The Washington Capitals announced a two-year contract extension for 28-year-old defenseman Taylor Chorney on Friday. The AAV on the one-way deal is $800,000 with Chorney earning $775,000 in the 2016-17 season and $825,000 in the 2017-18 season.
Chorney signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Capitals on July 1, when he hit free agency. He spent the previous season in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, where he saw NHL action just seven times. However, it was the first time he’d seen NHL action since the 2011-12 season with the Edmonton Oilers, who drafted him in the 2nd round of the 2005 entry draft.
This season Chorney has become a regular roster player for the Capitals, playing in a career-high 45 games, over which he’s logged five assists and 17 penalty minutes.
In terms of possession, he’s been able to hold his own, with an even Corsi For relative and a total CF% of 51.9%. He’s not getting a ton of minutes, averaging just 12:54 of all-situation time, but he’s holding his own in limited minutes and providing some reliable depth in the time he’s being given.
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