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Qualifying Offers Have Been Made

Here's the list of Caps who received QO's:

Steve Eminger
John Erskine
Tomas Fleischmann
Jamie Hunt
Milan Jurcina
Jakub Klepis
Brooks Laich
Brian Sutherby
Dave Steckel

Guys who make $660,000 or less get a 10-percent raise (salary maxes out at $1million). Guys who make more than $660,000 get a 5-percent raise.

Here are the guys who didn't get qualifying offers, and thus are being cut loose:

Kris Beech (no surprise)
Jiri Novotny (no surprise)
Matt Stefanishion
Joey Tenute
Jonas Johansson
Louis Robitaille
Maxime Daigneault

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 25, 2007; 5:41 PM ET
 
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I believe some teams who interested in Zubrus were offering higher 1st round picks. Should have taken one of those

Posted by: Cush | June 25, 2007 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Max D. doesn't get qualified. I guess Vharlamov or Neuvirth is gonna make the shift to the Bears next season.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | June 25, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Repost from last thread (I'm impatient, Tarik, surrrrrry):

Jurcina/Steckel/Flash/Laich
all still have solid potential

Eminger/Erskine (solid 7th)/Sutherby/Klepis
are all trade bait or small role players

Guess Max 2 worked out about as well as Max 1 or his qualifying offer would be higher than we're willing to be stuck with and we could re-sign? Or this is a great sign that one of the other G's is ready to make the leap to AHL duty and start chasing Brent Johnson outta here.

Novotny not a surprise since he was completely worthless in a position we have 10 other guys ready to play. Beech...thank goodness. His time is up as a space-filler.

Robitaille and Johansson yet two more prospects who never accomplished squat in our organization. Sigh.

Posted by: Shmoo | June 25, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Tarik,

Vogel disagrees with you a bit:

Players making $660,000 or less in 2006-07 receive a 10% increase over their salary of last season. Players making between $660,000 and $1,000,000 receive qualifying offers that are 5% higher than their salaries of the previous season, up to $1,000,000. Players making $1,000,000 or more in 2006-07 receive lateral qualifying offers, the same figure they earned in 2006-07.

Posted by: Shmoo | June 25, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

So what did we get for Zubrus? Refresh my memory?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2007 6:18 PM | Report abuse

A 1st round pick that we traded for a 2nd round pick in the next draft.

Posted by: Blumenfreund | June 25, 2007 6:32 PM | Report abuse

a bag of pucks, basically :(

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Novotny -- yeah, I remember that guy :) He was a fourth line center in Buffalo who was supposed to really shine after he got here and was given a chance to play. He was supposed to be a good puck mover and disher. Yeah...he sure showed it. Although the Sabres got ousted and Zubie played hurt, I still think they got the better part of the deal on that one.

Posted by: Puckdawg | June 25, 2007 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Guys, why respond to the question if you don't know squat?

Sabres get: rent-a-Zubie + Timo Helbling
Caps get: rent-a-Novotny +
2007 Buf 1st rounder (#28), which was turned into:

San Jose 2008 2nd + SJ 2007 2nd (#41), which was turned into:

Philadelphia 2008 2nd + 2007 3rd (#84), which was used to pick:

C Phil Desimone, USHL Player of the Year

So.....

Caps trade Zubrus UFA + scrub

Caps get scrub +
SJ 2008 2nd +
PHI 2008 2nd +
C Phil Desimone

or as one person put it Zubrus was traded for a bag of pucks AKA two 2nd round picks in a deep draft plus a center prospect. For a guy we weren't going to sign at his demands anyway. FIRE MCPHEE YESTERDAY! :P

Caps entered with 10 picks and made 10 picks, trading down 3 times. Caps added 3 picks next year in a much deeper draft (2nd, 2nd and 4th rounders) for a total of 10 in 2008.

Posted by: Shmoo | June 25, 2007 7:04 PM | Report abuse

BTW, Alzner's press conference for those who haven't seen it. Man, I need to join/start a blog.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2cx1p_karlalzner-press-conference-2007-dr

Posted by: Shmoo | June 25, 2007 7:12 PM | Report abuse

i wonder if the cpas could have got 10 picks in 2012 for zubie. no? why? will the rebuild be over?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 25, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

FIRE GMGM! He traded Zubie for a seventh rounder in 2014! He should have traded Zubie for Malkin!

