The Washington Capitals are all in.
After coming up short of the Stanley Cup Final in every season since drafting superstar forward and captain Alex Ovechkin in 2003, the Caps made a bold trade Monday by acquiring St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
Here’s what the Blues will receive.
Shattenkirk arguably was the top player available before Wednesday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. He has tallied 42 points (11 goals, 31 assists) in 61 games this season.
He will be an unrestricted free agent if unsigned by July 1 and could command $6.5 million or more per season in his next contract. The Capitals have several important players who will be UFAs or RFAs after the season, so this might be their best chance to win a championship for a while.
The Blues had no choice but to trade Shattenkirk. It didn’t appear he wanted to re-sign long-term with the club, and this way St. Louis acquires some assets in return for him instead of letting him walk for nothing as a free agent.
Thumbnail photo via Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Jan 26, 2017; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) skates with the puck in the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Minnesota Wild beat the St Louis Blues 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports