Friday, July 11, 2008

Caps Sign Boyd Gordon to 1 Year Contract; RW Eric Fehr also has been Re-Signed

The Caps announced they signed Boyd Gordon to a 1 year contract today. In keeping with club policy - and why that is I can't fathom since in a shake of a lambs tail they will be published - the Caps Organization did not disclose the contracts terms. According to Tark El-Bashir, the deal is worth $725,000.

RW Eric Fehr has also been resigned, that happened yesterday, according to Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post, Fehr accepted his qualifying offer at a Salary Cap hit of $735,000.

All that remains now is Shaone Morrisson's arbitration on July 24th - after that the Caps will know if they need to shed some salary or if they've kept the team, less Matt Cooke, Cristobel Huet and Olaf Kolzig basically intact.

It may be a minority opinion, but I believe that Jose Theodore will do great here in DC and that he and goal tending coach Dave Prior will work very well together. Even before the great set of negotiating tactics Huet and his agent pulled, I had concerns about Huet's ability to withstand a workload of 60+ regular season games AND a longer than 1 series playoff run for the first time in his career. I have less concern with Theodore's durability, yes he has had an inconsistent showing before, but so too had Huet. Theodore really wants to be here and is as confident as he has been in a long time. He has a pretty good defense in front of him even though I must admit he is very, very likely to see more shots per game then he has in a while at Colorado.

There is no doubt in my mind that even if Morrisson's arbitration results require the Caps to make Cap room, ShaMo is one of the top 4 D-men on the team on opening night so it'll be interesting to see how things play out with Brian Pothier's recovery and the other players on the bubble.

Can't wait till next season - LETS GO CAPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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