Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Capitals Sign Right Wing Brian Willsie

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

The Washington Capitals have signed free agent right wing Brian Willsie to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Willsie, 32, is a former Capital and Hershey Bear who returns to the organization after splitting the past four years between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche organizations. A veteran of 380 NHL games since he made his debut in 1999-00, Willsie has totaled 52 goals and 56 assists (108 points) in the NHL. His best season came in 2005-06 with the Capitals when he finished fourth on the team with 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) in 82 games.
The Belmont, Ontario, native stands 6’1” and weighs 202 pounds. He played four games for Colorado last season while spending most of the year with its American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Willsie led Lake Erie in goals (26) and was third in points (57) in 75 games. Willsie spent parts of four seasons with Hershey from 1998-2003, when he was originally in the Colorado organization. The Avalanche drafted him in the sixth round, 146th overall, of the 1996 Entry Draft.
Brian Willsie
Right Wing
Ht.: 6’1” Wt.: 202 Shoots: Right
Born: March 16, 1978 (Belmont, Ontario)
Drafted: Colorado’s sixth-round choice, 146th overall, in the 1996 Entry Draft
Career Statistics
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994-95 St. Thomas OJHL-B 45 35 47 82 47 - - - - -
1995-96 Guelph OHL 65 13 21 34 18 16 4 2 6 6
1996-97 Guelph OHL 64 37 31 68 37 18 15 4 19 10
1997-98 Guelph OHL 57 45 31 76 41 12 9 5 14 18
Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 4 - - - - -
1998-99 Hershey AHL 72 19 10 29 28 3 1 0 1 0
1999-00 Colorado NHL 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Hershey AHL 78 20 39 59 44 12 2 6 8 8
2000-01 Hershey AHL 48 18 23 41 20 12 7 2 9 14
2001-02 Colorado NHL 56 7 7 14 14 4 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Colorado NHL 12 0 1 1 15 6 1 0 1 2
Hershey AHL 59 29 28 57 49 - - - - -
2003-04 CAPITALS NHL 49 10 5 15 18 - - - - -
2004-05 Ljubljana Interliga 12 7 6 13 34 - - - - -
Ljubljana Slovenia 2 0 3 3 4 - - - - -
Portland AHL 53 23 17 40 47 - - - - -
2005-06 CAPITALS NHL 82 19 22 41 77 - - - - -
2006-07 Los Angeles NHL 81 11 10 21 49 - - - - -
2007-08 Los Angeles NHL 53 4 8 12 30 - - - - -
2008-09 Colorado NHL 42 1 3 4 14 - - - - -
Lake Erie AHL 12 8 6 14 8
2009-10 Colorado NHL 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Lake Erie AHL 75 26 31 57 44 - - - - -
CAPITALS TOTALS 131 29 27 56 95 - - - - -
NHL TOTALS 380 52 56 108 217 10 1 1 2 4

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Capitals Sign Eric Fehr to Two-Year Contract

