Photos by Chris Gordon
The Capitals’ trade of right wing Eric Fehr — who had a cap hit of $2.2 million — to Winnipeg may have been nothing more than a salary dump, but the team still got something in exchange for the Manitoba native, picking up prospect Danick Paquette along with a fourth-round pick in 2012.
Paquette, 20, won’t suit up for the Caps in the near future, but just days after joining the organization he is already pointing out his similarities to a former member of the team — and not a well liked one either.
“I’m a pretty dirty player so I did my job — like Matt Cooke,” Paquette told reporters when asked about a questionable hit he dished out in the first period of Thursday’s scrimmage.
In addition to the play — which Paquette himself admitted was a blindside hit — the Montreal native also registered a goal in a winning effort for Group A while getting into a fight with free agent invitee Scott Wietecha.
“If Colie Campbell was watching it might’ve been a little bit of a dirty hit in the first period, but that’s what he’s got to be is one of those guys that everybody loves to hate,” Washington’s head coach Bruce Boudreau said. “And he scores a goal, hits a guy with what was a clean hit in the third period and ends up getting into a fight. He did everything what you expect him to do.”
Photos and video of Thursday’s fight (Paquette in white)