The Washington Capitals held an optional practice Wednesday morning in advance of the NHL trade deadline. Most of the heavy ice-time skaters took the day off, including Alex Ovehckin, Nick Backstrom and Braden Holtby.
Mike Ribeiro, who has been the discussion of trade rumors, also took the day off, but he did meet with the media following practice. He indicated that he felt he would not be traded — or signed — before the deadline and was concentrated more on winning tomorrow against the Islanders and getting into the playoffs.
It was also the Caps debut for defenseman Nate Schmidt, just signed from University of Minnesota. Schmidy wore No. 88 in practice and head coach Adam Oates said they haven’t decided how they’ll utilize the puck-moving defenseman.
Below please find audio from Oates, Ribeiro, Schmidt and Jason Chimera, who’s name was bandied about in the national media as potentially on the block as well.