Washington Capitals deal Joel Edmundson to Toronto for more picks

Capitals will retain 50 perecent of the defenseman's salary
Joel Edmundson, Washington Capitals
Joel Edmundson, Washington Capitals / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

The Washington Capitals have dealt defenseman Joel Edmundson to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Another defenseman gone to north of the border for more draft capital while the Caps will retain 50 percent of Edmundson's expiriing contract.

NHL insider Frank Servalli of the Daily Faceoff was among the first to report on the news. Bailey Johnson of The Washington Post, who's in Pittsburgh ahead of their game tonight against the Penguins, confirmed it as he saw the defensman shake hands with his teammates and coaching staff. This news came via Twitter/X.

So the Caps will receive a third round pick from the New York Islanders this year in the NHL Draft. In 2025, Washington will receive a fifth from the Chicago Blackhawks so this was a three team type deal as the Maple Leafs look to go for it all, again.

Edmundson was traded to the Capitals on the first day of free agency from the Montreal Canandiens. He started the season late due to an injury in a non game group scrimmage ahead of the preseason opener and didn't see NHL ice until Nov. 18 ahead of their win over the Blue Jackets at Capital One Arena.

Edmundson had just one goal and five assists for six points in 44 games. He's also 30 years old and turns 31 in late June just three days ahead of him becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1 aka NHL Free Agency Day.

This was a solid move for a team that wants to get younger no matter the result tonight in Pittsburgh. You can catch the game at 7 p.m. on Monumental Sports Network or listen on Capitals Radio 24/7 outside the DMV market or if you're local it's on FM 106.7 The Fan.

No idea if the Capitals are done making moves or not so stay tuned!