In 17 years on the job a general manager can make a lot of moves that shape a franchise. George McPhee made quite a few during his time with the Capitals.
We’ve compiled a subjective list of his best and worst trades. In future posts we’ll break down his best and worst free-agent signings and drafts.
Which trades did we miss? Feel free to add your own to the lists below.
5 Best Trades
Dec. 11, 2000: Caps acquire Dmitri Kristich from Toronto for third-round pick in 2001 [Brendan Bell].
June 12, 2002: Caps acquire 13th overall pick [Alexander Semin] from Dallas in exchange for first- and second-round picks [Martin Vagner, Marius Holtet] in 2002 and a sixth-round pick [Francis Wathier] in 2003.
Feb. 18, 2004: Caps acquire Brooks Laich and second-round pick in 2005 [Chris Durand] from the Ottawa Senators for Peter Bondra.
Feb. 27, 2004: Caps acquire Tomas Fleischmann, first-round pick in 2004 [Mike Green] and fourth-round pick in 2006 [Luke Lynes] from Detroit for Robert Lang.
June 20, 2008: Caps acquire first-round pick in 2008 [John Carlson] from Philadelphia for Steve Eminger, third round pick in 2008 [Jacob DeSerres].
March 13, 2001: Caps acquire Trevor Linden, Dainius Zubrus and second-round pick in 2001 [Andreas Holmqvist] from Montreal for Jan Bulis, Richard Zednick and a first-rounder in 2001 [Alexander Perezhogin]. Linden was later traded to Vancouver for a first-rounder in 2002 [Boyd Gordon] and a third rounder in 2003 [Zach Stortini].
Feb. 28, 2011: Caps acquire Dennis Wideman from Florida for Jake Hausworth, third-round pick in 2011 [Jonathan Racine].
June 24, 2011: Caps acquire Troy Brouwer from Chicago for first-round pick in 2011 [Phillip Danault].
5 Worst Trades
March 9, 2004: Mike Grier to Buffalo for Jakub Klepis
Feb. 27, 2007: Dainus Zubrus and Timo Helbling to Buffalo for Jiri Novotny and first-round pick in 2007 [Nick Petrecki].
Nov. 30, 2010: Tomas Fleischmann to Colorado for Scott Hannan
July 1, 2011: Semyon Varlamov to Colorado for first-round pick in 2012 [Filip Forsberg] and second-round pick [later traded to Dallas for Mike Ribeiro].
April 3, 2013: Filip Forsberg to Nashville for Marty Erat, Michal Latta.
March 4, 2004: Michael Nylander to Boston for fourth-rounder in 2005 [Patrick MacNeill] and a second-rounder in 2006 [Francois Bouchard].