NHL Rumors: 3 Washington Capitals Trade Targets

The Washington Capitals are reportedly expected to be without Nicklas Backstrom for at least the regular season in 2022-23. From there is anyone's guess but it's no secret the Capitals are trying to track down some center depth. The free-agent market is rather thin as we're over a month in, so expect to see Washington active in the trade market this season. Here's three centers the team will likely target:

Jonathan Toews

The Chicago Blackhawks are a mess and Jonathan Toews is stuck dead smack in the middle of it. He's made it very clear he's not interested in re-signing for the team's rebuild so expect to see Toews moved next season. If he's willing to join the Capitals, expect to see Washington in the mix to complete a deal. The veteran center isn't quite the player he once was, but don't let last season scare you. The 34-year-old was coming off a health scare and is expected to have a bounce back year, closer to the 60-plus point seasons we're accustomed to seeing from the Blackhawks legend. Washington would likely love to use him in a shut down role to help slow down the eastern conference fire power the team is expected to see in the postseason.

Erik Haula

While Erik Haula was recently traded to the New Jersey Devils, it doesn't necessarily mean that's a long term fix. Haula is coming off a solid campaign with the Boston Bruins, recording 44 points in 78 games. If the Devils don't meet expectations this season, management won't be shy to make moves and sell off their rentals. Haula fits the bill for the Caps and will be on their radar.

J.T Miller

The Vancouver Canucks and J.T Miller have held some contract discussions this summer, however to this point it's gone nowhere. If Miller isn't signed to a long-term extension by puck drop next season, general consensus appears to be he'll be moved by the Canucks before the deadline. 
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The Capitals would welcome Miller with open arms as with their aging core they'll continue to go all-in for the Stanley Cup. The versatility of Miller would do wonders in Washington and he's the type of fierce competitor the Caps could use more of. The veteran forward recorded a career high 99 points in 80 games last season.

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