Why is there so much discussion throughout the league regarding Ovechkin's contract status and little to no news in the city he plays?
The headline comes from the anonymous post below that you should read. Just want to remind you what Victor Fedorov said, there's always a reason behind every media leak even if it comes from the place other than Washington. He is also "someone else who knows". :-)
Please read what Tarik said in official Washington Post article back on Dec. 26 (today he just repeated it in a layman's terms: "I would give him more than Heatley, but not a penny more than Crosby."):
From Washignton Post, Dec. 26:
"It's believed the Capitals are trying to persuade Ovechkin to take slightly less money, so that the team can sign its other free agents and perhaps add another veteran. If the sides do not come to terms, team officials have given every indication that the Capitals will match any offer from a rival club."
So basically I consider this as official Washington Capitals stance to deal with Ovechkin, wait to the end to match an offer. How about alienating him enough that he would demand a trade?
Here's an interesting post on Capitals Insider blog by someone else who knows:
Ted Leonsis: "We love Alex Ovechkin. He's the bedrock piece of the rebuild of our team, and I expect him Alex Ovechkin to be a Washington Capital for a long, long, long time."
That sounds great Ted, but do you know what is going on with your team?
Let's break a few points down, First of all waiting to sign the Bedrock of your organization does nothing but cost you and the other owners more money. Why, because unlike in the past, your now dealing with a viable asset which will strike demand in the league. Waiting will drive the market up.
- So let's think why would the team wait?
- Why is there no news regarding the negotiations?
- Why is there so much discussion through out the league regarding the contract status of OV (the bedrock), and little to no news in the city in which this premier player plays?
Because the NEWS ISN"T GOOD ladies and gentlemen. If you want to see OV in a Caps jersey live, you better get to the upcoming games because he's most likely gone at the end of the year or sooner.
Why? Dick P. and gmgm's management wizardry!
So let's just rewind the tape a bit to last year when the re-signing of OV should have taken place. During his first all star appearance, mind you as a STARTER, the only Capital to start in an NHL ALL Star game since Langway, what does the classy Capitals do? In order to cover for Glen Hanlon and the organizations ineffectiveness, they ripped OV in the media! He's a defensive liability and they want to transition him into a Mark Messier / Steve Yzerman type player. The problem with making those comments, OV is a pure talented scorer.
And the difference between comparing Messier / Yzerman VS. OV is the President's and GM's of those organizations Drafted and acquired Free Agent talent to compliment those players. OV is expected to Score, Defend, and Block Shots. As well as provide a Face and excitement to this floundering organization.
Do you want him to sharpen skates as well?
To OV's credit he responded and he did it. He made himself a better defensive player. How many times have we seen him making the DEFENSIVE play getting back and even protecting an empty net? Currently he is a +6, one of the highest on the team.
Now let's jump to July of 07, The Pens sign Crosby # 87 to a 5 year $8.7 / yr deal to shore up their bedrock. Why not immediately follow that up with an offer of 5 yr. $8.8 / yr deal for our # 8? Oh well, there is another plan in place. The Caps are going to build around him by overpaying free agent cast offs and wait. That's the Ticket!
Then, let us move ahead to the beginning of this year. Instead of taking care of the franchise player directly, let's show him our commitment to him in the way of continuing the strategy of paying other people in order to show OV, WE WANT HIM.
Let's give a guy who has basically played one year with the club and also someone who turned his back on the organization a FAT contract. A contract some in the league see as an insult. BTW, this for a player who has since been in and out of the line up because of phantom injuries. How does OV react? He has played through injury and has played in every game so far without question.
These are just a few times where something could have been done, I'm sure there are more opportunities as the days went by. Could it be that during these times an offer or offers were made? Could it be that these offers or offer were that of the low ball variety? Please Dick P. and gmgm, tell us that you didn't try to make the CHEAP strategy work with a young league SUPERSTAR representing himself? What am I thinking is, that is exactly what you did, isn't it?
It's actually at the point where OV has no reason to re-sign here. Watch him play. He loves to play, he plays with passion, and he SKATES, HITS, and SCORES. Is he auditioning? He's exactly what every winning organization wants. And he's here. Why? A ping pong ball or the right envelope opened up in the Capitals favor.
Ted and Richard F., if you want this guy, you better fill your Bedrock in on the long term plan of your organization, otherwise he is gone. When a player decides to go the free agent route their minds are made up quickly. Perhaps you keep him by contract, but his passion is gone from the organization if it's not handled correctly. Dick P. and gmgm and crew are clueless. This situation proves that. They are over their heads and after many years of fire sales they never have shown the ability to buy wisely. That's the answer to your REBUILD question. When rehabbing a house, any GRUNT can do the demolition. That is what has happened to the Capitals over the past 10 years. You now need a BUILDER to start getting this organization back to its previous contending success. And there is a great BUILDER in London, Ontario with great history in this organization. Perhaps you may want to start compiling a Dale Hunter highlights DVD and show OV how that guy played. And then bring him to London and show OV how he coaches. It would help you in re-signing him.
Right now there is no other reason for OV to be here. He has too much talent to play here for just the money alone.
If you decide to deal him away, I hope you are smart enough to have established knowledgeable hockey minds help you in evaluating favorable compensation for your organization. That would exclude anyone currently in your front office.
If OV is the bedrock of the rebuild, and you lose him does this mean the rebuild starts over? Oh well, at least we have Eric Fehr to look forward to.
Posted by: someone else who knows | January 4, 2008 04:08 PM
Now I asked Tarik about Dick P. and Richard F. mentioned above.
Here's his reply:
Yep. I know both of them.
Posted by: Tarik | January 4, 2008 05:39 PM