just a thought. since wilson was a left wing lock kind of guy replaced by....well...ive purged cassidy from my memory....hanlon was a defense first guy. now hunter. defense first. boudreau when no longer coaching what he wanted to coach was defense first.
could it be that MCPHEE is the defense first influence and the worst thing possible for this franchise was the breakdown of boudreau's control of the program?
I REALLY hope he stays in Washington. At least until this team can get close to a cup. I LOVE watching him. At times, I feel like I like him more than Ovi (blasphemy, I know.) I've just become a huge fan of the guy, and would like to see him stay here and succeed. I wish he would step up and prove his worth while Backstrom and Green are out, but so far he hasn't done that.
I hate to think about it, but if he doesnt resign this season, he'll be back in Russia. I absolutely cannot see him signing anywhere else in the NHL. I think Ovechkin is a big part of his staying here.
McPhee is not trading either 1st, unless it's to move up in the top 5 in the draft. The man loves his draft picks, and scouts.
None of the group of 28/52/55/30/71 will be dealt, cause GMGM will not let his drafted players with promise go. If they are, someone big is coming back, and the only ones of the 5 I'd expect to go would be holtby or maybe semin, if we got a lot back.
If anything we'll see minor depth tweaks, and late picks shipped out w/ a prospect for "playoff help". Perrault, Erskine, and maybe even Hendricks could be dealt.
Hopefully DH and the boys squeak into the playoffs, and do some sort of damage, instead of flaming out. the window has pretty much closed, hopefully they realize that, and smash through it come playoff time.
Maybe Ward will pay off if we make it there.
If I were Semin I'd be praying for a trade to hockeytown......I can see him becoming a force next to Pavel.
If he ends up on the wings...we're going to all see him turn into a star.....which of course would suck.....but hey next to Kuz signing a 10 yr deal in the K that would end this hockey season nicely don't ya think?
Last edited by sunnydaycrash: 02-23-2012 at 05:40 AM.