Free Agency Flustercluck Open Thread

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.

  • http://CrzyJewishOtaku.deviantart.com Rachel Cohen

    Halpern’s back?!

  • varly_fan

    !!! Boyd!

  • Peter Hassett

    This jersey is officially back in style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    Did you JUST draw that?

  • http://CrzyJewishOtaku.deviantart.com Rachel Cohen

    No, I got it from the depths of the internet a while ago. Here’s it’s pair, just in case.

  • Ddkmmk

    Varly to Avalanche.  =

  • Bass In Yo Face

    Thought Varly was going to play for SKA in Russia’s KHL??

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    Turns out all that KHL drama was just noise. Varly wanted NHL, he got NHL. Caps got value for their pick, and loudmouth agents stirring the pot now look like fools. Worked out great. Wish him the best.

  • Max Duchaine

    Aaaaaand it looks like we’ve got our second line center.

  • cemacema28

    Oh my God, for the love of God, whatever you do, KEEP ARNOTT. (and Sturm and Hannan and Alzner).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    In Halpern? I think he’d be more likely to be defensive-minded 3C, with Mojo being 2C.  Dunno though.

  • varly_fan

    Ugh, Varly. ikdfuib

  • JH

    Getting high picks for Varly was brilliant.  If he stays injury-prone, which seems likely, it’s a slam dunk win.  If he is the second coming of Tretiakov, well, he’s in the Western Conference – no great loss as we still have two young solid goalies.  I liked Varly but someone had to go.  Homeboy Halpern is a nice pickup.  We’ll be fine, people.

  • JH

    Oh, forgot to mention my last post…Jagr to the Flyers?  Toxic locker room anyone?  Buh byeeeee Philly suckkkkerrrrrs.  I bet Flyers fans are apoplectic!  Hah!

  • Sara Bae

    WHAT THE FUCK!?! I LOVE BOYD gordon and his beady little sad eyes that remind me of a south park canadian! hes on my wall drawn like napoleon dynamite and was part of my collection of the napoleon dynamite style pics i drew….. but at least i love the yotes too and he isnt going to a team i hate. GO ‘YOTES!
      unlike  bryzzie who i love and left phoenix and went to the filthy flyers…  YESSS!!! we got HALPERN again! ( is this like the first really awesome decision they have made? 

    AHAHAHAHAHA jagr!!!!

    these trades keep getting crazier and crazier everyday. i feel like my heart is being torn into 300 shreds and being scattered all over different parts of the fucking world. lol

    SO SADDD ABOUT VARLY…

     when  i read this i SCREAMED “NOOOOOO!” when i read about boyd.

  • Sara Bae

    and KEEP ARNOTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cemacema28

    ARNOTT MUST STAY

  • B_pavlik

    I like the fact that the Caps got value, some picks, for Varly.  If Varly’s agent shooting his mouth off brought about the trade, and it wasn’t what Varly really wanted, he needs to find a new agent pronto.  It now sounds like there was lots of miscommunication going on, plus Varly’s agent not acting in his client’s best interests.  Too bad, but it’s time for Varly and the Caps to move on in separate directions.  I wish Varly all the best of success and good health in Colorado.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    It’s like a completely new team up there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    I always love your enthusiasm, Sara.

  • Sara Bae

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptu0a7vsMcM  p.s. this song is dedicated to VARLY HAHAHA

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=7807318 Peter Hassett

    Maybe we’ll see an Arnott deal once the MUST HAVE’s are cleared. The team has the cap space.

  • Sara Bae

    WHAT THE FUCK!?! I LOVE BOYD gordon and his beady little sad eyes that
    remind me of a south park canadian! hes on my wall drawn like napoleon
    dynamite and was part of my collection of the napoleon dynamite style
    pics i drew….. but at least i love the yotes too and he isnt going to a
    team i hate. GO ‘YOTES!
      unlike  bryzzie who i love and left
    phoenix and went to the filthy flyers…  YESSS!!! we got HALPERN again!
    ( is this like the first really awesome decision they have made? 

    AHAHAHAHAHA jagr!!!!

    these
    trades keep getting crazier and crazier everyday. i feel like my heart
    is being torn into 300 shreds and being scattered all over different
    parts of the fucking world. lol

    SO SADDD ABOUT VARLY…

     when  i read this i SCREAMED “NOOOOOO!” when i read about boyd.