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fehr, 24, set career highs in goals (21), assists (18), points (39), plus/minus (+18) and shots (145) while averaging 12:07 of ice time. He finished seventh on the team in goals and ninth in plus/minus rating. Each of the 105 other NHL players who scored at least 20 goals this season averaged more ice time than Fehr; only Alex Ovechkin (1.90), Alexander Semin (1.71) and Sidney Crosby (1.68) averaged more goals per 60 minutes of ice time than Fehr (1.50). The Capitals were 16-3-1 when Fehr scored a goal and 27-4-3 when he had a point. Fehr scored three goals in the playoffs, third-best on the team, and tied for fourth on the team with four points.
The Winkler, Manitoba, native was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 18th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft. He has played in 178 career games for Washington, potting 36 goals and dishing out 37 assists. He was also an integral member of the Hershey club that won the 2006 Calder Cup. In 19 playoff games that year, he had eight goals, three assists and scored the overtime game-winning goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to lift the Bears to the Calder Cup Final.
Eric Fehr
Right Wing
Ht.: 6’4” Wt.: 212 Shoots: Right
Born: Sept. 7, 1985 (Winkler, Manitoba)
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, 18th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft
Career Statistics
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW S GP G A Pts PIM
2000-01 Pembina MMHL 36 45 13 58 30 - - - - - - - - - -
Brandon WHL 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - - - - - - -
2001-02 Brandon WHL 63 11 16 27 29 - - - - - 12 1 1 2 0
2002-03 Brandon WHL 70 26 29 55 76 - - - - - 17 4 8 12 26
2003-04 Brandon WHL 71 50 34 84 129 - - - - - 7 5 0 5 16
2004-05 Brandon WHL 71 59 52 111 91 - - - - - 24 16 16 32 47
2005-06 CAPITALS NHL 11 0 0 0 2 E 0 0 0 10 - - - - -
Hershey AHL 70 25 28 53 70 - - - - - 19 8 3 11 8
2006-07 CAPITALS NHL 14 2 1 3 8 3 0 0 1 25 - - - - -
Hershey AHL 40 22 19 41 63 - - - - - - - - - -
2007-08 CAPITALS NHL 23 1 5 6 6 4 0 0 0 40 5 1 0 1 0
Hershey AHL 11 3 4 7 4 - - - - - 2 1 3 4 2
2008-09 CAPITALS NHL 61 12 13 25 22 8 1 0 2 134 9 0 0 0 0
2009-10 CAPITALS NHL 69 21 18 39 24 18 3 0 3 145 7 3 1 4 4
CAPITALS/NHL TOTALS 178 36 37 73 62 33 4 0 6 354 21 4 1 5 4

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO TELEVISE JOHN WALL’S WIZARDS DEBUT

Per Press Release from Comcast SportsNet:

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for television and online sports coverage, has announced it will televise all five Washington Wizards games of the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. The live high-definition game coverage will be highlighted by John Wall’s first appearance with the Wizards since being selected by the team first overall in the 2010 NBA draft on June 24. The network will also provide comprehensive news and special feature programming surrounding the Wizards seven-day summer season.
Comcast SportsNet’s five-game television schedule for the Wizards NBA Summer League season begins when the Wizards play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, July 11, at 8 p.m. and finishes with their final game on Saturday, July 17, at 4 p.m. against the New York Knicks. Comcast SportsNet’s Steve Buckhantz will provide play-by-play for the first four broadcasts, with Phil Chenier serving as analyst for all games. Wizards radio announcer Dave Johnson is scheduled to handle play-by-play duties for the Wizards final game on July 17.
Washington Wizards Summer League Television Schedule:
Day/Date Opponent Time Television
Sunday, July 11 Warriors 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNetMonday, July 12 Clippers 10 p.m. Comcast SportsNetThursday, July 15 Mavericks 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNet
Friday, July 16 Hornets 8 p.m. Comcast SportsNetSaturday, July 17 Knicks 4 p.m. Comcast SportsNet
Comcast SportsNet will also deliver exclusive “Wall-to-Wall” coverage of the summer league with special Wizards-related news and feature programming throughout the week. A special-edition half-hour SportsNite: Wall to Wall Wizards show will debut prior to the team’s first game on Sunday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. and re-air on July 17. Washington Post Live: Wall to Wall Wizards, hosted by Ivan Carter, will air live leading into the games on Thursday, July 15, and Friday, July 16, from 7-8 p.m. and will feature the region’s top basketball analysts and insiders.
Comcast SportsNet Wizards television beat reporter Chris Miller will be reporting from Las Vegas throughout the week-long event for the network’s special programs and daily news and entertainment shows, Washington Post Live and SportsNite. Miller, who has been covering Wall since the Wizards claimed the top choice in the NBA draft lottery in May, will also contribute video content to CSNwashington.com as part of the website’s coverage of the summer league games.
Comcast SportsNet “Wall-to-Wall” Summer League Coverage:
Day/Date Show Time
Sunday, July 11 SportsNite: Wall to Wall Wizards Special 7:30-8 p.m.
Thursday, July 15 Washington Post Live: Wall to Wall Wizards Special 7-8 p.m.*
Friday, July 16 Washington Post Live: Wall to Wall Wizards Special 7-8 p.m.*
Saturday, July 17 SportsNite: Wall to Wall Wizards Special 6-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Capitals Sign Defenseman Jeff Schultz to Four-Year Contract

The Washington Capitals have signed restricted free agent defenseman Jeff Schultz to a four-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Schultz, 24, is coming off the best season of his career having led the NHL in plus/minus rating with a +50. Schultz's plus/minus rating was also the best single-season rating in franchise history.