Posted by: Tyler | June 25, 2007 7:21 PM | Report abuse

nice pointless whining "mr. blank". You have made all of our lives richer.

Posted by: Shmoo | June 25, 2007 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Shmoo -- vogs is right. i was rushed and transposed the numbers.

Posted by: Tarik | June 25, 2007 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Tarik
You indicated "no surprise" regarding no QO for Novotny. While I am not overly surprised either based on his lackluster performance with the Caps, when GM acquired him, GM emphatically stated that the Caps now had their future 3rd line center and you reported this yourself. Was GM blowing smoke to pacify a fan base about trading another veteran Cap at the trade deadline, confused and thought you were asking him about Boyd Gordon, or simply reciting the conclusions of the Caps pro scouts who obviously saw something in Novotny that no one saw while he was playing for the Caps.

Posted by: Monty | June 25, 2007 9:24 PM | Report abuse

Shmoo is correct, McPhee did manage to make lemonade out of lemons by trading down and stockpiling picks for 2008. However, Monty and some of the other posters have a point--he was responsible for acquiring the lemons in the first place. A stiff who only plays a handful of games before being waived and a very late 1st rounder in a weak draft year is not exactly a good return for your #1 center. In the end, it's a wash, but it makes me concerned about the Caps' ability to evaluate talent. This was the second time they had acquired Beech and Novotny only lasted 18 games with us before they dumped him. I see both of these moves as a means to give more consistent ice time to guys like Flash, Laich and Klepis, while acknowledging that the Caps have a lot of 3rd and 4th line forward depth (too much, in fact) in the event of injuries or flameouts.

Posted by: d'ohboy | June 25, 2007 9:44 PM | Report abuse

good call shmoo. everyone needs to remember that zubie was a UFA at the end of the year. while novotney didn't work out, seemed to be a good gamble since everyone agreed that he had the skills but needed to bring it everynight. so it didn't work out. they got more picks and a player as opposed to ending up empty handed (can you say soriano?)cause as everyone knows, nobody would sign(or resign) as a free agent with the caps.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 25, 2007 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Of course McPhee talked up Novotony, did you really expect him to say anything else? What did you want him to say?

"Yeah, we just gave up our #1 center for a scrub 4th liner who we expect to dump after the season. I wouldn't know a good hockey player if I ran over one in my Mercedes. I'm a horrible GM and the posters on Tarik's blog are absolutely right about everything even though none of them have any experience in hockey at any level at all. Also I kick puppies in my spare time."

Come on.

Posted by: zamboni | June 25, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

I must say that the Novotny thing is quite a surprise and I can only hope that this means they have a very heavy plan in the free agent market up the middle. For a team whose #1 weakness is in the middle I'm not so sure Novotny should have been shown the door so quickly. Secondly I have no idea what Jonas Johansson has done recently but when Kono went to Colorado most of the media here in Colorado wanted to know why in the hell they had to give up so much for Kono. In other words Jonas was supposed to be a stud in this league. Not necessarily to the point of an Ovechkin, Kariya or Smyth but a very solid 2nd liner at worst so I think this is a huge surprise and wouldn't be surprised at all to see him as one of the ones quickly picked up by another team. I too hear McPhee speaking of how deep the next draft is but in the next breath talk about having to make a couple of moves to make the playoffs this year. I just hope this doesn't turn into a 10 year rebuilding process. And for poop's sakes can we please stop drafting defensemen? I'm not sure how much more younger we can get at the position but I think we've got about twice the amount of solid prospects at that position than any other team in the league.

Posted by: Jim | June 25, 2007 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Hm. Wasn't Giroux supposed to be an RFA, too? He wasn't listed in either section... an oversight, or what?

Posted by: I like Laich, and Fehr is Fair | June 26, 2007 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow, some of the dumb mofo comments here make me root for some darwin award candidates to post here...couldn't hurt at this point.

