T.J. Oshie has been traded to Washington for a package including Troy Brouwer.
It had been rumoured for a while now that St. Louis would be moving a winger, and the likely target would be T.J. Oshie. That trade finally went down today as Oshie was traded to Washington in exchange for Troy Brouwer, prospect goalie Pheonix Copley, and a third round pick next year. Brouwer has one year left and carries a cap hit of $3.66-million, with Oshie having two years left at $4.175 per season. It saves the Blues some money, and every dollar is going to become important with Vladimir Tarasenko still needing to be signed, Jaden Schwartz a restricted free agent next year, and David Backes an unrestricted free agent after next season as well.
This move for Washington comes less than 24 hours after signing Justin Williams, which I wrote about earlier today. With Williams and Oshie having two years on their respective deals, it gives a window for the Capitals (and their fans) to really expect a Cup push. This team rebounded under coach Barry Trotz, and now has two full top two lines, a good mix of youth and experience on the blue line, and a goalie who is starting to push his way into elite company.
One weak spot for the Capitals over the years had been right wing. There was never really that third piece to round out the top line. It's always been Backstrom-Ovechkin-Just a Guy. Now with Williams and Oshie, this team has two legitimate top-six right wingers, something that should help strengthen the bottom of the roster as well as other skilled players are pushed down the depth chart.
Let's start with Browuer.
This is a winger who goes to the Blues and should figure in to their top-six forward mix. Tarasenko is obviously at the top of the heap, but after that it's a little bit more wide open. Dmitrij Jaskin is someone that started growing on