July 1, 2007
Capitals want top-line center
Capitals GM George McPhee is expected to be very active today, as he attempts to lure a free agent or two, reports the Washington Post.
McPhee, however, is not divulging any information and is holding his cards close to the chest.
"It doesn't help us today to talk about specifically what we would like to do," he told the Post. "We'll get involved, see how things are going and determine what's best for us on the fly.
"We have a strategy, and we'll see what develops when the market opens."
The team's top priority is signing a first-line center to set up star Alex Ovechkin and could pursue the likes of Michael Nylander, Mike Comrie, Michal Handzus and Alexei Yashin.
According to the Post, McPhee has a bigger budget than in recent seasons and could spend upwards of $42 million this year, after spending just $31 million last season.
"We certainly have guys we'd like to have signed and have put a price on," McPhee said.
"But we don't have anyone that we just got to have. That's the biggest mistake clubs make. Because you end up spending too much, then in November you left are wondering, 'Why did we do that?' "
The Capitals are also expected to chase defensemen Scott Hannan, Brad Stuart, Tom Preissing and Danny Markov.