The Washington Times - January 31, 2013, 07:59PM

The Washington Capitals made a few trades Thursday, though it’s likely none will affect the team at the NHL level. They were deals made for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

They got forward Casey Wellman from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Zach Hamill, whom they acquired in the Chris Bourque trade with the Boston Bruins last summer. The Caps also got forward Peter LeBlanc from the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations, and the Bears sent forward Mathieu Beaudoin to Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

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Barring something nutty happening, Wellman and LeBlanc will go to Hershey and not be a factor for the Caps. Washington has 45 NHL contracts after taking on LeBlanc, so it is well under the limit of 50.

Hershey went into Thursday night in ninth place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, one point out of a playoff spot.