Over the past week, the Washington Capitals signed five new players to their roster for the upcoming season but exceeded the NHL’s $64.3 million salary cap in the process. So in an effort to clear space, the Capitals on Friday traded right wing Eric Fehr to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick and prospect Danick Paquette.
Fehr, a first-round draft pick in 2003, spent the past three full seasons in Washington but was limited in each of those years by repeat shoulder injuries. The Winkler, Manitoba, native recorded 10 goals and 20 points in 52 games for the Capitals in 2010-11 and is recovering from offseason surgery on his right shoulder.
“I thought things were going pretty well there,” Fehr told reporters on a conference call. “But around the draft time and free agent signings, [Washington was] bringing in a few right wingers. I was just starting to think about different possibilities and what could happen. Obviously with the trade today, it was a big shock to me, but at the same time I’m still excited and I’m willing to move forward here.”