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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/11/2011

Line change: What trade-deadline moves should the Caps make?

By Washington Post Sports Editors

The Feb. 28 NHL trading deadline is quickly approaching, and a flurry of moves in the last few days has perhaps made other general managers around the league feel the heat.

The general consensus most of the season has been that the Capitals are in need of a second-line center if they're to contend in the playoffs, and the Mike Fisher-to-Nashville trade yesterday just made the short list of potential candidates a little bit shorter.

If you're GM George McPhee looking to make a deal, which centermen do you go after? Or are there other gaps Washington needs to fill?

By Washington Post Sports Editors  | February 11, 2011; 11:54 AM ET
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I'll take a 2nd line center and a 2nd line power forward - thank you very much GMGM.

Posted by: bloodontheice | February 11, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

it takes two to tango. We need another center and another D-man would not hurt.

Last year's trades were a disaster, but the trades to bring in Federov, Cooke, and Huit were a masterstroke.

deal a number 2 and 4 pick and Kugryshev to Vancouver for Cory Hodgson.

deal Holtby or Neuwirth to Dallas for Richards. (won't happen.)


Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 11, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Ditto - bloodontheice

Posted by: lylewimbledon | February 11, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

deal a number 2 and 4 pick and Kugryshev to Vancouver for Cory Hodgson.

Posted by: RedLitYogi

There's not a chance in he** that Vancouver would ever do that.

Posted by: sgm3 | February 11, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

OK, here's my two cents on Richards. I think he will move. Depending on what Shero has to give up, he will be a Penguins because they will have the cap space for him with Malkin ending up on the LTIR for the remainder of the season. He will be the rental. This of course hinges on a few things. First and foremost, what would the Pens have to give up for him as far as prospects or picks because that is what Dallas will want. They won't want salary, which is why the Capitals don't have a shot. If that price is deemed acceptable Shero will do a final assessment on whether or not Crosby will return. If the answer is no, I believe the Pens just go with the team they have a consider the season a loss due to injuries. If Crosby will be back, they will go for Richards because they would have enough firepower to compete.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 12:23 PM | Report abuse

as i see it, either one of chimera, who has recently, or fehr, can step up to play top six. therfore, we have a top six winger to spare, and need a 2nd line center and i think either a top experienced goalie or d-man. seeing as we have plenty of d-men, i'd say goalie, especially as i don;t think the team will have full confidence if relying on two, at times shaky and inconsistent, 22-year-olds in net for the playoffs. so trade semin plus pick(s) or possibly one of neuvy varly or holtby for center and goalie. i think goalie would be ideally a rental, center maybe a year or two left on his contract.

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 12:28 PM | Report abuse

@RedLitYogi. The Nucks are looking to win the Cup this year they aren't going to trade for picks and prospects. Same with Dallas and Richards, they are currently 3rd in the West and unless they have a horrible week plus leading up til the break with 1 or less wins they will not be selling at the deadline. That is part of the problem with a lot of trades I see here people don't really think about if the other side has a need they just try to come up with an even value and assume it could happen. By the way that is not taking a shot at RedLitYogi there are many I have seen doing it.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

as i see it, either one of chimera, who has recently, or fehr, can step up to play top six. therfore, we have a top six winger to spare, and need a 2nd line center and i think either a top experienced goalie or d-man. seeing as we have plenty of d-men, i'd say goalie, especially as i don;t think the team will have full confidence if relying on two, at times shaky and inconsistent, 22-year-olds in net for the playoffs. so trade semin plus pick(s) or possibly one of neuvy varly or holtby for center and goalie. i think goalie would be ideally a rental, center maybe a year or two left on his contract.

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

At this point, a new GM would work wonders!

Thanks for asking!

Posted by: jwash4472 | February 11, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe GM would look around to see what my advice is, and I wouldn't know who to trade for, but I have been a Caps fan since '77 and I do know a need when I see it. 2C, and 6W. Hopefully 6W means winger, or forward. This article is right about one thing, it's got to happen soon or there won't be anyone left worth going after. If we aren't going to make a deal, then at least let us know the reasoning.

