Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Trade Deadline 2010: Washington Gets Better... or Worse?
Washington, who took Pittsburgh to a game seven last season, leads the East by a wide margin, but certainly must have felt pressure to shore up their needs. The Caps entered the day looking to add some grit to their blueline and some defensive ability up front.
However, GM George McPhee made two more trades for the blueline that left us scratching our heads. First, they re-acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina from Columbus for a sixth rounder. Then they swung a deal for Joe Corvo with Carolina for defenseman Brian Pothier, prospect forward Oskar Osala and a 2011 second round pick.
Additionally, because they did not move any of their current roster forwards today, Washington will have to sit some of their talented group to put their acquisitions on the ice.
In the end, the Caps will win by outscoring their opponents down the stretch and in the post season. Only a Cup will suffice this team. Did they get better or worse today? The hardware they collect or fail to collect will provide the answer.