posted by: wesvenis | June 30, 2009 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Quote of the day from SA-town: "Dont be surprised if "WE" sit next year out...I will use that quote when they ask to re-up for season tickets in 10-11."

Posted by: wesvenis | June 30, 2009 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Basically, Theodore and Nylander are going to ruin this season. They are the reasons we can't make a good move. Hey, let's pay Chris Neil 3M. It'll be a hat trick....

Posted by: wesvenis | June 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Kovalchuk to Washington... watch it happen.

Posted by: freeid | June 30, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Most of you say we should go out and get a big defenseman or winger. So what happens if they become busts as well? We just go out and give the player and the front office hell?

Let them screw up a team's salary somewhere else. Sure we need to toughen our blueline and checking lines, but do we have to do it with Big Name players? There are tons of players out there who are just as good for millions less

Posted by: hockeynightincanada | June 30, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

caps28fan,

you gotta be kidding, why would Glen Sather give you Scott Gomez for another center who barely even played for the Caps?

this is a typical problem with most fans, think you can get something for a bag of beans which is all Nylander is at this point.

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

It looks like the Caps are working on contract extensions for both Backstrom and Semin now. Agents for both of them said today that they've had preliminary discussions with the Caps' brass about extensions.

Posted by: MReilly9 | June 30, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

The patience is starting to wear down. The playoffs showed that the team's defense is still missing that needed veteran d-man to pair with Green. GMGM is the one that tied his own hands before the last trade deadline on cap space and being at max number of contracts, etc. There is only a limited amount of time that OV, Green, Semin, and Backstrom will all be on the team. If not this coming season, then WHEN. Semin's and Backstrom's contracts are up at the end of next season. But why should we expect that GMGM would do any better this year, after all, the recent big free agent signings were Theo, Nylander, Poti, and Pothier, who was brought in to be a #1-#2 d-man. If he signs a free agent, it will be just be another Jamie Heward or Andrew Cassels.

Posted by: NovaCath | June 30, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Apologies, didn't mean Backes....

Posted by: wesvenis | June 30, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Rock on, NovaCath. My sentiments exactly. If not now, when?

Posted by: wesvenis | June 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

some of you folks need to get a grip and remember this before saying over and over we need to trade for and/or sign that BIG name player. it wasn't that long ago that they did go after ang got a big name player.

Jagr was one of the biggest names around if not the biggest in hockey. how did that turn out for the Caps??

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

On Nylander. Back when he was signed, people were praising the move as proof the Caps were willing to spend money. He started off fine, then got injured, and was obviously not the same since then. (And then he just didn't seem to fit with Boudreau's system.)

I assume that we'll keep Theodore who will be the backup but will play a lot, say 30-35 games. (He may end up being dealt during the season if some team gets a goalie injured and needs one pronto.) In retrospect, regardless of Theodore's flaws, it's a good thing we signed him for 2 years instead of 3 which is what Huet wanted. And Huet didn't do any better for Chicago and ended up as their backup. Kolzig ended up being through.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

@caps512 @richmondPhil

I see plenty of people at Caps games who wear Semin jerseys. You're not alone, Phil.

I noticed that the Caps are talking to the agents of Semin and Backstrom about contract extensions. Good!

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Remember when the Caps went after a high-dollar guy?
Jagr-cough-cough-Jagr-cough

Posted by: arcassells | June 30, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse


nothing new here...Mcphee with his typical jargon

Posted by: reesem37 | June 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

its such a waste to even read mcphee's comments ever. same old same old. Caps won't be active, hasn't workd out for other teams except a few (obviously mcphee has no faith in his own ability to be one of the few who actually do pick the right players).

f u mcphee. And just once, it would be nice for you to publicly acknowledge that your team could use some more grit upfront and a hardhitting top 4 defenseman instead of the usual "we need more talent" garbage. Every team needs more talent. Caps actually have enough talent, they need more grit.

Posted by: cstanton1 | June 30, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Our defense is fine?!?!?!?!? Yeah maybe fine for the Pens when they stomped all over them. Fine for Crosby who got weak goal after weak goal sitting in front of our goalie. Unreal

Posted by: Mike4169 | June 30, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Getting Nylander seemed like a great move when it happened, however something (injury, age, etc...) has caused him not to fit. I have been waiting game after game thinking he would suddenly wake up and start making cross ice passes for goals like he did for NYR. Unfortunately it never happens. Does anyone know what the real feeling is amongst the Caps brass as far as why he hasn't produced?
Once again, not trying to constantly bash GMGM, but as somebody mentioned earlier: yes we need a solid forward or two, and yes we need a tough defenseman, but the 4 letter word is GRIT! We need a Dale Hunter type (don't forget GMGM let Matt Cooke get away to the Penguins where he delivered solid play).

Posted by: kcbrichmond | June 30, 2009 10:32 PM | Report abuse

I hear Ottawa has sent Heatley to Edmonton.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Link, Capsfan75???


Also, JayBo has been inked down. Is Fannooooff going somewhere?

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

Some info has gotten through to me.

Apparently he has wavered his NTC...

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Sources tell TSN a Dany Heatley deal to the Oilers is getting close, but not yet finalized. The expected deal is Edmonton sending Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid to the Senators in exchange for Heatley.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

@SombreroGuy

Maybe our defense needs some work. But we got to admit that our defense was not up to par, healthwise, during the series with Pitt. We had Green both sick and injured. Poti and Erskine had broken feet (which I'm sure accounted for them being slow). Morissonn was playing injured. I can't recall the specific injury but know that he was injured. Our only healthy D-man were Pothier (who had come back from a concussion) and Jurcina. By my calculations, we were playing with 2/3 of our defense injured (more if you count Schultz who missed the whole series). Yes, I'll admit that most teams have injured players during Stanley Cup runs but I somehow doubt that Pitt had 2/3 of their D-man injured.

It's hard to sit your best D-guy especially one who has so much desire to play (i.e. Green). The downside of having a player with so much desire to play is that they will play even when they're not healthy enough to do so. (That applies to Clark, also.)

We played Pitt to seven games with a defense severely impaired due to injury. With normal health, the Caps would have done better. (And we're not even discussing injuries to the forwards, which is another story of its own.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Mike4169:
I thought the same thing. While I am never surprised to hear GMGM say that he does not plan to make any major changes (riiiight), I was very surprised to hear him say that our D is fine. Fine? Really? Well maybe in the sense that it is just OK, but it is certainly not where it needs to be. Unless he thinks Woods is the missing link ... who knows.

Posted by: --Boo-- | June 30, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I think GMGM understands his team needs more "grit". he didn't have a long NHL career as a player but I remember him when he played for the Rangers.

Especially in 1986 when the Rangers beat the heavily favored Caps in the playoffs. he was a pretty gritty player, just because he won't say publically what some of you want him to say, doesn't mean he doesn't know what his team lacks.

only the needy and desperate teams like the Flyers and teams with an owner like Snyder make a lot of noise during the offseason. philly hasn't won anything since 1976 and neither have the skins since danny boy's been in charge.

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Calgary is looking pretty good for next year especially with the addition of Bouwmeester.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I would say about Nylannder that the term was too long and they shouldn't have added the NMC but I don't entirely blame them because I think his lack of production is partly to do with the change to Budreau's system and that couldn't really be helped. To clarify my Alzner comment, he came up for 30 games but he didn't make the team and he was only here as an injury replacement and didn't make the playoff roster and that is what really matters since this team is going to be judged by their playoff performance at this point. It also speaks volumes about the length of time its going to take to develop these young defensemen, who usually take longer to develop than forwards. Look at how Detroit develops their guys, they like them over-ripe. Carlson and Alzner are the future but the Caps can win it big in the present too. Granted, that equilibrium is delicate but it can be found. To clarify, I totally support GMGM and I think he's gotten a lot better over time and I fully understand that he has to spew a lot of BS to the public and he does that consistently but its still really annoying to hear him say stuff like the defense is fine when it clearly is not. The penalty kill stinks. They take too many penalties. And they don't have a real shut down pairing or someone to back up Green's out of control style, which also needs to mature. This team will be in the mix if they add the right pieces and they have a bright future but I think its silly to pretend like they don't have significant holes that need to be filled if they are going to progress rather than regress. That really really doesn't have to be about big name guys either although a guy like Beauchemin would help this team out a whole lot but he's not exactly a bug name but I would be satisfied with at least adding a McKee or a Zanon for now and hoping that Alzner steps up as well and saving some space for the deadline. Yes this would be a lot easier if they move a Mo and or a Pothier or if we're really lucky a Theo, Nylander, or Clark. I think at least Mo and Pothier could be moved now though.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | June 30, 2009 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I co-sign on Zanon.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/06/30/heatley_oilers/

Bam.

