Aside - Biron and Majesky just may be done in the NHL. If you can't get a spot on the Caps' blueline...
I think Biron is done, and should have been done after 2004.
Majesky... I'm not even sure he's done here. If the Capitals strike out with their Plan A and Plan B options on defense, I could definitely see a scenario or two where he could return. Conversely, if they sign one fairly expensive defenseman and need to sign another at a cheap price to affor him, Majesky might also fit that bill. The injury recovery time really killed him this year.
It's refreshing to hear someone with an open mind write about Alexander Semin in the media.
Thanks to those that sent in questions, just grabbed lunch and reading through the comments; I agree with the comments about the players on the ice for the PP, but I still think they need some PK coaching; interesting comments about the Halpern situation - I wonder if it is term, amount or both that is causing the strife, but first I have heard in awhile of any actual negotiations
This is pretty sweet. It's 1:30... seems he's going to keep going until they kick him off.
yes, he is answering a lot of questions, but now some people are repeating; hopefully, he continues; it would be great if the Wash Post sends him to cover the Bears next series
Great answer on the Pettinger question, although I can't say I am any more worried about injuries with him than anyone else; seems to me once he got in the line-up he stayed in the line-up for most of the season
"Matt maximized his playing time this year -- and will be rewarded with a contract he probably never thought he'd get. He proved himself to be a solid third line player. I like his game and this enthusiasm; i am concerned about his durability. Guys who play the way he does, always seem to get hurt."
Reston, Va.: Do you see the Caps bringing back the same goaltending tandem? I thought Johnson showed some good stuff in the last half of the season, and I don't like it when the team rides Olie too hard.
Having them split duties 60/40 seems to be a solid combination.
Tarik El-Bashir: Not sure. Olie is obviously coming back. Johnson did rebound (no pun intended) late in the year. In fact, he great in his final six starts. He's hands down the most popular player in the room. The young guys love him.
I hope McPhee keeps with the Kolzig/Johnson goalie rotation
But I also have concerns on Johnson being a legitmate NHL goalie, let alone a backup goalie b/c of his past history and some of the type of games he had this year...there times he looks brillant and others when it seems he went ******** but if the guy is that popular in the locker room and is content in playing behind Kolzig, I say re-sign him
Unless Johnson wants a mammoth raise, I'd sign him if he's keen to return... I would not be surprised to see a team or two tender him an offer, though. He turned a head or two down the stretch, I would expect.
Yet if he wants to be here, I would think it's a no-brainer... he only made $525K this year. Vets don't come much cheaper.
I don't think he said half decent. He said, "think medium and small names". That means half decent and not so decent.
Johnson may get salary offers that are more than the minimum that the Caps will want to pay for backup goalie. The Capitals have NO intention of paying their #1 goalie $5m and then giving him 40% of the games off. That makes no sense. Particularly when you factor in Kolzig's track record of shaky games after games off.
He likes to play and plays better when he plays and since he is making a franchise player salary, he is going to get franchise player ice time.