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Poll: What Was the Best Trade in Caps History?
Adam Oates (Caps Outsider)
Trade season: The most nerve-wracking time of year for NHL enthusiasts. Every year around the trade deadline, we gather around the computer, disregarding coworkers, friends, family, and really anyone that gets in the way of the screen. All of this just to obsessively track the fate of the Washington Capitals. In the past, this fateful time of year graced us with Hall of Famers, record setters, and playoff superstars. The just past 2014 trade deadline brought a substantial helping of surprise – especially in the goaltender department – but, was it the most influential in Caps history? The GM’s of old made some pretty risky moves over the years, including transactions to acquire Dale Hunter, Larry Murphy and Rod Langway. Do those top this year’s acquisitions of forward Dustin Penner and goaltender Jaroslav Halak, or the blockbuster of 97 that landed Adam Oates? It’s up to you to decide. Choose one of the trades from the options below.