Well now I’ve officially seen it all. T.J. Oshie was traded from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday to the Washington Capitals for Troy Brouwer, Pheonix Copley, and a 3rd round pick in the 2016 draft. And I’ve got to think if we looked a little deeper into it we’d find that Washington probably tried throwing in a used puck bag thinking it’d sweeten the deal.
This is an interesting exchange if you ask me. Last season Oshie’s name kept popping up as a potential trade deadline deal kind of move that would bolster the offense of a contender. Something, that if it did happen would have to take a significant return to get him. But it didn’t happen… until now. And the return St. Louis got Thursday just isn’t enough. A minor league starting goalie at best right now in Copley, a 3rd round pick, and Brouwer who in all fairness is solid in his own right. None of those things however help the Blues improve enough presently in the stacked Central division.
Oshie is one of those guys with a lot of positives that I thought would be a bit closer to a 25 goal scorer each season than he has been at this point in his career. However he is a great player and a constant threat offensively. If he lines up with Backstrom in Washington that 25 goal mark is well in sight. I would have loved to seen him in a Bruins uniform alongside David Krejci. Last season against Boston Oshie wired a high hard one glove side on Malcolm Subban, a world class one-timer, that sent Subban back to the AHL’s Providence Bruins twice as fast as the bus he rode in on. The kid can flat out shoot.
So, what did we end up with here? A great opportunity for T.J. Oshie to help push the Washington Capitals over the hump, along with the Justin Williams addition, and finally get the organization back to a Stanley Cup Final. And St. Louis, although some good pieces, gets less immediate help than they should have got in return. The “+1” goes to Washington on this deal.