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Capitals Offseason Recap

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A brief review of re-signings, acquisitions, and free agent departures for the Capitals during the 2020-2021 offseason.

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If October 9, 2020 feels like it was approximately 28 years ago, you are not alone. The new NHL contract year began that Friday at 12pm EST, but with everything else going on in the world these past three months it is a bit difficult to remember all of the signings that followed.

For example: Torey Krug is now a Blue and Alex Pietrangelo left St. Louis for... Las Vegas? Yeah.

However, fear not! If like us you need a refresher on all of the moves the Capitals made this offseason, a rundown of the contract comings and goings, before the puck drops tonight - look no further!

Free Agent Re-signings

Brenden Dillon, 30, LHD
4x$3.9 million

The Caps acquired Dillon at the 2020 trade deadline, and he fit in with the team immediately. Both the length and cap hit of the contract certainly raised some eyebrows in October, but he has proven that he works well within Washington’s defense.

Jonas Siegenthaler, 23, LHD
1x$800,000

The 2015 Capitals draft pick signed a bargain of a contract this offseason, and while he is currently slated to start the season as a healthy scratch on the Caps’ crowded blueline, he is an incredibly valuable part of the team’s future.

Shane Gersich, 24, LW
1x$700,000/$150,000

It seems like the Capitals are waiting for Shane Gersich to have a breakout year and crack the NHL roster, but they haven’t given up on him yet. He is starting this season in Hershey, but seeing him make the jump to the NHL roster wouldn’t be out of the question.


Acquisitions

Henrik Lundqvist, 38, G
1x$1.5 million

Until December 30, #Hank2DC was the Capitals’ biggest offseason splash this year. Unfortunately, as you all know, Lundqvist is not taking the ice this season and is currently recovering from open heart surgery. Get well soon, Hank!

Justin Schultz, 30, RHD
2x$4 million

The former Penguins defenseman joined a crowded right side of the Caps’ blueline, but with Dmitry Orlov moving up to the top pair with John Carlson in Michal Kempny’s absence, Schultz seems to be a solid fit with Dillon. While was another eyebrow-raising contract because of the cap hit, the potential reward is high.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, 29, RHD
1x$800,000

This was a sneaky good acquisition for the Caps, especially for the low cap hit. van Riemsdyk is an excellent third-pair defenseman and will be a reliable option for Washington to turn to if injuries arise in their top six.

Paul LaDue, 28, RHD
1x$700,000 one-way

This was a depth signing for Hershey, and LaDue could prove to be a great resource for younger players in the Capitals system with his 69 games of NHL experience.

Daniel Carr, 29, LW
1x$700,000/$415,000 two-way

Daniel Carr has played his entire career in the AHL and was named the 2018-2019 AHL MVP when he was playing with the Chicago Wolves. Another excellent depth signing for the Bears.

Cameron Schilling, 32, LHD
1x$700,000/$365,000 two-way

Schilling has previously played six games for the Capitals between 2012 and 2015, and most recently spent time in the Winnipeg Jets system. He cleared waivers yesterday and will start this season by rejoining the Hershey Bears.

Conor Sheary, 28, LW
1x$735,000

This signing came as a bit of a surprise, but Sheary has clearly proven himself to Laviolette and the rest of the team because he appears to have secured a spot on the Caps’ third line for opening night. At $730,000, this two-time Stanley Cup winner is an absolute steal.

Craig Anderson, 39, G
PTO, 1x$700,000

After Lundqvist said he would not be playing this season due to a heart condition, the Capitals went in search of a new veteran netminder. Anderson joined the Caps on a PTO during training camp and was signed to a league-minimum $700,000 contract on Wednesday before being placed on waivers for the purpose of being assigned to the taxi squad. While Laviolette announced this week that Vitek Vanecek would start the season as Ilya Samsonov’s backup, Anderson could prove to be an excellent option for the Caps’ third goalie.

Zdeno Chara, 43, LHD
1x$795,000

Zdeno Chara for $795,000. That’s it, that’s the tweet.


Departures

Braden HoltbyVancouver Canucks, 2x$4.3 million

Radko GudasFlorida Panthers, 3x$2.5 million

Ilya KovalchukAvangard Omsk (KHL)

Travis BoydToronto Maple Leafs, 1x$700,000

Tyler LewingtonNashville Predators, 1x$700,000

Liam O’BrienColorado Eagles (AHL affiliate for Colorado Avalanche)

Kristofers BindulisKrefeld Pinguine (DEL)

Colby Williamsunsigned as of 1/12

Connor Hobbsretired