Caps Re-sign Michal Neuvirth for Two Years and $5 Million

The Capitals announced Saturday morning that they have re-signed goalie Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract worth about $2.5 a year. Neuvirth has stopped 91% of all shots against this season, but has largely been shelved (just 13 games played) due to injury, illness, and Braden Holtby’s 91.9% save percentage.

Neuvirth will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the contract.

Press release from the Caps:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 27, 2013

Capitals Re-sign Michal Neuvirth

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Neuvirth will earn $2.4 million in 2013-14 and $2.6 million in 2014-15.

Neuvirth (NOY-vihrt), 25, currently ranks third in career wins (55) in Capitals history among goalies originally drafted by the team and owns the sixth-most career wins among active goaltenders aged 25 or younger. The native of Usi Labem, Czech Republic, has posted a 4-5-2 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 13 games with Washington this season

In 2010-11 Neuvirth set career highs in games played (48), wins (27), goals-against average (2.45) and save percentage (.914; tied) while finishing third amongst rookie goaltenders in wins and goals-against average. He owns the Capitals rookie goaltending record for wins and shutouts (tied) and helped the Capitals eliminate the New York Rangers in the 2011 playoffs.

The 6’1”, 204-pound goaltender, has compiled a 55-35-11 record with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 121 career NHL games, all with Washington. He ranks fourth all-time (minimum 3,000 minutes played) in Caps history in goal-against average and third in save percentage. In nine career postseason games, Neuvirth has collected a 4-5 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage.

Neuvirth, who wears No. 30 for Washington, won back-to-back Calder Cup championships with Hershey from 2008-10, including winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the AHL’s playoff MVP in 2009 with a 16-6 record and a 1.92 goals-against average during the playoffs. He won the OHL championship with Plymouth in 2007.

Neuvirth was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the second round (34th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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  • http://twitter.com/dylanwheatley83 dylan wheatley

    General Manager George McPhee makes good decisions regarding his assets.

  • JenniferH

    Aww, I’m so happy about that. I may be a Holtby-girl at heart, but I do think that Neuvy is fantastic. It’s awesome that the Caps have two great goalie.

  • Adam

    Means goodbye ribiero

  • vahockeymom

    George….is that you?

  • vahockeymom

    Best Hello Kitty/Neuvy Face ever.

  • Graham Dumas

    I was on the fence for a while about whether that would be a good idea (letting Ribeiro go). As of last game (and given the now-understood stats breakdown from a few posts ago), I’m swaying closer to saying goodbye. I’m sure the cr@ppy penalty at the end of the Sens game was a calculated move, given that we had nothing to lose, but it’s not clear to me Ribs can control himself when there *is* something on the line.

  • yv

    Not bad signing, considering his age, career stats and comparable signings in the league and necessity to have duo of reliable GTs. However, according to Capgeek, Caps have committed now 58.6M$ for 20 players for the next year with only 5.8M remaining under the cap. And you have definite signings and rise for RFAs Alzner and MaJo. Where it’ll leave Ribs and Hendy?

    Looks like, GMGM piling assets before big salary gymnastics during summer trading season.

  • vahockeymom

    Hendy is the one I’m worried about….

  • yv

    VA, with his goal, glamorous smiles and interview in VC after clinching game with Ottawa, he also becoming a Caps asset.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    yup

    reminder: Ovechkin sees 7% more shots go the right way when he’s not playing with Ribs http://stats.hockeyanalysis.com/showplayer.php?pid=527&withagainst=true&season=2012-13&sit=f10&type=corsi

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    You nailed it. The cap ceiling is a big thing now.

    Alzner has a big raise coming. Ribeiro has some packing to do.

  • yv

    sorry, jets

  • troyerlaw

    “Would have been” an unrestricted free agent, not “will be.” Unless GMGM really messed up the drafting of the new contract.

  • Dark Stranger

    The Caps have been fortunate to have stockpiled so many good young goalies during the last few years. It has helped them withstand the injuries they’ve had to goalies and still survive and make playoffs (and generally advance to Round 2). So many other teams lose their Number 1 goalie and they’re toast (for example, Carolina Hurricanes this year and Buffalo Sabres at least one season).

    Anyway, congratulations to Neuvy on his new deal.

  • vahockeymom

    I sure hope you are right. Best first star interview ever. How cute was that? I know, I know…I shouldn’t be saying “cute” about hockey, but really!

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Should’ve been “will be” at the end of the contract. Thanks.

  • troyerlaw

    ah. got it.

  • http://twitter.com/sirstanley11 bskillet

    Good deal, everyone knows Michal and definitely a good combo to have in net with Braden. Be an interesting summer, we need to keep Matt but I see Ribs going and even Erat. Call it crazy but we will see.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dabouck5 Dane Bouck

    came here to say… that picture would make a hilarious shirt.

  • patmanbnl

    Jeff Schultz meet compliance buyout.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Sad to say: yeah I think he is most likely to get it. http://capgeek.com/player/855