Oilers lose this one, I must say.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Teams from the Eastern Conference that probably won't make playoffs next year.

Tampa (even with the #2 pick overall, won't suddently jump into contention. At least 2 years away.)

Islanders (even with Tavares, are at least two years away. Talent looks even thinner to me than it does on Tampa)

Toronto (a badly mismanaged organization)

Ottawa (on its way down, especially after dumping Heatley who sees the team as a sinking ship)

Atlanta (they have Kovalchuk but no defense)

Florida (Bouwmeester is gone)

That leaves 9 teams to fight for the 8 playoff slots. I would not be surprised to see Montreal miss the playoffs this year. They seem to be in disarray and people are leaving right and left.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Interesting note. The fans have referred to Pothier as "Potsie" or "Pots". His last name is actually an occupational name for maker of drinking and storage vessels and derived from the old French word pot (or drinking vessel). 40% of Pothiers in this country in 1920 were from Massachusetts. (Brian Pothier admitted that he studied French. He made an appearance at an elementary school in VA with a French immersion program.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

@caps28fan

Because Nylander is an old man, Gomez has two Cups and still has a bunch of years ahead of him.

As for all the GM bashing here:

If we could trade Morrison straight up for Pronger, GMGM would have pulled the trigger. If he could have packaged Nylander, Theodore, and Schultz for John Leclair circa 1997, he'd be singing a different tune.

But the other 29 GM's in the league aren't dumb either.

The Capitals are doing what teams that win Championships do: they aren't panicking and think they have to win immediately. The formula for success in any pro sport is to keep the window of opportunity open for as long as possible, and let the moves that put you over the top come to you.

The future of the Capitals is Green, Semin, Backstrom, Varlamov/Neuvirth, Alzner, Carlson, Laich, and obviously Ovechkin.

As long as GMGM keeps that core together for as long as possible, the Capitals WILL be a good team, a playoff team. Imagine how good the Capitals will be when you can legitimately call those players veterans...

Making any move that hinders their ability to sign Backstrom or Semin is a blunder.

Posted by: benz9 | June 30, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Calgary signing Bouwmeester makes little sense to me. They already have two very good defensemen in Regehr and Phaneuf. don't they need goal scoring more than another talented d-man?

reminds of me the days when the Caps had Langway, Murphy, Stevens and Hatcher... 3 of them in the hall of fame and won NO stanley cup together with the Caps.

Posted by: joek443 | June 30, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm no capologist so how is it we lose Feds, Kozie and Brash and come up with only 3 mil in cap space. Weren't those three salaries alone worth at least 7 mil?

Posted by: CAP-lanta | June 30, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

@joek443

That is why I think Fanoof might be out the door.

We will see.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

The Oilers soooo win if that trade goes through. They wanted to get rid of Penner last year and Smid is a donk. It's basically Cogliano for Heatley. Doesn't seem to bad to me if I'm Edmonton.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

It's spelled Phaneuf. Okay, I'm being the spelling Nazi today. (I guess I remember how to spell it since the syllable "neuf" is French for nine, as in the number nine.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

I know how to spell it.

I call him Fanoof.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:55 PM | Report abuse

@CAP-lanta

Since we have to account for Pothier's salary for next season. He was out most of last season on LTIR so his salary didn't count against our cap.

Hence, the departures of Kozzie, Feds, and Brash not relieving enough cap space for us.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | June 30, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

The Oilers soooo win if that trade goes through. They wanted to get rid of Penner last year and Smid is a donk. It's basically Cogliano for Heatley. Doesn't seem to bad to me if I'm Edmonton.

Posted by: thiazzi | June 30, 2009 11:48 PM |

Heatley's 4 mil bonus kicks in @ 12 AM tonight.

Smid is not a donk.

Posted by: richmondphil | June 30, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

I take it you don't care for Phaneuf too much.

BTW, I just read on the net that the name Phaneuf evolved from Farnsworth. A young boy named Matthias Farnsworth was kidnapped by the Indians and eventually rescued by the French and integrated into their society. The name eventually became Phaneuf.

Posted by: CapsFan75 | July 1, 2009 12:01 AM | Report abuse

PS:

It seems like Heatley did not waive his NTC in time (12 AM tonight). Looks like he remains a Senator for the time being, his 4 mil bonus kicks in, and now if (when) he is traded, it will be for a lot more than the Oilers' offer.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

Cutting Potoluck loose was probably pretty cathartic for McPhee.

Posted by: oo7 | July 1, 2009 12:02 AM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75

thanks!

Posted by: CAP-lanta | July 1, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

John Madden.

Posted by: bobnowell | July 1, 2009 12:11 AM | Report abuse

i agree with most of you on here that big splashes aren't necessary. however...

"schultz-is aw-ful CLAP CLAP CLAPCLAPCLAP"

Posted by: nwilson2 | July 1, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Again capsfan28...It does not matter if another player waives his no trade clause.

It only matters if Nylander waives his.

It only matters if Nylander waives his.

It only matters if Nylander waives his.

Does it make sense now? Not to mention Gomez's NTC was only a list of THREE teams he wouldn't accept a trade to. That is barely restrictive at all. Nylander's is an absolute cannot be moved unless he agrees to it anywhere clause.

If he is determined to sit around and try to either play for us or get paid to be scratched there isn't anything we can do about is EXCEPT buy out his contract. A lot of us expected that to happen after the season until the details came out that his cap hit would be a lot more than everyone originally thought if he was bought out.

He can't be moved unless he agrees to it.

Posted by: Davethecapsfan | July 1, 2009 12:51 AM | Report abuse

@samb99: If you read your initial post, you're coming off like McPhee lives and breathes when you say so. He's got a plan, whether he said it to the press or not. I think others have said shortly after your sh*tfit, that it may just be McPhee not showing his hand to the entire NHL to see.

You're an adult. I think you could make your point without sounding like someone took your pacifier out of your mouth every time McPhee does or does not do anything that you disagree of or fail to predict. I've read more than enough analyses by other people on here who do a better job of critiquing McPhee without being a tool. Try it some time.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 1, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow there is a lot of panic on here. I shouldn't be surprised, it's the same panic that was going in the chat room during the playoffs if we weren't up 10-0 after the 1st period. There so much panic here Dan Snyder would be proud. It doesn't matter who wins the off season. GMGM is right, very few UFA acquisitions work out. Heck remember when Colorado acquired Kariya and Selanne and everybody wanted to give them the Cup in the offseason? How'd that turn out? The core of our team is in it's lower to mid 20's as far as age is concerned folks, I don't think it's a "sacrafice the farm" to win this year situation. We'll be in the hunt for many years to come and we can do it without the Prongers of the world. Gee, don't ya think we should let some of the kids who just won yet another Calder Cup play a little, assess what we have and maybe make a move or 2 at the deadline after we know what we have? Sorry to add logic to a situation with a bunch of people ready to cash in their season tix if we don't sign Haynesworth.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | July 1, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

Trade for Heatley

Cogliano- Fleischmann/Fehr
Penner- Gordon
Smid- Schultz

Flash/Fehr, Gordon, and Schultz for Heatley!!!!

GMGM cant stand pat, needs to make a move! And not for a D-man. I might be in the minority here, but we have some good prospects coming up.

Green, Alzner, Carlson, Poti, Erskine, Jurcina. I am fine with that.

Posted by: digster1013 | July 1, 2009 1:55 AM | Report abuse

That didn't take long.

Posted by: pokerfaceI208 | July 1, 2009 2:13 AM | Report abuse

poker,

Giroux and Aucoin aren't kids. They were far and away the leaders of that Calder Cup team in both the regular season and playoffs. Giroux, Aucoin and Mink were 3 of our top 4 scorers in the playoffs. Take those guys off that team and the Bears are probably an average AHL team.

