Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Worst Case Scenario for the Caps

Yesterday, I talked about the best case for the Caps. However, no best case is complete without its worst case, which puts everything into the context of how much worse it can be. It's like the yin to the best case's yang, the bread to its butter. And with that, I present the Worst Case Scenario for the 2013-2014 Washington Capitals.

Like yesterday, let's start with forwards. Here are the bad things that could happen:
1. Marcus Johansson would refuse to sign, or demand an exorbitant amount of money, leading to the Caps being forced to lose him. That means we would definitely need Mike Ribeiro, who would be very expensive.
2. Because of Marcus's departure, the Caps re-sign Matt Hendricks, and Brooks Laich has to be bumped up to the top line. The Caps lose a lot of depth and money.
So basically, the worst-case scenario would be keeping the same lineup while losing a lot of money to Ribeiro and Hendricks. We would probably blow up our salary cap over this.

These are the potential offensive lines:

On to the defense.
1. Because of the lack of money, the Caps can't re-sign Karl Alzner, because nobody takes Jeff Schultz, and Tom Poti also walks due to the lack of funding in DC.
2. The Caps would have to call up Dmitri Orlov, Tomas Kundratek, or Cameron Schilling, and because this is worst-case, let's go with Schilling.

Here are the potential D lines:

Needless to say, this would not be an improvement. We would not only have pretty much the same offensive lineup as last year, the defense would lose a huge component with Alzner forced to walk.

There are huge differences between best-case and worst-case, as you can see. Although neither are very probable, let's hope the Caps can get a good balance, preferably leaning to the better case.

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