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03-29-2013, 02:10 PM
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#Caps GMGM just spoke for 37 minutes... lots of stuff coming

#Caps GMGM says Kuznetsov "It looks like he'll be a pretty dynamic playmaking center"

#Caps GMGM on Kuznetsov "He really wants to play in the NHL" says he has to fulfill his KHL obligations

#Caps GMGM says he told Forsberg he'd like to hav ehim in Hershey when his season's over

#Caps GMGM says "It's always the safe way to go" to have a guy start in Hershey then go to the NHL

#Caps GMGM says he watched Wilson last Saturday in Plymouth "He played really well. He's a real handful to play against"

#Caps GMGM on Wilson making the team next season "They make the decisions for us. If somebody's ready, we'll play them."

#Caps GMGM "We want to make the playoffs & that's the plan going into the trading deadline. What can we do that's best for the organization"

#Caps GMGM "I simply make decisions on what's best for the organization and the individual comes a close second"

#Caps GMGM on Ovi on RW "I think it's gone really well. I like the results." Talked about Ovi's shots on goal being back up there

#Caps GMGM says he agrees with the reducing of goalie equipment, says he doesn't think it's a player safety issue for the goalies

#Caps GMGM "I don't think it affects our goalies because they don't wear oversized equipment"

#Caps GMGM says he thinks visors should be grandfathered in

#Caps GMGM says he agrees with the current delay of game rules

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03-29-2013, 02:12 PM
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03-29-2013, 02:21 PM
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Someone, I think Corey Masisak, said on twitter that the Kuznetsov at center thing could be an attempt to get leverage on Ribeiro, which would just be ridiculous if true. No matter how much Ribeiro likes Washington, he has far more leverage and delusions of Kuznetsov, who isn't even in North America yet, at center do nothing to change that. Obviously you hope that's what it's about though. If he actually thinks Kuznetsov is the long-term 1aC that's way more troubling.

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03-29-2013, 02:43 PM
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sounds like ted and GMGM and a good meeting this week. Sell tickets do nothing

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03-29-2013, 02:52 PM
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You know what the best way to prepare a prospect for a position switch from wing to NHL center is?

Leave him in the KHL playing wing.

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03-29-2013, 03:30 PM
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You know what the best way to prepare a prospect for a position switch from wing to NHL center is?

Leave him in the KHL playing wing.
At least he's not following the eminger path. Got to try each narrow path before you walk through the open road.

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03-29-2013, 03:41 PM
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You know what the best way to prepare a prospect for a position switch from wing to NHL center is?

Leave him in the KHL playing wing.
More or less effective than simply referring to Brooks Laich as a center and then assuming it's true?

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03-29-2013, 04:46 PM
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Kuznetsov has played center and looked fine at the role. Just couldn't get the breakaways you would expect of him.

He also PKed for a while and did fine, but I believe I saw something about them taking him off it because he was using so much energy on the PK.

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03-29-2013, 05:07 PM
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So McPhee doesn't want to upgrade Hillen into Smid? Who knew?

At least he should get one power forward for the left side. Not Wolski kind of power forward.

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03-29-2013, 05:12 PM
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Also, we don't need Kuz to be center. LH top-6 LW is good enough.

Imagine MJ -> Kuz. That's quite an upgrade.

Kuznetsov-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer
?-Beagle-Ward
Forsberg-Johansson-Wilson (that's probably a very wrong concept but could be manageable TOI-wise)

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03-29-2013, 05:25 PM
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Kuznetsov has played center and looked fine at the role. Just couldn't get the breakaways you would expect of him.
He hasn't played it against men very often. In general I think his shift-to-shift consistency and tenacity suggest it wouldn't be a fluid transition. It could happen in time depending on just how tenacious/intelligent a player he becomes but developing those traits aren't a strong suit for this org. and he carries some of the shortcomings Johansson does as a center (only massively more creative and confident offensively). Initially I don't see how he wouldn't be at left wing as the risk would outweigh the reward.

