Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Welcome Mike Knuble!

I'll be so much happier to see you in a Capitals uniform than a Flyers uniform.  

I like what I've read about Knuble's vocal leadership.  The Caps need that in the locker room. Thank you GMGM for finding a RW replacement for Viktor Kozlov that scored more last year and crashes the net.  Whippee.

Now, onto the criticism.  "At defense, we're fine."  Seriously?  Semyon Varlamov stole a couple of playoffs game for the Caps and covered up for the defense that didn't get the job done. Not that other players weren't responsible for that game 7 debacle against Pittsburgh. There was plenty of blame to go around, but the defense needs an upgrade.  Maybe he's being the cagey GMGM that plays his cards close to his chest, but we won't know the answer to that, for a while, I suspect.

The Caps also have other needs, like a 2nd line center, but GMGM didn't say they were fine there.

I get that there isn't Cap space and there weren't really any good free agents on defense to go after so I don't hold out hope anything will happen during this period unless a trade happens. Now, I'm a huge fan of John Carlson, having tracked his growth this past season and last summer, but I don't know if he's ready to be an impact player.  I'd rather play him than Jeff Schultz though for his physical play alone.    

It sure was an interesting day for Caps fans today.  

Let's go Caps!

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