2007: Bryzgalov was on waivers and Capitals were the first in the list to pick him up, but George McPhee passed on him.
2008: (Capitals Insider) In a surprising move, the Caps have signed free agent goaltender Jose Theodore to a two-year contract. The team had been discussing a three-year contract extension with Cristobal Huet, but the sides couldn't close the deal this afternoon.
Okay, first of all, I am not saying that GMGM was totaly wrong on not picking up Bryzgalov for whatever reason he had. The goalies are of special species, you never know what's going to happen to them. Even the greatest, like Patrick Roy, had the games when they could let 8 goals in. I'd say Marty Brodeur is the luckiest because he played all his life for a defense first trap team, a.k.a. NJ Devils. The history has shown though that George McPhee had missed big on Bryz.
This year Bryzgalov competes with Alex Ovechkin for MVP. Imagine if he could be with Caps last year. Could he win a duel vs. Fleury? The answer is "Yes he could", and Alex Ovechkin and the Caps could have their names on the Stanley Cup instead of Pens.
Oh well, GMGM had a miss, but its like in that saying "Even the sun has its dark spots".