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11-03-2003, 03:28 PM
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I could see the Caps moving Gonchar if the return is right - But that return is going to have to be a couple of young, solid Dmen.
What I hear from the Caps fans down here is that they are stuck running with a D squad that would be average by AHL standards. And with so much money tied up in a few players (mainly Jagr), they can't afford to upgrade on thru FA market.
They've got to do something... And since they can't move Jagr or Lang, maybe that means Ollie and Gonchar get shopped.
Actually the comment that they have to do something would not be accurate. They can't win unless they do something, but that doesn't mean that they have to. What they have to do is move Jagr. They have no options, if they don't move Jagr. If they trade Gonchar for two young defensemen, they will get worse before they get better. The worse they get with Jagr stuck on the roster the more of a joke and the more of a failure they will be. Whoever they get in return for Gonchar will never be as good as Gonchar, because players of his level are unreplacable. Additionally, with the low profile that the Capitals carry in Washington it takes years to develope a brand name player like Gonchar.
By brand name I mean a player that would able to sell tickets.
The other side of that is that with Gonchar and Witt as the foundation and with Eminger learning at a high rate and Doig a solid 3rd pair defenseman, the Caps really only need one defenseman for the top 4 to be able to make things work. Trading Jagr would allow for that. Even if they picked up a big chunk of his salary. When Nylander is back its possible that he might be moved as well. The Capitals will lose more money in lost revenue if they get worse than they are now than they will save in payrolls cuts. I think the whole idea of trading Gonchar is way off base.
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