2023-24 NHL Prediction: 5 Washington Capitals Who Won't Be Traded

The Washington Capitals will look a little bit different this season as changes are inevitable when the wins don't continue. The Caps are looking to getting back to a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference this season and as per usual, will be relying heavily on Alex Ovechkin to do so. While Ovi is a lock not to be moved, ever...here's five Capitals who will also be staying put this season:

Tom Wilson

New deal, same Wilson. The Capitals power forward is one of the beasts of the east and he'll be looking to continue his ways moving forward in Washington. Wilson left money on the table but locked in with the Caps for $45 million over seven years. His new deal kicks in next season, and for this season, he holds trade protection as he's already submitted a list of seven teams he'd be willing to play for. Not to worry, he's not going anywhere.

John Carlson

One of the elite offensive weapons on defense in the league, Carlson is under contract for three more seasons at $8 million and will be staying a Cap in 2023-24. The 33-year-old blueliner put up 29 points in 40 games last season and if he can stay healthy, can once again top 70 points. Carlson has submitted a 10-team no-trade list to Capitals management, but don't expect anything this season.

Rasmus Sandin

The Capitals loved what they saw out of Sandin last season and this time around he could be getting some power-play time alongside Carlson on the team's top unit. The former Toronto Maple Leafs first rounder is still only 23 years old and has a ton of upside. Sandin isn't being  moved.

Dylan Strome

Strome has found a new home in Washington and signed an extension earlier this year for five years at $25 million. The former third overall pick put up 65 points in 81 games in 2022-23, and his new extension does not have any trade protection. Regardless, Strome stays for now.

TJ Oshie

While Caps veterans Anthony Mantha, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Nicklas Backstrom will find themselves in trade talks this season, Oshie likely stays. The 36-year-old has two seasons left on his deal at $5.75 million and holds 10-team no-trade protection. Sure, there's an outside chance if things get off the rails the Caps will blow it up, but at this point, seems unlikely.

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