>Any reaction from Caps fans out there?
Not so much because it might not work. I mean, Kevin Miller and Bobby
Carpenter COULD combine to replace the goals the Caps lost by trading
Ciccarelli. But that's if Carpenter's knee holds out. And, obviously,
spreading the goals over two players is not a bad idea. The Caps had four
good lines working and they still may.
But because Carpenter was esentially fired from the team and sat around for
weeks until Poile could trade him for Ridley and Kelly Miller, the whole
thing is rather bizarre.
When Carpenter left, he took plenty of cheap shots at the Caps' organization
and the fans. He moaned about everything from Lou Franscetti to the quality
of ice at Cap Centre being the worst in the league (remember he was traded
to the Rangers whose home ice at the Garden is like a Slurpee machine gone
wild), to comments about the fans in DC knowing nothing about the game.
People here celebrated when he was traded to LA by the Rangers. Before
Gretzky, LA was the ***end of the hockey world and as far as we were
concerned, Carpenter and LA were perfect for each other.
Over time, things cooled off but Carpenter still loved scoring against the
Caps (especially in the playoffs in DC) and the fans in DC loved to see
Carpenter take a check from Hunter, Langway, etc.
I was thinking the Caps were going to go for a goal scoring forward. Maybe
they got one, but this wasn't the young star I had hoped for.
And it's very doubtful that this is the player I'll pay to see either.
Poile had better hope nobody matches the offer to Manson. The Cap Centre is
a big building with a lot of empty seats.
Just ask Carpenter, I'm sure he remembers.