Originally Posted by Hercules Rockefeller
Those trades are absolutely brutal for the Caps, and I'm not even big fans of either MoJo or Laich. O'Reilly isn't worth Forsberg (or Kuznetsov for that matter) straight up, let alone Forberg + when you factor in current contracts, O'Reilly's demands, and the length of time the Caps control any of the 3 players you mentioned.
And I don't believe for a second that the Caps turned down a Luongo/Raymond deal for only Mojo/Neuwirth especially with the Canucks agreeing to eat some of the contract.
I do agree the o'reilly deals are overpayment I was just spitballing.
As for luongo deal; I heard it from pretty reputable source who called the hannan/flash trade before it happened and Dale hunter hiring/ Boudreau firing.
Take it fwiw, gillis was in dc. Leonsis shot down because he didn't want to take on the contract. He's pissed with ovie and backstrom and doesn't want to give out anymore long term deals. He has become a huge cheap ass.