Well, we are finally here: the dog days of summer. Aside from a hopeful Bruins win tonight during what is sure to be a Stanley Cup "Game 7 For the Ages" and some Cap-less hardware to be doled out in Vegas, there is nothing new or noteworthy for the Washingtonian to be apprised of until next month. However, to add insult to injury we have to be brave enough to realize due to what the date is there is a significantly high chance (perhaps in the upper 99th percentile?) that Brooks Laich did or will not accept the Caps' contract extension. While this might elicit the ire of many a Caps fan and perhaps Mr. MSE himself, our beloved Ted, I'm sure he has his perfectly legitimate reasons. More after the jump, with Fanpoll and 7% less fat for your summer bod!
Now is the part where you either a) question the validity of the statement above and/or my source, b) highlight that you already knew this, or c) call me a blasphemer and state that the Team is just biding their time to make the announcement he has finally agreed to terms. I understand and care with varying degrees, but my job is just to tell you what I know and let everyone chip in in the comments. I am most interested in knowing your thoughts on how this may or may not affect future talent recruitment, retention, and our chances at Stanley Cup success. I know there's a lot of people in the "oh no, I loved him so much, what will we do!?" persuasion, but in many ways I think we just got Lebron'd so that may not be a wise usage of pixels.
Regardless of #21's reasons for not accepting a Caps extension, this news would be hard to stomach either way and will be especially difficult for anyone with an extra X chromosome or in need of timely car maintenance. In order to come to terms with this, we do have some salve for our wounds. Due to past efforts and fan communications we can be assured that The Boss would have done everything he and GMGM's power to retain such a talented two-way forward. So with such involved and passionate ownership and general management (ok, so maybe for McPhee we replace "passionate" with "stoic"), at the end of the day we can likely look back and say "thanks for giving it your all George and Ted, sorry it didn't work out for us." That's something that most certainly cannot be said of all clubs or management.
So, this brings us to our final points: where do you think he's going to land on July 1st (please weigh in in the comments) and for our Fanpoll, how much of a raise do you think he'll be getting? NOT, how much do you think he's actually worth, but how much do you think a Team will pay/overpay for him. Please cast your vote below! And remember before you comment that I would want for nothing else than my source to be wrong and this not to be the case, but seeing is believing and Ted was rather emphatic with GM GM's level of effort and the response that the Laich camp gave... so it doesn't appear that's the way this cookie will crumble.
How much will Brooks get on his new contract, and how long will he be tied up for?
No more than a $2.5M annual cap hit, 3-5 year contract (8 votes)
No more than a $3.0M annual cap hit, 3-5 year contract (20 votes)
No more than a $3.5M annual cap hit, 2-3 year contract (56 votes)
No more than a $4.0M annual cap hit, 2-3 year contract (68 votes)
Greater than a $4.0M annual cap hit, 1-Kovalchuk year contract (32 votes)
Something completely random, because Mr. Tire doesn't like round numbers (7 votes)
191 total votes