Is it time for the Washington Capitals to trade Alex Ovechkin?
After another 2nd round loss, the Washington Capitals need to make changes. The teams star player Alex Ovechkin did not show up again. He scored a few goals here and there. He did not look good against the Toronto Maple Leafs or Pittsburgh Penguins. He just might not have the drive to win the Stanley Cup. Earlier in the NHL season, Ovechkin was asked if he would leave the Washington Capitals during the season to play in the Olympics, his response was, “I intend to play in the upcoming Winter Olympics regardless of the NHL’s decision on the matter”, while goalie Braden Holtby stated, he would not leave his teammates. They are more important to him. Right there is the difference, to Holtby it is team first, for Ovechkin, it is about him and only him. That is why he will not win a Cup! Will the Capitals trade Alex Ovechkin? Owner Ted Leonsis loves Alex Ovechkin and likely he will be a Capital for life. But if the right deal were to come along and a team willing to take on Ovechkin’s contract, would Leonsis and management consider it? Capitals management needs to think about the organizations future and trading Ovechkin might be their best option.
Will the Edmonton Oilers trade Jordan Eberle this off-season?
The Hockey News: Jordan Eberle, 26, put up decent numbers (20 goals, 51 points) this season, so it’s possible a rival club seeking a scoring right winger could look into his availability. However, his contract will be a significant sticking point.
With two years remaining on his contract worth $6-million per season, not a lot of teams can afford to take on his cap hit. At this stage in Eberle’s career, he’s now considered a second-line winger, making his annual salary less palatable.
A club with plenty of cap room in need of experienced scoring depth, such as the Arizona Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils or the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, could become destinations for Eberle this summer. However, the Oilers could be forced to pick up part of his remaining salary or toss in a decent draft pick or prospect to sweeten the pot.