3 Washington Capitals Trade Targets

The Washington Capitals are going to be fun to watch as we creep closer to the March 3 trade deadline. The team has already been linked to a few big names on the trade market as general manager Brian MacLellan is expected to be active in 2023. Here's a few players the Capitals are likely going to make trade offers for:

Bo Horvat, Vancouver Canucks

The Capitals are thin down the middle and if Niklas Backstrom can't return to form, or return at all this season, Horvat would be a wonderful addition. The Canucks captain is having a massive season in Vancouver, recording 26 goals and 39 points in 34 games. Even though he's a pending unrestricted free agent, the acquisition price will be steep for any team trying to acquire his services. Horvat's expected to haul in a first-round pick along with a young center and a NHL ready right-handed defenseman. The Capitals aren't rebuilding anytime soon, so they should be willing to meet the Canucks' demands.

Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Another center who won't cost as much to acquire, Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews will be hearing from the Capitals before March 3. With a full no-movement clause, it's going to come down to where Toews wants to make another Stanley Cup run. He's playing well this season, recording 20 points in 31 games and looks to be back fully healthy after a couple of uncertain years. The Capitals will certainly make an offer for Toews, if he decides to accept is another story.

Sean Monahan, Montreal Canadiens

Once Monahan is back off the IR, expect to see Canadiens' games scouted very heavily, and the Caps will be among the mix. Monahan is enjoying a bounce-back season in Montreal and there's no doubt management is going to cash in on their asset. He's recorded 17 points in 25 games and with some playoff experience under his belt, Monahan is an attractive trade target for a number of playoff-bound teams. It's likely going to cost any team an NHL ready prospect and a second-round pick to get the Canadiens to bite.

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