Washington Capitals

Washington Capitals Acquire Eric Belanger: Fantasy Impact

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 28:  Eric Belanger #25 of the Minnesota Wild waits to take a faceoff during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on December 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. The Wild defeated the Kings 4-3.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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Fantasy KnuckleheadsCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2010

The Washington Capitals have acquired center Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild for a 2nd round pick. Belanger, 32, has 13 goals and 22 assists in 60 games in Minnesota this season.

How, and where, Belanger fits with the Caps is something that’s open for wide discussion. On TSN during their trade deadline coverage, a fairly heated discussion erupted about how this addition would impact the lines for Washington, and this argument might not be settled for some time.

Tomas Fleichmann and Dave Steckel could be the most impacted players from this deal, as the center position is suddenly crowded in the nation’s capital. Until Washington determines where Belanger fits on their roster, the fantasy impact of this trade will continue to be a tough puzzle to figure out. Keep an eye on the next few games for the Caps as they tinker with their lines.

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