Was this move worth its potential pitfalls? (Flickr)
Wednesday afternoon, as 3 PM and the NHL’s trade deadline came and went, it initially appeared that the Washington Capitals had stood pat on deadline day for the second year in a row. Soon after, there were rumblings that the Capitals had made a big deal. The rumblings grew louder until they were confirmed, but nobody knew what the deal was. What followed was almost two hours of the Capitals having a captive audience, with many people staring at a Monumental Network live stream and many more waiting with bated breath on Twitter. And when the dust settled, we learned that the Capitals had traded arguably their top prospect, Swedish forward Filip Forsberg, to the Nashville Predators for Martin Erat and prospect Michael Latta.
When the news of the deal broke, I didn’t want to believe it. Continually beating the drum that the Capitals should look to the future all year, it seemed unfathomable that George McPhee had traded away such a talented and young player for a 31 year-old winger in an attempt to win now, ignoring the very clear indications in front of him that this team needs more help than the addition of Erat can bring.no comments