Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Laich and Fedorov re-sign

Details concerning Fedorov. 1 year at $4 million.

Details concerning Laich per Tarik. "Forward Brooks Laich has avoided arbitration and re-signed with the Caps for three seasons. Laich will earn $1.7 million, $2.1 million and $2.4 million."

Great news for fans, but horrible news if your a Center. Good luck breaking into the NHL club with the likes of Backstrom, Nylander, Steckel and now Fedorov holding the top slots.

While Fedorov is certaintely taking more money than the Capitals had hoped for, it's probably for the best. Fedorov brings his veteran leadership to an entire season, not just a month in 08-09. Fedorov also had a tremendous effect on Semin's game, who seemingly matured overnight when Fedorov was brought in to Washington. Fedorov is a costly signing, but if his value to the Capitals from last March and April is to be repeated, the price is more than worth it.

Laich's contract comes after a career season. (21 goals, 16 assists) Laich's signing comes days before the Capitals "fan-fest," at development camp, ensuring there will be no ackward moments during the Q and A with Ted Leonsis and Laich. Laich's contract also secures that this famous Capitals Message Board thread will remain in the Capitals system until 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Extremely pumped they got Feds back (even though $4 mil seems a bit steep). I keep seeing Semin's beautiful cross-ice backhand pass to Federov streaking down the wing and blasting that slap shot into the top corner over and over in my head.

    I think Laich is going to keep getting better and surpass most expectations leaving me excited they were able to avoid arbitration with him.

    Also, the Caps website is reporting they were able to resign Fehr which is more good news. So far so good George!


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