Top picks for Caps trades
Part of the nature of the game is that you have to give something to get something, and the dangerous risk of the trade deadline can be giving away a strong prospect to gain a rental that doesn’t get you far. But since the buying is the fun part, today I want to break down a couple of my top picks to add to the Caps roster. All are guys who are rumored to be on the trading block. Later this week (unless a trade comes through and renders the discussion moot) I’ll look at who we might have to give up.
Stephen Weiss: Because I’m not partial to rentals, Weiss is an appealing option to deepen the center position. His contract runs through 2012-2013, and at $3.1 million per year he’s moderately priced. I know a trade with a division rival is (or at least used to be) a little unusual, but Florida is looking to rebuild, and Washington has drool-worthy prospects, which is why…
Tomas Vokoun: I can hear you grumbling from here, but think about it. Vokoun will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. I know that Boudreau is happy with Varlamov and Neuvirth – I like them, too. But the prospect of a veteran goaltender is a little hard to pass up, and word on the street is the Caps are inclined to agree with me.
Jason Arnott: Back to centers. Things are looking up in New Jersey, which is a bummer because as far as centerman rentals, Jason Arnott might have been my top choice. If Arnott does waive his no-trade clause, I’m sure we’ll be on the Devils’ doorstep.
Jason Spezza: Ottawa seems determined to keep Spezza. Frankly, for a team that’s supposedly in fire sale mode, they seem pretty reluctant to give up anyone, because there also seems to be hesitation when it comes to Alexei Kovalev and Chris Phillips. Between Spezza’s no-trade clause and leadership responsibilities in Ottawa, I think the price he would command is higher than the Caps would pay.
Chris Phillips: But seriously, Ottawa, throw us a bone. Last I read, Ottawa had shopped Phillips, rejected deals, and was now in contract negotiations with him, but still had one ear sort-of-kind-of open. I get the feeling Ottawa isn’t committed to the rebuild yet, but if they decide they are, Phillips has a home on the D.C. blue line.
Brian McCabe: I know, more Panthers, what’s wrong with me? But if Phillips doesn’t pan out, and we go the route of a defenseman, McCabe could be a decent option. He’s offensive-minded, which doesn’t please me, but he’s pretty big, and one hell of a seasoned guy.
Tim Connolly: I saved what I see as the most likely for last. The word is that George McPhee loves this guy, and though I cringe at Connolly’s long list of injuries and I’m not a huge fan of rentals, I trust GMGM’s opinion and I doubt Connolly would be costly, despite the fact that several teams are rumored to be interested. Then again, in ninth place, Buffalo is on the trade bubble, so it might take some shrewd thinking to pull off this trade without overpaying.
What do you think – do any of these guys seem like a good fit to you? Who else do you have your eye on? Anyone out there think the Caps should stand pat?
| February 23, 2011; 2:25 PM ET
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