Dec 10, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Phoenix Coyotes left wing Paul Bissonnette (12) controls the puck away from Colorado Avalanche center Maxime Talbot (25) in the first period at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Bissonnette: A Good Fit?

The Washington Capitals have been making changes throughout the offseason, all the way from the top down.  The Capitals still have some money available, approximately 1.1 million to spend.  It would be more, if a trade was made, but this is what GM Brian MacLellan has to work with. 

The Washington Capitals have expressed interest in free agent Paul Bissonnette.  A fourth line, physical player out of Phoenix.  Bissonnette, is your basic team enforcer, but he is looking to change his style and get more playing time.  Over the past couple of seasons, his ice time has been decreasing and he is only averaging about 6 minutes during a game.  As a fourth line guy, not much more is expected, but a guy that handles the puck decently, may be able to wiggle a little more out than just 6 minutes.  Bissonnette only dropped the gloves 3 times last year which was a big drop for him, seeing as he has about 1/3 of his ice time devoted towards the penalty box.

If the Capitals do sign Bissonnette, and with him looking for a more permanent spot on the fourth line, they would be in dire straights with the cap and would need to make some moves regarding contracts for a trade.  With 9 wingers already on the roster, and two possibly designated as the 2nd and 3rd line centers, the move would allow for Tom Wilson to move up to the 3rd line and get top 9 ice time.  He would also no longer be the fourth line enforcer per se.

With a change in attitude for the Capitals and the Trotz philosophy, if they can free up the money and give themselves some wiggle room as insurance, I don’t think that adding a guy like Bissonnette is a bad idea at this point.

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Tags: Barry Trotz Brian Maclellan Free Agents Paul Bissonnette Tom Wilson Washington Capitals

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