Capitals Sign Eric Fehr to Two-Year, $3 Million Deal


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Eric Fehr has been the Washington Capitals’ big comeback story. Fehr left Washington for Winnipeg in 2011 after a few injury-riddled seasons, but returned to DC this offseason and has since become one of the team’s most reliable forwards. Fehr drives play more decisively than any other forward and has put up 8 goals and 8 assists in a shortened season against tough competition.

Fehr’s new contract will keep him in Caps red through 2015 and will earn him an average of $1.5 million a year.

From the Capitals:

The Washington Capitals have re-signed right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Fehr will earn $1.4 million in 2013-14 and $1.6 million in 2014-15.

Fehr, 27, has recorded 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 39 games with Washington this season. Fehr leads the team in plus/minus (+14) and ranks tied for fifth on the Capitals in goals. His 69 shots on goal rank seventh on Washington.

The 6’4”, 206-pound forward has collected 112 points (56 goals, 56 assists) and is a plus-41 in 304 career NHL games with Washington and Winnipeg. Fehr tallied 93 of those points (46 goals, 47 assists) in 230 career games with the Capitals from 2005-2011, including a career high 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) in 69 games with Washington during the 2009-10 campaign. In 26 career playoff games, all with Washington, Fehr has recorded five goals and one assist.

The Winkler, Manitoba, native was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 18th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft. He was an integral member of the Hershey Bears club that won the 2006 Calder Cup. In 19 playoff games that year, he had eight goals, three assists and scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to lift the Bears to the Calder Cup Final.

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  • Faaaaaaaabulous!!!

  • rmnb

    I think its a good signing, but where does this leave us with Ribiero? With Erat and two signings today, do we even have enough to resign him?

  • The Caps should definitely resign Ribeiro.

    But they should definitely not re-sign Ribeiro.

  • This is a good signing.

  • yv

    In recent games and compare to his linemates, Fehr, I think, lost a little and less visible, but seems good signing if he will play like he did before.

  • Whatcha mean by visible?

  • JenniferH

    Yay! I love him. 🙂

  • i.e.
    Caps should definitely sign Ribeiro the player.

    But they should definitely sign Ribeiro the contract.

    About sum that up?

  • ha

  • GuestZ

    I’m still not clear as to why you’re calling for them to get rid of Ribs, Peter. Mind explaining? Or writing another article explaining…

  • I can write a longer thing when I have time, but in short:

    He’ll cost a lot of money to sign and he’ll demand a long term because it’s likely his last year. His output this year isn’t likely to be repeated next year because it came as a result of an inordinately high shooting percentage rather than a high volume of shots.

    Plus I think he’s a hot-head.

    He’s a great player, but the salary cap is constricting and money will be tight everywhere. I just don’t think he’s worth it.

  • yv

    No goals, no assist, much less hitting and not so active on boards, compare to MP and Chimmy. I even have thoughts that he is not completely healthy. Same thoughts were after Laich return and watching him on ice in VC, and indeed later they announced about his injuries.

  • GuestZ

    Thanks man. Well put. I’ve been stuck on how he helped get the ball rollin’, but yeah he just won’t be worth the money. Or dumb fights he’ll get in next year with teams much better than us.

  • rmnb

    I know what you are saying, but as he’s getting older his speed may decrease, but he depends more heavily on his puck control than anything. We need a second line center somewhere, and it looks they will have to be fairly cheap. I don’t think Johannson will go back since he’s been playing great as of late with Ovi and Backstrom (but then again who wouldn’t benefit from that line?).

    GMGM hasn’t been very predictable, but what direction do you think we go in?

  • Dominic

    That rehab assignment in Winnipeg really did him some good.

  • I don’t really know. In matters like this, I try to deal more with what I’d prefer to happen rather than gaming what I expect will happen.