The Capitals signed three players who will add organizational depth with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears Monday, inking defenseman Tyson Strachan, right wing Matt Watkins and goaltender David Leggio all to one-year, two-way contracts.
Strachan, 28, has the most NHL experience of the bunch by far with 120 games (and 127 penalty minutes) to his credit and could see time as a call up should Washington need another right-handed shot or extra grit in the lineup. The 6 foot 3, 215 pound tough-guy appeared in 38 contests with the Florida Panthers last season and is most well known to the Capitals as the player who delivered a blindside hit to Jason Chimera in March. Strachan’s deal is worth $550,000 at the NHL level.
Leggio, who turns 29 on July 31, is expected to take on the backup role in Hershey behind highly-touted prospect Philipp Grubauer. The Bears were in search of a veteran netminder to work alongside Grubauer after long-time backup Dany Sabourin opted to sign in Europe. Last year with Rochester, Leggio went 38-24-1 with a .924 save percentage and 2.56 GAA.
Watkins, 26, recorded 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) with Bridgeport last season. He appeared in one NHL game, with Phoenix, during the 2011-12 season.