In this week's Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A, Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about how much of a boost the Caps will get from the return of Andre Burakovsky, what they wan to see from the team before the playoffs, what to do about Nate Schmidt and of course there was a question about Vegas!
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Nate Schmidt, freshly claimed by the Las Vegas Knights in the NHL Expansion Draft, is now drawing interest from the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to a report from TVA's Louis Jean.
Given the wheeling and dealing around the expansion draft, it's certainly possible the Knights chose Schmidt with plans of sending him to Toronto all along.
But the eyebrow-raising part of this report is the supposed asking price – a second-round pick. The Capitals almost certainly could have negotiated a better deal with Las Vegas to keep Schmidt.
George McPhee, general manager of the Knights, signed Schmidt as an undrafted free agent in his previous role as Caps GM.
McPhee was quoted before the expansion draft as saying other teams could negotiate to hold onto their players. And Schmidt's potential to be a top-four defenseman as soon as next year should have incentivized Washington to do whatever it took to secure his future in D.C.
So either this report is questionable or the Capitals weren't willing to give up more than Toronto (a second-round pick) to keep Schmidt.
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JJ Regan and Jill Sorenson react to Nate Schmidt getting claimed by Vegas and talk about what that means for the Caps' plans this offseason. Plus, Tarik El-Bashir calls in from Chicago to get his reaction from the team and talk about what their plan is for the upcoming entry draft.
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