Saturday morning, the Washington Capitals announced during their Development Camp scrimmage that they re-signed Mike Sgarbossa to a two-year, two-way contract. Sgarbossa will make $700k at the NHL level and $407,500 in the AHL.
The center was the Bears leading scorer last season, notching 30 goals, 35 assists, and 65 points – all career highs.
Sgarbossa talks to the media at the end of the season.
Sgarbossa is the epitome of, using a baseball analogy, a Quadruple-A player – serviceable at the NHL level, but highly-skilled and dominant in the minors. Over the last seven years, Sgarbossa has played in 48 career NHL games during parts of four seasons with Colorado, Anaheim, and Florida.
The 26-year-old forward, who brought leadership to a very green Hershey Bears team, had his best career season to date in the AHL last year, finishing ninth overall in AHL scoring.
Sgarbossa breakaway goal.
Sgarbossa hit the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his career – mostly due to his prolificness on the powerplay where he found the back of the net 14 times – another career high.
Sgarbossa was a great one-two punch with Riley Barber, who is an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return. Barber led the Bears with 31 goals.
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The Washington Capitals have signed center Mike Sgarbossa to a two-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The contract will carry an average annual value of $700,000 and $407,500 in the AHL.
Sgarbossa, 26, led the Hershey Bears with 65 points (30g, 35a), which tied for ninth in the AHL and set personal AHL career highs in goals, assists and points. The Campbellville, Ont., native’s 65 points were the most by a Bear since Chris Bourque’s 80 points (30g, 50a) in the 2015-16 season. Additionally, the 6’0″, 185-pound forward added another three points (1g, 2a) in five playoff games.
Sgarbossa has recorded 10 points (2g, 8a) in 48 career NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks, the Florida Panthers and the Colorado Avalanche. In 387 AHL games between Hershey, the Manitoba Moose, the Springfield Thunderbirds, the San Diego Gulls, the Norfolk Admirals and the Lake Erie Monsters, Sgarbossa has recorded 264 points (102g, 162a) and was an AHL All Star in 2013.
In his final season in the Ontario Hockey League, Sgarbossa led the League with 102 points (47g, 55a) and was a member of the OHL First All Star team in 2012.
Headline photo: Hershey Bears
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