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Capitals Re-sign Olaf Kolzig, $10.9m/2y

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02-11-2006, 02:06 PM
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Capitals Re-sign Olaf Kolzig, $10.9m/2y

TSN: Capitals extend Kolzig's contract

$5.45m per season until 07-08. To me it seems like a lot, but with the cap going up - and the Capitals not exactly testing its limits anyways - it's not that much of an issue. Kolzig's previous contract had been for $4.94m

As the article states, that's one less goalie on the trade-deadline market.

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02-11-2006, 02:08 PM
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TSN: Capitals extend Kolzig's contract

$5.45m per season until 07-08. To me it seems like a lot, but with the cap going up - and the Capitals not exactly testing its limits anyways - it's not that much of an issue. Kolzig's previous contract had been for $4.94m

As the article states, that's one less goalie on the trade-deadline market.
I think this and the Koivu signing indicate that the market will be going up this Summer with the cap.

With the smaller crop of available talent than last Summer, and the more spending room, expect to see more players making bigger bucks.

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I'm glad the Caps locked him in, but it's for too much money.

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I'm glad the Caps locked him in, but it's for too much money.
It's looking like this is the price for a top 10 goalie these days. I'm not shocked he got $5+ million.

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I'm glad the Caps locked him in, but it's for too much money.
if this guy was on a team like Detroit, or Colorado, or Philly he would in Vezina contention and would have won them another 5 games by himself.

the guy is an elite goaltender loyal to a team who, under any other situation, would have peddled him off for picks and prospects years ago.

what else can you ask for?

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Very fair contract. Not overpaid, nor underpaid.

He's their #1 and has stuck with the team, he deserves monetary commitment from ownership (like Bondra should have got...)

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5.45 million a year is a decent amount. This guy steals games and like others have said, put him on a DET/COL/VAN/EDM etc and he'd have a 2:1 win/loss ratio.
Luongo's market has been set.

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I'm glad the Caps locked him in, but it's for too much money.

if the Cap goes up, Washington still has to be observe the bottom limit of the salary cap

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To me this deal is a signal that the Caps will be pretty active in the free agent market, because Kolzig wouldn't be too interested in staying with a "loser team" for the next two years.

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Suck it, Habs, Avs, and Oil fans

Brings up a very good question though:

What is the value of a starting goaltender on the trade market? Apparently it's rising if now Marc Denis and Olaf Kolzig have now come off the market by their respective teams.

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Kolzig was just on the team's podcast. He said that while he didn't expect major changes, citing very strong team chemistry, he thinks that the Capitals will be adding depth and some skill over the summer. It should still be a young team building from within, but they might take a stab at Jokinen and a defenseman or two. They will be looking to bring Semin back as well.

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To me this deal is a signal that the Caps will be pretty active in the free agent market, because Kolzig wouldn't be too interested in staying with a "loser team" for the next two years.
Minus the whole, 'loyalty' thing, or 'city attachment' issues, of course....

I guess you have his motives figured out.

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This seems alot to me. I guess the Caps can afford it, and it is only two years. Also interests me because if gives a guide to what Luongo can possibly get.

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To me this deal is a signal that the Caps will be pretty active in the free agent market, because Kolzig wouldn't be too interested in staying with a "loser team" for the next two years.
Kolzig wants to keep his family in Washington. It has nothing to do with a losing team.

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This seems alot to me. I guess the Caps can afford it, and it is only two years. Also interests me because if gives a guide to what Luongo can possibly get.
I think that more than anything else, it's a nod to what Nabokov and Turco received. Those contracts set the market.

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Seems Ok!

Kolzig is one of the better goalies in the league. I don't think that he got that kind of money with one of the top teams in the league

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Kolzig wants to keep his family in Washington. It has nothing to do with a losing team.
Well, he'll be moving them, considering that Kolzig's family has been living in Washington State on the other side of the country all season. Kolzig's been renting a place with Witt, I believe. It still looks like Witt's going to be moved, though.

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i think it's a smart move by the caps, while i think the contract is a lil bit to much, it tells young players on the team that capitals management treats it players right if you are a good soldier.

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Hmm, interesting deal. I guess Kolzig wanted a two year deal in order to see where the Caps would be by then and whether they had a realistic shot at the playoffs. Guess if they aren't going anywhere by then he can always sign with a team closer to the promised land for a last shot at the Cup.

Might be a bit high, but I see nothing wrong with paying one of your team's heart and soul players just a tad more than what you would expect.

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Suck it, Habs, Avs, and Oil fans

Brings up a very good question though:

What is the value of a starting goaltender on the trade market? Apparently it's rising if now Marc Denis and Olaf Kolzig have now come off the market by their respective teams.
Habs fans wanted Olaf Kolzig?

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Suck it, Habs, Avs, and Oil fans

Brings up a very good question though:

What is the value of a starting goaltender on the trade market? Apparently it's rising if now Marc Denis and Olaf Kolzig have now come off the market by their respective teams.
For that price, no thanks.

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Minus the whole, 'loyalty' thing, or 'city attachment' issues, of course....

I guess you have his motives figured out.
Cut him some slack, you know everyone here who posts are psychologists-scouts-agents-attorneys-general managers-"cap"'ologists-omnipotent beings rolled into one. sarcasm:

For his next trick, Kolzig will demand a trade because he's getting paid so much.

I'm sure Caps fans are happy, they don't care what people say at this point. If this team signs the right free-agents come summer I'll be scared. You have the goalie, you have the cornerstone forward, all that is left is to find the right mix of players.

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this might mean that the caps will try to sign some good FAs next year... tired of losing? maybe

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I'm not sure that Kolzig is correct (i.e. that the Capitals will be a legitimate playoff contender before he reaches retirement age) but I am happy to see him inked. Two years gives them room to walk away, else try to sign him for one or two more years when it expires.

Numbers don't appear to justify those contract numbers, but it's squarely in the middle of the established market for goalies who have signed extensions this season, and he's not going to sign for less as a UFA-eligible player after the numbers given out to Turco, Brodeur, Nabokov this year. Strikes me as a fair and generous contract offer for a guy who has meant a good deal to this team, whose play has been great this year. It's a positive signal to UFAs as to how quickly the Caps want to turn it around, and how they treat their veterans.

Not enough people make allowances for the defense behind which Kolzig has played this year. He's certainly had better numbers in the past, but he's playing behind Witt, Heward, Muir, Morrisonn, Eminger, Biron, Majesky, Yonkman... and Eminger has been injured for the past few weeks. Some of those guys are going to improve with experience (while others never will), but that's grim any way you look at it this year. Kolzig has not been part of the problem this year. Plus he'd be wearing the C if goalies had that option.


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It's a fair amount for Olie. He's still a top tier goalie and definately the team leader.

I hope the Caps can get someone in place to take over once he is gone. Ouellet didn't work, Daigneault hasn't gotten many chances in the AHL, and Stana is pretty much gone.

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