The signing comes two days after Schultz filed for salary arbitration, a move Schultz said was more of a precautionary measure in a conference call earlier this afternoon.

"I saw salary arbitration as a precautionary measure in case something didn’t get done so we weren’t left with nothing," said Schultz. "I’m glad we were able to get a deal done before that happened."

Schultz also said he was happy with a four-year deal instead of a five-year deal.

"It means I’m in their plans in the long term and I feel like they want me to be a part of the team for a while," said Schultz. "This is a team that is getting better every year and I want to be a part of that."

Schultz, who's 23 points last season (3g, 25a) were also a career high, is the second of the Capitals four restricted free agents to sign with the team as his signing comes one day after center/right wing Boyd Gordon signed a one year deal. Tomas Fleischmann and Erich Fehr are the only two restricted free agents yet to sign, and both filed for salary arbitration with Schultz on Monday.

The Capitals also signed defenseman Brian Fahey to a one-year contract and left wing Kyle Greentree to a two-year contract on Wednesday. Fahey spent last season with Lake Erie in the American Hockey League recording 25 points in 71 games, while Greentree led the AHL's Rockford IceHogs with 25 goals in 64 games last season. Both are expected to be assigned to the Hershey Bears.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Caps Sign Boyd Gordon

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

The Washington Capitals have signed center/right wing Boyd Gordon to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gordon, 26, completed his seventh professional season with the Capitals in 2009-10 and registered four goals and six assists in 36 games. His ice time was limited due to injury but he led the team with a 61.0% faceoff rate, which would have led the league had he taken enough draws to qualify. He ranked third on the team in average shorthanded ice time (2:39 per game) and had a goal and an assist, both while shorthanded, in the playoffs.
The Unity, Saskatchewan, native was the Capitals’ first-round choice, 17th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft and is the longest-tenured Capital on the roster. He has played in 303 career games for Washington, recording 76 points (24 goals, 52 assists) and just 66 penalty minutes. He was also an integral member of the 2006 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League, playing in all 21 playoff games. The former Red Deer Rebel won the Memorial Cup in 2000-01.

Gordon was one of the Capitals four unsigned restricted free agents along with Tomas Fleischmann, Erich Fehr, and Jeff Schultz who applied for salary arbitration yesterday.

Boyd Gordon
Center/Right Wing
Ht.: 6’1” Wt.: 201 Shoots: Right
Born: Oct. 19, 1983 (Unity, Saskatchewan)
Drafted: Capitals’ first-round choice, 17th overall, in the 2002 Entry Draft
Career Statistics
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/- PP SH GW S GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 Red Deer WHL 66 10 26 36 24 - - - - - 4 0 1 1 2
2000-01 Red Deer WHL 72 12 27 39 39 - - - - - 22 3 6 9 2
2001-02 Red Deer WHL 66 22 29 51 19 - - - - - 23 10 12 22 8
2002-03 Red Deer WHL 56 33 48 81 28 - - - - - 23 8 12 20 14
Canada WJC 6 0 0 0 15 - - - - - - - - - -
2003-04 CAPITALS NHL 41 1 5 6 8 -9 0 0 0 42 - - - - -
Portland AHL 43 5 17 22 16 -1 0 0 2 90 7 2 1 3 0
2004-05 Portland AHL 80 17 22 39 35 -20 7 1 3 183 - - - - -
2005-06 CAPITALS NHL 25 0 1 1 4 -4 0 0 0 12 - - - - -
Hershey AHL 58 16 22 38 23 9 7 7 7 154 21 3 5 8 10
2006-07 CAPITALS NHL 71 7 22 29 14 10 0 2 0 104 - - - - -
2007-08 CAPITALS NHL 67 7 9 16 12 5 0 1 0 100 7 0 0 0 0
2008-09 CAPITALS NHL 63 5 9 14 16 -4 0 1 2 69 14 0 3 3 4
2009-10 CAPITALS NHL 36 4 6 10 12 4 0 0 0 40 6 1 1 2 0
Hershey AHL 2 0 2 2 0 - - - - - - - - - -
CAPITALS/NHL TOTALS 303 24 52 76 66 2 0 4 2 367 27 1 4 5 4
WHL East First All-Star Team (2003)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Capitals Sign Goaltender Dany Sabourin

