The Washington Capitals traded a 7th round pick today to the Carolina Hurricanes for right wing Scott Walker. Walker, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer (making $2.5M this season), is a physical right wing that will mix it up and go to the net. He adds depth and toughness to a very talented Caps forward crew.
In addition, the Caps have just acquired Minnesota Wild center Eric Belanger for a second round pick, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Belanger is a center, a position I have said the Caps were thin at depth wise. He also is an unrestricted free agent making $1.75M this season. Accoring to Tim Leone, who covers the Hershey Bears, Belanger played for Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau in Lowell in the AHL.
I caught Walker’s interview with Hockey Night in Canada Radio a few minutes ago and he said it was a no-brainer to wave his no trade clause to go play for the Capitals. He is excited to join the team. Walker also has a history with Caps GM George McPhee having played for him in Vancouver when McPhee was assistant GM there.
The trade deadline is at 3pm today and more deals are expected around the league so later on tonight, when the dust settles, you can look for another blog from me with analysis on the moves that impact the Capitals and their quest for the Stanley Cup.