The Washington Capitals have expressed interest in trading for Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis
The Washington Capitals traded forward Brooks Laich to the Toronto Maple Leafs last night which gives them a bit of cap space to work with at the NHL trade deadline. They have been looking for roster upgrades. Coming off an injury to John Carlson, the Capitals have explored upgrades to their blue line. One of them is Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis.
Told that the Washington Capitals have kicked tires on Dan Hamhuis…
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The Capitals will likely see if they can get Hamhuis without having to give up their 2016 first round pick. They have already traded their second round pick to the Maple Leafs (in the Laich trade) and their third round pick to the Buffalo Sabres for defenseman Mike Weber. Should the Capitals acquire Hamhuis, that’s quite telling as far as Carlson’s timetable for his return.
Acquiring Hamhuis would imply that the Capitals are not confident that Carlson will be healthy before the playoffs begin.
Dan Hamhuis would be a solid addition to the Capitals because he is already familiar with Capitals head coach Barry Trotz. Hamhuis has success in Nashville with Trotz as his head coach. It is not likely that the Capitals will acquire Hamhuis, but it’s certainly something worth keeping an eye on.