I'm not sure that the Caps would accept the entire Blues roster for Ovechkin.
I also would consider his 124 million, 13-year contract he just signed before trading for him. That's a 9.5 million cap hit/year early on according to NHL team salary websites. I am a huge non-supporter of these lucrative contracts that span over a decade. Is he worth the money right now
and I would literally be okay with the Blues trading 3 players (ANY players except Andy McDonald) and 2-3 first rounders. But there would HAVE to be something conditional in there somewhere that says if he has a career ending injury in the next 2 years, we get one of the first round picks back. Otherwise, with a 13-year contract, we could give up first rounders like crazy and our best young players, but if he has a career ending injury, without that conditional add-in, we'd be worse off than we are now, and worse off for YEARS to come...
Of course, this is ALL hypothetical. Honestly, I don't even think Ovechkin would be successful under Murray's current system... he'd be playing third line grinder or something after a few games. Washington is a very offensive minded team who plays fast, hard, and risky. Coming to a slow, New Jersey rip-off style team would be a huge shock, even to someone as good as Ovechkin.
[Dooger] 11:53 pm: Thank God you're here! Some Wings fans were in here trying to have sex with me.