Shattenkirk To The Caps Makes Things Very Interesting
Per Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post:
The Washington Capitals made a major move Monday night, acquiring top-four defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and goaltender Pheonix Copley from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for forwards Zach Sanford and Brad Malone, the Capitals’ 2017 first-round draft pick and a conditional draft pick or picks, the team announced. Shattenkirk is expected to be in the Capitals’ lineup against the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.
The move reiterates that Washington is in win-now mode, paying what could be considered a hefty price to reinforce its defensive corps. Shattenkirk will be the third right shot on the team to go along with Matt Niskanen and John Carlson, and he can play on the team’s power play.
As Penguins fans, we can be all "ho-hum" and gnash our teeth at not getting the Shatt-man, but this could absolutely turn out to be a move of Daniel Snyder proportions. The Caps are "all in" for 2017 all right since Kirky's contract is up at the end of the season, but let's see the Caps be the Caps come playoff time and implode.
Can I say I'm a little concerned? Yes, that would be a true statement, especially with our defensemen dropping off like an Agatha Christie novel, but it's times like these when the Penguinos bond together, get hot and put the rest of the hockey starlets like Ovechkin and Backstrom back in their holes.
Just you wait. The Crapitals still may have "Shatt" the bed in this one.