Caps OT: How do the Capitals approach the trade deadline?
Sat, 23 Mar 2013|
And then yeah it's. -- -- -- -- Struck Dubai pivotal plays with Allen -- chuck -- I'll tell you let the cats are finally healthy it's been a long way. Before they've been healthy. Is this a playoff team the way they're constructed right now. Well you know I in my opinion absolutely. Adam -- hasn't had the in his entire team to work with he's had maybe. 7580%. Of it and those bench parts that have been going in and out of the lineup. You haven't been able depend on Mike Green you didn't have -- like they're all -- -- never had the a lot and you and you look at what this team has been able to do and just have to Gainesville they -- -- -- -- green and -- all playing at the same time with nick back from. Brower and got other guys have been playing very well you look at this team and what they are able to do you if you throw away the first three weeks of the season. I say that over and over gambling you know what this team constructed as is his give his. Adam -- all four lines give them three solid defense -- then you have players like voice thick wool ski they could fill in at the left side we have. John -- ready to come back that makes the -- from Jack Killen is back and has done an admirable job. But you have more of a complete lineup and players are playing exactly where they're supposed to the roles are all. Been defined and you don't want Matt Hendrix playing on the first one you don't want that Hendrix playing on the second -- full time. He wanted to be the best Matt Henderson can be on the fourth -- -- Jason. -- on the third line using speed being a physical player he'll control war in the fourth line when he could be your fourth line player it's so much better. For this team that makes them stronger and very strong right side. Better down the middle all of a sudden all the sudden Brooks like comes back your life when looks way better than it did two weeks ago. And then all the defense -- are able to move the puck so in my opinion if you would -- had this team. To start the season with all these guys their roster even with -- not on it right now I would say that they'd be in the top few spots of the Eastern Conference and certainly leading the southeastern division. We know when we looked at the beginning -- this week I think they were ranked twenty ninth in the NHL. All takes a couple wins now they're right back in the playoff race the April 3 trade deadline is coming up. If -- the GM of this team how close you have to be to a playoff position to decide whether your buyer or seller. What you've got to be right on the cusp of it and and you look at -- the games that they have to play until the deadline they've got to make sure that they're continuing to win every game. And -- if you're winning every game it means you've got excellent chemistry you've got a team and -- looks like just any and we can't say too much about the two wins in Winnipeg. We know what if the team continues to grow our overall play with this. Positive atmosphere and everything they're doing with the -- everything they're doing with all the park. This is a team I don't know if you wanna mess with -- too much because that you have the chemistry and you can blow up the team. You can take get rid of a part that you don't we shouldn't get rid of that you need to keep. -- got to be very careful you got to be very wary of what you do on the deadline but if you're in -- you've got to keep your parks and not get rid of anybody real. If you're and it and and year you've got a seven million dollar cushion here. Do you spend it if you're GM or do you just say OK let me see we have here let's see if this is the playoff team they can go deep into the playoffs that's a tough -- -- What -- vary but if your injury free a look at what the caps have on right defense right now Thomas can product as a kid that's played very well because of all the injuries to the different players in the Washington Capitals flu like. And there's a Galveston he got a tough decision this kid Stephen Alexi comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden he's a guy you want to line up overnight she got healthy competition on the right side. You're very comfortable having Mike greens -- number one right defenseman. John Carlson as your number two left and then you look at velocity occur all their all the son Jack kill has done very very well to me throw up moving the puck. And then Jon -- and so we have a healthy decisions. If you know all eight of those defenseman you don't need to add to your lack. I looked up front right wing it very solid. Senator you know what Matthew pro has to continue to play well because you look at what. Backs are finally back with -- match didn't you so that's been one of the best did take teams in the National Hockey League Mike Ribeiro. Has been lighting it up all season long continues to make everyone who plays with a better -- pro fight and you look at Jay Beagle for quite cinema perfect role for him. Left side if anything that -- you tweak or maybe add something. To that position right there you want may wanna have some goal scoring but you don't want to sacrifice someone on your team and believe me. If you're -- you're going for player a good player they're gonna want another body she gonna be very careful what you do but I'd -- left side. Is probably where they could add a player of experience more than anywhere. I'll put you on the spot with one more question here they moved within five points of the Southeast Division lead can they win this division. If not will they make the playoffs. Well they they can still win the division and even if not if they're continue to play well like they have the last few nights even this entire week the loss to Pittsburgh. It is that they can go win. In not only -- They can go maybe 876 because there are going to be -- to drop off we're gonna follow the Clifford now he keeps trying to win the Southeast Division but no matter what you're trying to get enough points to get in the playoffs. They get they need a lot of good things happen Carolina continues to get good players back in their lineup so I can't see them getting worse they're gonna get somewhat better. They're not gonna fall off the -- to Winnipeg Jets look what they fell off a cliff tonight. A Taylor than the last couple weeks are going to be worth watching because these are going to be some great games. Without Maine I'm chuck -- thanks for watching cats so -- brought to you by pivotal plays. CSN Washington dot com.