The Washington Capitals announced a trade that should provide more help along the forward lines, as well as additional salary cap relief. Captain Chris Clark (forward - LW/RW) and Milan Jurcina (D) were sent to Columbus in exchange for forward Jason Chimera. The trade yields $2.2M in net salary cap relief.
Washington had been carrying eight to nine defensemen throughout the season. In all like lihood a move was likely at some point before or during the season. Once Nylander became on loan to Grand Rapids, his salary although paid by Washington didn't count against the salary cap paving the way for Karl Alzner and his salary cap figure to play in Washington and not the minor league affiliate in Hershey.
Chimera's size, quickness, and toughness should fill the partial void left by Brashear as well as add another dimension as a rugged worker in the corners enabling others to score. This move made so early before the March 4th trade deadline also provides the team a fair amount of time to evaulate the impact of the trade and what other future moves may be necessary. It's a good trade that improves the team in an area of need while dealing from a position of depth on the roster. See more about seo contest here.
Clark's injuries the past few season's coupled with his decrease in scoring, a -4 at even strength, and the return of Fehr & Fleischmann from injuries allowed the Caps to move the team captain for a younger quicker player that has 3 years left on his contract providing the team more flexibility to reshaping the roster.
Clark wore the captain role well, but even Michael Strahan has said on Fox NFL Pre-game show that when a player is injured (in the NFL) for a prolonged period of time he's really removed from the team and has very little locker room presence. The team now must search for a new leader to don the "C" on their jersey. Although some may look to Knubble, Ovie, and Laich as the front runners don't count out the physical presence and respect of Erskine.
On most teams the captain is a player that touches the ball/puck the most and can determine the outcome of the game and in hockey this role usually falls on a center or defensemen, but few teams have a player like Ovechkin. The question now becomes whether Ovie is ready for the challenge and his teammates are ready for him to assume such a role.