February 26, 2008
In a swap of checking forwards, the Capitals pick up some grit with the acquisition of Matt Cooke, who was somewhat of a controversial figure during his time in Vancouver. Cooke, 29, had nine goals and 16 points in 61 games for the Canucks where he had spent his entire nine-year career and 566 games.
Pettinger, two years younger than Cooke, played all 334 games of his career with the Capitals. He's 6-1, 210 and has 52 goals and 99 points in five full seasons. Whereas Cooke is set to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, and wasn't making progress in contract talks with Vancouver, Pettinger has another year left on a deal that is paying him $900,000 this season.