Mathieu Perreault Traded to Anaheim Ducks

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Mike Vogel has reported that Mathieu Perreault has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks. The Caps will receive Anaheim’s fourth-round pick in 2014 and minor-league LW John Mitchell.

Perreault was consistently among the Washington Capitals’ best possession players. He was an excellent passer. He was the team’s best celebrator. He didn’t know he was tiny. One time– in a big game against the Bruins– and without Ovechkin in the lineup— Perreault scored a hat trick. WITH HIS FACE.

Matty Perreault is a plucky little French Canadian sumbitch, and Bruce Boudreau’s Anaheim Ducks will be better for having him.

(Note: Perreault and his celebrations were going to be today’s countdown post. I guess we’ll just skip that now.)

Update: The Capitals have issued a press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 29, 2013

Capitals Acquire Fourth-Round Draft Pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and Forward John Mitchell from Anaheim for Forward Mathieu Perreault

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and forward John Mitchell from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Mathieu Perreault, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Mitchell will report to Hershey.

Mitchell, 27, collected 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) and 48 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season.

Perreault recorded 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 39 games with Washington last season. The Drummondville, Quebec, native tallied 70 points (33 goals, 37 assists) in 159 career NHL games with the Capitals. Perreault was drafted by Washington in the sixth round (177th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

The Capitals open the regular season on Tuesday at United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Let’s revisit the #PerryCelly fun. Why not, right?

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  • scrubversive

    Ugh, I am disappoint… I was SO looking forward to more #perrycelly.

  • Sarah

    I’M SO SAD

  • Jackson

    I was at that game! Ovi out and Matty gets a hat trick? Unreal. Wish him the best of luck out west. Sad to see him go.

  • knxvil

    Guess he wanted to follow me to the West Coast after all… Hope he gets the playing time he deserved now that he’s back with BB.

  • yv

    Not a big fan of this move. Looks like Oates prefer to have bigger and badder guys. Game with Ducks in VC would be very interesting.

  • dylan wheatley

    sacré bleu

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    SAD. SO SAD! great pickup for BB in Anaheim though. Will be happy to wear a Caps Perry jersey at Ducks games in San Joser though.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    Such a tough thing for a player – the first trade.

  • C

    So who will our 4 centers be then?

  • Nicci

    ;__________________________________________________;

  • JenniferH

    I am heartbroken! I didn’t realize how much I loved him until this moment. I am devastated. I can’t believe they traded MattyP! I am heartbroken!!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    It’s the opposite of moneyball. Dealing away a valuable undersized player to make room for a big, unproven prospect who fights.

  • Eddie

    I loved our little half pint Perry, but in the end, I can totally understand this trade. It’s beneficial for both sides. What I do not understand, however, is how the hell Aaron Volpatti is on the opening night roster. I mean, really!?

  • SuperOvi819

    Is Laich 3C now? Or are they going to follow through on the Erat/ Fehr expirament?

  • Sabrina

    Do NOT like this decision at all!!! Perreault has skills, is a team player, celebrates like no other…and did I mention he has skills? I’m heartbroken too…I loved to watch him play. He plays like he still loves the game…

  • 5manfront

    Good. Overloaded at the position and it means both Carrick and Wilson make the team. Plus… that’s Joel Ward doing the pogo stick celebration in gif #4. Best of luck to him.

  • beny485

    what is is it with the caps trading away good prospects
    first forsberg now MattyP

  • http://www.calacirian.org sonja n a

    Dammit … they’re trading away all the fun. I’m gonna miss that little frenchman.

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Was really, really, really hoping we would offload Chim Chim Chimeree if anyone. Ward’s contract is untradeable imo. But losing this guy. We already lost Hendy this offseason!

  • MuzzMuzzington

    Nicky, Grabo, Laich, Beagle.

    Left wing will likely be Mojo, Erat, Wilson, Chimera.

    Right wing Ovi, Brouwer, Fehr, Wardo.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Carrick and Wilson aren’t guaranteed to be NHL players. Perreault is.

  • Cody Adkins

    Watching the PerryCelly gifs make me sad… Sucks to see him go, but best of luck to him in ANA.

  • Matt Root

    Is it bad I was hoping Chimera would go? With how pre-season/camp turned out, it was only a matter of who and when. Figured it was between MP85 and Chimmer, but was hoping to keep Matty.

    I still really like this trade as it allows Wilson to earn a spot. There’s that saying in tryouts of playing so hard that the coaches can’t cut you and that is exactly what Wilson did. On a site that preaches “crash the net” you’d think there would be more appreciation for that style of play. There was an article of a logjam at the D spot, but it’s just as true for the forwards. Matty P and Hendo are fan favorites but they are absolutely replaceable.

    Best of luck to Matty P, I’ll get to see him often in Anaheim this year.

