After the Caps lost in game seven to the New York Rangers, Brian Maclellan stated he would be in the market for a top six Right Winger. Wow has he come through. After signing Justin “Mr Game 7” Williams to an incredible bargain late last night, Maclellan made a huge trade with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, for another top six right-winger, acquiring TJ Oshie from the Blues for right-winger Troy Brouwer, up and coming goalie Phoenix Copley and a 3rd round pick in 2016. Oshie brings with him, a contract with two years left on it and a cap hit of $4.175 million while the Caps save $3,666,666 sending Brouwer in the trade.
Oshie (also known as TJ Sochi), was quite the American hero after converting on 4 of 6 shootout attempts to beat Russia 3-2 in the last Winter Olympics. In seven seasons with the Blues, Oshie scored 110 goals and 200 assists in 443 games played. That’s a .7 points per-game average. He could see a boost in that production playing on one of the Capitals highly skilled top two lines with players like Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom or Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov (he’ll be resigned.) If the extra point is needed via the shootout, Oshie will be a weapon for the Caps as he has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. He floated with the 35% mark in shootout attempts last season alone.
The Capitals roster has improved drastically over the last 24 hours and they’re going to need it to contend as the Metropolitan Division is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in the NHL. The Blue Jackets picked up two-time Stanley Cup Champion Brandon Saad, and the Penguins, in a blockbuster trade, acquired a lethal goal scorer in Phil Kessel to join the likes of Crosby and Malkin.
Welcome to the Caps Oshie!
By Zach Hart