With the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline coming to a close lets take a look at what our Caps did.
The Caps only made two moves this deadline and to be honest we were able to get slightly better and deeper on offense without having to give up much in return which is always a plus in my book.
A lot of the fanbase wanted to get another goalie this deadline and to those fans I say to you, you’re a dunce because we would have had to give up way to much for a higher caliber goalie compared to what we have. Vanecek and Samsonov are competent goaltenders, yes they have some flaws but they also show glimpses of number one goalie stuff and if that hits at the right time then we are golden for the playoff run…… obviously a big IF.
The first move the Caps made was acquiring fan favorite Marcus “MJ90” Johansson from the Seattle Kraken for Daniel Sprong, a a 2022 fourth round pick, and a 2023 sixth round pick. The 31 year old MJ90 has recorded 23 points 6 goals and 17 assists in 51 games this season.
Marcus was quoted in saying in one of his interviews that “This is the one place I wanted to go. We were here a few weeks ago (early March with the Kraken) and coming here always still feels like home. I’m just very excited for the opportunity. This feels special.” Which says a lot about the Caps organization as a whole that he wanted to be here and I mean especially since the Kraken have been less than stellar this year!
The Caps second and final move of the day was acquiring Johan Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes for a 2023 third round pick. Larsson is a versatile forward for can also play solid defense which will give Washington a little more depth on the 3rd or 4th line.
Larsson is still recovering from sports hernia surgery, but was able to practice with the team on Wednesday just without any contact. He mostly likely will get the start at some point next week.
Overall like I said I think it makes the Caps slightly better obviously these can under or over achieve but with new scenery on a contending team unless you’re Paul Bissonnette should provide a little more motivation for MJ90 and Larsson. So all in all I would probably give this trade deadline a C grade because we did something but didn’t make a big splash. Lets put it this way anything is better than the 2013 Martin Erat for Filip Forsberg trade!
The Caps are back in action tonight in Buffalo against the surprisingly hot Sabres so lets hope the boys can get a little fire before the playoffs.