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Posted at 8:04 AM ET, 02/25/2011

Capitals host Rangers in search of third straight win

By Katie Carrera
Morning Roundup

The Capitals' longest winning streak at home this season was seven games beginning Oct. 23 against Atlanta and wrapping up Nov. 17 against Buffalo. Since then, the most consecutive wins they've strung together at Verizon Center during this up-and-down season is two.

As the Capitals face the Rangers at home Friday night, they also have the opportunity to win a third straight game, regardless of location, to tie the most extended run of success they've had since November.

--NBC has picked up Washington's game against the Chicago Blackhawks on March 13 as its game of the week. Start time has been changed to 12:30 p.m.

--The Capitals finally have some time at home over the next few weeks and they want to re-establish the swagger they had at Verizon Center a season ago.

--Peerless discusses the Capitals' need for a second line center, a Sergei Fedorov 2.0 if you will.

--Trade dominoes continue to fall around the league, with the latest move being the Hurricanes bringing back Cory Stillman from the Florida Panthers Thursday evening.

--Speaking of the trade deadline, the speculation about what the Dallas Stars will decide to do with Brad Richards continues although it may be a simpler decision now that the veteran center is concussed. Also, the price for Richards, regardless of his health, may be quite high.

By Katie Carrera  | February 25, 2011; 8:04 AM ET
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Comments

Fist!

Posted by: Doom_and_Gloom | February 25, 2011 8:20 AM | Report abuse

From pevious thread,

fanohock,

Completely with you on acquiring Statsny for Semin but I think if that move is made they have got to acquire another top 6 winger as well. After all, who is Statsny going to set up, Fehr?? We aren't sue if/when he will be back and Laich hasn't looked good all year IMO.

I also say to roll the dice on the goalies, really can't afford another unless it is a very low paid vet back up.

Posted by: PhilR

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

It seems like there may only be 4 goalies in the system right now that are able to play (without injury). No idea who the Stingrays have now.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

From last thread responding to PhilR:

With a flat out salary swap between Semin and Stastny it does give GMGM the lattitude to get a top 6 forward that can find the net IF there is one available. I would be OK with not acquiring a goaltender if Holtby would serve as the back-up but this other kid they have in Hershey (although he is fresh from DI) concerns me a little.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 25, 2011 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 25, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

Holtby is listed as week to week. Don't know if you had heard that or not.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 8:56 AM | Report abuse

Semin, Perrault, 1st 2011, 2nd 2012 to COL
Stasny, Hejduk to WSH

That would be nice. If you move Semin, you can easily afford both.

Ovy-Backs-Hejduk
Laich-Stasny-Knuble

I'll take my chances with those top 2 lines.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The injury situation in Hershey causes me to change my mind on the question of acquiring a goalie. The Caps need to add one now, at a level that could serve as a competent back-up in DC if Varly or Neuvy were to get injured. Not a Vokoun, who would involve higher cost.

Posted by: zmega | February 25, 2011 9:04 AM | Report abuse

underpants,

Not bad except I would switch Hejduk/Knuble that way you have two legit scoting line threats instead of putting all your eggs in one basket.

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2011 9:05 AM | Report abuse

scoting=scoring----stupid fingers!

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Mike Smith has been put on waivers in TB. Don't know if that is worth looking at though. Been injured a lot this year.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Isn't Hejduk collecting Social Security? Semin might be an enigma, but I'd rather have him than an overthehill rental. If you want a scoring short term rental, claim Zherdev off waivers. Trade away Schultz to some rebuilding team for cap room, or put his softie posterior up for waivers, too.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | February 25, 2011 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Just what Philly needs, more help.

From ESPN - Looking to bolster their Stanley Cup chances, the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping for some help on the blueline. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that the Flyers have inquired about Adam Foote of the Colorado Avalanche.

With Nikolay Zherdev having cleared waivers yesterday, his $2 million cap hit wouldn't count against Philadelphia's roster if the Flyers so choose to send him to the minors. Foote carries a modest hit of $1 million.

Also, depending on the seriousness of defenseman Chris Pronger's hand injury, suffered Thursday night, Philadelphia may need some depth on the blueline come playoff time.

Posted by: bqts | February 25, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

@j3rockstar -Didn't Smith get traded to Anaheim the other day?

Makes no difference if he's on waivers, but with what the Caps did to him this year while in TB, would you really risk having him as a backup? I wouldn't.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 25, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

@everyone -I've been reading the posts a lot that last few days because of all the trades and can't remember something.

