The biggest splash in the run-up to the trade deadline was undoubtedly the one made by the team that was already the best in the league.
When the Washington Capitals got Kevin Shattenkirk it addressed a need the team has kinda-sorta had for a while now, which is defensive depth. While Washington was always going to be able to count on goals coming throughout the lineup (more so this year than ever, as Alex Ovechkin slows down), a D corps with Karl Alzner as the No. 3 behind two first-pairing guys in John Carlson and Matt Niskanen was always running at least something of a risk.
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