The Capitals won by five goals against the Panthers last night, which was an offensively focused game, and a shutout thanks to Braden Holtby. Before last night, the Capitals did not score more than three goals in one game and were 24th in the NHL in goal-scoring. Last night's win was more of bludgeoning of a bad Panthers team, rather than an offensive explosion, which leads me to believe that the Capitals still need more goal scoring. One player that comes to mind is Anaheim's Bobby Ryan. He has tallied 4 goals and 11 points in 11 games with the Ducks so far this season.
Not only are the Ducks shopping Bobby Ryan, but GM George McPhee has been rumored to be burning up the phone lines. Bobby Ryan, a New Jersey native, has a $5.1 million cap hit, which the Capitals can afford. Marcus Johansson is the first Capitals forward that comes to my mind when thinking of trading for Bobby Ryan because he looks like he needs a change of scenery. He has been a healthy scratch a couple times this year and only has one goal on the season. He, nonetheless, is a talented Swedish forward with a good chance to perform well as a top-six forward. Trading him to the Ducks, along with picks, for Bobby Ryan would be a good chance for him to regain his confidence as a solid goal scorer. Bruce Boudreau was high on Johansson when he was the Caps' head coach and would love to have him in his lineup again.
A scoring winger is a critical need for the Capitals because Alex Ovechkin is not scoring like the team needs him to, Brooks Laich is still out of the lineup, and any team could use more goal scoring. Bobby Ryan is a great fit for this Caps team. Playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom would improve his game too. Lets hope GMGM at least gives Bobby Ryan a look before the trade deadline.