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01-14-2009, 09:24 AM
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It might be time for GMGM to shake up this team

Anyone else think a shakeup would help light a fire under this team.

Let's hope this team isn't one who can only hear a coach for 65 games before tuning out.

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01-14-2009, 09:35 AM
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Anyone else think a shakeup would help light a fire under this team.

Let's hope this team isn't one who can only hear a coach for 65 games before tuning out.
it is most definitely time to panic. after all, we are only second in the conference, up by 10 points in the division, 7-3 in the last 10 and... wait, what was the question again?

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Anyone else think a shakeup would help light a fire under this team.

Let's hope this team isn't one who can only hear a coach for 65 games before tuning out.
It's been 3 games.

If it had been half a season, then maybe this is an appropriate suggestion. But this team has shown tremendous heart and fire earliler this year. It's just a bad stretch.

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How about we let the guys coming back from injury work their way back before we panic?

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3 loss in a row, this is a disaster, time to make change for sure.

Ovechkin: 1 point in 4 games, let's trade him.

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01-14-2009, 09:41 AM
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It's pretty much impossible for McPhee to do anything. Realistically, we only need two things.

1) Tom Poti
2) Less cutesy play. Clark needs to smack some guys upside the head and lead by example in this regard. Run a goalie or something. Anything.

If you want to try something really radical you could try to pawn Theodore off on the Islanders for a pick, but that wouldn't necessarily help us.

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01-14-2009, 10:01 AM
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The only shake up I've ever wanted was Nylander being moved...but that door is nearly shut. It's all drakes fault.

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01-14-2009, 10:06 AM
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Lets shake up the team. Metallic pregame music, sorry Journey.

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Its impossible to make trades in this league, so lets fire the coach!

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Ovie - Backstrom - Kozzie
Semin - Fedorov - Fehr
Flash - Laich - Clark
Brashear - Steckel/Gordo - Bradley

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The January schedule isn't favorable and the team is slumping at the same time, so it's going to be rough. By the same token, the schedule in February and March is very good.

I don't think they need a huge trade. It would be nice to get Nylander off this team, and off the books, but that's probably a separate issue right now. He was coasting when the team was winning, and he is coasting now. No real difference maker for good or ill at the moment.

The team's record will be fairly dismal this month, and it will recover in the February time frame, most likely.

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Ovie - Backstrom - Kozzie
Semin - Fedorov - Fehr
Flash - Laich - Clark
Brashear - Steckel/Gordo - Bradley
someone is missing from that lineup... who is it....

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Yeah...imagine what we could get in return for Ovie!!

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Yeah...imagine what we could get in return for Ovie!!
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I guess the real point is when we have guys in the lineup who will block a shot with their face just to stay with the team, we PLAY better! And now we have a bunch of one-way contract guys coasting around knowing they'll be in the lineup.

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There was a reason I created that poll asking who was the team's MVP aside from Ovechkin. Poti's value to this young team is so crucial, I think he might be one of GMGM's best aquisitions when put in perspective (fair contract, years / $).

Side note, the only person I can really see them moving besdies the obvious (Nylander) would be ShaMo. It all depends on how desperate they are to keep Alzner up.

Anyone agree?

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01-14-2009, 11:54 AM
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No time to panic. I don't think this team is built to go deep (needs a little tweaking), but a 3 game losing streak isn't the end of the world. Let's see how things can turn around (anyone else remember the early slump?).

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The team isn't as good as many figured it would be during its tremendous month of play, and it isn't as bad as it looks the last three games. Teams streak and they slump. The stretch run should bring a nice boost to the record, but in the interim, the Caps could take a bit of tumble in the standings over the next two weeks. Should be OK in the Southeast, though.

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01-14-2009, 12:22 PM
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Morrisonn for O'Donnell
Straight up.
Saves the Caps 725,000.

then...

Gordo or Fehr for a pick or AHL'er.
Saves another 725,000.

Ovie - Backstrom - Kozzie
Semin - Fedorov - Clark
Flash - Nylander - Laich
Brashear - Steckel - Bradley

Gordo or Fehr as the extra forward.

Green - Alzner
Poti - Schultz
O'Donnell - Erskine/Jurcina

Fits under the cap...but leaves little room (around 445k)

Aside from moving Nylander...that's about all I can come up with...and it sucks.

Bah.

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01-14-2009, 12:24 PM
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Yeah, the pre-requisite to any roster shuffles is moving Nylander.

The losing streak I think is just a combination of transient things: lack of urgency after a long win streak, immaturity, guys not yet themselves after injuries, snipers' aim a little off, bad luck.. nothing systemically wrong, I don't think..

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01-14-2009, 12:27 PM
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I think moving Theo could relieve our cap situation as well. Wasnt he basically assuming the backup role to Johnny not too long ago? Not that I am lobbying for it, but it doesnt seem too long ago that Clark's name was being suggested by posters as a candidate to move for cap space.

No worries here over a mere 3 game losing streak. My concerns for this season remain relatively unchanged.

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this is a young team, and young teams hit rough stretches. I'm just glad we're doing this now instead of in April.

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this is a young team, and young teams hit rough stretches. I'm just glad we're doing this now instead of in April.
Washington is middle of the pack in terms of average age so the young team excuse is no longer valid.

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01-14-2009, 03:58 PM
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Which isn't really that hard to do.

Ovechkin Backstrom Kozlov
Semin Fedorov Laich
Fleischmann Nylander Fehr/Clark
Brashear Steckel Bradley

Green Morrisson
Alzner Jurcina
Helmer Schultz/Erskine for tougher teams

When Poti comes back toss out Schultz for good. Keep Erskine as a 7th Dman. If he falters use Collins.

Fedorov and Nylander switch between centering 2nd and 3rd lines based on performance and chemistry. Semin and Fedorov and Nylander and Fleischmann have good chemistry already though.

Ovechkin Backstrom Kozlov KEPT TOGETHER FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.

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01-14-2009, 06:16 PM
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I think the Caps need to change up their lines. Personally I would like to see Backstrom and Semin toghether and let Ovechkin play with Laich. The Caps have become a one line team and they are not scoring enough goals.

BB went back to a the Laich-Backstrom-Semin line that he used in the playoffs last year. I wouldn't mind seeing that either.

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