The trade deadline officially ended yesterday at 3:00 pm. General Manager Gorge McPhee made a few moves that Capital fans we’re quite okay with. GMGM knows that this year he needs to do something different if he want’s to continue working with the Capitals. Fan’s don’t like GMGM and want him gone, he tried to change that during trade deadline.
- Capitals acquire Dustin Penner from the Ducks for a 4th round pick
- Capitals traded Martin Erat and John Mitchell to the Phoenix Coyotes for prospect Rostislav Klesla and a 2015 4th round pick
- Capitals Acquire Jarsolav Halak and trade Michael Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla to the Buffalo Sabres.
Halak went 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 40 games with St. Louis this season. Neuvirth went 4-6-2 with a 2.82 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season with Washington. GMGM told reporters
“He’s played well in Montreal. He’s played well in St. Louis. And we hope he can come here and play well, He’s a good goalie, and he can get hot. Both guys’ll start games,” McPhee said. “We’ll see where it goes. We love Braden Holtby. Love his talent, love his character, love the way he battles, He’s going to be here a while, a long time. There’s lots to like about him.”
Another big trade was the Dustin Penner deal. The Capitals traded only a 4th round pick for the left winger from Anaheim. Dustin Penner brings a lot. Big net presences, and strong board play. He’s big, yet fast. He also knows how to score. Penner is a good 2-way player that the Capitals need. Brooks Laich told the Junkies
“I’ve played against Dustin for a long time; he’s like an anchor out there, I mean you can’t move the guy,” Laich told the Junkies during his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan. “So he brings us some big size and presence and some puck control.
Big bodies like that are always, always hard to play against. … I think it makes us tougher, I think it makes us harder to play against. So we swap out one more finesse guy [in Martin Erat], which we have a lot of, for another big body that can win you puck battles on the wall and lean on people and tire defenders out, play a possession game,” Laich went on. “He can do a lot of good things for us. … I’ve played against the guy for years and he’s somebody that leans on people. And it’s like jeez, going up against this guy, it’s a frickin’ wall you have to go through.”
The final trade, Martin Erat. The Capitals traded prospect Flip Forsberg for the forward form Nashville. Like most people, I didn’t like the deal all that much but was excited to see Erat play.
At first glance I noticed the speed of Erat and thought he was a good addition. Games continued and Erat continued to play, yet he wasn’t scoring goals. Martin Erat only netted two goals with the Capitals. Martin Erat told GMGM he wanted out of Washington. GMGM traded Erat to the Coyotes for a pick and a prospect we would use as trade bait.
Overall it was a good trade deadline for the Capitals, they got rid of unwanted players and obtained veterans who can help our team out. The one problem is the Capitals didn’t secure any blue liners. It was imperative that the Capitals fix their defense, and they didn’t. That decision might hinder the Capitals from making the playoffs.