Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 2:42pm


The Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Chay Genoway from the Minnesota Wild for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014.

What does it give the Washington Capitals
Few teams covet puck-moving blueliners as much as Washington, but they don't have many of them ready in the minors. Genoway is 26 years old and has proven himself at both the US college and AHL levels, and brings solid back-end depth and even some untapped potential. With Washington's defense corps riddled with injuries lately (including {P Mike Green}, {P Tom Poti}, {P John Erskine}, {P Dmitry Orlov}, and {P Jack Hillen} on the sidelines), Genoway can be called up when needed and shouldn't have a tough time adjusting to the NHL pace. This is a low-cost, solid-upside depth move for the Caps.

What does it give the Minnesota Wild
This is the second minor deal by the Wild in recent days, and accomplishes the same thing as their swap of {P=5246 Matt Kassian} to Ottawa: they move a solid minor-league player who wasn't needed, and in the process free up $575,000 in salary commitments for next season. Moreover, Minny is loaded with young bluline prospects who can move the puck (including {P Jonas Brodin}, {P Marco Scandella}, {P Steven Kampfer}, {P Mathew Dumba}, etc.) so they can afford to lose a solid offensive d-man prospect in Genoway.

Fantasy impact
Genoway is now worth keeping an eye on in deep fantasy leagues as a potential point producer for the rest of this season, but he must get called up from the AHL first. While he won't score like a star, Genoway is solid enough all-round that he might get some power play time and help fill out fantasy rosters in dire need of a healthy body. Otherwise, not much to see here.

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Washington Capitals

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Minnesota Wild

a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2014