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The Capitals are now 3-0 with Kevin Shattenkirk in the lineup, even though their newest addition has notched just one assist with his new team. After a slow start, Barry Trotz's squad is now firmly in the driver's seat in the Metro Division; depth scoring is no longer an issue, with as many as six 20-goal scorers in the lineup, double the number they had two years ago. Shattenkirk's fantasy boost has yet to be realized, but that the Caps haven't experienced any hiccups with a new impact player in the lineup is very comforting, and the first major domino to fall led to a flurry of moves involving other defensemen. To recap:
The Pens won big by acquiring Mark Streit. It could've easily been a three-team trade, but there's a part of me that thinks Ron Hextall's cell automatically blocks calls from a Pittsburgh area code. It couldn't come at a better time, either, with news that Kris Letang has no timetable for return due to an upper-body injury. Streit has already notched two points in two games for the Penguins and is fully expected to increase his per-game output on a power play unit that features two of the league's top 10 players.
The other piece is Corrado, and it remains to be seen how much he will contribute. There's no denying he still has the