View Full Version : Are the Caps this bad??
October-31st-2003, 10:10 AM
Right now they have the least points in all of the NHL, are they really that bad???? Didn't they win the first game like 5-1 :(
October-31st-2003, 10:28 AM
October-31st-2003, 10:28 AM
Yes, they are. They have serious chemsitry problems too. There are reports of in-fighting with Jagr leading the charge. I think they will blow the team up by the trade deadline.
October-31st-2003, 10:31 AM
And what's up with the Captain situation?? They are rotating 3 guys at home and 3 guys on the road. Are they afraid to name a leader of the squad?
October-31st-2003, 03:41 PM
the Caps are a lame duck team right now. Because of the pending lockout the team was unable to move some of the veteran players it would otherwise have moved in the offseason.
those players however know the organization was trying to move them, so they are not going to put out 100% effort to get this franchise wins.
they may say all the right things, but when you are of the opinion you are headed out of town, you aren't going to make a full commitment, it is just against human nature.
the Caps have a bevy of talented younger players and it was hoped the transition to them was going to be somewhat smoother.
but with the finances being what they are, the team is forced to make 2003 a sacrificial year on the stat sheet.
Konowalchuk was the named captain but his statistics had been headed in a downward spiral for a couple of seasons.
It is hard to lead from behind as the saying goes :)
Johansson is gone, Klee is gone. Berezin was allowed to depart.
Kolzig at 33 and Gonchar at 29 appear to be the players most likely to leave the club during the season.
Both could help a club win the Cup this year before the lockout.
Others such as Jagr and Lang we are stuck with as their contracts are far in excess of what their skills now warrant.
Bondra has a final season left at $4.5 million, so his salary will be off the books in 2004.
Again, I would not be surprised to see Kolzig and Gonchar dealt.
The Caps have two young goaltending prospects to bring up for time the second half of the season.
Gonchar is a harder hit to take as he is in his prime and the Caps are short on defense, even with Eminger's emergence as an NHLer.
November-2nd-2003, 10:39 AM
No, we arn't as bad as we look, we are just super incositant, and we started on a bad trend, however, I think this bad trend will be enough to convince Ted L. that this should be a rebuilding year. And we are begining to see signs of that now.
November-2nd-2003, 10:45 AM
Why in the world do always schedule to Caps to go on long road trips at the start of the season! :soapbox:
And I do think the Caps are that bad, I have been watching them on the NHL Center Ice Package. :doh:
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