13 jun 2018
Capitals de Washington
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Brian2016</b></div><div>There are also intangibles. Backstrom is a winner. It's hard to quantify winning, but its gotta add substantial value.</div></div>
Absolutely. You don't want to consistently overpay for intangibles, and I don't think buying them from the UFA market works out very often, but there is something to be said for keeping a home grown legend like Backstrom. There is even some intangible value in being a GM who treats your most valuable players fairly. Players care about that sort of thing. I even like that Maclellan openly said that this deal wasn't about "winning the deal" it was about being fair to an important piece of this franchise's history.
When we look at signings, I look at a deal as being good or bad simply based on cost for the output. Is a player likely to live up to the value of the deal, and in those terms, I don't think this deal is good. It isn't the awful, I just think in the end, Backstrom will have had a hard time living up to the percentage of the cap he will be taking up for those season. However, hockey isn't just a game, it's a business, and the business and historic value of this deal definitely makes it reasonable and justifiable. I just think it's necessary to acknowledge that aspect of it when making a justification for this deal. I don't think comparing it to other contracts will make a great case for it.
Johansen and Panik for Martinez seems fine, if LA retains a whole lot more.
Djoos got 7 points in a 15 game stretch last year, once his leg was healthy. Martinez has six points through 16 games this year. Not a big enough difference to get seven years older or four times more expensive at #6D. Martinez used to be tough, too, but he's on pace for 50 hits if he plays 82 games this year. Djoos has 40 through 108 games. Not a huge upgrade, when some guys get 250. Yes, Martinez eats a few more minutes, but he's twelfth on a bad team in corsi, so maybe he shouldn't play so many minutes. Djoos led the Caps in corsi as a rookie. Zone starts helped, sure, but playing with Orpik arguably might not have helped much.
Martinez is a little more clutch than Djoos, so far, but he's slowing down, so who knows? Djoos has nine points in 12 games for Hershey this fall and is going to get a chance in the NHL somewhere. If it's not Washington, then the Caps should consider trading him, sure, but only for someone better.
If there isn't a trade out there for someone who is definitely better than Djoos right now, then they should keep him and wait for an injury to open up a roster spot.
You mention cap space as a motivator. I don't know if you saw the Djoos for Honka trade I just posted, but it leaves the Caps with enough cap space to ice 22 guys when Panik is healthy. Since injuries are a given in the NHL, that should be good enough? Don't panik. :)