Early Monday afternoon Washington Capitals writer Mike Vogel tweeted that forward Chandler Stephenson was not going to be on ice for practice that day. At the time Vogel would not confirm if a trade would take place, but did elude to the fact that a roster move was likely.
Later Monday evening both Darren Dreger and Elliotte Friedman would both confirm that Vegas were in talks with the Capitals in regards to Stephenson.
At 10:20pm EST, the Washington Capitals announced that they have officially traded Stephenson to the Vegas Golden Knights for a fifth round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
After a solid rookie season where Stephenson helped the Capitals win the 2018 Stanley Cup championship, he would not be able to capitalize on his Cup momentum and would fall down the depth chart to Travis Boyd, Nic Dowd, and recent additions Brendan Leipsic and Garnet Hathaway. Also with the Capitals tight on salary cap space, and with forwards Carl Hagelin and Nicklas Backstrom returning from injury, salary needed to be shed.
We would like to wish Chandler Stephenson the best of luck with the Vegas Golden Knights, and thank you for everything here with the Washington Capitals.
*Feature photo and player headshot courtesy of the NHL.
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