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01-08-2008, 01:47 PM
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This deal is debatable from the Pred perspective. It's a big price to pay, but any time you can trade picks and youngsters for an established superstar just entering his prime, it's hard to say no.

But from our (Washington's) perspective, its utterly ridiculous. And I'm not even going to address the value of the players/picks proposed. I'm simply talking about the type of deal it is. This is the trade of a team *entering* a rebuilding phase, not the trade of a team which believes it is emerging from one, like the Caps. The Caps just plopped down $40 million on veteran free agents. With Semin and Backstrom and Ovechkin, the team has 3 star top 6 forwards under the age of 23. In Clark, Nylander and Kozlov, they have the 3 veterans to fill out the top two lines. This team also has the #6 rated farm system with a glut of good young talent on the way. Defensively, we not only have an emerging star offensive defensemen in Mike Green (currently leading the NHL in defensive goal scoring) to go with solid two-way veterans like Poti and Brian Pothier, but our system is loaded with defensive prospects. Sure, any team would love a Weber or Suter, but the Caps are hardly lacking in defensive prospects. As it is, we're struggling to get ice time for all our young defensemen.

This deal just doesn't work. We're not in a place to want to move a franchise player, and since we're miles under the cap, we have no risk of losing him unless we simply decide to allow it to happen. The only way Ovechkin would get traded at this time is if ownership decided that it simply was not going to spend Crosby-like cash to sign him to a long contract. But every indication is that Leonsis realizes that his franchise may well be dependent on not losing this kid.

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