The Washington Capitals traded their longest-tenured player Brooks Laich, prospect Connor Carrick, and a second-round pick to Toronto in exchance for forward Daniel Winnik and a fifth-round pick. Both draft picks are for the 2016 draft.
“Daniel is a versatile player who plays with grit and can be used in all situations,” general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement. “This move enables us to add some depth to our forward group and balances our lineup. We would like to thank Brooks for all of his contributions to our organization over the past 10 years. Brooks is a true professional and we wish him all the best in the future.”
Winnik, 30, has four goals and 10 assists with Toronto this season. He is a depth forward that comes with a $2.25 million cap hit. He is a depth forward who could potentially take Laich's place on the fourth line.
This move, however, is much more about getting out from under Laich's $4.5 million cap hit. With Toronto in full rebuild mode, they have been taking on contracts such as Laich's in exchange for draft picks and prospects.
The move frees up about $2.2 million in cap space for Washington which they could use before the 3 p.m. trade deadline.
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