By Leslie Silvey (Musings of a Hockey Mom)
For hockey fans, the weeks preceding the annual NHL trade deadline set off more rumors than the latest cover of the National Enquirer. Several Eastern Conference rivals have already made a splash with pre-deadline trades, including the Bruins, Flyers, Lightning and most recently the Penguins, with the trade of Alex Goligoski for former Dallas players James Neal and Matt Niskanen. We’re now less than one week and counting until the official trade deadline, which will mark the end of all trade activity for the season. Whether rebuilding with young players or wheeling and dealing for grizzled vets to aid a deep playoff run, all teams must have their trades in place by 3 p.m., Monday, February 28.
Caps fans are following the latest hockey happenings to see if General Manager George McPhee makes any moves prior to the deadline. The rumors regarding potential trade targets and current Caps players at risk of being dealt are flying around like cherry blossoms in a March wind storm. The majority of Capitals fans agree that despite the talent of youngsters Marcus Johansson and Mathieu Perreault, the team has an obvious need for an experienced second line center. Another veteran who’s got a Stanley Cup under his belt would also be a welcome addition. The Capitals currently have a max cap hit of approximately $6.3 million, so there is some room to trade for the right piece(s) that will get this team closer to the Cup. So as we sit and wait to see if (or even when) the Capitals may make a move, you may want to follow TSN’s Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) and Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) on Twitter for the up-to-the-minute trades and rumor-busting.