Jun 26, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>FloppyBiscuit</b></div><div>That's fair, and good point about the Orlov NTC. I guess if I was Washington, it's not the cost, but the term of the Jensen and Panik deals that has me worried.
Would it seem more reasonable if the 1st round pick was downgraded to a lower pick?</div></div>
I think it's still too early to say that Panik's contract is bad. He's been injured, and has been slow in picking up the Caps' system. The value of his contract is pretty low too, so I'm not super worried about him. He's still a serviceable third liner who can penalty kill at a high level. Jensen's deal isn't great, but the value on the contract is low. I think he's still got some positive value as a right shot defenseman, so I don't think the Caps need to sell a higher draft pick to get rid of those contracts.
At this point, if you can find a suitor for Jensen, I think you take it for any positive value. You can move Siegenthaler over to the right side on the third pairing and let Djoos or Fehervary come up and play on the left side on the third pairing. That'd free up a decent amount of cap space so the Caps don't have to play cap space chess every day.
All that being said, I don't think the Caps move Orlov. The difficulty in getting Brodin is that his contract expires at the same time as Vrana and Ovechkin's, so if the Caps were interested in retaining his services, that could prove difficult. Orlov's contract gives a bit more cost certainty to the Caps leading up to the Expansion Draft.