The Washington Capitals have had heartbreaking losses in each of the last three playoff seasons. Losing in overtime of Game 7 to the Flyers three seasons ago was harsh, losing to the hated Penguins in Round 2 the season after did not help heal that still fresh wound from the season prior and losing in Game 7 to the inferior Montreal Canadiens last season capped the team's unfortunate playoff results.
Make no mistake: GM George McPhee had those three playoff losses in mind when making the decision to acquire three veteran players the week of the NHL's recent trade deadline. McPhee is a thoughtful general manager, one who is judicious in his roster moves and has shown little panic over his entire tenure in the United States Capital. It is with that background, which, by the way, is certainly not news to Capitals fans that provides us with the lens with which to evaluate the team's recent transactions.
C Jason Arnott
The Capitals traded David Steckel and a 2012 second round pick to the New Jersey Devils on deadline day for veteran center Jason Arnott. Arnott was having an awful season, like most New Jersey Devils players prior to Jacques Lemaire's arrival, posting a measly 26 points in 66 games.