Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Heward Goes to Russia

According to European Hockey.net former Capital defenseman Jamie Heward has signed on to play for SKA St. Petersburg in the Russia Super League. Washington traded Heward at the deadline last season to the LA Kings for a conditional 2008 draft pick. The condition being if Heward signed with LA for the 2007-08 season the Capitals would receive a 5th round draft pick. However, with Heward signing in Russia the Capitals will receive nothing. Heward played for the Caps from the beginning of the 2005-06 season until he was traded last season. For the Caps he played in 123 games with 11 goals, 33 assists, 44 points, 81 Penalty minutes and a +/- rating of -1. He also was the recipient of an errant skate from Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano that caused he to miss about a month of last season while having to undergo facial reconstruction surgery. Unfortunately the Caps will now receive nothing for the trade and I wonder if he could have been better utilized by playing for the Caps down the stretch last season, but hindsight is 20/20 isn't it.

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