by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBDSC) – If you’re someone who considers yourself a passive hockey fan, then the flurry of trade deadline acquisitions before the NHL trade deadline, and their ensuing explanations — particularly who was moved, who wasn’t, why, and how does this affect my team — can be a little hard to follow.

That notwithstanding, the Capitals made a ton of moves yesterday, even for someone who does follow closely dissecting potential ramifications of each transaction — so much so, they caused a bit of whirlwind of confusion in the final hours surrounding the 3 p.m. deadline.

Details of each move can be slow to trickle out, some get left out leading to things being misreported, and the end result for the passive fan can be to turn the page until either the playoffs, or to just begin looking forward to baseball season.

Timeline of Caps transactions leading up to deadline (times approximate):

  1. Caps acquire Dustin Penner from Anaheim — give up (2014) 4th-round pick (Tues. at 2 p.m.)
  2. Caps acquire Chris Brown, Rostislav Klesla and (2015) 4th-round pick — give up Martin Erat, John Mitchell (Tues. at 8 p.m.)
  3. Caps acquire Jaroslav Halák and (2015) 3rd-round pick — give up Michal Neuvirth and Rostislav Klesla (Wed. 3:50 p.m.)

Quotes from Caps GM George McPhee explaining transactions (via Lavar & Dukes):

“The thought process is: How can we improve the team? How can I make the guys in the room happy with what we’re gonna do?”

“You owe it to your players – that’s one constituency – and you owe it your fans – that’s the other.”

McPhee on dealing Erat, Neuvirth:

  • We took two players out of the room that wanted opportunities elsewhere
  • We add two players, that are experienced players, that I think make our club better
  • We add a young power forward to the organization that we like a lot – big kid that’s tough
  • We cleared out a lot of cap space for the future
  • We added two draft picks in a very good draft in 2015.

Hopefully it all makes a little more sense now.


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