March 1On March 1, 1997, the Washington Capitals and Boston Bruins hooked up in a six-player blockbuster trade. When all the dust settled, Adam Oates was wearing a Washington Capitals uniform.
The Capitals – fighting desperately for a 15th-straight NHL playoff berth – shipped three young players to Boston in exchange for three proven veterans. The Capitals obtained Oates, rugged right wing Rick Tocchet and veteran goaltender and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Bill Ranford. Boston received center Jason Allison, left wing Anson Carter and 1996 Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Jim Carey. The Caps ended up missing the playoffs by a single point that season.
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