Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Matt Carle (25) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals center Mathieu Perreault (85) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Washington. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Nick Wass
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Anaheim Ducks have acquired centre Mathieu Perreault from the Washington Capitals in exchange for minor leaguer John Mitchell and a fourth-round pick in next year's draft.
The teams announced the deal Sunday.
Perreault has played in 159 games with the Capitals, scoring 70 points with a plus-17 rating. He has won 51.2 per cent of his faceoffs.
Perreault began his career in Washington playing for Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau, who also coached Perreault in the AHL.
Perreault will be a restricted free agent after the season, but could find a solid role in Anaheim. He will compete for playing time at centre with Nick Bonino, Peter Holland and Saku Koivu.
Mitchell is a left wing who spent last season with the Ducks' AHL affiliate in Norfolk.