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George McPhee on trading for Alex Ovechkin: 'That's not going to happen'

George McPhee on trading for Alex Ovechkin: 'That's not going to happen'

With Alex Ovechkin set to turn 32 in September, another early playoff exit has led some to wonder if it is time for the Capitals to move on from the Great 8. Even if general manager Brian MacLellan was thinking of making such a move – which he has already said he is not – Ovechkin's cap hit would prove to be a non-starter for most teams. But not the Vegas Golden Knights

The NHL's newest expansion team has a roster to build and a salary cap floor to hit which means they have lots of money to spend this season. Given that the general manager also happens to be former Capitals general manager George McPhee who drafted Ovechkin, the possibility of Vegas as a potential trade partner is an intriguing thought.

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McPhee, however, put that possibility to bed on Saturday.

In truth, a deal with Vegas would be hard to pull off. While the team does have plenty of money to spend, they also have very little with which to offer Washington other than draft picks. They currently have only three players signed, but nothing with which to build a trade package attractive enough to pry Ovechkin out of Washington. Especially if the general manager isn't on board with the trade.

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We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington


We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a.

That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington.

“There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and [Philipp Grubauer] played pretty well for a long stretch so why not have both of them going?”

Grubauer got the start Sunday in Philadelphia and Holtby is slated to get the start Tuesday against the Dallas Stars. After that we will have to wait and see.


Trotz has no layout for which goalie he wants to start and when in the remaining ten games. He is not thinking about each goalie splitting five games or which one he wants to use more.

Nope. Trotz has just one thing on his mind. It is all about who starts the next game, that’s it.

“I think you just go with a guy that's hot at the time and your team feels comfortable with and go from there,” Trotz said.

So where does this leave the goaltending situation when it comes to the playoffs? A goalie rotation is all well and good in the regular season, but he has to have one starter for the postseason, right?

Not necessarily.


When Trotz was asked if he philosophically believed in having one starter for the playoffs, Trotz initially said he would not answer, but then said, “Why don't you ask Mike Sullivan what he thinks.”

Sullivan, of course, is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins who has led his team to a Stanley Cup in each of the past two seasons despite turning to both goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray in both seasons.

While Pittsburgh’s goalie rotation was largely based on injury, however, it still provides an example of how using both goalies can work in the playoffs and that seems to be the path the Caps are headed on at the moment.

Said Trotz, “You just have to go with your gut who you think is going to get the job done.”

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

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NHL Power Rankings: The home stretch

We are down to the home stretch. Only 10 games remain in the Capitals' regular season. Those 10 games will ultimately decide if the Caps finish in first place in the Metropolitan Division and who they will play in the first round of the playoffs.

Washington currently sits in first place in the division, two points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and four points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. Of those 10 remaining games, only three come against teams currently in playoff position. The most critical of these comes on April 1 when the Caps travel to Pittsburgh in a game that could ultimately decide the division.

The Caps still hold a narrow lead in the standings, but where do they stand in the rankings? See this week's updated NHL Power Rankings here.