Forward Thinking – Can the Capitals Bolster Their Bottom-Six Forward Group Before Monday?


The NHL Trade Deadline is just days away, and teams around the league are trying to make last-minute transactions to better their respective clubs.  Rebuilding teams will look to add draft picks and young prospects, and contending teams will look to add final pieces to compete for a Stanley Cup Championship.

While the Capitals have struggled a bit recently, they are still in contention for a Championship.  The Capitals have already made one move, as they acquired defensemen Brenden Dillon from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for draft picks.

The Capitals may not be finished before Monday, as they could likely add another NHL caliber forward to their bottom-six mix.  The Capitals only have over $900,000 in cap space, so the Capitals likely cannot make any huge splashes within the week.  If the Capitals add anymore, it will likely be just one player involved.

There are a handful of forwards the Capitals could potentially acquire before Monday’s deadline.  Let’s look at some players the Capitals could add:


The Capitals have been linked to the Kings forward for some time now.  Lewis is on an expiring contract worth $2 million.  The Capitals could easily slide this contract into their mix.

Lewis is a former Stanley Cup winner with the Kings, and is versatile.  He can play centre or wing, and has plenty of experience.  The 2006 first-round pick has spent his entire career with the Kings.  He has recorded 3 goals and 9 points this season.


The Detroit Red Wings have the worst record in the NHL.  They are in the middle of a rebuild that will likely take some time.

Glendening is on a 2-year deal, so he would not be a rental for any new club.  He has recorded 6 goals and 9 points this season.


Things have been rough in Buffalo these days, as the rebuild never seems to end.  Larsson is a piece that could be moved for the right price.

He has recorded 6 goals and 16 points this season.

By: George Foussekis

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I am a sports fanatic. I love hockey and football, and I enjoy writing about my two favorite sports. I am a proud Old Dominion University alum.
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