time will tell. only time will tell. we have between now and march to find out. its been my experience that trades talked about on these boards don't happen. that trades talked about in the media rarely happen. AND that the trades that the Capitals make are never talked about before they happen.
Take all that together and it tells me that Gonchar is not going anywhere.
so would skoula OR Liles plus the avs lst and Florida's 2nd from the worrell trade be of interest to the caps?
i figure the difference in 2nd to 3rd would be of equal value from mclaren to skoula etc.
Maybe in terms of Maclaren, but Stuart is not comparable to Liles or Skoula, with or without the draft picks. I would trade Gonchar for Stuart straight up before trading Gonchar for Liles OR Skoula and the draft picks you mention.
Well we in Washington know that Crazy Ron loved Sergei and probably would welcome him with the Sharks.
The Caps would prefer to reduce payroll but we all here know McPhee is asking a kings ransom for the "Goocher"
When reality settles in I would think the Sharks (provided they are in contention later in the year) and Caps would be good trading partners.
My take would work around like this:
Mclaren OR Stuart, plus 1st and 3rd
First, if I was San Jose Gm there is almost no way I would let Brad Stuart go. He is the complete package and still full of potential. Moreover, if find it really funny that you consider Mclaren and Stuart interchangable and having the same value. Did mention that San Jose first will likely be a very high one?
Liles is interesting as I have heard nothing but good about him but have yet to see him play.
I don't want to get started on Gonchar to Colorado rumors, but I highly doubt the Avalanche move John-Michael Liles. They consider him the best one out of our young defensemen... Martin Skoula, Tomas Slovak, Johnny Boychuk, Keith Ballard and Mikko Vittanen in my honest opinion.
If the Avalanche do business with Washington, it'll be centered around Olaf Kolzig. The only addition the Avalanche need to their defense corps is a defensive minded second pairing caliber defenseman. Gonchar, while a tremendous player, would cost us valuable assets that would be better served in trying to upgrade the goaltending department.
Anybody who thinks Pierre Lacroix will enter the 2004 playoffs with Aebischer as his starter is fooling themselves.
Didn't Stuart miss a good chunk of the season with a pretty serious concussion?
Bingo! I really like Stuart, but his development is being hindered by some injuries. Although missing most of last year was problably a good thing considering SJ's situation.
As for Gonchar, SJ WON'T move Stuart. McLaren is a different matter all together. We brought BIG MAC in to be that physical, hard-hitting defenseman that every team needs. UNfortunately, he's been playing like he found some skill someplace. After an apparent talking to by the coach, Mac's been playing a little tougher on the blueline, but he still has plenty of room to step it up.
That said, i'd be willing to part with McLaren + 3rd for Gonchar.
I think the $8 million dman is history. The CBA could end up making Gonchar a bargain at $6.5 in his prime years.
George McPhee....The Teflon GM. 15 years of failure and counting....
6 - Number of playoff series the Capitals have won since George McPhee took over as General Manager in 1997 (which makes him the third-longest-tenured GM in the League), three of which came in McPhee's first season on the job.