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2013-14 NHL Trade Deadline Feature: Washington Capitals

Submitted by Patrick O’Connor, and can be found on twitter at @PatOConnor28

Sabres-deadlineWith the trade deadline fast approaching,  after the Olympic break the Capitals should be very active if they want to make a run this season. The Caps currently find themselves sitting in fifth place in the Metropolitan, however only three points out of a playoff position. The Capitals fall in the middle of the pack in just about every statistically team category except for their fifth ranked power play. The sore spot comes with the 19 regulation/overtime wins, only five teams in the league are worse, Florida, Buffalo, New York Islanders, Calgary, and Edmonton. If this team wants to make a playoff run, they are going to need be better 5 on 5 play and avoid overtime games.

George McPhee finds himself in a very difficult position to make moves that will really benefit the team this season. Three roster players have requested trades at one or multiple points this season, Michal Neuvirth, Martin Erat, and Dmitry Orlov. Neuvirth and Orlov have seen their playing time increase and have proved that they belong on the roster for now. Orlov has been playing with Mike Green and Neuvirth has been splitting the net with Holtby since the rookie Phillip Grubauer was sent back down (where he will probably remain for the rest of the season barring injury). Leading up to the Olympic break Martin Erat had been playing like he did not want to be on the team, taking foolish offensive zone penalties and showing little to no heart in games. Although he has played close to 800 games in the NHL his trade value may be at an all time low. Erat has one goal this season, an empty netter, and has seen playing time on the fourth line for long stretches at a time.

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Morning Rumors III: Parenteau, Subban, Gagner, Yakupov, Stewart, Kings, Senators, Buyers and Sellers

  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Avalanche’s P.A. Parenteau was a healthy scratch for the second straight game. He has two more years left at $4 million per. Rumors that the Canadiens may be willing to trade P.K. Subban for Parenteau, prospect(s) and draft picks. Coach Patrick Roy said that Parenteau is not in the doghouse, he just doesn’t want to break up the top lines and that Parenteau doesn’t fit a fourth line role.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: SportsNets Doug MacLean on whether the Oilers should trade Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov:

    “Gagner and Yakupov have really been a real dilemma for this organization. They don’t know what to do with them. -29 for Yakupov. Talented kid. You know he’s going to score a lot of goals in the NHL before he’s done. Gagner, solid, solid. People don’t know if he’s a #2 or a #3 (centre).

    “Here’s the problem. You got to stay with these guys. You’re not going to get value (in a trade). It’s disappointing the way they’ve performed, but you are not going to get value. So stay with them.”

    It was brought up that the Oilers need to get bigger, tougher. MacLean agreed, but added:

     ”You bring in complementary guys to play with them. I’ve said it for years. You take their Top Six, and you make it a Top Nine because you fill in with quality 2-way guys. But if you start trading these guys, you are not getting value and you got a disaster on your hands.”

  • Craig Custance: Some GMs are more interested in making ‘hockey trades’ and than ‘rental trades.’ Blues Chris Stewart is an intriguing name but he carries a $4.15 million salary cap hit next season.
  • Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are looking for a left winger and a defenseman. At this point, they would have to overpay to get either.
    Frank Provenzano of ESPNPotential SellersNashville Predators - David Legwand, Matt Cullen, Colin Wilson and Ryan Ellis. Washington Capitals - Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Jason Chimera, Eric Fehr and Martin Erat. Winnipeg Jets - Dustin Byfuglien, Evander Kane, Olli Jokinen and Devin Setoguchi. Potential BuyersTampa Bay Lightning - roster depth. Colorado Avalanche - Top-four defenseman. St. Louis Blues - Stanley Cup caliber goalie.
  • James Pagnall of the Ottawa Citizen: The Senators have new TV deal in place the could bring in between $20 and $30 million over the next 12 years. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

    “This puts us on a solid footing,” Melnyk said in reference to the broadcasting deals. “We are going to be competitive in spending on players. If I need to spend an extra $2 million to $3 million (on unrestricted free agents) to make the playoffs, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll do it.”

    “We’re still going to spend wisely,” he said, suggesting he does not intend to shell out the maximum permitted under salary cap rules.

    “Just because you have extra money in your pocket, doesn’t mean you go out and spend it,” he said. His philosophy of patiently — and inexpensively — developing raw talent remains front and centre in the Senators organization.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators president Cyril Leeder on their $400 million broadcaster deal with Bell Media.

