A Look At Facilities That May Be Out there To The Capitals At The 2021 NHL Commerce Deadline

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The Washington Capitals could have among the finest top-four middle models within the NHL this season with Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Lars Eller, and Nic Dowd as their every-night facilities. Nevertheless, if somebody will get harm, the Capitals don’t really feel comfy sufficient with their depth past that as they aren’t assured in Michael Sgarbossa to step in for Eller when he has missed 5 video games (and counting) with the lower-body harm.

They’re presently giving Richard Panik and T.J. Oshie the majority of the duty to interchange Eller however these are two pure right-wingers. To place themselves ready to go all-in for the Stanley Cup this season, the Capitals could wish to contemplate including a middle earlier than the NHL Commerce Deadline on April 12 at 3 PM ET. NoVa Caps takes a have a look at facilities which are on groups anticipated to be sellers on the commerce deadline and set to hit the unrestricted free-agent market this or subsequent offseason.

Mikael Granlund – Nashville Predators

The 29-year-old has seven targets, 13 factors, a -5 ranking, a 53.16% Corsi-for share, a 52.6% anticipated goals-for share, and 51.6% scoring chances-for share in 30 video games this season and may turn out to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Granlund has proven potential up to now as he recorded 69 factors (together with 43 assists) in 81 video games with the Minnesota Wild in 2016-17 and 67 (46 assists) in 77 video games the next season. Taking part in on a Capitals’ offense that averages 3.38 goals-per-game (fourth within the NHL) may assist him get nearer to that stage.

Granlund would give the Capitals an extra top-six ahead and a flexible possibility as he has primarily performed wing throughout his tenure with the Predators. Such an addition would assist take some strain off of forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, and T.J. Oshie, who’re throughout age 33. Granlund has additionally performed on the penalty kill, the place he averages 2:24, and energy play (2:39).

Nevertheless, including Granlund can be a problem as he has a $3.75 million cap hit and the Capitals don’t any room proper now. They must ship cash (defenseman Dmitry Orlov?) the Predators’ approach and or would want Nashville to eat round 50% of his remaining wage to make such an acquisition work.

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Erik Haula – Predators

The 30-year-old has three targets, 11 factors, a -1 ranking, a 49.53% Corsi-for share, a 44.79% anticipated goals-for share, and a 47.04% scoring chances-for share in 30 video games this season and will hit unrestricted free company on July 28.

Haula has had success up to now as he posted 12 targets, 22 factors, and a +1 ranking in 41 video games with the Carolina Hurricanes final season earlier than being dealt to the Florida Panthers on the commerce deadline and 29 targets, 55 factors, and a -16 ranking in 76 video games with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18. A commerce from a staff that averages 2.44 goals-per-game (twenty seventh within the NHL) may present Haula with a spark.

Haula can be a big addition to the Capitals’ third line, the place he would slot in on the left-wing and step in at middle when wanted. He has averaged 1:25 on the ability play and a pair of:04 on the penalty kill this season. Haula may additionally slide up the lineup when wanted as he was a part of the Golden Knights’ top-six ahead unit.

Not like Granlund, the Capitals may have a better time making room for Haula beneath the wage cap as he’s solely making $1.75 million this season, however it nonetheless could require some cap gymnastics.

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Brad Richardson – Predators

The 36-year-old has been held to simply 12 video games this season, the place he has recorded one objective, three factors, an excellent ranking, a forty five.25% Corsi-for share, a 47.98% anticipated goals-for share, and a 43.24% scoring chances-for share.

Richardson has by no means been a scoring middle as he has hit the 30-point mark simply as soon as in his NHL profession (31 in 82 video games with the Coyotes in 2015-16) however he does different issues as he leads the Predators with a median of two:57 shorthanded ice time per sport and ranks fourth amongst Nashville forwards with a median of two.84 blocked shots-per-60, third with a median of 1.22 takeaways-per-60, eighth with a median of 4.47 blocked shots-per-60, and second with a median of 0.40 giveaways-per-60.

In Washington, Richardson would almost certainly function the thirteenth ahead however could possibly be helpful when wanted as he’s largely a shutdown ahead.

Richardson solely makes $1 million this season earlier than turning into eligible for unrestricted free company, so the Capitals wouldn’t must clear a lot cash to make room for an acquisition like him.

Cody Eakin – Buffalo Sabres

The 29-year-old has had a tough common season as has the remainder of his staff as he has recorded only one objective, 4 factors, a -9 ranking, a 41.99% Corsi-for share, a 35.91% anticipated goals-for share, and a 34.47% scoring chances-for share.

Eakin has had a number of productive offensive seasons as he recorded 22 targets and 41 factors in 78 video games with the Golden Knights in the course of the 2018-19 season, 19 targets and 40 factors in 78 video games with the Dallas Stars in 82 video games throughout his 2014-15, and a few 16-goal, 35-point seasons with the Stars in 2013-14 and 2015-16.

Eakin, who averages 1:43 of penalty-killing ice time per sport (third amongst Sabres forwards), would probably slot in on the third or fourth-line in Washington, who drafted him eighty fifth general in 2009. In 2012, the Capitals traded Eakin (together with a second-round decide) to the Stars for middle Mike Ribeiro. He performed simply 30 video games for the Capitals in 2011-12, his rookie season.

Eakin makes $2.25 million this season and subsequent earlier than he’s eligible for unrestricted free company, which might require a transfer by the Capitals.

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Ryan Dzingel – Ottawa Senators

The 29-year-old has recorded seven targets, 10 targets, a -1 ranking, a 50.73% Corsi-for share, a 48.53% anticipated goals-for share, and a 46.84% scoring chances-for share this season. Dzingel can be eligible for unrestricted free company after this season.

Dzingel had three straight seasons with no less than 14 targets and 32 factors earlier than notching simply eight targets and 29 factors in 64 video games with the Carolina Hurricanes final season. The Hurricanes traded him to the Senators for facilities Cedric Paquette and Alex Galchenyuk on February 13.

Dzingel, who has averaged 1:41 on the ability play this season, would probably slot on the third-line with the Capitals however may transfer up the lineup.

The Capitals would probably must make no less than one transfer to accommodate Dzingel’s $3.375 million cap hit by way of the top of the season.

By Harrison Brown

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