Swedish defenseman Christian Djoos has officially re-signed.
After becoming only the second player so far this summer to have an arbitration hearing, Djoos was awarded a one-year, $1.25 million contract by the judge.
Via Cap Friendly, this is a $635k raise over the $615k he made in his last contract, which is approximately $535k more than the $715 qualifying offer contract (10 percent raise) he received from the team in June.
According to NBC Sports Washington’s Brian McNally, Djoos’ agent Jason Davidson steered his client towards arbitration because he believed it could yield more money from a judge or inspire a multi-year extension out of the Capitals.
According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Djoos asked for $1.9 million in the hearing while the Capitals countered at $800k.
Per a person familiar with the situation: Caps’ asked for $800K salary for Djoos while Djoos’s representation asked for $1.9 million. Like a lot of arbitration situations, the result was basically the midpoint of that.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) July 24, 2019
The Capitals are now $314k over the salary cap ($81,814,294 projected cap hit) with Chandler Stephenson’s arbitration still left to be had. The Capitals are allowed to be up to 10 percent over the salary cap before opening night rosters must be submitted in October.
Djoos will be an RFA with arbitration rights again next summer when his new deal expires.
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. The contract was based on the award of an independent arbitrator who heard the case on July 22 and issued the decision today.
The Gothenburg, Sweden, native played in 45 games last season, recording 10 points (1g, 9a). In his first NHL season in 2017-18, Djoos registered 14 points (3g, 11a) in 63 games. In 108 career games, all with the Capitals, Djoos has recorded 24 points (4g, 20a). Djoos was selected by the Capitals in the seventh round, 195th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Djoos has represented Sweden at two IIHF World Junior Championships (2013, 2014) and at IIHF U18 World Championship (2012), capturing a silver medal at each tournament. Christian Djoos is the son of former NHL defenseman Par Djoos, who played for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Rangers.
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