Center Peter LeBlanc, who played the past two seasons with the Hershey Bears, has signed a deal with Rögle in Sweden after spending his entire professional hockey career in North America, according to the team’s website.
LeBlanc was a restricted free agent after accepting a qualifying offer from the Capitals for the 2013-14 season that, according to CapGeek, meant a cap hit of $550,000 for the one-year, two-way deal. He appeared in one game for Washington this past season, logging 9:26 of ice time versus Tampa Bay on April 13, his NHL debut. The 26-year-old played 65 games for Hershey and recorded 28 points (12 goals, 16 assists).
LeBlanc was traded to Washington from the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 for future considerations. According to a Google translation of an article by the Swedish newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad, LeBlanc hadn’t even heard of his new club until looking them up on YouTube. According to its team page, Rögle’s current roster contains no other North American players; LeBlanc is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
The deadline for qualifying offers is June 30 at 5 p.m., but they cannot be accepted until noon on July 1. The Capitals have no restricted free agents on their active roster but, per CapGeek, have a host of them in the minors like Nate Schmidt, Michael Latta and Cam Schilling.