Oshie joins Chorney in Washington following trade
GRAND FORKS - Upon learning that he had been traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Washington Capitals, T.J. Oshie called his family and notified them.
GRAND FORKS – Upon learning that he had been traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Washington Capitals, T.J. Oshie called his family and notified them.
His first text after that was to Taylor Chorney.
Oshie and Chorney came to the University of North Dakota as freshmen in 2005, played three seasons together, pledged together to return for their junior years despite pressure to turn pro, led the team to the Frozen Four every year they were in college and turned pro together in 2008.
Now, they are together again in Washington.
“I’m excited to have that NoDak brotherhood transfer to Washington,” Oshie said. “It’s going to be nice going to a new team with a familiar face.”
A day after Chorney signed with the Caps as a free agent, Oshie was part of a blockbuster trade that caught even the former Warroad High School star off guard.
Oshie said he heard rumors that he could be traded, but expected it to happen during the NHL Draft. Once draft weekend passed, Oshie figured he would remain with the Blues, who drafted him in the first round in 2005 and have employed him for the last seven years.
But Blues general manager Doug Armstrong called Oshie on Thursday morning to tell him the news: He’s headed to the nation’s capital in exchange for gritty winger Troy Brouwer, goalie prospect and former Michigan Tech player Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick in 2016.
“My initial reaction was a little bit of a shock, even though I knew it was a bit of a possibility,” Oshie said. “After a couple of minutes, I started getting excited.”
Ex-UND player Kristo signs contract with St. Louis
Danny Kristo, who spent the last two years in the New York Rangers’ organization, has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues.
Kristo, a former UND standout, wasn’t able to crack the Rangers’ lineup, but had success with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack. Kristo finished third on the team in scoring each of the last two seasons.
If Kristo does not crack the Blues’ lineup, he will be playing with the AHL Chicago Wolves, who inked former UND player Evan Trupp to a one-year deal Thursday.
Around the league
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with defenseman Tyson Strachan on a one-year, two-way contract and signed forward Jared Knight to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Thursday. Strachan, 30, recorded five assists in 46 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season. Knight, 23, recorded seven points (three goals) in 16 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL last season.
The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forwards Patrice Cormier and Matt Fraser on Thursday. Both are one-year, two-way deals worth $650,000 per year.
Martin St. Louis, a seven-time All-Star who played in the NHL for 16 seasons, retired Thursday. The 40-year-old right wing tallied 391 goals and 642 assists in 1,134 games. His best NHL season came in 2003-04, when he tallied 94 points and won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player while leading Tampa Bay to the Stanley Cup.