Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

Net pain for Caps GM

McPhee sniffs around trade market for goalie, but finds few options


The Washington Capitals have a decision to make before the trade deadline: Do they or don’t they trade for a goaltender?

There is a strong belief in NHL circles that Capitals GM George McPhee has toyed with acquiring a netminder before the March 3 deadline, but isn’t sure if who’s available on the trade market is any better than his current goaltenders, Jose Theodore and Semyon Varlamov.

The Capitals are focused on getting to the Stanley Cup final and goaltending is their only question mark.

Sources say McPhee has sniffed around to see what’s available, but the options are limited with few teams in the mood to sell.

Here are some possibilities:

Marty Turco, Dallas Stars: A looming unrestricted free agent whose days with the Stars are numbered. Making $5.4 million this season, Turco has become expendable with the acquisition of Kari Lehtonen. Turco, who has won at least 30 games for the Stars in each of the previous six seasons, has faltered this season, with a 18-15-9 record and 2.69 GAA entering Saturday’s play. The Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks have also looked into trading for Turco.

Martin Biron, N.Y. Islanders: Expected to be the goalie moved among the three-headed monster on the Island — Rick DiPietro and Dwayne Roloson are the others. Biron, 3-11-2 with an .899 save percentage, isn’t the answer for a Cup-contending club looking for a No. 1 goalie, but could end up back with the Sabres as a backup. The Capitals have looked here as well, however, nobody is sure McPhee is serious about Biron.

Jaroslav Halak, Montreal: He wants the chance to be a starter, but it doesn’t make sense to move him. Most nights, he has been better than No. 1 Carey Price — and hasn’t been a distraction. Halak would be the best option for the Capitals, but the Stars were trying to get him before they acquired Lehtonen. That means Halak is likely staying put.

Around the boards

The Blue Jackets have put up the For Sale sign on the trade market. GM Scott Howson is trying to move LW Raffi Torres, D Jan Hejda and D Milan Jurcina. The Jackets, mired near the bottom of the Western Conference, are looking toward next year … There is plenty of talk about the future of Florida G Tomas Vokoun with the Panthers sending out word they’re getting ready to clean house. Would he waive his no-movement clause to go to the Flyers? Philadelphia has shut down G Ray Emery for three weeks because of a hip problem and there are concerns about whether he might need surgery. The issue with dealing Vokoun is he’s been the Panthers’ best player all season. He is the one guy they should keep. Florida could also move C Stephen Weiss to the Toronto Maple Leafs … Condolences to the family of Ottawa-based agent/lawyer Larry Kelly. His father, Lorne, passed away Friday. Our thoughts are with Kelly’s family.

9 Responses to Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

  1. number15 says:

         Goalies arent the problem with Washington. They are a bad defencive team, simple as that. Only reason people dont notice that is because they score like crazy. 4 out of the top 5 plus/minus players in the NHL at the time are Capitals, thats cause they score so much. Thats also the reason Mike Green didint make team Canada.

        What they really need is to get a top 4 defencive, tough defenceman…. Dion Phaneuf would have been perfect. So now Washington should look for alternatives, possibly cheaper ones.


    Anyway if they insists on trading for a goalie, then well the only goalies who r possibly on the market, who are better than Verlamov are, Tomas Vokoun and Jaraslav Halak, though both will carry a high price.

    all those other guys mentioned in the articles are at the same level as Jose Theodore. Theres no point

  2. cam7777 says:

    I doubt Vokoun carries a high price.  His NTC rips apart his value.  If he actually waives it, the other team knows they have Florida by the balls.  He'll only be traded if he fully dismisses the clause, and gives Sexton the right to trade him anywhere.  I don't think Vokoun will be dealt though.  It sounds to me like he is going to unload Wess, Horton, Stilllman, maybe a struggling prospect like Matthias, a defensemen or two (Seidenberg to Washington makes a lot of sense; Leopold to a Cup Contender), and possibly even David Booth.

    Trading away all that for young assets, the team will need a stellar goalie to carry them through the next two seasons.

  3. Kramer says:

    Ice fishing should be an olympic event.

  4. JannettyTheRocker says:

    If' I'm the Washington Capital's GM, I'm trading for another goalie……my choice, Dwayne Roloson. This guy is so under-rated, and plays great in pressure situations. Yes he's an older goaltender, and has another year on his contract, but he's got playoff experience & has made a long run (with the Oil in 2006). I think Rollie the Goalie is definitely the right choice to put the Caps over the top.

  5. Canadian1967 says:

    Are you suggesting that Phaneuf is a defensive player?

    That is hilarious.

  6. pensfan29 says:

    The problem is shrinkage

  7. dumbassdoorman says:

    no the problem with it as an event would be the amount of ban substances used

  8. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think he would be a good option, plus could mentor Varmalov(?), I think they are looking at someone though. Rumor has it they have contacted teams like the Leafs to see about trading Theodore there for salary reasons.

  9. reinjosh says:

    yeah, it is quite hilarious
    he is not very good defensively

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