The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year, $3.3 million extension, the team announced Tuesday.
Copley’s new contract will pay him an average annual salary of $1.1 million, and his new deal also outlasts starting netminder Braden Holtby’s current contract. He was set to become a free agent this summer.
In 16 starts this season, the 27-year-old rookie, who went undrafted, has gone 10-5-3, posting a 2.98 GAA and .903 save percentage.
Copley’s new contract sparks curiosity and intrigue. The extension could post to several possibilities in Washington’s future, from trade speculation involving an available goaltender to expansion draft options for 2021-22, when Seattle enters the league (this option would allow Washington to leave Copley exposed, as opposed to other options, such as Ilya Samsonov).
Still, the timing of the extension raises more questions, even in regards to the Capitals’ expansion draft plans.
Here’s more on Copley and his new deal from Capitals PR:
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $1.1 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
This season, the North Pole, Alaska, native has posted a record of 10-5-3 with a 2.98 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. The 6’4”, 200-pound goaltender has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 19 appearances. Additionally, Copley went on a seven game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) from Nov. 24 through Jan. 9, the longest stretch by a Capitals goaltender this year.
In 21 career NHL games, Copley is 10-6-3 with a 3.08 goals against average and a .898 save percentage. Copley made his NHL debut on Feb. 27, 2016 as a member of the St. Louis Blues at Nashville and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on Jan. 21, 2017 at Winnipeg.
The Capitals acquired Copley from the Blues on Feb. 27, 2017.