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Scratch Rivet Off the List

Defenseman Craig Rivet has resigned in San Jose, according to this RDS report. So I guess he's not coming to Washington after all.

I've got the feeling a lot of other potential free agents who might have looked good in red, white and blue are going to start re-signing with their current teams in the coming days.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 21, 2007; 7:54 AM ET
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McPhee badly needs to pull some magic out of his butt tomorrow before these people start disappearing in greater numbers, to take the attention away from the uni's if anything.

4 picks in the first two rounds in a year with a shallow draft pool... That's gotta be worth something decent in a package deal, right?

Posted by: HolyOlie | June 21, 2007 8:21 AM | Report abuse

im already disappointed. i would have thought that GMGM would have already made a move of some sort by now. time is running out and so are players. hohum.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps San Jose signed Rivet, but are resigned to losing Hannan?

Posted by: Stormblue | June 21, 2007 8:50 AM | Report abuse

hey can't wait for tommorrow - Tarik, is what versus is broadcasting going to be live or just a recap of what happened earlier in the day?

Posted by: loser | June 21, 2007 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Caps are fluffing everyone up. They are not going to overbid on FA's, which is what it would take for players to come to DC. They will tell you they offered a reasonable amount, as not to look bad. I think it is another spin job from Ted.

Ted wants the Wizards and it is too bad he prob doesn't have the funds for it anymore. The Caps are a money pit and he realized that a while ago. He is about cost cutting and Alex will be gone to another big city before long.

Posted by: Jon | June 21, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Ah, rampant optimism. Nothing like hockey in Dc. Its intense!

Posted by: 007 | June 21, 2007 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Is anyone really suprised???
It's like the Orioles...nobody wants to play for them, and no manager wants to work for Angelos.
The Caps - what have they done in their entire history? who wants to play for the Caps??? NOBODY!
Unless the money is ridiculous, nobody will give the Caps a look.

The only way to get a decent name, is to trade prospects / draft picks. That's the only way to get a decent name here.

And I can just see the look on the guys face when they tell him he's been traded:
Coach: we traded you
Player: To who?
Coach: Washington Capitals
Player: AHHHH F#^*#!*

Posted by: The Realist | June 21, 2007 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Tarik, NOBODY is going to look good in red white and blue. That uniform is a monstrosity. It looks like it was designed in 30 seconds.

Posted by: Mark | June 21, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

the free agent period hasn't even started. All these activities are players re-signing with their teams, or getting traded and signing with the team that traded for them. GMGM cannot talk to any of these players, or that would be tampering.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | June 21, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

The sky is falling.

Posted by: slappy | June 21, 2007 10:21 AM | Report abuse

"The sky is falling."


Though I'll admit that I'm going to be a bit pissed if George doesn't do something during the draft tomorrow.

Mike Vogel has a decent article up on the chatter around Columbus right now, and I agree with his point that making moves via trade now will help when the FA market opens, because it would at least look like we're trying to put together a serious team.

Posted by: HolyOlie | June 21, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

I thought GMGM can't make a move for these FA's until July 1st. Can't blame him if the guy resigns to his current team before then, unless he trades like Philly did. And who the heck wants to trade picks for Rivet? Of course he's gonna resign for San Jose Tariq! It's San Jose. Come on!

Posted by: blankn1612 | June 21, 2007 10:29 AM | Report abuse

you idiots who say ted is broke realize he got in on the google IPO right??!??! If anyone thinks ted losing $25 million is gonna break his bank, thats like saying $5 a year is going to break YOUR bank account...

he is rich beyond most peoples wildest dreams

Posted by: hey | June 21, 2007 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Hey realist, how about this conversation:

AGENT - you've been traded to the caps. You'll be (a) centering a line w/ either alex ovechkin or alex semin where you will be an assist machine, or (b) the number 1 defensemen and/or power play captain w/ ovechkin and semin in front of you. Guess what, their money is green and is accepted at all major retail outlets and restaurants. Unlike in montreal or Toronto, you'll be able to walk the streets without getting heckled or harrased. If you do well, the fans will hail you as the missing piece and you will be playing in front of 17K per night. If you suck, well you wont have for sale signs posted in front of your house or have your kids harassed at school.

