Capitals Sign Nic Dowd To Three-Year, $3.9 Million Contract Extension


The Washington Capitals announced on Sunday afternoon that the team has signed center Nic Dowd to a three-year contract extension that carries a $1.3 million cap hit. The 31-year-old could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.

Dowd has missed five games this season with two different lower-body injuries but has earned one goal in nine games. He has cemented himself as the Capitals’ fourth-line center, which has been among the NHL’s best in the past three seasons.

Dowd has averaged 12:28 per game this season, including 1:21 on the penalty kill (fourth among Capitals forwards). He is arguably the Capitals’ best shutdown center and plays against the opposition’s top players.

He set career-highs in goals (11) in 56 games last season and tied his career-high in points (22) in 64 games during his first season in Washington (2018-19).

In 316 career NHL games with the Capitals, Los Angeles Kings, and Vancouver Canucks, Dowd has earned 36 goals and 79 points. In 20 career Stanley Cup Playoff games (all with the Capitals), Dowd has three goals (two came in the 2021 first-round vs. the Boston Bruins).

The Capitals now have $18,289,167 in cap space this offseason with goaltender Ilya Samsonov, goaltender Vitek Vanecek, defenseman Dennis Cholowski, right-wing Daniel Sprong, and right-wing Brett Leason set to become restricted free agents. Everyone except Leason and Cholowski has arbitration rights. Defensemen Justin Schultz and Matt Irwin can become unrestricted free agents.

By Harrison Brown

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4 Responses to Capitals Sign Nic Dowd To Three-Year, $3.9 Million Contract Extension

  1. Leslie Galen says:

    Good move!👍

  2. steven says:

    Im not sure how I feel about this one. I like the way he plays on the 4th line and the PK but he is 31. There are younger players in Hershey who deserve a shot…..Gersich, Pilon, snively, Pino and maybe Sutter. Could be worsethey could ahve given him a contract like Hagelin or Schultz or worse like the one given Panik.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Is this April fools. $1.3 for 4th line center in his thirties. Another unnecessary contract from the worst GM.

    • Anonymous says:

      4th line has been the Caps best line last 70-80 games. Always draw top line on opposing teams and they’ve shut them down. They will trade/waive as soon as the line starts to falter.

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