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The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday that they have signed forward Conor Sheary to a two-year contract extension that carries a cap hit of $1.5 million. The 28-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season and can after the 2022-23 season.
The 28-year-old has posted 11 goals, 19 points, a +2 rating, a 52.1% five-on-five Corsi-for percentage, a 53.14% expected goals-for percentage, and a 51.2% scoring chances-for percentage in 40 games this season after signing a one-year contract worth $735,000 with the Capitals on December 22.
Conor Sheary’s 2 year $1.5M Cap Hit Deal is:
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In 365 career games with the Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Buffalo Sabres, Sheary has recorded 83 goals, 169 points, and a +4 rating.
In 61 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Sheary has recorded six goals, 21 points, and a -5 rating. He posted four goals and 10 points in 23 games while playing with Penguins captain Sidney Crosby on the team’s run to the Stanley Cup in 2016 and two goals and seven points in 22 games in the 2017 Stanley Cup run.
Sheary, who has a 52% shot-attempts percentage (fourth on the Capitals), 20 hits, 13 blocked shots, eight giveaways, and 17 takeaways while averaging 13:09 worth of ice time per game this season (50 seconds on the power-play) this season, signed with the Penguins in 2015 as an undrafted free agent.
With Sheary under contract, The Capitals now have $11,991,667 remaining in cap space for the 2021-22 season but that could go up if the Kraken take a decent-sized contract off of the team’s book at the expansion draft. Captain Alex Ovechkin (UFA), goaltender Ilya Samsonov (RFA), and defenseman Zdeno Chara (UFA) are in need of new contracts after this season.
The Capitals now have two left wings (Sheary, Carl Hagelin) under contract for next season.
By Harrison Brown