The NHL-leading Caps had a very nice day, trading for veterans Scott Walker from the Carolina Hurricanes and Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild.
Walker’s best days are certainly behind him. He has just five points this season.
But the 36-year-old will provide the fourth line presence and the locker room leadership that will help the Capitals come playoff time.
I seem to be sticking with this concept, but Belanger is a model of consistency.
In the last six seasons, Belanger has been in between 33 and 37 points in every season. He is currently having his best season to date, and has 35 points thus far.
The two veterans will fit right into their roles in the nation’s capital.
Milan Jurcina, traded by the Caps in December, is headed back to Washington as well. It’s no secret that he will be right back at home on the blue line.
Another big piece coming to Washington is defenseman Joe Corvo.
While Corvo’s turnovers are a cause for concern, the puck-moving d-man will be another weapon on the Capitals’ already dangerous power play.
The Caps had a huge deadline day and strengthened a team that was already one of the strongest in the league.