They did it again, they made him get out of his worn-out lazyboy. Its time again for everyone’s least-favorite uncle, Uncle Sour. Just like his frustration from the Claude Julien and Daryl Sutter to Vegas reactions, the overreaction of a possible Alex Ovechkin to the Golden Knights trade is getting silly. I ask one simple question, does it make sense for Vegas or Washington?
That’s a team (Vegas) that can take anybody. But what are they going to give. That’s the problem, they have nothing to give. If ownership is ready for that, there’s your chance. Here’s your chance and it’s not coming every year. –Renaud Lavoie, Sportsnet
Lavoie suggests the Golden Knights are a open for other team’s trash. The idea of an expansion team taking “anybody” is bad business, especially for the future development of the franchise. The team is blessed with a fresh cap, why would they want to instantly weigh it down with a contract like Ovechkin’s? Lavoie also mentioned Vegas would have nothing to trade back. Which is another reason this deal won’t happen. The organization has plenty to offer but it’s not mortgaging the future for a 31-year-old winger. The former Caps GM was brought to Las Vegas to build a wining franchise long term, not a three-year fading All-Star team.
Imagine McPhee builds Vegas around Shipachyov, Dadonov, Kovalchuk and his old pal Ovechkin?
— Ian McLaren (@iancmclaren) May 11, 2017
What other GM in the NHL will be given the leeway to build a roster like McPhee? He knows this and will be patient building a wining franchise. Sending future first-round picks to the Capitals for their HoF sniper is goes against the strategy he’s been preaching since he first got here. Possibly, in a few years when McPhee’s sitting on a potential playoff team Ovechkin could make sense. By then, his contract length will be much more manageable and the price tag on Ovi will have gone way down.
Ovechkin is making $9.5+ million per for the next five seasons. I’m not bringing up #8’s stats, cause well, it’s not breaking news that Alexander Ovechkin is really good. I’m strictly talking about financial sensibility. It’s beyond ridiculous for Vegas to take on that contract. Fans have to remember, adding Ovi still won’t be enough to win a Stanley Cup, and maybe not even enough to get them to playoffs in year one. Washington would ask their old buddy McPhee for a bundle of future picks plus an Expansion Draft favor in exchange for the 558 career goal-scorer. It would be outrageous if Vegas were to agree to that… but don’t worry, they won’t.
It’s panic mode, I get it. Ovechkin’s being blamed again for another playoff exit. Fans believe his stock has plummeted and they want to trade him away. The Capitals front office might be silent now but they are aware of the public perception. If Washington crumbles to its fans displeasure, teams will pitch them lowball offers. But why trade a known commodity at it’s lowest point? The Caps wouldn’t get anything close to equal value in return. Which means Ovechkin stays put in D.C and Vegas laughs off the click-baiters.
Uncle Sour, signing off… unit next time the stupid Internet forces him back into action.