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McPhee on Morrison, French and Gustafsson

GM George McPhee spoke to reporters on a variety of subjects earlier today. Here's some of what he had to say:

*On newly-acquired center Brendan Morrison, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal on Friday: "He was the right player at the right price. We're playing a hunch that he's got a couple of good years left in him. He could be in for a big year this year. He hasn't played as well as he's been capable the last couple of years, and there's a reason for it. He's had a couple of injuries that forced him to rehab instead of train in the summer.

"He turned down offers for more money to come here," McPhee added. "So he's coming here for the right reason."

*On new Hershey Bears Coach Mark French: "We like promoting from within because you really know the person. Based on the information from [Bears GM] Doug Yingst and Bruce [Boudreau] and Bob Woods, they are really high on him. He's ready for this opportunity."

Familiarity "is a big part of it," McPhee added. "To bring someone in from outside the organization that doesn't know the players as he knows them and doesn't know what they are capable of and what we've been all about the past four years in Hershey, there's risk in that. So continuity was important to us."

*On Milan Jurcina and whether he thinks the team will settle with the defenseman ahead of his arbitration date on July 28: "We'll keep talking and see what develops. We have a little time before things have to be decided there."

*On whether any of the forward prospects have a chance at cracking the opening-night roster: "We wanted to have a little room for kids to come in and compete for a spot. The season is three months away and there's a lot that can happen between now and then."

With the signings of Mike Knuble and Morrison, the Caps have 13 veterans up front (including RFAs Eric Fehr and Boyd Gordon). So there's maybe one spot available for a prospect, and given the team's proximity to the salary cap ceiling, I'm not so sure they'll carry 14 forwards.

*On the possibly making another move in free agency: "Not necessarily. But I'm not worried about the cap situation," he said. "There's lots of ways to work with the cap in the summer and during the season without circumventing it."

On Anton Gustafsson: "He wants to try to play here. In our minds, if we think he's ready and he thinks he's ready, he will [play in North America]."

Gustafsson's contract in Sweden gives him the option to play in Hershey or Washington next season, I'm told.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 1:14 PM ET
 
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Is the season starting yet???? Summer is draggin on!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | July 13, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Maybe George can sign Fernandez and trade Theo for a draft pick...

Posted by: gocaps01 | July 13, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

here are pictures from the first group of development camp earlier today.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/album.php?aid=2028369&id=64200489

Posted by: capsfan387 | July 13, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tarik, why isn't Dovgan at Development Camp?

Posted by: richmondphil | July 13, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Morrison is just a stop gap until Gustafsson is ready.

Posted by: caps512 | July 13, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Is the season starting yet???? Summer is draggin on!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | July 13, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Haha tell me about it! I think hockey fans are the only people who actually look forward to summer ending!

Posted by: mrszilla | July 13, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is going to be very politically correct in his answers now so I don't know how much we can really take from what he says.

That being said, by my math we are 2.2M over the cap if every RFA signs for their QOs. Not even losing Mo's 1.975M would get us under. Although I admit that I am taking Alzner's bonuses into account and I don't know the rules on those.

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

Haha tell me about it! I think hockey fans are the only people who actually look forward to summer ending!

Posted by: mrszilla | July 13, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Tell me about it! I actually watch game 6 and 7 of the first round this year again on nhl net cause I am feigning!!! I need me some hockey!!!!!

Posted by: hbcapsfan | July 13, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau was on the Junkies this morning. Audio of the interview:

http://www.wjfk.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=3875691

Posted by: thiazzi | July 13, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla:
not completely true - it's going to be 114 here today - i look forward to summer ending every year. hockey is the bonus that comes with fall - when the temps drop below 100 again. i miss the fall :(

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | July 13, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

He's has never shown it yet - but if Anton can break out this season into the lineup it will be a big spark for the this team & it will be a another feather in GMGM's growing resume of astute moves.

Posted by: Rocc00 | July 13, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

mrszilla:
not completely true - it's going to be 114 here today - i look forward to summer ending every year. hockey is the bonus that comes with fall - when the temps drop below 100 again. i miss the fall :(

Posted by: Capt_Kirk_in_AZ | July 13, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

But you're still a hockey fan... I think the theory will hold as long as it's based on the same principle of squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares... or however it goes.

We need hockey to start so I'm not actually sitting here trying to remember math theories...major nerd alert going on here.

Posted by: mrszilla | July 13, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

pkendrick: I posted the cap spreadsheet this morning on the second of the Morrison threads. You are right, we are $200K over with Shamo already discounted.

The club can play the entire season I believe not counting the bonuses against the cap. However, if they end the year over the cap, once the bonuses are added in, they get penalized by the overrun for next season's cap. And with next season expected to have a lower cap, compounded by the increases to Semin and Backstrom, that would only serve to kick the problem down the road.

Posted by: tominfl1 | July 13, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe George can sign Fernandez and trade Theo for a draft pick...

Posted by: gocaps01 | July 13, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

No need for Fernandez with Brent, let him split the time. The team could 'sneak' in a Cup or two while they get their young guys up to full speed ... scary

Posted by: flee001 | July 13, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Trade Talk, lets begin. Who on the current D is trade bait and which forwards? Gordon the new Pettinger ... and what about NHL ready Chris Borque, play him or trade him, he is not an AHL only player.

Posted by: flee001 | July 13, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Boudreau was on the Junkies this morning. Audio of the interview

http://www.nowgoal.com/30.shtml

Posted by: fetrew | July 14, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

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