Posted by: coastallp74 | February 11, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

as i see it, either one of chimera, who has recently, or fehr, can step up to play top six. therfore, we have a top six winger to spare, and need a 2nd line center and i think either a top experienced goalie or d-man. seeing as we have plenty of d-men, i'd say goalie, especially as i don't think the team will have full confidence if relying on two, at times shaky and inconsistent, 22-year-olds in net for the playoffs. so trade semin plus pick(s) or possibly one of neuvy varly or holtby for center and goalie. i think goalie would be ideally a rental, center maybe a year or two left on his contract.

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

1) I don't see any of the potential trade deadline 'rentals' as being worth the price or would tip the balence to make the caps a Cup faourite
2) In my opinion the caps last move, was their worst, signing Semin to a nearly 7 mil extension, handcuffing them to make any real significant moves this summer
3) As it is the same team that is not good enough to win this spring will be back again next fall with only peripheral changes

Posted by: jmol2112 | February 11, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

anything to get rid of M.P.

Posted by: anton8359 | February 11, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Interesting note about the Caps PP and Semin:

"This season, the success rate with Semin on the ice is 19 percent. Without him? Less than 10."

Posted by: sgm3 | February 11, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I think the team as built, is the one we'll go into the playoffs with.

I see GMGM sitting on the sidelines. I mean, our defense is complete and we have centers coming in next year.


Posted by: Jordan_Kitts | February 11, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

It's Cody Hodgson and he would be great with Eakin next year...

I would trade Fehr and a pick to Vancouver for that.

RE: Richards...I would trade Semin (in a heartbeat) and Perrault

JS Giguere for Picks (#1 and #4)

The caps need to rid themselves of Poti ...

Get Beagle back up here...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 11, 2011 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Instead of the Washington Post Sports Editors asking the fans about a deal before the trade deadline, why not ask GMGM himself.

Posted by: instinct227 | February 11, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I think if they play a full 60 minutes like they did with Tampa and Pittsburg last weekend we have no problems.
If not its time for a new coach.

Posted by: jphilipj | February 11, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

I would trade Semin. Great talent, incredibly fast skater, great slap shot, good wrister, somebody will want him. I don't think he's a winner and it's past time to wait on him growing up. Get a gritty center who goes to the net, can score a bit, and can lead these guys to playing North American style play off hockey. Led by Ovie and Backstrom the Caps play way too European to win in the playoffs.

Posted by: milfordone | February 11, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

What do you all think of a trade for Dave Bolland from Chicago? He had 16 points (8,8) with a +6 last year in the playoffs. He's having an okay year with 12G, 13A, +6 in 47 games. That's better than Washington's 2C have been doing, in my opinion. Bolland is also only 24 years old. Chicago is having a down year and could look to free up some cap space. Any thoughts?

Posted by: dcox50 | February 11, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

If no Richards...

I would try to get Spezza for Perrault, Fehr, and any prospect not named Holtby, Kuze, or Eakin...

Posted by: SoaringCaps | February 11, 2011 12:45 PM | Report abuse

why no love for Stephen Weiss?? get a 2nd line center and a vet goalie

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Breaking news from the Onion:

George McPhee has announced that he will not be making any trades as the deadline approaches. He is pleased with the current roster and the likely scenario of hitting up the golf course in April. He wants to make sure he gets in enough rounds at Congressional before they shut it down for the US Open.

But dont worry he will have roughly one week following the US Open to prepare for the 2011 NHL Draft and Free Agent Frenzy. Of which he plans to draft a Russian in the 1st round, demand that Joe Corvo sign in FA since he no longer has the 2nd round pick, and draft a mix of Canadians and Swedes the rest of the draft.

Then as FA begins get ready for the biggest splash of all. The signing of Mike Green to a 4 year extension and Jason Chimera to an 8 year deal. GMGM and Mr Leonsis will then declare they made their FA splashes. They will make a last ditch under the radar effort to sign Belanger to a one year deal, this time making sure that the move is taken care of.

