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The Washington Capitals announced that they signed forward Liam O’Brien to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000. O’Brien became a restricted free agent July 1 and was the only Capital to file for salary arbitration. His hearing was scheduled for July 23 in Toronto.
The 23-year old played three games with the Capitals this season and made his NHL debut on October 9, 2014. In 17 career games with Washington, O’Brien has tallied a goal, two points, and 28 penalty minutes.
In 69 games with the AHL’s Hershey Bears this season, O’Brien tallied 17 goals, which was good for second on the team, and 79 penalty minutes, which was third on the team.
The Capitals now have Tom Wilson as their only restricted free agent. Wilson, 24, tallied a career-high 14 goals and 35 points, playing mostly on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov/Nicklas Backstrom. He scored five goals and 15 points in 21 playoff games. In 391 career games with the Capitals, Wilson has tallied 35 goals and 104 points.
From Capitals’ Release:
In the 2016-17 season, O’Brien recorded 30 points (10g, 20a) in 64 games with Hershey and ranked third on the team in penalty minutes (117), seventh in assists and ninth in points. O’Brien recorded a career-high three points (2g, 1a) on Dec. 30, 2016 against Bridgeport and registered seven multi-point games. The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native has earned 80 points (38g, 42a) in 237 career AHL games with Hershey.
O’Brien signed with Washington as a free agent on Oct. 6, 2014.
By Harrison Brown