Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XV
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06-27-2012, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by
(Responding to the previous thread)
First off all, Carter was a deadline acquisition, so it doesn't really put any bearing on what we enter the regular season with. Secondly, Laich on the wing, with Ribeiro at center, should be a twenty goal scorer again which, as NBTW pointed out, is basically as good as the Kings top two regular season wingers were.
Do we need to add talent to succeed next season? Absolutely. But, I disagree that if we don't add a Bobby Ryan or Alexander Semin quality player to the second line that the Caps might as well concede the season and wait until 2013-2014.
The problem is that there's very little on the market at all. Who would you suggest the Caps sign as a 20 goal scorer on the second line? Whitney is old and will be in high demand. Doan is the same but in even higher demand, and he'll probably be staying in the southwest. Hudler is Semin-lite, it's hard to believe we'd let Semin walk only to replace him with Hudler. Kostitsyn is barely a 20 goal guy. There just don't seem to be any good options outside of Semin unless we dip into the trade market, which will cost us plenty. I'd prefer to resign Semin just because he's the best option to provide that secondary scoring who we don't have to give up assets to acquire, and because the cap hit really wouldn't be that tough for the Caps to swallow. It's just the simplest solution.
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