Capitals re-sign Michael Latta to two-year deal


Michael Latta celebrates after scoring his first NHL goal. (AP/Carlos Osorio)

Forward Michael Latta has re-signed with the Capitals for a two-year deal worth $1.15 million after extending a qualifying offer to the non-roster player on Sunday, the team announced.

The 23-year-old flipped between Washington and Hershey last season, spending 17 games with the NHL club, where he scored four points and logged 12 penalty minutes. He made his debut Oct. 1 versus Chicago and one month later earned his first point Nov. 2 versus Florida. He came from Nashville, picked in the third round of the 2009 draft by the organization that formerly employed Capitals coaches Barry Trotz, Lane Lambert and Mitch Korn.

In 52 games with the Hershey Bears in the AHL, Latta scored 34 points and notched 134 penalty minutes. He was one of four Group 2 free agents in the Capitals organization this offseason, all non-roster players who were handed qualifying offers shortly before the deadline Sunday. The statuses of goaltender Edward Pasquale, acquired last weekend at the NHL draft, and defensemen Cameron Schilling and Nate Schmidt has not yet been announced.

Latta’s salary does not count against Washington’s salary cap.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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