The details of the Washington Capitals' blockbuster trade have been revealed.
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals have agreed to a deal that would send Kevin Shattenkirk to the Capitals in exchange for sending a first round draft selection in 2017, a conditional second round draft selection in 2018 as well as 22-year-old forward Zach Sanford back the other way.
LeBrun also revealed that the Blues have retained salary on this deal, something that would have driven the price up a fair bit, although it's unclear exactly how much St. Louis is holding on to. LeBrun does state that it is less that 50% of his salary.
Shattenkirk is a pending unrestricted free agent, and it’s long been assumed the Blues can’t afford to give Shattenkirk a raise over his $4.25-million cap hit. Shattenkirk is just 27 and one of the game’s premier puck-moving defensemen. He’s the type of commodity who doesn’t hit the open market often.
Needless to say the Capitals have already looked like a solid team this season and the addition of this kind of player would make them a massive threat in the post season.
The Capitals want the Cup, and they're ready for it right now.