Tuesday, June 24, 2008

GMGM Action Item #5 Completed

A while ago I suggested an eight item to do list and despite Ted Leonsis indicating we shouldn't keep reminding him who they need to resign, if you're keeping track here's the list. It's down to six things on the list since despite my suggestion, driven by sentiment and Steve Eminger's performance in the Flyers series, number 44 is now a Phildaelphia Flyer. That said, I'm pleased to note, that per Tarik El-Bashir, the buyout of Ben Clymer is complete with his clearing of waivers today. Good luck Ben, hope you don't come back and kick our butts some night but we needed the salary cap room. Here's the list with updated status

"1) Sign a #1 Goalie and continue to use Brent Johnson as their backup, and that likely will/should be Christobel Huet (UFA). (IN PROCESS)
2) Resign Defenseman Mike Green (RFA). (IN PROCESS)
3) Resign Defenseman Shoane Morrisonn (RFA). (IN PROCESS)
4) Resign Center Brooks Laich (RFA). (IN PROCESS)
5) Trade or buyout Ben Clymer's contract ($1.1m against the Salary Cap next year), unless they plan on using him at Right Wing, which doesn't seem to be a good option. (DONE, 6/24/2008)
6) Resign Steve Eminger (RFA). (OBE - Traded to Flyers during NHL Entry Draft)

7) If they can, resign Matt Cooke (UFA) for a reasonable deal (say ~1.25/yr for 2-3 years) and put him on the depth chart as a Right Wing. (STATUS UNKNOWN, but Doesn't Look Good)
8) Attempt to work a deal with Sergei Federov to get him back on the roster to finish out his career over the next 2-3 seasons. Yes this will be tough - Federov made $6M last year, the Caps don't have that kind of Cap room and Michael Nylander will make $5.5M and his current contract has a No Movement Clause (NMC) through 2011. (STATUS UNKNOWN, but I wouldn't bet on it)

Can't Wait Till Next Season; LETS GO CAPS!!!!!

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