I’ve been telling you the last few days who I would trade for if I was the Washington Capitals. Tonight I am going to do the opposite by telling you whom they should NOT trade for.
These players will probably be up there in age anyway or might be in a position the Caps are good and set on.
#3 Connor Hellebuyck
Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets are at a standstill but it is likely he’ll get moved. But we’re starting this list with the obvious in that the Caps are not trading for a goaltender. Darcy Kuemper and Charlie Lindgren deserve to run it back.
Hellebuyck went 37-25-2 with a 2.49 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and four shutouts. Kuemper went 22-26-7 with a 2.87 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. Not good but not bad either especially with the hand his new team was dealt.
Lindgren went 13-11-3 with a 3.05 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.
Hellebuyck was one of the best in the game but that’s a move you go for if you stuck with Ilya Samsonov and/or Vitek Vanecek a summer ago instead of parting ways with both. It’s also a move they make if they swung or missed on Kuemper which they didn’t.