The Capitals have maintained for the last month that they would not make a big splash on the first day of free agency. Well, how about a stealth-like walk down those steel stairs into the pool?
At noon, GM Brian MacLellan made two important depth signings. First the Caps announced the re-signing of restricted free agent Stan Galiev to an affordable, two-year, $1.15 million contract. Galiev’s contract is two-way during the 2015-16 season and one-way during the 2016-17 season. GMBM has said that Galiev will be given every opportunity during training camp to make the team.
Around the same time, Bob McKenzie reported that the Caps signed Penguins’ UFA defenseman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, $700 deal. The defenseman, who spent most of the year in AHL, could be the Capitals’ seventh defenseman next season. Regardless, he will provide much needed depth in the organization with Hershey Bears captain Steve Oleksy potentially leaving as a free agent.
Chorney reportedly on a one-way deal. Logged 62 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, 4 goals and 15 assists.
— Alex Prewitt (@alex_prewitt) July 1, 2015
Assuming Chorney inked at $700K, #Caps now have seven D-men signed for grand total of just over $21.5 million.
— Mike Vogel (@VogsCaps) July 1, 2015
@russianmachine and all this pic.twitter.com/kwz8DJHpgi
— Alec Gearty (@gearty83) July 1, 2015
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The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Stanislav Galiev to a two-year, $1.15 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Galiev’s contract is two way during the 2015-16 season and one way during the 2016-17 season.
Galiev, 23, played in two games with the Capitals during the 2014-15 season, scoring one goal. The Moscow native made his NHL debut on April 8 against Boston and scored his first NHL goal on April 11 against the Rangers. Galiev registered 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 67 games with Hershey (AHL) last season and set career highs in goals, assists and points. He finished the season ranked first in the AHL in power-play goals (15) and tied for first among Bears skaters in goals. The 6’1”, 187-pound right wing recorded a career-high six game point streak from Feb. 6-15 (five goals, four assists) and tallied 10 multi-point games during the 2014-15 season. Galiev has earned 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) in 100 career AHL games. He was selected by Washington in the third round, 86th overall, in the 2010 NHL
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