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Capitals sign Justin Peters — two years, $1.9 million

Jul 1, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

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Backup goalies will be all the rage today and the Washington Capitals have landed theirs.

Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports the Caps have signed Justin Peters to a two-year, $1.9 million deal. Peters, formerly with the Carolina Hurricanes, will back-up Braden Holtby in Washington.

Peters, 27, played in 21 games with Carolina last season and had a .919 save percentage with a 7-9-4 record. He was a third-string goalie for the ‘Canes as he backed up both Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward.

This opportunity with Washington will be his first real chance to hold down a No. 2 job in the NHL. With Philipp Grubauer slated to play full-time in the AHL next season, Peters should get a fair shake.

  1. lowenni - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Hmm. He’s got potential and was good in the lockout last year in Carolina. As a Caps fan I’m totally committed to Holtby being our started but I sort of wanted the Caps to make a push at a more veteran backup to mentor Holtby a little bit. I think he’d really benefit from that, and although they aren’t what they used to be, I wouldn’t have minded seeing Vokoun back in a Caps jersey or one of the best goalies of all time in Brodeur helping Holtby learn the ropes. I guess I’m okay with this signing though, it’s at a great price.

    • bmoreredfury311 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      Kinda agree with but I guess they feel mitch korn will be that veteran influence.

  2. ibieiniid - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    wow that’s a steal, in’nit?

  3. imf311 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Past couple of year Peters has been a challenge for the Caps. Cant beat em….sign em. #halak.

  4. darksidecowboy - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    good signing, Holtby better watch his back

  5. raleighcaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    You guys will be happy with Peters. A team guy and under-rated. He can play steady minutes and provide 25 games in a relief role just fine. Sorry to see him leave the Canes but with Wards 6.3 m contract that no-one wants he stays and Peters goes…

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