Caps Trade Jonas Siegenthaler for Pick

Posted April 11, 2021

(Caps Outsider)

The Capitals traded away seldom-used defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler today to New Jersey. In return, they somehow get a third-round draft pick from Arizona. I’m not entirely sure how that works out, but lo-and-behold, Siegenthaler is no longer a Cap.

The move might even be a relief for Siegenthaler, who might actually get to play going forward. However, it seems like Siegenthaler was a wasted effort on the part of the Capitals, who drafted him in 2015 in the second round, worked him into the lineup, and ended up benching him when the blue line ran too deep. He was only making $800,000, which doesn’t save the Caps very much cap space, but also likely means a different move is in the works.

Siegenthaler, 23, only played in seven games this season, one of which included only one shift late in the game.

On a personal note, it was great covering the young defenseman, who was very down-to-earth and friendly. As much as I hope the Capitals don’t regret this decision, I also wish the absolute best for Siegenthaler and will be rooting for him for the rest of his career.