Rumblings: Third referee, Caps looking, Wild changes

So what do you do if you’re the 2-7-1 Washington Capitals?

Well, you start working the phones.

Sources around the league indicate that indeed Caps GM George McPhee has begun to do just that.

That doesn’t mean anything will materialize — the trade market hasn’t really got buzzing yet with teams too eager to move parts — but at the very least, the word on the street is that McPhee is inquiring to see what’s out there.

If he does do anything, I’m guessing he deals from his blue-line depth to pick up a forward who can help bolster a sagging offense that is producing just 2.3 goals per game (24th in the NHL as of Wednesday morning).

There was lots of buzz over the weekend when Vancouver’s one-two front-office punch of Mike Gillis and Laurence Gilman showed up in Washington for a game against Pittsburgh. But my understanding is that the Caps aren’t interested in Roberto Luongo, as his contract is too much to take on.

I think the hope in Washington is that Caps netminders Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby can snap out of it on their own. Given how well Holtby played last season, that’s not an unfounded desire.

3 Responses to Rumblings: Third referee, Caps looking, Wild changes

  1. doorman says:

    I think Washington needs a gritty vetern who can come in and supply leadership. They have a ton of good pieces, i think mcPhee should tweek first before a larger change is considered. But he has gone through a few coach’s so he has to be on the Hot seat one would think?

    • realistic_leafs_fan says:

      I think a big shake-up may be needed in Washington. They have tried numerous coaches, made some “tweek” deals and they get worse. I would not be surprised if they keep going in a downward direction…a big name is moved before the deadline.

  2. mojo19 says:

    They tried to build their team for the playoffs, adding in grit like Brouwer and Ward, but now they aren’t as lethal in the regular season. Ribeiro has been a nice replacement for Semin, he’s playing great, but the rest of the team misses Fleischmann and some of the skill they’ve lacked.

    Green and Ovie taking a step back in terms of consistency has really hurt the most though. Those two guys need to get going.

    Also, this is a team that has traded away Varlamov, and let Vokoun walk in the last couple of years. Good goaltending is hard to come by, I think McPhee has been spoiled.

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