Thursday, June 14, 2007

more Swedish meatballs

says the vegetarian.

News from Tarik:

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defenseman Josef Boumedienne, General Manager George McPhee confirmed yesterday.


Boumedienne's addition also means the Capitals will cut ties with journeyman defenseman Bryan Muir, who played in only 26 games last season because of a broken foot. Boumedienne, like Muir, is a puck-moving defenseman capable of occasionally chipping in on the power play.

"The hope is that [Boumedienne] can help us," McPhee said. "But if not, it doesn't hurt us too much."

Boumedienne, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Stockholm, appeared in 37 games for the Capitals during the 2003-04 season but spent the past three seasons in Europe because of a contract dispute. In August 2005, he rejected the Capitals' offer of a "two-way" contract, which would have allowed the club to send him to the minor leagues without penalty.

I see the point of signing him, so young Backstrom can a have a confidante. Hopefully Boumedienne ends up being a bit of a diamond in the rough. If not, its as GMGM said: "... it doesn't hurt us too much."


Debcapsfan said...

I actually like Boumedienne the first time around and think he could surprise people. He's got to be better than &*%^$$#ing Muir.

Shmee said...

Hahah...very very true. Muir seemed like a good guy but what a dud. On the other hand, they knew what they were paying for when they got him.