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Friedman: Capitals ‘All In,’ May Still Target Byfuglien

15 JAN 2016: Dustin Byfuglien (33) of the Winnipeg Jets skates up ice during the regular season game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by: David Berding/Icon Sportswire)
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Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.

On what sort of pressure Brian MacLellan might be feeling nearing the trade deadline, with his Washington Capitals in ‘win-now’ mode:

“Oh, I think they’re all in. They’ve pushed their chips on the table and they said, ‘Okay, we’re in.’

“They should be. They’re one of the best teams in the league. You see how well they’re playing right now. This is a year where you gamble. You take your shot. And I don’t think anybody could fault the Washington Capitals for doing it.

“I reported a few weeks ago that if Orpik had been out they might have taken a run at Byfuglien. I still think it’s possible, depending on what happens with Byfuglien in Winnipeg, that they could be a target for him.

“I think Washington is definitely in on adding. I don’t think they have a lot to add, mind you. I know they were looking for a center even before Jay Beagle got hurt. They have Mike Richards in there now. He just played his first games. I’m curious to see where that’s going to go. So I don’t know if they’re still looking for centers, depending on how Richards plays, but I do think that Washington is all in. They will be looking to add, and they should because they’re good enough.”

Source: Sportsnet 960/ Transcript: Nichols

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