Well Caps fans we have had a tough two plus weeks here in the midst of a seven game losing streak, and having the second of a back to back tonight against Montreal possibly with out NHL goal leader Alex Ovechkin and the teams third leading scorer Mikhail Grabovski. Is it time to break up the core of this team?
When looking at the core of the Capitals it is still a really young team with Ovechkin, 28, and Backstrom, 26, being the two franchise corner stones there is still time to figure things out, but wasting a year of either of those players prime isn’t ideal for the players or the fans. We want to feel what its like to see our players hoist the cup and have the first game of the year with a banner ceremony! With the same core as the presidents trophy teams of a few years ago the pieces should be in place but something is missing. Players like Ovie and Backstrom are untouchable, I’d also put Alzner and Carlson into that category but for the others Marcus Johansson, 23, Mike Green, 28, and Brooks Laich, 30, its time to see if there are moves to be made to shake things up a bit.
It may take one move, possibly more but this team needs a wake up call and moving a key piece out of the locker room could send the right message.
I would not be a fan of this but it is a move that could be considered, he is young, cheap, at two million a year signed through next season, and could be more valuable to another team at the center position. Marcus has such chemistry with Alex, and Nick that he would be key to a immediate cup run.
This is THE move that I think can make the most sense and might bring the most back in return. The Capitals are have been in need of a defensive defense man for a number of years now besides Alzner the defense men on the roster are mostly offensive minded, and with Orlov coming up and playing like he belongs putting a defensive defense man next to him on a second pairing could bring the shots against total down and help make up for some of the mistakes that the young defense man makes. The move also could make the Capitals players in the free agent market depending on the salary they bring back, moving Greens 6 million dollar cap hit on top of another deal shipping out Erats 4.5 million cap hit could be enough space to add the missing piece to the puzzle.
Brooks Laich, what to say about the man who when totally healthy could be the second most important player besides Ovechkin. Laich is not a big numbers guy but he is a glue guy, he is the inspirational leader, the team isnt the same with out him, just look at last years playoffs, and when he started missing time this season for examples. Brooks may not be a top 6 forward anymore but as a third line center with Ward and Chimera on his wings it gives the team the big fore checking line it needs to battle its way back into games or hold the lead when necessary.
There are plenty of interesting things that can be done with this team, moves that I’d love to see and ones with players that I’d hate to see go but either way, something needs to be done or it could be another wasted year for the franchise and the fans.
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