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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