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Make-or-break season for speedy Caps forward

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07:27 AM ET 08.05 | Washington general manager George McPhee has spent the better part of the past few seasons locking up players, handing out a total of 13 multi-year deals. What does that mean for the near future? The Caps won't be nearly so busy this coming year unless they wade into the trade market. That's because the only free agents on the team next summer will be center Mathieu Perreault and veteran winger Jason Chimera. And the upcoming season is a big one for both players. ... Chimera is in a tougher position at age 34 and after a down season (three goals, 11 assists). Ironically, that came after he scored a career-best 39 points in 2011-12 (20 goals, 19 assists). But he is entering the final year of his contract and needs to rebound.

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August 5, 2013  09:25 AM ET

will all apologies to my friends the Caps fans....WHO CARES?

August 5, 2013  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

will all apologies to my friends the Caps fans....WHO CARES?

His mom?

August 5, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

will all apologies to my friends the Caps fans....WHO CARES?

Would you rather hear about who Toronto's GM is?

August 5, 2013  11:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

will all apologies to my friends the Caps fans....WHO CARES?

Why you...............! The next time you say something like that..........wait a minute. I don't care either! Never mind.

August 5, 2013  11:44 AM ET

'' But he is entering the final year of his contract and needs to rebound.'' There's rebounding in hockey??

August 5, 2013  01:26 PM ET
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'' But he is entering the final year of his contract and needs to rebound.'' There's rebounding in hockey??

I wouldn't know, I'm a Rangers' fan and there aren't a lot of those on either end.
henrik doesn't leave many, and the forwards can't hit many

August 5, 2013  02:16 PM ET
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Why you...............! The next time you say something like that..........wait a minute. I don't care either! Never mind.

If the Caps don't sign Chimara another team will. Obviously he doesn't score much but he can contribute in so many other ways. Plus he still one of the faster skaters in the league.

August 5, 2013  02:29 PM ET
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If the Caps don't sign Chimara another team will. Obviously he doesn't score much but he can contribute in so many other ways. Plus he still one of the faster skaters in the league.

I feel the same way about Hagelin and krieder

August 5, 2013  03:48 PM ET
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If the Caps don't sign Chimara another team will. Obviously he doesn't score much but he can contribute in so many other ways. Plus he still one of the faster skaters in the league.

You're right of course. I like Jason. He's a great skater and hustles ALL the time. He had an off year last year but so did a lot of our guys. I'd like to see him back, healthy, happy and ready to go. My only caveat is that he's 34, not 24, and I hope he's not looking for a multi-year, multi-million dollar payday in 2014-15. My first comment was only an attempt to give Spiny some lip!

:-)

August 5, 2013  04:03 PM ET
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My first comment was only an attempt to give Spiny some lip!:-)

duly noted sir.....

August 5, 2013  04:13 PM ET
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You're right of course. I like Jason. He's a great skater and hustles ALL the time. He had an off year last year but so did a lot of our guys. I'd like to see him back, healthy, happy and ready to go. My only caveat is that he's 34, not 24, and I hope he's not looking for a multi-year, multi-million dollar payday in 2014-15. My first comment was only an attempt to give Spiny some lip!:-)

My guess is he will be back with the Caps. Spiny is probably on Cloud 9. It was just annouced A-Rod was suspended for the remainder of this year and all of next year.

I am surprised you think 34 is old :-)

August 5, 2013  04:25 PM ET
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I am surprised you think 34 is old :-)

LOL. I got socks that old! :-)

I'm glad Rodriguez got suspended too. Frankly I think he should have been banned for life. What he did was, in my humble opinion, a lot worse than what Pete Rose did, although both actions are forbidden...........Alex is ,again in my opinion, a real piece of slime.

BTW Spiny, I got that "duly noted" crack. Am I worried? Well, yeah!

August 5, 2013  05:02 PM ET

George McPhee....doesn't his kid own a DeLorean and goes back to the future?

August 5, 2013  05:31 PM ET
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LOL. I got socks that old! :-)I'm glad Rodriguez got suspended too. Frankly I think he should have been banned for life. What he did was, in my humble opinion, a lot worse than what Pete Rose did, although both actions are forbidden...........Alex is ,again in my opinion, a real piece of slime. BTW Spiny, I got that "duly noted" crack. Am I worried? Well, yeah!

Agree with you Slappy a lifetime ban would have been nice. Too bad MLB couldn't get Bonds, Clemmens and the rest of the cheaters as well. I'm not defending A-Rod when I say this but I didn't much like the way the Yankees handled it. If he could still play they would be fighting tooth and nail with the league for a reduced suspension. Now that he can't compete the way he used to the Yankees are saying and doing everything they can to get rid of him and the contract they signed him to.

August 5, 2013  06:15 PM ET
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Why you...............! The next time you say something like that..........wait a minute. I don't care either! Never mind.

LOL

August 5, 2013  06:23 PM ET
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Agree with you Slappy a lifetime ban would have been nice. Too bad MLB couldn't get Bonds, Clemmens and the rest of the cheaters as well. I'm not defending A-Rod when I say this but I didn't much like the way the Yankees handled it. If he could still play they would be fighting tooth and nail with the league for a reduced suspension. Now that he can't compete the way he used to the Yankees are saying and doing everything they can to get rid of him and the contract they signed him to.

Once again we agree Whale.

Selig, and Fehr, as the Director of the MLPA, handled a 20 year foray into PEDS in the worst possible way. Most players IMO are NOT cheating and would support lifetime bans (maybe after one suspension) if they had a confidential ballot. Fehr, and Selig, have taken baseball back to the Black Sox days when the integrity of the game, and the reputation of individual players and franchises was totally worthless. As an old f--t I started going to baseball games in 1952 when I was 7 years old. I started going to AHL hockey games (Baltimore and Hershey) in 1961 and to the NHL Caps when they came in 1974 and we had been without a baseball team for 3 years. I love baseball and I've rooted for some pretty bad teams in my life. I'd rather finish last though than cheat like these guys are prone to do all too often.

I agree with you about the Yanks too. They ain't never going to be the poster boy for teams with integrity. If you look up where the term "money is the root of all evil" came from you'll find a picture of the Yankee logo. Oh well............not long to training camp. The Nats (nee Expos) have reverted back to medicority this year......so "Drop the Puck"!

August 5, 2013  06:56 PM ET
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Agree with you Slappy a lifetime ban would have been nice. Too bad MLB couldn't get Bonds, Clemmens and the rest of the cheaters as well. I'm not defending A-Rod when I say this but I didn't much like the way the Yankees handled it. If he could still play they would be fighting tooth and nail with the league for a reduced suspension. Now that he can't compete the way he used to the Yankees are saying and doing everything they can to get rid of him and the contract they signed him to.

Aren't they banned from the HOF though.

August 5, 2013  07:26 PM ET
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Aren't they banned from the HOF though.

I don't think there is an "official" ban. One day the wimps in the media will let 'em all in. Where is Judge Landis when you need him?

August 5, 2013  07:37 PM ET

Tigers come up smelling like a rose getting Iglesais to replace Peralta who got 50 games.

 
August 6, 2013  06:44 PM ET
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Would you rather hear about who Toronto's GM is?

I'm a Leaf fan, and I don't want to know our GM! The one I knew got fired! His team made the playoffs though.

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