Posted by: tmac2yao | July 1, 2009 2:26 AM | Report abuse

alexanderperlmutter,

nice try advertising the blog. You lost me at 11 year contracts and paying more for Semin. They really should enforce no posting of advertisements in the comments.

Posted by: trunkenmath | July 1, 2009 4:18 AM | Report abuse

Kovalev for Fedorov's money for 1 year could be good addition for this season, I believe.

It's not like impossible move, just both sides have their reasons imho.

If it is 1 year contract - no problem for Backstrom/Semin extensions. If it is 4M/year - we have enough (Fedorov's money exactly). Kovalev could be that mentor for Semin and could be used in 2nd line as Semin-Laich(?)-Kovalev. 1st line could be open for experiments (Fehr, Clark, enough time till deadline for checking out how it turns). Also, PP specialist. Also, was good in playoff even this spring, almost the only one who was ok against Bruins. Had some problems with GM but I believe OV presence will straighten this much. At last, not that old (opposing to Fedorov) and extremely talented, he is a huge authority for russians, allways was a leader in nationals. Not much risk for us.

Kovalev reasons aren't that obvious. But he isn't young. Probably he will not want to be a part of Montreal's rebuild even for big money (he has enough). Another shot for the Cup will be a better option.

Maked 4,5M last year. Will have easily 4-5M for 1 year anythere, but where he wants to join? Penguins, Red Wings, Bruins and Black Hawks hardly have cap space for him. Hurricanes, Canucks, Ducks and Sharks hardly appeal him.

Russian colony at DC is good to be part of, Capitals also is cup contender and the one of two teams on Earth which raises his chances to get to Olympics (I bet Kovalev wants it). Another team is Salavat Yulaev of KHL. So both sides could be interested in 1 year contract and we have money for it.

Good shot or bad?

Posted by: Rambutan_ru | July 1, 2009 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Nice move by Daryl Sutter. Fair price. That's a nice blue line up there in Calgary.

Posted by: SuperG5 | June 30, 2009 9:04 PM

They'll also have no room to sign any of their U/RFA's. They'll be selling this summer and not in the Cup picture next year.

Same deal with Oilers and Heatley. Why anyone wants him is beyond me. He's asked to be traded from all 2 of the 2 NHL teams he's played on.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

Do Nothing. Sounds like what GM was doing before Ownership changed. Then made a few good deals to secure the job and now right back to nothing. Most of you who just became fans the last couple years will slam me for talking bad about GM but the goal is to win a cup. And as last year showed we are missing some key pieces. So if nothing continues to happen be ready for year after year of disappointment.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | July 1, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Personally I would prefer that the Caps sign no one. Why bother. You end up with a lot of money tied up in a few players that have no incentive to play hard. No pride in the team. Far better to make a trade at the deadline for rentals that are playing for a new contract. Look how Huet, Cook and Feds played here. If you think you are close rent the players for a cup run. And Yes give up some of the future for now. No promises. I for one do not to always "be in the hunt". After waiting 35+ years for a cup, at some point you have to go for the kill.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 1, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Our D is fine? Wow...McPhee must have not watched any playoff games at all.

Not wanting to replace Brash?? What? We were soft and got bullied vs Flyers last year and Pens this year..the solution? GET SOFTER!

This clown of a GM should have been fired many years ago. He wins 1 playoff series in a decade and is secure in his job..unbeievable.

He has always hated the kind of Dman we have needed most (Tinordi type). We will never win a cup with him as our GM and I am finally glad most of the Caps fans are getting on his case.

Its gotten so bad for Ted that he is banning everyone on the message boards for any form of criticism.

Poor Ovechkin..we get a gift of a pick and as Caps fans we will have to sit back and watch him waste his career under this inept management.

Posted by: asharifi10 | July 1, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

There's no reason to get fired up by GMGM's comments - he has bluffed before. The proof is in the pudding - wait until this afternoon to believe that he is not doing anything. My money's on notable movement. It may not include HUGE dollar players, but holes will be filled. Having said that, if he manages to move Nyls or Jose (fingers crossed!) then surely he will bring a top player our way. Bring it on, McPhee - make me a happy Caps fan!!

Posted by: --Boo-- | July 1, 2009 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Half our D were on broken feet or had other injuries in the playoffs, you know.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

We need D-Men with tougher foot bones.

Posted by: SA-Town | July 1, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I have loved some of the moves GMGM has made the last few years but I haven't been overly pleased with our last 2 offseasons. I would have probably tried to trade or let some of our RFA's go and use money elsewhere. I think McPhee is an excellent drafter and evaluator of young prospects. I think he has built this team through the draft and found some very great gems late in the first round or second round. With that being said, he's made some solid trades for this time. For example, I believe he traded Sutherby for a 1st round pick. Even though it was a late first round pick, that was a great trade. However, has McPhee ever made a blockbuster move or bold move that's been impressive?

The only blockbuster trade where we didn't trade players away to go in rebuilding mode was when we acquired Jagr. I, like most caps fans was excited because Jagr was the best player in the NHL at the time. That didn't work out but I can't blame McPhee for that, once Jagr left Pitt he was a complete bust. I would like to see McPhee take a little bit more risk. He doesn't like signing FA's to long term deals. I can understand that but than he goes and gives long term deals to Nylander and Poither that were UFA's. Poither was a # 5 or 6 defensemen on the Ottawa Senators and he gives him a 4 year deal (I believe)? Next, he signs Michael Nylander (at time was good signing) but severly overpays him and gives a 4 year deal to a 32-33 year old? I just don't understand why we give long term deals to those guys but don't want to make any trades now or FA pick-ups. We are so close to a Cup, don't mess up the long term but bringing in a gritty Winger and a 2nd line center won't do that. Our team is young so each player will get better next year (with 1 more year under their belt). However, losing Feds and Kozlov will hurt us they were 2 of our better players. We don't need a lot to make this team good enough to win the cup, but we need 1 or 2 missing pieces and I don't see those guys missing pieces from Hershey.

Posted by: DCSportsFan28 | July 1, 2009 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Hey As$harifi10, please go back and read Pokerfacel208 comment at 1:49 AM. And Benz9 at 11:27 PM. And Davethecapsfan at 5:58 PM. Constructive criticism is fine, babyish ranting is so wasteful.

Posted by: dccitizen1 | July 1, 2009 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Half of our D man have been ill/injured, but even healthy we don't have a really solid stay at home guy. We need a veteran blue liner who can mentor our young bucks.

Posted by: --Boo-- | July 1, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

TO tmac2yao If you take 3 vets off every ahl team the bears still would have been one of the best teams in the ahl.

Posted by: sporttraveler | July 1, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

I am tired of hearing people complain about picking Fehr instead of Getzlaf. Now that we have seen how the seasons and drafts have unfolded since the 2003 draft, maybe it was best. If we would have landed Getzlaf would he have made us too good to have ended up getting the overall 1st pick in Ovechkin in 2004? Would we also have finished in a position where we would not have been lucky enough to land Backstrom in 2005? Ovechkin blows Getzlaf's numbers out of the water and Backstrom's are just as good. Now, add in that there is no way on earth we could afford to keep Ovi, Green, Semin, Backstrom, and Getzlaf. Sometimes things happen for a reason. Fehr may not be Getzlaf but he's panned out as a decent 3rd line NHL forward.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 1, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

According to ESPN - Flames signed Bouwmeester to 5 year 33 million dollar contract this morning. Way too much in my opinion.

Posted by: capsnumber1 | July 1, 2009 9:23 AM | Report abuse

I'm selling my season ticket. This team stinks. I can't believe we finished in last place last season. What a load of losers.

Give it a break.

Posted by: saintex | July 1, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

If we look at the history since the cap came into being, no teams that signs the big money free agents do very much. However the teams that pick up the veteran at the trade deadline seem to win. Every team that has won the cup has picked at the final piece attrade deadline in March not in July free agent with big money.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 1, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

@CapsFan75 - Couldn't agree with you more. broken feet, and whatever the heck was bothering Green definitely took a toll on the Caps D, and as you said we still made it to game 7 against the eventual cup winners.

By original point was that the Caps will be fine in the regular season, and avoiding lunacy on FA day leaves options open for the trade deadline. Still, another year older, and another year experience might make a mountain of difference for Schultz (who had a broken rib by the way) Green, Alzner etc. Maybe we don't need to upgrade the D, maybe we do, but being prudent now keeps options open.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | July 1, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

2 + 2 = 4

Johnny not signed before deadline=will sign elsewhere.

