NEEDS: Another veteran defenseman would really help the Capitals’ cause, though cap space is tight. Washington is in serious win-now mode and can’t leave anything to chance.
AVAILABILITY: The Caps do have two third-rounders this summer, but the cupboards are near bare.
UFAs: J. Carlson (D), L. Eller (C), J. Beagle (C), A. Chiasson (RW), T. Chorney (D)
TRADE BAIT: If GM Brian MacLellan is going to make a deal, he’s going to have to send salary the other way. Lars Eller is a UFA this summer and while he’s not an ideal trade candidate, he may be the best Washington has. Years of going for it have depleted the team’s pipeline and the Capitals don’t have a ton of future draft selections to begin with.