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Caps add goalie depth, acquire Pasquale from Jets

Jun 28, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT

The Washington Capitals made a minor move on Day 3 of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, acquiring Winnipeg farmhand Eddie Pasquale in a deal that featured a swap of late-round picks.

Pasquale, 23, has spent his entire career in the Thrashers/Jets organization but has yet to make his big-league debut. He went 17-13-1 with AHL St. John’s last year, posting a 2.43 GAA and .920 save percentage but didn’t play the second half of the year due to season-ending surgery. Michael Hutchinson backstopped St. John’s in the Calder Cup playoffs, backstopping the IceCaps to the final.

It does sound, however, as though Pasquale’s been on Washington’s radar for a while:

The addition of Pasquale is also the first since new goalie coach Mitch Korn was brought to Washington. Korn, who formerly worked with Barry Trotz in Nashville, is known as one of the best goalie gurus in the NHL and the Caps do have a vacancy at the NHL level, where they’re still looking for a backup for Braden Holtby.

  1. boltman23 - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Didn’t he end last half of year on IR? Hip surgery I believe.

  2. vbcaps - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    I think it’s a good idea to stock up on goalies and keep the farm fresh and competitive. Goalies can come out of no where.

    Still wish the caps kept varly though..

    • avfanforlife - Jun 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Glad we have Varly, but early on, with the wrong coaches and system, it didn’t seem like a good trade at all. Enter Coach Roy and F. Allaire (goalie coach) and Varly is the best! Hard to say what kind of goalie he would be without the proper teachers.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    He was solid for St. John’s & the Moose before that. Wpg simply had a lot of depth with Hellybuc coming from college & Comrie from junior.
    Washington may have very well picked up a backup at the NHL level on the cheap

  4. onemorematt - Jun 29, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    With Mitch Korn in town, Washington is going to have some solid talent next season. This is exactly what Holtby needs to help elevate him into the elite level – an outstanding goalie coach who plays to each goalies strengths and helps them fix weaknesses (vs having a guy who used to play goal, but wasn’t much of a goalie coach it seems). Holby, Grubauer, and Pasquale (as well as anyone else Korn gets his hands on) are going to benefit greatly from this.

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