NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Names the Capitals Could Pursue to Ensure a Playoff Run

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NHL Trade Speculation: 5 Names the Capitals Could Pursue to Ensure a Playoff Run
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After edging Florida 2-1 on Friday, the Washington Capitals are two games out of the playoffs, limping in a tight, three-legged race for the Southeast division. They're in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season.

The Caps need help.

First-line center Nicklas Backstrom’s return from a concussion is anyone’s guess while offensive defenseman Mike Green’s comeback is hopeful but uncertain. Either way, Dale Hunter’s squad needs a shooter to revive its attack.

But who will propel the crippled Caps back into the picture?

General manager George McPhee claims he’s waiting until the ball drops on Nicklas Backstrom’s injury diagnosis, but it’s well established he knows how to cut deals in the NHL.

Here’s a look at five players McPhee could lease or buy to add an instant edge to the Caps’ underachieving lineup.

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