Caps, Jackets Play Lets Make a Deal

The Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets officially make a deal in which Columbus sends solid left wing Jason Chimera in exchange for depth defenseman Milan Jurcina and surprisingly team captain Chris Clark

The Capitals receive probably the best player of the bunch in Chimera, who last year would have posted career highs had he stayed healthy.  The 30-year-old veteran carries a reasonable 1.875 cap hit, a fair price for a grinding wing who shows the ability to put up points.

Clark, now the former captain of the Caps, admits to being shocked he was traded.  This trade may mark the first time a first-place team traded away their captain, however it was the smart move.  The 33-year-old sported a hefty 2.633 million cap hit this year and next, something a contending team simply should not pay for considering he posted two less points than Chimera.

In Jurcina the Jackets get a warm body on the blue line, something they needed since Rostislav Klesla went down at the beginning of the month.  More importantly the Blue Jackets shake the team up, as they promised they would do.  Used mainly as a depth defenseman, Jurcina posted four helpers in 27 games while carrying a 1.375 cap hit.

Not only do the Caps get probably the best player in the bunch but they save around 2.4 million in cap space. Combine that with the amount saved when Michael Nylander left for Grand Rapids and GM George McPhee looks like a very smart man.

Over the last week, tons of news surrounded the Capitals.  We saw Alexander Semin resign in the midst of trade rumors.  Then a flash flood of rumors surrounding Karl Alzner. Now that the dust settled, the Ilya Kovalchuk to Washington rumors remain abundant.  Not to mention the speculation over Scott Niedermayer’s destination keeps the Capitals in the loop.

The moves made today do nothing to expunge either Kovalchuk or Niedermayer coming to the nation’s capital.  It should be very exciting in DC as we get closer and closer to the trade deadline.  As always we hope you enjoyed latest our Trade Rumor articles. You can help NHLHS stay alive by visiting our sponsors to the left or donating at the tab at the top of the page.

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