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The free agent frenzy is typically filled with highs and lows. A high for Washington Capitals fans was the news that defenseman Mike Green would not sign a salary-on-steroids offer sheet with another team, and came back to the team for four years.

The low was just announced, via TSN: Free agent Jose Theodore has been signed to a two-year deal to replace Cristobal Huet as the Capitals' primary goaltender. Sportsnet reports that it's a $9 million contact; so Caps Chick was right yesterday, and the Capitals gave Theodore a good portion of Olaf Kolzig's $5.5 million salary.

The longer the discussions between Huet and the Capitals went on, the bleaker their future together began to appear. This was a deal that should have been done after the euphoria of the run to the Stanley Cup playoffs. When it wasn't, and as talks fell apart today, it was clear Huet and his agent were going to test a market that didn't have another top-flight goaltender in sight.

Yes, that includes Theodore.

One great season in a walk year, and playing behind a collapsing defense in Colorado that tried to win every game 1-0 during its stretch of injuries, does not make for a career revitalization. Shane Giroux on Avs Talk thinks Jose is a decent guy, but not exactly the right man for the money.

Reading the comments from Green and Alexander Ovechkin, it's clear that a certain "let's keep the band together" mentality existed regarding last year's Capitals team. Maybe Huet was part of that behind the scenes, maybe he wasn't. But on the ice, the Capitals thrived on the confidence Huet provided during their run to the playoffs. Is there any chance Theodore inspires that same level of confidence heading into next season?

Corey Masisak believes Huet could end up with the Ottawa Senators or the Los Angeles Kings. Capitals Insider is reporting a potential "four year deal with Chicago for $5.6 million." Bottom line is that Washington has gone from Kolzig to Huet to Theodore in the last year.

It's hard to imagine Capitals fans being pleased with that progression. Hey, look: They're not.

Fan 590 and TSN report that Andrew Raycroft has been inked by the Colorado Avalanche. Meanwhile, Ty Conklin has been inked by the Detroit Red Wings.

Quick question for the Caps fans: ConkBlock or Paris Hilton's former squeeze toy? Discuss.

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