Which Caps are on the trading block?
Earlier this week, I talked about some of my favorite picks for Caps trades. I decided it would be an exercise in personal growth to make myself talk through who the Caps might have to give up in the process of getting those guys. The truth is, I’m so attached to our team that I have a hard time thinking about giving guys up, even if I know it’s the right move. That being said, here are the players I’m mentally preparing myself not to have in town anymore as of early next week.
A goalie: Braden Holtby is listed as week-to-week with a lower body injury, so there is some likelihood the Caps will look to bring in a goalie at the trade deadline, in case Varlamov or Neuvirth suffers an injury. I don’t see this happening, but since I listed Vokoun as a prospective trade candidate, it bears mentioning that we’re not just going to carry four NHL-ready goalies – we’d probably look to move one.
Brooks Laich: It pains me to even say it. Everyone knows I love Brooks Laich, but when I take off my love-goggles, it hasn’t been the best season. He’s on pace to fall well short of his marks from last season, except penalty minutes, where he’ll exceed, but not necessarily with all the penalties it’s okay to have, in my book. A rebuilding team might covet his leadership skills. Remember when Laich said, “If I asked you about your family, you would talk about them forever because it's something you love. That's the way I feel about this team.”? Can you hear my heart breaking?
Mathieu Perreault, Jay Beagle, Andrew Gordon: Perreault’s name is getting thrown around a lot, but I don’t know why he’s any more likely to be moved than, say, Jay Beagle or Andrew Gordon, other than that he’s been quite a bit more visible this season. The Caps have a lot of strong prospects, but these are the ones I’m guessing teams looking to rebuild covet the most. They’re young but talented and in my opinion all are NHL-ready. Knowing GMGM, he won’t part with them easily.
Alex Semin: I don’t really know. He’d be traded for another top-six forward, and it would definitely be a trade that would capture significant attention. Given the fact that he recently signed an extension, I’m pretty surprised at how often I’m hearing his name in trade rumors. Are there many teams that would pay the several million dollar price for Semin? If there are, I’m pretty sure McPhee would be interested.
Draft picks: The fact is, we may not have to pay a hefty price in the trade market this year. A lot of teams are looking to sell a lot of players, and with an older guy, playing for a struggling team, coming to the end of his contract, a third- or fourth-round pick will almost always do the trick. I expect the Caps to lose a couple draft picks, for sure, but I can live with that.
Future considerations: No, I’m kidding. Future considerations are just draft picks. Funny story, though, when I was a kid I thought it meant something sort of like most favored nation status.
| February 25, 2011; 4:48 PM ET
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