To help, here's a list of guys who will be free agents this coming summer - and if yesterday's Carolina/Ottawa trade showed us anything, it's that anyone can be a buyer or a seller (or both) in this market.
Of course, the Caps could conceivably get a 30-goal scorer and/or a top four defenseman around the deadline at no additional cost at all, but that seems increasingly less likely, perhaps making a small splash in the market all the more probable.
So have at it, armchair GMs. These are your Caps - make 'em better or stand pat.
Elsewhere 'Round the Rinks:
Bruce Boudreau's Adams candidacy is gaining steam.... Nice trend.... Check out Hockey Underground for another source for Caps coverage.... Happy 28th Birthday to former Cap suckfest and number six overall pick (!) Rico Fata.... Finally, a year ago today we saw insult added to injury, noted a contract extension for a big winger and got word of a tough injury.
- Hart: Mike Modano (Game-winning goal, A, +1, 5 SOG)
- Ross: Jere Lehtinen, Mike Modano (2 points each)
- Norris: Stephane Robidas (+1, 5 SOG, 4 hits)
- Vezina: Ilja Bryzgalov (L, 42 saves on 44 shots against)
- Richard: Niko Kapanen, Steve Ott, Mike Modano (1G each)
- Calder: Matt Niskanen (+1, 3 SOG)
- Aiken: Radim Vrbata (0 points, 0% faceoffs won, 3 GvA, 0 TkA)