Dont worry Caps fans, we are in year 5 of the rebuild(for the 5th year in a row), Mr Leonsis will preach. Oh yea, dont forget to go out and purchase the sequel to the Ovechkins the Great 8 DVD....the Great 8 Part Deux.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

2C obviously. No Arnott though. Someone mentioned Weiss I think.

Need to desperately upgrade the bottom six before April. Anyone of the following: Chris Neil, David Clarkson, or Jared Boll. I'd grab Konopka for the 4C spot. Any of these guys can play with a bit of urgency and initiate a physical game.

Posted by: Fletch22 | February 11, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

We can't take on Richards' or Spezza's salary if we only move MP, Fehr, and prospects. Spezza has another year too so he wouldn't be a rental. Neither Ottawa nor Dallas is interested in picking up salary so neither would accept Semin in a trade. I know I am in the minority, but we are looking for a quality 2C to create a 2nd powerful scoring line. You move Semin the acquistion of a high priced center is moot.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

This is all a moot point. GMGM is NOT gonna do anything significant because he is more interested in not screwing up than actually doing things to help them win the Cup right now.

He'll be here for another decade as long as the team keeps making the playoffs. He'll just do enough to keep his job, nothing more nothing less.

Posted by: joek443 | February 11, 2011 12:52 PM | Report abuse

jarko ruutu would also be a nice add

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

"For an Umberger today I would gladly pay you on Tuesday..."


PuhLEEZE! Never mind whether he is as good as his proponents claim. Never mind whether his remarks about the Caps were accurate or not. Maybe they were, but it doesn't matter.

The point is that, after those remarks, only a truly incompetent General Manager would risk the negative impact on team chemistry that Umberger's addition would have, and Umberger himself would have to be an idiot to agree to put himself in that situation.

Another scenario: If you publicly bad-mouthed a Fortune 500 company, would you expect that company to hire you? And would you really want to work there?

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 11, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

dcox50,
That's a great pull! What do you think it would take....prospect? roster player?

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 11, 2011 12:54 PM | Report abuse

@dcox50
it's an interesting point. he has been better, but i think if we want to be c up-winning team, we need to aim higher than bolland for a 2nd line center. not saying bolland isn't a good player, but i think we need someone with more experience and reputation to help lead what is still a young team in the playoffs.
as for richards, i don't think he's a viable option for the caps, as the stars want quality now which for us would i think mean someone like semin but he's worth more.
i reckon rj umberger for a pick
semin for giguere plus

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

@Rhino

Umberger has 1 very good friend and 2 other friends in the Caps locker room. Steckel, Knuble and Chimera.

Last year they traded for Chimera after he injured Ovi in the fight near the bench. Didnt seem to matter at all. Umberger is known for being a leader in the lockery room. So your rational isnt good enough, sorry.

Posted by: ThePat | February 11, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

joek: Do you really believe that? I honestly don't. I believe they are seeing what I am seeing and that is impatience with the fan base. If the Caps don't win a championship soon the current fans that have hopped on the Rock the Red machine will jump off. Look, a few years ago when BB took over the fans were happy with a SE title, and a hard fought 7 game series loss to the Flyers. The next year, the fans (at the stadium) accepted the 7th game loss to the Pens. Last year the fans were happy with the Presidents trophy but began to boo during the playoffs. This season, the fans boo when a pass is missed, and boo at the end of a bad period, and boo at the end of a lost game. The bar has been raised and Ted and GMGM know that if they don't improve in the postseason this year fans will stop going. The advantage they have is the serious threat of the NFL being a bust next year, and the NBA too for that matter. They might be the only show in town come October.

Posted by: fanohock1 | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Anybody I want? Seriously?

I'd try to get Bieksa, but Vancouver isn't selling, I think.

Phaneuf seems to have worn out his welcome in Toronto, but we can't afford him.

I might like Zajac for a 2C--Devs need to dump salary.

Posted by: Rhino40 | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Jason Arnott - Big Center and a right hand shot. second a 2nd or a goalie prospect to NJ.

