Going to try like heck to keep up with what might be a busy day in Caps-land. All reports will be as always, extemporaneous and on the fly. In other words, not scripted.
The first bit of news is actually not a trade at all, but news that should not come as a surprise--top center Nicklas Backstrom was placed on long-term Injured Reserve retroactive to Jan. 4. The initial report is here. This will give the Caps a total of $7.6 million in salary cap space, which obviously gives them much more wiggle room to swing a deal, not that one may be imminent. No idea with this bunch. And McPhee will keep it close to his $300 silk vest.
By the way, according to Japers Rink, after his two-game "chance" resulted in further healthy scratches for Mike Knuble, you can bet the double-wide that he will no longer be a Capital after today. Sad, but true. Ditto for Roman Hamrlik. Hamr, we hardly knew yer.
Stay tuned as we've got a couple hours left and the reports will start a-rolling in......