TSN: Anton Volchenkov a Capital?

"One time, a person thought I was Chuck Norris. Too bad they were wasted".

While watching the early edition of SportsCentre, Darren Dreger reported in his amazing rumour innuendo that “The Washington Capitals are prepared to offer D Anton Volchenkov a lengthy contract worth $5 mil and plus”. When I heard Mr.Innuendo says this, I completely barfed on my new carpet. So pretty much I got burned two ways. Not only is Anton Volchenkov, the ANTON VOLCHENKOV leaving us to play with the modern-day chokers, but now I have to get buy a new carpet, for the 2nd time in a week.

Yes, Anton Volchenkov is a great defenseman. Yes, Anton Volchenkov is the ultimate Russian robot from the mold of Chuck Norris Chris Pronger. But how is he worth 5 mil and plus? That’s like saying Volchenkov is the best defenseman in the league. And unfortunately he’s not, he’s somewhere 6th-8th, and comes no where near the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom or Scott Niedermayer.

Volchie is a great shot blocker, and a future captain. But let’s face it, he will never become captain of the Capitals, unless Alex Ovechkin gets traded which will never happen. Anton scored 4 goals this season, his most. He has NEVER played a full season, and the rate he’s going, I can’t see him playing more than 65 games in his upcoming seasons.

It will truly be a sad day when Volchenkov leaves and visits Ottawa next season in a Washington jersey, but if TSN is right and he will make 5 mil a year in his new contract, than give me Zbynek Michalek any day.

Tags: Darren Dreger David Rundblad Ottawa Senators Off-Season 2011 TSN Washington Capitals

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