Posted by: kevin65 | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

2) In my opinion the caps last move, was their worst, signing Semin to a nearly 7 mil extension, handcuffing them to make any real significant moves this summer

Posted by: jmol2112 | February 11, 2011 12:34 PM | Report abuse

No way. I am not going to debate if Semin was a good or bad move but Poti's contract is clearly the worst move since Nylander. Without his resigning we would have around $8 (give or take depending on actualy resigning prices) for a #2 C and a D. Instead we still have the same basic gap at D because only GMGM seems to think Poti is anything more then a 3rd pair guy on his good days and only around 5.5M to make them.

Without Poti we could have

FORWARDS
Line 1 Alexander Ovechkin ($9.538m) / Nicklas Backstrom ($6.700m) / Eric Fehr ($2.200m)

Line 2 Alexander Semin ($6.700m) / Free Agent or trade / Brooks Laich ($2.500m)

Line 3 Jason Chimera ($1.875m) / Marcus Johansson ($0.900m) / Cody Eakin ($0.660m)

Line 4 D.J. King ($0.637m) /Dave Steckel ($1.100m) / Matt Hendricks ($0.700m) / Matt Bradley ($1.000m)

DEFENSEMEN
John Carlson ($0.845m) / Karl Alzner ($2.000m)
Mike Green ($5.250m) / Jeff Schultz ($2.750m)
John Erskine ($1.500m) / Free Agent
Tyler Sloan ($0.700m)

GOALTENDERS
Semyon Varlamov ($2.200m)
Michal Neuvirth ($1.150m)

FA saleries just my guess.

With those guesses we have two holes and just under $8.5M (with my estimated FA resignings). With that we could trade MP and picks to Fla for Weiss and sign as an example Hall Gill for what his current contract is (which he signed after winning the Cup when his value was highest) and still have $3.1M for other things or for the deadline. Add Poti into that and not only are you either paying him to sit in the press box or not playing Erskine but you also only have under $300,000 in cap space.

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind....Dave Bolland is signed for the next 3 years at 3.375. GMGM wouldn't do it (although I agree that it may help out A LOT!)

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 11, 2011 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@doughless
great shout. weiss and vokoun for semin plus perhaps perreault i reckon. would love that deal actually

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Yes I'd like to see Semin either grow up or get out but I think the reason GM re-signed him is that he CAN'T trade him. Remember how hard it was just to get him to show up the first couple of training camps? When GM signed him he said that Semin "likes" it here (meaning DC not the NHL) so they know he won't go if he is traded. And so does everyone else.

Posted by: JiminFL | February 11, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

We obviously need a 2C, but it makes no sense to go after one if we are offering up Semin. The whole point of getting a set up man 2C is to set up Semin, leaving Fehr (if back from injury) or Chimera on the first line and Knuble/Fehr of the second line. A legit 2C would erase the need for another top 6 wing. We could then go after one more D man as I think our goalies (barring injuries) have what it takes for the playoffs...with Varly getting my nod.

So there you have it. A 2C and D man....hmm we've been saying this since what, before preseason?

As ThePat mentioned, you need a willing and wanting trade partner. Devils and Zajac would be who I'd be pressing for. Trade them some young cheap talent, roster player, and/or picks...since they will most likely be selling and not playoff bound. Thats my 2 cents plus tax.

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 11, 2011 1:07 PM | Report abuse

SeminAllOverTheIce (someone else mentione dthis as well) is correct. No need for a better 2C if you're trading Semin away to get him.

Posted by: j3rockstar | February 11, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Looking at Capgeek if we could wait until deadline day we could actually be under the cap trading MP, either Varly or Neuvy, and picks for Weiss and Vokoun but would only have $21,000 or so in space. The question is would you do that?

Posted by: icehammer97 | February 11, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

@fan,

as much as we all would like to believe that this has become a serious hockey town, it really hasn't compared to other NHL cities.

I just saw local tv numbers the other day and Pitt leads the league in local TV audience @ 100K/game. This town which is a much bigger market than Pitt has an average audience of 40K/game on comcast.

I believe in order for this team to get to the next level, they need to make a BIG move, NOT some small deals for scrubs. The kinda moves that Pitt made in early 90's that helped them win the back to back Cups.

I just don't see GMGM making that kinda moves any time soon.

