Caps trade Eric Fehr to Winnipeg

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 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:

Feel free to share your thoughts on the deal in the comments below.

  • WB

    Hopefully he’ll heal up and have success with the Jets.  He signed a puck for me and was really nice, but it’s a good move for the caps, Alzner is important and the cap space was needed. 

  • Here’s what Fehr had to say, via the Washington Times’ @SWhyno:twitter on Twitter.

    “It was a big shock to me but at the same time I’m still excited and I’m willing to move forward here.”

  • My best Eric Fehr memory: When he got half the team on Twitter last year during Training Camp.

  • And oh yeah that Winter Classic thing.

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  • So one of the few players that would actually scarifice and go to the net is gone…. GREAT!

  • JinxRinx

    So long, Fehr-well.  
    Auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.

    Will miss Eric Fehr, a sentimental favorite of mine and the #1 draft choice in the draft class of my first born’s age group

  • I forgot how pretty that second goal was.  Really gonna miss Fehr, hope he sticks in Winnipeg though.

  • k4

    Dang, that goal still gives me goosebumps.  Always liked him, just a little snake-bitten.  Hope he has an Andrew Brunette life after Caps.

  • R2D2

    GMGM must really see something in the draft next season this is the 3rd or 4th draft pick we’ve acquired so far

  • Kinstler13

    I think Fehr is worth atleast a 2nd rounder

  • Ghyr

    Another fascinating in-depth report

  • Sam

    being as up against the salary cap as the Caps were before this trade, it really doesn’t matter what Fehr was “worth”. Every team in the NHL knew we needed to dump some salary, you think we’re actually going to get a second rounder back? As long as Alzner gets signed, whatever I’ll take whatever the caps get. 

  • Sara Bae

    i am really going to miss fehr! he is an amazing player and i feel like a part of my hockey heart is leaving with him 🙁 so sadddd! i’m glad i got his autograph before he dipset! he was so niceee!