February 20, 2019 | 1:15pm ET
CAPITALS WORKING ON TRADE?
Brian MacLellan, GM
The Washington Capitals may be closing in on a trade after swapping out players on the waiver wire Wednesday morning.
Prior to the Capitals’ practice this morning in Toronto, a spokesperson for the team informed Washington media the club had planned on placing forward Dmitrij Jaskin on waivers. However, Jaskin was not placed on waivers, it was right wing Devante Smith-Pelly, instead.
After practice, Capitals head coach told reporters the team had planned on placing Jaskin on waivers but changed their minds due to ongoing talks “behind-the-scenes.”
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan has been working the lines trying to acquire a scoring-winger to add to the team’s third-line and it’s possible he’s now closing in on a trade for one.
Capitals coach Todd Reirden: “Right now, there is a lot of movement going on.”— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) February 20, 2019
“Right now, there is a lot of movement going on,” Reirden told Capitals beat reporter Chris Kuc.
"There are lots of moving parts right now in a number of different spots."
Placing Smith-Pelly on waivers helps free up a little bit of salary cap space, though the team will likely need to move at least one roster player in a trade if they acquire a scorer with a decent cap hit.
The Capitals have been linked to having interest in such players as Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel, who is in the final year of his contract and only has a $1.8 million salary cap hit.