NHL trade deadline: Capitals win sweepstakes for coveted Kevin Shattenkirk

With less than a week to the trade deadline, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan insisted the NHL-leading roster he’s assembled required only a tweak here and there, if any.

Four days later, Kevin Shattenkirk, the highly coveted Blues defenseman, is headed from St. Louis to Washington in a trade that might prove to be the biggest splash made before 3 p.m. ET Wednesday.

The deal, announced Monday night by the teams, includes a healthy bounty of picks and a top prospect going to the Blues: a first-round draft selection in 2017, a conditional second-rounder in 2019 and promising rookie forward Zach Sanford. The clubs also exchanged minor leaguers, with forward Brad Malone headed to the Blues and goalie Pheonix Copley returning to the Capitals, who dealt him last year for T.J. Oshie.

It’s one major statement by the Capitals franchise in its quest to capture an elusive Stanley Cup championship.

The clock is officially ticking as Shattenkirk will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, barring a contract extension.

“Minnesota is home and it’s a special place for me,” Cullen said. “It’s not easy to say goodbye and it’s not easy to walk away [from Pittsburgh]. I’m confident in the decision we’re making and it’s the right thing for our family. But at the same time, it’s not an easy one.

“But at age 40, it’s time to let the kids plant some roots and Nike NFL Jerseys settle down at home because, as you go through a long career, the kids give up a lot in order Cheap Miami Dolphins Jerseys to allow you to play. At a certain point here, it becomes more important to be fair to them, too. It’s a great scenario that I can continue to play in the NHL and be home. It’s an organization I’m really comfortable with and happy to be a part of.”

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