Did anyone weigh in on the Caps looking at Andy McDonald in St. Louis?

@ThePat, anything you've been hearing?

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 25, 2011 9:27 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR

You just want Semin traded so all the jerseys of his I own collect dusk. =)

What does Statsny make? What's his prorated hit? Im not so sure we HAVE to trade Semin to get him (just move a little salary). Not to mention, you all are forgetting that there is a chance we could have LTIR relief (Poti...Fehr), which would allow us to go over the cap X amount. Then deal with everything in the off season.

Ovie-Backs-Knuble
Semin-Statsny-Fehr
Hendricks-Johanson-Laich
ChimChim-Steckle-Bradley

Granted I doubt ChimChim will see 4th line, more likely swap Hendricks and ChimChim but that looks a nice line up to me.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 9:28 AM | Report abuse

@PhilR

You just want Semin traded so all the jerseys of his I own collect dusk. =)

What does Statsny make? What's his prorated hit? Im not so sure we HAVE to trade Semin to get him (just move a little salary). Not to mention, you all are forgetting that there is a chance we could have LTIR relief (Poti...Fehr), which would allow us to go over the cap X amount. Then deal with everything in the off season.

Ovie-Backs-Knuble
Semin-Statsny-Fehr
Hendricks-Johanson-Laich
ChimChim-Steckle-Bradley

Granted I doubt ChimChim will see 4th line, more likely swap Hendricks and ChimChim but that looks a nice line up to me.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 9:31 AM | Report abuse

jwash4472 -
Dan Ellis was the one who was traded. Good point about Smith though.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

SAOTI,

We could not afford both Semin and Statsny going into next eason as they have essentially the same cap hit I believe so that would be way too much money ties up in four players. That is why if we are to get a big name/talent 2C a guy like Semin will have to go.

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2011 9:40 AM | Report abuse

SAOTI: If there is a way to keep Semin too I'd freakin' love it. Statsy Cap hit is 6.6mil, so if Semin HAS to go it is the same salary. His contract runs through the 2012-13 season and of course Semin's expires next year.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 25, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

woke up this morning and see we still have 1/2 playoff team. Is GMGM still working for us?

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2011 9:45 AM | Report abuse

no one wants semin

the only way Semin gets dealt is if McPhee is on the other end of the phone.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Have you guys seen this piece on Ovie by SI? http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182287/index.htm#ixzz1Ex1Jz0rb

Must be one of the dumbest arguments I've read...guess SI don't have much quality control these days.

Posted by: jakopz | February 25, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

McPhee's tweet:

"Just back from vacation. No worries. Plenty of time to wheel and deal. Anyone seen my cell? McCabe and MacArthur on my crosshairs. If your name starts with Mc, you gotta be good!"

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 9:50 AM | Report abuse

@Cstanton

Ha- that's kinda how it feels. Just keep watching all the teams above us in the standings load up for a Cup run while we try to win with Perreault.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2011 9:53 AM | Report abuse

How about Philly going after Foote? We could use that guy- take Sloan's spot at least and keep him away from Philly.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2011 9:55 AM | Report abuse

jakopz,
That was just one writers observation, but really....he's not too far off. You are what the numbers say you are in pro sports. :/

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

I'll take: Stasny, Weiss, Ribiero, McDonald, in that order.

Apparently, the asking price for Weiss is two firsts. Eakin, 2011 1st or 2011,2012 first.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 10:02 AM | Report abuse

GMGM may have waited too long-teams are back in the playoff hunt and not as willing to deal. That's why smart GMs made big moves early. Guess we will have to wait until Monday to see if he snag another Walker or Corvo, and we all can suffer for another year after having our hopes crushed.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

@j3rockstar
I hear ya but to say "now they beat him by being more physical", and continue to cite his fight with Dubi, Cooke's knee on knee and Morris' hooking is just ridicilous. That's business as usual in hockey and in particular with Ovie.

Posted by: jakopz | February 25, 2011 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Fehr in the lineup = NO CUP


Trade him, better yet, just release him.

The softest 6'3" player EVER!

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 25, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock1 and Phil, I think we can keep both Semin and Statsny especially since everything I have read is saying that the Cap is going up 2-3M next season.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 25, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

@fanohock & PhilR

You sure??? Even if we let some players go/trade over pricers in the off season and replace it with people like Snoopy, Kuzzy, Eakin, A Gordo, etc?

