Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig has had a troublesome last few seasons, struggling to return to his 1998 Vezina Trophy season. Personally I can't blame Ollie for his recent slide, the defense that the team puts in front of him wouldn't start for my AAA team back home however he has definately slipped a bit. I think given the right situation and supporting players he could be a great starting goalie once more. There was alot of talk about moving him before the draft however, he has a "no trade clause" in his contract. Ollie also has a son that is disabled, the D.C. area has a great program which his son participates in. Ollie has recieved several special awards from the NHL regarding is outstanding achievements in community service and charity work, an all around good guy. He has publically stated that he does not wish to take part in a rebuliding process. So here we are again, what teams would want him....who are you willing to part with, keeping in mind that the Caps are in need of a solid veteran defensemen. I've listed a few of his stats below just for some extra infor. Enjoy....
Season Team GP MIN W L T GA SO Avg
1997-1998 Capitals 64 3,788 33 18 10 139 5 2.20
1998-1999 Capitals 64 3,585 26 31 3 154 4 2.58
1999-2000 Capitals 73 4,370 41 20 11 163 5 2.24
2000-2001 Capitals 72 4,278 37 26 8 177 5 2.48
2001-2002 Capitals 71 4,131 31 29 8 192 6 2.79
2002-2003 Capitals 66 3,893 33 25 6 156 4 2.40
2003-2004 Capitals 63 3,738 19 35 9 180 2 2.89
I can see the Leafs going after him. Frankly, I'm surprised they didn't get him at the deadline.
If Ottawa loses to Toronto, yet another early ouster... it might finally push them to replace Lalime. Kolzig would certainly be a likely candidate. Ottawa tried to trade for him at the deadline, but the Caps balked at picking up salary. They no longer were desperate to shed Kolzig's salary, and did not have to cave. So they passed.
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