Over the draft, the Caps got a two way center and an offensive defenseman with their picks in the first two rounds. That's not my disappointment though. There was much anticipation to whether the Caps would address their 2nd lin center and 1st line winger problem through a trade during the draft, but nothing happened. Pronger was a possibility to make the Caps a true contender, but GMGM again turned away as Anahiem asked for too much (if you didn't hear, it was one of the goalie prospects, Carlson, a roster player, and something else). He went to Philly in which i thought was a lopsided deal favoring the Ducks. Not many other players were on the trade block that gave the Caps great interest. But the few that could have were Bouwmeester and Kaberle. A Dman isn't a need for the Caps, but it is necessary to win the Cup. A group of great prospects isn't going to cut it. The Caps either need a rough and tough guy to clear the crease (Hal Gil comes to mind) or a skilled one, like Bouwmeester.
Nylander and Theodore are still in the Caps roster, to the disappointment of many fans. They would be more of a giveaway to a team, because the Caps definatley dont want Nylander, and Theodore isn't even guarenteed, a starter spot and he is taking up $4.5 million in the cap.
Free agency could prove to be the answer, but it poses big problems. Players who sign as free agents often want long term, high paying deals. This is a problem to the Caps because they are up against the salary cap and because Backstrom and Semin both need new deals after this season as RFAs. Backstrom needs to be locked in, as a great partner for Ovi, and it would be great to keep the secondary scoring threat with Semin.
Who do you want to leave the Caps, and who do you want to pull on the red, white and blue uniform over the next few days? Would you rather make a trade or make a signing?