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Should the Capitals trade Alexander Ovechkin?

Should the Capitals trade Alexander Ovechkin?

WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg acknowledged things may be tough for the Capitals right now, but trading Alexander Ovechkin isn’t a solution to their problems. Besides, it would be difficult to move Ovechkin’s lengthy, expensive contract when he’s mired in an offensive slump, while the cost of a buyout would keep the average cost of it ($3.8 million per season) on their books to 2029.  Greenberg points out Ovechkin’s value as the face of the franchise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Capitals slide continues, there will be changes, either to the roster or behind the bench. Ovechkin won’t be among those changes.

BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins shedding Tim Thomas’ $5 million cap hit for this season will provide them cap flexibility if GM Peter Chiarelli decides to add a significant player by the April 3rd trade deadline. Shinzawa claims the Bruins would like to add more punch at left wing on their third line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dumping Thomas’ salary was no surprise, and cuts the last tie he had with the Bruins. Good move by the Bruins to free up cap space for a possible deadline move.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier has called his counterparts around the NHL in search of a trade to help his struggling club, but there’s not much to be found in what’s currently a soft trade market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Business will likely pick up as we get closer to the mid-point of this 48-game schedule, but will it come soon enough to help a team like the Sabres? If not, it could turn Regier from a buyer into a seller.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater, responding to a reader’s question, believes former Avs GM and current team president Pierre Lacroix may be influencing the club’s contract talks with Ryan O’Reilly.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoever is responsible, the standoff with O’Reilly shows no signs of let up, and could eventually lead to his departure from the Avalanche.