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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.

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