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Overrated Oshie?

from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I have no problem with the Blues’ decision to trade forward T.J. Oshie to Washington for power forward Troy Brouwer plus a goaltending prospect and a third-round draft pick.

I never really understood Oshie’s elevated status here, and the star treatment that came with it. Not that this was all Oshie’s doing, but he personified the Blues’ celebrity culture, and the attitude of self-entitlement that permeated the locker room at times.

Oshie wasn’t the most disciplined player early in his Blues years. He matured off the ice but never reached his full potential as a player. The overrated Oshie had one 20-goal season here, missed nearly 20 percent of the Blues’ games over his seven seasons, never evolved into a leader, and fell into the shadows with teammates who vanished under extreme postseason pressure.

Though he dismissively plays it off now, Oshie criticized coach Ken Hitchcock late last season. This took some gall; I’ll give Oshie that. No one is saying that it’s easy to play for Hitchcock, but he did coach Dallas to a Stanley Cup and ranks fourth in NHL history for most career victories.

What has Oshie won?

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After Their Moves, Are The Washington Capitals Better?

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

By adding Williams and Oshie and losing Brouwer, the Caps now have $13.89 million in cap space, according to www.generalfanager.com. If we stick with the premise that Braden Holtby will earn roughly $6 million in his new contract and Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson combine for roughly $6 million, the Caps would enter next season with about $2 million in cap space, a perfect cushion to account for injury call-ups and trade deadline acquisitions.

But the big question is this: Are the Caps better today than they were when they were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 on May 13?

My answer is “yes” at the forward position and “no” on the blue line.

If you ask me if I’d rather have Williams and Oshie over Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr, my answer is “yes.”

If you ask me if I’d rather have Nate Schmidt, Dmitry Orlov and Taylor Chorney over Mike Green and Tim Gleason, I’d take Green and Gleason.

But we all knew the Caps couldn’t afford Green at $6 million and Gleason battled injuries through the playoffs.

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T.J. Oshie Trade Finally Happens

from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I thought something would possibly happen at the draft,” Oshie said. “After a couple of days, I just figured that I’d be staying in St. Louis. I got a call from (Blues general manager Doug) Armstrong today and my initial reaction was a little bit of shock, even though that I knew it was a possibility.”

The Blues’ ongoing search for a deal ended in Washington, where they found a forward in Brouwer, who they believe better fits their style.

Brouwer, 29, is a rugged 6-foot-3, 215-pound winger who has 132 goals and 255 points in 531 games with Chicago and Washington. He tied a career-high in points with the Capitals last season with 43, including 22 assists.

“Troy is a power forward in today’s game ... plays the way the Blues are looking to play moving forward,” Armstrong said. “We’re getting a different style of player. We’re getting a consistent 20-goal scorer. Those are valuable in the league. We’re getting a big body that can play. His minutes are high. It’s a different style of player than T.J. We probably have more players in our group like T.J. and less like Troy. That’s probably the easiest way to explain it.”

Brouwer, like Oshie, voiced some shock over the trade, but said he’s looking forward to his new chapter as well and hopes the Blues will benefit from the move.

“I’m an honest player,” Brouwer said. “I’m a guy that works hard. I’ve got some skill, I can make some plays. I’ve been able to score some goals. But I’m a big-body power forward, I like to play in front of the net, in the corners, play a hard-nosed game, I’ll fight when I need to. I like to (think) I’m a pretty well-rounded player with the ability to score 20-25 — hopefully 30 — goals but still be able to finish my checks and be a very reliable guy.”

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T.J. Oshie Traded To The Washington Capitals

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have acquired right wing T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said MacLellan. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”

added 4:58pm, St. Louis release is below...

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Mike Green Will Hit The UFA Market

from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,

With six days remaining before the July 1 start of unrestricted free agency, Craig Oster, Green’s advisor since the time he was 15, said Thursday that Green will be leaving the Capitals and marketing himself to other NHL teams beginning today.

Green, who is at the end of a three-year contract that carried an estimated $6.1 million cap hit, was never given a concrete offer by the Capitals, Oster said.

“They haven’t really come out and said there’s no way they’re signing Mike Green, but they haven’t attempted to do so, either,” Oster said. “I think the understanding is that it doesn’t work. Based on everything right now, we’re proceeding with the full expectation that Mike will be a free agent on July 1.”

With 10 goals and 35 assists, Green is coming off his best offensive season in five years despite averaging his lowest ice time [19:08] since his first full season in Washington in 2006-07.

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The Latest Talk On The Washington Capitals

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

It looks increasingly likely that forward Joel Ward will reach unrestricted free agency on July 1. Both his camp and the Capitals have interest in staying together, but the 34-year-old is looking for a four-year contract, which MacLellan has already identified as an issue. The sides haven’t discussed much beyond expressing their disparate desires and, at least between now and July 1, it’s unlikely the Capitals would change their intent to re-sign Ward for one or two years rather than agreeing to a contract that will take the winger into his late 30s.

Unrestricted free agents – or at least their representation — and potential suitors are eligible to begin meeting at noon on Thursday, down along the beachside row of hotels in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to Ward, forward Jay Beagle, forward Eric Fehr, defenseman Mike Green, defenseman Tim Gleason and forward Curtis Glencross will all hit unrestricted free agency on July 1. After taking care of their restricted free agents, the Capitals are expected to focus on bringing back Beagle and Fehr.

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On Re-signing Joel Ward In Washington

from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,

If the Capitals decide to spend some of their remaining cash to re-sign Joel Ward, who will otherwise enter unrestricted free agency for the third time in his career, the versatile forward would welcome returning with open arms. According to his agent, speaking via telephone Tuesday, the proverbial puck sits in Washington’s end.

“Washington is his first choice over going to unrestricted free agency,” Peter Cooney said. “We would like to re-sign with Washington and come back. Our door is open for the Capitals, absolutely first and foremost.”

Coming off a starring postseason role in which he tied for the team lead with nine points, facing the end of a four-year deal annually worth $3 million, Ward figures to receive a raise, regardless of his destination. At 34 years old, this could be Ward’s last deal structured longer than two years, and MacLellan already predicted that term length would “be an issue,” provided Ward for asks for a three- or four-year contract, which seems all but certain.

With forwards Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr also entering unrestricted free agency, the Capitals likely won’t bring back both of them and Ward, while still satisfying MacLellan’s stated offseason desire to acquire a top-six winger.

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About The UFA’s On The Washington Capitals

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The Washington Capitals On Exit Day

from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,

The white banner hung outside the team entrance to their facility read, “THANKS FOR A GREAT SEASON,” and deep down the Washington Capitals believed it had been as much. They gathered in Arlington one last time Friday afternoon before scattering for vacation, another second-round elimination behind them, the hurt of another early summer still fresh. They conducted physicals, held exit interviews, revealed injuries and, for some pending free agents, said goodbye.

It was the standard closing act, performed every year, speaking with freshly shaved beards before the curtain dropped for good on their 2014-15 season. Had the New York Rangers not bounced them in seven games, had they not squandered a 3-1 series lead for the fifth time in franchise history, they would have packed for a flight to Tampa Bay, bound for the Eastern Conference finals, the first many of them would have experienced. Instead, they cleaned out their lockers.

“We’re still sitting here today, so it doesn’t feel any differently,” forward Jason Chimera said. “It still feels pretty bad. It still feels like you lost someone in your family, for sure. It’s not a good feeling to be out here, but I’d be lying [if I didn’t say], as you get further down, you really start to believe.”

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Video- Game 7 Sights And Sounds, New York Rangers And Washington Capitals

via the the NHL's YouTube channel,

 

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