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New Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan has made some polarizing moves on Tuesday. First, he signed Justin Peters to a reasonable deal to serve as Braden Holtby’s back-up. Then, GMBM unloaded a boatload of cash to Brooks Orpik’s door, which he has been roundly criticized because Orpik is old and bad.

Mixed in with those signings, the Caps announced that they have re-upped restricted free agent Michael Latta to a two-year, $1.15 deal. That’s worth celebrating.

Latta, the only remaining gem of the Filip Forsberg trade, is a straight-up good hockey player. Playing mostly with Tom Wilson and possession anchor Aaron Volpatti, Latta managed a better-than-it-seems 48.6 percent possession score. He also tallied four points — including the GWG against Detroit — and drew a ridiculous amount of penalties. The dude can penalty kill. He can also fight (poor Rinaldo). And he is a pest— a good one at that.

Hahaha, Nate.

Via the Caps:

The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Michael Latta to a two-year, $1.15 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Latta, 23, registered four points (one goal, three assists) and 12 penalty minutes in 17 games with Washington during the 2013-14 season. The Kitchener, Ont., native made his NHL debut against Chicago on Oct. 1, earned his first NHL point with an assist on Nov. 2 against Florida and scored his first NHL goal on Nov. 15 at Detroit. Latta was drafted by Nashville in the third round, 72nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6’0”, 212-pound center played in 52 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, collecting 34 points (14 goals, 20 assists) and 134 penalty minutes. Latta finished the 2013-14 campaign ranked second on the team in penalty minutes and seventh in goals, assists and points. In 183 career AHL games with Milwaukee and Hershey, Latta has registered 100 points (38 goals, 62 assists) and 434 penalty minutes.

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  • Kyle Reid

    I love this one for sure. Solid player I’m hoping will be with the Caps for a long time.

  • Freedoooom

    Best part is its a one way deal, meaning they should be getting rid of Jay Beagle who can’t even win faceoffs anymore.

  • Sydney Brock

    Doesn’t make up for that Orpik guy

  • VeggieTart

    I always said he was the better half of the Filip Forsberg trade. Let’s hope he starts in Washington and STAYS in Washington. Solid 4-C.

  • DustinPenncakes

    I’m very happy with this signing. Love the style of game Latta plays and see him as a very solid bottom six guy for the Caps for years to come.

  • Luke Anthony

    Good move to re-sign him, but nothing can save them from that horrible contract they just signed.

  • Pat Magee

    Looks like he’ll be with the caps longer than any of you guys.

  • Adam Fink

    I live within 10 minutes of Hershey, PA, huge Bears/Caps fan. One Sunday morning I went to breakfast with my family in Hershey and saw Mike Latta and John Mitchell (sad hes gone too)walk in while we were sitting ordering our drinks. I freaked out and eventually mustered the courage to ask our waitress to let us know when they were done eating so I could ask them to sign my hat. (which I almost forgot to bring in the first place) They were both VERY kind and considerate and were happy to sign my hat. I’m a big Latta fan can’t wait to watch him more in Giant Center and on TV with the Caps!!

  • Rob McFarlane

    Go Mike, give’em hell! Family and friends are very proud of what you have accomplished!