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Saturday, May 1, 2010

What Next Year's Team Should Look Like

Time to get over the loss to Montreal and start to look forward to next year. This is what I think next year's team should be and why.

(cap figures provided by


Signed for 2010-2011

Alex Ovechkin $9,000,000, an elite player in the game, a must have for any great team.

Alex Semin, $6,000,000, a very talented but the caps should be very careful about a long term deal.

Mike Knuble $2,800,000, a great veteran player, and fits in well on the top line.

Brooks Laich, $2,400,000, a heart and soul guy and can play on any line.

Jason Chimera, $1,875,000, a fast gritty forward that every team would love to have.

Matt Bradley, $1,000,000, tough guy, a leader and not too expensive.

David Steckel, $1,100,000, good 3rd or 4th line center and a great face off guy.

Mathieu Perreault, $650,000, he could be a future second line centre.


Here is the 2009-2010 RFA compensation table. I think both this and the salary cap will stay about the same.

$994,433 or belowNone
Over $994,433 to $1,506,716
Third-round choice
Over $1,506,716 to $3,013,434Second-round choice
Over $3,013,434 to $4,520,150First-round and third-round choice
Over $4,520,150 to $6,026,867First-round, second-round and third-round choice
Over $6,026,867 to $7,533,584Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice
Over $7,533,584Four first-round choices

Nick Baskstrom:  I am guessing he will be re-signed by the Caps at $7,000,000. I don't think he will get on the RFA market and I don't anyone will spend four first round choices on him.
The Caps need this guy unless his price goes over $8,000,000, in that case losing him for 4 first round picks isn't all that bad. As for right now, I am going to put Baskstrom's re-signing price at $7 mil.

Eric Fehr: I'd be willing to pay up to the end of the second round choice for this guy, but if someone gives the Caps a chance to snag a first and third rounder, he should be let go because in today's NHL, the chance to draft elite talent and get them on the cheap is something that every team need to consider. Eric Fehr is nice young player, but not elite, and I would rather take the picks and the extra cap space.  For now lets say the caps sign him back for $3 mil.

Boyd Gordon: I don't think he is on anyone's radar, he should re-sign at his qualifying offer of about $840,000.

Tomas Fleischmann:  is same case as Eric Fehr, I doubt he will get that much but let's say he re-signs for the same at $3 mil.


Brendan Morrison:  Let go unless we lose Tomas Fleischmann or Eric Fehr to offer sheets, and then only resign up to $1.5 mil.

Scott Walker:  Let go he's too old

Quintin Laing:  re-sign at $500,000 to $600,000, he is willing to do anything for this team.

Eric Belanger:  let go unless we lose Tomas Fleishmann or Eric Fehr, then only re-sign up to $2 mil

What the lines should look like:


Scratch: Laing



Mike Green, $5,000,000, the top offensive defenseman in the game.

Tom Poti, $3,500,000, Steady, tough, and never takes a night off.

John Erskine, $1,250,000, Enforcer type, 6th Defenseman.

Tyler Sloan, $700,000, serviceable 7th D-man can also play forward.

Karl Alzner, $1,650,000, needs a chance to become a great stay-at-home D-man.

John Carlson, $875,000, could be a superstar in this league very soon.


Jeff Schultz had a great regular season this year, but needs to play better in the playoffs.  He is in the same boat with Flash and Fehr as far as compensation ( a 1st and a 3rd). I say he comes back at $3 mil or take the cap room and picks.


Shaone Morrison:  Re-sign only if we lose Jeff Schultz and only up to $2,000,000

Milan Jurcina:  Re-sign only if we lose Jeff Schultz and only up to $1,500,000

Joe Corvo:  gone and we can't afford him anyway



Scratch: Sloan


Semyon Varlamov:  $765,000, the Caps need to see if he can be a number one guy in this league.

Michal Neuvirth: $765,000 played well in short stints needs a chance to be a full time back up.


Jose Theodore: A class act, and I wish we gave him another chance in game 7. I don't think he really wants to come back and the Caps can't really afford him.

Starter Varlamov
Back up Neuvirth

If for some strange reason we're not happy with Varlamov or Neuvirth, then Holtby should get a chance with the big club or you can always find a cheap back up.


Ovie 9.0
Backstrom 7.0*
Semin 6.0
Fleischmann 3.0*
Fehr 3.0*
Knuble 2.8
Laich 2.4
Chimera 1.875
Steckel 1.1
Bradley 1.0
Gordon .84*
Perreault .65
Laing .5#

Green 5.0
Poti 3.5
Schultz 3.0*
Alzner 1.65
Erskine 1.25
Carlson .875
Sloan .7

Varlamov .765
Neuvirth .765


$56.7 million

*RFA signing estimate
#UFA signing estimate

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