Posted by: C-way | July 1, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

@ParticipatoryDemocracyNow - RE Alzner, by keeping him to under 30 games, the Caps control his RFA rights for an extra season. Don't think that factor didn't weigh heavily in their decisions to bring other players like Sloan and Helmer up for periods of time over Alzner. The Caps front office decided to slow cook the kid rather than throw him in the fryer. I expect him to be ready this season.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | July 1, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

Do Nothing. Sounds like what GM was doing before Ownership changed. Then made a few good deals to secure the job and now right back to nothing. Most of you who just became fans the last couple years will slam me for talking bad about GM but the goal is to win a cup. And as last year showed we are missing some key pieces. So if nothing continues to happen be ready for year after year of disappointment.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | July 1, 2009 8:26 AM
---------

Yeah, this comment is great.

Remember the trade GMGM made 2 seasons ago that brought us Fedorov, Cooke and Huet? He was really sitting on his laurels then, wasn't he. He really showed that he didn't care about filling the holes the team had.

Like Olie's 5, 6, and 7 holes with Huet

Like the grinder we were missing with Clark out, so he brought in Cooke.

Like the play making and veteran voice that calmed down our young team.

Naw. Not a clue.

Then there's the FA last summer. Remember when Huet stiffed us? There were no starter goalies out in the world except Theo. All the rest were backups.

This was roundly discussed here and in the hockey world. Everyone figured it was a wash quality wise, maybe slightly less quality, but Theo wanted only 2 years and for the same amount Huet was asking for. Turns out that Huet had a poor year, Theo was better though not as good as Huet when he was here.

But to your point, no, GMGM doesn't care squat about the team. Never tries to fill voids when there's a reasonable offer out there.

Sheesh!

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Like I said, GMGM will try to do something, despite his protests (although please... enough "let's trade Theo and Nyls"... nobody wants them).

The fact is you can build good teams with your farm system, but championship teams go get critical pieces -- that sometimes but not always include big names and big salaries --in the UFA market.

It's not like we got Ovie, the best player on the planet, by staying true to "development." We got him the same way the Pens got Crosby: because we were bad and scored the 1st pick.

We sat out the deadline last spring and paid for it. He'll make a move and improve the team.

Posted by: sinbin | July 1, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Age, experience, and health are the upgrades to our D. If GMGM finds a good deal on a Dman that will be an improvement, then fine. Otherwise, I am happy with the D we have to start.

I agree with others that we need to have some cap room to work with when the trade deadline comes. Big splash signings are not what we need

Posted by: _Mark | July 1, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Are all these negative comments on GMGM actually coming from the Pens bloggers (trolls) that have infected this site since the playoffs?

Posted by: MReilly9 | July 1, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

GMGM will do something. he just won't chase after the big name FA's and overpay putting the Caps in salary cap hell for years to come.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | July 1, 2009 10:18 AM | Report abuse

asharifi10,

Your post makes it obvious why you are not an NHL GM and GMGM is.

Posted by: trunkenmath | July 1, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Isn't also the hiring of Bob Woods as the defensive coach going to possibly help our defense? A lot of people seem to be placing too much emphasis on plucking our answers for the Stanley Cup somewhere else. They should take into consideration that if the answers for our holes are on some other team, what's the point then of our ties to Hershey and South Carolina?

Patience doesn't seem to run very high here with some people. McPhee will do what he's going to do. All of us, just an anxious audience. Let's try to remember that.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 1, 2009 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@ asharifi: Would you like to borrow my pitchfork and torch for when you go storming the castle that McPhee lives in?

Let's not kid ourselves. McPhee knows what he's doing. Whether we agree or disagree with him, it's still his choice and really asharifi, when was the last time any hockey GM ever take your advice on a hiring? Yeah...I thought so. =/

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 1, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

So who's gonna mail a fish to McPhee's house tomorrow?

Posted by: SA-Town | July 1, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Sorry Backs was drafted in 2006. Pokulok was our 1st pick in 2005. So he's turned out to be a bust, mostly because of concussion issues. We also picked Joe Finley who, last time I heard, is still considered a good prospect.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 1, 2009 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Just for fun.....
1)who is going to be the first person signed
2)where?
3)how much.
Please fill in by noon.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 1, 2009 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Source: The Hockey News

http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/27012-THN-Free-Agency-Preview-Southeast-Division.html

WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Cap Space - $7.4

UFAs – Donald Brashear, LW; Viktor Kozlov, C; Alexandre Giroux, C; Bryan Helmer, D; Brent Johnson, G.

RFAs – Eric Fehr, RW; Boyd Gordon, RW; Chris Bourque, C; Shaone Morrisonn, D; Milan Jurcina, D; Jeff Schultz, D.

Needs – With the departure of Sergei Fedorov to the Kontinental League, the Caps need a second-line center who is a threat to score to take some pressure off the top line. But don’t expect the team to go out and throw a big-money, long-term deal at anyone, as GM George McPhee has zero interest in going down that road.

Internally, the Caps have Brooks Laich, who filled in admirably for Fedorov when he was injured this season. Chris Clark will be around for the full campaign barring another injury, though his scoring ability is marginal at best and not really what you look for in a second-liner.

Without a whole lot of cap space, it is unlikely the Caps will use any money on a top-line stay-at-home defenseman to compliment Mike Green’s rushing mindset, but will instead again look within the organization at a few young options to step into the lineup.

Ready for the big time – The leading scorer in the AHL regular season and playoffs, Alexandre Giroux should be able to make the squad in 2009-10 and will be given an opportunity to take over the No. 2 center role – if he re-signs with the team as expected. The Caps also have two intriguing young defensemen in Karl Alzner and John Carlson, who will be given a sniff in training camp. Alzner saw 30 games with the team last year, so it would be a surprise if he didn’t make the NHL from the get-go and Carlson, who was added to the Hershey Bears lineup for their Calder Cup run, has the offensive instincts that mesh perfectly with the Caps, but may spend at least part of the season becoming acquainted with pro life in Hershey

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

The Penguins just signed Hossa. Bettman has stated that since the ratings for game 7 were so high, Pittsburgh doesnt have a salary cap like everyone else.

Crosby also cried to Bettman that the cap is a real problem for them and that it should stop...kind of like throwing hats..

Posted by: SA-Town | July 1, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Re:SombreroGuy

Obviously Alzner's future free agency ststus was a huge part of the decision. But so was the addtion of Pothier and the glut of defensemen on the roster. They didn't want Alzner to sit because he needs minutes to develop. There was like 6 or 7 more games of regular season wiggle room for them but ultimately the Caps didn't believe, based upon his struggles the 2nd call up, that it was worth it to ship someone else out and play Alzner in the playoffs. All of which is really to say that the developmental process of these player is going to take time and patience. Alzner looks like a blue chipper. That is the only reason he is this ready this fast. Its also one more reason not to rush him and ruin him ala Eminger. Players like Kronwall on Detroit were developed nice and slow and the modern day Caps are a much more talented and deep club that wants to invest the time necessary into bringing these guys up the ranks the right way.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | July 1, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

the funniest part about that THN preview is that Giroux was a winger at Hershey. Aucoin was the center. And they might not even realize that Giroux is pushing 30.....

Posted by: SombreroGuy | July 1, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

@RichC3

i say we sign chris neil and greg de vries. neil 3 years @ 1.7 and de vries 2 years @ 2 mil.

no real basis for these feelings except that when mcphee said we dont need an enforcer, we will probably get one. And i think de vries would be a great pickup for us

Posted by: _stevo | July 1, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

How about a couple nice surprises today, GMGM?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

The thing that ticks me off about Jay Bowmeester is that he will eventually force the Caps to have to deal Green after his current contract if he continues to fill the net and get Norris nominations. Bowmeester is not worth over $6mil a season. He is durable, and can move the puck, but the fact of the matter is, he was in the top pairing of the Panthers for the last 4 seasons and didn't lead them to the playoffs. He's never even played an NHL playoff game yet. If you are going to demand the money Bowmeester did, you have to qualify for the 2nd season in my opinion.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 1, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

SombreroGuy

You noticed that. :)

The overall point is valid though the details may need some work...

