November 19, 2016
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He sure as hell earned this payday this season. I’m worried that he’ll regress to being the $6M defenseman he was before this season, but I’m feeling that he can be a true #1 defenseman for around 5 or 6 years of this deal. Even if this is a career year for him (which I’d expect it is), I’d rather have my #1 defenseman locked up long term.
We now have at least two years of control for all of Ovechkin, Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Oshie, Eller, Vrana, Wilson, Burakovsky, Orlov, Carlson, Niskanen, Djoos and Holtby. The core is intact and it’s clear we are going to try and win while we have the guys to do so. Whatever cap issues will come later, they clearly play second fiddle to winning in our window.
Forum: NHLYesterday at 9:56 am I can’t believe the Caps passed on both Wilde and Thomas, specifically Thomas. I like Alexeyev and I think he’ll be a good top four guy, but we needed a forward IMO. Our left side has Orlov, Djoos, Johansen, Siegenthaler and Geisser available long term, and the right has Carlson, Bowey, Niskanen and Hobbs. Wilde would’ve been a better pick to replace Niskanen in the future, but this team needs a forward.
With Backstrom, Oshie and Ovechkin all starting to get up there in age, grabbing a forward to play either center or wing with top 20 talent seems like a dream come true. These guys know what they’re doing, but it looks like a mistake to pass on Wilde or Thomas.
Forum: NHLThu at 10:30 pm
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