Former Hershey Bears forward Nicolas Deschamps, who spent three games with the Capitals last season, has signed with Oulu Kärpät, a Finnish squad in the country’s top league, Liiga. The announcement was made on the league’s website.
In 65 games with the Bears last season, Deschamps scored 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists). It was his second season with the AHL club, after coming over midseason from the Toronto Marlies, swapped with the Maple Leafs for Kevin Marshall. Deschamps was originally drafted 35th overall in 2008 by Anaheim, then was dealt to Toronto in early 2012 following four seasons with the QMJHL’s Chicoutimi Sagueneens.
A Google translation of the article — not the most precise method for exact wording, but the sentiment still stands — said Deschamps “did not want to make the two-direction agreement to the NHL and the AHL play anymore.” Per CapGeek, the 24-year-old was coming off a one-year, two-way deal worth $65,000 at the AHL level and $726,000 at the NHL level, after signing a qualifying offer last season once his entry-level contract expired.
The article’s translation also said Deschamps hopes to return to North America at some point in his career; his agreement with Karpat is a one-year deal. He was one of three non-tendered unrestricted free agents for the Capitals this offseason, all of whom were not extended qualifying offers. Peter LeBlanc is headed to Sweden, while Brett Flemming remains thus far unsigned.
The Capitals are still in contract negotiations with Cam Schilling, the only restricted free agent left unsigned. Via email last week, Schilling’s agent said, “Making progress but nothing imminent.” Washington has already reached deals with Michael Latta, Edward Pasquale and Nate Schmidt.