Friday, July 31, 2009

"It's a great result for Milan"

So said Allan Walsh, agent for Caps defenseman Milan Jurcina, about the arbitration award given to Jurcina.

According to the Washington Times, a league source confirmed that the award is just under $1.4 million. As it is below the $1.57 million threshold that would permit the club from walking away from the deal, the result is binding.

So now, we have the defense more or less in place:

Mike Green
Brian Pothier
John Erskine
Tom Poti
Jeff Schultz
Shaone Morrisonn
Milan Jurcina

There is not room for both Karl Alzner and John Carlson in this mix. There might not be room for either, if the Caps carry seven defensemen...

...unless a move is made.

That would seem to be almost a betting certainty at this point.

Edit... The Jurcina award appears to put the Caps less than $150,000 under the 2009-2010 salary cap for 22 roster players most likely to appear on the opening night roster (absent any trades) and buyout money. One would have to think there will be more tinkering done.

1 comment:

Tyler said...

Reason for WSH to get Alzner as many games as it can get him in WSH in 09-10: You don't want two inexperienced kids on the blueline of a Cup-contending team in 10-11.