    KEEP ARNOTT!!!!!!

    i dedicate this song to Varly : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptu0a7vsMcM  JACKSON 5  “want you back”  HAHAHA

  • Sara Bae

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptu0a7vsMcM  i dedicate this song to varly hahaha

  • cemacema28

    I’m not agreeing with any of this at all. >:(

  • http://twitter.com/BigNed Ned Keitt-Pride

    I think it’s best for everyone all around.  Holtby and Neuvy are more used to working together, with Holtby being #2.  Varly now gets to be The Man.  Until #brittlegroin strikes the Avs.  It’ll be interesting to see if their staff can do a better job of keeping him on the ice than the Caps.

  • http://twitter.com/BigNed Ned Keitt-Pride

    As long as Ward’s production keeps jumping in the playoffs, he might be worth the $3M price tag.  Otherwise, I’m not sure what else he brings to the table.

  • kaleidoscopeyes

    The biggest question for me is right now, who are we getting rid of? Our roster is packed right now. Someone has to go.

  • varly_fan

    Keep Alzner.

  • http://twitter.com/BigNed Ned Keitt-Pride

    And from what I can tell, Hamrlik (aka Hammerlock, aka Chicken Wing when he scores) was brought in to show the rest of the team how to throw themselves in front of a puck.  His stat rankings were good relative to the rest of the team, seem middle of the road compared to the rest of the league (except for blocked shots)

  • http://twitter.com/chitsweire Christophe Itsweire

    Halpern is a third line center, Johansson the second line center. BUT, we now have the freedom to stick Brooks Laich on the wing.

  • http://twitter.com/chitsweire Christophe Itsweire

    Halpern is a third line center, Johansson the second line center. BUT, we now have the freedom to stick Brooks Laich on the wing.

  • Devin Shannon

    Varly and his agent solved the goaltending drama by themselves.  I am guessing that GMGM had enough of all the rumors and decided to protect the Caps ultimate interest by making sure that we got something substatial in return for losing him. The first round pick has the potential to be a lottery pick if Colorado doesn’t improve in other areas. I hate to see Varly go because we all know how good he is when he is healthy and on his game. However, I get the feeling he didn’t really want to be here after the games he and his agent played and then turning around to sign a contract with another club after being traded.  Ward and Hamerlik were great pick-ups as was Halpern.

  • Mir

    Does anyone else feel as though they’re really trying to bring in leadership (Halpern/Hamerlik)?  If so, do you feel like they don’t have confidence in Alex to lead the team as captain?  It just makes me wonder a bit.  

  • Lrhflute

    Any word on Bradley?!!?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Chris Gordon

    Neil, you stink. Am I doing this right?

  • Als

    Don’t like the Sean Collins hate. He’s much better than Tyler. He hits hard, has a good work ethic and has a great heart. Give him a chance.

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland

    That’s perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland

    As of 7:20pm, there’s been no word on where both Brads or Andrew Gordon have landed yet. 

  • Peter Hassett

    Everyone welcome Sean Collins’s mom to rmnb!

  • http://twitter.com/ianoland Ian Oland

    My thoughts on today…  Varly: I’m shocked by how much value McPhee got in return from the Avs.  That first rounder next year could turn into a top 10 pick.  And that’s important considering our system is becoming barren with players that don’t have much NHL upside.  Beyond Orlov, Kuznetsov, and Eakin, there’s not much else. And forgive me, I have to get this out: I’m still a big believer in Semyon Varlamov.  Much like a young pitching prospect in baseball who tries to throw 100MPH every pitch and ends up blowing our their arm, Varly just needs to calm himself down and simplify his game.  I believe in time, he’ll end up finding a balance where he’s still acrobatic, yet not hurt every 3 weeks.  At least for our own sake, if he ever DOES figure it out, it’ll be in the Western Conference.  Jagr: Jags signing with the Flyers  makes me feel dirty and I usually have no sympathy for Pens fans.  Joel Ward: That’s an awful lot of money for a guy who’ll never be more than a third or fourth line player.  But hey, I’m open minded.  He was awfully good in the playoffs for Nashville.  Andrew Gordon: Why hasn’t this man been signed yet? Roman Hamerlik: Great veteran pick-up, and still a surprisingly good player despite my only memory of him is this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_OaHMY2hQU Jeff Halpern: Former captain, good forechechker > injury-prone, great faceoff man. Boyd Gordon: It doesn’t mean I still won’t miss you. Capital4Lyfe

  • http://twitter.com/CemaCema28 Sasha

    Seriously, no news on Arnott, Hannan, OR Alzner!?!?!?!? Oh, come on!!

  • Robert

    So I went to the FLA site to see the rundown on the new players and I was met with, “We`re seeing RED” and “Are you reading to be RED?” How lame is this knockoff of Rock the Red. Of course, the Caps may have just taken it from elsewhere as well, but come on..!

