Saturday, the Washington Capitals made two significant moves, both with an eye towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. Hunky piece of man meat (and longest tenured DC athlete) Brooks Laich was put on waivers, a transaction designed to give general manager Brian MacLelllan roster and cap flexibility ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. The Capitals also announced that defenseman John Carlson had undergone a procedure on a nagging injury and will be lost for three to four weeks. As of this posting on Saturday night, Carlson is on injured reserve, but if he’s placed on the long-term IR, it would take his salary cap hit of nearly $4 million off the books (according to the Washington Post).
Saturday night, Sportnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Caps have entered the D market due to Carlson’s injury. He elaborated during his Saturday Headlines feature on Hockey Night In Canada.
Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz signed a four-year, $11-million extension on Wednesday, thereby avoiding salary arbitration. So it seems GMGM was not being coy when he said, “We probably won’t make any changes to our defense. We’ve got seven guys ready to go.”
Sorry. You probably wanted a more well known name for the Caps’ blueline. Someone like Michalek. Or Volchenkov. Or maybe even Hamhuis.
Me too. But not at the expense of Jeff Schultz, who, at 24-years old, was the first blueliner to lead the NHL in plus/minus since 2005-06, when the New York Rangers’ Michal Rozsival and the Ottawa Senators’ Wade Redden tied for the lead at plus-35.
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