Colorado goaltending situation
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11-07-2003, 07:51 AM
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Good try but here is the scoop in Was
Brendan Witt is our most untouchable player. He is the only physical dman we have from here to the farm. Besides that he is relatively cheap and still has very many good years ahead of him.
The Caps would not want another soft skilled forward like Tanguay as they have PLENTY of them already. They wouldn't want another soft dman like Skoula unless its just a throw in after the fact.
McPhee would want a 1st rounder just for starters and a good young physical dman with some potential.
Thats too much perhaps, but there will be other teams at the door for Kolzig come trade deadline....Clarke in Philly has called before about Kolzig and will come calling again. Also McPhee, no matter how much I hate him, is very very Shrewd when it comes to dealing players....especially a HUGE fan favorite in Kolzig. The Philly Fans even gave him a standing ovation last night.
The Caps are not in the Pens situation where they HAVE to cut salary..they just would PREFER to. Huge difference there.
If the Caps get rid of Jagr then Kolzigs price would go up considerably.
The first problem with your contention is that Jagr is untradeable with his contract and perceived attitude problem. That is the reality.
Second problem, although Kolzig may be a fan favorite, if the Caps decide to move him, he will not command as much as he would otherwise due to the impending lockout.
Kolzig is 33/34 and makes $6.5 million per season, that is alot of salary to take on. Additionally, he makes that same amount for the next two years, past the expiration of the current CBA. Teams are not taking on players with large long term contracts, it isn't happening. A player with such a contract has diminished value, and it takes less to acquire him than say it would have two years ago.
It is frustrating that posters fail to recognize what the market has become for big salary-long term contract players. It is virtually frozen.
I'm not arguing that in fact the Capitals are trying to trade Kolzig. I also do not believe the Avs are interested with his contract. People fail to realize that all though the Avs are recognized as a "big market" team with huge financial backing, the reality is that they appear to be operating at a self-imposed budget of around $60 million.
Trading Tanguay, Skoula, plus whatever would still result in the Avs picking up over $3.5 million in salary, it will not happen.
Additionally, Lacroix has not signed any player to a contract that extends past this season other than Sakic and Blake (and those contracts were signed two years ago).
Mark my words, Lacroix will not acquire a player with a big contract that extends beyond this season, it would be in direct conflict with every other move he has made recently with respect to player contracts.
You can cross off players like Kolzig or Cujo, with their contracts. The only viable options for Lacroix will be a Sean Burke or another veteran netminder who is a UFA after this season or who only has a team option left on the contract. I'm not advocating that the Avs trade for Burke, but I just don't see how Lacroix will do anything differently due to his apparent economic philosophy.
So based simply on pure economics, these Kolzig or Cujo to the Avs rumors are not plausible.
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