Here’s where all the action happens. Lots of things cooking today.
Japers’ has a great primer on who in the Caps system is up for grabs: Arnott, Sturm, Hannan, Gordon, Brouwer, Bradley, Alzner, Varlamov.
We’ll update this post with each development relevant to the Caps, and you can share your panic-struck ravings in the comments.
Developing… This post will be updated. Go freak out in the comments.
UPDATE, 4:00 PM – Tons and tons of movement from the Caps today. Salary cap room is quickly evaporating and we still have no word on Brouwer or Alzner. Are some big-time trades imminent?
UPDATE, 6:30 PM – One of Neil’s tweets just got read out loud by EJ Hradek of ESPN. Really, we’re not kidding:
Please knock Neil down a peg in the comments. He’s going to be unbearable.
UPDATE, 7:00 PM – George McPhee just spoke to the media about today’s moves: “We wanted to complete our team. Didn’t get where we wanted it last summer. I felt we needed to add a defenseman last year in the summer and we didn’t do it. We made the trade the during the year but it’s a hard process to go through. I’d rather complete it now and we’re in good shape now. We have good depth — all the holes are filled — and I think we have a good, strong team.”
A few other notes from McPhee via Sky Kerstein: The Caps were hoping to get value for Semyon Varlamov back next summer and were surprised they were able to get it now; McPhee said Washington was close to a deal with Varlamov last week, but Varly wanted to be guaranteed the number one spot and the Caps wouldn’t make that assurance; according to the GM, Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth will be in net next year and the Caps are pretty much done with the free agent pool; Tom Poti’s status is still unknown which is why they signed Hamrlik.
Looks like that’s it for the day. We’ll keep you posted if anything else breaks.
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