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Capitals trade Niskanen to Flyers for Gudas, clear cap space

The Flyers acquired Matt Niskanen from the Capitals for Radko Gudas on Friday in a one-for-one swap of defensemen that upgrades Philadelphia's blue line offense and gives Washington much needed salary-cap space.

Niskanen provides the Flyers with an offensive-minded, right-handed shot who can also help on the power play. Philadelphia is retaining 30% of Gudas' $3.35 million cap hit, which means Washington saves $3.405 million going into an offseason with several players in need of new contracts.

"We feel this move provides us with financial flexibility as we look for additional ways to strengthen our team," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. "In addition, we are pleased to welcome Radko to our organization. Radko is a good defensive defenseman that plays a competitive, physical game."

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Leaders
Points: A. Ovechkin89
Plus/Minus: M. Kempny24
Shots on Goal: A. Ovechkin338
PIM: T. Wilson128
Win: B. Holtby32
Shutouts: B. Holtby3
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 274 (5)
Shots: 2492 (22)
PP%: 20.8% (12)
Penalty Minutes: 730 (11)
Assists: 478 (5)
SH Goals: 5 (25)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
xy-Washington 48 26 8 104
x-NY Islanders 48 27 7 103
x-Pittsburgh 44 26 12 100
x-Carolina 46 29 7 99
x-Columbus 47 31 4 98
Philadelphia 37 37 8 82
NY Rangers 32 36 14 78
New Jersey 31 41 10 72
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 248 (15)
Shots Against: 2584 (17)
PK%: 78.9% (24)
Penalty Minutes: 706 (12)
Shutouts: 4 (20)
Sv%: 0.904 (18)
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
6/14 R. Gudas Traded for Matt Niskanen
6/10 L. O'Brien Contract extended One-year contract extension
5/31 C. McCarthy Signed as Free Agent Minors contract - Hershey-AHL
5/29 P. Milner Signed as Free Agent Minors contract - Hershey-AHL
5/21 L. Thompson Signed as Free Agent Minors contract - Hershey-AHL
5/20 S. Gersich Contract extended One-year contract extension
5/20 B. Pinho Contract extended One-year contract extension
5/17 M. Kammerer Signed with European team Dusseldorfer EG-Germany
5/17 J. Ikonen Waived For purpose of being released
5/6 A. Jonsson-Fjallby Sent to minors Hershey-AHL
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