The Washington Capitals made their first major move of the offseason, Sunday, as they traded Mathieu Perrault to Anaheim in exchange for a fourth round pick and John Mitchell. The deal comes just a few days shy of the season opener, and will free up a roster space for former first rounder Tom Wilson, who came close to being sent back down to the American Hockey League (AHL). Perrault headed into training camp with a leg up on the third line center role, but a poor preseason had the fourth year player in danger of being waived.
Washington effectively found a willing trade partner in the Anaheim ducks, and pulled the trigger. Perrault has a history with former Capitals and current Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, who coached him over the years. Perrault is extremely familiar with Boudreau’s playing style, and should be a welcomed addition for Anaheim. On the other side of the deal, Washington receives John Mitchell and a fourth round pick. Mitchell is a 27-year-old prospect, who is yet to make his NHL debut, but scored 10 goals and 14 points last season in the AHL.
Tune in to watch Washington open their 2013-14 campaign tomorrow against the Stanley cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.