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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
GM George McPhee deserves credit for acting swiftly in securing Plan B, but, if I’m a Caps fan, it’s going to be a while before I find a comfort level with the team’s new No. 1 man.
We all know Theodore, still young at 31, has the physical composition to be one of the league’s best stoppers. His Hart and Vezina trophies in 2002 are testaments to his skill.
It’s the ensuing years that would have me nervous. His plunge in Colorado, and accompanying off-ice distractions, had some thinking he was playing himself out of the league.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
The talks with UFA center Sergei Fedorov are moving in a positive direction. “We’ve talked Sergei,” McPhee said. “He wants to come here and is willing to wait until some of the dust settles. We’ll continue to talk to him, but we’re pretty confident that we’ll get something done here.”
more on the Caps including Matt Cooke will not be returning…
from Capitals Insider,
I was also told that Laich has been fielding offers from other teams who are interested in possibly signing him to an offer sheet. When I asked if Laich was close to signing a sheet, I was told by the source, “You’re barking up the right tree.”
via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Update 2:18am July 4th (alanah): Aucoin’s salary for 08/09 is reported as $475,000.
We couldn’t come to terms with Cristobal Huet even though we met his ask and NOT for a lack of trying. We became very concerned that this player just didn’t want to sign with us so we had to move quickly to sign a new number one goaltender. We believe that Jose Theodore will fit in nicely in DC
-Ted Leonsis at Ted’s Take
“I was very nervous, almost like during the game” confessed Ovi to “MK”. “Still, these are different emotions. Probably because of the fact that at the games I work out physically, but here it was different, it was brain’s work out! Now I’ve realized that I can succeed not only playing hockey, but in other areas of life… College education will to add to my game, now I’ll try to think more during the game, to use the theory in practice…”
Ovechkin’s diploma thesis was about “Speed training of the top level hockey players”. He defended it with an “A”
more including a photo of Ovechkin receiving his degree
The Washington Capitals have signed goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract.
Update 3:25pm ET: TSN reports that Theodore’s deal is for 2 years, $9 million.
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
It appears both goalie Cristobal Huet and forward Brian Rolston are headed to free agency later today.
“Yes it looks that way right now,” Stephen Bartlett, the agent for both players, told Sportsnet.ca on Tuesday morning.
More on Rolston reported earlier on KK.
via TSN UFA Tracker,
Washington re-signs defenceman Mike Green to a four-year deal worth $5.25-million a season.
added 9:20am, from the Washington Capitals,
“Mike has developed into an impact defenseman in the short time since we drafted him, and he will be a key part of our team moving forward,” McPhee said. “We look forward to his further contributions as we continue to improve the hockey club.”
more on Green…
from Capitals Insider,
Huet and the Caps, in fact, aren’t that far apart, I’m told. But, as you know, a deal isn’t a deal until it’s signed. If a deal is finalized, look for it to be three-years, as previously reported, in the neighborhood of $5 million per. That’s a lot of money, but the Caps are comfortable with Huet and vice versa.
Green, meantime, has been presented with multiple scenarios, including both long and short-term offers, and his camp is mulling them.
more on the Caps…
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