ANAHEIM – Mathieu Perreault couldn't even find escape on a golf course.
Late September is usually a safe time for veteran NHL players. Rosters are all but set, meaning trades are unlikely. But Perreault had a feeling he was about to get squeezed out of the Washington Capitals' plans, and the news all but interrupted his backswing.
"[Washington general manager] George McPhee gave me the call," Perreault said. "I was golfing with a bunch of the guys there. It was funny. We literally talked about it five minutes before the call came. I told the guys I thought I was going to get traded. Five minutes later …."
Did Perreault finish the round?
"[We were] three holes up," he said. "I finished it. But it was terrible. I was all over the place. I couldn't get my mind right."