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The Caps need Arnott

1 Jul

What seems like eons ago, but was actually only last year ago, the Caps signed Arnott at the trade deadline along with Marco Sturm and Dennis Wideman. Sturm is now in Florida after a brief stay in Vancouver. Wideman now plays for the Falmes and Arnott plays for the Blues.

Of all the players we “leased” last year, Arnott is the one I’d like back on the team. While the question of getting Semin is up in the air and unlikely (Arnott was Semin’s center and he seemed to help with his performance), Arnott is still a solid center who could play on any line interchangeably not to mention his intangibles like his veteran leadership and strong presence in the locker room. Much reminiscent of what Mike Knuble brought to the table and what will be sorely missed.

With no real veterans on the team (Roman Hamrlik? Not exactly what I was thinking of…) and a team chock full of rookies and guys with not much experiance with the Playoffs and what it takes to win the Cup, Arnott fits the bill.

He’s won a Cup, back in 2000 with the New Jersey Devils. He’s a skilled player who played for the Rookie All Star team back in 1994 (I wasn’t even born yet!) as well as in the All Star Game of 1997 and 2008. He’s a solid, skilled player who made an impact on the Caps with his brief contract back in early 2011 and will probably expand the depth of skill and leadership for the Caps in the center position as well as the locker room. If that doesn’t sound like a good idea, what is?

Arnott’s current contract is $2.5 million for a one year deal with the Blues, if (well, more like when) the Caps don’t re-sign Semin, they’ll have even more cap space on top of what they have after freeing Wideman up. Arnott would be a cheap sign with a fair a lot of benifets, as stated above. It would be a smart move to sign him to move the Caps toward the ever looming goal, winning the Cup. As Caps new head coach Adam Oates said, the number one priority is winning the Cup.

Arnott can bring us one step closer.

Every team has a weak spot…

7 Nov

And for the Caps, undeniably, it’s the defense. You’re thinking, “ugh, Camilla you say this over and over. We get it!” Are you sure? Because I have 7 people who clearly don’t get the message!

I know I harp on this a lot, I do, but why I’m harping on it is so people don’t get blindsided. Unless the Caps D become more consistent, they aren’t any more a threat to the Cup then the Blue Jackets. You say, “Ok, well Greens coming back. It’s not really an issue.” It is an issue! If they can’t play well, competitively, and consistent even without our star D, we lack the ability and depth to even think about going far.

Think about it this way; a player (or even 2-3) can’t carry a team. You have to play as a team, win as a team, and lose a team. If a team is working properly, one (or so) players aren’t going to carry you to the Cup. A more recent example of this is last years SCF.

The Bruins played as a team, every player and line played well. It wasn’t just Chara, Thomas (who was brilliant), and so on. It was the entire team playing well. On the other side you had the Canucks (don’t burn my house down, please) they were mainly reliant on Luongo, Kessel, and the Sedin’s. Yeah the other players played, but the people carrying the team were those 4 people (although I think the Sedin’s ought to count as one), which is why they ultimately lost. Along with Luonogo’s absolute collapse.

That’s what Washington’s issue is. It wasn’t the “brittle groin” goalie from last year (Cough*Varly*Cough), or the youngster (baby Czech) during the Playoffs, or even Voukoun so far this year. It comes down to us, as fans, and the other players and coaches relying to heavily on the “young guns”. If we’re going to win, and just play consistently, everyone’s got to show up every game. No excuses.

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