The Capitals have re-signed pending free-agent defenseman Taylor Chorney to a two-year contract extension worth $1.6 million.
Chorney, 28, will earn $775,000 in 2016-17 and $825,000 in 2017-18. He signed his first one-way contract with the Capitals on July 1 with a $700,000 salary.
In 45 games with the Caps, Chorney has five assists and 17 penalty minutes and filled in nicely during extended absences by injured defensemen Brooks Orpik and John Carlson.
Chorney, whose wife is expecting the couple’s first child this month, has already set career highs in games played, assists, points and plus-minus (plus-11) and has been plus or even in 34 of 45 games.
Chorney earned his first Capitals point with an assist on Nov. 19 against Dallas and was a career-high plus-3 on Dec. 20 against the Rangers in a season-high 18:40 of ice time.
With Chorney signed the Caps now have six pending free agents on their current roster -- UFAs Jason Chimera and Mike Richards and RFAs Marcus Johansson, Tom Wilson, Michael Latta and Dmitry Orlov.
Chorney, a 6-foot, 190-pound native of Hastings, Minn., has registered 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) and 33 penalty minutes in 113 career NHL games with Edmonton, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Washington.
Chorney was selected by Edmonton in the second round, 36th overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft. His father, Marc, played in 210 NHL games with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles from 1980-84 and appeared in 48 games with Washington’s AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Whalers, during the 1984-85 season.
Chorney played three seasons at the University of North Dakota (2005-08) and reached the Frozen Four in all three seasons with Fighting Sioux. In 2007-08, Chorney earned First-Team All-American honors. He represented the United States at 2010 World Championship and the 2006 World Junior Championship and captured a gold medal at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship and a bronze medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship.