The Washington Capitals have traded forward Andre Burakovsky to the Colorado Avalanche for a second and third round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft and pending unrestricted free agent forward Scott Kosmachuk.
It was speculated that Burakovsky could be traded for much of the 2018-19 season. The Capitals 2013 first round pick showed promise as a young player, scoring a career high 17 goals and 38 points in the 2015-16 season. Although Burakovsky could never fully reach his potential, but a change of scenario could be valuable for the Avalanche.
Burakovsky had to be traded for the Capitals to stay under the salary cap. The salary cap is $81.5 million, $1.5 million less than projected. In Burakovsky’s absence, the Capitals are now in need of a third line right winger.