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02-01-2013, 03:43 AM
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Washington - Toronto
Is Ovechkin still untouchable? Does he still have it? I don't watch the Caps that much, but is it the captaincy that is pressure or does this guy need a change of scenery. He has had 4 different coaches in Washington, had 40 points in 31 games in the KHL this year so is it just a slow start due to the transition back to the NHL for a shortened season? I want to say I believe a coaching change, or GM change would happen or some moves by McPhee would be done before its considered the face of the franchise is traded.
A lot of fans have been proposing garbage for Ovechkin even though its true he's slumping and has an expensive lengthy contract. It got me thinking... He still is one of the most talented players in the world 27 years of age, and a change of scenery may get him going again.
One thing I was shocked to know is that the Caps are last place in the league right now with a 1-5-1 record. Last place. They have the chance to bomb for 1st overall Seth Jones or Nathan MacKinnon. Does McPhee think this is a playoff team or is it time for a quick rebuild in full stride?
If I were the Caps, I'd trade Ovechkin, grab a package of young prospects and picks. The Caps already have a lot of good prospects (Kuznetsov, Forsberg, Wilson, Holtby) and could really deepen the prospect pool with a trade of Ovechkin.
Is there any NHL team that will be willing to take on such a contract for a seem to be regressing player? Its a risky move, but Ovechkin is still an elite player. His work ethic has been questionable and his defensive game. I got this off the Caps board, Owner Leonsis calls Ovechkin out
"He needs to play better."
Speaking as a Leafs fans I proposed this on my board and basically the majority didn't like the idea for us. The results of trading our futures for a win now motive has always backfired on us and the nightmares of moves in the 2000s are fresh in our minds. I think this could be a win - win. Ovechkin has 59 points in 51 playoff games, he has also burned our team with 42 points in 27 games with 23 goals so there is no question he can thrive under pressure in Toronto. He is built for being playing under the spotlight.
Morgan Rielly (5th overall 2012)
Tyler Biggs (22nd overall 2011)
Stuart Percy (25th overall 2011)
2013 1st round draft pick
Alex Ovechkin ($9.5m)
Why do the Leafs do this? Its Ovechkin. Although, it is our highly touted prospect, may be the most exciting player we've drafted in decades, Morgan Rielly is an 18 year old blue chipper who is still 1 year or 2 away from stepping into the NHL. It will be a few more years before he is our number 1 puck mover. We do have Jake Gardiner in his place. All the players are on the move are developing in the CHL, so it does not hurt our farm but it weakens our prospect pool. Got to give to get. Ovechkin makes an immediate impact for us, helps us on the PP and is an immediate game changer and makes us a legit playoff team. We have just over 7 million in cap space, some room to start for Ovechkin. A lot of people underrate Phil Kessel's passing capabilities, he had 45 assists last season with Bozak as his centre, chemistry could work wonders with Ovechkin. Overall this makes Toronto a more attractive destination for free agents making a statement of going all in to win.
Leafs top 9 would look like
Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
Ovechkin - Grabovski - Kulemin
JVR - Kadri - Frattin
Why does Washington do this? Its the equivalent of 4 1st rounders and they unload Ovechkins contract. Its a statement that its time to rebuild, although they would ice a competitive young team after a high pick in the 2013 draft and maybe a high 2014 draft for a quick turn around. This is quality and quantity together that helps solidify Washingtons prospect pool and puts their rebuild mode in full stride. Biggs I believe would be a good piece with Tom Wilson also coming up for the Caps as tough power forwards. And Percy and the 1st round pick are other quality pieces. Don't forget Washington do have some pretty looking prospects in Filip Forsberg and Yevgeni Kuznetsov coming up in the system so a player like MacKinnon or even Drouin would add in nicely or future Norris candidate Seth Jones along with Rielly would help lead the Caps to a potential cup win.
So Caps fans would you consider trading Ovechkin? Other fans; is he still untouchable and would this be a win - win trade if he was on the move?
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