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Washington Capitals Trade Matt Niskanen to Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas

The Washington Capitals and General Manager Brian MacLellan announced on Friday morning that they traded established defenseman Matt Niskanen for Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers. Niskanen has been a longtime defenseman on the Capitals roster and spent five seasons with the team and helped fix up a defense that was struggling.

For the most part, Niskanen carried a blue collar mentality on the ice and always gave an honest assessment in the postgame interviews. He wasn’t a scorer but was doing all the right things, winning puck battles, the board battles, and was lethal on the penalty kill.