Fehr scored two goals in the Winter Classic and was named the #2 star of the game. (Photo credit: Jamie Sabau)
Just after 5pm Friday, the Caps made waves around the hockey world, announcing they had traded right wing Eric Fehr to Winnipeg for the Jets’ fourth-round pick in the 2012 Draft and prospect Danick Paquette.
From the team:
Paquette, 20, recorded 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) and 179 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL last season. The 6’1”, 210-pound forward helped the Lewiston MAINEiacs win the QMJHL championship in 2007 and collected 175 points (94 goals, 81 assists) and 691 penalty minutes in 251 career QMJHL games with Lewiston and Quebec. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise in the third round (64th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
With the recent signings of Brooks Laich, Roman Hamrlik, Joel Ward, Tomas t and Jeff Halpern, Washington was over the salary cap by more than $1.8 million, according to CapGeek.com. By dumping Fehr’s $2.2 million hit to his hometown team, the Capitals are back under the cap for now as they attempt to sign restricted free agent defenseman Karl Alzner.
In 230 regular season NHL games, all with the Capitals, Fehr tallied 93 points including 46 goals. He was selected in the first-round (18th overall) by Washington in the 2003 Draft.
And while he may be gone now, we will always have this to remember from Fehrsie:
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