The Washington Capitals have signed Pittsburgh Penguins unrestricted free agent Taylor Chorney, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. McKenzie says that the contract is a one-year, one-way deal for $700,000.
Chorney likely will enter training camp as the seventh defenseman on the Washington depth chart and should compete for playing time with Nate Schmidt and Dmitry Orlov. The 28-year-old appeared in seven regular-season and five postseason games for the Penguins last season, bringing his career total of NHL regular-season appearances to 68.
WSH signs Taylor Chorney, one year, one way, $700K.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2015
He did not record a point and was a minus-1 during the season and also did not score while picking up two penalty minutes in the playoffs. Chorney appeared in 62 AHL games last year for Wilkes Barre/Scranton, notching four goals, 15 assists and 42 PIMs to go along with a sparkling plus-26. In six AHL playoff games he recorded a goal and an assist.
Prior to his stint in the Pens’ organization, Chorney played parts of five NHL seasons with Edmonton and St. Louis. He appeared in a career-best 42 games posting three assists, 12 PIMs and a minus-21 in 2009-10 for Edmonton. Since then he has not appeared in more than 12 NHL games in a season, and his career NHL numbers are 1-6-7 with 16 PIMS in 68 appearances.
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A journalism major from the University of Maryland and a published author, Scott graduated summa cum laude from the Maryland College of Journalism in 1991 before pursuing a career in sports that has spanned almost 30 years and includes 15 years working at the NCAA Division I level in sports information and as an Assistant Athletic Director and nearly 10 years working for baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. Scott also served as
a college beat writer for the Baltimore/Washington sports publication Pressbox and Pressbox Online and currently is the Director of Digital Media for MYHockeyRankings.com. His son Devin was drafted by two U.S. Tier 2 junior hockey teams and currently plays NCAA Division III hockey for Suffolk University in Boston. His daughter Sydney plays college lacrosse for Franklin & Marshall in Pennsylvania.