I'd trade Semin...If he did anything Washington would have won this series before game 7. Don't be fooled by the pointless reguluar season dangles....wfc about that.
I'd resign Vik cheap. Like I previously said.
Def resign Feds for the right price. We can't **** all over the whole team for 1 loss.
Flash..meh I'd like to see him more of a scratch, but he does some stuff that impresses me.
I'd like to see Alzer up, maybe sign a Scott Hartnell/Umberger type to replace Semin...etc
This sounds bad, but I don't think BB is teh coach to take us to the next level. He's done such a great job getting this team from the dog **** Hanlon days to a top team, but we need a structured coach who can teach some team D. I know guys like Green and company have it in them...but we need a 82 games of it. If by December it's just the same movie as this year, I'd tube BB.
But the most important thing we need, I think, is Semin gone and replaced with scoring grittz nasty to play against SOBs.
-Nyls for anything. Even willing to give up a first if we get something serviceable back at cheap price
-Clark for anything. I think he's done. Sucks cause 2007 clark is the player we need.
-Pothier I think has improved his value as he shows he's over his injury. I could see getting something of value. Need the cap space and puck movers are valued in this league. But I think gmgm keeps him and makes carlson beat him out and trade him at camp.
-Mo: I think he may get us something of value and we need cap space
-semin only if we returned good value
-either jonny or theo obviously, but only drop theo if cap space is used on acquisition
-brash: need to get cheaper on 4th line and stecks is already getting more. Need another min salary guy. Sucks cause I thought BB should have played brash game 6 and 7.
Keep if only:
-kozlov at same price for no more than 2 years
-feds for half year neids type deal. Keep him fresh and despite how bruce used him in ot game 5, having him for ot in regular season or when trailing is a weapon.
A mobil vet dman. Overpay in ufa if you have to. Ohlund is dream. Use semin money and expected raise.
A gritty forward or two with speed.
Again, he was the best Cap in the playoffs last year and one of the best against the Rags this year. One bad series in which he's obviously injured, and you write him off?
Clearly his play makes him easy to bash. There's no middle ground with Semin and that's the problem. He's usually great or really crappy. Consistancy is little to do with injury. Intelligent, hardworking players are consistant. Semin just isn't consistant enough.
How many times do we have to watch him make an absurd lazy pass, take a lazy stick penalty, or watch him overskate a puck that nobody from the other team even touches!?!?!
Look, it's late, I'm angry and I'm frustrated. At this point Semin shouldn't be shouldering the major blame, but it's got to be clear even to the biggest Semin supporter that he's still got a long way to go to become even an all-star calibre player, much less a superstar like some claim he is.
I'd keep Semin if I knew Ovy would have a heart to hearty and tell him what he needs to work on. But this is the guy the Caps had to sue to get him to play for them...just when you add it up, he's tradebable.
We had two major problems this series that killed our puck possession:
1. Breakouts due to poor forward positioning/tactics/coaching and our slow, steelhanded dmen were our healthiest
2. Turnovers. Some were in our zone based on breakouts. But most were in offensive zone at the attacking blueline. A lot of it was all of our high skilled players playing 1 on 3 instead of using their teammatrs. Semin was by far the worst and I doubt he ecer changes. When you have attacking dmen like green or slow footed erskine or juice, that just kills you. Its like nhl09 at times.
Outsider here...I've watched about 10 regular season games of the Caps and every single playoff game this year...I think it is obvious: you guys NEED to get rid of Semin, Kozlov and Backstrom.
Trust me, they are skilled no doubt. Especially Semin and Backstrom. But you will not win with these guys in the playoffs. They will never do the things required like hit, take it hard to the net every time need and stand in front of the net and occasionally mix it up. You guys really need rough and tough gritty boys out there. I really felt bad for OV whose so tough and being a star has to do the hitting as well. You can get pretty good return for those guys and they need to be dealt in order to be an effective team in the playoffs. Other than that Green needs to improve his defensive game, which I'm sure he will in the following years, and not sure what your goalie situatio is for the future as he looked like he crapped his pants out there with his paper glove.