    “It allows you to get in there and duke it out with the big guys,” Leeder told the Sun. “When you have a strong base of revenues from your corporate partners and your fanbase, that makes you stronger.

    “It allows you to compete with (teams like) Toronto, New York and Vancouver.”

    The Senators are currently 26th in spending, ahead of only the Flames, Avalanche, Islanders and Panthers.

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Afternoon Hits: Stastny-Miller, Ohlund, Wilson, Kuznetsov, Caputi and Kadri

Apologies for the delay, no internet connection this morning.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: “Reputable” sources have told Dater that there is nothing to the Paul Stastny – Ryan Miller trade rumors, the deal won’t happen. The Avalanche will give Semyon Varlamov a shot again this year.
  • Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Kiszla thinks that the Avalanche need Ryan Miller to get back into the playoffs. Varlamov is a competent goalie, but he’s not at the level to carry a team. Kiszla said back in May that a Stastny-Miller makes sense.
  • Paul of Kukla’s Korner: A report is saying that Mattias Ohlund, who hasn’t played in 823 days , is now thinking his hockey career is over. He had been hoping to make a return. Ohlund is under contract until the end of the 2015-16 season, so he likely won’t retire until then.
  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley thinks that it’s unlikely that right winger Tom Wilson is sent back to Plymouth of the OHL. He could battle Joel Ward for a third line spot, possibly bumping Ward to the 4th line. Evgeny Kuznetsov won’t attend the Capitals prospect camp as he is committed to another season in the KHL. He has assured GM George McPhee that he’ll come to the NHL after the KHL season.

    “He’s indicated to us that he’s definitely coming over, so we do see a light at the end of the tunnel, and he indicated that as recently as two weeks ago,” McPhee told “We’re hoping we see him late this season and that he is as good as advertised.”

  • Dobber Hockey: Luca Caputi has signed with a Swedish team for this season.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons wonders when the 11th hour is for Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs: The start of training camp? The start of the season?

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Buyout Hits: Lightning to buyout Vinny, Oilers, Leafs, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Islanders and Capitals

  • Renaud Lavoie: The Lightning will buyout Vincent LecavalierCapGeek: The buyout will cost $30 million over 14 years, $2,142,857 per year through 2027. Pierre LeBrun: Lecavalier will get his $8 million bonus paid out in full over the next three years, remaining $24.67 million paid out over 14 years.
  • Bob McKenzie: Led to believe that the Oilers won’t be buying out Shawn Horcoff, but Eric Belanger and Ben Eager are possibilities.
  • Bob McKenzie: Mike Komisarek seems like a given buyout for the Maple Leafs. McKenize would be shocked if the Blackhawks don’t buyout Rostislav Olesz and Steve Montador. The Red Wings could buyout Carlo Colaiacovo.
  • Arthur Staple: The Islanders haven’t made no decisions on buyout (Rick DiPietro) just yet.
  • Hockey Tracker: CSN Washington reporting Capitals compliance buyout candidates are Jeff Schultz, Joel Ward, Brooks Laich or Martin Erat.

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Injury notes and lines: Crosby, Staal, Clowe, Bozak, Pominville, Demers, Ward, Phillips, Rangers and Leafs

  • Bob McKenzie: The Penguins likely won’t know until tomorrow afternoon if Sidney Crosby will be medically cleared to play on Wednesday.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Marc Staal practiced today in a regular jersey. Derek Dorsett was in a non-contract jersey.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers Ryane Clowe and Brian Boyle did not practice today.
  • Terry Koshan: Maple Leafs Tyler Bozak was on the ice before practice with their strength coach. He was testing the shoulder and he doesn’t appear to be full strength. Maple Leafs: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Bozak remains day-to-day with an upper body injury.
  • Kevin Kurz: Sharks defenseman Jason Demers didn’t skate today and he won’t be in the lineup on Wednesday.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward is improving. It’s still not known when Brooks Laich will resume skating.
  • Bruce Garrioch: Thinks there should be no reason  that Chris Phillips won’t be ready for Game 1.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers lines: Nash-Richards-Zuccarello Hagelin-Stepan-Callahan Kreider-Brassard-Pyatt Asham-Newbury-Powe.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Kadri-Kessel, Lupul-Grabovski-Kulemin, MacArthur-Komarov-Frattin, McLaren-McClement-Orr.. Extra: Bozak, Colborne, Hamilton. Defensive pairings: Gunnarsson-Phaneuf, Fraser-Franson, Liles-Kostka, Gardiner-O’Byrne.

