As the trade deadline approaches and the calls for a Nylander trade become more intense, the question on my mind is whether he is truly a bad player or just a bad cap hit. Put another way, if Nylander were a $1M cap hit rather than a $5M cap hit, would the Caps still be better off trading Nylander- the player as opposed to the cap hit- for a goalie, a D-Man, or a bag of pucks, assuming the Caps would not receive a forward in return? Because this Caps’ season is ultimately going to be judged during a time when salary cap considerations and player roster numbers no longer matter- and that time is fast approaching- should Nyls be a part of the playoff run and if so to what degree? Can the Caps field a noticeably better 4 line rotation with him scratched and if so what would it look like?
Even with Feds fading, this is the best I can come up with for playoff lines without Nyls:
I’m not sure this better. Thoughts?