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Capitals Re-Sign Andre Burakovsky

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The team locks up an emerging star... for now

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Per the team, the Caps have agreed to a new two-year contract with restricted free agent center Andre Burakovsky:

Burakovsky’s AAV will be $3 million, but he’ll make $2.25 million in 2017-18 and $3.25 million the following season (with a $500,000 signing bonus due to him on July 15 of this year).

From the team release:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Andre Burakovsky to a two-year, $6 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Burakovsky, 22, registered 35 points (12g, 23a) in 64 games with the Capitals during the 2016-17 season, recording career highs in assists and plus/minus (+13). In addition, Burakovsky tallied a career-high eight multi-point games last season, including a career-high three-assist performance against Carolina on Jan. 23. The 6’3”, 205-pound right wing recorded a point in six consecutive games from Jan. 13 to Jan. 23 (4g, 6a), tied for the fourth-longest point streak on the team last season. Burakovsky also scored the Capitals first goal of the 2016-17 season 0:59 into the first period on Oct. 13 at Pittsburgh, marking the third-fastest goal to start a season in franchise history.

Mike Vogel had this to say about expectations for Burakovsky in the season ahead

The 22-year-old Burakovsky is expected to move into Washington's top six forward group this season. He averaged 11:46 a night at even strength last season, seventh among Washington forwards and less than the recently departed Marcus Johansson (14:08) and Justin Williams (13:01). In the wake of those top six departures, Burakovsky is likely to benefit from a larger role and more ice time at even strength as well as on the power play.

More details and analysis to come, but catch up on Burakovsky’s 2016-17 season with our Rink Wrap here.