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Off-Topic: The Washington Capitals, YOUR 2018 STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS!!!, Thread

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9 hours ago, RSkinGM said:

These guys that have break out seasons in contract years .. a bit worrisome to me.. and he's 28. Extending a contract to age 36 . Good player -Hope it's the right move. 

He’s their best defenseman, he also runs the power play and makes the defensive calls when he’s on the ice.

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Capitals qualify 5 RFAs, but not Devante Smith-Pelly

https://www.nbcsports.com/washington/capitals/capitals-qualify-5-rfas-not-devante-smith-pelly

The deadline for teams to issue a qualifying offer to their restricted free agents was at 5 p.m. Monday. The team qualified five players, but Smith-Pelly was not among them.

Washington issued qualifying offers to Tom Wilson, Madison Bowey, Travis Boyd, Liam O'Brien and Riley Barber. As restricted free agents, teams had to qualify these players in order to retain their rights. Those players who did not receive offers—Smith-Pelly, Adam Carlson, Adam Chapie and Tim McGualey—will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, free to sign with any team.

Wilson enjoyed a career year with the Caps with career highs in goals (14), assists (21) and points (35). He seemed to find a home on the top line with Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin and looks to finally be living up to his potential as a first-round draft pick. Madison Bowey, meanwhile, played 51 games in his rookie season and looks poised to take on a full-time role. Boyd, O'Brien and Barber all look like candidates to compete for a spot on the NHL roster in the upcoming season after spending the majority of 2017-18in Hershey, though Boyd did appear in one playoff game for the Caps.

The biggest surprise is the decision not to qualify Smith-Pelly who was a major factor in the team's postseason run, scoring seven goals including the game-tying tally in the decisive Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. He was also a player the team seemed interested in bringing back next season.

“He's become a big part of the team,” general manager Brian MacLellan said. “He brings good energy, he's a good teammate, he's well-liked. You could tell the teammates really migrate towards him, they like him and then the crowd also likes him. They're chanting 'DSP' all the time so it's been fun to watch how he's got everybody to embrace him and his personality.”

But while Smith-Pelly scored seven goals in the playoffs, that matched his entire production of seven goals from the regular season. Seven goals in the regular season obviously carry a much different value than seven goals in the postseason so it is easy to see where a disagreement could potentially form between how much the team may value him and what Smith-Pelly and his agent believe he is worth.

By not qualifying Smith-Pelly, the team does not risk arbitration and does not clsoe the door completely on a new deal to stay in Washington. There are reports that the team is still negotiating with him. The team also did not qualify Brett Connolly last year and he signed a two-year deal with the Caps on July 1.

 

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Hey in light of the NFL's top 100 list. I decided to make our own. Y'all should go vote.

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1 hour ago, Danger said:

Hey in light of the NFL's top 100 list. I decided to make our own. Y'all should go vote.

Ovi should be number 1. He's an 7 time Rocket Richard winner, 3 time MVP, and coming off a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe trophy.

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We re-signed Kempny today. Having a nice little offseason personnel wise right now. Held on to Carlson, DSP, and Kempny so far

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12 hours ago, Jeezy Fanatic said:

We re-signed Kempny today. Having a nice little offseason personnel wise right now. Held on to Carlson, DSP, and Kempny so far

I mean, with retaining these players they’ll definitely going to be in the hunt for back to back. 

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2 hours ago, turtle28 said:

I mean, with retaining these players they’ll definitely going to be in the hunt for back to back. 

Agreed. I’m a believer that the drop off from Trotz to Reirden isn’t going to too big.  It’s hard to win back to back, but I still think we should be considered the favorites til somebody beats us. 

Feels good to say that #Champs

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