Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky has had a rough start to his season and was a healthy scratch for a second straight game tonight against Carolina. Accordingly, his name has started to come up in trade discussions, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted in an appearance on Sportsnet 960 (audio link).
The 23-year-old has been in trade speculation dating back to last season but he has shown spurts of becoming a top-six player in the past so Washington opted to hold onto him. However, those spurts haven’t been evident too often this season as he has just eight points in 29 games while spending most of the year in their bottom six. That’s not particularly good value for a $3MM cap charge on a team that is once again very tight to the salary cap.
It’s that cap hit that may ultimately make a sell-low move a realistic possibility.