Washington Capitals Make Free-Agent Splash

The Washington Capitals have announced they have signed free agent forward Conor Sheary to a one-year contract worth $735,000.

A great under the radar type of move for the Capitals as Sheary was one of the best free agents left on the market and could easily head into Washington and put up some numbers. Last season he split the year between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins and collected 23 points in 63 games. The last three seasons Sheary scored 14, 18, and 23 goals and is capable of playing up and down the lineup.

Look for the 28-year-old to push for a third-line left-wing spot and if there's an injury or two he could find himself some power-play minutes.

The Capitals still have three NHL roster spots available but won't necessarily fill them, as the team has no cap space remaining. With the new taxi-squads, don't expect every team to fill all 23 spots.

The versatile Sheary hopes he can catch on with the Capitals facing opponents he's very familiar with and parlay this one-year deal into a long term move.

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