The NHL’s 3 p.m. trade deadline has passed and, apparently, so has Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan on making a last-minute deal.
After acquiring forward Daniel Winnik and a fifth-round draft pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs late Sunday night in exchange for Brooks Laich, Connor Carrick and a second-round pick, MacLellan apparently stood pat on Monday, resisting the urge to go hard after defenseman Dan Hamhuis.
MacLellan went into his second NHL trade deadline as Caps GM with a desire to bolster the Caps’ blue line and add depth to their fourth line. He accomplished both, acquiring Weber from the Sabres for a third-round pick in 2017 on Feb. 23, and adding Winnik late Sunday night.
In picking up Winnik, who carries a $2.25 million cap hit next season, the Caps save $2.25 million in cap space with the departure of Laich, who had one year and $4.5 million remaining on his contract.
The Capitals’ roster consists of 14 forwards, seven healthy defensemen and two goaltenders, leaving them roughly $2.2 million under the salary cap. Defenseman John Carlson is on long-term injury reserve, meaning his $3.966 cap hit would be applied to the cap once he returns.
Carlson is expected return from his lower body injury in three to four weeks, which would allow him to play the final week or two of the regular season.
With that in mind, here’s how the Capitals’ lineup looks heading into the final 21 games of the regular season:
Alex Ovechkin – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Andre Burakovsky – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Justin Williams
Jason Chimera – Marcus Johansson – Tom Wilson
Daniel Winnik – Mike Richards – Jay Beagle
Extras: Stan Galiev, Michael Latta
Karl Alzner - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Dmitry Orlov
Nate Schmidt - Taylor Chorney
Extra: Mike Weber
Injured: John Carlson (lower body)
Braden Holtby – Philipp Grubauer
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