Simmonds holds Erskine as Lecavalier connects with a haymaker. Disgraceful.
Who had “line brawl” on their Flyers-Capitals bingo card? Really? All of you? Okay, cool.
Well… did you “three dudes jump on Erskine?” Exactly!
Coming into the 2014 NHL trade deadline, some fans feared Caps general manager George McPhee would make a drastic move in the hopes of securing a playoff spot. Instead, he made three reasonable ones. The Caps got better this year without harming themselves in the future.
The biggest deal was the final one, with the Caps sending Michal Neuvirth and the newly acquired Rostislav Klesla to the Buffalo Sabres for Caps killer Jaroslav Halak and a third-round pick.
“I think we start with Neuvirth, and he wasn’t happy being a number two,” McPhee told reporters at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “We tried to accommodate him. We brought in an experienced guy. I think it’s an upgrade on the tandem which is what we wanted to accomplish.”
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin just shared the last photo you’ll ever see of Michal Neuvirth and Martin Erat as Capitals.
“Last dinner with boys, and they gone!!” Ovi wrote on Instagram. “Good luck to them, and welcome new players to the team!” Neuvy is now off to Buffalo, where more playing time and opportunity await, and Erat to Phoenix, where at least it’s warmer.
For moar goals just add water & crash the net.
We’re so happy to welcome Dustin Penner to the Capitals. At 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds, Penner is a big chunk of dude who is liable to crash the net. Plus, he’s a bit of character. Actually, he might be the most RMNB-y player the Caps have ever had.
Photo: Bruce Bennett
In late-breaking blockbuster, the Capitals have acquired notorious Caps-killing goaltender Jaroslav Halak for Michal Neuvirth.
Halak earns $3.75M as a UFA until the end of the season. He was acquired by Buffalo for Ryan Miller last week. Halak’s lifetime save percentage is .917. His playoff save percentage against Alex Semin is 1.00.
Neuvirth began his pro career with the Caps organization. He sports a .910 career save percentage and earns $2.5M per season through 2015, when he’ll be a UFA.
The Capitals have also given a 6th round magic bean to Buffalo. Actually, the Caps have been given a third round pick. Even better.
UPDATE: R. Klesla is now a Buffalo Sabre too. Even more of a salary dump!
This is big. Goodbye, Neuvy.
Russian reporter and recalcitrant Sabres fan Slava Malamud just shared this nugget, which we’re now passing onto you. Caps prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov, now finished with his KHL season, will be coming to North America soon. Slava says within the next five days.
Keep in mind that there are lots of hurdles to clear: visas, travel, signing a contract. Don’t expect Kuznetsov to play against the Penguins on Monday or anything, but he could be lacing up at KCI as soon as next week.
I was torn on whether or not we should do an open thread today. The Caps made some hugealicious moves yesterday, getting Dustin Penner for a fourth-round pick and sucking the Martin Erat out of the wound for assorted odds and ends.
But as of Wednesday morning, the Caps have $1.8M in salary cap space. They could still make moves. Plus, this open thread gives us all a chance to marvel at whatever dumb thing Holmgren does next and the continuing mass delusion that Ray Shero is improving his hockey team.
Updates below the jump and chaos in the comments. Let’s do it!
For those of you wondering what to make of Dustin Penner, these next few weeks should be interesting. In addition to crashing the net, after finding out he was traded to Washington for a fourth round pick on Tuesday, the winger asked Barack Obama if he could crash on his couch.
We haven’t had any luck with Barry, but maybe Penner is the missing piece– for both a Stanley Cup and maybe an Obama appearance at a Caps game.
Photo: Patrick Smith
This was inevitable.
Capitals forward Martin Erat has been traded to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Rostislav Klelsa, Chris Brown and a fourth-round draft pick. Capitals prospect
Garrett John Mitchell was also included in the deal.
Acquired at the 2013 deadline along with Michael Latta in exchange for Caps prospect Filip Forsberg, Erat played 61 regular season games for the Capitals, recording 2 goals and 24 assists.
Erat’s 2013 season was limited by injury. As 2013-14 began, Erat had fallen out of favor with coach Adam Oates. Assigned to the fourth line for the first few weeks, Erat was not used as the top-six forward he was purported to be, and his stats suffered. He did not score until the final game before the Olympic break, an empty-netter.
After several games as a scratch, Erat requested a trade on November 25th. It took three months, but that trade has finally come through.
Photo: Jeff Gross
The Caps are buyers. Earlier today, Washington acquired Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2014 draft, which the Caps got from the Ducks in the Mathieu Perreault trade. Penner should slot in as the first or second-line left wing for the Caps, providing some net crashing for their skill lines. He filled that role admirably in Orange County, picking up 32 points so far this season playing on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.
“Hopefully it’s similar to the way Getz and Perry were,” Penner said of the possibility of playing with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. “We were able to generate offense.”
“I hope to be in the lineup tomorrow,” he added by phone from LAX. “If not then I rushed for nothing.”