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Report: Caps to bring back Eric Fehr — one year, $600k

Jan 12, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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The Washington Capitals are bringing a familiar face back into the fold.

The team will reportedly sign forward Eric Fehr to a prorated one-year, $600,000 contract, according to the Washington Post.

Fehr, 27, was Washington’s first-round pick (18th overall) in the ballyhooed 2003 Entry Draft, and spent his first six NHL seasons in the nation’s capital, scoring a career-high 21 goals in 2008-09.

He was traded to Winnipeg last July and suffered through a disappointing year with the Jets, missing extensive time with a shoulder injury. Fehr only appeared in 35 games (2G-1A-3PTS) and wasn’t offered a new deal prior to the CBA expiring on Sept. 15.

Undeterred, Fehr inked with HPK of the Finnish league during the lockout and drew the attention of numerous clubs with his play. He racked up 25 points in 21 games and apparently had a number of suitors interested in his services.

Fehr will be taking a significant pay cut in his Washington return — he was making $2.2 million annually on his old deal.

Of note, contracts cannot be made official until the new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Splendid

    • dcfan4life - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      He was solid in DC. This is a steal if he is even half that good again.

  2. subliminalnoize - Jan 12, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Its Official, I’m now starting to get excited for the Caps.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      CAN’T F-ING WAIT!!!!

      Sooo happy they got Fehr back, besides the money issue, never understood why they traded him to the Jets. Fehr would of been great for the Caps last year with Hunter’s system. Cant wait to see what Oates can put together in a short amount of time. The winter classic hero returns!

  3. capsfan19 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Hell yeah! Couldnt understand why he was let go to begin with

  4. mp1113 - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Yes. Always liked him. Solid player

  5. mthor24 - Jan 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Was invisible for 34 of the 35 games he laced up for the Jets. Great guy though, hope he does well.

  6. rsl22 - Jan 12, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I think a lot of people would likely agree he has the talent to be a solid NHL-er. Sadly, he’s got serious shoulder problems.

    It’ll be interesting to see if the Caps use Fehr alongside Ribiero or bury him in the 3rd-4th lines.

    Also, I wonder what that means for Woltek Wolski.

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