The Washington Capitals have plenty of cap space, but the Washington Post is reporting that Capitals GM George McPhee doesn’t want to spend it all on the 2012 unrestricted free agent market.
“It’s a very inflated market this summer. There aren’t very many players and there are a lot of teams pursuing the players,” McPhee said. “At some point you start inventing players, making them out to be better than they are and paying more than you should. It’s sometimes best to sit back and stay out of it.”
That’s certainly a fair point, although some of that inflation is probably due to the cap rising and not just because the market wasn’t particularly impressive to begin with.
Either way, the Capitals have parted ways with Dennis Wideman and they’re expected to watch Alexander Semin walk away. Still, they should re-sign restricted free agent defensemen Mike Green and John Carlson. On top of that, the Capitals acquired Mike Ribeiro from the Dallas Stars on June 22.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.