Washington Capitals Signing Defenseman to Multi-Year Deal

The Washington Capitals have been active in strengthening their defense, and they took a significant step in that direction by signing defenseman Alexander Alexeyev to a two-year contract extension.

The deal, which was reportedly agreed to on Monday, has an average annual value of $825,000. It has yet to be officially announced.

Alexeyev, who was a restricted free agent, played a full-time role for the Capitals last season after recovering from a shoulder injury.

He recorded five assists and an average ice time of 16:27 per game over 32 games.

Capitals' General Manager Brian MacLellan has expressed his belief that there is still room for improvement in the team's defense, but he also sees a lot of potential in Alexeyev and his fellow blueliners Rasmus Sandin and Martin Fehervary, who is also due for a contract as an RFA.

Last week, the Capitals also added to their left side by signing top European free agent defenseman Hardy Häman Aktell to a one-year deal. With these moves, the Capitals are showing a commitment to investing in their defense and developing young talent like Alexeyev, who was a first-round draft pick in 2018.

Overall, it's a positive step for both the Capitals and Alexeyev, as they continue to work towards a successful future together. Photo Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports