WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 03: Marcus Johansson #90 of the Washington Capitals brings the puck down the ice against Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues at the Verizon Center on March 3, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Roster holes were filled on Monday's trading deadline, and the early returns, especially from Jason Arnott, have been splendid. But will the acquisitions of Arnott, Dennis Wideman, and Marco Sturm be enough to get the Capitals playing playoff hockey into May and beyond? Or are fans, for yet another season, still looking at a team that is, as CBC's Elloitte Friedman opined, "one or two years away from really being ready?" And if the latter, is that acceptable for a team that won the Presidents' Trophy just 11 months ago?
What do post-game comments this week by Arnott, and by Devils bench boss Jacques Lemaire, in reference to the recently-dealt David Steckel, reveal about the Caps' focus and conditioning during this season?
Russell and I discuss all that and more on JRR tomorrow morning at 10am Eastern, and we'll be joined again by WNST.net's Ed Frankovic, who always brings solid opinion to the table (and who, incidentally, made a pitch for Arnott on our show back in mid-January).
Here's your question for tomorrow's show:
With the Caps having lost three of four playoff game sevens at home in the Boudreau era, how important is it for the team to win the Southeast Division?
The call in number is (917) 388-4003 and we'll take your questions @japersrinkradio.
Treat yourself to a Monte Cristo sandwich with strawberry preserves on the side and join us.