Caps Fans Celebrate; 'Gang Green' Disbanding?
The Capitals really cleaned up last night in Toronto, eh?
Bruce Boudreau won the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year -- a perfect movie ending, says owner Ted Leonsis -- and, as expected, Alex Ovechkin won both the Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Trophy as the NHL's MPV (or MVP, same thing).
Post writer Tarik El-Bashir blogged live during the ceremony, and nearly ruined all the fun with this little item:
"Not to be a drag or anything, but I heard from a couple of people that it's looking more and more like restricted free agent Mike Green and his camp are determined to take their negotiations with the Caps to July 1 in the hopes of attracting an offer sheet. Majority owner Ted Leonsis has said over and again that he will match any offer, but it's looking as though things might get complicated. But don't panic yet -- it's only June 12. "
Ben: Initiate MASS HYSTERIA
Wait for it. . . Wait for it. . .
Nope. Not even an iota of hysteria. On the contrary, commenters are oozing apathy.
jmu_capsgirl: I'm probably going to get skewered for this, but I had a feeling this was going to happen with Green. As great as he is on the ice, he's really not my favorite person in the world off it. Having said that, I've never met the kid so I'll give him the benefit of a doubt, but he oozes the kind of cocky you just want to slap. I hope he stays in a Caps sweater, but I won't be investing in a #52.
Danny: Screw Green. We don't need him. We don't need another scorer; we got enough of them. What we need is a solid, real defenseman. I hope we reject Green's insane asking price - whatever it may be.
So right you are, Danny. Who needs goals, anyway? The Caps are so good, they can win without scoring!
old time hockey: Stinks about Green. Green is looking for a "Gang of Green" or "More Green" or "Big Green" ok, I'll stop. He's free to do what he wants, but it strikes me as kind of DB thing to do, especially if GMGM has made a market-level offer. Note to Mike: We like you, but you are not Lidstrom or evne Phanuef...
Jim: Green has terrific offensive talent but I wouldn't go crazy throwing money at the guy. He's a liability in his own end and you CAN win without having flashy offensive defensemen as long as you have guys who can move the puck.
So where are those Gang Green faithful, anyway? Does anyone care? Speak up!
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