The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday night that they have re-signed defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler to a one-year contract worth $800,000 contract. The 23-year-old became a restricted free agent on October 9.
He posted two goals, nine points, and a +11 rating in 64 games with the Capitals last season.
In 90 career NHL games, all with the Capitals, the 57th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has recorded two goals, 13 points, and a +17 rating.
Very excited to be back in DC for another year. Can’t wait to get going again! 🦅 @ Capital One Arena https://t.co/6HoSIuWbdX
— Jonas Siegenthaler (@josieg97) October 22, 2020
While averaging 15:44 per game last season, Siegenthaler established himself as the Capitals’ top penalty killer as he averaged a team-high 3:11 with a man down. He also posted 51 hits, 105 blocked shots (second on the Capitals behind defenseman John Carlson), 13 takeaways, 32 giveaways, a 50.14% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, and a 51.38% five-on-five expected goals-for percentage last season.
Siegenthaler posted no points and a -7 rating in seven games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Siegenthaler can become a restricted free agent again after the 2020-21 season.
The Capitals are now $1,024,877 over the NHL salary cap with 20 players on the roster. After signing defensemen Justin Schultz and Trevor Van Riemsdyk as unrestricted free agents, a move on defense is likely coming as the team currently has seven NHL defensemen on the roster and a promising 21-year-old prospect in Martin Fehervary all worthy of getting ice-time. Nick Jensen seems the most likely as Schultz and Van Riemsdyk are both right-handed shots as is Carlson, who came in second for the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman last season.
Siegenthaler will likely play on the third-pairing with Van Riemsdyk this season.
Jonas Siegenthaler, signed 1x$0.8 by WSH, has been arguably the league’s best third pairing defenceman since entering the NHL. Limited usage and competition but eye-popping scoring chance prevention. #AllCaps pic.twitter.com/lauzDaBEr6
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) October 22, 2020
By Harrison Brown