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04-17-2011, 06:52 PM
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He'd just be redundant. If we're going to bring in UFAs, they need to address areas of need. Laich doesn't. Either we bring in elite talent, or we stand pat. Feds will costs 1/3 the price.
With Christensen and Drury hopefully gone, as well as possibly Fedotenko, we would be able to use Laich's faceoff ability, PK, and he can play the point on the PP if needed, and provides some veteran leadership, even though he is still 27.

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04-17-2011, 07:09 PM
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Plumbers? Do you realize that he is a fairly consistent 50 point player? 20 goals 30 assists from your 3rd line center is very good. Although he does get a lot of icetime including PP time.
If by fairly consistent, you mean twice is six years, sure. He's a 50-point player on Washington. He won't be a 50-point player here. He averaged 18:25 of TOI, which would put him behind only Callahan and Dubinsky amongst our forwards. He won't get that TOI with us.

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With Christensen and Drury hopefully gone, as well as possibly Fedotenko, we would be able to use Laich's faceoff ability, PK, and he can play the point on the PP if needed, and provides some veteran leadership, even though he is still 27.
Another faceoff guy and PKer would be nice, but at what price? Are you really going to give Brooks Laich $3.5-$4MM to come here and do that?

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04-17-2011, 07:14 PM
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]If by fairly consistent, you mean twice is six years, sure.[/B] He's a 50-point player on Washington. He won't be a 50-point player here. He averaged 18:25 of TOI, which would put him behind only Callahan and Dubinsky amongst our forwards. He won't get that TOI with us.



Another faceoff guy and PKer would be nice, but at what price? Are you really going to give Brooks Laich $3.5-$4MM to come here and do that?
no I mean 3 of has last 3 seasons he is a 50 point player.

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04-17-2011, 07:21 PM
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no I mean 3 of has last 3 seasons he is a 50 point player.
I'm gonna nitpick and say he had 48 points this season.

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I'm gonna nitpick and say he had 48 points this season.
and that is why I said he was a "fairly" consistent 50 point player.

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04-17-2011, 07:26 PM
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Anyway I looking at videos of his goals and I think he might be a very useful addition, good all around, screens goalies, deflects pucks, can really help our PP by standing on top of the crease, he scores a lot of goals from up close, but not like he lacks skill either to score pretty goals.

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and that is why I said he was a "fairly" consistent 50 point player.
Ok, fine.

Is he going to be a 50 point guy here?

Is he going to average top-3 TOI on our team?

Will his contributions be worth around 4 million per year?

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04-17-2011, 07:31 PM
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Anyway I looking at videos of his goals and I think he might be a very useful addition, good all around, screens goalies, deflects pucks, can really help our PP by standing on top of the crease, he scores a lot of goals from up close, but not like he lacks skill either to score pretty goals.
He's an useful addition to just about every team so desperate teams will overpay for his services. And he's not worth 4 million. The Rangers need a stud (Richards or if some other wild-card All Star who demands a trade out of the blue) or some better luck so we don't lose our stars for prolonged periods of time.

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Agreed. I've seen the guy's entire NHL career unfold here in DC. He's a fine player, and one of the few Caps that I actually like.

But he's not what we need. The money it would take to bring him in could be spent on actual areas of need.

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OK what if let's say Richards signs elsewhere?

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OK what if let's say Richards signs elsewhere?
It still doesn't make Brooks Laich worth $4MM.

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OK what if let's say Richards signs elsewhere?
Andrei Markov.

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Andrei Markov.
not sure that is a great idea with all the injuries and at 33 years old, just too much of a question mark.

I never said Laich is worth 4 million, but at 3-3.5 he is likely a good addition. He is pretty much Knuble 7 or so years ago.

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I don't know, I'm just not seeing it. There's a couple of things this team needs:

1) Elite forward
2) PP QB
3) Veteran defenseman

Laich is none of those things. He'd be nice, yes, but he's not something that we need. Would I like to have him? Sure. For what he'll likely sign for? No. Should he be any type of priority? No.

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I like Laich a lot, and if a solid role player was a need, I'd say go for it, but this team needs skill players.

I also think that Laich is gonna wind up with a brutal contract by a desperate team (The Leafs?)

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04-18-2011, 12:51 AM
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Richards or bust in terms of UFA.

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I also think that Laich is gonna wind up with a brutal contract by a desperate team (The Leafs?)
Or the Islanders. Plenty of cap space to spend out there. But I could also see him pulling a Paul Martin and telling the crummy teams that are going to overpay him to take their money and shove it, in which case he ends up giving the Caps a discount cause that's his best chance to win a cup. That's about the only team out there that I see Laich playing for if he doesn't go to the highest bidder.

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04-18-2011, 08:59 AM
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It still doesn't make Brooks Laich worth $4MM.
You got that right.

He's a decent player, but like you said earlier, he won't put up 50 points here. No ****ing way.
We don't have the same support cast as WSH.

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04-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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Doesn't he center their 3rd line?
he gets a lot of PP time.

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Skrudland 2.0.

UFA grinder coming off a stacked offensive team looking for a big payout.
I found that alarming.

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he gets a lot of PP time.


I found that alarming.

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What did you find alarming comparing 33 yearold player to 27 yearold?

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What is with these ******** comments? We are playing Caps, they have a UFA that we get a chance to take a good look at before deciding.
comments like the following?

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Could be a nice upgrade over Fedotenko.
Sorry if I'm sound too much like I'm in atack mode, but there's a reason this guy has two Cup rings. He is championship caliber worker. If anyone wants Feds off this team AT ALL for any reason, they're a complete moron. I mean by federal law, officially stupid, not just in my book.
I hope I'm clear.
Yeah, there's what everyone else gave him credit for-he's cheap too.

No, 44-I'm not calling you stupid. Unless of course you're actually in favor of not bringing Fedotenko back.
Laich, as a playoff performer, sold me as one of the few playoff worthy Caps. I'd take em, but not for the purpose of racking up points.

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I don't know, I'm just not seeing it. There's a couple of things this team needs:

1) Elite forward
2) PP QB
3) Veteran defenseman

Laich is none of those things. He'd be nice, yes, but he's not something that we need. Would I like to have him? Sure. For what he'll likely sign for? No. Should he be any type of priority? No.
Because 2) could possibly take care of 1) or 3), I'd say a PP QB is our biggest need at this point. We have a Boyle in around the net. Gaborik, Prospal, Dubinsky, Christensen, Wolski for the sides, and nobody capable of playing the point on the PP. Ruins the whole damn thing.

As far as PPs go McCabe is still as fartbrained as a NYR as he was here in Florida.
I wish he favored his wrist shots as much as he favors winding up for their Ds shinpads.

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Fedotenko is only 32, and yet for some reason we all seem to think he is 38.

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Fedotenko is only 32, and yet for some reason we all seem to think he is 38.
unfortunately, some here now think "youth movement" means "nobody older than 28"

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Fedotenko is only 32, and yet for some reason we all seem to think he is 38.
My question is do we resign Feds for one or two years?

I would like to loyally give him two, but because his in game specialty is purely work based, do we just keep resiging him for a year each year until he can't give us the show he has been giving?

This will belong in another thread and I'll try to reword it so it's allowed within the crossposting rules!

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