Oilers ship Mike Grier to Capitals

Mike Grier is going to Washington.

Grier, a 27-year-old right winger, was traded by the Edmonton Oilers to the Washington Capitals for second and third-round draft picks on Monday.

The Detroit native scored a career-low eight goals, including three game-winners, in 82 games for the Oilers last season.

"It is never easy to trade a player but, in this case, it was even more difficult because of the contributions Mike has made to our team over the past six seasons," Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe said. "He has been an extraordinary leader for us, but the time has come for us to make room for our young prospects."

"I think it's fair to say we have more talented young forwards than at any time in the past decade and the development system is now paying dividends," Oilers vice president of hockey operations Kevin Prendergast added.

Grier totalled 25 points with 32 penalty minutes in 2001-02, giving him 81 goals and 183 points with 292 penalty minutes in 448 games over six seasons with Edmonton.

He starred three seasons at Boston University before being in the ninth round -- 219th overall -- by the the St. Louis Blues in 1993.

Grier's signing rights were subsequently shipped, along with goaltender Curtis Joseph, to Edmonton for two first-round picks on Aug. 4, 1995.

"We acquired an honest hockey player who will fit right into the heart of our lineup," Capitals general manager George McPhee said. "He plays a solid two-way game and is capable of scoring 20 goals."

"I think Washington is a good fit for Mike in a lot of ways," Lowe added. "I think he will bring a lot to that team."