Posted by: joek443 | February 11, 2011 1:11 PM | Report abuse

the reason for trading semin is simple...he doesn't turn up in the playoffs. plus he has now a large contract AND we can replace him. he's been out of the lineup for a while and we have done fine without him. get a second line center to improve the second line with laich and probably one of chimera/knuble/fehr, depending who goes top line (for me chimera as he sparked ovi and backstrom recently). plus he would be a big trade chip. we can't afford to take on loads of salary if we are giving mostly picks or prospects, therefore semin and poti are probably are our most likely trade chips. we probably want experience, and obviously quality, which mean salary.

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Jarome Iginla and/or Shea Weber.

Posted by: Pius5 | February 11, 2011 1:22 PM | Report abuse

@j3rockstar

Maybe moving MP and Boyd Gordon? I saw you mentioned his price tag, which could be a bit high. Hopefully the salary cap will increase the next few years. But I like how Bolland has Cup experience. He also put up nearly 50 points 2 years ago. Last year he was banged up during the regular season.

Posted by: dcox50 | February 11, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Semin for Iginla. DO IT.

Posted by: sargeantmofo | February 11, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Cody Eakin(or a 2nd pick) and Matthew Perrault for Travis Zajac.

Posted by: breaklance | February 11, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure alot of you remember GMGM as a player. Man..what a rough, mean, tough little sob he was! Does it make you wonder why, or how, he assembled such a soft bunch of ballarinas for 'his' team? You'd think he would mold this team with the type player he was, but...
Reporters, coaches, announcers, fans, players...all agree on what the Caps need. How come GMGM doesn't get it?

Posted by: scmonty1 | February 11, 2011 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It is NOT OUR YEAR.

We should recognize that and save our draft picks, our young players, and not take trade risks.

Give MJ90 and MP85 the playoff experience. And let them learn and see what we got.

I repeat, it is NOT OUR YEAR.

Posted by: trfnews | February 11, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Instead of the Washington Post Sports Editors asking the fans about a deal before the trade deadline, why not ask GMGM himself.

Posted by: instinct227 | February 11, 2011 12:44 PM

Bingo.

Posted by: tominsocal1 | February 11, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I hate to say it but after watching 24/7 and with their 5-3 record with Malkin and Crosby out I think I want Bylsma more than anything else. Of course that'll never happen.

I happy with goalies. I think we can still use a D-man with experience. We need a 2C but I don't see any out there for the taking and expect the asking price is going to be out of whack with Pitt desperately needing a C and Fisher already moved. I'd be shocked if Dallas moves Richards.

Posted by: psujohn | February 11, 2011 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, how often can people recycle the lines about trading Semin and needing a veteran goaltender? More than halfway through the season, no one has any more insight than that?

Can someone explain with any logic why we'd want to trade the player who is #2 in goals and #3 in points, despite being injured for a significant time? Really? I don't want Semin's 40 goals per year on anyone else's team, do you?

On the goalie thing, the Caps are 7th in the NHL in goals against. So, why does the goalie position look like a problem in need of solving?

Posted by: jepper | February 11, 2011 1:52 PM | Report abuse

goalie position looks like a problem because: 1) both 1 & 30 look like they have a propensity for injuries; 2) they seem to have a propensity to be streaky/let softies in; and 3) have been tested over long stretches of play. both are good goalies, but a vet would be a nice addition in case one of the above seems evident.

Posted by: doughless | February 11, 2011 1:55 PM | Report abuse

@jepper
on semin, it's a fair point, and i'd be more inclined to send him west if we were trading him. like i have said he just doesn't turn up in the playoffs and that is where the caps have really struggled. plus he is replacable on the team.
as for goalies, i think most would agree the reason for the low goals against for the team is due to the change to a more defensive style. i think if we had a better, more experienced goalie, it would give the players more confidence, especially in the playoffs, to be more offensive (whilst maintaining a level of defensive responsibiltiy in the offseason). these points are getting repeated because essentially nothing has changed on the team.
the semin debate is probsbly i think the most interesting one, but for me, he has more value to us in a trade than on the roster long term

Posted by: colonelbagpuss | February 11, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

How about we start with that weasel George McPhee and then trade that fat a$% Bruce Boudreau!

