Apr 26, 2012, 9:16 PM EDT
Based on Joel Ward‘s regular season statistics, his $3 million annual cap hit seems awfully generous, but then the Capitals weren’t just thinking about just the regular season when they signed him.
Ward has built up a reputation of excelling in the postseason and this year’s been no exception. He already has three points in seven games, despite being limited to just 9:28 minutes per contest. Teams need depth players that are capable of stepping up in the playoffs to give them that extra edge and Ward is certainly that type of player.
Beyond the more obvious numbers, Ward is also a tough forward to play against and one that’s willing to throw his body around. He’s an asset even when he doesn’t make headlines, but it wouldn’t be surprising if he’s involved in another big goal before the Capitals’ playoff run is over.
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- Sharks sign Joel Ward to three-year deal 21
- Sabres lock up O’Reilly through 2022-23 69
- Locked in: Columbus signs Saad to six-year, $36M deal 27
- Oilers sign McDavid to entry-level contract 28
- ‘Hawks would like to re-sign Oduya, but still working through ‘financial hurdles’ 17
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick 73
- Voynov takes plea, gets 90 days in jail plus probation 66
- Curtains on Broadway: Martin St. Louis calls it a career 36
- Discuss: Where’s the best fit for Alex Semin? 23
- Blockbuster: Kessel traded to the Penguins (131)
- Trade: Flyers send Rinaldo to Bruins for 2017 third-rounder (105)
- Trade: Jackets land Saad; Anisimov and Dano headed to Chicago (93)
- Bypassing a buyout? Kings terminate Richards’ contract for ‘material breach’ (90)
- Trade: Caps acquire Oshie from Blues for Brouwer, Copley and draft pick (73)