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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 06/01/2011

Capitals sign Swedish forward Mattias Sjogren (updated)

The Capitals have signed undrafted Swedish forward Mattias Sjogren, the team confirmed today. Sjogren, 23, a left-handed shot who can play both center and right wing, scored seven goals and recorded 24 points in the regular season with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League .

Sjogren (6-2, 214) also recorded a goal and nine points in 13 postseason games with Farjestad and went on to earn a silver medal with Sweden at this year’s World Championships.

The signing was first reported by Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen, both of which said Sjogren signed a two-year deal worth $1.8 million. Japer’s Rink had the first local translation of the signing.

Based on an English translation of the original report, Sjogren’s agent Claude Lemieux told Aftonbladet that there are no designs for the Landskrona native to remain in Sweden next year.

Where Sjogren fits into the depth chart may prove to be a significant domino in the Capitals’ plans for next season, given the number of veteran forwards from this year’s roster who will become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

The Capitals are expected to put out a formal announcement of the signing later today.

Update: Here’s the news release from the Capitals.

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