As we approach September without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement in place, teams across the league are in a difficult situation. They are hesitant to negotiate new contracts or discuss potential trades until a new CBA is in place.
That being said, once a new CBA is hammered out, the floodgates on the NHL's trade market will open. There should be at least a handful of deals executed involving big-name players.
The Capitals, like many other clubs, will be looking to improve in a number of areas. They appear to be in need of at least one more experienced defenseman, and potentially another scoring winger to compensate for the loss of sniper Alexander Semin.
In order to do so, the Caps will be forced to part ways with an attractive asset. Fortunately for George McPhee, the team is relatively deep at each position, and has a wealth of desirable prospects that could be of interest to potential trade partners.
With that in mind, here are a handful of Capitals who could be donning a different NHL uniform when the puck finally drops on the 2012-13 season.