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The Duke is Coming to the Capital!

2015-11-22

The long saga of Patrick Kane trade talk has finally come to an end. After two deals being rejected by the league, the Washington Capitals finally got a deal done. Kane, 27, has 9 goals and 16 points in 19 games, has been rumored to be on the move from the day GM Arsenault took over. It became quite clear in the first days of Arsenault's regim he was not fond of Kane, for reasons that are still unkown.

The full deal includes Garrett Ross and a 2017 2nd going to Montreal along with Kane, while the Capitals receive Anthony Duclair, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan Beaulieu, FIlip Chlapik, and a 2016 First from Dallas. This trade clearly marks the re-tool that has been long needed here in Washington to be competitive. Most believed Patrick Kane would be one asset to stay with the team, but clearly the management team had a different plan.

Anthony Duclair, a former member of the Quebec Ramparts, is a natural goalscorer who is expected to be a massive piece of this team for the long term futre. Alot of people compare the young forward to now team mate Evander Kane, which can only mean good things ahead from Duclair.

Mikko Rantanen, was picked 10th overall in the 2015 NHL draft. Rantanen is a guy who won't daze you with  highlight reel goals, he's a guy who you look down at the box score at the end of the night and say wow he had 3 or 4 points. Rantanen is expected to need another season or 2 of development before he is ready to contribute on a regualr basis.

Nathan Bealieu is a highly skilled d-man who, all though not physically dominant, can play a very solid 2-way game. He is expected to log very big minutes in the near future, and is expeceted to be an anchor on this teams blue line as soon as this year. 

Filip Chlapik, who currently plays for the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL, coincidentally the hometown of GM Arsenault. Arsenault knows this prospect very well. Chlapik is a playmaking centerman who has put up 20 points in 21 games so far this year on a very dissapointing Charlottetown team. Chlapik is missing his former line mate and best friend this year in Daniel Sprong, that is a major reason for his lackluster season this far according to Arsenault. But don't worry because now they are both Capitals and its expected to stay that way long term. Arsenault is reportedly very excited for this dynamic Duo.

Arsenault has made it known he is a big draft guy, and him not having a 2016 first was killing him, so getting the Dallas 2016 first was big for him. Although it is expected to be a mid teen pick, Arsenault is confident in his drafting ability and is confident he will be able to get a very effective player in that range.