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Caps sign Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti to two-year contract extensions

Eric Fehr (above) and Aaron Volpatti each signed two-year contract extensions with the Capitals Wednesday. (AP)


Capitals forwards Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti had more to celebrate than just a Southeast Division title Wednesday.

General Manager George McPhee announced the Capitals have re-signed Fehr and Volpatti to two-year contracts that will keep them with the team through the 2014-15 season.

Fehr, 27, will earn $1.4 million next year and $1.6 million in 2014-15 after inking a one-year deal worth $600,000 in January. A late addition to Washington’s roster after the NHL lockout ended, Fehr has recorded eight goals and eight assists in 39 games this year.

The 6-4, 206-pound wing, who was Washington’s first round pick (No. 18 overall) in 2003, also leads the Capitals in plus/minus (+14) this year and filled in as a top six forward at times due to injury. The Winkler, Manitoba native has spent all but one season in Washington’s organization and proved he is back to full health this year.

He played for the Winnipeg Jets in 2011-12, but struggled with shoulder injuries that had previously hindered him throughout his career.

Volpatti, 28, signed a contract that will pay him $550,000 in 2013-14 and $600,000 the following year. Claimed off waivers by Washington on Feb. 28, the hard-nosed forward has been a mainstay on the fourth line and provided grit to the lineup. Volpatti has recorded one goal, one assist and 33 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Capitals an Vancouver this season.

With these deals signed, Washington’s only remaining unrestricted free agents heading into the offseason are forwards Mike Ribeiro, Woltek Wolski, Matt Hendricks and Joey Crabb, and defenseman Tom Poti. The Capitals’ restricted free agents are forward Marcus Johansson, defenseman Karl Alzner and goalie Michal Neuvirth.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.
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