Capitals General Manager George McPhee has a chance to redeem himself this summer.
In last year's playoffs he saw first hand what it took to win in the playoffs, when the Pittsburgh Penguins stormed back to stun his Caps. The high-octane offense is nice, but guys like Brooks Orpik, Hal Gill, and Rob Scuderi blocked a ton of shots in that series and were a big reason why the Caps went home.
He saw that again this year, with the Canadiens stunning Washington, thanks in large part to a ridiculous amount of blocked shots, with Gill leading the way once again.
The Caps need a shift from guys like Tom Poti and Shaone Morrisonn. Bringing in Volchenkov (eighth in blocked shots last season with 172) would finally give the team what they've desperately needed for a long time: a well-seasoned, fearless Goliath on the back-end.
The Caps will need to move Poti and his $3.5 million he's due for next year. With John Carlson ready for prime-time, what offense Poti provides won't be missed.
Volchenkov won't come cheap though. He's due for a big raise, probably somewhere between $4 to $4.5 million per.