The St. Louis Blues traded right wing T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft choice in the 2016 NHL draft on July 2.
The St. Louis Blues traded right wing T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals on July 2.
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According to Caps Today, the Blues acquired right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft choice in the 2016 NHL draft in exchange for Oshie.
Washington vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan lauded Oshie's skill set and said he'll be a good fit for the Capitals core group that includes Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, per Caps Today:
"T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set. He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal.
"We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis."
Oshie told The Washington Times' Zac Boyer on Thursday he's excited to play with Ovechkin and Backstrom:
"I've always played with very good players -- players that have played in the Olympics, but never players that have put up numbers like those two guys have. To get out there with them would be amazing.
"I'd be excited. I'd feel kind of like a kid in a candy store, I guess, playing with that caliber of player.
"Then after a couple minutes, I started getting excited, and then I was just really excited to get on with the next step in my career. I haven't thought about the trade and going to Washington.
"It's a team that has a really good chance of winning the Stanley Cup last year, and I'm just excited to be included as a piece of the puzzle."
MacLellan's trade for Oshie comes just a day after he acquired another right wing, Justin Williams, on Wednesday. Williams won a combined three Stanley Cup championships with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings, per The Washington Post's Alex Prewitt.
Prewitt's source told him no salary was retained in the trade. Oshie has two years left on his contract, which has an annual salary cap hit of $4.175 million.
MacLellan's counterpart, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jeremy P. Rutherford on July 2 trading Oshie, who spent seven seasons in St. Louis and scored 110 goals and 310 points during that span, was not an easy thing to do:
"Making a trade of this magnitude is difficult for our organization. We drafted T.J. years ago, he's been part of our group. It's difficult to say goodbye, but we're also excited to bring Troy into our group."
Rutherford notes Oshie hasn't been quite as productive in the playoffs.
In the first-round loss to the Minnesota Wild this past season, Oshie recorded just two points. He has nine points in 30 career postseason games, per The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Oshie also denied having a strained relationship with Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock, per Rutherford.
Brouwer skated at the Capitals' practice facility in Arlington on the morning he was traded to St. Louis. He has one year left on his deal which pays him an annual salary of $3.67 million, per The Washington Post.
Brouwer chimed in on Washington acquiring Oshie, per Boyer:
"I know the team has been trying to find somebody that can fit in and play on the Capitals' top line. I know they tried to find it in a few different places, and you know, talking to a few people already, it seemed like this deal came together pretty quickly, and as a result, you don't know if players going back and forth are always going to be available."
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