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

McPhee has never let the press know what he is up to. Why anyone takes what he says to the media as fact I don't understand. He may be content with the defense that is currently on the team, but he isn't dumb. If an opportunity was available to improve the team under the cap, he would do it. He isn't going to give player's agents an opportunity to raise price tags by saying what the team needs. He is keeping his plans close to his chest until the right time.

I think the biggest reason people complain about McPhee is because they take him at his word. They want to know more, but he isn't telling. Drives fans crazy.

Posted by: Hayden84 | July 1, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

fanohock1 - I think everything you just wrote is the exact reason GM isn't all too keen to go out there on a shopping spree. The critical flaw with free agency is that since you are competing with other teams for one player, contracts get inflated. As far as Green, or anyone else is concerned all we can hope is that they want to play here and that the big money contracts they may or may not garner don't pursuade them otherwise.

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Sedins just resigned by Vancouver, according to TSN. Avg of 6.1m for 5 years

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | July 1, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Nicely put, Hayden84! Definite words of wisdom in my book.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 1, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

tick, tock, tick, tock....just minutes until the insanity begins!

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

No insanity, no one will sign till like 3PM, everyone is getting their hopes up. No signings around the league, other than teams resigning guys. It'll be boring just like the draft.

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Capitals Make Qualifying Offer

The Washington Capitals have extended qualifying offers to forwards Eric Fehr and Boyd Gordon, defensemen Milan Jurcina, Shaone Morrisonn and Jeff Schultz and prospects Chris Bourque, Kyle Wilson and Steve Pinizzotto, thus retaining the players' rights.


Sorry, but why make offers to Fehr, Schultz and Borque????? Package them for a trade. Stop smokin what you are smokin, GMGM

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Sorry, but why make offers to Fehr, Schultz and Borque????? Package them for a trade. Stop smokin what you are smokin, GMGM


Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 11:38 AM |

--=--

Because if you didn't, they'd be UFA and could go anywhere and the Caps would get nothing for them. This way, if someone gives an offer, the Caps have the opportunity to match the offer, or pick up draft picks for them.

GMGM's doing fine. You should just chill out.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Komiserek wants a NTC...that plus salary demand and term makes him untouchable for Caps

Posted by: NJNJ | July 1, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Trade for Heatley

Cogliano- Fleischmann/Fehr
Penner- Gordon
Smid- Schultz

Flash/Fehr, Gordon, and Schultz for Heatley!!!!


Posted by: digster1013 | July 1, 2009 1:55 AM |

LOL. If hockey was this easy...

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Scuderi, Beauchemin, Komiserek......

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Still not comprehending why we need a top player...but carry on folks.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

PS: I and every other hockey fan was wrong last night.

"The Senators were initially hoping to deal Heatley by 11:59 p.m. ET Tuesday to avoid paying him a $4 million bonus that he is due to receive today, July 1. But late Tuesday night there was speculation that the deadline for Ottawa to either deal Heatley or pay him his $4 million bonus is actually 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told Sportsnet, "[Heatley] can be traded at any time. My view is obligation on signing bonus installment can be transferred any time up to midnight [Wednesday] night."

With the deadline change, Ottawa has more time to get Heatley off its roster to avoid paying him that $4 million bonus. Heatley is reportedly due $37.5 million over the next five years."

So they still have time to get rid of him without paying him that hefty 4 mil bonus.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

top player or not, we could use either an additional d-man tnat will clear our net / clear puck from our zone or center / wing not afraid to crash net.

also, since there is no news on Brash re-signing, a decent enforcer would be wise.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it either. We need some pieces, but not players that cost us our future for a single shot at the cup. Someone in the 2-4M range - preferably on the lower end - that can develop into that player everyone wants.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Mikael Samuelsson.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

top player or not, we could use either an additional d-man tnat will clear our net / clear puck from our zone or center / wing not afraid to crash net.

also, since there is no news on Brash re-signing, a decent enforcer would be wise.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 11:51 AM |


Well I mean, of course we need to fill the holes in our lineup, but I don't see why we need to bring in Heatley or a Pronger type d man to do that.

People always want to talk about how the Pens filled their holes at the deadline. That is exactly what they did. Did they go after a top player? No. They went after the pieces they needed to fill their voids. They got wingers for Crosby and a depth center.

We need a RW, 2nd line center, and MAYBE some upgrades on the blue line. All this can be done without hoping for that "top player."

Free Agents suck anyway, i'd rather see us make some trades to fill the voids.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

One thing that gets me is the bonus in Heatly's deal. I thought bonuses were only for entry level contracts or one year deals for older vets. How did Heatly get this bonus in his contract, is it a holdover from before the lockout?

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Wow - Heatley...guess the NHL will bend over for any Canadien team- make sure they are not stuck with that bonus. Smells fishy to me.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Noon - happy free agency everyone!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@Superpaqman

It is a different type of Bonus. Basically, when the time comes, Heatley will receive 4 mil dollars in his account. It is not like a bonus, in the sense of entry level contracts. The Bonus has always been there, and Heatley would have always received it, it was just a matter of time before it kicked in.

@lyle

The only reason the trade did not happen was because Heatley did not waive his NTC.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Rangers want Heatley

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

$6.1M each per year for the Sedin twins in Van. Jeez! That's a big chunk of their cap right there.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

If this board is any indication on what Ted sees on his board no wonder he wouldn't allow criticism. This isn't criticism folks it's stupidity. Why all the panic? This is a process, we got better last year by making the playoffs, we got better this yr by making it to the 2nd round and to game 7 with the eventual Cup champs. A bounce here or a bounce there and we would have plowed through Carolina and been playing for the Cup as well. I'm sorry I don't see losing Feds and Kozzy as THAT big of losses that can't be replaced by somebody already in the system, a smart trade or smart UFA pick up. Are you guys like this in your regular lives or just sports lives? This sounds more like Redskins panic than anything else. Why don't you go to the Redskins board and start panicking over there about why they haven't signed anymore FA's. I bet Haynesworth isn't enough for you over there either.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

$6.1M each per year for the Sedin twins in Van. Jeez! That's a big chunk of their cap right there.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 12:08 PM |

60 mil dumped into 2 players, neither of which are real gamechangers is dumb.

Enjoy your soft wizard twins vancouver!

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Oilers need a starting goalie according to TSN. Rolo testing the market.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

How many teams need a starting goalie, and how many are available? (the definition of "starting goalie" might be up to debate here, haha)

Gustavvson
Biron
Theo
Rolo


Is that it?

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Ohlund to Tampa

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

What I mean by Feds and Kozzy is that Feds had 11G and 22A's while Kozzy had 13G and 28A's, I think we can find that kind of production within our own system and with trades or short term contracts to UFA's. Our Russians don't need Fed's leadership anymore, they figured it out in the 2 yrs they played with him. So I'm not heartbroken over them not coming back. It's a loss, but not huge.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

from Hockey Buzz.....

Caps To Sit Out Free Agent Frenzy?
"GM George McPhee will likely sit out today's Free Agent Frenzy, citing a current lack of true cap space to get into a bidding war. McPhee is absolutely trying to move Nylander and Theodore's salaries, yet since there are no takers, McPhee will have to wait and be very cautious about who he offers a contract to. Names that interest the Capitals are Afinigenov, Knuble, Zherdev, Antropov and Zanon. Time will tell, yet from all accounts, it's going to be a quiet day in DC."
-Steven Hindle

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

So basically.. 'Caps might do something, but they also might not.' Great CYA reporting there.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

TSN has confirmed Mattias Ohlund signing with Tampa Bay. It's seven years, and average of $3.75 million per year.

Posted by: MReilly9 | July 1, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

If I ever base anything off hockeybuzz.com please kill me

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I assume by "We may sit this one out" Mcphee is refering to next years playoffs.

Posted by: mdmtnbiker | July 1, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil you forgot clemenson from NJ, the bulin wall, and ... hell I forget his name. Most not be worth remembering. Clemenson did do well enough in NJ to get consideration as a starter for a bad team. No way someone takes theo.

Posted by: caps512 | July 1, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Tampa could quietly have a very impressive D next year

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!!!!! CAPS HAVEN'T SIGNED ANYBODY YET AND IT'S 12:40!!!!!!!! AAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! WE SUCK!!!!!!!!!!! AAAHHHHH!!!!!!! WE WON'T MAKE THE PLAYOFFS!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!!!! FIRE GMGM!!!!!!! TED SUCKS!!!!!!! AAAAAHHHHH!!!! It's panic wrapped in hysteria surrounded by anxiety!

