It was a quiet start to free agency for the Capitals, but July 1 wouldn’t come to a close without a new player signing in Washington.
Sunday evening, the Capitals signed right wing Joey Crabb to a one-year, one-way contract worth $950,000. Crabb, 29, will likely slot into a bottom-six role in Washington and could see time on the penalty kill as well.
“When everybody’s happy and playing well he’ll likely be on the fourth line and killing penalties, but when the team is in search of different looks he’ll be able to step into many different roles,” Crabb’s agent, Kevin Epp, said in a phone interview. “As he proved in Toronto, he’s versatile and can move up and down the lineup – wherever he’s needed.”
The 2011-12 season was Crabb’s first full NHL campaign after turning pro in 2006-07. The Alaska native appeared in 67 games with Toronto last season, recording 11 goals, 15 assists and 33 penalty minutes while averaging 13:02 minutes per contest.
Epp said that Washington’s assistant general manager Brian MacLellan expressed interest in the former Maple Leaf early in the day and they ironed out a deal after the initial waves of signings took place.
“Washington was a good fit,” Epp said. “For Joey to have the opportunity to play on a championship caliber team, that’s what was most important for him and this was a good chance to do so.”