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Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick


The Washington Capitals continue to load up.

After signing Justin Williams on Wednesday, the Caps have acquired T.J. Oshie from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a 2016 third-round pick.

“T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set,” said Caps’ GM Brian MacLellan in a statement. “He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal.

“We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis.”

Oshie has two years remaining on his five-year, $20.875 million deal, which carries a cap hit of $4.175 million. The 28-year-old had 19 goals and 55 points in 72 games last season.

With Oshie off the books, it gives Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong a little more room to work with in the on-going negotiations with restricted free agent forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

Brouwer, who has one year remaining on his three-year, $11 million deal, comes in at a cap hit of $3.6 million.

Copley went 17-4-3 in 26 appearances with the Hershey Bears in 2014-15 posting a 2.15 G.A.A. and a .925 save percentage. The 23-year-old was expected to challenge for the starter’s role in Hershey next season.

Related: Caps landing ‘affordable’ Williams a sign of the new free agency

Caps’ Trotz on Orlov: ‘We’d like to take a look at him’

Dmitry Orlov

Fresh off his three-game conditioning assignment with the Hershey Bears, Dmitry Orlov is excited at the prospect of getting into NHL action with the Washington Capitals in the near future.

Orlov’s conditioning assignment was his first game action of any kind since undergoing surgery on his wrist last May.

“I’m most excited to play,” Orlov told The Washington Post. “Missed, what, 10 and a half months I think? Nice to be on the ice, nice to be playing. Good time right now for me and hope I would play for Caps soon a little bit. We’ll see what coach say, if I go out there or not. But I play in Hershey and it was good to understand I can play again.”

Orlov was recalled on Thursday, but remains on the long-term injury list.

With the Capitals currently trying to nail down a playoff spot, it’s uncertain when Orlov will return to the lineup, but coach Barry Trotz would like to see what the 23-year-old is capable of.

“We’ll see what we do in the next little while here, if we put him in a game or two,” said Trotz. “That’ll all depend on what happens the next couple games, probably. Yeah, or we might have an injury too. It might be as simple as that. But we’ll get him back. I think it was good for him to get some actual real hockey in.

“There’s probably still some rust in his game and he’s got a lot to catch up, but we’d like to take a look at him at some point to see where he is at this level.”

Orlov had three goals and 11 points while averaging 19:36 in ice time in 54 games last season.

With a win in regulation tonight against the Ottawa senators, the Capitals can clinch a playoff spot.

Orlov is unlikely to play tonight, but with three games remaining the Russian’s regular season debut appears close.

Caps’ Orlov (finally) set to return to game action

Dmitry Orlov

Dmitry Orlov will appear in his first game action of the season when he suits up for the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.

The Washington Capitals formally assigned the defenseman to the AHL club on a conditioning assignment on Friday morning.

Orlov has not played since suffering a wrist injury during last year’s World Hockey Championships.

“It’s been tough for me, a grind,” Orlov said this week. “There are times I want to say, ‘I’m done.’ It’s hard to be all the time positive. … But my parents and girlfriend tell me this is a negative time of your life and you need to keep away from this and be positive. They help keep my mind to be good.”

The 23-year-old had three goals, 11 points and a minus-1 rating while averaging 19:36 in time on ice in 54 games last season.

Orlov, who has been practicing with Hershey this week, is allowed to appear in three AHL games while on his conditioning assignment.

NHL on NBCSN: Caps look to add to wild card lead

Winnipeg Jets v Washington Capitals

NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2014-15 campaign when the Buffalo Sabres host the Waahington Capitals at First Niagara Center at 7:00 p.m. ET tonight. In addition to NBCSN, you can also watch the game and pre-show online.

The Washington Capitals regained the top wild card seed in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Sunday night and will look to open a three-game road trip on a winning note tonight in Buffalo.

The Caps lead the Bruins by two points in the race for the first wild card spot, but Boston has a game in hand entering Monday’s action.

The Sabres have lost six straight (0-5-1) including a 6-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on March 7. The Sabres won the other meeting between the two clubs 2-1 in Washington on Nov. 22.

Buffalo has only eight non-shootout wins since beating the Capitals in November.

Tonight marks the third and final meeting between the two clubs this season.

Washington went 3-6-0 from Feb. 22-March 13, but following a players-only meeting after Friday night’s 4-2 loss to Dallas, saw an immediate result last night.

Nicklas Backstrom picked up a pair of assists in Sunday’s win and now leads the league with 53.

Alex Ovechkin, who has four goals in his last four trips to Buffalo, has failed to score in two straight games matching his longest drought since late December.

Braden Holtby has made 13 consecutive starts for the Capitals.

Washington recalled goaltender Philipp Grubauer from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Sunday. Grubauer has made one appearance for the Caps this season making 23 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 6.

Buffalo’s Matt Hackett has a 5.19 G.A.A. in two starts this season and allowed four goals against Washington on March 7.

Anders Lindback has a career-worst 3.36 G.A.A. this season, but has a .925 save percentage in five games since joining the Sabres.

Capitals send Tom Poti to AHL Hershey for conditioning

Washington Capitals v Atlanta Thrashers

Capitals defenseman Tom Poti hasn’t played since January 2011, but his road to recovery is almost at an end.

Washington announced they’ve assigned him to AHL Hershey on a conditioning assignment as Stephen Whyno of the Washington Times shares.

On the upside, Poti passed his physical so he is healthy, but on the downside he’s got to spend time in the minors. At most, he’ll be in Hershey for 14 days for conditioning purposes. It’s possible he could be waived to stay down there longer.

If Poti can prove he’s all the way back and capable of contributing to an NHL roster, it’s possible Washington could move him. After over two years away from playing in the league, however, that might be a hard sell.