Perrault (Above) will reunite with former head coach Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim.

Caps Deal Perrault

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.

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