The Washington Capitals admitted they weren’t finished when they dealt for defenseman Mike Weber earlier during the trade deadline week – and sure enough, the team’s deal to send forward Brooks Laich to the Toronto Maple Leafs proves that.
Laich was sent to the Atlantic Division club late on Sunday evening in a deal that shipped Laich, prospect Connor Carrick, and a 2016 second round draft selection out in exchange for forward Daniel Winnik and a 2016 fifth round draft selection. At the time the trade was announced, it seemed that neither side retained any salary in the deal, and none of the picks involved were conditional.
Drafted 193rd overall by the Ottawa Senators at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the now-32 year old Laich has produced 133 goals and 324 points over the course of a 743 game NHL career. He’s joined by 21 year old defenseman Connor Carrick heading to Toronto; drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, Carrick poses potential NHL upside for the Leafs with 10 goals and 25 points in 46 games for the Hershey Bears this season in the AHL.
Heading to Washington is a face familiar to the trade deadline, as the Leafs ship out forward Daniel Winnik for the second consecutive year as a depth option for teams looking to compete in the post-season. A 2004 draft selection of the then-Phoenix Coyotes, Winnik boasts four goals and 14 points for the Leafs this season over 56 games to supplement 62 goals and 198 points in 625 career NHL games.