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Hossa headed to Chicago it looks like

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If Hossa is on the Hawks does it mean that Chicago will lose in the SC Finals to a team from the East?

Posted by: MReilly9 | July 1, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

quiet GMGM

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Edmonton wants a starting goalie - i can think of one they can have!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Edmonton would want Theo as their goalie Roloson is hitting the FA market.

Posted by: MReilly9 | July 1, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

As we have seen in the spring deadline and also at the draft, teams are going after our goalie prospects and a young D prospect. I agree with George, too expensive for a free agent.

Caps biggest issue will be filling #1 RW spot. We have at least 4 guys that can skate there with Fehr, Flash, Semin, and Clarke. We'll see if they can get it done.

Blueline wont be an issue with Carlson and Alzner coming up.

Posted by: pch49 | July 1, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@RichmondPhil - Boucher and Clemmensen are out there too. I have to think Theo is on bottom of that list.

Posted by: pch49 | July 1, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Khabibulin also.....

Posted by: pch49 | July 1, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Montreal's Team 990 is reporting that Alex Kovalev has re-signed with the Habs.

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | July 1, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Boucher is no way a starting goalie. He benefited from the Sharks system, but he makes a good backup. I had him on my list, then deleted him.

Clemmensen is probably ready though, forgot him.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys, I'm new here, but I don't understand why everyone's pressing the panic button just yet. It's free agency! Just because GMGM isn't signing the big guys doesn't mean we're guaranteed to miss the playoffs next year. I understand that everyone wants the Cup, but it's a huge risk sometimes, signing the big name guys. Either they play out right or they don't. Look at Nylander. He hasn't really been a big part of our last two playoff years, has he? I think if GMGM takes the more patient approach...signing the under-the-radar type of guys, guys who aren't well known but are still solid, then we'll be better off taking the safe route to the Cup rather than the more twisted and high-risk one. Just my two cents.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

and Bulin. He's not going to like his paycut he gets wherver he signs.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Clemmensen played very well last season, after Brodeur's injury. It was largely due to his play that the Devils won the Atlantic!

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | July 1, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

By the way, Edmonton is supposedly close to signing Biron.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

If Hossa becomes a Blackhawk, there is no way in hell they are going to be able to keep Kane.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil,
Kane, Toews and Keith are all FA next year. So if it happens its probably a one year deal.

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree that there's no need to panic regarding free agents. My only concern is that GMGM is delusional to think that we can just fill some of our needs from within. Did he not watch Briere last year and Cindy this year in the playoffs vs us? Somebody clear the crease.

Posted by: jake81 | July 1, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

A) Pokerface- most insightful rendition of this msg board so far. Seriously, you all need to chill. Our team need work but if you look at our dmen we have a bunch of really talented guys. I think Woods will be an immense factor in bringing them to the next level. I mean look at how Bruce turned the team around, with very little change in the roster. I think the same will be true for Woods.

B) Backstrom in Black- get used to the gloom and doom. People get antsy when there isn't any hockey and some have severe cases of selective memory. We had a great season. Didn't end well, but the Wings could say the same thing. Only one team can win in the end, deal with it.

C) After listening to my ranting coworkers (Rangers fans) I truly feel blessed for our team and our GMGM. I think when it comes down to it he has made smart moves. A couple stupid ones (Nyls was a big gaff) but all in all he has built a great team. Little tweaks are needed, but again I think Woods will be a major factor in helping our dmen get it together. The fact that my coworkers have the same tone as you all in here is preposterous when you compare the teams. Be grateful for our GMGM.

Posted by: mrszilla | July 1, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@Jake

Zanon...cheap and tough as nails. GMGM?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@Backstrominblack - welcome, we need more people like you here rather than the "Masters of Panic". Even Shaq thinks people here are panicky. GMGM will sign a couple of guys that fill holes that don't break our salary structure and who's play isn't affected by their contract. Our D is fine with Pothier healthy and Alzner coming up and maybe even Carlson. Of course Schultz needs to be out of the mix but don't get me started.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Leafs sign Colton Orr

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Orr for 1 mil a year. Brian Burke wasn't kidding when he said he was going to make the leafs tougher.

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface: Thanks, and I agree, our D just needs to get more physical and more committed. Those odd-man rushes killed us last year and we simply couldn't clear the crease that well. I'm confident that we'll do something.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Khabibulin looked a lot better that Huet in the playoffs.... If the Avs can get the $$ together, I wouldnt be surprised to see a deal by the end of the day.

@ 32 years old, 7 year deal for Ohlund is very risky imo.

As far as Schultz. He doesnt win the battles in the corners, nor clear the crease. But he doesnt take stupid penalties, and he cuts off the passing lanes on the PK. At 23, I'd hang on to him.

Posted by: pch49 | July 1, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to interrupt the mass hyteria of not signing anyone. I may have missed the boat on this one but why is the caps insider not showing up on the blogs page? I was gone for a week and suddenly I have to google caps insider to get here.

Posted by: Moose33 | July 1, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Well Moose, if you were a real die-hard you'd have the URL memorized...J/K

Posted by: superpaqman | July 1, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I was wondering, people are trying to sign all the UFA for the caps.....what about the RFA available? Would it not be worth it to sign someone is that category at the lower end of the scale and give up some picks?

Posted by: RichC3 | July 1, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Fair point. I got the URL but I was wondering why it's not on the blogs page anymore.

Posted by: Moose33 | July 1, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"On defense we're fine." -- GMGM

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | July 1, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"On defense we're fine." -- GMGM

This about sums up his incompetency. Whatever he's been smoking, I'd love to have some of that stuff.

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | July 1, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

RichC3

Now THERE'S a good question!

RFA's can be real steals. Often they're average to below average quality, but they're young and may have the potential for an upswing. Like any trade, you can get burned.

The cost is that you give up draft picks. What if next year's draft is really good? Would you want to give up a 1st and/or 2nd round pick for an RFA? Or more? It's all dependent upon the contract value.

Posted by: Greg S. | July 1, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

yeah, 7 years for ohlund is CRAZY. I'm extremely proud that GMGM won't commit to long term deals with FA

Posted by: my92agsr | July 1, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@Greg......and if the other team resigns the player you can mess with their Salary cap number. I think there is an unwritten rule that one touches these guys. Also known in baseball as collusion.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 1, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

also, japers rink says 10 teams have inquired about kamisarek. I bet one was GMGM, but with 10 teams asking price will be too high for caps. kamisarek is out of the running.

Posted by: my92agsr | July 1, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like some stuff is about to happen

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Kubina to thrashers, maybe?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil,
Kane, Toews and Keith are all FA next year. So if it happens its probably a one year deal.

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 1:08 PM |

I know, but Hossa wants a multiyear. I said Kane, because if Hossa is inked to the Hawks, he would be the one naturally to go since they play the same position.

Hossa does funny things. Apparently he turned down 10/75 from the Wings.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

TSN Said Burke in Sweden trying to lure the "Monster" to leafs

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

@Dannyboy1975: Before you start commenting, why don't you try reading some of the previous posts? It'll help you avoid making yourself look dumb by making comments that were otherwise dismissed by a more logical explanation previously, by posters who are sane. to name a few, kittypawz, richmondphil, and mrszilla are pretty informative. So's the new guy BackstrominBlack. Great reads and informative.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 1, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh no....Rangers are reportedly interested in Brashear.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to Hawks reports are it's a done deal.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"Oh no....Rangers are reportedly interested in Brashear"

...to replace Colton Orr???

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | July 1, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"...to replace Colton Orr???"

I think so.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE sign koivu or camellerri (sp?)

Posted by: gocaps01 | July 1, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Craig Anderson signs with Avs.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Hossa is a 12 year deal, 5.5 mill cap hit

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Anderson to the Avs is good for us. He flat out stole a game at Verizon from us last season playing for the Panthers.

Posted by: fanohock1 | July 1, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Hossa is a 12 year deal, 5.5 mill cap hit

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:02 PM |

Interesting !

What will happen to Kane next year?