Posted by: SOMDHockeyCoach | February 11, 2011 2:11 PM | Report abuse

@colonelbagpuss

How do you consider him replaceable? In case you havent noticed, without him in the line up, we have a lot less offense. Not to mention, when he scores, we are 12-0.

You also claim he doesnt show up in playoffs. And thats just not correct. He is just under a point per game in the playoffs guy (mid .9's I think) and granted he didnt score in the last 2 series (he still got points), he was arguably our best playoff player last year. So when you say he does not show up for the playoffs...the facts refute that.

We have tons of cap room for a rental 2C/close to a rental (we can worry about the D addition via trading away some cheaper roster players and the remaining cap room). And having 2 quality scoring lines in the playoffs is vital…especially with our 3rd and 4th lines starting to round out better. An Ovie-Backs-ChimChim or Fehr first line, and a Semin-2C-Fehr or Knuble or Laich would be way more advantageous in the playoffs than an Ovie-Backs-ChimChim and a Laich-2C-Fehr or Knuble line…looks more like a 3rd line without Semin in it doesn’t it?

Posted by: SeminAllOverTheIce | February 11, 2011 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey! The reason they won't trade Semin is they CAN"T. He will go back to Russia. He is a big baby and he wants it his way or no way. It DC or KHL.

Posted by: JiminFL | February 11, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

ok - I'm another "don't trade Semin" voice. Thanks, @sgm3 for posting the pp %s with and without, they speak volumes...(or DVDs or whatever unit of measure is appropriate).

No very decent centericeman besides Richards who might be dealt.

I think the move of Semin to top line may be a sign Caps will want to go with one attacking line and three lines that neither attack nor defend very well...

Also agreed that Shero makes different moves if he assumes a Crosby return than not...

Posted by: RedLitYogi | February 11, 2011 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Why make any deals remember our D is complete

Posted by: callejo1 | February 11, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

why make any deals our D is complete

Posted by: callejo1 | February 11, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'll say it, I think the role of goalies is overrated. I think this, mainly, because I believe the role of defenders is underrated. I don't believe goalies win championships. I do believe they can save your bacon from time-to-time, and a great one is able to call upon that in big games. I think both of the Caps's goalies are good enough.

Philly did pretty well last year without a superstar goalie.

Posted by: jepper | February 11, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

two words jason arnott he gives the caps the two things there lacking a 2 line center and vet leadership with plenty of playoff exp.

Posted by: keghauling | February 11, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Adding a player here or there won't make the biggest difference. The Caps need more leadership from their player core and their coaching staff to move forward.

Certainly a second line center would be nice. I am a little concerned at our health in our two young goalies. Its quite possible of the Caps make the playoffs that one of them will get hurt. Its been that way all year. Do we want Holtby to be our second string in the playoffs?

The Caps could use a PP specialist coach with a mean and nasty edge to him.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | February 11, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

The Capitals are in the midst of a perpetual rebuilding plan that they do not want to interfere with. As a result, they will not sacrifice a base that will pay dividends into the next century and beyond. They have plenty of work to do. However, we won't see the fruits of the work in our lifetimes. Stanley Cup 2525 or bust!

Posted by: hateisnotafamilyvalue | February 11, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I don't think D or the goalies are the issue. Vokoun is a free agent after the season. We need a 2nd line center bad. Johansson and Perrault are not the answer at this time. Weiss is not a bad option, I would've rather had Fisher, he's playoff tested. Chimera is not a top 6 forward, he doesn't have the hands to finish enough. He's and excellent 3rd line type of up & down winger.

Posted by: topshelf | February 11, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

The Caps do NOT need another defensemen. They do NOT need a veteran goalie, although that couldn't hurt the locker room. They do NOT need any help on the 3rd or 4th line.

What they need is a 2C and another top 6 winger. If the pull that off, some one on the 2nd line moves down and the bottom two lines get even better.

Makes you wonder what would have happened if we had signed Belanger.

