Caps sign, recall D Steven Oleksy
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03-05-2013, 05:17 PM
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I get signing Oleksy to a deal to call him up. He's been arguably Hershey's best defenseman lately, he's a right shot, and he brings a some nasty and accountability to the line-up. Marshall was also an option, but Oleksy should hopefully at least match what Marshall can do at the NHL level and has a bit more upside given his recent play.
But it could very easily have been done on a one or two year deal rather than three. With Hammer hitting waivers, the Caps are unlikely to hit the 50 contract limit this season. Assuming Hamrlik is picked up, Oleksy puts them at 47, Wey will put them at 48. It's highly doubtful they grab more than 2 NCAA/Euro free agents before July 1st. The only way it could be a problem is if they pick up bodies without giving away contracts at the deadline. And that's an easy problem to avoid (see giving away Hauswirth when getting Wideman, or how Winnipeg dumped Paquette on us when getting Fehr).
Handcuffing that roster spot for future seasons is what I don't get. It definitely doesn't seem necessary, and restricts the team's flexibility further down the line.
Maybe I'm overreacting a bit, but it's the term that gets me. I have no problem signing a guy like this for the remainder of the season to use as a call-up. That sort of thing is an extremely common practice that every organization does. This deal may even handcuff the Caps from being able to do that in the future. If this guy totally bombs out, they'll have one less roster slot to use to even make call-up signings .
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