Posted by: usiel | June 26, 2007 1:10 AM | Report abuse

Well, at least somebody( Shmoo ), other than myself, is at least "Concerned" about the Caps' ability to evaluate talent. Geezz. Do you think this might be the start of some kind of trend? No one, but the most extremely delusional "Optomist" could possibly still have even the slightest bit of faith in Caps managements' ability to discern a hockey player from a telephone pole. GMGM's record in this regard is so abysmally atrocious as to not even warrant being gone over again. I just hope, no I pray that Ted will FINALLY see the light, and rid the organization of George's ineptness. Then, maybe, just maybe he'll have the insight necessary to hire someone capable of putting together a championship caliber roster.
And, the next time I hear someone laud the genius of trading picks for next year's draft, I promise you, all in the metropolitan area will hear the screech I'll bellow. NO ONE! And, I do mean NO ONE IS PROMISED TOMMORROW. THE FUTURE IS NOW. As I've said before, I've been hearing this "In the future" garbage since 1974. ENOUGH, ALREADY!!!

Posted by: Puckguru | June 26, 2007 1:22 AM | Report abuse

It was genius to acquire more picks in next year's draft.

Posted by: Jeff | June 26, 2007 7:19 AM | Report abuse

I am with Puckguru on this one. Although I am waiting very very very patiently until the end of next week. We should see by then if GMGM is the real deal, or we might just trade Semin for more of the "deeper" 2008 draft picks.

Posted by: Finn | June 26, 2007 7:45 AM | Report abuse

In reality, there are really only 2 directions the off-season is going to go. We are going to add significantly to payroll (via trade and/or FA) or we are going to add very little additional skill to the roster and hope/expect the young kids to improve.

Management has said it's going to be direction 1 and I sure hope it's option 1. That said, we are really in year THREE of the rebuild, and it does take time. I completely understand the frustration that many Caps fans have (myself included), because we all want a winner. That said, other than Kolzig there really isn't anyone on this team who is past their prime, or for that matter, even IN their prime.

If payroll isn't added, we can pretty much assume GMGM will be back next year too, because he would yet again not be given any ability to significantly improve the roster. If the payroll goes up, his future is directly tied to whether this is a playoff team. Simple as that.

I'm mostly concerned with the possibility that GMGM decides not to play a major role in FA and try the trade route -- and fail. Like has been said many times it takes 2 to make a trade, and who knows how much value the Caps prospects have league-wide. As fans we have seen Eminger step on the puck a few too many times, and make poor passes WAY too many times...so, how much value does he really have? That goes for most of the prospects -- you can't realistically expect to get a top NHL player for your cast-offs, can you?

Posted by: Jeff | June 26, 2007 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I agree with Jim and Monty.
The Novotny move is a little strange.

Maybe he also has an undisclosed 'upper body'/'lower body' injury that sealed his fate?

Posted by: slappy | June 26, 2007 9:44 AM | Report abuse

I don't get why so many people are surprised by the Novotny move but not Daigneault. If Novotny sucks, why keep him just to make people feel better about the Zubrus trade? It's the sunk cost effect. You already made one mistake by acquiring him, don't compound it by keeping him.

And why are people so upset about picking up picks in a future draft? It's not like the Caps were going to get any contributions from picks this year except maybe Alzner. It was a good move to trade down. The future is now? Then don't draft anyone past the top 15, ever.

Maxim, on the other hand, is a bit of a shock. He was the most advanced goalie prospect in the system and playing well in the AHL (as a backup), yet nobody here blinked when he was dropped.

Posted by: LSF76 | June 26, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

thats because no one, no one at all, ever expected or even really wanted him to play for the caps. in a perfect world kolzig will be starting at least the next two years with johnson as his backup at which point the team wil make a seamless transition into some combo of either varlamov or neuvirth as the starter. we have enough goalies.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

We are the 1990's Atlanta Thrashers.

Posted by: caps1 | June 26, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

correction: we are the 1999 Atlanta Thrashers every year.

Posted by: caps1 | June 26, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey but look where they ended up caps1, 8 years later they got in 4 playoff games!

Posted by: caps2 | June 26, 2007 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I really don't get you all. If I complained and hated so much and was so miserable as a lot of you appear to be, I just wouldn't be a fan any more. You hate the owner, you hate the GM, you hate the players they keep, you love the players they get rid of, you hate every transaction the team makes, you hate the new jersey, etc. etc. etc.

What pleasure do you get out of being a fan of the team? I ask in all sincerity. I was a passive baseball fan and of the Orioles growing up. They stunk and Angelos was horrible and he dissed DC, so I no longer cheer for the team. If you love hockey so much, why are you bound by geography so much. Find a team where you like what the organization does and become a fan. It isn't that hard to do.

