I have finally come back down to earth from the NBA Draft, and have officially returned to reality. Actually wait, I'm going to the Hamptons in like 5 hours...what a life I lead. But seriously, I don't know if anyone noticed, but the Capitals and Ted Leonsis decided to spend some money for the first time in what seems like forever. Michael Nylander is back as a Cap, they added a solid defenseman in Tom Poti, and another solid forward in Victor Kozlov. Quite frankly (that was for Steven A.) it's about time they put some players around Ovechkin. Nylander should be a pretty good complement for the big O on the Caps top line, and then on the second line will be Alexander Semin and recently-signed draft pick Nicholas Backstrum. I'm definitely comfortable going into battle with those four manning the top two lines.
Nylander is back but apparently he had an agreement with Edmonton first and then the Caps swooped in and snatched him up.
Now don't get me wrong here: These three signings, by no means, signal the dawning of a Caps dynasty. But they do mean this team is finally headed in the right direction after blowing chunks for four years now (that's including the lockout year, because when you don't play it means you blow too). They basically wasted the first two years of Ovechkin mania, but hey, he should be heading into his prime after a somewhat down year. But can you really blame the guy, he literally had nobody around him.
These signings also make me feel good for Olie Kolzig. The guy has been a DC lifer and that is absolutely commendable. He's probably got one or two years in the net and I would love to see him make the playoffs before he hangs up the skates. Now is this team, as it stands now, a playoff team in 2007-08. Personally, I see them as a 7 or 8 seed, but Graham seems to think I'm an idiot. The Caps are still a few defensemen away from really being taken seriously in the East, but these three signings were certainly a step in the right direction.
Oh yeah, btw, props to the Caps for switching back to the classic red and white jerseys. Those babies are money in the bank.
Could definitely see myself getting one of these bad boys for Christmas.