The Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals aggressively cleared salary cap space and found a potential starting job for their backup netminder in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche before Friday's NHL draft in Dallas.

The Capitals sent defenseman Brooks Orpik, 37, and goalie Philipp Grubauer, 26, to the Avalanche for a second-round pick, No. 47 overall, in the 2018 draft.