Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee made a couple of minor league transactions yesterday. First, he acquired defenseman Chay Genoway from the Minnesota Wild for a 7th round draft pick. Genoway is a left-handed offensive defenseman who has posted 4 goals and 19 points in 53 games for the AHL Houston Aeros this season. Genoway, 27, appeared in 1 NHL game last season with the Minnesota Wild, but he spent most of his first professional season with the Aeros, posting 7 goals and 36 points in 72 games.
The Morden, Manitoba, native will ply his trade with the Hershey Bears for the rest of the season, but has a cap-friendly 2-way NHL contract that runs through the end of next season should the Caps need to call him up. Genoway is McPhee-sized at 5’9, 177, and McPhee brained, as he was WCHA student-athlete of the year and 1st team all-star as a senior at North Dakota in 2010-11. He also follows in the footsteps on Alexander Semin: he doesn’t fight often, but when he does, he fights a Staal brother.
McPhee then wheeled and dealt defenseman Kevin Marshall to the Toronto Maple Leafs for left winger Nicolas Deschamps. Deschamps was a second round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2008 after being the QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He has 16 points in 50 games this season and 100 points in 203 AHL games in his career. The 23-year old Quebec native has never appeared in an NHL game.
A tough, physical defenseman, Marshall is probably best known for his cameo on HBO’s “24/7: Road to the Winter Classic” as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, just days before his trade to the Capitals. He was not known to get along with the Hershey Bears coaching staff and is obviously immediately replaced in the lineup by Genoway and the newly healthy Dmitry Orlov.