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mrwarden 07-01-2011 02:23 PM

Joel Ward to Caps 4yrs/ 3 Million Per
 
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RealKyper Nick Kypreos
#NHL news. Joel Ward #Predators play-off star is now a member of the Washington #Capitals. 4 yrs totalling 12M.
Dislike.

Drake1588 07-01-2011 02:25 PM

That was my top hope free agent! This guy was awesome in the playoffs. Gritty Caps shaping up.

brs03 07-01-2011 02:25 PM

Wow. Like the player, but man is that expensive.

Bonzai 07-01-2011 02:26 PM

Just what we needed, a real playoff performer.

QuadrupleDeke 07-01-2011 02:27 PM

That's a lot of years for two playoff series worth of performance.

DrPP 07-01-2011 02:27 PM

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Originally Posted by brs03 (Post 34457265)
Wow. Like the player, but man is that expensive.

That is what I was thinking.

caps4cup 07-01-2011 02:28 PM

I feel he could play well with mojo and Sasha. And does anyone remember when I posted that someone on hockeybuzz said the caps would offer him 3yrs 12mil or 4yrs 12 mil??? :)

DrPP 07-01-2011 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Bonzai (Post 34457435)
Just what we needed, a real playoff performer.

A better way to think about it is three good series. Might make this a little more palatable. Maybe he pots 20 next year.

Dirtbag59 07-01-2011 02:30 PM

What the heck happened? I left for an hour then all of a sudden I come back and it's like we've signed 20 new players!

EroCaps 07-01-2011 02:31 PM

3m is a lot to pay for a 3rd/4th liner who, regardless of playoffs.

They better be moving Semin--- or adding all this character is meaningless.

HSHS 07-01-2011 02:31 PM

awesome. Great day for gmgm

Langway 07-01-2011 02:31 PM

So long Fehr.

CapsWolverinesUSA 07-01-2011 02:31 PM

Need to process this. 4 years $8m, I love it. 4 years $12m? Seems steep. But at least we're overpaying for the right sort of player. Big, physical, gritty, playoff chops.

Dirtbag59 07-01-2011 02:32 PM

Scouting Report

Assets
Has good size, speed and great work ethic. Is tenacious on the forecheck and an excellent team player. Can line up on either side of center and be used on special teams.

Flaws
Is somewhat inconsistent in the scoring department. Doesn't use his size to intimidate and is not much of a physical presence. Lacks natural goal-scoring hands.

Career Potential
Industrious two-way winger.

Hale Dunter 07-01-2011 02:38 PM

Well, if you consider they just gave Laich 50% ore per year and 100+% more total, doesnt seem like an overpay...unless Laich is also overpaid.

Capitlols 07-01-2011 02:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Langway (Post 34458247)
So long Fehr.

And Chimera.

CapitalsCupFantasy 07-01-2011 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Drake1588 (Post 34457227)
That was my top hope free agent! This guy was awesome in the playoffs. Gritty Caps shaping up.

I'm with you....everytime I watched the Preds, this guy was there in the middle of everything. I like this signing....

This is a guy poised to break into 20+g range....PPG guy in the postseason...I like it.

Dirtbag59 07-01-2011 02:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Appreci8 (Post 34460377)
And Chimera.

Oh noes. How will I get breakaways on NHL 12. Video games don't account for stone hands.

Jasper17 07-01-2011 02:44 PM

So we have spent 8.5 for Laich and Ward? Should have spent the extra .5 and got Upshall

We have seen the best and worst of GMGM today. Gets great value for trades, but consistently overpays to sign players.

Cush 07-01-2011 02:47 PM

http://twitter.com/#!/news1130sports

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News1130Sports News1130 Sports
Canucks offer to Joel Ward was very competitive. 20 teams in expressed interest - Washington the winner.

News1130Sports News1130 Sports
CKWX has learned the Canucks have spoken with Joel Ward's agent. Agents phone is ringing off hook - had 6 teams calling at once.

Dirtbag59 07-01-2011 02:50 PM

GRITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTtt!

Please don't end up like the Canucks with a major offseason overhaul only to end up loosing in the finals.

Stewie G 07-01-2011 02:51 PM

GMGM gets a lot of flak for not being the guy willing to be the highest bidder in a sweepstakes. I'm not sure this was the right sweepstakes to win, but I'm anxious to find out. Ward is now the 5th highest paid forward on the team. Seems like a lot of coin for a long time.

Drake1588 07-01-2011 02:59 PM

They're adding work ethic at the expense of guys who bring pure scoring, so much scoring that a want of character is alright.

They may be realizing that if you have to choose, choose the guy who works his tail off. It's long, and it's high, to be sure. Yet I'm not upset at all. He was a free agent and 2/3 of the league literally kicked his tires. Inflation is expected.

Didn't expect the Caps to be this active at all. I wonder if GMGM is the only GM in the league who gets that the best way to keep a secret is simply not to tell anyone - anyone - what you plan to do. My guess is that he was the only person with the Caps who knew this was the game plan today. It's a rumor black hole in Washington.

Dirtbag59 07-01-2011 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Drake1588 (Post 34463511)
They're adding work ethic at the expense of guys who bring pure scoring, so much scoring that a want of character is alright.

They may be realizing that if you have to choose, choose the guy who works his tail off. It's long, and it's high, to be sure. Yet I'm not upset at all. He was a free agent and 2/3 of the league literally kicked his tires. Inflation is expected.

Didn't expect the Caps to be this active at all. I wonder if GMGM is the only GM in the league who gets that the best way to keep a secret is simply not to tell anyone - anyone - what you plan to do. My guess is that he was the only person with the Caps who knew this was the game plan today. It's a rumor black hole in Washington.

On the contrary. They told everyone they were going to be aggressive on multiple occasions. I think part of that was to appease the fan base while at the same time encouraging Free Agents to listen when they got them on the phone. Otherwise you risk Free Agents maybe overlooking them because of their reputation for being conservative at times and building from within.

Capitlols 07-01-2011 03:07 PM

Locker saying Ward in the top 6.


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