The St. Louis Blues have trade right wing T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for right wing Troy Brouwer, goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Entering July 2015, the Washington Capitals lacked scoring depth on right wing. In just two days, they’ve addressed that issue, first by signing free agent Justin Williams and now by acquiring Oshie.
It’s not surprising the Blues traded Oshie. The 28-year-old winger is a very skilled playmaker who exceeded 50 points three of the past four seasons. In 30 playoff games, however, Oshie managed only nine points and was often singled out for his inconsistency. Perhaps playing for Capitals coach Barry Trotz can improve Oshie’s production.
The Blues want more grit and heart from their players in the postseason, and Brouwer will certainly bring that, though he won’t replace Oshie’s pure offensive skills. He’s a physical forechecker coming off back-to-back 43-point seasons, but he’s also turning 30 in August and is eligible next summer for UFA status. Still, he’s more affordable ($3.66 million) than Oshie ($4.175 million) and will free up some cap space for other signings or additions.
Copley’s a 23-year-old netminder who’ll bring depth to the Blues farm team. Perhaps he’ll be an eventual replacement for Brian Elliott.