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The Capitals made a late afternoon trade Tueday, acquiring defenseman Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third round 2017 draft pick. Buffalo will retain half of Weber’s $2 million salary. He is scheduled to become a UFA at the end of the year.
Weber’s acquisition puts another big body like Brooks Orpik on the Caps’ blueline. The trade is a bit of a surprise, seeing as the Capitals already have a lot of very good defensemen playing right now.
Perhaps Weber will simply serve as insurance since some members of the team’s blue line have been banged up this season.