The Washington Capitals are in the middle of their usual West Coast road trip. Not unusual to think General Manager George McPhee (GMGM) might find himself in the Anaheim Duck’s home arena, The Honda Center, except the Capitals play the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow night. The world of Twitter is blowing up with speculation that a trade may be in the works.
For months now, analysts and fans alike have vented that the Capitals should trade Alexander Semin, his 20+ points and six million dollar contract to anybody willing to take it. While it’s true he has not met the expectations of his contract, unless you count PIMS, the season is not half over and his recent points streak is boding well down the stretch.
Is it possible that GMGM is just stopping by to check on former coach Bruce Boudreau? Probably not, but fans should temper expectations and not be so eager to give up a goal scorer like Semin. He is on a one year contract, leaving the club loads of flexibility after this season. It only takes one streak in the playoffs for Semin to win a series for the Caps and help them achieve their ultimate goal of hoisting the Cup.
The only viable option for a trade is Alexander Semin for the Ducks Bobby Ryan. Sniper for Power Forward. Does Ryan give the Capitals a better chance to win this year? Not necessarily.
Ryan is used to playing on a stacked line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. That means in order to translate his stats he would need to play with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin. Alex Semin already excels at playing with those two and Ryan’s defense is not by any means stingy.
Could the Caps benefit from a shakeup? Sure. Is it something to beg for? Bobby Ryan isn’t Tebow.