Player - ok, whatever. Where's my golf clubs.

Or this conversation from 2000-01

AGENT - you've been traded to buffalo. The team is bankrupt and they can't draw flies. It's cold as hell.

Player - Oh crap. well, at least their uniforms are cool.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

AGENT - you've been traded to buffalo. The team is bankrupt and they can't draw flies. It's cold as hell.

Player - Oh crap. I've been in cold weather since I was 2(the age I learned to skate). I don't know how I'll survive.

Posted by: Pen Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Blah blah blah, why do some people feel the need to b*tch and whine on every single post Tarik writes? You don't like the way the caps are coached/managed and you could do much better yourself. We get it already, it gets old to read it over and over.

Is it that mentally challenging to post something original once in a while? Perhaps even respond to the actual post.

Posted by: Stormblue | June 21, 2007 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Anybody want Robert Lang?

Posted by: | June 21, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Or this conversation from 00-01

AGENT- you've been traded to Pittsburgh. The team is bankrupt and they cant' draw flies. The just traded their star player to Washington for a bag of pucks and some stiff named beech. The building is a dump.

PLAYER - at least is gets cold because I've been cold since I was two and I just don't see the point in changing. the fans seem clever too.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

i hope youre right about hannan, that is exactly who we need, all the rest of our young d, aside from shultz, are puck movers. we need a rock on d, like a tinordi or a witt, and thats what hannan is. GET HIM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I haven't seen much solid evidence that FAs don't want to come to Washington. Last time Ted opened his wallet the Caps landed one of the best centers available (Lang). Stars like Bondra and Kolzig seem perfectly happy to play here.

The new generation appears to be content as well, other than the losing. AFAIK AO has never said a bad thing about the organization or the city, other than some comments about being frustrated by losing.

And the comparison with the Orioles is totally unfair. By all accounts Ted is a reasonable owner who doesn't meddle too much in hockey affairs since his spending spree blew up in his face. GMGM might not be the best guy for the job, but at least he has built what appears to be a very solid foundation. I'll take those two over Orioles management any day.

Posted by: DD | June 21, 2007 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Ovechkin was brought up in a nice family. He would (almost) never publicly critisize the management. That's the reason we don't hear about his frustrations. But I bet he is frustrated. Two days after the season end he was on a plane to Russia. What a surprise. He couldn't convince even his buddy A. Markov to sign with the Caps.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 21, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

um, OV was on a plane to russia to play in the world championships. and what relevance does it have what a player does when the seasons over. if i played in a city far from home, i'd be headed back pretty quickly too. unless it was moscow, that is. and markov signed for over $5M/year for 4 years in montreal. even my wife couldnt' convince me to sign elsewhere with that kind of cash on the table.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Here is your July 1 news

Flyers: Gomez
Buffalo or Leafs: Brier
San Jose: Drury
Caps: Vic Kozlov
Caps: Roman Hamrlik
Caps: Zubrus
Penguins: Lang

Posted by: Cup1975 | June 21, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Here is your July 1 news

Flyers: Gomez
Buffalo or Leafs: Brier
San Jose: Drury
Caps: Vic Kozlov
Caps: Roman Hamrlik
Caps: Zubrus
Penguins: Lang

Posted by: Cup1975 | June 21, 2007 2:05 PM | Report abuse

^ that wouldn't be so bad.

Posted by: Tarik | June 21, 2007 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I agree Tariq - good players are signing elsewhere. In order to come to DC, you must meet one of the following criteria:
1. Nobody else wants you.
2. Talented but locker room cancer
3. Coming out of retirement
4. Ran into problems, trying to re-start career - think Joe Murphy
5. Caps are only team offering you way more than you're worth.
6. Care more about yourself than winning a Cup
7. Want to wear the retro-uniforms done in Orange with a W on the shoulder
8. you're a third line plug but Caps fans will call you a "stronger, faster version of Kono" least for a while
9. Ted will pull some strings so you're on the cover of the Washingtonian and listed as an "eligible bachelor" - think Cassidy
10. You want to transition to acting and Ted might get you in the next version of Nanking - the sequel! - think Daigle

Posted by: Bruce Almighty | June 21, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

remember, FAs can't be signed yet. you've got to wait until at least july 4th or 5th before going after management.

