Capitals Send Simon, Nikolishin To Chicago

The Washington Capitals have traded forwards Chris Simon and unsigned restricted free agent Andrei Nikolishin to the Chicago Blackhawks.

In exchange, the Capitals get center Michael Nylander, a third-round pick in 2003 and a conditional 3rd round draft pick in the 2004 entry draft.

Simon, 30, has been a rare player at times, combining toughness with scoring ability. He peaked in 1999-2000, scoring 29 goals while logging 149 penalty minutes.

But his scoring stats have declined since then. He has scored only 24 goals in the last two seasons combined, and has yet to score this season.

“We’ve known since the second half of last season that we needed to add playing toughness to our top three lines,” said Blackhawks GM Mike Smith. “Nikolishin is a top defensive center who will compliment our offensive centers. Simon is a top line player who commands physical respect.”

Nikolishin, 29, is coming off a 13 goal season. He has been a steady if unspectacular NHL player. In 519 games, he has 82 goals and 247 points. His best season was 1995-96 with Hartford, when he scored 14 goals and 51 points.

Nylander, 30, had 15 goals and 61 points last season and has scored 20 or more goals three times. In 557 career games, he has 122 goals and 376 points.


11 Responses to Capitals Send Simon, Nikolishin To Chicago

  1. mikster says:


    Nylander is a perfect mediocre player, and he does NOT put an impact on any team.

    Simon AND Nikolishin? I wouldn’t even give Simon up for Nylander. Simon puts an impact on a team. Sure he hasn’t done much recently but he is still that big player to put on the PP, to put in rebounds, deflect pucks, and play aggressively.

    As for Niko, solid 3rd line player, probably more than just that on the Blackhawks. He is solid defensively, can play LW and C, can win face offs, put him on a PK and PP.

    So in the end. Capitals got a decent player who had two 60 point seasons, and can score 20 goals.

    Hawks got Niko, 30 point scorer, but plays good hockey. Simon is just good to have.

    Good trade for the Hawks, getting two starters for one.

  2. titans says:

    Wow! What the hell are the Cap’s thinking? Nylander??? Caps can’t help but constantly shoot themselves in the foot!

  3. Habs4ever says:

    Worst trade the Caps have done in a while. Almost as bad as signing Robert Lang for 5 mil a year, even though that wasnt a trade. Caps gave up two character players for a wuss. Oh man. Great trade by Chicago.

  4. ggscum says:

    the capitals are probably thinking that grier can fill in and do the same nothing that simon has been putting out. that and they finally get the niko dilemna off of their back. its not an even trade, but the caps should be happy with the deal.

  5. rrudd says:

    win: chicago. landslide.

    west gets stronger again.

  6. Tradedude says:

    nikolishin might have been worth the trade, but simon, yah he gets hurt alot, big woop, he can still manage a good 15- 20 goals. man i was shocked that mcphee would go out there and trade for a loser such as nylander, why? i dont know, but as said b4 west gets stronger, good aditions to chicago for fluery and amonte’s absence, i wouldnt be suprised if simon gets hurt for half the season. again.

  7. MantaRay says:

    Contrary to most of the commentary, I have to give the victory to the CAPS.

    Simon and Nikolishin didn’t contribute to the Caps success. Nikolishin was a good defensive forward but the Caps need offense. Simon is a confused player who doesn’t know if he is a fighter or a scorer…when he is healthy.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Bondra catches fire playing with Nylander. This could improve the Caps on offense immensly.

  8. pantherboy says:

    Like Manta, I am not to sure the Hawks won this deal either. Simon’s play has declined tremendously the past 2 years. He isn’t fighting or scoring. He should just make up his mind and stick to one of them. I recently read somewhere that after Simon’s big season he had gotten married. And look at him now, he just isn’t the same. Talk about whipped.

  9. -Swizz- says:


    i agree though….i dont think the hawks won…..

    if Nylander&Bondra click, look out….

    that, going along with jagr/lang…..

  10. mikster says:

    …. and weaken in defense significantly.

    Any playmaker who has skills can be helped by Bondra.

    It helps both teams, but Hawks get two solid players who complete their roles for a mediocre player….

  11. MantaRay says:

    What are talking about???

    Nylander was a +28 and the seasons before +15. He is exactly what the Caps need.

    He is a very good player who didn’t get along with Sutter.

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