Kings Sign Former Capitals, Bears Goaltender Copley

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The Los Angeles Kings have signed goaltender Pheonix Copley. Copley’s one-year, one-way contract is worth an annual average value (AAV) $825,000.

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Copley, 30, joins the Kings after spending a total of six seasons (2014-15, 2017-22) with the Washington Capitals and two seasons with the St. Louis Blues (2015-17). This past season, the 6-4, 200-pound goaltender appeared in two NHL games with the Capitals, posting a 3.11 goals-against-average and .878 save percentage. He also skated in 35 AHL games with the Hershey Bears, earning an 18-12-7 record with a 2.38 GAA and .913 SV%.

The North Pole, Alaska native has appeared in 31 NHL games, including 29 with the Capitals and two with the Blues, registering a 16-9-3 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average, .900 save percentage and one shutout. He has also appeared in 226 AHL games with the Hershey Bears and Chicago Wolves, earning a 16-24-1 record, 3.12 GAA and .907 SV%. In 17 AHL postseason games, he also collected a 9-7-0 record with a 2.09 GAA and .935 SV%. In 2020-21, he helped the Bears earn the Harry Holmes Memorial Award for AHL best goaltending duo.

The undrafted netminder was signed by the Capitals as a free agent in 2014 after spending two seasons with Michigan Tech in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. On July 2, 2015, he was acquired by the St. Louis Blues and made his NHL debut the following season on February 27, 2016, against the Nashville Predators. During the 2016-17 season, he was traded back to the Capitals and part of the Capitals 2018 Stanley Cup playoff run.

With Copley gone, the Capitals have three goaltenders leaving the organization after trading Vitek Vanecek to the New Jersey Devils on Friday and not qualifying Ilya Samsonov (who signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday) this offseason. They have two new ones coming in after signing Darcy Kuemper to a five-year contract and Charlie Lindgren to a three-year agreement on Wednesday.

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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3 Responses to Kings Sign Former Capitals, Bears Goaltender Copley

  1. novafyre says:

    I always liked Cops. Will miss him in the Bears net.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Thanks Cops! Good luck out west.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good luck Cops! Too bad you weren’t brought back as a possible backup or 3rd goalie playing in Hershey.

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