Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Pair of Signings

Two moves with starkly contrasting impacts were made by Washington area sports teams yesterday.

The Washington Redskins sign DL Vonnie Holliday.

Terms were not released, but I can't imagine there was much money involved, or more than one year. This is just another in a line of moves meant to either motivate Albert Haynesworth to maximize his effort, or provide the Redskins with enough depth to withstand a potential departure by Haynesworth. Either way, the move likely only provides the 'Skins with an additional lineman to join the rotation.

The Washington Capitals sign C Nicklas Backstrom for 10 years, $67 million.

I don't think I'm overstating it when I say that this move, along with the fact that Alexander Ovechkin is signed for 10 more years, ensures that the Capitals will be at the very least a playoff caliber team for the next decade. Backstrom is unquestionably one of the top 25 players in hockey, and there were a lot of times last year when he was the best player on the Capitals. Partnering him and Ovechkin up for the long haul means all of you (us) bandwagon Caps fans won't need to find a new ride any time soon.

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