Trade: Washington Capitals acquire C Anze Kopitar and LW Kyle Clifford from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for RW Alexander Semin and C Cody Eakin
Trade: Washington Capitals acquire RW PA Parenteau from the New York Islanders in exchange for D Jeff Schultz
Trade: Washington Capitals acquire LW Johan Larsson and a 2012 4th Round Pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for D Dennis Wideman
General Manager George McPhee has remained steadfast in that he will not trade Alexander Semin. You have to think, though, that if a trade comes along that blows his socks off he'll have to accept. He gets such an offer from the Los Angeles Kings. Giving up Semin and top young prospect Cody Eakin, the Caps get in return center Anze Kopitar and winger Kyle Clifford. Kopitar, 24, has established himself as one of the league's premier two-way centers and would be a brilliant complement to Nicklas Bäckström. Clifford, 20, is a fast developing grinder who will be a fix on the third or fourth line for a long time to come.
In the second trade, the Caps pick up a gritty goalscoring winger for a depth defenseman. He'll continue the Caps' recent trend of picking up good players who 'do the little things right'. Finally, the Caps ship defenseman Dennis Wideman to the Wild for a good prospect in Johan Larsson and continue to build on their stock for the 2012 draft with a fourth rounder.
McPhee makes one major splash in free agency, nabbing defenseman Brayden Coburn from the Flyers. The underrated 26-year-old becomes Mike Green's partner. Prospects Mattias Sjögren, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Dmitry Orlov, and Braden Holtby win spots.
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Bäckström - Troy Brouwer
Brooks Laich - Anze Kopitar - Evgeny Kuznetsov
Joel Ward - Marcus Johansson - PA Parenteau
Kyle Clifford - Mattias Sjögren - Matt Hendricks
Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Brayden Coburn - Mike Green
Dmitry Orlov - Roman Hamrlik