The Capitals trade Vitek Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils for draft picks

The Washington Capitals’ young goalie tandem no longer exists.

The capitals acted Vitek Vanecek and the 46th overall pick in the 2022 NHL draft to Metropolitan Division opponents the New Jersey Devils for the 37th overall pick and a third-round pick (70th overall). The deal came just before the start of day two of the NHL draft.

The Capitals were rumored to be interested in taking on Montreal Canadiens backup Jake Allen as of last night. It’s unclear if this is her next move or something else.

Capitals writer Mike Vogel reported that the Capitals have two players on their wishlist that they plan to pick in the second round, and the team didn’t think either would be available on pick number 46.

The Capitals eventually chose the defenseman Ryan Chesley by the United States National Development Team with the 37th overall pick.

Vanecek went 41-22-10 and had a .908 save rate in two full seasons with the Capitals after spending five years in the minors with the Hershey Bears. Vanecek was the Capitals’ playoff starter both seasons, but each time he handed the net to Ilya Samsonov — once due to injury and the other due to his play.

The Capitals signaled they weren’t ready to turn to their fledgling goalie tandem for a third straight season. When asked Wednesday before the draft if the plan was to acquire a veteran on the net, Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said yes.

“Like I said, we’re going to explore trading opportunities there, we’re going to look at the free agent market, and then we’re going to analyze the RFA contracts that are coming for both of them and make a decision based on all of those things,” he said said.

Here is the full press release from the Capitals:

Capitals acquire second-round and third-round pick in 2022 draft from Devils for Vanecek and second-round pick

MONTREAL – The Washington Capitals have the second-round pick (37th overall) and third-round pick (70th overall) for goalie Vitek Vanecek and Washington’s second-round pick (46th overall, originally from Winnipeg) from the New Jersey Devils in the 2022 NHL Draft acquired ), Brian MacLellan, senior vice president and general manager, announced today.

Washington now owns New Jersey’s second- and third-round picks and its own third-round picks (85th overall), fifth-round (149th overall), sixth-round (181st overall), and seventh-round picks (213th overall). ) in the 2022 NHL draft.

Vanecek, 26, had a 41-22-10 record in 79 career games with Washington with a 2.68 clean sheet average and a .908 save. He was drafted by Washington with the Capitals’ second-round pick, 39th overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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