WASHINGTON (AP) – Left wing Jeff Friesen was traded to the Washington Capitals by the New Jersey Devils on Monday for a conditional 2006 draft pick.

The deal gives the Capitals a proven forward and allows the Devils to trim salary so they can get under the NHL’s new $39 million cap. Friesen is set to make $2.28 million this season.

“Jeff brings speed, Stanley Cup-winning experience and leadership to our locker room,” Capitals general manager George McPhee said. “We look forward to having him on our hockey club.”

New Jersey went an allowed amount over the salary cap when they signed forward Alexander Mogilny last month but faced an Oct. 1 deadline to get under the threshold.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Friesen has 208 goals and 285 assists in 10 seasons for San Jose, Anaheim and New Jersey.

His best season was 1997-98 with the Sharks, when he scored 31 goals and had 63 points. He has five 20-goal seasons.

In the 2003-04 season, Friesen had 17 goals and 20 assists in 81 games for the Devils. A year earlier, he helped New Jersey win the Stanley Cup, recording 10 goals and four assists in 24 postseason games.

A first-round pick in 1994, he made the NHL’s all-rookie team.


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