Anton Volchenkov on Capitals’ Radar?

June 9th, 2010 by Sam Snyder Leave a reply »
The Capitals' need for a defensive defense-man could not have been more obvious in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Montreal's offense ranked near the bottom in five-on-five play, but they bombarded the Capitals at even strength, and their second ranked power-play dominated.

Anton Volchenkov has become a top tier defense-man in the NHL and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. His salary is currently hovering around $2-3 million, and for all his recent efforts, he is certainly going to want a raise.

The Senators want him back, for obvious reasons. However, can the Senators afford to keep him? With players such as Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza eating up cap space, the Senators may not be able to cough up enough dough for the A-Train.

This is where Washington steps in. They have an obvious need for a big defense-man who can block shots and crush opponents. They watched Hal Gill block dozens of pucks and crush their teammates.

Although nothing has been said by the Capitals, there is a big chance that either Mike Green or Alex Semin will no longer be in a Washington uniform. Unless one of them is traded for a big name player ...

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