The Capitals kept active this week with signings and deals. Here’s a rundown of the whole week in case you missed anything.
Zach Sill signing
Sill was signed to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday. Sill is a depth player and his stats show that: four career points (one goal, three assists) and 96 penalty minutes in 83 NHL games between the Penguins and Maple Leafs the last two seasons. Sill has yet to play a game in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but has played 60 games for Wilkes-Barre Scranton in the Calder Cup Playoffs. NHL.com currently has him wearing number 22, but that is subject to change.
Sill is nothing to get too excited about. He does give GMBM options if he has to call up a center in a pinch, but Caps fans can expect him to stay in Hershey for most of the year.
Chris Brown signing
Chris Brown, not the singer, was an RFA at the end of the season with a qualifying offer of around $800,000 a season. He was re-signed by the Caps Thursday for two years on a two-way contract for an undisclosed amount. Brown only has 22 NHL games under his belt, 11 of which came with the Caps over the last two seasons. In his time with Hershey last season, Brown played 64 games collecting 28 points (17 goals, 11 assits). The Flower Mound, TX native does have three NHL points (two goals, one assist) to his credit in his short time in the big leagues.
Expect Brown to get a chance in Training Camp in a few months. Managment likes him enough to make the contract two years, so he could be a frequent call up for an opening on right wing.
Marcus Johansson and Braden Holtby appear poised to meet with an arbitrator after a week-long stand-off between the team and the agents. For Holtby, the reports put the difference in the money per year Holtby will make. For Johansson, his agent said earlier this week that they are preparing for arbitration and do not expect a deal to be made.
Both sides still have time to make a deal, but no deal has been made for weeks. Arbitration hearings are looking more and more likely with each passing day
Oshie Makes a new fan
I’m sure we’ve all seen this by now, but it never hurts to remind everyone how much hockey means to young fan.
Well, Oshie finally sorted out what his number will be for the Caps, 77. As promised, he sent her not only the jersey but a whole a box of Capitals goodies.
This should serve as a reminder to everyone: hockey may be a rough business, but it means so much to those who are involved in it.