The Washington Capitals added more depth yesterday, signing two journeyman free agents, acquiring another in a trade, and agreeing to terms with a pair of restricted free agents.
The club's busiest day of the offseason began with a trade that brought 32-year-old defenseman Bryan Muir (181 NHL games) from Los Angeles to Washington for future considerations.
The Capitals also signed two free agents: left wing Boyd Kane, 27, and defenseman Jamie Heward, 34. Restricted free agents Louis Robitaille, a versatile 23-year-old forward, and Matt Pettinger, a 24-year-old left wing, also were re-signed. Pettinger will earn the league minimum of $450,000 next season, according to the NHL Players Association Web site.
Muir, Kane and Heward likely will play for the Capitals' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Pa.
Muir's signing is intriguing, if only because of his size.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman joins the Capitals' growing stockpile of big defensemen. On Wednesday, the team signed 6-5, 230-pound Ivan Majesky and 6-6, 220-pound Mathieu Biron, both free agents.
Already in the Capitals' farm system are 6-6, 236-pound Nolan Yonkman, 6-3, 217-pound Jakub Cutta and 6-3, 205-pound Shaone Morrisonn. And that's in addition to last month's first-round draft picks, Joe Finley (6-7, 233) and Sasha Pokulok (6-5, 220).
The Capitals now have 26 players under contract for next season; however, many of them will play in Hershey.
-- Tarik El-Bashir