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11-23-2003, 02:09 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
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Bondra and Kolzig, two high priced aging veterans seem like the best bets for trades. The Capitals would rid themselves of high priced contracts and get younger assets. The problem is that Leonsis doesn't look like he wants to make the hard choice to trade popular players like Bondra or Kolzig.
I think the Capitals are in dissaray, Leonsis claims he wants to operate under a budget, yet does nothing this summer in terms of ridding himself of expensive contracts. Additionally, the Capitals are beyond struggling at this point of the season, and we've yet to see any kind of shake up whatsover, from coaching or management changes, to major trades.
The organization seems to be suffering from a clear plan or decision making. It would not surprise me if the Capitals continue their disastrous season, miss the playoffs, yet fail to make any major trades. Then in the offseason they will simply try to let players go like Kolzig by not exercising the team option.
let me make a couple of points.
1. 33 is not "aging" in today's NHL. Particularly in the goalie catagory.
Cup quality goaltending from players 37-38 years old is par for the course now days. Bondra at 36 could be around til he is 40, but could be done any day. The same can not be said for a 33 year old and fully healthy Kolzig.
2. Its easy to say that the Capitals made no moves in the offseason to slash payroll. They didn't. But its not easy to be correct when saying that they didn't make any moves to slash payroll because they were unwilling to. Trades of NHL players have been very few since the end of last season. There are many players with contracts between Bondra's $4.5m and Jagr's $11m on the trade block and none have moved. It takes two to trade and as you have mentioned, everyone knows the Caps tried hard to move Jagr and it didn't happen because it takes two to trade. When Lindros, Weight, Turgeon, Curtis Joseph and others get moved and Jagr & Lang remain in Washington, we can talk.
3. The Caps will buy Jagr out after this season if they can not trade him. If they can't trade him they will wait thru the labor situation, because they won't have to pay him thru that. when the cba is signed Jagr will be bought out.
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