The Caps have made another minor trade. The Caps acquired LW Dane Byers from Edmonton in exchange for D Garrett Stafford. Byers was a second round raft choice of the New York Rangers in 2004 and has appeared in 6 NHL games. This season in the AHL, Byers has 58 games, scoring 6 goals and adding 4 helpers. The Caps send another career AHL player to Edmonton in return. Stafford accumulated 21 points in 48 games for the Hershey Bears this season.
The Capitals have resigned D Jack Hillen to a two year contract extension. Hillen joined the Caps this season and has played in 10 games and posting 1 assist. Hillen was injured early in the season and missed the last two weeks of January and all of February before returning to the lineup on March 16.
While the Pittsburgh Penguins fortified their roster for a Stanley Cup run and the Boston Bruins acquired Jaromir Jagr, the Washington Capitals sit idly by making minor moves that give no indication of any direction the franchise make take tomorrow at the trade deadline. Would we expect anything different from this front office?
The Capitals made a minor league trade that will have absolutely no impact on a playoff push this season. The Caps dealt F Matthew Clackson to the Phoenix Coyotes for physical F Joel Rechlicz. Rechlicz will make Hershey a more physical team and played for the Caps in three games last season before departing to the Coyotes in the off-season.
In another move, the Caps have signed prospect D Nate Schmidt to an entry level deal. Schmidt has played the last three seasons with the Minnesota Gophers in the Big Ten. In 40 games this season for the Gophers, Schmidt has scored 9 goals and added 23 helpers. Schmidt was a free agent. He signed a two year deal with the Capitals. He will join the Caps for practice on Wednesday.