Former Capitals and Hershey Bears defenseman David Kolomatis has signed a one-year contract with Tappara in Finland, the team announced on its website, making him the second Washington two-way free agent headed overseas to the top-tier Liiga in the past week.
This past season, his fifth full AHL season and first with Hershey after joining the Washington organization on a one-year, two-way deal, Kolomatis registered 30 points in 61 games, including 23 assists, both career-highs. He had previously spent four seasons with the Manchester Monarchs, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. A former fifth-round draft pick in 2009, Kolomatis cut his teeth for three seasons with the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack before leaping to the AHL, but has never played in an NHL game.
Kolomatis joins his former AHL teammate, Nicolas Deschamps, in inking one-year deals with the Finnish league. Deschamps, a forward, recently signed with Oulu Kärpät. Kolomatis was Washington’s only Group 6 unrestricted free agent, simply meaning he met specific criteria governing age (25 or older), experience (three or more professional seasons under an NHL contract) and, interestingly enough, lack of experience (fewer than 80 NHL games as a skater).
To rehash from a previous post, here was Washington’s in-house free agency status as of July 1:
Group 2 FAs: Michael Latta (re-signed), Edward Pasquale (re-signed), Cameron Schilling (unsigned), Nate Schmidt (re-signed)
Group 3 UFAs: Julien Brouillette (unsigned), Chay Genoway (unsigned) Mikhail Grabovski (signed with NY Islanders), David Leggio (signed with NY Islanders), Dustin Penner (unsigned), Joel Rechlicz (signed with Minnesota Wild), Brandon Segal (unsigned), Ryan Stoa (unsigned), Tyson Strachan (signed with Buffalo Sabres), Matt Watkins (unsigned).
Group 6 UFAs: David Kolomatis (signed in Finland)