Lebrun reported that LA was trying to get Nash and Carter in the same deal. I'm guessing Brown was made available for that package and that's how his name got out. LA would be fools to be actively shopping him. Hell, I wouldn't even make him the centerpiece of a Nash deal.
• The St. Louis Blues were very interested in signing defenceman Roman Hamrlik last summer before he went to the Washington Capitals for two years. Now he’s on the block? Would the Blues take him? They need forwards more with Jamie Langenbrunner (broken foot) and Alex Steen (concussion) out. With a tight budget of $52 million, it would probably dollars in, dollars out in any deal.
Colaiacovo & Crombeen would be my guess on $$$ dumps but that's not a very appealing combo. Crombeen has another year remaining at $1M. Bradley money. Further sweeteners would be needed and better fits may be elsewhere.
• Down two forwards (Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley) the Boston Bruins could go back to the well and deal for Capitals’ Mike Knuble, who played four years for them, up to the lockout, even if he hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 5.
• One thing about Capitals coach Dale Hunter, he’s not much of a tap-dancer. He hasn’t much liked the play of Tomas Vokoun lately, calling him out in the loss to the Senators this week. “We need some big stops early, that’s part of the game,” said Hunter, who had yanked Vokoun after two quick goals by the Chicago Blackhawks before the misadventure in Ottawa. If Hunter’s saying that publicly, I’d like to hear the grousing behind closed doors....
• I wonder if Randy Carlyle will wind up coaching the Washington Capitals next year, which would be a juicy trade twist since Bruce Boudreau got Carlyle’s job in Anaheim. I don’t see Dale Hunter lasting past this year. “He only agreed to coach until the end of the year to see if they liked him and he liked doing it,” said Hunter’s brother, Dave.
• I didn’t know Alex Ovechkin’s 13-year Caps’ contract had no no-trade provision until July 1, 2014 (year six) until hearing ace Russian scribe Slava Malamud say so on Mark Spector’s show on the Team this week, so they could try and move him this summer or next. It’s a long-shot, but possible considering Ovie’s diminishing returns and fire for the game that was once on high but is now on simmer. His cap hit is $9.5 million.
George McPhee....The Teflon GM. 15 years of failure and counting....
6 - Number of playoff series the Capitals have won since George McPhee took over as General Manager in 1997 (which makes him the third-longest-tenured GM in the League), three of which came in McPhee's first season on the job.
I could see one of the first rounders for Gagner being something that McPhee would consider. While he's not a favorite of mine, Gagner provides center depth with Backstrom out. His age is attractive, and the long-term value is certainly better than the rentals that will be changing hands over the next 36 hours.
For a pick, I like it. For one of the Caps' better young players, I do not like it so much. Kuznetsov, Johansson, Orlov should not be negotiable. I'm not as certain where Eakin is concerned.