I dont have the cap numbers and who is UFAs etc...but for the following year:

Ovie-Backs-Fehr
Semin-Statsny-Kuzzy
Henricks-Johanson-Beagle
A Gordo-(1 of stecks/gordo/eakin)-Bradley

Just seeing if moves/waives happened, WOULD it be possible. Not to mention the likelihood of a cap increase of 2-3 mil next year.

Just saying...I think we could squeak in there with the right finagling.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Apparently, the asking price for Weiss is two firsts. Eakin, 2011 1st or 2011,2012 first.

Posted by: underpants2

way too high. Weiss doesn't put this team into the Finals.

I'd pass on that and try and make some moves that hopefully benefit me now but will benefit me in the near future. Trade guys like Chimera and Gordo for some picks. Bring up Beagle. Minor moves like that will help also. It doesn't have to a blockbuster.

The only two players who have potential trade value who I want to see gone are Semin and Sarge.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Heard that Hejduk is not being moved. Also heard mention that part of Avs problems are because Stasny hasn't developed to where they expected him to based on his first few years. He's young so it may just be a plateau year, but if he really has reached his full potential I don't see where he is an improvment over Semin. It would be an expensive gamble.

Posted by: ds_kelly | February 25, 2011 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Have you guys seen this piece on Ovie by SI? http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1182287/index.htm#ixzz1Ex1Jz0rb

Must be one of the dumbest arguments I've read...guess SI don't have much quality control these days.

Posted by: jakopz | February 25, 2011 9:50 AM

I don't see why this is a dumb argument. I think there is a lot of truth to it actually.

Ovie essentially does the same move coming in from the left wing everytime. In years past the defensemen would back off a bit allowing him to either cut to the middle for the shot, shoot through the defenseman using him as a screen or fake inside and go around him on the outside.

Now defenders are not giving him the room to make these moves and are in his face as soon as he crosses the blue line. A perfect example is the most recent game against Pit. Ovie had the puck on the side, made his customary move to the inside and almost got his head taken off by Orpik who was waiting for the move.

I hate to say it but this is what makes Cindy a better all around player. Not only can he beat defensemen one on one but he uses his linemantes to create openings for himself when attacking instead of carrying the puck in the same fashion over and over again.

Posted by: Moose33 | February 25, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

jakopz -
Ok, I agree with you that his "examples" were a litle off. lol

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Also...for those saying GMGM is dragging his feet, waiting too long, etc...have you considered the fact that he might HAVE to in order to squeeze whatever trade he is working under the cap? The closer we get to the trade deadline, the more cap room we bank, which allows us to take on a larger contract. One say, that a solid 2C would cost.

Donde esta el pollo pequeno?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

We can fit Statsny under the cap rest of season if Poti and Fehr are LTIR the whole time. Stats is 6.6 and Poti/Fehr are 5.7. That would run us .9 over for 23% of season or a .2 total hit. Right now we are about .7 under (accounting fully for Alzner bonus). We would therefore have .5 left prorated 23% season remaining and could then afford actually Fehr for almost the rest of the way or another, similar salary.

All of this fully accounts for Alzner's bonus ($850K). I know many of you use gap geek numbers, which don't. None of us know his bonus particulars, I think, so I'm just assuming he'll earn it since he's played (well) all year. One bonus could be "All Rookie Team," and that he might not make (Carlson and Shattenkirk).

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 25, 2011 10:15 AM | Report abuse

@jwash

Nope, not since Wed. Thought something was supposed to be announced and got a call saying its been put on hold. It pretty much coincided with Dallas coming out saying they will now listen to offers for Richards.

But no the deal I thought was gonna be announced wasnt for a 2C. So not sure why it is on hold, my guess is the other team decided they wanted more or we need the cap space for something bigger.

Thats why I have mentioned to @pokerface that I am getting a little nervous that it will end up like last years deadline.

Posted by: ThePat | February 25, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

@Lyle, some teams have come back into contention and some have become sellers that weren't, a week and a half ago Atlanta and Dallas were not sellers and are now. if NJ or CBJ lose their two last games before the deadline they will be right back in sell mode as well. Also other then Fisher there hasn't been a good center traded yet so he at most has only missed out on one guy we could have really needed and who would have been a great fit. Kovy fits for Pittsburgh because they needed wings but here we would have been fools to get him. Neil would have been good but Dallas wanted a young offensive Dman and he is not worth Carlson which is who we would have had to trade for him. Stewart would have been good but Col got a former #1 overall pick and a first rounder so we would have had to give up a lot. There are still C's to get that are more then just Belenger last year. If we still haven't gotten one after Monday then we can talk about failing but not now.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 25, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse

ice, here is next year cap with some projections and includes 8% increase per past average increase.

