2010 NHL Free Agency: Capitals sign Eric Fehr, Michael Nylander clears waivers

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nofehr.jpgThe Washington Capitals signed forward Eric Fehr to a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension, allowing them to avoid the arduous arbitration process. Ken Campbell of The Hockey News reported the news.

Fehr, who had career highs of 21 goals and 39 points in 69 games in 2009-10, made $772,000, which means he received almost a 200 percent raise on his previous salary.

Fehr averaged about 12 minutes of ice time per game, so getting just about a point every other game isn’t half-bad.

Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post shares more information about the Washington Capitals’ restricted free agents/off-season in general.

With Boyd Gordon, Jeff Schultz and now Fehr back in the fold, that leaves Tomas Fleischmann as the Caps’ only remaining unsigned restricted free agent.

In other news, Michael Nylander cleared waivers, which isn’t surprising and doesn’t really change anything regarding his status with the Caps.

The addition of Fehr brings the Caps’ salary cap space to about $9.4 million, if my CapGeek.com arithmetic is correct. Washington sports a nice group of minor league prospects, so I must ask: would they be interested in poking around for a mid-level forward? Or maybe they’d rather have a bunch of extra space available for a trade deadline salary dump?

Either way, I like the direction the Capitals are going in. There’s very little fat on the roster … at least now that they got rid of Nylander and didn’t do something foolish like re-signing Jose Theodore.