Jul 6, 2012
The 2012-13 Washington Capitals roster is taking shape, and it involves many familiar faces. George McPhee rewarded versatile forwards Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle with multi-year contract extensions today. Both were restricted free agents.
Earlier today, it was Perreault that signed a 2 year, $2.1 million contract to remain a Capital. More recently, McPhee inked Beagle to a 3 year deal worth a total of $2.7 million. The two players will have a combined cap hit of $1.95 million, which is considered an absolute bargain concerning two key role players.
Perreault and Beagle both established new career-highs last season in goals and points.
Matty P. got especially hot at the end of the regular season, notching a point in six of the last eight games. Beagle earned his pay by being the Caps top face-off weapon in the playoffs and filled in admirably as the third-line center.
Perreault figures to see the third line, but certainly has the ability to play on the second line when he’s hot. Beagle will likely be thrust into the role of the fourth-line center alongside Matt Hendricks and Joey Crabb.
According to Capgeek, the Caps have $17.2 million to spend before reaching the cap ceiling. John Carlson figures to see a raise somewhere around the two-to-three million dollar range, and Mike Green will likely get around five million.
I’ll never get tired of watching the highlight of Perreault scoring with his face. As I’ve mentioned, the puck just seems to find Perreault in scoring areas when he’s hot.
UPDATED July 7th – The Capitals continue adding depth to the lines by signing center free agent Ryan Stoa to a one year, two way contract. A member of the AHL Lake Erie team last season, the 6-foot-3 200 pound Stoa had 16 goals and 20 assists out of 75 games. He finished the season ranked tied for third on the team in points and goals and sixth in assists. In 177 career AHL games, he has compiled 109 points [55 goals, 54 assists] and 162 penalty minutes.
The expectation is he will be with the Hershey Bears during his contract year.
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