The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Earlier in the day on Monday, the Capitals returned defenseman Tyler Lewington to Hershey (here).
Lewington was originally called up because the Capitals did not have enough salary cap space to recall any other defensemen. The Capitals reached the minimum amount required to recall Siegenthaler at 5:00PM on Sunday.
Per CapFriendly, Tyler Lewington makes $675,000 AAV and Jonas Siegenthaler makes $714,116 AAV. The Capitals are very much up against the salary cap limit, to the point they needed an extra day of salary savings from the Kempny injury to afford to callup Siegenthaler.
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Siegenthaler, 21, made his NHL debut on Nov. 9, 2018 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and has appeared in 25 games for the Capitals this season, registering four points (4a) and 10 penalty minutes. Additionally, Siegenthaler has played in 34 games with Hershey this season and has registered six points (2g, 4a). The 6’3”, 230-pound defenseman played in his first season with the Hershey Bears last year. In 122 career games with the Bears, Siegenthaler has recorded 19 points (8g, 11a) and 101 penalty minutes.
Siegenthaler recorded his first career AHL goal on Oct. 15, 2017 against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Zurich, Switzerland, native previously played for the ZSC Lions in the National League in Switzerland. In 115 career games in the National League, Siegenthaler recorded 18 points (4g, 14a) and 85 penalty minutes.
The Capitals selected Siegenthaler in the second round, 57th overall, in the 2015 NHL Draft.