I caught Sutherby on his cell phone a little while ago. He's at the airport waiting for a flight to Anaheim, where he'll practice with the Ducks in the morning and then travel with the team to Dallas for their game Wednesday night.
Here's what he had to say:
"I've been expecting something to happen for a while now. Every day I came to the rink not knowing if something was going to happen. So I guess it was just a matter of time."
"There's a lot of emotions. Right off the hop, you're excited about getting an opportunity to go play, and for a very good team. Then you sit back and think about all the good times you had here, all the guys and good teammates I've played with."
"It's obviously exciting in that aspect, but it's tough to leave the guys."
Sutherby didn't have any unkind words for anyone here. He just sounded happy to be getting a chance somewhere. He also said Anaheim is one of the few teams in the league where he doesn't know anyone, though he skated with Chris Pronger a few summer summers ago.
Sutherby, who said he found out about the deal around 1 p.m. from GM McPhee, will likely be the Ducks' fourth line center.
Update: Coach Hanlon said: "Like I said to all of the players three years ago: Some of you are going to start this journey, but you're not all going to be here to reap the final reward. That's how we feel about Brian."
McPhee said: "We thought it was real good value, for someone both teams evaluated as a fourth line player. It only gets more expensive as the year goes on to make trades, so Anaheim was aggressive in stepping up with that kind of pick to do it."
McPhee said the talks with Anaheim had been ongoing since training camp. But the Capitals were content to wait for the best deal.
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