Report: Capitals Have Trade In Place For Chandler Stephenson, Possibly With Golden Knights


According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, the Washington Capitals have a deal in place to trade forward Chandler Stephenson, possibly with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Stephenson, 25, was held out of the Capitals’ practice at SAP Center in San Jose on Monday afternoon because of a pending roster transaction, according to Capitals’ senior writer Mike Vogel.

With center Nicklas Backstrom, who has missed the past five games with a lower-body injury, and forward Carl Hagelin, who has missed the past 11 games with an upper-body injury, set to return against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night (10:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington), the Capitals need to make a move to stay under the NHL salary cap. They currently have $2.65 million available but need $2.75 million to activate Hagelin off of long-term injured reserve.

Stephenson, 25, has posted three goals, four points, and a +5 rating in 24 games this season after signing a one-year, $1.05 million contract as a restricted free agent on July 27.

The Capitals currently have 21 players on the roster. The maximum they could have is 22 but they do not have the room to carry that many with their current salary cap situation.

The Capitals selected Stephenson 77th overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. In 168 career regular-season games with the Capitals, Stephenson has 14 goals, 33 points, and a +2 rating. He posted two goals, seven points, and a +3 rating during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2018. In 180 career AHL games, all with the Hershey Bears, Stephenson recorded 30 goals, 87 points, and a +4 rating.

Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee drafted Stephenson when he was GM of the Capitals.

The Golden Knights were in action at Madison Square Garden against the New York Rangers on Monday night, delaying a possible trade with the Capitals.

Sinbin Vegas confirmed that the Golden Knights are expected to acquire Stephenson but reported that there is still work to be done on the deal.

By Harrison Brown

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2 Responses to Report: Capitals Have Trade In Place For Chandler Stephenson, Possibly With Golden Knights

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Amazing stuff, a trade this early in the season.

    I’ve been among those waiting for that magic moment when C. Stephenson would finally dominate a game, get a hat trick, and show up on all the internet sports “Player of the Week” selections. He improved, but is not that “impact” player. Another penalty-kill specialist will take over, either for cheaper $$ or from the current roster.

    Reminds me a bit of Zach Sanford. Fast, skilled, fundamental. But not a game-breaker. Or a hitter or bone-rattler or instigator. Thus one becomes a trade target.

    This signals the “End of the Beginning” of the Caps’ 2019-2020 season. Let’s get better, pile up 55 wins, and scream into the deep rounds of the NHL Playoffs!

  2. hockeydruid says:

    I agree that he reminds me a bit of Sanford but the difference is he can work the penalty kill and I think if paired with McMichael and either Sutter orPinko or Pillon as the 3rd line. Shame to see Chandler go but when the GM signs players like Haglin and panik to 4 year deals and then have them produce nothing. OH well at least he isnt trading away draft picks and getting nothing in return. Wonder what the return for Chandler will be?

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