In case you missed it, the Washington Capitals placed fan favorite Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers earlier on Wednesday, but just minutes prior to the announcement, a team official confirmed that they would place Smith-Pelly’s teammate Dmitrij Jaskin on waivers instead.
And that was the beginning of the waivers saga that will undoubtedly end in a trade.
TSN's Bob McKenzie then explained that a trade was now in the works in Washington, which would take place tomorrow seeing that until Smith-Pelly clears or gets claimed at noon tomorrow, said trade can’t be completed...
However, McKenzie did not stop there. He also added that there was a lot of speculation that the trade from Washington would be done with the Los Angeles Kings in order to provide the Capitals with veteran depth. The NHL insider listed a few possibilities: Carl Hagelin, who ended up in Los Angeles earlier this season after being moved for Tanner Pearson to the Pittsburgh Penguins, is a pending unrestricted free agent and could be moved. However, he carries a $3.5M cap hit, which mean the Kings would most likely have to retain some of his money.
It could also be Trevor Lewis and Kyle Clifford, who each have a year left after this season: Lewis at $2M and Clifford at $1.6M.
McKenzie does mention that his suggestions are speculative only, however, we all know how right he usually is when it comes to trades. The Capitals have made it clear that they would like to add up front for yet another long successful playoff run.
They have also been linked to the New Jersey Devils who could decide to ship out forward Marcus Johansson closer to the deadline. Johansson was a member of the Capitals for several seasons and could be welcomed back with open arms. However, it remains to be seen if the Devils would be interested in re-acquiring DSP on their roster.
Stay tuned folks, this is an exciting one!