3 trades that can propel a roster replenishment for the Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals haven’t played well lately, and a six-game losing streak has put this team well on the outside of the wild card race.

Jan 24, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Anthony Mantha (39) controls the
Jan 24, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Anthony Mantha (39) controls the / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Charlie Lindgren provides sensational depth for a goaltender-needy team

The goaltending market will be busy this season, so while he’s not a hot potential trade piece to watch, Charlie Lindgren could find himself on the move. His contract runs through 2025, and his $1.1 million AAV could have teams looking for goaltending depth interested.

So far in 2023-24, Lindgren has seen time in 22 contests, posting a 2.71 GAA and a 0.912 save percentage to go with a solid 0.619 quality starts percentage. While other goaltenders that are more likely to go elsewhere like Marc-Andre Fleury, Jacob Markstrom, and Kaapo Kahkonen boast more prominent names, their productivity hasn’t matched Lindgren’s this year.

A team like the Edmonton Oilers could come calling, as they still need someone behind Stuart Skinner as opposed to Calvin Pickard. Edmonton is especially cash-strapped, which makes them a remarkable fit to trade for someone who won’t break the bank like Lindgren. 

Overall, this trade is a relatively simple one, with Lindgren going to Edmonton for the Oilers own trade chip in Philip Broberg and a third-round pick in 2025. Broberg’s career has yet to materialize with the Oilers, and it’s looking as though Edmonton isn’t a great fit for the young blueliner. So he gets a fresh start in Washington while Lindgren gets a legitimate chance to win a Cup.