Capitals' Fire Sale: Everything For A Dollar!!
The Capitals plan to trim their $50 million payroll by $24 million, and they took the first step toward achieving their goal yesterday. They traded a way super star Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers for ex-Oiler Anson Carter. This move is the first of many moves the Caps will be involved in. Bondra, Lang, and Gonchar are said to be on the market. The Ottawa Senators are the closest to obtaining Peter Bondra. They have proposed an offer to the Capitals. The deal is awaiting the approval of Ted Leonsis, the Capitals The Capitals plan to trim their $50 million payroll by $24 million, and they took the first step toward achieving their goal yesterday. They traded a way super star Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers for ex-Oiler Anson Carter. This move is the first of many moves the Caps will be involved in. Bondra, Lang, and Gonchar are said to be on the market. owner. The Senators are said to have offered high draft pick – likely in the first or second round – and a prospect for Bondra. Sources say that Leonsis may not approve the deal as many teams are trying to get involved in the fire sale. It was first speculated that Senators defenseman Brian Pothier and winger Antoine Vermette were part of the deal, but Sens GM John Muckler said that he doesn’t want to tinker with his roster. Bondra is a proven 30-goal scorer who can play left wing and right wing. He would greatly improve any team’s offence. Many people believe that Bondra will not be dealt until Gonchar and Lang are shipped out of town. Bondra is making $4.5 million this year, and is owed $1.7 million for the rest of the year. He has a $4.5 million option next year. If it’s not renewed, the team will have to pay a $1 million buy out.
Sergie Gonchar has attracted many teams thus far. The Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, and Colorado Avalanche are interested in both Gonchar and Bondra. It’s believed that the Leafs and Caps are discussing a potential deal that would send Antropov and Berg to the Caps for the offensive-minded Gonchar. Gonchar is making $3.65 million this year, but is eligible for arbitration this summer. He has 43 points this season, and is on pace to surpass his last year total of 67 points.
There are also rumors surrounding the Caps goalie, Olaf Kolzig. The Canucks seem to be very interested in Kolzig. Rumor has it that the Canucks are considering a deal that would send goaltender Dan Cloutier to the Caps for Kolzig. Kozig is making $6.5 million, which would mean that the Caps would save almost $4 million. The Avs and Flyers are also interested.
Robert Lang, on the other hand, may not attract as much attention as expected. Even though he is the leading scorer in the NHL, he signed a 5-year free agent deal in the summer of 2002 worth $25 million dollars. Lang has 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points. The Czech native is having a career year considering that his highest career point total (in 2000-01) was 80 points. Lang, 33, is on pace for 98 points. Many teams would be scared to deal for the talented center as his contract extends for three more years.
The Capitals are hoping many teams would bite on the bait they have set. MOST (NOT ALL) of the players mentioned above are very talented but have underachieved thus far in the Nation’s capital. Weather they can succeed with another team remains to be seen!