Eric Fehr is coming back to Washington.
The Capitals have invited Fehr to training camp with the intention of signing him to a prorated one-year, $600,000 contract once he passes a physical, according to a team source. The move cannot be made until the NHL lockout officially ends with both sides signing a memorandum of understanding, which is expected to occur Saturday.
McPhee wanted to give the Capitals more depth at forward and Fehr, who is already quite familiar with the organization after spending the first six seasons of his career in Washington, was a good fit.
Fehr, 27, recorded 13 goals and 25 points in 21 games with HPK Hameenlinna in Finland’s SM-Liiga during the lockout.
The 6-4, 212 pound right wing was a first-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2003 and played 230 games with Washington, recording 46 goals and 93 points, but was often sidelined by significant injuries to both shoulders. Fehr’s most memorable moment as a Capital came when he scored two goals in the 2011 Winter Classic against the Penguins.
“To have him come back, that’s pretty cool,” said Jay Beagle, a good friend of Fehr’s who was surprised to learn the news from reporters. “I think he’s a real skilled player, good right-handed shot. He also in the locker room he’s just a great guy, he’s a great guy to have on a team. He brings guys together.”
In July 2011, the Capitals traded Fehr to the Winnipeg Jets for a fourth-round draft pick and prospect Danick Paquette in order to shed salary and comply with the upcoming season’s salary cap.
Fehr missed the first 20 games of the 2011-12 season as he recovered from yet another shoulder surgery and recorded just two goals and one assists in 35 appearances with the Jets. This summer, Winnipeg declined to submit a qualifying offer to Fehr making him an unrestricted free agent.