The Washington Capitals have added a familiar face to the dressing room, as General Manager George McPhee announced the signing of unrestricted free agent forward Eric Fehr on Sunday. It’s a one-year deal worth $600,000.
Fehr, who was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 2011 for a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL entry draft and prospect Danick Paquette, returns to the District of Columbia, which is all too familiar to the Winkler, Manitoba native.
“Feels like a second home to me,” Fehr said to reporters at the Washington Capitals training camp.
Having been drafted by the Capitals in the 1st round (18th overall), in the 2003 National Hockey League Entry draft and spending six years between Washington and their top AHL affiliate Hershey Bears, the Capitals know what they have in the 27 year old and are pleased to bring him back.
“To have him come back, that’s pretty cool,” Capitals forward and a good friend of Fehr’s Jay Beagle, told Katie Carrera of the Washington Post. “I think he’s a real skilled player, good right-handed shot. He’s just a great guy, he’s a great guy to have on a team. He brings guys together.”
Fehr missed the first 20 games of the 2011-12 season with the Winnipeg Jets after recovering from shoulder surgery. Appearing in just 35 games with the Western Conference club, he added two goals and one assist.
“I felt like I was in survival mode a little bit, just trying to get through every game. Now I’m feeling a lot better,” Fehr told reporters.
Capitals Assign Tom Wilson to the Plymouth Whalers
General Manager George McPhee announced yesterday that the parent club has returned their 1st round pick (16th overall) in the 2012 entry draft in Pittsburgh, forward Tom Wilson, to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Forward Joey Crabb is excited for his opportunity in DC
“I had a good last year and I felt good last year,” Crabb said. It’s just getting the breaks and the chances and the opportunities, but this is real exciting. There’s a lot of skill and a lot of speed and obviously quite a bit of talent here.”
Tampa Bay bound
The Washington Capitals will begin the 2013 regular season on Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the St. Pete’s Time Forum at 7:00pm.
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