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Caps re-sign Fehr and Volpatti

Apr 24, 2013, 11:32 AM EDT

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The Washington Capitals have re-signed forwards Eric Fehr and Aaron Volpatti, the club announced today.

Fehr gets a two-year deal worth $1.4 million in 2013-14 and $1.6 million in 2014-15. The 27-year-old who the Caps drafted 18th overall in 2003 has eight goals and eight assists in 39 games.

Volpatti, 28, also gets a two-year commitment, with his worth $550,000 in 2013-14 and $600,000 in 2014-15. The 28-year-old physical winger was claimed off of waivers from Vancouver on Feb. 28.

  1. operwapitsai - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I would have liked to see mikey, mojo or alzner get a new deal worked out but this is good news either way

    • rsl22 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      All three of them will be re-signed. McRib may be tough, but he’s the piece the Caps had been missing for the past 5 years, so they cannot let him walk.

      With Kuz, Wilson, Barber, Orlov and Grubauer waiting in the wings, the Caps should only get better and better.

      Losing the salaries of Poti, and hopefully Chimera and Schultz through amnesty buy-outs, should give them plenty of room under the cap.

      • 19to77 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Think they’re gonna resign Johansson? He puts up some points, but he’s inconsistent and a defensive nightmare for the most part. Not sure he’s worth it.

      • rsl22 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        In re Mojo:

        1) He’s 22. 2) He’ll be an RFA, so he won’t have the ability to make anything on an open market. 3) Of the 2009 draft class, he’s 5th in scoring…with only Tavares, Duchene, Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly ahead of him.

        Can he stand to gain a few pounds and work on his defensive game? Yea, sure. What 22-year-old couldn’t? But he’s also got 20 points in his last 23 games. You just can’t replace that production for the minimal amount of salary he’ll demand.

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      They need to lock up Ribs for the next four years

  2. blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Good bottom six forward signing at the wing spots. Both have performed well for the Caps this season in depth roles. I am sure Ribiero and Alzner get their contracts after the season prior to FA. I agree that MoJo is likely on the bubble as the Caps will go get a top line LW in the off-season to pair with Backstrom and Ovi. The acquisition of Erat fills the 2nd line LW slot.

    • rsl22 - Apr 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

      I love the Caps. They’re my team, and have been for 30 years. In all the years I’ve watched them, no first line free agent winger has ever said, “I’d like to go play in Washington.” The Caps may trade for players, or may sign depth players, but top line free agents do not choose the Caps over NYR, Boston, Toronto, MTL, Philly, Pitt, Chicago, or Detroit (can add the Wild now, too).

      Just in the last year, go look at Parise, Nash, Iginla, Jagr and all the other mercenaries…they would only go to a handful of teams. The Caps are not a top draw. If they want first liners, they have to develop them at home.

      As such, Mojo will be staying in DC.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        I disagree, Jagr did play for the Caps for four seasons after he left the Pens and the Caps had no interest in Parise (who is a Center) in FA because he wanted to play in his hometown of Minneapolis. Nash and Ingila (both RW) were under contract and required a trade to be had, but the Caps dont need RW’ers. If you have listened to Oates and McPhee this season they both have stated a need for a top line LW. I think they will use the draft to bolster the depth and come out of pocket in FA to grab a quality LW’er. You are right that McPhee’s philosophy is to draft the talent and groom them in the farm system. However, with Oates, he will give him what he needs.

      • rsl22 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:40 PM

        Jagr was traded to DC. He did not sign as a free agent. But thank you for proving my point.

      • blackfoot11 - Apr 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        It only proves a your FA signing agrument, but to say your whole argument is proven is incorrect. Every example you gave in your second paragraph did not meet the need for the LW position for the Caps, nor did the Caps explore trading/signing in FA. That is why Mojo (who is a Center) is playing LW. There are options in FA for a top line winger to play the left side that is not a big name. Big name players in FA are infrequent and they usually have a pre-determined destination(s) whey they hit the market. The Caps dont need a big name, they need fit and production.

  3. capsfan19 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Ribeiro????….. Ha

    • rsl22 - Apr 24, 2013 at 2:42 PM

      I’m curious as to what your comment is in reference to.

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