Capitals Sign Goaltender Lindgren To Three-Year, $3.3 Million Contract

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The Washington Capitals announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Charlie Lindgren to a three-year contract that carries a $1.1 million cap hit.

The 28-year-old went 5-0-0 with a .958 save percentage and 1.22 goals-against average in five NHL games with the St. Louis Blues last season. He also posted a .925 save percentage and a 2.21 goals-against average in 34 games with the AHL’s Springfield Thunderbirds.

At five-on-five, Lindgren posted a .950 save percentage (including .913 at high-danger), 1.45 goals-against average, and a 3.42 goals-saved above average at the NHL-level. He also tallied a 1.000 penalty-killing save percentage.

In 29 career NHL games with the Blues and Montreal Canadiens, Lindgren has gone 15-12-2 with a .913 save percentage, 2.74 goals-against average, and two shutouts.

The team was in need of two goaltender after Ilya Samsonov, who finished the regular season 23-12-5 with an .896 save percentage, a 3.02 goals-against average, and three shutouts despite an 11-1-1 start where he posted a .916 save percentage, a 2.42 goals-against average through December 9, and Vitek Vanecek both could not run with the starting job after picking it up at numerous points last season. Vanecek was traded to the New Jersey Devils on Friday morning. Samsonov signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday after not receiving a qualifying offer.

The Capitals signed goaltender Darcy Kuemper earlier on Wednesday afternoon fresh off of his Stanley Cup victory in Colorado last season.

After signing Kuemper and Lindgren, the Capitals have $5,178,334 left in cap space.

By Harrison Brown

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5 Responses to Capitals Sign Goaltender Lindgren To Three-Year, $3.3 Million Contract

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ok, Mac, I see you.

  2. GR+in+430 says:

    So the Caps saved $1.1M by letting Samsonov go. Here’s hoping they put those funds to good use…

  3. steven says:

    Good signing and nice contract as it should let him stay here until the guys in Hershey are ready. Also if they are ready earlier gives then a nice trade chip if his numbers stay the same.

  4. novafyre says:

    Should be an interesting training camp.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Say it again…. draft a G every year

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