To bolster the attack further, Poile traded for Swedish left wing Jorgen Pettersson, who scored 161 goals in five years with St. Louis but was a bust this season for Hartford. To get Pettersson, Poile gave up one of the best defensive forwards in the game, 30-year-old Doug Jarvis. "It was a hard deal to make because it was a departure from Caps-style hockey, which is defense first," says Poile. "But we're trying to become a better-rounded club. Maybe we had too many defensive players."
The good news is that Washington keeps on winning with strong goaltending and without Carpenter scoring. The bad news is that April is still three months away.