However, there is an equally strong argument that can be made for Capitals GM George McPhee to shed salary at the deadline to get a jump start on a team that clearly needs retooling.
The Caps were outshot 40-17 on Monday against the Canes and the club's offensive struggles are not expected to be solved by trading for short-term help at center and on the back end.
McPhee and the Caps have three games left prior to the Feb. 27 trade deadline to determine whether the team is just a few tweaks away from the playoffs or in need of a significant reboot.
It is believed the Capitals are shopping veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik, though a deal is not believed to be imminent.
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