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George McPhee was active at the trade deadline, making big moves to send Martin Erat packing and bring in goalie Jaroslav Halak. Both of those trades involved Rostitav Klesla, a defenseman formerly of Phoenix.

Klesla, who was waived and cleared back in November, was an add-in in both transactions, but considered a marquee asset in neither.

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(Photo: Mark Buckner)

Coming into the 2014 NHL trade deadline, some fans feared Caps general manager George McPhee would make a drastic move in the hopes of securing a playoff spot. Instead, he made three reasonable ones. The Caps got better this year without harming themselves in the future.

The biggest deal was the final one, with the Caps sending Michal Neuvirth and the newly acquired Rostislav Klesla to the Buffalo Sabres for Caps killer Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick.

“I think we start with Neuvirth, and he wasn’t happy being a number two,” McPhee told reporters at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “We tried to accommodate him. We brought in an experienced guy. I think it’s an upgrade on the tandem which is what we wanted to accomplish.”

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