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Trade: Ducks grab Perreault from Caps for Mitchell, pick

Sep 29, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

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The Anaheim Ducks acquired center Mathieu Perreault via a trade with the Washington Capitals on Sunday. The Caps received winger John Mitchell and a fourth-round pick for their troubles.

Most importantly for the Capitals, they gained some breathing room. PHT’s Joe Yerdon and others point out that they’re probably clearing space for hulking winger Tom Wilson (getting rid of Perreault opens up $1.05 million, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post).

Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau is familiar with Perreault, 25, from their time together in Washington.

The Canadian pivot bounced back between the NHL and AHL until 2013, but the feeling was that he couldn’t find his niche with Washington, especially considering his often-impressive work with the Hershey Bears. Perreault provides the Ducks with valuable depth and a little bit of youth.

“Adding a young, quality center to the mix makes us that much deeper,” Ducks GM Bob Murray told the OC Register’s Eric Stephens. “I thought we needed some additionalspeed and scoring, and he is a feisty competitor.”

Mitchell, 27, presents a big body for the Caps at the minor league level.

Washington’s almost certainly most interested in the pick and the cap room, though.

  1. lowenni - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Okay, I know the Caps just needed the cap space….but really? A fourth round pick? That’s it? Perreault has had inconsistency issues but is extremely talented and showed last season that he’s starting to pull it together. He can easily put up 30-40 points, even in a 3rd line role, and has the potential and skill to be a top 6 guy. Granted, the Caps were forced to make this trade and I know that means that the Ducks have some power over them. But I think a 3rd round pick is more appropriate.

    • dglelite - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      I liked Perreault, but Perreault was a sixth round draft pick who bounced constantly between the AHL and NHL, between being in the lineup to sitting in the stands. He is not someone who is the make or break player the Caps need on this team.

      His trade was made to allow Tom Wilson, who will be an impact player on this team, to be on the roster.

      So it was a necessary trade.

      a 4th rounder plus a player is more than adequate.

      • lowenni - Sep 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

        His draft status is irrelevant and the only reason he was drafted that low was because of his size. Pavel Datsyuk was a sixth round draft pick as well, and he turned out to be an alright player. He put up absolutely fantastic numbers in junior and had he been two inches taller he likely would’ve been a top 20 draft choice. You’re right that he has bounced between the AHL and NHL, as most players do when they’re young, but this was the year he cemented his place as a proven NHL forward. He is not going to be a superstar, and I didn’t say he was, but he is an extremely skilled player and we were lucky to have him on our third line last year because he gave us great offensive depth.

        I understand the trade was made for Wilson and cap space, which I acknowledged, but that doesn’t mean the pick couldn’t have been higher.

        The player they received never has and never will play in the NHL, and he was only acquired for organizational roster needs. He’s irrelevant to the trade, so essentially the Caps received a fourth round pick for a potential top-6 player.

        It’s adequate at the very, very least.

      • stakex - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

        Teams aren’t going to give up much for a guy who’s bounced around like Perreault has. Don’t forget that with the cap possibly being fairly low the next couple years, draft picks are more valuable then ever… and Perreault has HUGE question marks. He had a better season last year but that really could have just been a fluke, and its just as likely he will spend most of the year in the AHL as it is he will be a success in the NHL.

        Also, I can’t believe you compared Perreault to Datsyuk. If anything, that works against your point since even a sixth round pick can produce one of the best players in the world… and as such means it has significant value.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Sep 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    TOMMY TIME!!!

  3. discountdoublecheck - Sep 30, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    Lowenni I think you’re giving him way too much credit here. Saying he can easily put up 30-40 pts is a pretty big stretch to say the least given that he was so wildly inconsistent in DC. Yes he’s young but he was given ample opportunities and never blew anyone away.

    I liked the guy and certainly wish him well in Anaheim, but if there was a higher pick to be had I have to believe GMGM would’ve exploded it further, and Tom Wilson has far more upside IMO.

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