The Washington Capitals have announced that they have signed depth center Travis Boyd to a one-way, two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $800k.
Boyd, 24, was an unrestricted free agent upon the expiration of his one-year, $650k contract. He played eight games with the Capitals last season, recording one assist and winning half of his 36 faceoffs. He is expected to compete with free-agent-signing Nic Dowd for the fourth-line center role, formerly filled by Jay Beagle.
From the Caps:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 1, 2018
Capitals Re-sign Travis Boyd
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Travis Boyd to a two-year contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Boyd’s contract will carry an average annual value of $800,000.
Boyd, 24, played in eight games for the Capitals this season after making his NHL debut against the San Jose Sharks on Dec. 4. Boyd recorded his first career point, an assist, against the Philadelphia Flyers on March 18. Additionally, the Hopkins, Minn. native appeared in one playoff game during the Capitals Stanley Cup run. Boyd recorded 47 points (15g, 32a) in 61 games with Hershey, which ranked second on the Bears and tied for 50th in the AHL. Boyd’s 26 power play points (7g, 19a) led the Bears and he recorded 15 multi-point games.
In the 2016-17 season, Boyd registered 63 points (16g, 47a) in 76 games with the Bears, setting career highs in points, assists and plus/minus (+19). The 5’11”, 185-pound forward led Hershey in points and assists and was named team MVP. In addition, he finished the season ranked tied for third in the AHL in assists and tied for sixth in points. Boyd was named to the AHL’s Second All-Star Team for the 2016-17 season and represented the Atlantic Division at the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic. Boyd has registered 165 points (53g, 112a) in 215 career AHL games with Hershey.
Drafted with the Capitals’ sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft, Boyd played in four seasons for the University of Minnesota and recorded 96 points (32g, 64a) in 148 collegiate games. Boyd won the Big Ten championship in the 2014-15 season and was named to the Big Ten’s Second All-Star Team. Additionally, Boyd won a gold medal for Team USA in the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2011.
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