Posted by: jmurray019 | February 11, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

The ONLY need is at 2C. Pray that Buffalo has an awful two weeks, and hope they decide to sell FA to be Tom Connolly.

You could probably get him for MP, maybe prospects Bouchard and Milokovich, or Holtby, or a pick/s btwn 2-4, and B. Gordon (just to balance out the salary cap - check cap geek). Some combination like that.

Posted by: mcgratsp | February 11, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Sign Owen Nolan as FA and hope he clears waivers.

Posted by: SuperG5 | February 11, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter. Anyone GMGM does trade for, even if it is the best deal in the history of hockey trades would be considered a bad deal on this blog by certain people and/or GMGM got lucky.

Posted by: CTCapsPhan | February 11, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't get it, every (and I mean every) Post Skins reporter is quick to tell Snyder how to run the team, how come Katie doesn't?

So .. Katie, who would you trade for?

Posted by: tslats | February 11, 2011 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Were not getting a veteran goalie. Did a veteran goalie knockout the Caps and Pens last year. If you look at the last 9/10 cup winners dominance came down the middle. Backstom,johansson,Eakin and Krugs are a great future, but to make a push now and next year we need to acquire 2 centers, a 2nd line we can sign for 2-3 years like Weiss, and a rental like Arnott. MJ90 can play wing this year giving us more speed and depth. I've heard rumors of the Islanders dealing Tavaress, there's a guy you give up 3 top prospects for, isle won't resign him and may look for more future depth. Those of you thinking G or D it ain't happening. We are set at both spots for years. If anything I wod dump Poti a a throw in to a team needing a 3rd pair D to free up the 2.5 waisted millions we gave him.

Posted by: Bricucci1 | February 11, 2011 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Like the comment about Nolan, I swear that's the guy McPhee wanted but GMGM didnt' check the fax and the CBJ switched him out w/ Eric B. He was Bill Guerin all over again w/ the guins 2 years ago, that was their cherry on top to win the cup, brilliant move by Shero. Instead he made those 4 heinous deals although getting Juice back for the 7th rounder, although meaningless, made me feel good. If you want to know why we won't win a cup look know further than Shero V GMGM !

Posted by: collegehockeyfan | February 11, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

George and I just spent 2 hours going over our wish list and "WHO" we are willing to deal. At this time we have 2-3 teams interested in working with us to upgrade their team as well as the Caps .I will tell you now that Alex and either goalie are not and have not been on the board or table .We have 3 issues we need to address.And with that we fell we can settle on addressing 1 of them now maybe 2 . Leaving us 1 maybe 2 to address this coming June/July right after the season ends.
Our biggest concern right now is at the 2C. We are in talks with 2 teams and we are excited that either one will complete our 2nd line.We will have a new 2c incoming weeks.Plus we are looking at signing a TOP forward to play on the 1st or 2nd lines. Then we can move any playefrom those lines now down and make our 3rd & 4th lines that much stronger!One of the other move brings in a very talented defensemen . We then can move or send down to AHL a defensemen who will spend time there working on their skills.

Anybody we sign we are looking at resigning them to a 2-3 year contract. By signing these players we will have are golden prospect learn and hone their hockey skills from proven all-stars.
Alex look very good durning practise and should improve our powerplay.

We are moving to shore up our lines and to give us the much needed players to have a deep playoff run !

Thanks to all
Ted
Washington Capitals

Posted by: Tedsbrillant | February 12, 2011 8:51 AM | Report abuse

semin for iginlia

Posted by: gocaps01 | February 12, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Trade Semin?
Git rid of GM and / or BB?
Too many "Caps fans" embarras themselves with these posts. Not being a homer, just that ALL of those comments are rediculous. Yes, we have never replaced Scott Stevens. Yes we need a better 2nd line center. Yes, teams are blocking Ovie's shots, and he has done little or nothing to counter.
Trading your best goal scorer is not a fix...

Posted by: RARedskinsFAN | February 12, 2011 9:44 AM | Report abuse

We do NOT need another D man! Enough already! The problem in last year's playoffs was scoring not D. The problem this year is scoring not D! Sheesh.

