The Capitals signed Marcus Johansson to a three-year deal worth $13.75 ($4.58M AAV).
Johansson, 25, has settled in nicely with the Capitals since they drafted him 24th overall in 2009. He had 46 points (17G / 29A) in 74 games last year, continuing his consistent mid-40’s point production. At just 25, there is room for him to grow into a mid-50’s player, especially in an explosive Capitals’ offence. Draft him as the player he has been with room for upside.
The Capitals signed Brad Malone to a one-year, two-way contract.
Malone, 27, is an NHL fourth liner. He had just six points and 75 PIMS in 57 games last season and has just 30 points in 176 career NHL games. Malone will likely replace Michael Latta, who signed with the Kings.
The Capitals have signed Christian Thomas to a one-year contract.
Son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, Christian Thomas split the 2015-16 season between the Canadiens and Coyotes’ organizations. He had two assists in six NHL games and 10 goals, 11 assists (21 points) in 34 AHL games with St. John’s and Springfield (AHL). Expect him to start this year with Hershey.
The Capitals have signed Brett Connolly to a one-year deal worth $850K.
Connolly, 24, had excellent AHL numbers in 2013-14, but has yet to really cash in at the NHL level. He had nine goals and 16 assists (25 points) in 71 games with the Bruins last season. Connolly has strong possession numbers and should fit in well with the Capitals as a bottom-6 forward.
Holtby allowed two goals on 35 shots in the Capitals loss to the Penguins in Game 2. He has faced a combined 80 shots through the first two games of this series, turning aside 75 (.938 SV%) of them. Overall, his 5-3 record is not reflective of his 1.24 GAA and .957 SV% through eight playoff starts. He continues to be a force in the Capitals crease, but now Washington needs to find a way to slow down the Penguins offensive attack.