  • Bobby Gee

    Varly’s agent threw gasoline on an already volatile situation between Varly and the Caps.  If the agent misrepresented Varly’s wishes and didn’t act in his best interests, my advice to Varly is to suck it up, move on–and get another agent ASAP.  Will Varly demand to be #1 in Colorado now?  The Avalanche also dealt for JS Giguere today.  Things should get interesting in the Mile High city.

  • Bobby Gee

    GMGM did exactly what was necessary to end the drama and ended up getting excellent value in return.  He couldn’t let Varly bolt to Russia for nothing, and if the Avalanche are as bad next year as they were last year, the draft pick the Caps got for Varly could be a lottery pick.  Great work by McPhee IMO.

  • Roadworrier

    I’d like to see Ovi try another open ice hit on Jagr like during the Olympics

  • Robert

    I sure wish I did not have the typos. *Are you ready to be red should be the correct spelling and please add a question mark after “How..Red?” In any case, I am suffereing from jet lag here in Tokyo and just want to get back to some hockey. F*** FLA for riding the red bandwagon. How about,  “Are you ready to READ”? And then a hockey player comes out and does his best version of “Green Eggs, and Ham” or Go Dog Go”.  Or –are you ready to rock the vermilion?  Hey Panthers! Are you ready to cut the mustard! (the color that is..right?) Panthers, Are you craving the Cadmium?! o yeah. let`s purr you kitties.

  • Sean

    What gives Varly the right to be THE #1 guy in Wash?  If his feelings are hurt he shouldn’t be a goalie.  It doesn’t matter how good you are controversy follows all goalies.  With Laich as our 3C we won’t be signing anyone besides our RFAs Alzner and Brouwer.  GMGM said we will use our 6.4m supplemental capspace to sign them.  The only real question mark now is whether Poti comes back, and if he doesn’t we will need a stay at home Dman to replace him.

  • http://twitter.com/jennrubenstein jenn rubenstein

    couldn’t believe about brads. why southeast, why?? at least he can hang out with flash. (and theo!) plus bergenheim, damn during the playoffs i was hoping maybe we could snag him after what he’d done to us, but to stay in the southeast, gahh!

    for varly, i have mixed feelings but i come out feeling pretty good. i’ve been a big fan, but this past year my allegiance shifted to team neuvy without even realizing it. and i love, love, LOVE holtby, and while theoretically i would have liked to have him play another solid year in hershey, realistically, i know that if we kept both varly and neuvy, we would likely lose him to another nhl team, and i know that the loss of his holtbyisms to another organization would be entirely too much to bear.

    re: collins, i don’t think of him as tyler sloan. i think of him as the only buckeye we have since we lost my stecks at the trade deadline. MUST… HAVE… BUCKEYES!!! now we still have collins to fill the buckeye quota, and halpern is back to fill the jew quota… i don’t use “squee” frequently, but honestly, it’s the only word to describe the emotions i felt.

    speaking of halpern, ALS;FJKA;OIFEWANSDCOI;ALWEFSAVKLMRWAFIHORGTRW;JVNF!!!!!!!!!! the first thing i did when i saw his name on the twitters was to call my mom. nice jewish boy from potomac? OBVIOUSLY he was her favorite. my strongest memories of coming home from college on winter break, and going to new year’s day games against the mighty ducks (why do i feel like we played them on the same day every year?!) are cheering for jeff halpern and olie the goalie. I. AM. SO. STOKED!!! actually, at the caps convention last year, i dug through the card booth until i found every possible steckel card (rookie card, old caps uniform, new caps uniform, bears card…), plus a matty p, but couldn’t find anything of halpern in a caps jersey. the guy working the booth actually dug it out of the back for me, and i gave it to my mom as a gift. i’m excited to take it back from her so i can get it signed!

    i still miss steckel, and hopefully will get another great opportunity to wear my ohio state sweater for the planned outdoor ohio state-m*ch*g*n game next year… which leads me to arnott, who makes me nervous. he’s shown himself to be the sasha whisperer, and i would hope if we keep semin, we’d keep arnott along with him… not signing arnott makes me think semin is heading elsewhere. but who the heck knows.

    still waiting nervously to hear about gordo, he’s my other favorite bear (after perreault and holtby) and of course my favorite rmnb guest blogger… hope he stays, but wish him the best either way!

    /novel

  • SeanL

    Vokoun!?!

  • fruitoftheblues

    Is Andrew Gordon really gone? I’m hearing that he’s signed a one year deal with the Ducks.
    If yes…*sadness overflow*