Capitals Acquire Eric Belanger from Wild

Per @TSNBobMcKenzie, the Capitals have acquired Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild for a 2nd round pick.


GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
Eric Belanger 60 13 22 35 -1 28 3 0 3 0 120 10.8

Per the Caps:

Belanger, 32, is in his 10th NHL season and his third season with Minnesota. The 5’11", 187-pound native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, has 13 goals and 22 assists in 60 games to rank fifth in scoring for the Wild. He also ranks seventh in the NHL with a 57.6 faceoff percentage. Belanger was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the fourth round with the 96th overall pick in the 1996 NHL Draft. He has played 617 career NHL games for Los Angeles, Carolina, Atlanta and Minnesota and has recorded 119 goals and 174 assists. Belanger has played in 30 NHL Stanley Cup playoff games, registering two goals and four assists.

Belanger previously played for Washington coach Bruce Boudreau when both were with the AHL’s Lowell Lock Monsters from 1999-2001. He had 23 goals and 35 assists in 78 games under Boudreau.

Like Scott Walker, Belanger is an unrestricted free agent this summer.  His annualized cap hit is $1,750,000, roughly $362,694 of which is still due.

For all of the latest NHL trade deadline news, be sure to check out SBN's Trade Deadline Hub:

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