Saturday, February 9, 2013

Washington Capitals GM George McPhee Not Making Any Drastic Trades

Although there was speculation that the Washington Capitals might make a trade for Roberto Luongo, general manager George McPhee has been quoted, according to nbcsports.com, as saying:
“We’re not going to do anything short-term. We’re not going to blow anything up.”
Reading the statement above would lead one to believe that they would not be interested in Roberto Luongo.  Or would it?  Getting Roberto Luongo wouldn't be a "short-term" move, because his contract runs through  2021-22.  Now, "short-term" could also be interpreted as the timeframe of when a trade would be made, not how long the player would be with the team.

The Capitals do have a quality offensive talent in Mike Ribeiro, who will be a free agent this year, and who a team like the Canucks could always use.  If the Caps are out of the playoff race, and they want to ensure they have an All-Star quality goalie for the long term, why wouldn't they go after someone like Roberto Luongo?

Braden Holtby will be a free agent after this season, as will Michal Neuvirth.  Both restricted free agents, however.

Would Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis accept Mike Ribeiro for Roberto Luongo straight up?   Mike Ribeiro and a draft-pick for Luongo?  Not out of the question.  

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