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ESPN.com’s NHL experts are using the Winter Olympic break to focus on players potentially on the move prior to the March 3rd trade deadline. Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun have been blogging their thoughts and I just ran across a post from Thursday, February 11th that mentioned the Washington Capitals.

Dan Hamhuis - D - Nashville Predators

There are three defensemen brought up in the discussion:

Dan Hamhuis of the Nashville Predators

James Wisniewski of the Anaheim Ducks

Tomas Kaberle of the Toronto Maple Leafs

Per discussions with Caps GM George McPhee, neither of the experts believes Kaberle would be  joining Washington. Burnside does think the Caps, should they have the desire, could make a deal to bring in one of the two younger defensemen.

The Caps also have lots of assets and offense they could dangle if McPhee decides he wants to add a piece like Hamhuis or Wisniewski.

Even though the streak was a great ride, some of those 14 games and the three losses that followed, continued to highlight the Achilles heel of the Caps. A proven, veteran goalie to guide the way to the Cup would be nice, but more realistically an upgrade on the blue line could help catapult the team and assist whoever is between the pipes.

As an interesting side note a reader commented that he thinks the New York Islanders could send D Mark Streit to the Capitals for F Eric Fehr (& maybe a 3rd line D-man or a pick). I’d hate to see Fehr go anywhere, but definitely intrigued by Streit.

Read the entire post on ESPN.com: Which defensemen can help at the deadline?

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