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Capitals Add Defenseman Joel Edmundson In Trade With Montreal



Montreal Canadiens' Joel Edmundson plays during an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, March 28, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Washington Capitals have added another veteran presence to the team’s blue line, trading for Canadiens defensemen Joel Edmundson soon after free agency opened Saturday.

In exchange, Montreal acquired a third-round pick (from Minnesota) and a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft. Montreal will retain 50% of Edmundson’s $3.5 million cap hit next season, which is the final year of his contract.

Edmundson, 30, brings eight years of NHL experience to the Capitals’ collection of left-handed defensemen, a group consisting of Martin Fehervary, Rasmus Sandin and Alex Alexeyev — all 23-years old.

With Montreal last season, Edmundson — an alternate captain — finished second on the team with 149 blocks. Offensively, he tallied 13 points — two goals, 11 assists — in 61 games.

Edmundson was a second-round draft pick of the St. Louis Blues in 2011.

Jared Serre covers the Washington Capitals for Washington Hockey Now. He is a graduate of West Virginia University.