Report: Capitals Have “Strong Interest” In Kings’ Trevor Lewis, Inquired About Rangers’ Chris Kreider

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According to The Fourth Period’s Dennis Bernstein, the Washington Capitals have “strong interest” in Los Angeles Kings forward Trevor Lewis, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The NHL Trade Deadline is Monday, February 24.

He noted that the two teams have history at the trade deadline after the Kings dealt forward Carl Hagelin last season and defenseman Tom Gilbert to Washington in 2017.

Lewis, 33, has three goals, nine points, and a -5 rating in 44 games this season and has recorded a goal and two points in his last three games. He has spent all of his 12 NHL seasons in Los Angeles and was part of the Kings’ two Stanley Cups in three seasons from 2012-14. His best season came in 2017-18 when he set career-highs in goals (14) and points (26). In 662 career regular-season games, Lewis has recorded 67 points, 160 points, and a -41 rating.

Lewis has had a plus rating in only two of his seasons with his career-high of +8 being set in 2014-15. His -5 rating this season is actually his personal best in the past five.

In 79 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Lewis has recorded 11 goals, 23 points, and a -4 rating. He finished the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs with three goals, nine points, and a +7 rating in 20 games and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs with four goals, five points, and a -6 rating in 26 games.

David Pagnotta, also of The Fourth Period, added that Kings defenseman Derek Forbort is also on the Capitals’ radar as the team has allowed 33 goals in their past nine games.

The 27-year old has recorded an assist and a -2 rating in nine games this season. He spent the offseason recovering from a back injury and has been with the AHL’s Ontario Reign on a conditioning stint this season.

In 264 career NHL games, all with the Kings, Forbort has posted six goals, 53 points, and a +10 rating. His best season came in 2017-18 when he set career-highs in assists (17) and plus-minus (+18) and tied his career-high in points (18). He was a critical part of a Kings’ defense that finished first in the NHL with an average of 2.46 goals-against per game as he averaged 20:47 worth of ice-time per game, including 2:42 on the penalty kill (second behind defenseman Drew Doughty: 2:45), that year.

The 27-year old was drafted 15th overall by the Kings in 2010. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

I pitched the idea of trading for Forbort back in June, though Matt Niskanen was still with the team when I wrote it.

Pagnotta added that the Capitals have inquired about New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has been considered by many to be the jewel of this year’s trade deadline. The Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins, and Tampa Bay Lightning have also shown interest in Kreider. Though, it was reported earlier this week that the Rangers have approached his camp about a possible extension.

In 55 games this season, the 28-year old has recorded 22 goals, 40 points, and a +8 rating. He tied his career-high in goals (28) and came one shy of his career-high in points (52) in 79 games last season. In 515 career NHL games, all with the Rangers, Kreider has posted 155 goals, 311 points, and a +63 rating.

Kreider has posted 23 goals, 37 points, and a -5 rating in 77 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, including a five-goal, 13-point output during the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014.

The reported cost for Kreider is a first-round pick and prospects.

Kreider currently counts for $4,625,000 against the salary cap, so the Capitals would need to get creative if they want to acquire him as the team has only $2,999,004 available in deadline cap space according to CapFriendly.

By Harrison Brown

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9 Responses to Report: Capitals Have “Strong Interest” In Kings’ Trevor Lewis, Inquired About Rangers’ Chris Kreider

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    They better not deal Fehervary. It’s feeling more and more like he was showcased for Kings when they were in town.

    • Evan says:

      Agree, that would probably turn out exactly like, or perhaps worse, than the Erat- Forsberg deal. I’m curious what the appeal even is here.

  2. Diane Doyle says:

    Would like Kreider, provided the cost isn’t too crazy high. I recall wanting him to fall to the Caps in the 2009 Draft which didn’t happen.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Josh Manson? CK would be costly.

  4. Day One Caps Fan says:

    The Caps have “interest” in player upgrades from other NHL teams. This is good. GMBM must not be pleased with his Bumbling, Stumbling, Fumbling Caps. I wasn’t so sure … GMBM has been REAL quiet the past four weeks.

    Coaches cost nothin’ against the salary cap!

    Juicy Brucie just got the axe for winning six of his last ten games. This is the all-time record NHL season for firing head coaches. Coach Reirden leads a charmed life.

  5. Scottlew73 says:

    Don’t worry day one’r,they don’t go to the finals & win ,Ted L. Won’t be giving anyone in management a long leash,Coach,G.M included!

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