Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Buffalo Sabres Trade Weber to Washington Capitals

The Buffalo Sabres traded Mike Weber to the Washington Capitals in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2017, as reported by ESPN.  As part of the trade, Buffalo will be retaining half of Weber's salary and cap hit for this season.  

Weber is a stay-at-home defenseman and shot blocker who the Capitals felt they needed to add for blueline depth.  A 2006 second-round draft pick of the Sabres, Weber has 53 points in 341 games at the NHL level.  This season so far, he has 5 points in 35 games.  

The Capitals are near the top of the heap when it comes to reaching the salary cap this season, while the Sabres have plenty of cap space available, according to  This was most certainly a consideration in the Sabres retaining half of Weber's salary and cap hit.  

Weber is also slated to become an unrestricted free agent (UFA) at the end of this season, which most likely factored into the trade.  If Buffalo really likes Weber and wants him back long-term, they will have the opportunity to sign him on July 1 (if he doesn't sign with the Capitals before that time), and they gain the draft pick for 2017 in the process.  

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