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The Washington Capitals have acquired Tyler Graovac from the Minnesota Wild for a fifth-round pick in 2018.

Washington needed to acquire one more player who met the minimum requirements for the expansion draft or they would have had to expose two of Lars Eller, Tom Wilson or Jay Beagle. Graovac had seven goals and two assists in 52 games with Minnesota this season. Regardless of where he plays next season, he won't have any fantasy value.
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Caps Protect List


Alex Ovechkin
Nicklas Backstrom
Evgeny Kuznetsov (RFA)
Andre Burakovsky (RFA)
Marcus Johansson
Lars Eller
Tom Wilson
Jay Beagle
Tyler Graovac
Brett Connolly (RFA)
TJ Oshie (UFA)
Justin Williams (UFA)
Daniel Winnik (UFA)


Matt Niskanen
Dmitry Orlov (RFA)
John Carlson
Brooks Orpik
Nate Schmidt (RFA)
Taylor Chorney
Kevin Shattenkirk (UFA)
Karl Alzner (UFA)


Braden Holtby
Philipp Grubauer (RFA)

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As I understand it, there's no point in Las Vegas drafting a UFA because they will have first dibs on them once free agency opens up.  The RFA's are a bit of an issue though because they get the rights to them if drafted.


Schmidt and Grubauer are the only real concerns unless you have faith that Connolly can come on strong.

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Another young, promising guy with a good cap hit gets away.. Its too bad they didn't expose some guys who'd actually free up cap space if taken.. Least we could replaced them with similar value/$ player.. Not sure there's any inexpensive (yet good) D men available. Even if we trade Grubs, we won't have much cap room.

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