September 20, 2019

Capitals move of Perreault risky asset management

Mathieu Perreault during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Mathieu Perreault during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Washington Capitals traded center Mathieu Perreault to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for minor league forward John Mitchell and a fourth round pick in the 2014 entry draft. With Perreault’s $1 million salary cleared from the books, the team now has cap space to keep Tom Wilson on the big squad instead of sending him back to Juniors.

There are a number of factors to consider when contemplating this deal.

First, it removes a useful, legitimate NHL player — and a center to boot — off the Caps roster. Perreault had most likely maxed in his production and contribution at this level, but he’s still a legitimate bottom six forward. He has offensive skill, which (as we’ll discuss in just a bit) is at a premium on this team.

The team immediately got less skilled as a unit with Perreault’s departure. [Read more…]

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