The Washington Capitals have made a trade, general manager George McPhee told Capitals.com.
Absolutely no details have been released to this point, including the players involved, the second team involved, whether the Capitals will be acquiring NHL players or prospects/picks, etc. While the deadline passed over an hour ago (3 PM EST), players need to be notified, players could potentially have to approve no-trade clauses and the deal needs to be sent to the league offices, so all those factors could be contributing to the late announcement.
The Capitals sit a game behind the Islanders for the eight playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, though they have not been public about their stance leading up to the deadline. The roster has started to come together as of late, making a strong push over the last 10 games, which led many to believe the Capitals would be buyers at the deadline. Though with Mike Ribeiro generating interest and on a one-year contract, Washington could have looked to move him and collect long-term pieces before Ribeiro left in free agency in the summer.
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