Posted by: Tarik | June 21, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I am patiently waiting because the happy-goers here eat you alive for all the critique the beloved Ted and George should be getting.

Posted by: Finn | June 21, 2007 2:36 PM | Report abuse

AGENT: You've been traded to Washington

Player: I always imagined this place with more flames....

Posted by: Sharks Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Agent: You've been traded to NY.

Player:(grabbing noose) which one??????

Agent: Rangers

Player:(puts away noose) Thank God!

Posted by: Habs Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse


I read that Tampa Bay may be wanting to get rid of Brad Richards. He scheduled to make 7.8 mil over the next 4 years. What are your thoughts on with his situation and do you think that the Caps may take a chance at trying to acquire him, despite his price tag

Posted by: jleftwing97 | June 21, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Agent: You've been traded to Washington

Player: Does a free copy of Nanking come with it?

Posted by: Ted | June 21, 2007 3:15 PM | Report abuse

It would be either Richards or Ovechkin... I'd pick the latter

Posted by: Finn | June 21, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The Caps will not get Richards. If for no other reason, TB will not trade Richards within the division.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | June 21, 2007 3:48 PM | Report abuse

mark took the words right outta my mouth.

NO ONE is gonna look good in the new unis.

Posted by: livinit | June 21, 2007 4:43 PM | Report abuse

And this surprises who? A quick read on the Caps message board from months ago expressed these exact concerns. The Caps will not be successful in acquiring free agents - which is why Ted and GM have already began positioning the trade avenue.

Say goodbye to some of our young prospects. The question is, will anyone of quality actually want to play for a team that seems years away from getting their act together.

Posted by: Dan | June 21, 2007 7:35 PM | Report abuse

golly dan, nothing more reliable than caps message boards. do players post there? other gm's? please stop with the "players wont sign here, bs" players will sign here if the deal is right. the caps have two of the most dynamic young players in the league and potentially a third coming over. and its not some jerkwater town like raleigh or nashville.

everyone stay, cool stay calm. we will all know if ted is true to his word or just a big fraud when free agency rolls around. maybe sooner if they pull a trade.

Posted by: Cap Fan 1 | June 21, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

If the Sharks sign either Souray and/or Drury, they'll make a token offer to Hannan. If they don't they'll resign him with a strong offer.

Giguere resigned with the Ducks.

It's weird that for the most part, the best UFAs are on good teams. Teams that they have history and chemistry with. Those teams are only really losing one maybe two good UFAs. They seriously contemplate staying put for a little less than they might get on the open market. They know they'll be in the mix again next year.

It's really clear that there was good parity between the top 8 or so teams this year (Anaheim won because they had the most heart). Nashville will get hurt badly and Buffalo will too if they can't keep either Briere or Drury.

The draft sucks this year. No one the Caps draft is likely to make an impact next year. What they have in Hershey is mediocre at best.

Cut GMGM a little slack for not dealing now. He's got little to bargain with that's not already on the big club's roster and therefore core to the "plan". Now it's his own fault that they've got nothing to bargain with, but it's a moot point.

He'll have to overpay to make the team better. He won't bet the farm on a bunch of players. He'll get a couple this year and a couple next year. Just like AOL products the 3 year plan slipped to a 4 year one.

The Caps making the playoffs this coming season would be a pleasant surprise. They'll likely fight for the number 8 spot down to the wire.

Posted by: Bubba | June 21, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I'll wait and see where the caps are at on july 5th before proclaiming the sky is falling.

Of course, the 2008 and 2009 drafts are supposedly really good. Stamkos and tavares would look really good with the new caps jersey. (I kid, I kid. Playoffs or McPhee is fired this season.)

Posted by: Graham | June 21, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

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