  • Matt Root

    How would you prefer Wilson “prove” himself? In the QHL dominating under-skilled, undersized players? He can’t attempt to prove himself without being on the stage.

  • Priscilla Villanueva

    John Carlson tweet. Sweet. wanna cry.

  • Matt Root

    Dare I say, let’s not forget about the possibility of the Russian prospect HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED coming over after Sochi.

  • Matt Root

    If they continue the Erat at C experiment,

    Mojo Nicky OV

    Laich Grabo Brouwer

    Wilson Erat Fehr

    Chimmer Beagle Ward

    That’s a big, skilled 3rd line

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    My concern isn’t how a prospect will or won’t prove himself; it’s building a good hockey team. Wilson’s contract could have slipped another year– putting a better player, Matty, on WSH’s ice now.

  • Mary

    Noooo, Now my daughter has lost two favorite players–first Varly, now Matty. Many tears shed on this night before her birthday. This is very bad news.

  • Matt Root

    Do you really see Matty P’s production as overwhelmingly better than what Wilson could do? Obviously this is total speculation as this will be Wilson’s (assuming) first year but what the skill-set he brings on (again, assuming) third line minutes could notch him 30 points. Clearly, the assuming game idea goes to your favor as you say Matty P = proven, Wilson = not yet.

    I know from articles over the years, you’ve appreciated the LA Kings style of play. You don’t have to even look that far to get to my point, but, the Caps have been undersized and it’s shown in the post-season. I really like the direction GMGM and Oates are seemingly building towards with letting Matty P go for a 19 year old monster who, if nothing else, can wear opponents down.

    Lastly, Mitchell will likely never see time in a Caps sweater so this trade screams of a salary cap dump. I do not like some of the contracts on the team (looking at Ward, Erskine, and Chimmer) but trades like this give even the slightest bit of wiggle room. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to see MP85 turn into a Ribiero-esque player as playmaking was concerned and I will miss seeing him in a Caps jersey.

    Hope this doesn’t come off snarky. Much respect, Peter.

  • RESmith

    I think the plan is to cycle out Laich and Erat as the 2nd line LW and 3rd line Center.

  • RESmith

    The question, though, with the rationale of this move, is if we are healthy at that point in the season, will we have enough room under the salary cap to fit HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED on the roster.

  • FStreetFaithful

    It’s a move that’s consistent with the switch in philosophy. The Caps have clearly become tired of being consistently undersized against the big teams in the East. Moving to the new division makes it that much more important to match grit. I was a big fan of Matty, but he brings little size and grit to the table.

  • Matt Root

    Honestly, I thought Chimera’s 1.7m hit would be dealt instead of Matty P which would give more cap flexibility. But who is to say GMGM didn’t try but the Ducks wanted MP85. I would speculate a deadline deal if they received some sort of assurance HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED would join after Sochi if more room was needed.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Size and grit are two of the most overvalued things in pro hockey.

  • RESmith

    While I understand the need for this move, I hope this doesn’t come back to bite the Caps later this year. If Backstrom or Grabovski go down for any extended period of time, I don’t see any of our remaining centers who could offer quite the same offensive game as MattyP would have filling in.

  • Pat Magee

    Perry is worth so much more than a 4th round pick and a poopy minor league dman. Im absolutely devastated………… SPORTS SUCK RIGHT NOW.

  • FStreetFaithful

    Looking at the list of previous Cup winners the last few seasons, I’m going to have to politely disagree. For years, we have seen the Caps build based on skill. It’s gotten them some fantastic teams, most notably the 09-10 year, but it hasn’t gotten them past the second round. Bringing in guys like Latta, Volpatti, Wilson clearly says they want to focus on something different.

  • bskillet

    Still waiting to wake up one morning turn on the computer and see the headlines reading “McPhee fired in Washington” course I’ve been waiting for that for some time now. A 4th round pick and another minor? wow I really believe Washington won’t win a cup until Ted rids us of mistake after mistake from George. He’s just not a good GM proven over and over again. Ha, that’s the deal we’ve been hearing about???

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Alex Ovechkin’s scoring has gone down drastically as he hit more. QED.

  • FStreetFaithful

    And Alex Ovechkin is a top liner, not a bottom 6 guy, where Perreault was destined to spend most of this season.

  • 5manfront

    Perreault hasn’t been able to crack the top two lines on a regular basis and is too small and too weak defensively to be a regular bottom six. Don’t get me wrong, I like him. But I’d rather see Wilson getting a sweater on a nightly basis than MattyP.