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I can't imagine Brash as a Ranger. Especially after he knocked Betts into next year...

Posted by: jake81 | July 1, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

They might move Brian Campbell maybe. Chicago loses Matt Walker to Tampa Bay.

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

5 Mil cap hit for Hossa is a steal for the Hawks.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | July 1, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Hossa to Hawks reports are it's a done deal.

Posted by: lylewimbledon

*******

What will the people who drool over "the Wings way" do now? Oh yeah, play golf at next year's "George McPhee Spring Invitational."

Posted by: Jumpy66 | July 1, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

i'm hearing that cammalleri might be interested in the caps

Posted by: sniperzovechkin | July 1, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

if caps lose Brash and dont sign an enforcer look for our skill players to get pummeled next season. Lumberjack cans hold his own in many cases, but I DO NOT savor having to watch him fight Brash when we play Rangers next yewar. why must GMGM and Ted be so ridiculous?? or perhaps they are Buttman disciples.

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Reports that Hossa are going to the Hawks have also mentioned it's a 12 year deal. I'm curious to see how they are doing a $5M cap hit for 12 years for a guy that is 30 years old...it has to be increadibly front ended - but not with that low of a cap hit...this may come back to bite Chicago 5-10 years down the road.

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

New rule: include source when claiming interest in Caps/Caps interest in player.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

5 Mil cap hit for Hossa is a steal for the Hawks.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | July 1, 2009 2:05 PM |

Haha, I guess.

Dude is 30 years old. 12 year old contract = 42 years old.

He is not Ovechkin. 12 year contract to a non-Ovechkin type player @ 30 years old blows my mind.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Reports that Hossa are going to the Hawks have also mentioned it's a 12 year deal. I'm curious to see how they are doing a $5M cap hit for 12 years for a guy that is 30 years old...it has to be increadibly front ended - but not with that low of a cap hit...this may come back to bite Chicago 5-10 years down the road.

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:09 PM |

Exactly.

I don't quite get this one.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow...loving how Colorado picked up Craig Anderson for under $2M a season...and now St. Loouis picked up Conklin for under $1.3M a season?!? Both of those guys are better than Theo at this point...and we're paying Theo $4M next year....lol.

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Hossa - crazy contract - especially these days when these guys end up sucking after FA- i.e. Drury, Heatley, Gomez, Hossa in the playoffs, etc

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Blues are going to be good next year if the forwards stay healthy.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

@Sniperz

Cammalerri would be the best!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Conklin is supposed to play on Winter Classic teams only!

So I guess that means its Blues/x next year? haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think the NHL should cap the term length for deals? This is getting ridiculous...how can anyone predict what is going to happen to the game/player 10-15 years down the road? We might not have a cap in 10 years. We might not have a league in 10 years. This whole concept of front-loading contracts to fit talent in under the cap is being abused by GM's - it's dangerous for the game.

Hossa deal is 12 years at $62M and very front-loaded.

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Question about front-loading...can someone explain to me the effect front-loading a contract has on the cap hit? Do you just take the amount of the contract, divide by the term, and you get the cap hit? Or does front-loading a contract mean a higher cap hit in the early years and less of a cap hit in the latter years?

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

@patrone,

Pretty sure the cap hit is the same. Front-loading allows GMs to trade the player more easily if he peters out down the line, though.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Question about front-loading...can someone explain to me the effect front-loading a contract has on the cap hit? Do you just take the amount of the contract, divide by the term, and you get the cap hit? Or does front-loading a contract mean a higher cap hit in the early years and less of a cap hit in the latter years?

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:20 PM |

You are correct in your first assumption. The cap hit is the average of the total amont of the contract per year, no matter how it is weighted.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Roloson to the Isles, 2 year deal, $5 mill total

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

GMGM Trade Theo to Edmonton NOW!!!!!!!

Posted by: rarcr | July 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Dwayne Roloson is going to the Islanders for 2 years at $5M....wtf?

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Rolosson to Isles.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

@patrone

Front loading makes sense in this day & age. McPhee should take notes. Nylander anyone?

Awful.

Posted by: wesvenis | July 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

That is an interesting deal. I guess they got the cap space to do it, but does that mean Ricky isn't ready next year?

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Edmonton try to trade Cogliano and others for Heatley? I would be down for a Theodore/Cogliano exhange..

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Hossa's deal gives him $53 million for the first 7 years and $10 million over the last 5 years.

Makes more sense now.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Patrone - you're right, take the sum of the "guaranteed part of the contract" and divide it by the term (years) that's your cap hit. However bonuses play a part in that as well and have to be figured in to your cap hit. So GM's are signed guys to longer deals that are front loaded so they can lower the actual hit. Then as a guy gets older it's not so much of a "hit" if you have to cut or trade him.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

@patrone

Front loading makes sense in this day & age. McPhee should take notes. Nylander anyone?

Awful.

Posted by: wesvenis | July 1, 2009 2:26 PM

What are you talking about? How the hell would front-loading Nylander's contract help us?

As I said, the cap hit is the same, no matter how it is weighted.

In fact, front-loading Nyls contract would give the guy even more incentive to just sit on his a** this year, since he already received the bulk of the contract..but the hit remains the same.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Hossa with Hawks?

hahahaha that means the Hawks will not win a SC!

Posted by: Andoy | July 1, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

GMGM's pic on Tarik's front page says it all.......deer in the headlights

Posted by: doughless | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Nylander's contract is front-loaded. His real salary drops to 3 million next season.

Posted by: koalatek | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Roloson to the Islanders. Looks like it's time for musical goalies... I'm betting Biron to Edmonton is the next deal.

Posted by: jake81 | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Nylander's contract is front-loaded. His real salary drops to 3 million next season.

Posted by: koalatek | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM |

We were talking a bit more steep than that..like Hossa's.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Who else needs a starting goalie?

Posted by: DevilsCapsGal | July 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Khabi has to be going to Edmonton...I'm supprised we aren't hearing chatter about this already. No way the hawks can keep him - and Khabi is really the only top 20 starter left available.

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

@richmondphil

frontloading is good for buying out. Say one of the 5 mill hes making this year was down to 3 and the other 2 mill was earlier in the contract. Buying out would make some since this year.

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Kopecky to Chicago.. looks like Hossa made a "Who's coming with me" type of speech.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Headline on hockeybuzz.com:

"Knuble Singing Imminent

Knuble signing imminent to an Eastern Conf. club"

Ya think...?

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Theo is staying.....Johnny is gone.

Posted by: C-way | July 1, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Knuble Signing Imminent*

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Yep, the Rangers are looking to sign Brashear is going around the rumor mill... scary. Wish McPhee would rethink things if he and Brash can come to a reasonable salary.

Posted by: capsfan01 | July 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Nylander's contract is front-loaded. His real salary drops to 3 million next season.

Posted by: koalatek | July 1, 2009 2:31 PM |

We were talking a bit more steep than that..like Hossa's.

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Yeah, but then we would probably have Nylander for six more years instead of two.

Posted by: koalatek | July 1, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think that Edmonton would want Theo?? It takes two to tango.....
Hossa deal is risky...12 years is a long marriage for a player like him.

Posted by: Capsfannmiss | July 1, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, but then we would probably have Nylander for six more years instead of two.

Posted by: koalatek | July 1, 2009 2:38 PM |

Oh, the though of that....

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Do you think Hossa's hit is benchmark?

He was the only 40-goal scorer, so no forward should make more than him....

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

"What makes you think that Edmonton would want Theo??"

He has only one year left on his contract, plus he won 32 games for us this past season...

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Sabres just stole a dman we could use - gritty Montador

Posted by: lylewimbledon | July 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

From TSN: Sabres have agreed to terms with Steve Montador on a two-year deal at $1.55 million per season.


Damn. Mantodor was one of the 3 defenseman on my FA short list.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Caps signed Knuble!

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Two years, 2.8 million per.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Caps could always sweeten the deal with a pick as well. It's not like McPhee has ever produced a player past the first round for this team

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@lyle

My sentiments exactly. Oh well.


Also, for you Komisarek lovers, apparently he was offered a deal to the Isles (his hometown) and denied it.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Brash is a Ranger.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Knuble???

There is our Gritty, vet RW !


Nice!