Ovechkin (2008-2021) 9.538
Backstrom (2010-2021) 6.700
Semin (impending UFA) 6.700
Laich (re-signs 2011-2015) 3.250
Fehr (impending RFA) 2.200
Chimera (impending UFA) 1.875
Bradley (re-signs 2011-2013) 1.100
Steckel (2010-2013) 1.100
Johansson (EL signed 2010) 0.900
Hendricks (2011-2013) 0.825
Eakin (EL signed 2009) 0.740
King (impending UFA) 0.638
Beagle (impending RFA) 0.513
AGordon (impending RFA) 0.500
S/T 14 Forwards 36.579
Green (impending RFA) 5.250
Hannan (resigns 2011-2013) 3.750
Poti (2011-2013) 2.875
Schultz (2010-2014) 2.750
Erskine (2011-2013) 1.500
Alzner (resigns 2011 - impending RFA) 1.000
Carlson (impending RFA) 0.846
S/T 7 Defensemen 17.971
Varlamov (re-signs 2011-2013) 2.000
Neuvirth (2011-2013) 1.150
S/T 2 Goalies 3.150
Total 23 Players 57.700
Cap Space (projected) 62.400
Available 4.700

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 25, 2011 10:19 AM | Report abuse

only two players who are on the block who potentially interest me are Neil and Weiss.

Sounds like Weiss will cost too much if the rumors are correct.

So I'd go with Neil but only if I plan to re-sign him. I don't see the Caps going past the 2nd round unless they make some insane moves at the deadline. So any players I pick up now better be here longer than a rental.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I think it's time for McPhee to overpay for somebody. I would do Eakin and a first for Weiss. Weiss is under contract for a few more years at a manageable cap hit.

It is an overpayment for sure, but this is the position we find ourselves in.

Should have made an agressive of

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 10:24 AM | Report abuse

@tom, after the year he is having if we resign Laich for $3.25M we are overpaying. After last year he could get that but this year he is playing his value down.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 25, 2011 10:26 AM | Report abuse

@tom

So what you are saying is, in theory, we could fit Statsny in next year with a move or 2/dont resign Laich? Right Mr. Future Cost Analysis Predictor?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This from "Bleacher Report"

As expected, if Richards is moved, the asking price would be substantial. Something along the lines of Young roster players, top prospects, a first-round pick, a bevy of other draft picks - a combination of all.
Richards has missed four games because of concussion-like symptoms and won't return this weekend.
With his injured star out, Joe Nieuwendyk has some heavy thinking to do.

Really?........Are we willing to part with so much for a guy who may or may NOT play this season? Then he can walk away as UFA. No way. This would be lunacy.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 25, 2011 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Statsny or Richards or Weiss?

Who would you choose?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I agree Cayugalaker. Too risky, too much.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Is it that GMGM prides himself on being the most secretive GM in the league, or is it that by being that way he isn't embarrassed by deals he can't pull off?

I've been wasting my time trolling hockey sites checking for Caps rumors, when I now realize he really isn't going to do anything until Monday afternoon.

Now I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but considering how this team has mentally handled trades in the past, perhaps making a deal during this past week's long stretch between games might have been a good idea?

Posted by: kcbrichmond | February 25, 2011 10:33 AM | Report abuse

only time you really overpay in that manner is if you plan to keep a good young player beyond just being a rental AND you think you have a great chance of winning it all.

If thats the case then go for it. If not, hold off. You have to know what kind of team you have.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I agree with cstanton1 ... Kind of. I agree the caps won't make it past the 2nd round... with or without Neil and Weiss... Even getting both won't get us out of the second round.

Posted by: will111 | February 25, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@tom, even using your projected $$$ we also could let Hannan go and replace him with a cheaper option (ie Hal Gill) and have space even with keeping Brooks.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 25, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@SeminAllOverTheIce

my thoughts is to get either statsny or richards, we need to move semin to be under the cap. Dallas wouldn't want semin, but colorado might.

therefore I'd like to get statsny

Posted by: _stevo | February 25, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

@SAOTI

I'd want Stastny. He's proven, young and signed for a few more years.

