Fleischman, 26, has played in all 23 games for Washington this season, with 4 goals and 6 assists. He tallied 51 points last season for the Capitals and adds depth at forward, something the Avalanche have desperately needed this season due to widespread injury. Fleischmann is under contract for $2.5 million this season, and will be an unrestricted free agent after the season ends.
While the trade for a forward is no surprise, the fact that Colorado has given up Scott Hannan does come as a surprise. Signed as a free agent in 2007, Hannan never quite lived up to his contract. His cap hit this season was $4.5 million, meaning Colorado was able to slice almost $2 million from their payroll this season, paying for the additions of Ryan O’Byrne and Matt Hunwick, both added through trade this season.
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