Capitals sign Poti to a contract extension

Capitals defenseman Tom Poti, left, with teammate Dave Steckel, agreed to a new deal, taking a pay cut to remain with Washington.
Capitals defenseman Tom Poti, left, with teammate Dave Steckel, agreed to a new deal, taking a pay cut to remain with Washington. (Toni L. Sandys)

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Tom Poti to a two-year extension, worth $3 million next season and $2.75 million in 2012-13. Poti, 33, is the oldest member of the team's regular blue line corps and recorded 24 points in 70 regular season games last season.

He will earn $3.5 million this season in the last year of his old contract, but Poti said he was willing to take a pay cut in order to compete for the Stanley Cup.

"I think we have a chance to win here," Poti said. "I've played in the league 12, 13 years and still haven't won. I think this is the best chance for me to get a Cup. Not just one Cup but more than one Cup, hopefully. I was willing to give up some money, leave some money on the table, to have a chance at that." . . .

The Capitals signed goaltender Brandon Anderson to a three-year entry-level deal on Tuesday. The team also assigned nine players to Hershey: goaltender Todd Ford, defensemen Patrick Cullity and Joe Finley and forwards David de Kastrozza, Anton Gustafsson, Jake Hauswirth, Nakita Kashirsky, Dmitry Kugryshev and Ashton Rome.

Five others were returned to their junior teams: goaltender Philipp Grubauer, defensemen Samuel Carrier and Brett Flemming and forwards Stanislav Galiev and Garrett Mitchell.

- Katie Carrera

Adam Morrison, whom Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats selected with the third pick in 2006 draft, has accepted a training camp invitation on a make-good contract with the Washington Wizards, according to two league sources.

Morrison, who won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in a reserve role, hasn't been the same since suffering a season-ending knee injury before his second season in Charlotte. He has career averages of 7.5 points and 2.1 rebounds, but has played just 79 games the past three seasons with the Bobcats and Lakers.

Morrison worked out for the Boston Celtics last week, but selected the Wizards because he hopes to find a rhythm in Coach Flip Saunders's offense, according to a league source. The same source said Morrison worked out at Verizon Center on Tuesday. . . .

Former Wizard Javaris Crittenton has accepted an invitation to try out for the Charlotte Bobcats, his agent Mark Bartelstein said.

Crittenton was suspended the final 38 games of last season for his role in an altercation with Gilbert Arenas involving guns.

- Michael Lee

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