The Washington Capitals traded Andre Burakovsky in the NHL Draft 2020 for second- and third-round picks, the team said Friday. Burakovsky called for the sale, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
Scott Kosmachuk, who did not have a free agent yet, was also part of the business, but is unlikely to be inducted into the capitals. Plans.
24-year-old Burakovsky has been the subject of trading speculation since December, three days after the team added a qualifying bid of $ 3.25 million to the restricted free agent – an overpayment since he has 12 goals has scored 13 assists in the last two seasons. Washington did so in order to maintain its bargaining rights and was unwilling to make the election for the first round of 2013 on July 1 an unrestricted free agent.
Trading with him means that capitals make a solid return on an asset. Now they have more room to re-sign restricted free-agent striker Jakub Vrana and possibly add a center-forward in free agency next week. According to CapFriendly.com, Washington has an area of $ 9.2 million with an upper limit of $ 81.5 million set for next season. If Vrana, who scored 24 goals with 23 assists last season, signs a bridge deal two or three years old, he is expected to earn just under $ 4 million.
Brian MacLellan, General Manager of Capitals, admitted last week that the other The teams had inquired about Burakovsky's availability.
"We like the player," said MacLellan on Thursday. "There were some disagreements, but if he's in his game, he's a good player, we'd like to keep him with us, but his name is obviously a bit familiar, so we talk to him about some of the teams, but we will do not move unless we get something we know a lot about. "
MacLellan made a similar statement to the February trading date when it looked like Burakovsky could be moved. At that time, the capitals were interested in getting a comparable young striker in return rather than a draft. Burakovsky's production had flattened out with Washington, and he was probably asking for trade in hopes of a fresh start at a new organization where he might have the opportunity to move to a top-6 role.
After Burakovsky had only five goals and four assists in his first 41 games of the season, seven goals and nine assists in his last 35 games. MacLellan described the season as "frustrating" and this description could also apply to Burakovsky's career in Washington. He had been mixed through his five seasons in the league and alternated between an impressive prospect and sustained slumps that made him a liability for the lineup.
Burakovsky scored two goals in Game 7 of the tournament The final of the Eastern Conference against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the Stanley Cup Run 2018 was again one of the team's best skaters in Game 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes, who this year beat them have won to end their title defense in the first round. In the 2018/19 season he was in six games a good scratch.
The Capitals are now in need of a right-back, and it is possible that they will re-sign yet-to-be, unrestricted free-agent Brett Connolly, who scored 22 goals in that role in the past. Washington may also target a player from outside the organization, such as Joonas Donskoi or Marcus Johansson, who played for the Capitals from 2010 to 2017. The team recently inquired about Jason Zucker, the winger of Minnesota, as trading target, but his $ 5.5 million salary-cap hit was unaffordable. Trading with Burakovsky could reopen this possibility.
The capitals currently hold seven picks in the draft for 2020, including two selections from the third round.
After a playoff defeat in the first round against Carolina, Washington has now traded two members out of its 2018 Stanley Cup championship list over the last two weeks in defensors Matt Niskanen and Burakovsky. Defenseman Brooks Orpik, a deputy captain for the last five years, retired early this week and increased sales.
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