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Capitals spend $950,000 on Joey Crabb

Jul 1, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

Joey Crabb #46 of the Toronto Maple Leafs hits Keaton Ellerby #4 of the Florida Panthers during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre February 28, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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The Washington Capitals haven’t been a major player on the first day of the free agency period, but they won’t be going to sleep empty-handed.

TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that the Washington Capitals have signed Joey Crabb to a one-year, $950,000 contract. The Washington Times’ Stephen Whyno confirmed that it is a one-way deal.

Crabb is definitely something of a late-bloomer and has played in just 144 NHL games at the age of 29. However, he set career-highs in 2011-12 with 11 goals and 15 assists in 67 contests.

He was also one of just five Leafs’ players to play in at least 60 games and still finish the season with a positive or neutral plus/minus rating.

Crabb isn’t afraid to throw his body around and puts up decent offensive numbers for a bottom-six forward. He’ll probably end up serving on the Capitals’ third line and help kill penalties.

This is the biggest contract of Crabb’s career and the first one-way deal he’s ever signed.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:59 PM


  2. bethgoesglobal - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:14 PM


  3. mendenhallfumblemachine - Jul 1, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Actually pretty decent pickup, decent 4th liner ideally (can be 3rd liner but on a good team shouldn’t be), and can chip in more offense often then you’d think. Good on Joey, did a good job for the Leafs.

  4. capsrockva - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    ever heard of him

  5. capsrockva - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    never heard of him

  6. rsl22 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    Caps lost 50 goals in Semin, Wideman, Knuble, etc….have added 29 in Ribiero and Crabb….

    That’s not a gain.

  7. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 2, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    I liked him as a Leaf. Gotta respect a guy who gives it his all in whatever role he’s given.

  8. joecat111 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Crabb will certainly help with dealing with salary cap. Bringing in a cheaper player can certainly help with bringing in a player that will demand bigger dollars.

  9. joecat111 - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:22 AM


  10. bcjim - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    I guess he is the Knuble replacement, I’ll take it.

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