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Capitals Re-sign Aaron Volpatti

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed left wing Aaron Volpatti to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Volpatti will earn $550,000 in 2013-14 and $600,000 in 2014-15.

Volpatti, 28, has recorded one goal, one assist and 33 penalty minutes in 31 games with Washington and Vancouver this season. The native of Revelstoke, British Columbia, has collected three goals, two assists and 86 penalty minutes in 69 career NHL games with the Capitals and Canucks.

The 6’0”, 215-pound forward tallied 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) and 91 penalty minutes in 61 career AHL games with Manitoba. He spent four seasons playing for Brown University in the NCAA and was named to the ECAC All-Academic team his first three seasons before being named team captain for his senior season.

Volpatti was claimed off of waivers by Washington on Feb. 28. He was originally signed as an un-drafted free agent by Vancouver on March 22, 2010.

Just take a look at Aaron on the usage charts we posted earlier today.

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  • Why two years? Why two years.

  • Matthew Kory

    Bizarre. Utterly bizarre.

  • I think I’ve got $550,000 sitting around the house somewhere.

  • suzanne

    is that picture supposed to say no pic available?

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  • Andrei Poleshchuk

    Come on McPhee why would you waste money on resigning a player who hasn’t done much or very little at all this season. Could’ve used that money to resign Ribs.

  • In as much seriousness as I can muster: This is probably something as simple as “Volpatti listens to Oates and does as he’s told, Wolski doesn’t.”

  • Dani Park

    Why at all?

    He hasn’t produced for the team. I haven’t seen or heard anything that would make say this is a good deal. He’s only in because of Ward’s injury. What happens next season when we get Ward and Laich back from injury? Volpatti isn’t needed.

    The Caps depth is fine. Why are guys getting signed before Ribiero? Fehr I like the deal, but Volpatti hasn’t done anything for the team this season. He needs to go. The cost isn’t much but still, he won’t even be a contributor from the rest of the season or even next season, he’ll be a scratch at best.

  • sean

    We had 10m in cap space next year, this drops us down to 8m with the Fehr resigning. Mojo, Neuvy, Alzner and Hendricks’ contracts are up after this year and I am assuming Poti will not be resigned. We were never going to have enough room to pay Ribs unless some sort of trade happens AND we put The Pylon on waivers and hope someone claims him. But paying this guy for 2 years, smh.

  • yv

    “No picture available”. I cant believe you dont have it. Sounds like some kind of RMNB statement or I’m reading to much from this!?

    Looks like, after yesterday’ win and fist pumping GMGM and TL excited and soften so much, that they start throwing money, like jubilant Bill Murray the mud in the movie “Stripes” after J. Candy won in mud wrestling with the girls.
    How they will manage Alzner, MaJo, Hendy, Ribs, Neuvy under falling cap would be very interesting to see, especially after SC championship!?

  • I don’t think he’s a good player or anything, but you gotta hand it to a guy that looks like Rob Lowe and lets people punch him in the face. Price and Lundqvist got nothing on him. Those wimps wear masks.

  • JenniferH

    Yeah, I don’t know much about hockey, but I don’t get it. :shrugs: I’ll be a shallow girl… at least he’s cute.

  • Graham Dumas

    Sorry, stats head my make hurt. Am I correct in reading the diagram to say that Volpatti usually does not have the puck and plays in sheltered deployments? And does that have anything to do with him being a fourth-liner?

    Honest questions, people. Don’t hate me because I’m stupid.

  • You’re not stupid.

    Volpatti is still playing against the same level of competition. He’s getting slightly better zone starts (more faceoffs near opponent’s net). And when he’s on the ice, more pucks are going on the Caps net than the opponent’s.

  • I almost have to believe it is something along those lines. Wolski is a better player and has FAR more of an upside. Something at some point along this seasons path must have happened in the locker room.

  • Buck

    My only thought is that GMGM is trying to stock up on tough players for the reallingment. Playing in a division with philly, the pens, and more we might need guys like volpatti, latta, and rechelicz to bring that edge

  • I think it’s a good deal. We signed Fehr as well 2 guys that give it there all. Aaron may not have the #’s but he has shown improvement lately and I always said they should have never released Eric. Now have to get Ribeiro and Alzner to a deal.

  • Graham Dumas

    Gotcha, thanks. I really enjoy the stats analysis, which is a nice compliment to my approach to thinking about the game (less scientific, more, err, artistic). I just wish I’d paid more attention in econ class. Keep the numbers coming!