…Meanwhile, other teams grabbed up some opportunities to improve their chances in the playoffs.
Trade time is never fun to go through. Players get pulled from practice and sent off to another team overnight. Some are placed on waivers only to find themselves in the AHL. A few lucky ones are picked up by teams who see their potential as a player and as a turning point for the team.The Caps were pretty screwed with all their high-dollar contracts over the summer leaving little room to make necessary moves. There was talk for days about Mike Green and Erik Karlsson.
It looks like at the end of the day the Caps have decided to sit with what they have and try to make something of the mess they have. A lot will fall on the shoulders of the goalies, John Carlson, and Alex Ovechkin to keep the team moving into the playoffs.
The Caps did that with Taylor Chorney who found a new home, and hope for more ice time, with the Columbia Blue Jackets.
They also picked up Michal Kempney for the Defense from the Blackhawks, giving them a conditional third round pick in 2018.
They also added another rookie defenseman Jakub Jerabek from the Montreal Canadiens for a 2019 fifth round draft pick.
Key Moves Around the League
There was a big move last week that involved the Knights, the Penguins, and Senators. The Pens perhaps getting the best part of the deal with the acquisition of Derick Brassard. The Knights got Ryan Reeves and the Sens Ian Cole.
Evander Kane went to San Jose. The Sharks like his hard-playing style. They need help on the offense.
Former Cap Jason Chimera went to the Ducks for Chis Wagner to Islanders.
Paul Stastny picked up by the Jets from the Blues. He waived his no-trade clause to go.
Blue Jackets took Ian Cole from the Senators . Give them depth on the blue line. They also added Thomas Vanek from the Canucks.
The Preds signed Mike Fisher for one more year.
Ryan McDonagh from Rangers to Tampa in late-minute deal. Caps will still have to contend with him in the playoffs.
Mike Green, who has a no-trade clause reportedly listed the Caps as a potential for trade. The Red Wings sat Green out several games recently for an ‘upper body’ injury and supposedly to improve his trade potential. Unfortunately they couldn’t get a deal for Greenie. Many hoped he would be coming home, but not today.
Erik Karlsson was one of the top rumors of the day. As the deadline clock wound down it wasn’t sure what would happen for him. Final word came in that he would remain in Ottawa. Always this summer…
All that said, the Caps hung on to their top players. John Carlson is still here despite all the rumors the past few hours. We have two strong goalies and management has invested in who they believe are the best players for the team. Let’s get behind them and cheer them into the third round!