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Capitals Re-Sign Forward Chandler Stephenson to Two-Year, $1.3 Million Deal

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The Washington Capitals announced on Thursday that they had reached an extension with the center.

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YOU get a $1.3 million deal! YOU get a $1.3 million deal! Everybody gets a $1.3 million deal!

Less than 24 hours after the Capitals re-signed goaltending prospect Pheonix Copley, Washington announced on Thursday that it had re-signed center Chandler Stephenson to a two-year deal worth $1.3 million, identical to the terms agreed to by Copley.

Stephenson’s contract is two-way in 2017-2018 and one-way in 2018-2019. It carries an AAV of $650,000.

Stephenson is a bona fide leader on the Hershey Bears, recording 10 goals and 28 assists (career-highs) in 72 games last season for the AHL club. The 23 year-old cracked the Capitals roster four times last season and nine times in 2015-2016, but has yet to score his first NHL point in just 8:10 minutes of average big league ice time.

The role the 6’0”, 204-pound center will play for the Capitals next year remains unclear, but with the salary cap closing in around Kettler Capitals Iceplex like so much financial cellophane and fan-favorite forward Justin Williams likely kicking rocks to another Stanley Cup contender, Stephenson may have a shot. The Capitals are pretty well set at center - Backstrom, Kuznetsov, Eller, Beagle...okay, it’s their strongest position - but Barry Trotz has been known to dabble in roster voodoo, so we will all have to see how Washington plans to use Chand The Man, a.k.a. Young Chando, a.k.a. Chand The Rapper.