Earlier in the offseason, when the Caps acquired D.J. King from St. Louis, I offered some pretty piercing commentary on the necessity of that move. Specifically, I wrote:
I thought about [Bradley’s] health and welfare looking ahead, and what this trade most especially meant for that. Last season Bradley, a middleweight, was asked by the Capitals to police, rather singularly, as a heavyweight. His valor was unassailable, his success . . . and in reacting on Twitter I termed what was asked of Brads last season “immoral.” Now Matt Bradley, who is a good and important hockey player in Washington, can concentrate on playing good and important hockey, and also likely lengthen his career.”
And so I read with interest the reaction Brads had to the King trade, as related to the Washington Post this week.
“Bradley welcomed the addition of tough-guy D.J. King, whose presence could limit how many times the 32-year-old right wing has to drop the gloves this season.
“He’s obviously in a way higher weight class than I’m in, so it’s great to have a guy like him here,” Bradley said. “He’s a great character guy and definitely one of the toughest guys in the league, so hopefully he can put some fear in the other teams, where we didn’t really have a lot of that the last couple of years.”