Washington Capitals in talks to move Fleischmann for Souray or Bieksa

The Washington Capitals are in talks with two teams, the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks, about moving forward Tomas Fleischmann, 26, who is coming off a career year, an NHL source says.

If Edmonton were the place, Sheldon Souray would be heading to Washington. If it’s Vancouver, Kevin Bieksa would move from the Canucks to Washington.

Fleischmann is coming off his best season, having scored 23 goals and 51 points in 69 games for the Caps. He also made the Czech Olympic team. In the playoffs, however, he scored just one assist in six games.

The Oilers have been trying to trade Souray for months now, as the player has made it clear he wants out of Edmonton.

Back when Fleischmann was a junior player, Hockey’s Future said of him: “Fleischmann is an flashy winger with great offensive tools. He plays a high speed game with a lot of skill and is exciting to watch. His great hockey sense and hands allow him to create quality chances for both himself and his linemates. Although being a good playmaker, he is more of a scorer and he uses his shot often to prove that. Has a good, hard wrist shot with a quick release. His downside is his lack of defensive involvement and he needs to gain more strength in order to take his game to the next level.”

Fleischmann is well aware of life in western Canada, having played his junior hockey in Moose Jaw, before spending a few years at Hershey in the AHL.