On offense we have essentially the same personnel we had when we were lighting the lamp all over the place last season. I submit we are stronger on D, indeed finally where we want to be, but our offensive scheme needs to be examined more closely.

I think we miss Federov. He was a grizzled veteran that provided all sorts of intangibles. It's such a young team. I'd love to see the caps pick up some old fart who's won some cups ad provides those intangibles.

Posted by: jay4811 | February 12, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Semin and Chimera to Vancouver for the Sedin brothers. Jeff Schultz to Nashville for Ryan Suter. Neuvirth to Buffalo for Miller.

You asked what deals I'd make. I'm not sure that the other team goes for it, but these are the deals I'd make.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 12, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I just got Backes & Jackman from St.Louis for Ferh,Poti & picks on NHL 11 in the be a GM mode .it can't be that hard.so why cant GMGM get this done? he's the worst..

Posted by: heathdog1119 | February 12, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Ahhh always nice to log on to WP to read the daily idiocy regarding trades for the Caps, like having my morning coffee it is part of the daily routine. Here is an open guarantee to all the armchair GMs on this thread who continually advocate the stupid moves I regularly read here....the following players WILL NOT be moved in any way shape or form as part of any trade this season...Semin, Green, Varly, Carlson, Alzner, Backstrom or OV...so stop with the utterly clueless and stupid proposals that involve any of these players moving...

Posted by: opticlguy | February 12, 2011 11:47 AM | Report abuse

To the dope above indicating that the Caps have 7 players are untouchable, consider that Wayne Gretzky, Babe Ruth and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were all traded. Gretzky in his prime was tradeable, but Alexander Semin and Karl Alzner are untouchables? OK.

Posted by: randysbailin | February 12, 2011 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Dear Front Office,

How much more do you guys need to see. Hard work and patience are not going to produce a legitimate 2nd line center this year. A deal needs to be made. If you guys once again have no intention of acquiring a player of substance (3rd and 4th line players are not players of substance) then be honest with us and let us know that this year will be sacrificed in lieu of the next 2-3 years. However, at some point a rebuilding plan becomes shallow talk to the fans. This franchise is dangerously close to appearing nonchalant, complacent, and not very serious about winning a championship. That’s a shame because this is the year to capture the imagination of this town due to the failures of the other franchises in town.

Posted by: croftonpost | February 12, 2011 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Where to begin? Did you see that pathetic lack of effort just now against LA? THE ONLY thing the Caps have been consistent with this season is inconsistent effort.
1st: Can we please trade for a legitimate NHL 2nd Line center? Enough of watching that midget Matty Perrault attempt to play with the big boys. He looks like a rag doll getting thrown off the puck along the boards. Can the coaching staff ever teach Semin to play as a part of the team and not as an individual? Can they show Backstrom his videos from last year when he actually would skate hard?? And we have got to get rid of Schultz. Brian Fahey is a better defenseman than Schultz. He plays like a wimp for a man whose 6'05". At best he's a third line defenseman. Can we get a legit Stay Home Defenseman (another one in addition to Hannan?). Carlson and Alzner are playing too many minutes and we are expecting too much of them.
Varly and Neuvy all the way to a Stanley Cup? Really? What are you seeing GMGM that the rest of us who watch every game closely are not seeing? On the trade block: Semin (can't seem to play as a team mate, effort isnt always there),Neuvirth (for a legitimate back up goalie like Garon), Fehr (I think he could be a combo trade for a legit Center and he hasnt really been missed a lot), Schultz (sux), Perrault (too small to play in NHL), B. Gordon (injury prone),Sloan (sux)
We could definitely get a big name center a genuine back up goalie (we were sleeping when Roloson and Nabokov were snatched on waivers)and another stay home defenseman for these players. Pull the trigger GMGM, and then get Boudreau to push himself away from the dinner table and invoke some passion back into this club!

Posted by: G2SCP | February 12, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Talk to the local golf pro.

Posted by: coastallp74 | February 12, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Who takes the blame as the losses pile up? Leonsis or McPhee?

Posted by: BlameGibbs | February 12, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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