NYC based Caps fan and subscriber to NHL Center Ice.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | June 26, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh who cares. We should be celebrating more that we got rid of Beech rather than mourning the loss of Novotny, who couldn't register a point with Ovy on his line!

I understand it was a waste for letting Zubrus walk basically, but there is no reason to pay money to a couple of players who are wastes of space and roster spots, not to mention money that could be used for NHL playing players. If we're looking at GMGM's track record, we'll probably land some guys like one of the Kozlovs (hopefully the one from the Isles) a guy like Hamrlik, and maybe get Zuby back here. Who knows. But I think it's best that everybody treat this free agency period the same. If we do sign somebody big, then it's a surprise. If not, then at least it's what you expected. Here are the rest of the UFA's as of today. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/hockey/nhl/06/20/free.agents/index.html

There are a ton of great D-men out there on this list. Rafalski sounds like he's staying at the Devils, but there are a ton to pick from. We need that shut down D-man. I'd rather go out and land 3-4 guys rather than landing a 7 million dollar player like Drury or Gomez. We learned are lesson by dumping a massive amount into one player. If he stinks then that creates issues, especially if we want to unload him later. Tampa Bay is having that very problem with Richards.

I just say, let the window open, and hopefully we land 3-4 guys who can bring alot to the club immediately. Teach our young guys more and create a fine nucleus.

Posted by: blankn1612 | June 26, 2007 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh who cares. We should be celebrating more that we got rid of Beech rather than mourning the loss of Novotny, who couldn't register a point with Ovy on his line!

I understand it was a waste for letting Zubrus walk basically, but there is no reason to pay money to a couple of players who are wastes of space and roster spots, not to mention money that could be used for NHL playing players. If we're looking at GMGM's track record, we'll probably land some guys like one of the Kozlovs (hopefully the one from the Isles) a guy like Hamrlik, and maybe get Zuby back here. Who knows. But I think it's best that everybody treat this free agency period the same. If we do sign somebody big, then it's a surprise. If not, then at least it's what you expected. Here are the rest of the UFA's as of today. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/hockey/nhl/06/20/free.agents/index.html

There are a ton of great D-men out there on this list. Rafalski sounds like he's staying at the Devils, but there are a ton to pick from. We need that shut down D-man. I'd rather go out and land 3-4 guys rather than landing a 7 million dollar player like Drury or Gomez. We learned are lesson by dumping a massive amount into one player. If he stinks then that creates issues, especially if we want to unload him later. Tampa Bay is having that very problem with Richards.

I just say, let the window open, and hopefully we land 3-4 guys who can bring alot to the club immediately. Teach our young guys more and create a fine nucleus.

Posted by: blankn1612 | June 26, 2007 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Just a thought. Would it sound unreasonable to go after Forsberg to bring Backstrom along?

Posted by: blankn1612 | June 26, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I am simply amazed at EVERYONE on this blog that is so skilled at player evaluation... and they are not in a high ranking hockey position. By the way, how has the "Future is Now" concept worked out for the Redskins. Stop complaining.

A fan for over 30 years and a fan I will stay.

Posted by: CT Caps Fan | June 26, 2007 1:04 PM | Report abuse

blankn1612,
I don't thinks its unreasonable.
But, for the price and injury risks, probably not worth it.

I'd rather see Nylander for a couple years. Half the price and the ability to play twice as many games.

Posted by: slappy | June 26, 2007 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Eveyone is correct. I am a tired caps fan. I cheer for the caps because I grew up near the cap centre and I used to like Mike Palmateer and Doug Jarvis and Rod Langway. Then I was, of course, a HUGE Scott Stevens fan. That gave way to a night in a limo and the Dale Hunter era, which I feel like is what we really need. Another limo ride with Dino Cicarelli and Geoff Courtnall. (kidding ha-ha) Another Dale Hunter type with REAL leadership skills, not the Adam Oates shootongoalaphobia. Chris Clark is a fabulous addition to this team, and is really the best selection (right now) for captain since Goalies can't be captains. Kolzig has the heart, but when was the last time he skated on a checking line? Besides Vezina hasn't been here since we had a Mark Tinordi and Joe Reekie cleaning out the crease. We need a true leader type who has been here awhile, maybe Sutherby in a year or two. I, like most everyone else, do not enjoy watching the caps lose close games night after night, especially when we have 2 goal scorers we have not seen the likes of since the Gartner days. I just need a little taste of some 3rd round home ice hockey. Hockey in May and June in the Phone Booth. Do I think Karl Alzner can help get us there? Maybe. But I'm looking for a Chris Drury to match up with an Ovie and maybe a Clarksie. We could name the line "Balls and Goals."

