It’s time for a new Capitals Mailbag! You can read Wednesday’s Part 1 here.
Check out Part 2 below.
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Please note, some questions have been edited for clarity.
Stella writes: Considering how the season ended for both Braden Holtby and Ilya Samsonov, does that open the door for a possible return for Holtby next season?
With what money? The previous cap projection put out by the NHL of between $84 and $88.2 million is now gone. While I don't see the cap lowering next season, I don't think it is going to rise either given the season pause. Even with a big boost in the salary cap, there were a lot of reasons why a return for Holtby seemed remote. With the salary cap unlikely to rise, money just became a big factor once again.
I get it. Samsonov is still a question mark given his lack of experience and the Caps are going to be taking a pretty significant gamble by making him the No. 1, but I don't really see how the team can make a return for Holtby work because of the money, Seattle and the role Holtby would be expected to play. It just does not make sense for either the team or the player.
Alex E. writes: Will having bad ice at Capital One arena (as voted on by players) give the Caps any advantage against their potential playoff opponents as the season likely gets pushed further into the summer months?
Because the players will be used to it? No. Bad ice is bad ice and if both teams are subject to it, I do not see it as being an advantage, especially for a Caps team that sometimes can rely too much on skill and over-passing. That really doesn't work that well in slush.
The ice issue is going to be a major factor in the summer for buildings as the season could potentially get pushed deeper into the summer than ever. This is going to be an issue for every building, not just Capital One Arena.
Hamilton C. writes: How many sticks does the average player go through in a single season?
The number is quite a bit higher than you may think. I don't know that there is a definite average out there, but Detroit Red Wings equipment manager Paul Boyer was asked this in 2012 and his answer was six to 10 dozen sticks per season. Some players use a new stick every game so that's at least 82 right there, plus however many the break in a game or during practice. The budget for teams for sicks is in the hundreds of thousands.
Emily D. writes: Would Wilson’s puppy Halle also be a power forward in the DHL (Dog Hockey League)? She seems to have some serious tenacity and speed.
But does she have the size? She's a black lab mix and black labs typically grow to be about 55 and 75 pounds. I could see her being a grinder, but I am not sure she is going to be big enough to consistently deliver that kind of punishment.
Brooks W. writes: Who would you rather own your team: Dan Snyder, James Dolan or Eugene Melnyk?
James Dolan is easily the worst owner in sports. It's not close. Say what you want about the other two, but Dolan is the worst.
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