There is constant speculation and trade rumors around any team about how you can make a team better. There are three main reasons to make a trade in the NHL: 1) asset management (either acquiring a building block for the future or flipping that for short-term help), 2) salary cap restraints or 3) just to shake things up and allow different players to get a chance.
Let’s starting bantering about our own trade rumors. Of the Washington Capitals players who are on the block who should be trade, in the fans mind? I’ve broken out my preliminary list of every player on the Caps by group. For the sake of argument, I’m going to assume that the Caps are focusing on short-term gain and am limiting my trade candidates to the immediate NHLers.
I’m interested to see if you agree with me and if you would be willing to trade that player. Let me know what you think in the comments section or at [email protected]
0) Unlikely to be dealt
1) Asset Management (hopefully, for a defenseman or a young offensive talent)
2) Salary Cap Restraints
3) Shake things up
Now for my money’s worth, if George McPhee wanted to put his money where his mouth is and pick a second line center Then, he needs to move either Grabovki, Laich, or Erat. They have cap hits of 3, 4.5, and 4.5 million respectively. You can’t have those kind of players simply wasting away on the third line when you have other holes in the team
If you trade Laich or Grabovski you then allow Fehr and either Beagle or Latta (or perhaps both, moving Fehr back to the wing) center the bottom pairs. Again, if you fill the need on defense– Ladislav Smid anyone?– this allows proper slotting in the defensive pairings.
Another way to do this would be to trade Neuvirth but salary still needs to be offloaded either for future assets or for an upgrade at defense.
I’m interested to see if you agree with me based on the trade rumors and your own speculation. Who would you be willing to trade and why? What would you expect in return for that player. Let me know what you think in the comments section or at [email protected]