Should The Capitals Trade Ovechkin?

Washington’s struggles spurred Washington Post sports assignment editor Lindsay Applebaum to ask her paper’s readers if Ovechkin should be traded.

Post columnist Neil Greenberg doesn’t think so, citing the difficulty of moving the remainder of Ovechkin’s 13-year, $124 million contract at a time when his offense is in decline.

Greenberg also rejected the notion of a buyout, as the average annual cap hit of $3.8 million would be on the Capitals’ books until 2029.

Despite Ovechkin’s on-ice struggles, Greenberg believes the 27-year-old winger remains a significant money-maker for the Capitals. For good or ill, he’s the face of the franchise.

Trading Ovechkin isn’t an option, but if the Capitals continue to struggle, there will be changes.

Goaltending has been an issue, with Michal Neuvirth and Braden Holtby having a tough time between the pipes.

The presence of Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis at Sunday’s Penguins-Capitals game fuelled talk of the Canucks shipping goalie Roberto Luongo to Washington.

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