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Injury Notes: Crosby, Ward, Clowe and Mitchell

  • Dave Molinari and Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and is expected to practice with the team today. He’s been out since March 30th after fracturing his jaw. He’s expected to meet with his medical people next week to determine when he can get back in the lineup. Being in the lineup for Game 1 hasn’t been ruled out. It’s looking like the Penguins could open up on Wednesday.
  • Dave Molinari: There is still no timetable on Crosby’s return, but it won’t be before the playoffs start.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals coach Adam Oates wouldn’t rule out Joel Ward returning on Saturday, but added that he needs a couple good practices.
  • Andrew Gross: Ryane Clowe left last night’s game with a possible leg injury. Rangers won’t say if it’s lower or upper-body.
  • John Hoven of the Mayor’s Manor: Kings GM Dean Lombardi on if he thought defenseman Willie Mitchell would be out the entire season:

    “No. Quite frankly, this was basically just a meniscus, which are a dime-a-dozen now in sports. I don’t know. I’ve had so many discussions with doctors, just like Grey’s Anatomy here or something, but bottom line is…Part of it is the way he’s a little bit knock-kneed and the stress that puts on it combined with wear and tear, and then the meniscus. It doesn’t look good, you know? He tried twice. It reached a mark where he could push it, and then every time he pushed it, it was serious problems.”

    Lombardi on if Mitchell’s injury is career threatening:

    “It’s possible. It’s always a tough decision for athletes. You know, you have Kobe Bryant, who was playing bone-on-bone. But this could be serious repercussions on his normal life down the road. So that’s the hard thing for a player. Could he push it, maybe? And play through the swelling and everything for a year or two? Yeah. But with that said, he might have to go the rest of his life walking with a limp. And that’s a very difficult call for an athlete.”

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Roster and Goalie Notes: Crosby, Ward, Devils, Leafs, Hurricanes, Capitals and Sabres

  • Shelly Anderson: Anderson is hearing Sidney Crosby’s jaw may not be healing fast enough for him to start playing before the playoffs.
  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward didn’t skate again today. Adam Oates gave no update on his status.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils lines: Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Kovalchuk; Elias-Zajac-Clarkson; Zubrus-Josefson-Sullivan; Carter-Gionta-Bernier.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel, Lupuk-Kadri-Kulemin, McClement-Grabo-Komarov, MacArthur-Colborne-Frattin, McLaren-Hamilton-Orr.
  • Tom Gulitti: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils. Rich Chere: Johan Hedberg will get the start for the Devils on Thursday against the Penguins.
  • Adam Vingan: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
  • John Vogl: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Sabres.

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Roster Notes and Goalies: Marchand, Ward, Lupul, Canes, Rangers, Sharks, Coyotes, Price, Rinne, Niemi and Luongo

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Stephen Whyno: Capitals Joel Ward skated before practice. He has missed the last three games with a bruised left knee.
  • James Mirtle: Randy Carlyle will decide this afternoon on Joffrey Lupul, ”Decision will be whether he feels 110%.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Skinner-J. Staal-LaRose, Blanchard-Ruutu-Dwyer, Westgarth-Nash-Bergeron.
  • John Lu: Canadiens lines: Bourque – Plekanec – Gionta Pacioretty – Desharnais – Gallagher Galchenyuk – Eller – Ryder Moen – Halpern – White. Defensive pairings and scratches: Gorges – Subban Markov – Bouillon Beaulieu – Drewiske Scratches: Prust (suspected UBI), Blunden, Dumont, Kaberle, Weber
  • Katie Strang: Rangers lines: Nash-Stepan-Callahan, Hagelin-Richards-Boyle, Zuccarello-Brassard-Clowe, Pyatt-Powe-Asham.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Sharks lines: TJ Galiardi – Joe Thornton – Brent Burns, Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Marty Havlat, Raffi Torres – Joe Pavelski – Tommy Wingels, Andrew Desjardins – Scott Gomez – Adam Burish
. Defensive pairings: Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle, Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun, Brad Stuart – Jason Demers. Coyotes Lines: Radim Vrbata – Martin Hanzal – Shane Doan, Chris Conner – Antoine Vermette – Mikkel Boedker, Rob Kilnkhammer – Boyd Gordon – David Moss, David Schlemko – Chris Brown – Kyle Chipchura. Defensive pairings: Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Zbynek Michalek, Keith Yandle – Derek Morris, Michael Stone – Rostislav Klesla
  • Josh Cooper: Pekka Rinne will start in net for the Predators.
  • Vancouver Canucks: Roberto Luongo will start in net for the Canucks against the Predators.