Based on McPhee's interview with reporters it sounds like he's looking to make hockey trades.

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03-29-2013, 05:35 PM
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Well atleast we have a HOF center as coach to teach Kuzya the position.
But I tend to agree, this interview may just be to get Ribs demands of 5 year deal to come down to 3. I cant see him settling for less then 4

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03-29-2013, 05:43 PM
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This franchise is ****ed. What a shame, the current roster misconfiguration is very fixable.

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03-29-2013, 05:48 PM
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Also, we don't need Kuz to be center. LH top-6 LW is good enough.

Imagine MJ -> Kuz. That's quite an upgrade.

Kuznetsov-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Laich-Ribeiro-Brouwer
?-Beagle-Ward
Forsberg-Johansson-Wilson (that's probably a very wrong concept but could be manageable TOI-wise)
Charmin soft.

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03-29-2013, 05:53 PM
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Charmin soft.
What can you do about it? Trade MJ for some defensive center in Belanger mold perhaps. Not much else.

It's possible that MJ will replace Ribeiro someday. He could be kept for a while I think. #3C or top-9 wing anyway. His softness will be here just as Schultz is still in the roster.

IMHO

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03-29-2013, 05:55 PM
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What can you do about it? Trade MJ for some defensive center in Belanger mold perhaps. Not much else.
That's a start. If we have both Kuz and Forsberg on board, I'd move Laich for a more ornery wing.

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03-29-2013, 05:59 PM
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Univ of Minnesota UFA D Nate Schmidt is now available to NHL teams after Gophers were eliminated by Yale today. Considerable interest.

He attended Caps dev cap. I wonder if GMGM is interested.

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03-29-2013, 06:03 PM
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Another story. If Kuz comes here summer 2014 Ward will be in the last year of his contract. Maybe we can list him out.

Both Forsberg and Wilson are right handed.

Kuz - Backstrom - Ovechkin
Laich - Ribeiro - Brouwer
? - MJ/New - Forsberg
? - Beagle - Wilson/Fehr

As it is Caps lack 2-3 LWs in their "plan". I can easily imagine McPhee keeps MJ just to be the plug for that hole.

Ribeiro, Perreault, Johansson - they are all soft enough and still here. Thus adding Kuz is not a problem (and maybe will force some solution).

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03-29-2013, 06:09 PM
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I really don't get the MoJo hatred.

At least he gets and creates chances. He probably has more per game than any of the other 3 guys that were put in the same position combined.

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03-29-2013, 06:19 PM
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MJ isn't sure thing yet. I fear all of Forsberg, Wilson and Kuznetsov will not be so either, at least at their 1st season. Ideally I would add them all in different seasons. Just to prevent more holes.

But it seems we just can't do it. Then add MJ and MP to the equation. Somebody have to go. And that's MP logically.

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03-29-2013, 06:22 PM
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I really don't get the MoJo hatred.

At least he gets and creates chances. He probably has more per game than any of the other 3 guys that were put in the same position combined.
Yeah me neither, his drop passes are money and his finishing ability is second to none, especially a couple feet from the net.

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03-29-2013, 06:38 PM
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Charmin soft.
Not sure.

Not soft: Ovie, Backstrom, Brouwer, Ward, Beagle, Wilson (TBD), Laich(?)

I'm more worried about how soft the D is.

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03-29-2013, 06:41 PM
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I like MoJo. He has great speed and has looked pretty good entering the zone and backing the d off. Give him time and the finishing ability will develop.

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03-29-2013, 07:00 PM
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Yeah me neither, his drop passes are money and his finishing ability is second to none, especially a couple feet from the net.
MoJo was one of few Caps to exceed expectations last year and was injured/out of shape to start this season. When healthy he's a good young second line player.

Perrault should be getting MJs heat.

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03-29-2013, 07:19 PM
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So we whine about MoJo actually trying to finish, where as Backstrom either just touch passes it back and it either gets intercepted by an opposing player or it goes right into the feet of the Caps player.

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