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Capitals Trade Rumors: Washington Seeking Defenseman In Exchange For Forward

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For years, fans and commentators alike have opined that the Washington Capitals don't have enough solid defensemen to win in the playoffs. If today's speculation is correct, that could soon be addressed.

According to Dmitry Chesnokov, the Capitals are close to a deal that would allow them to acquire a defenseman in exchange for a forward. Chesnokov also coyly speculated that the trade was likely to involve a forward who was a healthy scratch in Washington's last game. That would narrow it down to Tomas Fleischmann and D.J. King.

Since King has played in only six games this season and is unlikely to hold much value on the trade market, Fleishmann seems to be the most likely to depart.

Raihan Hussain of is also reporting that the Capitals are close to a deal involving Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks. Bieksa has one goal and three assists in 21 games for the Canucks. Bieksa has been playing on Vancouver's second defensive line, but may step up to the top line with Mike Green if the Capitals are able to close the deal.

Fleischmann has four goals and six assists this season. He is in the lineup for Washington tonight. Time will tell if he will remain with the team afterwards though.