Per the Washington Capitals Media Relations Department:

The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Dany Sabourin to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A 6’4”, 200-pound native of Val-d’Or, Quebec, Sabourin (SA-boo-rihn) is a 10-year professional who has played 57 NHL games for Calgary, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. He spent 2009-10 with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting a 28-27-0 record in 56 appearances with a 2.67 goals-against average, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts. He finished third in the AHL in saves (1,579), fourth in minutes (3,278) and tied for sixth in wins.
Sabourin, who will turn 30 on Sept. 2, played 43 games in the NHL in 2007-08 and ’08-09 while with the Penguins, posting a 16-17-3 record in that time. This season marked the first time since the 2004-05 work stoppage that he didn’t play at least one game at the NHL level. He was named the AHL’s top goaltender in 2005-06 when he led the league with a 2.26 goals-against average with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Sabourin was originally a fourth-round choice, 108th overall, of Calgary in the 1998 NHL Draft.
Dany Sabourin
Position: Goaltender
Born: September 2, 1980 (Val-d’Or, Quebec)
Height: 6’4” Weight: 200 Catches: Left
Drafted: Calgary’s fourth-round choice, 108th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft
Regular Season Playoffs
Year Team League GP W L O/T MIN GA SO GAA SA SPCT GP W L Min GAA
1997-98 Sherbrooke QMJHL 37 15 15 2 1906 128 1 4.03 - - - - - - -
1998-99 Sherbrooke QMJHL 30 8 13 2 1477 102 1 4.14 - - 1 0 1 49 2.45
Saint John AHL - - - - - - - - - - 1 0 1 57 4.19
1999-00 Sherbrooke QMJHL 55 25 22 5 3067 181 1 3.54 - - 5 1 4 324 3.33
2000-01 Saint John AHL 1 1 0 0 40 0 0 0.00 - - - - - - -
Johnstown ECHL 19 4 9 1 903 56 0 3.72 - - 1 0 0 40 3.00
2001-02 Johnstown ECHL 27 14 10 1 1539 84 0 3.28 - - 3 0 2 137 2.18
2002-03 Saint John AHL 41 15 17 4 2220 100 4 2.70 - - - - - - -
2003-04 Calgary NHL 4 0 3 0 169 10 0 3.55 66 .848 - - - - -
Lowell AHL 14 5 7 2 821 39 0 2.85 - - - - - - -
Las Vegas ECHL 10 6 3 1 613 24 0 2.35 - - 1 0 1 58 2.07
2004-05 Wilkes-Barre AHL 20 8 8 2 1029 38 1 2.22 - - - - - - -
Wheeling ECHL 27 19 6 1 1579 44 5 *1.67 - - - - - - -
2005-06 Pittsburgh NHL 1 0 1 0 21 4 0 11.43 14 .714 - - - - -
Wilkes-Barre AHL 49 30 14 4 2943 111 4 *2.26 - - 6 2 4 362 2.15
2006-07 Vancouver NHL 9 2 4 1 480 21 0 2.63 224 .906 2 0 0 14 4.29
Manitoba AHL 2 1 1 0 119 4 1 2.01 - - - - - - -
2007-08 Pittsburgh NHL 24 10 9 1 1242 57 2 2.75 596 .904 - - - - -
2008-09 Pittsburgh NHL 19 6 8 2 989 47 0 2.85 463 .898 - - - - -
Springfield AHL 13 5 6 2 795 42 0 3.17 - - - - - - -
2009-10 Providence AHL 56 28 27 0 3278 146 3 2.67 - - - - - - -
NHL TOTALS 57 18 25 4 2901 139 2 2.87 1363 .898 2 0 0 14 4.29
AHL First All-Star Team (2006) * Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award (AHL – Outstanding Goaltender) (2006)