The Rod Langway Trophy is awarded annually to the Washington Capitals player who was acquired in trade and most benefitted the Caps the throughout the season. “Most benefitted” is determined by tangible output (goals, faceoffs won), intangible factors (leadership, energy), and cost versus reward. The winner of trophy is determined by the bloggers of Rock the Red through bickering, bribing, voting, and several games of rock/paper/scissors. The current holder of the Rod Langway Trophy is Jason Chimera.
In alphabetical order:
Jason Arnott acquired from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for David Steckel a 2012 second-round draft pick.
Desperately in need of a second line Center, Arnott was able to step in and provide offense as well as leadership and experence.
Scott Hannan acquired from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Tomas Fleishmann.
Acquired in November, Hannan was brought in to provide steady play to the Capitals defense corps. The former first-round draft pick was able to provide reliable defense all season long, while contributing to the Caps’ PK.
Dennis Wideman acquired from the Florida Panthers in exchange for prospect Jake Hasuwirth and a 2011 third-round draft pick.
Brought in as insurance against the injury riddled Mike Green and Tom Poti, the puck-moving defenseman was able to contribute speed and consistancy on the blueline before being injured with a gnarly leg hematoma.
Honorable Mention: Marco Sturm not acquired in trade, but was claimed off waivers.
And the winner of the Rod Langway Trophy, for the player which most benefitted the Capitals post-acquisition in a trade: Jason Arnott!