Heading into the NHL trade deadline, the Washington Capitals are at a crossroads.
Should George McPhee be burning the midnight oil in search of a complementary piece that would help the Caps continue their climb back into the postseason picture, or is he better off dealing the team's most marketable assets for returns that will pay dividends in the future?
It's a complicated matter to say the least, and it's only become more complex since Washington rallied to go 6-3-1 in its last 10, but time is running out on McPhee to make a decision.
With the Caps just one point outside of a playoff berth heading into Monday night's games, McPhee has to make a judgment call: Does he believe this team is talented enough as is to make a meaningful postseason run, or is it yet another Capitals team that will be hitting the golf course by the time the Eastern Conference Finals stars?
Here's a full breakdown of what McPhee's thought process should be like going into Wednesday.