In addition to the Hunter gaining familiarity with the team, the dust settling, etc., something to keep in mind is the holiday roster freeze other than LTIR returns and call-ups as needed for a short period starting approx. three weeks from now:
NHL holiday roster freeze: Dec 19 midnight to Dec 27 midnight.
Caps schedule after tonight:
DEC 1, 2011 PENGUINS CAPITALS
DEC 3, 2011 SENATORS CAPITALS
DEC 5, 2011 CAPITALS PANTHERS
DEC 7, 2011 CAPITALS SENATORS
DEC 9, 2011 MAPLE LEAFS CAPITALS
DEC 13, 2011 FLYERS CAPITALS
DEC 15, 2011 CAPITALS JETS
DEC 17, 2011 CAPITALS AVALANCHE
then 3 games during the holiday roster freeze:
DEC 20, 2011 PREDATORS CAPITALS
DEC 23, 2011 CAPITALS DEVILS
DEC 26, 2011 CAPITALS SABRES
Speaking of the Ducks, Andrew Gordon has been bad.
Most Ducks fans I've spoken with have been satisfied with his overall play and work ethic, but are growing frustrated with his lack of production. But the whole team isn't producing and he's not exactly with high-end linemates.
3 30 goal seasons as a 24 year old. Legitimate power forward.
Not sure how he's overrated. He's a younger, better player than Semin on a better contract.
Not sure the stats agree with you. He's more durable and has played more games per season, but per game stats Semin is right up there if not ahead. Also his +/- is generally higher, even last season when Anaheim was good.
Looks pretty good to me. Getting two forwards with size that will finish checks and win puck battles. The defense get some muscle and experience. Might not even need Stuart, just get Gleason and keep Orlov. Trade Semin for a NHL ready defensive prospect.
Agreed, though in the coming weeks I want to see how much of the problems were a result of the system and how much was a result of personnel. On paper they look good with Alzner-Carlson, Orlov-Green, Erskine-Wideman (if I had a say) and even Hammer if we can get his confidence back but yeah right now I would much rather get a defenseman.
Meh, I don't think that trades and acquisitions will fix this team. Most of our core is struggling (with the exception of Backstrom and Alzner). They display a lack of fundamentals, and a lack of hockey IQ. Ryan or Iginla or anyone else will not make muchof a difference. Instead of making big trades we should concentrate on fixing what we already have.
this is probably nitpiking, but an nhl ready defenseman prospect would be hard to find a place for if you hope to have any experience balance. weve been thru this for years now.
the caps have alzner and carlson who are babies, not veterans. they will not be established veterans for years. add orlov by next season and thats half a starting 6.
that is the max. period.
there is no room for a legit, nhl prospect on defense
What we've been through, imo, is players called defensemen that cannot play defense. I'm not talking about Alzner or Carlson. I'm talking about the other guys. Jurcina, Morrison, Schultz, Pothier, Corvo are fringe NHL defensemen. Poti and Erskine do ok. Orlov is just a baby Cap and already playing great. Right now we have 5 NHL caliber defensemen (Alzner, Carlson, Green, Orlov, Erskine) playing and we need the depth on the Caps home and farm team. Hamrlik is an established veteran and he is terrible. He just decided to play longer than he can. I would much rather go with a faster, enthusiastic youngster than keep giving these washed up veterans a chance. Sadly, Schultz is considered a veteran . There would be room if GMGM gets past his fascination with Schultz. For the time being I'm going to give Schultz a chance under DH, but he has already been scratched so that tells me DH is unimpressed or going with the established, tenured veteran in Hamrlik.
Since it's a two year deal, and this is an out-clause rather than contract termination, might as well see what he can do next year. He wasn't exactly forcing the Caps to call him up with his play. Disappointing in that the longer Beagle's out, the nicer it would be to have a Sjogren type available to call up. But I can't say would have wanted them to call him up by now, especially if it was just to keep him in NA.
I mean, does anyone think he'd be happy if he chose to stick around due to an early callup, then was stashed in Hershey the rest of the season? (Would depend on the wording of his out clause of course but I'm assuming there was some sort of decision point put in and that's why this is happening now; maybe not though.)