Phil Posted May 14, 2017 Share Posted May 14, 2017 You can strengthen the support system until all the spinach in the world has been consumed, but it is difficult to imagine management doing much more than signing Justin Williams and Matt Niskanen as free agents and trading for T.J. Oshie and Kevin Shattenkirk over the past two years to accomplish that objective. You can pick apart Karl Alzner and Tom Wilson all you want. You can run through the pluses and minuses of another coach or even run through another coach if you think there is a better one out there than Barry Trotz. But what do you do when your signature player, your franchise player, is never the best player on the ice when it counts the most? Ovechkin remains one of the most compelling athletes in the NHL. But he will turn 32 before next season starts. His recklessly physical style of play has taken a toll. He is coming off a year in which he took the second-fewest shots of his career. He scored 16 even-strength goals, by far the lowest full-season total of his 12-year career (25 in both 2010-11 and 2011-12), that tied for 67th in the NHL. And he has four years remaining on a contract that carries a $9,538,462 million cap hit through 2020-21. That makes him tradeable only for a player or combination of players carrying a similar obligation, and only to a team for which Ovechkin would waive his no-move clause. The Capitals fans likely would buy into an Ovechkin deal at this point. But there is surely no guarantee that owner Ted Leonsis would be amenable to moving on from the individual who almost singularly transformed the Caps into a power brand in the league and a vibrant product in D.C. and for whom he always demonstrated the utmost support. If Ovechkin is traded, it will be an ownership decision. http://nypost.com/2017/05/13/the-capitals-have-tried-everything-except-trading-ovechkin/ Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by Tapatalk Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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