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if the capitals don't win this year, then what?

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01-26-2011, 04:57 PM
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if the capitals don't win this year, then what?

The Washington capitals are opne of the top teams in the NHL this season but you have to wonder if this is their best chance to win a stanley cup and if they don't could they fall from contender status relatively fast?

at the end of this Season Alexander semin, Brooks Liach, Mike Kunble and Scott Hannan are All UFA's Chances are atleast 2 of those guys won't be back

Then at the end of next season Mike Green needs a contract as does Jason Cheimera (sp) Eric Fehr and John Carlson.

Now some of those guys will be easier to bring back then others but that is A LOT of the capitals depth that is up for contract renewal in the next 2 years

Semin Kunble, Green Fher,Hannan Alzner Carlson Chemiera, Liach all needs deals within the next 2 seasons like I said some will be easier to sign then others but thats a lot or their depth, some hard decsions are ahead.

Who do you let go? who do you keep and if you do decide to let a guy like Semin or Green go how do you replace them?

I think it's far to ask if the caps don't win this year is their window to win the cup closed for a couple years? will they be forced to go into a mini rebuild/retool?

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01-26-2011, 04:59 PM
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They'll re-sign Laich, easily be able to retain Green next year and have the luxury of standing pat and watching young talents like Kuznetsov develop? The Caps are still one of the youngest teams in the NHL and are nowhere near the end of their "window." And, to be honest, they have little to no offensive depth, especially when compared to the likes of the Flyers, so it's not like they're favorites to win much of anything this season.

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01-26-2011, 05:11 PM
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If Washington doesn't win this year, they will:

1. try to win in 2011-12.

2. see what San Jose does every year, and do something SLIGHTLY different.

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01-26-2011, 05:14 PM
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I don't think it will ever be possible to be "out of their window" if Ovechkin and Backstrom are still on the team.

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01-26-2011, 05:21 PM
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Keep this thread ready when they do win this year.

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01-26-2011, 05:24 PM
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Only players that are due raises are Alzner (RFA), Varly (RFA), and Laich.

Hendricks, Gordon, and Bradley a little bit each.

They probably have about 5M of space to do this. I don't see where the problem is. Guys like Semin (6M), Knuble (2.8M), and Hannan (4.5M) may or may not be resigned, but if they were, their pay isn't going to go up appreciably. In fact, if they were willing to give a longer deal to any of those guys they probably could reduce their cap hits....

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I think Boudreau is in a lot of trouble if they don't win it this year. Fair or not, the coach is always the first place teams look when they're underachieving. And Boudreau doesn't have any great NHL success he can point to when defending himself.

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recent closed windows. sens and sabres. they were at the very top, couldnt finish the job and now languish in 'so so land'

i have no clue how caps will fare.

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They will win when #8,#52 plus others quit taking shifts well over a minute long. They look like a selfish team to me.

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Did you really need to post this on two separate boards? I'm guessing you won't see this because you're busy typing it out over on the Caps board.

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01-26-2011, 05:42 PM
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Isn't this more suited for the Capitals forum? The answer is obvious for every fan who doesnt follow them daily: they'll move forward and try to win next year. The particulars of contracts and such of other teams don't matter too much to me unless it's a superstar.

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01-26-2011, 05:46 PM
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If the Caps don't win this year, then add some more pieces.

A rebuild already? Are you kidding me? Ovechkin, Backstrom, Green, Varlamov/Neuvirth, possibly Semin, Alzner, Fehr, Carlson are ALL still young.

The Caps rebuilding would be stupid.

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01-26-2011, 06:00 PM
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recent closed windows. sens and sabres. they were at the very top, couldnt finish the job and now languish in 'so so land'

i have no clue how caps will fare.
The Senators and Sabres lost marquee players like Briere and Heatley. The Caps will have Backstrom and Ovechkin for a long time, and they have a very healthy prospect pool. Even if they lose one or two pieces, they should be able to stay above the "so so" zone.

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they'll move forward, though I could see boudreau getting treated the same way jacques martin was when the sens couldnt get over the hump.

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01-26-2011, 06:04 PM
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They will only get better.

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They don't have to win it all imo cause the east has really good high contenders. I would expect a ECF atleast to call it a good season though.

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01-26-2011, 06:09 PM
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According to NHL numbers, the Caps are the 7th youngest team in the NHL with an average age of 26.4.

http://www.nhlnumbers.com/teams?sort...rder=asc&year=

Their stars are very young, they have a good prospect pool, and a savvy GM. They will be fine for a while.

EDIT: Thankfully, Semin is hurt and the rest of the offense is slumping, which will keep offensive numbers down throughout the lineup, and hopefully keep subsequent contracts down as well.

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I don't think BB will be there for more than a few more seasons, at best. I think they'll have to bring in some smart veterans to help out OV and Backstrom, and then maybe get over the hump and win the Cup.

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Keep this thread ready when they do win this year.

They won't.

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If Washington doesn't win this year, they will:

1. try to win in 2011-12.

2. see what San Jose does every year, and do something SLIGHTLY different.
And then?


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01-26-2011, 06:46 PM
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trade Ovechkin and Backstrom.

then what?

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Instead of trying to implement a new system, they should actually go out there and get the horses to do it. Scott Hannan alone won't cut it.

When you have to send out Backstrom to block shots for a good portion of the game, there's something wrong and it's not the system.

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Trade Ovechkin and move to Winnipeg.

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Stack the team like crazy for the cup in 2012. Last shot before the world ends.

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than they'll be designated as the Sharks 2.0

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