Jun 26, 2018
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>pharrow</b></div><div>You know what. I hope they pay OV that much, I really do. I have no problem the Caps destroying that cap.
What I do know, is OV shouldn't be playing at 235-240lbs. He can't skate and everyone knows it. Other players don't even view him as being one of the best players in the league. He didn't get a single vote from players when they voted that. Not one. Even though he still scores goals.
It's because he's slow. He can't skate. He's one dimensional in that he has a great shot, but nothing else. He's not hard to beat on defense. He isn't going to smoke anyone with speed on offense. If 4 other guys aren't doing the work to create him space he's in trouble. One on One he doesn't scare a single opponent.
He might be able to play till 40 as a power play specialist. Sitting him his dot, not really skating much and shooting. I will give you that.
But every year he looks more and more like a statue out there. His line this year has been ineffective in 5v5 play. They are coughing up more goals than they score. I think if that trend continues, and I think it will, he won't be a 1st line player more than a year or two. He's 34, the game got faster. His wheels are falling off. Even with him focusing more on his speed. It's a bit late for that.
If I were WSH I would keep him at 2 year deals. You will end up screwed paying him on a 5 year contract till he's 40. He can barely keep up now.
By that 5th year you will be paying 11 million a year for a 4th line player.</div></div>
What do you consider as ineffective when looking at a line's performance at 5 on 5? Here's the Caps' current top line with Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Wilson while on the ice together at 5 on 5 play:
CF%: 56.98% FF% 55.38 SF: 160 SA: 123 GF: 16 GA: 14 High Danger Chances For: 63 High Danger Chances Against: 49 HDGF: 9 HDGA: 10
Let's compare that to the Bruins' top line of Pastrnak, Marchand, and Bergeron
CF% 59.03% FF% 57.95% SF: 270 SA: 178 GF: 30 GA 17 HDCF: 88 HDCA: 67 HDGF: 13 HDGA: 11
Is it really that far off? Main difference being that the Caps arguably have more scoring depth (7 double digit goal scorers vs 5). 4 of the Caps double digit goal scorers are not on the first forward line. Yes, that might play into your argument, but the Bruins rely much more on their top line than the Caps do.
Now, I agree that the tail-end of a long term, high dollar contract for Ovi could be painful. He's no spring chicken anymore, and I agree with you there.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>masterjuddi</b></div><div>I like the Crawford signing. It provided support, but also allows Crawford to show the rest of the NHL that he's still got it (if he does).
Caps seemingly played this G situation out perfectly with the contract to Holtby and how it expired right when the goalie of the future appears ready to start. I would feel bad for Holtby if he didnt win a cup, plus he'll get paid as a UFA</div></div>
Agreed on the Holtby front. I think the Caps are only interested in bringing back Holtby if he'll come back on a short-term deal. I think that'll depend on how he performs down the stretch. He's having his worst year as a full-time starter this season, and that doesn't bode very well for getting a contract in the ballpark of Sergei Bobrovsky, especially with how that deal has panned out for the Panthers so far. Look at Holtby's career stats prior to this season vs this season:
Career stats prior to this season:
GP: 420, GS: 411, Record: 257-108-40, SV%: .9198, GAA: 2.446, SO: 35, Quality Start %: .588, Really Bad Starts: 54
GP: 33, GS: 33, Record: 18-9-4, SV%: .897, GAA: 3.09, SO: 0, QS%: .424, Really Bad Starts: 8
He has a lot of red flags going into UFA. Depending on how many suitors he has, and what their offers are, I wouldn't necessarily be surprised if the Caps brought him back on a 2 year deal potentially, with a relatively stable AAV with where he is today. The biggest contributors into why this likely won't happen is that after next season, the Caps will need to have new contracts for Jakub Vrana, Alex Ovechkin, and Ilya Samsonov. The only real reason the Caps keep Holtby around is for his body of work for the Caps over a decade, and being sentimental.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>tkecanuck341</b></div><div>He's a pretty solid two-way defenseman with a high hockey IQ. His best asset is his skating. He's very quick on his feet, which in combination with his smarts makes it seem like he's always in the right position. His shot is average and his overall defense is average, but he's great a dishing the puck. He's not going to quarterback a 1st powerplay unit or anchor a PK unit, but would be a good option for the second unit on both. He's the guy that you want with the puck on his stick when breaking out of the defensive zone. He'd be a solid 2nd pairing guy on most teams in the league, or a quality bottom pairing guy on a contender.
As for his value, it's hard to say. He's a right-handed 2nd pairing defenseman that is on a league-minimum contract and is rights protected for at least 2 more seasons. With the position the Kings are currently in, I wouldn't consider trading him unless a 1st round pick was coming back to LA. Kind of like Kyle Clifford, he's worth more to the Kings than teams should be willing to pay, which is why I suspect that he's not going anywhere.</div></div>
Walker sounds a lot like Nick Jensen when he was on the trade market. Solid skater, good passer, but doesn't create a ton of offense, and isn't super solid defensively.