Discussion in 'Washington Capitals' started by Brian23, Dec 30, 2020.
They all seem to love the Marino deal
Pretty sure he meant the WJC.
If we're doing it from ex-Caps, I see Brendan Morrison right now with a little higher upside.
Better finisher than Morrison but Morrison in his prime did have a 70 point season and was a passable 1C.
We'll see how he fares in these next two games. Can he elevate his play further, particularly if Canada gets behind? They're such a strong, balanced team that he hasn't needed to be great. He's been very good and perhaps their most crucial forward after Cozens but let's see if he finds another level if it's needed. He's created a lot for himself and his linemates but I think there's still a little more to give all-around.
The Caps haven't really had many goal-scoring centers in their franchise history. Backstrom leads the way at 243. CMM likely plays wing for at least a little while I'd think but he's got a chance if all goes right to be up there when all is said and done. One of the bigger near-term keys will be how they manage to integrate him into the PP because that should be an easier route to gaining confidence if they manage it well. I don't expect him to factor in this season much but if a key injury hits you never know.
Brendan Morrison or Lars Eller (I the Tiger)? The kid's already an elite shooter and has a crazy high offensive IQ. Will he be Kuzy? No. He doesn't have the wheels. Will he be Backs? No. He's not a pass-first centerman. Are those the only choices and otherwise he's a bust? No. If he continues to develop and has the motivation to improve in his weaker areas, he could be a terrific player. He's 19 years old FFS.
Good grief, people here are so spoiled and impatient.
Not Morrison while we had him, but well rounded, capable, not necessarily a standout skater, makes good plays and pots 60-70 points. Competent 1c/dreamy 2C
and a better version at that, probably to the tune of pushing 30 goals instead of 20
I’m hoping for Logan Couture’ish...shoot first guy out of the gates.
then they can try to switch Jensen-Schultz and maybe Dillon too
Anyway, this D looks deep as hell
A year ago we had only 3 players from those 6, mind you!
Jensen @2rd is a fail longterm IMO. swap with Schultz.
other than that, happy to try anything as an experiment for a short try.
Prime Mike Ridley might have been our best in terms of goalscoring ability.
I expect he’s in sponge mode watching and learning all year....might not even get a game unless he’s really stands out in team practice and they need bodies. Keeping expectations low myself also....
The Marino deal is OK, the Matheson contract is not.
I think Chara will need a more mobile dman to play with. I'd prefer him with Jensen.
They couldn’t be further from the truth lol. Their most reliable D is Dumoulin. Letang puts up big numbers but he has bigger and more frequent blunders than Carlson in his own end.
We’re very critical of our own players, but I’d be OK with laying most of the blame on Reirden. Our defense was horrendous in the Toronto bubble, way worse than what they are capable of.
They were also in Ottawa at the same time weren´t they?
Looks like you are right: 2003-2004 season.
I don't think the "insider reporting" about the Caps treating the bubble like a vacation was true, but one thing I did conclude silently (and before that report) was that the coaching (or players themselves) failed to keep them where they needed to be during the pause.
I felt like when the season paused the Caps treated it like the offseason had started, not like the season was on hold. A hungrier, more motivated (possibly better coached) team might have been able to treat that window like an opportunity to work and blow the doors off the bubble, and I'd speculate that teams like Tampa probably did. I don't think the Capitals entered the bubble to lose, but I don't think they treated the time before that bubble very professionally. Whether that's a failing of Rierden or a byproduct of the split in the locker room (if it's true at all), it was my overall impression.
That's not based on much besides the observable amount of rust on the Capitals relative to some other teams, and how much they were able to shake off. All of them looking that bad as a unit is either coaching, conditioning, or both.
Feels weird that they did but yeah guess so. Peter Bondra just seems from a very different age than Chara.
It absolutely does feel weird. Chara's career has been unusually long, that's why it's so hard to believe that these two players from completely different eras played together.
In fact, I thought that Chara was 39-40 when I heard about his signing, and I couldn't believe that he is 43. Chris Chelios comes to mind.
Inject all Chara height content into my veins.
Chara's been an NHL player longer than Lapierre has been alive.
Bondra is 52. He is a different generation
i remember the first time I coached my son, looked very similar
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