McPhee on what next years' Caps roster may look like
Here’s a quick synopsis of George McPhee’s thoughts on today’s NHL draft, Vinny Lecavalier and compliance buyouts:
On the cap dropping to $64.3 million:
When you bring the cap down $6 million and you have holes you want to fill, and you take $180 million out of the system, there’s not a lot of places for people to go.
On the Vinny Lecavalier sweepstakes:
Adam [Oates] talked to him and we’ll see where it goes tomorrow [Monday]. Adam knows him, I think [Lecavalier] wanted to know more about us. … This week could be interesting with some of these [other] compliance buyouts. There might be more than anyone expects.
On trading Jeff Schultz:
I had conversations and we’ll see how that goes..
On the draft being condensed into seven rounds in one day [sipping coffee]:
These things always seem to be a grind. That first round was a grind because you’re trying to process so much. I like when you can do the fist round, go home, chill out and come back and do the rest the next day.
On which Capitals may be given compliance buyouts:
I haven’t decided. Ownership’s been good. We had a good meeting and there’s an understanding on how things work. We can do some things if we have to do some things.
On the difficulty of asking an owner to eat millions of dollars:
It’s amazing It’s really amazing that that kind of money is being spent on somebody who’s not going to play for you. As I said before, I don’t believe in them. I don’t think we should have them. I don’t think teams should be allowed out of them.
On determining the value of compliance free agents:
Those players, whether they’re double dipping or not, probably have a lot of money, so I don’t know how much it matters. It may matter to some players, it may not to others. I think at this point the team and the fit is most important. It should be. Always.