Thanks to my buddy Rob over at Japers' Rink for stopping by and answering a few questions about the Washington Capitals in advance of tonight's game. The Caps have been quite the juggernaut 60 games into this season, so let's get a deep dive of how things are going.
#1 - After years of declining play and getting waived over the weekend the writing was on the wall for the end of Brooks Laich's time in Washington, but do you think it was a good idea to move the longest-tenured player, alternate captain, beloved locker-room type in the middle of a season going so well to this point for the Caps? Not that I think they'll be too distraught to go on, or trying to over-state the chemistry factor, it just raised my eyebrows to make a tough decision on a popular guy in-season. Cause for a lot of concern to you?
#2 - The Caps have probably their deepest, most balanced team ever, who are a couple of guys who have stepped up and played above your preseason expectations so far?
#3 - Laich aside, your thoughts on the Caps deadline moves to basically hold steady, other than the Mike Weber trade? They didn't need much and not much was available anyways, so not the worst thing. Any annoyance for trading a 2nd and a 3rd, or did you find that pretty much acceptable considering the returns?
#4- For a Caps team who seemingly is on cruise control for the regular season, if you look at it from the opposite perspective, what's the best way to attack and beat this team in a playoff series? And how, if anything, is the outlook/expectations of the 2016 team similar or different from the 2010 Washington team that also won the Presidents Cup?