The NHL’s trade deadline came and went on Wednesday afternoon and the Capitals did not make a significant move.
Which, of course, was not much of a surprise considering they snagged the deadline season’s biggest prize on Monday when they acquired defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the Blues.
General Manager Brian MacLellan said he kicked some tires on Wednesday—it was a mostly quiet day around the league—but did not get close to making a deal for an NHL player.
The organization did, however, make a minor move, sending goaltender Joe Cannata from their minor league affiliate in Hershey to Colorado for minor league defenseman Cody Corbett. Cannata’s time with the Bears was up after the team reacquired Pheonix Copley in the Shattenkirk deal. Corbett, 23, has spent time in the AHL and ECHL this season.
“Really quiet, yeah,” MacLellan said at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “Not much. We kinda snooped around on lower-end guys, depth guys but nothing really happened.”
The decision to stand pat came one day after MacLellan watched Shattenkirk give the Caps’ blue line the type of boost he envisioned.
“It was good,” MacLellan said of Shattenkirk’s Capitals’ debut, which came in a 4-1 thumping of the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Shattenkirk skated 17:57, manned the point on the power play and took four shots—all after arriving from St. Louis earlier in the day.
“He pretty much came as advertised,” MacLellan said. “Good puck movement. Passes were real good. Looked good on the power play. He set [Alex Ovechkin] up a couple of times for good shots. Has a real good feel to him. Sees the ice well. It was pretty exciting to see him play that way.”
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