The Buffalo Sabres have predominantly used defenseman Mike Weber as a healthy scratch lately; the 28 year old left shot blue liner has only played in 35 of Buffalo’s games this season, and he’s been the odd man out more often than not lately.
In a hope to push for the post-season with depth, though, the Washington Capitals decided the defenseman was a good fit – on Tuesday afternoon, the team officially announced that they had acquired Weber from Buffalo for a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
In addition to getting a defenseman, the Capitals won’t have to pay much for the trade; the official PR release given by the team confirmed that the Sabres will retain half of Weber’s salary for the year, which makes his already-cheap $1.66M cap hit that much easier for the Washington Capitals to take on. Per General Fanager, the Capitals sat with just over $1M in cap space at the time of the trade; that makes this deal a near-perfect fit.
Drafted 57th overall by the Sabres in 2006, Weber boasts nine goals and 53 points over 341 NHL games played. This year, he’s recorded a goal and five points in 35 games played.