There is little doubt that the need at center is more pressing, but with only Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin playing like top-six wingers, acquiring an elite winger might just help ease that problem.
With Ales Hemsky re-signed by Edmonton and off the trade block, the market for wingers is significantly diminished. Rick Nash is the last big name available, and bringing him in would mark a monumental splash for the Capitals.
Nash brings all the qualities that the Caps need in droves. He can score, he can hit, he is good on the special teams, and he is a great leader. The 27-year-old has 20 goals and 22 assists through 61 games, showing he can still produce despite playing for the league's worst team.
He carries a heavy $7.8 million cap hit, but placing Nicklas Bäckström on the long-term injured reserve list and moving one contract would allow the Caps to clear up enough room to take on his contract.
Nash would be expensive, but would add a big piece to the Caps' elaborate puzzle, and would definitely make the Stanley Cup prospects a whole lot brighter.
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