Fehr Headed Home

As the Free Agency period begins to slow down, the Washington Capitals continue to make deals. Friday, Capitals GM George McPhee announced that Eric Fehr had been traded to the Winnipeg Jets for prospect, Danick Paquette along with a fourth round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

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Fehr will be heading back to his home Province of Manitoba for the 2011-2012 season where the newest NHL franchise, the Winnipeg Jets, will be located. Fehr put up 20 points in 52 games during the 2010-2011 season, with 10 goals and 10 assists. He also recorded 1 goal in 5 playoff games this year. Fehr will still be a familiar face in Washington, playing a minimum of 3 games there this season with the Jets being a divisional opponent replacing the Atlanta Thrashers.

Danick Paquette, 20, was the Thrashers/Jets third round draft pick in 2008 and played in the ECHL this past season. Paquette put up 20 points, 13 goals and 7 assists, with the Gwinnett Gladiators in the 2010-2011 season.Paquette will most likely spend most of this season in the Hershey Organization or with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

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Fehr is yet another “big body” that the organization has gotten rid of this offseason, whether by trade or by not re-signing. I really hope McPhee and the Capitals know what they’re doing by ridding themselves of the grinders that they became so dependent of during the latter half of the 2010-2011 season. Fehr joins the likes of Andrew Gordon, Boyd Gordon, and Matt Bradley this offseason. Best of luck to all of them next season.

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  • CLIFORD

    McPhee is trading a relatively young power forward with soft hands and grit for a third round draft choice who doesn’t figure to play on the parent club for perhaps another two years? So now the roster of former Capitals reads Fehr, Tomas Fleischmann, both Gordons and Matt Bradley–grinders one and all…Look. I love perimeter skill players as much (or more) than anyone. But to go far in the playoffs–or to even have success during the regular season on the road against the really tough, gritty clubs like Boston and Philadelphia, you’d better have experienced lunch pail and hard hat types taking regular shifts on your roster. If not, look for an early exit during the second season….if you even make it that far…

    Clifford
    Santa Monica

    • Matt.Geiser

      I agree 100%. I don’t think what the Capitals are doing with all of their grinders is a smart decision for even the regular season. I love who they have picked up so far, but as you said, to go far, a team must have the gritty players to get into the corners and fight for the puck. As of right now, the Capitals have very few left.