Caps Sign Jonas Siegenthaler To Entry-Level Contract

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Thursday afternoon, the Washington Capitals announced the signing of 2015 second-round pick Jonas Siegenthaler to a three-year, entry-level contract. Siegenthaler was the first skater the Capitals picked in last year’s draft. The defenseman impressed in Development Camp.

According to the Capitals, Siegenthaler will join the team for rookie camp prior to being loaned to the Zurich Lions for the 2015-16 National League A season.

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I have some bad news to report. Former Washington Capitals third-line center and awesome human being Eric Fehr has joined the dark side (along with Steve Oleksy), signing a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Let’s remember the good times.

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On Wednesday, July 29th, the Capitals and Marcus Johansson have an arbitration hearing to decide the forward’s salary for next season. Via Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the numbers are now out for what each side will be asking for.

Johansson is asking for $4.75 million while the Caps offered $3 million.

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Newest Capital TJ Oshie and long-time girlfriend Lauren Cosgrove tied the knot on Saturday in a large wedding ceremony in Minnesota. According to St. Louis Bride & Groom Magazine, Oshie was walked down the aisle by his adorable 16-month-old daughter Lyla.

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You can now put down your paper bags. Braden Holtby has finally re-signed, inking a five-year, $30.5 million contract. The multi-year deal will keep the Holtbea$t in Washington until 2020.

Under new goaltending coach Mitch Korn last season, Holtby was pretty good at the hockey, finishing first in the NHL in total saves (1887), second in wins (41), second in shutouts (9), and seventh in save percentage (.923). He tied Capitals records for games played (73), wins (41), and shutouts (9). He was sensational in the playoffs too. He finished fourth in the race for the Vezina trophy.

Today’s signing on the line which is dotted ends a longer-than-anticipated process of locking up the 25-year-old goaltender, even though really, this always happens with restricted free agents. After targeting Holtby as his number one priority in June, GM Brian MacLellan could not get Holtby to sign until a day after the two sides’ arbitration hearing in Toronto Thursday. Holtby had asked for $8 million while the team countered at $5.1 million.

$6.1 million though seems pretty good to us. Welcome back, Holtsy.

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Montreal Canadiens Sign Alex Semin to One-Year Deal

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Alex Semin has finally signed and it’s not with Washington, darn it. The Montreal Canadiens announced that the Russian forward had agreed to a one-year deal. According to Renaud Lavoie, it’s for $1.1 million.

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Braden Holtby’s Ask: $8 Million. Per Year.

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Reuters’ Tim Wharnsby reported an update on the pending arbitration hearing between the Capitals and RFA goaltender Braden Holtby. According to Wharnsby, the Caps offered Holtby $5.1 million, which is just $2.9 million south of Holtby’s reported initial ask: $8 million.

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Former Cap Joel Ward and current Cap Tom Wilson will paint the line in an upcoming charity ping pong tournament. Smashfest, held next Thursday in Toronto, is a celebrity table-tennis tournament held to raise money for rare cancer and head injury research.

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Caps Re-sign RFA Chris Brown to Two-Year Deal

Thursday evening, the Capitals announced that they re-signed restricted free-agent Chris Brown to a two-year, two-way contract. That leaves goaltender Braden Holtby and forward Marcus Johansson, who both elected arbitration last week, as the only RFAs the team has left to sign.

During the summer, MacLellan has talked about how Brown, who the team acquired from the Coyotes for Martin Erat, will have every opportunity to make the team’s bottom six out of training camp.

“We’re going to give Galiev a shot,” MacLellan said to Mike Vogel. “Chris Brown is going to get a shot. [Goaltender Philipp] Grubauer is going to get a shot and [Nate Schmidt] is going to get a shot. We’ve got some guys who have put in some time development-wise [at AHL Hershey], and it’s going to be up to them to perform. They’ll all have chances to make the roster.”

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