- "Thought it was the right trade for us right now"
- Felt like they could move an extra defenseman
- Will likely move Laich to a center spot
- The trade "helps both teams" with Columbus acquiring veteran presence
On Chimera, specifically:
- Chimera has "good size" and "tremendous speed" and thinks he's a 15-goal a year scorer
- "Don't mind" the edge Chimera plays with
- "Clarkie was a terrific captain."
- The deal was "discussed in September" but these things "have a way of resurrecting themselves."
- He felt the team had "a hole we wanted to fill on the left side."
On getting cap relief (the Caps save over $2 million on the cap):
- The move was "not necessarily about cap space"
- But acknowledged that the team could be a major player at the deadline "if we wanted to be."
On the vacant captaincy:
- Out of respect for Clark, the team will "take our time and do things right."
- Will "address it in the near future."