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01-22-2006, 09:52 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
two shoes must drop before that trade can be made from a washington perspective.
1. The Semin court case must be concluded. Suing Semin and his agent, the Capitals are saying they are damaged by Semin's refusal to report and that the agent is aiding that damage. The Caps can't trade him til that is cleared up.
2. Cullimore would replace Witt in the lineup and the payroll. There is a now public persuasion in progress among the Capitals players and coach to change Witt's mind and get him to sign an extention. Should that happen, the Caps would not need Cullimore as much as they would need a top 4 defenseman with power play skills.
I am not sure of Arneson's character and work ethic. The Caps seem very intent on getting hard working players..skilled or not. Ovechkin is highly skilled, but as much of a lunch pale guy as stars get.
But, you are right. Arneson matched with Ovechkin could be a nice fit and fits the Caps budget. Cullimore is a veteran of the southeast wars and battling TB, Atlanta and Carolina would seem to bring the best out in him.
Semin's relationship with the Capitals may be broken irrepairably. who knows for sure, but what is going on there right now is not healthy. If Semin shows and puts in the effort, he could be an all star level player. The Caps 2nd round pick will be early enough to get a shot at a likely NHL player.
We will see.
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