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Dustin Penner has been traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Washington Capitals.
The 31-year-old forward has 13 goals and 19 assists in 49 games for the Ducks this season.
Capitals GM George McPhee could be extremely busy over the next 10 days, and he’s believed to be looking to make several moves by the March 5 trade deadline.
The Capitals have been linked to Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, who is expected to be traded by the deadline.
It feels like it’s time to break up the nucleus, to shake up a roster with just three players not under contract for next season. It can only happen through a substantial trade, and that is why it is time for Mike Green to go.
The Capitals have lost seven of their last nine games and could be out of a playoff spot by the time they play again Thursday night in TampaBay.
They have two players – goaltender Michael Neuvirth and forward Marty Erat – who want a change of scenery, and three goalies trying to share one net.
With all that in mind, is now the time for the Caps to make a deal?
Michal Neuvirth [2-3-1, 2.83, .912], whose agent has requested a trade, has not played since Nov. 22.
So, are the Caps ready to make this a long-term commitment to Grubauer, who is 5-2-2 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .938 save percentage?
It’s been a rollercoaster stint in Washington for Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth.
Every time he gets an opportunity to seize the No. 1 job, something gets in the way.
Now, his agent is pleading for the Caps to trade his client.
Is Cheveldayoff frustrated with where the Jets are at?
“I’m like everybody, you want the result to be on the positive side of the ledger,” he said. “There have been some positives. You look for more positives. It’s easy to point out the negatives.”
Ovechkin, who after a four-goal outburst Tuesday night is humming along on pace for a career-best 72 goals this season.
One NHL scout in attendance Tuesday night told CSNWashington.com that teams might shy away from Erat because he’s made two trade requests in less than eight months.
“And he didn’t keep it in-house,” the scout said. “That doesn’t look good on him.”
Can we agree the Capitals should not look for anything other than a hard-edged defenseman who can log big minutes alongside Mike Green?
TSN reported a few days ago that the Vancouver Cauncks are interested in Erat. The Canucks’ top four defensemen have no-move clauses, but if there is any way the Caps can pry left-handed Dan Hamhuis away, it would fill a gaping hole.
Vancouver did have some tepid interest in Martin Erat, who said he wants out of Washington.
But acquiring him would have to be a pickle-for-pickle type deal with David Booth going the other way.
It’s fun to consider, but unlikely.
Martin Erat is set to leave the Washington Capitals just months after joining the team from the Nashville Predators.
Forward Erat made the switch to the Capitals along with fourth-line center Michael Latta at the 2013 NHL Trade Deadline in April, with the highly-rated Filip Forsberg heading in the opposite direction.’
It’s public knowledge that Erat, owner of the penthouse in Capitals head coach Adam Oates’ doghouse, asked to be dealt. While there will be interest because Erat’s salary is $2.25 million lower than his cap hit next season, the fact that he’s now made two trade requests in less than 12 months hurts, even though no one could have predicted what’s happened in Washington.
Asked which team is the best he’s seen this season, McPhee said: “St. Louis. I didn’t realize some of their forwards are as good as they are.” He named Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and Vladimir Tarasenko.