The St. Louis Blues have traded RW T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for RW Troy Brouwer, G Pheonix Copley, and a 2016 3rd round draft pick. The trade comes as really no surprise, after the Blues had another early playoff exit and Oshie failed to produce in both the regular and post season.
Oshie’ value went way up after the Olympics in 2014, with his incredible shootouts performance against Russia. When it came to shootouts, Oshie was as close to automatic as it gets in the NHL. But when it came to on-ice production, Oshie just wasn’t there. T.J. Oshie tallied 19 goals and 36 assists in 72 games played in the 2014-15 season. In the playoffs, Oshie played on the top line for all six games against the Minnesota Wild and tallied one goal and one assist.
This move also frees up some cap space for the Blues, as Oshie is due $4.5 million dollars in the 2015-16 season. In seven seasons with the Blues, T.J. Oshie only eclipsed the 20-goal mark once; which was in the 2013-14 season.
One of the players the Blues acquired, Troy Brouwer, has scored at least 20 goals in both of the last two seasons. He also played all 82 games in both of the last two seasons. He will be a quality third-liner for the Blues. Brouwer also brings a winning mentality to the locker room, as he won a Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues also acquired goaltender Pheonix Copley. He played in 26 games for the Washington Capitals AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears last season. Copley posted a 17-4-3 record with a .925 save percentage. The Blues also received a third round pick in 2016 from the Caps as a part of the trade.
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