While the Washington Capitals have a secure grip on a playoff spot, currently sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, they appear to be in need of a spark to ignite the team's offense for the stretch drive towards the playoffs. The Capitals' powerplay, once considered to be the fiercest in the game, has sputtered this season, falling all the way to the 18th best in the league.
On paper, the team has an arsenal of offensive threats, particularly on the wings. While star forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin are all sporting uncharacteristically low offensive numbers, the team seems confident its new defense-first system will better prepare them for the post season. Whether or not that proves to be true, one thing appears to be obvious; the team needs to make an addition at the deadline if they intend on being a serious contender for the Stanley Cup in May and June.
With that in mind, here are five players that would make sense for the Capitals to consider prior to the February 28th trade deadline. In the past, George McPhee has never been one to be afraid of shaking his roster up, so there should be no surprised faces within the Capitals locker room if a fan favorite is gone before the NHL roster freeze. While the contract situations of each of these five players differ, they all appear to be in one way or another available on the trade market, and each warrant consideration from the Capitals management.