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Caps Should Go After Nash

from John Feinstein of the Washington Post,

If McPhee wants to make a really important move this offseason, perhaps he could take the money not spent on Semin and Wideman and put together a package of draft picks (he has two first-round picks this year) and young players to trade for Columbus’s Rick Nash.

Adding a forward of Nash’s caliber would change the Caps in ways far more important than any coach or system possibly can. Not only would he give the team another big scorer, his presence might finally spur Ovechkin into being Ovechkin again. At the very least, it would take some scoring pressure off Ovechkin and his line.

That is all for the future. For now, there is the epitaph for this season to consider. There’s no shame in the way the Caps lost, but there certainly shouldn’t be any satisfaction either. This was a playoff season in which there wasn’t a dominant team; the Caps were as capable of winning the Stanley Cup as any of the four teams left playing.

And yet, they aren’t playing. They won’t win the Stanley Cup. Hearts and flowers aside, that’s the bottom line. This was a healthy team with a hot goaltender. In the end, this was a spring filled with great promise. It ended — again — with great disappointment.

read on for more Caps talk…

It’s going to take much more than a couple of draft picks and young players, unless the young player is named Backstrom, to acquire Nash…

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It’s going to take much more than a couple of draft picks and young players, unless the young player is named Backstrom, to acquire Nash…

John Carlson might have been a good piece to include for Nash, but not sure the Caps would move him, and not sure the BJs would want that particular peice since they have Jack Johnson now.  But Johnson/Carlson and Tyutin/Nikitin wouldn’t be too bad for your top 4 D for a rebuiliding team.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 05/14/12 at 10:02 PM ET


It’s going to take much more than a couple of draft picks and young players, unless the young player is named Backstrom, to acquire Nash…

Is it? I’m not so sure. Kuznetsov hasn’t played an NHL game, but he’d be the BJs best forward apart from Nash pretty much immediately, and he plays a more important position (whether they could get him out of Russia is another story).

Carlsson’s exactly the type of defenseman they’ve been trying to build a core around and he’s sort of expendable to Washington. He’s a cheaper, less physical version of what Johnson is supposed to be.

Johannson’s got the tools to be a 60 point forward, even if he hasn’t done it

They’ve also got an 11 pick or something from the Avs.

And I don’t know how attached the Caps are to Holtby, but he must look mighty tantalizing to Craig Patrick.

I think the Caps have the young assets to get a Nash deal done, I just don’t know that it helps them.

The powerplay pretty quickly becomes indefensible with Backstrom roving, Orlov and Green at the points and OV and Nash mirroring each other on the walls.

But with all this preaching about earning your ice-time by blocking shots and backchecking, being responsible with and managing the puck, I don’t know what it does to the team concept when you add another player who, just like OV, doesn’t do any of that.

Posted by larry from pitt on 05/14/12 at 10:29 PM ET

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does WAS need another overpaid, underperforming forward with a reputation as a coach killer? I’m being polemic, not entirely serious here. That will be the counterargument in just about every blog.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/14/12 at 11:43 PM ET

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