The Anaheim Ducks made a flurry of moves Tuesday, a day ahead of the NHL's trade deadline, sending forward Dustin Penner to Washington and goalie Viktor Fasth to Edmonton, and later adding defenceman Stephane Robidas from Dallas.
In exchange for the six-foot-four, 247-pound Penner, Anaheim received the 2014 fourth-round draft pick they had sent to Washington in a trade for Mathieu Perreault in September.
For Fasth, a backup goalie, the Ducks got a 2015 third-round pick and a 2014 fifth-rounder from Edmonton.
Robidas cost the Ducks a conditional fourth-round pick that may turn into a third-rounder for Dallas if the veteran defenceman plays 50 per cent of the Ducks' playoff games and the team reaches the Western Conference finals.
Robidas, 37, hasn't played since Nov. 29 because of a broken leg. He has four goals and five points in 24 games in the final season of a four-year contract with an average annual value of $3.3 million US.
"Stephane is the consummate professional," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement released by the team. "He has set a great example for our young core, not only when he was playing, but in his recovery as well."
Penner, 31, had 13 goals and 32 points in 49 games this season for the Ducks.
He would appear to naturally fit into the Capitals' top line at left wing.
"I look forward to coming in," Penner said, "and hopefully adding something they were looking for."
A native of Winkler, Man., Penner was fifth on Anaheim in goals this season and tied for fifth with a plus-22 rating.
The 10-year NHL veteran has played 571 regular-season games for Los Angeles, Edmonton and Anaheim, compiling 307 points on 150 goals and 157 assists along with 352 penalty minutes.
In 35 playoff contests, Penner has 13 goals and 35 points. He's a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning with Anaheim in 2007 and with L.A. in 2012.
Anaheim tops the West standings and the 30-team league with a 43-14-5 mark for 91 points, and is believed to be freeing up salary cap space in an attempt to make further moves.