Then probably Weiss, due to his cap hit it makes things much more flexible moving forward.

Then Richards only bc hes not signed for next year. If he was signed he'd be first. But I think we end up with Richards.

Posted by: ThePat | February 25, 2011 10:36 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

I think it's time for McPhee to overpay for somebody
--undies--

you don't think a 2nd and a prospect were too much for Corvo?

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I wish there was a 'like' button so I could like Gloom_and_Doom's post. Fist!!!

Posted by: griz0615 | February 25, 2011 10:37 AM | Report abuse

SAOTI,

Statsny, Weiss and then Richards in that order. The first two are under semi manageable contracts for a couple years while Richards would just be a rental as there is no way they could afford to resign him.

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Good point. I should say time to overpay for someone that could actually help.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Mike Green said he still doesn't have a lot of energy today bc of the flu. Not sure if he will play vs NYR, if he does maybe limited mins.

I say let him rest another game.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 25, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1

Good point. Time to overpay for someone that can help.

FYI, because of his age, I go with Stasny first.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse

@steveo

You dont need to move Semin to be under the cap to get either Stastny or Richards. We can take on both of them on Monday by just moving Matty P from the current roster.

Then if we get Stastny you can explore moving Semin in the offseason for a cheaper wing and a pick or something like that if the cap doesnt go up much. If we get Richards it would be just a rental and no more. He is going back to TB come July 1 if Dallas moves him.

Posted by: ThePat | February 25, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Statsny or Richards or Weiss?

Who would you choose?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce |

Stastny and Weiss are at one level. Richards at a whole other level (below).

i wouldn't even take Richards.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone else noticed that most players look really good on paper until two weeks after you acquire them? I'm not sold on the idea that our guys suck. Period! Well,...not all of them, anyway. Poti.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 25, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

I would choose Paul Stastny; he is a great young player that is scoring almost a point a game over his NHL career (which is now over 300 games played). It would cost too much to get Richards as a rental-only and I think that Stastny would be a better fit for the Caps than Weiss as Stastny is more of a scorer.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 25, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

anyone besides what we have now at 2C

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Statsny or Richards or Weiss?

Who would you choose?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce |

None of them. God I hope GMGM does nothing..... except maybe Neil.

All the rest you'll overpay for.... not much of anything.

Posted by: will111 | February 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Here are two deals that would work to fit under the salary cap.

Brooks Laich(pending UFA) + Varly for Stastny

Colorado gets it kind of PF it just gave up in Stewart and a franchise goalie.

Then you trade Matty P and a first rounder to Edmonton for Hemsky.

Ovi-Back-Knuble
Semin-Stastny-Hemsky
Hendricks-MaJo-Fehr
Chimera-Steckel-Bradley

Posted by: ThePat | February 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

I would choose Paul Stastny; he is a great young player that is scoring almost a point a game over his NHL career (which is now over 300 games played). It would cost too much to get Richards as a rental-only and I think that Stastny would be a better fit for the Caps than Weiss as Stastny is more of a scorer.

Posted by: MReilly9 | February 25, 2011 10:48 AM | Report abuse

still think the trade of the year was Neal going to Pittsburgh. Niskanen's a good competitor on D and Neal's game will really flourish with the Pens. We're going to have deal with a strong young power forward who will likely try even harder with the Pens since he gets to play with Crosby. Real chance for Neal to take a huge step fwd in his career.

Lopsided trades don't occur very often. But the Coburn trade a few yrs ago and the Neal trade come to mind.

I guess Corvo does too. For the wrong reasons.

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 25, 2011 10:49 AM | Report abuse

It wouldn't be long before you'd be sorry if you traded Laich and Varly for Stastny. Maybe not right away, but............Then everybody would want GMGM's head.

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 25, 2011 10:51 AM | Report abuse

ThePat,
That's not bad....not too bad at all. Still would have to find another goalie somehere though.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 25, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Nevermind overpaying. Isn't it much simpler that that?

No matter what the Caps pay, does anyone really think there's anything out there that would make them cup favorites THIS year?

No way.

Posted by: will111 | February 25, 2011 10:52 AM | Report abuse

@will111

I wouldn't say cup favorites. But I would say Cup contenders.

