The Capitals had been in the market for a depth option on the back end, searching for a veteran, physical presence who could skate on the right side, presumably to spell the more fleet-footed, puck-handling Schmidt and Orlov on occasion. Chorney has logged 68 career NHL games, including 42 in 2009-10 with the Edmonton Oilers, but only seven since 2011-12 – all last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The 28-year-old played 62 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate, netting four goals and 15 assists. He is a former second-round pick by the Oilers in 2005 and a product of the University of North Dakota, who appeared with the Penguins this spring in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers.
He also has a Capitals connection.
Now, the Capitals employ seven defensemen on their active NHL roster, together signed for roughly $21.53 million. This would appear to close the door for Tim Gleason, a trade-deadline acquisition from Carolina. Chorney becomes the third former Pittsburgh blue-liner signed by Washington over the past two summers, joining Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, who arrived for a combined $67.75 million on July 1, 2014.