The trade deadline is tomorrow at 3 P.M., and it’s been reported by TSN’s Bob McKenzie that the Washington Capitals have already made a splash by trading a fourth-round pick for Anaheim Ducks winger Dustin Penner. According to beat writer Eric Stephens, the Ducks then used the fourth-rounder to trade for Stephane Robidas of the Dallas Stars.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 4, 2014
Ducks send the fourth they got from Washington to Dallas to acquire Robidas. So, in effect, it’s swapping Penner for Robidas.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) March 4, 2014
Penner has 13 goals and 19 assists–a combined total of 32 points–in 49 games this season. It’s also worth noting that he will be a free agent next season. This isn’t the first time the Caps have made a deal with the Ducks this season, either. Earlier in the year, center Mathieu Perreault was sent to Anaheim in exchange for the aforementioned fourth-round pick and AHL winger John Mitchell.
Of course, nearly 24 hours remain until the deadline arrives. George McPhee will presumably be looking to trade Martin Erat, especially in light of Penner’s move to DC. However, cap space remains an issue.
We’ll update this story as it develops.