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Don't forget that the Cap's are yet to sign Alex O and he could become a free agent this summer. Therefore unless he manages to turn the Cap's season around he could be available as a rental player. He desperately wants to get into the playoffs. And you know the Caps would likely prefer to send him to a Western team at the deadline if it come down to that. Check this Ottawa Sun article out....

Alex O. Ottawa Sun artile

"ALEX THE GREAT

Where exactly the Washington Capitals are in their negotiations with star Alexander Ovechkin, general manager George McPhee is not saying. He wants to keep contract talks as private as possible to avoid the daily questions and potential distractions. The Caps have enough on their plates on the ice, without any off-ice issues.

Bottom line is McPhee simply has to find a way to sign his star, who potentially could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, but the Caps are not likely to let that happen. The question is whether the $8.7 million US, on average, the Pittsburgh Penguins are paying Sidney Crosby, will be enough for Ovechkin. There have been reports the 22-year-old has rejected that figure, but they also have been denied.

The Ovechkin pot got stirred this past week when he was quoted by a Soviet reporter, who is based in the U.S., as saying: "I don't know yet where I will be next season. I am not negotiating my new contract. I want to stay in Washington. But who knows what is going to happen?"

Who knows, indeed.

Like we said, the Caps just have to get it done. According to stats the club issued before their game last night, Ovechkin had scored three of their past four goals and had accounted for 29.3% of their goals this season. Only Kovalchuk had a higher percentage, at 30.6%. And despite that the Caps were in last place."

How great would it be to see him in the playoffs this year on a line with Pavel & Hank??!!!

As bad as the Cap's have played in the 1st quarter, it's not out of the question.

You need to stick to NHL07 or whatever it is. We don't have the cap space for Alex O and we still have to give Z a bucket of money this summer. Let's see, who would Washington want in a trade for Alex? Z? Datsuk? Lids.

It really IS out of the question

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You need to stick to NHL07 or whatever it is. We don't have the cap space for Alex O and we still have to give Z a bucket of money this summer. Let's see, who would Washington want in a trade for Alex? Z? Datsuk? Lids.

It really IS out of the question

well...in NHL 08 my red wings have Z, dats, Alex O, Malkin, and Hossa

and the finnish stonewall lee jackson

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looks like calgary and buffalo may be out of the playoff hunt this year... how good would Huselius look in the winged wheel?? lankow is a free agent as well... it looks like we may need a solid d-man, cambell is available. dont know what it would take, but any one of these guys would be a good pick up.

Huselius is a winger version of Datsyuk. I'd take Langkow, but Calgary isnt going to trade either of them. If they'd trade Nolan, he'd be worth picking up for some scoring and some grit. (He'd be alot cheaper then Langkow and Huselius too)

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You need to stick to NHL07 or whatever it is. We don't have the cap space for Alex O and we still have to give Z a bucket of money this summer. Let's see, who would Washington want in a trade for Alex? Z? Datsuk? Lids.

It really IS out of the question

That's where you're wrong. I'm not talking about the Wings signing him, just a rental for this seasons playoff run. Alex is still playing out the last year of his 1st NHL contract. He is only making $984,200 this season. If the Caps can't get him signed in the next 120 days (or so) before the trade-deadline, they will be forced to trade him to a playoff team as a rental or risk losing him for nothing in the summers as a free agent. So yes, Ovechkin will get a big pay raise when he signs his next contract. But if that does not happen before the trade-deadline then he would be a cheap rental for a playoff team. Yes it may cost us Flip. But it would be so worth it to make a play off run with an Ovechkin, Zetterberg, Datsyuk line.

And we've all seen how difficult contact negotiations with star Russian players can be. There is a good chance the Caps don't get the his contract done in time.

So as a rental, it is NOT out of the question.

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That's where you're wrong. I'm not talking about the Wings signing him, just a rental for this seasons playoff run. Alex is still playing out the last year of his 1st NHL contract. He is only making $984,200 this season. If the Caps can't get him signed in the next 120 days (or so) before the trade-deadline, they will be forced to trade him to a playoff team as a rental or risk losing him for nothing in the summers as a free agent. So yes, Ovechkin will get a big pay raise when he signs his next contract. But if that does not happen before the trade-deadline then he would be a cheap rental for a playoff team. Yes it may cost us Flip. But it would be so worth it to make a play off run with an Ovechkin, Zetterberg, Datsyuk line.

And we've all seen how difficult contact negotiations with star Russian players can be. There is a good chance the Caps don't get the his contract done in time.

So as a rental, it is NOT out of the question.

you are out of your mind. he is a RFA, not a UFA. worst case scenario is that he signs an offer sheet with another team and the caps match it. the caps are not at risk of losing him unless they don't match an offer sheet, which they will probably do even at the max.

this isn't penner or some scrub like that. the caps will likely match any offer sheet. end of discussion.

stop wasting your time.

Edited by scissorfight

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That's where you're wrong. I'm not talking about the Wings signing him, just a rental for this seasons playoff run. Alex is still playing out the last year of his 1st NHL contract. He is only making $984,200 this season. If the Caps can't get him signed in the next 120 days (or so) before the trade-deadline, they will be forced to trade him to a playoff team as a rental or risk losing him for nothing in the summers as a free agent. So yes, Ovechkin will get a big pay raise when he signs his next contract. But if that does not happen before the trade-deadline then he would be a cheap rental for a playoff team. Yes it may cost us Flip. But it would be so worth it to make a play off run with an Ovechkin, Zetterberg, Datsyuk line.

And we've all seen how difficult contact negotiations with star Russian players can be. There is a good chance the Caps don't get the his contract done in time.

So as a rental, it is NOT out of the question.

I would think you would know a little bit more about Ovechkin considering your screen name, but anyway.

Just you can be clear on a couple things:

- His base salary is $984k, but his cap hit is $3.8 million+ (though much less if traded at the deadline)

- Unless the Caps were to get a fantastic return for him in a trade (which they wouldn't), he WILL NOT BE TRADED

THIS YEAR! They are not risking losing him for nothing, he will be a RFA this summer if he's not signed before

July 1st. If a team signs him to an offer sheet, then the Caps can match, or they can accept the compensation they

would receive, which would be something like 5 first round draft picks.

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