2020 Caps some changes

Created by: Kylonetic8
Initial Creation Date: Jul 22, 2019
Published: Jul 22, 2019 at 6:02 pm
Team: 2020-21 Washington Capitals
Legend
Lefthanded
Original Team
Righthanded
Position
No Move/Trade Clause
Expiry Status
Term Remaining
McDavid, Connor
$12,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
Team Explanation
2020 Caps team and some possible tweaks. Especially at goalie. Caps let Holtby walk, re-sign Backstrom to a long term deal to finish out his career in Washington.

Caps sign an underrated goalie that hasn't had a lot of chances, but shows a lot of promise (kind of like Grubauer for us in 2018). I think Darcy Kuemper is the guy. The deal I gave Kuemper is similar to that of Grubauer, but slightly less AAV for an additional year. This is generally what GMBM does to keep the AAV lower, and it could work for Kuemper too.

I also think Kuemper is a potential stud goalie (he has a .923 sv% in 84 GP since the start of the 17-18 season), and if not, at least just as good as Holtby has been in the regular season the last two years, but for half the price. Also trade Copley and bring up Vanecek, as next year his contract is one way. Samsonov gets to be the undisputed starter in Hershey for another year, and if he lights it up, then the Caps can expose either Kuemper or Vanecek in the Seattle draft.

Finally, with the extra cap space created by letting Holtby walk, and trading Copley and Djoos, they sign a stud RD in Justin Faulk and give him longer term to keep the AAV down again. In order to create cap space to re-sign Ovi in 2021, they trade Orlov in the off-season and that leaves room for Alex squared/Martin/Siegs to get more play time.

Thoughts? Is this crazy or genius or mad scientist? Let me know!
Free Agent Signings
RFAYEARSCAP HIT
Siegenthaler, Jonas2$1,000,000
Djoos, Christian1$900,000
Gersich, Shane1$750,000
Boyd, Travis1$825,000
Leipsic, Brendan1$750,000
UFAYEARSCAP HIT
Bäckström, Nicklas6$8,500,000
Kuemper, Darcy4$3,000,000
Faulk, Justin6$5,800,000
Trades
WSH
  1. 2020 4th round pick (ARI)
This gives Arizona a serviceable backup behind Raanta. Kuemper may be priced out of Arizona in free agency (because I'm going to sign him to the Caps).
ARI
  1. Copley, Pheonix
WSH
  1. 2020 3rd round pick (NSH)
We have a million LD, need a RD in free agency, since Gudas is gone in 2020. Trade Djoos, bring up Alex squared or Martin.
NSH
  1. Djoos, Christian
DRAFT YEARROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5ROUND 6ROUND 7
2020
WSH
COL
WSH
ARI
NSH
WSH
ARI
WSH
WSH
2021
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
2022
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
WSH
ROSTER SIZESALARY CAPCAP HITOVERAGES BONUSESCAP SPACE
23$83,500,000$83,190,962$0$0$309,038
Left WingCenterRight Wing
WSH
Ovechkin, Alex
$9,538,462
LW, RW
NTC
UFA - 1
WSH
Bäckström, Nicklas
$8,500,000
C
NMC
UFA - 5
WSH
Oshie, T.J.
$5,750,000
RW
NTC
UFA - 5
WSH
Vrána, Jakub
$3,350,000
LW
RFA - 1
WSH
Kuznetsov, Evgeny
$7,800,000
C
NTC
UFA - 5
WSH
Wilson, Tom
$5,166,666
RW
NTC
UFA - 4
WSH
Hagelin, Carl
$2,750,000
LW
UFA - 3
WSH
Eller, Lars
$3,500,000
C
UFA - 3
WSH
Pánik, Richard
$2,750,000
LW, RW
UFA - 3
WSH
Leipsic, Brendan
$750,000
LW
RFA
WSH
Dowd, Nic
$750,000
C
UFA - 2
WSH
Hathaway, Garnet
$1,500,000
LW, RW
UFA - 3
WSH
Gersich, Shane
$750,000
C, LW
RFA
WSH
Boyd, Travis
$825,000
C, RW
RFA
Left DefenseRight DefenseGoaltender
WSH
Kempný, Michal
$2,500,000
LD
UFA - 2
WSH
Carlson, John
$8,000,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 6
Kuemper, Darcy
$3,000,000
G
UFA - 2
WSH
Orlov, Dmitry
$5,100,000
LD
NTC
UFA - 3
Faulk, Justin
$5,800,000
RD
NTC
UFA - 7
WSH
Vanecek, Vitek
$716,667
G
RFA - 2
WSH
Siegenthaler, Jonas
$1,000,000
RD
RFA
WSH
Jensen, Nick
$2,500,000
RD
UFA - 3
WSH
Alexeyev, Alexander
$894,167
LD
RFA - 2

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Jul 22, 2019 at 6:40
#1
Joined: Jun 2018
Posts: 35
Likes: 11
I like the thought process but I don’t think Kuemper will be available for that much. You are right about him being a stud. Put the Coyotes on his back last year. Someone will pay more than 3mil a year.

Holtby will be a “cap” casualty unfortunately. But i see no way around it after bob’s contract. Unless they trade Oshie and Orlov and then cash out on Samsonov. Seems highly unlikely and a lot to sacrifice for Holtz
Jul 22, 2019 at 6:52
#2
Your Fav Dman is Bad
Joined: Feb 2018
Posts: 314
Likes: 207
I'm of the mind that Copley is better than what most people give him credit for, so I don't think that trading him away to facilitate signing a then 30 year old goalie to be a starter. Copley put up OK numbers behind a defense that hemorrhaged rush attempts and high danger chances, and seeing how bright the future is for Caps D, I'd be confident in him as a potential 1a/1b option for 2020-21. That said, if Samsonov isn't totally ready by that point, I wouldn't be opposed to signing a vet goalie as a 1a/1b to give Samsonov more AHL starts.

The Faulk signing is a bit iffy, only in that it depends on what you think you're getting out of him. He's never been a great defender, and overall his WAR (Wins Above Replacement, via evolving-hockey.com, check them out they're dope) expose him as a somewhat overrated D-man whose goalscoring ability doesn't always outweigh his other weaknesses. I wouldn't riot in response to that signing, but I wouldn't be singing GMBM's praises either.
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