Minnesota Wild trades centre Eric Belanger to Washington Capitals for draft pick

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Washington Capitals acquired centre Eric Belanger from the Minnesota Wild for a second-round draft pick Wednesday prior to the NHL trade deadline.

Belanger, 32, will be a free agent this summer. He has 13 goals and 22 assists in 35 games, ranking seventh in the NHL with wins on 57.6 per cent of his faceoffs.

The league-leading Capitals also acquired veteran forward Scott Walker on Wednesday from the Carolina Hurricanes for a seventh-round draft pick.

The Wild, 13th in the Western Conference with 21 games left, appear more focused on the future. They have already traded defenceman Kim Johnsson and signed another free-agent-to-be, Marek Zidlicky, to a contract extension.

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