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The Washington Capitals announced on Monday morning that the team has re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year contract extension worth $3.3 million ($1.1 million average annual value). Copley, 26, could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension
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In his first NHL season, the native of North Pole, Alaska has gone 10-5-3 with a 2.98 goals against average, a .903 save percentage, and one shutout.
The Capitals reacquired Copley as part of the trade that brought defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues. The Capitals sent a first-round pick, conditional picks, forward Zach Sanford, and forward Brad Malone in that deal, which occurred on February 27, 2017. The Capitals sent him to the Blues as part of the deal that brought forward T.J. Oshie to Washington on July 2, 2015, after signing him as a free agent a year earlier.
With Copley re-signed, the Capitals have $10,694,872 remaining in cap space for 2019-20 with forward Jakub Vrana (RFA), forward Brett Connolly (UFA), forward Andre Burakovsky (RFA), forward Dmitrij Jaskin (RFA), forward Devante Smith-Pelly (UFA), center Nic Dowd (UFA), forward Chandler Stephenson (RFA), and defenseman Brooks Orpik (UFA) in need of new contracts after this season.
The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Pheonix Copley to a three-year, $3.3 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $1.1 million, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
This season, the North Pole, Alaska, native has posted a record of 10-5-3 with a 2.98 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. The 6’4″, 200-pound goaltender has allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his 19 appearances. Additionally, Copley went on a seven game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) from Nov. 24 through Jan. 9, the longest stretch by a Capitals goaltender this year.
In 21 career NHL games, Copley is 10-6-3 with a 3.08 goals against average and a .898 save percentage. Copley made his NHL debut on Feb. 27, 2016 as a member of the St. Louis Blues at Nashville and made 24 saves in his first career NHL start on Jan. 21, 2017 at Winnipeg.
The Capitals acquired Copley from the Blues on Feb. 27, 2017.
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