As first reported by Caps senior writer Mike Vogel, the Washington Capitals have traded right winger Eric Fehr to the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and right winger Danick Paquette.
Paquette, 20, played last season for the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators, suiting up for 59 games and scoring 13 goals and 7 assists. He also racked up 179 penalty minutes, a team-high. He profiles as an agitating, hard-working, winger who will do dirty work in the corners; a role player.
Fehr, 25, has struggled with injuries since being drafted by the Capitals in the first round in 2003, and only put up 10 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this year. He underwent shoulder surgery in May to repair significant damage, but is expected to be ready for camp.
This move was salary cap relief, and was a good way to do it. George McPhee managed to free up another $2.2 million in salary cap space without moving a crucial asset or a member of the team's core. It is hard to deny Fehr's effort and potential, but he just was not producing. And so it goes.
With this move complete, the Caps are now about $400,000 under the salary cap with Karl Alzner still left to sign. Stay tuned.