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Zednik Traded

Richard Zednik was traded to New York Islanders moments ago for a second round draft pick in 2007. The Caps gave up a third rounder to get him from Montreal last July. So all-in-all, not a bad move for the Caps.

More details as they become available.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 26, 2007; 4:30 PM ET
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Seems like an ok deal. I didn't like the way Zednik was fitting in this time around in DC. He just didn't seem to be making anything happen. And he plays with 1 hand on his stick way too much in the corners for a small guy.

The only issue is that a second round pick will be, at minimum, a few years away from stepping in and contributing. The move does free up a bunch of salary for a UFA in the off season.

Good luck Zeds.

Posted by: Mike | February 26, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I wish him luck. When he was healthy, he always gave it 100%

Posted by: LB | February 26, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Do the Islanders know that Zednik won't shoot from more than a 10 degree angle in front of the goal line?

Posted by: zamboni | February 26, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The Caps payroll next year now projects to what, about $31 million still? That's assuming that Zubie signs for about a $2M-ish raise. If he's traded, the Caps figure to be around $29M in payroll going into free agency. Less if they can unload Clymer.

Posted by: TLGDC | February 26, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Tarik thanks for the update. I am really hoping the Caps resign Zubrus. If the Caps saw fit to give Pothier a 4 year deal there is no reason not to give Zubrus a 4 year deal. Hopefully, both sides will compromise and meet in the middle. I am encouraged that the sides are talking. Also, Clark's comments on DC 101 about Zubrus were interesting. I am thinking that Zubrus will be resigned.

Posted by: 4capitals

Does anyone know what Clark said?


Posted by: LB | February 26, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Zeds dead baby, zeds dead. Was't he on the ice for most of the caps even strength goals recently?

Posted by: CapCrazy | February 26, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What would you think about picking up Berard of of waivers? I have always thought he was a good defenseman with a lot of upside and more heart than 90% of the players in the NHL. I think we could use a good experienced player on the blue line and at this point we get him for nothing and see how he fits in and decide if we want to sign him later. Whats your take?

Posted by: Cheapseats Bob | February 26, 2007 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I was intrigues by the berard news.

Problem is that he is 31. Has only played 10 games this season because of a back injury. Has a history of back injuries since coming into the league. And has limited vision in one eye thanks to his gruesome injury a few years ago.

My worry would really be the injury bug that has plagued him. Check out his player page on and there's a ton of repeat back injuries.

It still may not be a bad move. But those are my reservations.

Posted by: Mike | February 26, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice, but half a loaf. Matt Pettinger is the only Caps draft pick in the last decade past the first round on this roster. Improving draft position, then drafting poorly is not improvement.

Posted by: The Peerless | February 26, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Zed for approx 45th overall pick is a fair deal if the Caps finally show that they are capable of making something out of a second round pick.

If Zed plays with Kozlov and Satan on a second line this may be the addition the Isles need to solidify a playoff spot. The playoffs could be an additional $2 million in revenue which the cash strapped Isles can choose to use on re-signing Blake or deal Blake to replace the 2nd rounder.

Posted by: Hockey1919 | February 26, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

2nd rounder for a 3rd round trade, not bad. savvy.

I am shocked so many people want to see Zubrus go. Who the hell is going to center if not Zubie? Beech, Sutherby, Gordon, Laich, Yikes. I'm ok with resigning him in the offseason, but really, what do we expect of Ovie and Semin after this?


You Replied:

"So, Zubie, We need to stack up a little. I'm going to trade you and get something, you get a chance to make a run at a cup, maybe talk a few other guys to come to the Caps, and then in the off season we'll work out a nice deal....So, we'll trade you to a contender that is offering the most. ... Deal? Lets not say that to the press because then other teams may renegotiate if they think you might be only a rental."

I believe that would be considered TAMPERING, and is strictly prohibitted by the NHL. You cannot tell a player who no longer belongs on your club (or about to be traded) that you will sign him over the summer.

Yeah, well all you would have to do is make that arrangement in advance of the trade deadline, with the understanding that if things go sour on the playoff hunt there is a potential to play the system. Don't be naive, SSM, Pittsburgh did it last year with Recci.

Posted by: Kerplunk | February 26, 2007 5:01 PM | Report abuse

can't help but laugh about the "wrong about" comment on the last zub/zed post.

all told, seems less than the inflated values some have been throwing around this trade season, but it's about in line with what we paid for him, and i never wanted zed back anyway, so it's a wash.

Posted by: pgreene | February 26, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Good deal for all involved. Zed's a UFA this year anyway, so if he wants back he can come back. 2nd round pick is decent all in all.

Posted by: EricS | February 26, 2007 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad return on investment. Although do we really need more draft picks? I'd rather take a prospect that we could pick from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers such as Robert Nilsson.

Capital Fanatic

Posted by: Capital Fanatic | February 26, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

So the Jackets only get a 5th round pick for Anson Carter and the Caps get a 2nd round pick for Zednik? Bwahahahahahaha!!! Dang, as much as I'm pissed at this team and organization now I'm constantly surprised at how much value McPhee gets out of the assets he has. If his scouting staff could only draft better.

Posted by: Jay | February 26, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know what Clark said on DC101 this morning?

Posted by: Shari | February 26, 2007 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd have liked to have seen Zed stay healthy; he seemed to be getting his stride before the groin injury, which looked horrible. Anyways, he was a UFA at the end of the season - whadd'ya gonna do?
Hey, what happened to Graham Mink - I know he's with the San Jose organization, but how'd it happen??

Posted by: muskrat | February 26, 2007 5:58 PM | Report abuse

As reported on the Caps message board, when Clark was asked about Zubrus being traded he indicated that Zubrus is the type of player a team builds around and therefore he questioned whether Zubrus would be traded. I did not hear the interview I am just paraphrasing what someone else reported as to the conversation.

Posted by: 4capitals | February 26, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Clark interview | February 26, 2007 6:07 PM | Report abuse

We can only hope that this all means next season's top 2 centers will be Datsyuk and Backstrom. And Gordon easily fits in at three, plus for certain draws.

I'd certainly take Drury or Gomez too at the top spot.

Though I don't see us winning a bidding war for any of the above three FAs, despite our expansive cap room. While the Caps are perhaps the team best able to take advantage of the current FA market, and have the asset of cap room that most other teams don't, I'm sure GM doesn't have the budget to match.

Posted by: pepper | February 26, 2007 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The Caps did not have any interest in Berard. Just talked to GMGM.

Posted by: Tarik | February 26, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Would the Caps have any interest in Petr Cajanek or Niko Kapanen? Both are currently on waivers.

Posted by: idl | February 26, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

There goes Nycholat.
(Minor leaguer & a draft pick)

Posted by: Deadline watchin' | February 26, 2007 7:32 PM | Report abuse

idl -
Cajanek caught my eye was well. If Zubrus is dealt, this could be a "suitable" short-term replacement for the rest of the year (as opposed to Beech or Laich stepping into the top line). Personally, I would pass on Kapanen.

Posted by: SpendSomeMoney | February 26, 2007 9:42 PM | Report abuse

The CAPS are just wasting Semin and OV, Leonsis is gouging fans for a horrible product. Ticket prices are ridiculous, attendance is miserable and the morale of a formerly scrappy team has seemingly bottomed out. Funny the directions of 2 young low budget teams, the Penguins being the other.

Posted by: bms | February 27, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

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