Friday, February 06, 2009

Defense Is The Problem

The Washington Capitals did not sit back after one of the poorest defensive efforts by the Caps this season. They recalled Karl Alzner and picked up Staffan Kronwall off waivers today from Toronto.

Kronwall may just be a replacement for Alzner in Hershey. He has battled trying to stay in the NHL only to play the tug of war between the AHL and the big club. He was drafted by the Maple Leafs in '02, a ninth round pick. Kronwall doesn't really add any grit for the Caps, something I think they need a little more of. He is known more for his puck moving ability and is a good assist man. He also has had some injury woes that has set him back some.

Alzner makes the jump back to the big club as there were some very apparent holes in the Capitals' defense Thursday night against LA. Alzner should shore up a pourous defense that allowed too many break out chances to their opposition.

Trades may not be too far off the horizon either with the deadline looming. The Caps will be looking for either better defense or more grit for the third and checking lines.

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