Posted by: underpants2 | February 25, 2011 10:55 AM | Report abuse

@cstanton1:

Trades are like Presidents, you have to wait some time before you can judge their success.

It is way too early to call the Neal trade lopsided.

Posted by: will111 | February 25, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

@ will111

You are 100% correct!
Doing a deal just to do a deal is goofy. If other teams want too much for their trash and half assed "stars", they can keep them. No more over-rated has beens and misfits!!!!

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 25, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

@j3rockstar

Yeah, you either go with Holtby or make a deal for a veteran and make Poti sit out the rest of the season. Me personally, I'd offer a 5th round pick to the Flyers for Leighton who was just in the Cup finals last year.

Posted by: ThePat | February 25, 2011 10:57 AM | Report abuse

@ThePat, Thanks for the information.

Regarding your last post with the two deals. Do you think either team pulls the trigger on those?

I think that's why we haven't seen anything from GMGM. Now that's giving him the benefit of the doubt, but maybe the teams that he's asking about a trade want too much in return.

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 25, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

@will, favorite, no, but strong competitior, yes. Philly and the Habs were not favorite last year and both got to the conference finals. I am all for trading draft picks and some prospects (the right ones) are worth it for increasing our chances for this year (and next if we can get a player who is more then just a rental). We already have several guys in Eakin, Kuzzy, and Orlov who are going to be big players in a year or two how many more picks do we need to keep to get more guys? I like A Gordon, Beagle and the others but if we can trade picks and them for something I am all for it. It isn't like there aren't Hendricks out there every year who can play in the bottom 6.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 25, 2011 11:00 AM | Report abuse

@underpants2:

Really? I guess you're right in the sense that there is more parody now than ever so any team that makes the playoff(which the Caps will) is a contender.

I don't think there is anyone out there that would make us a serious contender.

Posted by: will111 | February 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

@ cstanton1
re: still think the trade of the year was Neal going to Pittsburgh. Niskanen's a good competitor on D and Neal's game will really flourish with the Pens.

Pens will be sorry they traded Goligowski. Orpik's out, who's next?

Posted by: Cayugalaker | February 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

GMGM may have waited too long-teams are back in the playoff hunt and not as willing to deal. That's why smart GMs made big moves early. Guess we will have to wait until Monday to see if he snag another Walker or Corvo, and we all can suffer for another year after having our hopes crushed.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 25, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse


Lyle is spot on!! GMGM has waited too late. No move or some leftovers. It will be interesting to watch what other teams do before the trade deadline.

Posted by: doughless | February 25, 2011 11:01 AM | Report abuse

"who will likely try even harder with the Pens since he gets to play with Crosby. " - cstanton

You assume Cindy is coming back this year.

@Cayugalaker

I wouldnt lose sleep over losing Brooksie, I think we have seen his best and we got people who can take his spot. Varly on the other hand, I dont want to see go.

What is Colorado after for Stastny? Any word on what it will cost?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 25, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

New thread

Posted by: PhilR | February 25, 2011 11:03 AM | Report abuse

@jwash

Those are just theoretical deals I am throwing out there.

I think Colorado would most certainly do that deal. They have like 5 or 6 C's on their roster. And they need a franchise goalie and a Winger.

Edmonton probably wants more than that for Hemsky.

Posted by: ThePat | February 25, 2011 11:05 AM | Report abuse

@icehammer97:

You always meed picks! Always. You never know what can happen to a player or their development in the NHL. Kuzzy might play 3 games here and decide he's home sick. There are a number of variables.

Like I said before, anyone who gets in the playoff has a chance.

BUT icehammer, seriously, is there anyone out there that you really in your heart or hearts think will get us past the other big boys in the east? Be honest.

Posted by: will111 | February 25, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I'm all in for Stastny. He solves our #2 Center issues for several years while we wait for MoJo, Eakin, Kuznetsov to earn their spots.

Colorado needs a goalie - give em Varly. He needs to be re-signed, Neuvy is locked up for another year or two and has good playoff stats in minors.
To replace Statsny, give'em MP85
If they want a #1, do it and move on. Stastny completes them (wait, didn't we hear that about Hannan?)...errr...he completes me.

For our goaltending - find a cheapo vet backup (i bet Isles would give away nabokov) or offer FLA a 2nd for Vokun.

If lining up Semin with Stastny doesn't get his playoff jig on, then deal Semin this summer to free up cap space.

Posted by: jimc93 | February 25, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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