Wednesday, July 26, 2006


Here is a comic from CBC's The Instigator that paints a true picture. As it stands, the only acquisitions made by GM George McPhee so far this offseason are D Brian Pothier, F Richard Zednik, and F Donald Brashear, and F Alexander Semin from Russia.
These are minor upgrades, unless Brian Pothier and Alex Semin's upsides exceed expectation. But Semin is a longshot. Zednik will help a fair bit if he clicks with Ovechkin.
Below is the commitments that the Capitals have so far. Matt Pettinger is the only player unsigned. (TSN)

This adds up to about $23.14 million US. The Capitals are still paying about $4 million of Jagr's salary as well, since they signed him for too much and too long in the old NHL pre-cap system.
So make that total $27.14 million. Add about $2 million onto Ovechkin's total because he reached all of his incentives last year, and the total is about $29 million. (damn confusing) There is still alot of room to play here.
So why the delay by GM George McPhee to sign a pricier- higher talent? Ovechkin's contract will expire in 2008 I believe. So he'll need to have $8 million plus to resign Alex, for one.
I think McPhee has a lot of patience with his young players as well. But do you see a lot of upside to this roster? I don't. Not much beyond D Steve Emminger.
I think they should trade for Scott Gomez within the next couple of months. There is not one good center on the team to play with Alex. (No, Halpern and Zubrus are NOT good and should be used further down the depth chart). Gomez would fit in the cap structure, and thrive with Ovechkin. If not Gomez, then any center of Gomez' calibre. Devil's GM Lou Lamoriello must lick his lips at he sight of a sucky team's high draft picks. It makes sense...
The Capitals must be somewhat suffering financially at this point. From what I gather, they averaged about 13,905 people in attendance last season, and the arena holds 19,700. This would be about 28th in the league. The Capital's record was 29 - 42 - 12 for 70 points, which was 26th in the league.
People will pay to see Ovechkin, but more people will pay to see a winning team, especially in a RedSkins/Wizards climate.
So DO IT, McPhee! Not only because it would make me a prophet, but also for the fans- as one Capitals fan said today "Show me Gomez, and I'll buy season tickets tomorrow."
I agree, don't leave Ovechkin with a bunch of stiffs.

**UPDATE- The Devils have accepted Gomez' deal and are now over the cap.**


At July 26, 2006 at 5:26 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

It is hard to keep track but I believe Halpern to be in Dallas, I think?

Owner Ted Loenis is still reeling from losses in the last two years of the old CBA and will take his time as he recoups his losses.

McPhee was quite happy with the way Glen Hamlon had the team competing last season. The overall team record is decieving as the Caps were a hard team to be. They were not patsies down the stretch.

At July 26, 2006 at 5:39 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

RC is right, Halpern is a Star:

Olaf Kolzig for five million is a complete joke. Dear sweet hindu kush what the hell was Mcphee thinking signing him for that much?

I don't see Eric Fehr on that roster, but he could be the Next Big Thing. He's 6'3, 190 pounds, and is a darn good player. I saw him once when he was with the Brandon Wheat Kings (against the Kelowna Rockets), he was dominant. I even got to meet him after the game, and don't let the Mennoinite name fool you - he's no pacifist; although I'm sure he'd "pass a fist" if the situation arose.

At July 26, 2006 at 5:46 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Yeah Eric Fehr should play this year, he could be another bright spot. Pass a fist? He isn't very big! Not yet...
Shit I forgot about Halpern going to Dallas!
Yeah, the Kolzig contract makes no sense. Why have an expensive goalie in front of a bunch of punks and then not upgrade the roster?
ALMOST reminds me of Vancouver! heheh

At July 26, 2006 at 5:47 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...


My point was that Kolzig is not nearly worth that kind of dough.

Luongo, on the other hand, is worth every penny. And the Canucks will not be as defensive as everybody thinks.

At July 26, 2006 at 6:01 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

I agree with the Nuck thingy.
Kolzig is pretty good though..just not Luongo good.

At July 26, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. , Blogger Temujin said...

If you paid half as much attention to poker as you do to blogging and responding to comments, you'd be on the World Tour for sure.

Speaking of which, what are you doing later? heh!

At July 26, 2006 at 8:15 p.m. , Blogger reality check said...

Don't take this to the bank, but Eric Fehr is related to Donald Fehr, who has something to do with MLBPA. Either his son or nephew.

The logic behind the Caps keeping Kolzig is not an obvious one, seen from the outside. He is essentially the team captain. Been there roughly a decade. His stats don't show his true value. With a young team in front of him, he is the experienced voice when things get overwhelming in defeat. He keeps games close, he is still a very good goaltender. By keeping things tight he is allowing the youth before to develop at a steady pace. He is often the cushion for setbacks. Players play better when they are in the game. many caps games were lost in third period last year, when the opponants superiority and depth showed up the Caps lack of such. By being in the contests for 40+ the team progresses. Of course they had games where they were blasted out early - there's always exceptions.

Kolzig must also be an unselfish dude. He chose to resign there. He could have had close to that money and wound up in T-Bay, Detroit, Toronto or Vancouver. I f you recall, he signed his deal prior to the lockout. Having a veteran that committed to the team is an invaluable asset.

Now, where did I leave that warm beer!


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