Caps re-sign Chorney for two more years

AP

The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

It’s an affordable deal to keep the 28-year-old in the mix through 2017-18. Chorney has played 45 games this season and has five assists while logging an average of 12:54 in ice time.

Those 45 games are the most Chorney has ever played in a single NHL season. His previous high was 42 with the Oilers in 2009-10. He was mostly in the AHL in-between.

The Caps now have six d-men under contract through at least next season, with Dmitry Orlov a pending restricted free agent.

Why that matters, from the Washington Post:

Locking up Chorney for two more seasons means that if Washington were to make a move at the trade deadline for a depth defenseman, it would most likely be someone that’s an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, a rental.

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