While the wait continues for the results of goaltender Braden Holtby’s arbitration hearing, the Washington Capitals added some defensive depth to the organization Friday morning, signing Ryan Stanton to a one-year, two-way deal. The 26-year-old arrives after spending the past two seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, appearing in 119 total games.
An undrafted free agent who parlayed three American Hockey League seasons into his NHL debut with Chicago in 2012-13, Stanton will likely bring a veteran presence to an expectedly young blue line in Hershey, where three professional rookies — Madison Bowey, Tyler Lewington and Christian Djoos — will compete for time. Mike Moore, Erik Burgdoerfer and Connor Carrick round out the corps.
Stanton had 11 points and 35 penalty minutes for the Canucks in 2014-15. Along with Carrick, he could also factor into training camp competition for the Capitals’ third pairing, though Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt and Taylor Chorney have the inside track on the Nos. 5, 6 and 7 spots, since all are on one-way deals.
Contract terms for Stanton were not immediately known, as the Capitals don’t announce them for two-way deals.
>> With Holtby’s hearing wrapping up Thursday around 1 p.m., the arbitrator now has until Saturday afternoon — 48 hours later — to render a binding decision. The two sides can continue to discuss contract terms in the interim. Holtby filed at $8 million, while Washington filed at $5.1 million, requesting a one-year deal that would keep Holtby as a restricted free agent next summer.
>> The start times for three home games at Verizon Center have been changed from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Dec. 8 against Detroit, Feb. 2, 2016 vs. Florida and Feb. 4 against the New York Islanders.
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Previous version: The Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Ryan Stanton to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Friday.
Stanton, 26, played in 54 games with Vancouver last season, tallying 11 points and 35 penalty minutes. He played in his 100th NHL game on Feb. 3. In 119 career games with Chicago and Vancouver, he has 27 points and 69 penalty minutes.
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