Latest on the Washington Capitals – May 23, 2011.

Could the Capitals add another defenseman? Does Scott Hannan have a future with the Capitals?  What potential moves could they make this summer? 

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Ben Raby reported Friday the Capitals already have seven defensemen under contract for next season (Mike Green, John Carlson, John Erskine, Dennis Wideman, Jeff Schultz, Tom Poti, and Tyler Sloan, with Karl Alzner expected to re-sign as a restricted free agent). With Dmitry Orlov expected to challenge for a roster spot, that’s nine defensemen competing for six roster spots. Raby suggests management would have to move some current assets before trying to add another defenseman. The wild card could be Poti, whose recent injury woes could put his career in jeopardy. Potential free agents who might be worth watching for the Capitals include Tomas Kaberle, Joni Pitkanen, Kevin Bieksa and Hal Gill.

WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera recently reported pending UFA defenseman Scott Hannan could become the odd man out, but suggested if he wants to stay in Washington and is willing to accept a cut in salary management might be able to find a place for him, depending on what other moves they could make this summer.

ESPN.COM: Craig Button recently offered up some potential trade options for the Capitals this summer. He suggested shopping one of their current goalies (Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth, Bradon Holtby), perhaps to the Philadelphia Flyers for Scott Hartnell, or if they added Jeff Schultz, Braydon Coburn. Button also suggested offering up Mike Green to the Detroit Red Wings for Valtteri Filppula, or perhaps to Calgary for Robyn Regehr and maybe David Moss or Rene Bourque if they were willing to add prospect Cody Eakin. Button also proposed a blockbuster swap with Anaheim, shipping Green, Semin and one of their three goalies to Anaheim for Bobby Ryan and Francois Beauchemin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Capitals GM George McPhee is expected to make a change or two this summer to his roster, and it is possible those changes could see Green or Semin and perhaps Varlamov shopped either in separate deals or perhaps packaged in a bigger one. I don’t think Filppula would be the answer and I doubt the Wings would be interested in Green, especially if as expected Nicklas Lidstrom returns for another season. The Flyers could be a possibility if as rumored they’re seeking an upgrade in goal, though Varlamov or Neuvirth haven’t fully established themselves yet as quality starters, and I don’t believe the Capitals will move Holtby. I also don’t believe the Ducks would be interested in swapping Ryan for Semin, nor do I see the Flames moving Regehr for Green, when their obvious need is to add more scoring depth at forward.


  1. I have to say, if the Ducks Trade Ryan and Beauchemin for Semin Green and a Goalie, I dont know if I would pass that up. But Semin for Ryan would be stupid. Ryan has a contract for the next four years at $5.25 mil per and Semin is pushin $6.5 mil per, and only has one year left.

    I think the Ducks will make a run at Bieksa (like every other team needing D) or may erhoff depending. But I think Bieksa would fit in real nice on the Ducks blue line that needs some grit.

  2. I could see a Regehr for Green swap, not that Calgary is that swamped for offense. But there are plenty of good shut down guys out there, but Greens are few and far between. You can teach an Offensive Defenseman to be more defensive in a good system, like coach Sutter’s, or one they might find in Jersey, Minnesota, or Columbus (and would turn them into a much greater threat), but you can’t teach a stay at home to be more offensive because they may not have the eyes, smarts, or slap shot. In fact, stay at homes hurt the offense and sometimes the psychology of the teams they play for because the forwards feel like they have to do everything themselves. If you watch Jersey all season, their defense will downright frustrate you, and no, I’m not talking trap, I’m talking irresponsibility at the offensive zone and the plethora of extremely low percentage shots and weak scoring chances (the team had a 7.2% chance to score on a shot this season because of their non-threatening d-men who did nothing to open up space for their forwards)

    Generally, Green will fit on a team where he’s free to take risks on an otherwise humdrum offense, because more often his risks lead to rewards rather than goals against… that is, if anybody got a chance to see his plus minus last season coupled with Backstrom and Ovechkin’s point totals and figure out that it was no fluke. He gave them space, which was something he wasn’t allowed to do in Boudreau’s new system.

  3. everyone needs to think hard about Bieksa hitting free agency cause he wont be available. he has only played for the canucks and now is going to the cup finals with them. why wouldnt he want to make it 2 cups in a row or if they lose, try to get back ot the SCF. they have enough cap space for both and WILL resign both. Assistant GM Gilman is amazing with the cap and he will get this done. Ehrhoff also thrives in the canucks up tempo style of play and he knows thats the biggest factor in going from a 30 point player on SJ to a 50 point player in Vancouver.

    everyone thinking they will sign either of these d is delusional.

  4. I’d be happy to trade Bobby and Beuch for varlamov green and semin how likely is this? and when would it happen?

  5. Jake. Thank you. Finally someone who follows the best team in the league.

  6. I don’t understand why the Flyers would need another young goalie. They have Bob and some guys waiting in the wings. They have to get a veteran guy the team will be confident playing for. If he slips up, then Bob goes in. I see Bob playing quite a few games next season though.

  7. @johnnyduck93 You wouldn’t get a goalie. If it were to happen, it’d be Semin and Green for Ryan and Beachemin, which is still a bad deal for us. People forget that Green was a Norris Trophy finalist, and a big part of his numbers being down is that he got a concussion from a blindside hit to the head. He also got a lot more defensively responsible, though no one payed enough attention to notice, and when they were watching (the playoffs) he had just gotten back from that concussion. Semin had a 40 goal season in 09-10 with a combination of Brendan Morrison and Eric Belanger as his center, and had a rookie as his center last year. He’s had great production for someone playing with basically third line teammates. These aren’t guys we’re going to give up lightly.

    @Art Yeah, they have Bob, but he was a playoff bust and a lot of Philly has given up on him (did you hear about the little kid who was playing as a goalie between periods, and said Bob was his favorite player when he got interviewed, and they booed him?). His 3.23 GAA and .877 SV% are dreadful, even for a rookie. Varly has 19 games of playoff experience, a winning record, a 2.49 GAA and a .915 SV%. The other thing is that he’ll be cheap, maybe 1M for the next 3 seasons, which is something the Flyers can actually afford.

  8. The Canucks do have plenty of cap space to re-sign Bieksa and Ehrhoff. I feel like Bieksa is all but a guarantee to re-sign, but Ehrhoff? Who knows, what if some team offers a ridiculous contract for him? It’s not like he grew up in the Canucks system, he’s only been there a couple years. And the Canucks seem to be doing fine with him out with an injury anyway!

  9. How does that interest in Green look now with Rafalski retiring? DO IT KENNY! if that deal presents its self ….pull the trigger!

  10. @Liddy5 I remember last year, when Vancouver fans were enamored with Ehrhoff and his playoff performance, while Bieksa was the dead weight they’d be trading before next year. Funny how quickly things change, huh?