It’s that time of the year. Hockey trade rumors are running rampant. Here are the latest related to the Capitals as of Monday afternoon. Again, these are as reported by other media outlets:
A Russian media outlet is reporting that the Calgary Flames are making a hard push for Alex Ovechkin. The article is reporting that the Capitals have countered with a request for Oliver Kyulington, striker Sam Bennett, and two first round draft picks. You can access the article here and use Google translate to read.
TSN released its “Top 30 Trade Bait” board and Phillip Grubauer is listed as number 14 on the list. Grubauer is an ideal candidate for becoming the Knights first starting goalie in franchise history and is considered very vulnerable in the upcoming expansion draft. The idea here would be to trade him before he’s selected to get some kind of value in return.
Vegas General Manager, George McPhee, was asked several questions about the Knights strategy for the upcoming expansion draft. One questioned centered around the acquisition of a goalie. McPhee’s response could be seen by many as a direct reference to the Capitals: “Someone might have a good goalie, but we might like a defenseman on their team a little more.” The Capitals will protect three defensemen, which may leave Nate Schmidt exposed for selection. The other option would be to protect Schmidt and expose John Carlson. A quick primer on the expansion draft rules can be found here.
By Jon Sorensen