Since there’s not much in the way of big names being traded today, I’m left to talk about the questionable moves that the Caps have made today.
7th Round draft pick to the Hurricanes for Scott Walker.
Walker will add some grit and some depth, but the guy gets hurt when the wind blows too hard. Sure the Caps only gave up a 7th round pick, but did anyone really think the Caps’ biggest need was forwards? If they had wanted a player like this, why didn’t they just hang on to Chris Clark?
2nd Round pick to Minnesota for Eric Belanger.
Even I can’t figure this one out. Belanger has bounced around the NHL more often than a cheap hockey ho. Again, I really don’t think forward or 4th line Centers were what anyone thought was Washington’s biggest weakness. Shouldn’t they have been pursuing a solid defenseman or an upgrade at goalie?