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.
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.