The Washington Capitals’ recent struggles have not changed their approach to the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday.
Although the Capitals (28-18-6) have lost eight of their past nine games (1-6-2), they are in third in the Metropolitan Division with 62 points heading into their game against the Vancouver Canucks at Capital One Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; SN1, SNE, SNO, SNP, NBCSWA, NHL.TV).
MacLellan remains hopeful they’ll regain the form that helped them win the Stanley Cup last season.
“I think it’s the same team that found it at the end of last year and went on to win a championship,” MacLellan said. “It’s the same players. I think there’s aspects of our game that need to be improved, and we’re looking for that up until the trade deadline that if we feel there’s something there that can help us get over that hump in certain areas, we’ll pursue it.”
MacLellan said Jan. 11 that he’d like to make a forward-for-forward trade before the deadline to upgrade the Capitals’ top nine. He didn’t rule out Monday trading a forward for a draft picks or prospects and then using those assets to acquire another forward.
The deadline is Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. ET.