Wojtek Wolski signs with KHL team

May 20, 2013

(Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)

One of the Capitals’ impending unrestricted free agents won’t be returning to Washington next season.

Seldom-used winger Wojtek Wolski signed with Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod in the Kontinental Hockey League, the team announced Monday morning. Wolski’s agent, Joe Resnick, confirmed that the forward will continue his career in Russia.

Wolski’s departure is far from a surprise, considering the minor role he played with the Capitals this season. The 27-year-old Toronto native recorded four goals and five assists in 27 games, but was left on the sidelines in the second half of the season as the Capitals found a rhythm under Coach Adam Oates. Wolski appeared in only five of the final 25 regular season games and did not suit up in the playoffs.

Wolski, who Washington signed to a one-year, $600,000 deal in July, was one of five Capitals set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. Both he and defenseman Tom Poti will not be returning, which leaves the future of Mike Ribeiro, Matt Hendricks and Joey Crabb still to be determined. Stay tuned for more on Ribeiro and Hendricks later today.

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