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Forum: Washington CapitalsFeb. 22 at 8:20 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>qc14</b></div><div>- I think Lappierre remains in the org. Not enough depth at forward to necessitate a move and he doesn't have a high enough pedigree/strong enough results to be worth a lot on the open market anyways.
- The forward version of Sandin (in terms of the bet, hopefully not in terms of results so far!) is exactly what I think GMBM wanjts to do. Would love Frost but I think most of the issues between him and Philly have been cleared up and I don't think he'll be available. MIddlestadt I don't know if the caps have what it takes to make a move for. Not sure what other options are out there
- Leonard I think we really have to wait to see how he looks without Perrault/Smith. Not saying he's being carried by them as almost all prospect guy says that he drives a lot of that line, just that the chemistry between them is so good it's tough to know what other situations look like. By second line winger I think more they mean that he's not going to be the best winger on a cup contender -- more of a brady Tkachuk than a Matthew
- Lindholm
- I think changing the scheme hasn't been as important as not having Kuzy ... obviously no one would ever admit that</div></div>

Should clarify on my first point, I don’t mean out of the org, just not being called up this year so they can see others. Think he’s a top candidate for 3C next season.
Regarding Lindholm, I feel they’ll likely balk at his asking price. Not sure they’re comfortable devoting 9 out of a free 12 mil to him.
I like Mittelstadt as a youth option also.
Forum: Washington CapitalsFeb. 22 at 6:44 p.m.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>NoVaSpartan</b></div><div>Notes from El-Bashir's mailbag as we barrel towards the deadline:
- Keep an eye on Clay Stevenson to move up his eta, especially if there are subtractions at the deadline.
- Caps will likely use their 1st on a center or a RHD. Looking for the next Backstrom or Carlson.
- McMichael is now viewed by the organization as a "graduated" prospect. So, no more trips to Hershey for him, even (potentially) for the AHL playoffs.
- Teams aren't allowed to share almost anything about players in the assistance program, and may not even know all the details regarding circumstances themselves. So, in the dark on Kuznetsov.
- TEB's rankings for players who could get traded at the deadline (from highest to lowest): Dowd, Edmundson, Mantha, Jensen, TvR, Pacioretty, Lindgren, Kuemper. Caps aren't looking to trade players for low round picks, looking still to retool and feel the depth of the draft is weak. Says Dowd has been on team's radars for a while and would also add NAK into trade talks.
- Expects Dowd, Mantha, and Edmundson to generate most interest at the deadline (as said above) and that Dowd will provide the biggest return.
- On the top of Leonard's ceiling, has heard 2nd line winger deployed in all situations.
- Also on Leonard, says gut feeling is that he will return to BC next year. Could change if they win it all and Smith+Perreault move on, as well as assurances that a top 9 spot will not be a crowded competition. Leonard is "hyper-aware of the fine line" between making a jump early vs arriving at the right time.
- Deadline will likely be similar to last year if they sell. Trading UFAs and looking for youth/prospects to expedite the rebuild. Also says Caps would like to make another Sandin style move.
- Thinks Frank, Stevenson, Limoges, and maybe Sutter to get chances in the NHL if the situation arises, along with Dube who just got called up.
- Deadline will shed more light on the Caps plan for TvR, Jensen, and Bear. Carlson isn't going anywhere, and the signing of Bear likely means they think Iorio is still a decent ways away.
- Expects Trineyev and Stevenson to be the "surprise" prospects to make the team over the next 2-3 years.
- Caps still view Lapierre as a middle 6 center, no change on their view of him.
- Says he would be very surprised if the Caps don't find a way to add a pass first, veteran top 6 center.
- Zegras obviously fits the bill on the type of player the Caps want to add, but doesn't know how they feel internally on him.
- Caps could look to take on bad contracts for picks. Doesn't name any targets.
- Carbery has tweaked his offensive zone philosophy to get the defense involved recently and has tailored his scheme to fit this Caps team. Initial results look promising following the Florida game, they're 3-1-1 since, with most of the goals coming from the "house" area of the ice.</div></div>

Huge wall of text so here are my thoughts:
- Wonder if we'll see Lapierre again or if they'll go elsewhere. Since they still view him as a middle 6 center, I wonder if they've gotten the look they wanted and have a plan in place already for next year.
- In the vein of a Sandin style move: maybe Morgan Frost? would depend on if he's available.
- Caps seem slightly lower on Leonard than some scouts. Surprised by the "2nd line" tag.
- Not sure who fits the bill regarding veteran center. Pavelski?
- Interesting to see how Carbery has tailored his scheme. Would like to see how it works the rest of the year.
Forum: Washington CapitalsFeb. 22 at 6:43 p.m.
Notes from El-Bashir's mailbag as we barrel towards the deadline:
- Keep an eye on Clay Stevenson to move up his eta, especially if there are subtractions at the deadline.
- Caps will likely use their 1st on a center or a RHD. Looking for the next Backstrom or Carlson.
- McMichael is now viewed by the organization as a "graduated" prospect. So, no more trips to Hershey for him, even (potentially) for the AHL playoffs.
- Teams aren't allowed to share almost anything about players in the assistance program, and may not even know all the details regarding circumstances themselves. So, in the dark on Kuznetsov.
- TEB's rankings for players who could get traded at the deadline (from highest to lowest): Dowd, Edmundson, Mantha, Jensen, TvR, Pacioretty, Lindgren, Kuemper. Caps aren't looking to trade players for low round picks, looking still to retool and feel the depth of the draft is weak. Says Dowd has been on team's radars for a while and would also add NAK into trade talks.
- Expects Dowd, Mantha, and Edmundson to generate most interest at the deadline (as said above) and that Dowd will provide the biggest return.
- On the top of Leonard's ceiling, has heard 2nd line winger deployed in all situations.
- Also on Leonard, says gut feeling is that he will return to BC next year. Could change if they win it all and Smith+Perreault move on, as well as assurances that a top 9 spot will not be a crowded competition. Leonard is "hyper-aware of the fine line" between making a jump early vs arriving at the right time.
- Deadline will likely be similar to last year if they sell. Trading UFAs and looking for youth/prospects to expedite the rebuild. Also says Caps would like to make another Sandin style move.
- Thinks Frank, Stevenson, Limoges, and maybe Sutter to get chances in the NHL if the situation arises, along with Dube who just got called up.
- Deadline will shed more light on the Caps plan for TvR, Jensen, and Bear. Carlson isn't going anywhere, and the signing of Bear likely means they think Iorio is still a decent ways away.
- Expects Trineyev and Stevenson to be the "surprise" prospects to make the team over the next 2-3 years.
- Caps still view Lapierre as a middle 6 center, no change on their view of him.
- Says he would be very surprised if the Caps don't find a way to add a pass first, veteran top 6 center.
- Zegras obviously fits the bill on the type of player the Caps want to add, but doesn't know how they feel internally on him.
- Caps could look to take on bad contracts for picks. Doesn't name any targets.
- Carbery has tweaked his offensive zone philosophy to get the defense involved recently and has tailored his scheme to fit this Caps team. Initial results look promising following the Florida game, they're 3-1-1 since, with most of the goals coming from the "house" area of the ice.
Forum: Armchair-GMFeb. 19 at 8:09 a.m.