Caps trade for minor-league defenseman Chay Genoway

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The Capitals have acquired minor-league defenseman Chay Genoway from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.

Genoway, 26, will join Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears. An undrafted free agent out of North Dakota, he signed with Minnesota in 2011 just days after leading the Fighting Sioux to the Frozen Four that April. He was team captain for that prestigious college program as a junior and a senior.

The Morden, Manitoba native stands just 5-foot-9 and 177 pounds. But at the AHL level, Genoway has flashed some offensive skill with 55 points in 125 games, including four goals and 15 assists this season. He played for the Houston Aeros, Minnesota’s AHL affiliate. He appeared in one NHL game with the Wild. According to Michael Russo, the Minnesota Tribune’s Wild beat writer, that organization made the move in part to create contract room for possible trade deadline moves and to create space on the AHL roster.

Later in the day Washington acquired forward Nicolas Deschamps, another player destined for Herhsey. Deschamps, 23, had seven goals and nine assists for the Toronto Marlies this season – the AHL affiliate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had three goals and nine assists in 17 Calder Cup playoff games last spring alone. The 6-1, 182-pound winger was a second-round draft pick in 2008 by the Anaheim Ducks. In return, Washington sent defenseman Kevin Marshall to the Maple Leafs. The Caps had acquired Marshall last February from Philadelphia for forward Matt Ford.

Adding the two contracts gives Washington 48 signed players in the organization with prospects Filip Forsberg and Tom Wilson, who have signed entry-level deals but are playing in Sweden and junior hockey in Canada respectively, not counting yet against that total. No team is allowed more than 50.

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