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Where'd you get that Backstrom. Need source please.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Brashear is gonna be smiling when we have no enforcer and guys like Backstrom and Ovie are getting hit dirty with no one to protect them. Way to go again McPhee.

Posted by: capsfan5252 | July 1, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

@pokerface

I am getting the same reports.

Check TSN.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin gets bullied by nobody. Brash will play like 8 minutes a game.

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 1, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Heatly and Hossa were bound by that ATL and OTT trade, and forever doomed to wander the NHL.

I am distrustful of players who take long contracts with teams they do not know, and the GM's that sign them. How bout the 2 year tryout? After two years, you can have a longer contract. or leave.

Posted by: oo7 | July 1, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

on hockeybuzz and thefourthperiod so far, no TSN and no confirmation on Capitals report

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Washington Signs Mike Knuble The Washington Capitals have signed forwad Mike Knuble to a 2 year contract worth $2.8 per season - Andy Strickland"

Via hockeybuzz.com. I'm listening to CapitalsReport, though, and they're trying to confirm it.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

K-NUBLE


GRITTY, UGLY GOAL GETTING, MIKE KNUBLE!

Gritty, RW to pick up Ovie's rebounds. Check.
2nd line center, go!

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Capsfan5252 - Brash can't catch OV or Backstrom so don't worry about it. Oh I'm sorry, worry about it and go panic.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Caps landed Knuble for 2 years at 2.8M a season!

Lost Brashear to the rangers though...

Posted by: patrone | July 1, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

just reported on TSN as well.

Posted by: ThePat | July 1, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I love the Knuble signing!

Posted by: capsfan5252 | July 1, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

2 yrs though means it will conflict with Backstrom and Semin.

2.8 aint bad though, especially with Theo and Nyls coming off the books.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

brash 2 year 2.8 mill...too much for us.

Posted by: rarcr | July 1, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Michael "Mike" Knuble (pronounced Ki-noo-bul; born July 4, 1972) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey right winger who plays for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Wiki already updated haha.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Extra incentive: plenty of pissed Philly and Pittsburgh fans :D

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

brash 2 years 2.8 mil... too much for us.

Posted by: rarcr | July 1, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

brash 2 year 2.8 mill...too much for us.

Posted by: rarcr | July 1, 2009 2:56 PM |

Wow.

We can get tough guy for a lot cheaper.

Hell, Even Orr, who is a much more competent hockey player at this point signed for less than Brash.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

CAPS SIGN MIKE KNUBLE 2 YEARS 2.8 MILLION

Posted by: gocaps01 | July 1, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I am wery excite!

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Mike Knuble!

I hope he enjoys watching lasers from Green, Ovie, and Semin zip by his head on the power play when he park it in front.

Posted by: SA-Town | July 1, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Good Signing on Knuble.

We could have had Montador too for that price

Posted by: CapsFan44 | July 1, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice Vet with a Cup ring. Gee I'd say this is an upgrade to Kozlov. Have fun in Russia. Nice work GMGM.

Posted by: pokerface1208 | July 1, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

We could have had Montador too for that price

Posted by: CapsFan44 | July 1, 2009 3:00 PM |

We can't get too crazy, we need still need enough space for Backstrom's and Semin's extensions next year.

Though Montador did go for an affordable price, it was probably smart to pass him up. Lets focus on Zanon now, I guess.

Though, this will probably be the only thing the Caps do.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow, congrats to the Caps on signing Knuble. He's worth the 2.8 and he really adds some grit.

It'll be tough seeing him in Caps Red, but I'm glad he's got a good deal. He'll be missed in Philly.

Posted by: DC_Flyer | July 1, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

dantencer: RT @wise1269 BREAKING NEWS! Chicago Starbucks release new drink in honor of Hossa...it's served without a cup.


LOL.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

So what does the cap situation look like now with Knuble's money factored in?

Posted by: thiazzi | July 1, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

neidemeyer is talking with 5 teams. on hockeybuzz

Posted by: my92agsr | July 1, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Who will be our UFAs next season, besides Theo?

Are we gonna have enough $ to resign Backstrom and Semin?

Posted by: DannyBoy1975 | July 1, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

There will be plenty of room for Backstrom and Semin.

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 1, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Knuble had 27 goals last year that ought to help eh?

Posted by: billd2 | July 1, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

"Lets focus on Zanon now, I guess.

Though, this will probably be the only thing the Caps do."

No problems with that. Apparently he's a great shot blocker.

Posted by: BackstromInBlack | July 1, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Zanon is just another 5-6 D-man. They have enough of them

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 1, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

The great thing about Zanon is that he will go relatively cheap. He likes to stay in his zone, which is what we need.

I am relying moreso on Carlson stepping up and doing the crease-clearing for us, since it looks like With Knuble factored in, we are tight on cap space again.

Posted by: richmondphil | July 1, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

If the Caps can trade away Morrisonnand/or Shultz the Caps picture will not be as bad with the Knuble signing

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 1, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Nice. Exactly the winger I wanted them to sign at exactly the $ and exactly the term. He's everything we've been missing in our forwards. Hard as nails goal scorer who goes to the net. Our powerplay had all the talent it needed but it didn't have that right Holmstrom type guy in front of the net. We needed a veteran, playoff experienced leader with big body, who's glad to throw it around. Beautiful. And this is what we call equilibrium. He's not a big flashy star, he's a good fit for the Caps specific needs who signed a smart deal. Nice job GMGM. That D man will be coming eventually too; maybe not today, but by next deadline he'll be here. We just took another big step forward. I'd much rather have Knuble than Guerin at this point.

Posted by: ParticipatoryDemocracyNow | July 1, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Great post Partici. Could not have said it better myself

Posted by: Mike4169 | July 1, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

caps have 3.4 left in sal cap space... i hope they trade theodore

Posted by: gocaps01 | July 1, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

trade Mo or Schultz? We should be so lucky to find any suitors for them....


I am truly hopeful that we gave them qualifying offers just in case somebody gives them an offer sheet ( we get compensation as a result)..

Not sure if any of you remember but Mo asked for 3 million in arbitration last year...!?! crazy...he's maybe worth half of that.

Bringing back Schultz and Mo (the weakest d-men on the team) would definitely not be a step forward.

I have been demanding Shultz's release for 2 years now but...GMGM doesn't want to give up on his former 1st round draft pick...throw in the Towel, George..it's over.

Posted by: capz_hockey | July 1, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Richmondphil....wont be that hard. WE free up 4.5 once we can dump theo and honestly if semin has another injury prone season I wouldn't be surprised if GM dumped him...wouldn't want to see that happen but just saying that is always a possiblity

Posted by: CapsFan44 | July 1, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

@Mike4169

How are you so sure about "the plenty of room for Backstrom and Semin"? nhlnumbers.com has been down for hours but IIRC it will be very tight. What am I overlooking?

Posted by: sldyer1 | July 1, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I've been secretly hoping that we trade semin. He is a real liability out there and i'm not sure how much higher his stock can get.

I was praying the sens would deal heatley for semin but that was wishful thinking.

But when it comes to an extensions, I hope we might have a shot at a discount with Semin. He doesn't realize how good he has it here. How many superstars could get away with speaking no english and not speaking to reporters? Not like he just showed up this year. The things he can get away with here in DC won't happen anywhere else. He needs to realize his situation and how well the club has treated him when it comes to extension time. If he goes anywhere else, he is going to be miserable and will need a full-time translator (no ovi to bail you out on a daily basis)

any thoughts? agree/disagree?

Posted by: capz_hockey | July 1, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

HEY @Mike4169,


just remember a couple things...besides Theo's expiring contract, we also have Poti at 3.5 mill expiring and Semin is already making 4.6 a year...No way we pay him more than 6 or 6.5 a year. And if we do, it is a big mistake. No chance he ever plays an 80 game season. He is way too fragile.

Posted by: capz_hockey | July 1, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

well you also have to think there is nowhere that Semin is going to go and make the money he is making and not have to get in the gym and put some muscle on. He's way too small for his size and is a liability cause he does get injured easily. If he puts on 10 pounds I would think about an extension but no way paying him much more than he's making now.

Posted by: CapsFan44 | July 1, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

The Caps will lose a lot of salary on players they do not have to replace. I do not think Backstrom will get as much as people think and Semin will not be that much of a raise. Web sites are thinking the Caps will want to keep Poti and Pothier. They wont

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