Posted by: caps1 | June 26, 2007 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I guess it's another quiet day in Capsland

Posted by: Finn | June 26, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

As a lifelong caps fan, I give GMGM the benefit of the doubt until NEXT friday, July 6, 2007. At that point we'll se how much of a player the caps will be this offseason. I think he got value for Zubie, as oppossed to nothing if he had let him walk at the end of this past season. The draft is ALWAYS a crapshoot. Let's see them put their money up and see if anyone bites.

And I'll always be a fan. You can't survive the early years as a fan and not be diehard!

Posted by: Lee | June 26, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, I'll repeat what I asked above (since it's been buried by all the debate). What happened to Giroux? He was supposed to be an RFA, according to every source I've seen, but he's not listed either as tendered or as untendered. Is something going on with him?

Posted by: I like Laich and Fehr is Fair | June 26, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Giroux is UFA (Group VI), not RFA.

Posted by: sk84fun | June 26, 2007 6:16 PM | Report abuse

caps1, couldn't agree more that we should do everything possible to sign Chris Drury for top line center. It seems the most plausible fit of the top tier guys. He's been playing behind Briere and is coming from a lower salary as well.

Add a top 3 D-man to that (preferably a PP pivot) and we're in good shape.

Imagine:

Ovechkin - Drury - Clark
Semin - Backstrom - Fehr/Flash/etc.
Pettinger - Gordon - Bradley
Brashear - Laich - Sutherby

New D - Jurcina
Morrison - Pothier
Schultz - Green/Alzner/Erskine/Eminger

Posted by: Shmoo | June 26, 2007 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I just think that neither Fehr nor Flash will cut it in the NHL. I do like Green though

Posted by: Finn | June 26, 2007 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Finn,
I respect your opinion regarding Fehr and Flash, but I couldn't disagree more; especially with regard to Fehr. I recall vividly how he stood out during his 1st. camp with the Caps. He was eventually sent back to his Junior club, but "Future NHL'er " was written all over him. When asked by one of the Caps' brass ( To this day, I'm still not certain who he was, although he held lenghty conversations with Cassidy and McPhee after he and I talked ) what I thought of him, my response what that there was just something about his "Presence" that really attracted me. Subsequently, he scored 50 or more goals the next two years in Juniors.
The kid's got a wicked wrist shot, real good size ( Currently, about 6'3'' 220 lbs. and more than holds his own in the corners and along the boards.
While I like Flash's chances too, his ceiling IMHO is nowhere as high as Fehr's. One thing I've noticed though, is how adept Flash is at stealing the puck from an opponent ---- especially one leaving his own crease area. Very impressive in that regard.
I'm fearful that Flash may be part of a trade this summer. I think that would be a mistake. Although the mechanics of his shot are rather "Unique," I don't think he'd have the slightest difficulty bagging 20 - 25 goals if he averaged 15 + minutes per game. On the other hand, I'm convinced that Fehr is a real scoring sensation just waiting to bloom. Hopefully, his hip problems will be solved by the time camp begins in Sept. He has # 1 line Right Wing written all over him.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 26, 2007 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Just out of curiosity, could this stock piling of picks for next year open the possibility of targeting a RFA?

Posted by: Yosh | June 26, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Yosh, I was thinking about that today as well. Wouldn't be surprised - either as a supplement (RW/2nd D) or because they couldn't get squat in the way of UFAs. Hopefully not, as any GM worth squat knows we'd be a bit desperate then to add "something".

Posted by: Shmoo | June 26, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

One of the few things GMGM has said about what he plans to do this summer is that he does not plan to pursue RFAs.

Posted by: HolyOlie | June 27, 2007 7:50 AM | Report abuse

The Rock says Mike Peca will be a Cap.

Posted by: The Rock | June 27, 2007 8:34 AM | Report abuse

eca is a cap i quit

Posted by: Anonymous | June 27, 2007 8:56 AM | Report abuse

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