|2017 Season||2017||July 1st Status|
|To St. Louis||Pos||Age||GP||Goals||Points||Cap||Years||Cap|
|Retained Cap Hit||39%||$1.66m|
|2017 1st Round Draft Pick|
|Conditional 2019 2nd Round Draft Pick|
The television pundits and NHL beat writers are beginning to wonder if there is going to be anything left for Wednesday's trade deadline shows and they might have reason for concern, now that one of the biggest pieces has now been traded, a couple nights early.
The St. Louis Blues have completed a trade that sees offensive defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk dealt to the Washington Capitals, a team in where he will agree to a long-term contract extension, in a deal that sees an entry-level roster player, picks go the other way and the Blues keep some of the remainder of the $4.25 million annual cap hit to be paid out in the last six weeks of the season.
The Rangers and Penguins were the teams also occupying spots in the conversation for the 28-year old, but it sounds like the Capitals were about the only one of the three that was ready to pay the price for Shattenkirk and the other two teams were not going to get into a bidding war.
Shattenkirk is expected to be in New York for Tuesday and ready for the Capitals' next game against the Rangers, which was being reported before the trade call was even complete at the NHL side of things.
For Kristy & Don, this is already their third player dealt in the last few days, as they have also seen Ryan White dealt to Minnesota and Alex Burrows dealt to Ottawa and now Shattenkirk to the Capitals. This trade here could very well upgrade Shattenkirk's pool value down the stretch, but at best,
With play already underway on Monday night, the deal goes down and the duo are still in 20th place, 3 points back of 19th and 2 points up on 21st, so there is some wiggle room, for either a boom or a bust. Of course, the more likely is a boom, but you just never know...