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Capitals Sign Conor Sheary to 1-Yr Deal

Conor Sheary has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals.

A story broken by Elliotte Friedman, and then confirmed by the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, was that the team was signing two-time Stanley Cup champion Conor Sheary. Sheary is an above-average play-driving middle six forward who likes to shoot the puck and essentially, the Capitals are using some of the money saved by placing Henrik Lundqvist on LTIR to add another forward.

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Sheary, 28, recorded 23 points (10g, 13a) in 63 games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins last season. That wasn’t enough production to make him a quick sign this NHL offseason, but he’s not terribly far removed from a 23-goal season with the Penguins in 2016-17.

Sheary’s signing will bring on plenty of jokes about the Capitals obsession with former Pittsburgh Penguins players, considering the Capitals have signed Hagelin, Schultz, Orpik, and Niskanen. That said, Sheary on a one-year deal at a team-friendly bargain-basement price is money well spent if you ask most insiders.

As per NHL.com, “The 5’8″, 179-pound forward was tied for sixth among Buffalo forwards with 19 points (9g, 10a) before being traded to Pittsburgh on Feb. 24. In 325 career regular season games with the Penguins and Sabres, Sheary has 150 points (72g, 78a).”

Former Stanley Cup winner Conor Sheary with Penguins

What’s Next For Washington?

The question will become what happens with the Caps newfound need for a goaltender? Without Lundqvist, the Capitals can’t really enter the season with only Ilya Samsonov. They didn’t spend anything considerable on Sheary, but they’re still a team that has work to do in relation to the salary cap and they’ll need to find another way to land the goalie they need as a backup option.

The new rules about taxi squads have potentially opened up some additional space for teams, which could be why the Capitals signed another forward, even with considerable depth. It also creates a situation where the Caps need three goalies.

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