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Roster notes and Goalie: Briere, Capitals, Michalek, Hedman, Hurricanes, Holtby, Bryzgalov and Quick

  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers Daniel Briere is practicing with a regular jersey on, indicating that he’s likely in tonight.
  • Stephen Whyno: Martin Erat, Joel Ward and Brooks Laich are out tonight for the Capitals.
  • Ian Mendes: It doesn’t look like Milan Michalek is ready to return to the Senators lineup.
  • Damian Cristodero: Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman won’t play tonight. He’s hopeful to get back on the weekend.
  • Steven Whyno: Capitals lines: Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin, Volpatti-Ribeiro-Brouwer, Chimera-Perreault-Fehr, Wolski-Hendricks-Beagle.
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-EStaal-Semin; Skinner-JStaal-Ruutu; LaRose-Nash-Wallace; Westgarth and Blanchard; seven defensemen on ice.
  • Stephen Whyno: Braden Holtby will start in net for the Capitals.
  • Tim Panaccio: Ilya Bryzgalov will start in net for the Flyers.
  • Jon Rosen: Jonathan Quick will start in net for the Kings.

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Roster Notes, Lines and Goalies: Canes, Habs, Caps, Wings, Lightning, Leafs, Devils, Jackets, Pens and Hawks

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller on Alex Semin: ”My belief is that he is in.”
  • Dave Molinari: The Hurricanes activate defenseman Just Faulk from the IR and he’s expected to be in the lineup tonight.
  • Katie Carrera: Joel Ward and Martin Erat did not practice this morning with the Capitals.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning lines: Poiliot-Stamkos-St Louis; Pyatt-Thompson-Crombeen; Killorn-Lecavalier-Purcell; Connolly-Johnson-Panik
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs lines: JVR-Bozak-Kessel blue:Komarov-McClement-Kulemin, R: Hamilton-Grabo-Frattin: Gree,, MacArthur-Kadri-Orr-McLaren-Colborne.
  • Tom Gullitti: Devils lines: Elias-Zajac-Sullivan; Ponikarovsky-Loktionov-Clarkson; Zubrus-Henrique-Bernier; Cater-Gionta-D’Agostini; Barch-Josefson-Kostopoulos. Extra: Kovalchuk.
  • Shawn Mitchell: Blue Jackets lines: Prospal-Anisimov-Gaborik; Umberger-Johansen-Foligno; Calvert-Letestu-Atkinson; Gillies-MacKenzie-Comeau.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins lines: Kunitz-Malkin-Iginla, Morrow-Jokinen-Dupuis, Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy, Glass-Adams-Bennett. Vitale and Jeffrey are the extras.
  • Jim Jamieson: Canucks lines: Sedins-Burrows; Raymond-Kesler-Kassian; Weise-Roy-Hansen; Sestito-Lapierre-Ebbett.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals defensive pairings: Alzner-Green; Erskine-Carlson; Hillen-Oleksy; Schultz-Poti
  • Tracey Myers: Ray Emery will start in net for the Blackhawks.
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur will start in net for the Devils.

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NHL Rumors III: Garrioch Roundup – Eastern Conference

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Top five Eastern Conference players that could be available: Marian Gaborik, Mark Streit, Mike Ribeiro, Jason Pominville and Robyn Regehr.

Team Trade Deadline Outlooks

Boston Bruins – The Bruins have the cap room and are looking to bring in an impact forward. They’ll go after Brenden Morrow or Jarome Iginla.

Buffalo Sabres – If GM Darcy Regier is going to be in charge of the rebuild, he’s got a lot of work to do. The word is they want to trade captain Jason Pominville. Drew Stafford and Ryan Miller will be mentioned in trade talk.

