Yes, because you know what goes on in the locker room...
I have told you guys multiple times. I really do play for the Capitals and have been saying that Semin and his antics have gone to far. The other day he coughed when I told a joke. Some people said I was crazy that it was just a normal cough but I knew he meant it as an insult. Thanks to Ovi I'm now well versed in Russian culture.
I think it would be a mistake to move Varly at this time. He has shown more in the playoffs than the others, for starters. He is injury prone or has a soft groin yes, but lets not pretend that Neuvy and Holtby werent ailing at times.
George drafted goalies playing catchup to cover for Kolzig's career coming to an end somehow before George could see it coming. At some point or another, he will be forced to choose between 3 guys, all largely unproven. The market for young goalies, not that strong I hear. Will he choose the right one to move?
Call me crazy, but if forced to make a move, I may want to move Neuvy. He seems like a solid average goalie, but I want more. If goalies are cheap to acquire, we can acquire someone elses average goalie, if need be. Its prudent to buy time and see what Varly and Holtby have next season, if possible, before doing anything. Holtby especially, we need to see more before moving anyone.
A person can be a locker room distraction by ignoring the coach, listening to an ipod, and setting a bad example in doing so; no? I would listen but I dont "speak" english.
[QUOTE=RandyHolt;33497511]I think it would be a mistake to move Varly at this time. He has shown more in the playoffs than the others, for starters. He is injury prone or has a soft groin yes, but lets not pretend that Neuvy and Holtby werent ailing at times. [QUOTE]
I am not going to disagree with the idea of trading Neuvy over Varly. However, I do think the Caps should try to move one. I would imagine there would be several teams interested in a young goaltender, Avalanche and Coyotes jump out at me at the moment. Maybe even Florida too. I think there are a few teams that A. Need a goaltender now and B. have an eye to the future more than win next year.
Personally I would deal whatever goaltender gets you the most back in return. Because I honestly don't believe there is much between the two of them.
As for Semin, is this really surprising? You can tell by the way he carries himself that he is cocky and arrogant and you can see by the way he plays he is more interested in himself than the team. No one is going to publically say that though. Because even coaches who are leaving want another job somewhere. And no one is going to hire a guy who can't keep things behind closed doors.
varly. varly demands to be the #1 goalie or he goes to the k. rh? you give him that? you trade neuvirth and give him the 1 spot? when he goes down with his next injury and holtby shuts him down, what then? varly is right back where he was with neuvirth?
lets be fair about the injury situation with varlamov and that of holtby and neuvirth. varly consistantly damages his groin and his knee because he overuses his athleticism. it has happened three years in a row. neuvirth as suffered a muscle issue once. he had his mask break in a freak accident and missed a little time otherwise. holtby was hurt once and really doesnt have enough of a track record to rely on one way or the other.
my view is keep all three. my view is that if thats not acceptable to varly, then let him go.
TX, when did Varly demand to be the number one goalie? Find that link for me again.
Regardless, we wont roll out the red carpet for him if Neuvy or Holt get moved. He still has to beat out whoever remains.
His agent tried to get his guy some games, to stand up for his client, or so he could get himself a better commission. He will leave for the KHL if he doesnt play. Its not rocket science, he wants his client to play. He needs games to develop, and may even need games to keep his groin in shape, or to learn better positioning to ease the strain on it.
Holtby was hurt once? I seem to remember him hurt more than once since he took over in Hershey. IIRC, hurt more than once last year.
Agreed. Not all "distractions" have to be of the TO variety. If a high dollar player doesn't show any involvement in leadership activities and continues to undermind the coach by doing things his own way, then that can become and issue. Additionally having every one working on one page only to have one player believe they're beyond reproach (and the coach/GM not taking action to show them they're not), can have a huge negative affect on a group.
Cami in LA was this way.
I'm not saying 100% semin is those things... but after over a half decade of observing him, I feel like the odds are in that area.
Maybe I'm just misinformed but Irbe seemed less of a teacher/technician than experienced mentor. That might be how many get their start--and with three youngsters it makes sense especially given the language fluency--but this isn't Francois Allaire we're talking about.
varly's demand to be the #1 goalie comes from his apparant demand to be the playoff goalie or he would leave the team for the K. the idea of trying to get him some games, a share of the playoff duty just doesn't fly with the way things are done.
how many teams this season started both their goalies as a matter of course? luongo has started all but one game. thomas all of them. roloson started them all as did niemi.
if varly is saying play me or i walk, then he is saying he needs to be the team starter or he is moving on.
I'm wondering if he distracts OV which in turn affects the locker room? Maybe OV thinks he has to always be with Semin because otherwise Semin would be all alone. Thereby effectively excluding everyone else who does not speak russian. Those two do seem attached at the hip.
Hey too much time to think about what it could be?