  • Rhino40

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

  • Rhino40

    Farewell and good luck, “MicroVechkin”…you will be missed #sadz

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Perry was the team’s 2C for a stretch two season ago. He’s definitely small, but but he’s not actually one of the stronger players on the team in the language of possessing the puck. Big as a virtue is such weak conventional wisdom, and it leads to tons and tons of overvalued prospects– most of whom don’t last longer than a season or two. Perreault is a career NHLer.

  • Matt Lauer

    I wonder if the prospect of adding Kuznetsov into the lineup later in the season played into this trade.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I bet it did not. This reeks of a trade made necessary (subjectively) by money and schedule, not so much depth at a certain position or a player who may or may not join the team in 6 months.

  • Matt Lauer

    I’m not so sure. Size and grit don’t mean that much own their, but combined with other skills, their importance is magnified. Only time will tell if Wilson can bring that. At this point, I’m willing to believe that he could produce more than Matty P if paired with decent linemates.

  • Alex

    I’m sorry but the “baking the cake” gif nearly made me shit myself from laughing so goddamn hard

  • Jonathan Kenny

    Perreault coud be kind of maddening. On the one hand he’d be energetic and with some inspired offensive play–maybe a hat-trick and getting a shaving cream pie from the Captain
    http://youtu.be/tYRNhHk52Qc

    On the other hand he sometimes seemed undisciplined or immature. There was a reason he kept getting sent back to Hershey, though those days appeared to be behind him. I thought he might be traded a couple of years ago but he has improved steadily, if not by leaps. We have a glut at the position and putting Wilson in the line-up brings a physicality we need and makes us more well-rounded overall. I do wish we could have gotten more for him as he is worth more, but that is the way trades often go in the NHL. He should do well in Anaheim. I hope to be at the game Dec 23rd at the Phone Booth.

  • elguapo

    I like this guy. He’s a funny guy.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    In 2 of 3 seasons, he drew more penalties than he took.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Maybe Wilson will be great, but historically speaking he’s less likely to be. We know for a fact that Perreault can play NHL hockey.

    Big prospects are wildly overvalued. Very few of them have long careers in the NHL.

    Meanwhile, guys like Martin St Louis go undrafted and win championships.

  • CDizz

    Did you seriously confused our (former) beloved tiny French Canadien with our only black player in the 4th GIF? C’mon.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    I just don’t see skin color.

    (Ian called me out for this already. I’m sorry. I just grabbed all the GIFs in #PerryCelly posts. For some reason, Wardo was in there.)

  • Owen Johnson

    This was taken during Game 7, but it’s how i feel right now

  • Owen Johnson

    Matty P isn’t really a prospect.

  • Matt Root

    Due to injuries, no? Let’s not embellish those details.

  • Matt Root

    You’re comparing big prospects and Marty St Louis…..

    I’m not even sure what you’re trying to do with that comparison.. Should I do the same and compare the 5’7″ Chris Borque to Milan Lucic?

  • Catherine__M

    Siiiiighhh. “Let’s hope this Wilson kid winds up worth it” was literally my first thought when I heard. I admit to being predisposed to not really liking the whole fighting thing (there’s a much more nuanced opinion in there–blanket statement for simplicity) and therefore predisposed to not really liking players who appear to make fighting their #1 asset as at least so far, Wilson seems to be. So my opinion on this trade is coming from a really biased place. I, personally, do not see the wisdom in this. At all.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    To be fair, I don’t think Wilson’s main talent is fighting. I do think his ability to lay big hits and fight is considered a virtue, and there’s scant evidence that they truly make winning easier. That’s just the received wisdom people sort of believe, unchallenged..

  • BigNed

    I’m guessing the answer to that is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Catherine__M

    I see what you mean for sure. It could be just that I’ve really only followed a few of the pre-season games and read others’ opinions about him and I don’t know if he’s trying to make a point out there on the ice,the fighting has seemed to be….significant. And the way that people have been talking about him seems to focus on that as well. I’d believe that he’s about more than fighting but that’s not the impression that’s coming through to me at this point. But… I hope I’ve just missed something :)

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Such a good point. The preseason is a funhouse mirror. The players aren’t nearly as good as they are in the regular season, and marginal players feel a TON of pressure to fight.

    I also don’t know if McPhee likes Wilson BECAUSE he can fight, or if it’s just one reason among many.

    But most of all, I just hate the preseason.

  • Jonathan Kenny

    Where do you even find a stat like that!?

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett
  • 5manfront

    Matty P is not a career top six NHLer… which is where he needs to be to shine. MP is not a 2C on a SC contender, IMO. Could he center a 3rd scoring line? Sure, but not a 3rd/4th checking line. He’s too weak on faceoffs to take important defensive zone draws, and while he can be pretty tenacious on a forecheck, he’s not a shutdown type of guy. Face it, he’s a tweener… which is why he got shipped out. Best of luck to him.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    50.565% 5v5 faceoff percentage over last three years