Carolina Hurricanes - There is talk they may talk to the Senators about Ben Bishop. They were looking to add a defenseman. Both Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain are available.

Florida Panthers – GM Dale Tallon is ready to sell, but they’ve been hit with injuries. Tomas Fleischmann is available. Jose Theodore could bring a team some goalie depth.

Montreal Canadiens – They would like to add a veteran defenseman and maybe Ryane Clowe. The Canadiens could use a little more grit.

New Jersey Devils – GM Lou Lamoriello has been looking for a top-six forward. They don’t have a lot to trade, and with the NHL in New Jersey this year, they may not want to trade their first round pick.

New York Islanders – GM Garth Snow has trade assets in Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov. They would like to re-sign all three. Streit is being coveted by several teams.

New York Rangers – They’ve been trying to do something for weeks. They’ve dangled Marian Gaborik. John Tortorella could be in trouble if they miss the playoffs.

Ottawa Senators – GM Bryan Murray may look to add a top-six forward. Matt Cullen would be an option. Players that could be traded are Peter Regin, Colin Greening and Ben Bishop.

Philadelphia Flyers – They’ve held talks with the Flames about Jay Bouwmeester. Some wonder if they would dangle Sean Couturier because he could help land a Pronger replacement.

Pittsburgh Penguins – The Penguins would like to add one more scorer. Iginla could be a fit. A shut-down defenseman would be a nice addition too.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Anyone but Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman could be had at the right price. It may be more of a quick re-tooling compared to a Yzerman trying to unload players. Martin St. Louis is a possibility.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Garrioch wonders if the Leafs will finally go after a goalie as James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have come back to earth. They’ve been linked to Jonathan Bernier and Roberto Luongo.

Washington Capitals – Mike Ribeiro, Troy Brouwer, Jason Chimera and Joel Ward are available.

Winnipeg Jets – They were trying to trade Ron Hainsey, but he’s been valuable and playing big minutes. Alex Burmistrov has been in the doghouse. They may be looking to add over looking to sell.

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Garrioch’s rumor roundup … Liles on borrowed time? Whitney scratched … Clowe suspended pending hearing

  • Bruce Garrioch via twitter: Jarome Iginla and Flames haven’t had any serious contract talks. Many believe that Iginla will be traded, but GM Jay Feaster shouldn’t expect to hit a home run with the pending UFA.

    “I’m just not sure what kind of impact he would make and you’re going to have to give up a lot if you are going to get him,” said one league executive. “You’re talking about prospects and draft picks. Is it worth it?”

    Teams that aren’t happy right now with their play: the Avalanche, Panthers, Flyers and Jets.

    There will be a lot of interest in defenseman Ran Hainsey. He plays 24 minutes a game and leads the league in blocked shots. The Jets would likely look for a 2nd round pick in return.

    The Canadiens would like to find a taker for Erik Cole and his $4.5 million cap hit through next year. Garrioch suggests the Hurricanes.

    If Corey Perry decides to leave the Ducks and come east as a UFA, there will be plenty of interest: Maple Leafs, Sabres, Bruins, Senators and Red Wings.

    Capitals GM George McPhee is working the phones and could look to free up money by trading Troy Brouwer ($2.35 million through 2015-16), Joel Ward ($3 million through 2014-15) and Jason Chimera ($1.75 through 2013-14).

    The Avalanche could be moving Ryan O’Reilly soon. The Rangers, Flyers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes have been involved in talks. Garrioch wouldn’t be surprised if O’Reilly ended up in Carolina.

    The Flyers have been looking for a defenseman, but there aren’t many available. The Flyers couldn’t find a fit with the Sharks, who have depth on the blueline. Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t shopping players, but he is listening to offers.

  • Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun: Koshan isn’t suggesting that Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles has played his last game in a Maple Leafs uniform, but he has been a healthy scratch for the last [four] games and could be on borrowed time. Jake Gardiner won’t be with the Marlies for much longer, and Morgan Rielly will be given a chance to make the team next year.
  • Jim Matheson via twitter: Oilers Ryan Whitney was a healthy scratch for the 5th time in the last 9 games. Something has to come to head soon.
  • David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News: Sharks Ryan Clowe could be facing a suspension up to 10 games for leaving the bench with less than a minutes to go in a game against the Blackhawks to avenge a hit teammate Joe Pavelski. He was suspended pending a hearing on Monday.

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