The Rangers, Capitals get the first real chance at Aaron Ekblad after trade July 16, 2021 July 16, 2021 admin

The New York Rangers and Washington Capitals will have to wait until Saturday for their first real shot at acquiring Aaron Ekstrom from the Columbus Blue Jackets, who traded the forward on Friday.

Ekblad, 27, had 16 goals and 29 points in 82 games this season for Columbus, but he was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators last week.

The Senators waived him and signed former Edmonton Oilers forward Jussi Jokinen to a one-year, $1.3 million contract, and the Blue Jackets signed Ekblads brother, winger Alexander, to a two-year contract.

The Rangers traded away defenseman Chris Kreider and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Friday in a deal that sent defenseman JussIan Jokinengen to the Senators.

The Capitals are hoping to make some changes to their roster and also have some cap space to pursue a return for Alex Ovechkin, but Ekblades play will be a big factor in whether he can be a factor.