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Why aren't the Caps using their salary caps space?

View Poll Results: Why aren't the Caps spending up to the Salary Cap
Ted is getting cheap or there just isn't enough cash 4 5.56%
GMGM and Ted are too conservative to go out on a limb because of the expiring CBA 15 20.83%
Combination of Items #1 and #2 - The CBA expiring is an excuse to not have to spend 21 29.17%
They would spend to the cap, but they didn't like the options this offseason 28 38.89%
The season is months away - they have something big planned 4 5.56%
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08-03-2012, 02:25 PM
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Is this for real? Erskine the best defenseman? And he was clearly talking about the salary cap, hence the lack of 's' at the end.

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08-03-2012, 02:27 PM
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John Erskine is a better skater than Mike Green.

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08-03-2012, 02:29 PM
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The best of the lot may be Erskine, and he's slow of foot, and somewhat easily lured outta position.


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08-03-2012, 02:44 PM
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John Erskine is a better skater than Mike Green.
It's official, we've arrived in....



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08-03-2012, 02:45 PM
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So Columbus has a better D and Erskine is our best Dman. It's the "truth".

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08-03-2012, 03:38 PM
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I'm kidding. There was a Stars fan a while back who was adamant that Erskine was faster. Just strolling down memory lane.

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08-03-2012, 03:57 PM
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The best of the lot may be Erskine
That's ridiculous, even for you.

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08-03-2012, 05:56 PM
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where can I find a good Caps depth chart?

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08-03-2012, 09:35 PM
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I'm kidding. There was a Stars fan a while back who was adamant that Erskine was faster. Just strolling down memory lane.
yeah wasn't directed at you, I knew you were being sarcastic.

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08-03-2012, 10:21 PM
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So Columbus has a better D and Erskine is our best Dman. It's the "truth".
Let me state this: the primary job of a Dman... is to play D. If a Dman can play D, and you can also get some O from him, that's a plus.

But even if the reader disagrees with this, one truth remains: where has the overabundance of offenceive-defenceman ever gotten our team? Some worthless division banners?

Hence, I value Erskine over Green. Erskine actually plays the position. Faster skater than Green? Given his injuries, they might be closer in speed these days, but Green seems to only have speed when he's pretending he's a forward, And I'm sorry, but I've watched tapes of the things that put him out, and I'm puzzled by some of them. They just don't look to be that severe to put a player out as long as Green has been.
So, we've got a fairly fragile Dman who cannot clear the puck outta our zone, is beaten frequently, and coughs up the puck regularly. So I value Erskine.

As to Columbus and their D, I hate the "trust me" argument, but it's true: any team would give their eye teeth for Jack Johnson. And Johnson is a better Dman than anyone we have.

And they go deeper: Wisniewski, Aucoin (the RIGHT Aucoin), and Nikitin are not half bad, and yes, better than what we currently have.

Tyutin... I was never that impressed with, although he'll provide minutes and score a bit, and in truth, he's never played on that great of a team.

The Caps: Carlson, Alzner, 2 that I though would do much better than they did last season. Truth be told, their stock is lower these days.

Green we've covered. Orlov had his moments, but it's going to take him some time to adjust to the league. Hamrlik wasn't much in the regular season, but had a pretty fair playoff.

Shultz? I've given up on him. Poti may not play again, and if he does, he's not much on actual D, anyways.

Sorry, but I like Erskine. He's the only one tough enough to stand his ground.

Now, you may disagree with some of this, but frankly, I feel that it's a pretty fair accessment.

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08-03-2012, 10:28 PM
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yeah wasn't directed at you, I knew you were being sarcastic.
Perhaps the other person's point was Green's speed is somewhat limited to the times when he's rushing the puck.

In our zone, it's hard to be fast when your coughing up the puck or clearing it like a midget house player, as Green frequently does.

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That's ridiculous, even for you.
Nothing personal, but it's rare when you show insight. Your grasp is limited to the obvious, and I'm not being mean, just honest.

No reply? I see you're on here.

Look, I realize that you've become a vocal opponent of McPhee. That's great that you finally got those trees outta the way of seeing the forest.

But how many years did it take you?


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And there it is. These boards have gone full summertime stupid, and there's still nearly 2 months to puck drop. Help us, Lord.

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WTF!?

I hate offseason.

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Unbelievable.

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He thinks Erskine is better at the defensive aspects. The Horror. Heads explode. Big.... deal.

The same discussion over should winning the Norris be limited to defensive Dmen, or should there be a separate award for the offensive guys, has spanned decades. Its Rod Langway vs Paul Coffey all over again.

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Nothing personal, but it's rare when you show insight. Your grasp is limited to the obvious, and I'm not being mean, just honest.

No reply? I see you're on here.

Look, I realize that you've become a vocal opponent of McPhee. That's great that you finally got those trees outta the way of seeing the forest.

But how many years did it take you?
You must be thinking of someone else, because while I have expressed skepticism of the team this offseason (for failing to replace Semin), I have never once called for McPhee's head. I don't think I've ever even said he's a bad GM.

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He thinks Erskine is better at the defensive aspects. The Horror. Heads explode. Big.... deal.
Then he should have said that in the first place. And really, Erskine over Alzner in the D zone?

It's just trolling. It's what he does.

And for the record, I really like Erskine. I hope Oates finds a way to use him rather than going months at a time without even talking to the poor guy.

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WTF!?

I hate offseason.
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Let me state this: the primary job of a Dman... is to play D. If a Dman can play D, and you can also get some O from him, that's a plus.
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As to Columbus and their D, I hate the "trust me" argument, but it's true: any team would give their eye teeth for Jack Johnson. And Johnson is a better Dman than anyone we have.
Does not compute.

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Sorry, but I like Erskine. He's the only one tough enough to stand his ground.
Ok, so you're one of those "physicality is all that counts for defense" guys. Good to know.

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08-04-2012, 11:40 AM
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Jack Johnson is a poor man's John Carlson. With a pedigree of being a whiny *****.

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Jack Johnson is a poor man's John Carlson. With a pedigree of being a whiny *****.
Without the even strength offense.

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Then he should have said that in the first place. And really, Erskine over Alzner in the D zone?

It's just trolling. It's what he does.

And for the record, I really like Erskine. I hope Oates finds a way to use him rather than going months at a time without even talking to the poor guy.
I like Erskine too. I think factoring all playoff games of all D in the modern era, he grades much higher than the 8 he is going to be next year.

There are very few back breaker goals he has been on for in the playoffs. The same cannot be said of some in front of him. Sure they carry a heavier load but they are supposed to excel there.

Erskine may be a waste of cap space if he is an 8. Injuries or pity may dictate he get games but the org is committed to developing Sarge no matter how many years it takes. I still think George has some trick up his sleeve but fear it will be Orlov in Hershey. It may come down to Oates liking toughness in our lineup at all.

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I am starting to like Erskine and Alzner

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