While the Caps are unlikely to sign any of the major names on the free agent market, they have added some depth and toughness to the organization with the addition of former Winnipeg Jet Anthony Peluso on a one-year, two-way contract.
According to CSN MidAtlantic’s Tarik El-Bashir, the deal will pay him $650,000 in the NHL and $250,000 in the American Hockey League with the Hershey Bears. A former sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Blues (160th overall in 2007), Peluso did not play in the NHL last season, but played with the Winnipeg Jets from 2012-16, playing in 142 games, recording one goal and four points, and compiling 209 penalty minutes. His best season came in the 2013-14 season, when he scored two goals and added three assists for five points in 53 games played.
The #Caps have signed RW Anthony Peluso to a one-year, two-way contract that pays $650k in the NHL and $250k in Hershey.
— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) July 1, 2017
Given his lack of production and the type of player he is, it’s unlikely the 28-year old right wing will see much time in the NHL, as this signing may have more to do with depth than a full-time role. With the departure of Justin Williams in free agency, the Capitals lack an experienced right wing on the roster, though Peluso will certainly not play in the top-six.
By Michael Fleetwood