The NHL trade deadline is here (later today) and the Washington Capitals made a deal late last night with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Washington will receive forward Daniel Winnik and a 2016, 5th round pick (which was previously Anaheim’s) in exchange for forward Brooks Laich, defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2016, 2nd round pick.
The move helps the Caps by adding depth at the forward position and takes Laich’s $4.5 million off the books in regards to the cap.
Winnik is a 30-year old journeyman. Having spent time with the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Maple Leafs. He has 198-career points, scoring 32 goals and 136 assists. He set a career-high in assists last season with 25. In 56 games with Toronto this season, Winnik has lit the lamp four times to go along with 10 assists.
Before the trade occurred, Laich was Washington’s longest tenured player. The 32-year old veteran was not producing this season, something that wasn’t common. He contributed a goal and six assists for Washington this season and for his career he has 133 goals and 191 assists in 743 NHL games, mostly done here in Washington.
He was put on waivers on Saturday, but the Capitals figured that nobody would claim him due to his salary, and they were right. After he cleared waivers, he suited up for the final time as a member of the Capitals in a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
Carrick is a 21-year old up-and-comer, who Washington decided they did not need. He has appeared in 37-career NHL games and has six total points. He played three games for the Caps this season, but struggled in his brief opportunity. He has 14 points in 16-career international games, helping Team USA win gold in both the IIHF World U18 Championship and the U20 Championship.
At the end of the day, the Washington saved roughly $2.5 million in this deal and it gives them some depth at the forward position heading into the final couple of months of the NHL regular season.