Caps get Oshie from Blues for Brouwer
ARLINGTON, Va. — T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday for Troy Brouwer.
"I'd feel kind of like a kid in a candy store, I guess, playing with that caliber of player," Oshie said on a conference call.
As part of the swap of right wings, Washington also will send AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft to St. Louis.
Oshie had 19 goals and 36 assists in 72 games last season, his seventh in the NHL, all with St. Louis. He is best known for scoring four times during a shootout to lead the United States to a victory against Russia at the 2014 Olympics.
The ruby-cheeked forward was a key member of a core in St. Louis that consistently produced in the regular season but didn't get much done in the playoffs — a pattern the Capitals have followed, too.
The Blues were eliminated in the first round each of the last three seasons and the team had seemed reluctant to break up a group of players that includes captain David Backes, forwards Patrik Berglund and Alexander Steen, and defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk.
"There's a lot of disappointment after the way we lost out," Oshie said.
Brouwer totaled 21 goals and 22 assists for Washington last season while appearing in all 82 games. He has played in nine NHL seasons, the last four with the Capitals after five with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Since Ovechkin — who led the NHL in goals this season — and Backstrom — No. 1 in assists — have been in Washington, the team has never made it past the second round of the playoffs. The Capitals were eliminated at that stage this year by the New York Rangers in Game 7, after leading the series 3-1.
RANGERS’ ST. LOUIS RETIRES: New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
St. Louis made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. He had 21 goals and 31 assists this past regular season, but had one goal and six assists in 19 playoffs games.
The 40-year-old St. Louis was uncertain whether he would return for another season after the Rangers were eliminated, but it was clear that New York was not going to bring the hard-working 5-foot-8 veteran back.
St. Louis had 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 regular-season games with the Calgary Flames, Lightning and Rangers. He won the Stanley Cup with the Lightning in 2004 and the Art Ross Trophy twice (1994, 2013) as the league's top scorer.
He also won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player, and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the NHL players association's Most Outstanding Player in 1994.