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Caps GM says he’ll do what he can to trade Schultz

Jeff Schultz, Craig Adams

Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz (55) works the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Craig Adams (27) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)


Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz surprised some fans by asking to be traded. After all, he’s played there for seven seasons and has been a blue line fixture.

It turns out his demand to be moved was, indeed, true and Caps GM George McPhee says he’ll do his part to accommodate him as Ben Raby of shares.

“He did ask for a trade,” McPhee said. “As we’ve told every player, if you ever want to be traded or you’re not happy then let us know and we’ll trade you. So we started working on it and we’ll see what develops.”

What may prove to be the hard part in moving him is how he’s played the last couple seasons on top of his salary cap hit. Schultz has a $2.75 million cap hit next season and for a guy that’s played second or third-pairing minutes with the cap going down next season, that might be a bit pricey.