Capitals honored Andre Burakovsky trade request

Chris Lingebach
June 28, 2019 - 4:48 pm
Capitals honored Andre Burakovsky trade request

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When the Capitals traded forward Andre Burakovsky to the Colorado Avalanche, they fulfilled an obligation to the 24-year-old that was four-plus months in the making.

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Before the Feb. 25 trade deadline this past season, as the Caps were acquiring the necessary pieces to make another run for the Stanley Cup, Burakovsky, facing a diminished role and ice time, had requested a trade.

"We pursued it at the deadline, but it would have had to be a home run then," Caps GM Brian MacLellan tells Mike Vogel. "We would have had to bring back a player at that point. To trade him for picks at the deadline didn't make any sense when we were trying to put together a playoff run."

Burakovsky wanted to be traded to a team that would let him play in a top-six role, according to Vogel.

"Had the player not requested the trade," MacLellan said, "I would have preferred to keep him in that third-line role for this season."

Burakovsky got his wish on Friday. He now joins former Stanley Cup teammate Philipp Grubauer – who was traded by the Caps last offseason – in Colorado.

In return, the Caps receive two draft picks – a second- and third-rounder – in the 2020 NHL Draft, along with pending unrestricted free agent forward Scott Kosmachuk.

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