What you need to know about the Capitals’ offseason plans
By Sam McBrideThe Washington Capitals made a trade for forward Tom Wilson and defenseman Nicklas Backstrom.
They also signed defenseman Nate Schmidt to a three-year contract extension.
Wilson, a 23-year-old who has played in the NHL since 2012, will be the team’s third defenseman this offseason.
The 23-goal, 63-point scorer last season with the Edmonton Oilers was the Capitals fourth defenseman to play in the league.
He played in two games with the New York Rangers last season.
Wilson scored at least 30 goals in six of his first seven seasons in the League.
The 27-year old had five goals and 19 assists in 58 games for the Rangers last year.
Schmidt, 29, had 10 goals and 26 assists in 74 games with Boston last season and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.
He was selected No. 22 overall in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils.
Schneider, 24, signed a two-year deal with the Capitals in November and will be a restricted free agent this offseason after his season ended prematurely with an injury.
He had two goals and two assists in 19 games with Colorado in 2014-15.
The Capitals are in need of a defenseman.
The team signed defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who is coming off a down season.
ShattenKirk is coming from the Calgary Flames, where he had six goals and 21 assists in 81 games last season, but the Capitals need another defenseman.
The Caps have five draft picks in the upcoming draft, including the No. 9 overall pick and the No.
“No. 1 overall pick is a legitimate possibility for the Capitals.
They could have as many as five picks in that spot.
The other two picks are likely to go to the Florida Panthers.
The Washington Senators traded forward Kyle Turris to the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman David Warsofsky and a fourth-round pick.
Turris had a season-high 27 goals in 80 games with New Jersey last season but has a $5.5 million cap hit.
Warsofski has two goals, four assists and a minus-2 rating in 54 games this season.
He is coming back from knee surgery in January and has played for five teams this season but is expected to be a limited participant.
The Columbus Blue Jackets waived forward Tyler Bozak, a fourth round pick, and forward Chris Butler, a third round pick.
The Blue Jackets are on pace to have the NHL’s fourth-best offense with 17 goals and 34 points, according to HockeyAnalysis.
They finished second in the Atlantic Division with 37 points last season after finishing second in their division with 33 points in 2013-14.
The Toronto Maple Leafs also signed forward Joffrey Lupul to a two year contract extension in October.
Lupul had 15 goals and 30 points in 81 career games with Toronto.