Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 11/19/14
The Washington Capitals made several transactions on the penultimate trading day of the season.  To recap them: -The Capitals traded minor league forward Matt Clackson to the Phoenix Coyotes for former Capital RWJoel Rechlicz, who will report to the AHL Hershey Bears.  "Recker," he of the wooden stick, played 3 games for the Capitals last season.  This season, he has played 36 games for the Portland Pirates of the AHL, posting 0 points and 149 penalty minutes, but, as Katie points out, his impact on the Bears goes beyond the numbers: "Won't mean much for the Caps, although Recker was a suitable fill in when needed as a call up in DC in the past.  Recker is the epitome of the "team" guy.  He'll stand up for his teammates, fight when necessary.  Provides a spark.  Is a voice on the bench and in the locker room.  Rallies his team, ultimate cheerleader. Recker is a big part of what the Bears have been lacking.  It doesn't matter if he's only skating a few minutes a night, or even scratched.  He'll bring his teammates up when they're down and knock them down if they get too high." -John Erskine was activated from injured reserve and played against the Carolina Hurricanes.  As a result, Dmitry Orlov and Tomas Kundratek were reassigned to Hershey. -To make room on the Hershey blue line, the Capitals traded defenseman Garrett Stafford to the Edmonton Oilers for LW Dane Byers, who will also report to the AHL.  This season with Oklahoma City of the AHL, Byers has 10 points and 144 penalty minutes in 58 games.  In his career, Byers has played 14 NHL games over three seasons with the New York Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, plus has 249 points in 443 AHL games.  The Capitals signed undrafted college free agent defenseman Nate Schmidt out of the University of Minnesota to a 2-year entry-level contract.  If that name sounds familiar, it's because he played at the Capitals' Development Camp last summer.  A 6', 195-lb offensive defenseman, Schmidt doesn't take a lot of penalties, but isn't afraid to drop the mitts when needed, either.  He could be a top prospect for the Capitals.  He is with the big team for the moment but will likely be assigned to Hershey soon. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

AUDIO: Reds skipper Bryan Price drops 77 f-bombs in rant

Monty Williams: Warriors home crowd noise 'out of hand'

LT thinks Philip Rivers won’t play for Chargers in 2015

Report: Kevin Ollie 'seriously considered' for Thunder job

Floyd Mayweather: I'm a better fighter than Muhammad Ali

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Video emerges of Warren Sapp talking about prostitute arrest

Chip Kelly in 2011: Tim Tebow is not our team's QB type

NBA commissioner: Sports gambling is 'good for business'

RG3 'wouldn't be bummed' if Redskins don't pick up option

Adrian Peterson would be the death of the Cowboys

Raptors GM fined $35K for comment about Paul Pierce

Cubs will reportedly call up prospect Addison Russell

Brewers' Scooter Gennett shares photo of nasty shower injury

WATCH: Fan at Pirates game hit by foul ball through netting

Hall of Famer Jim Palmer blasts David Ortiz over ejection

WATCH: President Obama leads 'O-H-I-O' chant

Fred Hoiberg shares video of him walking after heart surgery

DeAndre Jordan geeks out at Batman Exhibit

Philly welcomes Tim Tebow with 'tebowing' pretzel

Marshall Henderson trolls Erin Andrews over Stoll arrest

Steve Ballmer turned Lakers locker room into owner's lounge

Alex Rodriguez: Heir to the Empire

The Tim Tebow lottery ticket

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mayweather: I'm better than Ali

WATCH: Sapp talks prostitute arrest

Jim Palmer blasts David Ortiz

Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 car wins at Long Beach

Pat Riley takes shot at LeBron?

Philly welcomes Tim Tebow with 'tebowing' pretzel

Stop the Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady debate

Alex Rodriguez: Heir to the Empire

The Tim Tebow lottery ticket

If Tony Parker's not right, it's going to go wrong for Spurs

So the Mets might be contenders

Why Billy Donovan won't go to Oklahoma City

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.