Will Washington Capitals’ Busy Offseason Make Them Any Better in 2015-16?

July 2nd, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »

T.J. Oshie, American hero, was involved in the most American of trades Thursday.

The St. Louis Blues sent the shootout star of the 2014 Sochi Olympics to the Washington Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer, goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com), in the latest move that bolsters the top-six forwards of the team that resides in the nation's capital.

The Blues identified a problem after losing in the first round of the playoffs and did the absolutely wrong thing to address it. Instead of changing coaches during an offseason in which great ones were everywhere, they decided to make themselves more physical than they already were.

Along with signing Justin Williams to a prudent two-year, $6.5 million deal late Wednesday, a pact reported by NHL.com, the Capitals are doing everything they can to make up the one-goal difference that ended their season in the second round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers. 

But is this enough? Is adding Williams and Oshie and subtracting Brouwer and (likely) Joel Ward going to get th ...

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